Expanded library hours, including Sundays, coming January 2
Starting next week, your library will be expanding our hours in an effort to better accommodate your schedule. These changes are a direct result of your feedback in our survey last spring.

The new hours, effective January 2, will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 – 6 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 – 7 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 – 5 p.m. and Sunday afternoons from 1-5 p.m. This new day is the first time ever that the library has been open on Sunday, something many respondents requested in the survey.

Holiday closings
Your library closes at noon on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and also will be closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Defibrillator for your safety
We now have an automated external defibrillator installed just inside the front door, part of a Pagosa Medical Center program to have them installed at key points throughout the community in case anyone has a heart situation requiring help. Five of our library staff have been certified in CPR and in how to use the AED. The training and defibrillator were provided by the Medical Center and we paid for the certifications.

Free holiday events
Join us Monday, December 29 from noon to 1 p.m. for table top games and Tuesday, December 30 from noon – 1 p.m. for holiday video gaming, both events for all ages. Teen gaming is 4 – 5 p.m. Tuesday, December 30.

Free movie Mondays
Join us Monday, December 29 at 2 p.m. for classic or contemporary adult movies. Our contract does not allow us to identify the movies in the media, but you can pick up the adult activities calendar in the library with the names.

Free Family Fridays
Sorry – no Family Fridays tomorrow (December 26). Join us for this free family program January 2 at your library from 2-3:30 p.m., timed so that children can come after school. This is a special time every week for the whole family to come to the library together – parents with kids, all siblings regardless of age, or whatever combination of the family is available at that particular time. Each week features a different activity.

Free card battles
Join us Monday, December 29 and every Monday from 4 – 5 p.m. for Card Battles for kids in the fifth-12th grades. Bring your own Pokemon, Yu-gi-oh or Magic cards to battle your friends. We have a limited number of Pokemon and starter Yu-gi-oh cards to borrow.

Free technology classes
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.

Large print
“Nantucket Sisters” by Nancy Thayer follows two young girls who meet on the beach and become fast friends. “Deadline” by John Sandford is a Virgil Flowers mystery. “A Quilt for Christmas” by Sandra Dallas is set in Kansas in 1864. “Christmas in Cowboy Country” by Janet Dailey is a romance set on a Colorado ranch. “The Butcher” by Jennifer Hillier is a mystery set in Seattle. “I Love You More” by Jennifer Murphy is a mystery about a dead man with three wives. “New Year’s Baby” by Jodi O’Donnell is a romance set on a ranch in a snowstorm. “Full Force and Affect” by Mark Greaney is a Jack Ryan adventure. “On Borrowed Time” by Jenn McKinlay is a Library Lover’s mystery. “Ho-Ho-Homicide” by Kaitlyn Dunnett is a Liss MacCrimmon mystery.

Other new novels
“Let Me Be Frank with You” by Richard Ford contains four stories narrated by the author’s hero Frank Bascombe. “The Peripheral” by William Gibson is a science fiction story set in rural near-future America.

“Leon” is a thriller about a professional assassin. “Buck” is a documentary about a real-life horse whisperer. “Wonder Boys” starring Michael Douglas is a comedy about a single hectic weekend. “Short Circuit 2” brings back the lovable robot Johnny Five. “Jerry Maguire” and “A Few Good Men” is a double feature starring Tom Cruise. “Bataan” and “Back to Bataan” are battle-filled films set in the Philippines. “Life After People” is a History Channel documentary. “Carnage” is a Roman Polanski film. “Coriolanus” is an action thriller starring Ralph Fiennes as the Roman general. “Super Heroes” follows the difficult life of an Iraqi war veteran as he returns home. “Hart’s War” is a World War II adventure starring Bruce Willis.

Memoirs and biographies
We have two interesting new books about female fashion tycoons – “The Woman I Wanted to Be,” a memoir by Diane von Furstenberg, and “Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History,” her biography by Rhonda K. Garelick. “The News Sorority” by Sheila Weller explores the TV news careers of Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric and Christiane Amanpour. “True Love” is a memoir by actress and singer/songwriter Jennifer Lopez. “Rebel Yell” by S.C. Gwynne explores how Civil War Gen. Stonewall Jackson became a great and tragic American hero.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials, we thank Royce Kinnaman and several anonymous donors. For their generous donation in honor of Bob and Carole Howard, we thank Donald Logan and Patricia Howard, as well as Rice Reavis for his gift.

Quotable Quote
“You must have hope. It rejuvenates your whole being. You can’t allow negative thinking – even if you know your chances are slim. I’m not saying that it’s easy to do, but the ability to envision the road to successful completion is what keeps you alive.” – Louis Zamperini, hero of “Unbroken,” the bestselling book by Laura Hillenbrand and forthcoming film by Angelina Jolie. He died this July 2 at age 97.

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