Makerspace crafts event for all ages and teen gaming today

Creative people of all ages are invited to join us today, Thursday, December 26, from 10-11 a.m. for a very special free crafts event.  We’ll provide all varieties of materials for you to use to build, design and create whatever crafts you want.

Then, free teen gaming normally happens on Tuesdays for teens in the 6th-12th grades, but just for December it takes place on Thursdays because of scheduling conflicts.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks today, December 26, from 4–5:30 p.m.

Holiday closures

Your library closes at noon on December 31 and are closed January 1 for New Year’s. 

Activities calendars available

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a 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.

Save the date for avalanche awareness

Next Thursday, January 2 from 5-6:30 p.m., Mark Mueller returns with a free  avalanche awareness presentation that might save your life, since avalanches are the deadliest natural hazard in Colorado.  Mark is an avalanche forecaster for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.  No registration required. 

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, December 27 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

LEGO Club Saturday

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, December 28 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club. 

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, December 30 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

ESL classes expand to evening sessions

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes have been so appreciated at your library that we are – by popular demand – switching one of the weekly sessions to the evening to make it easier for more people to participate.  The new schedule is Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Fridays from noon-2 p.m.  The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers —  Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners.  No registration is required. 

Clases nocturnas de ESL en la biblioteca.    

Las clases han sido tan apreciadas en su biblioteca que nosotros – por demanda popular – estamos cambiando una de las sesiones semanales de la noche para facilitar la participación de más personas. El nuevo horario es los martes de 5-7 y los viernes de 12-4. Las clases son dirigidas por dos maestras altamente experimentadas; Joyce Holdread enseñará a los estudiantes intermedios y avanzados y Ellen Ragone enseñará a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course is available only once more in December: Monday the 30th from 10 a.m.–3 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 in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.  

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 3-3:45 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  

Books on CD

“Agent Running in the Field” by John Le Carré follows a British spy who is also a passionate badminton player.  “Final Option” by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison tells of an operation to rescue three American spies in Brazil.  “Twisted Twenty-Six” by Janet Evanovich is a Stephanie Plum mystery.  “The Night Fire” by Michael Connelly is a Harry Bosch mystery.

Large print

“Genesis” by Robin Cook uses genealogic DNA databases to help explain a death.  “Guilty Not Guilty”  by Felix Francis is a Dick Francis horseracing mystery.  “Tom Clancy Code of Honor” by Marc Cameron is a Hack Ryan adventure.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“Fall Back Down When I Die” by Joe Wilkins follows a powerful bond between a traumatized, mute young man and a ranch hand in Montana.  “The Siberian Dilemma” by Martin Cruz Smith is a thriller featuring Moscow detective Arkady Renko.  “Invitation Only Murder” by Leslie Meier is a Lucy Stone mystery. 


“The Chaperone” is a PBS Masterpiece drama based on the bestselling novel.  “Far from the Tree” is a look at families raising children society deems “abnormal.”

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library.  Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.  While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For their generous monetary donations, we are grateful to Nancy Green and Steve Merchant.  For books and materials this week, we thank our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote

“God help me if I wasn’t nice.  My mum used to say, ‘Don’t you dare pull rank.  There’s always someone who can do the same thing you do and much better than you.’ “ – Julie Andrews, English actor, singer and author.

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