One-year anniversary: Books, DVDs and magazines join Meals on Wheels delivery system

One year ago this month, your library began a remarkable new partnership with Archuleta Seniors, Inc., the nonprofit organization that runs the Senior Center and oversees the Meals on Wheels routes for delivery both in town and out-of-town. 

As meals go out to homebound clients, they now can be accompanied by a special library bag containing books, audio books, DVDs and magazines especially selected to match each person’s individual tastes.  The personalized selection is based on a questionnaire they completed.

“We don’t have a huge number of people who use it, but we know it is appreciated because we have received kind notes when the items come back,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  “We currently have four people in the Homebound category, and in the past year 36 items have gone out to them.”

Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver and return the library materials to the Senior Center as they transport the food to their clients.

If you or someone you know would like this service, please contact the Senior Center at 970-264-2167 to receive information, including the introductory information pamphlet and preference questionnaire.

Wanted: Two ESL instructors

Your library is looking to hire two ESL instructors to teach speaking practice, vocabulary enrichment as well as reading, writing and language skills to students learning English as a second language.  These are new part-time positions working five to six hours a week, including four hours of class time.  One will teach beginning skills and the other more advanced.  For more details, see the job description on the library’s website.  Experience is required, and salary is commensurate with experience and knowledge.  Please drop off a letter of interest and resume to the library or email meg@pagosalibrary.org with these files.

How to freeze your holds

Many patrons love the hold service available at your library which allows you to reserve books and other materials when they are checked out to others.  But you may not know that you can freeze, or suspend, your holds at any time an especially helpful tool when you are traveling.

The best part is you do not lose your place in line.  When your hold is thawed, or released, you go right back in to the same place in your hold line; you do not go to the end of the line.

To freeze your holds online, first log into your account.  On the left side of the page, click on “Titles on Hold.”  A list of all items you have on hold will appear.  If they are not currently in transit, you can freeze the hold until you return from your travels or are ready to receive your hold again.    To freeze your hold, click on the button that says “Freeze Hold.”  Choose the date to thaw and resume the hold again and then click “Freeze Hold.”  The freeze will begin immediately. 

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.  We look forward to seeing you at your library.  Se habla espanol.

Tween paper airplanes today

Tweens are invited to a paper airplanes event today, Thursday, February 21, from 4-5:15 p.m. for fourth-eighth graders.  Come and fold paper airplanes and test them to see which ones go the farthest.  We’ll have templates available, but you are encouraged to get creative on your own.

LEGO contest and LEGO club

LEGO fans need to turn in your original submissions for the all-ages LEGO contest by tomorrow, February 22.  Prizes will be awarded for each of five age categories: preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17, and adult 18 and up.  One prize will be awarded for the Judges’ Choice.  Winners will be announced on Saturday, February 23 at 12:15 p.m. after LEGO Club, which takes place from 11 a.m. – noon.   More rules and details are available in the Activities Calendars.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, February 22 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.

Teen book club  tomorrow

Friday, February 22 from 2-3 p.m. at the free teen bookclub, seventh-12th graders will discuss “When My Heart Joins the Thousand” by A.J. Steiger and enjoy free snacks.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.  

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book lovers group – formerly the Senior Book Club – meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–noon. Tomorrow, Friday, February 22, they will discuss “Our Souls at Night” by Kent Haruf.  Stop by your library to pick up a copy.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, February 25 from 4-5 p.m.  Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   This free club is for fifth-12th grades.

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 Wednesday, February 27 from 4-5:30 p.m.    Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, February 27 from 3-4 p.m. practice your Spanish with others at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  February 28 is YouTube Basics when you’ll learn about channels, subscriptions, play lists and uploading your own videos to YouTube.  No registration required.  

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  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 from Mark 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 kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Both storytimes are 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.  

Books on CD

“A Delicate Touch” by Stuart Woods is  Stone Barrington mystery. “Daughter of War” by Brad Taylor is a Pike Logan adventure.  “Preacher’s Rage” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a First Mountain Man adventure.  “The New Iberia Blues” by James Lee Burke is a Dave Robicheaux murder mystery.  “Rage for Vengeance” by Dusty Richards is a Byrnes Family Ranch western.  “Texas Hills” by David Robbins is a Ralph Compton western. 


“Wives and Daughters” is a classic BBC costume drama.  “Indivisible” is based on the true story of an Army chaplain and his wife facing problems in their marriage.  “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” is a comedy.  “Framed” is a PBS Contemporary Masterpiece production.  “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries” is series one and two on two different discs.  “The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock” features a merchant, a mermaid and a madam.   “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing” is the classic starring William Holden and Jennifer Jones that won three Academy Awards in 1955.  “Stranger Things” is the Netflix original series.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Out of the Dark” by Gregg Hurwitz is an Orphan X thriller featuring the government’s off-the-books assassin operation.  “The Black Ascot” by Charles Todd is the latest in the mystery series featuring Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge.  “Suspicious Minds” by Gwenda Bond is the first book in the Stranger Things series about a government experiment in a small town, the prequel to the TV hit show.   “Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore” by Matthew Sullivan is a mystery that begins with a suicide.  “The Plotters” by Un-Su-Kim is a crime novel set in an alternate Seoul.  “Bluebird, Bluebird” by Attica Locke is a mystery set in East Texas.

Other novels 

“Bowlaway” by Elizabeth McCracken follows the enigmatic life of a woman who was discovered unconscious in a New England cemetery.  “Black Leopard Red Wolf” by Marlon James combines myth, fantasy and history following a mercenary’s search for a missing child. 

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 our anonymous donors. 

Quotable Quote   

“My Dad always talked about self-esteem., how the psyche is so fragile, and how it gets attacked by the game [of golf].  Everything with my Dad was positive.  He always found something good.  The most powerful thing a son will ever hear is affirmation from his father.” – Johnny Miller, former professional golfer, TV golf commentator and golf course architect. He was one of the top players in the world during the mid-1970s.

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