Backpacks available for free checkout

With this beautiful spring weather, you may be thinking about a hiking or camping trip.  So we wanted to remind you that, thanks to a partnership between the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado State Library, we have two backpacks available for free checkout.

The backpacks contain a state park pass, binoculars, a wildlife guide, a trees and wildlife guide, a book about the 42 state parks, and more. They can be checked out for a full week and renewed for an additional week.   They cannot be placed on hold.  Consider it a “Lucky Day” pickup item, meaning that if you come in and it’s available, you can check it out.

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.

Lifelong Learning Lecture today

The seventh and last presentation in our free spring Lifelong Learning Lecture series takes place today, May 17, from 5-6:30 p.m. Dr. Andrew Gulliford, professor of history and environmental science at Fort Lewis College, will review the history of killing wolves in Colorado and the possibility of bringing them back to our wilderness. We hope you have enjoyed these interesting and informative presentations.  Watch for information on the next Lifelong Learning Lectures in the fall.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, May 18) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a free PG-rated 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.

Kids Club Saturday

Kids Club for K-fifth graders takes place this Saturday, May 19 from 11 a.m. – noon.  Each month this new free program will feature a different theme and include book-sharing, games, crafts and snacks.  May’s theme is cardboard construction.  Please note that Kids Club is now open to kindergarteners.

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, May 21 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.

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event next Wednesday, May 23 from 1-2 p.m. we’ll transform an old pie tin into a unique rustic picture frame that will help you remember family or friends and add character to your home.  Bring an old photograph – preferably a copy or digital version that you can cut up.  No registration required.

Spanish conversation

Next Wednesday, May 23 from 4-5 p.m. practice your Spanish with other Spanish-language learners and speakers  at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

End of School game break

Fourth-12 graders, mark your calendars for a free End of School game break next Thursday, May 24 from 4-5 p.m.  Teens and tweens can take a break from studying to stop by the library for games and snacks.

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  Today, May 17, covers using Microsoft Word to create professional-looking resumes using basic and advanced formatting tools.  May 24 reviews the Ancestry Library edition database on family histories.  May 31 you’ll learn about viruses and malware and what to do about them.

Adult education 

Our PALS program – Pagosa Adult Learning Services – takes place three days a week: 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 with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

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.

Please note that both storytimes are now 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.

How-to and self-help

“The Happiness Curve” by Jonathan Rauch explains why life gets better after 50 and offers tips for the third period in life.  “Anticancer Living” by Lorenzo Cohen and Alison Jeffries focuses on six areas of health and wellness to fight cancer.  “Texas” is an Insight Guide that includes a free app and e-book.  “Addiction Solution” by Dr. Lloyd I Sederer, a chief medical officer, is a practical guide to understanding the world of drug use, abuse and treatment.  “The Pocket Dalai Lama” is a selection of inspiring short teachings from this Buddhist leader.  “The Magic of Tiny Business” by Sharon Rowe is a guide to making a great living in a small business. 

Other nonfiction

“Human Errors” by biologist Nathan H. Lents is am exploration of our four-billion-year evolutionary saga.  “Chasing Hope” by Richard M. Cohen is a memoir of a patient with multiple sclerosis who takes part in a pioneering stem cell protocol.  “Atticus Finch” by historian Joseph Crespino reveals how Harper Lee’s father provided the inspiration for her two novels.  “Gaslighting America” by Amanda Carpenter explores President Trump’s winning formula to control the news and news cycles.  “Reflections” by Barbara Bush is a memoir covering the eight years between her husband’s leaving the presidency and her son’s inauguration.

Books on CD

“The Sixth Day” by Catherine Coulter is the fifth in the Brit in the FBI mystery series.  “Cutting” by Jeffery Deaver is a Lincoln Rhyme-Amelia Sachs mystery.  “I’ve Got My Eyes on You” by Mary Higgins Clark is a thriller.  “Factfulness” by Hans Rosling describes 10 reasons why we’re wrong about the world – and why things are better than we think.  “Red Alert” by James Patterson is an NYPD Red mystery.  “After Anna” by Lisa Scottoline is a mystery.  “Alternate Side” by Anna Quindlen is about life in a tight-knit Manhattan neighborhood.  “The Thief” by J.R. Ward is a novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.  “Macbeth” by Jo Nesbo centers on a run-down town struggling to shed a drug problem.  “Shoot First” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington adventure.


“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is the latest Skywalker saga. “Hostiles” is the movie that was shot in New Mexico with several Pagosa people as extras.  “Blue Planet II” is a documentary exploring the ocean that is narrated by David Attenborough.  “Wild Horse Wild Ride” documents the Extreme Mustang Makeover Challenge. 

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“The 17th Suspect” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is a new Women’s Murder Club mystery.  “Lost Creed” by Alex Kava features Ryder Creed and his K9 four-legged “detectives.”   “Warlight” by Booker Prize winner Michael Ondaatje follows two children abandoned by their parents in 1945 London. 

Other novels

“You Me Everything” by Catherine Isaac follows a mother seeking a father for her 10-year-old son in the French countryside.  “The Perfect Mother” by Aimee Molloy begins when a baby is taken from his crib.  “The Judge Hunter” by Christopher Buckley is a comic adventure about an Englishman coming to Boston in 1664.  “The Cactus” by Sarah Haywood follows an expectant mother whose live is in a tailspin.

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 her generous monetary donation, we thank Muriel Eason.  For books and materials this week, we thank Marilyn Falvey and our anonymous donors – with special mention to retiring school teacher Peggy Shipman, who donated her collection of almost 60 Dr. Seuss books to the library.

Quotable Quote

“All that you touch you change.  All that you change changes you.  The only lasting truth is change.” – Octavia Butler (1947-2006), American science fiction writer and the only sci-fi writer to receive a Macarthur Fellowship from the Macarthur Foundation, which supports creative people committed to building a more just, verdant and peaceful world.

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