Academy Award and AARP films available on DVD at your library

For the past several months we have been listing the availability of Academy Award winners and nominees on DVD at your library as we got them.  Now we thought it would be helpful to provide a total list in one place for all our patrons who so greatly enjoy borrowing and watching these films.

We have eight of the Academy Awards best picture nominees, with the ninth available through AspenCat, the Colorado Library Consortium that allows our patrons access to items in 110 other Colorado libraries:

“The Shape of Water” had 12 nominations and won four Academy Awards, including best picture and best director.  “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” received several nominations including best picture and won best actress for Frances McDormand.  “Darkest Hour” received several nominations including best picture and won best actor for Gary Oldman.  “Phantom Thread” received several nominations including best picture, best director and best actor.   “Call Me By Your Name” received four nominations, including for best picture and best actor.  “Lady Bird” had five nominations including best picture, best director, best actress and best supporting actress.  “Get Out” was nominated for four awards including best picture, best actor and  best director.  “The Post” received nominations for best picture and best actress for Meryl Streep.  “Dunkirk,” available through AspenCat, received several nominations including best picture and best director.

We also have many movies from other Academy Award categories:

Disney Pixar’s “Coco” won best animated feature and best song.  “The Breadwinner,” “Loving Vincent” and “Ferdinand” were nominees for best animated feature.  “All the Money in the World” received a best actor in a supporting role nomination for Christopher Plummer.   “The Big Sick” was nominated for original screenplay.  “I, Tonya” had three nominations including best actress and best supporting actress.  “Abacus” and  “Last Men in Aleppo” were nominated in the documentary feature category.   “Blade Runner 2049” had five nominations and won for best visual effects. “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” received a nomination for best actor for Denzel Washington.  “The Greatest Showman” was nominated for best song.

AARP “Grownups” awards

Many of the films cited by the Academy and available at your library as DVDs also were honored by the AARP The Magazine’s 2017 Best Movies for Grownups Awards.  They include best-picture nominees  “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “The Shape of Water,” “Phantom Thread” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,”  all in our collection.

Also in our own DVD collection and through AspenCat. we have other AARP nominees including “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” nominated for best movie; “The Post” which got a best actor nomination for Tom Hanks and best actress nomination for Meryl Streep; “Girls Trip,” “Last Flag Flying” and “Murder on the Orient Express,” all nominated for best ensemble; “Marshall” nominated for best director; and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” nominated for best actor for Denzel Washington.  “All the Money in the World” received a best supporting actor nomination for Christopher Plummer.

 DVD donations

Many of these Academy Award and AARP movie DVDs were purchased using your library’s DVD budget.  But many also were donations by two film-loving patrons.  We are grateful            because the demand for current and classic DVD movie surpasses our monetary resources.  If you have gently used DVDs you no longer need, please consider donating them to us.  They will be much appreciated by our patrons.

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 fifth presentation in our free spring Lifelong Learning Lecture series takes place today, May 3, when town manager Andrea Phillips will speak on local government and the town’s recent and future major projects from 5-6:30 p.m.

These outstanding talks continue every Thursday until May 17.  San Juan Basic Public Health will discuss proper nutrition and healthy eating on a budget on May 10, and Andrew Guilliford, 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 on May 17.

We hope you will join us for these interesting and informative presentations.    For more details about all the talks, please pick up a brochure at your library.

Teen advisory board today

Today (Thursday, May 3) 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.

Operation Veteran Re-connect tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, May 4) adult services librarian Brad Glover will man a table at the Vets for Vets event at the high school from 6-8 p.m. to inform veterans and their families about the many free library resources available to them.  These include computer use, internet access and tech support; access to health, learning and ancestry data bases to help vets find information about fallen comrades and shipmates; and our interlibrary loan service that allows vets to borrow or request almost any military-themed book or DVD.  Vets for Vets will also provide many other informational opportunities for our local veterans and their families at this special event.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, May 4) 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.

Paws to Read on Saturday

Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. – noon, youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Hondo, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a free Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

New paper marbling fun

On Monday, May 7 from 4-5 p.m. we’ll host a free new paper marbling event for fourth-12th grades to make beautiful marbled designs and dye paper with shaving cream and food coloring.

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.  On May 8 we will discuss “Salt to the Sea” by Ruta Sepetys.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  Light snacks and beverages will be served.  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, May 9 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Healthy eating on a budget

If you are having some difficulty eating healthily on a budget, please join us next Thursday, May 10 at 5 p.m. when San Juan Basin Public Health will host a free interactive discussion about healthy living including nutrition tips, effective grocery shopping and how to cook affordable, healthy meals.  Healthy snacks will be available and new recipes will be provided.  Everyone is welcome – no registration required.

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 3, you’ll learn how to remove programs, manage the space on your computer, speed up your browsing and more.  May 10 covers the Cloud library which allows you to download e-books and audio books to your computer or e-reader.  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.


“A Higher Loyalty” by former FBI director James Comey takes readers through the personal events and cases that shaped his views of justice, fairness and ethical leadership.  “The Big Ones” by seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones is a history of natural disasters and what we can do about them.  “Dear Madam President” by Jennifer Palmieri is an open letter to the women who will run the world as they rise in power in their communities, careers and public life.  “The Dream of the Earth” by Thomas Berry, first published by Sierra Club Books in 1988, is a classic in environmental thinking.

Books on CD

“Limits of the Known” is a memoir by celebrated mountaineer David Roberts.  “The Family Gathering” by Robyn Carr is a Sullivan’s Crossing novel.


“Sustainable” is a documentary about the future of our food system in America.  “Outlander” is season three.  “I Am” is an inspirational true story about a Hollywood director who works to answer two questions:  “What’s wrong with our world?” and “What can we do about it?”  “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria”  investigates the alarming rise of untreatable infections.


“Varina” by Charles Frazier explores the Civil War through the eyes of Jefferson Davis’ wife.  “Noir” by Christopher Moore is a comic story set in 1947 San Francisco.

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 for our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank John Steward and Teresa Heany as well as our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.” – George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish playwright, critic and political activist.

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