Meet Josie, your new early literacy librarian

We are delighted to introduce you to Josie Snow, a hometown Pagosan who has been hired as your new early literacy librarian. 

Josie brings an impressive record of educational and practical experience to her new post.  She has just graduated with an MA in children’s literature from Simmons University in Boston.  She earned a BA summa cum laude in interdisciplinary studies with a focus on education and minor in literature at Fort Lewis College in Durango. 

She also has had practical experience as a graduate student assistant in the children’s literature department at Simmons University, fifth grade teacher at Dolores Elementary School, and fourth-fifth grade teacher in Silverton. Earlier she was a student teacher in Killarney, Ireland and a summer youth program leader at A Theatre Group in Silverton. 

Josie has loved the Pagosa library since she was a child growing up here, enjoying its books and programs with Marilyn Krings, her mother; Reece Snow, her late father; and Chrystal Snow, her sister. “I always found the library a very welcoming place,” she says.  “It felt like home.”  From 2003-2017 Josie also was a volunteer at your library when her education and teaching allowed. During that time she had a number of responsibilities including promoting literacy in young readers and working on the Summer Reading Program.

In her new position, Josie is eager to take advantage of her experience as a former teacher to build an even closer partnership with our local schools so that they fully take advantage of the library’s many resources.  She also is delighted to return home to Pagosa because she loves the outdoors, the mountains and playing in the river.

“We are thrilled to have Josie joining our team,” said Meg Wempe, director of your library.  “We hope you’ll come in soon to say ‘hello and welcome’ to her!”

Summer Reading Club today

Youngsters K-5th grade are invited to a free special Summer Reading Club on Thursdays from 10-11:30 a.m. that will explore exciting adventures in outer space.  Today, June 13, features rocket-themed crafts, activities and stories.  On June 20 you’ll learn about the moon, our closest neighbor.  June 27 centers on the planets, when you’ll view images of the planets taken by the Hubble telescope and create your own.

This is just one of many free activities in the Summer Reading Program for all ages that runs through July 26.  A Universe of Stories is this year’s theme.  

More Summer Reading news

Register from home on our website or sign up at the library for the Summer Reading Program and pick up your first bingo cards at the desk. You will receive a free book each time you turn in a completed bingo sheet, and kids also will have the option of getting a small try out of our treasure chest.

Each bingo sheet is filled with age-appropriate activities to help you learn, grow and stay engaged throughout the summer.  Completing bingo sheets also enters you into the drawing for our grand prizes that will be awarded for each age group at our closing Summer Reading party on Friday, July 26 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. when everyone will enjoy live music, food and crafts.  (Note that you must be present at the party to win a prize.)

We’ll be detailing the prizes in future columns. They will be divided into four age groups: babies to pre-K,  children K-5th grade,  6th-12th grades, and ages 18 – 100.

The Summer Reading Program offers special events, fun surprises and reading incentives throughout June and July.  Summer Reading themes will be incorporated into our regular programming as well.  Watch for details and dates in this column every week, and pick up activities calendars so you don’t miss anything.

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 español.

Driver’s tests help

We have just purchased a new online resource that is free to our patrons and will be a huge asset to anyone who is about to take a car, motorcycle or commercial driver’s test. The site includes hundreds of practice questions arranged into useful tests, from easy to hard, for the different licenses. More of a visual learner? There’s also a 360-degree road situation simulator that gives you a chance to see exactly what is described in each of the questions.  As well, there’s an exam simulator that mimics a DMV exam, with new questions every time you take it.  The also site includes manuals and frequently asked questions about the tests.

To access the site, go to your library’s website at https://pagosalibrary.org and click on the slider that features this new resource.  It also is accessible by clicking the tab for “Online Resources’” and scrolling down to Driving-Tests. You will not need a library card to access this new resource, but we’d love to take this opportunity to give you a card so you can use our other resources.  

All-ages rocket making tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, June 14, from 2-4 p.m. for a free all-ages event where you will kick off your space adventures by building model rockets from recycled materials.  You’ll have fun with Josie Snow, our new early literacy librarian, putting science and art together in a project you can launch into the sky.

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, June 14, from 2-3 p.m. a free legal clinic for people who have no attorney will take place via computer link.  A volunteer attorney will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property tax, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans benefits and civil protection orders.  Please note that our volunteer attorney can assist only four people each month, so it’s first come, first served.  Check in at the registration desk.  This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month.  Please visit www.checkerboard.com to access legal forms an find answers to many questions relating to civil law.

Paws to Read Saturday

Saturday, June 15 from 11 a.m. – noon, youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Bacchus, 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.

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, June 17 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.

Teen writers group

Join us next Wednesday, June 19 from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meeting for seventh-12 graders.  This group’s interests include stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction. 

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event next Wednesday, June 19 from 1-2 p.m., we’ll make homemade sunscreen using shea butter, coconut oil and zinc oxide powder.  No registration required.

ESL classes

We are now holding free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes twice weekly 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.  No registration is required. 

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. 

Computer classes

The is a free program from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application. June 20 is Transparent Language Learning, packed full of pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing and vocabulary building lessons.  No registration required.  

Adult education summer hours

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has moved to summer hours.  It now takes place on Tuesdays from 2 – 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 Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.   

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.  


“Worricker” is the complete PBS Masterpiece series.  “Broadchurch” is the complete first season of this British series, and we also have the second season.  “Marple” is season one of the Agatha Christie mystery series, and we also have season two.   “The Amazing Human Body” is a BBC documentary.  “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is the Dreamworks animated movie.  “The LEGO movie: The Second Part” is the family animated film.


“The Book of Pride” by Mason Funk features LGBTQ heroes who changed the world. 


“Montauk” by Nicola Harrison is a story set among the high society of this Long Island village in the 1930s.  “The Spies of Shilling Lane” by Jennifer Ryan features English village busybody Mrs. Braithwaite in World War II England.  “Mad Boy” by Denver author Nick Arvin is a rollicking, picaresque novel about family and perseverance set during America’s War of 1812.  “The Favorite Daughter” by Patti Callahan Henry tells of a daughter returning home after a decade as her family deals with her father’s Alzheimer’s. 

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“Sunset Beach” by Mary Kay Andrews is a mystery.  “The Yankee Widow” by Linda Lael Miller features the strong women and men on both sides of the Civil War who sacrificed so much.  “Neon Prey” by John Sandford is a Lucas Davenport thriller.  “The View from Alameda Island” by Robyn Carr begins when a woman leaves her “oerfect” life and asks for a divorce on her 24th wedding anniversary.

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 Carla Evans, Marilyn Falvey and our anonymous donors.  For their generous donation in memory of Katy Threet, we thank Bob and Carole Howard.

Quotable Quote  

“If you are searching for that one person who will change your life, look in the mirror.” – Roman Price, American business executive.

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