9/14/2017

Pirate party for all ages next Tuesday   

You, your family and friends are invited to an all-ages pirate party at your library next Tuesday,   September 19 from 4-5 p.m.  Brush up on your sea slang and join us for some pirate crafts and activities.  Pirate costumes are encouraged.

It may not be widely known that September 19 is officially known as International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and has been celebrated in such far-flung places as England, South Korea and Richmond, VA since 2002.

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.

Vacation notice

This week’s column covers library events and activities for two weeks so that your columnist can go on vacation.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, September 15) 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.

Teen bookclub tomorrow

Tomorrow  (Friday, September 15) from 2-3 p.m. seventh-12th graders will discuss “The Reader” by Traci Chee and enjoy free snacks.

Otaku for teens

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

Teen writers group

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

Medicare 101

Thursday, September 21 is Medicare 101 from 10:30 a.m. – noon when Katy will help you understand your rights, options, deadlines, possible penalties and where to find the information you need.

Senior Book Club

This free book lovers group – now the Literary Ladies – meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–noon. On Friday, September 22 they will discuss “Where the Heart Is” by Billie Letts.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.

All-ages gaming next week

Enjoy free video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your family and friends on Friday, September 22 from 2-3:15 p.m.

Sand art DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event on Wednesday, September 27 from 1-2 p.m. we’ll create attractive candles by layering colored sand in a clear vase.  No registration required.

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, September 27 from 4-5 p.m. practice your Spanish with others at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Adult education 

Now that school is back in session, our PALS program – Pagosa Adult Learning Services – expands its hours to three days a week: Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Computer/technology classes

Join us each Monday from 2-3 p.m. to learn a useful or fun technology skill or application.  Topics will vary each week.  September 18 is email basics and September 25 is phone storage.  No registration required.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.  Note: No teen gaming September 19 because of the all-ages pirate party.

Tech Time

Drop in with your technology questions for free help on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. Note: No Tech Time on September 19 and 21.

Kids storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free 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.

Toddler storytime     

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

Local author

“Seasons: Summer in Pagosa” by Victoria Rose is the second in this local author’s Seasons photo book series.  Another of her books, titled “An Adventure – Ten Clues for Finding You,” will soon be added to our collection.  It is a newer edition of a previous book titled “Ladies Are You Lost.”  These and many other of her books have been generously donated to your library by the author, who donates the proceeds of sales of her books to the Human Society of Pagosa Springs and the Fund for the Animals, an affiliate of the U.S. Humane Society.

How-to and self-help

“The Perfect Cookie” provides 250 recipes for cookies, brownies and bars.  “Recovery from Trauma, Addition, or Both” by Lisa M. Najavits is a step-by-step guide to recovery. “Stress Proof” by Dr. Mithu Storoni is a guide to fighting the effects of stress.  “The End of Alzheimer’s” by Dr. Dale E. Bredesen is a program to help prevent and reverse cognitive decline.  “The Co-parenting Handbook” by  Karen Bonnell is a guide to raising well-adjusted kids affected by divorce or separation. “California’s Best Trips” is a Lonely Planet guide to 22 road trips.  “What Color is Your P:arachute? 2017” by Richard N. Bolles is a guide to job hunters and career changes.  “Halfway Homemade” by Parrish Ritchie shows how to use store-bought ingredients in your recipes.  “Tai Chi for Depression” is a 10-week program and “Tai Chi in 10 Weeks” is a beginner’s guide by Dr. Aihan Kohn.  “New Mexico” by Zora O’Neill is the 10th edition of the Moon guide.

Other nonfiction

“Taking Aim” by Eva Shockey is the memoir of a woman who loves hunting, fishing and other outdoor pursuits.  “To Siri with Love” by Judith Newman explores the bond between a young autistic boy and the voice who lives in his mother’s iPhone.  “Soul Survivor” is a biography of soul singer Al Green.  “The Old Farmer’s 2018 Almanac” is the newest edition.  “Battling the Oceans in a Rowboat” by Mick Dawson tells the adventures of this former Royal Marines commando.  “Shooting Ghosts” by Thomas J. Brennan and Finbarr O’Reilly is a joint memoir by a U.S. Marine and a combat photographer.  “The Language of Light” by Gerald Shea is a history of deafness, signed languages and struggles of the deaf.  “The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After Happiness by Heather Harpham is a memoir of parents dealing with a very sick baby.  “Writer’s Market 2018” is a guide to getting published.

Novels

“The Hidden Light of Northern Fires” by Daren Wang is set during the Civil War.  “The Right Time” by Danielle Steel features a writer who uses a male pseudonym.  “The Saboteur” by Andrew Gross is a novel based on the true story of a brave Norwegian fighting the Nazis.  “Map of the Heart” by Susan Wiggs begins with the arrival of a mysterious package.

Large print

“The Broken Places” by Ace Atkins is a Quinn Colson story from the Deep South series.         

CDs

“Any Dream Will Do” by Debbie Macomber tells of a woman forced to start her life anew.  “Barely Legal” by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall is a Herbie Fisher and Stone Barrington adventure.  “The Right Time” by Danielle Steel features a writer who uses a male pseudonym.  “Lost and Found Sisters” by Jill Shalvis begins with news of a mysterious inheritance.  “Crime Scene” by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman begins a new crime suspense series.  “Murder on Black Swan Lane” by Andrea Pensrose is set in London. “30 Days a Black Man” by Bill Steigenwald tells of a white man going undercover in the Jim Crow South.

DVDs

“Embrace” tells of a body image activist’s work for inspire women of all body sizes.  “Gifted” stars Chris Evans and Mckenna Grace.  “Jane Eyre” is a new version of the classic.  “Golf for Dummies” is a guide to improve your game.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks for our donors

We are grateful for generous monetary donations from Nancy Green as well as Walter and Barbara Wright of New Jersey.

Quotable Quote

“We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.” – Whoopi Goldberg, American actress, comedian, author and TV host.

09/07/2017

How to help your children grow to be readers     

A recent New York Times article headlined “How to Raise a Reader” by Pamela Paul and Marcia Russo offers easy and practical tips on how you can make sure your young children grow up being readers.

On August 3, the Library News column covered their tips on how to help your babies and toddlers grow up loving to read.  Today we review their suggestions for supporting emerging young readers:

  1. Mix it up. When children start to pick out words, allow them to read to you some of the time.  But don’t make it a test.  Help them by pointing to words you know they will recognize.
  2. Don’t abruptly withdraw your reading services. Being read to is part of your bond and you don’t want your child to think that becoming an independent reader jeopardizes that special time together.  Continue reading aloud picture book favorites and start on more sophisticated books they can’t yet read on their own.
  3. Every child learns to read at a personal pace. There is no correct age for independent reading and no special formula to get every child to read by a certain age.  If you focus on raising a reader, it will happen.
  4. Don’t make reading work. Reading at home should fun.  Don’t put pressure on your child to meet particular targets.
  5. Check in with the teacher but don’t get nervous if your child is not reading at the same level as his or her peers. Late readers often grow up to be better, more enthusiastic readers.  On the other hand, if you or your child’s teacher suspect a reading challenge like dyslexia, get a formal evaluation.

Watch for articles in future Library News columns on how to keep your children loving books as they grow up.

“1,000 Books before Kindergarten”

You can sign up any time at your library for a new free early literacy reading program called “1,000 Books before Kindergarten” for children from birth to five years old.  You will receive a folder with bubbles to keep track of the books you read to your child.  The concept is simple:  Read 1,000 books to your newborn, infant or toddler – yes, you can repeat books – before your precious one starts kindergarten.  You’ll get a free book when you complete the program.

That may sound like a huge number of books, but it’s not really. If you read just one book a night, you will have read 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around five years of age, you have more time than you may think.

Donations hiatus

We are taking a temporary break from accepting donations until September 15 to process the ones that did not sell at the Friends Book sale, and put them up for sale at bargain prices at your library.  Everyone on the staff, especially Dona, works very hard all year to process the incredible number of items that you, our generous community, donate to us.  It will be helpful to be able to start the next round of donations with a clear workroom.

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.

New book drop at City Market

We hope you know that we have a new book drop at City Market.  As you face the front door of the grocery store, you’ll find it tucked behind the fifth post on the left, between the wood storage and propane tanks. To start, contents are being picked up three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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

Rocks and minerals talk today

Today (Thursday, September 7) from 5-6 p.m. join Calvin Webb for a lecture on how rocks and minerals are formed, with various specimens on display.  He is a retired chemist with a passion for geology. 

Teen advisory board today

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

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your family and friends tomorrow (Friday, September 8) from 2-3:15 p.m.

Lego Club

Kids aged 6 – 13 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, September 9 from 11 a.m. – noon for Lego Club.

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 September 12 we will discuss “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult.  If you need a copy, please stop by your library.  No registration required. 

Teen role-playing

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

Adult education 

Now that school is back in session, our PALS program – Pagosa Adult Learning Services – expands its hours to three days a week: Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Computer/technology classes

Join us each Monday from 2-3 p.m. to learn a useful or fun technology skill or application.  Topics will vary each week.  September 11 is Internet searching, September 18 is email basics and September 25 is phone storage.  No registration required.

Tween gaming

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

Teen gaming

Free 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.

Tech Time

Drop in with your technology questions for free help on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.

Kids storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free 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.

Toddler storytime     

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

Nonfiction

“Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult” by Bruce Handy revisits the classics of American childhood.  “The Importance of Being Funny” by Al Gini shows why we need more jokes in our lives.  “Ayurveda” by Heidi E. Spear offers 50 exercises for finding health, mindfulness and balance.  “Life Lessons” by Julia Cameron provides 125 prayers and meditations that are a powerful but simple approach to God.  “Jorge Bergoglio Francisco” by Andrea Tornielli is a Spanish-language book about the life and ideas of the pope.  “The Education of a Coroner” by John Bateson is a memoir of the coroner of Marin County in California.  “Who are You, Really?” by psychologist Brian R. Little shows you how to shape your personality for a thriving life. 

Mysteries and thrillers

“I Know a Secret” by Tess Gerritsen is a Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles suspense story.  “A Stranger in the House” by Shari Lapena begins with a phone call the heroine hoped she’d never get.  “Sulfur Springs” by William Kent Krueger follows a couple looking for the reasons for their son’s murder.

CDs

“Deadfall” by Linda Fairstein is an Alexandra Cooper thriller.  “Sulfur Springs” by William Kent Krueger follows a couple looking for the reasons for their son’s murder.  “The Burning Girl” by Claire Messud mixes fable and a coming of age tale.  “Love Like Blood” by Mark Billingham is a crime story set in Britain.  “The Last Tudor” by Philippa Gregory features Lady Jane Grey, queen of England for nine days.  “Devil’s Cut” by J.R. Ward is the finale to the Bourbon Kings series.  “Paradise Valley” by C.J. Box follows the search for a serial killer.  “The Late Show” by Michael Connelly launches a new mystery series featuring Renee Ballard.

DVDs

“Billie Jean King” is the story of the champion tennis player.  “The Invisible War” is an investigative documentary about rape in the U.S. military.  “He Named Me Malala” is the remarkable true story of this young Pakistani heroine.  “Instructions Not Included” is a comedy about a single dad.  “The Company Men” is the story of a man who is the latest casualty of corporate downsizing.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Quotable Quote

“If you can laugh at it, you can live with it.” – Joan Rivers (1933-2014), American comedian, actress, writer and TV host.

8/31/2017

Adult education expands hours for fall

Now that school is back in session, our PALS program – Pagosa Adult Learning Services – expands its hours to three days a week: Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more. 

Holiday closure

Your library will be closed on Monday, September 4 for Labor Day. 

Donations hiatus

We are taking a temporary break from accepting donations until September 15 to process the ones that did not sell at the Friends Book sale, put them up for sale at bargain prices at your library, thus cleaning out our workroom.  Everyone on the staff, especially Dona, works very hard all year to process the incredible number of items that you, our generous community, donate to us.  It will be helpful to be able to start the next round of donations with a clear workroom.

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.

New book drop at City Market

We hope you know that we have a new book drop at City Market.  As you face the front door of the grocery store, you’ll find it tucked behind the fifth post on the left, between the wood storage and propane tanks. To start, contents are being picked up three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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

Save your eclipse glasses

If you were lucky enough to get glasses from the library or another source for the August 21 total solar eclipse, you might want to save them.  This eclipse was a very special treat because all of North America could see parts of it, weather permitting, as totality crossed the continent from the Pacific to the Atlantic.  The next time this will happen is only seven years away, on April 8, 2024.  The last total solar eclipse seen here was 99 years ago, way back on June 8, 1918. 

Henna body art today

Teens and tweens in the fifth-12th grades are invited to a new henna body art event today (Thursday, August 31) from 4-5:30 p.m.  You’ll learn about this traditional art form and create your own temporary henna tattoo.  We’ll have design ideas available, and you’re encouraged to design your own. 

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, September 1) 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.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, September 6 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Spanish instruction

Join us for this free basic course next Wednesday, September 6 from 4-5 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish.  This session will cover basic vocabulary and grammar related to everyday scenarios.  No registration required.

Teen advisory board

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

Rocks and minerals

Next Thursday, September 7 from 5-6 p.m. join Calvin Webb for a lecture on how rocks and minerals are formed, with various specimens on display.  He is a retired chemist with a passion for geology.

Computer/technology classes

Join us each Monday from 2-3 p.m. to learn a useful or fun technology skill or application.  Topics will vary each week.  September 11 is Internet searching, September 18 is email basics and September 25 is phone storage.  No registration required.

Teen gaming

Free 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.

Tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions for free help on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.

Kids storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free 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.

Toddler storytime     

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

Colorado outdoors

We have five new books about various topics relating to our state’s great outdoors: “Colorado’s Fourteeners/third edition,” a climbing guide by Walter R. Borneman and Lyndon J. Lampert; “Hut to Hut/second edition,” a guide to skiing, hiking and biking in Colorado’s backcountry by Brian Litz;  “Hiking Colorado’s Weminuche Wilderness” by Donna Ikenberry; “Walking in Wilderness,” a guidebook from the San Juan Mountain Association; and “Hiking Colorado’s Geology,” a book by Ralph Lee Hopkins and Lindy Birkel Hopkins describing 50 hikes where you’ll see first-hand evidence of major geologic events.  We also have “Four-Legged Legends of Colorado,” a collection of famous animal stories by children’s book author Gayle C. Shirley. 

Large print

“Barely Legal” by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall is a Herbie Fisher novel featuring Stone Barrington.  “The Breakdown” by B.A. Paris starts when a woman saw a dead woman in a car in the woods.

Other novels

“Seeing Red” by Sandra Brown features a TV journalist in search of a dangerous scoop.  “How to Behave in a Crowd” by Camille Bordas features a boy puzzled by adulthood.  

Nonfiction

“The Making of Donald Trump” by Pulitzer Prize winner David Cay Johnston explores the life of the U.S. president.  “Open House” by Amanda Pays and Corbin Bernsen shares tips and innovations for home renovation.  “You Can Do Anything” by George Anders explores the value of a liberal arts education.  “Dare to be Kind” by Lizzie Velasquez shows how compassion can transform our world.  “Conscious Communications” by Mary Shores is a guide to harnessing the power of your words.  “Eat Right” offers 130 nourishing recipes and techniques.  “100% Real” by Sam Talbot provides 100 recipes for clean food made fresh.  “Cook Japanese at Home” by Kimiko Barber contains 200 everyday recipes using simple techniques.  “Epic Drives of the World” is a Lonely Planet guide.  “Mind Over Meds” by Dr. Andrew Weil alerts us to the problem of overmedication and how to control it. 

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Silent Corner” by Dean Koontz begins a new suspense series.  “The Thirst” by Jo Nesbo is the latest in the Harry Hole Oslo series.  “The Store” by James Patterson explores a mega-successful, ultra-secret organization. 

DVDs

“The Lego Batman Movie” is an animated film.  “The Hollow Crown” is an adaption of four of Shakespeare’s historical plays.  “Meru” is a documentary about one of the most difficult climbs in the Himalayas.  “King Arthur: Legends of the Sword” is the classic Excalibur story.  “Advanced Style” explores the lives of New York City’s most fashionable seniors.  “Ultimate South America” is a Globe Trekker collection.  “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” is the follow-up to the Carl Sagan series. 

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Quotable Quote

“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” – Maya Angelou (1928-2014), American writer and civil rights activist.

8/24/2017

New henna body art event for teens and tweens and backpacks for all  

Teens and tweens in the fifth-12th grades are invited to a new henna body art event next Thursday, August 31 from 4-5:30 p.m.  You’ll learn about this traditional art form and create your own temporary henna tattoo.  We’ll have design ideas available, and you’re encouraged to design your own.

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

Donations hiatus

We are taking a temporary break from accepting donations until September 15 to process the ones that did not sell at the Friends Book sale, put them up for sale at bargain prices at your library, thus cleaning out our workroom.  Everyone on the staff, especially Dona, works very hard all year to process the incredible number of items that you, our generous community, donate to us – and especially so at this time of year.  It will be helpful to be able to start the next round of donations with a clear workroom.

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.

New book drop at City Market

We hope you know that we have a new book drop at City Market.  As you face the front door of the grocery store, you’ll find it tucked behind the fifth post on the left, between the wood storage and propane tanks. To start, contents are being picked up three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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

Teen role-playing today

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place today (Thursday, August 24) from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your family and friends tomorrow (Friday, August 25) from 2-3:15 p.m.

Literary Ladies: Senior Book Club tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, August 25) from 10:30 a.m. – noon the free senior book club meets to discuss “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi.  For more information about this book lovers group, contact Marilyn Stroud at bakestroud@aol.com. No registration required.

Talking about death

Join the professional staff of Mercy Regional Medical Center from Durango on Monday, August 28 from 4-6 p.m. for an important and engaging presentation about the dying process and why we should become more comfortable about talking about the end stages of life. Register at mercydurango.org/TalkingAboutDying or call (970) 764-3999

Computer/technology classes

Join us each Monday from 2-3 p.m. to learn a useful or fun technology skill or application.  Topics will vary each week.  August 28 is Cloud Library (e-books and e-audio books).  No registration required.

Teen gaming

Free 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.

Tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions for free help on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) program is cutting back to one day a week for the summer. Stop by on Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. to let Mark help you with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more. When school starts in the fall, we’ll expand the PALS hours.

Kids storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free 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.

Toddler storytime     

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

Large print

“The Color of Fear” by Marcia Muller is a Sharon McCone mystery.  “Gone Gull” by Donna Andrews is a Meg Langslow mystery.  “The Last Tudor” by Philippa Gregory features Katherine.  “The Lying Game” by Ruth Ware is a mystery involving four boarding school girls, now adults.  “Paradise Valley” by C.J. Box is a western mystery.  “The Body in the Clouds” by Ashley Hay is the story of an event that transforms time and space.

Nonfiction

“The Ultimate Pet Health Guide” outlines nutrition and integrative care of cats and dogs.  “Emergency Care and Transportation for the Sick and Injured/11th edition” includes an online access code.  “Maybe It’s You” by Lauren Handel Zander offers no nonsense, straight-talking advice to fix your life.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Where It Hurts” by Reed Farrel Coleman begins a new series featuring ex-cop Gus Murphy.   “What Remains of Me” by Alison Gaylin is a psychological suspense story set in Hollywood.  “The Dark Net” by Benjamin Percy explores a digital nightmare.  “The Good Daughter” by Karin Slaughter us a psychological suspense story.      

Other novels

“Any Dream Will Do” by Debbie Macomber is about a woman forced to start her life anew.  “Where They Bury You” by Steven W. Kohlhagen is a novel of murder and mystery featuring Kit Carson.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Quotable Quote

“The less you worry, the better your attitude is, and a positive, worry-free, guilt-free attitude is key to enjoying life at any age – especially old age.” – From “Keep Moving and Other Tips and Truths about Aging,” a memoir by show business legend Dick Van Dyke.

8/17/2017

“1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” launches today and eclipse live stream Monday

Today (Thursday, August 17) from 5:30-6:30 p.m. is the launch of a new free early literacy reading program called “1,000 Books before Kindergarten” for children from birth to five years old.
The concept is simple: Read 1,000 books to your newborn, infant or toddler – yes, you can repeat books – before your precious one starts kindergarten.
That may sound like a huge number of books, but it’s not really. If you read just one book a night, you will have read 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around five years of age, you have more time than you may think.
The kickoff event at your library today features storytime, crafts, games, snacks and an introduction to this important new early literacy program. Please join us with your child and make a priceless investment in his or her future.

Eclipse live stream

Your library will be showing a broadcast of the total solar eclipse courtesy of NASA TV on Monday, August 21 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This live stream event will allow everyone to watch the eclipse, even those who do not live in the path of totality, or if clouds obscure our view of the sun. The eclipse live stream can be accessed by going to: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-live-stream. Or, join us and watch at the library.

Donations hiatus
We are taking a temporary break from accepting donations until September 15 to process the ones that did not sell at the Friends Book sale, put them up for sale at bargain prices at your library, thus cleaning out our workroom. Everyone on the staff, especially Dona, works very hard all year to process the incredible number of items that you, our generous community, donate to us – and especially so at this time of year. It will be helpful to be able to start the next round of donations with a clear workroom.

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.

New book drop at City Market
We hope you know that we have a new book drop at City Market. As you face the front door of the grocery store, you’ll find it tucked behind the fifth post on the left, between the wood storage and propane tanks. To start, contents are being picked up three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Two special requests to make this new service work for everyone: First, please put your Nooks in the media side of the box so they are not damaged by heavy books. Second, the book drop is not for donations. They need to be brought to the library, as some people donate a lot and that will fill the box faster than it is emptied, not allowing people to return their library materials. We hope you understand that the purpose of the drop box is for convenient item return, not item donation.

Teen writers group today
Join Claire today (Thursday, August 17) from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meetings for seventh-12 graders. This new group is a spinoff from the highly popular Fan Fiction Club, and it includes stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction.

All-ages movie tomorrow
Join us tomorrow (Friday, August 18) 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.

Teen bookclub tomorrow
Tomorrow (Friday, August 18) from 2-3 p.m. seventh-12th graders will discuss “Burn Baby Burn” by Meg Medina and enjoy free snacks.

New computer/technology classes
Join us each Monday from 2-3 p.m. to learn a useful or fun technology skill or application. Topics will vary each week. August 21 is Instagram and August 28 is Cloud Library (e-books and e-audio books). No registration required.

Otaku for teens
The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets on Monday, August 21 from 4-5 p.m. Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks. This free club is for fifth-12th grades.

DIY for adults
At this month’s free DIY event next Wednesday, August 23 from 1-2 p.m. we’ll transform plastic bottles into butterflies that can be used to decorate your home or office. No registration required.

Teen gaming
Free 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.

Tech sessions
Drop in with your technology questions for free help on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.

Teen role-playing
The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Thursday, August 24) from 4-5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters. You can join this group any time.

Adult education
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) program is cutting back to one day a week for the summer. Stop by on Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. to let Mark help you with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more. When school starts in the fall, we’ll expand the PALS hours.

Kids storytime
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move. This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Baby storytime
Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free 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.

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

Nonfiction
“The Complete Guide to Traditional Native American Beadwork” by Joel Monture is a study of authentic tools, materials, techniques and styles. Peterson’s 2016 “How to Get Money for College” describes how to get money from your school and state. “How to Get a Green Card” is an updated guide to qualifying for permanent U.S. residency. Plants Behaving Badly” tells of carnivorous plants and orchids.

CDs
“Devolver al Remitente” by Julia Alvarez is a story about a Vermont family and migrant Mexican workers in Spanish. “Nuevo Testamento” is part of the Spanish-language Bible series. “Creerle a Dios” is a Spanish-language guide to living with faith. “Age of Swords” by Michael J. Sullivan is book two of the Legends of the First Empire fantasy. “Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give” by Ada Calhoun is an exploration of modern marriage.

DVDs
“Chosin” is a documentary exploring the human side of war. “Kong Skull Island” is an adventure film. “Wolf Children” is a family story. “Tender Mercies” stars Robert Duvall. “The Sand Pebbles” stars Steve McQueen.

Mysteries and thrillers
“The Cutthroat” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott is an Isaac Bell turn-of-the-century adventure. “Crime Scene” by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman is the start of a new thriller series.

Other novels
“The Dust That Falls from Dreams” by Louis de Bernieres follows childhood chums scattered after the outbreak of World War I. “Mrs. Fletcher” by Tom Perrotta follows the life of a middle-aged woman after her son goes to college. “Dragonsworn” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is book 28 in the Dark-Hunter series. “The Bedlam Stacks” by Natasha Pulley is set in 19th century Peru.

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

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

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

Quotable Quote
“To be a good reader doesn’t mean being a discriminating reader. It means being an omnivorous reader.” – Adam Gopnik, contemporary American writer and essayist.

8/10/2017

“1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” and Friends Book Fair

Next Thursday, August 17 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. is the start of a new free early literacy reading program called “1,000 Books before Kindergarten” for children from birth to five years old.

The concept is simple:  Read 1,000 books to your newborn, infant or toddler – yes, you can repeat books – before your precious one starts kindergarten.

That may sound like a huge number of books, but it’s not really. If you read just one book a night, you will have read 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around five years of age, you have more time than you may think.

The kickoff event at your library will feature storytime, crafts, games, snacks and an introduction to this important new early literacy program.  Please join us with your child and make a priceless investment in his or her future.

Book fair this weekend

We hope to see you at the Friends of the Library book fair at the Centerpoint Church near Walmart – Friday, August 11 at 5 p.m. for the Friends’ potluck, annual meeting and advance book sale, or Saturday, August 12 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for the public sale.

This is a win-win event – a hugely important fundraiser for your library and an amazing opportunity for you to purchase books and other materials at bargain prices.

You’re welcome to become a Friend on Friday evening if you want to take advantage of the benefits of being a member of this important group in your library’s success   So bring your delicious potluck dish and shop through the great selection of books and other materials.

Donations hiatus

We are taking a temporary break from accepting donations until September 15 to process the ones that did not sell at the Friends Book sale, put them up for sale at bargain prices at your library, thus cleaning out our workroom.  Everyone on the staff, especially Dona, works very hard all year to process the incredible number of items that you, our generous community, donate to us – and especially so at this time of year.  It will be helpful to be able to start the next round of donations with a clear workroom.

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.

New book drop at City Market

We are pleased to provide you with a book drop at City Market.  As you face the front door of the grocery store, you’ll find it tucked behind the fifth post on the left, between the wood storage and propane tanks. To start, contents will be picked up three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Two requests:  First, please put your Nooks in the media side of the box so they are not damaged by heavy books.  Second, the book drop is not for donations.  They need to be brought to the library (after September 15, see item above), as some people donate a lot and that will fill the box faster than it is emptied.  We  hope you understand that the purpose of the drop box is for convenient item return, not donations.

New computer/technology classes

Join us each Monday from 2-3 p.m. to learn a useful or fun technology skill or application.  Topics will vary each week.  August 14 is resume formatting, August 21 is Instagram and August 28 is Cloud Library (e-books and e-audio books).  No registration required.

Teen role-playing today

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place today (Thursday, August 10) from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Medicaid and Connect for Health today

Renee Burch from Archuleta County Human Services provides information and answers questions on Medicaid and Connect for Health today (Thursday, August 10) in this free session from 1 – 1:45 p.m.   No registration required.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your family and friends tomorrow (Friday, August 11) from 2-3:15 p.m.

Lego Club Saturday

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

Teen gaming

Free 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.

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, August 16 from 4-5 p.m. practice your Spanish with others at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Teen writers group

Join Claire next Thursday, August 17 from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meetings for seventh-12 graders.  This new group is a spinoff from the highly popular Fan Fiction Club, and it includes stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction.

Tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions for free help on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) program is cutting back to one day a week for the summer.  Stop by on Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. to let Mark help you with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  When school starts in the fall, we’ll expand the PALS hours.

Kids storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Storytime cancellations

Please note that baby and toddler storytimes are cancelled this Saturday, August 12.   We apologize for any inconvenience.

Nonfiction

“The Close Encounters Man” is a biography of the astronomer who changed his mind on UFOs and inspired Steven Spielberg’s film.  “The First Tour de France” by Peter Cossins looks back at 60 cyclists and 19 days in 1903.  “Unacknowledged” by Steven M. Greer exposes secrets behind ET technologies.  “The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide” by historian Carol Anderson reframes the conversation about race.  “Be Feel Think Do” by Anne Berube explores the author’s transformation after a near fatal car accident.  “Grammar 101” by Kathleen Sears is a crash course in the rules of writing.  “Sons and Soldiers” by Bruce Henderson tells of Jews who esc aped Hitler and returned with the U.S. Army to fight him.  “93 Rolls-Royces” by Deva Peter Haykus tells of inspired designs on these cars.  “Best Tasting Wild Plants of Colorado and the Rockies” by Bob Seebeck is a pack-along guide.  “Making It in America” by John Bassett reveals the secrets of the success of his manufacturing company.  “Itsy Bitsy Yoga” by Helen Garabedian provides yoga poses for mothers to do with babies; her “Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers” provides 8-minute routines for this age group.  “The Women Who Flew for Hitler” by Clare Mulley is the true story of two female pilots.

CDs

“Murder Games” by James Patterson introduces a bestselling author as a new leading character.  “The Child” by Fiona Barton is a psychological suspense story set in London.  “Use of Force” by Brad Thor features Navy SEAL Scot Harvath.  “Beach House for Rent” by Mary Alice Monroe brings together two unlikely women.  “Regalo de Boda” by Cara Connelly is a contemporary romance in Spanish.  “Beautiful Tempest” by Johanna Lindsey is a Jacqueline Malory romance.  “Everything All at Once” by Bill Nye is a memoir and guide to honing your own nerd mindset.  “The Art of Death” by Edwidge Danticat is a personal account and explanation of how to write about death.  “Look Behind You” by Iris and Roy Johansen is a serial killer murder mystery.

Large print

“Ol’ Slantface” by John T. Wayne is set during the Civil War.  “Beautiful Tempest” by Johanna Lindsey is book 12 in the Malory-Anderson family series.  “The Silent Corner” by Dean Koontz features a widow seeking to learn why successful people are committing suicide.   “The Ultimatum” by Karen Robards is book one in her New Guardian series featuring a woman expert in martial arts.

DVDs

“The Zookeeper’s Wife” is based on the true story of the Warsaw Zoo.  “Arguing with Myself” features comedian Jeff Dunham.  “Monarch of the Glen”  is series one of the BBC show.  “Awakenings,” starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro, was nominated for three Academy Awards in 1991.  “The Hunting Ground” is a documentary about rape on college campuses.  “The Lost City of Z” is the true story of a British explorer in the Amazon.

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Late Show” by Michael Connelly starts a new series featuring LAPD Det. Renee Ballard.  “Deadfall” by Linda Fairstein is a thriller set in New York City.  “Look Behind You” by Roy Johansen follows a serial killer in San Diego.   “The Painted Queen” by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess is an Amelia Peabody suspense set in Cairo.  “Devil’s Cut” by J.R. Ward is a Bourbon Kings mystery.  “Girl in Snow” by Danya Kukafka is a murder mystery set in a Colorado suburb.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Thomas Hanchett, Kathy Betts and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” – Winston Churchill.

8/3/2017

How to help your babies and toddlers grow up loving to read

A recent New York Times article headlined “How to Raise a Reader” by Pamela Paul and Marcia Russo offers easy and practical tips on how you can make sure your young children grow up loving to read.

For babies:  Even newborns benefit from hearing stories.  Read out loud every day.  Any book will do – even an adult one.  What matters is not the content but the sound of your voice, the cadence of the text and the words themselves.

Research shows that the number of words an infant is exposed to has a direct impact on language development and literacy.  But note that the language has to be live – not from TV or an audio book.

For toddlers:  It’s hard to overestimate how important reading is to a toddler’s intellectual, social and emotional development.  When you read to them, they take it all in – vocabulary and language structure, numbers and math concepts, colors, shapes, animals and all kinds of useful information on how the world works.  And when you read out loud, your toddler connects books with the familiar, beloved sound of your voice, and the physical closeness that reading together brings.

Let your child turn the pages and choose the books he or she likes best.  Then try to steer them to other books as well, especially books about other children living in a variety of cultural traditions and family structures that coexist in our communities.  Exposing children to diversity in books will prepare them for life in a diverse world.

Please save the date of Thursday, August 17 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for the launch of a new free reading program called “1,000 Books before Kindergarten” for children from birth to five years old.

Watch for articles in future Library News columns on how to keep your children loving books as they grow up.

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.

Book fair August 11-12

Please join us at the Friends of the Library book fair at the Centerpoint Church near Walmart – Friday, August 11 at 5 p.m. for the Friends’ potluck, annual meeting and advance book sale, and Saturday, August 12 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for the public sale.  You’re welcome to become a Friend on Friday evening if you want to take advantage of the benefits of being a member of this important group in your library’s success.

New computer/technology classes

Join us each Monday from 2-3 p.m. to learn a useful or fun technology skill or application.  Topics will vary each week.  August 7 is Google Drive, August 14 is resume formatting, August 21 is Instagram and August 28 is Cloud Library (e-books and e-audio books).  No registration required.

Medicaid and Connect for Health today

Renee Burch from Archuleta County Human Services provides information and answers questions on Medicaid and Connect for Health today (Thursday, August 3) in this free session from 1 – 1:45 p.m.   No registration required. 

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, August 4) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a free PG action 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.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, August 7 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen gaming

Free 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.

Adult book club

Our free adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On August 8 we will discuss “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D. Vance.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  No registration required. 

Read with a Ranger

Wednesday, August 9 from 1-2 p.m., youngsters are invited to join Pagosa Ranger Brandon from the U.S. Forest Service to learn about mammals in the San Juan National Forest.  Typically kids aged 6-10 attend, but these free fun sessions are open to all ages.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Thursday, August 10 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions for free help on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) program is cutting back to one day a week for the summer.  Stop by on Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. to let Mark help you with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  When school starts in the fall, we’ll expand the PALS hours. 

Kids storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers. 

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free 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.

Toddler storytime     

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

Nonfiction

“Strays” by Britt Collins tells of a lost cat and a homeless man and their journey across America.  “The Range Bucket List” by James Dodson describes this golf writer’s list of things to do in the golf world.  “Guidebook to Relative Strangers” by Camille T. Dungy is a memoir about a professional black woman’s travels with her young daughter.  “Waking Energy” by wellness expert Jennifer Kries explores seven timeless practices to reboot your body.  “Dirt is Good” by Jack Gilbert and Bob Knight describes the advantage of germs for your child’s developing immune system.  “No Apparent Distress” by Dr. Rachel Pearson is a frank memoir about doctors and patients in a health care system that puts the poor at risk.  “The Art of Living” by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh offers a spiritual dimension to your life.

Spanish books

“Mi Mundo Adorado” is the Spanish translation of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s memoir.  “El Amante Japones” by Isabel Allende is a novel about elderly love.   

CDs

“Wired” by Julie Garwood features a topnotch hacker helping the FBI.  “Kiss Carlo” by Adriana Trigiani is the story of a multi-generational Italian-American family.  “Dangerous Minds” by Janet Evanovich is a mystery about an island 200 miles from Samoa.

DVDs

“Mankind: The Story of All of Us” is the 12-part History Channel series.  “Adventure Time” is the complete second season.  “The Layover” is season one of the Anthony Bourdain show.  “The Natural Dog Training Method” explains dog behavior expert Joe Ardis Horn’s system.

Mysteries and thrillers

“House of Spies” by Daniel Silva is the latest in the Gabriel Allon series.  “Tornado Weather” by Deborah E. Kennedy begins with the disappearance of a little girl in a wheelchair.  “Two Nights” by Kathy Reichs is a standalone thriller featuring a heroine with a dark past.  “Down a Dark Road” by Linda Castillo is a Kate Burkholder Amish mystery.

Other novels

“A Distant View of Everything” by Alexander McCall Smith is an Isabel Dalhousie novel.  “Seven Stones to Stand or Fall” by Diana Gabaldon is a collection of short stories extending the Outlander story.  “The Duchess” by Danielle Steel features a high-born 19th century woman making her way alone in the world. “Quiet Until the Thaw” by Alexander Fuller spans generations and geography in the Lakota Oglala Sioux Nation.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Sue Ellen Haning, Yuriy Kosachepich, Michelle Smith, Dana Dellmore, Ali Sinclair and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“It is good to be idealistic.  But be prepared to be misunderstood.” – Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook.

7/26/2017

New book drop at City Market and Summer Reading closing party tomorrow

It’s taken longer than we would like, but at last we are able to respond to one of the most frequent requests of library patrons – to provide you with a book drop at City Market.

As you face the front door of the grocery store, you’ll find it tucked behind the fifth post on the left, between the wood storage and propane tanks.  The box is silver with royal blue lettering saying “Library Books and Media Drop.”  It’s more than twice as large as a normal U.S. Postal Service mailbox where you mail your letters, so you should have no trouble finding it.

To start, contents will be picked up three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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

Watch for more details in a separate article in next week’s SUN.

Summer Reading party

All Summer Reading Program participants are invited to join us tomorrow (Friday, July 28) from 4:30-6 p.m. for your library’s free all-ages closing party.  Prizes will be presented – along with a chance to win the grand prize if you are in attendance – and everyone will enjoy live music from the RetroCats, food, crafts and a cake walk.

For the youngest children (0-4 years), the grand prize is a basket full of books and learning games to promote early literacy.  For children K-6th grade, the prize is a bike and helmet from Pagosa Mountain Sports.  For teens it is a gift certificate from Pagosa Outside good for rafting, tubing, or biking any time through next July. The adult grand prize is a $100 gift card.

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.

Book fair donations due now

We are cutting off donations for this summer’s Friends of the Library book sale on August 1.  That cutoff date will allow the library proper time to sort through your donations and get them ready to be taken to big event. We hope to see you at the book fair at the Centerpoint Church near Walmart – Friday, August 11 at 5 p.m. for the Friends’ potluck, annual meeting and advance book sale, and Saturday, August 12 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for the public sale.  You’re welcome to become a Friend on Friday evening if you want to take advantage of the benefits of being a member of this important group in your library’s success.

Teen role-playing today

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place today (Thursday, July 27) from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Summer Reading Club for kids today

Every Thursday we have been hosting different free fun events from 10:30 a.m. – noon for kids.  Today, July 27, you’ll create a flextangle and other paper crafts.

Adult tai chi tomorrow

“A Taste of Tai Chi” for adults will be held on Friday, July 28 from 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.  Join Jeanette to learn about and practice tai chi.  This is an ancient form of meditation in motion that is a great form of exercise, an effective way to alleviate stress – and fun.  No registration required.

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book lovers group – now the Literary Ladies – meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–noon. Tomorrow (Friday, July 28) they will host Steven Kohlhagen, author of contemporary terrorist thrillers, mysteries and westerns, who will speak about his novel, “Where They Bury You.”  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.

Spanish instruction

Join us for this free basic course on Wednesday, August 2 from 4-5 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish.  This session we will learn how to ask questions and get directions.  No registration required.

Medicaid and Connect for Health

Renee Burch from Archuleta County Human Services provides information and answers questions on Medicaid and Connect for Health next Thursday, August 3 in this free session from 1 – 1:45 p.m.   No registration required.

Teen gaming

Free 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.

Teen advisory board

Next Thursday, August 3 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.

Tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions for free help on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) program is cutting back to one day a week for the summer.  Stop by on Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. to let Mark help you with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  We will expand the PALS hours when school starts in the fall.

Kids storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free 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.

Toddler storytime     

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

Nonfiction Spanish books

“Guia Practica Para Una Alimentacion y Vida Anticancer” gives advice from a family doctor on the effects of food on different diseases.  “El Arte Toleca de la Vida y la Muerte” tells of the author’s spiritual journey after a heart attack.  “El Dibujo Secreto de America Latina” explores the multiple cultural, geographic and historical influences on this area of the world.  In “El Secreto de la Vida a Base de Plantas,” rock artist Draco Rosa and a nutritionist discuss a plant-based diet to combat cancer and other illnesses.  “El Lado Facil de la Gente Dificil” by Cesar Lazano describes five key qualities you need to deal with difficult people.  “Disciplina con Amor:  Como Poner  Limites sin Ahogarse en la Culpa” offers tips to parents seeking to raise respectful and responsible children with strong self-esteem.

CDs

“The Duchess” by Danielle Steel features a high-born 19th century woman making her way alone in the world.  “Payback at Big Silver” and “Comanche Trail” by Ralph Cotton plus “Kingdom Come” by William W. and J.A. Johnson are westerns.

Large print

“Beach House for Rent” by Mary Alice Monroe brings two unlikely women together.  “Secrets of the Tulip Sisters” by Susan Mallery reveal truths that change the women’s lives.  “Every Last Lie” by Mary Kubica explores an accident than may have been more than that.  “Take Out” by Margaret Maron is a mystery set in New York City.  “Lockdown” by Laurie R. King begins with career day at a school.  “The Nearness of You” by Dorothy Garlock begins with a professional photographer.  “Use of Force” by Brad Thor is a Scot Harvath SEAL adventure.  “Wired” by Julie Garwood tells of a hacker hired by the FBI.

DVDs

“Good Cooking: The New Basics Cookbook” provides 110 complete recipes, menus and more.  “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” is the classic musical starring Catherine Deneuve.  “The Bountiful Fantastic” is a contemporary fairy tale.  “Growing Up Smith” tells of a young Indian boy growing up in s all-town America.  “Sully” is the riveting true story of the plane landing safely in the Hudson River.  “Kiki’s Delivery Service” is an animated family film.  “The Plainsman” is the Cecil B. DeMille classic.  “Before the Flood” is the climate change film from Leonardo DiCaprio.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank B. Jackson, Keegan Batton and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“The median age for inventors in science and technology is 47.  In some fields, inventors do their best work even later.  Information technology innovators peak at age 51.  In materials science, the typical age for a breakthrough is 53.”  The average innovator is seven years older than the average worker in the U.S.  – Study in 2016 by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Washington, D.C.

7/20/2017

Paracord bracelets for teens and Summer Reading closing party for all    

Back by popular demand after its success last year, we are hosting a paracord bracelet making session for fifth-12 grades next Wednesday, July 26 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Join us to make your own bracelet out of paracord and learn about the ways you can use paracord survival bracelets.

We hope you have this on your calendar – your library’s free all-ages Summer Reading Program closing party is next Friday, July 28 from 4:30-6 p.m.  Prizes will be presented – along with a chance to win the grand prize if you are in attendance – and everyone will enjoy live music from the RetroCats, food, crafts and a cake walk.

For the youngest children (0-4 years), the grand prize is a basket full of books and learning games to promote early literacy.  For children K-6th grade, the prize is a bike and helmet from Pagosa Mountain Sports.  For teens it is a gift certificate from Pagosa Outside good for rafting, tubing, or biking any time through next July. The adult grand prize is a $100 gift card.

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.

Book fair donations due now.

We are cutting off donations for this summer’s Friends of the Library book sale on August 1.  That cutoff date will allow the library proper time to sort through your donations and get them ready to be taken to the big event. We hope to see you at the book fair at the Centerpoint Church near Walmart – Friday, August 11 at 5 p.m. for the Friends’ potluck, annual meeting and advance book sale, and Saturday, August 12 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for the public sale.  You’re welcome to become a Friend on Friday evening if you want to take advantage of the benefits of being a member of this important group in your library’s success.

Writing session for teens today

Today (Thursday, July 20 )from 4-5 p.m., teens in the seventh-12th grades are invited to a free writing event including stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction.

Summer Reading Club for kids today

Every Thursday we’re hosting different free fun events from 10:30 a.m. – noon for kids.  Today July 20 you’ll build a house that can stand against the big bad wolf.  July 27 you’ll create a flextangle and other paper crafts.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, July 21) 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.

Teen bookclub tomorrow

Friday, July 21 from 2-3 p.m. seventh-12th graders will discuss “Passenger” by Alexandra Bracken and enjoy free snacks.

Adult tai chi tomorrow

“A Taste of Tai Chi” for adults is being every Friday in July from 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.  Join Jeanette to learn about and practice tai chi.  This is an ancient form of meditation in motion that is a great form of exercise, an effective way to alleviate stress – and fun.  No registration required.

Adult fly fishing

The “Fly-Fishing Basics” class for adults moves to the river on Saturday, July 22.

Tween gaming

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

Teen gaming

Free 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.

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event on Wednesday, July 26 from 1-2 p.m. we’ll create abstract string  art by dipping a piece of string in ink and using it to draw irregularly placed lines to form a variety of creative designs. No registration required.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Thursday, July 27 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions for free help on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) program is cutting back to one day a week for the summer.  Stop by on Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. to let Mark help you with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  When school starts in the fall, we’ll expand the PALS hours.

Kids storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move. This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free 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.

Toddler storytime   

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

How-to and self-help

“Backpacking 101” by Heather Balogh Rochfort provides tips on everything from packing light to picking a safe campsite.  “Colorado Road & Recreation Atlas” contains maps, recreation guides and information on roads and public lands.  “Quick Keto” by Martina Slajerova provides 100 low-carb recipes for meals in 30 minutes or less.

Other nonfiction

“Memory’s Last Breath” by Gerda Saunders is a memoir of a woman with dementia.  “Daring to Drive” by Manal Al-Sharif is a memoir of an educated Saudi Arabian woman.  “The Pierre Hotel Affair” by Daniel Simone is the true story of a $28 million jewel theft.  “Healing Children” by Dr. Kurt Newman contains a surgeon’s stories on the frontiers of pediatric medicine.  “The Boy Who Loved Too Much” by Jennifer Latson is the true story of pathological friendliness.

DVDs

“Yankee Doodle Dandy” is the musical biography of George M. Cohan.  “Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric” is the National Geographic documentary.  “An American Tail” and “An American Tail: Fievel Goes West” is a two-film set of this family classic.  “RWBY Collection” is a three-disc set.

Large print

We have six new westerns: “Silver City: A Novel of the American West” by Jeff Guinn; “Buckshot,” a Ned Cody novel by L. J. Martin, “The Brutal Night of the Mountain Man” and “The First Mountain Man: Preacher’s Hellstsorm” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone; “Medicine Creek,” book four of the Wind River series by James Reasoner and L.J. Washburn; and “The Byrds of Shywater” by Paul Joseph Lederer.  Other new large print books are “Tom Dooley: American Tragedy,” a Civil War story by Bill Brooks and “Wolf on a String” by Benjamin Black, set in the court of the Holy Roman Empire.

Other novels

“Our Little Racket” by Angelica Baker exposes problems with very rich Greenwich, CT women’s lives when an investment bank closes.  “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” by Arundhati Roy takes readers on a journey across India over many years.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Carolyn Sterett, Cindi Galabota, Margaret Coleman and our many generous anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“People are united by questions.  It is the answers that divide them.” – Elie Wiesel (1928-2016), Romanian-born American Jewish writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor.

7/13/2017

All-ages Summer Reading Program and closing party

Your library’s free all-ages Summer Reading Program is well underway with the theme of “Build a Better World.”  Already 137 children, 16 teens and 26 adults are participating.  Even if you’re gone for part of the summer, we hope you’ll sign up to be eligible for incentives and prizes.

For the youngest children (0-4 years), the grand prize is a basket full of books and learning games to promote early literacy.  For children K-6th grade, the prize is a bike and helmet from Pagosa Mountain Sports.  For teens it is a gift certificate from Pagosa Outside good for rafting, tubing, or biking any time through next July. The adult grand prize is a $100 gift card.

The Summer Reading Program includes special activities for all ages.  Stop by the front desk to register and pick up your Bingo sheet.  Watch for news of activities this summer in this Library News column every week.

Mark your calendars for the closing celebration party Friday, July 28 from 4:30-6 p.m. when those prizes will be presented – along with a chance to win the grand prize if you are in attendance – and everyone will enjoy live music from the RetroCats, food, crafts and a cake walk.

Activities calendars available

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free Summer Reading Program 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.

Book fair

Mark your calendars for this summer’s Friends of the Library book fair at the Centerpoint Church near Walmart – Friday, August 11 at 5 p.m. for the Friends’ potluck, annual meeting and advance book sale, and Saturday, August 12 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for the public sale.  Remember that you can become a member at the door on Friday evening for the early event.

Summer Reading Club for kids today

Every Thursday we’re hosting different free fun events from 10:30 a.m. – noon for kids.  Today (July 13) you’ll paint your own masterpiece.  July 20 you’ll build a house that can stand against the big bad wolf.  July 27 you’ll create a flextangle and other paper crafts.

Teen role-playing today

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

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your family and friends tomorrow (Friday, July 14) from 2-3:15 p.m.

Adult tai chi tomorrow

“A Taste of Tai Chi” for adults is being every Friday in July from 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.  Join Jeanette to learn about and practice tai chi.  This is an ancient form of meditation in motion that is a great form of exercise, an effective way to alleviate stress – and fun.  No registration required.

Adult fly fishing

“Fly Fishing Basics” classes for adults take place Monday, July 17 from 10 a.m. – noon at the library to go over basic knot tying, equipment and setup (repeat of July 10 session).  Part two takes place Wednesday, July 19 from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at Yamaguchi Park (repeat of July 12 session) where Mark will help you practice basic casting techniques.  An optional trip to the river will take place July 22, with details to follow.  Registration is preferred.

Otaku for teens

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets on Monday, July 17 from 4-5 p.m.  Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   This free club is for fifth-12th grades.

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, July 19 from 4-5 p.m. practice your Spanish with others at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Writing session for teens

Thursday, July 20 from 4-5 p.m., teens in the seventh-12th grades are invited to a free writing event including stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction.

Teen gaming

Free 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.

Tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions for free help on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.

Adult learning

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) program is cutting back to one day a week for the summer.  Stop by on Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. to let Mark help you with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  When school starts in the fall, we’ll expand the PALS hours.

Kids storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free 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.

Toddler storytime     

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

How-to and self-help

“The New American Heart Association Cookbook/ninth edition” contains 800 recipes.  “Cooking with Nonna” by Rossella Rago contains 100 classic recipes from Italian grandmothers. “Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Rockies” is a guide by Linda Kershaw.  “Mountain Biking Colorado’s Front Range” is a Falcon guide.  “Complete Wiring” is a Stanley guide.  “Fat for Fuel” by Dr. Joseph Mercola shows how you can take control of your health  by giving your body the proper fuel.

Other nonfiction

“I’ll Push You” by Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck is the story of a 500-mile trek in a wheelchair on the Camino de Santiago.    “A History of the United States in Five Crashes by longtime trader Scott Nations looks at the five stock market meltdowns that defined our country.  “The Grace of Dogs” by theologian Andrew Root explores the love between dogs and people.  “The Isis Hostage” by Puh Damsgard tells of a photographer held by ISIS for 13 months.

DVDs

“What Plants Talk About” is from the PBS Nature series.  “Landfillharmonic” is a tale of underdog musical success.  “John James Audobon” is from the PBS American Masters series.  “Flywheel” is the story of a manipulating used car dealer who finds God and changes his life.  “The Rescuers” and “The Rescuers Down Under” contains two family friendly Disney movies.  “Music Man” is the Matthew Brockerick remake of this family classic.

Thrillers and mysteries

“Defectors” by Joseph Kanon is an American spy story.  “Murder Games” by James Patterson and Howard Roughan follows the case of a serial killer who leaves cards at the scenes of his murders.  “Lockdown” by Laurie R. King is a psychological suspense story.  “There and Gone” by Haylen Beck is a thriller involving a woman fleeing her abusive husband.  “The Force” by Don Winslow tells of a detective who has stolen millions of dollars in drugs and cash.

Other novels

“Grief Cottage” by Gail Godwin tells of a house with ghosts and grief in its past.  “The Identicals” by Elin Hilderbrand follows twin sisters who come together after a decade apart.  “The People We Hate at a Wedding” is a comedic look at families who hate the ones they love.      

CDs

“The Switch” by Joseph  Finder begins with an accidental mixup of MacBooks.  “Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Initiative” by Eric Van Lustbader is a new Jason Bourne thriller.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

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