Save the dates for Art Attack fun and Smokey the Bear birthday event

We hope you will mark your calendars for two fun events:

Next Thursday, August 8 from 11-1:30 p.m. K-5th graders are invited to an Art Attack session where you’ll enjoy crafting and watercolor projects.

 Next Friday, August 9 we will celebrate Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday at a special Read with a Ranger session.  Drop in any time between 2:30 – 4 p.m. to enjoy games, activities and special treats.  This event is intended for all ages.

New LGBTQ youth group

A new support group to help LGBTQ youth and young adults from age 16 to in their 20s deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination begins at your library on Monday, August 5 from 4-5:30 p.m. under the leadership of Ana M. Sancho Sama, PhD, licensed psychologist.  Purpose is to provide a safe and confidential place to share experiences, ask questions and talk about how to cope in this challenging world.  The group will convene the first Monday of every month except for a change to September 9 because of Labor Day.

Save the date for Friends book sale

Mark your calendars for the Friends of the Library annual book sale, one of the most popular events of the summer.  It will be held August 22-24 at the PLPOA Clubhouse – not only a new location but also with extended hours. 

On Thursday, August 22 at 6 p.m. there will be a short annual meeting with an ice cream social, followed at 6:30 p.m. by the book sale for Friends only – and you can join at the door if you are not already a member.  Dues are $100 for a lifetime membership, $15 for an annual individual and $25 for an annual family. The next two days are open to everyone – Friday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

This is your chance to buy books, DVDs, CDs and more at very special prices while also helping your library, since the Friends donate all the proceeds for various programs and projects that improve our facilities and services to you. 

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.

Teen advisory board today

Today, Thursday, August 1, 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, August 2 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. 

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, August 5 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, August 7 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

ESL classes

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place 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. 

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.  Note no PALS on August 6.

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 August 8.

Family storytimes – note Saturday time change

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 3-4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  On Wednesday, August 7, Bacchus, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, will be a special guest.  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.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Note the Saturday time change to the afternoon.

Local authors

Sylvia McDaniel features a family bounty hunting business in Texas in a series of Lipstick and Lead novels that includes “Determined,” “Dangerous,” “Deadly” and Daring.  Victoria Rose’s new book is “The Crab Pot Mystery.”

Large print

“Someone to Honor” by Mary Balogh is a Westcott romance.  “Backlash: A Thriller” by Brad Thor is a Scot Harvath adventure.  “Tom Clancy Enemy Contact” by Mike Maden is a Jack Ryan Jr. adventure.  “The Last House Guest” by Megan Miranda is a murder mystery.  “The Summer of Sunshine and Margot” by Susan Mallery follows the Baxter sisters looking for love.  “The Summer Guests” by Mary Alice Monroe explores relationships of a group waiting out a hurricane on the Southern coast.  “Under Currents” by Nora Roberts exposes a family with huge secrets.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“Tell Me Everything” by Cambria Brockman reveals secrets of four college students who are best friends.  “Shamed” by Linda Castillo reveals an Amish family’s tortured past after a murder.  “Whisper Network” by Chandler Bakr features three women friends banding together after their CEO dies suddenly. “Lock Every Door” by Riley Sager is a gothic suspense story with a modern twist.  “Knife” by Jo Nesbo features rogue police officer Harry Hole.  “Paranoid” by Lisa Jackson is a suspense story set in Oregon.  “Girls Like Us” by Cristina Alger features an FBI agent whose father may be the prime murder suspect. 

Other novels

“The Second Worst Restaurant in France” by Alexander McCall Smith follows a Scottish cookbook writer in France.  “King of the Mississippi” by Mike Freedman is a witty satire of the industrial-military-football-consulting complex.  “A Far Horizon” by Brenda Rickman Vantrease is an historical novel set during the English Civil War.  “Surfside Sisters” by Nancy Thayer is set on  Nantucket.  “Bethlehem” by Karen Kelly is a multi-generational saga that takes place during the historic steel boom.

How-to and self help

“A Beginner’s Guide to the End” by Dr. B.J. Miller and Shoshana Berger offers practice advice for living life and facing death.  “Toyota Tacoma, 4Runner & T100” is the Haynes repair manual for these vehicles.  “Super & Whole Foods” is a plant-based diet.  “The Healing Power of Illness” by Thorwald Dethlefsen and Dr. Ruediger Dahlke is a new look at how you can respond to psychological or spiritual conflicts. 

Other nonfiction

“A Thousand Small Sanities” by Adam Copnik is a defense of liberal democracy by this New Yorker staff writer.  “This Is The Book You Give Your Dad” is a humorous look at fatherhood and other manly things.  “This Land” by Christopher Ketcham explores the battle now ranging over the fate of public lands in the American west.

Books on CD

“Unsolved” by James Patterson and David Ellis features FBI agent Emmy Dockery.  “Enemy Contact” my Mike Maden is a Tom Clancy Jack Ryan adventure.  “The Oracle” by Clive Cusler and Robin Burcell is a Sam and Remi adventure.  “The Summer Guests” by Mary Alice Monroe follows strangers riding out a storm together.  “The Solar War” by A.G. Riddle is a space adventure.  “Queen Bee” by Dorothea Benton Frank is a Sullivans Island story.


“Death in Paradise” is season three and four.  “Apollo 11” is a documentary with never-before-seen NASA footage.  “I am the Night” is based on a true story of a girl given away at birth.  “The Public” follows a group of people sheltering in a public library during a snowstorm.  “Genius” by Stephen Hawkins challenges viewers to think like some of the great geniuses in history. 

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 Rosa Lea Conner, David Zappone,  Sue Ellen Haning and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“Golf is a microcosm of life.  There are going to be ups and downs, there are going to be challenges, there are going to be ebbs and flows.  Ultimately, when it comes right down to it, we determine our own fate, as tough as that might be to accept sometimes.” – Tiger Woods, American professional golfer who ranks second in both major championships and PGA Tour wins and also holds numerous records in golf.

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