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

Important note:  During the month of August, active duty military and veterans are being admitted free to Colorado state parks.  You are welcome to check out the backpack for the other multitude of resources it contains, of course.  For more information about this special military benefit, see https://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/MilitaryBenefits.aspx.

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.

Art Attack fun today

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

Smokey’s birthday party tomorrow

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

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, August 9, from 2-3 p.m. is a free legal clinic via computer link for parties who have no attorney.  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 check in at the registration desk between 1:45 – 2 p.m.  First come first served, and note our volunteer attorney can assist only four people each session.  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, August 10  from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Knitting Club for tweens and teens

            Next Monday, August 12, this free club meets from 4-5:30 p.m. for 5th-12th graders.  Note drop in age eligibility from 7th to 5th grade.  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.

Adult book club

            Our free adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On August 13 we will discuss “Prairie Fires: The American Dream of Laura Ingalls Wilder” by Caroline Fraser.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  Light refreshments will be served.  No registration required.

Teen gaming

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

ESL classes

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

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

Adult education summer hours

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

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes – note Saturday time change

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

New LGBTQ youth group

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

Save the date for Friends book sale

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

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

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

Short stories

            “Raised in Captivity” by Chuck Klosterman is a collection of 34 short stories running from sci-fi to thriller that the publisher describes as “fictional nonfiction.”


            “Okko’s Inn” is an animated family film.   The BBC’s “Death in Paradise” is season five, six and seven.  “Donkeys and Elephants” explores the political divide between Republicans and Democrats.  “Shazam!” is the story of a street-wise kid who becomes a super hero.  “Dark Money” is a political documentary about untraceable corporate money in our elections. 


            “Lost and Found” by Danielle Steel tells of a woman who drive cross-country to reunited with former lovers.  “Brother’s Keeper” is a Ralph Compton western by David Robbins.  “Valley of Bones” by Dusty Richards is a Byrnes Family Ranch western.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

            “Lady of the Lake” by Laura Lippman covers the different reaction to deaths of a black and a white women.  “One Good Deed” by David Baldacci introduces a new character, a former WW II soldier out of prison for a crime her didn’t commit.  “Wanderers” by Chuck Wendig is a dystopian apocalyptic sci-fi story.  “The Shameless” by Ace Atkins is the latest in the Quinn Colson crime series.

Other novels

            “Star Wars Thrawn Treason” by Timothy Zahn is part of this epic sci-fi series.  “Home for Erring and Outcast Girls” by Julie Kibler is inspired by historical events at a home for “fallen girls.”  “The Lager Queen of Minnesota” by J. Ryan Stradal is a family saga.

How-to and self help

            “Future Man” by Tim Samuels humorous look at the conflicts and challenges of men today.  “Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them” by Sallie Tisdale is a practical perspective on death and dying from anecdotes and stories from cultures and literature. 

Other nonfiction

            “America’s Reluctant Prince” by Steven M. Gillon is a biography of John F. Kennedy Jr.   “Crisis in the Red Zone” by Richard Preston explores the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history and the crises to come. 

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable Quote

“I love being a mother.  I’m so grateful to have had this experience.  He’s five and watches TV occasionally, but I love that his default is to go to a book.” – Laura Leggett Linney, award-winning American actress and singer.


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