Women’s wellness, avalanche awareness and a benefit concert

Here are three of the many free fun library activities this coming week:      

  • Today, Thursday, March 7, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. is the second session of a new free women’s wellness program for women ages 21-64 facilitated by San Juan Basin Public Health.  Note earlier starting time from February session.  Also 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.  Light refreshments will be served.  No registration required.
  • Join Mark Mueller today, Thursday, March 7, from 5:30-7 p.m. for a free presentation about avalanche safety.  Mark is an avalanche forecaster for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, which says that avalanches are the deadliest hazard in Colorado.  This talk could save your life.
  • Tomorrow, Friday, March 8, the new library foundation will host Moors and McCumber for one night in the Pagosa Springs High School auditorium. Local festival-goers will remember this talented musical duo from their popular past visits to Reservoir Hill. They craft beautiful story songs that walk the line between rootsy folk and melodic pop.  Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 6:30 p.m. with an opening show by the Pagosa Springs High School Americana Project students. Moors and McCumber will play at 7:30 p.m.  Entry to the concert is by donation, with a suggested contribution of $10 per person or $25 per family. All proceeds from the event go to the library foundation.

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, March 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 gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, March 8 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.

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, March 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, March 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 March 12 we will discuss “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah.  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, March 13  from 4-5:30 p.m.    Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  March 14 covers how to create professional looking resumes on Microsoft Word.  March 28 details how to navigate commonly used features on your Windows, Android or Apple smartphone nor tablet.  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.  Note that PALS will not take place the week of Spring Break (March 25 – Mar 29). PALS generally follows the school schedule, so when they are off, Mark is off. 

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.  Wednesday, March 13 will feature simple ASL, music and movement with Diann Taylor.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“The Chef” by James Patterson with Max DiLallo features a police detective by day and celebrity food truck chef by night.  “The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls” by Anissa Gray focuses on a well respected family when the husband and wife are arrested.  “The Girl in the Glass Box” by James Grippando is a Jack Swyteck legal thriller about an immigration case. 


“The Last Romantics” by Tara Conklin follows a middle-class Connecticut family facing a crisis testing the strengths of their bonds.  “The Tattooist of Auschwitz” by Heather Morris describes the bravery of a concentration camp prisoner.  “The City in the Middle of the Night” by Charlie Jane Anders is a futuristic tale set on a dying planet.  “Leading Men” by Christopher Castellani combines fact and fiction to tell the story of the aftermath of a glittering party thrown by Truman Capote in Portofino, Italy in 1953.  “Finding Dorothy” by Elizabeth Letts is a look at the real Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” through the eyes of  author Frank Baum’s wife.


“Cultured” by science journalist Katherine Harmon Courage describes yogurt and other “gut-friendly” foods to feed our microbiome and benefit our health.

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“What Doesn’t Kill Her” by Christina Dodd follows a woman who has a year-long gap in her memory.  “The Golden Tresses of the Dead” by Alan Bradley is a Flavia de Luce mystery.  “Connections in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas mystery.  “Hard Ride” by Elmer Kelton is a collection of tales from the American West.  “Call Me Lonesome” by Brett Cogburn is book two of the Morgan Clyde western series.  “The Devil’s Waltz” by Ethan J. Wolfe is a western.  “Never Tell” by Lisa Gardner is a murder mystery.  “All the Wrong Places” by Joy Fielding is an online dating 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

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 Muriel Eason and our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote    “There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: cats and music.” – Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), French theologian, writer, humanitarian, philosopher, physician and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

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