Plan to attend Friends of the Library book sale Aug. 21-22
The Friends of the Library’s annual book sale takes place August 21 and 22.  This event is one of the most popular events of the summer because everyone wins by participating.  You get hard cover and paperback books, CDs and DVDs at greatly discounted prices, and the library benefits from this hugely important fundraising event for us.

The two-day event takes place at the Centerpoint Church, 2750 Cornerstone Drive in the Aspen Village Center south of Hwy 160, behind the Boulder Coffee Cafe.  It opens Friday, August 21 with the Friends of the Library’s very short annual meeting, a potluck supper and the preview sale from 5 – 8 p.m.    The sale opens to the public on Saturday, August 16 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

We hope you’ll take this opportunity to join the Friends, either at the library or at the door on Friday evening.  Individual membership is $15, family membership is $25 and lifetime membership is $100 per person.

Proceeds from past book sales have financed the digitization of more than 100 years of The Pagosa SUN newspaper, provided support for our Summer Reading Programs every year,  as well as purchased new shelving, furniture, and computers for public use at the library.

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 (includes tweens), teens and adults.

Free book club
If you’re in the fourth-eighth grades, like to read and share what you read with friends, the Bookbuster’s Dare to Read Book Club is for you.  Please join us on Monday, August 17 from 2-3 p.m. We’ll be discussing “Redwall” by Brian Jacques.

New teen advisory group
Join us next Thursday, August 20 from 4 – 5 p.m. for the second meeting of a new teen advisory group where we want to listen to your fun and innovative ideas for programs for the seventh-12th grades.

Free movie Fridays
Join us tomorrow, August 14 at noon for popcorn and a PG-13 movie suitable for teens.   Our contract does not allow us to identify the movies in the media, but you can pick up the activities calendars in the library with the film names and their ratings (PG or PG-13).

Free teen gaming
Join us Tuesday, August 18 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for fun for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.  Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games.

Free baby/toddler time
This time is a half hour of playtime and socialization for you and your little ones on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m. Come meet other children and parents — we’ll pull out games for all to share.  Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.

Free technology classes
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.  Drop in with your technology questions.  A more formal session requiring advance registration covers iPad Basics for absolute beginners on Monday, August 17 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  You must provide your own registered iPad.

Free programmed Nooks
Reminder:  We have nine Nooks and three 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.

Free downloadable movies
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons 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.  Also, PBS content is now live on the IndieFlix website where you will find programs such as “Mister Rogers & Me,” “The Day Carl Sandburg Died,” “The Science of Healing,” “Saving the Ocean,” “Forgotten Ellis Island,” “Ken Burns’ The Address” and “Kind Hearted Woman.”  You can access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on our library website.

“8 Keys to Practicing Mindfulness” by Mischke Reeds provides exercises to sharpen your awareness.  “The General and the Genius” by James Kunetka explores the coloration behind the Manhattan Project.  “Bobby Kennedy versus Jimmy Hoffa” by James Neff reveals the story behind their conflict.  “Called for Life” by Kent and Amber Brantly follows the American who caught Ebola.  “Do-it-Yourself Herbal Medicine” offers more than 200 recipes for face, hair, body and skin care.  “Freeform Wire Art Jewelry” by Gayle Bird explains techniques for designing with wire, beads and gems.  “The Woodland Homestead” shows you how to make your land more productive so you can live more self-sufficiently in the woods.  “Bald is Better with Earrings” by Andrea Hutton is a survivor’s guide to getting through breast cancer.  “Rewire” by Richard O’Connor helps you break bad habits, overcome addictions and conquer self-destructive behavior.

Large print
“Twice in a Lifetime” by Dorothy Garlock is a romance.  “Wildfire in his Arms” by Johanna Lindsey is a western.  “The Insider Threat” by Brad Taylor is a Pike Logan thriller.  “Summer Secrets” by Jane Green tells of the aftermath of a shocking family secret revealed.  “Only a Promise” by Mary Balogh is a Survivors’ Club novel.  “Code of Conduct” by Brad Thor features counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath.  “The Other Typist” by Suzanne Rindell tells of two typists in a NYPD typing pool.  “The Alpine Zen” by Mary Daheim is an Emma Lord mystery.  “Ever After” by Jude Deveraux is a Nantucket Brides novel.  “Best Friends Forever” by Jennifer Weiner follows the ups and downs of two young girls’ friendship.

Thrillers and mysteries
“Perfect Touch” by Elizabeth Lowell is a romantic thriller.  “Rubbernecker” by Belinda Bauer is a thriller featuring a medical student.  “Silent Creed” by Alex Kava is the second in the series featuring Ryder Creed and his K9 search and rescue dogs.  “Alert” by James Patterson is the latest in the Michael Bennett thriller series.

Other novels
“The Novel Habits of Happiness” by Alexander McCall Smith is an Isabel Dalhousie novel.  “Bell Weather” by Dennis Mahoney is a fantasy.  “Time Stranger” by Wesley Chu is a time-travel adventure.  “Circling the Sun” by Paula McLain is a novel about Beryl Markham, set in 1920s Kenya.  “The Bourbon Kings” by J.R. Wardis the start of a new series about a dynastic Southern family.

Story CDs
“Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee is the sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird,” although it was written first and only recently discovered among the author’s possessions.  “The Naked Eye” by Iris and Roy Johansen is a serial killer thriller.  “Ever After” by Jude Deveraux is a love story set on Nantucket.

Music CDs
Come in and take a look at the wide variety of music CDs we have available to borrow, thanks to donations from patrons like you.  You’ll find blue grass, classical, jazz, rock and more for your enjoyment.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Diane Davis, Julie Fox, Lorna Fox, Shane Gage, April Holthaus, Mark Johnson, Linda Pennell, Sara Wilson and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“The historian will tell you what happened.  The novelist will tell you what it felt like.” – Award-winning American novelist and editor E.L. Doctorow, who died July 21 at age 84.

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