12/6/2018

Christmas-themed books and Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo

Many authors make a point of publishing books just in time for Christmas reading and inspiration for holiday gifts.  Here are eight recent examples we’ve just added to the collection:

  • “Bathed in Prayer” by Jan Karon is a large-print collection of Father Tim’s prayers, sermons and reflections from the 14 novels in the Mitford series.
  • “Christmas Revelation” by Anne Perry is a holiday mystery decorated with all the Victorian trimmings.
  • “The Noel Stranger” by Richard Paul Evans is an inspirational story about redemption, faith and the power of the season.
  • “Alaskan Holiday” by Debbie Macomber is a magical Christmas tale about finding love where it’s least expected.  It is available in hard cover and as an audio book on CD.
  • “Christmas Cake Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swensen holiday mystery with recipes in large print.
  • “Yule Log Murder” contains three mysteries by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis and Barbara Ross in large print.
  • “Lark! The Herald Angels Sing” by Donna Andrews is a Meg Langslow mystery in large print.
  • “The Darling Dahlias and the Poinsettia Puzzle” by Susan Wittig Albert is a Darling Dahlias mystery in large print.

 

Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo for all ages

We hope you and your family will join us for an all-ages Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo on Tuesday, December 11 from 4-6 p.m.  This is a fun opportunity to celebrate the holidays by creating your very own seasonal crafts to take home while enjoying hot cocoa.

Activities calendars available

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

 Avalanche awareness today

Join Mark Mueller today, Thursday, December 6 from 5:30-7 p.m. for an important presentation on avalanche safety that could save your life.  He is an avalanche forecaster for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, which says avalanches are the deadliest natural hazard in the state of Colorado.  No registration required.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, December 7 from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

LEGO Club  

The free LEGO Club for kids six-12 years is 11 a.m.-noon on Saturday, December 8.  No need to bring your LEGO bricks – we have lots – just bring your imaginations.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, December 10 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.  Note: No teen gaming Tuesday the 11th because of Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo.

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 and enjoy refreshments.  On December 11 we will discuss “Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann.  If you need a copy, please stop by your library.  No registration required.

Teen writers group

Join us Wednesday, December 12 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.

Teen advisory board

Next Thursday, December 13, 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.

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. to learn a useful technology skill or application.  Thursday, December 13 is Smartphone Basics when you’ll learn how to navigate commonly used features on your Android or Apple smartphone or tablet.   No registration required.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

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

DVDs

“Woman Walks Ahead,” based on true events, tells of a woman from New York in the 1880s who travels to North Dakota to paint a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull.  “Northern Exposure” is the complete season one.  “The Darkest Minds” is an empowering tale of teens who mysteriously develop new abilities.  “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” is a documentary about the major influence of indigenous people on popular American music. “Te Ata” is a documentary about one of the greatest Native American performers of all time.  “GI Jews” is a documentary about the 550,000 Jewish Americans who served in World War II.  “Incredibles 2” is the Disney Pixar movie.  “Northern Exposure” is the complete second season.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“Cast Iron” by Peter May opens with a killer depositing an unconscious body into a picturesque lake.  “How It Happened” by Michael Koryta features an FBI interrogation specialist who must face his past as he investigates a murder.

 

Books on CD

“The Black and the Blue” by Matthew Horace and Ron Harris explores the racism and crimes that permeate law enforcement and offers a blueprint for change.  “The Joy of Leaving Your Sh*t All Over the Place” by Jennifer McCartney is a humorous look at the joys of being a slob.

Novels

“Tony’s Wife” by Adriana Trigiani follows two working-class kids who become a successful singing act during the big band era.  “Master of His Fate” by Barbara Taylor Bradford describes the intertwining of two families’ lives in Victoria England.  “Fire & Blood” by George R.R. Martin is the first volume of a two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.  “Beauchamp Hall” by Danielle Steel tells of a woman who leaves New York to visit the town where her favorite British TV drama is filmed.

Nonfiction     

“Identity” by Francis Fukuyama offers a provocative examination of modern identity politics and what it means for our democracy and international affairs.  “On Desperate Ground” by Hampton Sides explores the Marines’ bravery in the Korean War’s greatest battle.  “Presidents of War” by historian Michael Beschloss chronicles presidential war-making from the birth of the U.S. to the present.  “Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019” describes places to see around the world.  “Creating Moments of Joy along the Alzheimer’s Journey” by Jolene Brackey is a revised and expanded guide for caregivers.  “Get It Together” by Melanie Cullen shows you how to organize your records so your family won’t have to do it.  “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean uses the almost 250-year-old history of the Los Angeles library system as a backdrop to explore the purpose and value of libraries in the U.S. and around the world.  “Beyond the Call” by Eileen Rivers tells of three women who fought shoulder-to-shoulder with men on the front lines and worked with local women to restore their lives ibn Afghanistan.

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 Diane Bower and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“Black Friday Deal:  All Books Are Free” was the headline in a New York Times ad over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  It went on to say:  “Today and every day millions of books are free at the New York Public Library.  With your free library card you can borrow books, e-books, audio books, magazines and so much more.  Plus, the library is the place to go for free streaming videos, classes, programs and research data bases.  This holiday season, discover a world of free resources at the library.”

11/29/2018

Second Chance book sale this weekend and new cookbooks for holiday entertaining

We hope you’ll join us for a special Second Chance Book Sale tomorrow, Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., just in time for your holiday shopping.  This event takes place at your library and is part of the Pagosa Parade of Stores that weekend.

Many of the items on sale are remainders from the Friends of the Library book sale.  The books are in great shape, priced at discount rates, and they make excellent gifts.  Hardbacks are $3, with the older ones at $2.  Softbacks will be $2 with $1 for the older ones.  Mass market paperbacks will be under $1.  Any audio books will be $1 a disc up to $5, even if the audio book is 12 discs.  Any DVDs will be $2.

We hope to see you there.

New cookbooks for hunters and holiday entertaining

If you’re looking for some fun new delicious recipes for your holiday entertaining, here are nine new cookbooks to inspire you:  “Holiday and Celebration Bread in Five Minutes a Day” by Zoe Francois and Jeff Hertzberg provides quick and easy recipes for sweet and decadent baking. “Cook Like a Pro” by Ina Garten is a new collection of elegant recipes made easy.  “The Complete Diabetes Cookbook” offers 400 re-engineered recipes with nutritional information. “Comfort in an Instant” by Melissa Clark gives you 75 comfort food recipes for your pressure cooker, multicooker or instant pot.  “Baking All Year Round” by Rosanna Pansino contains more than 85 recipes for holidays and special occasions throughout the year.

For hunters, we have four books by Hank Shaw:  “Pheasant, Quail, Cottontail” shows you how to take upland birds and small game from field to feast.  “Hunt, Gather, Cook” has recipes and techniques to get wild foods onto your dinner table.  “Duck, Duck, Goose “ is a thorough guide to preparing ducks and geese.  “Buck, Buck, Moose” does the same for deer, elk, antelope, moose and other antlered creatures.

And if you need a laugh while you’re busy cooking, take a break with “Never Cook Bacon Naked” with humorous words of wisdom for the home cook compiled by Doreen Chila-Jones.

Activities calendars available

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

Teen 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.

Spanish instruction

Join us for this free basic course Wednesday, December 5 from 3-4 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish.  No registration or previous attendance is required.  Note: No Spanish conversation this month.

Avalanche awareness

Join Mark Mueller next Thursday, December 6 from 5:30-7 p.m. for an important presentation on avalanche safety that could save your life.  He is an avalanche forecaster for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, which says avalanches are the deadliest natural hazard in the state of Colorado.  No registration required.

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. to learn a useful technology skill or application.  Today, Thursday, November 29, you’ll learn how to access e-books and audio books using the Cloud Library.  Bring your own smartphone, tablet or laptop to browse and download materials.  Monday, December 3 is Internet Basics, when you’ll learn how to use a browser to access the Internet and use a search engine.  Thursday, December 13 is Smartphone Basics when you’ll learn how to navigate commonly used features on your Android or Apple smartphone or tablet.   Thursday, December 17 shows you how to use Microsoft Word to create a professional looking resume.  No registration required.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones. Note no storytime Saturday, December 1 because of the book sale.

Large print

“Desperate Measures” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “The Colors of all the Cattle” by Alexander McCall Smith is a No. l Ladies’ detective Agency mystery.  “When We Were Young” by Karen Kingsbury is a Baxter Family story.  “The Rain Watcher” by Tatiana de Rosnay is a family saga set in Paris.  “Nine Perfect Strangers” by Liane Moriarty follows the guests at a remote health resort.  “Not Quite Over You” by Susan Mallery is a Happily Inc. romance.  “Heads You Win” by Jeffrey Archer follows a Russian family fleeing after the father is assassinated.  “The Fox” by Frederick Forsyth explores what happens after the CIA is hacked.  “You Don’t Own Me” by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke is the latest in the Under Suspicion series.  “Elevation” by Stephen King is a supernatural story.  “Vendetta” by Iris Johansen is an Eve Duncan mystery.

Nonfiction CDs

“Sky Girls” by Gene Nora Jessen is the true story of the first women’s cross-country air race in 1929.  “Real Life Organizing” by Cassandra Aarssen shows you how to be clean and clutter-free in 15 minutes a day.   “The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brene Brown asks you to let go of what you think you ought to be and concentrate on who you are.

Fiction CDs

“Winter in Paradise” by Elin Hilderbrand begins when the husband is killed in a plane crash.  “Night of Miracles” by Elizabeth Berg is a sequel to “The Story of Arthur Truluv.”  “Beachamp Hall” by Danielle Steel follows a woman heading to England to visit the location of her favorite British TV show.  “Vendetta” by Iris Johansen takes readers inside a terrorist group.  “An Easy Death” by Charlaine Harris is a thriller centered on a female gunslinging mercenary.  “Leopard’s Run” by  Christine Feehan is a fantasy romance.  “The Colors of All the Cattle” by Alexander McCall Smith is a No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency mystery.

DVDs

“Eighth Grade” introduces a new 13-year-old heroine.  “Frozen River” reveals the difficult live and decisions of two single-mother Mohawk women.  “VA: The Human Cost of War” documents the workings of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs through the eyes of veterans and their families.  “Dreamer” is a family film inspired by a true story.

Nonfiction

“Trump on the Couch” by psychoanalyst Dr. Justin A. Frank looks at President Trump as he did in previous books about Presidents Bush and Obama.  “Hemingway’s Brain” by forensic psychiatrist Andrew Farah explores the medical conditions that led the author to suicide.  “Adventures in Memory” by Hilde and Vlva Ostby reveals the science and secrets of remembering and forgetting.  “Hopi Runners” by Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert is a window into the many great runners in the Hopi world.  “Skin in the Game” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb shows how the willingness to accept one’s own risks is an essential attribute of heroes, saints and other successful people.  “Bridge for Dummies” by Eddie Kantar offers tips and strategies for being a better player.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“Forever and a Day” by Anthony Horowitz is the story of the birth of James Bond.  “Target” by James Patterson is an Alex Cross mystery,

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank our anonymous donors.   For their generous monetary contributions, we thank Lenore Bright and Alice Chavez.  For their generous sponsorship of a book barn, we thank Terry’s Ace.

Quotable Quote

“I think a novel is a kind of conversation.  Both the writer and reader brings their experiences to the page…. Reading books is a good place to start thinking about and understanding people’s stories you aren’t familiar with, outside your comfort zone and experience.  A novel will ask you to walk in a character’s shoes, and this can build empathy.” – Tommy Orange, Native American writer and author of the bestselling novel “There There.”

11/22/2018

Second Chance book sale next weekend just in time for holiday shopping
We hope you’ll join us for a special Second Chance Book Sale next Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., just in time for your holiday shopping.  This event takes place at your library and is part of the Pagosa Parade of Stores that weekend.

Many of the items on sale are remainders from the Friends of the Library book sale last summer.  The books are mostly adult fiction, though there will be a little of everything.  The books are in great shape, priced at discount rates, and they make excellent gifts.  Hardbacks are $3, with the older ones at $2.  Softbacks will be $2 with $1 for the older ones.  Mass market paperbacks will be under $1.  Any audio books will be $1 a disc up to $5, even if the audio book is 12 discs.  Any DVDs will be $2.

We hope to see you there.

Library closure
Your library will be closed November 22-25 so that our staff can celebrate Thanksgiving with their families and friends.

Did you know…
… that your library has a variety of genealogical resources available for your research and reading enjoyment?  We hold a collection of books that covers basic genealogical information as well as more specific genealogy books for more than half the states in the U.S.A.  Examples include “The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy” by Val D. Greenwood, and “Colorado Families: A Territorial Heritage” and “Mayflower Families through Five Generations” by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.

Most books are for library use only and cannot be checked out.  However, you can enjoy them any time the library is open.

We also offer the online resource Ancestry Library Edition, which provides an online platform for searching census lists; birth, death or marriage certificates; military records; and immigration information with coverage in the United States and United Kingdom. This online resource must be accessed from the library and cannot be used from a home computer.

This “Did You Know…” feature is part of a series prepared by Cindi Galabota, development officer, that will appear periodically in Library News columns.  We hope you find the information interesting and helpful.

New home for audio book CDs and EZ materials
We are shifting some materials in the collection, swapping the audio book CDs to where the EZ items were.  That means all of the youth materials now are together in one space, not two, making it easier for readers to progress through literacy levels and the physical space.  This change also should make it easier for parents to find items and track children.  We hope you like these modifications.

Expanded policy re DVDs
You now can check out 10 DVDs at a time.  Also, new DVDs will be a separate category and you can check out two new DVDs in addition to the 10 from the regular offerings.  We believe our DVD fans will appreciate this additional checkout number.  It’s a win for your library as well, as we project it will create additional shelf space as more of our collection is checked out.

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

Teen 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.

Spanish conversation
Wednesday, November 28 from 3-4 p.m. practice your Spanish with others at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Otaku Club
The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club will not meet in November due to a scheduling issue.  It will resume in December when you can join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   This free club is for fifth-12th grades.

Computer classes
Join us for free sessions at 1 p.m. to learn a useful technology skill or application.  Thursday, November 29 you’ll learn how to access e-books and audio books using the Cloud Library.  Bring your own smartphone, tablet or laptop to browse and download materials.  No registration required.

Adult education
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

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

Family storytimes
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Please note that both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones. Note no storytime Saturday, December 1 because of the book sale.

How-to and self-help
“Estrogen Matters” by Drs. Avrum Bluming and Carol Tavris explains why taking hormones in menopause can improve women’s wellbeing and lengthen their lives without raising the risk of breast cancer.  “Women & Money” by Suze Orman is a revised and updated version of her personal finance advice for women.  “Remember It” by Nelson Dellis offers tips and tricks from a memory champion.  “You Are Not a Rock” by Mark Freeman is a guide to mental health and emotional fitness in these stressful times.

Biographies
“Tina Turner: My Love Story” is the autobiography of the long-reigning queen of rock ‘n’ roll.  “Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life” by Jane Sherron DeHart is the biography of this Supreme Court justice.  “Becoming” is Michele Obama’s memoir.

Other nonfiction
“Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen” by Jose Antonio Vargar is a memoir of a man whose parents sent him to the U.S. with fake papers when he was 12.  “Rising Out of Hatred” by Pulitzer Prize winner Eli Saslow documents how a prominent white supremacist changed his heart and mind.  “Brief Answers to the Big Questions” by Stephen Hawking reveals this famous scientist’s thoughts on the biggest questions facing humankind.  “The Skripal Files” by Mark Urban documents the life and near death of a Russian spy in England earlier this year.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense
“The Feral Detective” by Jonathan Lethem covers the search for a missing daughter in Los Angeles.  “Long Road to Mercy” by David Baldacci is an Atlee Pine thriller, the start of a new series.        

CDs
“Pray for the Dead” by Dusty Richards is a Byrnes Family Ranch western.  “Torture of the Mountain Man” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a western.  “Shotgun Charlie” is a Ralph Compton western.  “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” by Eric Idle is a memoir of this actor’s life. “Ambush” by James Patterson is a Michael Bennett mystery.

Other novels
“Sea of Greed” by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown is a Numa Files adventure.  “Night of Miracles” by Elizabeth Berg is a story of surprising friendships and community.

DVDs
“Ex Machina” is a sci-fi AI story.  “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows” is an action adventure.  “Tyrus” is an American Masters biography of  celebrated painter Tyrus Wong, whose art inspired Bambi.  Solo Star Wars” is an adventure featuring Han Solo.  “First Face of America” is a NOVA exploration of the origins of the first Americans.

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 Robert Righi, Valley Lowrance and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“My first library gave me the freedom to exist in private, to choose and even be greedy. I took 10 books the first time — illustrated books, fables, fairy tales and happy stories of white children and their kind parents. A week later, now initiated, I was allowed to walk to the library by myself, carrying the 10 books I had finished reading, knowing I could choose many more to furnish my vast secret room, my imagination, all mine.” – Amy Tan, an author whose works explore mother-daughter relationships and the Chinese American experience, in her memoir “Where the Past Begins.”

 

11/15/2018

Colorado author writes book on her adventures in remote wilderness, and new home for CDs and EZ materials

Carolyn Coleman Waller, writing as Carolyn White, is an excellent storyteller.  Based on her abundant adventures “living the life of a modern day pioneer” at a primitive, isolated guest ranch in the Idaho backcountry and as an outfitter along the Salmon River, her stories seem to tell themselves in a lovely light style reminiscent of how she might share them in fireside chats and letters to family and friends.

Indeed, those letters are the sources of several of the tales.  Others were shared in her magazine stories and a weekly newspaper column.  Now they are gathered and expanded in “Bricks Underneath a Hoop Skirt,” book one of a series she is writing about life in the rugged backcountry without telephone, electricity, hot running water or normal mail service

Each chapter has its own charm.

You’ll savor stories about recovering from falling into a freezing river when her horse stumbled in a flood; learning to train mules and saddle horses tied together for trail rides; caring for city slicker guests, dedicated guides and wranglers at a remote guest ranch without modern amenities; and generally surviving – even thriving – in harsh weather and primitive conditions.  One of her best tales documents what happened on the frigid winter day the U.S.P.S. orange bag of mail dropped from a small plane sank out of sight in the deep snow.

“It’s not a life for sissies,” Carolyn says in an understatement.  But her enthusiasm and endurance skills make clear she is fully competent to make it in a world of hunting, fishing, mule-packing and wilderness survival.  “There’s always a need for a good camp cook,” she said in a recent interview.

Born and raised in Ohio, she is a graduate of Ohio University with degrees in English and creative writing.  For the past 15 years, Carolyn has lived in the small town of Cedaredge in Delta County, Colorado with her husband John, two dogs and three cats.

She is a frequent visitor to Pagosa Springs and she has donated a copy of her book to your library.  It’s the first of a series of multiple memoirs she plans to write, the next one titled “Trucks Are For Girls.”  Her inspiration comes from her own letters, every one of which was saved by her mother, who died last December at age 98.  “They are a never-ending source of stories,” Carolyn said.

New home for audio book CDs and EZ materials

We are shifting some materials in the collection, swapping the audio book CDs to where the EZ items were.  That means all of the youth materials now are together in one space, not two, making it easier for readers to progress through literacy levels and the physical space.  This change also should make it easier for parents to find items and track children.  We hope you like these modifications.

Library closure

Your library will be closed November 22-25 so that our staff can celebrate Thanksgiving with their families and friends.

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.

Save the date for book sale

We hope you’ll join us for a special Second Chance Book Sale on Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  This event is part of the Pagosa Parade of Stores that weekend.  The books on sale are mostly fiction.  They are in great shape and they make excellent gifts.  More details next week.

Lifelong Learning today

The last of seven free fall Lifelong Learning Lectures takes place today, Thursday, November 15, from 5 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.  with “Visualizing an Unseen World: Close-up and Macro Photography” by Andy Butler covering types of equipment, lighting and composition in close-up photography.  We hope you have enjoyed these very interesting presentations.

Teen bookclub tomorrow

Friday, November 16 from 2-3 p.m. at the free teen bookclub, seventh-12th graders will discuss “Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi and enjoy snacks.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, November 16 from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

Doggie Read Aloud for kids

Youngsters aged three-eight are invited to join us for a special storytime with a dog theme on Monday, November 19 from 4-5 p.m.  We may even have a live dog with us for this event, and kids will leave with a dog-themed book to keep.

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.

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club will not meet in November due to a scheduling issue.  It will resume in December when you can join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   This free club is for fifth-12th grades.

Computer classes

Join us on for free sessions at 1 p.m. to learn a useful technology skill or application.  Today, Thursday, November 15, is a basics session, with no computer experience necessary.  Thursday, November 29 you’ll learn how to access e-books and audio books using the Cloud Library.  Bring your own smartphone, tablet or laptop to browse and download materials.  No registration required.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.   Note: No PALS November 19 or 20.

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.    Note no session November 20.

Family storytimes

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

Nonfiction

“The Bread Collection” by Brian Hart Hoffman features more than 100 recipes.  “Every Day is Extra” by John Kerry is a memoir by the former senator and secretary of state.  “1,000 Books to Read Before You Die” by James Mustich includes fiction, poetry, sci-fi, travel writing, biography, history, children’s books and more.  “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics” is a look at American politics through the eyes of Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry and Minyon Moore.  “Good and Mad” by Rebecca Traister explores the revolutionary power of women’s anger.

“Rise” by Brigitte Gabriel describes the forces at work to dismantle our Judeo-Christian values.  “Roger Daltrey: My Story” is the autobiography of the founder of one of the biggest rock bands ever.  “Stop Mass Hysteria” by Michael Savage recounts the many times in U.S. history that collective insanity has gripped the American public.  “Thirst” by Scott Harrison is the memoir of the man who left his decadent life to found a charity to bring clean water to millions around the world.  “Dare to Lead” by Brene Brown uses research, stories and examples to reveal the best leadership traits.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“The Reckoning” by John Grisham is a legal suspense story.  “Past Tense” by Lee Child is a Jack Reacher mystery.  “Dark Sacred Night” in Michael Connelly is a Ballard and Bosch mystery.

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“Holy Ghost” by John Sandford is a Virgil Flowers mystery.  “Gone So Long” by Andre Dubus III follows a father trying to reunite with his daughter after a violent act 40 years ago.  “A Willing Murder” by Jude Deveraux is a Medlar mystery.  “Silver Anniversary Murder” by Leslie Meier is a Lucy Stone mystery.  “Backde to the Wall” by C.M. Wendelboe is a Tucket Ashley western adventure.  “Flintlock: Pitchfork Pass by William W. and J.A. Johnston is a western.

“Forest Bathing” by Dr. Qing Li shows how spending time around trees will improve your health.  “A Girl Stands at the Door” by Rachel Devlin features a generation of young women who desegregated America’s schools.  “Our Towns” by James and Deborah Fallows tells of the authors’ five-year trip visiting dozens of towns and local leaders.  “JFK in the Senate” by John T. Shaw looks at how the young senator got his presidential ambitions.  “Dead and Buried” by Tim Bryant vis a Wilkie John western.

Books on CD

“Consumed” by J.R. Ward features an arson investigator hunting a deadly serial killer.  “Vince Flynn Red War” by Kyle Mills is a Mitch Rapp adventure.  “Blood Communion” by Anne Rice is part of the Vampire Chronicles series.  “A Spark of Light” by Jodi Picoult begins when a gunman takes everyone hostage in a women’s reproductive rights center.  “The Witch Elm” by Tana French begins when a man surprises two burglars in his home.  “Lethal White” by Robert Galbraith is the fourth book in the Cormoran Strike crime series.

Other novels

“Family Trust” by Kathy Wang follows a family wondering about their inheritance as their father dies.  “A Well-Behaved Woman” by Therese Ann Fowler is a fictionalized look at the Vanderbilt family.  “Friday Black” by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is a collection of stories.

DVDs

“I, Frankenstein” stars Aaron Eckhart.  “Steven King’s It” is a horror story.  “Hotel Transylvania” is a monster family comedy.  “Rental” is a Steven King horror story.  “Upgrade” is an artificial intelligence suspense story.  “Edgar A. Poe Buried Alive” is part of the American Master series.  “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” stars the actors from the original 10 years ago.  “The Good Karma Hospital” is a drama set in rural India.

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 Tara McElhinney, Medora Bass and our anonymous donors.   For their generous monetary contributions, we thank Peggy Shipman and Joyce Webb.  We’re also grateful to the Pagosa Medical Group for their book barn sponsorship.

Quotable Quote

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” – Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), American journalist, novelist and short story writer.

11/1/2018

Family storytimes return on Wednesday mornings and expanded policy for DVDs

We are delighted to announce that family storytimes return to your library on Wednesday mornings this month, thanks to our part-time employee Jeanne Hanson-Colburn.  They had been replaced by open play sessions for the last two months, since the resignation of our early literacy librarian.  Her replacement cannot join our staff until the summer, after she graduates with her master’s degree.

Until then, Jeanne has agreed to work more hours and lead our very popular family storytimes on both Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. and Saturdays from 9:30-10 a.m. for kids of all ages.  Storytimes are a great way for youngsters to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Please note that both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.

We are lucky to have someone with Jeanne’s experience and credentials filling in for this key position.  Jeanne has worked as a librarian in the Dulce, N.M. school district and chaired the mid-high and elementary schools’ bi-annual book fairs there.  She has worked part-time in our library since March 2017.

Expanded policy re DVDs

Starting today, November 1, you can check out 10 DVDs at a time.  Also, new DVDs will be a separate category and you can check out two new DVDs in addition to the 10 from the regular offerings.  We believe our DVD fans will appreciate this additional checkout number.  It’s a win for your library as well, as we project it will create additional shelf space as more of our collection is checked out.

Did You Know…

… that your library has a collection of 689 books that we affectionately call The Hershey Collection?  These nonfiction books largely come from the personal collection of Jacob and Terese Hershey and center around the Four Corners region and Colorado.  You will find a wide variety of topics, including hiking, western art, ghost towns, flora and fauna, history and more.  Examples include “Golden Treasures of the San Juan” by Temple H. Cornelius and John B. Marshall, “Four Corners: History, Land and People of the Desert Southwest” by Kenneth A. Brown, “Watchable Birds of the Rocky Mountains” by Mary Taylor Gary, “Ghost Towns Colorado Style” by Kenneth Jessen

and “Weird Colorado: Your Travel Guide to Colorado’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets” by Charmaine Ortega Getz.  All of the books in the Hershey Collection are available for check out.

This “Did you know…” section is part of a series prepared by Cindi Galabota, development officer, that will appear periodically in Library News columns.  We hope you find the information interesting and helpful.

Library activities next two weeks

Today’s column covers activities and events at your library for youngsters, tweens, teens and adults over the next two weeks as your columnist will be traveling.  The next Library News column will appear on November 15.

Library closure

Your library will be closed on Monday, November 12 for Veterans Day.

Lifelong Learning today

The fifth of seven free fall Lifelong Learning Lectures takes place today, Thursday, November 1, with “Child Abuse and Neglect Training” when Lacy Brown explains what it means to be a mandated reporter, and what happens when a report is made to the Department of Human Services.  This lecture series runs through November 15 on Thursdays from 5 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.

“Why Trauma Matters” by Doty Shephard of Resilient Colorado on November 8 helps you understand the impact of trauma on brains, bodies and behaviors.  “Visualizing an Unseen World: Close-up and Macro Photography” by Andy Butler on November 15 covers types of equipment, lighting and composition in close-up photography.

Pick up a brochure at your library with more details about these very interesting presentations and the impressive credentials of the speakers.

Teen advisory board

Today, Thursday, November 1, 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

Join us tomorrow, Friday, November 2 from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

Paws to Read on Saturday

Saturday, November 3 from 11 a.m. – noon, youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Hondo, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence. 

Tween gaming

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

Teen gaming

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

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, November 7 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 Wednesday, November 7 from 3-4 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish.  No registration or previous attendance is required.

Medicare 101

Do you have questions about Medicare?  San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging Medicare counselor Katy Deshler will help you understand your rights, options, deadlines and where to get more information at a free class on Thursday, November 8 from 10:30 – noon.   After her presentation there will be plenty of time for questions.

All-ages movie

Join us Friday, November 9 from 2-3:30 p.m. to enjoy a free PG movie with your friends and family.  Our contract does not allow us to name the film in the media, but you can find the name in the activities calendars.

Legal clinic tomorrow

Friday, November 9 from 2-3 p.m. is a free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney will take place via computer link.  Volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property tax, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans benefits and civil protection orders.  Please check in at the registration desk.  This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month.

LEGO Club  

LEGO Club for kids six-12 years is 11-noon on Saturday, November 10.

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 and enjoy refreshments.  On November 13 we will discuss “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood.  If you need a copy, please stop by your library.  No registration required.

Teen writers group

Join us Wednesday, November 14 from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meeting for seventh-12 graders.  This group’s interests include stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction.  

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event on Wednesday, November 14 from 1-2 p.m. you’ll use paper towels and fabric dye to make customizable table runners, a great alternative to expensive store-bought runners that get stained from food or beverages.  No registration required. 

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club will not meet in November due to a scheduling issue.  It will resume in December when you can join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   This free club is for fifth-12th grades.

Computer classes

Join us on for free sessions at 1 p.m. to learn a useful technology skill or application.  Monday, November 5 focuses on removing programs, managing the space on your computer, speeding up your browsing and more.  Thursday, November 15 is a basics session, with no computer experience necessary.  Thursday, November 29 you’ll learn how to access e-books and audio books using the Cloud Library.  Bring your own smartphone, tablet or laptop to browse and download materials.  No registration required.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Free tech sessions

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

Nonfiction

“The Wooly West” by historian Andrew Gulliford describes the sheep industry’s place in the history of Colorado and the American West.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“The Dead Ringer” by M.C. Beaton is an Agatha Raisin mystery.   “Melmoth” by Sarah Perry begins with the discovery of a mysterious letter in a library amid superstitions of a dark legend found in obscure fairy tales.  “November Road” by Lou Berney features a desperate cat-and-mouse chase across 1960s America.  “Shell Game” by Sara Paretsky is a V.I. Warshawski mystery.

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“George and Barbara Bush: A Great American Love Story” is written by their granddaughter Ellie Le Blonde Sosa and Kelly Anne Chase.   “Under My Skin” by Lisa Unger features a wife trying to unravel the mystery around her husband’s death.  “Why Not Tonight” by Susan Mallery is a Happily Inc. romance.  “The Dream Daughter” by Diane Chamberlain centers around the possibility of a cure to help an unborn baby with a heart defect.

Other novels

“Unsheltered” by Barbara Kingsolver follows a family facing great difficulties and a precarious future after job losses.  “The Collector’s Apprentice” by B.A. Shapiro is set in the world of Gertrude Stein’s Paris salon and the post-Impressionist painters.  “Every Breath” by Nicholas Sparks tells of a chance encounter that becomes a touchstone for two very different people.

DVDs

“Leave No Trace” follows a father and daughter living off the grid in Portland, Oregon.  “Lost Horizon” is the classic starring Ronald Coleman and Jane Wyatt.  “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” is a documentary about this beautiful actress who also was a brilliant inventor.          “North Korea’s Deadly Dictator” is a Frontline documentary.  “Hocus Pocus” is a Disney family comedy.  “The Dark Tower” is based on the bestselling book series by Stephen King.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank our anonymous donors.   For their generous contribution to sponsor a book barn, we thank Ponderosa Lumber.

Quotable Quote

“The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.” – Arnold Palmer  (1929-2016), American professional golfer and World Golf Hall of Fame member.

10/25/2018

Multiple fun Halloween events for all ages at your library

We hope you and your family will come to the library to enjoy one or more of the fun, free Halloween events that are happening at your library:

  • An annual Halloween highlight is the all-ages pumpkin decorating contest.  Carve, paint or decorate a pumpkin and turn it in by 4:15 p.m. on October 31.  Winners will be announced at the library at 5:15 p.m. in five age categories:  preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17 and adult.  One entry per person.  We likely will have a number of pumpkins available for people to take home and decorate some time during the week leading up to the contest.  Participants must take their pumpkins with them at the end of the evening or return to pick them up the following day.
  • Tomorrow, Friday, October 26 from 5-7 p.m. is the after-hours Halloween Lock-in for ages 12-17.  Join us for a spooky evening of food, games, movies and crafts.  In order for your child to participate, parents must fill out a permission slip and present it upon your child’s entry before 5 p.m., when all participants must be in the library.
  • On October 31 starting at 4 p.m., hang out at the library with some creepy, crawly snacks while you wait for the names of the pumpkin decorating contest winners announced at 5:15 p.m.

Lifelong Learning Next Thursday

The fifth of seven free fall Lifelong Learning Lectures takes place next Thursday, November 1, with “Child Abuse and Neglect Training” when Lacy Brown explains what it means to be a mandated reporter, and what happens when a report is made to the Department of Human Services.  This free fall lecture series runs through November 15 on Thursdays from 5 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.  Note no lecture today, October 25.

“Why Trauma Matters” by Doty Shephard of Resilient Colorado on November 8 helps you understand the impact of trauma on brains, bodies and behaviors.  “Visualizing an Unseen World: Close-up and Macro Photography” by Andy Butler on November 15 covers types of equipment, lighting and composition in close-up photography.

Pick up a brochure at your library with more details about these very interesting presentations and the impressive credentials of the speakers.

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.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, October 26 from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book lovers group – formerly the Senior Book Club – meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–noon. Tomorrow, Friday, October 26, they will discuss “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter” by Kim Edwards.  Stop by your library to pick up a copy.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.

LEGO Club

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, October 27 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

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.

Computer classes

Join us on for free sessions at 1 p.m. to learn a useful technology skill or application.  Monday, November 5 focuses on removing programs, managing the space on your computer, speeding up your browsing and more.  Thursday, November 15 is a basics session, with no computer experience necessary.  Thursday, November 29 you’ll learn how to access e-books and audio books using the Cloud Library.  Bring your own smartphone, tablet or laptop to browse and download materials.  No registration required.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes and open play

In October, we will have family storytimes for kids of all ages on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m. and open play for ages five and under on Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m.  Storytime is a great way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Open play offers plenty of fun toys, puppets, puzzles and more for toddlers to socialize, pretend, play and pick up a few books while you’re here.

Nonfiction

“21 Lessons for the 21st Century” by Yuval Noah Harari offers advice on untangling political, technological and social issues to prepare for a very different future.  “Football for a Buck” by Jeff Pearlman explores the rise and demise of the USFL in the football league’s three seasons.  “American Fix” by Ryan Hampton, a young man who has made addiction and recovery reform his mission, provides an agenda for addressing the national opioid crisis.  “Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary” is a National Geographic book of visual wonders.  “The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2019” provides weather forecasts and other information for next year.

“Contempt” by Ken Starr is the independent counsel’s memoir of his investigation of Bill Clinton.  ”Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard follows the Nazi hunters determined to bring the Third Reich criminals to justice.  “Playing for More” by Case Keenum is the autobiography of this football star.  “Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain” by Bruce Tremper, “Colorado’s Thirteeners from Hikes to Climbs” by Gerry and Jennifer Roach, “The Rough Guide to China,” “Colorado” by Terri Cook, “British Columbia including the Alaska Highway” by Andrew Hempstead, Lonely Planet’s “British Columbia & the Canadian Rockies” and Lonely Planet’s “New York City” are guidebooks.  “The Next Person You Meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom is the sequel to “The Five People You Meet in Heaven.”            

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“The Witch Elm” by Tana French features an easy-going charmer who is beaten by two burglars.   “The Clockmaker’s Daughter” by Kate Morton looks back 150 years later on the mysteries surrounding a summer gathering of young artists on the banks of the Thames.  “Ambush” by James Patterson and James O. Born is a Michael Bennett thriller.

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“Crisis” by Felix Francis is a Dick Francis horse racing mystery.  “Dark Tide Rising” by Anne Perry is a William Monk mystery.  “A Spark of Light” by Jodi Picoult begins when a gunman bursts into a women’s health services clinic.

Other novels

“Winter in Paradise” by Elin Hilderbrand tells of a woman and her sons facing the secret life of her husband after a tragic accident.  “Killing Commendatore” by Haroki Murakami follows a portrait painter who discovers a previously unseen painting.

DVDs

“American Girl 4-movie collection” features Grace, Isabelle, Saige and McKenna.  “Belief” is an Oprah Winfrey seven-part documentary series exploring humans’ ongoing search to connect with something greater than ourselves.  “Nosotros los Nobles” (“The Noble Family”) is a Spanish-language film about three spoiled children who are forced to get jobs when they are cut off from the family fortune.  “Dolores” is a documentary about the life of Dolores Huerta, an activist working with Caesar Chavez to found the first farm workers union.

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 Christian Evans and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“If life wanted to mess with you, it couldn’t have come up with a better way than death.  Especially the lead-up.  Your strength flags; your world narrows; much of what once gave you pleasure and satisfaction is now gone.  But as it turns out, happiness is still very much with you – often even more so than before.” – Alan D. Castel, University of California – Los Angeles, in his new book “Better with Age:  The Psychology of Successful Aging,” citing a study that showed 70-year-olds came out on top when adults of all ages were asked about their own happiness.

10/18/2018

Multiple fun Halloween events coming for all ages

With Halloween right around the corner, you’ll want to mark your calendars for one or more of the multiple fun, free Halloween events that will be happening at your library:

  • The DIY session next Wednesday, October 24 from 1-2 p.m. will feature three-dimensional yard pumpkins that are easy to make with some yarn, glue, pipe cleaners and balloons.  They make great decorations for any fall occasion, and are an easy and fun craft for all ages.
  • Start thinking now about the all-ages pumpkin decorating contest.  Carve, paint or decorate a pumpkin and turn it in by 4:15 p.m. on October 31.  Winners will be announced at the library at 5:15 p.m. in five age categories:  preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17 and adult.  One entry per person.  We likely will have a number of pumpkins available for people to take home and decorate some time during the week leading up to the contest.  Participants must take their pumpkins with them at the end of the evening or return to pick them up the following day.
  • Friday, October 26 from 5-7 p.m. is the after-hours Halloween Lock-in for ages 12-17.  Join us for a spooky evening of food, games, movies and crafts.  In order for your child to participate, parents must fill out a permission slip and present it upon your child’s entry before 5 p.m., when all participants must be in the library.
  • On October 31 starting at 4 p.m., hang out at the library with some creepy, crawly snacks while you wait for the names of the pumpkin decorating contest winners announced at 5:15 p.m.

Lifelong Learning today

The fourth of seven free fall Lifelong Learning Lectures takes place today, Thursday, October 18 at 5 p.m. with  “Introduction to Seed Saving” when Robin Young  teaches you the basics of seed saving from your own garden to carry forward the best of your garden’s harvest into the next season.

This free fall lecture series runs through November 15 on Thursdays from 5 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.  Note no lecture on October 25.

“Child Abuse and Neglect Training” by Lacy Brown on November 1 explains what it means to be a mandated reporter, and what happens when a report is made to the Department of Human Services.  “Why Trauma Matters” by Doty Shephard of Resilient Colorado on November 8 helps you understand the impact of trauma on brains, bodies and behaviors.  “Visualizing an Unseen World: Close-up and Macro Photography” by Andy Butler on November 15 covers types of equipment, lighting and composition in close-up photography.

Pick up a brochure at your library with more details about these very interesting presentations and the impressive credentials of the speakers.

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.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, October 19 from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

Teen bookclub tomorrow

Friday, October 19 from 2-3 p.m. at the free teen bookclub, seventh-12th graders will discuss “The Nowhere Girls” by Amy Lynn Reed and enjoy snacks.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, October 22 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen gaming

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

Teen role-playing

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

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, October 24 from 3-4 p.m. practice your Spanish with others at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Computer class

Join us on alternating Mondays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a useful technology skill or application.  Today, October 18, is Internet Basics.  October 22 shows you how to create your own business cards with Microsoft Publisher.  No registration required.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.   Note no PALS today, October 18.

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes and open play

In October, we will have family storytimes for kids of all ages on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m. and open play for ages five and under on Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m.  Storytime is a great way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Open play offers plenty of fun toys, puppets, puzzles and more for toddlers to socialize, pretend, play and pick up a few books while you’re here.

DVDs

“Collateral Beauty” is a drama of loss starring Will Smith.  “Sicario” is an action thriller starring Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin.  “8 Seconds” is the heroic story of rodeo legend Luke Perry.  “A la Mala” (“Falling for Mala”) is a romantic comedy in Spanish with English subtitles.  “Homestead Blessings” is a documentary featuring the southern charm and wit of the West Ladies teaching the art of canning.  “Chavela” is a documentary about Mexican singer Chevela Vargas, famous for her beauty, charm and music, in Spanish with English subtitles.  

Books on CD

“Virgil Wander” by Leif Enger tells of a small town in the upper Midwest working for new beginnings for its residents.  “Gone So Long” by Andre Dubus III follows an estranged father seeking his daughter he has not seen in decades.

 

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“Triple Homicide” by James Patterson includes three thrillers in one book, featuring Alex Cross, the Omen’s Murder Club and Michael Bennett.

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 Sally High and our anonymous donors.   For their generous contribution to sponsor a book barn, we thank the Archuleta County Department of Human Services.

Quotable Quote

If you think work emails arriving in your inbox during vacation make it impossible to take time to retreat, reflect and pause, consider this: “If Lincoln during the Civil Way can go to the theatre a hundred times, and if FDR during World War II can have a cocktail hour every night where you can only talk about books you’ve read and gossip, and if Teddy Roosevelt can take two hours every afternoon to exercise, none of us has any excuse.” – Doris Kearns Goodwin, American biographer, historian and political commentator.

10/11/2018

How to find new authors you will like

Do you have a favorite author but would like to branch out and read the work of other writers if it is similar?  You can find myriad read-alike authors using the NoveList database.  It’s available free by clicking on “on-line databases” on the top of the home page of the Sisson Library’s website. Or, pick up a copy of the “Author Read-alikes” brochure at your library for many more options.

Examples for mysteries:  If you like Nevada Barr, try Deborah Crombie, Karen Kijewski and Jessica Speart.  If you like C.J. Box, try Ivan Doig, Steve Hamilton, William Kent Krueger and Michael McGarrity.  If you like Lilian Jackson Braun, try Nancy Atherton, Marian Babson, M.C. Beaton and Rita Mae Brown.  If you like Tony Hillerman, try Anaya Rudolfo, Margaret Coel, James D. Doss, Sharyn McCrumb or Aimee and David Thurlo.

Examples of suspense:  If you like David Baldacci, try Stephen Cannell, Michael Connelly, James Grippando, John Grisham and Kyle Mills.  If you like Dan Brown, try John Case, Michael Crichton, Margaret George, Katherine Neville, Daniel Silva and Barbara Wood.  If you like Michael Connelly, try Richard Barrre, James Elroy, John Harvey, Jeremiah Healy and Ian Rankin.

Examples of women’s fiction:  If you like Maeve Binchy, try Lynne Hinton, Eva Ibbotson, Rosamunde Pitcher and Sarah Woodhouse.  If you like Fern Michaels, try Catherine Anderson, Debbie Macomber, Luanne Rice, Nora Roberts and Danielle Steel.  If you like Anita Shreve, try George Eliot, Robert Goddard, Sue Miller, Jodi Picoult and Kate Wilhelm.

Examples of adventure:  If you like Clive Cussler, try Ted Bell, Lincoln Child, Jack B. Du Brul, Ian Fleming, Douglas Preston, Matthew Reilly and James Rollins.  If you like Tom Clancy, try Dale Brown, Stephen Coonts, R.J. Pineiro, David Poyer and Joe Weber.

Lifelong Learning today

The second of seven free fall Lifelong Learning Lectures takes place today, Thursday, October 11 at 5 p.m. with  “Prevention through the Positive” by April McCue and Kate Jones.  It explores the root causes of unhealthy behaviors such as substance abuse, suicide, violence and more to promote healthy behaviors.

This free fall lecture series runs through November 15 on Thursdays from 5 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.  except for Ellen Greenfield’s presentation on the writing process, which is this Saturday, October 13 at 2 p.m.  Note no lecture on October 25.

In “The Writing Process” by Ellen Greenfield on October 13, the author reads from her novel “White Roses” and discusses how it came to be written and the writing process in general.  “Introduction to Seed Saving” by Robin Young on October 18 teaches you the basics of seed saving from your own garden to carry forward the best of your garden’s harvest into the next season.

“Child Abuse and Neglect Training” by Lacy Brown on November 1 explains what it means to be a mandated reporter, and what happens when a report is made to the Department of Human Services.  “Why Trauma Matters” by Doty Shephard of Resilient Colorado on November 8 helps you understand the impact of trauma on brains, bodies and behaviors.  “Visualizing an Unseen World: Close-up and Macro Photography” by Andy Butler on November 15 covers types of equipment, lighting and composition in close-up photography.

Pick up a brochure at your library with more details about these very interesting presentations and the impressive credentials of the speakers.

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.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, October 12) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a free PG movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

Legal clinic cancelled

Tomorrow (Friday, October 12) from 2-3 p.m. the free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney has been cancelled due to no available attorney.  This is the first time our volunteer attorney has cancelled, so we don’t expect this to happen very often.  This clinic is scheduled for the second Friday of every month.

LEGO Club

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, October 13 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, October 15 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.

Adult book club

Our free adult book club generally meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles and enjoy refreshments.  It will be the third Tuesday for this month only.  On October 16 we will discuss “”Born to Run: a Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen” by Christopher McDougall.  If you need a copy, please stop by your library.  No registration required.

Teen gaming

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

Teen writers group

Join us next Wednesday, October 17 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.

Computer class

Join us on alternating Mondays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a useful technology skill or application.  October 18 is Internet Basics.  October 22 shows you how to create your own business cards with Microsoft Publisher.  No registration required.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.   Note no PALS today, October 11, and October 18.

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes and open play

In October, we will have family storytimes for kids of all ages on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m. and open play for ages five and under on Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m.  Storytime is a great way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Open play offers plenty of fun toys, puppets, puzzles and more for toddlers to socialize, pretend, play and pick up a few books while you’re here.

 Spanish suicide prevention books

We have two additional books purchased with our generous suicide prevention grant from San Juan Basin Health.  “Padres A Prueba de Crisis” by Rich Van Pett and Jim Hancock presents advice for parents on identifying and helping a teenager through such crises as eating disorders, hazing, sexual abuse, substance abuse and divorce.  “Los Dones de la Imper Feccion” by Brene Brown shares 10 guideposts for helping youngsters deal with feelings of imperfection and inadequacy.

Books on CD

“Rowing the Northwest Passage” is the first-hand account of four seasoned adventurers traveling this high Arctic route on a high-tech rowboat.  “The Last Sheriff in Texas” by James P. McCollom is the true story of a small town election post World War II.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“An Easy Death” by Charlaine Harris is a thriller featuring gunslinging mercenary Lizbeth Rose in a place where magic is acknowledged but mistrusted.

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“Jericho’s Road and Hard Trail to Follow” by Elmer Kelton contains two novels in the Texas Ranger series.

Other novels

“Solo Star Wars” by Mur Lafferty is an expanded version of the Han Solo character’s story.  “Blood Communion” by Anne Rice is a tale of Prince Lestat, the latest in the Vampire Chronicles.  “Virgil Wander” by Leif Enger tells of a small town in the upper Midwest working for new beginnings for its residents.  “War of the Wolf” by Bernard Cornwell is the latest in the Saxon Tales series.

Nonfiction

“Fear: Trump in the White House” by Pulitzer Prize winner Bob Woodward of Watergate fame is his insider look at the president’s decision-making processes.  “Writing Children’s Books” by Anthony D. Fredericks is a how-to guide for potential authors to writing and publishing a children’s book with writing techniques and insider information.

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 Lyn Dryburgh and our anonymous donors.   For their generous contribution to sponsor a book barn, we thank the Pagosa Springs Medical Center, Beehive Homes, San Juan Basin Health, Scott Strategic Investments and Socorro Senior Living Center.

Quotable Quote

“Sometimes it is better to be kind than right. We don’t need a brilliant mind that speaks, but a patient heart who listens.” – Anonymous

10/4/2018

Free fall Lifelong Learning Lectures for adults begin today

A series of seven free fall Lifelong Learning Lectures begins today, Thursday, October 4 at 5 p.m, when Frank Bergon will discuss stories by Flannery O’Connor, one of the most distinctive American writers of the 20th Century.

This free fall lecture series runs through November 15 on Thursdays from 5 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.  except for Ellen Greenfield’s presentation on the writing process, which is Saturday, October 13 at 2 p.m.  Note no lecture on October 25.

“Prevention through the Positive” by April McCue and Kate Jones on October 11 explores the root causes of unhealthy behaviors such as substance abuse, suicide, violence and more to promote healthy behaviors.  “The Writing Process” by Ellen Greenfield on October 13 reads from her novel “White Roses” and discusses how it came to be written and the writing process in general.  “Introduction to Seed Saving” by Robin Young on October 18 teaches you the basics of seed saving from your own garden to carry forward the best of your garden’s harvest into the next season.

“Child Abuse and Neglect Training” by Lacy Brown on November 1 explains what it means to be a mandated reporter, and what happens when a report is made to the Department of Human Services.  “Why Trauma Matters” by Doty Shephard of Resilient Colorado on November 8 helps you understand the impact of trauma on brains, bodies and behaviors.  “Visualizing an Unseen World: Close-up and Macro Photography” by Andy Butler on November 15 covers types of equipment, lighting and composition in close-up photography.

Pick up a brochure at your library with more details about these very interesting presentations and the impressive credentials of the speakers.

Did You Know…

… that your library now offers a Notary Public Service for anyone who needs something notarized.  The cost is $5 per notary.  This service is available on a part-time basis.  To schedule a notary, please call the library at 970-264-2209.  This “Did you know…” section is part of a series being prepared by Cindi Galabota, development officer, that will appear periodically in future Library News columns.  We hope you find the information interesting and helpful.

Backpacks available for free checkout

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.  If you’re thinking about a fall hike, 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.

Activities calendars available

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

Teen advisory board today

Today, Thursday, October 4, 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

Join us tomorrow, Friday, October 5 from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

Tween gaming

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

Teen gaming

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

Teen role-playing

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

Computer class

Join us on alternating Mondays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a useful technology skill or application.  Today, October 4, is Getting Started for beginners.  No class October 8. October 18 is Internet Basics.  October 22 shows you how to create your own business cards with Microsoft Publisher.  No registration required.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.   Note no PALS today,  October 4, and October 11.

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes and open play

In October, we will have family storytimes for kids of all ages on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m. and open play for ages five and under on Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m.  Storytime is a great way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Open play offers plenty of fun toys, puppets, puzzles and more for toddlers to socialize, pretend, play and pick up a few books while you’re here.

Audio books for youngsters

We are adding a whole new audio book collection for our youngest patrons, which you can find with our other EZ items.  Examples of the 15 CDs already available for the kids include “Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna, the Very First Chicken,” “Otis and the Puppy,” “Princess Posey and the Next-door Dog,” “Interrupting Chicken,”  “Last Stop on Market Street,” “I’m My Own Dog,” “Dinosaur Kisses,” “Barkus” about an exuberant dog, “Animal Strike at the Zoo. It’s True” and “Maple & Willow Together” about two sisters.  These CDs are great for car travel.  Also, some of them include a ding, or something comparable, so that young readers can read along with the book for increased literacy.  Please come in to pick out an audio book story your youngster would enjoy.

Books on CD

“Robert B. Parker’s Colorblind” by Reed Farrel Coleman is a mystery.  “Impostor’s Lure” is a FBI agents Sharpe and Donovan mystery.  “Swift Vengeance” by T. Jefferson Parker is Ford and Taucher thriller.  “Lake Success” by Gary Shteyngart is a satirical look at Wall Street and traveling across America by bus.  “Flight or Fright” is an anthology of turbulent tales curated by Stephen King and Bev Vincent.  “Field of Bones” by J.A. Jance is a Sheriff Joanna Brady mystery.  “Leverage in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Lt. Eve Dallas mystery. 

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“Lethal White” by Robert Galbraith is a Cormoran Strike mystery.  “Vengeful” by V.E. Schwab is the second book in the Villains series.  “Red War” by Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills is a Mitch Rapp thriller.

Large print

“Depth of Winter” by Craig Johnson is a Longmire mystery.  “MacCallister: The Stalking Death” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Duff MacCallister western. “Sharpshooter” by Dusty Richards is a Byrnes Family Ranch western.  “Bitter Trail and Barbed Wire” by Elmer Kelton is a western as well. 

Other novels

“Transcription” by Kate Atkinson follows a teenage girl who worked in the world of espionage of MI5 and 10 years later is confronted by figures from her past.  “An Absolutely Remarkable Thing” by Hank Green begins when a young woman makes a video of a stunning sculpture and uploads it to YouTube.  “Hippie” by Paulo Coelho relives the dreams of a generation that longed for peace and dared to challenge the established social order.

Nonfiction

“Rough Beauty” by poet Karen Auvinen is a memoir of 40 seasons living in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.   “Fire Otherwise: Ethnobiology of Burning for a Changing World” edited by Cynthia T. Fowler and James R. Welch explores science and policy issues relating to fire.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank our anonymous donors.   For their generous monetary donations, we thank Nancy Easter and The Lift Coffee Shop.

Quotable Quote

“We are alone with the book we are reading, but we are also in the more ethereal company of the author and the characters that the author has created….We can close the book and carry those characters around with us, much the way a child can transport any number of imaginary friends from place to place.”  — from “What to Read and Why” by Francine Prose.

9/27/2018

New audio book collection for youngsters and Lifelong Learning Lectures for adults

We are delighted to announce that we are adding a whole new audio book collection for our youngest patrons, which you can find with our other EZ items.

Examples of the 15 CDs already available for the kids include “Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna, the Very First Chicken,” “Otis and the Puppy,” “Princess Posey and the Next-door Dog,” “Interrupting Chicken,”  “Last Stop on Market Street,” “I’m My Own Dog,” “Dinosaur Kisses,” “Barkus” about an exuberant dog, “Animal Strike at the Zoo. It’s True” and “Maple & Willow Together” about two sisters.

“We’re thrilled that we can offer these audio book resources that are great for car travel or to read along with the book for increased literacy,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  Some of the CDs include a ding, or something comparable, so that young readers can follow along in a book.  Please come in to pick out an audio book story your youngster would enjoy.

Fall Lifelong Learning begins October 4

A series of seven Lifelong Learning Lectures begins next Thursday, October 4 at 5 p.m when Frank Bergon will discuss stories by Flannery O’Connor, one of the most distinctive American writers of the 20th Century.  This free fall lecture series runs through November 15 on Thursdays from 5 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.  except for Ellen Greenfield’s presentation on the writing process, which is Saturday, October 13 at 2 p.m.  Note no lecture on October 25.  More details on all the lectures will be in next week’s Library News column.

Did You Know…

… that your library now offers a Notary Public Service for anyone who needs something notarized.  The cost is $5 per notary.  This service is available on a part-time basis.  To schedule a notary, please call the library at 970-264-2209.  This “Did you know…” section is the fifth in a series being prepared by Cindi Galabota, development officer, that will appear periodically in future Library News columns.  We hope you find the information interesting and helpful.

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.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, September 28 from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book lovers group – formerly the Senior Book Club – meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–noon. Tomorrow (Friday, September 28) they will discuss “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate.  Stop by your library to pick up a copy.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.

Spanish instruction

Join us for this free basic course next Wednesday, October 3 from 3-4 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish.  No registration or previous attendance is required.

Teen gaming

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

Teen advisory board

Next Thursday, October 4 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.

Computer class

Join us on alternating Mondays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a useful technology skill or application.  October 4 is Getting Started for beginners.  October 18 is Internet Basics.  October 22 shows you how to create your own business cards with Microsoft Publisher.  No registration required.

Adult education

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

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes and open play

In September and October, we will have family storytimes for kids of all ages on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m. and open play for ages five and under on Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m.  Storytime is a great way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Open play offers plenty of fun toys, puppets, puzzles and more for toddlers to socialize, pretend, play and pick up a few books while you’re here.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“Button Man” by Andrew Gross follows a Jewish family brought together by the women’s garment business and torn apart by organized crime.  “Lies” by T.M. Logan begins when a man follows his wife’s car to a secret rendezvous.  “Juror #3” by James Patterson and Nancy Allen features a defense counsel in a racially charged trial in Mississippi.  “Cross Her Heart” by Sarah Pinborough is a psychological thriller about a single mom, her restless teenage daughter and her troubled friends.

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“The Breakers” by Marcia Muller is a Sharon McCone mystery.  “Feared” by Lisa Scottoline is a Rosato & DiNunzio mystery.  “Leverage in Death” by J.D. Robb is a Lieutenant Eve Dallas mystery.  “VOX” by Christina Dalcher describes life after the U.S. government decrees that women are no longer allowed to speak more than 100 words a day.  “Shadow Tyrants” by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison is an Oregon Files adventure.  “Robert B. Parker’s Colorblind” by Reed Farrel Coleman is a Jesse Stone mystery.  “When the Lights Go Out” by Mary Kubica begins when a college student’s social security number raises a red flag.  “Imposter’s Lure” by Carla Neggers is a Sharpe & Donovan is a mystery. 

Other novels

“Sea Prayer” by Khaled Hosseini, told as a poetic letter from a father to his son facing a sea journey as they flee their home as refugees, is beautifully illustrated with watercolors by Dan Williams.  The author is donating his royalties to the U.N. Refugee Agency and his own foundation that helps refugees around the world.  “Time’s Convert” by Deborah Harkness is a vampire novel in the All Souls trilogy.  “Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds” includes three novellas about a young genius of unrivaled aptitude.  “The Dinner List” by Rebecca Serle features a 30th birthday dinner with six guests, all there for a reason.  “Katerina” by James Frey is a love story alternating between 1992 Paris and 2017 Los Angeles.

Short stories

“Wild Deadwood Tales” is an anthology of 17 short stories from bestselling authors, all set in the historical town of Deadwood.  Proceeds from the sale of this book go to the Western Sports Foundation.

Nonfiction

“Crashed” by award-winning historian Adam Tooze documents how a decade of financial crises changed the world.

DVDs

“Finding Oscar” is a documentary about the civil war in Guatemala.  “The Good Karma Hospital” is series one.  “The Case for Christ” is the true story based on the best-selling book.  “Beethoven” contains three movies about this St. Bernard puppy.  “Avengers Infinity War” is a Marvel adventure.  “The True Cost” is a documentary about who pays the price for our clothing.  “Dogville” is a thriller starring Nicole Kidman.  “30 Rock” is season one.

CDs

“Shadow Tyrants” by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison is an Oregon Files adventure.  “Stygian” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is part of the Dark Hunter paranormal romance series.  “In His Father’s Footsteps” by Danielle Steel is the story of two World War II concentration camp survivors.  “Dark Sentinel” by Christine Feehan is a Carpathian vampire story.  “A Willing Murder” by Jude Deveraux is a Medlar mystery.  “Depth of Water” by Craig Johnson is a Longmire mystery.

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 Marilyn Falvey and our anonymous donors.   For their generous monetary donation, we thank Nancy A. Green.

Quotable Quote

“At the end of the day, the thing that drives people and moves people is truth and story and humanity.”  — Constance  Wu, an Asian-American who plays the leading role in the current romantic comedy hit “Crazy Rich Asians,” the first modern story with an all-Asian cast since “The Joy Luck Club” in 1993.