New women’s wellness program and text message notifications.

Today, Thursday, February 7, from noon – 2 p.m. we are launching a new free women’s wellness program for women ages 21-64 facilitated by San Juan Basin Public Health. 

Please note that there will not be any actual physical examinations at the library.  Rather, the sessions will provide education on about where and how to access cancer screenings, assess barriers to screening for breast and cervical cancer, and help with information about women’s sexual health. 

You’ll also hear about free or low-cost services offered by San Juan Basin Health such as women’s, children’s and infants’ services, Connect for Health CO, Nurse-Family Partnership and SafeCare.

We plan to host this program on the first Thursday of February and March – and possibly beyond, depending on response.  Light refreshments will be served.  No registration required.

Did you know…

…that your library has a program called ShoutBomb that, when signed up, allows you to receive text messages on your cell phone when items you requested are ready for pickup or when items are overdue?  You can also use this service to text the library to renew items.  It is available in both English and Spanish.

Signing up for ShoutBomb is totally free, though standard text rates do apply.  This service will only work with phones that can receive SMS text messages and most smart phones should qualify.  To sign up for ShoutBomb, log in to your account on your computer and click the button on the left that says, “Sign Up for Text Message Notifications.”  A document will open up on your computer that explains how to sign up for ShoutBomb.  It takes only a few minutes to sign up, but you will want to have your library card handy.  Of course, you can always speak with one of our friendly library staff and we would be happy to help you sign up for ShoutBomb.

This “Did you know…” section is another in a series being prepared by Cindi Galabota, development officer, that will appear periodically in Library News columns.  We hope you find the information interesting and helpful.

New circulation system 

Like all 110 members of the Colorado Library AspenCat Consortium, your library has switched to a new circulation system effective this week.  Most of what happens after the migration will be behind-the-scenes and invisible to you, our patrons.  But there will be one new feature we think you will like – as well as some overall service improvements. 

Operating with the new system should mean less downtime, faster updates, and the ability for staff to pull holds more than once a day.  As well, we’ll now have auto-renewals.  That means instead of needing to renew items through the online tool or through library staff, your items will automatically renew – unless there are holds on them from other patrons.

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.

Teen advisory board today

Today, Thursday, February 7, 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 movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, February 8) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a free PG movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, February 8) 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. 

LEGO Club on Saturday    

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, February 9 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Adult book club

Our free adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles and enjoy refreshments.  On February 12 we will discuss “Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know” by Alexandra Horowitz.  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 role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, February 13 from 4-5:30 p.m.    Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Medicare 101       

Do you have questions about Medicare?  San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging Medicare counselor Katy Deshler will help you understand your rights, options, deadlines and where to get more information at a free class on Wednesday, February 13 from 1:30 – 3 p.m.   For more information contact Kay Kaylor at 264-0501, ext. 1.

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  February 14 is Google Drive Basics when you will learn how to create documents, save your files online and collaborate with others on Google Drive.  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.  

Expanded policy re DVDs

You now can check out 10 DVDs at a time.  Also, new DVDs will be a separate category and you can check out two new DVDs in addition to the 10 from the regular offerings.  We believe our DVD fans will appreciate this additional checkout number.  It’s a win for your library as well, as we project it will create additional shelf space as more of our collection is checked out.

Large print

“A Delicate Touch” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “An Anonymous Girl” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen is a psychological thriller about a woman involved in a strange study.  “The New Iberia Blues” by James Lee Burke is a Det. Dave Robicheaux mystery. 

Travel books

“Australia” is a DK Eyewitness Travel guide.  “Frommer’s Easyguide to Australia 2018” is another travel guide to this fascinating country.  “Continental Divide Trail” by Barney Scout Mann is the only illustrated book officially published with the Continental Divide Trail Coalition about this legendary footpath.


“Fix Freeze Feast” (second expanded edition) by Kati Neville and Lindsay Ahrens contains 150 recipes to help you stock your freezer with ready-to-cook meals.  “The Official John Wayne Way to Grill” contains great stories and more than 100 recipes  shared by Duke’s family. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Current” by Tim Johnston begins when Minnesota state troopers pull two young women and their car out of an icy river.  “The Suspect” by Fiona Barton is a psychological suspense story about two 18-year-old girls who go missing in Thailand. 

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   

“Make the first row you plow straight as an arrow; otherwise, the whole field will be crooked.  This is an old farming adage and so true.  Doing it until you get it right can be a tough thing, but always, without a doubt, the right thing.  Make a firm foundation before you ever start raising the roof.” – From “Let’s All Make the Day Count” by Charlie Daniels, instrumentalist, lyricist and singer, known for his contributions to Southern rock, country, and bluegrass music.

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