Hundreds of fitness resources and kids’ book launch event today

Did you know that your library has a huge variety of resources relating to fitness – in fact, almost 450 items in our collection? They include books, DVDs and periodicals covering topics such as weight training, yoga, healthy eating, outdoor exercise and much more.  If you cannot find an item you’re looking for here, any of our friendly staff can help you search for it through our consortium of libraries.

Additionally, we have multiple online resources related to health and wellness.  One such database is Consumer Health Complete, the single most comprehensive resource for consumer-related health content.  It covers all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.  Online resources are available 24/7 at www.pagosalibrary.org.  Select the tab “Online Resources” at the top of the home page.  The resources are listed in alphabetical order.  You will need your library card number to access some of the sites.

Kids’ book launch event this afternoon

Second and third graders at the Pagosa Peak charter school are hosting a book launch and signing event from 5:15 – 6 p.m. today, Thursday, March 5, at the library for a book they authored about how the laws of physics pertain to various sports.  About 20 youngsters participated in this project-based learning effort, working together and individually.  For example, Daniel Gonzales Harper wrote about how Newton’s first and second laws apply to golf and baseball.  This event will include Qs and As and refreshments.

This column covers next two weeks

Today’s column will cover activities over the next two weeks as your columnist will be traveling.  The next Library News column will appear on March 19.

Tax and census help 

Tax forms and instructions are available at your library.  Visit pagosalibrary.org/taxinformation for more details and useful links.  As well, library computers and staff are available to help you access the online census questionnaire.  Households will begin receiving an invitation to responds to the 2020 Census in mid-March.

To familiarize yourself with the questions that will be asked on the census, your library has a sample copy of the print census questionnaire in English and Spanish. Please visit pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online. We also have a sample copy of the print invitation to respond to the census that most households will receive. Brad and Josie are your census experts at the library, but all library staff are happy to answer questions related to the Census. As well, your library has various census-related prizes to give away while supplies last, including coffee mugs, bags, thumb drives, blankets and more. 

Save the date for Cookie Cook-off

Thursday, March 19 is a Cookie Cook-off from 4-6 p.m. for all ages.  Registration is required.  No peanuts or peanut products, please.  See the activities calendars available at your library for more details.

After-school club

The after-school club for first-fifth graders takes place Friday, March 6 and Friday, March 13 from 1:45-3:30 p.m. Participants will engage in literature-based science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) learning activities and work up to an exhibition on the first Friday following each three-week session.  Registration is required by calling us at 970-264-2209 or dropping by the library.

Knitting Club for teens and adults

Monday, March 9 this free club meets from 2-3:30 p.m. (note time change) for 4th graders to adults.  Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects.  If you don’t know how to knit, come anyway and we’ll get you started.  

Computer classes

The is a free program to learn a useful technology skill or application. Monday, March 9 from 1-2 p.m. will focus on saving and finding files as you learn how your computer is organized.  No registration required. 

Teen gamingFree 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. 

Ruby’s book club

Our free adult book club, meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss interesting fiction and nonfiction titles and enjoy refreshments.   On March 10 we will discuss “Gone So Long” by Andre Dubus III.  If you need a copy, please stop by your library.  No registration required.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, March 11 from 4-5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Legal clinic

Friday, March 13 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.  Please check in at the registration desk.  This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month. 


Kids aged 6 – 13 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, March 14 from 11 a.m. – noon for Lego Club. 

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, March 16 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.

Adult DIY

At this month’s free DIY event Tuesday, March 17 from 2-3 p.m. (note time change from 1 p.m.), we’ll provide the supplies and show you how to cur flower shapes from scrapbook paper and mount them as wall art or a wreath.  No registration required.

ESL classes twice a week

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place on Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Fridays from noon-2 p.m.  The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers —  Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners.  No registration is required.

Las clases son dos veces por semana  Las clases gratuitas de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL) ocurren los martes de 5-7 PM y los viernes de 12-2 PM. Las clases son dirigidas por dos instructoras altamente experimentadas — Joyce Holdread enseña al grupo intermedio / avanzado y Ellen Ragone enseña a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse. 

Adult education Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place Mondays from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and Thursdays from 2-7 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 2:30-3:30 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both free 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.   March 7 celebrates Dr. Seuss.  March 11 is a special Spanish session.  March 14 features PAWS to Read with border collie Kate.  March 18 features music, movement and ASL with Diann Tator. 


“Hold Still” by Kristina Kuzmic has been called “parenting comedy at its finest.”  “Code Red” by AE.J. Dionne, Jr. describes his view of why progressives and moderates should unite rather than feud.   “The Falcon Thief” by Joshua Hammer tells of a rogue who trades in rare birds and the wildlife detective determined to stop him.  “Mastering Diabetes” by Dr. Neal Bernard details a new food plan to reduce insulin resistence.  “How to Have a Happy Hustle” by Bec Evans describes tools and research to help entrepreneurs.  “The World Beneath Their Feet” by Scott Ellsworth describes teams of mountaineers from three countries competing to be first to climb the world’s highest peaks.  “Suffrage” by historian Ellen Carol Dubois documents the stories of the women who fought for the right to vote.

Large print

“Golden in Death” by J.D. Robb is a Lt. Eve Dallas mystery.  “The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols” by Nicholas Meyer is a Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson mystery.  ”First Cut” by Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell is a Jessie Teska mystery.  “Cutthroats” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Slash and Pecos western.  “The Man of Mystery” by David C. Noonan is another western. 

Academy Award films on DVD

We have three more Academy Award films:  Disney’s “Toy Story 4” won an Oscar for best animated feature.  “Harriet” won two nominations for Cynthia Erivo, for best actress and for best original song, “Stand Up,” which she co-wrote. 

Other DVDs

“Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” explores the life and works of this legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner.  “Missing Link” features Hugh Jackman’s voice in this family-friendly movie about a globetrotting advneture.

Books on CD

“Golden in Death” by J.D. Robb is a Det. Eve Dallas thriller.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Salt River” by Randy Wayne White is an adventure featuring Doc Ford.  “Into the Fire” by Gregg Hurwitz is an Orphan X mystery. 

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

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 Ed Gandun and our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote

“Most artists don’t have the wherewithal to keep going after initial failures.  Keep trying.  There are no mistakes, and, don’t erase.  Initial disappointments are a stepping stone to greatness.  The key is to keep creating art.” – John Ross Palmer, American artist based in Houston, TX.; author of numerous books and founder of the Escapism art movement.

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