Rhino conservation expert from Kenya plus ski and snowboard maintenance
Rhino conservation expert James Mwenda will speak next Wednesday, March 29 from 4:40-5:30 p.m. about the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in central Kenya. He and his team provide care and protection for the last northern white rhinos in existence on the planet. A 2018 recipient of the African Ranger of the Year award, Mwenda has become a global ambassador for conservation and the realities of extinction.
Our expert speaker was featured in “Kifaru,” a documentary film about the Ol Pejeta Conservancy work that has won many awards including the grand jury prize and audience award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2019.
Ski and snowboard maintenance clinic
As we approach the end of another wonderful ski and snowboard season, outdoor enthusiasts will want to note next Thursday March 30 from 6-7 p.m. for a ski and snowboard maintenance clinic presented by Justin from the Alpen Haus. He will cover tips on maintaining your alpine and Nordic ski and snowboard equipment including storing, troubleshooting and care.
Help, please! Re chess sets
On April 8 we will launch a new intergenerational chess club, and to help make it a success we are collecting chess game donations. Our preference is for complete sets in good shape, with both the board and the pieces. If you have a chess set you are no longer using, please donate it to the library.
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free library activities available to you and your family, pick up a copy of the events calendar each month. Its streamlined format combines all the activities and events for children, teens and adults on one handy two-sided page.
Flu season protocols
The curbside service that we began for COVID safety continues – and it’s also a healthful option in the cold and flu season. To save your energy and lessen germ exposure to other patrons, we recommend you use our curbside service – or add a name to your account authorizing that person to pick up items for you while you recuperate.
Library fundraiser coming soon
Saturday, April 15 is the second annual gala Library Affair fundraiser for our building campaign to expand and renovate your library. This elegant event will happen at 6 p.m. at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts and feature an auction of different table settings designed by some of Pagosa’s most creative artists.
Book themes for the tables range from delightful children’s stories such as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” to adult classics like “The Great Gatsby.” Food will be courtesy of Todd Stevens and the Pagosa Springs High School culinary class with acoustic guitar music by Steve Blechschmidt. Tickets are $50 each, on sale now at the library and online.
Final spring break events
Our free spring break event at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, March 23, is bingo. Tomorrow, Friday, is a two-hour session from 1-3 p.m. because we’ll be showing the movie The Mitchells vs. the Machines rated PG and providing free popcorn.
Board games tomorrow
Tomorrow, Friday, March 24, is Board Game Central from 3-4 p.m. If you love board games we invite you to bring your favorite game or explore the library’s collection.
LEGO contest deadline
LEGO enthusiasts will want to note the 5 p.m. deadline tomorrow, Friday the 24th for you to enter your creation in our free LEGO contest. Winners will be announced in five age categories at the LEGO Club on Saturday, March 25 from 11 a.m.-noon. Contest details are available at your library.
Knit and crochet on Saturday
Everyone aged eight and older is invited to a Learn to Knit and Croquet gathering on Saturday, March 25 from 1-3 p.m. All supplies are provided. This event will happen on the fourth Saturday of every month.
More online author talks
\There will be one more talk this month in our free online virtual series featuring New York Times bestselling authors. You will have an opportunity to ask questions of the authors. Tuesday, March 28 at 5 p.m. features Pam Jenoff, author of historical fiction often set during World War II and featuring strong women; her latest, published last month, is “Code Name Sapphire.” There will be two more author talks in April.
Children’s Spanish class on Monday
Join us next Monday, March 27 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. for a Spanish class for kids aged six to 11 to help youngsters learn and improve their Spanish.
Homework and tutoring help
Our highly popular free homework assistance and elementary tutoring are available for K-fourth grades on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. There is a registration packet for parents and guardians to fill out to enroll your child that you can get by emailing the library or coming in. This program has been a big hit because it helps build essential skills in core subjects. You still can register your child but you may be put on a waitlist.
Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.
Our free middle school Knowledge Bowl takes place next Thursday, March 30 from 4-5 p.m. for tweens and teens. Participants form teams of up to six people to compete against each other by answering questions that cover a range of topics from math to spelling to pop culture. Knowledge Bowl runs every second and fourth Thursday for the remainder of the school year. It is open to students in grades four–eight, or ages 11-14. No registration required.
Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays with 4-5 p.m. reserved for beginners and 5-7 p.m. for both intermediate and advanced students. Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.
Las clases de ESL
Las clases nocturnas gratuitas en persona se llevan a cabo los martes y jueves de 4 a 7 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes asisten de 4 a 5 p.m., estudiantes intermedios de 5-6 p.m. y estudiantes avanzados de 7-8 p.m. Por favor, ayúdenos a correr la voz sobre estas clases a otras personas en nuestra comunidad que estén interesadas, y contáctenos por teléfono o correo electrónico si tiene alguna pregunta.
PALS/GED adult education
Mark is available for his free PALS sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more. No registration required.
Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays. Judy will help you with basic questions relating to computers, smartphones and tablets and also provide assistance in accessing any of the library’s online resources. You do not need an appointment for these drop-in sessions.
CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages and accessing this free digital collection is very easy. You just need to download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog for the name of your library, then enter your library card number and 4-digit PIN. You are now ready to browse, borrow and read e-books and audiobooks using cloudLibrary. Library staff are happy to help you set up your device if you need assistance.
Local short stories
“Silverton Stories” by Cynthia Chertos is a collection of 14 short stories about life in this San Juans mountain town from the 1880s to the 2010s.
“The Curse of the Marquis de Sade” by Joel Warner tells how a notorious novel became an historic scam. “Always Ireland” by Jack Kavanagh is a travel guide by a local illustrated with National Geographic photographs. “Gender Queer” written and illustrated by Maia Kobabe is a memoir of her journey exploring gender identity from adolescence to adulthood.
“All the Dangerous Things” by Stacy Willingham tells of a woman trying to find her kidnapped baby. “The Mitford Affair” by Marie Benedict follows two sisters as the Nazis rise to power in Germany. “Hell Bent” by Leigh Bardugo is book two in the Alex Stern dark fantasy series. “Steeped in Secrets” by Lauren Elliott is book one in the new Crystals & CuriosiTEAS mystery series set in a tea and psychic shop. “Riding the Nightmare” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Duff MacCallister western. “Maame” by Jessica George features a young black woman setting out on her own to escape her family.
Thrillers and mysteries
“Cartographers” by Peng Shepherd focuses on a rare map that’s causing murder and mayhem. “It’s One of Us” by J.T. Ellison follows a couple dealing with news that the husband’s sperm-donated son may be a killer. “The Dangerous One” by Lori Foster is book one in the new Osborne Brothers mystery romance series.
“Dreamland” by Nicholas Sparks is a love story. “Nightcrawling” by Leila Mottley features a young black woman who becomes a witness in a massive scandal. “A Country You Can Leave” by Asale Angel-Ajani features a biracial 16-year-old confronting her family legacy. “The Tyranny of Faith” by Richard Swan is the second book in a fantasy trilogy.
We are grateful to Sandy Kobrock and Mark Mueller for their generous monetary contributions, and to Joanne Ferko for her materials donations. When we are open, material donations are accepted for the Friends of the Library at the front desk – not down the outside returns slot at the library or the dropbox at City Market, please. The Friends take fiction published in 2013 or newer and nonfiction that is 2018 or newer. Limited workroom space means we can only accept one or two small boxes at a time.
“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.” — Karen Kaiser Clark, author of three bestselling books on growing through change.