Summer Reading party for all ages next Friday

All Summer Reading Program participants are invited to join us next Friday, July 27 from 4:30-6 p.m. for your library’s free all-ages closing party.  Prizes will be given out – but you have to be present to win – and everyone will enjoy live music from the Narrow Gauge band, food, crafts and a cake walk.

For the youngest children (0-4 years), the grand prize is a box full of books and early literacy music toys.  For children K-6th grade and also for teens, the prize is a ukulele from the Music Shoppe in Pagosa Springs (one for each age group).  The adult grand prize is a $100 gift card.

Meanwhile, you still have a week and a day to participate in the many free and fun activities of the Summer Reading Program.  You receive a free book each time you turn in a completed bingo sheet, and kids also have the option of getting a small toy out of our treasure chest.  Completing bingo sheets also enters you into the drawing for the grand prizes listed above.

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.

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.

Teen bookclub tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, July 20) from 2-3 p.m. at the teen bookclub, seventh-12th graders will discuss “Daughter of the Pirate King” by Tricia Levenseller and enjoy free snacks.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.

SR Club for kids tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, July 20) you’ll create a sand art masterpiece at the Summer Reading Club event for kids from 2-3:30 p.m.

Two Paws to Read sessions

Saturday, July 21 16 from 11 a.m. – noon, youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Lainey, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a free Paws to Read session.  Then on Monday, July 24 from 2-3 p.m. Bacchus will be the special guest dog.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, July 23 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

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 next Wednesday, July 25  from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event next Wednesday, June 25 from 1-2 p.m. you’ll have the option of making a pie tin picture frame, great for framing an old photograph or a map, or you can make a souvenir keepsake box using a jewelry box and a map, photograph or other image.  No registration required.

Spanish conversation

Next Wednesday, July 25 from 4-5 p.m. practice your Spanish with other Spanish-language learners and speakers  at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Sand art fun

Fourth-12th graders are invited to join us next Thursday, July 26 from 4-5 p.m. for a fun and colorful sand art event.

Adult education 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.

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.  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.


“Clock Dance” by Anne Tyler follows a woman who flies across the country to care for a young woman she has never met.  “The Good Fight” by Danielle Steel features a young man fighting for many of the causes in the 1960s.  “A Gathering of Secrets” by Linda Castillo is the newest book in the Amish thriller series.  “The Historian” by Elizabeth Kostova is a vampire story part thriller, part history and part romance.

Large print

“Long Road to Abilene” by Robert Vaughan is book one of the Western Adventures of Cade McCall series.  “Slate Creek: Journey to the White Clouds” by Wallace J. Swenson is a western.  “The Last Equation of Isaac Severy” by Nova Jacobs requires a granddaughter to find clues in a novel.  “The Legend of Perley Gates” by William W, and J.A. Johnstone is a Perley Gates western.


“Shrubs and Trees of the Southwest Deserts” by Janice Emily Bowers and “Flowers of the Southwest Mountains” by Leslie P Arnberger are illustrated guides.  “Japan” is an Insight Guide with an e-book and app.  “The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela” edited by Sahm Venter contains many of the letters of the South African leader written during his 27 years in prison.  “I See Life Through Rosé-Colored Glasses” by the mother-daughter team of Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella is a collection of humorous, heartfelt essays.


“Calypso” by David Sedaris is a collection of comedic short stories.  “Shelter in Place” by Nora Roberts follows the victims of a mall mass shooting.  “Line of Sight” by Tom Clancy is a Jack Ryan Jr. adventure.


“Jersey Boys” is the film based on the Broadway hit musical.  “Case Histories” is the four-disc complete collection.  “Homestead Blessings: The Art of Dairy Delights” features the four West Ladies teaching you how to make a wide variety of dairy dishes.  “Indian Summers” is the complete second season.  “Hired Gun: Out of the Shadows. Into the Spotlight” os a documentary about some of the world’s most famous musicians.  “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” is the Disney musical.  “Pele” is the story of the legendary soccer star.

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 Shari Pierce and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“All those years in jail, I never heard the sound of children.  That is the thing I missed the most.” – Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), South African political leader, philanthropist and president of South Africa 1994-1999, who was jailed for 27 years for his anti-apartheid government activities, as quoted in his grandson Ndaba Mandela’s memoir “Going to the Mountain,” available at your library.

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