Book Barns at 10 locations to become mini-libraries around town

You probably will see something new and clever as you move around our little mountain community in the coming weeks.  They’re called Book Barns, and their goal is to make it easier for everybody to pick up books at many convenient places, not just at the library.

Built by a local Vets for Vets member on a volunteer basis, the Book Barns come in three sizes – small (two shelves), medium (three shelves) and large (four shelves).  They’ll hold both paperback and hardcover books in various genres for all ages, including teens and kids. They’re called Book Barns because each one has a barn-like roof with shingles.

Two Book Barns already are in place at the The Lift Coffee House in downtown Pagosa Springs and at the Archuleta County Department of Human Services in the Town Hall.  These host organizations will be joined by the Archuleta Housing Corp., Beehive Homes Assisted Living, Pagosa Baking Company, Pine Ridge Extended Care Center and the Community Center in getting their own Book Barns this month.  The goal is to have 10 in place by the end of August.

Book Barns will be sponsored in the various locations by generous organizations and businesses wanting to support the library’s reading and literacy initiatives while also gaining visibility for their products and services.  First to sign up as sponsors were San Juan Basin Health and Scott Strategic Investments.  One-time costs for sponsors are $150 for a small Book Barn, $250 for a medium and $350 for a large.

The Book Barn idea came from a brainstorming session between Meg Wempe, library director, and Cindi Galabota, development director.  “We wanted to find new ways to take the library into the community outside of our building’s four walls,” Cindi explained.

Books borrowed from any of the Book Barns may be read on site, taken home, returned to any Book Barn location, or passed on to friends and family elsewhere.  It’s even okay if the books take their own path and never come back to any Book Barn. The goal is to make it easy for people of all ages to read and to keep the books circulating.

“Take a book. Leave a book.  Share a book.  That’s our motto,” Cindi said.  Library staff will maintain and periodically replenish the bookshelves.

If you would like a Book Barn in a public space in your business or nonprofit, or if you want to sponsor one, please contact Cindi at the library at 264-2209.

Help around town for heart emergencies – including at your library

You’ve probably heard of an automated external defibrillator (AED), a portable electronic device that automatically checks the heart rhythms and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to return it to normal.

Immediate action is crucial when someone’s heart stops beating, so we wanted to remind you that an AED is available at your library and in more than 20 other locations around town.  They include the public schools, Community Center, county sheriff patrol cars, fire stations 3 and 7, St. Patrick’s and Centerpoint Churches, PAWS, PLPOA rec center, Chimney Rock and more.

All you have to do is turn on the AED and follow the prompts.  The AED will talk to you, giving step-by-step instructions and guidance as you work on a patient.  But if you want to take a class to build your confidence and be trained for emergencies, please contact Nicole Mariani LaGioia at the Pagosa Springs Medical Center EMS at 731-5811 or  pagosamed.com.

Early literacy librarian job opening

Paige Shook, our early literacy librarian, is resigning to take a library job in her home town, so we are looking for her replacement.  If you are interested in the position, please go to the library’s website to review the job description, salary and benefits, requirements and how to apply.

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.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, August 17) from 2-3:15 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.

Family storytime and open play

This Saturday, August 18 from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  Then starting Wednesday, August 22 we will have open play on Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. and Saturdays from 9:30-10 a.m. for the rest of the month.

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, August 20 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.

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.

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event next Wednesday, August 22 from 1-2 p.m. you’ll use multi-colored washi-tape paper straws to make all sorts of fun crafts from bookmarks to pencil holders.  No registration required.

Spanish conversation

Next Wednesday, August 22 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.

Computer class

Join us on alternating Mondays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a useful skill or application.   August 23 is Microsoft OneDrive, helping you to get your files and photos from anywhere using any device via Microsoft’s cloud platform.   August 27 is the Learning Express Library, an interactive learning platform of practice tests and tutorial courses to help you prepare for tests and improve your academic skills.  There also are several computer and software tutorials for Windows 10, Microsoft Word, Excel and more.

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.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“The Quiet Side of Passion” by Alexander McCall Smith is an Isabel Dalhousie story.  “This Body’s Not Big Enough for Both of Us” by Edgar Cantero is a comic thriller.  “The Madness of the Brave” by D.P. Medina is a blend of history and fiction.  “A Measure of Darkness” by Jonathan and Jesse Killerman features deputy coroner Clay Edison.  “Star Wars Thrawn Alliance” by Timothy Zahn is the latest in the Star Wars series.  “Believe Me” by JP Delaney follows a woman whose job it is to entrap errant husbands.  “An Unwanted Guest” by Shari Lapena is set in a cozy mountain lodge.  “Tailspin” by Sandra Brown features a daring pilot in a race against time.

Other novels

“The Masterpiece” by Fiona Davis tells of life at a glamorous art school under Grand Central Station.  “Serpentine” by Laurell K. Hamilton is an Anita Blake vampire hunter novel.


“A Gathering of Secrets” by Linda Castillo is an Amish thriller.  “Spymaster” by Brad Thor is a Scott Harvath thriller.  “Clock Dance” by Pulitzer-Prize winner Anne Tyler is a novel of one woman’s transformative journey.  “All We Ever Wanted” by Emily Griffin tells of one photograph that changes everything for two families.  “Dreams of Falling” by Karen White is a suspense story.  “All-American Murder” by James Patterson is the true story of an NFL hero whose life went bad.


“Death of a Nation” by Dinesh D’Souza explains the author’s theories about the past of the Democratic Party.  “How Hitler Was Made” by Cory Taylor explores the influences on the German Nazi leader in his formative years.  “John Wayne Made in America” by Media Lab Books is a biography of the actor. “Growing Your Own Medicine Indoors” by Aamann Degarth shows you how to grow cannabis in the privacy of your home.  “The Briefing” by Sean Spicer is a memoir of the author’s time as press secretary in the Trump White House.  “In the Name of the Father” by Mark Ribowsky is the biography of the Manning football dynasty.

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 many anonymous donors.  For their generous monetary donations we thank Nancy Green and Lenore Bright (in memory of Jerry Rohwer).

Quotable Quote  

“Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience; this is the ideal life.” – Mark Twain (1835-1910), American writer, humorist and lecturer.

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