Suicide intervention, healthy eating on a budget and free legal clinics

Thanks to the professionals at San Juan Public Health, your library will host two free workshops on vital subjects relating to health and happiness:

  • Next Thursday, February 8 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. they will discuss suicide awareness and prevention.
  • On Thursday, February 22 from 10-11:30 a.m. they will discuss how to shop so you can stay healthy on a budget.
  • As well, on Friday, February 9 from 2-3 p.m. 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.  This clinic will take place the second Friday of every month.  You also can visit checkerboard.co to access legal forms and answers to many civil legal questions.

 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.

Teen advisory board today

Today (Thursday, February 1) the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, February 2) 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.

Free reading with therapy dogs

On Saturday, February 3 from 11 a.m.-noon,  youngsters from K-fifth grade are invited to share their favorite books with Hondo, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

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 role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, February 7 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Family storytimes changed

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 kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Please note that both storytimes are now 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.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. to learn a technology skill or application.  Today  (February 1) is the basics of using the Windows 10 operating system.  On February 8 you will learn the basic skills needed to effectively organize your schedule and manage emails using Microsoft Outlook.  On February 15 you will learn the basics of Excel by creating a basic budget spreadsheet and making Excel do all the math for you.  On February 22 you will learn how to enjoy free access more than 7,000 streaming movies and classic TV shows via InstantFlix with your computer, smartphone or tablet.

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: Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

How-to and self help

“Be the Parent, Please” by Naomi Schaefer Riley offers strategies for families to take charge of technology’s control over their lives.  “What When Wine” by Melanie Avalon documents a plan to lose weight with paleo-style meals, intermittent fasting and wine.  “Striped Pears and Polka Dots” by Kirsten Sevig describes the artist’s secrets to a happy life.  “The Scratch & Sniff Guide to Beer” by Justin Kennedy offers advice, trip ideas and fascinating facts for beer fans.  “What To Expect When You Are Expecting” by Heidi Murkoff is the fifth edition of this all-in-one guide.  “Reason and Wonder: Why Science and Faith Need Each Other” brings together 12 of the leading thinkers in science and theology for in-depth discussions.  “Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging” by Sebastian Junger explores what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty, belonging and the eternal human quest for meaning.

Other nonfiction

“When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir” by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele is the story of the women who founded the Black Lives Matter movement.  “Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare” by Giles Milton tells of a secret group of men and women who plotted the destruction of Hitler’s war machine.  “Art of Clay” describes timeless pottery of the Southwest in words and full-color photos.


“Philadelphia” won best actor for Tom Hanks and best song for Bruce Springsteen in 1993.  “John Le Carre’s Tinker Tailor Solder Spy” stars Alec Guinness.  “The Witness” documents Kitty Genovese’s brother’s efforts to uncover the truth after she was murdered in front of 38 witnesses who did not help.  “Dark Passage” stars Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.


“How to be a Stoic” by Massimo Pigluicci describes how Stoicism can help us answer life’s major questions.  “The Shell Seekers” by Rosamunde Pilcher tells the story behind the heroine’s prize possession, a painting.

 Thrillers and suspense

“City of Endless Night” by Preston & Child is a Pendergast mystery.  “Unnatural Causes” by Dawn Eastman is a Dr. Katie LeClair mystery.  “Fools and Mortals” by Bernard Cornwell focuses on the life of a penniless actor named Richard Shakespeare, William’s brother.  “The Wife” by Alafair Burke asks how far a wife will go to protect the man she loves.

Other novels

“Girls in the Picture” by Melanie Benjamin explores the friendship and partnership of actress Mary Pickford and screenwriter Frances Marion.  “Iron Gold” by Pierce Brown is the third book in the Red Rising sci-fi series.  “The Dollhouse” by Fiona Davis takes readers into the glamorous New York City Barbizon Hotel for Women in the 1950s.  “Fall from Grace” by Danielle Steel follows a woman who must rebuild her life after her husband leaves her out of his will.

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 several anonymous donors.  For their generous monetary donation, we are grateful to Joanne and Victor Lucariello.

Quotable Quote

“When you don’t understand something, it becomes a battle.  Fear makes people defensive, aggressive and judgmental.  But if you see that while we’re all different, our basic needs are the same – we all want love, safety and understanding – then it’s easy to be kind.” – Ellen DeGeneres, comedian, TV host, actress, writer and producer.

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