Adult education expands hours for fall

Now that school is back in session, our PALS program – Pagosa Adult Learning Services – expands its hours to three days a week: Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more. 

Holiday closure

Your library will be closed on Monday, September 4 for Labor Day. 

Donations hiatus

We are taking a temporary break from accepting donations until September 15 to process the ones that did not sell at the Friends Book sale, put them up for sale at bargain prices at your library, thus cleaning out our workroom.  Everyone on the staff, especially Dona, works very hard all year to process the incredible number of items that you, our generous community, donate to us.  It will be helpful to be able to start the next round of donations with a clear workroom.

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.

New book drop at City Market

We hope you know that we have a new book drop at City Market.  As you face the front door of the grocery store, you’ll find it tucked behind the fifth post on the left, between the wood storage and propane tanks. To start, contents are being picked up three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Two special requests to make this new service work for everyone:  First, please put your Nooks in the media side of the box so they are not damaged by heavy books.  Second, the book drop is not for donations.  They need to be brought to the library, as some people donate a lot and that will fill the box faster than it is emptied, not allowing people to return their library materials.  We  hope you understand that the purpose of the drop box is for convenient item return, not item donation.   

Save your eclipse glasses

If you were lucky enough to get glasses from the library or another source for the August 21 total solar eclipse, you might want to save them.  This eclipse was a very special treat because all of North America could see parts of it, weather permitting, as totality crossed the continent from the Pacific to the Atlantic.  The next time this will happen is only seven years away, on April 8, 2024.  The last total solar eclipse seen here was 99 years ago, way back on June 8, 1918. 

Henna body art today

Teens and tweens in the fifth-12th grades are invited to a new henna body art event today (Thursday, August 31) from 4-5:30 p.m.  You’ll learn about this traditional art form and create your own temporary henna tattoo.  We’ll have design ideas available, and you’re encouraged to design your own. 

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, September 1) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a PG movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, September 6 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Spanish instruction

Join us for this free basic course next Wednesday, September 6 from 4-5 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish.  This session will cover basic vocabulary and grammar related to everyday scenarios.  No registration required.

Teen advisory board

Next Thursday, September 7 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.

Rocks and minerals

Next Thursday, September 7 from 5-6 p.m. join Calvin Webb for a lecture on how rocks and minerals are formed, with various specimens on display.  He is a retired chemist with a passion for geology.

Computer/technology classes

Join us each Monday from 2-3 p.m. to learn a useful or fun technology skill or application.  Topics will vary each week.  September 11 is Internet searching, September 18 is email basics and September 25 is phone storage.  No registration required.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens every Tuesday from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions for free help on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.

Kids storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 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 kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

Toddler storytime     

Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join us for 30 minutes of free stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.

Colorado outdoors

We have five new books about various topics relating to our state’s great outdoors: “Colorado’s Fourteeners/third edition,” a climbing guide by Walter R. Borneman and Lyndon J. Lampert; “Hut to Hut/second edition,” a guide to skiing, hiking and biking in Colorado’s backcountry by Brian Litz;  “Hiking Colorado’s Weminuche Wilderness” by Donna Ikenberry; “Walking in Wilderness,” a guidebook from the San Juan Mountain Association; and “Hiking Colorado’s Geology,” a book by Ralph Lee Hopkins and Lindy Birkel Hopkins describing 50 hikes where you’ll see first-hand evidence of major geologic events.  We also have “Four-Legged Legends of Colorado,” a collection of famous animal stories by children’s book author Gayle C. Shirley. 

Large print

“Barely Legal” by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall is a Herbie Fisher novel featuring Stone Barrington.  “The Breakdown” by B.A. Paris starts when a woman saw a dead woman in a car in the woods.

Other novels

“Seeing Red” by Sandra Brown features a TV journalist in search of a dangerous scoop.  “How to Behave in a Crowd” by Camille Bordas features a boy puzzled by adulthood.  


“The Making of Donald Trump” by Pulitzer Prize winner David Cay Johnston explores the life of the U.S. president.  “Open House” by Amanda Pays and Corbin Bernsen shares tips and innovations for home renovation.  “You Can Do Anything” by George Anders explores the value of a liberal arts education.  “Dare to be Kind” by Lizzie Velasquez shows how compassion can transform our world.  “Conscious Communications” by Mary Shores is a guide to harnessing the power of your words.  “Eat Right” offers 130 nourishing recipes and techniques.  “100% Real” by Sam Talbot provides 100 recipes for clean food made fresh.  “Cook Japanese at Home” by Kimiko Barber contains 200 everyday recipes using simple techniques.  “Epic Drives of the World” is a Lonely Planet guide.  “Mind Over Meds” by Dr. Andrew Weil alerts us to the problem of overmedication and how to control it. 

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Silent Corner” by Dean Koontz begins a new suspense series.  “The Thirst” by Jo Nesbo is the latest in the Harry Hole Oslo series.  “The Store” by James Patterson explores a mega-successful, ultra-secret organization. 


“The Lego Batman Movie” is an animated film.  “The Hollow Crown” is an adaption of four of Shakespeare’s historical plays.  “Meru” is a documentary about one of the most difficult climbs in the Himalayas.  “King Arthur: Legends of the Sword” is the classic Excalibur story.  “Advanced Style” explores the lives of New York City’s most fashionable seniors.  “Ultimate South America” is a Globe Trekker collection.  “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” is the follow-up to the Carl Sagan series. 

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.

Quotable Quote

“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” – Maya Angelou (1928-2014), American writer and civil rights activist.

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