This was a record-breaking summer for your library

We hope you will forgive us if we boast a little, but we thought you’d want to know what a record-breaking summer your library had this year.  Here are some numbers from July and August that show you what we mean:

  • We issued 171 new cards in July.  Last July that number was 103 and the year before it was 126.  In August we issued 169 new cards, with only 35 of them visitors.
  • In recent years we have never seen the physical item (not downloadables) checkout figure for a month top 10,000.  It usually ranges from 7,500-9,100.  In July the number of checkouts was 10,333 and in August it was 10,060.  Quite a jump!  The biggest increase was in adult items – more than 8,000.  That number is usually in the 6,000-6,500 range.
  • Our door count went from 6,400 in June to 8,400 in July, which is astounding.  The August count also was impressive at 7,619.
  • Our website traffic also increased dramatically.  We gather two numbers from the website each month — unique visits (meaning that it tracks the IP address, and if you were to access our website 20 times in a month, it will only count it once) and sessions.  Unique users are usually about 2,000 per month.  In July, we had almost 2,600 unique users and in August, more than 2,400 unique users.  As for sessions, it is usually 2,800-2,900 sessions; in July it was 3,668 and in August it was 3593. 

      “We always have higher door count and item checkout numbers in the summer,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  “But the figures for this July and August demonstrate that the community is using the library more, and taking advantage of the tremendous number of resources that their taxes provide.  The large jump in new cards issued to residents – not just visitors – reminds us how Pagosa is growing and of the increased need for more library space.”

Back-to-school resources

Did you know that your library has a multitude of resources for students of all ages?  You can find nonfiction books, periodicals and DVDs on a variety of topics from archaeology to zoology.  In addition to the collection of items in the library, you can find online resources 24/7 at www.pagosalibrary.org.  Select the tab “Online Resources” at the top of the home page.  The resources are listed in alphabetical order. 

Britannica School is one online resource where students can discover encyclopedia articles, multimedia, primary sources, e-books and other learning resources that support student research and reinforce curriculum standards.  Another online resource is Middle Search Plus where students can access biographies, historical essays, encyclopedias and popular middle-school magazines.  Your library card number is needed to access this resource. 

If you do not see what you are looking for in the library collection or online, talk with one of our friendly library staff who can help you search our larger AspenCat database.  

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.  We look forward to seeing you at your library.  Se habla espanol.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, September 13) from 2-3:45 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.

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, September 13, from 2-3 p.m. is a free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney will take place via computer link.  Volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property tax, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans’ benefits and civil protection orders.  Please check in at the registration desk.  This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month. 

 LEGO Club on Saturday   

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, September 14 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, September 16 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 6th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event next Tuesday, September 17 from 1-2 p.m., we’ll create an easy dry erase board, an inexpensive and useful tool to help you become more organized by making weekly menus, shopping lists, to-do lists and more.  No registration required.

 ESL classes

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-2 pm with two highly experienced teachers.  Joyce Holdread is teaching the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone is teaching beginners.  No registration is required. 

Su biblioteca está ofreciendo ahora clases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL). Las clases se llevan a cabo los miércoles y viernes desde el mediodia hasta las 2 pm.  Todas las clases son gratuitas y no es necesario registrarse.  Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre el regreso de las clases de íngles como segundo idioma en nuestra comunidad de Pagosa. 

Adult education new hours

Now that school has started, our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has expanded its hours.  It now takes place on Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  and Thursdays from 2-7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Note: No PALS September 12, 19 and 23.

Free Tech Time

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 3-4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Note our September 18 session is Hera de Cuentos with Mabel Barber.

Computer classes

This class is a free program to learn a useful technology skill or application. Monday, September 23 from 1-2 p.m. is Microsoft Word Intermediate.  No registration required. 


Eat for the Planet” by Nil Zacharias and Gene Stone shows how minimal diet changes can help your health and that of the planet.  “How to Raise a Reader” by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo combines practical advice with curated reading lists.   “NFL 100” covers a century of pro football.  “The Russian” by Ben Coes documents the ruthless, clever and violent Russian Mafia.  “The Math Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained” contains short explanations, step-by-step diagrams and witty illustrations. 

“Defending Israel” by Alan M Dershowitz documents the author’s support of the Jewish State with world leaders.  “The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2020” is the latest edition.  “Our Dogs, Ourselves” by Alexandra Horowitz explores the human-canine relationship.  “Fentanyl, Inc.” by Ben Westhoff explores a four-year investigation into how rogue chemists are creating the deadliest wave of the opioid crisis.   “The Art of Invisibility” by Kevin Mitnick provides advice from the world’s most famous hacker on how to keep your information safe on the Internet.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Dark Side” by Danielle Steel is a psychological suspense story.  “The Girl Who Lived Twice” by David Lagercrantz is a Lisbeth Salander is a thriller.  “Wild Mystic” by Sandi Ault is the fifth book in the Wild mystery series. 

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“It All Comes Around” by Marcus Galloway is book three in the Snake Oil series.  “Riding Shotgun” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Red Ryan western.  

Other novels

“Black Spire” by Delilah S. Dawson is a Star Wars adventure.  “The Other’s Gold” by Elizabeth Ames follows four woman from their campus days through life-defining events.  “Cold Storage” by David Koepp follows three strangers working to contain a deadly organism.  “Secrets We Kept” by Lara Prescott is based on the true story of the CIA’s attempt to smuggle a famous manuscript out of the Soviet Union.  “The Oracle” by Jonathan Cahn unveils the Jubilean mysteries. 


“The End of the End of the Earth” by Jonathan Franzen is a new collection of essays that recall us to more humane ways of being in the world and include pieces of literature and birds, the author’s great loves.

Books on CD

“The Inn” by James Patterson and Candice Fox follows first responders when a seafront town is attacked.  “Smokescreen” by Iris Johansen is an Eve Duncan thriller.  “The Bitterroots” by C.J. Box features a former sheriff’s investigator now in private practice.  “Outfox” by Sandra Brown is a psychological thriller.  “One Good Deed” by David Baldacci features a soldier fresh out of prison for a crime he did not commit.  “The Turn of the Key” by Ruth Ware tells of a nanny job in the Scottish Highlands.  “The Dark Side” by Danielle Steel is a psychological suspense story.


“Anita: Speaking Truth to Power” is a documentary about Anita Hill’s role in gender equality in the U.S.  “The Riot and the Dance: Earth” describes the extraordinary glory found all over the animal kingdom.  “A Dog’s Journey” stars Dennis Quaid and his beloved dog Bailey.       

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 anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose.” — Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1926-2004), Swiss-American psychiatrist, pioneer in near-death studies and author of the book “On Death and Dying,” where she first outlined the five stages of grief.

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