Meet your new ESL teachers at your library

We are now holding free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes twice weekly year-round at your library.  Classes are being held on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-2 pm with two highly experienced teachers.  Joyce Holdread is teaching the intermediate/advanced group  and Ellynn Ragone is teaching beginners.  Here is more information about these very talented teachers.

Joyce Holdread has a master’s degree in Spanish from the University of Colorado and other certification and workshop education in the U.S. and Mexico.  She has experience teaching adults, adolescents and children in Mexico and Spain, as well as teaching Spanish and English to secondary school students in the U.S.  In addition to extensive work experience in the U.S. and Mexico, she more recently taught Spanish at the Archuleta School District and ESL classes at the Archuleta County Education Center, and now teaches Spanish at the local Family School.             

Joyce moved to Pagosa two and a half years ago from Golden to be closer to family here.  She loves living in our small mountain town rather than in a big city.  In addition to her other activities, she currently is raising funds to restore a local nonprofit that rescues victims of human trafficking from Latin America.

Ellynn Ragone has a BA from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  She is a graduate of the developing teacher program in Barcelona, Spain and taught English to all levels of adult students there.  She was awarded a TEFL certificate in Grenada, Spain.  She also has been an English-language teacher, tutor and volunteer at the Taos Education and Career Center at the University of New Mexico in Taos, and a tutor and volunteer at ESL classes at the University of New Mexico night school program.

Ellynn moved to Pagosa two and a half years ago to be with a local friend, and she loves the outdoor life here.  She calls herself a “totally crazy ski aficionado,” so this winter’s ideal skiing conditions made her very happy.  She also enjoys mountain biking in the national forest, and is eager to kayak our rivers this summer because of the strong runoff from the heavy winter snow.

No registration is required for the ESL classes at the library.  Similar to other library programs, we are not able to provide childcare as a separate component. 

Su biblioteca está ofreciendo ahoraclases 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.

Library closure

Your library will be closed Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day.

Lifelong Learning lecture

The sixth and last lecture in the free springLifelong Learning series on Thursdays takes place May 30  when author and adventurer Jon Waterman shares his observations from 40 years of mountaineering on North America’s highest mountain in a talk called “Chasing Denali.”  Note no presentation today, May 23. 

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, May 24 from 2:30-3:45 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.  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, May 24 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the free teen book club, seventh-12th graders will discuss  “Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft” edited by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe,  and enjoy free snacks.  Note permanent time change to 2:30 p.m. because of ESL classes.

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, May 24, they will discuss “The Women in the Castle” by Jessica Shattuck.  Stop by your library to pick up a copy.  No registration required.  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, May 25 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

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.

Computer classes

The regular program of  free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application resumes in mid-June.  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 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.  Note special Spanish storytime with Brandie Herrera on Wednesday, May 29


“Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna” by Juliet Grames looks back on the life of a young Italian girl, now an elderly woman in Connecticut.  “The Flight Portfolio” by Julie Orringer tells of a young American’s quest to save the lives of artists and writers fleeing the Nazis.  “Resistance Woman” by Jennifer Chiaverini, inspired by actual events, tells of Americans and other women fighting Hitler in Nazi Berlin. 

Mystery and suspense

“The Last Time I Saw You” by Liv Constantine exposes murder, infidelity and lies in Baltimore high society.   “Disappearing Earth” by Julia Phillips begins when two young sisters disappear at the northeastern edge of Russia.

How-to, motivation and self-help

“No Visible Bruises” by Rachel Louise Snyder explores the scope and damage of domestic violence in America.  “Things My Son Needs to Know About the World” by Fredrik Backman provides his newborn son with the perspective and tools he’ll need to make his way in the world.  “Everything I Need to Know I Learned from John Wayne” features lessons from the Duke’s films and includes more than 100 photos. “How to Camp in the Woods” by Devon Fredericksen is a guide to equipping, packing and setting up camp on your outdoor adventures.  

Other nonfiction

“The Amusement Park” by Stephen M. Silverman documents 900 years of thrills and spills and the people who built them.  “My Dad, Yogi” by Dale Berra is a memoir of Yankees baseball great Yogi Berra.  “Where the Light Enters” by Dr. Jill Biden is a look at the family of Joe Biden showcasing his wife’s skills as a mother, wife and educator.  “The Pioneers” by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough is the heroic story of the settlers who brought the American ideal west. 

Books on CD

“Blood Oath” by Linda Fairstein features assistant DA Alexandra Cooper of the Manhattan sex crimes unit.  “The Savior” by J.R. Ward entwines a vampire’s and scientist’s fates in the latest in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.  “Celtic Empire” by Clive and Dirk Cussler is a NUMA director Dirk Pitt adventure.  “Tight Rope” by Amanda Quick is a mystery centering around a groundbreaking prototype cipher machine.   

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

We are grateful for donations from Theresa Smith and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote   

“No one can figure out your worth but you.” – Pearl Bailey (1918-1990), American actress, singer and Tony award winner for her title role in the all-black production of “Hello, Dolly!” in 1968.

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