03/14/2019

What the stats say about your library

Annually at this time of year, Meg Wempe, library director, prepares an annual report for the library’s board of trustees summarizing the highlights of the past year.  The information also is used when your library applies for grants and it is required to be shared with state, county and town governments to keep them informed. 

Here is a summary of that long report on 2018 operations.  You can pick up a shorter, full-color infographic version of this report at your library for your own use.  

  • Major objectives achieved:  For the first time ever, your library now has a three-quarter time development officer responsible for grant writing, fundraising and cultivating relationships for your library.  Another major success was our second in-house book sale offering items that remained after the highly popular Friends of the Library book sale.  It raised $427 and drew people who had never before visited the library.  Also, we rearranged library spaces to have all youth materials together to better serve our families, a change which has garnered a lot of positive response.
  • Resource sharing:  AspenCat allows our patrons access not only to the 29,215 items in our collection but also more than 1.3 million items in the other 110 AspenCat libraries.  The Colorado Library Consortium courier service provides daily delivery to subscribing libraries throughout the state.  In 2018 we borrowed 9,750 items, up 8.3 percent from 2017, and loaned 3,191 items, up 14.6 percent.    By taking advantage of the purchasing power of the State Library and Colorado Library Consortium, we subscribed to multiple educational databases including EBSCOHost, Learning Express and the Encyclopedia Britannica at substantial savings, and purchased downloadable audio books, e-books and magazines.  In 2018 our patrons downloaded 5,595 items, up 14.8 percent,  and logged 195 sessions on our electronic databases, a decrease 45 percent from 2018.   (Interestingly, the usage of our electronic data bases ebbs and flows, and can be affected by the number of school presentations we do about our free online resources.)
  • Collection development:  Providing our patrons with materials that are current and relevant to the diverse interests of the community is one of our principal goals.  We have 29,215 total items in our collection.  In 2018 we added 3,443 items, including 455 from donations, and deleted 3,327 worn or outdated items.  Our materials budget for 2019 is $57,400 or 11 percent of our total expenses. 
  • Usage stats:  83,206 patrons walked through our doors last year, a 4.2 percent decrease from 2017.   We checked out 93,977 items, a 4.8 decrease from 2017.  We have 12,729 library cards issued, 848 of them new in 2017.  
  • Programming:  Providing programs for all ages is a very high priority.  From early literacy to adult education and lifelong learning, 4,437 people attended one or more of our 622 programs, 94 more programs in 2018.  Some 631 attended one of 64 outreach events.  Our programming budget for 2018 is about one percent of our total expenses.
  • Donations, grants and volunteers:  We are very fortunate to have the ongoing support of the community.  In 2018 we received $28,648 in donations, $7,195 in donated items and $6,241 in grants, 6 percent of our total revenue.  Our volunteers contributed 1,437 hours, about three-quarters of a full-time position, up 32 percent from last year.
  • Technology:  This year we had 24,845 website visitors, 5,595 e-book and audio-book downloads, 364 Facebook likes – all up over last year – and 386 Tech Time consults, a dramatic 58 percent increase.  Public computer usage in the library decreased seven percent to 17,376, no doubt because so many people are accessing our wireless service using their own devices in the library, on the benches outside our front door and in the parking lot not only during library hours but actually 24/7.
  • Continuing education:  To continue to provide our community with the best possible service, several of our staff attended a variety of educational and networking opportunities last year.  In 2019 staff education is 1.1 percent of our total budget.  

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

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

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

Teen 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.

Paws to Read
Next Wednesday, March 20 from 11 a.m. – noon, youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Bacchus, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a free Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

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

DIY for adults
At this month’s free DIY event next Wednesday, March 20 from 1-2 p.m. we’ll celebrate spring by learning how to repurpose plastic bottles to make inexpensive and attractive lawn ornaments for your yard, garden or patio.  No registration required.

Computer classes
Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  Today, March 14, covers how to create professional looking resumes on Microsoft Word.  March 28 details how to navigate commonly used features on your Windows, Android or Apple smartphone nor tablet.  No registration required.  

Adult education
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Note that PALS will not take place the week of Spring Break (March 25 – Mar 29). PALS generally follows the school schedule, so when they are off, Mark is off. 

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

Family storytimes
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  Wednesday, March 20 will feature simple ASL, music and movement with Diann Taylor.

DVDs – Academy Award films
We have DVDs of three movies nominated for best picture and several additional Academy Awards.  “A Star is Born” won for best song.  “BlacKKKlansman” also received multiple nominations and won best adapted screenplay.  “Black Panther” won Academy Awards for original score and costume design.  These films also received honors from the Golden Globes and AARP Movies for Grownups Awards, notably best director for Spike Lee for “BlacKKKlansman” from the AARP awards.  Also, we have “Shoplifters,” a Japanese movie nominated for best foreign language film. 

Other DVDs
“The Child in Time” is a Masterpiece Theatre film based on the novel by Ian McEwan.  “North & South” is a BBC production of a love story set in the changing world of Victorian industrial society.  “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries” is series three.       


Mysteries, thrillers and suspense
“The Lost Night” by Andrea Bartz explores a suicide that may have been murder.             

Nonfiction
“Wild Bill” by Tom Clavin is a biography of Wild Bill Hickok.  “Drug Warrior” by Jack Riley is an exploration of the hunt for El Chapo and the rise of America’s opioid crisis.  “Truth Bombs” by conservative analyst Steve Deace looks that why the author feels the Republican Party frequently betrays conservative beliefs.  “The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump” by Andrew G. McCabe is a memoir by the former FBI deputy director fired by President Trump. 

CDs
“The First Conspiracy” by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch explores a secret plot to kill George Washington.  “Siege of Stone” by Terry Goodkind is volume three of the Sister of Darkness: The Nicci Chronicles.  “The Eulogist” by Terry Gamble is set in Ohio in the decades before the Civil War.  “Crucible” by James Rollins is a Sigma Force thriller. 

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 Paul Matlock and our anonymous donors.  For their generous monetary donation, we are grateful to Kris and James Minor.

Quotable Quote   
“Any definition of a successful life must include service to others.” – President George H.W. Bush.

01/17/2019

Library creates foundation to lead fundraising for enhanced collections, programs, services, facilities
Your library is taking a major step forward in our fundraising efforts by creating a foundation with the mission to raise moneys for information resources, programs, services and facilities.  In September we applied to the IRS for approval of the foundation as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, with that application currently pending. 

The foundation will be led by a volunteer board composed of Pagosa citizens and will be supported by individual donors and community partners.

“The foundation will provide critical support to the library by enhancing our programs and services that nurture literacy, the imagination and lifelong learning, and by expanding the library’s collections,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  “We are excited because we know that working together the foundation and library can have a greater positive impact on the children and adults of our community.”

For more details about the new foundation, please watch for an article by Cindi Galabota, your library’s development officer, in next week’s SUN.

Library closingYour library will be closed on Monday, January 21 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

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

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

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, January 18 from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

Teen 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 on Wednesday, January 23 from 1-2 p.m. you’ll make a goat’s milk and honey soap that’s so easy it can be made in just 10 minutes – and it boasts lots of skin benefits.  No registration required.

Teen role-playing
The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, January 23  from 4-5:30 p.m.    Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Computer classes
Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  Today, January 17, is Microsoft Word Resumes when you will discover how to create a professional looking resume.  January 31 is Saving and Finding Files when you learn how your computer is organized, including files and folders.  No registration required. 

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

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

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

DVDs
“The Cowboys” is a western starring John Wayne.  “Lorna Doone” is a film adapted from the classic book.  “Yoga Journal’s Yoga” guides you through five practice sessions designed to follow the cycles of the Earth from sunrise to sunset.  “For Izzy” is a documentary-style romance featuring an addicted photojournalist and an autistic woman.  “Unbroken: Path to Redemption” is the follow-on true story of the hero of the film based on Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling book.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense
“In a House of Lies” by Ian Rankin is an Inspector Rebus story of a cold case involving a missing private investigator.  “Verses of the Dead” by Preston & Child is an FBI special agent Pendergast mystery.

Other novels
“The Deal of a Lifetime” by Fredrik Blackman is a novella about a father and son meeting for the first time in years. 

Travel books
“Field Guide to the Rocky Mountain States” is a National Audubon Society guide to the geology, wildlife, stars, plants, weather and ecology in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado.   “Journeys of a Lifetime” is a National Geographic guide to 500 of the world’s greatest trips with photos and maps.  “2019 Good Sam Guide Series” is a travel savings guide for the RV and outdoor enthusiast.

How-to and self-help
“How to be an American” by author and illustrator Silvia Hidalgo is a field guide to citizenship that reviews the information about how our government works that you may have learned in school but have forgotten.  “Your Income Tax 2019” is the J.K. Lasser guide to preparing your 2018 tax return.  “Keto Instant Pot” by Maria Emmerich offers more than 130 low-carb recipes for your electric pressure cooker or slow cooker.  “The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners” by Amy Ramos is a guide to living the Keto lifestyle. 

CDs
“None of my Business” by satirist P.J. O’Rourke explains money, banking, debt, equity, assets, liabilities, and why he’s not rich and neither are you.

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 Chuck Jordan and our anonymous donors.  We also are grateful to four out-of-state donors.  Patricia Howard and Donald Logan from Vancouver, Canada made a generous monetary gift in honor of Bob and Carole Howard.  We also received a generous contribution from Becky and Brian Savage from Fort Worth, Texas.

Quotable Quote
“When we’re faced with a story, we are wired as a species to respond.  To act.  We need to be invited into the lives of others…. Stories remain our best teachers of empathy.” – Khaled Hosseini, Afghan-born American novelist (“The Kite Runner” and “Sea Prayer”).  

1/10/2019

New book explores value of books and libraries to our lives
If you are reading this Library News column, you probably love libraries and admire librarians.  If yes, you no doubt will enjoy “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean, which garnered rave reviews and spent weeks on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list. 

The book opens with the 1986 fire that burned down the Los Angeles Central Library.  Nobody died, but 50 firefighters were injured and more than a million books were damaged. The fire didn’t make much news at the time – maybe in part because that same week a nuclear reactor melted down in Chernobyl and sent the stock market crashing.  Even after arson was suspected, and a suspect identified, the fire never attracted the public’s imagination. It was just one of the many senseless, regrettable things that happened, was briefly noted, and then more or less forgotten.

Orlean uses this fire and the 145-year history of the Los Angeles library system as a backdrop to deftly explore the purpose and value of libraries in the U.S. and around the world.  Her storytelling skills make the people involved and even the buildings themselves come to life. In fact, this book follows three threads – the whodunit relating to the fire, the L.A. library system history and the broader evolution of libraries in our lives.

Here are a few excerpts to give you a sense of her book:

  • “Volunteers…formed a human chain, passing the books hand over hand from one person to the next, through the smoky building and out the door.  It was as if, in this urgent moment, the people of Los Angeles formed a living library.  They created, for that short time, a system to protect and pass along shared knowledge, to save what we know for each other, which is what libraries do every day.”
  • “The publicness of the public library is an increasingly rare commodity.  It becomes harder all the time to think of places that welcome everyone and don’t charge any money for that warm embrace.”
  • “Books are a sort of cultural DNA, the code for who, as a society, we are, and what we know.  All the wonders and failures, all the champions and villains, all the legends and ideas and revelations of a culture last forever in its books.”
  • “Even though the Internet and electronic media wouldn’t appear for decades, you can sense, even in the 1960s, that librarians knew traditional book lending would not always be the institution’s chief purpose…. Libraries were increasingly moving in the direction of functioning as information centers as well as being repositories of book collections.”
  • “Libraries are old-fashioned, but they are growing more popular with people under 30.  This younger generation uses libraries in greater numbers than older Americans do, and even though they grew up in a streaming, digital world, almost two thirds of them believe that there is important material in libraries that is not available on the Internet.”

“The Library Book” is in our collection and available for your reading pleasure.

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.

Legal clinic tomorrow
Friday, January 11 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.  You will be helped on a first come, first served basis.  This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month. 

All-ages movie tomorrow
Join us Friday, January 11 from 2-3:30 p.m. to enjoy a free G-rated movie with your friends and family.  Our contract does not allow us to name the film in the media, but you can find the name in the activities calendars.

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

Board games
Monday, January 14 fourth-12th graders are invited to play a variety of board and tabletop games in this free session from 4-5:30 p.m.

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 Wednesday, January 16 from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meeting for seventh-12 graders.  This group’s interests include stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction. 

Computer classes
Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  January 17 is Microsoft Word Resumes when you will discover how to create a professional looking resume.  January 31 is Saving and Finding Files when you learn how your computer is organized, including files and folders.  No registration required. 

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

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

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

Nonfiction
“Love for Imperfect Things” by Zen Buddhist monk Haemin Sunim advises how to accept yourself in or5der to be at peace with the world around you.  “How Schools Work” by Arne Duncan is an inside account of the failures and success from one of the nation’s longest serving Secretaries of Education.  “The Minimalist Home” by Joshua Becker is a room-by-room guide to a decluttered, refocused life in any sized house or apartment.  “Snowman” by Bob Eckstein is a history of this iconic winter symbol with 200 illustrations and photos.  “The 100 Best Stocks to Buy in 2019” by Peter Sander and Scott Bobo features new information on investing in a volatile market.  “CBD Oil” by Gretchen Lidicker explores this nonintoxicating compound found in cannabis.  “Ten Grapes to Know” by master sommelier Catherine Fallis is a guide to 375 wines with tasting notes.  “Frommer’s EasyGuide to Alaskan Cruises and Ports of Call” is a guide book.

Large print
“The Trading Post and Other Frontier Stories” contains 14 original stories of historical American fiction.  “One If By Land” by Ethan J. Wolfe is book four of the Regulator Series.  “Castle Butte” by John D. Nesbitt is a coming of age story where boys become men.

DVDs
“The Story of God” with Morgan Freeman is season one.  We have four LEGO movies – “NEXO Knights Book of Monsters season two,” plus three in the Friends series – “Friends are Forever,” “Always Together” and “Friends Together Again.”

CDs
“Them” by U.S. Senator Ben Sasse explores the hatred in our country and how to overcome it for the good of everyone.  “Of Blood and Bone” by Nora Roberts is a tale of terror and magic in a post-apocalyptic landscape.   

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 Benny Lohman and our anonymous donors.  For their generous monetary gifts, we are grateful to Constance D’Angelis and to Cindi and Scott Galabota.

Quotable Quote
“All people kissing 60 have a deep well of experience to offer others.  Volunteer your talents, especially at schools.  If you’re a baker, bring your baking skills.  If you’re a dressmaker, bring your sewing skills.  If you garden, plant a vegetable garden and work with the teachers on sustainability.  It’s too easy to sit back and look at screens.  Get sweaty.  We can never say we’ve done enough.” – Jamie Lee Curtis, American actress and author.Website

                              


11/22/2018

Second Chance book sale next weekend just in time for holiday shopping
We hope you’ll join us for a special Second Chance Book Sale next Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., just in time for your holiday shopping.  This event takes place at your library and is part of the Pagosa Parade of Stores that weekend.

Many of the items on sale are remainders from the Friends of the Library book sale last summer.  The books are mostly adult fiction, though there will be a little of everything.  The books are in great shape, priced at discount rates, and they make excellent gifts.  Hardbacks are $3, with the older ones at $2.  Softbacks will be $2 with $1 for the older ones.  Mass market paperbacks will be under $1.  Any audio books will be $1 a disc up to $5, even if the audio book is 12 discs.  Any DVDs will be $2.

We hope to see you there.

Library closure
Your library will be closed November 22-25 so that our staff can celebrate Thanksgiving with their families and friends.

Did you know…
… that your library has a variety of genealogical resources available for your research and reading enjoyment?  We hold a collection of books that covers basic genealogical information as well as more specific genealogy books for more than half the states in the U.S.A.  Examples include “The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy” by Val D. Greenwood, and “Colorado Families: A Territorial Heritage” and “Mayflower Families through Five Generations” by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.

Most books are for library use only and cannot be checked out.  However, you can enjoy them any time the library is open.

We also offer the online resource Ancestry Library Edition, which provides an online platform for searching census lists; birth, death or marriage certificates; military records; and immigration information with coverage in the United States and United Kingdom. This online resource must be accessed from the library and cannot be used from a home computer.

This “Did You Know…” feature 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.

New home for audio book CDs and EZ materials
We are shifting some materials in the collection, swapping the audio book CDs to where the EZ items were.  That means all of the youth materials now are together in one space, not two, making it easier for readers to progress through literacy levels and the physical space.  This change also should make it easier for parents to find items and track children.  We hope you like these modifications.

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

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

Teen 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.

Spanish conversation
Wednesday, November 28 from 3-4 p.m. practice your Spanish with others at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Otaku Club
The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club will not meet in November due to a scheduling issue.  It will resume in December when you can join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   This free club is for fifth-12th grades.

Computer classes
Join us for free sessions at 1 p.m. to learn a useful technology skill or application.  Thursday, November 29 you’ll learn how to access e-books and audio books using the Cloud Library.  Bring your own smartphone, tablet or laptop to browse and download materials.  No registration required.

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

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

Family storytimes
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Please note that 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 no storytime Saturday, December 1 because of the book sale.

How-to and self-help
“Estrogen Matters” by Drs. Avrum Bluming and Carol Tavris explains why taking hormones in menopause can improve women’s wellbeing and lengthen their lives without raising the risk of breast cancer.  “Women & Money” by Suze Orman is a revised and updated version of her personal finance advice for women.  “Remember It” by Nelson Dellis offers tips and tricks from a memory champion.  “You Are Not a Rock” by Mark Freeman is a guide to mental health and emotional fitness in these stressful times.

Biographies
“Tina Turner: My Love Story” is the autobiography of the long-reigning queen of rock ‘n’ roll.  “Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life” by Jane Sherron DeHart is the biography of this Supreme Court justice.  “Becoming” is Michele Obama’s memoir.

Other nonfiction
“Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen” by Jose Antonio Vargar is a memoir of a man whose parents sent him to the U.S. with fake papers when he was 12.  “Rising Out of Hatred” by Pulitzer Prize winner Eli Saslow documents how a prominent white supremacist changed his heart and mind.  “Brief Answers to the Big Questions” by Stephen Hawking reveals this famous scientist’s thoughts on the biggest questions facing humankind.  “The Skripal Files” by Mark Urban documents the life and near death of a Russian spy in England earlier this year.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense
“The Feral Detective” by Jonathan Lethem covers the search for a missing daughter in Los Angeles.  “Long Road to Mercy” by David Baldacci is an Atlee Pine thriller, the start of a new series.        

CDs
“Pray for the Dead” by Dusty Richards is a Byrnes Family Ranch western.  “Torture of the Mountain Man” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a western.  “Shotgun Charlie” is a Ralph Compton western.  “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” by Eric Idle is a memoir of this actor’s life. “Ambush” by James Patterson is a Michael Bennett mystery.

Other novels
“Sea of Greed” by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown is a Numa Files adventure.  “Night of Miracles” by Elizabeth Berg is a story of surprising friendships and community.

DVDs
“Ex Machina” is a sci-fi AI story.  “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows” is an action adventure.  “Tyrus” is an American Masters biography of  celebrated painter Tyrus Wong, whose art inspired Bambi.  Solo Star Wars” is an adventure featuring Han Solo.  “First Face of America” is a NOVA exploration of the origins of the first Americans.

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 Robert Righi, Valley Lowrance and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“My first library gave me the freedom to exist in private, to choose and even be greedy. I took 10 books the first time — illustrated books, fables, fairy tales and happy stories of white children and their kind parents. A week later, now initiated, I was allowed to walk to the library by myself, carrying the 10 books I had finished reading, knowing I could choose many more to furnish my vast secret room, my imagination, all mine.” – Amy Tan, an author whose works explore mother-daughter relationships and the Chinese American experience, in her memoir “Where the Past Begins.”

 

09/06/2018

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

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

Another valuable tip to help your youngster be successful in school and in life – reading aloud.  You are stimulating language and literacy skills, as well as building motivation, curiosity and memory.  Ever try to skip a page in your child’s favorite book?  You’ll be caught every time!

The free storytimes at your library also can help build a love of reading in your children.  In September, we will have family storytimes for kids of all ages on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m. and open play for ages five and under on Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m.  Storytime is a great way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Open play offers plenty of fun toys, puppets, puzzles and more for toddlers to socialize, pretend, play and pick up a few books while you’re here.

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

Backpacks available for free checkout
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.

Help around town for heart emergencies – including at your library
You’ve probably heard of an automated external defibrillator (AED), a portable electronic device that automatically checks the heart rhythms and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to return it to normal.

Immediate action is crucial when someone’s heart stops beating, so we wanted to remind you that an AED is available at your library and in more than 20 other locations around town.  They include the public schools, Community Center, county sheriff patrol cars, fire stations 3 and 7, St. Patrick’s and Centerpoint Churches, PAWS, PLPOA rec center, Chimney Rock and more.

All you have to do is turn on the AED and follow the prompts.  The AED will talk to you, giving step-by-step instructions and guidance as you work on a patient.  But if you want to take a class to build your confidence and be trained for emergencies, please contact Nicole Mariani LaGioia at the Pagosa Springs Medical Center EMS at 731-5811 or  pagosamed.com.

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

Teen advisory board today
Today (Thursday, September 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, September 7) from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

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

Tween gaming
Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is next Monday, September 10 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

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

Adult bookclub
Our free adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles and enjoy refreshments.  On September 11 we will discuss “Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders.  If you need a copy, please stop by your library.  No registration required.

Computer class
Join us on alternating Mondays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a useful technology skill or application.   September 10 is basic photo editing.  September 20 is Intermediate Facebook Word.  September 24 is YouTube basics.  No registration required.

Adult education hours expand
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has expanded to its regular winter schedule – Mondays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 – 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 and open play
In September, we will have family storytimes for kids of all ages on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m. and open play for ages five and under on Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m.  Storytime is a great way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Open play offers plenty of fun toys, puppets, puzzles and more for toddlers to socialize, pretend, play and pick up a few books while you’re here.

GED preparation in Spanish
“Preparacion para el Examen de GED” is a new version of McGraw-Hill education’s classic guide.

DVDs
“Human Planet” is the original BBC version with three hours of scenes not broadcast in North America.  “Deadpool 2” is the R-rated sequel to the first film.  “The Horse Boy” features a Texas couple and their autistic son.  “Poverty, Politics and Profit” is a Frontline and NPR investigative documentary.

CDs
“Desolation Mountain” by William Kent Krueger begins with the crash of a plane carrying a senator and her family.  “Hangman” by Daniel Cole is a Det. Chief Inspector Emily Baxter mystery.  “Feared” by Lisa Scottoline is a Rosato and DiNunzio mystery.  “Animal Dream” by Barbara Kingsolver is a suspenseful love story that features Native American legends.  “Hawke’s War” by Reavis Z. Wortham is a Sonny Hawke thriller.

Nonfiction
“Gross Anatomy” by Mara Altman is a collection of essays that celebrate the female body.  “Resistance is Futile!” by Ann Coulter is the conservative commentator’s look at how liberals are fighting against President Trump.  “America: The farewell Tour” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Chris Hedges argues that neither political party is addressing our country’s systemic problems.  “The Dictionary of Body Language” by retired FBI agent Joe Navarro explains more than 400 behaviors that will allow you to gauge anyone’s true intentions.  “Creativity Takes Courage” by Irene Smit and Astrid Van Der Hulst provides hands-on projects, special paper goodies and more to spark your creativity.  “Autonomy” by Lawrence D. Burns explores the quest to build the driverless car and how it will reshape our world.  “Elizabeth Warren” by Antonia Felix is a biography of a woman many speculate will run for president in 2020.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense
“Dead Man Running” by Steve Hamilton is an Alex McKnight adventure.  “The Other Woman” by Sandie Jones is a psychological thriller.  “Desolation Mountain” by William Kent Krueger begins with the crash of a plane carrying a senator and her family.  “Safe and Sound” by Fern Michaels is a Sisterhood mystery.  “Walking Shadows” by Faye Kellerman is a Decker/Lazarus mystery.

Other novels
“Straight to the Noose” is a Ralph Compton adventure by Marcus Galloway.  “Ten Guns from Texas” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Duff MacCallister western.

Large print
“A Reckoning” by Linda Spalding is set in 1855 Virginia when an abolitionist arrives.   “Give-A-Damn Jones” by Bill Pronzini is a western.  “Jericho’s Road and Hard Trail to Follow” by Elmer Kelton contains two novels in the Texas Ranger series.

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

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

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

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Marilyn Falvey, Robert Righi and our many anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“My father, who couldn’t read or write, was my inspiration.  He was from a big country family, and most kids worked in the fields rather than going to school.  He felt inadequate, but he was such a smart, good human being.” – Dolly Parton, entertainer, songwriter and actress, on why she founded and funded the nonprofit Imagination Library to donate free books to children.

 

 

08/09/2018

Friends of the Library annual book sale this weekend
One of the most popular events of the summer – the Friends of the Library book sale – takes place tomorrow, Friday, August 10, and Saturday, August 11 at Centerpoint Church.

Friday’s potluck and preview sale for members starts at 5 p.m.  Don’t worry if you don’t have your Friends membership yet.  You can join at the door or stop by the library to sign up between now and then.  Individual memberships are $15 a year or $100 for a lifetime.  Family memberships are $25 a year.

The Saturday sale for the public runs from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., an hour longer than last year, and unsold items will be marked down to half price from the already low prices in the afternoon.

This fundraising event is a win-win both for you and your library.  You get to purchase hardcover and paperback books, CDs and DVDs at amazingly low prices.  Your library benefits by the Friends’ generosity in donating the sale’s proceeds for a wide variety of vital needs.  Past funds have purchased new computers and our CD/DVD self-checkout machine, as well as paying for half of the new return box at City Market.

We hope to see you at the book sale.

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

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

Library closure
Your library is closed today, Thursday, August 9, for a Staff Education Day.  We’re having different learning presentations from staff members and an outside presenter helping us learn new things to make your library even better.

All ages card games tomorrow
Join us tomorrow (Friday, August 10) from 2-3:30 p.m. for an all ages card game session where you can play a variety of card games.

Legal clinic tomorrow
Tomorrow (Friday, August 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
Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, August 11 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Computer class
Join us on alternating Mondays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a useful skill or application.  August 13 covers Basic Excel spreadsheets, which allow you to easily store, organize and modify data.  August 23 is Microsoft OneDrive, helping you to get your files and photos from anywhere using any device via Microsoft’s cloud platform.   August 27 is the Learning Express Library, an interactive learning platform of practice tests and tutorial courses to help you prepare for tests and improve your academic skills.  There also are several computer and software tutorials for Windows 10, Microsoft Word, Excel and more.

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

Adult bookclub
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 14 we will discuss “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer.  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, August 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.

Adult education summer schedule
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) is working on a summer schedule – from 2-7 p.m. on Tuesdays.   Come to your library to get help 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 babies, toddlers and youngsters to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

 CDs
“Age of War” by Michael J. Sullivan is book three of the Legends of the First Empire fantasy series.  “The Good Fight” by Danielle Steel follows a young woman involved in the major issues of the 1960s.  “Rainy Day Friends” by Jill Shalvis is a romance.  “Double Blind” by Iris and Roy Johansen is a suspense story.  “Marry Me by Sundown” by Johanna Lindsey is a western adventure.  “Between You & Me” by Susan Wiggs is an Amish Country story.  “Liar, Liar” by Lisa Jackson tells of a mother who may or may not have committed suicide.  “Before and Again” by Barbara Delinsky follows a woman’s life after her daughter died in a car she was driving.  “The Dying of the Light” by Robert Goolrick features a woman who must marry for money to save her family’s estate.

DVDs
“Ready Player One” is a Steven Spielberg sci-fi adventure.  “Killer Elite” is an action thriller.  “Saboteur” is Alfred Hitchcock’s 1942 wartime thriller.  “The Music of Strangers” is a musical documentary starring cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.  “Heartland” is the complete season four.  We also have all six seasons of “Longmire.”

Large print
“Wild West: Short Stories” by Elmer Kelton is a collection of stories about life in Texas.  “Ghost River” by L.J. Washburn is a western.  “The Purchase” by Linda Spalding is a Quaker story set in Pennsylvania in 1798.

Nonfiction
“Harry & Meagan: The Royal Wedding Album” is an illustrated souvenir of the recent wedding.  “The Desert and the Sea” by Michael Scott Moore documents the author’s 977 days of captivity on the Somali private coast.  “Don’t Worry.  He Won’t Get Far on Foot” by John Callahan is a memoir by the legendary cartoonist that is also a major motion picture.  “The Golden Age of Piracy” is a collection of essays edited by David Head about New World pirates in the 17th and 18th centuries.  “Pence: The Path to Power” by Andrea Neal is a biography of the 48th vice president.  “Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges 2019” is the 35th edition of this college directory.  “Thailand” and “Egypt” are Lonely Planet travel guides.  “Explore Iceland” in an Insight travel guide.  “Proud” by Ibtihaj Muhammad is a memoir of an African American Muslim who succeeds in her dream of becoming a fencing champion.

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 Bob and Carole Howard and our many anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“A book is a kind of refuge to which we can go for the assurance that, as long as we are reading, we can leave the worries and cares of our everyday lives behind us and enter, however briefly, another reality, populated by other lives, a world distant in time and place from our own, or else reflective of the present moment in ways that may help us see that moment more clearly.” – from “What to Read and Why” by Francine Prose.

07/05/2018

Fly fishing lessons, free legal clinic and music club for adults
We have three special free events for adults to highlight for this coming week:

Our wildly popular fly fishing class is back – but note that registration is required in person or by phone to your library at 264-2209.  Mark will provide classroom instruction on Tuesday, July 10 from 9-11 a.m.  Demos and casting practice takes place at Yamaguchi Park on Thursday, July 12 from 9-11 a.m.  Please bring your own equipment if you have it.  An optional field trip to the river will take place on Saturday, July 14.

To celebrate this year’s Summer Reading Program theme Libraries Rock, your library is hosting a music club next Thursday, July 12 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. where you can come to talk music with others.  It’s like a book club except you listen to music and talk about your favorite artists, albums and songs.  Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

Next Friday, July 13 from 2-3 p.m. 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.

Friends of the Library book sale
One of the most popular events of the summer – the Friends of the Library book sale – takes place on Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11.  Friday’s potluck and preview sale for members starts at 5 p.m.  The Saturday sale for the public runs from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., an hour longer than last year, and unsold items will be marked down to half price in the afternoon.  Watch for more details as the date gets closer, and be sure to mark your calendars now so you don’t miss it.

Summer Reading Program underway
The free Summer Reading Program for all ages is on now through July 27.  Sign up at the desk or register from home on our website to get started and pick up (or print out) your first bingo cards. 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.  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 27 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.)

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

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

SR Club for kids tomorrow
Every Friday we’ll have fun Summer Reading Club events for kids from 2-3:30 p.m.  July 6 you’ll design your own pet rocks.  July 13 you’ll have fun with rockin’ games.  July 20 you’ll create a sand art masterpiece.

Read to a therapy dog Saturday
Saturday, July 7 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, July 9 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

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 July 10 we will discuss “The Life We Bury” by Allen Eskens.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  Light snacks and beverages 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.

Teen role-playing
The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, July 11 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 instruction
Join us for this free basic course next Wednesday, July 11 from 4-5 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish.  We will be starting from the beginning.

Rock painting
Fourth-12th graders are invited to stop by the library to paint some rocks next Thursday, July 12 from 4-5 p.m.

Adult education summer schedule
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) is working on a summer schedule – from 2-7 p.m. on Tuesdays.   Come to your library to get help 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, July 5.

Computer/technology classes
Join us on alternate Mondays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  July 12 is Windows 10.  July 16 is creating resumes on Microsoft Word.  July 26 is saving photos to the cloud using a variety of online platforms.  July 30 is Google maps.

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 babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

DVDs
“Masters of Photography” is part of the National Geographic Great Courses series.  “Charged” is a survival and love story about a man shocked by 2400 volts of electricity.  “Lilo & Stitch” is a Disney animated adventure.  “Inspector Lewis” is the pilot and complete first season of this PBS Masterpiece Mystery.

CDs
“What Einstein Got Wrong” and “Why You Are Who You Are: Investigations into Human Personality” are part of the Great Courses science series.   “American Military History: From Colonials to Counterinsurgents” analyzes more than two centuries of American wars.  “Spanish” is the Pimsleur Express instruction with 13 interactive conversations.

Mysteries and thrillers
“The Perfect Couple”  by Elin Hilderbrand begins when a body is found just hours before a wedding.  “Bring Me Back” by B.A. Paris is a psychological suspense story.

Other novels
“The Skaar Invasion” by Terry Brooks is the second book of the four-part conclusion to the Shannara fantasy series.

How-to and self-help
“Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now” by virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier offers reasons for you to leave your online platforms.  “Ageless Brain” from the editors of Prevention magazine offers tips to help you think faster, remember more and stay sharper.  “The Drought Resilient Farm” by Dale Strickler is a guide to keep water in your soil and help your plants and livestock access it.  “Backpacker Hidden Gems” by Maren Horjus describes 100 undiscovered hikes in America.

Other nonfiction
“The Book of Enoch” is an ancient Jewish religious work attributed to the great grandfather of Noah, but it is not included in the Bible.  “The Faith of Dolly Parton” by Dudley Delffs documents how her faith has inspired her – and the author – throughout her life.  “Famous Father Girl”  by Jamie Bernstein is the memoir of Leonard Bernstein’s daughter.  “The Right Answer” by U.S. Congressman John K. Delaney is a call for bipartisan action, entrepreneurial action and a renewed commitment to American values.

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
“Getting old, I am delighted to report, is not a prescription for acting old.” —  From  “Keep Moving and Other Tips and Truths about Aging,” a memoir by show business legend Dick Van Dyke.

05/31/2018

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 4 and runs through July 27.  Libraries Rock! is this year’s theme.

Sign up at the desk or register from home on our website to get started and pick up (or print out) your first bingo cards. 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 27 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 four years, children K-6th grade,  teens and adults.

The Summer Reading Program offers special events, fun surprises and reading incentives throughout June and July.  Examples include a Summer Reading club for kids, a LEGO contest for all ages, special music events for tweens, teens and adults, and a Wild-N-Crazy Critters Exotic Pet Shop that will bring an assortment of reptiles, small animals, birds and invertebrates to the library.

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 an activities calendar so you don’t miss anything.

Be sure to sign up for the Summer Reading Program next week.  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.

Activities calendars available
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free Summer Reading Program events and other 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.

Adult education new summer schedule
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) is going to a new summer schedule.  As of June 5, it will take place from 2-7 p.m. on Tuesdays.   Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Tween gaming today
Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is today (Thursday, May 31) from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

All-ages gaming tomorrow
Join us tomorrow (Friday, June 1) from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

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

All-ages movie
Join us Monday, June 4 from 3-4:30 p.m. for a PG movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

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

Teen role-playing
The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, June 6 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 instruction
Join us for this free basic course next Wednesday, June 6 from 4-5 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish.  We will go over double object pronouns.

Teen advisory board
Next Thursday, June 7 the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

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 June 21.

Computer/technology classes
Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  Today (May 31) you’ll learn about viruses and malware and what to do about them.  June 7 is email basics.  June 14 reviews Consumer Health Complete, the single most comprehensive resource for consumer health content.  No class June 21.  June 28 reviews tools to protect your privacy online.

New music club
Mark your calendar for a new free adult music club from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. next  Thursday, June 7 and again on July 12.  To celebrate Libraries Rock! being the Summer Reading Program theme, this music club lets you come to the library to talk music with others.  It’s like a book club except we listen to music and talk about your favorite artists, albums and songs.  Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

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 babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Nonfiction
“Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor” by Yossi Klein Halevi is one Israeli’s attempt to reach beyond the wall that separates Israelis and Palestinians.  “Chernobyl” by historian Serhii Plokhy explores the history and people involved in the worst nuclear disaster in history.

CDs
“Dead Girl Running” by Christina Dodo is a mystery set in a remote vacation resort.  “The Designs of Lord Randolph Cavanaugh” by Stephanie Laurens is book one of a new series set in Victorian England.  “Robert B. Parker’s Old Black Magic” by Ace Atkins is a Spenser mystery.  “The Other Lady Vanishes” is a mystery set in 1930s California.  “The Crooked Staircase” by Dean Koontz is a Jane Hawk mystery.  “The First Family” by Michael Palmer is a medical thriller.

DVDs
“Goodbye Christopher Robin” is a movie exploring the relationship between author A.A. Milne and his famous son.  “Identity Thief” is an R-rated comedy.  “The Moon Spanners” is a Walt Disney Hayley Mills family thriller.  “Fallen” is a documentary honoring police officers who died in the line of duty.

Large print
“The Family Gathering” by Robyn Carr is a Sullivan’s Crossing novel.  “The Crooked Staircase” by Dean Koontz is a Jane Hawk mystery.  “Dead Girl Running” by Christina Dodo is a mystery set in a remote vacation resort.  “Robert B. Parker’s Old Black Magic” by Ace Atkins is a Spenser mystery.           

Novels
“A Shout in the Ruins” by Kevin Powers tells the stories of multiple characters affected by the Civil War over 100 years.

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 Nancy Crouse, Bob Lecour, Nathaniel Lineberry and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Things turn out well when you work as a team, when you share the ball and when you’re kind to each other.” – Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt, 98, chaplain of the NCAA Tournament darlings Loyola-Chicago.

 

 

02/22/2018

Books, DVDs and magazines join local Meals on Wheels delivery system
Your library has begun a remarkable new partnership with Archuleta Seniors, Inc., the nonprofit organization that runs the Senior Center and oversees the Meals on Wheels routes for delivery both in town and out-of-town.

As meals go out to homebound clients, they now will be accompanied by a special library bag containing books, audio books, DVDs and magazines especially selected to match each person’s individual tastes.  The personalized selection is based on a questionnaire they completed and a visit from Meg Wempe, library director, who went out to meet Meals on Wheels clients, answer questions and ask what they’d like from the library.

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

“Though this special partnership is in its infancy, we are excited about our new opportunity to reach more people who are unable to come to the library on their own,” Meg said.  “We will use this new program to figure out potential kinks before possibly expanding it to other groups in town that visit homebound people.”

Half-time job opportunity
Your library’s board has created the new half-time position of development officer responsible for grant writing, fundraising and cultivating relationships.  Review of applications will begin immediately, so please apply at your earliest convenience if you are interested and qualified.  A complete job description can be found at  https://pagosalibrary.org/development-officer/.  Much of the work can be done from home.  “This role is one that the board and I have been talking about for several months,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  “We are excited to be able to open up this opportunity for our library and, in turn, our community.”

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.

Budget shopping for healthy eating today
Professionals from San Juan Public Health will host a free workshop today (Thursday, February 22) from 10-11:30 a.m. with tips on how to shop so you can stay healthy on a budget.

Teen role-playing today
The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place today (Thursday, February 22) from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

All-ages gaming tomorrow
Join us tomorrow (Friday, February 23) from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

Teen bookclub tomorrow
Tomorrow (Friday, February 23) from 2-3 p.m. at their teen bookclub, seventh-12th graders will discuss “Riverkeep” by Martin Stewart and enjoy free snacks.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.

Literary Ladies tomorrow
This free book lovers group – formerly the Senior Book Club – meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–noon. Tomorrow (Friday, February 23) they will discuss “The Residence” by Kate Anderson Brower.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.  No registration required.

LEGO Club
Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, February 24 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free Lego Club.

Otaku for teens
The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets on Monday, February 26 from 4-5 p.m.  Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   This free club is for fifth-12th grades.

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.

Henna body art
Back by popular demand, teens and tweens in the fifth-12th grades are invited to a henna body art event next Wednesday, February 28 from 4-5:30 p.m.  You’ll learn about this traditional art form and create your own temporary henna tattoo.  We’ll have design ideas available, and you’re encouraged to design your own.

DIY for adults
At this month’s free DIY event next Wednesday, February 28 from 1-2 p.m. we’ll make homemade dish detergent that is easy and inexpensive to create using safe, non-toxic ingredients and essential oils.  No registration required.

Spanish conversation
Next Wednesday, February 28 from 4-5 p.m. practice your Spanish with other Spanish-language learners and speakers s at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Computer/technology classes
Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. to learn a technology skill or application.  Today (February 22) you will learn how to enjoy free access more than 7,000 streaming movies and classic TV shows via IndieFlix with your computer, smartphone or tablet.

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

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

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.  Please note that both storytimes are now open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.

How-to and self help
“At Peace” by Dr. Samuel Harrington is a guide to end-of-life care for older patients and their health caregivers.  “Adventures in Veggieland” by Melanie Potock provides 100 activities and recipes to help your kids learn to love vegetables.  “The Less is More Garden” by Susan Morrison is a guide to designing your small yard.  “Boundaries” by Kathy Lee shows how to draw the line between you and your boss for a safe work environment.  “DUI & You & Me” by Mark William Lashley helps you understand the major dangers and consequences of drunk driving.

Other nonfiction
“Star Wars Empire: A Memoir” by Bill Kimberlin is an insider’s story of many popular movies like “Jurrasic Park,” “Star Trek,” “Shindler’s List” and “Forest Gump.”  “Everything Happens for a Reason” by Kate Bowler is a memoir of a Duke Divinity School professor with stage IV colon cancer.  “I Am, I Am, I Am” by Maggie O’Farrell is a memoir about the near-death experiences the author has experienced.  “The Source” by Martin Doyle is an environmental history of America’s 250,000 rivers.  “Spiritual Wingman” by Richard W. Haines III is a faith-fueled autobiography of a fighter pilot.

CDs
“Operator Down” by Brad Taylor is a Pike Logan thriller.  “Fall from Grace” by Danielle Steel follows the comeback of a woman who loses everything after her husband dies.  “Death at Nuremberg’” by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV features James Cronley Jr. in the latest Clandestine Operations series book.  “The Bomb Maker” by Thomas Perry follows a horrific bomber in Los Angeles.  “Blood Fury” by J.AR. Ward is a Black Dagger Legacy vampire story.  “Alt-American” by David Neiwert explores the rise of the radical right in the age of Trump.

Thrillers and suspense
“Force of Nature” by Jane Harper focuses on a missing hiker.  “The Deceivers” by Alex Berenson is a John Wells thriller.  “A Death in Live Oak” by James Grippando is a Jack Swyteck suspense story.  “Murder Beyond the Grave” by James Patterson contains two two-crime thrillers.  “Look for Me” by Lisa Gardner is a Sgt. Det. D.D. Warren thriller.  “Kremlin’s Candidate” by Jason Matthews is the finale to the Red Sparrow trilogy.  “Night Moves” by Jonathan Kellerman is an Alex Delaware psychological thriller.

Other novels
Forever My Girl” by Heidi McLaughlin is book one of the Beaumont series and the book on which the movie was based.  “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah follows a family that moves to a remote area of Alaska to live off the grid.  “Child of a Mad God” by R.A. Salvatore is a Tale of the Coven fantasy.  “Only Killers and Thieves” by Paul Howarth is a story of revenge and survival in 1880’s Australia.  “The Masterpiece” by Francine Rivers tells of a successful L.A. artist wrestling with demons.  “Only Child” by Rhiannon Navin follows a child trying to help adults recover after a school shooting.  “White Houses” in Amy Bloom is a novel about the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hicks.

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

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

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

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

Quotable Quote
“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other thing.” – Abraham Lincoln

 

 

2/08/2018

Fun Valentine events and a new half-time job opportunity at your library
There will be three special free events at your library in celebration of Valentine’s Day:

  • Both family storytimes next week – on Wednesday, February 14 from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday, February 17 from 9:30-10 a.m. – will focus on hearts. 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.  Please note that both storytimes are now 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.
  • Tweens and teens ages 12-17 are invited to a free Anti-Valentine Lock-in on Friday, February 16 from 5-7 p.m. We’ll play games, eat pizza and enjoy an escape room challenge. Participants must have a signed permission form and must be in the library by closing time at 5 p.m. to participate.

Half-time job opportunity
Your library’s board has created the new half-time position of development officer responsible for grant writing, fundraising and cultivating relationships.  Review of applications will begin immediately, so please apply at your earliest convenience if you are interested and qualified.  A complete job description can be found at  https://pagosalibrary.org/development-officer/.  “This role is one that the board and I have been talking about for several months,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  “We are excited to be able to open up this opportunity for our library and, in turn, our community.”

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.

Suicide intervention workshop today
Professionals at San Juan Public Health will discuss suicide awareness and prevention in a free workshop today (Thursday, February 8) from 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Legal clinic tomorrow
Tomorrow (Friday, February 9) from 2-3 p.m. 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.  This clinic will take place the second Friday of every month.  You also can visit checkerboard.co to access legal forms and answers to many civil legal questions.

All-ages gaming tomorrow
Join us tomorrow (Friday, February 9) from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

LEGO Club
Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, February 10 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free Lego Club.

Tween gaming
Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, February 12 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 free adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On February 13 we will discuss “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  No registration required.

Teen writers group
Join us next Wednesday, February 14 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.

Spanish instruction
Join us for this free basic course next Wednesday, February 14 from 4-5 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish.  No registration required.

Computer/technology classes
Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. to learn a technology skill or application.  Today (February 8 ) you will learn the basic skills needed to effectively organize your schedule and manage emails using Microsoft Outlook.  On February 15 you will learn the basics of Excel by creating a basic budget spreadsheet and making Excel do all the math for you.  On February 22 you will learn how to enjoy free access more than 7,000 streaming movies and classic TV shows via IndieFlix with your computer, smartphone or tablet.

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

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

Large print
“Epitaph” by L.J. Washburn and “Galloway’s Gamble” by Howard Weinstein are westerns.  “The Grub Rider” by James C. Work is a Keystone Ranch western.  “Grief Works” by grief psychologist Julia Samuel shares case studies from those who have loved, lost and survived.  “The Spectrum of Hope” by neurologist Dr. Gayatri Devi offers a new, optimistic approach to Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

 How-to and self help
“South America” is an Insight travel guide with detailed maps.  “The Miracle of Meditation” by Ryuho Okawa combines the power of faith and the practice of meditation.

 Other nonfiction
“Days Gone By” by Jorg Rubbert is a collection of photographs of small towns in the American South with a cultural history of the region’s social and structural changes.  “The Oregon Trail” by Rinker Buck chronicles the history of the trail by a modern adventurer who traveled it in a covered wagon with a team of mules.  “The First Congress” by Fergus M. Bordewich describes how James Madison, George Washington and other men invented the government.  “MacArthur at War” by Walter R. Borneman tells of the general’s rise during World War II.  “The Nazi Hunters” by Andrew Nagorski describes those who refused to allow the atrocities of the Nazi criminals to go unpunished.

DVDs
“Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning” is the PBS American Masters program about this great American photographer.  “Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire” is a PBS documentary.  “John Le Carre’s Smiley’s People” stars Alec Guinness.  “The Rockford Files” is the complete season one.  “Stranger Things” is the Netflix original series.

CDs
“Promise Not To Tell” by Jayne Ann Krentzs follows two women who face demons after spending their childhood in a cult.  “Need to Know” by Fern Michaels is a Sisterhood mystery.  “Iron Gold” by Pierce Brown is a Red Rising sci-fi adventure.  “Should the Tent Be Burning Like That?” by sportsman writer Bill Heavey is a collection of comedic stories about the joys and pitfalls of hunting, fishing, family and adventure.

Thrillers and suspense
“Need to Know” by Karen Cleveland is an espionage thriller featuring a female CIA counterintelligence analyst.  “The Mitford Murders” by Jessica Fellowes is the first in a new mystery series featuring the Mitford sisters.

Spanish books
“El Laberinto de los Espiritus” (“The Labyrinth of Spirits”) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is the fourth and final novel in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series, set in Barcelona in the late 1950s.

Other novels
“Vengeance” by Ethan and Lincoln Proud is book two in the Rebellion fantasy trilogy.  “Still Me” by Jojo Moyes follows a young woman who arrives in New York to live in a privileged household.

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

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

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

Thanks for our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Susan Melville and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“The worst thing about aging?  Convincing my knees to straighten after a long sit.  I have a chat with them.  But if you make a life that gives you joy, you have no time to get old.”  Henry Winkler, actor, comedian, director, producer and author, best known for playing The Fonz in “Happy Days.”