4/18/2019

Lifelong Learning, free books for 4-year-olds and Earth Day fun

The second lecture in the springLifelong Learning series takes place today,  Thursday, April 18, from 5-6:30 p.m. with a talk by Robertas Strickland teaching you how to create your very own art using the Zentangle Method.  April 25 is a presentation on beneficial electrification using renewable resources and LPEA’s goal of reducing its carbon footprint.  There will be three more lectures in May. Watch for news of them in future columns, and pick up a brochure at your library with more details on all these very interesting talks.

Free books for four-year-olds

You have only five more days – last day is April 22 – to pick up a free paperback book for your four-year-old at the library as part of a special family literacy project. 

Some 75,000 copies of a very special picture book – “Penguinaut!” written by Marcie Colleen and illustrated by Emma Yarlett – are being distributed to children statewide at local libraries, including at your Sisson Library, in either English or Spanish. 

“Penguinaut” is the story of Orville, who lives at the zoo surrounded by animal pals who go on exciting adventures. A hang gliding rhino! A deep-sea diving giraffe! Orville struggles to keep up until one day he concocts an adventure all his own – to build a spaceship and fly to the moon all by himself.  “Penguinaut” is perfect for every child who’s said, “I can do it myself!” – and then learns that the rewards are much richer when shared with friends. Colleen’s playful text and Yarlett’s charming, whimsical illustrations are sure to delight both children and their parents.

The goal of this annual One Book Colorado program is to encourage families to read together every day and add new books to home libraries to ensure school readiness.

Please come by the library or attend any program and pick up this free book for your four-year-old youngster.  Better yet, bring them in to pick up their books and see the opportunities for fun and learning that are available free at your library. 

Earth Day fun for all ages

To celebrate Earth Day on Monday, April 22, you are invited to join us from 4-5 p.m. to paint flower pots, plant seeds and enjoy Dirt Dessert in our library garden.  (In the case of rain or snow, we will meet in the large meeting room.) 

Did you know…

…that your library offers a monthly free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney? This resource is available on a first come, first served basis and is offered via videoconferencing with a volunteer attorney who will answer legal questions, help you fill out forms, explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigations, property law, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veteran’s benefits, civil protection and more.  This program occurs the second Friday of every month.  Please check in at the front desk.

We also have the online resource Legal Information Reference Center.  This database offers the everyday user the necessary tools and detailed “how-to” instructions to independently address a wide range of legal issues.  Users can search over 12,800 state-specific legal forms – searchable by all 50 U.S. states and by top subject areas, including adoption, bankruptcy, name changes, and more.  You need your library card number to access the site.  Your library also has a great deal of legal form books with explanations, tips and templates for your use. 

This “Did you know…” section is another in a series being prepared by Cindi Galabota, development officer, that will appear periodically in 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.  We look forward to seeing you at your library.  Se habla espanol.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, April 19 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.

Spanish conversation

Tuesday, April 23 from 3-4 p.m. practice your Spanish with others to help you increase your fluency at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  Previous attendance not necessary.  No registration required. Note that this month this session is moved to a temporary new day – Tuesday instead of the usual Wednesday – because of a scheduling conflict.

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 next Wednesday, April 24 from 4-5:30 p.m.    Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event next Wednesday, April 24 from 1-2 p.m., we’ll make notepads from used cereal boxes and other used boxes and paper.  These notepads can be made into almost any size.  This craft is a fun and easy way to repurpose something as simple as a cereal box and extend its use before it gets recycled.  No registration required.

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  April 25 covers two popular genealogy databases. 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 4:30 – 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 April 30.

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

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 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.  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.  

DVDs – More Academy Award films

Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” was a nominee for best animated feature at both the Academy Awards and Golden Globes.

Other DVDs

“Rise of the Hackers” is a NOVA film about scientists working to keep our data safe.  Masterpiece Theatre’s “Paradise Postponed” and its sequel Titmuss Regained” is a two-film set.  “Saturday Night Live” is the complete season two. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The American Agent” by Jacqueline Winspear begins with the murder of an American journalist.  “The Tale Teller” by Anne Hillerman features Joe Leaphorn from the Navajo Police Department.  “Someone Knows” by Lisa Scottoline unites five teens who years ago played a dangerous prank.  “Saving Meaghan” by D.J. Palmer is a medical mystery.  “Metropolis” by Philip Kerr is the last book of 14 featuring Bernard Gunther, this one set in Berlin.

Other novels

“If Cats Disappeared from the World” by Genki Kawamura follows a young postman’s life as the devil offers him a deal.  “White Elephant” by Julie Langsdorf tells of a town’s reaction when a man cuts down his neighbor’s red maple. “Miracle at St. Andrews” by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge is a story of golf.  “The Tinderbox” by Beverly Lewis is an Amish story.

Nonfiction

“TheMatriarch” by Susan Page is a new biography of Barbara Bush.  “Spygate” by former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino and D.C. McAllister shows how various factions tried to sabotage the Trump campaign.  “Bear Attacks of the Century” by Larry Mueller and Marguerite Reiss documents true stories of courage and survival in encounters between bears and people. 

Books on CD

“Unto Us a Son Is Given” by Donna Leon is a Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery.  “Silent Night” by Danielle Steel follows a young girl who refuses to speak after a horrific accident.  “This Year You Write Your Novel” by bestselling novelist Walter Mosley offers you motivation and instruction.  “Never Tell” by Lisa Gardner is a thriller featuring D.D. Warren and Flora Dane.  “The First Lady” by James Patterson and Brendon DuBois begins with the disappearance of the First Lady.  “I Owe You One” by Sophie Kinsella begins when a woman uses an IOU from a stranger.  “The Collected Schzophrenias” by Esme Weijun Wang is a collection of essays.

Large print

“The Island of Sea Women” by Loisa See is the story of two Korean girls whose friendship evolves  around a diving collective.  “The Last Second” by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison is the latest in the Brit in the FBI mystery series.  “The Malta Exchange” by Steve Berry is a mystery about ancient documents and the election of a new pope.  “Dark Tribute” by Iris Johansen is an Eve Duncan mystery.  “Deep Harbor” by Fern Michaels is a mystery.  “Wild Card” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “A Lethal Legacy” by Heather Graham is a Craig Frasier-Kieran Finnegan mystery.  “Call Me Lonesome” by Brett Cogburn is book two of the Morgan Clyde western series.  “The Fifth Doctrine” by Karen Robards is a thriller based in North Korea. 

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   

“Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller played by Matthew Broderick in the movie, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”

04/11/19

Free books for 4-year-olds at your library starts now

For the eighth year, libraries across Colorado are giving a free paperback book to every four-year-old in the state from April 8-22 as part of a special family literacy project. 

Some 75,000 copies of a very special picture book – “Penguinaut!” written by Marcie Colleen and illustrated by Emma Yarlett – are being distributed to children statewide at local libraries, including at your Sisson Library, in either English or Spanish. 

“Penguinaut” is the story of Orville, who lives at the zoo surrounded by animal pals who go on exciting adventures. A hang gliding rhino! A deep-sea diving giraffe! Orville struggles to keep up until one day he concocts an adventure all his own – to build a spaceship and fly to the moon all by himself.  “Penguinaut” is perfect for every child who’s said, “I can do it myself!” – and then learns that the rewards are much richer when shared with friends. Colleen’s playful text and Yarlett’s charming, whimsical illustrations are sure to delight both children and their parents.

The goal of this annual One Book Colorado program is to encourage families to read together every day and add new books to home libraries to ensure school readiness.

Please come by the library or attend any program and pick up this free book for your four-year-old youngster.  Better yet, bring them in to pick up their books and see the opportunities for fun and learning that are available free at your library. 

National Library Week

Thisweek we join libraries across the United States in celebrating National Library Week April 7-13.  We hope you are as happy with your local library as we are to be serving you all year round.  First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country.

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.

Lifelong Learning lecture today

Mark your calendars for the springLifelong Learning series that begins today,  Thursday, April 11, from 5-6:30 p.m. with a talk on water awareness and water consciousness by Susie Nixon.  April 18 features Robertas Strickland teaching you how to create your very own art using the easy-to-learn Zentangle Method.  April 25 is an presentation on beneficial electrification using renewable resources and LPEA’s goal of reducing its carbon footprint.  There will be three more lectures in May.  Pick up a brochure at your library with more details on these very interesting talks.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, April 12) 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, April 12, 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, April 13 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, April 15 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 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen writers group

Join us next Wednesday, April 17 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. 

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  Today, April 11, covers saving and finding files.  April 25 covers two popular genealogy databases. 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 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

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

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 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.  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.  April 17 will feature simple music and movement with Diann Taylor.

DVDs – More Academy Award films

“Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse” won best animated feature in both the Academy Awards and Golden Globes.

Other DVDs

“Winterdance” by Gary Paulsen is a memoir of running the Iditarod in wilderness Alaska.  “Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindewald” is the second installment in this fantasy series by the creator of Harry Potter.  “Men in Tights” is Mel Brooks’ reinvention of the Robin Hood story.  “Shetland” is season four.  “Sterile Cuckoo” stars Lisa Minelli as a kooky coed.  “Colombiana” stars Zoe Saldana as a professional assassin.  “Saturday Night Live” is the complete first season.   

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“My Lovely Wife” by Samantha Downing is a thriller about a couple whose 15-year marriage is getting too interesting.  “The Cornwalls Are Gone” by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois features a female Army intelligence officer. 

Other novels

“Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss” by Rajeev Balasubramanyam features a professor about to embark on the journey of a lifetime. 

Short stories  

“The Boy Who Was Raised As a Dog” by Dr. Bruce D. Perry and Maia Szalavitz is a collection of stories from a child psychiatrist’s notebook that show how children heal. 

Nonfiction

“Ferment” by Holly Davis is a guide to the ancient art of culturing foods from kombucha to sourdough.  “Doing Justice” by Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, outlines this prosecutor’s thoughts on crime, punishment and the rule of law.  “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Olivia Newton-John is a memoir by this Grammy Award-winning entertainer. 

Books on CD

“Dark Tribute” by Iris Johansen is an Eve Duncan mystery.             

Large print

“Wolf Pack” by C.J. Box is a Joe Pickett mystery.  “Wolves of Eden” by Kevin McCarthy is a combination historical fiction, western and thriller.  “When I Die” by Monty McCord is book two of the Legend of Joe Mundy.  “Six in the Wheel” contains two westerns by Mike Sartain and Frank Leslie.  “Celtic Empire” by Clive and Dirk Cussler is a Dirk Pitt adventure. 

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   

“We don’t need to see where the staircase leads to take the first step.” – Natalie Vie, the first Latina fencer to represent the U.S. at the Pan American Games.

4/4/2019

Free books for 4-year-olds and National Volunteer Week

For the eighth year, libraries across Colorado are giving a free paperback book to every four-year-old in the state from April 8-22 as part of a special family literacy project. 

Some 75,000 copies of a very special book – its title will be revealed in this column next week – are being distributed to children statewide at local libraries, including at your Sisson Library, in either English or Spanish.  The goal of this One Book Colorado program is to encourage families to read together every day and add new books to home libraries to ensure school readiness.

Please plan to come by the library or attend any program and pick up this free book for your four-year-old youngster.  Better yet, bring them in to pick up their books, and see the opportunities for fun and learning that are available free at your library. 

Special thanks to our volunteers     

As the U.S. celebrates National Volunteer Week April 7-13, we say a heartfelt thank you to our library volunteers who in 2018 contributed 1,437 hours, about three-quarters of a full-time position, up 32 percent from last year.  “Please know how much we appreciate your time, energy and enthusiasm,” said Meg Wempe, library director, of the volunteers.  “We could not operate the library without you.”

Volunteers make important contributions to our small, rural library with our limited budget.  They help with shelving and making sure all the books and materials are in their proper place.  They help with special events.  They help on the circulation desk.  They help keep everything clean and spiffy year-round.  And they handle myriad other assignments that need doing to help us serve you well.        

Do you have a special interest or skill that could benefit the library and our patrons?  If yes, we would love to have you join our volunteer team.  Please stop by the library to talk with Meg or phone her at 264-2208.  You will be warmly welcomed.  

And there will be many benefits to you.  Research continues to show that people who volunteer – especially seniors – have a dramatically increased ability to maintain cognitive function. The findings invariably show that interacting with others through work, social events or volunteerism keeps seniors engaged – emotionally and neurologically – and also helps you live longer. 

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 español.

Lifelong Learning lectures

Mark your calendars for the springLifelong Learning series that begins next Thursday, April 11 from 5-6:30 p.m. with a talk on water awareness and water consciousness by Susie Nelson.  April 18 features Robertas Strickland teaching you how to create your very own art using the easy-to-learn Zentangle Method.  April 25 is an presentation on beneficial electrification using renewable resources and LPEA’s goal of reducing its carbon footprint.  There will be three more lectures in May.  Pick up a brochure at your library with more details on these very interesting talks.

Women’s Wellness today

Today, Thursday, April 4, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. is the free women’s wellness program for women ages 21-64 facilitated by San Juan Basin Public Health.  Note that there will not be any actual physical examinations at the library.  Rather, the sessions will provide education on about where and how to access cancer screenings, assess barriers to screening for breast and cervical cancer, and help with information about women’s sexual health.  You’ll also hear about free or low-cost services offered by San Juan Basin Health such as women’s, children’s and infants’ services, Connect for Health CO, Nurse-Family Partnership and SafeCare.  Light refreshments will be served.  No registration required.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, April 5 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.

Paws to Read Saturday

Saturday, April 6 from 11 a.m. – noon, youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Hondo, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a free Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, April 8 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.

Adult bookclub

Our adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On April 9 we will discuss “The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough.  If you need a copy, please stop by your library.  No registration required.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, April 10 from 4-5:30 p.m.    Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  April 11 covers saving and finding files.  April 25 covers two popular genealogy databases. 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 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

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

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 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.  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.  

Local author

“Midnight Mendacity” by Victoria Rose is a romance set in Regency England.  Your library has many books written by this prolific local author.

DVDs – More Academy Award films

“Green Book” won best picture and best supporting actor and had two other nominations in this year’s Academy Awards.  It also won best picture and got a best director nomination in the Golden Globes, and won best movie for grownups and best actor in the AARP awards.  “Of Fathers and Sons” was nominated for best documentary feature in the Academy Awards.

Other DVDs

“Shetland” is season three.  “Instant Family” is a comedy for the whole family.  “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” has been digitally remastered. 

Novels

“The Parade” by Dave Eggers is the story of two foreigners’ role in an unnamed country’s  fragile peace.

How-to and self-help

“Someday is Not a Day of the Week” by Sam Horn helps you make the changes needed to be happier, healthier and more fulfilled.  “The Energy Codes” by Dr. Sue Morter is a seven-step system to awaken your spirit, heal your body and live your best life.  “France” is a Lonely Plant guide.  “The Wild Game Smoker and Grill Cookbook” by Kindi Lantz provides recipes for deer, elk, turkey, pheasant, duck and more.  “The Keto All Day Cookbook” by Martina Slajerova contains more than 100 low-carb recipes.

Other nonfiction

“First: Sandra Day O’Connor” by Evan Thomas is a biography of the first female Supreme Court justice.  “Mama’s Last Hug” by Frans de Waal explores animal emotions and what they tell us about ourselves.  “Wit’s End” by James Geary looks at every form of wittiness, from its role in innovation to why puns are the highest form of wit. 

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.  For their generous monetary donations, we are grateful to Deb Morton, Chris Gerlach and Constance D’Angelis.

Quotable Quote   

American author and winner of the Nobel Prize for literature William Faulkner once said that anyone who wants to be a writer should be a reader first: “Read, read, read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read!”

3/28/2019

“1,000 Books before Kindergarten” free early literacy program for your babies and toddlers

One of the greatest gifts you can give your babies and toddlers is to sign them up for an early literacy reading program called “1,000 Books before Kindergarten” for children from birth to five years old – and it is free. 

You can sign up any time at your library.  You will receive a folder with bubbles to keep track of the books you read to your child.  The concept is simple:  Read 1,000 books to your newborn, infant or toddler – yes, you can repeat books – before your precious one starts kindergarten.  You’ll get a free book when you complete the program.

That may sound like a huge number of books, but it’s not really. If you read just one book a night, you will have read 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around five years of age, you have more time than you may think. 

And here’s an advance alert for parents of four-year-olds:  From April 8-22 you can pick up a free book for your child, thanks to the statewide One Book Colorado program.  Watch for more details in next week’s Library News column.

Mystery of a found book

A book about surviving in the outdoors has been returned to a library in British Columbia, Canada more than four decades after it was checked out.  “Wilderness Living: A Complete Handbook and Guide to Pioneering in North America,” was borrowed from a library in 1977.  It was returned anonymously two weeks ago.   Library spokesman David Carson said the book’s subject matter “adds to the mystique of its whereabouts over the past four-plus decades.”  He said the book is in excellent condition.  Overdue materials for adults at that library accrue a daily fine of 30 cents until a $10 cap is reached — which is lucky for whoever signed it out.  The fine would have been in excess of $4,500 without the cap.  The book is still being sold and is considered a valuable resource for outdoor survival.  It is available via AspenCat through your library.

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.

Lifelong Learning lectures

Mark your calendars for the springLifelong Learning series that begins Thursday, April 11 from 5-6:30 p.m. with a talk on water awareness by Susie Nixon.  April 18 features Roberta Strickland teaching you how to create your very own art using the Zentangle Method.  There will be three more lectures in May. Pick up a brochure at your library with more details on these very interesting talks.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, March 29 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 book club tomorrow

Friday, March 29 from 2-3 p.m. at the free teen book club, seventh-12th graders will discuss “When My Heart Joins the Thousand” by A.J. Steiger and enjoy free snacks.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.  

Paws to Read Saturday

Saturday, March 30 from 11 a.m. – noon, youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Bacchus, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a free Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

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.

New Knitting-plus Club for teens

Next Wednesday, April 3, this new free club meets from 4-5:30 p.m. for 7th-12th graders.  It’s called the Knitting-plus Club because it includes not only knitting but also crochet projects, needlepoint and more.  But note that teaching will be available only for knitting.  This club is being formed at the request of several teens, and the plan is to have the group meet monthly.  The next couple of months will be a test period.   Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects and hang out with other crafters.  If you don’t know how to knit, come anyway and we’ll get you started on some of the basics.

Teen advisory board

NextThursday, April 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 classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  Today’s class, March 28, details how to navigate commonly used features on your Windows, Android or Apple smartphone nor tablet.  April 11 discusses saving and finding files.  April 25 details two popular genealogy databases, My Heritage and Ancestry Library.  No registration required.  

Women’s Wellness

Next Thursday, April 4 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. is the free women’s wellness program for women ages 21-64 facilitated by San Juan Basin Public Health.  Note that there will not be any actual physical examinations at the library.  Rather, the sessions will provide education on about where and how to access cancer screenings, assess barriers to screening for breast and cervical cancer, and help with information about women’s sexual health.  You’ll also hear about free or low-cost services offered by San Juan Basin Health such as women’s, children’s and infants’ services, Connect for Health CO, Nurse-Family Partnership and SafeCare.  Light refreshments will be served.  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 4:30 – 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 that PALS will not take place March 25 – March 29 because of Spring Break.  PALS generally follows the school schedule, so when they are off, Mark is off. 

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

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 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.  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.  April 3 will feature music and movement with Diann Tator.

Large print

“The Flimflam Affair” by Bill Pronzini is a Carpenter and Quincannon mystery.  “California Girls” by Susan Mallery follows three sisters rebuilding their lives after romantic disasters.  “A Justified Murder” by Jude Deveraux is a Medlar mystery.

Hershey Collection book

“An Empire of Silver” by Robert Leaman Brown is a history of the silver rush in the San Juan Mountains from about 1870 onwards, featuring 110 photographs.    It can be found in the section of your library has that we affectionately call the Hershey Collection.  It is a collection of 690 nonfiction books which largely came from the personal collection of Jacob and Terese Hershey and center around the Four Corners region and Colorado.  Topics include hiking, western art, ghost towns, flora and fauna, history and more. All of the books in the Hershey Collection are available for checkout.

DVDs – More Academy Award films

“The Favourite” was nominated for best picture, best director and five other awards, and won for best actress.  It also won for best actress in the Golden Globes and received other nominations as well.  “Free Solo” won an Academy Award for best documentary feature.  “RBG” was nominated for best documentary feature and won for best song.

Other DVDs

Three Identical Strangers” about identical triplets separated at birth who are reunited as adults was a winner at the Sundance Film Festival.  “Shetland” is seasons one and two. 

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“The Persian Gamble” by Joel C. Rosenberg is about a terrifying nuclear alliance among Russia, Iran and North Korea.  “Run Away” by Harlan Coben is a thriller about a father who follows his runaway daughter.

Nonfiction

“The Fox Hunt” by Mohammed Al Samawi is the memoir of a refugee from Yemen coming to America.  “About My Mother” by Peggy Rowe are true stories of a horse-crazy daughter and her baseball-obsessed mother.  “American Cipher” by Matt Farwell and Michael Ames explores the experiences of Bowe Bergdahl, the misguided soldier who went AWOL in Afghanistan.  “The Sacred Wisdom of the American Indians” by Larry J. Zimmerman describes the details of Indian culture and the tragic tale of their conquest.  “Black Elk” by Wallace Black Elk and William S. Lyon documents the world of a Lakota shaman.  “Truth in Our Times” by New York Times lawyer David E. McCraw is a behind-the-scenes look at what happens as this newspaper’s journalists go about their reporting during the most turbulent era for journalism in generations.

Books on CD

“The Suspect” by Fiona Barton is a psychological suspense story set in Thailand.  “Wolf Pack” by C.J. Box is a Joe Pickett mystery.  “Breaking and Entering”  by Jeremy N. Smith, the story of a female hacker known only as “Alien,” takes readers into the world of cybersecurity.

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 Maria Gallegos and our anonymous donors. 

Quotable Quote   

“Animals are such agreeable friends; they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.” – George Eliot, pen name of Mary Anne Evans (1819-1880), English novelist, poet, journalist, translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian Age.

3/21/2019

Is reading fantasy books useful?

You probably already know that reading fiction is not only enjoyable but also good for you because it is a uniquely powerful way to understand others, tap into creativity and exercise your brain.  But a dear friend recently asked whether there also were special benefits to reading fantasy, which is a popular genre with our patrons.      Turns out the answer is yes, according to Fernando Lanzer, author and former human resources executive in the Netherlands.  “Good fantasy books draw parallels with real-world dilemmas, moral conflicts and essential values,” he says.  “These are the ones you can learn from, and what you learn can be useful in real life. Good fantasy books can also lead you to develop your own imagination, to stimulate your creativity and your thinking out of the box. They can also help you understand human emotions and values; perhaps you can also learn about your own emotions and values.”

Lanzer points out that, as with any literary genre, there are a lot of poor fantasy books out there.  He advises:  “Be selective. Invest your time in choosing good books to read, regardless of the genre. And that means not necessarily reading the bestsellers.  Just like the most popular restaurants are not necessarily the ones with the best food. Ask people that you respect for their recommendations. If you find an author you like, check out other books by the same author, or find out which books those authors have enjoyed.

“And have fun. If a book is boring, skip a few pages. If it continues to bore you, drop it and get another one,” Lanzer says.  “Here’s my suggestion: ‘The Princess Bride.’  It’s a fantasy book that I found entertaining and full of layers. I was over 40 when I read it and I enjoyed it as much as any teenager. Good books appeal to young and old.”  (“The Princess Bride” is available in your library as both a book and a movie.)

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 español.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, March 22 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, March 22, they will discuss “Those Who Save Us” by Jenna Blum.  Stop by your library to pick up a copy.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at bakestroud@aol.com

LEGO Club on Saturday    

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, March 23 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, March 25 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, March 27 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, March 27 from 3-4 p.m. practice your Spanish with others to help you increase your fluency at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  Previous attendance is not necessary.  No registration required.

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  March 28 details how to navigate commonly used features on your Windows, Android or Apple smartphone nor tablet.  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 4:30 – 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 that PALS will not take place the week of Spring Break (March 25 – March 29). PALS generally follows the school schedule, so when they are off, Mark is off. 

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

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 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.  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.  Wednesday, March 27 will feature chi gong movements led by Dr. Dean Sanna and Amanda Beasley.

DVDs – More Academy Award films

“Bohemian Rhapsody” won best actor for Rami Malek and three other Academy Awards, as well as best picture/drama at the Golden Globes and best ensemble in the AARP Movies for Grownups Awards. “First Man” one three Academy Awards and a nomination in the AARP Movies for Grownups.

Other DVDs

“The Irish R.M.” is the complete Masterpiece Theatre collection.  “The Three Faces of Eve” is the classic starring Joanne Woodward, David Wayne and Lee J. Cobb.  “Horatio’s Drive” is about an eccentric Vermont doctor who made America’s first road trip in 1903.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“The Perfect Alibi” by Phillip Margolin is a legal thriller.  “Beautiful Bad” by Annie Ward features a devoted wife, loving husband and a chilling murder.  “The Devil Aspect” by Craig Russell is set in an asylum for the criminally insane in Prague.  “Broken Bone China” by Laura Childs is a Tea Shop mystery. 

Other novels

“Silent Night” by Danielle Steel follows a young girl who loses her speech and memory after a traumatic event.  “Daisy Jones and the Six” by Taylor Jenkins Reid explores the lives of a rock ‘n’ roll singer and a band.  “Cemetery Road” by Greg Iles is a tale of friendship, betrayal and secrets in a Mississippi city.

How-to and self-help

“Secrets of Great Second Meals” by Sara Dickerman shows you how to turn leftovers into innovative new recipes.  “The Kitchen Garden” by Alan Buckingham is a month-by-month guide to growing your own fruits and vegetables.  “90 Seconds to a Life You Love” by psychologist  Joan I. Rosenberg helps you manage your difficult feelings and build emotional strength.  “Keto Diet” by Dr. Josh Axe contains a 30-day program and 80 recipes.  “The Dumb Things Smart People Do With Their Money”  by Jill Schlesinger offers 13 ways to help you understand and take control of your finances.  “How to Play Pickleball” by Pickleball legend Richard Movsessian and Joe Baker has information for complete beginners and advanced tournament levels.  “Pickleball Fundamentals” is a guide written and endorsed by the USA Pickleball Association.  “Beginner Gardening Step by Step” is a DK basic guide with photographs. 

Other nonfiction

“Parkland” by Dave Cullen explores the work of the extraordinary teenage survivors of the Parkland shooting.  “Midnight in Chernobyl” by Adam Higginbotham is an exploration of the world’s greatest nuclear disaster.  “Utah” is a Frommer’s travel guide with a pocket map.  “Antarctica’s Lost Aviator” by Jeff Maynard tells of the first crossing of this continent.  “How to Hide an Empire” by Daniel Immerwahr discusses the islands, atolls and archipelagos the U.S. has taken and governed.  “Austin to ATX” by Joe Nick Patoski chronicles the interesting characters who transformed the capital of Texas.  “An American Summer” by Alex Kotlowitz is a portrait of love and death in Chicago’s most turbulent neighborhoods. 

Books on CD

“Winter World” by sci-fi author A.G. Riddle explores the possibility that something or someone out there is trying to exterminate us by freezing our world.  “A Justified Murder” by Jude Deveraux is the latest in the Medlar mystery series.  “Watcher in the Woods” by Kelley Armstrong is the latest in the Casey Duncan mystery series.  “Connections in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas mystery.  “Golden State” by Ben H. Winters is an alternate society story.  “Liar Liar” by James Patterson and Candice Fox is about a good cop gone bad.  “The Rule of Law” by John Lescroart is a Dismas Hardy legal thriller.  “Judgment” by Joseph Finder is a mystery featuring a judge being blackmailed.  “Out of the Dark” by Gregg Hurwitz is an Orphan X thriller.

Large print

“The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides is a murder mystery.  “I Owe You One” by Sophie Kinsella begins when a man gives the heroine an IOU and his business card.  “Chocolate Cream Pie Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swensen mystery with recipes.  

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 Gayle Dixon. Diane Bower and our anonymous donors. 

Quotable Quote   

“One of the hardest things in life to learn are which bridges to cross and which bridges to burn.” – Oprah Winfrey, media executive, actress, talk show host, TV producer and philanthropist.

3/7/2019

Women’s wellness, avalanche awareness and a benefit concert

Here are three of the many free fun library activities this coming week:      

  • Today, Thursday, March 7, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. is the second session of a new free women’s wellness program for women ages 21-64 facilitated by San Juan Basin Public Health.  Note earlier starting time from February session.  Also please note that there will not be any actual physical examinations at the library.  Rather, the sessions will provide education on about where and how to access cancer screenings, assess barriers to screening for breast and cervical cancer, and help with information about women’s sexual health.  You’ll also hear about free or low-cost services offered by San Juan Basin Health such as women’s, children’s and infants’ services, Connect for Health CO, Nurse-Family Partnership and SafeCare.  Light refreshments will be served.  No registration required.
  • Join Mark Mueller today, Thursday, March 7, from 5:30-7 p.m. for a free presentation about avalanche safety.  Mark is an avalanche forecaster for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, which says that avalanches are the deadliest hazard in Colorado.  This talk could save your life.
  • Tomorrow, Friday, March 8, the new library foundation will host Moors and McCumber for one night in the Pagosa Springs High School auditorium. Local festival-goers will remember this talented musical duo from their popular past visits to Reservoir Hill. They craft beautiful story songs that walk the line between rootsy folk and melodic pop.  Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 6:30 p.m. with an opening show by the Pagosa Springs High School Americana Project students. Moors and McCumber will play at 7:30 p.m.  Entry to the concert is by donation, with a suggested contribution of $10 per person or $25 per family. All proceeds from the event go to the library foundation.

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.

Teen advisory board today

Today,Thursday, March 7, 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.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, March 8 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.

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, March 8, 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, March 9 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Adult book club

Our free adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles and enjoy refreshments.  On March 12 we will discuss “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah.  If you need a copy, please stop by your library.  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.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, March 13  from 4-5:30 p.m.    Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  March 14 covers how to create professional looking resumes on Microsoft Word.  March 28 details how to navigate commonly used features on your Windows, Android or Apple smartphone nor tablet.  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 4:30 – 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 that PALS will not take place the week of Spring Break (March 25 – Mar 29). PALS generally follows the school schedule, so when they are off, Mark is off. 

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

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 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.  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.  Wednesday, March 13 will feature simple ASL, music and movement with Diann Taylor.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“The Chef” by James Patterson with Max DiLallo features a police detective by day and celebrity food truck chef by night.  “The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls” by Anissa Gray focuses on a well respected family when the husband and wife are arrested.  “The Girl in the Glass Box” by James Grippando is a Jack Swyteck legal thriller about an immigration case. 

Novels

“The Last Romantics” by Tara Conklin follows a middle-class Connecticut family facing a crisis testing the strengths of their bonds.  “The Tattooist of Auschwitz” by Heather Morris describes the bravery of a concentration camp prisoner.  “The City in the Middle of the Night” by Charlie Jane Anders is a futuristic tale set on a dying planet.  “Leading Men” by Christopher Castellani combines fact and fiction to tell the story of the aftermath of a glittering party thrown by Truman Capote in Portofino, Italy in 1953.  “Finding Dorothy” by Elizabeth Letts is a look at the real Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” through the eyes of  author Frank Baum’s wife.

Nonfiction

“Cultured” by science journalist Katherine Harmon Courage describes yogurt and other “gut-friendly” foods to feed our microbiome and benefit our health.

Large print

“What Doesn’t Kill Her” by Christina Dodd follows a woman who has a year-long gap in her memory.  “The Golden Tresses of the Dead” by Alan Bradley is a Flavia de Luce mystery.  “Connections in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas mystery.  “Hard Ride” by Elmer Kelton is a collection of tales from the American West.  “Call Me Lonesome” by Brett Cogburn is book two of the Morgan Clyde western series.  “The Devil’s Waltz” by Ethan J. Wolfe is a western.  “Never Tell” by Lisa Gardner is a murder mystery.  “All the Wrong Places” by Joy Fielding is an online dating 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 Muriel Eason and our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote    “There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: cats and music.” – Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), French theologian, writer, humanitarian, philosopher, physician and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

2/28/2019

Should you bribe your children to read?

A New York Times article by KJ Dell’Antonia looks at the pros and cons of bribing your children to read, and the research and experts’ responses may surprise you.

Everyone agrees that it’s essential that all children be encouraged to read.  When reading is difficult for them, so is almost everything else. As kids get to be better readers, every subject from math to history becomes more accessible – and practice is the only way to get there.

So how to make that happen?

Many parents fall back on bribery, paying per book, minute or page in currencies ranging from toys to screen time to cash.  But many studies show that paying kids to do things they once enjoyed for free can backfire; many kids stop reading when the rewards dry up, while those who aren’t rewarded carry on reading just for fun.

Some experts actually agree that rewards can be useful, especially for younger learners who may benefit from a jump start or a short-term intervention.  But they don’t have to be money or things.  Dr. Rahil Briggs, director of pediatric behavioral health at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.  “It could be that it’s a special treat to go to the library with Dad, and that alone time is part of what’s rewarding about it.”

Dr. Edward L. Deci, professor of psychology at the University of Rochester agrees, saying nonmaterial rewards may be the most effective.  An excursion with a parent, or a special time reading together and discussing books, convey the importance of reading because your valuable time has become the currency.  Family trips to the library can become precious events to children.

“Money may be motivating,” concludes Dell’Antonia, “but so is living in a home where books and reading are part of family life.”  As Dr. Briggs noted, reading together, choosing books, talking about words and stories, even going to the library, is a lot harder than taking a dollar out of our wallets.  And probably more valuable in the long run.

Wanted: Two ESL instructors

Your library is looking to hire two ESL instructors to teach speaking practice, vocabulary enrichment as well as reading, writing and language skills to students learning English as a second language.  These are new part-time positions working five to six hours a week, including four hours of class time.  One will teach beginning skills and the other more advanced.  For more details, see the job description on the library’s website.  Experience is required, and salary is commensurate with experience and knowledge.  Please drop off a letter of interest and resume to the library or email meg@pagosalibrary.org with these files.

Library foundation fundraiser concert

On March 8, the new library foundation will host Moors and McCumber for one night in the Pagosa Springs High School auditorium. Local festival-goers will remember Moors and McCumber from their popular past visits to Reservoir Hill. They craft beautiful story songs that walk the line between rootsy folk and melodic pop.  Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 6:30 p.m. with an opening show by the Pagosa Springs High School Americana Project students. Moors and McCumber will play at 7:30 p.m.  Entry to the concert is by donation, with a suggested contribution of $10 per person or $25 per family. All proceeds from the event go to the library foundation.

Text alerts

Just a reminder that your library has a program called ShoutBomb that, when signed up, allows you to receive text messages on your cell phone when items you requested are ready for pickup or when items are overdue?  You can also use this service to text the library to renew items.  It is available in both English and Spanish.

Signing up for ShoutBomb is free, though standard text rates do apply.  This service will only work with phones that can receive SMS text messages and most smart phones should qualify.  To sign up for ShoutBomb, log in to your account on your computer and click the button on the left that says, “Sign Up for Text Message Notifications.”  A document will open up on your computer that explains how to sign up for ShoutBomb.  It takes only a few minutes to sign up, but you will want to have your library card handy.  Of course, you can always speak with one of our friendly library staff and we would be happy to help you sign up for ShoutBomb.

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 gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, March 1 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.

Paws to Read Saturday

This Saturday, March 2 from 11 a.m. – noon, youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Hondo, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a free Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, March 4 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.

New Knitting-plus Club for teens

Next Wednesday, March 6, this new free club meets for the second time from 4-5:30 p.m. for 7th-12th graders.  It’s called the Knitting-plus Club because it includes not only knitting but also crochet projects, needlepoint and more.  But note that teaching will be available only for knitting.  This club is being formed at the request of several teens, and the plan is to have the group meet monthly.  The next couple of months will be a test period. Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects and hang out with other crafters.  If you don’t know how to knit, come anyway and we’ll get you started on some of the basics.

Women’s Wellness

Next Thursday, March 7 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. is the second session of a new free women’s wellness program for women ages 21-64 facilitated by San Juan Basin Public Health.  Note earlier starting time from February session.  Also please note that there will not be any actual physical examinations at the library.  Rather, the sessions will provide education on about where and how to access cancer screenings, assess barriers to screening for breast and cervical cancer, and help with information about women’s sexual health.  You’ll also hear about free or low-cost services offered by San Juan Basin Health such as women’s, children’s and infants’ services, Connect for Health CO, Nurse-Family Partnership and SafeCare.  Light refreshments will be served.  No registration required.

Avalanche awareness

Join Mark Mueller next Thursday, March 7 from 5:30-7 p.m. for a free presentation about avalanche safety.  Mark is an avalanche forecaster for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, which says that avalanches are the deadliest hazard in Colorado.  This talk could save your life.

Teen advisory board

NextThursday, March 7, 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 classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  March 14 covers how to create professional looking resumes on Microsoft Word.  March 28 details how to navigate commonly used features on your Windows, Android or Apple smartphone nor tablet.  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 4:30 – 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 that PALS will not take place the week of Spring Break (March 25 – Mar 29). PALS generally follows the school schedule, so when they are off, Mark is off. 

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

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 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.  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.  Wednesday, March 6 will feature ukulele songs and story performed by the Snell Family Siblings.

Books on CD

“The House Next Door” by James Patterson contains three thrillers.  “The Burglar” by Thomas Perry features a sophisticated young female burglar who becomes endangered after stumbling upon a triple homicide.  “Verses for the Dead” by Preston & Child is a mystery featuring FBI Special Agent Pendergast. 

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 Alan Saltzstein and our anonymous donors. 

Quotable Quote    “There’s an old saying that I very much ascribe to.  When somebody says, “You can’t do that,” my response is, “Well, I wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t try.”  The truth is that you never know what you can accomplish until you give it your best shot.” – From “Let’s All Make the Day Count” by Charlie Daniels, instrumentalist, lyricist and singer, known for his contributions to Southern rock, country, and bluegrass music.

2/21/2019

One-year anniversary: Books, DVDs and magazines join Meals on Wheels delivery system

One year ago this month, your library began a remarkable new partnership with Archuleta Seniors, Inc., the nonprofit organization that runs the Senior Center and oversees the Meals on Wheels routes for delivery both in town and out-of-town. 

As meals go out to homebound clients, they now can be accompanied by a special library bag containing books, audio books, DVDs and magazines especially selected to match each person’s individual tastes.  The personalized selection is based on a questionnaire they completed.

“We don’t have a huge number of people who use it, but we know it is appreciated because we have received kind notes when the items come back,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  “We currently have four people in the Homebound category, and in the past year 36 items have gone out to them.”

Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver and return the library materials to the Senior Center as they transport the food to their clients.

If you or someone you know would like this service, please contact the Senior Center at 970-264-2167 to receive information, including the introductory information pamphlet and preference questionnaire.

Wanted: Two ESL instructors

Your library is looking to hire two ESL instructors to teach speaking practice, vocabulary enrichment as well as reading, writing and language skills to students learning English as a second language.  These are new part-time positions working five to six hours a week, including four hours of class time.  One will teach beginning skills and the other more advanced.  For more details, see the job description on the library’s website.  Experience is required, and salary is commensurate with experience and knowledge.  Please drop off a letter of interest and resume to the library or email meg@pagosalibrary.org with these files.

How to freeze your holds

Many patrons love the hold service available at your library which allows you to reserve books and other materials when they are checked out to others.  But you may not know that you can freeze, or suspend, your holds at any time an especially helpful tool when you are traveling.

The best part is you do not lose your place in line.  When your hold is thawed, or released, you go right back in to the same place in your hold line; you do not go to the end of the line.

To freeze your holds online, first log into your account.  On the left side of the page, click on “Titles on Hold.”  A list of all items you have on hold will appear.  If they are not currently in transit, you can freeze the hold until you return from your travels or are ready to receive your hold again.    To freeze your hold, click on the button that says “Freeze Hold.”  Choose the date to thaw and resume the hold again and then click “Freeze Hold.”  The freeze will begin immediately. 

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.

Tween paper airplanes today

Tweens are invited to a paper airplanes event today, Thursday, February 21, from 4-5:15 p.m. for fourth-eighth graders.  Come and fold paper airplanes and test them to see which ones go the farthest.  We’ll have templates available, but you are encouraged to get creative on your own.

LEGO contest and LEGO club

LEGO fans need to turn in your original submissions for the all-ages LEGO contest by tomorrow, February 22.  Prizes will be awarded for each of five age categories: preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17, and adult 18 and up.  One prize will be awarded for the Judges’ Choice.  Winners will be announced on Saturday, February 23 at 12:15 p.m. after LEGO Club, which takes place from 11 a.m. – noon.   More rules and details are available in the Activities Calendars.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, February 22 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 book club  tomorrow

Friday, February 22 from 2-3 p.m. at the free teen bookclub, seventh-12th graders will discuss “When My Heart Joins the Thousand” by A.J. Steiger and enjoy free snacks.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.  

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, February 22, they will discuss “Our Souls at Night” by Kent Haruf.  Stop by your library to pick up a copy.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, February 25 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 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, February 27 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, February 27 from 3-4 p.m. practice your Spanish with others at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  February 28 is YouTube Basics when you’ll learn about channels, subscriptions, play lists and uploading your own videos to YouTube.  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 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

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

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 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.  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.  

Books on CD

“A Delicate Touch” by Stuart Woods is  Stone Barrington mystery. “Daughter of War” by Brad Taylor is a Pike Logan adventure.  “Preacher’s Rage” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a First Mountain Man adventure.  “The New Iberia Blues” by James Lee Burke is a Dave Robicheaux murder mystery.  “Rage for Vengeance” by Dusty Richards is a Byrnes Family Ranch western.  “Texas Hills” by David Robbins is a Ralph Compton western. 

DVDs

“Wives and Daughters” is a classic BBC costume drama.  “Indivisible” is based on the true story of an Army chaplain and his wife facing problems in their marriage.  “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” is a comedy.  “Framed” is a PBS Contemporary Masterpiece production.  “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries” is series one and two on two different discs.  “The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock” features a merchant, a mermaid and a madam.   “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing” is the classic starring William Holden and Jennifer Jones that won three Academy Awards in 1955.  “Stranger Things” is the Netflix original series.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Out of the Dark” by Gregg Hurwitz is an Orphan X thriller featuring the government’s off-the-books assassin operation.  “The Black Ascot” by Charles Todd is the latest in the mystery series featuring Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge.  “Suspicious Minds” by Gwenda Bond is the first book in the Stranger Things series about a government experiment in a small town, the prequel to the TV hit show.   “Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore” by Matthew Sullivan is a mystery that begins with a suicide.  “The Plotters” by Un-Su-Kim is a crime novel set in an alternate Seoul.  “Bluebird, Bluebird” by Attica Locke is a mystery set in East Texas.

Other novels 

“Bowlaway” by Elizabeth McCracken follows the enigmatic life of a woman who was discovered unconscious in a New England cemetery.  “Black Leopard Red Wolf” by Marlon James combines myth, fantasy and history following a mercenary’s search for a missing child. 

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   

“My Dad always talked about self-esteem., how the psyche is so fragile, and how it gets attacked by the game [of golf].  Everything with my Dad was positive.  He always found something good.  The most powerful thing a son will ever hear is affirmation from his father.” – Johnny Miller, former professional golfer, TV golf commentator and golf course architect. He was one of the top players in the world during the mid-1970s.

2/14/2019

All-ages LEGO contest, teen Valentine’s lock-in and tween paper airplane.

There are several fun and free activities for all ages in the next week that you and your families might enjoy:

  • LEGO fans should be working on your own original submissions for the all-ages LEGO contest.  Entries must be built ahead of time and turned in to the library between February 16 and 22.  Prizes will be awarded for each of five age categories: preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17, and adult 18 and up.  One prize will be awarded for the Judges’ Choice.  Winners will be announced after LEGO Club on Saturday, February 23 at 12:15 p.m.  More details are available in the Activities Calendars.
  • Teens ages 12-17 are invited to an anti-Valentine’s Lock-in on Friday, February 15 from 5-7 p.m.  Thus is a free fun evening of food, games, crafts and movies.  To participate, you must have a signed permission form from a parent or guardian available on our website and at the front desk at the library – no exceptions!  Be there by 5 p.m. with your permission form in hand because the library will close then.
  • Tweens are invited to a paper airplanes event next Thursday, February 21 from 4-5:15 p.m. for fourth-eighth graders.  Come and fold paper airplanes and test them to see which ones go the farthest.  We’ll have templates available, but you are encouraged to get creative on your own.

Library closure

Your library will be closed on Monday, February 18 for the Presidents Day holiday.

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 gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, February 15 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.

Paws to Read Saturday

This Saturday, February 16 from 11 a.m. – noon, youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Hondo, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a free Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

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 writers group

Join us next Wednesday, February 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. 

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event on Wednesday, February 20 from 1-2 p.m. you’ll make coffee filter flowers that make a lovely centerpiece or faux flower arrangement for any occasion.  No registration required.

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  Today, February 14, is Google Drive Basics when you will learn how to create documents, save your files online and collaborate with others on Google Drive.  February 28 is YouTube Basics when you’ll learn about channels, subscriptions, play lists and uploading your own videos to YouTube.  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 4:30 – 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 so PALS on February 18.

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

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 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.  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.  

Expanded policy re DVDs

You now can check out 10 DVDs at a time.  Also, new DVDs will be a separate category and you can check out two new DVDs in addition to the 10 from the regular offerings.  We believe our DVD fans will appreciate this additional checkout number.  It’s a win for your library as well, as we project it will create additional shelf space as more of our collection is checked out.

DVDs

“Annie Hall” stars Woody Allen and Diane Keaton.  “The Equalizer” and “The Equalizer 2” both star Denzel Washington.  “Planet Earth II” is the BBC documentary.  “Venom” stars Tom Hardy.  “Tea with the Dames” features four legends of British stage and screen – Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins and Joan Plowwright.  “The Hate U Give” is the story of a black girl from a poor neighborhood attending a mostly white prep school.  “Beautifully Broken” is the true story of three families from different countries struggling to find hope amid war.  “The Crimson Field” is about nurses in a tented field hospital in World War I France.  “How Green Was My Valley,” winner of five Academy Awards in 1941, is the classic drama film set in the South Wales coalfields.

Spanish book

“El Prisionero del Cielo” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is set in Barcelona in1957 when a mysterious stranger visits a bookshop and divulges a terrible secret that has been buried for two decades in the city’s dark past.

Nonfiction

“The Unstoppable Ruth Bader Ginsburg” by Felix Antonia is an unofficial pictorial retrospective celebrating the life of the Supreme Court Justice.  “The Plant Paradox Quick and Easy” by Dr. Steven R. Gundry is a 30-day plan to lose weight with recipes.  “Wright Brothers, Wrong Story” by William Hazelgrove is a new history of Wilbur and Orville Wright. 

Large print westerns

“A Reason to Die” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Perley Gates western.  “Borderland” by Greg Hunt is book one of the Borderland trilogy.  “Return to Vengeance Creek” by Robert J. Randisi is book four of The Sons of Daniel Shaye series. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Free Fall” by Jessica Barry opens with a plane crash in the Colorado Rockies.  “The Woman Inside” by E.G. Scott is a psychological suspense story about unfaithfulness and unreliability.  “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens tells of a reclusive “Marsh Girl” suspected of murder.  “The Rule of Law” by John Lescroart is a Dismas Hardy mystery.  “The Wedding Guest” by Jonathan Kellerman is an Alex Delaware mystery.  “The Lost Man” by Jane Harper is a suspense story about three brothers meeting for the first time in months at a remote fence line in the Australian outback.  “Judgment” by Joseph Finer is a thriller about a one-night stand that threatens to run the career and life of a judge.  “More Than Word” by Jill Santopolo follows a young woman who learns a terrible secret at the death of her father, a hotel chain magnate.  “The Break Line” by James Brabazon is a harrowing story of covert operations. 

Other novels

 “Those Who Save Us” by Jenna Blum follows a mother and her daughter liberated by an American soldier during World War II when an old family portrait surfaces.  “American Pop” by Snowden Wright blends fact and fiction to tell the story of a family dynasty, founders of the world’s first major soft-drink company.

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.  For the generous monetary gift, we are grateful to Diana Von der Muhll Jaworskyj.

Quotable Quote   

“Dust off that library card.  A study of 3,635 older adults found that book readers had a 23-month survival advantage and 20 percent lower mortality risk compared with nonreaders.  Reading was protective regardless of gender, education or health.” – AARP’s 99 Ways to Add Healthy Years to Your Life. 

2/7/2019

New women’s wellness program and text message notifications.

Today, Thursday, February 7, from noon – 2 p.m. we are launching a new free women’s wellness program for women ages 21-64 facilitated by San Juan Basin Public Health. 

Please note that there will not be any actual physical examinations at the library.  Rather, the sessions will provide education on about where and how to access cancer screenings, assess barriers to screening for breast and cervical cancer, and help with information about women’s sexual health. 

You’ll also hear about free or low-cost services offered by San Juan Basin Health such as women’s, children’s and infants’ services, Connect for Health CO, Nurse-Family Partnership and SafeCare.

We plan to host this program on the first Thursday of February and March – and possibly beyond, depending on response.  Light refreshments will be served.  No registration required.

Did you know…

…that your library has a program called ShoutBomb that, when signed up, allows you to receive text messages on your cell phone when items you requested are ready for pickup or when items are overdue?  You can also use this service to text the library to renew items.  It is available in both English and Spanish.

Signing up for ShoutBomb is totally free, though standard text rates do apply.  This service will only work with phones that can receive SMS text messages and most smart phones should qualify.  To sign up for ShoutBomb, log in to your account on your computer and click the button on the left that says, “Sign Up for Text Message Notifications.”  A document will open up on your computer that explains how to sign up for ShoutBomb.  It takes only a few minutes to sign up, but you will want to have your library card handy.  Of course, you can always speak with one of our friendly library staff and we would be happy to help you sign up for ShoutBomb.

This “Did you know…” section is another in a series being prepared by Cindi Galabota, development officer, that will appear periodically in Library News columns.  We hope you find the information interesting and helpful.

New circulation system 

Like all 110 members of the Colorado Library AspenCat Consortium, your library has switched to a new circulation system effective this week.  Most of what happens after the migration will be behind-the-scenes and invisible to you, our patrons.  But there will be one new feature we think you will like – as well as some overall service improvements. 

Operating with the new system should mean less downtime, faster updates, and the ability for staff to pull holds more than once a day.  As well, we’ll now have auto-renewals.  That means instead of needing to renew items through the online tool or through library staff, your items will automatically renew – unless there are holds on them from other patrons.

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.

Teen advisory board today

Today, Thursday, February 7, 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.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, February 8) 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, February 8) 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, February 9 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Adult book club

Our free adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles and enjoy refreshments.  On February 12 we will discuss “Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know” by Alexandra Horowitz.  If you need a copy, please stop by your library.  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. 

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, February 13 from 4-5:30 p.m.    Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

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 Wednesday, February 13 from 1:30 – 3 p.m.   For more information contact Kay Kaylor at 264-0501, ext. 1.

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  February 14 is Google Drive Basics when you will learn how to create documents, save your files online and collaborate with others on Google Drive.  February 28 is YouTube Basics when you’ll learn about channels, subscriptions, play lists and uploading your own videos to YouTube.  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 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.   

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

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 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.  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.  

Expanded policy re DVDs

You now can check out 10 DVDs at a time.  Also, new DVDs will be a separate category and you can check out two new DVDs in addition to the 10 from the regular offerings.  We believe our DVD fans will appreciate this additional checkout number.  It’s a win for your library as well, as we project it will create additional shelf space as more of our collection is checked out.

Large print

“A Delicate Touch” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “An Anonymous Girl” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen is a psychological thriller about a woman involved in a strange study.  “The New Iberia Blues” by James Lee Burke is a Det. Dave Robicheaux mystery. 

Travel books

“Australia” is a DK Eyewitness Travel guide.  “Frommer’s Easyguide to Australia 2018” is another travel guide to this fascinating country.  “Continental Divide Trail” by Barney Scout Mann is the only illustrated book officially published with the Continental Divide Trail Coalition about this legendary footpath.

Cookbooks

“Fix Freeze Feast” (second expanded edition) by Kati Neville and Lindsay Ahrens contains 150 recipes to help you stock your freezer with ready-to-cook meals.  “The Official John Wayne Way to Grill” contains great stories and more than 100 recipes  shared by Duke’s family. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Current” by Tim Johnston begins when Minnesota state troopers pull two young women and their car out of an icy river.  “The Suspect” by Fiona Barton is a psychological suspense story about two 18-year-old girls who go missing in Thailand. 

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   

“Make the first row you plow straight as an arrow; otherwise, the whole field will be crooked.  This is an old farming adage and so true.  Doing it until you get it right can be a tough thing, but always, without a doubt, the right thing.  Make a firm foundation before you ever start raising the roof.” – From “Let’s All Make the Day Count” by Charlie Daniels, instrumentalist, lyricist and singer, known for his contributions to Southern rock, country, and bluegrass music.