Did you know that your library offers 33 free online resources?

Did you know that your library offers 33 different free online resources available to you 24/7?  Visit https://pagosalibrary.org/online-resources/ to find a variety of topics for people of all ages.

Examples include Regional Business News with 50 regional business publications, Small Engine Repair Reference Center and Britannica School for students.    Transparent Language Online is packed full of lessons that offer a complete, language-learning solutions.  History Reference Center offers more than 150 history periodicals, nearly 57,000 historical documents, more than 77,000 biographies of historical figures and more than 37,400 historical photos and maps.

For questions regarding the Library’s online resources, call 970-264-2209 or email to ruby@pagosalibrary.org.

This “Did you know…” section is the first in a series being prepared by Cindi Galabota, development officer, that will appear periodically in future Library News columns.  We hope you find the information interesting and helpful.

Library closure

Your library will be closed on Monday, May 28 in celebration of Memorial Day.

Summer Reading Program

Please note that the ever-popular Summer Reading Program with the theme Libraries Rock! starts June 4.  Watch for details in next week’s Library News column.

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.

End of School game break today

Fourth-12 graders, please join us for a free End of School game break today (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.

Teen bookclub tomorrow

Friday, May 25 from 2-3 p.m. at the teen bookclub, seventh-12th graders will discuss “Scythe” by Neal Shusterman and enjoy free snacks.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.  Note change of day and time because school is out.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, May 25) 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.

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 25) they will discuss “The Aviator’s Wife” by Melanie Benjamin.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.  No registration required.

LEGO Club Saturday

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, May 26 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.

Teen role-playing

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

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is next Thursday, May 31 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii 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.  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 babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Jicarilla booklets

We have two collections of special Jicarilla booklets edited Merton Sandoval.  The four Jicarilla Numbers booklets were compiled over the years by different people to aid classroom teachers assisting students learning to count in Jicarilla.  The four Jicarilla Teachings booklets were compiled at several work sessions in 2000 to preserve the Jicarilla language and provide moral and useful advice for everyday life.  You will find them in the New Item area of the library.

Books on CD

“A Higher Loyalty” by James Comey is the memoir of the FBI director.  “Shattered Mirror” by Iris Johansen is an Eye Duncan mystery.  “Twisted Prey” by John Sandford is a Lucas Davenport mystery.  “The Fallen” by David Balducci is an Amos Decker mystery.  “The 17th Suspect” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is a Women’s Murder Club mystery.  “The Forgotten Road” by Richard Paul Evans is the second book in the trilogy about a man on an inspirational pilgrimage across Route 66.


“Night Gallery” is the complete first season.  “Teen Canoes” is a parable  about Australian aboriginal life before European settlement.  “Peter Rabbit” is a comedy for children.  “North America” is a two-DVD set of this documentary.

Large print

“The Other Lady Vanishes” by Amanda Quick is a mystery.  “The High Tide Club” by Mary Kay Andrews begins with a summons from a 99-year-old eccentric heiress.  “The First Family” by Michael and Daniel Palmer is a mystery about the First Family son.  “Shattered Mirror” by Iris Johansen is an Eve Duncan forensic sculptor mystery.   “Someone to Care” by Mary Balogh is a Westcott novel.  “The Forgotten Road” by Richard Paul Evans is book two of the Broken Road series.  “Twisted Prey” by John Sandford is a Lucas Davenport mystery. 


“Autoimmune Solution Cookbook” by Dr. Amy Myers provides more than 150 recipes designed to prevent and reverse inflammatory-related symptoms and diseases.  “How to Grill Everything” by Mark Bittman features 1,000 recipes and advice for gas and charcoal grilling. 

Biographies and memoirs

“Barracoon: The Story of the Last ‘Black Cargo’” by Zora Neale Hurston is the biography of a man born in Africa before being enslaved and brought to America.  “The Girl” by Michelle Morgan is a biography of Marilyn Monroe.  “Robin” by Dave Itzkoff is a biography of Robin Williams.  “The Flying Tigers” by Sam Kleiner is the untold story of the American pilots who waged a secret war against Japan.  “Brothers of the Gun” by Marwan Hisham and Molly Crabapple is the story of a young man coming of age during the Syrian War,

Short stories by a future Pagosan

We have three books of short stories by Maryland Circuit Court Judge Albert W. Northrop – “Buck,”  “Always an Adventure” and “Did You Say Two.”   The author and his wife Karen plan to move to Pagosa Springs when he retires. 


“My Ex-Life” by Stephen McCauley follows a couple who reunite after being divorced for 30 years.  “Our Kind of Cruelty” by Araminta Hall is a darkly twisted love story.  “To Those Afflicted” by J.L. Blankenship tells of the relationship between two sisters, one who may be a schizophrenic.  “By Invitation Only” by Dorothea Benton Frank is a tale of two families in two different worlds, limousines and pickup trucks.  “How to Walk Away” by Katherine Center focuses on a woman with a perfect future who loses everything.  “The Cast” by Danielle Steel features a talented woman as she launches a new TV series.

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 Linda Schaffer and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

Advice to his three children:  “One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose, and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.” – Stephen Hawking (1942-2018), world-renowned physicist, cosmologist, author and professor who died peacefully at home in March at the age of 76, long after was told at age 21 he would have only two years to live when diagnosed with a rare form of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).  He defied the odds and helped transform the way scientists view black holes and the universe.  He was portrayed in the 2014 biographical film by Eddie Redmayne in an Academy Award-winning role.

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