Help us celebrate Banned Books Week
Please join us in celebrating Banned Books Week September 27-October 3. We agree with the position of the American Library Association, which supports the freedom of everyone to express all opinions and opposes any ban on books based on the objection of a person or group, thus restricting the access of others.
We hope you will come by to look at a special Banned Books display. As you think of the importance of this week, please consider that the following books – many considered classics – are just a few of the many thousands of books that have been banned at various times:
“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger, “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck, “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker, “Ulysses.” by James Joyce, “Beloved” by Toni Morrison, “A Farewell to Arms” by Ernest Hemingway, “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell, “The Lord of the Flies” by William Golding, “1984” by George Orwell, “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, “Catch-22” by Joseph Heller, “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley, “Animal Farm” by George Orwell, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest “ by Ken Kesey, “For Whom the Bell Tolls” by Ernest Hemingway, “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair, “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien, “Sophie’s Choice” by William Styron, “Brideshead Revisited” by Evelyn Waugh, “The Naked and the Dead” by Norman Mailer, “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway, “As I Lay Dying” by William Faulkner and “The Call of the Wild” by Jack London.
Free Banned Books silk-screening
Adults are invited to make your own silk-screen T-shirt or book bag at 2 p.m. next Wednesday, September 30 while acknowledging Banned Books Week and celebrating your freedom to read. We will have some shirts, but you also can bring your own so that it’s the size, color and cut that you prefer. This is the fourth in the series of monthly adult DIY events led by our own Meg Wempe, the first three being making cheese in June, sushi in July and terrariums in August.
Free HSE and college prep
The adult education programs High School Equivalency (HSE) and college prep orientation takes place September 29 from 10:00 am-1 pm, September 30 from 2 pm-5 pm and October 1 from 3 pm-7 pm, with classes beginning Tuesday, October 6 at your library. The four tests are now taken at official test centers in Ignacio or Durango. The cost is $37.50 a test and scholarship funds are available. You do not need to take all four tests at the same time. For more information, contact Mark Wardell, lead instructor, at the library at 264-2208 or visit the library website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.
Free Pokemon card battles
Teens in the fifth-12th grade are invited on Wednesday, September 30 from 4-5 p.m. to join us to battle your friends with your favorite Pokemon cards. We have a few loaner decks. Note change of day and time.
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 family movie
We will have a G-rated movie tomorrow (Friday, September 25) from 2-3:45 p.m. that is suitable for all ages. Our contract does not allow us to identify the movie in the media, but you can pick up an activities calendar at your library to get this information.
Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.
Free preschool storytime
Join Miss Leah every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. when preschoolers and their families are invited to enjoy an hour of stories, music and a craft to develop early literacy skills. Recommended for three- to five-year-olds.
Free baby/toddler time
This is a half hour of stories, songs and fingerplays with Miss Leah for you and your little ones on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m. Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.
Free technology classes
Please note: No Tech Time today (Thursday, September 24). Tech Time resumes Tuesday, September 29.
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. You can access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on our library website.
“Geo Power” by Donal Blaise Lloyd describes why ground-source heat pumps are the best choice for heating and cooling. “Patient’s Playbook” by Leslie D. Michelson advises you how to manage your health and that of your family.
“If I Could Turn Back Time” by Beth Harbison is a romance. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Beth K. Vogt is a Christian romance. “Someday Home” by Lauraine Snelling is a Christian novel about three women friends. “Taken” by Lisa Harris is a Christian mystery.
“Apollo 13” stars Tom Hanks. “Golden Eye” stars Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. “Gangs of New York” earned 10 Academy Award nominations in 2002. “Sherlock” is a two-disc set with three feature-length Sherlock Holmes adventures. “Citizenfour” is a real-life thriller about whistle-blower Edward Snowden that won the 2014 documentary Academy Award. “Footloose” is a musical starring Kevin Bacon. “The Blues Brothers” stars John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.
Thrillers and mysteries
“Make Me” by Lee Child is the latest in the Jack Reacher series. In “Dance of the Bones” by J.A. Jance, two of the author’s suspense series characters join forces. “Darkness The Color of Snow” by Thomas Cobb is a psychological thriller where a young cop becomes the fulcrum of a community’s grief.
“The Fall of Princes” by Robert Goolrick follows wealthy Wall Street men with too much money in the 1980s. “Fear of Dying” by Erica Jong is an irreverent look at what it takes to be a woman in the 21st century. “Purity” by Jonathan Franzen follows a young lady trying to find the secrets of her origins.
“The Marriage of Opposites” by Alice Hoffman foscuses on a definite, passionate love affair. “Who Do You Love” by Jennifer Weiner follows two people who met as youngsters in an ER waiting room. “The Novel of Happiness” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the Isabel Dalhousie mystery series. “The Bourbon Kinds” by J.R. Ward tells of an upstairs-downstairs love affair. “Kissinger’s Shadow” by historian Greg Grandin is a look at the diplomat’s continuing influence on how the U.S. views our role in the world. “Never Die Alone” by Lisa Jackson is a thriller. “Dragonbane” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is the latest in the Dark-Hunter urban fantasy series.
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
We are grateful for a generous donation from Bob and Patty Tillerson, and for memorial donations from Phil and Susan McAdams in memory of Rick Fawley, and from Keith and Sherry Spears in memory of Harvey Kiser. For books and materials this week, we thank Jeanne Kaiser and several anonymous donors.
“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.” – The Dalai Lama.