Books to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions

With so many people thinking about New Year’s resolutions at this time of year, we wanted you to be aware of the wide variety of books available to help you turn your self-improvement goals into reality. Some are right here in our collection. Many more are easily obtainable through a statewide consortium we belong to that gives you access to well over a million items.

  • New cookbooks we’ve just added to our local collection include “Fat for Fuel Ketogenic Cookbook” by natural health expert Dr. Joseph Mercola and PBS Moveable Feast chef Pete Evans, “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen” by Sean Sherman with Beth Dooley that uses food culture to celebrate and empower native people, “Keto Comfort Foods” by Maria Emmerich that makes family favorite recipes low carb and healthy, “The How Not to Die Cookbook” by Dr. Michael Greger with more than 100 recipes to help prevent and reverse disease, and “Sunday Suppers” by Southern Living contributor Cynthia Graubart that provides 52 menus, decorating and dining ideas. Those are just five of 864 cookbooks here in your library. The consortium has another 12,119 for you to choose from.
  • New self-help and self-improvement books include “The Power of Eight” by Lynne McTaggart to inspire you to harness the miraculous energies of a small group to heal others and yourself, “The Pocket Thich Nhat Hanh” that provides selections from the writings of this Zen Buddhist monk, “Resume Writing Secrets” by Frank Olash to help you stand out and get the job, “Chakras Beyond Beginners” by David Pond to help awaken the power of the life force within you, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo that describes the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing, and “The Prime” by Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary that offers eating and lifestyle tools to help you lose weight. Those are just six of 141 self-help and self-improvement books here in your library. The consortium has another 1,123.
  • If you’re interested in improving your home, we have 98 home and house repair books, with the consortium offering another 955. If you want to learn a new craft, we have 395 different craft books here and 5,474 available through the consortium. Or if you’d like to take up a new hobby, thousands of books are available on myriad hobbies including knitting, photography, music, stamp collecting, scrapbooking and many more.

Library closures

Your library will be closed on New Year’s Day.

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.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, December 29) from 2-3:15 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.

Spanish instruction

Join us for this free basic course next Wednesday, January 3 from 4-5 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish. This session will cover the uses and types of Spanish pronouns. No registration required.

Teen gaming

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

Kids storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move. This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life. Recommended for children aged 0 to 12 months.

Toddler storytime           

Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join us for 30 minutes of free stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.

Adult education

Our PALS program – Pagosa Adult Learning Services – takes place three days a week. Note: No session today (December 28).


“Apollo 8” by Jeffrey Kluger is the story of the first Apollo mission to the moon. “Hillary’s America” by Dinesh D’Souza describes the author’s highly negative views of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party. “Three Weeks to eBay Profits/Third Edition” by Skip McGrath shows you how to successfully use this e-commerce website. “Swords into Plowshares” by Ron Paul is a memoir. “The New Case for Gold” by James Rickards defends gold as an irreplaceable store of wealth and a standard for currency. “Love Warrior” by Glennon Doyle Melton is a memoir of a writer whose husband reveals his infidelity.


“Hardcore Twenty-Four” by Janet Evanovich is a Stephanie Plum mystery. “Killing Season” by Faye Kellerman is a crime story about a serial killer. “Seven Days of Us” by Francesca Hornak follows a family quarantined together for a week over Christmas. “End Game” by David Baldacci is a Will Robie and Jessica Reed thriller. “Boosting Your Emotional Intelligence” by Professor Jason M. Satterfield helps you manage emotions in yourself and others.           


“In Sunlight or in Shadow” edited by Lawrence Block contains 17 stories by well-known writers inspired by the paintings of Edward Hooper.

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 for our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank our anonymous donors. For the generous monetary donation, we are grateful to Rice Reavis.

Quotable Quote

When older adults volunteered in the Baltimore Experience Corps – a program in which retirees serve as mentors for children – it not only stopped age-related shrinking of the brain of the retirees but also some of their brains grew slightly in size, according to research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.

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