9/19/2019

Best back-to-school gift for your children: Their own library

Do you know the value of a home library for your youngsters?  Research shows that kids who have books in their home have improved vocabulary and overall reading performance; do better in math, science and social studies; perform better on standardized tests and are more likely to go to college.

Those are impressive skills for your child to cultivate – and they are especially relevant now that Archuleta County kids have returned to school after summer vacation.

Another valuable tip to help your youngster be successful in school and in life – reading aloud.  You are stimulating language and literacy skills, as well as building motivation, curiosity and memory. 

The free storytimes at your library also can help build a love of reading in your children.  Family storytimes for kids of all ages happen on Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. and on Saturdays from 3-4 p.m.  Storytime is a great way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers. 

As we start the new school year, this may be a good time for parents, grandparents and other caregivers to make a personal resolution to help build home libraries for your loved ones.

Special note

Today’s column covers activities and events at your library for youngsters, tweens, teens and adults over the next two weeks as your columnist will be traveling.  The next “Library News” column will appear on October 3.

Help needed for art project

We are in possession of more than 30 artworks and we do not know if they are on loan to us or have been donated permanently.  They include photographs and prints, original watercolors and oil paintings, most framed.  Many are signed and some are not.  Further, while we recognize some of the artists’ names, we don’t know many of them at all.  Some pieces may have been given to the library by someone other than the artist.

We would greatly appreciate your help in identifying the art’s source so we can ascertain the artist’s or donor’s wish regarding ownership.  If you can help, please come into the library, look at our art and give us the benefit of your knowledge.

Backpacks available for free checkout

If you want to enjoy our glorious fall weather and brilliant foliage colors with a hiking outing, consider this:  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.  We look forward to seeing you at your library. Se habla español.

Teen steampunk crafts today

Steamboat crafts takes place today, Thursday, September 19, from 4-5:30 p.m. for 6th-12th graders when you’ll make crafts and jewelry from gears, keys and whatever else we can find. 

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, September 20 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.  Note no gaming on Friday, September 27.

Computer classes

The course is a free program to learn a useful technology skill or application. Monday, September 23 from 1-2 p.m. is Microsoft Word Intermediate.  No registration required. 

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, September 23 and September 30 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 6th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, September 25 from 4-5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, September 25 from 3-4 p.m. practice your Spanish with others to help you increase your fluency at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  Previous attendance not necessary.  No registration required.

Read with a Ranger

Friday, September 27from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., youngsters are invited to join Pagosa Ranger Brandon from the U.S. Forest Service to explore the world of squirrels with nature-themed books and activities.  Typically kids aged 6-10 attend, but these free fun sessions are open to all ages.

Literary Ladies book club

This free book lovers group meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Friday, September 27, they will discuss “Natural Causes” by Barbara Ehrenreich.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.  

LEGO Club

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, September 28 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

 ESL classes

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-2 pm with two highly experienced teachers.  Joyce Holdread is teaching the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone is teaching beginners.  No registration is required. 

Su biblioteca está ofreciendo ahoraclases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL). Las clases se llevan a cabo los miércoles y viernes desde el mediodia hasta las 2 pm.  Todas las clases son gratuitas y no es necesario registrarse.  Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre el regreso de las clases de íngles como segundo idioma en nuestra comunidad de Pagosa. 

Adult education new hours

Now that school has started, our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has new hours.  It now takes place on Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  and Thursdays from 2-7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Note: No PALS September 19 and 23.

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 3-4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  

DVDs

“Rocketman” celebrates the life and music of Elton John.  “New Amsterdam” is season one. 

Books on CD

“Retire Securely” by financial columnist Julie Jason offers insights on money management.  “What Does It Feel Like to Die?” by Jennie Dear is a compassionate look at the dying process.        

Nonfiction

“Fantasy Island” by Ed Morales is an exploration of the history of Puerto Rico and the U.S.’s financial and political interests in the island since its acquisition in 1898.  We have two books by Elizabeth Zimmermann: “Knitting Without Tears” offers basic techniques and easy-to-follow directions for garments to fit all sizes, and the commemorative edition of “Knitter’s Almanac” contains 23 patterns.  “Talking to Strangers” by Malcolm Gladwell takes readers through history, psychology and scandals showing how to make sense of people we don’t know.  “Country Music” by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns is an illustrated history of country singers and songwriters from the 20th century, a companion to the eight-part PBS series that began September 15.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Killer Instinct” by James Patterson and Howard Roughan explores the worst act of terror in New York since 9/11.  “Akin” by Emma Donoghue follows a man and his great-nephew returning to France to investigate photos from the Nazi years.     

Other novels

“The Testaments” by Margaret Atwood is the sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale.”   “A Time of Love and Tartan” by Alexander McCall Smith is the story of people at 44 Scotland Street story.

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 Medora Bass and our anonymous donors.  For the generous monetary donation, we are grateful to Jerry Pingel.

Quotable Quote

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” – Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and stage designer.

9/12/2019

This was a record-breaking summer for your library

We hope you will forgive us if we boast a little, but we thought you’d want to know what a record-breaking summer your library had this year.  Here are some numbers from July and August that show you what we mean:

  • We issued 171 new cards in July.  Last July that number was 103 and the year before it was 126.  In August we issued 169 new cards, with only 35 of them visitors.
  • In recent years we have never seen the physical item (not downloadables) checkout figure for a month top 10,000.  It usually ranges from 7,500-9,100.  In July the number of checkouts was 10,333 and in August it was 10,060.  Quite a jump!  The biggest increase was in adult items – more than 8,000.  That number is usually in the 6,000-6,500 range.
  • Our door count went from 6,400 in June to 8,400 in July, which is astounding.  The August count also was impressive at 7,619.
  • Our website traffic also increased dramatically.  We gather two numbers from the website each month — unique visits (meaning that it tracks the IP address, and if you were to access our website 20 times in a month, it will only count it once) and sessions.  Unique users are usually about 2,000 per month.  In July, we had almost 2,600 unique users and in August, more than 2,400 unique users.  As for sessions, it is usually 2,800-2,900 sessions; in July it was 3,668 and in August it was 3593. 

      “We always have higher door count and item checkout numbers in the summer,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  “But the figures for this July and August demonstrate that the community is using the library more, and taking advantage of the tremendous number of resources that their taxes provide.  The large jump in new cards issued to residents – not just visitors – reminds us how Pagosa is growing and of the increased need for more library space.”

Back-to-school resources

Did you know that your library has a multitude of resources for students of all ages?  You can find nonfiction books, periodicals and DVDs on a variety of topics from archaeology to zoology.  In addition to the collection of items in the library, you can find online resources 24/7 at www.pagosalibrary.org.  Select the tab “Online Resources” at the top of the home page.  The resources are listed in alphabetical order. 

Britannica School is one online resource where students can discover encyclopedia articles, multimedia, primary sources, e-books and other learning resources that support student research and reinforce curriculum standards.  Another online resource is Middle Search Plus where students can access biographies, historical essays, encyclopedias and popular middle-school magazines.  Your library card number is needed to access this resource. 

If you do not see what you are looking for in the library collection or online, talk with one of our friendly library staff who can help you search our larger AspenCat database.  

Activities calendars available

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

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, September 13) from 2-3:45 p.m. for a PG movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, September 13, from 2-3 p.m. is a free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney will take place via computer link.  Volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property tax, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans’ benefits and civil protection orders.  Please check in at the registration desk.  This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month. 

 LEGO Club on Saturday   

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, September 14 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, September 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.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 6th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event next Tuesday, September 17 from 1-2 p.m., we’ll create an easy dry erase board, an inexpensive and useful tool to help you become more organized by making weekly menus, shopping lists, to-do lists and more.  No registration required.

 ESL classes

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-2 pm with two highly experienced teachers.  Joyce Holdread is teaching the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone is teaching beginners.  No registration is required. 

Su biblioteca está ofreciendo ahora clases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL). Las clases se llevan a cabo los miércoles y viernes desde el mediodia hasta las 2 pm.  Todas las clases son gratuitas y no es necesario registrarse.  Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre el regreso de las clases de íngles como segundo idioma en nuestra comunidad de Pagosa. 

Adult education new hours

Now that school has started, our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has expanded its hours.  It now takes place on Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  and Thursdays from 2-7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Note: No PALS September 12, 19 and 23.

Free Tech Time

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 3-4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Note our September 18 session is Hera de Cuentos with Mabel Barber.

Computer classes

This class is a free program to learn a useful technology skill or application. Monday, September 23 from 1-2 p.m. is Microsoft Word Intermediate.  No registration required. 

Nonfiction

Eat for the Planet” by Nil Zacharias and Gene Stone shows how minimal diet changes can help your health and that of the planet.  “How to Raise a Reader” by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo combines practical advice with curated reading lists.   “NFL 100” covers a century of pro football.  “The Russian” by Ben Coes documents the ruthless, clever and violent Russian Mafia.  “The Math Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained” contains short explanations, step-by-step diagrams and witty illustrations. 

“Defending Israel” by Alan M Dershowitz documents the author’s support of the Jewish State with world leaders.  “The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2020” is the latest edition.  “Our Dogs, Ourselves” by Alexandra Horowitz explores the human-canine relationship.  “Fentanyl, Inc.” by Ben Westhoff explores a four-year investigation into how rogue chemists are creating the deadliest wave of the opioid crisis.   “The Art of Invisibility” by Kevin Mitnick provides advice from the world’s most famous hacker on how to keep your information safe on the Internet.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Dark Side” by Danielle Steel is a psychological suspense story.  “The Girl Who Lived Twice” by David Lagercrantz is a Lisbeth Salander is a thriller.  “Wild Mystic” by Sandi Ault is the fifth book in the Wild mystery series. 

Large print

“It All Comes Around” by Marcus Galloway is book three in the Snake Oil series.  “Riding Shotgun” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Red Ryan western.  

Other novels

“Black Spire” by Delilah S. Dawson is a Star Wars adventure.  “The Other’s Gold” by Elizabeth Ames follows four woman from their campus days through life-defining events.  “Cold Storage” by David Koepp follows three strangers working to contain a deadly organism.  “Secrets We Kept” by Lara Prescott is based on the true story of the CIA’s attempt to smuggle a famous manuscript out of the Soviet Union.  “The Oracle” by Jonathan Cahn unveils the Jubilean mysteries. 

Essays

“The End of the End of the Earth” by Jonathan Franzen is a new collection of essays that recall us to more humane ways of being in the world and include pieces of literature and birds, the author’s great loves.

Books on CD

“The Inn” by James Patterson and Candice Fox follows first responders when a seafront town is attacked.  “Smokescreen” by Iris Johansen is an Eve Duncan thriller.  “The Bitterroots” by C.J. Box features a former sheriff’s investigator now in private practice.  “Outfox” by Sandra Brown is a psychological thriller.  “One Good Deed” by David Baldacci features a soldier fresh out of prison for a crime he did not commit.  “The Turn of the Key” by Ruth Ware tells of a nanny job in the Scottish Highlands.  “The Dark Side” by Danielle Steel is a psychological suspense story.

DVDs

“Anita: Speaking Truth to Power” is a documentary about Anita Hill’s role in gender equality in the U.S.  “The Riot and the Dance: Earth” describes the extraordinary glory found all over the animal kingdom.  “A Dog’s Journey” stars Dennis Quaid and his beloved dog Bailey.       

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable Quote

“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose.” — Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1926-2004), Swiss-American psychiatrist, pioneer in near-death studies and author of the book “On Death and Dying,” where she first outlined the five stages of grief.

9/5/2019

We’d appreciate your help in library art project, please

Many people like to tackle major cleanup and organizational projects in the fall, and we are no exception. 

We are in possession of more than 30 artworks and we do not know if they are on loan to us or have been donated permanently.  They include photographs and prints, original watercolors and oil paintings, most framed.  Many are signed and some are not.  Further, while we recognize some of the artists’ names, we don’t know many of them at all.  Some pieces may have been given to the library by someone other than the artist.

We would greatly appreciate your help in identifying the art’s source so we can ascertain the artist’s or donor’s wish regarding ownership.  If you can help, please come into the library, look at our art and give us the benefit of your knowledge.

Those identifications will be the first in our three-step project.  The second part will be to choose places on our walls where we can properly display the art that is ours.  For this we are hoping to get the assistance of a person with knowledge and experience willing to donate time to hanging our art, so please let us know if you are available to help with this key task. 

The third step is a more long-term goal.  “Ultimately we also would like to have a special place in the library for rotating art exhibits to give local artists exposure for their work and our patrons the joy of seeing beautiful art refreshed regularly,” said Meg Wempe, library director. 

Please contact her at the library at (970) 264-2209 if you can help with any aspect of this project.  We would be grateful for any expertise you can share with us.

Back-to-school resources

Did you know that your library has a multitude of resources for students of all ages?  You can find nonfiction books, periodicals and DVDs on a variety of topics from archaeology to zoology.  In addition to the collection of items in the library, you can find online resources 24/7 at www.pagosalibrary.org.  Select the tab “Online Resources” at the top of the home page.  The resources are listed in alphabetical order. 

Britannica School is one online resource where students can discover encyclopedia articles, multimedia, primary sources, e-books and other learning resources that support student research and reinforce curriculum standards.  Another online resource is Middle Search Plus where students can access biographies, historical essays, encyclopedias, and popular middle-school magazines.  Your library card number is needed to access this resource. 

If you do not see what you are looking for in the library collection or online, talk with one of our friendly library staff who can help you search our larger AspenCat database. 

Notary service available

Your library now offers a notary public service for anyone who needs something notarized.  The cost is $5 per notary.  This service is available on a part-time basis.  To schedule a notary, please call the library at 970-264-2209. 

Activities calendars available

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

Teen advisory board today

Today,Thursday, September 5, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us Friday, September 6 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family. 

New LGBTQ youth group Monday

A new support group to help LGBTQ youth and young adults from age 16 to in their 20s deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination convenes the first Monday of every month except for a change to September 9 because of Labor Day.  Under the leadership of Ana M. Sancho Sama, PhD, licensed psychologist, the purpose is to provide a safe and confidential place to share experiences, ask questions and talk about how to cope in this challenging world.  If you have questions, her office number is 970-264-1986. 

Knitting Club for teens

On Monday, September 9 this free club meets from 4-5 p.m. for 4th-12th graders.  Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects and hang out with other crafters.  If you don’t know how to knit, come anyway and we’ll get you started on some of the basics.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, September 9 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Computer classes

These classes are a free opportunity to learn a useful skill or application. Monday, September 9 from 2-3 p.m. is Microsoft Excel formulas and functions.  September 23 from 1-2 p.m. is Microsoft Word Intermediate.  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 September 10 we will discuss “The Clockmaker’s Daughter” by Kate Morton.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  Light refreshments will be served.  No registration required.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 6th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

ESL classes

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-2 pm with two highly experienced teachers.  Joyce Holdread is teaching the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone is teaching beginners.  No registration is required. 

Su biblioteca está ofreciendo ahoraclases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL). Las clases se llevan a cabo los miércoles y viernes desde el mediodia hasta las 2 pm.  Todas las clases son gratuitas y no es necesario registrarse.  Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre el regreso de las clases de íngles como segundo idioma en nuestra comunidad de Pagosa. 

Adult education new hours

With school starting on September 2, our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has expanded its hours.  It now takes place on Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  and Thursdays from 2-7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Note: No PALS September 12, 19 and 23.

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 3-4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers. 

Books on CD

“Blood Relations” by Jonathan Moore begins with the death of a rich young San Francisco woman.  “Dark Age” is the latest in the Red Rising sci-fi series.  “Willing to Die” by Lisa Jackson is a murder mystery featuring Det. Regan Pescoli.  “Contraband” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington thriller.  “Labyrinth” by Catherine Coulter is the latest in the FBI thriller series. 

DVDs

“Plant Pure Nation” documents the efforts to tell the benefits of a plant-based diet in the face of major opposition.  “Molly’s Game” is based on a true story of a woman running a high-stakes poker game.  “Plus One” is a comic romance.  “Unplanned” explores the abortion industry based on one woman’s true story.

Nonfiction

“Southwest USA and National Parks” is a DK Eyewitness travel guide.  “Kochland” by Christopher Leonard is a history of Koch Industries and a story of the power of one of the largest private companies in the world. “Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon” by Greg Laurie is a personal journey into the life and demons facing this country music singer.  “NFL Century” by Joe Horrigan is a history of the National Football league.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Dark Age” is the latest in the Red Rising sci-fi series.  “The Reckless Oath We Made” by Bryn Greenwood features a tough Kansas woman facing an abduction.  “The Whisper Man” by Alex North is a thriller about a man who lures his victims by whispering.  “Old Bones” by Preston & Child covers the Donner Party in a blend of archaeology, murder and suspense.  “The Last Widow” by Karin Slaughter features medical examiner Sara Linton and her investigator partner.  “Stolen Shoes” by R.H. Herron begins with a 911 calls from a dispatcher’s teenage daughter.

Other novels

“Gold Digger” by Colorado author Rebecca Rosenberg is an historical fiction book about Baby Doe, whose life inspired an opera and a film.  “The Warehouse” by Ron Hart explores the secrets of a giant high-tech company.  “The Doll Factory” by Elizabeth Macneal is set in Victorian London. 

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 Denise Rue and our anonymous donors.  We also thank the Friends of the Library for so generously providing us the funds to cover our purchases in the first quarter of 2019 for books for all ages – children, juvenile, teen and adult – as well as audiobooks and DVDs.    

Quotable Quote

“For many, we use our imagination.  We take a few strands of real time and carry them with us, then like an oyster we create a pearl around them.” – John Banville, Irish novelist, short story writer and screenwriter.

8/29/2019

Christmas in August, thanks to two generous books donations

It was Christmas in August at your Ruby Sisson Library when the UPS truck drove up and delivered 14 boxes filled with 731 Scholastic books for youth of all ages. 

This generous donation came to our community as part of the nationwide Toys for Tots Literacy Program, an initiative of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and The UPS Store network.  Monetary donations made at local UPS Stores, including a coin box program for customers to donate their spare change, are used to purchase the books for children in that community.

“We are hugely grateful for this wonderfully generous gift,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  “It is especially timely for our many programs as the school year starts, and as our Book Barn locations expand around the county.”

You’ll find Book Barns in 13 locations around our community.  Books borrowed from any of the Book Barns may be read on-site, taken home, returned to any Book Barn location, or passed on to friends and family elsewhere. It’s even okay if the books take their own path and never come back to any Book Barn. The goal is to make it easy for people of all ages to read and to keep the books circulating.

Your library also recently benefited from a gift of 27 boxes containing 1,350 Scholastic books from the Three Rivers Literacy Initiative, thanks to a grant arranged for us by regional literacy consultant Sandra Houston.  The goal of this group is to develop great readers throughout the Southwest by helping children from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 build strong reading skills and love books.  These books were especially appreciated as they arrived just in time for our Summer Reading Program.

Library closure

Your library will be closed on Monday, September 2 for Labor Day.

Apologies for the heat

If you’ve been in the library recently, you’ve likely noticed how warm it is.  Unfortunately, we learned that our old HVAC system will need to be replaced.  As such, we have a request for proposal (RFP) out for replacement of our system that can be found on our website.  We wish it were not so warm for both patrons and staff, but it’s proving difficult to keep it cool.  Our windows don’t allow for installing some temporary portable units, and swamp coolers aren’t a good option for libraries.  In the meantime, we appreciate your patience while we do the best that we can to repair our old system and supplement with airflow through fans and open windows/doors.  

Activities calendars available

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

Local author book launch today

Today, Thursday, August 29 at 5 p.m., join local author Frank Bergon – better known in Pagosa as Tony – when he launches his new collection of 12 essays about contemporary Westerners in California’s San Joaquin Valley.  This book is available for  checkout at your library.

Titled “Two-Buck Chuck & The Marlboro Man: The New Old West,” the book features people like Fred Franzsia, creator of the world’s bestselling wine, and Darrell Winfield, real-life Marlboro Man for 30 years.  Tony will talk, read, show photos and sign books at this free session.  He first visited Pagosa in 1977 and has owned a house in Blanco Basin with his wife Holly since 1987.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us Friday, August 30 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family. 

LEGO Club and all-ages LEGO contest

Turn in your original submissions for the free all-ages LEGO contest by August 30.  Entries must use only traditional LEGOs and be built ahead of time.  Prizes will be awarded for each of five age categories: preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17, and adult 18 and up – plus one prize for the Judges’ Choice.  Winners will be announced on Saturday, August 31 at 12:15 p.m. after LEGO Club, which takes place from 11 a.m. – noon.   More rules and details are available in the Activities Calendars.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 6th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.  Note the inclusion of sixth graders in this activity.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, September 4 from 4-5:30 p.m., a half hour later than in summertime because of school.    Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

ESL classes

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-2 pm with two highly experienced teachers.  Joyce Holdread is teaching the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone is teaching beginners.  No registration is required.  

Su biblioteca está ofreciendo ahoraclases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL). Las clases se llevan a cabo los miércoles y viernes desde el mediodia hasta las 2 pm.  Todas las clases son gratuitas y no es necesario registrarse.  Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre el regreso de las clases de íngles como segundo idioma en nuestra comunidad de Pagosa. 

Adult education new hours

With school starting on September 2, our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has expanded its hours.  It now takes place on Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  and Thursdays from 2-7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Note: No PALS September 12, 19 and 23.

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 3-4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  September 4 features music and movement with Diann Tator.

New LGBTQ youth group

A new support group to help LGBTQ youth and young adults from age 16 to in their 20s deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination convenes the first Monday of every month except for a change to September 9 because of Labor Day.  Under the leadership of Ana M. Sancho Sama, PhD, licensed psychologist, the purpose is to provide a safe and confidential place to share experiences, ask questions and talk about how to cope in this challenging world.  If you have questions, her office number is 970-264-1986. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead” by Olga Tokarczuk is set in a remote Polish village where bodies are discovered under strange circumstances.  “The Birthday Girl” by Melissa de la Cruz exposes secrets and skeletons at a woman’s 40th birthday celebration.  “The Perfect Wife” by JP Delaney looks at a woman called a miracle of science whose memories contradict her husband’s version of events.  “Death by G-String” by C.C. Harrison is a Coyote Canyon Ladies Ukulele Club mystery.  “Love and Death Among the Cheetahs” by Rhys Bowen is a Royal Spyness mystery set in Kenya.

“Outfox” by Sandra Brown is a psychological thriller about an FBI agent’s search for a serial killer.  “City of Windows” by Robert Pobi begins when an FBI agent is killed by a sniper shot.  “Someone We Know” by Shari Lapena tells of a teen sneaking into neighbors’ houses and computers.  “The Inn” by James Patterson and Candice Fox features first responders when their seafront town is targeted by vicious criminals.  “The Warning” by James Patterson and Robison Wells takes place in a small southern town evacuated after a freak power plant accident.

Other novels

“Things You Save in a Fire” by Katherine Center features a female firefighter who moves to Boston where her colleagues do not welcome a lady on the crew.  “Inland” by Tea Obrenht is set in the Arizona Territory in 1892.  “Blood Truth” by J.R. Ward is a Black Dagger Legacy paranormal romance.  “The Oysterville Sewing Circle” by Susan Wiggs follows a woman returning home after a scandal with two orphaned children.  “The Swallows” by Lisa Lutz explores a gender war with deadly consequences at a New England prep school.  “The Escape Room” by Megan Goldin follows four young Wall Street rising stars when this game goes wrong.  “All the Water in the World” by Karen Raney tells of a teen with cancer grappling with first love, family secrets and tragedy.

DVDs

“Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot” is the story of a man who discovers his artistic skills after a DUI.  “The Duchess of Duke Street” is the complete collection of 10 discs.  “The Good Doctor” is season two.  “Detective Pikachu” is a Pokemon adventure.  “In Defense of Food” features best-selling author Michael Pollan’s recommendations for healthy eating after a worldwide search.

Large print mysteries and thrillers

“Far and Away” by Fern Michaels is a Godmothers mystery.  “The Turn of the Key” by Ruth Ware features a live-in nanny in the Scottish Highlands.   “A Dangerous man” by Robert Crais features Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.  “Labyrinth” by Catherine Coulter features FBI agents Sherlock and Savich.  “Terns of Endearment” by Donna Andrews is a Meg Langslow mystery set on a cruise ship.   “The Body in the Castle Well” by Martin Walker features Chief of Police Bruno in Southwest France.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank our anonymous donors.  For her generous monetary donation we are grateful to Lenore Bright.  We also appreciate Keith Jacobson of Rio Blanco Blackflows for providing backflow testing services.

Quotable Quote

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you’ve imagined.  As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.” – Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), American essayist, poet and philosopher.                                                 

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8/22/2019

Friends book sale on now and local author book launch next week

We hope to see you at the Friends of the Library annual book sale, one of the most popular events of the summer.  It is being held August 22-24 at the PLPOA Clubhouse – not only a new location but also with extended hours. 

Today, Thursday, August 22 at 6 p.m. there will be a short annual meeting with an ice cream social, followed at 6:30 p.m. by the book sale for Friends only – and you can join at the door if you are not already a member.  Dues are $100 for a lifetime membership, $15 for an annual individual and $25 for an annual family. The next two days are open to everyone – Friday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. , with special pricing after noon on Saturday. 

This is your chance to buy books, DVDs, CDs and more at very special prices while also helping your library, since the Friends donate all the proceeds for various programs and projects that improve our facilities and services to you. 

Local author book launch

Next Thursday, August 29 at 5 p.m., join local author Frank Bergon – better known in Pagosa as Tony – when he launches his new collection of 12 essays about contemporary Westerners in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

Titled “Two-Buck Chuck & The Marlboro Man: The New Old West,” the book features people like Fred Franzsia, creator of the world’s bestselling wine, and Darrell Winfield, real-life Marlboro Man for 30 years.  Tony will talk, read, show photos and sign books at this free session.  He first visited Pagosa in 1977 and has owned a house in Blanco Basin with his wife Holly since 1987.

Library closure

Your library will be closed after 4 p.m. next Wednesday, August 28 when we host the Chamber of Commerce for its monthly Business After Hours event.  “We are excited to host business members of our local community as they meet and network,” said Meg Wempe, library director. “This gives us a wonderful opportunity to show and share the many services the library has to offer,”

Apologies for the heat

If you’ve been in the library recently, you’ve likely noticed how warm it is.  Unfortunately, we learned that our old HVAC system will need to be replaced.  As such, we have a request for proposal (RFP) out for replacement of our system that can be found on our website.  We wish it were not so warm for both patrons and staff, but it’s proving difficult to keep it cool.  Our windows don’t allow for installing some temporary portable units, and swamp coolers aren’t a good option for libraries.  In the meantime, we appreciate your patience while we do the best that we can to repair our old system and supplement with airflow through fans and open windows/doors.  

Activities calendars available

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

Makerspace fun for all ages today

Come in and create, design and build today, Thursday, August 22 from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  We provide the materials – you provide the vision.  This is an event for all ages.

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book lovers group meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Tomorrow, Friday, August 23, they will discuss any book by a local author.  Stop by your library to see where the local author collection is located.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.  

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us Friday, August 23 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family. 

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, August 26 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.

All-ages LEGO contest

Turn in your original submissions for the free all-ages LEGO contest between August 26-30.  Entries must use only traditional LEGOs and be built ahead of time.  Prizes will be awarded for each of five age categories: preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17, and adult 18 and up – plus one prize for the Judges’ Choice.  Winners will be announced on Saturday, August 31 at 12:15 p.m. after LEGO Club, which takes place from 11 a.m. – noon.   More rules and details are available in the Activities Calendars.

Technology class

This month you will learn how to transfer pictures from your smartphone or PC, and the benefits of saving photos on the cloud, at our technology class Monday, August 26 from 1-2 p.m.  No registration required.

Spanish conversation

Monday, August 26 from 3-4 p.m. practice your Spanish with others to help you increase your fluency at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers. Previous attendance is not necessary.  No registration required.

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.

ESL classes

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-2 pm with two highly experienced teachers.  Joyce Holdread is teaching the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone is teaching beginners.  No registration is required. 

Su biblioteca está ofreciendo ahoraclases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL). Las clases se llevan a cabo los miércoles y viernes desde el mediodia hasta las 2 pm.  Todas las clases son gratuitas y no es necesario registrarse.  Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre el regreso de las clases de íngles como segundo idioma en nuestra comunidad de Pagosa. 

Adult education summer hours

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has moved to summer hours.  It now takes place on Tuesdays from 2 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 3-4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Note the Saturday time change to the afternoon.

New LGBTQ youth group

A new support group to help LGBTQ youth and young adults from age 16 to in their 20s deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination convenes the first Monday of every month except for a change to September 9 because of Labor Day.  Under the leadership of Ana M. Sancho Sama, PhD, licensed psychologist, the purpose is to provide a safe and confidential place to share experiences, ask questions and talk about how to cope in this challenging world.  If you have questions, her office number is 970-264-1986. 

Local photographer book of Pagosa pictures

Kimberlee Hutcherson has created a colorful soft-cover book titled “Beautiful Pagosa Springs Colorado” containing 30 pages of spectacular photographs of scenery and events in our community.  Among the many locations she pictures are Pinon Lake, Chimney Rock National Monument, Treasure and Piedra Falls, the San Juan River and Wolf Creek Pass.  Included in the event photos are July 4 festivities, balloon events and Town Park at Christmas.  Our area’s natural beauty is featured with columbines, aspen leaves and a wide variety of wildlife.  This book is titled “Volume 1,” so Kimberlee seems to be promising us more of her impressive photography to come.

DVDs

“The Best of Enemies” is a civil rights drama.  “Alita” is an action adventure.  “Fast Color” features a young girl on the run when her supernatural abilities become known.  “Kingdoms of the Sky” is a three-part series about animals and people who make their homes on the iconic mountains ranges of the world – the Himalayas, Rockies and Andes. 

Books on CD

“Under Currents” by Nora Roberts exposes the terrible secrets of several families.  “Backlash” by Brad Thor is a Scot Harvath adventure.  “Window on the Bay” by Debbie Macomber is a romance.  “The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead, based on the real story of a reform school in Florida, follows a young black boy in the Jim Crow South.  “Paranoid” by Lisa Jackson is a thriller.  “Hateful Things” by Terry Goodkind is a Children of D’Hara fantasy.  “Summer of ‘69” by Elin Hilderbrand is a family story set in 1969 America.  “Shohia, Princess Among Beasts” by James Patterson with Emily Raymond is a YA book about a princess dealing with mythical beasts.  “Bark of Night” by David Rosenfelt is an Andy Carpenter  murder mystery solved with the help of his dogs.

How-to and self-help

“Core” by Steph Gaudreau includes strength training, workouts, meal plans, journal prompts and more.  We have two Llewellyn’s 2020 guides – “Moon Sign Book” to help you plan your life by the cycles of the moon, and “Sun Sign Book” with horoscopes by Lesley Francis. 

Other nonfiction

“Natural Rivals” by John Claytonexplores the relationship between John Muir and Gifford Pinchot and its effect on our public lands.  “The Faith of Mike Pence” by Leslie Montgomery is a biography of the vice president.            

Novels

“Go Ask Fannie” by Elisabeth Hyde follows a family trying to piece together their mother’s story with the help of an old Fannie Farmer cookbook.

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 Shoni and Joseph Matney as well as our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“Nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small it takes time – we haven’t time – and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.” – Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986), best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers and New Mexico landscapes. O’Keeffe has been recognized as the Mother of American modernism.

8/15/19

Friends book sale next week and LEGO contest for all ages

We hope to see you next week at the Friends of the Library annual book sale, one of the most popular events of the summer.  It will be held August 22-24 at the PLPOA Clubhouse – not only a new location but also with extended hours. 

On Thursday, August 22 at 6 p.m. there will be a short annual meeting with an ice cream social, followed at 6:30 p.m. by the book sale for Friends only – and you can join at the door if you are not already a member.  Dues are $100 for a lifetime membership, $15 for an annual individual and $25 for an annual family. The next two days are open to everyone – Friday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. , with special pricing after noon on Saturday. 

This is your chance to buy books, DVDs, CDs and more at very special prices while also helping your library, since the Friends donate all the proceeds for various programs and projects that improve our facilities and services to you. 

Apologies for the heat

If you’ve been in the library in the past few weeks, you’ve likely noticed how warm it is.  Unfortunately, we learned that our old HVAC system will need to be replaced.  As such, we have a request for proposal (RFP) out for replacement of our HVAC system that can be found on our website.  We wish it were not so warm for both patrons and staff, but it’s proving difficult to keep it cool.  Our windows don’t allow for installing some temporary portable units, and swamp coolers aren’t a good option for libraries.  In the meantime, we appreciate your patience while we do the best that we can to repair our old system and supplement with airflow through fans and open windows/doors.  

All-ages LEGO contest

Turn in your original submissions for the free all-ages LEGO contest between August 26-30.  Entries must use only traditional LEGOs and be built ahead of time.  Prizes will be awarded for each of five age categories: preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17, and adult 18 and up – plus one prize for the Judges’ Choice.  Winners will be announced on Saturday, August 31 at 12:15 p.m. after LEGO Club, which takes place from 11 a.m. – noon.   More rules and details are available in the Activities Calendars.

Free backpacks

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. 

Important note:  During the month of August, active duty military and veterans are being admitted free to Colorado state parks.  You are welcome to check out the backpack for the other multitude of resources it contains, of course. 

Activities calendars available

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

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, August 16) from 2:30-4 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.  Note the movies now start at 2:30 p.m. rather than 2 p.m. because of ESL class.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, August 19 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen gaming

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

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event next Tuesday, August 20 from 1-2 p.m., we’ll cover the surface of a wood slice with chalkboard paint so you can write an inspiring message, quote or verse on your artwork.  Note change of day to Tuesday this month.  No registration required.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, August 21 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Makerspace fun for all ages

Come in and create, design and build next Thursday, August 22 from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  We provide the materials – you provide the vision.  This is an event for all ages.

ESL classes

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-2 pm with two highly experienced teachers.  Joyce Holdread is teaching the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone is teaching beginners.  No registration is required. 

Su biblioteca está ofreciendo ahoraclases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL). Las clases se llevan a cabo los miércoles y viernes desde el mediodia hasta las 2 pm.  Todas las clases son gratuitas y no es necesario registrarse.  Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre el regreso de las clases de íngles como segundo idioma en nuestra comunidad de Pagosa. 

Adult education summer hours

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has moved to summer hours.  It now takes place on Tuesdays from 2 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 3-4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Note the Saturday time change to the afternoon.

New LGBTQ youth group

A new support group to help LGBTQ youth and young adults from age 16 to in their 20s deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination convenes the first Monday of every month except for a change to September 9 because of Labor Day.  Under the leadership of Ana M. Sancho Sama, PhD, licensed psychologist, the purpose is to provide a safe and confidential place to share experiences, ask questions and talk about how to cope in this challenging world.  If you have questions, her office number is 970-264-1986. 

Local author

“Sunn” by Sariah Ellsmore is the story of a grieving mother’s journey to find answers to life’s biggest questions after suddenly and tragically losing her teenage daughter.  The author hopes this book will help those experiencing loss to look beyond their pain for signs that their loved ones are still around.

Large print

“Alpha Alpine” by Mary Daheim is an Emma Lord mystery.  “Hard Ride Across Texas” by Michael Zimmer is a western.  “MacCallister Stranglehold” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Duff MacCallister western.

Books on CD

“I Dissent” edited by Mark Rushnet includes the most famous Supreme Court dissents on issues of race, gender, privacy, workers’ rights and more.  “Humanimal” by Adam Rutherford explores the proud paradox of the “human animal.”   “The Plot Against Asthma and Allergy Patients” is Dr. Felix Ravikovich’s first book for the general public and medical colleagues on the effective treatment of histamine based on his findings that have been published in leading medical journals.   

How-to and self-help

“How to See” by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh introduces readers to the fundamentals of mindfulness practice.  “Raising a Screen Smart Kid” by Julianna Miner helps you embrace the good and avoid the bad in the digital age. 

Other nonfiction

“The Real Wolf” by Ted B. Lyon and Will N. Graves explores the science, politics and economics of coexisting with wolves in modern times.  “Beyond Charlottesville” by former governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe looks at the forces and events that led to the tragedy, suggests how we can prevent another Charlottesville from happening. 

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“Smoke Screen” by Iris Johansen features forensic sculptor Eve Duncan journeying to Africa to help families torn apart by a violent attack.  “Games of Snipers” by Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Hunter features master sniper Bob Lee Swagger.  “Blood Oath” by Linda Fairstein features assistant DA Alexander Cooper of the Manhattan Sex Crimes Unit.  “The Big Kahuna” by Janet and Peter Evanovich features FBI agent Kate O’Hare and con man Nicolas Fox.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable Quote

“Start your search for friends at the library. Libraries lately have become thriving hubs of community. As a volunteer, you would meet not only fellow volunteers and staffers, but you would intersect with a wide swath of humanity — from children to the elderly. This would keep you physically and intellectually engaged.”  – Advice from columnist Amy Dickinson, author of the Ask Amy newspaper column.

8/1/2019

Save the dates for Art Attack fun and Smokey the Bear birthday event

We hope you will mark your calendars for two fun events:

Next Thursday, August 8 from 11-1:30 p.m. K-5th graders are invited to an Art Attack session where you’ll enjoy crafting and watercolor projects.

 Next Friday, August 9 we will celebrate Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday at a special Read with a Ranger session.  Drop in any time between 2:30 – 4 p.m. to enjoy games, activities and special treats.  This event is intended for all ages.

New LGBTQ youth group

A new support group to help LGBTQ youth and young adults from age 16 to in their 20s deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination begins at your library on Monday, August 5 from 4-5:30 p.m. under the leadership of Ana M. Sancho Sama, PhD, licensed psychologist.  Purpose is to provide a safe and confidential place to share experiences, ask questions and talk about how to cope in this challenging world.  The group will convene the first Monday of every month except for a change to September 9 because of Labor Day.

Save the date for Friends book sale

Mark your calendars for the Friends of the Library annual book sale, one of the most popular events of the summer.  It will be held August 22-24 at the PLPOA Clubhouse – not only a new location but also with extended hours. 

On Thursday, August 22 at 6 p.m. there will be a short annual meeting with an ice cream social, followed at 6:30 p.m. by the book sale for Friends only – and you can join at the door if you are not already a member.  Dues are $100 for a lifetime membership, $15 for an annual individual and $25 for an annual family. The next two days are open to everyone – Friday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

This is your chance to buy books, DVDs, CDs and more at very special prices while also helping your library, since the Friends donate all the proceeds for various programs and projects that improve our facilities and services to you. 

Activities calendars available

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

Teen advisory board today

Today, Thursday, August 1, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, August 2 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family. 

Tween gaming

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

Teen gaming

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

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, August 7 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

ESL classes

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-2 pm with two highly experienced teachers.  Joyce Holdread is teaching the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone is teaching beginners.  No registration is required. 

Su biblioteca está ofreciendo ahoraclases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL). Las clases se llevan a cabo los miércoles y viernes desde el mediodia hasta las 2 pm.  Todas las clases son gratuitas y no es necesario registrarse.  Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre el regreso de las clases de íngles como segundo idioma en nuestra comunidad de Pagosa. 

Adult education summer hours

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has moved to summer hours.  It now takes place on Tuesdays from 2 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Note no PALS on August 6.

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.  Note no Tech Time August 8.

Family storytimes – note Saturday time change

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 3-4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  On Wednesday, August 7, Bacchus, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, will be a special guest.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Note the Saturday time change to the afternoon.

Local authors

Sylvia McDaniel features a family bounty hunting business in Texas in a series of Lipstick and Lead novels that includes “Determined,” “Dangerous,” “Deadly” and Daring.  Victoria Rose’s new book is “The Crab Pot Mystery.”

Large print

“Someone to Honor” by Mary Balogh is a Westcott romance.  “Backlash: A Thriller” by Brad Thor is a Scot Harvath adventure.  “Tom Clancy Enemy Contact” by Mike Maden is a Jack Ryan Jr. adventure.  “The Last House Guest” by Megan Miranda is a murder mystery.  “The Summer of Sunshine and Margot” by Susan Mallery follows the Baxter sisters looking for love.  “The Summer Guests” by Mary Alice Monroe explores relationships of a group waiting out a hurricane on the Southern coast.  “Under Currents” by Nora Roberts exposes a family with huge secrets.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“Tell Me Everything” by Cambria Brockman reveals secrets of four college students who are best friends.  “Shamed” by Linda Castillo reveals an Amish family’s tortured past after a murder.  “Whisper Network” by Chandler Bakr features three women friends banding together after their CEO dies suddenly. “Lock Every Door” by Riley Sager is a gothic suspense story with a modern twist.  “Knife” by Jo Nesbo features rogue police officer Harry Hole.  “Paranoid” by Lisa Jackson is a suspense story set in Oregon.  “Girls Like Us” by Cristina Alger features an FBI agent whose father may be the prime murder suspect. 

Other novels

“The Second Worst Restaurant in France” by Alexander McCall Smith follows a Scottish cookbook writer in France.  “King of the Mississippi” by Mike Freedman is a witty satire of the industrial-military-football-consulting complex.  “A Far Horizon” by Brenda Rickman Vantrease is an historical novel set during the English Civil War.  “Surfside Sisters” by Nancy Thayer is set on  Nantucket.  “Bethlehem” by Karen Kelly is a multi-generational saga that takes place during the historic steel boom.

How-to and self help

“A Beginner’s Guide to the End” by Dr. B.J. Miller and Shoshana Berger offers practice advice for living life and facing death.  “Toyota Tacoma, 4Runner & T100” is the Haynes repair manual for these vehicles.  “Super & Whole Foods” is a plant-based diet.  “The Healing Power of Illness” by Thorwald Dethlefsen and Dr. Ruediger Dahlke is a new look at how you can respond to psychological or spiritual conflicts. 

Other nonfiction

“A Thousand Small Sanities” by Adam Copnik is a defense of liberal democracy by this New Yorker staff writer.  “This Is The Book You Give Your Dad” is a humorous look at fatherhood and other manly things.  “This Land” by Christopher Ketcham explores the battle now ranging over the fate of public lands in the American west.

Books on CD

“Unsolved” by James Patterson and David Ellis features FBI agent Emmy Dockery.  “Enemy Contact” my Mike Maden is a Tom Clancy Jack Ryan adventure.  “The Oracle” by Clive Cusler and Robin Burcell is a Sam and Remi adventure.  “The Summer Guests” by Mary Alice Monroe follows strangers riding out a storm together.  “The Solar War” by A.G. Riddle is a space adventure.  “Queen Bee” by Dorothea Benton Frank is a Sullivans Island story.

DVDs

“Death in Paradise” is season three and four.  “Apollo 11” is a documentary with never-before-seen NASA footage.  “I am the Night” is based on a true story of a girl given away at birth.  “The Public” follows a group of people sheltering in a public library during a snowstorm.  “Genius” by Stephen Hawkins challenges viewers to think like some of the great geniuses in history. 
 

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 Rosa Lea Conner, David Zappone,  Sue Ellen Haning and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“Golf is a microcosm of life.  There are going to be ups and downs, there are going to be challenges, there are going to be ebbs and flows.  Ultimately, when it comes right down to it, we determine our own fate, as tough as that might be to accept sometimes.” – Tiger Woods, American professional golfer who ranks second in both major championships and PGA Tour wins and also holds numerous records in golf.

07/25/2019

Summer Reading party tomorrow, new LGBTQ group  and book sale in August

Your library’s Summer Reading Program closing party takes place tomorrow, Friday, July 26, from 4:30 –  6 p.m. – when everyone who participated in the program will enjoy live music from SEB Guitar, food and crafts.  Highlight of the event will be distribution of prizes to several lucky winners. 

Grand prize for babies-pre K is a basket of early literacy toys and activities.  Grand prizes for both kids and teens is a telescope, one for each age group.  The adult grand prize is a $100 Visa gift card.  We also have four $20 gift cards donated by Rosie’s Pizzeria that will be given away at the party.  Note that you must be present to win a prize.

We’ve had great participation in this summer’s program:  20 preschool kids, 81 children, 16 teens and 48 adults.

New LGBTQ youth group

A new support group to help LGBTQ youth and young adults from age 15 to in their 20s deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination begins at your library on Monday, August 5 from 4-5:30 p.m. under the leadership of Ann M. Sancho Sama, PhD, licensed psychologist.  Purpose is to provide a safe and confidential place to share experiences, ask questions and talk about how to cope in this challenging world.  The group will convene the first Monday of every month except for a change to September 9 because of Labor Day.

Save the date for Friends book sale

Mark your calendars for the Friends of the Library annual book sale, one of the most popular events of the summer.  It will be held August 22-24 at the PLPOA Clubhouse (note new location). 

On Thursday, August 22 at 6 p.m. there will be a short annual meeting with an ice cream social, followed at 6:30 p.m. by the book sale for Friends only – and you can join at the door if you are not already a member.  Dues are $100 for a lifetime membership, $15 for an annual individual and $25 for an annual family. The next two days are open to everyone – Friday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

This is your chance to buy books, DVDs, CDs and more at very special prices while also helping your library, since the Friends use all the proceeds for various projects that improve our facilities and services to you. 

Activities calendars available

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

Summer Reading Club today

Youngsters K-5th grade are invited to a free special Summer Reading Club on Thursdays from 10-11:30 a.m. that will explore exciting adventures in outer space.  Today, July 25, we’ll look in the world of sci-fi, UFOs and aliens.

Fly fishing casting practice today

Casting demonstration and practice will be led by Mark at Yamaguchi Park today,  Thursday, July 25, from 6-7 p.m.  We recommend bringing your own fly rod, if you have one, but we will have a limited number of rods available at the park for those without.

An optional field trip to the river will take place on Saturday, July 27, with time and location to be determined in class.  Registration is required for these sessions.  Please call 970-264-2209 or come in to the library to register.

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book lovers group meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–noon. Tomorrow, Friday, July 26, they will discuss “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover.  Stop by your library to pick up a copy.  No registration required.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.  

LEGO Club on Saturday    

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, July 27 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Tween paper airplanes today

Tweens are invited to a free paper airplanes event on Monday, July 29, from 4-5 p.m. for fourth-eighth graders.  Come and fold paper airplanes and test them to see which ones go the farthest.  We’ll have templates available, but you are encouraged to get creative on your own.

Teen gaming

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

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, July 31 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Teen advisory board

Thursday, August 1, 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.

ESL classes

We are now holding free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-2 pm with two highly experienced teachers.  Joyce Holdread is teaching the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone is teaching beginners.  No registration is required. 

Su biblioteca está ofreciendo ahoraclases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL). Las clases se llevan a cabo los miércoles y viernes desde el mediodia hasta las 2 pm.  Todas las clases son gratuitas y no es necesario registrarse.  Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre el regreso de las clases de íngles como segundo idioma en nuestra comunidad de Pagosa. 

Computer classes

The is a free program from 1-2 p.m. to learn a useful technology skill or application. It’s generally on alternating Thursdays, but this month it will be alternating Mondays.  July 29 is Microsoft Word Basics.  No registration required.  

Adult education summer hours

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has moved to summer hours.  It now takes place on Tuesdays from 2 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This free session is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  

How-to and self help

We have four books by Anthony William:  “Medical Medium” tells of the root causes of diseases and conditions that are often misunderstood.  “Liver Rescue” provides guidance on how to ensure you maintain a healthy liver.  “Life-Changing Foods” explains the healing power of more than 50 fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices and wild foods.  “Thyroid Healing” explores a new take on the epidemic of thyroid illness.  “The Whole Heart Solution” by Dr. Joel K. Kahn reveals 75 simple, low-cost things to do to avoid cardiovascular disease. 

“The Secret Therapy of Trees” by Marco Mencagli and Marco Nieri looks at the healing powers of green spaces and regenerative plants.  “Beating Alzheimer’s” by Tom Warren describes the author’s experience reversing the devastating symptoms of this disease.  “Clean Snacks” by Arman Liew provides 50 recipes for gluten-free, paleo and veggie snacks.  “How to Flyfish” by John Symonds offers tips, lessons and techniques to catch more fish. 

Other nonfiction

“Power Trip” by Michael E. Webber uses history to provide ideas to address today’s energy emergencies.  “Four Friends” by William D. Cohan explores the lives of four accomplished friends who died too young.  “Buzz Ting Bite” by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson reveals details of the world of insects and why we could not survive without them.  “Finding the Bright Side” by Shannon Bream is a memoir by this FOX TV host.  “Dapper Dan Made in Harlem” by Daniel R. Day is a memoir about the man who pioneered high-end streetwear in the 1980s.  “Inside the Five-Sides Box” by former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter demystifies the Pentagon.

“Moon Dust” by Andrew Smith has been updated to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing.  “One Giant Leap” by Charles Fishman explores the epic mission to reach the moon.  “Notes from a Young Black Chef” by Kwame Onwuachi is a memoir that combines race, fame and food themes.  “Myths and Misconceptions” by Richard Benson debunks common myths that most people consider fact.  “The Kennedy Heirs” by J. Randy Taraborrelli explores the next generation of one of America’s most famous families.  “A Primer for Forgetting” by Lewis Hyde assembles writing from the past to present on the advantages of selective amnesia.  “After Virginia Tech” by Thomas Kapsidelis examines the decade after the massacre through the experiences of survivors and community members.  “A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches” by Tyler Kepner is a history of the game as told through the craft of pitching.

Books on CD

“Skin Game” by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall is a Teddy Fay mystery.  “City of Girls” by Elizabeth Gilbert is a novel of glamour, sex and adventure in the 1940s.  “Sisters of Summer’s End” by Lori Foster follows two women’s friendship as summer ends.  “The Summoning” by Heather Graham is a mystery centering on strange happenings in a home and a neighborhood. 

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“The Golden Hour” by Beatriz Williams tells of murder and espionage in the Bahamas in 1941 in the social circles of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.  “Big Sky” by Kate Atkinson is a Det. Jackson Brodie mystery. 

DVDs

“Nova Wonders” is a two-disc series making complicated scientific concepts understandable and fun.  “Death in Paradise” is season one and two.  “Five Feet Apart” is a love story featuring two teens who spend much of their time as patients in hospital.  “Hotel Mumbai” is the true story of the 2008 terrorist siege of the hotel in India. 

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 Valley Lowrance and our anonymous donors.  For their generous monetary donations, we thank John Taylor and Jim Miller.

Quotable Quote

“I tell everyone not to retire, but to rewire.” – Dr. Ruth Westheimer, age 91,  better known as Dr. Ruth, a German-American sex therapist, author, and radio and TV personality.

7/18/2019

Fly fishing classes and Summer Reading Program party

Our popular flying fishing instruction and casting practice is back.

Mark will provide classroom instruction at the library on Tuesday, July 23 from 9-10:30 a.m.  He will talk about fishing equipment and demonstrate common fly fishing knots.  You will be able to practice fly fishing knots and ask questions.

Casting demonstration and practice will be held at Yamaguchi Park on Thursday, July 25 from 6-7 p.m.  We recommend bringing your own fly rod, if you have one, but we will have a limited number of rods available at the park for those without.

An optional field trip to the river will take place on Saturday, July 27.  The time and location will be determined in class.

Registration is required for these sessions.  Please call 970-264-2209 or come in to the library to register.

Summer Reading fun and prizes

Your library’s Summer Reading Program continues through July with special events, fun surprises and reading incentives – and this week is your last chance to join the fun. 

Register from home on our website or sign up at the library and pick up your first bingo card at the desk. You will receive a free book each time you turn in a completed bingo sheet.  Kids also have the option of getting a small toy out of our treasure chest.  Adults have the option of selecting a space-themed fridge magnet or pencil.

Each bingo sheet is filled with age-appropriate activities.  Completing bingo sheets enters you into the drawing for our grand prizes at the closing party on Friday, July 26 from 4:30 –  6 p.m. when everyone will enjoy live music from SEB Guitar, food and crafts.  Note that you must be present at the party to win a prize, so be sure to put this date on your calendar.

Grand prize for babies-pre K will be a basket of early literacy toys and activities.  Grand prizes for both kids and teens will be a telescope, one for each age group.  The adult grand prize is a $100 Visa gift card.  We also have four $20 gift cards donated by Rosie’s Pizzeria that will be given away at the party. 

Activities calendars available

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

Summer Reading Club

Youngsters K-5th grade are invited to a free special Summer Reading Club on Thursdays from 10-11:30 a.m. that will explore exciting adventures in outer space.  Today, July 18, we’ll study at our solar system and on July 25 we’ll look in the world of sci-fi, UFOs and aliens.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, July 19 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family. 

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, July 22 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen gaming

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

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event next Tuesday, July 23 from 1-2 p.m., we’ll make keepsake boxes using used jewelry cases and Mod Podge.  Old maps or any image can be used to decorate them.  Note change of day to Tuesday this month from the usual Wednesday.  No registration required.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, July 24 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.    Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, July 24 from 3-4 p.m. practice your Spanish with others to help you increase your fluency at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  Previous attendance not necessary.  No registration required.

ESL classes

We are now holding free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-2 pm with two highly experienced teachers.  Joyce Holdread is teaching the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone is teaching beginners.  No registration is required. 

Su biblioteca está ofreciendo ahoraclases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL). Las clases se llevan a cabo los miércoles y viernes desde el mediodia hasta las 2 pm.  Todas las clases son gratuitas y no es necesario registrarse.  Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre el regreso de las clases de íngles como segundo idioma en nuestra comunidad de Pagosa. 

Computer classes

The is a free program from 1-2 p.m. to learn a useful technology skill or application. It’s generally on alternating Thursdays, but this month it will be alternating Mondays.  July 29 is Microsoft Word Basics.  No registration required.  

Adult education summer hours

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has moved to summer hours.  It now takes place on Tuesdays from 2 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This free session is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  

Paws to Read at family storytime

Bacchus, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, will be a special guest at Family Storytime on Wednesday, July 24 from 10-11 a.m. at a fun Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

How-to and self help

We have four books by Anthony William:  “Medical Medium” tells of the root causes of diseases and conditions that are often misunderstood.  “Liver Rescue” provides guidance on how to ensure you maintain a healthy liver.  “Life-Changing Foods” explains the healing power of more than 50 fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices and wild foods.  “Thyroid Healing” explores a new take on the epidemic of thyroid illness.  “The Whole Heart Solution” by Dr. Joel K. Kahn reveals 75 simple, low-cost things to do to avoid cardiovascular disease. 

“The Secret Therapy of Trees” by Marco Mencagli and Marco Nieri looks at the healing powers of green spaces and regenerative plants.  “Beating Alzheimer’s” by Tom Warren describes the author’s experience reversing the devastating symptoms of this disease.  “Clean Snacks” by Arman Liew provides 50 recipes for gluten-free, paleo and veggie snacks.  “How to Flyfish” by John Symonds offers tips, lessons and techniques to catch more fish. 

Other nonfiction

“Power Trip” by Michael E. Webber uses history to provide ideas to address today’s energy emergencies.  “Four Friends” by William D. Cohan explores the lives of four accomplished friends who died too young.  “Buzz Ting Bite” by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson reveals details of the world of insects and why we could not survive without them.  “Finding the Bright Side” by Shannon Bream is a memoir by this FOX TV host.  “Dapper Dan Made in Harlem” by Daniel R. Day is a memoir about the man who pioneered high-end streetwear in the 1980s.  “Inside the Five-Sides Box” by former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter demystifies the Pentagon.

“Moon Dust” by Andrew Smith has been updated to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing.  “One Giant Leap” by Charles Fishman explores the epic mission to reach the moon.  “Notes from a Young Black Chef” by Kwame Onwuachi is a memoir that combines race, fame and food themes.  “Myths and Misconceptions” by Richard Benson debunks common myths that most people consider fact.  “The Kennedy Heirs” by J. Randy Taraborrelli explores the next generation of one of America’s most famous families.  “A Primer for Forgetting” by Lewis Hyde assembles writing from the past to present on the advantages of selective amnesia.  “After Virginia Tech” by Thomas Kapsidelis examines the decade after the massacre through the experiences of survivors and community members.  “A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches” by Tyler Kepner is a history of the game as told through the craft of pitching.

Books on CD

“Skin Game” by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall is a Teddy Fay mystery.  “City of Girls” by Elizabeth Gilbert is a novel of glamour, sex and adventure in the 1940s. 

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“The Golden Hour” by Beatriz Williams tells of murder and espionage in the Bahamas in 1941 in the social circles of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.  “Big Sky” by Kate Atkinson is a Det. Jackson Brodie mystery. 

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank our anonymous donors.  For their generous monetary donations, we thank WC and Clareve Enmon as well as Paula Mille.

Quotable Quote

“I tell everyone not to retire, but to rewire.” – Dr. Ruth Westheimer, age 91,  better known as Dr. Ruth, a German-American sex therapist, author, and radio and TV personality.

7/11/2019

Grand prizes announced for Summer Reading Program party

Your library’s Summer Reading Program continues through July with special events, fun surprises and reading incentives – and now we know what the grand prizes will be for the four age groups at the closing party on Friday, July 26.

Grand prize for babies-pre K will be a basket of early literacy toys and activities.  Grand prizes for both kids and teens will be a telescope, one for each age group.  The adult grand prize is a $100 Visa gift card.  We also have four $20 gift cards from Rosie’s Pizzeria that will be given away at the party. 

It’s not too late to join the fun.  Register from home on our website or sign up at the library and pick up your first bingo cards at the desk. You will receive a free book each time you turn in a completed bingo sheet.  Kids also have the option of getting a small toy out of our treasure chest.  Adults have the option of selecting a space-themed fridge magnet or pencil.

Each bingo sheet is filled with age-appropriate activities to help you learn, grow and stay engaged throughout the program.  Completing bingo sheets enters you into the drawing for our grand prizes listed above. 

They will awarded for each age group  (babies to pre-K,  children K-5th grade,  6th-12th grades, and ages 18 – 100) at our closing Summer Reading party on Friday, July 26 from 4:30 –  6 p.m. when everyone will enjoy live music from SEB Guitar, food and crafts.  Note that you must be present at the party to win a prize, so be sure to put this date on your calendar.

Activities calendars available

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

Summer Reading Club

Youngsters K-5th grade are invited to a free special Summer Reading Club on Thursdays from 10-11:30 a.m. that will explore exciting adventures in outer space.  Today, July 11, we’ll explore the sun, on July 18 we’ll study at our solar system and on July 25 we’ll look in the world of sci-fi, UFOs and aliens.

Teen advisory board today

Today, Thursday, July 11, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, July 12 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family. 

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, July 12, from 2-3 p.m. is a free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney will take place via computer link.  Volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property tax, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans benefits and civil protection orders.  Please check in at the registration desk.  This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month. 

LEGO Club Saturday         

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, July 13 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, July 15 from 4-5 p.m.  Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   This free club is for fifth-12th grades.

Adult book club

Our adult book club generally meets the second Tuesday of each month to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles – but this month it will be the third Tuesday from 2-3 p.m..  On July 16 we will discuss “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman and enjoy light refreshments.  If you need a copy, please stop by your library.  No registration required.

Teen gaming

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

Teen writers group

Join us next Wednesday, July 17 from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meeting for seventh-12 graders.  This group’s interests include stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction. 

ESL classes

We are now holding free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-2 pm with two highly experienced teachers.  Joyce Holdread is teaching the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone is teaching beginners.  No registration is required. 

Su biblioteca está ofreciendo ahoraclases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL). Las clases se llevan a cabo los miércoles y viernes desde el mediodia hasta las 2 pm.  Todas las clases son gratuitas y no es necesario registrarse.  Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre el regreso de las clases de íngles como segundo idioma en nuestra comunidad de Pagosa. 

Computer classes

This class is a free program from 1-2 p.m. to learn a useful technology skill or application. It’s generally on alternating Thursdays, but this month it will be alternating Mondays.  July 15 is Microsoft Excel Basics.  July 29 is Microsoft Word Basics.  No registration required.  

Adult education summer hours

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has moved to summer hours.  It now takes place on Tuesdays from 2 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.  Note no Tech Time on July 16.

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This free session is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  

Local author

“Through His (My) Eyes” by local author Val Valentine is a dual memoir encompassing a son’s recollections of his father’s war and a solo biking tour through key World War II sites in France and Belgium.  The book’s publication was timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of D-Day.  It includes more than 225 photos and maps, many never before published.

Short stories

“Exhalation” by Ted Chiang is a collection of nine pieces of short fiction, some being published for the first time.

How-to and self help

“Eat Feel Fresh” by Sahara Rose Ketabi is a contemporary plant-based Ayurvedic cookbook.  “Women Rowing North” by Mary Pipher examines the cultural and developmental issues women face as they age, with guidance to help you flourish.  “Rick Steves Best of Europe” is a travel guide. 

Other nonfiction

“Women and GIS: Mapping Their Stories” by Esri Press documents the powerful lives of an astronaut, oceanographer, teacher, Nobel Prize winner and more.  “Shane The Lone Ethnographer” by Sally Campbell Galman is a new second edition of this classic introduction to ethnographic research.  “Becoming Dr. Seuss” by Brian Jay Jones is a biography of Theodore Geisel, the author’s real name.  “Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense” by Dan Abrams and David Fisher reveals details of an epic 1915 libel suit involving the president.

DVDs

“The Mustang” is about a convict who connects with an especially breakable mustang.  “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” is season one.  “Captain Marvel” stars Brie Larson.  “Successful Strategies” features Gary LaFontaine and Dick Sharon showing you how to successfully fish in many different situations.  “Unacknowledged” presents new, top-secret evidence of extraterrestrial contact. 

Large print

“The Friends We Keep” by Jane Green follows three childhood friends with a secret at a 30th reunion.  “A Plain Vanilla Murder” by Susan Wittig Albert is a China Bayles mystery.  “The Satapur Moonstone” by Sujata Massey is a Perveen Mistry story set in Bombay.  “The Night Window” by Dean Koontz features rogue FBI agent Jane Hawk.  “The Night Before” by Wendy Walker is a romantic thriller.  “Whiskers in the Dark” by Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie Brown is a Mrs. Murphy mystery.  “A Sinister Splendor” by Mike Blakely is Mexican War novel.  “The First Mountain Man: Preacher’s Rage” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is the latest in the series set in the Rocky Mountains. 

Novels

“The Orphan’s Song” by Lauren Kate begins in the Hospital of the Incurables in Venice in 1736.  “The Most Fun We Ever Had” by Claire Lombardo is a family saga featuring four daughters over 50 years.  “Lost and Found” by Danielle Steel follows a woman on a road trip to visit the men she might have married. 

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank our anonymous donors.    Special thanks to Rosie’s Pizzeria for their generous donation of four $20 gift cards to support the library’s Summer Reading Program party.

Quotable Quote  

“Slow down and enjoy life.  It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you’re going and why.” – Eddie Cantor (1892-1964), American performer, comedian, dancer, singer, actor and songwriter.