3/23/17

LIBRARY NEWS
Spring break programs and new Spanish books

Back by popular demand, Alaskan storyteller Lily Hope will animate stories of the Tlingit people while sharing their songs, dances and culture from 1-2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28. This all-ages fun event is similar to her first show last month but with an eye towards an older school-age crowd. This is the first of several special spring break programs aimed at making your library a great place for kids to be when school is out. Please see below for lots more fun spring break activities.
Lily has a strong connection to Pagosa Springs. She is the daughter of the late award-winning Alaska native weaver Clarissa Rizal and Pagosa writer Bill Hudson. She grew up mainly in Alaska and Pagosa. Her sister Ursala Hudson runs a graphic design business here, and is president of the Pagosa Peak Open School board of directors, a volunteer group that will open Pagosa’s first tuition-free public charter elementary school next September. Lily has lived in the Juneau area for the past 15 years with her husband, poet and actor Ishmael Hope, and their four children.
Other major news: We have six new Spanish-language books, five with useful how-to and self-help information. “Ingles para el Lugar de Trabajo” will help Hispanics who speak little or no English communicate successfully with interviewers, employers, supervisors and fellow workers in a predominantly English-speaking work environment. “Manual Completo de los Verbose en Ingles/second edition” explains the English verb system for beginning to intermediate learners. “Ingles para Latinos/second edition” is an intermediate program that comes with three CDs. “Voy a Ser Papa” offers facts, tips and advice for first-time Dads-to-be. “Mejora Tu Salud de Poquito a Poco” presents advice from Dr. Juan Rivera, chief medical correspondent for Univision, on four illnesses that menace the Hispanic community and how you can achieve long-term health. “Serafina y la Capa Negra by Robert Beatty is a fiction book about a young girl, the daughter of a maintenance man, who helps solve a mystery with the young nephew of the estate.

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.

Free teen role-playing
The role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place today (Thursday, March 23) from 4-5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters. You can join this group any time.

Free teen bookclub – special guest
Tomorrow (Friday, March 24) from 2-3 p.m. seventh-12th graders will host local author Mariko Tatsumoto who will talk about her book “Accident Samurai Spy.”

Free all-ages movie tomorrow
Join us tomorrow (Friday, March 24) from 2-3:30 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.

Free senior book club
Tomorrow (Friday, March 24) from 10:30 a.m. – noon the senior book club returns to its original library home to discuss “The Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman. For more information about this book lovers group, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.

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

Spring Break: Free Paws to Read
Wednesday, March 29 from 4-5 p.m. youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Penny and Cassia, therapy dogs who love listening to stories, at a Paws to Read session. This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

Spring Break: Free Read with a Ranger
Next Thursday, March 30 from 1-2 p.m., youngsters aged 6-10 are invited to join Pagosa Ranger Brandon from the U.S. Forest Service to celebrate spring with nature-themed books and activities.

Spring Break: Free steampunk crafts
Next Thursday, March 30, back by popular demand, is the second free teen program called steampunk crafts from 4:15-5:45 p.m. for fifth-12th graders. We’ll make jewelry and knickknacks out of keys, gears, coins and other odds and ends.

Free tech sessions
Rachael is available for Tech Tuesday 10 a.m.-noon and Tech Thursday 2-4 p.m. Drop in with your technology questions. Next Wednesday, March 29 from 4-5 p.m. learn how to use a web browser to access the web and find the information you need.

Free kids storytime
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join Michael for 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.

Free baby storytime
Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join Michael for a short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life. But: Please note no storytime this Saturday, March 25.

Free toddler storytime
Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join Michael for 30 minutes of stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life. But: Please note no storytime this Saturday, March 25.

Nonfiction
“Half Marathon Training” by Hal Higdon offers advice based on a lifetime of running. “One Part Plant” by Jessica Murnane provides 100 allergy-friendly recipes and tips on eating one plant-based meal a day. “Families on Foot” by Jennifer Pharr Davis and Brew Davis describes urban hikes, backyard treks and national park adventures. “No Barriers” by Erik Weihenmayer tells of a blind man’s journey to kayak the Grand Canyon. “Making Life Easy” by Dr. Christiane Northrup outlines how to have a healthy emotional and spiritual life. “The Craving Mind” by Judson Brewer explores how we get hooked on things from cigarettes to smart phones and how we can break bad habits. “Old Home Love” by Andy and Candis Meredith pays tribute to what it means to love and care for an old home today.

DVDs
“King Kong” is the 2005 version of this classic. “Purse-onality” is a comedy video by Anita Renfroe. “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman” is the complete season one. “The X Files” is the complete second season. “The Walking Dead” is the complete fourth season.

Mysteries and thrillers
“Most Dangerous Place” by James Grippando is a Jack Swyteck thriller inspired by an actual case. “The Prisoner” by Alex Berenson is a John Wells undercover story inside the world of Islamic terrorists. “Bone Box” by Faye Kellerman is a Decker/Lazarus mystery. “Tom Clancy Duty and Honor” by Grant Blackwood is a Jack Ryan Jr. thriller. “Dangerous Games” by Danielle Steel is a thriller featuring a TV news journalist. “Rather Be the Devil” by Ian Rankin is a Rankin and Rebus mystery. “Dark Matter” by Blake Crouch is a sci-fi thriller about a man who wakes up to a new life. “The Believer” by Joakim Zander starts with the disappearance of a man rumored to be connected to ISIS. “Universal Harvester” by John Darnielle focuses on mysterious home movie sections inserted into two videos.

Other novels
“Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders begins with the death of President Lincoln’s young son Willie after he is buried in a Georgetown cemetery. “All Our Wrong Todays” by Elan Mastai is an alternate reality story. “Selection Day” by Aravind Adiga follows a young man in Mumbai whose father wants him to become a cricket star like his brother. “The Bear and the Nightingale” by Katherine Arden features a young Russian girl with unusual gifts.

Free programmed Nooks
We have nine Nooks and three 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.

Free downloadable e-books
Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our 3M Cloud Library. Access these e-books 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.

Free downloadable films
For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a 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 Jeff Versaw, Dan McDonald
and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“From what we get, we can make a living; from what we give, however, makes a life. Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe (1943-1993), American World No. 1 professional tennis player.

Website
For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.
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03/15/17

LIBRARY NEWS
Great at any age: Who did what from age one to 100

Many readers of this column will remember long-time Pagosa resident Bob Bigelow, who died a year and a half ago. He was an extremely generous and caring man who made constant – and mostly behind-the-scenes – contributions of time and money to youngsters, schools and nonprofit organizations in our community, including your library.
Many years ago Bob gave my husband a book titled, “Great At Any Age,” a collection of fun facts about people’s achievements from age one to 100. In tribute to Bob, here is a sample of the information in the book; we have donated it to the library in case you want to read more:
At age six, Mozart performs piano concerts across Europe and Shirley Temple receives an honorary Oscar for her contributions to film. At age seven, Helen Keller masters a vocabulary of 625 words although she was blind and deaf, and Michael Phelps starts swimming lessons because his mother thought it would help his ADHD. At age 14, Ralph Waldo Emerson enrolls at Harvard, and at age 16, Ella Fitzgerald wins an amateur singing contest in Harlem. At age 17, Marco Polo begins his 24-year exploration of Asia. At age 18, Jesse James commits his first bank robbery, Mary Shelley starts writing “Frankenstein” and Tommy Hilfiger opens his first clothing store.
At age 19, Mark Zuckerberg launches Facebook and at age 22, Dick Clark launches American Bandstand. At age 24, Betsy Ross sews the first American flag. At age 25, Pablo Picasso paints Les Demoiselles d’Avignon that starts the modern art movement, at age 26, Michelangelo completes his Pieta sculpture and at age 28, F. Scott Fitzgerald publishes “The Great Gatsby.” At age 29, Alexander Graham Bell invents the telephone and Edvard Munch paints The Scream. At age 36, Albert Einstein explains his theory of relativity.
At age 74, Monet begins painting his extensive water lilies series. At age 76, Clara Barton works as a battlefield nurse in the Spanish-American War and at age 78 Grandma Moses begins her professional painting career. At age 79, Ben Franklin invents bifocal eyeglasses and Verdi composes his Falstaff opera. At age 85, Bertrand Russell unveils his international peace symbol and at age 89, architect Frank Lloyd Wright completes the Guggenheim Museum. At age 94, conductor Leonard Stokowski signs a six-year recording contract. At age 100, Ichijirou Araya climbs Mount Figi.

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 tomorrow
Tomorrow (Friday, March 17) your library will be closed for a special staff training session. Bob Bennhoff from the Colorado Library Consortium will be in town to demonstrate additional searching techniques within AspenCat, our integrated library system running from the cloud, and address some of the work that CLiC has been working on to tidy up records, making the user experience more successful. As well, there will be a refresher on downloadable content and an opportunity for staff input on your library’s new strategic plan being worked on now. We apologize for any inconvenience to you.

Free book event for adults
This Saturday, March 18 from 3-4 p.m. is a special book discussion of “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” a nonfiction book by Susan Cain. The first 15 people who sign up get a free copy to keep. No registration required.

Free Otaku
The free Otaku Club meets from 4-5 p.m. on the third Monday of every month, this month on March 20. Watch some anime with your friends and talk about your favorite manga. This club is for fifth-12th grades.

Free tech sessions
Rachael is available for Tech Tuesday 10 a.m.-noon and Tech Thursday 2-4 p.m. Drop in with your technology questions. Note: No Tech Time on February 23.

Free Spanish conversation
Wednesday, March 22 from 4-5 p.m. practice your Spanish with others at this informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers. No registration required.

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

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

Free kids storytime
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join Michael for 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.

Free baby storytime
Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join Michael for a short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

Free toddler storytime
Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join Michael for 30 minutes of stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.

Nonfiction
“Cravings: How I Conquered Food” by Judy Collins shares the music legend’s struggle with compulsive overeating and how she recovered. “Shrinking Violets” by Joe Moran explores shyness through the lives of famous shy people like Charles Darwin, Charles Schultz, Garrison Keillor and others. “If Our Bodies Could Talk” by Dr. James Hamblin is a guide to keeping your body working well in a world full of myths and misinformation. “Blue on Blue” by Charles Campisi details how NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau put bad cops behind bars.

Mysteries and thrillers
“A Divided Spy” by Charles Cumming is about a former Russian spy out for revenge. “Kill the Father” by Sandrone Dazieri is a thriller set in Rome. “Nest” by Terry Goodkind features a woman who can identify killers by looking into their eyes. “Racing the Devil” by Charles Todd is an Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery. “The Angels’ Share” by James Markert centers around a drifter’s grave that draws pilgrims to a small Kentucky town.

Other novels
“A Piece of the World” by Christina Baker Kline is a novel inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s celebrated painting Christina’s World. “Humans, Bow Down” by James Patterson and Emily Raymond is a sci-fi story. “Running” by Cara Hoffman follows three outsiders working as runners (hustlers) in Athens.

Books to benefit our Humane Society
“Letters” by Victoria Rose is an anthology of 105 spiritually inspired letters from women. Also by this same author are “Choices,” a novel; “An Eclectic Collection,” four short stories; and “Nefertiti,” a pulp fiction mystery. Proceeds from these books go to the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs and the Humane Society of the U.S.

Free programmed Nooks
We have nine Nooks and three 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.

Free downloadable e-books
Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our 3M Cloud Library. Access these e-books 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.

Free downloadable films
For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a 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 Alicia Brodner, Bob and Carole Howard, Peter Locke and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.” – Shirley Temple (1928-2014), American actress, singer, dancer, businesswoman and diplomat.

Website
For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

3/9/17

LIBRARY NEWS
Why libraries are good for Pagosa and our country

Like so many community services that function well, our Ruby Sisson Library makes major contributions to our lives and is vital to providing free education for all ages. To remind us that a valuable institution may be taken for granted, here is an adaptation of a list of library benefits that originally appeared in American Libraries magazine several years ago. It applies to our Pagosa library and to all other libraries across the country.
1. Libraries inform. Democracy vests supreme power in the people. Libraries help democracies work by providing access to information for effective governance.
2. Libraries level the playing field, providing free resources to everyone regardless of income, race or other factors.
3. Libraries nourish our brains, stimulating curiosity and the twin forces of creativity and imagination.
4. Libraries open kids’ minds, with books and programs transporting them from the commonplace to the extraordinary.
5. Libraries return high dividends, increasing property values and helping people of all ages learn and thrive.
6. Libraries offer sanctuary. Like churches, synagogues and other sacred places, libraries create a feeling of peace, respect, humility and honor that helps us learn.
7. Libraries respect history, preserving the record of our nation and our culture, enabling us to communicate through distance and time with the living and the dead.

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.

Free Medicare 101 session tomorrow
Tomorrow (Friday, March 10) at 10:30 a.m. you can learn important information about Medicare. Understand your rights, options, deadlines, possible penalties and where to find the information you need.

Free all-ages gaming tomorrow
Enjoy video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your family and friends tomorrow (Friday, March 10) from 2-3:15 p.m.

Free Lego Club Saturday
Lego Club for kids six-12 years is 11 a.m.-noon on Saturday, March 11. We’ve got the LEGOs – just bring your imagination.

Free adult book club
Our adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles. On March 14 we will discuss “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah. Stop by to pick up a copy. No registration required.

Free adult DIY crafts
Next Wednesday, March 15 is the latest DIY session at 1 p.m. when we’ll learn how to make bath bombs, a great way to moisturize your skin in the wintertime. No registration required.

Free fan fiction for teens
Next Wednesday, March 15 from 4-5 p.m., teens in the seventh-12th grades are invited to a fan fiction writing event when you’ll be coming up with stories about some of your favorite characters.

Free tech sessions
Rachael is available for Tech Tuesday 10 a.m.-noon and Tech Thursday 2-4 p.m. Drop in with your technology questions. A more formal session takes place Saturday, March 11 from 3-4:30 p.m. when she will cover the basics of Facebook and then stay for a Q&A session. No registration required.

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

Free kids storytime
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join Michael for 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.

Free baby storytime
Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join Michael for a short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

Free toddler storytime
Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join Michael for 30 minutes of stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.

Large print
“The Dangerous Ladies Affair” by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini is a Carpenter and Quincannon mystery. “Robert B. Parker’s Revelation” by Robert Knott is the latest in the series featuring territorial marshals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch. “Ghost Times Two” by Carolyn Hart is a Bailey Ruth Ghost crime story. “My Not So Perfect Life” by Sophie Kinsella features a young woman who embellishes her Instagram posts. “Someone to Hold” by Mary Balough is an historical romance. “The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson” by Nancy Peacock is historical fiction. “Echoes in Death” by J.D. Robb is the latest in the Eve Dallas mystery series. “Fatal” by John Lescroart tells of a series of tragedies after one passionate encounter.

Mysteries and thrillers
“Garden of Lamentations” by Deborah Crombie features Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma Jones. “Gunmetal Gray” by Mark Greaney is the sixth book in the Gray Man black ops series. “Treason” by Newt Gingrich and Pete Earley begins with a terrorist attack on the president in Washington. “The Trapped Girl” by Robert Dugoni is a Tracy Crosswhite mystery set in Seattle. “The Boat Rocker” by Ha Jin follows a journalist writing for a website exposing a corrupt novelist.

Other novels
“Into the Mystery of Life: Tetralogy” by Victoria Rose is a sci-fi story. “Born of Vengeance” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is the 10th book in The League fantasy series. “Waiting for You” by Sharon McAnear is book one in the new Raining Love in Dove Creek series set in Colorado.

Nonfiction
“The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down” by Buddhist meditation teacher Haemin Sunim describes a path to inner peace and balance. “Rest” by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang draws on scientific evidence and historical examples to show how “deliberate rest” is key to fulfillment and success. “The Choice for Love” by transformational teacher De Angelis offers practical tools to embrace love from the inside.

Free programmed Nooks
We have nine Nooks and three 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.

Free downloadable e-books
Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our 3M Cloud Library. Access these e-books 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.

Free downloadable films
For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a 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 Julie Simmons and Benny Lohman. Special thanks to Pagosa Baking Company for their donation of office supplies.

Quotable Quote
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.” – Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German-born theoretical physicist and Nobel Prize winner for physics, who became an American citizens in 1940.

Website
For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.
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3/2/17

LIBRARY NEWS
Free Teen Tech Week coding event and all-ages art

In celebration of Teen Tech Week, we’ll be holding a free coding session on Monday, March 6 for seventh-12th grades from 4-5 p.m. Teens are invited to come to the library to have fun and learn some basic coding. We’ll have some laptops available, but if you have your own please bring it. Teen Tech Week is a national initiative aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. Its purpose is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of digital media, especially the non-print resources offered through libraries, such as e-books, e-readers, databases, audiobooks, and social media.
Then Saturday, March 4 from 3-4 p.m. our free all-ages art session will focus on bubble painting. We’ll be experimenting with using bubbles as a way to make unpredictable abstract paintings. This is a great opportunity for families and friends to come together for art fun.

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 (Thursday, March 2) the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs. Share an idea to pick out a free book.

Free Medicaid and Connect for Health session
Kevin O’Connor from San Juan Health and Renee Burch from Archuleta County Human Services discuss options and changes to Medicaid and Connect for Health, the Colorado health exchange, today (Thursday, March 2) from 1 – 1:45 p.m. No registration required.

Free all-ages movie tomorrow
Join us tomorrow (Friday, March 3) from 2-4:30 p.m. for a PG fantasy adventure 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.

Free Spanish basics
Wednesday, March 8 from 4-5 p.m. you’ll learn how to talk about your house and the items in it and to conjugate the verb tener (to have) and estar (to be). No registration required.

Free teen role-playing
The role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Thursday, March 9 from 4:15-5:45 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters. You can join this group any time.

Free tech sessions
Rachael is available for Tech Tuesday 10 a.m.-noon and Tech Thursday 2-4 p.m. Drop in with your technology questions. A more formal session takes place Thursday, March 2 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. is about Google Groups, a service from Google that offers an easy way to make discussion groups and email conversations around common interests. Join Rachael to create a Google Group of your own.

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

Free kids storytime
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join Michael for 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.

Free baby storytime
Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join Michael for a short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

Free toddler storytime
Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join Michael for 30 minutes of stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.

DVDs
“Brigadoon is the musical romance starring Gene Kelly, Van Johnson and Cyd Charisse. “Somewhere in Time” is a time travel romance starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. “Moonstruck” stars Cher and Nicholas Cage. “War and Peace” is the classic starring Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda and Mel Ferrer.

CDs
“Power Game” by Christine Feehan is a Ghost Walker spy novel. “Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis” by Anne Rice is a vampire novel. “The Mistress” by Danielle Steel follows a woman saved from poverty by a Russian billionaire. “The Guests on South Battery” by Karen White is the fifth in the Tradd Street series set in Charleston. “The Midnight Bell” by Jack Higgins is a Sean Dillon adventure.

Mysteries and thrillers
“The Devil Crept In” by Ania Ahlborn is a horror thriller set in Oregon. “The Girl Before” by J.P. Delaney is a psychological thriller focusing on women living in a house controlled by its architect owner. “Behind Her Eyes” by Sarah Pinborough is a love triangle thriller. “The Dry” by Jane Harper begins when a federal agent returns to his hometown for a funeral. “Heartbreak Hotel” by Jonathan Kellerman is an Alex Delaware thriller.

Other novels
“No Not Say We Have Nothing” by Madeleine Thien follows two generations in China beginning with the civil war. “A Separation” by Katie Kitamura tells of a woman searching for her missing husband in Greece after they have separated. “Sleeping on Jupiter” by Anurradha Roy begins with an assault on a young woman in India. “The Bertie Project” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the 44 Scotland Street series. “The Association of Small Bombs” by Karan Mahajan tells of the aftermath of a bomb detonating in a Delhi marketplace. “We Were The Lucky Ones” by Georgia Hunter is a novel inspired by the author’s Jewish family fleeing Nazi Germany.

Nonfiction
“The Cancer Survivor’s Garden Companion” by Jenny Peterson shows how you can create a haven for healing in your own backyard. “Nature’s Remedies” by Jean Willoughby is an illustrated guide to healing herbs with illustrations by Katie Shelly. “You Carried Me” is an intimate memoir by Melissa Ohden, an abortion survivor. “Stolen Beauty” by Laurie Lico Albanese is set in Nazi Vienna. “iWar” by Bill Gertz shows how we are losing the Information Age war in digital space. “Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaiman explains the major myths that he often uses in his novels. “The Temporary Bride” by Jennifer Klinec is a memoir of a woman who quit her corporate job to launch a cooking school and travel to Iran to learn about Persian cuisine. “Exponential Living” by empowerment speaker Sheri Riley offers nine principles to help you integrate your professional success with whole-life success.

Free programmed Nooks
We have nine Nooks and three 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.

Free downloadable e-books
Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our 3M Cloud Library. Access these e-books 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.

Free downloadable films
For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a 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 Maria Gallegos and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“I love ideas and stories. I always have at least one book going and am on the lookout for the next one. They feed the brain and fuel the imagination. I can’t imagine life without them.” – From “Keep Moving and Other Tips and Truths about Aging,” a memoir by show business legend Dick Van Dyke.

Website
For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.
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2/23/17

LIBRARY NEWS
Alaskan storyteller to perform tomorrow at free all-ages event

We hope you and your family will join us tomorrow (Friday, January 24) from 10–11 a.m. when we will be treated to a special performance by Alaskan native storyteller Lily Hope as she animates stories of the Tlingit people while sharing their songs, dances and culture.
Lily has a strong connection to Pagosa Springs. She is the daughter of the late award-winning Alaska native weaver Clarissa Rizal and Pagosa writer Bill Hudson. She grew up mainly in Alaska and Pagosa. Her sister Ursala Hudson runs a graphic design business here, and is president of the Pagosa Peak Open School board of directors, a volunteer group aiming at opening Pagosa’s first tuition-free charter elementary school. Lily has lived in the Juneau area for the past 15 years with her husband, poet and actor Ishmael Hope, and their four children.
This will be a fun event for parents and little ones as you enjoy a multi-sensory taste of Southwest Alaska’s Tlingit people. Lily is a well-known artist, actor and teacher. She teaches weaving in the Juneau School District and to independent learners. She also demonstrates internationally and lectures on the spiritual commitments of being a weaver. We are thrilled that she will share her knowledge and expertise with us while she is here visiting her Pagosa family.

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.

Free teen role-playing today
The role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place today (Thursday, February 23) from 4-5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters. You can join this group any time.

Free all-ages gaming tomorrow
Enjoy video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your family and friends tomorrow (Friday, February 24) from 2-3:15 p.m.

Free teen book club tomorrow
Join us tomorrow (Friday, February 24) from 2-3 p.m. for the free teen book club when seventh-12th graders will talk about what you’ve been reading and help us choose our next books.

Special guest at Otaku Monday
The free Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets on Monday, February 27 from 4-5 p.m. Note this is the final Monday of the month, rather than the normal third, so we can welcome a special guest – local author Mariko Tatsumoto, who will talk to us about Japanese culture and language. This club is for fifth-12th grades.

Free tech sessions
Rachael is available for Tech Tuesday 10 a.m.-noon and Tech Thursday 2-4 p.m. Drop in with your technology questions. A more formal session takes place Saturday, February 25 from 3-4:30 p.m. when she will show you how to use MS Word to easily create a professional looking resume using basic formatting tool. Basic Word skills are required.

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

Free kids storytime
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join Michael for 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.

Free baby storytime
Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join Michael for a short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

Free toddler storytime
Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join Michael for 30 minutes of stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.

DVDs
“The X Files” is the complete first season. “Wish Me Luck” is series two of the British World War II program. “Pal Joey” stars Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak. “3 Days of the Condor” is a thriller starring Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway. “Life, Animated” is a documentary about a child who could not speak until his father used Disney characters to communicate. “Hell or High Water” stars Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster. “Never Go Back” is a Jack Reacher adventure starring Tom Cruise.
“Wish Me Luck” is series three of the British WWII series. The Error Flynn TCM collection contains four of the actor’s films. “Love in the Time of Cholera” is a romance set in South America. “Wedding Crashers Uncorked edition” is a comedy.

CDs
“Curtain of Death” by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV is a Clandestine Operations thriller. “Scalpers” by Ralph Cotton and “The Cheyenne Trail” by Ralph Compton are westerns. “Ring of Fire” by Brad Taylor is a Pike Logan thriller. “Below the Belt” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery. “Never Never” by James Patterson and Candice Fox is a thriller. “Wyoming Brave” is a western romance. “Smoke Jensen The Beginning” is a William W. and J.A. Johnstone is book one of two in this western series.

Large print
“Curtain of Death” by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV is a Clandestine Operations thriller.

Nonfiction
“Nourishing Fats” by Sally Fallon Morell argues that we need animal fats for health and happiness. “The Spider and the Fly” by Claudia Rowe documents the conversations of a reporter and a serial killer never brought to justice. “At the End of the World” by Lawrence Millman is the true story of murder in the Arctic. “Food Fight” by McKay Jenkins offers the views from both sides of the GMO controversy. “The Hungry Brain” by Dr. Stephan J. Guyenet explores the neuroscience behind why our brain undermines our weight control goals and what to do about it. “Schadenfreude, A Love Story” by Rebecca Schuman tells of the author’s love for the intricacies and specialties of the German language. “Pretend I’m Not Here” by Barbara Feinman Todd is a memoir by a Washington Post journalist involved in major stories in the nation’s capitol. “Nature Fix” by Florence Williams explains why nature makes us happier, healthier and more creative. “Let It Go” by Peter Walsh is a guide to downsizing and decluttering your life. “The Upstarts” by Brad Stone shows how Uber, Airbnb and others are changing the world. GED Test for Dummies” by Murray Shukyn offers tips to help you maximize your score.

Novels
“War & Turpentine” by Steffan Hertmans retells a grandfather’s story via his notebooks. “The Vegetarian” by Han Kang is a South Korean three-part drama novella. “The Little Red Chairs” by Edna O’Brien follows a woman reclaiming her life shattered by betrayal. “Heroes of the Frontier” by Dave Eggers is a darkly comic story of a mother and two young children on a journey through the Alaskan wilderness. “4321” by Paul Auster recounts the life of a man on four simultaneous and independently fictional paths.

Free programmed Nooks
We have nine Nooks and three 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.

Free downloadable e-books
Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our 3M Cloud Library. Access these e-books 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.

Free downloadable films
For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a 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 many anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.” Carrie Fisher (1956-2016), American actress, writer and humorist.

Website
For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

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2/16/17

LIBRARY NEWS
What the stats say about your library

Annually at this time of year, Meg Wempe, library director, prepares a 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 shared with state, county and town governments to keep them informed. Here is a condensed version of that report on 2016 operations:
• Major objectives achieved: Converted the Early Literacy collection from being catalogued by author to being organized in 11 different categories like you’ll find in a bookstore such as “things that go” (e.g., cars, trains, buses) so children can find what they want more easily, installed a self-checkout station and DVD dispenser, working on a plan to install a book return at the Uptown City Market, and formed a board subcommittee to write a new three-year strategic plan.
Resource sharing: AspenCat allows our patrons access not only to the 28,745 items in our collection but also more than one million items in the other 106 AspenCat libraries. The Colorado Library Consortium courier service provides daily delivery to subscribing libraries throughout the state. In 2016 we borrowed 9,385 items – up 15.9 percent over 2015 – and loaned 2,638, up 21.6 percent. By taking advantage of the purchasing power of the State Library and Colorado Library Consortium, we subscribed to multiple educational databases at substantial savings, and purchased downloadable audio books, e-books and magazines. In 2016 our patrons downloaded 5,000 items and logged 432 sessions on our electronic databases, a decrease 32 percent.
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. In 2016 we added 3,685 items, including 597 from donations, and deleted 2,907 worn or outdated items. Our materials budget for 2017 is $52,885 or 9.6 percent of our total expenses.
Usage stats: More than 91,000 patrons walked through our doors last year, a very slight increase over 2015. We checked out 98,589 items, a decrease of 4.8 percent from 2015. Public computer usage decreased four percent to 20,070 sessions, not counting patrons who used their own devices in the library or accessed our wireless service after hours.
Programming: Providing programs for all ages is also a high priority. From early literacy to adult education, 6,190 people attended one or more of our 507 programs, up a significant 24 percent. Our programming budget is one percent of our total expenses.
Donations, grants and volunteers: We are very fortunate to have the ongoing support of the community. In 2016 we received $7,414 in donations and $7,387 in grants, 2.7 percent of our total revenue. Our volunteers contributed 699 hours, about one-third of a full-time position.
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 2017 staff education is one percent of our total budget.

Library closure
Your library will be closed Monday, February 20 for Presidents’ Day.

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.

One more free Valentine’s event tomorrow
Tomorrow (Friday, February 17) from 5-7 p.m. is an anti-Valentines lock-in for ages 12-17. This is food, games and activities for teens who are tired of a romantic Valentine’s Day. For your child to participate, you must fill out a permission slip to be presented upon entry. Pizza will be served.

Free all-ages movie tomorrow
Join us tomorrow (Friday, February 17) from 2-3:30 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.

Free all-ages art Saturday
This Saturday, February 18 from 3-4 p.m. our all-ages art session will feature pine cone suet birdfeeders. Have fun creating a unique feeder to feed the birds all winter long. No matter your age, please join us! All-ages art is offered every other Saturday.

Free book event for adults
Tomorrow (Friday, February 17) is the first day to pick up “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” a nonfiction book by Susan Cain, for a special book discussion on Saturday, March 18. The first 15 people will get a copy that is yours to keep. No registration required. This is a separate event from the adult book club, which meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.

Free Spanish conversation
Wednesday, February 22 from 4-5:30 p.m. practice your Spanish with others at this informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers. No registration required.

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

Free tech sessions
Rachael is available for Tech Tuesday 10 a.m.-noon and Tech Thursday 2-4 p.m. Drop in with your technology questions.

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

Free kids storytime
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join Michael for 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.

Free baby storytime
Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join Michael for a short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

Free toddler storytime
Every Saturday from 9:30 – 10 a.m., join Michael for 30 minutes of stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.

Large print
“The Outfit: To Hell and Back” by Matthew P Mayo is a western. “The Midnight Bell” by Jack Higgins is a Sean Dillon thriller. “The Secrets of Wishtide” by Kate Saunders is a Laetitia Rood mystery. “The Old Man” by Thomas Perry is an adventure about a 60-year-old army intelligence officer on the run for 35 years. “Collecting the Dead” by Spencer Kope follows an FBI agent whose tracking ability depends on his ability to see “shine” from people. “Below the Belt” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.
Nonfiction
“My Life, My Love, My Legacy” by Coretta Scott King is a memoir by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s wife. “Unbound” by Steph Jagger follows a woman who sold everything to ski four million vertical feet in a year. “The Virtuous Tart” by Susan Jane White provides more than 60 healthy, nutritious and sun recipes. “Lonely Planet’s Where To Go When” offers 360 suggestions for destinations around the world and the best time of year to go.

Thrillers and mysteries
“Right Behind You” by Lisa Gardner is a thriller set in Oregon. “The Sleepwalker” by Chris Bohjalian follows a mother who goes missing. “Clownfish Blues” by Tim Dorsey is about bad guys gaming the Florida State lottery.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week we thank Benny Lohman and our anonymous donors. For her generous monetary donation we thank Muriel Eason.

Quotable Quote
“The trouble with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.” – Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, historian, writer, political activist and winner of the Nobel Prize for literature.

Website
For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

 

02/09/17

LIBRARY NEWS
Why we need to read and talk more about books

“We all ask each other a lot of questions. But we should all ask one question a lot more often: ‘What are you reading?’ It’s a simple question but a powerful one, and it can change lives.”
These are the words of author Will Schwalbe, whose book “Books for Living” is getting rave reviews and has been added to your library’s collection.
“We need to read now more than ever. We overschedule our days and complain about being too busy. We shop endlessly for stuff we don’t need and then feel oppressed by the clutter that surrounds us. We rarely sleep well or enough…. We watch cooking shows and then eat fast food…. We keep up with hundreds of acquaintances but rarely see our best friends. We bombard ourselves with video clips and emails and instant messages….
“Books are uniquely suited to helping us change our relationship to the rhythms and habits of daily life in this world of endless connectivity…. They speak to us, thoughtfully, one at a time. They demand that we briefly put aside our own beliefs and prejudices and listen to someone else’s….
“Reading is the best way I know to learn how to examine your life. By comparing what you’ve done with what others have done, and your thoughts and theories and feelings with those of others, you learn about yourself and the world around you. Perhaps that is why reading is one of the few things you do alone that can make you feel less alone. It is a solitary activity that connects you to others.”

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.

Two free Valentine’s events
Today (Thursday, February 9) from 4-6 p.m. is a Valentine-making party for all ages. You’ll be able to handcraft awesome Valentines while you munch delicious treats with your family and friends. Everyone loves a handmade Valentine! Then next Friday, February 17 from 5-7 p.m. is an anti-Valentines lock-in for ages 12-17. Join us for food, games and activities for teens who are tired of a romantic Valentine’s Day. For your child to participate, you must fill out a permission slip to be presented upon entry. Pizza will be served.

Free all-ages gaming tomorrow
Enjoy video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your family and friends tomorrow (Friday, February 10) from 2-3:15 p.m.

Free fan fiction for teens tomorrow
Tomorrow (Friday, February 10) from 3:30-4:30 p.m., teens in the seventh-12th grades are invited to a Fan Fiction writing event when you’ll be coming up with stories about some of your favorite characters.

Free Lego Club Saturday
Lego Club for kids six-12 years is 11 a.m.-noon on Saturday, February 11. We’ve got the LEGOs – just bring your imagination.

Free book club for adults
Our adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles. On February 14 we will discuss “The Empire of the Summer Moon” by S.C. Gwynne. Stop by to pick up a copy. No registration required.

Free DIY for adults
At this month’s DIY on Wednesday, February 15 at 1 p.m. we’ll learn to whip coconut oil into lavender body butter. Bring an electric mixer if you have one. No registration required.

Free teen sewing fun
Teens in the fifth-12th grades are invited next Thursday, February 16 from 4-5:30 p.m. to learn some basic sewing skills and make a felt plushie to take home.

Free tech sessions
Rachael is available for Tech Tuesday 10 a.m.-noon and Tech Thursday 2-4 p.m. Drop in with your technology questions. On Saturday, February 11 from 3-4 p.m. she’ll give a short introductory talk about the iPad and then stay for an extended Q&A session. Whether you’re thinking about buying an iPad or wondering how to change the settings, this session is for you. No registration required.

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

Free kids storytime
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join Michael for 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.

Free baby storytime
Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join Michael for a short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

Free toddler storytime
Every Saturday from 9:30 – 10 a.m., join Michael for 30 minutes of stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.

Nonfiction
“Lost City of the Monkey” by Douglas Preston details a scientific exploration of a lost civilization. “Frommer’s Easy Guide to Disney World, Universal and Orlando 2017” is quick to read and light to carry. “Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016-2017 edition” contains information about 300 occupations. “Primal Fat Burner” by nutritionist Nora Gedgaudas is a dietary approach with a 21-day meal plan and recipes.

Thrillers and mysteries
“World, Chase Me Down” by Andrew Hilleman is based on the true story of the first most-wanted man in America. “First Strike” by Ben Coes follows the most powerful U.S. hand-picked leader in the Middle East as he double-crosses us. “Never Never” by James Patterson and Candice Fox follows a top investigator whose brother is arrested for three murders. “True Faith and Allegiance” by Mark Grfeaney is a Jack Ryan thriller.

Other novels
“Mexico Stories” is a collection of stories by Josh Barkan about different people trying to live their lives and steer clear of crime. “This Is How It Always Is” by Laurie Frankel tells of a family dealing with a young boy who wants to be a girl. “Transit” by Rachael Cusk follows a writer and her two young sons who move to London. “Lucky Boy” by Shanthi Sekaran focuses on a boy being fought over why two mothers. “To The Bright edge of the World” by Eowyn Ivey is a story of survival and love set in 1885 in the vast unnamed Alaska Territory.

Free programmed Nooks
We have nine Nooks and three 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.

Free downloadable e-books
Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our 3M Cloud Library. Access these e-books 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.

Free downloadable films
For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a 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 Jeff Versaw and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“People have always received life-guiding wisdom from certain types of nonfiction like self-help books. But all sorts of books can carry this wisdom: a random sentence in a thriller will give me unexpected insight. In fact, novels…can increase our capacity for empathy by engaging our imagination as they introduce us to new perspectives.” – Will Schwalbe, author of “Books for Living.”

Website
For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.
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2/2/17

LIBRARY NEWS
Four free fun Valentine’s events at your library

We have four different free Valentine’s events at the library for your enjoyment in the coming days, with all materials provided and no registration required:
• This Saturday, February 4 from 3-4 p.m. our all-ages art session will feature heart mobiles. You’ll have fun creating a unique hanging mobile with brightly colored paper hearts. No matter your age, please join us!
• Wednesday, February 8 at the adult crafts session at 1 p.m., you will create gorgeous heart-shaped wreaths of paper roses.
• Thursday, February 9 from 4-6 p.m. is a Valentine-making party for all ages. You’ll be able to handcraft awesome Valentines while you munch delicious treats with your family and friends. Everyone loves a handmade Valentine!
• Friday, February 17 from 5-7 p.m. is an anti-Valentines lock-in for ages 12-17. Join us for food, games and activities for teens who are tired of a romantic Valentine’s Day.

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 (Thursday, February 2) the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs. Share an idea to pick out a free book.
Free teen role-playing
The role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Monday, February 6 from 4-5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters. You can join this group any time.

Free Spanish basics
Wednesday, February 8 from 4-5:30 p.m. you can practice your Spanish and learn how to talk about your house. You’ll also learn how to conjugate the verbs “to have” and “to be.” All are welcome. No registration required.

Free tech sessions
Rachael is available for Tech Tuesday 10 a.m.-noon and Tech Thursday 2-4 p.m. Drop in with your technology questions.

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

Free kids storytime
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join Michael for 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.

Free baby storytime
Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join Michael for a short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

Free toddler storytime
Every Saturday from 9:30 – 10 a.m., join Michael for 30 minutes of stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

DVDs
“Everest” documents the adventures of two climbing expeditions on the on the mountain. “A Man Called Love” is based on the international bestselling book. “Kubo and the Two Strings” is an animated action adventure. “The Yellow Handkerchief” is a love story set in post-Katrina Louisiana. “The Magnificent Seven” is the classic western. “Witness for the Prosecution” stars Marlene Deitrich and Charles Laughton. “Finding Dory” in the Disney Pixar hit. “Wish Me Luck” is season one of the PBS British World War II series.

Large print
“River of Time” by Naomi Judd is memoir by the country music star. “Eggnog Murder” by Leslie Meir, Lee Hollis and Barbara Ross is a mystery.

Nonfiction
“Senior Moments” by Willard Spiegelman gathers more than six decades of lessons from the author’s career as a writer and professor. “The Way of the Writer” by Charles Johnson reflects on the art and craft of storytelling and is a guide to the writing process. “The Wellness Mama Cookbook” by Katie Wells provides 200 simple, delicious and healthy recipes as well as meal plans and time-saving tips. “Mrs. Sherlock Holmes” by Brad Ricca details the history and cases of New York City’s first female detective and lawyer.

Thrillers and mysteries
“Winter’s Child” by Margaret Coel is the latest in the Wind River Reservation series.

Other novels
“Say Goodbye for Now” by Catherine Ryan Hyde is set in an abandoned animals shelter on an isolated Texas ranch. “Take Back the Sky” by Greg Bear is the third story in the War Dogs sci-fi trilogy. “Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo” by Boris Fishman tells of a couple tracking down their adopted son’s birth parents to understand his behavior. “The Mortifications” by Derek Palacio follows a Cuban émigré family in America – but in Connecticut not Miami.

Free programmed Nooks
We have nine Nooks and three 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.

Free downloadable e-books
Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our 3M Cloud Library. Access these e-books 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.

Free downloadable films
For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a 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
“My mother used to say, ‘Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.’ She taught me that there is always a way around a problem – you’ve just got to find it. Keep trying doors; one will eventually open. She also taught me to accept failure as part and parcel of life. It’s not the opposite of success; it’s an integral part of success.” – Arianna Huffington. bestselling author, co-founder and editor in chief of the Huffington Post, now owned by AOL.

Website
For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.
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1/26/17

LIBRARY NEWS
Reader’s Digest writer explores small fictional Southern community

Henry Hurt was a greatly admired writer at Reader’s Digest back when it was the world’s most widely read magazine, published in 39 editions and 15 languages with 100 million readers across the globe. Many of his articles were hard-hitting investigative pieces about espionage, terrorism and disasters. His book about the investigation into J.F. Kennedy’s’s assassination was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
But Henry also has a softer side, and some of his articles for Reader’s Digest that were most popular with the magazine’s readers told of ordinary people facing difficult issues in their lives. Throughout his impressive nonfiction career, in his spare time and for his own satisfaction (as he put it), he worked on novels and short stories. Now, in retirement, he has published “Stories from The Road Not Taken,” a collection of six pieces about people living in a small fictional community called Shaw’s Pond in Southside Virginia.
In some ways the stories stand alone. But their characters are linked by generations and geography – and by narrator Sam Cobbett, the town’s newspaper editor who has returned to his home town and whose wife has divorced him and taken his children away.
Henry writes in a deceptively easy style reflecting a skilled craftsman rewriting and polishing his prose for perfect storytelling. His rich powers of observation and sympathetic understanding introduce us to his characters as if we are meeting new neighbors, good and bad. A few of them are endearing. Several you will not like. But all are compelling and believable. By the time you finish this book, you will feel you know the customs, values and behaviors of Shaw’s Pond families as if you had lived there for decades.
“Stories from The Road Not Taken” has been added to the library’s collection. You can purchase your own copy from Shadetree Books in Chatham, Va. or at Amazon.

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.

Free teen role-playing today
The role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place today (Thursday, January 26) from 4-5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters. You can join this group any time.

Free all-ages gaming tomorrow
Enjoy video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your family and friends tomorrow (Friday, January 27) from 2-3:15 p.m.

Free Otaku
Monday, January 30 from 4-5 p.m. fifth-12th graders meet for Otaku. Watch some anime with your friends and talk about your favorite manga.

Free Black History Month event
Wednesday, February 1 bring your lunch or enjoy our snacks from noon – 1:30 p.m. while you listen to the best of TED Talks about Black History Month. TED (stands for technology, entertainment and design) is a nonpartisan nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short powerful talks. You may be familiar with the TED Radio Hour on KSUT, our local NPR radio station.

Free Paws to Read

Wednesday, February 1 from 4-5 p.m., youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Penny and Cassia, therapy dogs who love listening to stories. This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

Free tech sessions
Rachael is available for Tech Tuesday 10 a.m.-noon and Tech Thursday 2-4 p.m. Drop in with your technology questions. On Saturday, January 28 from 3-4 p.m. she will lead an Introduction to Computer Terms class where you’ll learn basic computer terminology like flash drive, loading, uploading, hardware and software. There also will be time for questions. No registration required.

Free Medicaid and Connect for Health session
Kevin O’Connor from San Juan Health and Renee Burch from Archuleta County Human Services discuss options and changes to Medicaid and Connect for Health, the Colorado Obamacare health exchange, next Thursday, February 2 from 1 – 1:45 p.m. No registration required.

Teen advisory board
Next Thursday, February 2 the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs. Share an idea to pick out a free book.

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

Free kids storytime
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join Michael for 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.

Free baby storytime
Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join Michael for a short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

Free toddler storytime
Every Saturday from 9:30 – 10 a.m., join Michael for 30 minutes of stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

Large print
“Shotgun: The Bleeding Ground” by C. Courtney Joyner, “The Man from Boot Hill: Dead Man’s Promise” by Marcus Galloway, “The Bones of Paradise” by Jonis Agee and “A Colorado Christmas” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone are westerns.

CDs
“Island of Glass” by Nora Roberts is book three in the Guardian a paranormal fantasy series. “The Seventh Plague” by James Rollins is a Sigma Force adventure. “True Faith and Allegiance” by Mark Greaney is a military adventure in the Tom Clancy mode.

Nonfiction
“The Science of Positivity” by Loretta Graziano Breuning helps you stop negative thought patterns. “The Glass Universe” by Dava Sobel is a true story of Harvard women’s landmark contributions to astronomy. “Stand Tall” by Dewey Bozella is the inspiring story of one man’s fight against wrongful incarceration.

Thrillers and mysteries
“Ring of Fire” by Brad is a Pike Logan thriller. “Because You’re Mine” by Colleen Coble I a romantic suspense story. “Conclave” by Robert Harris goes behind the scenes when a new pope is being elected.

Other novels
“The Mirror Thief” by Martin Seay is set in three times and three Venices – Italy, Venice Beach and the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. “Mister Monkey” by Francine Prose revolves around a children’s musical about a pet chimpanzee. “Mr. Splitfoot” by Samantha Hunt is a contemporary gothic story tracking two women in two times. “Britt-Marie Was Here” by Fredrik Backman follows a fastidious woman forced to deal with muddy floors, unruly children and more.

Free programmed Nooks
We have nine Nooks and three 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.

Free downloadable e-books
Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our 3M Cloud Library. Access these e-books 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.

Free downloadable films
For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a 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 Lyn Dryburgh and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Amid our overscheduled, hectic lives, it’s important that we find time to pick up a book. Reading is the best way to both escape and engage with the world.” – Author Will Schwalbe in his new book “Books for Living.”

Website
For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.
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1/19/17

 

LIBRARY NEWS

All-ages art session and family reading night

Join us with your family and friends this Saturday, January 21 from 3-4 p.m. for a special art session.  We’ll enjoy water coloring and marble painting.  All ages welcome.  No experience or registration needed.

Then on Monday, January 23 we’ll host an all-ages Family Reading Night from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  This is a session of stories and ideas for how to support your children on their path to becoming great reading.  Michael will read stories and share tips with parents on how to make reading aloud an everyday practice.  Kids are welcome – we’ll have snacks, books and activities to keep the little ones happy.  This program is brought to you in partnership with Seeds of learning preschool.

 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.

Free Medicare 101 session today

            Today (Thursday, January 19) at 10:30 a.m. you can learn important information about Medicare.  Understand your rights, options, deadlines, possible penalties and where to find the information you need.

 Free teen book club

            Tomorrow (Friday, January 20) from 2-3 p.m. is our first teen book club meeting of the year.  Note new day to accommodate our regular members’ schedules.  No group book discussion – instead this is a chance for teens to share what they’ve been reading and to vote on what books they’ll read in 2017.

 Free all-ages movie

            Join us tomorrow (Friday, January 20) from 2-3:15 p.m. for a Pixar smash hit movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to name the film’s title in the media, but you can find it on the activities calendars.

Free Spanish conversation

            Next Wednesday, January 25 from 4-5 p.m. you can practice your Spanish skills with others.  This informal gathering will give you the opportunity to increase fluency by speaking with other Spanish language learners.  All are welcome.  No registration required.

 Free teen role-playing

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

Free tech session

Rachael is available for Tech Tuesday 10 a.m.-noon and Tech Thursday 2-4 p.m.  Drop in with your technology questions.

 

Free teen gaming

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

 

Free kids storytime

            Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join Michael for 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.

 

Free baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join Michael for a short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

 

Free toddler storytime         

Every Saturday from 9:30 – 10 a.m., join Michael for 30 minutes of stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

 

DVDs

            “Suicide Squad” features super villains.  “Florence Foster Jenkins” stars Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant.  “The Legend of 1900” is a magical story of a young boy living on a cruise ship.  “Cabaret” and “A Chorus Line” are the Broadway smash hits as musical films.  “The Iron Lady” stars Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher.  “Man from Earth” is a sci-fi film.

 

Nonfiction

“Facebook for Seniors” by Carrie, Chris and Cheryl Ewin shows you how to connect with friends and family in 12 easy lessons.  “Books for Living” by Will Schwalbe explores the power of books to shape our lives in an era of constant connectivity.  “Hemingway at War” by Terry Mort tells of Ernest Hemingway’s adventures as a World War II journalist.

 

Thrillers and mysteries

            “Stalking Ground” by Margaret Mizushima is a Timber Creek K-9 mystery.  “The Chemist” by Stephanie Meyer features an ex-government agent who must take one more case to clear her name.  “The Bone Collection” by Kathy Reichs is a collection of short fiction by the author behind the Fox “Bones’ series.  “Mischling” by Affinity Konar focuses on two young girls in Mengele’s experimental population at Auschwitz.  “Black Water” by Louise Doughty explores some of the darker events of recent history through the story of one troubled man.

 

 

Other novels

            “The Liberation” by Ian Tregillis is the final book in the trilogy featuring a mechanical man named Jax.  “The Sound of Seas” by Gillian Anderson and Jeff Rovin is the final book in the EarthEnd saga.  “Sweet Tomorrows” by Debbie Macomber is the final book in the Rose Harbor series.  “The Queen of the Night” by Alexander Chee follows an American orphan who becomes a sensation at the Paris Opera.  “The Gloaming” by Melanie Finn, set in East Africa, was a New York Times notable book of 2016.  “The Mistress” by Danielle Steel features a woman saved from starving by a Russian billionaire.  “Blood Vow” by J.R. Ward is the latest in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.  “Imagine Me Gone” by Adam Haslett follows a family dealing with the depression of the father.  “Reputations” by Juan Gabriel Vasquez tells of an influential political cartoonist who has his sense of personal history upended.         

 

Free programmed Nooks

            We have nine Nooks and three 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.

 

Free downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our 3M Cloud Library.  Access these e-books 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.

 

Free downloadable films

For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a 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 Julia Hampton and Anna O’Reilly.

 

 

Quotable Quote

            “Life is composed of lights and shadows, and we would be untruthful if we tried to pretend there were no shadows.” – Walt Disney (1901-1966), American animator and film producer.

           

Website

            For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

 

 

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