Grand prizes announced for Summer Reading Program party

Your library’s Summer Reading Program continues through July with special events, fun surprises and reading incentives – and now we know what the grand prizes will be for the four age groups at the closing party on Friday, July 26.

Grand prize for babies-pre K will be a basket of early literacy toys and activities.  Grand prizes for both kids and teens will be a telescope, one for each age group.  The adult grand prize is a $100 Visa gift card.  We also have four $20 gift cards from Rosie’s Pizzeria that will be given away at the party. 

It’s not too late to join the fun.  Register from home on our website or sign up at the library 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.  Kids also have the option of getting a small toy out of our treasure chest.  Adults have the option of selecting a space-themed fridge magnet or pencil.

Each bingo sheet is filled with age-appropriate activities to help you learn, grow and stay engaged throughout the program.  Completing bingo sheets enters you into the drawing for our grand prizes listed above. 

They will awarded for each age group  (babies to pre-K,  children K-5th grade,  6th-12th grades, and ages 18 – 100) at our closing Summer Reading party on Friday, July 26 from 4:30 –  6 p.m. when everyone will enjoy live music from SEB Guitar, food and crafts.  Note that you must be present at the party to win a prize, so be sure to put this date on your calendar.

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.

Summer Reading Club

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, July 11, we’ll explore the sun, on July 18 we’ll study at our solar system and on July 25 we’ll look in the world of sci-fi, UFOs and aliens.

Teen advisory board today

Today, Thursday, July 11, 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.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, July 12 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. 

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, July 12, from 2-3 p.m. is a free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney will take place via computer link.  Volunteer attorneys 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 check in at the registration desk.  This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month. 

LEGO Club Saturday         

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, July 13 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, July 15 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.

Adult book club

Our adult book club generally meets the second Tuesday of each month to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles – but this month it will be the third Tuesday from 2-3 p.m..  On July 16 we will discuss “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman and enjoy light refreshments.  If you need a copy, please stop by your library.  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 writers group

Join us next Wednesday, July 17 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. 

ESL classes

We are now holding free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes twice weekly 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.  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

This class is a free program from 1-2 p.m. to learn a useful technology skill or application. It’s generally on alternating Thursdays, but this month it will be alternating Mondays.  July 15 is Microsoft Excel Basics.  July 29 is Microsoft Word Basics.  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.  Note no Tech Time on July 16.

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This free session 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.  

Local author

“Through His (My) Eyes” by local author Val Valentine is a dual memoir encompassing a son’s recollections of his father’s war and a solo biking tour through key World War II sites in France and Belgium.  The book’s publication was timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of D-Day.  It includes more than 225 photos and maps, many never before published.

Short stories

“Exhalation” by Ted Chiang is a collection of nine pieces of short fiction, some being published for the first time.

How-to and self help

“Eat Feel Fresh” by Sahara Rose Ketabi is a contemporary plant-based Ayurvedic cookbook.  “Women Rowing North” by Mary Pipher examines the cultural and developmental issues women face as they age, with guidance to help you flourish.  “Rick Steves Best of Europe” is a travel guide. 

Other nonfiction

“Women and GIS: Mapping Their Stories” by Esri Press documents the powerful lives of an astronaut, oceanographer, teacher, Nobel Prize winner and more.  “Shane The Lone Ethnographer” by Sally Campbell Galman is a new second edition of this classic introduction to ethnographic research.  “Becoming Dr. Seuss” by Brian Jay Jones is a biography of Theodore Geisel, the author’s real name.  “Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense” by Dan Abrams and David Fisher reveals details of an epic 1915 libel suit involving the president.


“The Mustang” is about a convict who connects with an especially breakable mustang.  “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” is season one.  “Captain Marvel” stars Brie Larson.  “Successful Strategies” features Gary LaFontaine and Dick Sharon showing you how to successfully fish in many different situations.  “Unacknowledged” presents new, top-secret evidence of extraterrestrial contact. 

Large print

“The Friends We Keep” by Jane Green follows three childhood friends with a secret at a 30th reunion.  “A Plain Vanilla Murder” by Susan Wittig Albert is a China Bayles mystery.  “The Satapur Moonstone” by Sujata Massey is a Perveen Mistry story set in Bombay.  “The Night Window” by Dean Koontz features rogue FBI agent Jane Hawk.  “The Night Before” by Wendy Walker is a romantic thriller.  “Whiskers in the Dark” by Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie Brown is a Mrs. Murphy mystery.  “A Sinister Splendor” by Mike Blakely is Mexican War novel.  “The First Mountain Man: Preacher’s Rage” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is the latest in the series set in the Rocky Mountains. 


“The Orphan’s Song” by Lauren Kate begins in the Hospital of the Incurables in Venice in 1736.  “The Most Fun We Ever Had” by Claire Lombardo is a family saga featuring four daughters over 50 years.  “Lost and Found” by Danielle Steel follows a woman on a road trip to visit the men she might have married. 

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 our anonymous donors.    Special thanks to Rosie’s Pizzeria for their generous donation of four $20 gift cards to support the library’s Summer Reading Program party.

Quotable Quote  

“Slow down and enjoy life.  It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you’re going and why.” – Eddie Cantor (1892-1964), American performer, comedian, dancer, singer, actor and songwriter.

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