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.

6/27/2019

Reading to your toddler?  Print books may be best

Reading books to your children is one of the greatest pleasures of parents.  Now a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics tells us that reading print books together generated more verbalizations about the story from parents and toddlers, as well as more back-and-forth discussions between them, than electronic books.

These findings come from researchers at the University of Michigan who asked 37 parents to read similar stories to their two- and three-year-olds in three different formats – print, a basic electronic book on a tablet, and an enhanced electronic book with animation and/or sound effects.

The researchers said they wanted to study toddlers in particular because of a concern that very young children might be particularly susceptible to distractions by electronic enhancements.  That turned out to be true – and basic electronic books without enhancements also resulted in less engagement with their parents than with print books.

Given that parent-child dialogue is so valuable to reading comprehension and enhanced relationships, the bottom line appears to be that a print book is best for young children’s reading experiences with their parents.  Speaking of e-book distractions, one of the study leaders said, “You don’t need a lot of bells and whistles to support your child’s development.  Engaging [your] child and talking to [your] child does a wonderful job of supporting early child development.”

Library closure         

Your library will be closed on July 4 in celebration of Independence Day.

Summer Reading Program on now

Your library’s Summer Reading Program offers special events, fun surprises and reading incentives throughout June and July.  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, and kids also will have the option of getting a small toy out of our treasure chest.

Each bingo sheet is filled with age-appropriate activities to help you learn, grow and stay engaged throughout the summer.  Completing bingo sheets also enters you into the drawing for our grand prizes that will be awarded for each age group at our closing Summer Reading party on Friday, July 26 from 4:30 –  6 p.m. when everyone will enjoy live music, food and crafts.  (Note that you must be present at the party to win a prize.)

We’ll be detailing the prizes in future columns. They will be divided into four age groups: babies to pre-K,  children K-5th grade,  6th-12th grades, and ages 18 – 100.

Watch for details and dates in this column every week, and pick up activities calendars so you don’t miss anything. 

Bike repair toolkit available

Did you know that your library has a bike repair toolkit available for free check out?  This toolkit includes a handbook entitled “Essential Road Bike Maintenance Handbook” by Todd Downs and a toolbox filled with the essential tools needed for basic bicycle repairs.  The handbook covers topics such as frame, pedals, brakes and more.  The library also offers a variety of other bicycle resources for people of all ages including maps, guidebooks, and historical information. 

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 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, June 27, centers on the planets, when you’ll view images of the planets taken by the Hubble telescope and create your own.  On 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.          

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, June 28 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.  Please note permanent change of time to 2:30  from 2 p.m. because of ESL classes at 2 p.m.

Teen book club tomorrow

Friday, June 28 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the free teen book club, seventh-12th graders will discuss  “Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft” edited by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe, and enjoy free snacks.  Note permanent time change to 2:30 p.m. because of ESL classes.

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book lovers group – formerly the Senior Book Club – meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–noon. Tomorrow, Friday, June 28, they will discuss “The Wishing Trees” by Jon Shors.  Stop by your library to pick up a copy.  No registration required.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.  

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, July 1 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.

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 next 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 2, 9 and 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.  

Nonfiction

“Chasing the Moon” by Robert Stone and Alan Andres explores the people and politics that launched American into the Space Age.  “Moonbound” by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm documents the Apollo 11 flight and the men who went first.  “Aloha Rodeo” by David Wolman and Julian Smith tells the story of Hawaiian cowboys whose 1908 adventure upended the conventional history of the American West.  “100 Side Hustles” by Chris Guillebeau offers unexpected ideas for making extra money without quitting your day job.   “Leaving the Witness” by Amber Scorah is a memoir of a Jehovah’s Witness starting a new life after leaving her religion.  “Living Beneath the Colorado Peaks” reveals the architectural design, influence of the history of the region and building details of a complex of buildings created near Vail by Betsy and Bud Knapp, the original owners of Architectural Digest and Bon Appetit magazines.

Books on CD

“The Pursuits of Lord Kit Cavanaugh” by Stephanie Laurens is volume two of The Cavanaughs series.  “Upheaval” by Jared Diamond is an explanation of why some nations recover from crisis and others do not.  “The Flight Portfolio” by Julie Orringer tells of a young American helping artists and writers fleeing the Nazis.  “The Rosie Result” by Graeme Simsion is the comedic final installment to the Rosie series.  “Venom of the Mountain Man” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a western.  “The Never Game” by Jeffery Deaver features a man hired to find a kidnapped young woman.   

DVDs

“13 Reasons Why” is season two.  “First Man on the Moon” is the Nova production.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“Fall; or, Dodge in Hell” by Neal Stephenson is a sci-fi thriller about a preserved brain after a death.  “This Storm” by James Ellroy centers on a Los Angeles gone mad after Pearl Harbor.  “The Savior” by J.R. Ward is part of the Black Dagger Brotherhood vampire series.  “The Favorite Daughter” by Kaira Rouda is a psychological suspense story.   “The Huntress” by Kate Quinn follows the search for a Nazi woman in America.  “The Alice Network,” also by Kate Quinn, is an historical novel about female espionage agents in World War I. 

Other novels

“On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” by Ocean Vuong is a letter from a son unearthing a history rooted in Vietnam.  “The First Mistake” by Sandie Jones tells of a wife, her husband and the woman who is supposedly her best friend.   

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  

“If you want things to be different, perhaps the answer is to be different yourself.” – Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993), American minister, author and creator of the “power of positive thinking” philosophy.

6/20/2019

What should your child read this summer?

Do you have a plan to make sure your child has lots of reading opportunities this summer?  Several studies have documented a “summer slide” in reading skills once kids go on summer vacation.  And the loss compounds each year.

Research offers a surprisingly simple and affordable solution:  Bring your youngsters to the library and let them choose their own books. 

In a three-year study, researchers at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville found that simply giving children access to books  – and allowing them to choose books that interested them – had a significant effect on the summer reading gap.

Children who chose their own books and those who were given activity and puzzle books were tracked for three years.  Those who could select their own books posted significantly higher test scores than the children who received books from others.  The effect was equivalent to a child attending three years of summer school.  And the difference in scores was twice as high among the poorest children in the study.

Another of the notable findings of the study was that children improved their reading scores even though they typically weren’t selecting the curriculum books or classics that teachers normally assign for summer reading.  That conclusion confirms other studies suggesting that children learn best when they are allowed to select their own books.

Bottom line:  What should your children read this summer?  Being them to the library and let them decide for themselves, because any books will do! 

Summer Reading Program on now

Your library’s Summer Reading Program offers special events, fun surprises and reading incentives throughout June and July.  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, and kids also will have the option of getting a small toy out of our treasure chest.

Each bingo sheet is filled with age-appropriate activities to help you learn, grow and stay engaged throughout the summer.  Completing bingo sheets also enters you into the drawing for our grand prizes that will be awarded for each age group at our closing Summer Reading party on Friday, July 26 from 4:30 –  6 p.m. when everyone will enjoy live music, food and crafts.  (Note that you must be present at the party to win a prize.)

We’ll be detailing the prizes in future columns. They will be divided into four age groups: babies to pre-K,  children K-5th grade,  6th-12th grades, and ages 18 – 100.

Watch for details and dates in this column every week, and pick up activities calendars so you don’t miss anything. 

Bike repair toolkit available

Did you know that your library has a bike repair toolkit available for free check out?  This toolkit includes a handbook entitled “Essential Road Bike Maintenance Handbook” by Todd Downs and a toolbox filled with the essential tools needed for basic bicycle repairs.  The handbook covers topics such as frame, pedals, brakes and more.  The library also offers a variety of other bicycle resources for people of all ages including maps, guidebooks, and historical information. 

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

Activities calendars available

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library; we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month.  There are three versions – kids, tweens/teens and adults.  We look forward to seeing you at your library. Se habla 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, June 20, features the moon when you will learn about our closest neighbor and participate in a moon craft or two.  June 27 centers on the planets, when you’ll view images of the planets taken by the Hubble telescope and create your own.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, June 21) 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.

LEGO Club on Saturday    

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, June 22 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, June 24 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, June 26 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

We are now holding free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes twice weekly 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. 

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, June 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 not necessary.  No registration required.

Computer classes

The is a free program from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application. Today, June 20, is Transparent Language Learning, packed full of pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing and vocabulary building lessons.  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 free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  Note the special Spanish storytime with Mable Martinez Barber on Wednesday, June 26.

Short stories

“Orange World” by Karen Russell is a collection of eight comedic stories by this Pulitzer Prize finalist. 

DVDs

“The Good Doctor” is season one.  “Broadchurch” is season three.  “The Outlander” is season four.  “Transformer” is a documentary about a former U.S. Marine and world record weightlifter outed as being transgender. 

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“Darkness on the Edge of Town” by Adam Christopher follows a detective facing his past when his young adopted daughter starts asking questions.  “Keep You Close” by Karen Cleveland tells of a detective working to clear her son’s name.  “Unsolved” by James Patterson and David Ellis is a thriller where everyone in the FBI is a suspect. 

Novels

“City of Girls” by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat, Pray, Love,”  features an 81-year-old lady looking back at her unconventional life in Manhattan.  “The Electric Hotel” by Dominic Smith is an historical fiction novel focusing on a French silent film  pioneer.  “The Victory Garden” by Rhys Bowen focuses on the life of a young war widow in World War I England.  “How Not to Die Alone” by Richard Roper is a love story.  “Queen Bee” by Dorothea Benton Frank is another of the author’s complicated family stories set in the Lowcountry.  “Star-crossed” by Minnie Darke is a love story revolving around altered astrology columns. 

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“The Cattle Drive” by Ethan J. Wolfe and “The Jackals by William W. and J.A. Johnstone are westerns.  “The Exiles” by Greg Hunt is book two in the Borderland trilogy. 

Books on CD

“Blessing in Disguise” by Danielle Steel showcases a mother’s relationships with her three daughters.  “How to Raise Successful People” by Esther Wojcicki shares a mother’s secrets for raising happy, healthy, successful children.  “Outrageous Acts and everyday Rebellions” by Gloria Steinem is a collection of essays with new and updated material on the fight for women’s equality.   

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 Barbara Ogletree and our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote  

“Each morning we are born again.  What we do today is what matters most.” – Buddha

6/13/2019

Meet Josie, your new early literacy librarian

We are delighted to introduce you to Josie Snow, a hometown Pagosan who has been hired as your new early literacy librarian. 

Josie brings an impressive record of educational and practical experience to her new post.  She has just graduated with an MA in children’s literature from Simmons University in Boston.  She earned a BA summa cum laude in interdisciplinary studies with a focus on education and minor in literature at Fort Lewis College in Durango. 

She also has had practical experience as a graduate student assistant in the children’s literature department at Simmons University, fifth grade teacher at Dolores Elementary School, and fourth-fifth grade teacher in Silverton. Earlier she was a student teacher in Killarney, Ireland and a summer youth program leader at A Theatre Group in Silverton. 

Josie has loved the Pagosa library since she was a child growing up here, enjoying its books and programs with Marilyn Krings, her mother; Reece Snow, her late father; and Chrystal Snow, her sister. “I always found the library a very welcoming place,” she says.  “It felt like home.”  From 2003-2017 Josie also was a volunteer at your library when her education and teaching allowed. During that time she had a number of responsibilities including promoting literacy in young readers and working on the Summer Reading Program.

In her new position, Josie is eager to take advantage of her experience as a former teacher to build an even closer partnership with our local schools so that they fully take advantage of the library’s many resources.  She also is delighted to return home to Pagosa because she loves the outdoors, the mountains and playing in the river.

“We are thrilled to have Josie joining our team,” said Meg Wempe, director of your library.  “We hope you’ll come in soon to say ‘hello and welcome’ to her!”

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, June 13, features rocket-themed crafts, activities and stories.  On June 20 you’ll learn about the moon, our closest neighbor.  June 27 centers on the planets, when you’ll view images of the planets taken by the Hubble telescope and create your own.

This is just one of many free activities in the Summer Reading Program for all ages that runs through July 26.  A Universe of Stories is this year’s theme.  

More Summer Reading news

Register from home on our website or sign up at the library for the Summer Reading Program 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, and kids also will have the option of getting a small try out of our treasure chest.

Each bingo sheet is filled with age-appropriate activities to help you learn, grow and stay engaged throughout the summer.  Completing bingo sheets also enters you into the drawing for our grand prizes that will be awarded for each age group at our closing Summer Reading party on Friday, July 26 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. when everyone will enjoy live music, food and crafts.  (Note that you must be present at the party to win a prize.)

We’ll be detailing the prizes in future columns. They will be divided into four age groups: babies to pre-K,  children K-5th grade,  6th-12th grades, and ages 18 – 100.

The Summer Reading Program offers special events, fun surprises and reading incentives throughout June and July.  Summer Reading themes will be incorporated into our regular programming as well.  Watch for details and dates in this column every week, and pick up activities calendars so you don’t miss anything.

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.

Driver’s tests help

We have just purchased a new online resource that is free to our patrons and will be a huge asset to anyone who is about to take a car, motorcycle or commercial driver’s test. The site includes hundreds of practice questions arranged into useful tests, from easy to hard, for the different licenses. More of a visual learner? There’s also a 360-degree road situation simulator that gives you a chance to see exactly what is described in each of the questions.  As well, there’s an exam simulator that mimics a DMV exam, with new questions every time you take it.  The also site includes manuals and frequently asked questions about the tests.

To access the site, go to your library’s website at https://pagosalibrary.org and click on the slider that features this new resource.  It also is accessible by clicking the tab for “Online Resources’” and scrolling down to Driving-Tests. You will not need a library card to access this new resource, but we’d love to take this opportunity to give you a card so you can use our other resources.  

All-ages rocket making tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, June 14, from 2-4 p.m. for a free all-ages event where you will kick off your space adventures by building model rockets from recycled materials.  You’ll have fun with Josie Snow, our new early literacy librarian, putting science and art together in a project you can launch into the sky.

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, June 14, from 2-3 p.m. a free legal clinic for people who have no attorney will take place via computer link.  A volunteer attorney 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 note that our volunteer attorney can assist only four people each month, so it’s first come, first served.  Check in at the registration desk.  This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month.  Please visit www.checkerboard.com to access legal forms an find answers to many questions relating to civil law.

Paws to Read Saturday

Saturday, June 15 from 11 a.m. – noon, youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Bacchus, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a free Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, June 17 from 4-5 p.m.  Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   This free club is for fifth-12th grades.

Teen gaming

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

Teen writers group

Join us next Wednesday, June 19 from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meeting for seventh-12 graders.  This group’s interests include stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction. 

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event next Wednesday, June 19 from 1-2 p.m., we’ll make homemade sunscreen using shea butter, coconut oil and zinc oxide powder.  No registration required.

ESL classes

We are now holding free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes twice weekly 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. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application. June 20 is Transparent Language Learning, packed full of pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing and vocabulary building lessons.  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 free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  

DVDs

“Worricker” is the complete PBS Masterpiece series.  “Broadchurch” is the complete first season of this British series, and we also have the second season.  “Marple” is season one of the Agatha Christie mystery series, and we also have season two.   “The Amazing Human Body” is a BBC documentary.  “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is the Dreamworks animated movie.  “The LEGO movie: The Second Part” is the family animated film.

Nonfiction

“The Book of Pride” by Mason Funk features LGBTQ heroes who changed the world. 

Novels

“Montauk” by Nicola Harrison is a story set among the high society of this Long Island village in the 1930s.  “The Spies of Shilling Lane” by Jennifer Ryan features English village busybody Mrs. Braithwaite in World War II England.  “Mad Boy” by Denver author Nick Arvin is a rollicking, picaresque novel about family and perseverance set during America’s War of 1812.  “The Favorite Daughter” by Patti Callahan Henry tells of a daughter returning home after a decade as her family deals with her father’s Alzheimer’s. 

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“Sunset Beach” by Mary Kay Andrews is a mystery.  “The Yankee Widow” by Linda Lael Miller features the strong women and men on both sides of the Civil War who sacrificed so much.  “Neon Prey” by John Sandford is a Lucas Davenport thriller.  “The View from Alameda Island” by Robyn Carr begins when a woman leaves her “oerfect” life and asks for a divorce on her 24th wedding anniversary.

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 Carla Evans, Marilyn Falvey and our anonymous donors.  For their generous donation in memory of Katy Threet, we thank Bob and Carole Howard.

Quotable Quote  

“If you are searching for that one person who will change your life, look in the mirror.” – Roman Price, American business executive.

6/6/2019

Summer Reading Club and driver’s test help

Youngsters K-5th grade are invited to a free special Summer Reading Club on Thursdays from 10-11:30 a.m. that will explore all sorts of exciting adventures in outer space.  June 13 features rocket-themed crafts, activities and stories.  On June 20 you’ll learn about the moon, our closest neighbor.  June 27 centers on the planets, when you’ll also view images of the planets taken by the Hubble telescope and create your own.

This is just one of many free activities in the Summer Reading Program for all ages that runs through July 26.  A Universe of Stories is this year’s theme.  

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, and kids also will have the option of getting a small toy out of our treasure chest.

Each bingo sheet is filled with age-appropriate activities to help you learn, grow and stay engaged throughout the summer.  Completing bingo sheets also enters you into the drawing for our grand prizes that will be awarded for each age group at our closing Summer Reading party on Friday, July 26 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. when everyone will enjoy live music, food and crafts.  (Note that you must be present at the party to win a prize.)

We’ll be detailing the prizes in future columns. They will be divided into four age groups: babies to pre-K,  children K-5th grade,  6th-12th grades, and ages 18 – 100.

The Summer Reading Program offers special events, fun surprises and reading incentives throughout June and July.  Summer Reading themes will be incorporated into our regular programming as well.  Watch for details and dates in this column every week, and pick up activities calendars so you don’t miss anything.

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.

Driver’s tests help

We have just purchased a new online resource that is free to our patrons and will be a huge asset to anyone who is about to take a car, motorcycle or commercial driver’s test. The site includes hundreds of practice questions arranged into useful tests, from easy to hard, for the different licenses. More of a visual learner? There’s also a 360-degree road situation simulator that gives you a chance to see exactly what is described in each of the questions.  As well, there’s an exam simulator that mimics a DMV exam, with new questions every time you take it.  The also site includes manuals and frequently asked questions about the tests.

To access the site, go to your library’s website at https://pagosalibrary.org and click on the slider that features this new resource.  It also is accessible by clicking the tab for “Online Resources’” and scrolling down to Driving-Tests. You will not need a library card to access this new resource, but we’d love to take this opportunity to give you a card so you can use our other resources.  

Medicare 101 today

Do you have questions about Medicare?  San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging Medicare counselor Katy Deshler will help you understand your rights, options, deadlines and where to get more information at a free class today, Thursday, June 6, from 10:30 a.m.-noon.   For more information contact Kay Kaylor at 264-0501, ext. 1.

Teen advisory board today

Today, Thursday, June 6, 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, June 7 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.  Please note permanent change of time to 2:30  from 2 p.m. because of ESL classes at 2 p.m.

LEGO Club on Saturday    

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, June 8 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Read with a Ranger

Monday, June 10 from 1-2 p.m., youngsters are invited to join Pagosa Ranger Brandon from the U.S. Forest Service to explore the world of bugs with nature-themed books and activities.  Typically kids aged 6-10 attend, but these free fun sessions are open to all ages.

Teen steampunk crafts

A free steamboat crafts session takes place Monday, June 10 from 4-5 p.m. for 7th-12th graders when you’ll make crafts and jewelry from gears, keys and whatever else we can find. 

Adult book club

Our adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On June 11 we will discuss “Elephant Company” by Vicki Constantine Croke 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 role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, June 12 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

We are now holding free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes twice weekly 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. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application. Today, June 6, is Google Drive Basics and June 20 is Transparent Language Learning, packed full of pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing and vocabulary building lessons.  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 free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  Note special storytime featuring music and movement with Nev McGuire on June 12.

DVDs

“The Chinese Exclusion Act is a PBS documentary.  “A Horseman Riding By” is the classic British miniseries based on the R.F. Delderfield novels.   “A Dog’s Way Home” is the heartwarming adventure of a dog heading on a 400-mile journey home after being separate from his human.  “How to Become a SuperStar Student” by Professor Tim McGee contains 12 30-minute lectures. 

CDs

Robert B. Parker’s Buckskin” by Robert Knott features lawmen Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch.  “The Big Kahuna” by Janet Evanovich is a Fox and O’Hare mystery. 

Nonfiction

“Bitcoin Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich follows the twins who made bitcoin history after their epic legal battles with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.  “Truth Worth Telling” is the memoir by award-winning 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley. 

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“Tightrope” by Amanda Quick is a mystery featuring a former trapeze artist.  “The Road Home” by Richard Paul Evans follows a man spared death because he missed his flight.  “Robert B. Parker’s Buckskin” by Robert Knott features lawmen Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch.  “I Know Who You Are” by Alice Feeney exposes secrets of an actress everyone thinks they know.  “The Never Game” by Jeffery Deaver is a mystery involving a video game. 

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“Cari Mora” by Thomas Harris centers around a woman in Miami Beach fighting against evil, greed and people obsessed with a dead man’s gold.

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 Jay Stafford and our anonymous donors.  Also, we are grateful to Rhonda Webb for her generous donation for Kathee Douglas, in memorial for Kathryn Sue Powell.

Quotable Quote  

“You can have friends or you can correct people’s grammar.” – Mary Norris, author, writer and copy editor for The New Yorker magazine

5/30/2019

Summer Reading Program starts next week

One of our most popular events of the year – the free Summer Reading Program for all ages – starts next Monday, June 3 and runs through July 26.  A Universe of Stories is this year’s theme.  

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, and kids also will have the option of getting a small toy out of our treasure chest.

Each bingo sheet is filled with age-appropriate activities to help you learn, grow and stay engaged throughout the summer.  Completing bingo sheets also enters you into the drawing for our grand prizes that will be awarded for each age group at our closing Summer Reading party on Friday, July 26 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. when everyone will enjoy live music, food and crafts.  (Note that you must be present at the party to win a prize.)

We’ll be detailing the prizes in future columns. They will be divided into four age groups: babies to pre-K,  children K-5th grade,  6th-12th grades, and ages 18 – 100.

The Summer Reading Program offers special events, fun surprises and reading incentives throughout June and July.  Summer Reading themes will be incorporated into our regular programming as well.  Watch for details and dates in this column every week, or pick up activities calendars so you don’t miss anything.

Please sign up for the Summer Reading Program now.  It’s fun, it’s educational, and it will help your children avoid the dreaded “summer slide” in reading skills that has been documented so often when youngsters take a vacation from books.

Did You know…

that your library has nearly 60 different periodicals, including both magazines and newspapers, in its collection for your reading enjoyment?  Titles include The Atlantic, Colorado Life, Consumer Reports, People, Sports Illustrated and Southwest Art, to name just a few.  Two new magazine titles recently added to our collection are The Pioneer Woman and Do It Yourself.  All magazines are listed in our catalog and using the term “periodical” helps to narrow your search.  Newspapers include The Durango Herald, The Pagosa Sun, Silverton Standard and The Wall Street Journal.  All past issues are available to check out.  You also may enjoy reading them right at the Library in one of our comfy chairs or reading areas.

We also offer a variety of journals and other publications through our online resources available to you 24/7.  Visit https://pagosalibrary.org/online-resources/ to find a variety of topics for people of all ages.  A library card is required to access some of the online resources.

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

Lifelong Learning lecture

The sixth and last lecture in the free springLifelong Learning series on Thursdays takes place today, May 30,  when author and adventurer Jon Waterman shares his observations from 40 years of mountaineering on North America’s highest mountain in a talk called “Chasing Denali.” 

Activities calendars available

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

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, May 31 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.  Please note permanent change of time to 2:30  from 2 p.m. because of ESL classes at 2 p.m.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, June 3 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.

Knitting Club for teens

Next Wednesday, June 5, this free club meets from 4-5:30 p.m. for 7th-12th graders.  Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects and hang out with other crafters.  Note that teaching will be available only for knitting.  If you don’t know how to knit, come anyway and we’ll get you started on some of the basics.

ESL classes

We are now holding free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes twice weekly 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. 

Medicare 101

Do you have questions about Medicare?  San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging Medicare counselor Katy Deshler will help you understand your rights, options, deadlines and where to get more information at a free class next Thursday, June 6 from 10:30 a.m.-noon.   For more information contact Kay Kaylor at 264-0501, ext. 1.

Teen advisory board

NextThursday, June 6, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

Computer classes

The is a free program from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  June 6 is Google Drive Basics and June 20 is Transparent Language Learning, packed full of pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing and vocabulary building lessons.  No registration required.  

Adult education moves to summer hours

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) moves to summer hours as of June 4.  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 free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  Note special storytime with zookeeper Amanda Breman, who will share stories and artifacts about native and exotic wildlife on Wednesday, June 5.

Books on CD

“The Road Home” by Richard Paul Evans is the conclusion to the to the Broken Road trilogy.  “The 18th Abduction” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is the latest Women’s Murder Club thriller.  “Redemption” by David Baldacci is an Amos Decker mystery.  “Storm Cursed” by Patricia Briggs is the 11th book in the Mercy Thompson supernatural series.  “Neon Prey” by John Sandford is a Lucas Davenport mystery.

Large print

“Odd Partners: An Anthology” edited by Anne Perry is a collection of mystery stories featuring pairs solving cases written sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America.  “The Scent of Murder” by Kylie Logan features a volunteer who works with cadaver dogs.

How-to and self-help

“Navigating With or Without a Compass” by Miles Tanner describes how to use bearings and nature to find your way. “Glacier National Park” by Becky Lomax is a Moon travel guide.  “Essential Oils Diet” by Dr. Eric Zielinski discusses essential oils and bioactive foods for weight loss and disease prevention.  “Easy Keto For Busy People” by Jennifer Marie Garza offers recipes and low-carb inspirations.  “Asian Paleo” by Chih Yu Smith provides Asian recipes for Paleo followers.  “The Ultimate Scratch & Sniff Guide to Loving Beer” by Richard Betts explores the ingredients, science and processes of the most popular alcoholic beverage in the world.  “Aging in Reverse” by master sports nutritionist  Natalie Jill is a 10-day plan to get in shape and be your best self.  “The Dad Lab” by Sergei Urban provides 50 science projects for parents and kids.

Other nonfiction

  “Ladysitting” by Lorene Cary tells of life-sweeping changes when a grandmother moves in at age 101 at the end of her life.  “Our Man” by George Packer explores the ambition, skills and hubris of Richard Holbrooke.  “Furious Hours” by Casey Op explores the murder and fraud that so fascinated the writer Harper Lee.  “Black Death at the Golden Gate” by David K. Randall reveals the coverup to obscure the threat of bubonic plague and the federal health officer who saved a city.  “The Theft of a Decade” by Joseph C. Sternberg shows how the Millennials are suffering from decisions made by Boomers’ reaction to the financial crisis.  “Eat Like A Fish” by former commercial fisherman Bren Smith explains the value of sea-based agriculture.

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  

“Some people believe holding on and hanging in are signs of strength.  However, there are times it takes more strength to know when to let go and then to do it.” – Ann Landers.

5/22/2019

Meet your new ESL teachers at your library

We are now holding free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes twice weekly year-round at your library.  Classes are being held 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.  Here is more information about these very talented teachers.

Joyce Holdread has a master’s degree in Spanish from the University of Colorado and other certification and workshop education in the U.S. and Mexico.  She has experience teaching adults, adolescents and children in Mexico and Spain, as well as teaching Spanish and English to secondary school students in the U.S.  In addition to extensive work experience in the U.S. and Mexico, she more recently taught Spanish at the Archuleta School District and ESL classes at the Archuleta County Education Center, and now teaches Spanish at the local Family School.             

Joyce moved to Pagosa two and a half years ago from Golden to be closer to family here.  She loves living in our small mountain town rather than in a big city.  In addition to her other activities, she currently is raising funds to restore a local nonprofit that rescues victims of human trafficking from Latin America.

Ellynn Ragone has a BA from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  She is a graduate of the developing teacher program in Barcelona, Spain and taught English to all levels of adult students there.  She was awarded a TEFL certificate in Grenada, Spain.  She also has been an English-language teacher, tutor and volunteer at the Taos Education and Career Center at the University of New Mexico in Taos, and a tutor and volunteer at ESL classes at the University of New Mexico night school program.

Ellynn moved to Pagosa two and a half years ago to be with a local friend, and she loves the outdoor life here.  She calls herself a “totally crazy ski aficionado,” so this winter’s ideal skiing conditions made her very happy.  She also enjoys mountain biking in the national forest, and is eager to kayak our rivers this summer because of the strong runoff from the heavy winter snow.

No registration is required for the ESL classes at the library.  Similar to other library programs, we are not able to provide childcare as a separate component. 

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. 

Please help us spread the word about the return of ESL classes to our Pagosa community.

Library closure

Your library will be closed Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day.

Lifelong Learning lecture

The sixth and last lecture in the free springLifelong Learning series on Thursdays takes place May 30  when author and adventurer Jon Waterman shares his observations from 40 years of mountaineering on North America’s highest mountain in a talk called “Chasing Denali.”  Note no presentation today, May 23. 

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.

Spanish conversation

Please note that there will be no Spanish classes in May.  They will resume in June.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, May 24 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.  Please note permanent change of time to 2:30  from 2 p.m. because of ESL classes at 2 p.m.

Teen book club tomorrow

Friday, May 24 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the free teen book club, seventh-12th graders will discuss  “Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft” edited by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe,  and enjoy free snacks.  Note permanent time change to 2:30 p.m. because of ESL classes.

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book lovers group – formerly the Senior Book Club – meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–noon. Tomorrow, Friday, May 24, they will discuss “The Women in the Castle” by Jessica Shattuck.  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, May 25 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

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.

Computer classes

The regular program of  free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application resumes in mid-June.  No registration required.  

Adult education

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

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.   Please note there will be no tech sessions on Tuesdays in May.  They will resume in June.

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  Note special Spanish storytime with Brandie Herrera on Wednesday, May 29

Novels

“Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna” by Juliet Grames looks back on the life of a young Italian girl, now an elderly woman in Connecticut.  “The Flight Portfolio” by Julie Orringer tells of a young American’s quest to save the lives of artists and writers fleeing the Nazis.  “Resistance Woman” by Jennifer Chiaverini, inspired by actual events, tells of Americans and other women fighting Hitler in Nazi Berlin. 

Mystery and suspense

“The Last Time I Saw You” by Liv Constantine exposes murder, infidelity and lies in Baltimore high society.   “Disappearing Earth” by Julia Phillips begins when two young sisters disappear at the northeastern edge of Russia.

How-to, motivation and self-help

“No Visible Bruises” by Rachel Louise Snyder explores the scope and damage of domestic violence in America.  “Things My Son Needs to Know About the World” by Fredrik Backman provides his newborn son with the perspective and tools he’ll need to make his way in the world.  “Everything I Need to Know I Learned from John Wayne” features lessons from the Duke’s films and includes more than 100 photos. “How to Camp in the Woods” by Devon Fredericksen is a guide to equipping, packing and setting up camp on your outdoor adventures.  

Other nonfiction

“The Amusement Park” by Stephen M. Silverman documents 900 years of thrills and spills and the people who built them.  “My Dad, Yogi” by Dale Berra is a memoir of Yankees baseball great Yogi Berra.  “Where the Light Enters” by Dr. Jill Biden is a look at the family of Joe Biden showcasing his wife’s skills as a mother, wife and educator.  “The Pioneers” by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough is the heroic story of the settlers who brought the American ideal west. 

Books on CD

“Blood Oath” by Linda Fairstein features assistant DA Alexandra Cooper of the Manhattan sex crimes unit.  “The Savior” by J.R. Ward entwines a vampire’s and scientist’s fates in the latest in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.  “Celtic Empire” by Clive and Dirk Cussler is a NUMA director Dirk Pitt adventure.  “Tight Rope” by Amanda Quick is a mystery centering around a groundbreaking prototype cipher machine.   

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

We are grateful for donations from Theresa Smith and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote   

“No one can figure out your worth but you.” – Pearl Bailey (1918-1990), American actress, singer and Tony award winner for her title role in the all-black production of “Hello, Dolly!” in 1968.

5/9/2019

A 30-million-page library is heading for the moon

A little lunar probe aboard Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft is carrying a 30-million-page archive of human knowledge etched into a DVD-size metal disc.  The Lunar Library, as the archive is known, constitutes a “civilization backup” to help ensure that our distant descendants never lose humanity’s collective wisdom,  according to Nova Spivack, co-founder of Arch Mission Foundation, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit behind the project.

The foundation is building a space-based archive designed to survive for six billion years or more – a million times longer than the oldest written records in existence today.

Sending a library into space isn’t entirely new for the Arch Foundation.  Before Elon Musk launched a Tesla Roadster into orbit around the sun last year, Spivack and his team put in the glove box a quartz disc containing the entire text of Asimov’s famous “Foundation” trilogy of science-fiction books.

For the Lunar Library, the scope had to be far wider.  “We’re building a Rosetta Stone for beings who inhibit our solar system in the future,” Spivack said. 

One small component of the archive is a collection of songs, children’s drawings and writings about Israeli culture and history.  The rest is truly encyclopedic.  It includes more than 200 gigabytes of data with the entire English-language version of Wikipedia, tens of thousands and fiction or nonfiction books, a collection of textbooks, and a guide to 5,000 languages along with 1.5 billion sample translations between them.

Since people in the far future may not have a DVD player handy, and might not speak any language now in use, the top of the Lunar Library’s disc is engraved with tiny images of books and other documents explaining human linguistics, along with instructions on how to read the library beneath. 

ESL classes underway now

We  are now holding free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes twice weekly year-round at your library.  Classes are being held 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.  Similar to other library programs, we are not able to provide childcare as a separate component. 

Comenzando el 1 de mayo, la biblioteca ofrecerá 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. 

Please help us spread the word about the return of ESL classes to our Pagosa community.

Lifelong Learning lectures

The fourth lecture in the free springLifelong Learning series on Thursdays takes place today, May 9 when Dr. Andrew Gulliford will discuss “The Woolly West: Colorado’s Hidden History of Sheepscapes.”   May 16 is “Financial Fraud Awareness” with Elsa White and Samantha Armistead from the Archuleta County Treasurer’s Office.  No presentation May 23.  May 30 is “Chasing Denali” when author and adventurer Jon Waterman shares his observations from 40 years of mountaineering on North America’s highest mountain.  Pick up a brochure at your library with more details on these very interesting talks.

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.

Spanish conversation

Please note that there will be no Spanish classes in May.  They will resume in June.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, May 10 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.  Starting this month, please note permanent change of time to 2:30  from 2 p.m. because of ESL classes at 2 p.m.

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, May 10, 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, May 11 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, May 13 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen gaming

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

Adult book club

Our adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On May 14 we will discuss “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak and enjoy light snacks and beverages.  If you need a copy, please stop by your library.  No registration required.

Teen writers group

Join us next Wednesday, May 15 from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meeting for seventh-12 graders.  This group’s interests include stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction. 

Computer classes

The regular program of  free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application resumes in mid-June.  No registration required.  

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Note no PALS from Thursday, May 2 through Thursday, May 9 or on May 21.

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.   Please note there will be no tech sessions on Tuesdays in May.  They will resume in June.

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  Note that next Wednesday, May 15 is a special Spanish storytime with Mable Barber.

Large print

“Wild Justice” by Loren D. Estleman is a Page Murdock frontier story.  “Line of Glory” by Thomas D. Clagett focuses on four people at the Alamo.  “Torture of the Mountain Man” by William W. and J.A. Johnston is a western set in Texas. 

Essays collection

“Everything in its Place” by Oliver Sacks is the final volume of writings by this doctor engaged with the central questions of human existence from illness to social media.  

Novels

“Wunderland” by Jennifer Cody Epstein moves between decades with stories of three women tied to Nazi Germany.  “Machines Like Me” by Ian McEwan takes place in alternative 1980s London. 

Mystery and suspense

“18th Abduction” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is the latest in the Women’s Murder Club thriller series. 

DVDs

“Open Range” is an action western starring Robert Duvall, Kevin Cosner and Annette Bening.  “Puss in Boots” is a Dreamworks animated family film.  “Seed” is a multiple award-winning documentary about seeds, 94 percent of our planet’s varieties having disappeared in the last century.  “Boy Erased” is a biographical drama film that received two Golden Globe nominations.  “No Passport Required” with Marcus Samuelsson explores food and traditions across America.

CDs

“Machines Like Me” by Ian McEwan takes place in alternative 1980s London. 

Nonfiction

“Falter” by Bill McKibben looks at climate change, new technologies and other trends that are negatively affecting the human experience.  “Our Planet” by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey is the photographic companion to the Netflix documentary series.  “Moon” by David Warmflash is an illustrated history of the development, observation and exploration of the moon.  “American Moonshot” by Douglas Brinkley celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing with a fresh look at the American space program.  “Chasing Denali” by Jon Waterman is the legendary story of four miners (called “sourdoughs”) who claimed to ascend and descend Denali all in one day. 

“Shortest Way Home” by Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana and a Democratic candidate for President of the U.S. in 2020, explores the resurgence of a dying city.  “D-Day Girls” by Sarah Rose documents the extraordinary women who became British spies to help pave the wave for Allied victory in World War II.  “The Moment of Lift” by Melinda Gates explores the importance of lifting women up in all societies with data presenting the issues we need address first for the benefit of everyone. 

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank our anonymous donors. For the generous monetary donation, we thank Medora Bass.

Quotable Quote   

Being a bookworm could benefit your real world interactions, making it easier to identify people’s emotions, according to a new analysis in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.  Researchers think this is because fiction may engage the same processes that occur during real-world social interactions or provide clues about people and cultures readers might not otherwise be exposed to, says David Dodell-Feder, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology at the University of Rochester.  That being said, it needs to be a book that focuses on character development – say, literary fiction – to have the promised effect.

5/2/2019

Fun facts about reading habits around the world.

In what countries do people read the most?  What about the reading habits of Americans?  And what are the most popular books around the world?

Brendan Brown is an independent consultant for libraries and the founder of Global English Editing, a leading online editing and proofreading company.  He has studied reading habits around the world and his findings for 2018 are interesting.

People from India spend more hours reading per person per week (10.42 hours) than any other country.  Next is Thailand (9.24), China (8) and the Philippines (7.36).  The U.A. figure is 5.42, 22nd on the list.  European countries that read the most are Estonia, Finland, Poland and Hungary.  France ranks last.

In the U.S., 77 percent of us shopped for books in 2018.  Some 74 percent of Americans read a book in any format in the past year.  Only 37 percent of those with a high school degree did so.

The three most-read books in the world of all time are “The Holy Bible,” “Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung” and the Harry Potter series.  Favorite popular books cross borders and span oceans.  “Becoming” by Michelle Obama was the most popular book in 2018 in France, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Greece.  In fact, American politics seems to be a favored topic.  “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff was the most popular print book worldwide in 2018.  In Australia, the Harry Potter books were the most popular at libraries.

ESL classes start this week

We  are now holding free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes twice weekly year-round at your library.  Classes will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-2 pm with two highly experienced teachers.  Joyce Holdread will teach the intermediate/advanced group  and Ellynn Ragone will teach beginners. No registration is required.  Similar to other library programs, we are not able to provide childcare as a separate component. 

Comenzando el 1 de mayo, la biblioteca ofrecerá 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. 

Please help us spread the word about the return of ESL classes to our Pagosa community.

Lifelong Learning lectures

The fourth lecture in the free springLifelong Learning series on Thursdays takes place May 9 when Dr. Andrew Gulliford will discuss “The Woolly West: Colorado’s Hidden History of Sheepscapes.”   May 16 is “Financial Fraud Awareness” with Elsa White and Samantha Armistead from the Archuleta County Treasurer’s Office.  No presentation May 23.  May 30 is “Chasing Denali” when author and adventurer Jon Waterman shares his observations from 40 years of mountaineering on North America’s highest mountain.  Pick up a brochure at your library with more details on all these very interesting talks.

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.

Spanish conversation

Please note that there will be no Spanish classes in May.  They will resume in June.

Teen advisory board today 

Today,Thursday, May 2, 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, May 3 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.  Starting this month, please note permanent change of time to 2:30  from 2 p.m. because of ESL classes at 2 p.m.

Paws to Read Saturday

Saturday, May 4 from 11 a.m. – noon, youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Hondo, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a free Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, May 6 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, May 8 from 4-5:30 p.m.    Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Computer classes

Today, May 2, is Gmail Basics, and it will be the only class in May.  The regular program of  free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application resumes in mid-June.  No registration required.  

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Note no PALS Note no PALS from Thursday, May 2 through Thursday, May 9 or on May 21.

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.   Please note there will be no tech sessions on Tuesdays in May.  They will resume in June.

Family storytimes

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

DVDs – More Academy Award films

“The Wife” garnered Glenn Close a best actress nomination in the Academy Awards and she won in the AARP Best Movies for Grownups awards.  “Mirai” was a nominee for best animated film at the Academy Awards and Golden Globes. 

Other DVDs

“Aquaman” is an action story.  “The Circus” is the American Experience four-hour mini-series.  “The Brontës of Haworth” is part of the Dramatic Lives of the Literary Legends series.  “Live. Die. Repeat.” Is a thriller involving a time loop.  “Justice League”  pairs Batman and Wonder Woman with Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg.  “Columbo” is the complete first season.  “On the Basis of Sex” is the story of the early career of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  “winter” is the complete series.

Books on CD

“Upon a Burning Throne” is book one of the Burnt Empire saga.  “The Pattern on the Stone” by computer wizard W. Daniel Hillis uses lucid explanations and colorful anecdotes to explain how computers work.  “Great Jobs for Everyone 50+” by Kerry Hannon shows where the opportunities are for people in their 40s, 50s and beyond and how to get them.  “The Last Three Minutes” by Paul Davis about the ultimate fate of the universe is part of the Science Masters series. 

How-to and self-help

“The Bartering Mindset” by Brian C. Gunia shows you how to use a non-monetary mindset to negotiate more successfully.  “The Second Mountain” by David Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning.  “The Farm Girl’s Guide to Preserving the Harvest” by Ann Accetta-Scott describes how to can, freeze, dehydrate and ferment your garden’s goodness.  “Mostly Plants” by Tracy, Dana, Lori and Corky Pollan supplies 101 flexitarian recipes from the pollen family to help you cut back on meat.  “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” by therapist Lori Gottlieb invites you into her world as both a clinician and patient.

Other nonfiction

            “Falter” by Bill McKibben looks at climate change, new technologies and other trends that are negatively affecting the human experience.  “Our Planet” by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey is the photographic companion to the Netflix documentary series.  “American Moonshot” by Douglas Brinkley celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing with a fresh look at the American space program.  “Chasing Denali” by Jon Waterman is the legendary story of four miners (called “sourdoughs”) who claimed to ascend and descend Denali all in one day.  “Shortest Way Home” by Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana and a Democratic candidate for President of the U.S. in 2020, explores the resurgence of a dying city.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank our anonymous donors. For the generous monetary donation, we thank Al Jenab. 

Quotable Quote   

Here’s a “Golden Oldie” – advice from Bill Gates to Mt. Whitney High School students in Visalla, CA in 2004:  Rule 1:  Life is not fair – get used to it.  2. The world won’t care about your self-esteem.  The world will expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself.  3. You won’t be vice president with a car phone until you earn both.  4. Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity.  Your grandparents call it opportunity.   5. If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss.  6. If you mess up, it is not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes – learn from them.  7. Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now.  They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you are.  So before you save the rain forests, try cleaning your closet.  8.  Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not.  9.  Life is not divided into semesters.  You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself.  Do that on your own time.  10.  Be nice to nerds.  Chances are good that you will end up working for one.