Pirate party for all ages next Tuesday   

You, your family and friends are invited to an all-ages pirate party at your library next Tuesday,   September 19 from 4-5 p.m.  Brush up on your sea slang and join us for some pirate crafts and activities.  Pirate costumes are encouraged.

It may not be widely known that September 19 is officially known as International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and has been celebrated in such far-flung places as England, South Korea and Richmond, VA since 2002.

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.

Vacation notice

This week’s column covers library events and activities for two weeks so that your columnist can go on vacation.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, September 15) 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 bookclub tomorrow

Tomorrow  (Friday, September 15) from 2-3 p.m. seventh-12th graders will discuss “The Reader” by Traci Chee and enjoy free snacks.

Otaku for teens

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets on Monday, September 18 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 on Wednesday, September 20 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.

Medicare 101

Thursday, September 21 is Medicare 101 from 10:30 a.m. – noon when Katy will help you understand your rights, options, deadlines, possible penalties and where to find the information you need.

Senior Book Club

This free book lovers group – now the Literary Ladies – meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–noon. On Friday, September 22 they will discuss “Where the Heart Is” by Billie Letts.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.

All-ages gaming next week

Enjoy free video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your family and friends on Friday, September 22 from 2-3:15 p.m.

Sand art DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event on Wednesday, September 27 from 1-2 p.m. we’ll create attractive candles by layering colored sand in a clear vase.  No registration required.

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, September 27 from 4-5 p.m. practice your Spanish with others at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Adult education 

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.

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 18 is email basics and September 25 is phone storage.  No registration 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.  Note: No teen gaming September 19 because of the all-ages pirate party.

Tech Time

Drop in with your technology questions for free help on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. Note: No Tech Time on September 19 and 21.

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.

Local author

“Seasons: Summer in Pagosa” by Victoria Rose is the second in this local author’s Seasons photo book series.  Another of her books, titled “An Adventure – Ten Clues for Finding You,” will soon be added to our collection.  It is a newer edition of a previous book titled “Ladies Are You Lost.”  These and many other of her books have been generously donated to your library by the author, who donates the proceeds of sales of her books to the Human Society of Pagosa Springs and the Fund for the Animals, an affiliate of the U.S. Humane Society.

How-to and self-help

“The Perfect Cookie” provides 250 recipes for cookies, brownies and bars.  “Recovery from Trauma, Addition, or Both” by Lisa M. Najavits is a step-by-step guide to recovery. “Stress Proof” by Dr. Mithu Storoni is a guide to fighting the effects of stress.  “The End of Alzheimer’s” by Dr. Dale E. Bredesen is a program to help prevent and reverse cognitive decline.  “The Co-parenting Handbook” by  Karen Bonnell is a guide to raising well-adjusted kids affected by divorce or separation. “California’s Best Trips” is a Lonely Planet guide to 22 road trips.  “What Color is Your P:arachute? 2017” by Richard N. Bolles is a guide to job hunters and career changes.  “Halfway Homemade” by Parrish Ritchie shows how to use store-bought ingredients in your recipes.  “Tai Chi for Depression” is a 10-week program and “Tai Chi in 10 Weeks” is a beginner’s guide by Dr. Aihan Kohn.  “New Mexico” by Zora O’Neill is the 10th edition of the Moon guide.

Other nonfiction

“Taking Aim” by Eva Shockey is the memoir of a woman who loves hunting, fishing and other outdoor pursuits.  “To Siri with Love” by Judith Newman explores the bond between a young autistic boy and the voice who lives in his mother’s iPhone.  “Soul Survivor” is a biography of soul singer Al Green.  “The Old Farmer’s 2018 Almanac” is the newest edition.  “Battling the Oceans in a Rowboat” by Mick Dawson tells the adventures of this former Royal Marines commando.  “Shooting Ghosts” by Thomas J. Brennan and Finbarr O’Reilly is a joint memoir by a U.S. Marine and a combat photographer.  “The Language of Light” by Gerald Shea is a history of deafness, signed languages and struggles of the deaf.  “The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After Happiness by Heather Harpham is a memoir of parents dealing with a very sick baby.  “Writer’s Market 2018” is a guide to getting published.


“The Hidden Light of Northern Fires” by Daren Wang is set during the Civil War.  “The Right Time” by Danielle Steel features a writer who uses a male pseudonym.  “The Saboteur” by Andrew Gross is a novel based on the true story of a brave Norwegian fighting the Nazis.  “Map of the Heart” by Susan Wiggs begins with the arrival of a mysterious package.

Large print

“The Broken Places” by Ace Atkins is a Quinn Colson story from the Deep South series.         


“Any Dream Will Do” by Debbie Macomber tells of a woman forced to start her life anew.  “Barely Legal” by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall is a Herbie Fisher and Stone Barrington adventure.  “The Right Time” by Danielle Steel features a writer who uses a male pseudonym.  “Lost and Found Sisters” by Jill Shalvis begins with news of a mysterious inheritance.  “Crime Scene” by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman begins a new crime suspense series.  “Murder on Black Swan Lane” by Andrea Pensrose is set in London. “30 Days a Black Man” by Bill Steigenwald tells of a white man going undercover in the Jim Crow South.


“Embrace” tells of a body image activist’s work for inspire women of all body sizes.  “Gifted” stars Chris Evans and Mckenna Grace.  “Jane Eyre” is a new version of the classic.  “Golf for Dummies” is a guide to improve your game.

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 for our donors

We are grateful for generous monetary donations from Nancy Green as well as Walter and Barbara Wright of New Jersey.

Quotable Quote

“We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.” – Whoopi Goldberg, American actress, comedian, author and TV host.

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