Change in Saturday baby and toddler storytimes to meet increased demand
Ever since Leah Leger arrived in Pagosa to take her new job as youth services librarian at your library, the popularity of her Saturday morning baby/toddler time has been increasing.  In fact, during February there were about 35 people attending these weekly storytime sessions.

As a result, Leah has decided to split the Saturday session in two to allow her to present a more specialized program for each age range and thus better serve the needs of our youngest patrons and their families.  Effective this Saturday, March 5, Baby Storytime will take place from 9:05 – 9:25 a.m. just for babies up to 12 months old.  Then from 9:30 – 10 a.m. she will host Toddler Storytime for those aged 12-36 months.

Baby Storytime will be 20 minutes of stories, songs and fingerplays, and Toddler Storytime will be a longer 30-minute session.  Both are fun for the youngsters while at the same time providing easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

If you have multiple little ones, please come to whatever storytime is most convenient for you and your family.  And know that your attendance is a lovely and loving gift to your child because you are fostering their literacy by introducing them to a love of reading at an early age.

Automatic checkout station
A new automatic self-checkout station soon will be available at your library to provide faster service and more convenience for you.  We hope to have it installed by mid-March.    This new high-tech station will be especially advantageous for DVD checkouts that have been cumbersome because security issues forced us to keep the cases separate from the discs, thus requiring extra staff time to put them together once patrons had made your choices.  Sadly, the DVDs tended to “walk” when left on the shelf in their cases, so such labor-intensive actions were necessary to preserve our collection.  Now the most popular DVDs will be stored inside the system so they can be dispensed to patrons quickly.

Called a LAT-Cube, the station provides self-checkout for any items you want check out, not just DVDs.  It provides “one-stop shopping” for you because all materials can be processed and checked out at this station.

This system has the added advantage of total privacy for patrons checking out books or other materials on sensitive topics such as divorce, substance abuse, violence and various diseases.   The station is wireless so it can be put anywhere in the library.  The plan now is to put it near the public telephone, which is across from the large print collection.  This placement will allow privacy and also be close to the front circulation desk in case patrons need help as you use it.  We hope you like it!

Return to Sunday closings
Just a reminder:  Your library is closed now on Sundays.  Although our 2014 patron survey showed an apparent desire for the library to be open on Sundays, the response was lukewarm at best.  We averaged only 53 patrons visiting the library on Sundays, a small number that did not justify the cost of staff and utilities needed to stay open.  Interestingly, it is not unusual for libraries in Southwest Colorado to be closed on Sundays.  Durango, Ignacio, Mancos, Dolores, Cortez and Dove Creek all are closed.     In fact, only Bayfield and Telluride are open on Sundays.  We hope this change does not inconvenience you, but we are sure you understand that we have a responsibility to both patrons and taxpayers to spend the library’s funds wisely.

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.

Change of day for some tech sessions
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.   Most of the more formal sessions requiring advance registration will now be held on Fridays.  The next one is tomorrow (Friday, March 4) – Facebook for Individuals from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. when you will learn the basics of a Facebook account including how to create one, find friends, upload photos and videos, post a status update and set privacy settings.

Free game creator for teens
Join us on Wednesday, March 9 from 4-5:30 p.m. for a free game creator session for seventh-12th graders.  Create your own video game and share it with friends using Sploder.

Free DIY session for adults
This month’s free DIY project takes place next Wednesday, March 9 at 1 p.m. when we will make Shrinky Dink jewelry for one or more of the holidays this month.  In the past these fun DIY sessions have included making your own cheese, sushi, centerpiece, tea wreath, candles, mustard and mayo, household cleaners, coke pops and screen-printing a t-shirt.  No registration required.

Teen advisory board
This afternoon (Thursday, March 3) the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. We hope you will bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs you will enjoy.

Free all-ages gaming
Join us tomorrow (Friday, March 4) for an all-ages gaming session from 2-3:15 p.m.  Enjoy video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

Free book club for adults
Our adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On March 8 we will discuss “The Worst Hard Time” by Timothy Egan.  If you need a copy, please let us know.  No registration required.

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

New free downloadable films
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a 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.

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.

Large print
“The Plague of Thieves Affair” by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini is a Carpenter and Quincannon mystery.  “Saturn Run” by John Sandford and Ctein is a futuristic thriller.  “Even Dogs in the Wild” by Ian Rankin is a mystery featuring John Rebus.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense
“NYPD Red 4” by James Patterson is the latest in this series featuring an elite task force assigned to protect the rich and famous.  “The Immortals” by Jordanna Max Brodsky begins when a woman finds a body as she walks her dog in New York City.  “Midnight Sun” by Jo Nesbo features a fixer who flees to the Arctic Circle to escape his drug lord boss.

“A Doubter’s Almanac” by Ethan Canin explores the nature of genius, rivalry and ambition in a family across seven decades.  “Cometh the Hour” by Jeffrey Archer is the sixth and last book in the Clifton Chronicles saga.

Story CDs
“Wedding Cake Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swenson mystery with recipes.

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 Bobbie Coppenger and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” – Philip Pullman, British writer and author of the fantasy trilogy “His Dark Materials.”

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