Teen and adult Christmas events plus role playing for teens

We offer more free, fun Christmas events for teens and adults in the coming week:
Kids in the fifth-12th grades are invited today (Thursday, December 8) from 4-5:30 p.m. to a DIY holiday ornaments session when you will make a variety of festive decorations out of old books, beads and paper.
This Saturday, December 10 from 3-4:30 p.m., adults are invited to the second of three consecutive Saturday made-to-give sessions when you will create handmade gifts for someone special in your life. This week make stenciled gifts (pillows and tote bags) and next week winter blooming bulbs in mason jars. No registration required.
Next Wednesday, December 14 at 1 p.m. the adult DIY is book page wreaths. Materials provided and no registration required.
 As well, the ever-popular role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Thursday, December 15. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters. You can join this group any time.

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.

Free Medicaid and Connect for Health today
Kevin O’Connor from San Juan Health and Renee Burch from Archuleta County Human Services discuss Medicaid options and changes to Connect for Health today (Thursday, December 8) from 1 – 1:45 p.m. No registration required.

Free all-ages gaming tomorrow
Enjoy video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your family and friends tomorrow (Friday, December 9) from 2-3:15 p.m.

Free Lego Club Saturday
Lego Club for kids six-13 years is 11 a.m.-noon on Saturday, December 10. We’ve got the LEGOs – just bring your imagination.

Adult book club
The free adult book club meets next Tuesday, December 13 from 2-3 p.m. to discuss the novel “Little Night” by Luanne Rice. If you need a copy, let us know. The adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.

Free Spanish basics
Wednesday, December 14 from 4-5 p.m. we will learn how to talk about family members and begin to describe who people are and what they do in this Spanish basics session. No registration required.

Free tech sessions
Rachael is available for Tech Tuesday 10 a.m.-noon and Tech Thursday 2-4 p.m. Drop in with your technology questions.

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

Free tween gaming
Tween gaming happens Wednesday, December 14 from 4-5 p.m. for 4th-8th graders. Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks. We’ve had very limited attendance at this event, but we keep letting requests for it, so we’ll try it one more time.
Free kids storytime
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join Michael for 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.

Free baby storytime
Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join Michael for a 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.

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

Large print
“Cakewalk” by Rita Mae Brown features the freethinking Hunsenmeir sisters. “This Was a Man” by Jeffrey Archer is the final volume of the Clifton Chronicles. “A Baxter Family Christmas” by Karen Kingsbury is an inspiring Christian family story.

“Hard Ride to Wichita” by Ralph Compton is a western. “When All the Girls Have Gone” by Jayne Ann Krentz is a thriller. “Leopard’s Fury” by Christine Feehan is a Leopard paranormal romance. “Real Food, Fake Food” by food journalist Larry Olmsted looks at genuine and fake food and helps you know the difference.

Mysteries and thrillers
“Ruler of the Night” by David Morrell is the third Thomas De Quincey mystery set in Victorian London. “The Spy” by Paulo Coelho is the story of Mata Hari in her own words. “The Line” by James Patterson is an Alex Cross mystery. “Chaos” by Patricia Cornwall is a Kay Scarpetta medical examiner mystery. “Sinner Man” by Lawrence Block is a hard case crime story.

Other novels
“The Throwback Special” by Chris Bachelor follows 22 football fans who gather every year. “The Sellout” by Paul Beatty is a humorous satire. “The Sympathizer” by Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen is an espionage novel set in the Vietnam War. “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” by Fredrik Backman follows a woman delivering apology letters for her dead grandmother. “All That Man Is” by David Szalay, a portrait of nine contemporary men, was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize. “Odessa Sea” by Clive and Dirk Cussler is a Dirk Pitt adventure. “Swing Time” by Zadie Smith follows the lives of two dancers. “Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis” by Anne Rice is a Vampire Chronicles novel. “The Whole Town’s Talking” by Fannie Flagg is the story of Swedish mail-order bride and her family and friends.

“Long-term Care” includes the latest laws and new information about Medicaid eligibility. “You Will Not Have My Hate” by Antoine Leiris is a memoir written after the author’s wife was killed in a Paris terrorist attack. “The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan” by Dr. David Perlmutter explains how to put the doctor’s advice into daily practice. “The Princess Diarist” by Carrie Fisher is based on journals the actress wrote while filming Star Wars. “At Home in the World” by Thich Nhat Hanh offer stories and essential teachings from a monk’s life. “A Long Way Back” by Anthony Andrews documents an untold story from the Vietnam War.

Free programmed Nooks
We have nine Nooks and three 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.

Free downloadable e-books
Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our 3M Cloud Library. Access these e-books 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.

Free downloadable films
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a 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 books and materials this week, we thank many anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“So the pie isn’t perfect? Cut it into wedges. When faced with a challenge, evaluate or assess the situation, gather the good things in sight, abandon the bad, clear your mind, and move on. Focus on the positive. Stay in control and never panic.” – Martha Stewart, lifestyle expert, bestselling author and founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.

For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.
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