10/19/2017

Inspirational advice from the first woman to coach in the NFL 

Your library has a copy of a new bestselling book called “Play Big” by Dr. Jen Welter, the first woman to coach in the NFL.  Here is a selection of her advice.  For more of her thoughts, you can check the book out and read it all.

  • When there’s no road map in life, you make your own.  Greatness is not an accident.  Greatness is a choice you make over and over and over,  And when you choose personal greatness – big or small – it becomes a part of who you are.
  • Take NO as a challenge.  Turn it into NOw instead by adding a little w, as in WIN.  Now what are you going to do to turn your NO into a win?  Arm yourself.  You have to treat yourself as a dreamer.  By trusting your gut and allowing yourself to dream, you are in fact arming yourself to succeed.
  • The road to success is paved with sacrifice.  Make sure you are financially prepared to make a transition or plan to save for when your opportunity arises.
  • Free yourself from restrictive thinking.  Don’t strive for the top job or the cutting-edge accomplishment in your field – think beyond that.  What if you could go further?
  • Professionalism is not defined by the dollars you make.  It is the attitude you take.  Remember that winning and success are not absolute.  They are relative and very personal.  Make sure you never confuse money with security, and comfort with progress.
  • Everybody gets hit.  When you do, get back up and do it with attitude.  You are never truly powerless.  Your power source is internal.
  • Focus on what you’re good at.  Be consistently good at it and exemplify that with your approach and efforts.
  • Success isn’t created in the spotlight.  It’s the work you do in the dark.  When you finally get that breakout moment, you’re ready to capitalize on it.  The lights turn on and you shine.  Own that moment.

Second Chance Book Sale

Many thanks to everyone involved in our first-ever Second Chance Book Sale – those who donated so many premium items for the sale, those who came to buy,  volunteers who helped with the setup, and Meg and her staff for the clever idea and for making it all happen.  Another plus:  Those who came to the library for the first time and left as patrons with books in their arms.  This event made just under $1,700.  We promise to spend that money wisely to make your library even better.

Lifelong Learning

Today (Thursday, October 19) from 5-6:30 p.m. is the second talk in the six-week fall Lifelong Learning Lecture series.  Former teacher John T. Penter will discuss “Fun with Modern Art – Van Gogh to the Present.”   There will be no lecture on the 26th.

November presentations are Doug Roberts’ talk about our local vets and American Legion post on the 2nd, U.S. Forest Service’s Brandon Caley’s discussion of people, places and stories of the San  Juan National Forest on the 9th, Ruth Lambert’s talk on the lives and family histories of early Hispanic settlers on the 16th, and Stacy Boone looking at how we may be impacting undeveloped public lands and the ethics of conservation on the 30th.  There will be no talk on November 23 because of Thanksgiving.

We hope you will join us for these interesting and informative presentations.  All are scheduled for 5-6:30 p.m. and include time for questions.  For more information on all the talks, pick up a brochure at 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.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your family and friends tomorrow (Friday, October  20) from 2-3:15 p.m.

Teen bookclub tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, October 20) from 2-3 p.m. seventh-12th graders will discuss “The Reader” by Tracy Chee and enjoy free snacks.

Lego Club

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, October 21 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free Lego Club.

Steampunk crafts

Next Monday, October 23 is the another free teen program called steampunk crafts from 4-5 p.m. for seventh-12th graders.  We’ll make jewelry, ornaments and knickknacks out of keys, gears, coins and other odds and ends.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, October 25 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 on Wednesday, October 25 from 1-2 p.m. we’ll create marbled cloth napkins with shaving cream, fabric paint and a few household supplies.  No registration required.

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, October 25 from 4-5 p.m. practice your Spanish with others at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Adult education 

Our PALS program – Pagosa Adult Learning Services – takes place three days a week: Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Computer/technology classes

Join us each Monday from 2-3 p.m. to learn a technology skill or application.  Topics vary each week.  October 23 is Windows 10. No registration required.  Note:  No computer class October 30.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.  Note: No teen gaming September 19 because of the all-ages pirate party.

Tech Time

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

Kids storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.  Recommended for children aged 0 to 12 months.

Toddler storytime     

Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join us for 30 minutes of free stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.  Recommended for children 12 to 36 months or walking toddlers.

Short story collections

“Fresh Complaint” by Jeffrey Eugenides is a short story collection by this Pulitzer Prize winner.  “The Best American Short Stories 2017” is a winning collection selected by Meg Wolitzer.

How-to and self-help

“Play Big” by Dr. Jen Welter offers lessons in being limitless from the first woman coach in the NFL.  “Ageless Strength” by Jeff Horowitz helps you build fitness in one hour a week.  “Improve Sleep” by Katrin Schubert provides 20 quick techniques for better sleep.  “The Natural First Aid Handbook” by herbalist Brigitte Mars explains basic emergency preparedness.  “A Kinder Voice” by Therese Jacobs-Stewart shows how to calm a self-critical mind.  “How to Overcome Pain” by Leon Chaitow describes natural approaches to dealing with arthritis, anxiety, back pain, PMS and more.  “Basics to Brilliance” by Donna Hay is a personal guide to brilliance in the kitchen.

Other nonfiction

“Admissions” by brain surgeon Henry Marsh describes the difficulties of working pro bono in Ukraine and Nepal.  “Chicago Cubs” by Rich Cohen describes the team and its infamous curse.  “It’s Not Yet Dark” by Simon Fitzmaurice is a memoir of a man afflicted with ALS written using an eye-gaze computer.  “Where the Animals Go” by James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti has 50 maps and graphics to help you track wildlife with technology.  “The Cannabis Encyclopedia” by Jorge Cervantes was written by an expert who had to conceal his identity for almost 30 years.  “Arnold Palmer: A Life Well Played” is a collection of anecdotes and wisdom from this beloved golfer.   “Midnight in the Pacific” by Joseph Wheelan explores Guadalcanal, the World War II battle.

CDs

“Ali” by Jonathan Fig is an unauthorized biography of the famous boxer.  “Dark Legacy” by Christin Feehan is the latest in this paranormal romance series.  “I Was Told to Come Alone” by Souad Mekhennet is a memoir of a explores two sides of her upbringing, Muslim and western.  “Secrets in Death” by J.D. Robb is the latest in the Eve Dallas mystery series.  “Vince Flynn Enemy of the State” by Kyle Mills is a Mitch Rapp 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 for our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Carol Sheets and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“When in doubt, wear red.” – Bill Blass (1922-2002), American fashion designer.

10/12/2017

Fall Lifelong Learning Lecture series starts today  

Today (Thursday, October 12) from 5:00p.m.-6:30 p.m. the six-week fall Lifelong Learning Lecture series opens with a presentation by local author M Avery titled “Romeo & Juliet: a Modern Love Story on the Old Spanish Trail.”  You’ll hear a true love story from the 1960s on the Spanish Trail and how that story relates to our own community.

On October 19 former teacher John T. Penter will discuss “Introduction to Modern Art – Van Gogh to the Present.”   There will be no lecture on the 26th.

November presentations are Doug Roberts’ talk about our local vets and American Legion post on the 2nd, U.S. Forest Service’s Brandon Caley’s discussion of people, places and stories of the San  Juan National Forest on the 9th, Ruth Lambert’s talk on the lives and family histories of early Hispanic settlers on the 16th, and Stacy Boone looking at how we may be impacting undeveloped public lands and the ethics of conservation on the 30th (note change of date).  There will be no talk on November 23 because of Thanksgiving.

We hope you will join us for these interesting and informative presentations.  All are scheduled for 5:00p.m.-6:30 p.m. and include time for questions.  For more information on all the talks, pick up a brochure at your library.

Backpacks available for free checkout

Take advantage of our free backpacks this month as you enjoy the fall foliage. Thanks to a partnership between the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado State Library, we have two backpacks for free checkout that contain a state park pass, binoculars, a wildlife guide, a trees and wildlife guide, a book about the 42 state parks, and more. The backpacks can be checked out for a full week and renewed for an additional week.   They cannot be placed on hold.  Consider it a “Lucky Day” pickup item, meaning that if you come in and it’s available, you can check it out.

Activities calendars available

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month.  There are three versions – kids, tweens/teens and adults.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your family and friends tomorrow (Friday, October 13) from 2-3:15 p.m.

Lego Club

Kids aged 6 – 13 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, October 14 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free Lego Club.

Otaku for teens

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets on Monday, October 16 from 4-5 p.m.  Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   This free club is for fifth-12th grades.

Breast and cervical cancer information

Nancy Folsom from San Juan Basin Public Health will be at your library next Tuesday, October 17 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. to promote awareness and answer questions about the importance of breast and cervical cancer screenings.

Teen writers group

Join us next Wednesday, October 18 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.

Adult education 

Our PALS program – Pagosa Adult Learning Services – takes place three days a week: Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Computer/technology classes

Join us each Monday from 2-3 p.m. to learn a technology skill or application.  Topics will vary each week.  October 16 is Ancestry Library Edition and October 23 is Windows 10. No registration required.  Note: No computer class October 30.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.  Note: No teen gaming September 19 because of the all-ages pirate party.

Tech Time

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

Kids storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.  Recommended for children aged 0 to 12 months.

Toddler storytime     

Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join us for 30 minutes of free stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.  Recommended for children 12 to 36 months or walking toddlers.

Thrillers and suspense

“Sleep Like a Baby” by Charlaine Harris is an Aurora Tegarden mystery.  “Sleeping Beauties” by Stephen and Owen King is a father-son collaboration.  “Don’t Let Go” by Harlan Coben is a thriller.  “Haunted” by James Patterson and James O. Born is a Detective Michael Bennett thriller.

Other novels

“Forest Dark” by Nicole Krauss tells of two people looking for transformation in Tel Aviv.  “Caroline: Little House, Revisited” by Sarah Miller is a new look at Ma in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books.  “Best Day Ever” by Kaira Rouda follows a couple whose marriage is not what it seems.  “The Ninth Hour” by Alice McDermott describes life for the family after the father commits suicide.

Short-story collection

“Five Carat Soul” by James McBride is a collection of never before published stories by this National Book Award winner.

How-to and self-help

“The Marley Coffee Cookbook” by Rohan Marley and Maxcel Hardy III offers 100 recipes using coffee.  “Fermentation on Wheels” by Tara Whitsitt is a combination road adventure and cookbook.  “The Estrogen Fix” by Dr. Mache Seibel is a guide to being healthy, energized and hormonally balanced.  “Hit Refresh” by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella describes his quest to rediscover the company’s soul.  “The All-or-Nothing Marriage” by Eli J. Finkel is a guide to modern marital bliss.  “The Moosewood Restaurant Table” contains 250 new recipes from this natural foods restaurant.  “The Dinner Plan” by Kathy Brennan and Caroline Campion provides five strategies and 135 recipes for weeknight dinners.  “How to Fight” by Thich Nhat Hanh shows how to turn disagreements into opportunities for growth and compassion.

Other nonfiction

“What We See in the Stars” by Kelsey Oseid is an illustrated tour of the night sky.  “A Woman’s Place is at the Top” by Hannah Kimberley is a biography of Annie Smith Peck, an unknown but brilliant scholar, writer, mountain climber and suffragist.  “Iced In” by Chris Turney describes 10 days trapped in sea ice in Antarctica.  “Rescued from ISIS” by Dimitri Bontinck is the true story of a father who saved his son from ISIS.  “The New Wild West” by Blaire Briody tells how a sleepy North Dakota farm town changed after frackers arrived.  “Killing England” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard is the latest in the “killing” series, this one about the American Revolution.  “The House of Government” by Yuri Slezkine is the true story of the residents of an apartment building where top Communist officials lived.  “Seventy Summits” by Vern Tejas is a memoir of a professional mountain guide.  “Against the Grain” by James C. Scott explores the beginnings of the earliest civilizations.

CDs

“Sleep Like a Baby” by Charlaine Harris is an Aurora teagarden mystery.  “Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions” by Amy Stewart is a Kopp Sisters mystery.    

Large print

We have seven new large print westerns:  “Smoke Wagon,” a Morgan Clyde western by Brett Cogburn; “Dark Trail,” book five in the Wind River series by James Reasoner and L.J. Washburn; “Long Ride Home” by W. Michael Gear; “The Contractor” by James C Work, “Killing Blood” by Robert D. McKee; “Witness Seeker” by Stone Wallace and “MacCallister: Day of Reckoning,” a Duff MacCallister western by William W. and J.A. Johnstone.

Programmed Nooks

We have nine free Nooks and three free tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure.  The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers.  The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library.  Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.  While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Downloadable films

For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website.  Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.

Thanks for our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Gayle Broadbent as well as Bob and Carole Howard.

Quotable Quote

“There’s nothing wrong with a failure.  You’re not going to be able to do everything, but you can try everything.” – Whoopi Goldberg, American actress, comedian, author and TV host.

Website

For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at https://pagosalibrary.org

10/5/2017

Second Chance Book Sale this weekend and Lifelong Learning lectures start next week

Please join us tomorrow (Friday, October 6) or Saturday, October 7 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. to take advantage of the Second Chance Book Sale.  You’ll find great buys for all ages – books that were not sold at the Friends of the Library book sale in August plus new ones that have been processed since then.  In addition to books, a wide variety of other items will be offered, including book sets, audio books, CDs and DVDs.

Then next Thursday, October 12 from 5-6:30 p.m. the fall Lifelong Learning lecture series opens with a presentation by M Avery titled “Romeo & Juliet: a Modern Love Story on the Old Spanish Trail.”  You’ll hear a true love story from the 1960s on the Spanish Trail and how that story relates to our own community.

Other October lectures include John T. Penter discussing “Fun with Modern Art – Van Gogh to the Present” on the 19th and Stacy Boone looking at how we may be impacting undeveloped public lands and the ethics of conservation on the 26th.

“1,000 Books before Kindergarten”

You can sign up any time at your library for a new free early literacy reading program called “1,000 Books before Kindergarten” for children from birth to five years old.  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.

Backpacks available for free checkout

Take advantage of our free backpacks this month as you enjoy the fall foliage.   Thanks to a partnership between the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado State Library, we have two backpacks for free checkout that contain a state park pass, binoculars, a wildlife guide, a trees and wildlife guide, a book about the 42 state parks, and more. The backpacks can be checked out for a full week and renewed for an additional week.   They cannot be placed on hold.  Consider it a “Lucky Day” pickup item, meaning that if you come in and it’s available, you can check it out.

New book drop at City Market

Just a reminder that we have a new book drop at City Market.  As you face the front door of the grocery store, you’ll find it tucked behind the fifth post on the left, between the wood storage and propane tanks. Contents are being picked up three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and we’re delighted to say it’s being used.

Two special requests to make this new service work for everyone:  First, please put your Nooks in the media side of the box so they are not damaged by heavy books.  Second, the book drop is not for donations.  They need to be brought to the library, as some people donate a lot and that will fill the box faster than it is emptied, not allowing people to return their library materials.  We  hope you understand that the purpose of the drop box is for convenient item return, not item donation.

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.

Teen advisory board tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, October 6) the teen advisory board meets from 3-4 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.  Note new day and time.

No all-ages program tomorrow

Our regular Friday all-ages program is cancelled tomorrow (Friday, October 6) because we need the space for the Second Chance Book Sale.

Spanish instruction

Join us for this free basic course next Monday, October 9 from 4-5 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish.  This session will cover grammar and vocabulary to help you at a restaurant.  No registration required.

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.  On October 10 we will discuss “Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter” by Kate Clifford Larson.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  No registration required.

Adult education 

Our PALS program – Pagosa Adult Learning Services – takes place three days a week: Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Computer/technology classes

Join us each Monday from 2-3 p.m. to learn a technology skill or application.  Topics will vary each week. October 9 is Microsoft Excel basics, October 16 is Ancestry Library Edition, and October 23 is Windows 10. No registration required.  Note: No computer class October 30.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.  Note: No teen gaming September 19 because of the all-ages pirate party.

Tech Time

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

Kids storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Baby and toddler storytime cancelled

Our regular baby and toddler Saturday storytimes are cancelled this week because we need the space for the Second Chance Book Sale.

DVDs

“Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey” is a documentary about this Mexican-American photographer.  “El Norte” is a film by Gregory Nava about to Guatemalan children fleeing persecution.  “Wonder Woman” features the DC Comics heroine.  “Time Bandits” stars John Cheese, Sean Connery and Shelley Duvall.  “Un Padre No Tan Padre” (“From Dad to Worse”) is a family comedy.  “Hecho en Mexico” features elders and youths to speak about their homeland and what it means to be Mexican.  “The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization” is the PBS series narrated by Liam Neeson.

Novels

“George and Lizzie” by Nancy Pearl is the story of an unlikely marriage at a crossroads.  “The Heart’s Invisible Furies” by John Boyne is a saga set in postwar Ireland.  “Sourdough” by Robin Sloan does for the world of books what he did for the world of books in “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore.”

Large print

“You Say It First” by Susan Mallery is the latest in the Happily Inc. series.  “Young Jane Young” by Gabrielle Zevin starts with an affair by a congressional intern with her boss.  “Emma in the Night” by Wendy Walker tells of two sisters who disappear and only one returns.  “The Western Star” by Craig Johnson is a Longmire mystery.

Programmed Nooks

We have nine free Nooks and three free tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure.  The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers.  The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library.  Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.  While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Downloadable films

For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website.  Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.

Thanks for our donors

For books and materials this week we thank our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“My mom taught me everything I know.  How I’m no less but also no greater than anyone.  How when people come at you with their worst, you should come at them with your best.” – Selena Gomez, first person to reach 100 million followers on Instagram.

9/28/2017

Second Chance Book Sale set for October 6-7 

We hope you will come by the library on Friday, October 6 or Saturday, October 7 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. to take advantage of the Second Chance Book Sale.  You’ll find great buys for all ages – books that were not sold at the Friends of the Library book sale in August plus new ones that have been processed since then.  In addition to books, a wide variety of other items will be offered, including book sets, audio books, CDs and DVDs.

Library staff will be organizing the event, setting up and working the cash register for your purchases.  This is a win-win situation.  You get great bargains and your library raises funds in addition to the $5,600 made at the Friends book sale.  Every penny goes to making your library even better.

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.

Lifelong Learning

Mark your calendar for the fall Lifelong Learning Lecture series starting October 12, and watch for more details in future Library News columns.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, September 29) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a PG movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

Teen role-playing

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

Adult education 

Our PALS program – Pagosa Adult Learning Services – takes place three days a week: Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Computer/technology classes

Join us each Monday from 2-3 p.m. to learn a technology skill or application.  Topics will vary each week. October 2 is digital photos, October 9 is Microsoft Excel basics, October 16 is Ancestry Library Edition, and October 23 is Windows 10. No registration required.  Note: No computer class October 30.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.  Note: No teen gaming September 19 because of the all-ages pirate party.

Tech Time

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

Kids storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

Toddler storytime     

Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join us for 30 minutes of free stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.

Spanish language books

“La Camisa del Marido” by Nelida Pinon is an anthology of nine stories exploring family relationships, conflicts and secrets.  “Pele:  Porque El Futbol Importa” by Pele and Brian Winter is a memoir of this soccer great.  “El Nombre de Dios es Misericordia” by Pope Francis shares the pope’s thoughts on the importance of misery.  “Cartas a la Dra. Isabel: Mensajes y Consejos de El Anghel de la Radio” by Isabel Gomez-Bassols is a collection of letters to help men and women overcome their problems.  “Reta Tu Vida” No Es Dejar de Comer Sino Aprender de Comer” by nutritionist Jose Fernandez provides menus and inspirations to help your family achieve a healthier diet.

How-to and self-help

“Computer Basics/eighth edition has been updated for Windows 10.  “Solve Your Money Troubles” offers strategies to get out and stay out of debt.  “Raising Passionate Readers” by Nancy Newman describes five easy steps to success in school and life.  “Cuba” is a DK Eyewitness Travel guide.  “Option B” by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant showcases personal experience and research on finding strength in the face of diversity.  “The Four Tendencies” by Gretchen Rubin describes personality profiles that help make your life better.  “Dr. Colbert’s Keto Zone Diet” by Dr. Don Colbert help you lose weight without hunger or food cravings.

Other nonfiction

“Midnight Confessions” by Stephen Colbert is based on his popular segment from “The Late Show.”  “The Education of Eva Moskowitz” is a memoir by the founder and CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools.  “Windfall” by Harvard professor Meghan L. O’Sullivan describes how energy abundance has transformed the geopolitical order and bolstered American power.  “The Language of Light” by Gerald Shea is a history of deafness, signed languages and the struggles of the deaf.  “Reinventing America’s Schools” by David Osborne offers a survey of the most dramatic improvements in urban education today.  “The Astronomy Book” explores discoveries about space, time and the physics of the cosmos.  “What I Found in a Thousand Towns” by Dar Williams tells of this singer-songwriter’s travels through America’s small towns.

Novels

“Sing, Unburied, Sing” by Jesmyn Ward focuses on a family road trip through Mississippi.  “Star Wars Phasma” by Delilah S. Dawson is the latest in the Star Wars series.  “The Golden House” by Salman Rushdie tells of an enigmatic billionaire who moves to New York.  “Something Like Happy” by Eva Woods fellows two friends who spend 100 days working to be happy.  “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng features two families who live in the very proper Shakes Heights suburb of Cleveland.  “Love and Other Consolation Prizes” by Jamie Ford tells of an orphan raffled off during the 1909 World’s Fair.  “The Vengeance of Mothers” by Jim Fergus explores the Brides for Indians program via the journals of two of the brides.  “The Twelve-Mile Straight” by Eleanor Henderson begins with the birth of two babies, one light-skinned and the other dark.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Enemy of the State” is a Mitch Rapp thriller by Kyle Mills.  “A Legacy of Spies” by John Le Carre is the first Smiley mystery in 25 years.  “Good Me Bad Me” by Ali Land features the daughter of a serial killer.  “The Child Finder” by Rene Denfeld begins when a child disappears while choosing a Christmas tree in the forest,  “Need to Know” by Fern Michaels is a Sisterhood mystery.  “Dinner at the Center of the Earth” by Nathan Englander follows a secret prisoner held captive in a black site,  “Proof of Life” by J.A. Jance is a J.P. Beaumont mystery.  “The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye” by David Lagercrantz continues Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series.

Large print

“Robert H. Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet” by Reed Farrel Coleman is a Jesse Stone mystery.  “Y is for Yesterday” by Sue Granton is the penultimate book in this alphabetic mystery series.  “Glass Houses” by Louise Penny is an Armand Gamache mystery.  “Secrets in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas mystery.  “The Romanov Ransom” by Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell is a Sam and Remi Fargo adventure.  “Exposed” by Lisa Scottoline is a Mary DiNunzio and Bennie Rosato mystery.  “The Burning Girl” by Claire Messud follows two girls whose friendship is tested in later years.  “Charlatans” by Robin Cook is a medical mystery.  “Texas Fierce: The Tylers of Texas” by Janet Dailey is a western love story.

CDs

“The Western Star” is a Walt Longmire mystery.  “I Know a Secret” by Tess Gerritsen connects two homicides in different locations.  “Dark Rites” by Heather Graham is number 22 in the Krewe of Hunters series.

DVDs

“One Night with the King” stars Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif.  “The Mine Wars” explores the struggles of West Virginia coal miners.  “Sound Tracker” is a two-part musical journey across the U.S.  “The Courageous Heart of Irene Sendler” is the true story of a world War II woman who saved 2,500 Jewish children in Poland.  “Megan Leavy” is the true story of a female Marine and her military combat dog.  “Two Step for Beginners Vol. 1” teaches you how to dance the Texas two-step.  “Captain Underpants” is a DreamWorks Animation comedy.  “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”  continues the team’s experience.  “Sunshine Cleaning” is a comedy drama starring Amy Adams, Emily Blunt and Alan Arkin.  “Iraq Uncovered” is a Frontline documentary.

Programmed Nooks

We have nine free Nooks and three free tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure.  The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers.  The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library.  Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.  While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Downloadable films

For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website.  Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.

Thanks for our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Medora Bass, Gail and Dan Shepherd, Paula Gorsuch, Curt Grindal, Marilyn Falvey and Gayle Broadbent.

Quotable Quote

“Life is a series of yellow pads.  It’s real therapy to cross things off and make a new list.” – George Stevens, Jr., American Film Institute director.

Website

For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at https://pagosalibrary.org

9/14/2017

Pirate party for all ages next Tuesday   

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

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

Activities calendars available

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month.  There are three versions – kids, tweens/teens and adults.

Vacation notice

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

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, September 15) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a PG movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

Teen bookclub tomorrow

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

Otaku for teens

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets on Monday, September 18 from 4-5 p.m.  Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   This free club is for fifth-12th grades.

Teen writers group

Join us on Wednesday, September 20 from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meeting for seventh-12 graders.  This group’s interests include stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction.

Medicare 101

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

Senior Book Club

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

All-ages gaming next week

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

Sand art DIY for adults

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

Spanish conversation

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

Adult education 

Now that school is back in session, our PALS program – Pagosa Adult Learning Services – expands its hours to three days a week: Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Computer/technology classes

Join us each Monday from 2-3 p.m. to learn a useful or fun technology skill or application.  Topics will vary each week.  September 18 is email basics and September 25 is phone storage.  No registration required.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.  Note: No teen gaming September 19 because of the all-ages pirate party.

Tech Time

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

Kids storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

Toddler storytime     

Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join us for 30 minutes of free stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.

Local author

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

How-to and self-help

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

Other nonfiction

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

Novels

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

Large print

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

CDs

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

DVDs

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

Programmed Nooks

We have nine free Nooks and three free tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure.  The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers.  The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library.  Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.  While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Downloadable films

For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website.  Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.

Thanks for our donors

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

Quotable Quote

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

09/07/2017

How to help your children grow to be readers     

A recent New York Times article headlined “How to Raise a Reader” by Pamela Paul and Marcia Russo offers easy and practical tips on how you can make sure your young children grow up being readers.

On August 3, the Library News column covered their tips on how to help your babies and toddlers grow up loving to read.  Today we review their suggestions for supporting emerging young readers:

  1. Mix it up. When children start to pick out words, allow them to read to you some of the time.  But don’t make it a test.  Help them by pointing to words you know they will recognize.
  2. Don’t abruptly withdraw your reading services. Being read to is part of your bond and you don’t want your child to think that becoming an independent reader jeopardizes that special time together.  Continue reading aloud picture book favorites and start on more sophisticated books they can’t yet read on their own.
  3. Every child learns to read at a personal pace. There is no correct age for independent reading and no special formula to get every child to read by a certain age.  If you focus on raising a reader, it will happen.
  4. Don’t make reading work. Reading at home should fun.  Don’t put pressure on your child to meet particular targets.
  5. Check in with the teacher but don’t get nervous if your child is not reading at the same level as his or her peers. Late readers often grow up to be better, more enthusiastic readers.  On the other hand, if you or your child’s teacher suspect a reading challenge like dyslexia, get a formal evaluation.

Watch for articles in future Library News columns on how to keep your children loving books as they grow up.

“1,000 Books before Kindergarten”

You can sign up any time at your library for a new free early literacy reading program called “1,000 Books before Kindergarten” for children from birth to five years old.  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.

Donations hiatus

We are taking a temporary break from accepting donations until September 15 to process the ones that did not sell at the Friends Book sale, and put them up for sale at bargain prices at your library.  Everyone on the staff, especially Dona, works very hard all year to process the incredible number of items that you, our generous community, donate to us.  It will be helpful to be able to start the next round of donations with a clear workroom.

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.

New book drop at City Market

We hope you know that we have a new book drop at City Market.  As you face the front door of the grocery store, you’ll find it tucked behind the fifth post on the left, between the wood storage and propane tanks. To start, contents are being picked up three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Two special requests to make this new service work for everyone:  First, please put your Nooks in the media side of the box so they are not damaged by heavy books.  Second, the book drop is not for donations.  They need to be brought to the library, as some people donate a lot and that will fill the box faster than it is emptied, not allowing people to return their library materials.  We  hope you understand that the purpose of the drop box is for convenient item return, not item donation.

Rocks and minerals talk today

Today (Thursday, September 7) from 5-6 p.m. join Calvin Webb for a lecture on how rocks and minerals are formed, with various specimens on display.  He is a retired chemist with a passion for geology. 

Teen advisory board today

Today (Thursday, September 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

Enjoy free video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your family and friends tomorrow (Friday, September 8) from 2-3:15 p.m.

Lego Club

Kids aged 6 – 13 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, September 9 from 11 a.m. – noon for Lego Club.

Adult Book Club

Our adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On September 12 we will discuss “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult.  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 next Wednesday, September 13 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Adult education 

Now that school is back in session, our PALS program – Pagosa Adult Learning Services – expands its hours to three days a week: Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Computer/technology classes

Join us each Monday from 2-3 p.m. to learn a useful or fun technology skill or application.  Topics will vary each week.  September 11 is Internet searching, September 18 is email basics and September 25 is phone storage.  No registration required.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, September 11 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks. 

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens every Tuesday from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Tech Time

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

Kids storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

Toddler storytime     

Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join us for 30 minutes of free stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.

Nonfiction

“Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult” by Bruce Handy revisits the classics of American childhood.  “The Importance of Being Funny” by Al Gini shows why we need more jokes in our lives.  “Ayurveda” by Heidi E. Spear offers 50 exercises for finding health, mindfulness and balance.  “Life Lessons” by Julia Cameron provides 125 prayers and meditations that are a powerful but simple approach to God.  “Jorge Bergoglio Francisco” by Andrea Tornielli is a Spanish-language book about the life and ideas of the pope.  “The Education of a Coroner” by John Bateson is a memoir of the coroner of Marin County in California.  “Who are You, Really?” by psychologist Brian R. Little shows you how to shape your personality for a thriving life. 

Mysteries and thrillers

“I Know a Secret” by Tess Gerritsen is a Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles suspense story.  “A Stranger in the House” by Shari Lapena begins with a phone call the heroine hoped she’d never get.  “Sulfur Springs” by William Kent Krueger follows a couple looking for the reasons for their son’s murder.

CDs

“Deadfall” by Linda Fairstein is an Alexandra Cooper thriller.  “Sulfur Springs” by William Kent Krueger follows a couple looking for the reasons for their son’s murder.  “The Burning Girl” by Claire Messud mixes fable and a coming of age tale.  “Love Like Blood” by Mark Billingham is a crime story set in Britain.  “The Last Tudor” by Philippa Gregory features Lady Jane Grey, queen of England for nine days.  “Devil’s Cut” by J.R. Ward is the finale to the Bourbon Kings series.  “Paradise Valley” by C.J. Box follows the search for a serial killer.  “The Late Show” by Michael Connelly launches a new mystery series featuring Renee Ballard.

DVDs

“Billie Jean King” is the story of the champion tennis player.  “The Invisible War” is an investigative documentary about rape in the U.S. military.  “He Named Me Malala” is the remarkable true story of this young Pakistani heroine.  “Instructions Not Included” is a comedy about a single dad.  “The Company Men” is the story of a man who is the latest casualty of corporate downsizing.

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.

Quotable Quote

“If you can laugh at it, you can live with it.” – Joan Rivers (1933-2014), American comedian, actress, writer and TV host.

8/31/2017

Adult education expands hours for fall

Now that school is back in session, our PALS program – Pagosa Adult Learning Services – expands its hours to three days a week: Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more. 

Holiday closure

Your library will be closed on Monday, September 4 for Labor Day. 

Donations hiatus

We are taking a temporary break from accepting donations until September 15 to process the ones that did not sell at the Friends Book sale, put them up for sale at bargain prices at your library, thus cleaning out our workroom.  Everyone on the staff, especially Dona, works very hard all year to process the incredible number of items that you, our generous community, donate to us.  It will be helpful to be able to start the next round of donations with a clear workroom.

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.

New book drop at City Market

We hope you know that we have a new book drop at City Market.  As you face the front door of the grocery store, you’ll find it tucked behind the fifth post on the left, between the wood storage and propane tanks. To start, contents are being picked up three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Two special requests to make this new service work for everyone:  First, please put your Nooks in the media side of the box so they are not damaged by heavy books.  Second, the book drop is not for donations.  They need to be brought to the library, as some people donate a lot and that will fill the box faster than it is emptied, not allowing people to return their library materials.  We  hope you understand that the purpose of the drop box is for convenient item return, not item donation.   

Save your eclipse glasses

If you were lucky enough to get glasses from the library or another source for the August 21 total solar eclipse, you might want to save them.  This eclipse was a very special treat because all of North America could see parts of it, weather permitting, as totality crossed the continent from the Pacific to the Atlantic.  The next time this will happen is only seven years away, on April 8, 2024.  The last total solar eclipse seen here was 99 years ago, way back on June 8, 1918. 

Henna body art today

Teens and tweens in the fifth-12th grades are invited to a new henna body art event today (Thursday, August 31) from 4-5:30 p.m.  You’ll learn about this traditional art form and create your own temporary henna tattoo.  We’ll have design ideas available, and you’re encouraged to design your own. 

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, September 1) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a PG movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, September 6 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Spanish instruction

Join us for this free basic course next Wednesday, September 6 from 4-5 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish.  This session will cover basic vocabulary and grammar related to everyday scenarios.  No registration required.

Teen advisory board

Next Thursday, September 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.

Rocks and minerals

Next Thursday, September 7 from 5-6 p.m. join Calvin Webb for a lecture on how rocks and minerals are formed, with various specimens on display.  He is a retired chemist with a passion for geology.

Computer/technology classes

Join us each Monday from 2-3 p.m. to learn a useful or fun technology skill or application.  Topics will vary each week.  September 11 is Internet searching, September 18 is email basics and September 25 is phone storage.  No registration required.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens every Tuesday from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Tech sessions

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

Kids storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

Toddler storytime     

Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join us for 30 minutes of free stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.

Colorado outdoors

We have five new books about various topics relating to our state’s great outdoors: “Colorado’s Fourteeners/third edition,” a climbing guide by Walter R. Borneman and Lyndon J. Lampert; “Hut to Hut/second edition,” a guide to skiing, hiking and biking in Colorado’s backcountry by Brian Litz;  “Hiking Colorado’s Weminuche Wilderness” by Donna Ikenberry; “Walking in Wilderness,” a guidebook from the San Juan Mountain Association; and “Hiking Colorado’s Geology,” a book by Ralph Lee Hopkins and Lindy Birkel Hopkins describing 50 hikes where you’ll see first-hand evidence of major geologic events.  We also have “Four-Legged Legends of Colorado,” a collection of famous animal stories by children’s book author Gayle C. Shirley. 

Large print

“Barely Legal” by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall is a Herbie Fisher novel featuring Stone Barrington.  “The Breakdown” by B.A. Paris starts when a woman saw a dead woman in a car in the woods.

Other novels

“Seeing Red” by Sandra Brown features a TV journalist in search of a dangerous scoop.  “How to Behave in a Crowd” by Camille Bordas features a boy puzzled by adulthood.  

Nonfiction

“The Making of Donald Trump” by Pulitzer Prize winner David Cay Johnston explores the life of the U.S. president.  “Open House” by Amanda Pays and Corbin Bernsen shares tips and innovations for home renovation.  “You Can Do Anything” by George Anders explores the value of a liberal arts education.  “Dare to be Kind” by Lizzie Velasquez shows how compassion can transform our world.  “Conscious Communications” by Mary Shores is a guide to harnessing the power of your words.  “Eat Right” offers 130 nourishing recipes and techniques.  “100% Real” by Sam Talbot provides 100 recipes for clean food made fresh.  “Cook Japanese at Home” by Kimiko Barber contains 200 everyday recipes using simple techniques.  “Epic Drives of the World” is a Lonely Planet guide.  “Mind Over Meds” by Dr. Andrew Weil alerts us to the problem of overmedication and how to control it. 

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Silent Corner” by Dean Koontz begins a new suspense series.  “The Thirst” by Jo Nesbo is the latest in the Harry Hole Oslo series.  “The Store” by James Patterson explores a mega-successful, ultra-secret organization. 

DVDs

“The Lego Batman Movie” is an animated film.  “The Hollow Crown” is an adaption of four of Shakespeare’s historical plays.  “Meru” is a documentary about one of the most difficult climbs in the Himalayas.  “King Arthur: Legends of the Sword” is the classic Excalibur story.  “Advanced Style” explores the lives of New York City’s most fashionable seniors.  “Ultimate South America” is a Globe Trekker collection.  “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” is the follow-up to the Carl Sagan series. 

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.

Quotable Quote

“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” – Maya Angelou (1928-2014), American writer and civil rights activist.

8/24/2017

New henna body art event for teens and tweens and backpacks for all  

Teens and tweens in the fifth-12th grades are invited to a new henna body art event next Thursday, August 31 from 4-5:30 p.m.  You’ll learn about this traditional art form and create your own temporary henna tattoo.  We’ll have design ideas available, and you’re encouraged to design your own.

Meanwhile, we want to remind you that thanks to a partnership between the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado State Library, we have two backpacks for free checkout that contain a state park pass, binoculars, a wildlife guide, a trees and wildlife guide, a book about the 42 state parks, and more. The backpacks can be checked out for a full week and renewed for an additional week.   They cannot be placed on hold.  Consider it a “Lucky Day” pickup item, meaning that if you come in and it’s available, you can check it out.

Donations hiatus

We are taking a temporary break from accepting donations until September 15 to process the ones that did not sell at the Friends Book sale, put them up for sale at bargain prices at your library, thus cleaning out our workroom.  Everyone on the staff, especially Dona, works very hard all year to process the incredible number of items that you, our generous community, donate to us – and especially so at this time of year.  It will be helpful to be able to start the next round of donations with a clear workroom.

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.

New book drop at City Market

We hope you know that we have a new book drop at City Market.  As you face the front door of the grocery store, you’ll find it tucked behind the fifth post on the left, between the wood storage and propane tanks. To start, contents are being picked up three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Two special requests to make this new service work for everyone:  First, please put your Nooks in the media side of the box so they are not damaged by heavy books.  Second, the book drop is not for donations.  They need to be brought to the library, as some people donate a lot and that will fill the box faster than it is emptied, not allowing people to return their library materials.  We  hope you understand that the purpose of the drop box is for convenient item return, not item donation.

Teen role-playing today

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place today (Thursday, August 24) from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your family and friends tomorrow (Friday, August 25) from 2-3:15 p.m.

Literary Ladies: Senior Book Club tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, August 25) from 10:30 a.m. – noon the free senior book club meets to discuss “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi.  For more information about this book lovers group, contact Marilyn Stroud at bakestroud@aol.com. No registration required.

Talking about death

Join the professional staff of Mercy Regional Medical Center from Durango on Monday, August 28 from 4-6 p.m. for an important and engaging presentation about the dying process and why we should become more comfortable about talking about the end stages of life. Register at mercydurango.org/TalkingAboutDying or call (970) 764-3999

Computer/technology classes

Join us each Monday from 2-3 p.m. to learn a useful or fun technology skill or application.  Topics will vary each week.  August 28 is Cloud Library (e-books and e-audio books).  No registration required.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens every Tuesday from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Tech sessions

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

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) program is cutting back to one day a week for the summer. Stop by on Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. to let Mark help you with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more. When school starts in the fall, we’ll expand the PALS hours.

Kids storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

Toddler storytime     

Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join us for 30 minutes of free stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.

Large print

“The Color of Fear” by Marcia Muller is a Sharon McCone mystery.  “Gone Gull” by Donna Andrews is a Meg Langslow mystery.  “The Last Tudor” by Philippa Gregory features Katherine.  “The Lying Game” by Ruth Ware is a mystery involving four boarding school girls, now adults.  “Paradise Valley” by C.J. Box is a western mystery.  “The Body in the Clouds” by Ashley Hay is the story of an event that transforms time and space.

Nonfiction

“The Ultimate Pet Health Guide” outlines nutrition and integrative care of cats and dogs.  “Emergency Care and Transportation for the Sick and Injured/11th edition” includes an online access code.  “Maybe It’s You” by Lauren Handel Zander offers no nonsense, straight-talking advice to fix your life.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Where It Hurts” by Reed Farrel Coleman begins a new series featuring ex-cop Gus Murphy.   “What Remains of Me” by Alison Gaylin is a psychological suspense story set in Hollywood.  “The Dark Net” by Benjamin Percy explores a digital nightmare.  “The Good Daughter” by Karin Slaughter us a psychological suspense story.      

Other novels

“Any Dream Will Do” by Debbie Macomber is about a woman forced to start her life anew.  “Where They Bury You” by Steven W. Kohlhagen is a novel of murder and mystery featuring Kit Carson.

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.

Quotable Quote

“The less you worry, the better your attitude is, and a positive, worry-free, guilt-free attitude is key to enjoying life at any age – especially old age.” – From “Keep Moving and Other Tips and Truths about Aging,” a memoir by show business legend Dick Van Dyke.

8/17/2017

“1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” launches today and eclipse live stream Monday

Today (Thursday, August 17) from 5:30-6:30 p.m. is the launch of a new free early literacy reading program called “1,000 Books before Kindergarten” for children from birth to five years old.
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.
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.
The kickoff event at your library today features storytime, crafts, games, snacks and an introduction to this important new early literacy program. Please join us with your child and make a priceless investment in his or her future.

Eclipse live stream

Your library will be showing a broadcast of the total solar eclipse courtesy of NASA TV on Monday, August 21 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This live stream event will allow everyone to watch the eclipse, even those who do not live in the path of totality, or if clouds obscure our view of the sun. The eclipse live stream can be accessed by going to: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-live-stream. Or, join us and watch at the library.

Donations hiatus
We are taking a temporary break from accepting donations until September 15 to process the ones that did not sell at the Friends Book sale, put them up for sale at bargain prices at your library, thus cleaning out our workroom. Everyone on the staff, especially Dona, works very hard all year to process the incredible number of items that you, our generous community, donate to us – and especially so at this time of year. It will be helpful to be able to start the next round of donations with a clear workroom.

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.

New book drop at City Market
We hope you know that we have a new book drop at City Market. As you face the front door of the grocery store, you’ll find it tucked behind the fifth post on the left, between the wood storage and propane tanks. To start, contents are being picked up three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Two special requests to make this new service work for everyone: First, please put your Nooks in the media side of the box so they are not damaged by heavy books. Second, the book drop is not for donations. They need to be brought to the library, as some people donate a lot and that will fill the box faster than it is emptied, not allowing people to return their library materials. We hope you understand that the purpose of the drop box is for convenient item return, not item donation.

Teen writers group today
Join Claire today (Thursday, August 17) from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meetings for seventh-12 graders. This new group is a spinoff from the highly popular Fan Fiction Club, and it includes stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction.

All-ages movie tomorrow
Join us tomorrow (Friday, August 18) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a PG movie suitable for all ages. Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

Teen bookclub tomorrow
Tomorrow (Friday, August 18) from 2-3 p.m. seventh-12th graders will discuss “Burn Baby Burn” by Meg Medina and enjoy free snacks.

New computer/technology classes
Join us each Monday from 2-3 p.m. to learn a useful or fun technology skill or application. Topics will vary each week. August 21 is Instagram and August 28 is Cloud Library (e-books and e-audio books). No registration required.

Otaku for teens
The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets on Monday, August 21 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.

DIY for adults
At this month’s free DIY event next Wednesday, August 23 from 1-2 p.m. we’ll transform plastic bottles into butterflies that can be used to decorate your home or office. No registration required.

Teen gaming
Free teen gaming happens every Tuesday from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades. Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

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

Teen role-playing
The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Thursday, August 24) from 4-5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters. You can join this group any time.

Adult education
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) program is cutting back to one day a week for the summer. Stop by on Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. to let Mark help you with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more. When school starts in the fall, we’ll expand the PALS hours.

Kids storytime
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move. This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Baby storytime
Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

Toddler storytime
Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join us for 30 minutes of free stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.

Nonfiction
“The Complete Guide to Traditional Native American Beadwork” by Joel Monture is a study of authentic tools, materials, techniques and styles. Peterson’s 2016 “How to Get Money for College” describes how to get money from your school and state. “How to Get a Green Card” is an updated guide to qualifying for permanent U.S. residency. Plants Behaving Badly” tells of carnivorous plants and orchids.

CDs
“Devolver al Remitente” by Julia Alvarez is a story about a Vermont family and migrant Mexican workers in Spanish. “Nuevo Testamento” is part of the Spanish-language Bible series. “Creerle a Dios” is a Spanish-language guide to living with faith. “Age of Swords” by Michael J. Sullivan is book two of the Legends of the First Empire fantasy. “Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give” by Ada Calhoun is an exploration of modern marriage.

DVDs
“Chosin” is a documentary exploring the human side of war. “Kong Skull Island” is an adventure film. “Wolf Children” is a family story. “Tender Mercies” stars Robert Duvall. “The Sand Pebbles” stars Steve McQueen.

Mysteries and thrillers
“The Cutthroat” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott is an Isaac Bell turn-of-the-century adventure. “Crime Scene” by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman is the start of a new thriller series.

Other novels
“The Dust That Falls from Dreams” by Louis de Bernieres follows childhood chums scattered after the outbreak of World War I. “Mrs. Fletcher” by Tom Perrotta follows the life of a middle-aged woman after her son goes to college. “Dragonsworn” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is book 28 in the Dark-Hunter series. “The Bedlam Stacks” by Natasha Pulley is set in 19th century Peru.

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.

Quotable Quote
“To be a good reader doesn’t mean being a discriminating reader. It means being an omnivorous reader.” – Adam Gopnik, contemporary American writer and essayist.

8/10/2017

“1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” and Friends Book Fair

Next Thursday, August 17 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. is the start of a new free early literacy reading program called “1,000 Books before Kindergarten” for children from birth to five years old.

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.

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.

The kickoff event at your library will feature storytime, crafts, games, snacks and an introduction to this important new early literacy program.  Please join us with your child and make a priceless investment in his or her future.

Book fair this weekend

We hope to see you at the Friends of the Library book fair at the Centerpoint Church near Walmart – Friday, August 11 at 5 p.m. for the Friends’ potluck, annual meeting and advance book sale, or Saturday, August 12 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for the public sale.

This is a win-win event – a hugely important fundraiser for your library and an amazing opportunity for you to purchase books and other materials at bargain prices.

You’re welcome to become a Friend on Friday evening if you want to take advantage of the benefits of being a member of this important group in your library’s success   So bring your delicious potluck dish and shop through the great selection of books and other materials.

Donations hiatus

We are taking a temporary break from accepting donations until September 15 to process the ones that did not sell at the Friends Book sale, put them up for sale at bargain prices at your library, thus cleaning out our workroom.  Everyone on the staff, especially Dona, works very hard all year to process the incredible number of items that you, our generous community, donate to us – and especially so at this time of year.  It will be helpful to be able to start the next round of donations with a clear workroom.

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.

New book drop at City Market

We are pleased to provide you with a book drop at City Market.  As you face the front door of the grocery store, you’ll find it tucked behind the fifth post on the left, between the wood storage and propane tanks. To start, contents will be picked up three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Two requests:  First, please put your Nooks in the media side of the box so they are not damaged by heavy books.  Second, the book drop is not for donations.  They need to be brought to the library (after September 15, see item above), as some people donate a lot and that will fill the box faster than it is emptied.  We  hope you understand that the purpose of the drop box is for convenient item return, not donations.

New computer/technology classes

Join us each Monday from 2-3 p.m. to learn a useful or fun technology skill or application.  Topics will vary each week.  August 14 is resume formatting, August 21 is Instagram and August 28 is Cloud Library (e-books and e-audio books).  No registration required.

Teen role-playing today

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

Medicaid and Connect for Health today

Renee Burch from Archuleta County Human Services provides information and answers questions on Medicaid and Connect for Health today (Thursday, August 10) in this free session from 1 – 1:45 p.m.   No registration required.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your family and friends tomorrow (Friday, August 11) from 2-3:15 p.m.

Lego Club Saturday

Lego Club for kids six-12 years is free from 11 a.m.-noon on Saturday, August 12.  We’ve got the LEGOs – just bring your imagination.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens every Tuesday from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, August 16 from 4-5 p.m. practice your Spanish with others at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Teen writers group

Join Claire next Thursday, August 17 from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meetings for seventh-12 graders.  This new group is a spinoff from the highly popular Fan Fiction Club, and it includes stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction.

Tech sessions

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

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) program is cutting back to one day a week for the summer.  Stop by on Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. to let Mark help you with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  When school starts in the fall, we’ll expand the PALS hours.

Kids storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Storytime cancellations

Please note that baby and toddler storytimes are cancelled this Saturday, August 12.   We apologize for any inconvenience.

Nonfiction

“The Close Encounters Man” is a biography of the astronomer who changed his mind on UFOs and inspired Steven Spielberg’s film.  “The First Tour de France” by Peter Cossins looks back at 60 cyclists and 19 days in 1903.  “Unacknowledged” by Steven M. Greer exposes secrets behind ET technologies.  “The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide” by historian Carol Anderson reframes the conversation about race.  “Be Feel Think Do” by Anne Berube explores the author’s transformation after a near fatal car accident.  “Grammar 101” by Kathleen Sears is a crash course in the rules of writing.  “Sons and Soldiers” by Bruce Henderson tells of Jews who esc aped Hitler and returned with the U.S. Army to fight him.  “93 Rolls-Royces” by Deva Peter Haykus tells of inspired designs on these cars.  “Best Tasting Wild Plants of Colorado and the Rockies” by Bob Seebeck is a pack-along guide.  “Making It in America” by John Bassett reveals the secrets of the success of his manufacturing company.  “Itsy Bitsy Yoga” by Helen Garabedian provides yoga poses for mothers to do with babies; her “Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers” provides 8-minute routines for this age group.  “The Women Who Flew for Hitler” by Clare Mulley is the true story of two female pilots.

CDs

“Murder Games” by James Patterson introduces a bestselling author as a new leading character.  “The Child” by Fiona Barton is a psychological suspense story set in London.  “Use of Force” by Brad Thor features Navy SEAL Scot Harvath.  “Beach House for Rent” by Mary Alice Monroe brings together two unlikely women.  “Regalo de Boda” by Cara Connelly is a contemporary romance in Spanish.  “Beautiful Tempest” by Johanna Lindsey is a Jacqueline Malory romance.  “Everything All at Once” by Bill Nye is a memoir and guide to honing your own nerd mindset.  “The Art of Death” by Edwidge Danticat is a personal account and explanation of how to write about death.  “Look Behind You” by Iris and Roy Johansen is a serial killer murder mystery.

Large print

“Ol’ Slantface” by John T. Wayne is set during the Civil War.  “Beautiful Tempest” by Johanna Lindsey is book 12 in the Malory-Anderson family series.  “The Silent Corner” by Dean Koontz features a widow seeking to learn why successful people are committing suicide.   “The Ultimatum” by Karen Robards is book one in her New Guardian series featuring a woman expert in martial arts.

DVDs

“The Zookeeper’s Wife” is based on the true story of the Warsaw Zoo.  “Arguing with Myself” features comedian Jeff Dunham.  “Monarch of the Glen”  is series one of the BBC show.  “Awakenings,” starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro, was nominated for three Academy Awards in 1991.  “The Hunting Ground” is a documentary about rape on college campuses.  “The Lost City of Z” is the true story of a British explorer in the Amazon.

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Late Show” by Michael Connelly starts a new series featuring LAPD Det. Renee Ballard.  “Deadfall” by Linda Fairstein is a thriller set in New York City.  “Look Behind You” by Roy Johansen follows a serial killer in San Diego.   “The Painted Queen” by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess is an Amelia Peabody suspense set in Cairo.  “Devil’s Cut” by J.R. Ward is a Bourbon Kings mystery.  “Girl in Snow” by Danya Kukafka is a murder mystery set in a Colorado suburb.

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 Thomas Hanchett, Kathy Betts and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” – Winston Churchill.