05/29/2014 Thanks for your helpful input on our library survey

Bottom line results:  You told us you want more space for meetings
and classes but are not too interested in the library becoming a community
center or exercise space. You also want self-checkout and Wi-Fi printing. And
you expressed interest in expanded evening hours and being open on Sundays.  Here are more details:

  • Most respondents feel your library should focus on
    early literacy, information and entertainment, and lifelong learning
    programs.
  • Most still prefer print books but almost 40 percent
    like both print and e-Books.
  • For audio books, most prefer them on CD rather than
    downloadable.
  • Regarding new technology, you want self-checkout
    stations, Wi-Fi printing and a 3D printer.
  • Regarding new programs, you’d like a tutoring/homework
    center, career/job coaching and support for home-school groups.
  • You’d like your library to be open later in the
    evening, even if that means opening later in the morning, and on Sundays.
  • You’d like more space in the library for a coffee
    shop, quiet reading, community meetings, more books, a dedicated computer
    lab and study rooms.  One quarter of
    you say the library is fine just as it is.

      “We are very thankful to everyone who
took the time to complete our survey,” said Jackie Welch, library
director.  “Your library is here to serve
the community, and the only way we know if we are fulfilling our mission is if
you tell us what you want and how we are doing. 
On an ongoing basis, we welcome all comments, both good and bad, so we
can serve you better.”  Welch said her
only disappointment was that so few non-library users filled out the
survey.  Stay tuned to this Library News
column for changes that will be made as a result of your input, and as the
library Board of Trustees prepares a new five-year master plan.

 

Summer Reading Program

            Sign
up now for this year’s free Summer Reading Program June 2 through July 25.  You can register online via a link on our
website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/ or in the library.  Summer reading activities are open to everyone
from babies to adults.  Also, summer
reading participants should mark your calendars for a free all-ages closing
party on July 25 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. (after the library closes) that will
include award of prizes, refreshments and entertainment by the San Juan
Mountain Boys.  Detailed summer reading
schedules for all ages are available at the library. 

 

Free Medicare Basics session

            If you are turning
65 and have questions about Medicare, or living with a disability and wondering
if you are eligible, please join us Tuesday, June 3 from 10-11:30 a.m. for an
informative session organized by Area Agency on Aging.  RSVP to 264-0502.  

 

Free Melanie Milburn concert

            Join us Wednesday,
June 4 from 10-11 a.m. when singer/songwriter Melanie Milburn will present a
musical concert for our young patrons and their families.  Melanie will address the challenges of life
and growing up in a fun, upbeat celebration of life.

 

Free technology classes

            Meg
Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions
10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. 
A more formal session requiring registration is Excel Basics on
Wednesday, June 4 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. where you will learn how to use
spreadsheets.

 

Free adult movies are back

            Starting June 6,
every Friday from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. (note new time), you are invited for coffee,
popcorn and a movie for adults.  The
contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the
title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on
the radio.  If you want to know what show is playing on a given date, pick
up the monthly adult activities flyer at the library.

 

Free Friday movies for teens

            Starting June 6,
every Friday at noon teens are invited to a movie.  The contract that we have for the movie
licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside
the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio.  If you want to
know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly teen activities
flyer at the library.

 

Free Friday movie for kids

            Starting
June 6, every Friday at 10 a.m., kids are invited to a movie.  The contract that we have for the movie
licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside
the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio.  If you want to
know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly kids’ activities
flyer at the library.

 

 Free Thursday Kids’ Zone

            “Read with a
Ranger” is this week’s theme on Thursday, June 5 for first-third graders from
1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

 

Free teen fun on Wednesday

            Wednesday, June 4,
join us for Brush Bots (miniature robots made from a toothbrush and cell phone
motors) from 3-4:30 p.m.  Then stay for
Dungeons and Dragons from 4:30- 6 p.m.

 

Free teen gaming and crafts

            Every
Tuesday from 1:30-2:45 p.m. (note new time) we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii,
board games and Pokemon Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other
trading card battle games. Snacks provided.

 

DVDs

            “Her” is this
year’s Academy Award winner for best original screenplay.  “The Shawshan Redemption” was nominated for
seven Academy Awards years ago.  “Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles” is their first live-action film.  “The Shining” stars Jack Nicholson.  “Doctor Zhivago” is the classic movie from
the Pasternak novel of Russia.  “Passage to India” was nominated for 11 Academy
Awards years ago.  “The Goonies” is a
Steven Spielberg film. 

 

Large print

            “Cavandon Hall” by
Barbara Taylor Bradford follows two families as World War I is looming.  “Live to See Tomorrow” by Iris Johansen is a
mystery set in Hong Kong.  “Robert B. Parker’s Cheap Shot” by Ace Atkins
is the latest in the Spenser mystery series. 
“Otherwise Engaged” by Amanda Quick is an historical thriller set in London.  “The Keeper” by John Lescroart is the latest
in the Dismay Hardy mystery series. “Field of Prey” by John Sandford is the
latest in the Lucas Davenport mystery series. 
“A Family Affair” by Fern Michaels is about a dancer adjusting to a new
lifestyle married to a prince.  “Chestnut Street” by
Maeve Binchy follows characters living on an imagined street in Dublin.  “Midnight Crossroad” by Charlaine Harris is a
novel set in the dried up western town of Midnight,
TX. 

           

Nonfiction

            “Toxin Toxout” by
environmentalists Bruce Lourie and Rick Smith shows you how to get harmful
chemicals out of your body and our world. 
“Divide” by journalist Matt Taibbi shows how growing wealth inequality
and mass incarceration of poor people determines results in our system of
justice.  “The Purpose Economy” by Aaron
Hurst describes how the pro bono market and new entrepreneurs are changing America.  “The Bombers and the Bombed” by Richard Overy
explores the Allied air war over Europe from
1940-1945.

                       

CDs

            “Finding Me” by
Michelle Knight with Michelle Burford is a memoir of the Cleveland kidnappings.  “Field of Prey” by John Sandford is the
latest in the Lucas Davenport mystery series. 
“Midnight Crossroad” by Charlaine Harris is a novel set in the dried up
western town of Midnight,
TX. 

 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

            “Field of Prey” by
John Sandford is the latest in the Lucas Davenport mystery series.  “Baudelaire’s Revenge” by Bob Van Laerhoven
takes readers on a sinister journey to Paris
in 1870.  “The Kill Switch” by James
Rollins and Grant Blackwood is the first in a new Sigma Forces series.

           

Thanks to our donors

            For books and
materials this week, we thank Kristal Fortune, Bob and Carole Howard,
 Mark Huerta, Jenny Iguchi, Kenneth Samela and Marcia Weanour.

 

Quotable Quote

            “Middle age is
when you’re sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings, and
you hope it isn’t for you.”  — Ogden
Nash (1902-1971), American poet known for his light verse,

 

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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05/22/2014 Health Talk session will describe Medical Center programs

Summer Reading Program

            Sign
up now for this year’s free Summer Reading Program that begins June 2 and runs
until July 25.  You can register online
via a link on our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/ or in the library.  Summer reading activities are open to everyone
from babies to adults.  Also, summer
reading participants will want to mark your calendars for a free all-ages
closing party on July 25 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. (after the library closes) that will
include award of prizes, refreshments and entertainment by the San Juan
Mountain Boys.

            Detailed
summer reading schedules for all ages are available at the library.  We urge you to pick them up and keep them
handy so you don’t miss any of these free fun events.  Also, note that some events require advance
registration.

 

Lifelong Learning Lecture tonight 

This evening
(Thursday, May 22) marks the last week of the library’s free six-week spring
Lifelong Leaning Lecture series, with a wide variety of interesting topics to
enrich your life and keep your mind agile. 
Tonight’s topic is “O’Keeffe’s Odyssey” by Fort Lewis College art
historian Judith Reynolds.  She will discuss
the developmental stages of the long life and medical history of artist Georgia
O’Keeffe. All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. and last about
an hour, with time for questions.  No
registration required.

 

Program suspensions and closure

            The free adult Friday morning movies are taking a
summer vacation.  They may return next
winter. There will be no karaoke in May. 
We hope it will return in June when we have the meeting room available
again. There will be no Otaku Club for teens this month.  Also, the library will be closed on Memorial
Day.

 

Free technology classes

            Meg
Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions
10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. 
Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet
issues.  A more formal session requiring
registration is Intermediate iPad on Wednesday, May 28 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Students need to have proficiency with basic iPad functions because this class
moves as a fast pace.   

           

 Free teen gaming and crafts

            Every
Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and
Pokemon Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle
games. Snacks provided.

 

How-to and self-help

            “The Alkaline
Cure” by Dr. Stephan Domenig offers ideas for you to lose weight and gain
energy.  “Do Less” by Rachel Jonat is a
minimalist guide to a simplified, organized and happy life.  “The Promise of a Pencil” by Adam Braun
documents how an ordinary person can create extraordinary change. 

 

Other nonfiction

             “Inside the White House” by Noel Grove tells
stories of this beloved symbol of the American presidency.  “Thrive” by Arianna Huffington is a
redefinition of what success means by this media mogul.  “50 Children” by Steven Pressman showcases
one American couple’s extraordinary rescue mission into the heart of Nazi
Germany.  “The Madwoman in the Volvo” by
Sanra Tsing Loh is an intimate and funny portrait of a woman in menopause.  “Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty” is a memoir
by actress Diane Keaton.      

 

DVDs

            “Miss Julie” is a
psychological drama set on a 19th century estate.  “Strangers on a Train” is an Alfred Hitchcok
film.  “Scarface” stars Al Pacino.  “Flyfishing Made Easy” is an interactive DVD
to facilitate learning.  “Margin Call” is
a thriller about an investment firm. “The Ides of March” is a thriller starring
George Clooney.  “Lord of War” is a
thriller about illegal arms dealing. 
“The Great Raid” is a true story of the most triumphant rescue mission
in U.S. military history.  “Secret
Window” is an action suspense story starring Johnny Depp.  “Arlington Road” is a thriller starring Jeff
Bridges and Tim Robbins.  “Homestead
Blessings: The Art of Gardening” is a practical and entertaining guide to
gardening.

 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

            “New Pictures of
an Old Murder”  by Jonna Turner is a
Highlands Ranch mystery.  “Frog Music” by
Emma Donoghue is a novel based on an unsolved murder in 1870s San Francisco. “Wolf”
by Mo Hayder is a Jack Caffery thriller about a home invasion.  “Distortion” by Terri Blackstock is the
latest in the moonlighters series.   “Natchez
Burning” by Greg Iles is a thriller is the first installment of a trilogy that
got rave reviews from Stephen King.    

                       

Other novels

            “A Paris
Apartment” by Michelle Gable exposes the story of an amazing woman.  “Contents May Have Shifted” by Pam Houston
follows a cowboy-loving, adventure-seeking traveler.  “You Should Have Known” by Jean Hanff
Korelitz is about a marriage counselor who learns her perfect life is a mirage.  “Flying” by Megan Hart follows a woman who
picks up a different man on each of her weekend getaways.  “A Family Affair” by Fern Michaels tells of a
dancer who marries a foreign prince.  “Secrecy”
by Rubert Thomson is set in 17th century Florence.  “Bridge to Haven” by Francine Rivers is set
in Hollywood in 1957.  

 

Thanks to our donors

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

 

Quotable Quote

            “There is in every
true woman’s heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad
daylight of prosperity; but which kindle up, and beams and blazes in the dark
hours of adversity.” – Washington Irving (1783-1859), American author,
essayist, historian 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/. 

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05/15/14

Summer Reading Program signups start today

Summer reading activities are open to everyone from babies to adults.  Our baby and toddler program is especially designed to help parents have fun reading and learning experiences with your child.  All the activities build early literacy skills. Summer reading theme for kids is Fizz, Boom, Read; for teens is Spark a Reaction; and for Adults is Literary Elements. Also, summer reading participants will want to mark your calendars for a free all-ages closing party on July 25 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. (after the library closes) that will include award of prizes, refreshments and entertainment by the San Juan Mountain Boys. Detailed summer reading schedules for all ages are available at the library.  We urge you to pick them up and keep them handy so you don’t miss any of these free fun events.  Also, note that some events require advance registration.

Free diabetes session

Next Monday, May 19 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. is the last of three free diabetic education lectures to answer questions and provide an opportunity for group support. They are organized and presented by the Pagosa Springs Medical Center’s Wellness Center, where you need to register at 731-1533.  If you are pre-diabetic, have just found out you are diabetic or have been living
with diabetes for years, you should find this session helpful.

Lifelong Learning Lecture tonight 

This evening (Thursday, May 15) marks the fifth week of the library’s free six-week spring Lifelong Leaning Lecture series, with a wide variety of interesting topics to enrich your life and keep your mind agile. Tonight’s topic is “Egypt: Ancient deities and timeless wisdom” by author and traveler Julie Loar.  She will share experiences of the lure of this ancient land drawn from her many journeys to Egypt.  All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. and last about an hour, with time for questions.  Next week’s lecture will be about Georgia O’Keeffe.  No registration required.

Program suspensions

The free adultFriday morning movies are taking a summer vacation.  They may return next winter. There will be no karaoke in May. We hope it will return in June when we have the meeting room available again. Also, no Otaku Club for teens this month.

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet issues.  A more formal session requiring registration is Facebook for Businesses (not personal accounts) on Wednesday, May 21 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. when you will learn how to create a page, access your page, manage administrative roles and more.  To participate, you must know the basics of Facebook.           

 Free teen gaming and crafts

Every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games. The May 20 session will also include crafts and a Lego competition. Snacks provided.

Free art fun for kids

Tomorrow (Friday, May 16) from 2 – 3 p.m. kids in the first-third grades are invited to a free fun time with art.  It’s always different and always results in something to take home.

How-to and self-help

Gooseberry Patch’s “Everyday One-Dish Meals” provides 260 simple, homestyle recipes.  “Patent, Copyright & Trademark” is an intellectual property reference work. “The Nourished Kitchen” by Jennifer McGruther offers farm-to-table recipes from the author’s home in the Colorado mountains. 

Other nonfiction

“Everybody’s Got Something” by Robin Roberts is a memoir by the Good Morning America anchor.  “Hope Runs” by Claire Diaz-Ortiz and Samuel Ikua Gachagua is a redemption story about an American tourist and a Kenyan orphan.  “All Fishermen are Liars” by John Gierach covers fishing topics large and small.  “No Market For ‘Em” as told to Ann Williams by Wayne Payton is this sixth-generation Coloradan record of her father’s story.               

CDs

“Tempting Fate” by Jane Green is about the lady woman you’d expect to have an affair.  “Forget Me Not” by Fern Michaels is a mystery.  “Waking the Dead” by Heather Graham is about a painting that comes to life – and brings death.  “Shadow Spell” by Nora Roberts is book two in the Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy.  “Blossom Street Brides” by Debbie Macomber is a romance. “Keep Quiet” by Lisa Scottoline is a suspense story.  “Otherwise Engaged” by Amanda Quick is a mystery set in London.  “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” by Mary Higgins Clark is a mystery.  “NYPD Red 2” by James Patterson and Marshall Karp is the second book in this series. “Frog Music” by Emma Donoghue is a novel based on an unsolved murder.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Until You’re Mine” by Samantha Hayes is a mystery involving pregnant women.  “Longer Than” by Erica Spindler is a romantic thriller.  “Unlucky 13” by James Patterson is the latest in the Women’s Murder Club series.  “Death at the Door” by Carolyn Hart is the latest in the Death on Demand Bookstore mystery series.  “Starfire” by Dale Brown is a military thriller that explores the weaponization of space.           

Other novels

“Hopeful” by Christian writer Shelley Shepard Gray is a romance set in an Amish town.  “The Shadow Queen” by Sandra Gulland is inspired by a true story set in the 17th century French court.  “The Promise” by Rachelle Friedman is a love story about a bride paralyzed just weeks before her wedding. 

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Kristal Fortune and David Huerta. 

Quotable Quote

“You may forget where you put your keys from time to time.  But unless you forget what your keys are for, this is no cause for alarm…. [In your 60s and beyond] your brain is like an older model computer. The information is still in there, it just takes a little longer to access.”  — Dr. John Whyte, author of “Is This Normal?  The Essential Guide to Middle Age and Beyond.” 

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/.

05/08/2014

Audio books and the return of storytelling

Now a recent opinion piece in The New York Times suggests that we may love audio books because they take us back to our childhood when our parents, grandparents and other caregivers read out loud to us.  There also is an historical context to our enjoyment of the spoken word.  As T.M. Luhrmann, a professor of anthropology at Stanford University, wrote in The Times: “For most of human history, literature has been spoken out loud.  The Iliad and the Odyssey were sung…. Even after narratives were written down, they were more often heard than read.” Upon reflection, today’s audio books may be another example of the old adage, the more things change, the more they stay the same. 

Second free diabetic session

Whether you are pre-diabetic, have just found out you are diabetic or have been living with diabetes for years, a new free diabetic education series of lectures can help answer questions and provide an opportunity for group support. The second session takes place at the library on Monday, May 12, from 4:30 – 6 p.m., and the last on May 19.  They are organized and presented by the Pagosa Springs Medical Center’s Wellness Center, where you need to register at 731-1533.  You can attend all sessions or just one, as you choose. 

Lifelong Learning Lecture tonight 

This evening (Thursday, May 8) marks the fourth week of the library’s free six-week spring Lifelong Leaning Lecture series, with a wide variety of interesting topics to enrich your life and keep your mind agile. Tonight’s topic is “The Near-Death Experience:  What Medical Professionals and Lay People Need to Know” by retired hospice doctor Pam Kircher.  She will show a 30-minute film created by the International Association of Near-Death Experiences and facilitate a Q&A session.  All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. and last about an hour, with time for
questions.  Pick up a brochure at the library for the full schedule.  No registration required.

Program suspensions

The free adultFriday morning movies are taking a summer vacation.  They may return next winter. There will be no karaoke in May. We hope it will return in June when we have the meeting room available again.  Also, no Otaku Club for teens this month.

Free Wise Traditions

Join us for lively discussions and lectures on a variety of topics including dietary needs, agriculture, medical traditions and more on the second Saturday of each month – for May, on the 10th – from 2 – 4:30 p.m.  (Note earlier starting time this month,)  Carmen Ritz returns for this May meeting.  All ages welcome.  No registration required.

Free book club for adults

Join our book club for adults, which meets once a month to discuss fiction and nonfiction.  May’s book is “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand to be discussed Tuesday, May 13 from 2 – 3 p.m. Contact Meg at the library if you still need a copy of the book.  No registration required.

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet issues.  A more formal session requiring registration is Skype on Wednesday, May 14 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. when you will learn how to make free video calls on your computer.           

Free tweens bookclub

If you’re in the fourth-sixth grades, like to read and share what you read with friends, this is the club for you.  Tomorrow (Friday, May 9) from 2-3:15 p.m. we’ll be discussing our last book of this school year.  The club will disband for the summer and resume after the new school year starts. 

Free teen gaming

Every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games.  Snacks provided.

Free LEGO Club

Kids aged 6-13 are invited to have fun with LEGOS this Saturday, May 10 from 10:30 – ll:45 a.m.  Bring your creativity – the LEGOS are provided.

Nonfiction

“My Life, Your Inspiration” by Craig J. Boykin is an autobiography that inspires you to turn minor setbacks into a major comeback. “The Railway Man” by Eric Lomax is a POW’s account of war, brutality and forgiveness.  “Sisters in Sin” by Fort Lewis College history professor Duane A. Smith tells of the life of Nellie Spenser, now buried in Durango.  “Hands Free mama” by Rachel Macy Stafford is a guide to putting down the phone, burning the to-do list and letting go of perfection to enjoy what really matters. “Simple Fly Fishing” by Yvon Chouinard, Craig Mathews and Mauro Mazzo describes how to fish with a tenkara rod.            

DVDs

“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” stars Ben Stiller.  “Berkeley Square” is a warm-hearted family drama set in London.  “Philomena” stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.  The Hobbit: The  Desolation of Smaug” is a two-disc special edition. “August: Osage County” stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.  “Sofia the First” is a Disney Junior story of mermaids. “Hitchcock” stars Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren.  “De-Lovely” is a movie about Cole Porter.  “Alfie” stars Michael Caine.  “The Tree of Life” stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn.  “Sunset Boulevard” stars Gloria
Swanson and William Holden.             

Large print

“Hometown Sheriff” by Cheryl St. John is a romance.  “When Shadows Fall” by J.T. Ellison is a mystery featuring forensic pathologist Dr. Samantha Owens.  “The Headmaster’s Wife” by Thomas Christopher Greene is a psychological thriller.  “Bone Deep” by Randy Wayne White is a Doc Ford mystery.  “Murder, She Barked” by Krista Davis is a Paws and Claws mystery. “Sinister” by Lisa Jackson, Nancy Bush and Rosalind Noonan is a romantic suspense story.  “And the Dark Sacred Night” by Julia Glass tells of a man searching for the identity of his father.  “Death on Blackheath” by Anne Perry is a Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery. “Waking the Dead” by Heather Graham is a Cafferty & Quinn is a mystery.  “Burn” by Julianna Baggott is book three of the Pure trilogy.  “The Blood of Renegades: The Loner” by J.A. Johnstone is a western.           

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“A Wanted Woman” by Eric Jerome Dickey is a steamy thriller set in tropical Barbados.  “Everything To Lose” by Andrew Gross is a thriller set after Hurricane Sandy. “Night Diver” by Elizabeth Lowell is a suspense story about underwater treasure hunters.  “The Target” is the latest in the series featuring assassin Will Robie.                        

Other novels

“The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August” by Claire North starts as a man nears the end of his 11th life.  “The King” by J.R. Ward is the latest in the Black Dagger Brotherhood paranormal romance series.  “First Citizen Emperor” by Charles David Eyer is book one in the new Roman Emperor series. “Tattered Heart” by Annie Jackson is a fantasy set in the kingdom of Amaranyllis.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Karen and Dean Cox, Debra Gatton, Arleta Gary, Steve Michel, Rachel Montoya and Tom Thorpe plus our many anonymous donors. 

Quotable Quote

“Don’t raise your voice; improve your argument.” – Desmond Tutu, retired South African Anglican archbishop and social activist.  

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/.

 

05/01/2014 – Three-part diabetic education series starts Monday

The sessions take place at the
library on three consecutive Mondays – May 5, 12 and 19 – from 4:30 – 6
p.m.  They are organized and presented by
the Pagosa Springs Medical Center’s Wellness Center, where you need to register
at 731-1533.  You can attend all sessions
or just one, as you choose.

 

 

Construction update

            If you have been
wondering what’s going on with the bulldozers and other equipment on the
library property, here’s an update.  The
project contains two parts: the expansion of the parking lot and the
replacement of the culvert. They are working on the parking lot now.  As soon as we receive a permit from CDOT,
they will start work on replacing the culvert. 
West McCabe Creek flows through a culvert that runs beneath the front of
the library and connects to the culvert that goes under Hwy 160. The culvert is
rusting through so we are going to replace it while we are doing the parking
lot. We’re hoping both projects will be finished by August.

 

Lifelong Learning Lecture tonight 

This evening
(Thursday, May 1) marks the third week of the library’s free six-week spring
Lifelong Leaning Lecture series, with a wide variety of interesting topics to
enrich your life and keep your mind agile. 
Tonight’s topic is “Neuronal Plasticity: Its Importance in Memory and
Brain Repair” by Jean Strahlendorf, PhD. 
She will discuss some of the newer approaches to address memory issues
and dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, as we age.  All lectures take place on Thursday evenings
at 6 p.m. and last about an hour, followed by time for questions.  Pick up a brochure at the library for the
full schedule.  No registration required.

 

Program suspensions

            The free adult Friday morning movies are taking a
summer vacation.  They may return next
winter. There will be no karaoke in May. 
We hope it will return in June when we have the meeting room available
again.  Also, no Otaku Club for teens
this month.

 

Free technology classes

            Meg
Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions
10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. 
Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet
issues.  A more formal session requiring
registration is Skype on Wednesday, May 14 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. when you will
learn how to make free video calls on your computer.

           

 Free teen gaming

            Every
Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and
Pokemon Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle
games.  Snacks provided. 

 

How-to and self-help

            “The Diabetes
Break- through” by Osama Hamdy and Sheri Colberg details how to lose weight and
cut medications.  “The End of Dieting” by
Dr. Joel Fuhrman provides dietary and nutritional advice for a healthy
life.  “You Can Date Boys When You Are
40” by Dave Barry offers humorous advice on parenting and other topics. “Social
Security, Medicare & Government Pensions” helps you get the most out of
your benefits and comes with a website.  “The
Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects” has 76 plans for building a
self-sufficient life.  “Fluent in Three
Months” by Benny Lewis is an unconventional guide to learning a new language.  “World’s Smartest Traveler” by Christopher
Elliott is a consumer guide to smart travel. 
“The Grow Your Own Food Handbook” by Monte Burch is a basic guide to
planting, growing and harvesting fruits and vegetables.  “The Chopped Cookbook” from the Food Network
helps you use pantry ingredients to make good meals. 

 

Other nonfiction

            “Things I Should
Have Told My Daughter” by Pearl Cleage is a memoir of her journey from
columnist to Hollywood scriptwriter. 
“Under Magnolia” by Frances Mayes is a memoir of her early years in
Georgia.  “Shining Star” by lead singer
Philip Bailey is the story of the Earth, Wind & Fire Band.  “Living with a Wild God” by Barbara
Ehrenreich is a memoir of an activist searching for “the truth” about the
universe.  “Stronger” by Jeff Bauman is
the memoir of one of those severely injured in the Boston Marathon bombing.

           

DVDs

            “The Pirate Fairy”
is a Disney animated adventure.  We have
four Gary Cooper classics: “Sergeant York,” “Springfield Rifle,” “Dallas” and
“The Wreck of the Mary Deare.”  “The
Story of Jacob and Joseph” is the Biblical story.  “Marmaduke” is a comedy featuring the worlds’
favorite Great Dane.  “Chasing Mavericks”
is based on a true story of surfing.  “A
Thousand Words” is a comedy starring Eddie Murphy.  “Act of Valor” features active duty Navy
Seals.  “Of Mice and Men” and “The Caine
Mutiny” are classics.  “Brothers” stars
Tobey Maguire.  “Crouching Tiger Hidden
Dragon” is the Academy Award winner. 
“Doc Hollywood” stars Michael J. Fox. 
“American Gangster” stars Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe.  “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”

 

CDs

            “Robert Ludlum’s
The Janson Option” by Paul Garrison is the latest in the Paul Janson adventure
series.  “Trouble in Mind” by Jeffery
Deaver is a new collection of short stories. 
“The Lost Sisterhood” by Anne Fortier follows two women on parallel
journeys separated by time.  “Be Careful
What You Wish For” by Jeffrey Archer is the latest chapter in the Clifton
Chronicles.  “The Cairo Affair” by Olen
Steinhauer is a mystery.  “Wildfire” by
Ralph Cotton, “The Ghosts of Apache Creek” by Ralph Compton and “Butchery of
the Mountain Man” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone are westerns.  “By Its Cover” by Donna Leon is a Guido
Brunetti mystery set in Venice. 

           

Large print

            “The Daring Ladies
of Lowell” by Kate Alcott is an historical romance.  “Shadow Spell” by Nora Roberts is book two in
the Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy.  “Miss
Julia’s Marvelous Makeover” by Ann B. Ross tells of the challenge of a rude
granddaughter.  “Death Come Quickly” by
Susan Wittig Albert is a murder mystery. 
“The Museum of Extraordinary Things” by Alice Hoffman is a love story
set in New York City.  “Matchless” by
Jane Candia Coleman is a western set in the Colorado mining camps.  “Killing Cupid” by Laura Levine is a Jaine
Austen mystery.  “Reflections of
Yesterday” by Debbie Macomber is a romance. 
“Bad Wolf” by Nele Neuhaus is the sixth in the German Inspectors
Kirchhoff and von Bodenstein thriller series, the second published in the
U.S. 

 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

             “Children of the Revolution” by Peter Robinson
is a mystery set in the turbulent 1970s. 
“The Collector” by Nora Roberts involves an apparent
murder-suicide.  “Warriors” by Ted Bell
is the latest in the British counterspy Alex Hawke thriller series.  

           

Other novels

            “The Other Story”
by Tatiana de Rosnay tells of a writer who can’t escape his family’s secrets.  “Words of Radiance” by Brandon Sanderson is
book two of the Stormlight Archive epic fantasy series.  “The Auschwitz Escape” by Joel C. Rosenberg
is set in  Poland in World War II in the
height of the Nazis’ persecution of the Jews. 
“William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back” by Ian Doescher is the
fifth book in this Star Wars series.  “Mentats
of Dune” by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson is the latest in the Dune
sci-fi series.

 

Thanks to our donors

            For
books and materials this week, we thank Anonda Stein,
Wanda Duffin, Kristal Fortune, Patsy Harvey and Margie Richter. We also
received a stack of new books from Colorado Country Life magazine and La Plata
Electric. These books are a mix of fiction and nonfiction, including books by
Colorado authors, which Colorado County Life has used as reference material for
stories, reviewed in the magazine or considered for review. They will soon be
available for checkout at your library.

 

Quotable Quote

            “All through the
long winter, I dream of my garden.  On
the first day of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth.  I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar.”
– Helen Hayes (1900-1993), American actress and one of only 12 people who have
won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award.

 

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/.  

04/24/14 Last chance to participate in library survey

We are asking your opinion on what
services you would like the library to offer in the future and how those wishes
would affect an expansion of the library. We are eager to get input from our
patrons — and equally eager to reach out to non-library users to get their
views.  You can fill out the survey
online at our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/ by
clicking on the Survey Monkey link, or on paper at the library, 

            Questions
in the survey include what roles you see the library playing in the community’s
future, what parts of the library’s collection you use, what additional
technology you would like the library to offer, what spaces in the library you
feel need to be enlarged or created, whether library hours should be expanded,
and what programming and services you want added.  Please take a few minutes to complete the
survey. And know that we greatly value your perspective and your
suggestions. 

 
 

Lifelong Learning Lecture tonight 

This evening
(Thursday, April 24) marks the second week of the library’s free six-week
spring Lifelong Leaning Lecture series, with a wide variety of interesting
topics to enrich your life and keep your mind agile.  Tonight’s topic is “Water and Wilderness” by Ivan
Geroy, Pagosa District hydrologist, when you will learn about the impacts of
wilderness on water and air in the Four Corners.  All lectures take place on Thursday evenings
at 6 p.m. and last about an hour, followed by time for questions.  Pick up a brochure at the library for the
full schedule.

 

Free Spanish classes

            Monday, April 28
from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. is the last session of the free six-week class of
beginning Spanish taught by Roberta Strickland for all ages.  

 

Free Otaku for teens

            The Otaku
(Anime/Manga) Club meets the fourth Saturday of every month from 11 – 1 p.m.,
this month on April 26.  Join us to watch
anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.

 

Free adult movies

            Every Friday at 10
a.m., you are invited for coffee, popcorn and a movie for adults.  The contract that we have for the movie
licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside
the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio.  If you want to
know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly adult activities
flyer at the library, check the home page of our website or phone the library
to ask.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

 

Free technology classes

            Meg
Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions
10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. 
Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet
issues. 

           

 Free teen gaming

            Every
Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and
Pokemon Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle
games.  Snacks provided. 

 

Nonfiction

            “The Tropic of
Serpents” by Marie Brennan is the second memoir of a woman who sets out to
become the world’s premier dragon naturalist. 
“Life is a Wheel” by Bruce Weber tells of the author’s solo bike ride
from coast to coast.  “The Sixth
Extinction” by Elizabeth Kolbert probes why and how humans have altered life on
the planet as no species has before.  “Grandma
Gatewood’s Walk” by Ben Montgomery is the story of the woman who saved the Appalachian Trail. 
“The Horse Lover” by H. Alan Day tells of the first government-sponsored
wild horse sanctuary.  “Slavery’s Exiles”
by Sylviane A. Diouf explores the lives of American maroons.  “Eating Dangerously” by investigative
journalists Michael Booth and Jennifer Brown explores why the government can’t
keep your food safe and how you can protect yourself.  “The Meat Racket” by investigative reporter
Christopher Leonard tells how a handful of companies have seized control of the
U.S.
food supply.

 

CDs

            “Stone Cold” by
C.J. Box is the latest in the Joe Pickett mystery series.  “The Counselor” by Cormac McCarthy is set in
the drug world on the Texas-Mexico border. 
“Death on Blackheath” by Anne Perry is a Charlotte and Thomas Pitt
Victorian mystery.  “The Bootlegger” by
Clive Cussler and Justin Scott is the latest in the Isaac Bell adventure
series.

 

DVDs

            “The 10th
Kingdom” is a fantasy adventure.  “Clint
Eastwood Comedy” contains four Eastwood action comedies.  “History of the World in Two Hours” is a
History Channel documentary.  “Do the
Right Thing” focuses on one scorching inner-city day.  “The Great Escape” stars Steve McQueen.  “Escape from Alcatraz”
stars Clint Eastwood.  “Transformers” is
a Steven Spielberg action movie.  “A
Little Princess” and “The Secret Garden” are on one DVD.  “Ripper
Street” is a psychological thriller.  “The Man Who Would be King” is based on a
Rudyard Kipling story.

                       

Large print westerns

            We
have eight new large print westerns for our many fans of this genre: “Cross of
Gold” by Tim Champlin, “Flintlock” and “Sixkiller, U.S. Marshal” by William W.
and J.A. Johnstone, “While Angels Dance: The Life and Times of Jeston Nash” by
Ralph Cotton,  “The Man from Boot Hill”
by Marcus Galloway, “Silver City Massacre” by Charles G. West, “Bladen Cole:
The Fire of Greed” by Bill Yenne and “Ralph Compton: The Omaha Trail” by Jory
Sharman.   

           

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

            “The Weight of
Blood” by Maura McHugh is a murder mystery set in the Ozarks.  “Walking the Dead” by Heather Graham is a
paranormal mystery featuring Cafferty and Quinn. “Destroyer Angel” by Nevada
Barr is the latest in the Anna Pigeon mystery series.  “B.O.Q” by N.P. Simpson is the latest in the
NCIS special agent Fran Setliff mystery series. 
“Waiting for Wednesday” by Nicci French is the latest in the Frieda
Klein mystery series. 

           

Other novels

            “Redeployment” by
Phil Klay takes readers to the front lines in Iraq with soldiers who
returned.   “Blossom Street Brides” by Debbie Macomber
is the latest in the A Good Yarn series. 
“One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories” by B.J. Novak is a
collection of stories about different people. 
“Like a Mighty Army” by David Weber is the seventh book in the Safehold
science fiction series.  “Four Friends”
by Robyn Carr is the story of four women who help each other face major life
challenges.  “The Last Bride” by Beverly
Lewis is an Amish fiction love story.

 

Short story collections

            “High Crime Area:
Tales of Darkness and Dread” by
Joyce Carol Oates is a collection of eight short stories.  Mystery Writers of America’s “Ice Cold,”
edited by Jeffery Deaver and Raymond Benson, presents short stories of the Cold
War by 20 mystery writers.  “Uganda Be
Kidding Me” by Chelsea Handler is a collection of comedic travel stories. 

 

 Thanks
to our donors

            For books and
materials this week, we thank Bette Bogard,
Jamie Clark, Maud Ginguich, Jenny Iciguhi, Tim McAvoy,
Gail Shepherd and several anonymous donors. 
For her generous monetary donation, we are grateful to Nancy Green.

 Quotable Quote

            “I don’t think
about being a ‘senior.’  I’m too busy
doing the things I love.”  — actor and
director Henry Winkler, famous for his role as The Fonz, and author of several children’s
books.

 

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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04/17/2014 Preschool dance party and Lifelong Learning Lecture

Meanwhile, this evening (Thursday,
April 17) marks the start of the library’s free six-week spring Lifelong
Leaning Lecture series, with a wide variety of interesting topics to enrich
your life and keep your mind agile. 
First topic is “Wilderness history and law on the 50th
anniversary of the Wilderness Act” by Ros Wu and Phillip Wheaton of the Pagosa
Ranger District.  All lectures take place
on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. and last about an hour, followed by time for
questions.  Pick up a brochure at the
library for the full schedule.

 

Library survey underway now

            This
month, we are asking your opinion on what services you would like the library
to offer in the future and how those wishes would affect an expansion of the
library. We are eager to get input from our patrons — and equally eager to
reach out to non-library users to get their views.  Please go online at our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/
by clicking on the Survey Monkey link, fill out the survey on paper at
the library, or at the Kids’ Fair April 19 in the morning, 

            Questions
in the survey include what roles you see the library playing in the community’s
future, what parts of the library’s collection you use, what additional
technology you would like the library to offer, what spaces in the library you
feel need to be enlarged or created, whether library hours should be expanded,
and what programming and services you want added.  Please take a few minutes to complete the
survey. And know that we greatly value your perspective and your suggestions.

 

Free books for four-year-olds

Libraries across Colorado
are giving a free book to every four-year-old in the state from April 7 to 21
as part of a special family literacy project called One Book 4 Colorado.  The
book will be available in both English and Spanish and will be accessible to
children with special needs.

Come by the Sisson Library or attend any program and pick up
this free book for your four-year-old youngster.  Better yet, bring them to pick up their own
book and see the opportunities for fun and learning that are available free at
your library almost any day of the week. 
There will be a special distribution to four-year-olds at Head Start and
Seeds of Learning, and at the Kids’ Fair on April 19 at the Elementary
School.  As well, some of the books will
go to the Reach Out and Read program at the Pagosa Springs
Medical Center.

 

Free Earth Week event for teens

            Tuesday, April 22
from 4 – 5:30 p.m. is a special Make It class that is smashed with Teen Gaming
to celebrate Earth Week by making recycled crafts.

 

Art for kids

            Tomorrow (Friday,
April 18) from 2 – 3 p.m. kids in the first-third grades are invited to a free
fun time with art.  It’s always different
and always results in something to take home.

 

Free Spanish classes

            A free six-week
class of beginning Spanish taught by Roberta Strickland for all ages began
Monday, March 24 at 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. and runs on Mondays through April 28.  The book used in class costs $8 and can be
purchased at the library desk.  You may
join the class at any time and it is fine if you miss a few classes. 
Roberta understands about your sometimes complicated schedules.

 

Free adult movies

            Every Friday at 10
a.m., you are invited for coffee, popcorn and a movie for adults.  The contract that we have for the movie
licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside
the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio.  If you want to
know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly adult activities
flyer at the library, check the home page of our website or phone the library
to ask.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

 

Free technology classes

            Meg
Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions
10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. 
Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet
issues.  A more formal session requiring
registration is Internet Basics on Wednesday, April 23 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
when you will learn how to connect to the internet, use a browser, navigate
safely, save favorite websites and use a search engine to find information.

           

 Free teen gaming

            Every
Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and
Pokemon Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle
games.  Snacks provided. 

 

DVDs

            “The Croods” is a
Dreamworks animated film.  “The Cup” is
about Tibetan monks who love soccer. 
“Kagemusha” is a samurai film. 
“Moonsoon Wedding” features a family gathering from all over the world for
a wedding.  “Upstairs Downstairs” is a
20-DVD set of the entire series.  “The
Wolf of Wall Street” stars Leonardo DeCaprio. 
“Odd Thomas” is based on the novel by Dean Koontz.  “Copper” is season one from this BBC crime
series.  “Berkeley Square” is a family drama set in
London.  “Get Smart” and “The Hot Chick” are both
comedies.  “The Karate Kid” and “Garden State”
are both coming-of-age stories.  “Fever
Pitch” is a sports comedy.  “Tombstone” is a
western.  “The Best of Jack Benny” is a
40-episode collection.

                       

Large print

            “The Chance” by
Robyn Carr is the first in the new Thunder Point series.  “The Bootlegger” by Clive Cussler and Justin
Scott is the latest in the Isaac Bell adventure series.  “Be Careful What You Wish For” by Jeffrey
Archer is the latest in the Clifton Chronicles series.  “Evening Stars” by Susan Mallery is the
latest in the Backberry
Island series.  “Blackberry Pie Murder” by Joanne Fluke is
the latest in the Hannah Swenson mystery series with recipes. 

 

CDs

            “Night Broken” by
Patricia Bridges is a Mercy Thompson mystery. 
“Missing You” by Harlan Cohen is a thriller.  “Power Play” by Danielle Steel follows the
lives of two CEOs, one male and one female. 
“The Chase” by Janet Evanovich is a mystery.  “Concealed in Death” by J.D. Robb is the
latest in the Eve Dallas mystery series.

 

How-to and self help

            “10% Happier” by
Dan Harris tells of the author’s spiritual adventure after having a nationally
televised panic attack.  “The Big-Flavor
Grill” by Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby provides easy, no-marinade
recipes.  “Small Beads Big Jewelry” by
Jean Power shows you how to make 30 unique pieces of fashion jewelry.  “The Organically Clean Home” helps you clean
with simple kitchen staples.

           

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

            “The Accident” by
Chris Pavone follows the people affected by an explosive book about to be
published.  “Precious Thing” by Colette
McBeth follows two lifelong friends when one is reported missing.  “Night Broken” by Patricia Briggs is the
latest in the urban fantasy Mercy Thompson series.  “The Cairo Affair” by Olen Steinhauer is a
CIA thriller. “NYPD Red 2” by James Patterson and Marshall Karp is the latest
in this thriller series.  “Robert
Ludlum’s The Jason Option” by Paul Garrison is the latest in the Jason Bourne
series.  “Watching You” by Michael
Robotham brings readers face-to-face with a manipulative psychopath. 

           

Other novels

             “Shotgun Lovesongs” by Nickolas Butler is
about four friends at a reunion in a small Wisconsin
town.  “A King’s Ransom” by Sharon Kay
Penman is the sequel to her first book about Richard the Lionhearted.  “Tempting Fate” by Jane Green tells of a
happily married woman who has an affair. 
“The Lost Sisterhood” by Anne Fortier is about a young scholar who risks
her reputation to prove the legendary Amazon warrior women actually existed.

 

 Thanks
to our donors

            For books and
materials this week, we thank Madora Bass, Alicia Brodner and Barron
Haley.  A very special thank you to the
Friends of the Library for giving us the money to replace all of our public
computers.

 

Quotable Quote

            “With age, you
gain maybe not wisdom but at least a bigger picture, and you say, ‘Okay, these
are the important things:’  It’s the
simple things.  The rest are just
details.”  — Susan Sarandon, contemporary
American actress and Oscar winner.

 

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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04/10/2014 Lifelong Learning Lectures resume next Thursday

Thanks to our volunteers

            As America
celebrates National Volunteer Week, we want to salute the wonderful volunteers
who work at your Sisson Library.  In
2013, they contributed more than 1,000 hours – almost half of a fulltime
position.  We also are grateful for the
dedication and hard work of our Board of Trustees and the Friends of the
Library board.

 

Library survey underway now

            This
month, we are asking your opinion on what services you would like the library
to offer in the future and how those wishes would affect an expansion of the
library. We are eager to get input from our patrons — and equally eager to
reach out to non-library users to get their views.  With this broad audience in mind, the survey was
published in a full-page ad in The Pagosa Springs SUN Preview section on April
3, and is available online at our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/ by
clicking on the Survey Monkey link, on paper at the library, at the Health
Fair, City Market, and at the Kids’ Fair April 19 in the morning, 

            Questions
in the survey include what roles you see the library playing in the community’s
future, what parts of the library’s collection you use, what additional
technology you would like the library to offer, what spaces in the library you
feel need to be enlarged or created, whether library hours should be expanded,
and what programming and services you want added.  Please take a few minutes to complete the
survey. And know that we greatly value your perspective and your suggestions.

 

Free books for four-year-olds

Libraries across Colorado
are giving a free book to every four-year-old in the state from April 7 to 21
as part of a special family literacy project called One Book 4 Colorado.  The
book is available in both English and Spanish and is also accessible to
children with special needs.  Come
by the Sisson Library or attend any program and pick up this free book for your
four-year-old youngster.  Better yet,
bring them to pick up their own book and see the opportunities for fun and
learning that are available free at your library almost any day of the week.  There will be a special distribution to
four-year-olds at Head Start and Seeds of Learning, and at the Kids’ Fair on
April 19 at the Elementary School.  As
well, some of the books will go to the Reach Out and Read program at the Pagosa Springs
Medical Center.

 

Free family karaoke tonight

            Join us for a free
evening of karaoke tonight (Thursday, April 10) from 5:30 – 7 p.m.  Note that for this month the date has changed
from the third Thursday to the second because Lifelong Learning lectures resume
on April 17.  We’ll have music for a wide
range of audiences from children to adults for you to sing to. We’ve just
received more karaoke CDs, so we have added hits for teens and tweens, as well
as a multitude of songs in Spanish.  Light snacks will be provided.

 

Free tweens bookclub

            If you’re in the
fourth-sixth grades, like to read and share what you read with friends, this is
the club for you.  Tomorrow (Friday, April
11) from 2-3:15 p.m. we’ll be discussing “A City of Ember” and you’ll get your
new book to read.

 

Free LEGO Club

            Kids
aged 6-13 are invited to have fun with LEGOS this Saturday, April 12 from 10:30
– ll:45 a.m.  Bring your creativity – the
LEGOS are provided.

 

Free Spanish classes

            A free six-week
class of beginning Spanish taught by Roberta Strickland for all ages began
Monday, March 24 at 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. and runs on Mondays through April 28.  The book used in class costs $8 and can be
purchased at the library desk.  You may
join the class at any time and it is fine if you miss a few classes. 
Roberta understands about your sometimes complicated schedules.

 

Free Wise Traditions

            Join us for lively
discussions and lectures on a variety of topics including dietary needs,
agriculture, medical traditions and more on the second Saturday of each month –
for April, on the 12th – from 3-4:30 p.m.  All ages welcome.  No registration required.

 

Free adult movies

            Every Friday at 10
a.m., you are invited for coffee, popcorn and a movie for adults.  The contract that we have for the movie
licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside
the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio.  If you want to
know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly adult activities
flyer at the library, check the home page of our website or phone the library
to ask.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

 

Free technology classes

            Meg
Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions
10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. 
Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet
issues.  A more formal session requiring
registration is Computer Basics on Wednesday, April 16 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.  This class will cover the basics of a
computer including hardware parts, keyboard shortcuts, organizing files and
more.

           

 Free teen gaming

            Every
Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and
Pokemon Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle
games.  Snacks provided. 

 

Nonfiction

            “Illegal: Reflections
of an Undocumented Immigrant” by Jose Angel N. is a first-person account of an
educated illegal immigrant from Mexico.  “Operation Paperclip” by Annie Jacobsen
documents a covert project to bring Hitler’s scientists and their families to
the U.S.

                       

DVDs

            We have six
anniversary two-CD editions of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic musicals:
“The Sound of Music,” “Carousel,” “State Fair,” 
“South Pacific,” “Oklahoma”
and “The King and I.”  “20 Feet from Stardom”
is a documentary about the background singers of superstars Bruce Springsteen,
Sting, Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder and Bette Midler.  “American Hustle” was nominated for 10
Academy Awards this year.  “Frozen” and
“The Fox and the Hound” are Disney animated films.  “Inside Llewyn Davis” is about the Greenwich Village folk music scene in 1961.  “Saving Mr. Banks” stars Tom Hanks and Emma
Thompson.  “Mandela: Long Walk to
Freedom” is the story of this iconic leader. 

           

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

            “Black Horizon” by
James Grippando is the latest in the Jack Swyteck adventure series.  “Innocent Blood” by James Rollins and Rebecca
Cantrell is the first in a new Order of the Sanguines series combing science,
myth and religion.  “Stone Cold” by C.J.
Box is the latest in the series featuring game warden Joe Pickett.  “Murder of Crows” by Anne Bishop is the
latest in the Others supernatural series. 
“Steeped in Evil” by Laura Childs is the newest in the Tea Shop mystery
series with recipes. 

           

Other novels

            “Somerset” by Leila Meacham, the prequel to
the family epic “Roses,” is set in the antebellum South.  “The Flight of the Silvers” by Daniel Price,
about six people who survive the end of the world, is the first book in a new
sci-fi series.  “Power Play” by Danielle
Steel is about two high-powered CEOs, one a man and one a woman, and their
families.  “A Treacherous Paradise” by
Henning Mankell is set in colonial Africa.  “Gemini” by Carol Cassella centers around an
unconscious victim of hit-and-run.

 

 Thanks
to our donors

            For books and
materials this week, we thank Teddy Finney, Warren Grams, Jeff Versaw and Paige
Wiersma plus our many anonymous donors.

 

Quotable Quote

            “It’s not the load
that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it.”  — Lena Horne (1917-2010), American singer,
dancer and civil rights activist.

 

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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04/03/2014 Survey asks your opinion of library’s role and future

We are eager to get input from our
patrons — and equally eager to reach out to non-library users to get their
views.  With this broad audience in mind,
the survey is available in a full-page ad in The Pagosa Springs SUN Preview
section today, online at our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/ by
clicking on the Survey Monkey link, on paper at the library, at the City
Market in mid-April, and at the Kids’ Fair April 19 in the morning,  

            Questions
in the survey include what roles you see the library playing in the community’s
future, what parts of the library’s collection you use, what additional
technology you would like the library to offer, what spaces in the library you
feel need to be enlarged or created, whether library hours should be expanded,
and what programming and services you want added.

            The
last time we conducted such a comprehensive survey was in 2009 — and we
listened and acted on your ideas.  Your
opinions now will be equally important to our decision-making.  Please take a few minutes to complete the
survey. And know that we greatly value your perspective and your suggestions.

 

Free books for four-year-olds

Libraries across Colorado
are giving a free book to every four-year-old in the state from April 7 to 21
as part of a special family literacy project called One Book 4 Colorado.  The
book will be available in both English and Spanish and will be accessible to
children with special needs.

Come by the Sisson Library or attend any program and pick up
this free book for your four-year-old youngster.  Better yet, bring them to pick up their own
book and see the opportunities for fun and learning that are available free at
your library almost any day of the week. 
There will be a special distribution to four-year-olds at Head Start and
Seeds of Learning, and at the Kids’ Fair on April 19 at the Elementary School.  As well, some of the books will go to the
Reach Out and Read program at the Pagosa
Springs Medical
Center.

 

Date change for family karaoke

            Join us for a free
evening of karaoke next Thursday, April 10 from 5:30 – 7 p.m.  For this month the date has changed from the
third Thursday to the second because Lifelong Learning lectures resume on April
17.  We’ll have music for a wide range of
audiences from children to adults for you to sing to. We’ve just received more
karaoke CDs, so we have added hits for teens and tweens, as well as a multitude
of songs in Spanish.  Light snacks will be provided.

 

Special Spring Fever gaming for teens

            Teens in the 7th-12th
grades are invited to a free special Spring Fever gaming event on Wednesday,
April 9 from 3-4:30 p.m.

 

Free book club for adults

            Join
our book club for adults, which meets once a month to discuss fiction and
nonfiction.  April’s book is “Little Bee”
by Chris Cleave to be discussed Tuesday, April 8 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.  Contact Meg at the library if you still need
a copy of the book.  No registration
required.

 

Free Spanish classes

            A free six-week
class of beginning Spanish taught by Roberta Strickland for all ages began
Monday, March 24 at 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. and runs on Mondays through April 28.  The book used in class costs $8 and can be
purchased at the library desk.  You may
join the class at any time and it is fine if you miss a few classes. 
Roberta understands about your sometimes complicated schedules.

 

Free LEGO Club

            Kids
aged 6-13 are invited to have fun with LEGOS on Saturday, April 12 from 10:30 –
ll:45 a.m.  Bring your creativity – the
LEGOS are provided.

 

Free adult movies

            Every Friday at 10
a.m., you are invited for coffee, popcorn and a movie for adults.  The contract that we have for the movie
licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside
the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio.  If you want to
know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly adult activities
flyer at the library, check the events page of our website or phone the library
to ask.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

 

Free technology classes

            Meg
Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions
10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. 
Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet
issues.  A more formal session requiring
registration is Word Intermediate on Wednesday, April 9 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.  This class will cover tables, sorting data,
adding screen shots and web images, and how to edit images.

           

 Free teen gaming

            Every
Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and
Pokemon Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle
games.  Snacks provided. 

 

CDs

            “Midnight Rider”
by Ralph Cotton, “Strike of the Mountain Men” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone
and “The Stranger from Abilene”
by Ralph Compton are all westerns.  “Confessions
of a Wild Child” by Jackie Collins is a prequel to the Lucky series.  “An Officer and a Spy” by Robert Harris is a
novel about the scandal surrounding Alfred Dreyfus in France in 1895.

                       

Nonfiction

            “Success through
Stillness” by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons outlines the benefits of
meditation.  “Newtown”
by Matthew Lysiak explores the tragedy of Sandy Hook Elementary
School. 
“Cycle of Lies” by Juliet Macur is the story of Lance Armstrong’s
spectacular rise and fall.  “Wise Craft”
shows you how to create 60 projects using thrift store finds, fabric scraps and
natural objects.  “Code Name: Johnny
Walker” is a memoir of an Iraqi interpreter who risked everything to fight with
the U.S. Navy SEALs.  “Blood Will Out” by
Walter Kirn tells of his friendship with a real-life imposter and murderer
posing as a blueblood..

           

DVDs

            “The Exorcism of
Emily Rose” is a supernatural thriller. 
“We Were Soldiers” starring Mel Gibson is an action-packed war
movie.  “Barabbas” starring Anthony Quinn
is based on a New Testament story. 
“Jarhead” is an unconventional war story.  “Dolphin Tale” is inspired by the true story
of Winter the dolphin. “The Eagle Has Landed” is a thriller starring Michael
Caine, Robert Duvall and Donald Sutherland. 
“Mystic River” was an Academy Award winner in
2004.  “October Sky” is based on an
inspiring true story in coal country, West
Virginia.  “The
Book Thief” tells of an illiterate girl who learns to love books in World War
II.

 

Large print

            “Concealed in
Death” by J.D. Robb is the latest in the Eve Dallas mystery series.  “The Return” by James D. Best is a western
featuring Steve Dancy.  “Plain Muder” by
Emma Miller and “Dandy Gilver and a Bothersome Number of Corpses by Catriona
McPherson are both Cozy mysteries.  “The
Pawnbroker” By David and Aimee Thurlo and “The Science Society” by O’Nelligan
and Plunkett are both mysteries.  “Jeeves
and the Wedding Bells” by Sebastain Faulks is an homage to P.G. Wodehouse.  “Do or Die” by Anne Brockmann is the latest
in the reluctant heroes romantic suspense series.  “Temptation” by Sherryl Woods is a romance.

           

 Thanks
to our donors

            For books and
materials this week, we thank Scottie Gibson, Nany Kneipple, Lois Norris,
Margie Richter, Roy Vega and several anonymous donors.  

 

Quotable Quote

            “The longer the
title, the less important the job.” – George McGovern (1922-2012), American
historian, author, politician and Democratic presidential nominee in 1972.

 

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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03/27/2014 Free books for all 4-year-olds starting April 7

The book will be
available in both English and Spanish and will be accessible to children with
special needs.

Come by the Sisson Library or attend any program and pick up
this free book for your four-year-old youngster.  Better yet, bring your four-year-old to pick
up his or her own book and see the opportunities for fun and learning that are
available free at your library almost any day of the week.

Kristine MacNeill, youth services staff, has arranged a
special distribution to four-year-olds at Head Start and Seeds of Learning.  She also will be giving out books at the
Kids’ Fair on April 19 at the Elementary School.  As well, some of the books will go to the
Reach Out and Read program at the Pagosa
Springs Medical
Center.

          To
ensure school readiness, it is critical that four-year-olds have frequent and
routine access to books and that they be read to consistently.  The vocabulary level of preschoolers is
predictive of their third grade reading proficiency.  For low-income families, access to quality
books and early literary efforts are doubly important, as research shows these
youngsters have few to no books in their homes and are exposed to 30 million fewer words before the age of four
than their higher-income peers.  This
giveaway program aims to close this vocabulary gap by getting a book into the
home of every four-year-old in Colorado
and fostering a culture of reading within our families statewide. 

Free Spanish classes

            A free six-week
class of beginning Spanish taught by Roberta Strickland for all ages began
Monday, March 24 at 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. and runs through April 28.  The book used in class costs $8 and can be
purchased at the library desk.  You may
join the class at any time and it is fine if you miss a few classes. 
Roberta understands about your sometimes complicated schedules.

 Free
kids gaming

            Kids in the
first-sixth grades are invited to enjoy Wii, Xbox, board games and cards
tomorrow (Friday, March 28) from 2 – 3:15 p.m.

 

Free adult movies

            Every Friday at 10
a.m., you are invited for coffee, donuts and a movie event for adults.  The contract that we have for the movie
licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside
the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio.  If you want to
know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly adult activities
flyer at the library, check the home page of our website or phone the library
to ask.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

 

Free technology classes

            Meg
Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions
10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. 
Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet
issues.  A more formal session requiring
registration is Word Basics on Wednesday, April 2 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.  where you will learn the basics of MS Word –
creating and saving documents, formatting text, adding images and more.

           

 Free teen gaming

            Every
Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and
Pokemon Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle
games.  Snacks provided. 

 

DVDs

            “Romantics
Anonymous” is a French film with English subtitles.  “Bridget Jones’s Diary” starring Rene
Zellweger and High Grant is a romantic comedy. 
“The Name of the Rose,” starring Sean Connery, is about death in a 14th
century monastery.  “The Chamber” is a
thriller starring Gene Hackman and Faye Dunaway.  “Eragon” is a fantasy thriller.  “The Fountainhead” stars Gary Cooper and
Patricia Neal.  “Catching Fire” is the
second adventure from The Hunger Games saga. 

           

How-to and self-help

            “Getting Started
in Digital Photography” by Khara Plicanic helps you use the camera you have
with better results.  “Never Been
Stitched” by Amanda Carestio offers 45 no-sew and low-sew projects.  “Beginning Cherokee” by Ruth Bradley Holmes
and Betty Sharp Smith teaches you the rudiments of Cherokee.  “Road Tripping” by Loralee Leavitt and Rick
Walton is a parent’s guide to planning and surviving the annual car trip.  “65 Things To Do When You Retire” is a
collection of essays offering a guide to retirement.  “More Forgotten Skills of Self-sufficiency”
by Caleb Warnock provides money-saving and healthy-living skills to help your
family gain self-reliance.  “Keep Your
Brain Alive” by Dr. Lawrence C. Katz and Manning Rubin introduces you to
Neurobics, a brain exercise program.  “Low-Carb
Fraud” by nutritionist T. Colin Campbell outlines where and how he believes the
low-carb proponents get it wrong. 

 

Other nonfiction

             “The Monkey’s Voyage” by biologist Alan de
Queriroz shows how the effects of oceanic dispersal have been crucial to
generating diversity of life on earth.  “Orange is the New Black”
by Piper Kerman is a memoir describing the author’s year in a women’s
prison.  “Knowing Mandela” by foreign
correspondent John Carlin is a personal portrait of the South African
leader.  “Pat and Dick” by Will Swift is
a look at the Nixons’ marriage based on love letters and other private
documents.

 

CDs

            “Killer” by
Jonathan Kellerman is the latest in the Alex Delaware thriller series. “After
I’m Gone” by Laura Lippman is a mystery that follows a family after the
husband/father vanishes.  “Worthy Brown’s
Daughter” by Phillip Margolin is a story of western justice in Portland, Oregon.  “Dance of the Reptiles” by Carl Hiaasen is a
collection of the author’s Miami Herald columns. 

                                               

Large print

            “Vicious Circle”
by Wilbur Smith is a thriller.  “A Star
for Mrs. Blake” by April Smith is a historical romance.  “The Second Chance Café” by Alison Kent is
the latest in the Hope
Springs romance
series. 

           

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

            “Cockroaches” by
Jo Nesbo is a murder mystery said in Thailand.  “The Poisoned Pawn” by Peggy Blair is the sequel
to “The Beggar’s Opera.”  “Eyes Wide
Open” by Ted Dekker is a modern day parable about how we see ourselves. 

 

 Thanks
to our donors

            For books and
materials this week, we thank Jane Lomasney plus our many anonymous donors. We
also received a grant from the Ross Hill Bazaar at the Methodist Church.
With this generous gift, we were able to order 16 Spanish and bilingual board
books for our littlest patrons.

 

Quotable Quote

            “No snowflake in
an avalanche ever feels responsible.” – Stanislaw Lec (1909-1966), Polish poet
and writer.

 

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/.