Music coding for teens and Wild-N-Crazy Critters Exotic Pet Shop for all ages

We have two unusual, fun and free Summer Reading Program events to highlight for this coming week:

            ►Today, Thursday, June 28 from 4-5:30 p.m. fifth-12th graders will want to come to the library for a special teen music coding event.  You’ll learn to make music with computer code.  Some laptops will be provided, but if you have one please bring it.

Saturday, June 30 the Wild-N-Crazy Critters Exotic Pet Shop will bring an assortment of reptiles, small animals, birds and invertebrates for an all-ages event from 10 a.m.-noon.  They will talk about each animal and do some interactive handling for those who want to participate.  There will be no registration for this event, but space is limited so you’ll be included on a first come, first served basis.

Library closure

Your library will be closed on July 4 for Independence Day. 

Did you know…

…that your library has a multitude of DVDs and CDs that you can check out for your in-home and travel entertainment?  We have hundreds of audio books on CD in fiction and non-fiction and in the Spanish language – plus musical CDs of all types.  Our DVD selection continues to grow and includes movies of all types and for all ages.  With a variety of genres offered, you will be able to find something for everyone in your family.  Remember to look in the children and teen areas of the library for additional items.

This “Did you know…” section is the second  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.

Friends of the Library book sale

One of the most popular events of the summer – the Friends of the Library book sale – takes place on Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11.  Friday’s potluck and preview sale for members starts at 5 p.m.  The Saturday sale for the public runs from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., an hour longer than last year, and unsold items will be marked down to half price in the afternoon.  Watch for more details as the date gets closer, and be sure to mark your calendars now so you don’t miss it.

Summer Reading Program underway

The free Summer Reading Program for all ages is on now through July 27.  Sign up at the desk or register from home on our website to get started and pick up (or print out) your first bingo cards. 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 toy out of our treasure chest.  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 27 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.)

Activities calendars available

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free Summer Reading Program events and other 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.

Fly fishing instruction for adults today

Our wildly popular fly fishing class is back – but note that registration is required in person or by phone to your library at 264-2209.  Demos and casting practice take place at Yamaguchi Park today (Thursday, June 28) from 9-11 a.m.  Please bring your own equipment if you have it.  An optional field trip to the river will take place on Saturday, June 30; time and place to be determined.

Teen bookclub tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, June 29) from 2-3 p.m. at the teen bookclub, seventh-12th graders will discuss “The Black Witch” by Laurie Forest and enjoy free snacks.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.

SR Club for kids tomorrow

Every Friday we’ll have fun Summer Reading Club events for kids from 2-3:30 p.m.  June 29 you can make your own musical instruments out of recyclable materials.  July 6 you’ll design your own pet rocks.  July 13 you’ll have fun with rockin’ games.  July 20 you’ll create a sand art masterpiece.

All-ages movie

Join us Monday, July 2 from 3-4:30 p.m. for a PG 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

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 advisory board

Next Thursday, July 5 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.

Adult education new summer schedule

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) is working on a summer schedule – from 2-7 p.m. on Tuesdays.   Come to your library to get help 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.  Note no Tech Time July 3 or 5.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on alternate Mondays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  June 28 we’ll review tools to protect your privacy online.  July 2 is Internet searching.  July 12 is Windows 10.  July 16 is creating resumes on Microsoft Word.  July 26 is saving photos to the cloud using a variety of online platforms.  July 30 is Google maps.

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.  Note no storytime on Saturday, June 30.

Large print

“The Death of Mrs. Westaway” by Ruth Ware is a mystery that begins with a letter delivered to the wrong person.  “To the Moon and Back” by Karen Kingsbury is book three in the Baxter Family romance series.  “The Outsider” by Stephen King is a horror story.  “The Moscow Deception” by Karen Robards is a suspense story.   “Us Against You” by Fredrik Backman tells of a town with a new coach and a chance of a comeback for their hockey team.  “When Life Gives You Lululemons” by Lauren Weisberger features a Hollywood image consultant who needs a big opportunity.         “How Hard Can It Be?” by Allison Pearson follows a 49-year-old woman forced to return to work to support her family. 

Short stories

“Brief Cases” by Jim Butcher contains 12 stories from the supernatural fantasy world of Harry Dresden. 

Mysteries and thrillers

“Line of Sight” by Mike Maden is a Jack Ryan thriller in the Tom Clancy series.  “Bearskin” by James A. McLaughlin features a man obsessed with catching poaches before they skill more bears.  “The Pharaoh Key” by Preston & Child is about a code-breaking machine.

Other novels

“How Hard Can It Be?” by Allison Pearson follows a 49-year-old woman forced to return to work to support her family.  “The Book of Essie” by Meghan Maclean Weir features a 17-yeaqr-old on a reality show who becomes pregnant.

How-to and self-help

“Cuba: The Cookbook” by Madelaine Vazquez Galvez and Imogene Tondre features 300 traditional recipes and regional specialties.   “The New Small House” by architect Katie Hutchison describes more than 25  houses and retreats.  “Compact Cabins” by Gerald Rowan outlines 62 plans for living in 1,000 square feet or less.  “Tiny House Floor Plans” by Michael Janzen contains more than 200 floor plans.


“Lincoln’s Last Trial” by Dan Abrams documents the murder case that propelled him to the presidency.  “I Love Capitalism!”  by Ken Langone is the memoir of the cofounder of The Home Depot.  “Homelands” by Alfredo Corchado looks at the last great Mexican migration through the eyes of four friends.   “Turncoat” by Stephen Brumwell delves into the factors behind Benedict Arnold’s abandonment of the revolutionary cause.           


“Africa” is part of the BBC Earth series.  “Love, Simon” is a coming-of-age story.  “Jane” is a National Geographic documentary about Jane Goodall,  the chimpanzee researcher.  “The Fencer,” based on a true story, won the 2016 Academy Award for best foreign film (it’s in Estonian with English subtitles).  “Anita O’Day” is an award-winning  documentary about the life of the jazz singer.              

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 Valley Lowrance and our anonymous donors.  For a generous donation, we thank M C Roddis.

Quotable Quote

“Even if you can’t bring yourself to get rid of your stuff, your heirs will have no such qualms at all.” – Finn Murphy, professional mover and author of “The Long Haul.”

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