Two talented local authors donate their new books to your libraryby Carole Howard and library staff

In yet another demonstration of the artistic talent in our little mountain community, two more local authors recently donated their books to your library.  Two are nonfiction books by Victoria Rose about finance, written for women, and the other is an excellent novel titled “White Roses” by Ellen Greenfield.

Greenfield’s book takes the reader back and forth between New York and Tanzania in a beautifully written story about a woman named Erica tracing the life of her lover, Cal, a paramedic who died at the World Trade Center on 9/11.  She travels to Africa to explore what she thought was his life as a Peace Corps volunteer, tracking down his friends there to try to understand more about him.  What she discovers gives her an understanding of his occasional outbursts when he felt she was prying into his past life.  As one of the book’s characters says, “Africa is more complicated than most people are prepared to accept.” Tanzanite, more rare than diamonds, becomes a metaphor for people who are quite different if you look at them from all angles.

Greenfield is a skilled storyteller.  Her descriptions of life in Africa, and the Maasai in particular, are powerful.  As the plot unfolds with unexpected threats and painful revelations, the reader becomes involved and enthralled.

This is Greenfield’s second novel, the first being “Come From Nowhere” about seven women experiencing an historic blackout in New York City, which also will be available at your library soon.  Technically she is not a local author, but she has several friends in Pagosa whom she visits and she also was a speaker in October in this fall’s Lifelong Learning Lecture series on the writing process, so we are claiming her as our own. 

Rose’s new books are titled “Money 101: A Basic Handbook for Women,” and “Money101.b: Bonds for Women.”  The purpose of both books, the beginning of a series, is to help women understand the often complex world of finance. 

“Money 101” explains the financial maze of investment products available, from basics like checking accounts to more complicated topics like IRAs, certificates of deposit and mutual funds.  The author also discusses concepts like inflation, risk and supply and demand.

The second book, “Money 101.b” focuses on various types of bonds.  Both provide space for readers to make notes about their personal goals and plans.

A prolific author, Rose has 18 other books inyour library’s collection – short stories, fiction and nonfiction.

Activities calendars available

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activitiesavailable to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick upa copy of the events calendar each month. There are three versions – kids, tweens/teens and adults.  We look forward to seeing you at your library.  Se habla espanol.

Teen advisory board Today,Thursday, December 13, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideasto help us plan teen programs.  Share anidea to pick out a free book.

Legal clinic tomorrow

Friday, December 14 from 2-3 p.m. is a free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney will take place via computer link.  Volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property tax, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans benefits and civil protection orders.  Please check in at the registration desk.  This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month. 

All-ages movietomorrow 

Join us Friday, December 14 from2-3:30 p.m. to enjoy a free G-rated movie with your friends and family.  Our contract does not allow us to name the filmin the media, but you can find the name in the activities calendars.

Paws to Read on Saturday

Saturday, December 15 from 11 a.m. – noon, youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Hondo, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesday, December 18 from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks. 

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, December 19  from 4-5:30 p.m.    Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, December 17 from 4-5 p.m.  Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   This free club is for fifth-12th grades.

DIY for adults 

At this month’s free DIY eventon Wednesday, December 19 from 1-2 p.m. you’ll use cardboard and basic suppliesto create fun-looking three-dimensional reindeer.  Your finished Rudolphs can be placed in awreath.  No registration required.

Computer classes 

Join us for free sessions from 1-2p.m. to learn a useful technology skill or application.  Today, Thursday, December 13 is Smartphone Basicswhen you’ll learn how to navigate commonly used features on your Android orApple smartphone or tablet.   Thursday, December 17 shows you how to useMicrosoft Word to create a professional looking resume.  No registration required. 

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.   

Free tech sessions

Drop inwith your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from2-4 p.m.      

Family storytimes

EveryWednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for freegreat stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all agesto have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlersand youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with theirchildren depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their littleones.


 “Frommer’s Hawaii” and “Fodor’sTravel Paris” are the 2019 editions.  “PerfectlyClear” by Michelle LeClair is the memoir of the former “poster girl forScientology.”  “The Hidden Life of Trees”by forester Peter Wohlleben reveals the social life of trees.  “The Spectrum of Hope” by Dr. Gayatri Devi isan optimistic and new approach to Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.  “Make Something Good Today” by HGTV stars Erinand Ben Napier is a memoir about seeking the good in life and celebrating thebeauty of family and friends.  “TheGreatest Love Story Ever Told” by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman explores theirunlikely romance.  “Adrift” by BrianMurphy is the true story of tragedy on the icy Atlantic.  “The Battle of Arnhem” by Antony Beevor revealsdetails of the deadliest airborne operation of World War II.  “Represent Yourself in Court” is a NOLO guideto preparing and winning your case.

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“Teach a Womanto Fish” by Ritu Sharma is a firsthand account of how women are overcoming the forcesthat keep them in poverty.  “Signed,Sealed, Delivered” by Nina Sankovitch celebrates the joy of letter writing withexamples through history. 

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

 “Kingdom of the Blind” by LouisePenny brings together three executors who have never met the dead woman who appointedthem.  “Robert B. Parker’s Blood Feud” byMike Lupica features PI Sunny Randall.  “Oathof Office” is a Jack Ryan thriller by Marc Cameron.  “The Fox” by Frederick Forsyth begins whenthe CIA, NSA and the Pentagon are hacked simultaneously. 


 “Dark Sacred Night” by MichaelConnelly is a Harry Bosch mystery.  “LongRoad to Mercy” by David Baldacci is an Atlee Pine thriller.  “Answers to Questions You’ve Never Asked” byJoseph explains the “what if” in science, geography and the absurd.  “Past Tense” by Lee Child is a Jack Reachermystery.  “The Reckoning” by John Grishamis a Southern Gothic legal suspense story. “Every Breath” by Nicholas Speaks follows a chance encounter for twovastly different individuals. 


 “The Indian in the Cupboard” isa family-friendly magical show.  “Fences”stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. “The Amish” is an American Experience film.  “Crazy Rich Asians” is a romanticcomedy.  “The Handmaid’s Tale” is seasontwo.

Programmed Nooks

 We have nine free Nooks andthree free tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure.  The eight adult content e-readers containeither fiction or nonfiction bestsellers. The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults. 

Downloadable e-books

Current NewYork Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free3M Cloud Library.  Access them by clickingon the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.  While there, browse through a multitude ofother adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in manygenres.

Downloadable films

For yourviewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that givesyou unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independentshorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on yourdevice, PC or Mac, with no apps needed. Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’swebsite.  Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets yousample movies like you would music.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Deborah Schulte and our anonymous donors.  For their generous monetary donation, we are grateful to Lynne and Rick Stinchfield.   

Quotable Quote            “Sure, we’re made of biological, physical things, but what really makes us is our stories.  If you took our stories away from us, there wouldn’t be much left.” – Author Markus Zusak, author several books including the 2005 global YA hit “The Book Thief,” based on stories told him by his parents, both post-WWII immigrants from Germany and Austria

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