08/13/2020

Census deadline moved up plus virtual movie-making course
The deadline to respond to the census has been moved forward to September 30, so you do not have much time to participate if you have not already done so.  Sadly, our local response rate so far is not good.  Archuleta County’s current response rate is 39.5% – a very low number that is even more concerning with the new shorter time to respond.  It compares with the much higher rate of 66.4% for the State of Colorado overall.

Your participation directly affects hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding for the next 10 years for local and regional agencies and projects like health clinics, fire departments, schools, social services like Medicaid, even roads and highways.  Our county needs your participation to get our fair share of these federal dollars. If you have not already completed this important questionnaire, please do so at your earliest convenience.

When you respond to the census online or by telephone, your answers are kept anonymous.  The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

Please contact Brad or Josie at the library if you have any census-related questions or visit 2020census.gov for more information.

Movie-making course via Zoom
From Monday, August 17 through Friday, August 21 at 4 p.m., join us for five free 45-minute Zoom sessions on various aspects of the stop-motion filmmaking process.  The course will be led by Elizabeth Kuntz, teaching artist with the Santa Fe Opera and Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. 

You will need a smart phone or tablet to create films using the free version of Stop Motion Studio and to spend time between sessions to create your original movie.  Registration is required via phone or email to the library.  Ages seven and above. 

Cardboard car race
August 13-20 we’re hosting a free all-ages cardboard car race.  Pick up the materials to make your own cardboard car, and then return to race on the track set up outside the library.

Costume contest
If you love to dress up or create costumes, select a character and deck yourself out like your character for this free “cosplay” contest, a term used for dressing up as a way of expressing something that matters to you and expressing your character in mannerisms or speech.  By tomorrow, August 14, submit a picture of yourself in your cosplay to ruby@pagosalibrary.org or drop by the library as we will take a picture of you.  Winners will be announced August 15 and prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories including superheroes, fantasy, animated characters, anime/manga and more.  Please be respectful of other peoples and cultures in your cosplay. As the library is a public venue, we ask that costumes be appropriate for all audiences to view. We reserve the right not to display any photos that do not meet the criteria.

Legal clinic tomorrow
The free legal clinic previously held at your library each month is now by appointment and is happening tomorrow, August 14, from 2 – 3 p.m. Instead of patrons coming in to the library, the volunteer attorney will phone you directly. To be added to the sign-up sheet for these calls, send an email titled “Sign-up for Free Legal Clinic,” with your first name and phone number to ruby@pagosalibrary.org, or phone or stop by the library. The volunteer attorney’s time is limited so it’s first-come first-served.

Summer Reading Program
It’s not too late to sign up for the free all-ages Summer Reading Program, which  is extended through the end of August, a decision that came from a desire to bring continued learning and fun to our community throughout the summer, according to Meg Wempe, director.  “It also provides more opportunity for us to purchase gift certificates from local businesses for our prizes to do our small part to help economic recovery,” she said.

If you haven’t already signed up, call us at (970) 264-2209, email ruby@pagosalibrary.org or register online at pagosalibrary.org/summer-reading. We need to know your name, contact information, and what age group to assign you to.

You will receive a “choose your own adventure” booklet with fun activities and challenges. Completing them makes you eligible to win weekly prizes. There are adventure booklets for four groups: pre-K, K-5, teen and adult.

Details of our partial re-open
Here’s a summary of your library’s current operations:

  • Up to 30 patrons at a time can come into the building Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • The first hour every weekday – from 9-10 a.m. – is reserved for seniors and other high-risk people.
  • Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day.  Please  practice social distancing and wear facial coverings while you are in the building.  If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you.
  • Eight computers are available weekdays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.. In most cases computer usage will be limited to two hours per day. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.
  • One early literacy computer is available for youngsters Monday-Saturday.
  • Saturday hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for building entry and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for computer use.
  • Curbside service continues Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for those not comfortable coming into the building.  Phone 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so staff can bring the items out for you.  If you put a hold on something, please wait for your usual alert (email, phone call or text) before coming to pick it up.  
  • Our courier service has resumed, so you now can drop your returns of books, CDs and DVDs in the dropbox at City Market, as well as in the dropbox at the library. 
  • Notary Public Service is available Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m..  Cost is $5 per notary.
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of courier service and reopening, so items may take longer than usual. 
  • We’re happy to provide tech help over the phone for our online resources. 
  •  Please note we are not accepting meeting room reservations or hosting any large in-person programming at this time. 

Tech Time
Make a 15- or 30-minute appointment for one of three free slots available noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time. 

ESL
Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays from 4-7 p.m by appointment.  Please register so we can keep it to a small group in our limited open spaces.  No walk-ins, as the front door will be locked. 

GED and other tutoring
GED classes plus HiSet, CDL and other free in-person tutoring from Mark is available on Tuesdays from 2-7 p.m. by appointment for both new and returning students. 

Dungeons & Dragons via Zoom
Join us via Zoom on Tuesdays from 3-5 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons open free to teens and young adults.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on how to join.  

Children’s programs on Facebook
Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m., join us on the library’s Facebook page for free children’s programs.  Wednesday storytimes are on Facebook Live, so if you go to Facebook at 10 a.m. you can interact with Josie.  Saturday’s Discovery Times with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more are prerecorded.   If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f)  in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Or contact us and we can send you a direct link.  

Storywalks for kids
Every other Thursday, Josie, your early literacy librarian, posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Summer Reading Storywalk for kids.  The August 6-20 theme is glow in the dark adventures.   Get outdoors and follow the pages of a book as you stroll along.  After you finish, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library.  By popular demand, Storywalks will continue until the snow makes it too difficult to proceed.

Books on CD
“This is How I Lied” by Heather Gudekauf follows a cold case reopened.  “Sorry For Your Trouble” by Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford is a new collection of stories.  “Code Name Madeleine” by Arthur J. Magida is a Sufi Spy story in Nazi-occupied Paris.  “How to Know the Birds” by Ted Floyd focuses on 200 top species.  “All the way to the Tigers” by Mary Morris is a travel memoir.  “Outsider” by Linda Castillo is a thriller about a women hiding among the Amish.  “If It Bleeds” by Stephen King contains four new short stories.  “Desolation Road” by Christine Feehan is a Torpedo Ink Motorcycle Club romance. 

DVDs
“Trolls World Tour” is a Dreamworks musical adventure.  “Seven Worlds One Planet” is a BBC documentary.  “The Good Place” is a comedy.  “William Shakespeare’s Great Comedies” includes “Twelfth Night,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Taming of the Shrew.”

Nonfiction
“Bunker” by Bradley Garrett explores how people on four continents prepare for a possible apocalypse.  “My Time to Speak” by Ilia Calderon is a memoir by the first Afro-Latina high-profile TV broadcast.  “To Start a War” by Robert Draper explores the U.S. decision to invade Iraq.  “Break the Good Girl Myth” by Majo Molfino identifies five self-sabotaging tendencies that keep women back.  “True Crimes and Misdemeanors” by Jeffrey Toobin explores why the Mueller Investigation Trump failed.  “The Monk of Mokha” by Dave Eggers follows a young Yemeni Armedian from San Francisco who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee.  “The Art of a Successful Life” by Rainer Zitelmann is a collection of wise quotes from Confucius to Steve Jobs.

Large print
“Our Wild Calling” by Richard Louv explores how connecting with animals can transform our lives and save theirs.  “The American Story” by David M. Rubenstein contains conversations from master historians.  “How to Make Your Money Last – Completely Updates for Planning Today” by Jane Bryant Quinn is a new retirement guide.  “Because Internet” by linguist Gretchen McCulloch describes evolving language on social media. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers
“1st Case” by James Patterson features a 19-year-old intern at the FBI.  “His & Hers” by Alice Feeney features a BBC newscaster.  “Living Dead” by George A. Romero and Daniel Kraus about dead people who won’t stay dead.  “The Silent Wife” by Karin Slaughter follows a serial killer on the loose.  “True Story” by Kate Reed Petty is a psychological thriller.  “The Lions of Fifth Avenue” by Fiona Davis is set in the New York Public Library over two generations. 

Other novels
“The Geometry of Holding Hands” by Alexander McCall Smith is an Isabel Dalhousie novel.  “Harrow the Ninth” by Tamsyn Muir is book two of the Locked Tomb sci-fi trilogy.  “Migrations” by Charlotte McConaghy follows a woman obsessed with following Arctic terns.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 
Ever since March, we have been buying more downloadable e-books and downloadable audio books for patrons of all ages – children, tweens, teens and adults.  Using cloudLibrary, you can download a book to read or an audio book to listen to.  The items in cloudLibrary are purchased separately from physical items, so the books available are different – and it continues to use the consortium’s contributions, not just those that we bought.  That is why you need to select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use.  Please email or phone us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 

Donations
We are grateful to Jerry Nugent and our anonymous donors for their donations of materials.  They now can be put into the dropboxes at the library and at City Market.  Donations will undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  

Quotable Quote
“You won’t skid if you stay in a rut.” – Frank McKinney Hubbard (1868-1930), American cartoonist, humorist and journalist.

04/06/2020

Update on your library’s services, free legal clinic and reminder about the 2020 Census

Gov. Jared Polis’ mandatory stay-at-home order for all residents of Colorado because of the coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, applies to your library, of course. That means some disruptions to our services to you and your families – but several resources still are available from the comfort of your home.

Let’s start with three don’ts:

No drop-offs, please. We’re asking you to keep all materials that you have checked out until this crisis is over instead of returning them to the library chute or to the uptown dropbox, to keep exposure and contact at a minimum between us all. As always, you do not need to worry about overdue fines.

Our front door/curbside pickup service has been suspended, so you will have to wait until the library reopens to pick up new books, DVDs, CDs and other materials.

Please do not make donations of books or other materials until your library is able to reopen.

Here are the resources that still are available to you via our website at www.pagosalibrary.org:

You can view your account and place holds – but because of the suspension of courier service between Colorado libraries, you are able to place holds only on our library’s items at this time. All the new books and CDs in this column qualify, as they are in our collection. When the library reopens, our staff will pull the holds you placed while we were closed.

Many of our online learning resources can be accessed from your home with your library card.  To highlight a few, you can download e-books and audiobooks through our CloudLibrary app on your smartphone or tablet.  IndieFlix allows unlimited streaming access to award-winning shorts, feature films and documentaries.  By using the online resource, TumbleBook Library, you can find children’s books and audiobooks.  To see them all, go to our website at pagosalibrary.org and select the gray tab towards the top of the page that says “Online Resources.”

As always, you can access Wi-Fi from your car in our parking lot – with your windows and doors closed, please.

Staff is working from home, so if you have a question you can email ruby@pagosalibrary.org or call us at 264-2209 and leave a message.  We are returning messages Monday through Friday to assist patrons. 

This situation is quickly evolving. You can stay up-to-date with what we’re doing through our website or our Facebook page.  In the meantime, please keep yourself, your family and your community safe by following all the health advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at their website at www.cdc.gov and San Juan Basin Public Health at www.sjbpublichealth.org.

 “Traditionally libraries have always been a place of refuge and comfort in times of emergency,” said Meg Wempe, library director..  “But, as we all know, this is a highly unusual situation, and the health and safety of our patrons and our community must be our top priority.  We hope the resources outlined above will be of use to you and your family until we can open our doors again.

“Take care and stay safe.”

Please complete your census form now

The last official notice we saw stated that only 36.2% of Colorado households have responded to the 2020 Census. The national rate was 34.7% at that time.

The 2020 Census is important because it will determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, directly affect hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding for local and regional agencies and projects like health clinics, fire departments, schools, social services like Medicaid, even roads and highways for the next decade.

For the first time, you can respond to the census online, by phone or by mail – a major benefit as we all work hard to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are used only to produce statistics. The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

To complete the census online, go to www.my2020census.gov or by phone call 1-844-330-2020 for the English version and 1-844-468-2020 for the Spanish version. Remember that WiFi is available from your car in the parking lot 24/7, even during the library closure. You can visit our website at pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online.

Free legal clinic in a new format

The free legal clinic normally held at your library each month still will be held via phone on Friday, April 10 from 2 – 3 p.m. – but in a new format befitting our current stay-at-home environment. Instead of clinic patrons coming in-person to the library, the volunteer attorney will call each clinic patron directly by telephone. To be added to the sign-up sheet for these calls, send an email titled “Sign-up for Free legal Clinic,” with your first name and phone number to ruby@pagosalibrary.org. The volunteer attorney’s time is limited, so the first to sign up will be the first served. We plan to continue offering this free legal clinic each month, even during the stay-at-home order. Our volunteer attorney can answer your questions related to civil law including unemployment benefits, landlord-tenant issues and more.  

Large print

“Trace Elements” by Donna Leon is a Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery set in Venice. “Sisters By Choice” by Susan Mallery is book four in the Blackberry Island series. “You Are Not Alone” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen tells of a woman seduced by the glamor of two sisters. “The Other Mrs.” By Mary Kubica is a murder mystery. “Long Range” by C.J. Box is a Joe Pickett mystery.

How-to and self-help books

“The Gift of Forgiveness” by Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt is about one of the most difficult challenges in life – learning to forgive. “Every Airbnb Host’s Tax Guide” is a Nolo guide for Airbnb and other short-term rental hosts. “Napkin Finance” by Tina Hay is an illustrated guide that makes finance fun and accessible to anyone. “LSAT Prep Plus 2020-2021” is a Kaplan guide with an official exam and online resources.

Other nonfiction

“Whistle Blower” by Susan Fowler is the story of the author’s journey to Silicon Valley to fight for justice for women at Uber. “Becoming a Man” by P. Carl explores one man’s gender transition at age 50. “Fully Grown” by economist Dietrich Vollrath contends that a long-term slowdown is a sign of success, not failure, in our economy. “Father of Lions” by Louise Callaghan is the story of the man who saved the animals in the Mosul Zoo. “A Delayed Life” by Dita Kraus tells the story of the librarian of Auschwitz. “Pulpit Fiction” by Gregg Powers and Ed Nolan compares what preachers are saying from church pulpits compared to the breadth of what the scriptures say.

Downloadable ebooks

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are available at 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

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.

Donations note

Please do not make donations of books or other materials until your library is able to reopen. Many thanks.

Quotable Quote

“Never follow someone else’s path, unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path.” – Ellen DeGeneres, American comedian, TV host, actress, writer and producer.

03/23/2020

Library closed but many services available online, by email and at our front entrance

As you no doubt know by now, your library will be closed until Sunday April 5 – and probably longer, depending on the severity of the coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19. Even during these difficult times, though, there are many ways you can continue to use our resources via our website at pagosalibrary.org, and with email or phone requests for materials: 

You can access the catalog from our website to view your account, renew materials and place holds. 

Because of our suspension of courier service between Colorado libraries, you are able to place holds only on our library’s items at this time. All the new books and CDs in this column qualify, as they are in our collection.

For the time being, pickup at the library’s front entrance is available Tuesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. To arrange a time for a pickup of items on hold or new items you’d like to enjoy, email us at ruby@pagosalibrary.org or phone us at 970-264-2209 with your requests, be they books, DVDs or CDs. We will check them out to your account and bring them outside at the designated time in a plastic bag. After seeing your library card or other ID though your closed car window, we will set the bag down by your car and go back inside the library. We’ll give you a warm smile, of course, and probably also a friendly wave – but no physical contact for safety’s sake to keep exposure and contact at a minimum between us all.

No drop-offs, please. We’re asking you to keep all materials that you have checked out until this crisis is over instead of returning them to the library or to the uptown dropbox, again to keep exposure and contact at a minimum between us all. As always, you do not need to worry about overdue fees. Also, we will double the number of items that you can check out during this closure.   

Many of our online learning resources can be accessed from your home with your

3/13/2020

All events and meetings cancelled to be proactively vigilant because of coronavirus
We are cancelling all group programs and meeting room reservations effective immediately out of an abundance of caution because of the coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19. 

All events will be cancelled at least through the month of March in an attempt to minimize any possible exposure to our community.

As this is written on March 14, full library services are available for in-person access to print and digital materials.  As well, many of the library’s resources are available 24/7 from the comfort of your home from our website at  pagosalibrary.org.  You can access the catalog from our website to view your account, renew materials and place holds. 
           
Also, many of our online learning resources can be accessed from your home with your library card.  To highlight a few, you can download e-books and audiobooks through our CloudLibrary app on your smartphone or tablet.  IndieFlix allows unlimited streaming access to award-winning shorts, feature films and documentaries.  By using the online resource, TumbleBook Library, you can find children’s books and audiobooks.  To access all of these resources available from anywhere, go to our website at pagosalibrary.org and select the gray tab towards the top of the page that says “Online Resources.”

If you are in a high-risk population, feeling ill or are concerned about potential exposure, we encourage you to stay home.  If you have hold items waiting to be picked up, simply phone us at 970-264-2209 so we can add names to your account for people who can pick them up for you. 

This situation is quickly evolving, and you can stay up-to-date with what we’re doing through our website or our Facebook page.  In the meantime, stay safe by following all the advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at their website at www.cdc.gov.

Delayed opening
Next Wednesday, March 25 your library will open at 10 a.m. because of a staff meeting.

Tax and census help 
Tax forms and instructions are available at your library.  Visit pagosalibrary.org/taxinformation for more details and useful links.  As well, library computers and staff are available to help you access the online census questionnaire.    

To familiarize yourself with the questions that will be asked on the census, your library has a sample copy of the print census questionnaire in English and Spanish. Please visit pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online. We also have a sample copy of the print invitation to respond to the census that most households will receive. Brad and Josie are your census experts at the library, but all library staff are happy to answer questions related to the Census. As well, your library has various census-related prizes to give away while supplies last, including coffee mugs, bags, thumb drives and more. 

How-to and self-help books
“Cured” by Dr. Jeffrey Rediger describes how to create an environment that sets the stage for healing.  “You Can Have It All Just Not at the Same Damn Time” by Romi Neustadt, a successful entrepreneur, wife and mother describes how you can set priorities and learn to say no when too many requests are coming at you.  “Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens’ by Debra Bell provides tools to help your teen successfully transition to the post-high school and adult years.  “Modern Crochet Bible” by Sarah Shrimpton provides more than 100 contemporary crochet techniques and stitches.  “Modern Quilt Bible” by Elizabeth Betts offers more than 100 techniques and design ideas for the modern quilter.

“Food Fix” by Dr. Mark Hyman offers tips on how to change our agricultural policies, reverse the global epidemic of chronic disease and heal the environment.  “Grow Food for Free” by Huw Richards has practical advice to help you grown your own fruits and vegetables at very low cost.  “Garden DIY” by Daniel and Samantha Johnson describes 25 projects for an attractive and productive garden.  “Keto Diet Cookbook” by Dr. Josh Ax contains more than 125 recipes.  “On Reading Well” by English professor Karen Swallow Prior  reveals how reading great literary works can pull us towards a good life, especially for people of God. 

Other nonfiction
“The Splendid and the Vile” by Erik Larson is a fresh portrait of Churchill and London during the blitz.  “White Feathers” by naturalist Bernd Heinrich reveals the rich life of tree swallows in nesting season.  “Supreme Inequality” by Adam Cohen surveys the most significant Supreme Court rulings since the Nixon era.  “Driving While Black” by historian Gretchen Sorin reveals the significance of the car to contemporary African American life.  “American Sherlock” by Kate Winkler Dawson explores the life of the man who invented multiple forensic tools and gave birth to American CSI.  “Until the End of Time” by physicist Brian Greene explores mind, matter and our search for meaning in an evolving universe. 

Academy Award films on DVD
We have two more 2019 Academy Award films:  “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ won the best supporting actor award for Tom Hanks.  Disney’s “Frozen II” was nominated for best song.  As well, “Roma,” best director and best foreign language film in 2018, has just been released on DVD in the U.S.  Also, “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice” won best documentary in the AARP Best Movies for Grownup awards.

Other DVDs
“The Murder of Emmett Till” is an American Experience PBS home video.  “Sandition,” based on the unfinished novel by Jane Austin, is a PBS Masterpiece series.  Stephen King’s “Doctor Sleep” is the next chapter in “The Shining” story. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers
“The Warsaw Protocol” by Steve Berry is a Cotton Malone focuses on why precious relics are disappearing.  “Pretty as a Picture” by Elizabeth Little features a movie editor drawn into real-life murder investigation.  “Dark Corners of the Night” by Meg Gardiner is the Edgar Award-winner’s latest thriller.  “Coconut Layer Cake Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swenson mystery with recipes. 

Other novels
“Apeirogon”  by Colum McCann follows a Palestinian and Israeli brought together by grief. 

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
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 Veronica Skalicka Johnson, Rosie Connor and our anonymous donors. For her generous donation, we are grateful to Kim Moore and also to Rice Reavis for the donation in memory of Julie Taylor. 

Quotable Quote
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 BC). 



2/20/2020

Teen mask event today and family-friendly fundraiser games on Sunday
Today, Thursday, February 20, from 4-5:30 p.m. sixth-12th graders are invited to join us to make and decorate masks.  Masks come in all styles from carnival to steampunk to superhero.  Just bring your imagination – we’ll provide the supplies.

Then this Sunday, February 23, a fun Lanes & Links family-friendly community event takes place from 1-4 p.m. when your library will be transformed into a miniature golf and bowling center for one day only.  Cost is $10 per person or $30 per family, with tickets sold at the door.  All net proceeds from the event will support the library’s programs and resources.

Delayed opening
Your library will open at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 26 for our regular monthly staff meeting.

Tax and census help
Tax forms and instructions are available at your library.  Visit pagosalibrary.org/taxinformation for more details and useful links.  As well, library computers and staff are available to help you access the online census questionnaire.  Households will begin receiving an invitation to responds to the 2020 Census in mid-March.

Teen book club tomorrow
Friday, February 21 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the free teen book club, seventh-12th graders will be talking about “This Song Will Save Your Life” by Leila Sales, and enjoying snacks.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.

After-school club tomorrow
The after-school club for first-fifth graders takes place tomorrow, Friday, February 21 from 1:45-3:30 p.m. on the second, third and fourth Friday of every  month.  Participants will engage in literature-based science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) learning activities and work up to an exhibition on the first Friday following each three-week session.  Registration is required by calling us at 970-264-2209 or dropping by the library.

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

Tween gaming
Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is next Monday, February 24 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Computer classes
These free classes twice a month will help you learn a useful technology skill or application. No registration required.  On Monday, February 24 from 1-2 p.m. you’ll learn how to effectively create a simple resume using Microsoft Word, and learn useful tips that will help you in your next job search.  Contact Brad at the library if you would like to request a class about any computer topic. 

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

Teen role-playing
The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, February 26 from 4-5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

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

ESL classes twice a week
Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place on Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Fridays from noon-2 p.m.  The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers —  Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners.  No registration is required.

Las clases son dos veces por semana
Las clases gratuitas de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL) ocurren los martes de 5-7 PM y los viernes de 12-2 PM. Las clases son dirigidas por dos instructoras altamente experimentadas — Joyce Holdread enseña al grupo intermedio / avanzado y Ellen Ragone enseña a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse. 

Adult education
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place Mondays from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and Thursdays from 2-7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

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 2:30-3:30 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Next Wednesday, January 26 Cindi Galabota takes kids on a worldwide tour through artifacts and toys from different cultures. 

Books on CD
“Spy” by Danielle Steel follows a young woman caught up in a double life in WW II.  “Coconut Layer Cake Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swenson mystery with recipes.  “Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?” by Caitlin Doughty answers real questions from kids about death, dead bodies and decomposition.  “Lost” by James Patterson and James O. Born follows the FBI, DEA and Miami police looking for one woman.  “Deep State” by Chris Hauty is a thriller that begins with a death in the White House.  “Hindsight” by Iris and Roy Johansen is a thriller featuring a formerly blind investigator with unique observational skills.

How-to and self-help
“Brain Wash” by Drs. David and Austin Perlmutter explores how modern culture threatens to damage our health and offers a plan for healing.  “Successful Aging” by neuroscientist Dr. Daniel J. Levitin offers a practical plan to make the most of your 70s, 80s and 90s.  “Your Body in Balance” by Dr. Neal D. Barnard is a guide to the new science of food, hormones and health.  “Maximize Your Medicare” by certified financial planner Jae W. Oh explains how to qualify for benefits, protect your health and minimize your costs. 

Other nonfiction
“A Very Stable Genius” by Pulitzer Prize winners Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig is a look at Donald Trump’s presidency.  “Sovietistan” by Erika Fatland documents a journey through Central Asia to “the stans.”  “Start by Believing” by ESPN investigative reporters John Barr and Dan Murphy is a new look at the largest sex abuse scandal in American history.  “Arguing with Zombies” by Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman tackles many misunderstandings in the areas of health care, housing bubbles, tax reform, Social Security and more.  “Half Broke” by Ginger Gaffney is a memoir of a top-ranked horse trainer who trains troubled horses at an alternative prison ranch in New Mexico.  “You Never Forget Your First” by Alexis Coe is a new biography of George Washington. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers
“Last Day” by Luanne Rice follows a detective trying to solve the murder of a woman whose mother was taken.  “A Divided Loyalty” by Charles Todd features Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge.  “The Museum of Desire” by Jonathan Kellerman is an Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis mystery.  “Dead to Her” by Sarah Pinborough is a suspense story focusing on a woman who married into old money.

Other novels
“The Authenticity Project” by Clare Pooley tells of a traveling green notebook that brings six strangers together.

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 their generous donation, we are grateful to Carole & Bob Howard, Law Offices of Gayle Dixon, Bank of Colorado, Kelly Law Firm, First Southwest Bank, and Vic and Joanne Lucariello.  For books and materials this week we thank our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote
“There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues … are created, strengthened and maintained.” – Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British politician, World War II leader and author.

1/2/2020

Fun facts about your library as we start the new year
Did you know that we have more than 29,000 items in our collection and access to thousands more through our library consortium?  Here are 10 more fun facts about your Ruby Sisson library:
1. In 2019, more than 71,000 people used the library’s services. 
2. We offer a multitude of free programs for all ages throughout the year.  In fact, in 2019 we organized nearly 450 different programs for our patrons and visitors.  
3. Our English as a Second Language classes are offered every Tuesday at 5 p.m. and every Friday at noon. 
4. Pagosa Adult Learning Services, or PALS, can help you with high school equivalency, GED, college prep and more.  
5. We have 15 computers available for use by patrons and visitors.  Our computers were used more than 14,000 times this year.
6. We have two specialty bilingual Early Learning Stations for our youngest patrons and visitors.  
7. We offer 34 online resources which can be accessed at any time, 24/7. 
8.  We are blessed with amazing volunteers who help keep the library running smoothly for you. 
9. We provide many business resources including free wi-fi, computers, Notary Public and study carrels plus faxing, scanning and printing.  
10. Our amazing library staff are here to help you with all of your library needs.

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.

Save the date for new after-school club
Starting next Friday, January 10, a new after-school club for first-fifth graders takes place from 1:45-3:30 p.m. on the second, third and fourth Friday of every  month.  Participants will engage in literature-based science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) learning activities and work up to an exhibition on the first Friday following each three-week session.  Registration is required by calling us at 970-264-2209 or dropping by the library.

Avalanche awareness today
Today, Thursday, January 2 from 5-6:30 p.m., Mark Mueller returns with a free  avalanche awareness presentation that might save your life, since avalanches are the deadliest natural hazard in Colorado.  Mark is an avalanche forecaster for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.  No registration required. 

Teen advisory board today
Today, Thursday, December 2, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Sixth-12th graders are invited to 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, January 3 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

LGBTQ youth group Monday
A support group to help LGBTQ youth and young adults from age 16 to in their 20s deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination convenes the first Monday of every month from 4-5:30 p.m.  Under the leadership of Ana M. Sancho Sama, PhD, licensed psychologist, the purpose is to provide a safe and confidential place to share experiences, ask questions and talk about how to cope in this challenging world.  If you have questions, her number is 970-264-1986. 

Homeschool social hour
Stop by next Tuesday, January 7 from 1-2 p.m. for a chance to visit with fellow homeschool families, discuss curriculum and learning opportunities, and look through resources while the kids participate in crafts and other activities.  Josie, your early literacy librarian, is eager to collect ideas on how to serve homeschool families in our community and get your feedback on the value of these sessions.

Tween gaming
Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, January 6 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

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

Teen role-playing
The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, January 8 from 4-5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

ESL classes twice a week
Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place on Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Fridays from noon-2 p.m.  The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers —  Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners.  No registration is required.

Las clases son dos veces por semana
Las clases gratuitas de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL) ocurren los martes de 5-7 PM y los viernes de 12-2 PM. Las clases son dirigidas por dos instructoras altamente experimentadas — Joyce Holdread enseña al grupo intermedio / avanzado y Ellen Ragone enseña a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse. 

Adult education
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place Mondays from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and Thursdays from 2-7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

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 2:30-3:30 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.   (Note new time for Saturdays.)   Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  

How-to and self-help
“How Not to Diet” by Dr. Michael Greger discusses the latest research on the leading causes of – and remedies for – obesity.  “The CBD Handbook” contains more than 75 recipes and tips on how to get the most out of your CBD oil of choice.  “Beer Hiking Colorado” is a guide to 50 craft breweries and amazing hikes in our state.  The revised and expanded second edition of “What To Eat During Cancer Treatment” by Jeanne Bess3er and Barbara L. Grant with the American Cancer Society offers more than 120 simple recipes to help you cope with eating-related side effects.  The revised and updated fourth edition of “Solo Guitar Playing 1” by Frederick M. Noad is a complete course of instruction in the techniques of guitar performance.

Early learning books
“Let’s Play” by Jeff A. Johnson and Denita Dinger provides 39 child-led, open-ended play adventures.  “The Outdoor Toddler Activity Book” by Krissy Bonning-Gould takes your youngster outside for more than a hundred fun learning activities.  “Game On!” by Linda J. Armstrong is a collection of more than 300 screen-free, traditional games and activities with a variety of fun themes.  “Do-It-Yourself Early Learning” by Jeff A. and Tasha A. Johnson gives you ideas for easy and fun activities and toys from everyday home center materials. 

Other nonfiction
“Free, Melania” by Kate Bennett is the unauthorized biography of the First Lady. “Migrating to Prison” by César Cuauhtémoc and Garcia Hernández documents the increasing use of detention to regular migration.  “Your Personal Horoscope 2020” by Joseph Polansky is a month-by-month forecast for every sign.

Books on CD
“Double Crossfire” by Anthony J. Tata follows a killing spree aimed at getting a presidential hopeful elected.  “The Seven Longest Yards” by Chris and Emily Norton is an inspiring love story and memoir after as quadriplegic walked across his graduation stage with his fiancée by his side.

Large print
“Beating Around the Bush” by M.C. Beaton is an Agatha Raisin mystery. 

Other novels
“Under Occupation” by Alan Furst is a spy novel telling of anti-Nazi espionage efforts.

DVDs
“Game of Thrones” is the complete eighth season.  “Falling Skies” is the complete first season.  Two “Falling Skies” DVDs carry the complete second and third seasons.  “Though None Go With Me” starts Cheryl Ladd and is based on the bestselling book about a woman whose faith is tested.  “The Natural” is a sports film starring Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close and Kim Basinger.   “Big Sonia” is a documentary about a woman who revisits her past as a refugee and witness to genocide.  “The Snow Walker” is a tale of survival after a plane crash.

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 their generous monetary donations, we are grateful to Rick and Lynne Stinchfield, David Bouquet, Rice Reavis and Deb Morton.  For books and materials this week we thank our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote
Thought for the new year:  “Always have enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous.  That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor.” – Paul Hawken, American environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist.

11/7/2019


Tips to help encourage your children to read this winter
As we enter the darker days of winter, books can be even more popular companions for your children, if you follow some or all of these tips:

  • Set aside a specific time each day for reading.  Read together and create time for children to read on their own.  A nighttime reading routine is especially rewarding.
  • Create a fun reading space in your home, such as a tent or fort with comfy pillows, bean bags and blankets – and, of course, a basket of books.
  • Be a role model.  If your kids see you reading, you’re setting a good example.
  • Ensure reading materials are readily available in your home and carry them with you everywhere – including in your car and when you go to appointments where you might have to wait.
  • Introduce youngsters to a book series to help keep reading interest high.
  • Regularly take your children to the library to attend some of the many activities appropriate for their age and to pick out books. Allowing them to choose what they want to read helps nurture lifelong readers.

Holiday hours
Your library will be open on Veterans Day but closed November 28-30 for Thanksgiving.

Lifelong Learning lectures
The next talk in the free fall Lifelong Learning lecture series takes place at 5 p.m.   today, November 7, featuring the San Juan Search and Rescue – who they are and what they do to save lives.  On November 21 neuroscientist Jean Strahlendorf  discusses dementia and new clinical research that strives to reveal ways to potentially stave of its onset and progression.  Pick up a brochure at your library with more information on each of these interesting and illuminating talks.  We hope to see you there.

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

Teen advisory board today
Today, Thursday, November 7, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Sixth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

Paws to Read tomorrow
Tomorrow, Friday, November 8, from 2:30-3:30 p.m., youngsters of all ages 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.

Legal clinic tomorrow
Tomorrow, Friday, November 8, 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, November 9 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club. 

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

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

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 November 12 we will discuss “The Overstory” by Richard Powers.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  Light refreshments will be served.  No registration required.

ESL classes expand to evening sessions
Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes have been so appreciated at your library that we are – by popular demand – switching one of the weekly sessions to the evening to make it easier for more people to participate.  The new schedule is Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Fridays from noon-2 p.m.  The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers —  Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners.  No registration is required. 

Clases nocturnas de ESL en la biblioteca
Las clases han sido tan apreciadas en su biblioteca que nosotros – por demanda popular – estamos cambiando una de las sesiones semanales de la noche para facilitar la participación de más personas. El nuevo horario es los martes de 5-7 y los viernes de 12-4. Las clases son dirigidas por dos maestras altamente experimentadas; Joyce Holdread enseñará a los estudiantes intermedios y avanzados y Ellen Ragone enseñará a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse.

Teen role-playing
The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, November 13 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Adult education
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place Mondays from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and Thursdays from 2-7 p.m. Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

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

Family storytimes
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 3-3:45 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Note that Saturday, November 9 is an introduction to French with Zhena via songs and literacy activities, and Wednesday, November 13 is American Sign Language in a music and movement program with Diann Tator..

DVDs
“Mary and the Witch’s Flower” is an animated family film.  “Vikings Unearthed” is a BBC Nova documentary.  “Superheroes” is a history from comic strip adventurers of the Great Depression to movie superstars of today.  “True Detective” is the complete third season.  “The Haunting of Hill House” features five siblings who grew up in the most famous haunted house in America.  “The Devil’s Backbone” is a supernatural thriller.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense
“The Night Fire” by Michael Connelly is a Renee Ballard and Harry Bosch mystery.  “Running in the Field” by John Le Carre follows a 47-year veteran British spy asked to do one more job.

Other novels
“Texas Forever” by Janet Dailey is a western romance.   “Lawman” by Ethan J. Wolfe is book five of the Regulator western series.       

Large print
“The United States of Trump” by Bill O’Reilly shows how his life events forged his worldview.  “Land of Wolves” by Craig Johnson is a Longmire mystery.  “The Darwin Affair” by Tim Mason begins with an assassination attempt to Queen Victoria.  

Nonfiction
“A Better Planet: 40 Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future” edited by Daniel C. Esty presents solutions from environmental thought-leaders across the political spectrum.  “The Body” by Bill Bryson guides us through the human body – how it functions, how it fails and how it can heal itself.  “On The Plain of the Snakes” by Paul Theroux documents the author’s drive the length of the U.S.-Mexico border to uncover the world behind the brutal headlines.  “Me” by Elton John is the autobiography of this singer-songwriter.  “The Inflammation Spectrum” by Dr. Will Cole is a customized action plan  for healthy eating. 

“The Wholesome Easy Keto Cookbook” by Maya Krampf contains 100 low-carb recipes with 10 ingredients or fewer.  “Healthy Instant Pot” by Alexis Mersel contains 70 fast, fresh and easy recipes.  “Three Days at the Brink” by Bret Baier covers a secret meeting with FDR, Churchill and Stalin.  “Edison” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Edmund Morris is a biography of the most famous American of his time.

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 Ed Robinson and our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote
“Try your best to make goodness attractive.  That’s one of the toughest assignments you’ll ever be given.”  — Fred Rogers (1928-2003), host of the children’s TV series “Mister Rogers’s Neighborhood” and ordained Presbyterian minister.



07/04/2019

How to encourage your child to want to read for fun
Recent research by Scholastic, the publishing and education company, showed that though 58 percent of the kids surveyed said they love or like reading book for fun, there has been an incremental decrease in reading frequency among children surveyed since 2010.  In what Scholastic called “decline by nine,” the percentage of kids who report reading books for fun five to seven days a week dropped from 57 percent of eight-year-olds to 35 percent of nine- year-olds.

These alarming findings are in the recently released seventh edition of its Kids & Family Reading report, a national survey of school-age children and parents.  Lauren Tarshis, senior vice president at Scholastic, pointed to the focus on third grade as the pivotal year when children are expected to achieve full fluency as readers.  The worry is that the pressure – and the testing – at that stage may contribute to the perception in youngsters’ minds that reading is no longer so much fun.

How can parents help overcome this concerning situation?  The report highlighted the importance of “reading role models,” pointing out that children who are frequent readers have people in their lives who enjoy reading and parents who read frequently.  This is hardly a surprise – though in the digital age it might raise the question of how our children can tell what we are doing on our devices, so you might want to make it clear you are reading a book.

Clearly parents play an important role.  The enjoyment that parents take in reading helps shape children’s attitudes towards books for the rest of their lives.  Books that stimulate dialogue between parents and toddlers are also the child’s introduction to the pleasures of written language and stories. 

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

Summer Reading Program on now
Your library’s Summer Reading Program offers special events, fun surprises and reading incentives throughout June and July.  Register from home on our website or sign up at the library and pick up your first bingo cards at the desk. You will receive a free book each time you turn in a completed bingo sheet, and kids also will have the option of getting a small toy out of our treasure chest.

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

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

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

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

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

All-ages gaming
Join us Friday, July 5 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family. 

Knitting Club for teens
Next Monday, July 8 this free club meets from 4-5 p.m. for 7th-12th graders.  Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects and hang out with other crafters.  Note that teaching will be available only for knitting.  If you don’t know how to knit, come anyway and we’ll get you started on some of the basics.

Read with a Ranger
Tuesday, July 9from 1-2 p.m., youngsters are invited to join Pagosa Ranger Brandon from the U.S. Forest Service to learn about a day in the life of a black bear with nature-themed books and activities.  Typically kids aged 6-10 attend, but these free fun sessions are open to all ages.

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

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

Teen role-playing
The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, July 10 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.    Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

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

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

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

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

Free tech sessions
Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.  Note no Tech Time on July 9 and 16.

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

Large print
“Mueller Report” by Robert S. Mueller III is a new edition with clear notations, no commentary and 25 percent larger text than the original.  “The Guest Book” by Sarah Blake uncovers an unsettling story that threatens the foundation of a family myth.  “The Summoning” is book 27 in the Krewe of Hunters” series by Heather Graham.  “The Oracle” by Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell is a Sam and Remi Fargo adventure.  “Skin Game” by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall features Teddy Fay and Stone Barrington.

How-to and self help
“I Love You, but I Hate Your Politics” by Dr. Jeanne Safer is a practical guide to protecting your relationship with family, friends and colleagues in our partisan world.  “How to Skimm Your Life” by the Skimm offers advice on personal finance, career, stress management, civic engagement and more.  “The Longevity Diet” by Dr. Valter Longo proposes an everyday diet combined with a plant-based fasting mimicking diet. 

Other nonfiction
“The Salt Path” by Raynor Winn tells of a couple facing grief who make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630-mile coast of Southwest England.  “The Enemy of the People” by Jim Acosta is a memoir about covering the Trump campaign and White House by this CNN reporter. 

Other novels
“The Travelers” by Regina Porter is an epic story of several families, black and white, southern and northern.  “Summer of ‘69” by Elin Hilderbrand follows a family facing drama and upheaval when they gather at the grandmother’s historic home on Nantucket.  “Mrs. Every-thing” by Jennifer Weiner tells of two sisters growing up  in the days of free love, Vietnam, Woodstock and women’s lib.  “Recursion” by Blake Crouch is a sci-fi story about a mysterious affliction called False Memory Syndrome. 

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
“Balancing work and life is a strange aspiration.  It suggests work is bad and life is good.  But they are not opposites.  Work has uplifting moments and those that drag us down.  It’s more useful to treat it the way you do life:  by maximizing what you love.  The simplest way to do this is to spend a week in love with your job.  This sounds odd, but all it really means is to take a pad around with you for an entire week at work, and assign any activity you can to one of two columns:  “Loved it” or “Loathed it.” – Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall, co-authors of “Nine Lies About Work.”

05/16/2019

How to visit the Library of Congress in our nation’s capital
If you think of the Library of Congress as an unapproachable, scholarly building somewhere in our nation’s capital, you might be surprised to know that it is very much a place you can visit, tour and spend time reading and researching.

Author and scientist Linh Anh Cat has compiled a list of answers to frequently asked questions about the Library of Congress:

First, where and what is it?  The Library of Congress was established in Washington, D.C. on April 24, 1800.  Unlike libraries most of us are familiar with, it doesn’t publicly circulate books.  Instead, it mainly serves the 535 members of the U.S. Congress and their staffs as they prepare reports based on the legislation they are working on.

Second, how many books are in the Library of Congress?  It houses a whopping 38 million books, 3.6 million recordings, 14 million photographs, 5.5 million maps, 8.1 million pieces of sheet music and 70 million manuscripts in its three buildings on Capitol Hill.  There are other miscellaneous items in the library that bring the grand total to 167 million items.

Third, who can use the Library of Congress?  Although it mainly serves members of Congress, it is also open to the public to help with research needs.  You can access materials there but you cannot take them out.

Fourth, how long does it take to tour the Library of Congress?  On your own, plan for one-two hours.  If you take the tour, set aside two-three hours.  The must-see parts are the Main Reading Room, viewed from a soundproof glass room, and the Great Hall, which is where you enter the library.  In the Great Hall, take note of the intricate designs on the wall that include various fields of study and quotes from famous scientists, poets, artists and others.  There are other interesting exhibits, including Thomas Jefferson’s library.

Fifth, how can I use the reading rooms?  Ask the front desk to direct you to the office that issues a Reader Identification Card.  You will have to show a government ID with a photo, such as a driver’s license or a passport.  Then you can enter the Main Reading Room.

Bonus:  The Supreme Court and Capitol buildings are extremely close.  There also are plenty of restaurants if you continue past the Library of Congress and need a break.

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

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

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

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

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

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

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, May 17) from 2:30-4 p.m. for a PG movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.  Note the movies now start at 2:30 p.m. rather than 2 p.m. because of ESL class.

Otaku Club
The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, May 20 from 4-5 p.m.  Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   This free club is for fifth-12th grades.

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

Teen role-playing
The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, May 22 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
The regular program of  free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application resumes in mid-June.  No registration required.  

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

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

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

Novels
“There There” by Tommy Orange, named one of The New York Times 10 best books of the year, is a multigenerational story of twelve urban Native Americans traveling to a powwow for various reasons.  “Blessing in Disguise” by Danielle Steel follows a single mother and her three daughters by different men.  “The Farm” by Joanne Ramos is set in a luxurious retreat where women are kept to produce perfect babies. 

Mystery and suspense
“Far and Away” by Fern Michaels brings all three of the Godmothers novellas together for the first time.  “Willing to Die” by Lisa Jackson is a Selena Alvarez/Regan Prescoli mystery.  “The Kremlin Strike” by Dale Brown is the fifth book featuring Brad McLanahan in this techno-warfare series.  “Light from Other Stars” by Erika Swyler features an 11-year-old girl obsessed with becoming an astronaut.

Nonfiction
“Life After Suicide” by Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC’s chief medical correspondent, uses her personal experience and others’ as a basis for a guide offering support, advice and hope in the process of recovery.  “Ketofast” by Dr. Joseph Mercola is a guide to ketogenic living and well-planned fasting.  “Why They Marched” by Susan Ware features untold stories of the unknown women who fought for the right to vote. 

DVDs
“White Fang”  is the Jack London classic adventure story.  “Unknown Soldier” is the Finnish classic war drama, the most expensive movie ever produced in Finland.  “Reilly Ace of Spies” is a real-life dramatization of an agent who inspired Ian Fleming’s James Bond.  “The Mayo Clinic” is a documentary produced by Ken Burns. 

CDs
“The Scribbly Man” by Terry Goodkind is a new Richard and Kahlan novella, the first book in the Children of O’Hara fantasy series.  “The A List” by J.A. Jance is an Ali Reynolds mystery.  “Wild Card” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “Miracle at St. Andrews” by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge is a story about golf.  “Someone Knows” by Lisa Scottoline reunites three friends who share an unbearable secret.  “The Last Second” by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison is a thriller pitting two special agents against a private French space agency.  “The Cornwalls Are Gone” by James Patterson and Brendon DuBois features a female Army intelligence officer. 

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

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

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

Thanks to our donors
We are grateful for donations from Wendy Mirr, Tammy Shrader, Carla Robinson and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote   
“The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” – Lucille Ball (1911-1989), American actress, comedian, studio executive and producer.

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.