New audio book collection for youngsters and Lifelong Learning Lectures for adults

We are delighted to announce that we are adding a whole new audio book collection for our youngest patrons, which you can find with our other EZ items.

Examples of the 15 CDs already available for the kids include “Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna, the Very First Chicken,” “Otis and the Puppy,” “Princess Posey and the Next-door Dog,” “Interrupting Chicken,”  “Last Stop on Market Street,” “I’m My Own Dog,” “Dinosaur Kisses,” “Barkus” about an exuberant dog, “Animal Strike at the Zoo. It’s True” and “Maple & Willow Together” about two sisters.

“We’re thrilled that we can offer these audio book resources that are great for car travel or to read along with the book for increased literacy,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  Some of the CDs include a ding, or something comparable, so that young readers can follow along in a book.  Please come in to pick out an audio book story your youngster would enjoy.

Fall Lifelong Learning begins October 4

A series of seven Lifelong Learning Lectures begins next Thursday, October 4 at 5 p.m when Frank Bergon will discuss stories by Flannery O’Connor, one of the most distinctive American writers of the 20th Century.  This free fall lecture series runs through November 15 on Thursdays from 5 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.  except for Ellen Greenfield’s presentation on the writing process, which is Saturday, October 13 at 2 p.m.  Note no lecture on October 25.  More details on all the lectures will be in next week’s Library News column.

Did You Know…

… that your library now offers a Notary Public Service for anyone who needs something notarized.  The cost is $5 per notary.  This service is available on a part-time basis.  To schedule a notary, please call the library at 970-264-2209.  This “Did you know…” section is the fifth in a series being prepared by Cindi Galabota, development officer, that will appear periodically in future Library News columns.  We hope you find the information interesting and helpful.

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, September 28 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.

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book lovers group – formerly the Senior Book Club – meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–noon. Tomorrow (Friday, September 28) they will discuss “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate.  Stop by your library to pick up a copy.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.

Spanish instruction

Join us for this free basic course next Wednesday, October 3 from 3-4 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish.  No registration or previous attendance is required.

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 advisory board

Next Thursday, October 4 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.

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.  October 4 is Getting Started for beginners.  October 18 is Internet Basics.  October 22 shows you how to create your own business cards with Microsoft Publisher.  No registration required.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 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 October 4.

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 and October, 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.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“Button Man” by Andrew Gross follows a Jewish family brought together by the women’s garment business and torn apart by organized crime.  “Lies” by T.M. Logan begins when a man follows his wife’s car to a secret rendezvous.  “Juror #3” by James Patterson and Nancy Allen features a defense counsel in a racially charged trial in Mississippi.  “Cross Her Heart” by Sarah Pinborough is a psychological thriller about a single mom, her restless teenage daughter and her troubled friends.

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“The Breakers” by Marcia Muller is a Sharon McCone mystery.  “Feared” by Lisa Scottoline is a Rosato & DiNunzio mystery.  “Leverage in Death” by J.D. Robb is a Lieutenant Eve Dallas mystery.  “VOX” by Christina Dalcher describes life after the U.S. government decrees that women are no longer allowed to speak more than 100 words a day.  “Shadow Tyrants” by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison is an Oregon Files adventure.  “Robert B. Parker’s Colorblind” by Reed Farrel Coleman is a Jesse Stone mystery.  “When the Lights Go Out” by Mary Kubica begins when a college student’s social security number raises a red flag.  “Imposter’s Lure” by Carla Neggers is a Sharpe & Donovan is a mystery. 

Other novels

“Sea Prayer” by Khaled Hosseini, told as a poetic letter from a father to his son facing a sea journey as they flee their home as refugees, is beautifully illustrated with watercolors by Dan Williams.  The author is donating his royalties to the U.N. Refugee Agency and his own foundation that helps refugees around the world.  “Time’s Convert” by Deborah Harkness is a vampire novel in the All Souls trilogy.  “Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds” includes three novellas about a young genius of unrivaled aptitude.  “The Dinner List” by Rebecca Serle features a 30th birthday dinner with six guests, all there for a reason.  “Katerina” by James Frey is a love story alternating between 1992 Paris and 2017 Los Angeles.

Short stories

“Wild Deadwood Tales” is an anthology of 17 short stories from bestselling authors, all set in the historical town of Deadwood.  Proceeds from the sale of this book go to the Western Sports Foundation.


“Crashed” by award-winning historian Adam Tooze documents how a decade of financial crises changed the world.


“Finding Oscar” is a documentary about the civil war in Guatemala.  “The Good Karma Hospital” is series one.  “The Case for Christ” is the true story based on the best-selling book.  “Beethoven” contains three movies about this St. Bernard puppy.  “Avengers Infinity War” is a Marvel adventure.  “The True Cost” is a documentary about who pays the price for our clothing.  “Dogville” is a thriller starring Nicole Kidman.  “30 Rock” is season one.


“Shadow Tyrants” by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison is an Oregon Files adventure.  “Stygian” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is part of the Dark Hunter paranormal romance series.  “In His Father’s Footsteps” by Danielle Steel is the story of two World War II concentration camp survivors.  “Dark Sentinel” by Christine Feehan is a Carpathian vampire story.  “A Willing Murder” by Jude Deveraux is a Medlar mystery.  “Depth of Water” by Craig Johnson is a Longmire mystery.

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 Marilyn Falvey and our anonymous donors.   For their generous monetary donation, we thank Nancy A. Green.

Quotable Quote

“At the end of the day, the thing that drives people and moves people is truth and story and humanity.”  — Constance  Wu, an Asian-American who plays the leading role in the current romantic comedy hit “Crazy Rich Asians,” the first modern story with an all-Asian cast since “The Joy Luck Club” in 1993.

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