Friends of the Library annual book sale this weekend
One of the most popular events of the summer – the Friends of the Library book sale – takes place tomorrow, Friday, August 10, and Saturday, August 11 at Centerpoint Church.

Friday’s potluck and preview sale for members starts at 5 p.m.  Don’t worry if you don’t have your Friends membership yet.  You can join at the door or stop by the library to sign up between now and then.  Individual memberships are $15 a year or $100 for a lifetime.  Family memberships are $25 a year.

The Saturday sale for the public runs from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., an hour longer than last year, and unsold items will be marked down to half price from the already low prices in the afternoon.

This fundraising event is a win-win both for you and your library.  You get to purchase hardcover and paperback books, CDs and DVDs at amazingly low prices.  Your library benefits by the Friends’ generosity in donating the sale’s proceeds for a wide variety of vital needs.  Past funds have purchased new computers and our CD/DVD self-checkout machine, as well as paying for half of the new return box at City Market.

We hope to see you at the book sale.

Backpacks available for free checkout
Thanks to a partnership between the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado State Library, we have two backpacks for free checkout that contain a state park pass, binoculars, a wildlife guide, a trees and wildlife guide, a book about the 42 state parks, and more. The backpacks can be checked out for a full week and renewed for an additional week.   They cannot be placed on hold.  Consider it a “Lucky Day” pickup item, meaning that if you come in and it’s available, you can check it out.

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.

Library closure
Your library is closed today, Thursday, August 9, for a Staff Education Day.  We’re having different learning presentations from staff members and an outside presenter helping us learn new things to make your library even better.

All ages card games tomorrow
Join us tomorrow (Friday, August 10) from 2-3:30 p.m. for an all ages card game session where you can play a variety of card games.

Legal clinic tomorrow
Tomorrow (Friday, August 10) 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.

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

Computer class
Join us on alternating Mondays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a useful skill or application.  August 13 covers Basic Excel spreadsheets, which allow you to easily store, organize and modify data.  August 23 is Microsoft OneDrive, helping you to get your files and photos from anywhere using any device via Microsoft’s cloud platform.   August 27 is the Learning Express Library, an interactive learning platform of practice tests and tutorial courses to help you prepare for tests and improve your academic skills.  There also are several computer and software tutorials for Windows 10, Microsoft Word, Excel and more.

Tween gaming
Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is next Monday, August 13 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Adult bookclub
Our free adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On August 14 we will discuss “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer.  If you need a copy, please stop by your library.  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.

Teen writers group
Join us next Wednesday, August 15 from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meeting for seventh-12 graders.  This group’s interests include stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction.

Adult education summer schedule
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) is working on a summer schedule – from 2-7 p.m. on Tuesdays.   Come to your library to get help 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 9:30-10 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 babies, toddlers and youngsters to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

“Age of War” by Michael J. Sullivan is book three of the Legends of the First Empire fantasy series.  “The Good Fight” by Danielle Steel follows a young woman involved in the major issues of the 1960s.  “Rainy Day Friends” by Jill Shalvis is a romance.  “Double Blind” by Iris and Roy Johansen is a suspense story.  “Marry Me by Sundown” by Johanna Lindsey is a western adventure.  “Between You & Me” by Susan Wiggs is an Amish Country story.  “Liar, Liar” by Lisa Jackson tells of a mother who may or may not have committed suicide.  “Before and Again” by Barbara Delinsky follows a woman’s life after her daughter died in a car she was driving.  “The Dying of the Light” by Robert Goolrick features a woman who must marry for money to save her family’s estate.

“Ready Player One” is a Steven Spielberg sci-fi adventure.  “Killer Elite” is an action thriller.  “Saboteur” is Alfred Hitchcock’s 1942 wartime thriller.  “The Music of Strangers” is a musical documentary starring cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.  “Heartland” is the complete season four.  We also have all six seasons of “Longmire.”

Large print
“Wild West: Short Stories” by Elmer Kelton is a collection of stories about life in Texas.  “Ghost River” by L.J. Washburn is a western.  “The Purchase” by Linda Spalding is a Quaker story set in Pennsylvania in 1798.

“Harry & Meagan: The Royal Wedding Album” is an illustrated souvenir of the recent wedding.  “The Desert and the Sea” by Michael Scott Moore documents the author’s 977 days of captivity on the Somali private coast.  “Don’t Worry.  He Won’t Get Far on Foot” by John Callahan is a memoir by the legendary cartoonist that is also a major motion picture.  “The Golden Age of Piracy” is a collection of essays edited by David Head about New World pirates in the 17th and 18th centuries.  “Pence: The Path to Power” by Andrea Neal is a biography of the 48th vice president.  “Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges 2019” is the 35th edition of this college directory.  “Thailand” and “Egypt” are Lonely Planet travel guides.  “Explore Iceland” in an Insight travel guide.  “Proud” by Ibtihaj Muhammad is a memoir of an African American Muslim who succeeds in her dream of becoming a fencing champion.

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 books and materials this week, we thank Bob and Carole Howard and our many anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“A book is a kind of refuge to which we can go for the assurance that, as long as we are reading, we can leave the worries and cares of our everyday lives behind us and enter, however briefly, another reality, populated by other lives, a world distant in time and place from our own, or else reflective of the present moment in ways that may help us see that moment more clearly.” – from “What to Read and Why” by Francine Prose.

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