Myriad events for all ages over the next two weeks at your library

Today’s column will cover activities and events at your library for youngsters, tweens, teens and adults over the next two weeks as your columnist will be traveling.  They range from storytimes to Otaku, gaming to DIY, a legal clinic to bookclubs — and all are free.  See below for more details and please join us for the ones that interest you.

The next “Library News” column will appear on September 27.

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 movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, September 14) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a free 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 14) 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.

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, September 17 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 writers group

Join us next Wednesday, September 19 from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meeting for seventh-12 graders.  This group’s interests include stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction.

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event next Wednesday, September 19 from 1-2 p.m. you’ll make vintage photo napkins.  This is a great way to customize your cloth napkins for the upcoming holiday season as you scan and print photographs on transfer paper that can be ironed on to your napkins.  No registration required. 

Medicare 101

Do you have questions about Medicare?  San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging Medicare counselor Katy Deshler will help you understand your rights, options, deadlines and where to get more information at a free class on Thursday, September 20 from 10:30 – noon.   After her presentation there will be plenty of time for questions. 

All-ages gaming

Join us Friday, September 21 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. 

Teen bookclub

Friday, September 21 from 2-3 p.m. at the teen bookclub, seventh-12th graders will discuss “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas and enjoy free snacks.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.


Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, September 22 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is September 24 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

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.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, September 26 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, September 26 from 3-4 p.m. (note new time this month) practice your Spanish with others at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Teen steampunk crafts

Steamboat crafts takes place Thursday, September 27 from 4-5:30 p.m. for 7th-12th graders when you’ll make crafts and jewelry from gears, keys and whatever else we can find.

Computer class

Join us on alternating Mondays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a useful technology skill or application.   September 20 is Intermediate Facebook Word.  September 24 is YouTube basics.  No registration required.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) is operating on its regular winter schedule – Mondays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 – 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 on September 13, 17, 18, 20 and 24.

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes and open play

In September, we will have family storytimes for kids of all ages on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m. and open play for ages five and under on Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m.  Storytime is a great way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Open play offers plenty of fun toys, puppets, puzzles and more for toddlers to socialize, pretend, play and pick up a few books while you’re here. 


“The Naked Gun” is a comedy from the files of “Police Squad.”  “Poverty, Inc.” is a documentary about the multi-billion-dollar poverty industry.  “The Intouchables” is based on the true story of an ex-con hired to care for an eccentric French aristocrat.  “The Pawnbroker” stars Rod Steiger, who was a 1965 Academy Award best actor nominee for playing a survivor of a Nazi death camp. 

Books on CD

“50 Economics Classics” distills the greatest economics books to provide the most important ideas on capitalism, finance and the global economy.  “Texas Ranger” by James Patterson and Andrew Bourelle is a murder mystery. 


“Keto-tarian” by Dr. Will Cole is a mostly plant-based plan with more than 75 recipes.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“Field of Bones” by J.A. Jance features sheriff Johanna Brady.  “The Pirahnhas” by Roberto Saviano follows a 15-year-old from the slums of Naples who creates a new gang that became all powerful.  

Other novels

“The Fall of Gondolin” edited by Christopher Tolkien returns to the imaginary world of  J.R.R. Tolkien.  “Dark Sentinel” by Christine Feehan is a Carpathian vampire novel.  “Lake Success” by Gary Shteyngart is a satirical look at Wall Street and traveling across America by bus.  “Irish Thoroughbred” by Nora Roberts follows a young Irish woman who immigrates to a Maryland horse farm.  “In His Father’s Footsteps” by Danielle Steel is a saga about a family headed by two World War II concentration camp survivors.

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 Marcie Taylor and our anonymous donors.   For their generous monetary donation, we thank the Crowley Ranch Homeowners Association.

Quotable Quote  

“I dedicated that to all the moms out there who’ve been through a lot.  Some days, I cry. I’m really sad.  I’ve had meltdowns.  It’s been a really tough 11 months.  If I can do it, you guys can do it too.” – Serena Williams, winner of 23 Grand Slam singles (one when she was pregnant), speaking of her return to professional tennis and making it to the finals at Wimbledon in July at age 36 after having her baby Olympia.  The delivery led to life-threatening complications that required five surgeries and six weeks of bedrest.   Her return to tennis was delayed by her decision to breastfeed and put her family above her career for a while.  She also has implemented no-cell-phone Sundays in their home for better family togetherness.

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