ESL classes start May 1, Lifelong Learning lectures continue

We are delighted to announce that we will begin holding free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes twice weekly year-round at your library starting next Wednesday, May 1.  “This is very good news for our community, “ said Meg Wempe, library director.  “ESL classes can be a vital resource for students and their families to become more involved with educational, social and economic activities to enhance their lives.”

Classes will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-2 pm with two highly experienced teachers.  Joyce Holdread will teach the intermediate/advanced group  and Ellynn Ragone will teach beginners. No registration is required.  Similar to other library programs, we are not able to provide childcare as a separate component. 

Ever since the Archuleta County Education Center stopped offering ESL in the fall of 2018, Meg and her team have been working to secure funding to hold these classes at your library. They are fortunate to have found local sponsors through the Town of Pagosa Springs and the Galles Properties Community Fund, as well as regional sponsors through LPEA and the Ballantine Family Fund.

Comenzando el 1 de mayo, la biblioteca ofrecerá clases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL). Las clases se llevan a cabo los miércoles y viernes desde el mediodia hasta las 2 pm.  Todas las clases son gratuitas y no es necesario registrarse.  Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre el regreso de las clases de íngles como segundo idioma en nuestra comunidad de Pagosa. 

Please help us spread the word about the return of ESL classes to our Pagosa community.

Lifelong Learning lecture today

The third lecture in the free springLifelong Learning series on Thursdays takes place today,  April 25, with a presentation on beneficial electrification using renewable resources and LPEA’s goal of reducing its carbon footprint.  There will be three more lectures in May: May 9 features Dr. Andrew Gulliford discussing “The Woolly West: Colorado’s Hidden History of Sheepscapes.”   May 16 is “Financial Fraud Awareness” with Elsa White and Samantha Armistead from the Archuleta County Treasurer’s Office.  No presentation May 23.  May 30 is “Chasing Denali” when author and adventurer Jon Waterman shares his observations from 40 years of mountaineering on North America’s highest mountain.  Pick up a brochure at your library with more details on all these very interesting talks.

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.

Spanish conversation

Please note that there will be no Spanish classes in May.  They will resume in June.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, April 26 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.  Starting in May, please note permanent change of time to 2:30  from 2 p.m. because of ESL classes at 2 p.m.

Teen book club tomorrow

Friday, April 26 from 2-3 p.m. at the free teen book club, seventh-12th graders will discuss whatever they have been reading and enjoy free snacks.  

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, April 26, they will discuss “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane” by Lisa See.  Stop by your library to pick up a copy.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.  

LEGO Club on Saturday    

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, April 27 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, April 29 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

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.

Knitting-plus Club for teens

Next Wednesday, May 1, this free club meets from 4-5:30 p.m. for 7th-12th graders.  It’s called the Knitting-plus Club because it includes not only knitting but also crochet projects, needlepoint and more.  But note that teaching will be available only for knitting.  Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects and hang out with other crafters.  If you don’t know how to knit, come anyway and we’ll get you started on some of the basics.

Teen advisory board

NextThursday, May 2, 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.

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  Today, April 25, covers two popular genealogy databases. May 2 is Gmail Basics.  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. There will be no PALS from Thursday, May 2 through Thursday, May 9 or on May 21.

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.   Please note there will be no tech sessions on Tuesdays in May.  They will resume in June.

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.  May 1 will feature yoga and American Sign Language  with Dian Tator. 

DVDs – More Academy Award films

Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns” was nominated for four Academy Awards – best actress, production design, costume design and original score; for best picture and best original score in the Golden Globes; and won best intergenerational movie in the AARP annual Movies for Grownups awards.

Books on CD

“Devil’s Daughter” by Lisa Kleypas, a romance set in Victorian England, is number five in the Ravenels series.  “American Duchess” by Karen Harper is the novelized story of Consuelo Vanderbilt and her husband the Duke of Marlborough.  “Deep Harbor” by Fern Michaels is a mystery.  “The Perfect Alabi” by Philip Margolin is a legal thriller.  “The Next to Die” by Sophie Hannah is a psychological suspense story.  “The Huntress” by Kate Quinn is an historical novel about tracking a Nazi war criminal in America.  “Me For You” by Lolly Winston is a love story involving a Nordstrom piano player.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Lights All Night Long” by Lydia Fitzpatrick begins when a Russian teen arrives in Louisiana as an exchange student.  “Redemption” by David Baldacci id the latest in his Memory Man series.  “The 13-Minute Murder” by James Patterson contains three thrillers in one book.  “The Department of Sensitive Crimes” by Alexander McCall Smith explores the most strange and difficult cases in the Swedish Criminal Justice System.

Other novels

“Lost Roses” by Martha Hall Kelly tells of two women on both sides of the Atlantic deeply affected by the events following the fall of the Romanov imperial dynasty.  “Queenie” by Candice Carty-Williams is a darkly comic take on a young woman’s life in a spiral.  “Summoned to Thirteenth Grave” is the final installment of the bestselling paranormal series by Darynda Jones.  “The Book of Dreams” by Nina George follows friends and family of an ex-war reporter recovering from a traffic accident.


“Dementia Reimagined” by Tia Powell, a doctor and bioethicist, is a combination of medicine and memoir with advice om building a life of joy and dignity from beginning to end.  “The Ecology Book” is a DK guide that explains big ideas in an understandable way.  “Wings in the Light” by David Lee Myers is a guide to wild butterflies in North America.  “The Path Made Clear” by Oprah Winfrey uses her own key lessons to offer a framework for creating a life of success and significance.  “Leaders Who Changed History” explores the lives, motivations, achievements and innovations of the greatest leaders in the world through time.  “101 Things To Do With an Instant Pot” offers recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. 

Large print

“The Longevity Paradox” by Dr. Steven R. Gundry, a cardiac surgeon,  is a guide to a long life with advice on nutrition, product choices, mental health and exercise.  “The Last Year of the War” by Susan Meissner follows a young Iowa teen whose family is sent to an internment camp in Texas.  “The Editor” by Steven Rowley tells of a writer in 1990s New York City whose editor is Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.  “Triple Jeopardy” by Anne Perry is a Daniel Pitt mystery.  “The Last Act” by Brad Parks is an FBI mystery.  “Miss Julia Takes the Wheel” by Ann B. Ross explores the mystery of a new doctor in town.  “Unto Us a Son is Given” by Donna Leon is a Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery.  “The A List” by J.A. Jance is an Ali Reynolds mystery.  “Two Weeks” by Karen Kingsbury is a Baxter Family story.

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    “The bad news is, time flies.  The good news is, you’re the pilot.” – Michael Altschultz.   

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