10/17/2019

New early literacy computers, Lifelong Learning lectures and ESL expanding to evening sessions

We are excited to tell you that we have just installed two new early literacy computer stations that were mostly funded by a $5,000 grant from the AJL Charitable Foundation.  These new computers are touchscreen, unlike the older ones, and are bilingual, where the older ones only had a few learning games in Spanish.       

They are designed for our youngest patrons, and include a variety of learning games.  They are standalone computers, and thus do not have access to the internet – only  to a multitude of learning games.  You’ll find them in the children’s area.

For their generosity, we are grateful to the Denver-based AJL Charitable Foundation and their mission to invest in people, programs and movements that benefit Colorado’s youth and families.

Lifelong Learning lecture today

The second talk in the new free fall Lifelong Learning lecture series takes place  today, October 17, at 5 p.m. when Cheryl Bowdridge of San Juan Public Health will offer tips to adults to help you talk about vaping with young people.  

October 24 will feature the local authors of the Wolf Creek Christian Writers Network.  November 7 features the San Juan Search and Rescue – who they are and what they do to save lives.  On November 21 neuroscientist Jean Strahlendorf  discusses dementia and new clinical research that strives to reveal ways to potentially stave of its onset and progression.

Pick up a brochure at your library with more information on each of these interesting and illuminating talks.  We hope to see you there.

ESL classes expand to evening sessions in November

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes have been so appreciated at your library that we will – by popular demand – switch one of the weekly sessions to the evening starting in November to make it easier for more people to participate.  We will drop Wednesday and add Tuesday evening.  The new schedule will be Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Fridays from 12-2 p.m.  The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers —  Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners.  No registration is required.

ESL ocurrirán con sesiones de la noche en noviembre            

Las clases gratuitas de ESL han sido tan apreciadas en su biblioteca que nosostros – por demanda popular – cambiaremos una de las sesiones de la semana para llevarse a cabo por la noche para facilitar más participación de los estudiantes. Empezando en noviembre, el horario nuevo será los martes de 5 a 7 p.m. y los viernes de 12 a 2 p.m. Las clases son dirigidas por dos instructoras con mucha experiencia. Joyce Holdread enseña el grupo intermedio o avancado y Ellynn Ragone enseña los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse. 

ESL this month

Until the above November schedule changes, ESL for the rest of this month is October 18,  October 23, October 25 and October 30 from noon-2 p.m.

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 español.

Accelerated GED course

Pagosa Adult Learning Services (PALS) is offering a free accelerated GED preparation course at your library using one-on-one tutoring with traditional and online materials for students at least 17 by the time of their first test.  Enrollment has already begun, and will continue on October 17 and 24 from 2-7 p.m. and October 16 and 25 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  The course begins Monday, November 4 and runs until December 12, but you don’t have to wait to get started.  As soon as you have finished registration, you will get access to all materials and classes and can begin your studies immediately.  Scholarships are available for the testing fees.  For more information, please contact Mark, the PALS instructor, at the library.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, October 18 from 2:30-3:45 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.  

Otaku Club

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

Computer class

Microsoft Excel: Sort and Filter is the topic for this free session Monday, October 21 from 1-2 p.m. so you can organize your data and find your information easily.   No registration required.

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event next Tuesday, October 22 from 1-2 p.m., you’ll create a pumpkin diorama just in time for Halloween.  Please bring your own cleaned out pumpkin, and we’ll help you create a mini-landscape inside it with styrofoam, twigs and miniature figurines.  No registration required.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 6th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, October 23 from 3-4 p.m. practice your Spanish with others to help you increase your fluency at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  Previous attendance not necessary.  No registration required. Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on Thursday, October 24 from 2-7 p.m. and Friday, October 25 from 10 a.m.–3 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 3-4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    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.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Special note:  The October 23 storytime features Mable Barber, who will help you practice your Spanish as she shares some of her favorite Spanish books.

Local authors

“Looking at Life” is an eclectic collection of devotions, poems and short stories written by local members of the Wolf Creek Christian Writers Network. This talented group of writers will be featured in a Lifelong Learning Lecture at your library next Thursday, October 24.

Books on CD

“The Gifts Beneath Our Anxiety” by Pat Longo offers simple spiritual tools to find peace, awaken the power within and heal your life.   “Noose” by Eric Red is a Joe Noose western.  “War Valley” by Lancaster Hill is a Hank Gannon western.  “Where There’s Fire, There’s Smoke” by William W. Johnstone is a collection of classic Smoke Jensen, Mountain Man, westerns.  “The Hidden Power of F*cking Up” by the Try Guys features the four co-creators of this Internet hit offering advice on what to do when facing impending failure.  “Vendetta in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas thriller.  “The Girl Who Lived Twice” by David Lagercrantz features the unstoppable girl with the dragon tattoo.  “Killer Instinct” by James Patterson is a thriller about the worst act of terror in New York since 9/11.

DVDs

“Aladdin” is a new Disney film.  “Spider-Man Far From Home” is the latest in the series.  “Yesterday” features a singer-songwriter who is the only person who remembers the Beatles.  “London Spy” is a mini-series.  “Separated: Children at the Border” is a Frontline documentary. 

Nonfiction

“The Legend of the Weninuche Ware-Pig” by Michael Gary Devloo describes his adventures on a solo hike for cancer from Silverton to Pagosa Springs.  “Piety & Power” by  Mike Pence and Tom LoBianco is an account of the vice president’s journey to the White House.  “Keto Comfort Foods” by Maria Emmerich provides low-carb, healthy recipes.  “The Family Friendly Keto Instant Pot Cookbook” by Anna Hunley offers quick recipes that are family and budget friendly.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“Lethal Agent” by Vince Flynn is book 18 in the Mitch Rapp series.  “The Shape of Night” by Tess Gerritsen tells of a woman who meets a ghost who is all too real.  “Imaginary Friend” by Stephen Chbosky follows a young man who emerges from the woods very much changed after six days there.

Other novels

“The Dutch House” by Ann Patchett follows a family whose new home bring great unhappiness.  “The Water Dancer” by Ta-Nehisi Coates tells the story of a young man borne into bondage after his mother was sold away.  “Royal Holiday” by Jasmine Guillory is about a spontaneous vacation that turns into a romance.  “Toil & Trouble” by Augusten Burroughs follows the life of a man descended from a long line of witches.    

Short stories

“Full Throttle” by Joe Hill is a collection of 13 short stories of supernatural suspense.  “The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft: Beyond Arkham” is the final volume of  modern gothic stories.  “The Best American Short Stories 2019” have been selected by Anthony Doerr.

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.  You can 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 Medora Bass and our anonymous donors.  For the generous monetary donation, we are grateful to Deanna Johnson.

Quotable Quote

“Imagination is more important than knowledge” – Albert Einstein (1879-1955),  German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics.

10/10/2019

Lifelong Learning starts today and 13 mini-libraries around town

The new free fall Lifelong Learning lecture series starts today, October 10, and continues through November 21 from 5-6:30 p.m.  Today Mark Mueller will use photos and scientific data to discuss the historic avalanche season we experienced last winter.  On October 17, Cheryl Bowdridge of San Juan Public Health will offer tips to adults to help you talk about vaping with young people.  

October 24 will feature the Wolf Creek Christian Writers Network.  No lecture October 31.  November 7 features the San Juan Search and Rescue – who they are and what they do to save lives.  On November 14 Mark Mueller returns with an avalanche awareness presentation that might save your life.  On November 21 neuroscientist Jean Strahlendorf discusses dementia and new clinical research that strives to reveal ways to potentially stave of its onset and progression.

Pick up a brochure at your library with more information on each of these interesting and illuminating talks.  We hope to see you there.

Mini-libraries around town

Did you know that your library offers a variety of resources and services for the community outside of its four walls?  One such program is our ever-popular Mini-Libraries Program, with 13 Book Barns located in different businesses around town. 

Each Book Barn was built by volunteers with Veterans for Veterans of Archuleta County and they hold books that can be enjoyed by both residents and visitors.  The items do not need to be checked out; instead individuals can “take a book, leave a book, and share a book.”  

The Book Barns are hosted by businesses located both downtown and uptown and are sponsored by area businesses.  Here’s where to find them, with the sponsoring business in brackets:

Uptown:  Beehive Homes of Pagosa (Ruby Sisson Library), Pine Ridge Extended Care Center (Archuleta County Department of Human Services), Navajo Trail Laundromat (Scott Strategic Investments), Pagosa Springs Medical Center (Scott Strategic Investments) and Archuleta Integrated Healthcare (Ruby Sisson Library).   

Downtown:  Archuleta Housing Corporation (Ponderosa Lumber), Pagosa Baking Company (Pagosa Springs Medical Center),  Archuleta County Courthouse (Pagosa Medical Group), The Lift Coffee House (Socorro Senior Living), Pagosa Springs Visitor Center (The Lift Coffee House), Ross Aragon Community Center (Terry’s Colorado Home Supply), Archuleta Department of Human Services (San Juan Basin Health) and Archuleta County Extension Office (Beehive Homes of Pagosa).

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

ESL classes expand to evening sessions in November

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes have been so appreciated at your library that we will – by popular demand –switch one of the weekly sessions to the evening starting in November to make it easier for more people to participate.  We will drop Wednesday and add Tuesday evening.  The new schedule will be Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Fridays from 12-2 p.m.  The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers —  Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners.  No registration is required. 

ESL ocurrirán con sesiones de la noche en noviembre            

Las clases gratuitas de ESL han sido tan apreciadas en su biblioteca que nosostros – por demanda popular – cambiaremos una de las sesiones de la semana para llevarse a cabo por la noche para facilitar más participación de los estudiantes. Empezando en noviembre, el horario nuevo será los martes de 5 a 7 p.m. y los viernes de 12 a 2 p.m. Las clases son dirigidas por dos instructoras con mucha experiencia. Joyce Holdread enseña el grupo intermedio o avancado y Ellynn Ragone enseña los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse. 

ESL this month

Until the above November schedule changes, ESL for the rest of this month takes place on October 11, October 16, October 18,  October 23, October 25 and October 30 from noon-2 p.m.

Accelerated GED course

Pagosa Adult Learning Services (PALS) is offering a free accelerated GED preparation course at your library using one-on-one tutoring with traditional and online materials for students at least 17 by the time of their first test.  Enrollment has already begun, and will continue on October 17 and 24 from 2-7 p.m. and October 16 and 25 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  The course begins Monday, November 4 and runs until December 12, but you don’t have to wait to get started.  As soon as you have finished registration, you will get access to all materials and classes and can begin your studies immediately.  Scholarships are available for the testing fees.  For more information, please contact Mark, the PALS instructor, at the library.

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.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, October 11 from 2:30-3:45 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.  

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, October 11, from 2-3 p.m. is a free legal clinic via computer link if you have no attorney.  A volunteer attorney 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 between 1:45 – 2 p.m.  First come first served, and note our volunteer attorney can assist only four people each session.  This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month. 

LEGO Club Saturday

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

Knitting Club for teens

On Monday, October 14 this free club meets from 4-5 p.m. for 4th-12th graders.  Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects and hang out with other crafters.  If you don’t know how to knit, come anyway and we’ll get you started on some of the basics.

Homeschool social hour

Stop by Tuesday, October 15 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. for a chance to visit with fellow homeschool families, discuss curriculum and leaning opportunities, and look through resources while the kids participate in crafts and other activities.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 6th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, October 16 from 4-5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Adult education hours

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on Wednesday, October 16 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Thursday, October 17 from 2-7 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 3-4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    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.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  

Nonfiction

“Truth Has a Power of its Own” by Howard Zinn with Ray Suarez             is a collection of conversations on American history from the perspective of ordinary people including slaves, workers, immigrants, women and Native Americans.  “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh” by New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly is a behind-the-scenes look at the Supreme Court justice’s confirmation hearings.  “If You Lived Here You’d Be Home By Now” by Christopher Ingraham tells of the author’s family’s move from an East Coast suburb to a Midwest house on the prairie.  “Firescaping/second edition” by Douglas Kent shows how to protect your home with a fire-resistant landscape. 

“A Woman of No Importance” by Sonia Purnell is the untold story of the American spy who helped win World War II.   “The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer” by Joel Salatin describes the rationale for and satisfaction from a solar-driven, pastured-based, locally marketed farm.  “The Enigma of Clarence Thomas” by Corey Robin explores the Supreme Court justice’s biography and judicial opinions against the backdrop of his life.

Local author

“Witchwood and Seabound” by Ethan Proud tells the tale of a witch and a sheriff turned unlikely allies to stop the town of Northgate from being destroyed by dark forces.  The three books in the author’s Rebellion trilogy are also available in our collection.

Large print

“The Young Desperados” by Bill Brooks is an Ivory and Albert western murder mystery.  “Last Stage to Hell Junction” by Mickey Spillane and Max Allen Collins is a Caleb York western. 

Other novels

“Red at the Bone” by Jacqueline Woodson tells of two families from different social classes joined by an unexpected pregnancy.  “The World That We Knew” by Alice Hoffman follows three young Jewish women in Berlin 1941.

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.  You can 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 Mariko Layton and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic.  It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” – Arthur Ashe (1943-1993),  American professional tennis player. Ashe was the first black player selected to the U.S. Davis Cup team and the only black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open.

10/3/2019

All-ages astronomy night and accelerated GED course

Saturday,October 5 is Worldwide Astronomy Day and, weather permitting, we will be celebrating from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at an all-ages event on the elementary school soccer field for some stargazing.  You’ll get a guided tour of our night sky using your naked eye.  Feel free to bring binoculars or telescopes but they are not required.  Light refreshments will be served.  

Accelerated GED course

Pagosa Adult Learning Services (PALS) at your library is offering a free accelerated GED preparation course using one-on-one tutoring with traditional and online materials for students at least 17 by the time of their first test.  Enrollment has already begun, and will continue on October 8, 17 and 24 from 2-7 p.m. and October 9, 16 and 25 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  The course begins on Monday, November 4 and runs until December 12, but you don’t have to wait to get started.  As soon as you have finished registration, you will get access to all materials and classes and can begin your studies immediately.  Scholarships are available for the testing fees.  For more information, please contact Mark, the PALS instructor, at the library.

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 español.

Lifelong Learning starts next week

The all new, free Lifelong Learning lecture series will take place October 10 through November 21 from 5-6:30 p.m.  On October 10 Mark Mueller will use photos and scientific data to discuss the historic avalanches we experienced last winter.  On October 17 San Juan Public Health will offer tips to adults to help you talk about vaping with young people.  October 24 will feature the Wolf Creek Christian Writers Network.  Watch for more details about these and other talks in the series, or pick up a brochure with more information at your library.

Notary service available

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.  

Help around town for heart emergencies – including at your library

You’ve probably heard of an automated external defibrillator (AED), a portable electronic device that automatically checks the heart rhythms and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to return it to normal. 

Immediate action is crucial when someone’s heart stops beating, so we wanted to remind you that an AED is available at your library and in more than 20 other locations around town.  They include the public schools, Community Center, county sheriff patrol cars, fire stations 3 and 7, St. Patrick’s and Centerpoint Churches, PAWS, PLPOA rec center, Chimney Rock and more.

All you have to do is turn on the AED and follow the prompts.  The AED will talk to you, giving step-by-step instructions and guidance as you work on a patient.  But if you want to take a class to build your confidence and be trained for emergencies, please contact Nicole Mariani LaGioia at the Pagosa Springs Medical Center EMS at 731-5811 or pagosamed.com. 

Teen advisory board today

Today,Thursday, October 3, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, October 4 from 2:30-3:45 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.  

LGBTQ youth group Monday

A support group to help LGBTQ youth and young adults from age 16 to in their 20s deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination convenes the first Monday of every month from 4-5:30 p.m.  Under the leadership of Ana M. Sancho Sama, PhD, licensed psychologist, the purpose is to provide a safe and confidential place to share experiences, ask questions and talk about how to cope in this challenging world.  If you have questions, her office number is 970-264-1986. 

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, October 7 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 6th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Adult book club

Our free adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On October 8 we will discuss “Radium Girls” by Kate Moore.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  Light refreshments will be served.  No registration required

ESL classes

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-2 pm with two highly experienced teachers.  Joyce Holdread is teaching the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone is teaching beginners.  No registration is required. 

Su biblioteca está ofreciendo ahoraclases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL). Las clases se llevan a cabo los miércoles y viernes desde el mediodia hasta las 2 pm.  Todas las clases son gratuitas y no es necesario registrarse.  Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre el regreso de las clases de íngles como segundo idioma en nuestra comunidad de Pagosa. 

Adult education new hours

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on Tuesday, October 8 from 2-7 p.m. and Wednesday, October 9 from 10 a.m. – 3 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 3-4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    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.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  

Local author

“Fire in Middle: Mystery of the Great Pyramid Solved” by James Ernest Brown is based on the author’s nearly four decades of research indicating that the Egyptian pyramids were not created to be tombs. 

Large print

“Hot Shot” by Fern Michaels is a Sisterhood mystery.  “Tidelands” by Philippa Gregory is an historical novel set in 1648 England.  “Robert B. Parker’s The Bitterest Pill” by Reed Farrel Coleman is a Jesse Stone mystery.  “The Last Good Guy” by T. Jefferson Parker follows a PI hired to find a woman in a case not what it seemed.  “Influenza” by Dr. Jeremy Brown explores the 100-year hunt to cure the deadliest disease in history.  “Haunted House Murder” by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis and Barbara Ross contains three mystery stories.  “A Bitter Man” by Louise Penny is a Chief Inspector Gamache mystery.  “Vendetta in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas mystery.  “Contraband” by Stuart woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “Texas Forever” by Janet Dailey is a Tylers of Texas romance.  “The Bitterroots by C.J. Box features former sheriff investigator Cassie Dewell now in private practice.   

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“What Rose Forgot” by Nevada Barr follows a woman who escapes from an Alzheimer’s unit in a nursing home when she believes she has been unfairly restrained.

Other novels

“This Tender Land” by William Kent Krueger follows four youngsters who escape from an Indian training school in 1932. 

DVDs

“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” is an action adventure.  “Documenting Hate: Charlottesville & New American Nazis” investigates the resurgence of violent white supremacists in America.  “Addiction” is Nova looks at the abuse of opioids in our country.  “Avengers Endgame” is the fourth installment of the Avengers series.  “Booksmart” is a comedy starring Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein.  “Dream/Killer” is a documentary about a teen wrongly arrested for a brutal murder.  “Trafficked in America” is a Frontline investigation into how teenagers from Central America were smuggled into the U.S.   

Books on CD

“Land of Wolves” by Craig Johnson is a Longmire mystery.   “Siege: Trump Under Fire” by Michael Wolff is a portrait of President Trump and his administration from the second year on.

Nonfiction

“How to Have Impossible Conversations” by Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay helps you argue affectively, conciliate and gently persuade.  “The Methuselah Factor” by Dr. David J. Derose is a 30-day guide to help you look, feel and function better.  “Re-bisoning the West” by Kurt Repanshek reviews strategies and plans to bring the bison back to the American landscape. 

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 Terri Smith, Rosalea Conor, Gloria Flynn and our anonymous donors.  For their generous monetary donations, we are grateful to Patricia Howard and Donald Logan for their gift in honor of Bob and Carole Howard, and to Jackie Welch for her gift in memory of Zoe Groulx.  

Quotable Quote

“You never go wrong when you take the high road – it’s less crowded up there.” – Gayle King, American TV anchor and journalist for CBS.

9/19/2019

Best back-to-school gift for your children: Their own library

Do you know the value of a home library for your youngsters?  Research shows that kids who have books in their home have improved vocabulary and overall reading performance; do better in math, science and social studies; perform better on standardized tests and are more likely to go to college.

Those are impressive skills for your child to cultivate – and they are especially relevant now that Archuleta County kids have returned to school after summer vacation.

Another valuable tip to help your youngster be successful in school and in life – reading aloud.  You are stimulating language and literacy skills, as well as building motivation, curiosity and memory. 

The free storytimes at your library also can help build a love of reading in your children.  Family storytimes for kids of all ages happen on Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. and on Saturdays from 3-4 p.m.  Storytime is a great way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers. 

As we start the new school year, this may be a good time for parents, grandparents and other caregivers to make a personal resolution to help build home libraries for your loved ones.

Special note

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 October 3.

Help needed for art project

We are in possession of more than 30 artworks and we do not know if they are on loan to us or have been donated permanently.  They include photographs and prints, original watercolors and oil paintings, most framed.  Many are signed and some are not.  Further, while we recognize some of the artists’ names, we don’t know many of them at all.  Some pieces may have been given to the library by someone other than the artist.

We would greatly appreciate your help in identifying the art’s source so we can ascertain the artist’s or donor’s wish regarding ownership.  If you can help, please come into the library, look at our art and give us the benefit of your knowledge.

Backpacks available for free checkout

If you want to enjoy our glorious fall weather and brilliant foliage colors with a hiking outing, consider this:  Thanks to a partnership between the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado State Library, we have two backpacks for free checkout that contain a state park pass, binoculars, a wildlife guide, a trees and wildlife guide, a book about the 42 state parks, and more. The backpacks can be checked out for a full week and renewed for an additional week.   They cannot be placed on hold.  Consider it a “Lucky Day” pickup item, meaning that if you come in and it’s available, you can check it out.  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 español.

Teen steampunk crafts today

Steamboat crafts takes place today, Thursday, September 19, from 4-5:30 p.m. for 6th-12th graders when you’ll make crafts and jewelry from gears, keys and whatever else we can find. 

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, September 20 from 2:30-3:45 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.  Note no gaming on Friday, September 27.

Computer classes

The course is a free program to learn a useful technology skill or application. Monday, September 23 from 1-2 p.m. is Microsoft Word Intermediate.  No registration required. 

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, September 23 and September 30 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 6th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, September 25 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, September 25 from 3-4 p.m. practice your Spanish with others to help you increase your fluency at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  Previous attendance not necessary.  No registration required.

Read with a Ranger

Friday, September 27from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., youngsters are invited to join Pagosa Ranger Brandon from the U.S. Forest Service to explore the world of squirrels with nature-themed books and activities.  Typically kids aged 6-10 attend, but these free fun sessions are open to all ages.

Literary Ladies book club

This free book lovers group meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Friday, September 27, they will discuss “Natural Causes” by Barbara Ehrenreich.  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, September 28 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

 ESL classes

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-2 pm with two highly experienced teachers.  Joyce Holdread is teaching the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone is teaching beginners.  No registration is required. 

Su biblioteca está ofreciendo ahoraclases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL). Las clases se llevan a cabo los miércoles y viernes desde el mediodia hasta las 2 pm.  Todas las clases son gratuitas y no es necesario registrarse.  Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre el regreso de las clases de íngles como segundo idioma en nuestra comunidad de Pagosa. 

Adult education new hours

Now that school has started, our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has new hours.  It now takes place on Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  and Thursdays from 2-7 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 September 19 and 23.

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 3-4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    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.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  

DVDs

“Rocketman” celebrates the life and music of Elton John.  “New Amsterdam” is season one. 

Books on CD

“Retire Securely” by financial columnist Julie Jason offers insights on money management.  “What Does It Feel Like to Die?” by Jennie Dear is a compassionate look at the dying process.        

Nonfiction

“Fantasy Island” by Ed Morales is an exploration of the history of Puerto Rico and the U.S.’s financial and political interests in the island since its acquisition in 1898.  We have two books by Elizabeth Zimmermann: “Knitting Without Tears” offers basic techniques and easy-to-follow directions for garments to fit all sizes, and the commemorative edition of “Knitter’s Almanac” contains 23 patterns.  “Talking to Strangers” by Malcolm Gladwell takes readers through history, psychology and scandals showing how to make sense of people we don’t know.  “Country Music” by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns is an illustrated history of country singers and songwriters from the 20th century, a companion to the eight-part PBS series that began September 15.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Killer Instinct” by James Patterson and Howard Roughan explores the worst act of terror in New York since 9/11.  “Akin” by Emma Donoghue follows a man and his great-nephew returning to France to investigate photos from the Nazi years.     

Other novels

“The Testaments” by Margaret Atwood is the sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale.”   “A Time of Love and Tartan” by Alexander McCall Smith is the story of people at 44 Scotland Street story.

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 Medora Bass and our anonymous donors.  For the generous monetary donation, we are grateful to Jerry Pingel.

Quotable Quote

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” – Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and stage designer.

9/12/2019

This was a record-breaking summer for your library

We hope you will forgive us if we boast a little, but we thought you’d want to know what a record-breaking summer your library had this year.  Here are some numbers from July and August that show you what we mean:

  • We issued 171 new cards in July.  Last July that number was 103 and the year before it was 126.  In August we issued 169 new cards, with only 35 of them visitors.
  • In recent years we have never seen the physical item (not downloadables) checkout figure for a month top 10,000.  It usually ranges from 7,500-9,100.  In July the number of checkouts was 10,333 and in August it was 10,060.  Quite a jump!  The biggest increase was in adult items – more than 8,000.  That number is usually in the 6,000-6,500 range.
  • Our door count went from 6,400 in June to 8,400 in July, which is astounding.  The August count also was impressive at 7,619.
  • Our website traffic also increased dramatically.  We gather two numbers from the website each month — unique visits (meaning that it tracks the IP address, and if you were to access our website 20 times in a month, it will only count it once) and sessions.  Unique users are usually about 2,000 per month.  In July, we had almost 2,600 unique users and in August, more than 2,400 unique users.  As for sessions, it is usually 2,800-2,900 sessions; in July it was 3,668 and in August it was 3593. 

      “We always have higher door count and item checkout numbers in the summer,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  “But the figures for this July and August demonstrate that the community is using the library more, and taking advantage of the tremendous number of resources that their taxes provide.  The large jump in new cards issued to residents – not just visitors – reminds us how Pagosa is growing and of the increased need for more library space.”

Back-to-school resources

Did you know that your library has a multitude of resources for students of all ages?  You can find nonfiction books, periodicals and DVDs on a variety of topics from archaeology to zoology.  In addition to the collection of items in the library, you can find online resources 24/7 at www.pagosalibrary.org.  Select the tab “Online Resources” at the top of the home page.  The resources are listed in alphabetical order. 

Britannica School is one online resource where students can discover encyclopedia articles, multimedia, primary sources, e-books and other learning resources that support student research and reinforce curriculum standards.  Another online resource is Middle Search Plus where students can access biographies, historical essays, encyclopedias and popular middle-school magazines.  Your library card number is needed to access this resource. 

If you do not see what you are looking for in the library collection or online, talk with one of our friendly library staff who can help you search our larger AspenCat database.  

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.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, September 13) from 2-3:45 p.m. for a PG movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, September 13, 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 on Saturday   

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, September 14 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, September 16 from 4-5 p.m.  Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   This free club is for fifth-12th grades.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 6th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event next Tuesday, September 17 from 1-2 p.m., we’ll create an easy dry erase board, an inexpensive and useful tool to help you become more organized by making weekly menus, shopping lists, to-do lists and more.  No registration required.

 ESL classes

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-2 pm with two highly experienced teachers.  Joyce Holdread is teaching the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone is teaching beginners.  No registration is required. 

Su biblioteca está ofreciendo ahora clases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL). Las clases se llevan a cabo los miércoles y viernes desde el mediodia hasta las 2 pm.  Todas las clases son gratuitas y no es necesario registrarse.  Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre el regreso de las clases de íngles como segundo idioma en nuestra comunidad de Pagosa. 

Adult education new hours

Now that school has started, our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has expanded its hours.  It now takes place on Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  and Thursdays from 2-7 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 September 12, 19 and 23.

Free Tech Time

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 3-4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    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.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Note our September 18 session is Hera de Cuentos with Mabel Barber.

Computer classes

This class is a free program to learn a useful technology skill or application. Monday, September 23 from 1-2 p.m. is Microsoft Word Intermediate.  No registration required. 

Nonfiction

Eat for the Planet” by Nil Zacharias and Gene Stone shows how minimal diet changes can help your health and that of the planet.  “How to Raise a Reader” by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo combines practical advice with curated reading lists.   “NFL 100” covers a century of pro football.  “The Russian” by Ben Coes documents the ruthless, clever and violent Russian Mafia.  “The Math Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained” contains short explanations, step-by-step diagrams and witty illustrations. 

“Defending Israel” by Alan M Dershowitz documents the author’s support of the Jewish State with world leaders.  “The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2020” is the latest edition.  “Our Dogs, Ourselves” by Alexandra Horowitz explores the human-canine relationship.  “Fentanyl, Inc.” by Ben Westhoff explores a four-year investigation into how rogue chemists are creating the deadliest wave of the opioid crisis.   “The Art of Invisibility” by Kevin Mitnick provides advice from the world’s most famous hacker on how to keep your information safe on the Internet.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Dark Side” by Danielle Steel is a psychological suspense story.  “The Girl Who Lived Twice” by David Lagercrantz is a Lisbeth Salander is a thriller.  “Wild Mystic” by Sandi Ault is the fifth book in the Wild mystery series. 

Large print

“It All Comes Around” by Marcus Galloway is book three in the Snake Oil series.  “Riding Shotgun” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Red Ryan western.  

Other novels

“Black Spire” by Delilah S. Dawson is a Star Wars adventure.  “The Other’s Gold” by Elizabeth Ames follows four woman from their campus days through life-defining events.  “Cold Storage” by David Koepp follows three strangers working to contain a deadly organism.  “Secrets We Kept” by Lara Prescott is based on the true story of the CIA’s attempt to smuggle a famous manuscript out of the Soviet Union.  “The Oracle” by Jonathan Cahn unveils the Jubilean mysteries. 

Essays

“The End of the End of the Earth” by Jonathan Franzen is a new collection of essays that recall us to more humane ways of being in the world and include pieces of literature and birds, the author’s great loves.

Books on CD

“The Inn” by James Patterson and Candice Fox follows first responders when a seafront town is attacked.  “Smokescreen” by Iris Johansen is an Eve Duncan thriller.  “The Bitterroots” by C.J. Box features a former sheriff’s investigator now in private practice.  “Outfox” by Sandra Brown is a psychological thriller.  “One Good Deed” by David Baldacci features a soldier fresh out of prison for a crime he did not commit.  “The Turn of the Key” by Ruth Ware tells of a nanny job in the Scottish Highlands.  “The Dark Side” by Danielle Steel is a psychological suspense story.

DVDs

“Anita: Speaking Truth to Power” is a documentary about Anita Hill’s role in gender equality in the U.S.  “The Riot and the Dance: Earth” describes the extraordinary glory found all over the animal kingdom.  “A Dog’s Journey” stars Dennis Quaid and his beloved dog Bailey.       

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.

Quotable Quote

“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose.” — Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1926-2004), Swiss-American psychiatrist, pioneer in near-death studies and author of the book “On Death and Dying,” where she first outlined the five stages of grief.

9/5/2019

We’d appreciate your help in library art project, please

Many people like to tackle major cleanup and organizational projects in the fall, and we are no exception. 

We are in possession of more than 30 artworks and we do not know if they are on loan to us or have been donated permanently.  They include photographs and prints, original watercolors and oil paintings, most framed.  Many are signed and some are not.  Further, while we recognize some of the artists’ names, we don’t know many of them at all.  Some pieces may have been given to the library by someone other than the artist.

We would greatly appreciate your help in identifying the art’s source so we can ascertain the artist’s or donor’s wish regarding ownership.  If you can help, please come into the library, look at our art and give us the benefit of your knowledge.

Those identifications will be the first in our three-step project.  The second part will be to choose places on our walls where we can properly display the art that is ours.  For this we are hoping to get the assistance of a person with knowledge and experience willing to donate time to hanging our art, so please let us know if you are available to help with this key task. 

The third step is a more long-term goal.  “Ultimately we also would like to have a special place in the library for rotating art exhibits to give local artists exposure for their work and our patrons the joy of seeing beautiful art refreshed regularly,” said Meg Wempe, library director. 

Please contact her at the library at (970) 264-2209 if you can help with any aspect of this project.  We would be grateful for any expertise you can share with us.

Back-to-school resources

Did you know that your library has a multitude of resources for students of all ages?  You can find nonfiction books, periodicals and DVDs on a variety of topics from archaeology to zoology.  In addition to the collection of items in the library, you can find online resources 24/7 at www.pagosalibrary.org.  Select the tab “Online Resources” at the top of the home page.  The resources are listed in alphabetical order. 

Britannica School is one online resource where students can discover encyclopedia articles, multimedia, primary sources, e-books and other learning resources that support student research and reinforce curriculum standards.  Another online resource is Middle Search Plus where students can access biographies, historical essays, encyclopedias, and popular middle-school magazines.  Your library card number is needed to access this resource. 

If you do not see what you are looking for in the library collection or online, talk with one of our friendly library staff who can help you search our larger AspenCat database. 

Notary service available

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. 

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 español.

Teen advisory board today

Today,Thursday, September 5, 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 Friday, September 6 from 2:30-3:45 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. 

New LGBTQ youth group Monday

A new support group to help LGBTQ youth and young adults from age 16 to in their 20s deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination convenes the first Monday of every month except for a change to September 9 because of Labor Day.  Under the leadership of Ana M. Sancho Sama, PhD, licensed psychologist, the purpose is to provide a safe and confidential place to share experiences, ask questions and talk about how to cope in this challenging world.  If you have questions, her office number is 970-264-1986. 

Knitting Club for teens

On Monday, September 9 this free club meets from 4-5 p.m. for 4th-12th graders.  Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects and hang out with other crafters.  If you don’t know how to knit, come anyway and we’ll get you started on some of the basics.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, September 9 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Computer classes

These classes are a free opportunity to learn a useful skill or application. Monday, September 9 from 2-3 p.m. is Microsoft Excel formulas and functions.  September 23 from 1-2 p.m. is Microsoft Word Intermediate.  No registration required.  

Adult book club

Our free adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On September 10 we will discuss “The Clockmaker’s Daughter” by Kate Morton.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  Light refreshments will be served.  No registration required.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 6th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

ESL classes

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-2 pm with two highly experienced teachers.  Joyce Holdread is teaching the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone is teaching beginners.  No registration is required. 

Su biblioteca está ofreciendo ahoraclases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL). Las clases se llevan a cabo los miércoles y viernes desde el mediodia hasta las 2 pm.  Todas las clases son gratuitas y no es necesario registrarse.  Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre el regreso de las clases de íngles como segundo idioma en nuestra comunidad de Pagosa. 

Adult education new hours

With school starting on September 2, our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has expanded its hours.  It now takes place on Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  and Thursdays from 2-7 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 September 12, 19 and 23.

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 3-4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    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.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers. 

Books on CD

“Blood Relations” by Jonathan Moore begins with the death of a rich young San Francisco woman.  “Dark Age” is the latest in the Red Rising sci-fi series.  “Willing to Die” by Lisa Jackson is a murder mystery featuring Det. Regan Pescoli.  “Contraband” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington thriller.  “Labyrinth” by Catherine Coulter is the latest in the FBI thriller series. 

DVDs

“Plant Pure Nation” documents the efforts to tell the benefits of a plant-based diet in the face of major opposition.  “Molly’s Game” is based on a true story of a woman running a high-stakes poker game.  “Plus One” is a comic romance.  “Unplanned” explores the abortion industry based on one woman’s true story.

Nonfiction

“Southwest USA and National Parks” is a DK Eyewitness travel guide.  “Kochland” by Christopher Leonard is a history of Koch Industries and a story of the power of one of the largest private companies in the world. “Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon” by Greg Laurie is a personal journey into the life and demons facing this country music singer.  “NFL Century” by Joe Horrigan is a history of the National Football league.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Dark Age” is the latest in the Red Rising sci-fi series.  “The Reckless Oath We Made” by Bryn Greenwood features a tough Kansas woman facing an abduction.  “The Whisper Man” by Alex North is a thriller about a man who lures his victims by whispering.  “Old Bones” by Preston & Child covers the Donner Party in a blend of archaeology, murder and suspense.  “The Last Widow” by Karin Slaughter features medical examiner Sara Linton and her investigator partner.  “Stolen Shoes” by R.H. Herron begins with a 911 calls from a dispatcher’s teenage daughter.

Other novels

“Gold Digger” by Colorado author Rebecca Rosenberg is an historical fiction book about Baby Doe, whose life inspired an opera and a film.  “The Warehouse” by Ron Hart explores the secrets of a giant high-tech company.  “The Doll Factory” by Elizabeth Macneal is set in Victorian London. 

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 Denise Rue and our anonymous donors.  We also thank the Friends of the Library for so generously providing us the funds to cover our purchases in the first quarter of 2019 for books for all ages – children, juvenile, teen and adult – as well as audiobooks and DVDs.    

Quotable Quote

“For many, we use our imagination.  We take a few strands of real time and carry them with us, then like an oyster we create a pearl around them.” – John Banville, Irish novelist, short story writer and screenwriter.

8/29/2019

Christmas in August, thanks to two generous books donations

It was Christmas in August at your Ruby Sisson Library when the UPS truck drove up and delivered 14 boxes filled with 731 Scholastic books for youth of all ages. 

This generous donation came to our community as part of the nationwide Toys for Tots Literacy Program, an initiative of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and The UPS Store network.  Monetary donations made at local UPS Stores, including a coin box program for customers to donate their spare change, are used to purchase the books for children in that community.

“We are hugely grateful for this wonderfully generous gift,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  “It is especially timely for our many programs as the school year starts, and as our Book Barn locations expand around the county.”

You’ll find Book Barns in 13 locations around our community.  Books borrowed from any of the Book Barns may be read on-site, taken home, returned to any Book Barn location, or passed on to friends and family elsewhere. It’s even okay if the books take their own path and never come back to any Book Barn. The goal is to make it easy for people of all ages to read and to keep the books circulating.

Your library also recently benefited from a gift of 27 boxes containing 1,350 Scholastic books from the Three Rivers Literacy Initiative, thanks to a grant arranged for us by regional literacy consultant Sandra Houston.  The goal of this group is to develop great readers throughout the Southwest by helping children from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 build strong reading skills and love books.  These books were especially appreciated as they arrived just in time for our Summer Reading Program.

Library closure

Your library will be closed on Monday, September 2 for Labor Day.

Apologies for the heat

If you’ve been in the library recently, you’ve likely noticed how warm it is.  Unfortunately, we learned that our old HVAC system will need to be replaced.  As such, we have a request for proposal (RFP) out for replacement of our system that can be found on our website.  We wish it were not so warm for both patrons and staff, but it’s proving difficult to keep it cool.  Our windows don’t allow for installing some temporary portable units, and swamp coolers aren’t a good option for libraries.  In the meantime, we appreciate your patience while we do the best that we can to repair our old system and supplement with airflow through fans and open windows/doors.  

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.

Local author book launch today

Today, Thursday, August 29 at 5 p.m., join local author Frank Bergon – better known in Pagosa as Tony – when he launches his new collection of 12 essays about contemporary Westerners in California’s San Joaquin Valley.  This book is available for  checkout at your library.

Titled “Two-Buck Chuck & The Marlboro Man: The New Old West,” the book features people like Fred Franzsia, creator of the world’s bestselling wine, and Darrell Winfield, real-life Marlboro Man for 30 years.  Tony will talk, read, show photos and sign books at this free session.  He first visited Pagosa in 1977 and has owned a house in Blanco Basin with his wife Holly since 1987.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us Friday, August 30 from 2:30-3:45 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 and all-ages LEGO contest

Turn in your original submissions for the free all-ages LEGO contest by August 30.  Entries must use only traditional LEGOs and be built ahead of time.  Prizes will be awarded for each of five age categories: preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17, and adult 18 and up – plus one prize for the Judges’ Choice.  Winners will be announced on Saturday, August 31 at 12:15 p.m. after LEGO Club, which takes place from 11 a.m. – noon.   More rules and details are available in the Activities Calendars.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 6th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.  Note the inclusion of sixth graders in this activity.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, September 4 from 4-5:30 p.m., a half hour later than in summertime because of school.    Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

ESL classes

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-2 pm with two highly experienced teachers.  Joyce Holdread is teaching the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone is teaching beginners.  No registration is required.  

Su biblioteca está ofreciendo ahoraclases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL). Las clases se llevan a cabo los miércoles y viernes desde el mediodia hasta las 2 pm.  Todas las clases son gratuitas y no es necesario registrarse.  Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre el regreso de las clases de íngles como segundo idioma en nuestra comunidad de Pagosa. 

Adult education new hours

With school starting on September 2, our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has expanded its hours.  It now takes place on Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  and Thursdays from 2-7 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 September 12, 19 and 23.

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 3-4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    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.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  September 4 features music and movement with Diann Tator.

New LGBTQ youth group

A new support group to help LGBTQ youth and young adults from age 16 to in their 20s deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination convenes the first Monday of every month except for a change to September 9 because of Labor Day.  Under the leadership of Ana M. Sancho Sama, PhD, licensed psychologist, the purpose is to provide a safe and confidential place to share experiences, ask questions and talk about how to cope in this challenging world.  If you have questions, her office number is 970-264-1986. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead” by Olga Tokarczuk is set in a remote Polish village where bodies are discovered under strange circumstances.  “The Birthday Girl” by Melissa de la Cruz exposes secrets and skeletons at a woman’s 40th birthday celebration.  “The Perfect Wife” by JP Delaney looks at a woman called a miracle of science whose memories contradict her husband’s version of events.  “Death by G-String” by C.C. Harrison is a Coyote Canyon Ladies Ukulele Club mystery.  “Love and Death Among the Cheetahs” by Rhys Bowen is a Royal Spyness mystery set in Kenya.

“Outfox” by Sandra Brown is a psychological thriller about an FBI agent’s search for a serial killer.  “City of Windows” by Robert Pobi begins when an FBI agent is killed by a sniper shot.  “Someone We Know” by Shari Lapena tells of a teen sneaking into neighbors’ houses and computers.  “The Inn” by James Patterson and Candice Fox features first responders when their seafront town is targeted by vicious criminals.  “The Warning” by James Patterson and Robison Wells takes place in a small southern town evacuated after a freak power plant accident.

Other novels

“Things You Save in a Fire” by Katherine Center features a female firefighter who moves to Boston where her colleagues do not welcome a lady on the crew.  “Inland” by Tea Obrenht is set in the Arizona Territory in 1892.  “Blood Truth” by J.R. Ward is a Black Dagger Legacy paranormal romance.  “The Oysterville Sewing Circle” by Susan Wiggs follows a woman returning home after a scandal with two orphaned children.  “The Swallows” by Lisa Lutz explores a gender war with deadly consequences at a New England prep school.  “The Escape Room” by Megan Goldin follows four young Wall Street rising stars when this game goes wrong.  “All the Water in the World” by Karen Raney tells of a teen with cancer grappling with first love, family secrets and tragedy.

DVDs

“Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot” is the story of a man who discovers his artistic skills after a DUI.  “The Duchess of Duke Street” is the complete collection of 10 discs.  “The Good Doctor” is season two.  “Detective Pikachu” is a Pokemon adventure.  “In Defense of Food” features best-selling author Michael Pollan’s recommendations for healthy eating after a worldwide search.

Large print mysteries and thrillers

“Far and Away” by Fern Michaels is a Godmothers mystery.  “The Turn of the Key” by Ruth Ware features a live-in nanny in the Scottish Highlands.   “A Dangerous man” by Robert Crais features Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.  “Labyrinth” by Catherine Coulter features FBI agents Sherlock and Savich.  “Terns of Endearment” by Donna Andrews is a Meg Langslow mystery set on a cruise ship.   “The Body in the Castle Well” by Martin Walker features Chief of Police Bruno in Southwest France.

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 her generous monetary donation we are grateful to Lenore Bright.  We also appreciate Keith Jacobson of Rio Blanco Blackflows for providing backflow testing services.

Quotable Quote

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you’ve imagined.  As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.” – Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), American essayist, poet and philosopher.                                                 

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8/22/2019

Friends book sale on now and local author book launch next week

We hope to see you at the Friends of the Library annual book sale, one of the most popular events of the summer.  It is being held August 22-24 at the PLPOA Clubhouse – not only a new location but also with extended hours. 

Today, Thursday, August 22 at 6 p.m. there will be a short annual meeting with an ice cream social, followed at 6:30 p.m. by the book sale for Friends only – and you can join at the door if you are not already a member.  Dues are $100 for a lifetime membership, $15 for an annual individual and $25 for an annual family. The next two days are open to everyone – Friday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. , with special pricing after noon on Saturday. 

This is your chance to buy books, DVDs, CDs and more at very special prices while also helping your library, since the Friends donate all the proceeds for various programs and projects that improve our facilities and services to you. 

Local author book launch

Next Thursday, August 29 at 5 p.m., join local author Frank Bergon – better known in Pagosa as Tony – when he launches his new collection of 12 essays about contemporary Westerners in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

Titled “Two-Buck Chuck & The Marlboro Man: The New Old West,” the book features people like Fred Franzsia, creator of the world’s bestselling wine, and Darrell Winfield, real-life Marlboro Man for 30 years.  Tony will talk, read, show photos and sign books at this free session.  He first visited Pagosa in 1977 and has owned a house in Blanco Basin with his wife Holly since 1987.

Library closure

Your library will be closed after 4 p.m. next Wednesday, August 28 when we host the Chamber of Commerce for its monthly Business After Hours event.  “We are excited to host business members of our local community as they meet and network,” said Meg Wempe, library director. “This gives us a wonderful opportunity to show and share the many services the library has to offer,”

Apologies for the heat

If you’ve been in the library recently, you’ve likely noticed how warm it is.  Unfortunately, we learned that our old HVAC system will need to be replaced.  As such, we have a request for proposal (RFP) out for replacement of our system that can be found on our website.  We wish it were not so warm for both patrons and staff, but it’s proving difficult to keep it cool.  Our windows don’t allow for installing some temporary portable units, and swamp coolers aren’t a good option for libraries.  In the meantime, we appreciate your patience while we do the best that we can to repair our old system and supplement with airflow through fans and open windows/doors.  

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.

Makerspace fun for all ages today

Come in and create, design and build today, Thursday, August 22 from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  We provide the materials – you provide the vision.  This is an event for all ages.

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book lovers group meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Tomorrow, Friday, August 23, they will discuss any book by a local author.  Stop by your library to see where the local author collection is located.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.  

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us Friday, August 23 from 2:30-3:45 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. 

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, August 26 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.

All-ages LEGO contest

Turn in your original submissions for the free all-ages LEGO contest between August 26-30.  Entries must use only traditional LEGOs and be built ahead of time.  Prizes will be awarded for each of five age categories: preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17, and adult 18 and up – plus one prize for the Judges’ Choice.  Winners will be announced on Saturday, August 31 at 12:15 p.m. after LEGO Club, which takes place from 11 a.m. – noon.   More rules and details are available in the Activities Calendars.

Technology class

This month you will learn how to transfer pictures from your smartphone or PC, and the benefits of saving photos on the cloud, at our technology class Monday, August 26 from 1-2 p.m.  No registration required.

Spanish conversation

Monday, August 26 from 3-4 p.m. practice your Spanish with others to help you increase your fluency at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers. Previous attendance is not necessary.  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.

ESL classes

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-2 pm with two highly experienced teachers.  Joyce Holdread is teaching the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone is teaching beginners.  No registration is required. 

Su biblioteca está ofreciendo ahoraclases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL). Las clases se llevan a cabo los miércoles y viernes desde el mediodia hasta las 2 pm.  Todas las clases son gratuitas y no es necesario registrarse.  Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre el regreso de las clases de íngles como segundo idioma en nuestra comunidad de Pagosa. 

Adult education summer hours

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has moved to summer hours.  It now takes place on Tuesdays from 2 – 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 3-4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    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.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Note the Saturday time change to the afternoon.

New LGBTQ youth group

A new support group to help LGBTQ youth and young adults from age 16 to in their 20s deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination convenes the first Monday of every month except for a change to September 9 because of Labor Day.  Under the leadership of Ana M. Sancho Sama, PhD, licensed psychologist, the purpose is to provide a safe and confidential place to share experiences, ask questions and talk about how to cope in this challenging world.  If you have questions, her office number is 970-264-1986. 

Local photographer book of Pagosa pictures

Kimberlee Hutcherson has created a colorful soft-cover book titled “Beautiful Pagosa Springs Colorado” containing 30 pages of spectacular photographs of scenery and events in our community.  Among the many locations she pictures are Pinon Lake, Chimney Rock National Monument, Treasure and Piedra Falls, the San Juan River and Wolf Creek Pass.  Included in the event photos are July 4 festivities, balloon events and Town Park at Christmas.  Our area’s natural beauty is featured with columbines, aspen leaves and a wide variety of wildlife.  This book is titled “Volume 1,” so Kimberlee seems to be promising us more of her impressive photography to come.

DVDs

“The Best of Enemies” is a civil rights drama.  “Alita” is an action adventure.  “Fast Color” features a young girl on the run when her supernatural abilities become known.  “Kingdoms of the Sky” is a three-part series about animals and people who make their homes on the iconic mountains ranges of the world – the Himalayas, Rockies and Andes. 

Books on CD

“Under Currents” by Nora Roberts exposes the terrible secrets of several families.  “Backlash” by Brad Thor is a Scot Harvath adventure.  “Window on the Bay” by Debbie Macomber is a romance.  “The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead, based on the real story of a reform school in Florida, follows a young black boy in the Jim Crow South.  “Paranoid” by Lisa Jackson is a thriller.  “Hateful Things” by Terry Goodkind is a Children of D’Hara fantasy.  “Summer of ‘69” by Elin Hilderbrand is a family story set in 1969 America.  “Shohia, Princess Among Beasts” by James Patterson with Emily Raymond is a YA book about a princess dealing with mythical beasts.  “Bark of Night” by David Rosenfelt is an Andy Carpenter  murder mystery solved with the help of his dogs.

How-to and self-help

“Core” by Steph Gaudreau includes strength training, workouts, meal plans, journal prompts and more.  We have two Llewellyn’s 2020 guides – “Moon Sign Book” to help you plan your life by the cycles of the moon, and “Sun Sign Book” with horoscopes by Lesley Francis. 

Other nonfiction

“Natural Rivals” by John Claytonexplores the relationship between John Muir and Gifford Pinchot and its effect on our public lands.  “The Faith of Mike Pence” by Leslie Montgomery is a biography of the vice president.            

Novels

“Go Ask Fannie” by Elisabeth Hyde follows a family trying to piece together their mother’s story with the help of an old Fannie Farmer cookbook.

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 Shoni and Joseph Matney as well as our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“Nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small it takes time – we haven’t time – and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.” – Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986), best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers and New Mexico landscapes. O’Keeffe has been recognized as the Mother of American modernism.

8/15/19

Friends book sale next week and LEGO contest for all ages

We hope to see you next week at the Friends of the Library annual book sale, one of the most popular events of the summer.  It will be held August 22-24 at the PLPOA Clubhouse – not only a new location but also with extended hours. 

On Thursday, August 22 at 6 p.m. there will be a short annual meeting with an ice cream social, followed at 6:30 p.m. by the book sale for Friends only – and you can join at the door if you are not already a member.  Dues are $100 for a lifetime membership, $15 for an annual individual and $25 for an annual family. The next two days are open to everyone – Friday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. , with special pricing after noon on Saturday. 

This is your chance to buy books, DVDs, CDs and more at very special prices while also helping your library, since the Friends donate all the proceeds for various programs and projects that improve our facilities and services to you. 

Apologies for the heat

If you’ve been in the library in the past few weeks, you’ve likely noticed how warm it is.  Unfortunately, we learned that our old HVAC system will need to be replaced.  As such, we have a request for proposal (RFP) out for replacement of our HVAC system that can be found on our website.  We wish it were not so warm for both patrons and staff, but it’s proving difficult to keep it cool.  Our windows don’t allow for installing some temporary portable units, and swamp coolers aren’t a good option for libraries.  In the meantime, we appreciate your patience while we do the best that we can to repair our old system and supplement with airflow through fans and open windows/doors.  

All-ages LEGO contest

Turn in your original submissions for the free all-ages LEGO contest between August 26-30.  Entries must use only traditional LEGOs and be built ahead of time.  Prizes will be awarded for each of five age categories: preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17, and adult 18 and up – plus one prize for the Judges’ Choice.  Winners will be announced on Saturday, August 31 at 12:15 p.m. after LEGO Club, which takes place from 11 a.m. – noon.   More rules and details are available in the Activities Calendars.

Free backpacks

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

Important note:  During the month of August, active duty military and veterans are being admitted free to Colorado state parks.  You are welcome to check out the backpack for the other multitude of resources it contains, of course. 

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.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, August 16) from 2:30-4 p.m. for a PG movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.  Note the movies now start at 2:30 p.m. rather than 2 p.m. because of ESL class.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, August 19 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.

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event next Tuesday, August 20 from 1-2 p.m., we’ll cover the surface of a wood slice with chalkboard paint so you can write an inspiring message, quote or verse on your artwork.  Note change of day to Tuesday this month.  No registration required.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, August 21 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Makerspace fun for all ages

Come in and create, design and build next Thursday, August 22 from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  We provide the materials – you provide the vision.  This is an event for all ages.

ESL classes

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-2 pm with two highly experienced teachers.  Joyce Holdread is teaching the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone is teaching beginners.  No registration is required. 

Su biblioteca está ofreciendo ahoraclases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL). Las clases se llevan a cabo los miércoles y viernes desde el mediodia hasta las 2 pm.  Todas las clases son gratuitas y no es necesario registrarse.  Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre el regreso de las clases de íngles como segundo idioma en nuestra comunidad de Pagosa. 

Adult education summer hours

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has moved to summer hours.  It now takes place on Tuesdays from 2 – 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 3-4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    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.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Note the Saturday time change to the afternoon.

New LGBTQ youth group

A new support group to help LGBTQ youth and young adults from age 16 to in their 20s deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination convenes the first Monday of every month except for a change to September 9 because of Labor Day.  Under the leadership of Ana M. Sancho Sama, PhD, licensed psychologist, the purpose is to provide a safe and confidential place to share experiences, ask questions and talk about how to cope in this challenging world.  If you have questions, her office number is 970-264-1986. 

Local author

“Sunn” by Sariah Ellsmore is the story of a grieving mother’s journey to find answers to life’s biggest questions after suddenly and tragically losing her teenage daughter.  The author hopes this book will help those experiencing loss to look beyond their pain for signs that their loved ones are still around.

Large print

“Alpha Alpine” by Mary Daheim is an Emma Lord mystery.  “Hard Ride Across Texas” by Michael Zimmer is a western.  “MacCallister Stranglehold” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Duff MacCallister western.

Books on CD

“I Dissent” edited by Mark Rushnet includes the most famous Supreme Court dissents on issues of race, gender, privacy, workers’ rights and more.  “Humanimal” by Adam Rutherford explores the proud paradox of the “human animal.”   “The Plot Against Asthma and Allergy Patients” is Dr. Felix Ravikovich’s first book for the general public and medical colleagues on the effective treatment of histamine based on his findings that have been published in leading medical journals.   

How-to and self-help

“How to See” by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh introduces readers to the fundamentals of mindfulness practice.  “Raising a Screen Smart Kid” by Julianna Miner helps you embrace the good and avoid the bad in the digital age. 

Other nonfiction

“The Real Wolf” by Ted B. Lyon and Will N. Graves explores the science, politics and economics of coexisting with wolves in modern times.  “Beyond Charlottesville” by former governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe looks at the forces and events that led to the tragedy, suggests how we can prevent another Charlottesville from happening. 

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“Smoke Screen” by Iris Johansen features forensic sculptor Eve Duncan journeying to Africa to help families torn apart by a violent attack.  “Games of Snipers” by Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Hunter features master sniper Bob Lee Swagger.  “Blood Oath” by Linda Fairstein features assistant DA Alexander Cooper of the Manhattan Sex Crimes Unit.  “The Big Kahuna” by Janet and Peter Evanovich features FBI agent Kate O’Hare and con man Nicolas Fox.

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.

Quotable Quote

“Start your search for friends at the library. Libraries lately have become thriving hubs of community. As a volunteer, you would meet not only fellow volunteers and staffers, but you would intersect with a wide swath of humanity — from children to the elderly. This would keep you physically and intellectually engaged.”  – Advice from columnist Amy Dickinson, author of the Ask Amy newspaper column.

08/08/2019

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

Important note:  During the month of August, active duty military and veterans are being admitted free to Colorado state parks.  You are welcome to check out the backpack for the other multitude of resources it contains, of course.  For more information about this special military benefit, see https://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/MilitaryBenefits.aspx.

Bike repair toolkit available             Did you know that your library has a bike repair toolkit available for free check out?  This toolkit includes a handbook entitled “Essential Road Bike Maintenance Handbook” by Todd Downs and a toolbox filled with the essential tools needed for basic bicycle repairs.  The handbook covers topics such as frame, pedals, brakes and more.  The library also offers a variety of other bicycle resources for people of all ages including maps, guidebooks, and historical information.   

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.

Art Attack fun today

Today, Thursday, August 8, from 11-1:30 p.m. K-5th graders are invited to an Art Attack session where you’ll enjoy crafting and watercolor projects.

Smokey’s birthday party tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, August 9, we will celebrate Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday at a special Read with a Ranger session.  Drop in any time between 2:30 – 4 p.m. to enjoy games, activities and special treats.  This event is intended for all ages.

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, August 9, from 2-3 p.m. is a free legal clinic via computer link for parties who have no attorney.  A volunteer attorney 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 between 1:45 – 2 p.m.  First come first served, and note our volunteer attorney can assist only four people each session.  This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month. 

LEGO Club on Saturday    

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, August 10  from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Knitting Club for tweens and teens

            Next Monday, August 12, this free club meets from 4-5:30 p.m. for 5th-12th graders.  Note drop in age eligibility from 7th to 5th grade.  Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects and hang out with other crafters.  Note that teaching will be available only for knitting.  If you don’t know how to knit, come anyway and we’ll get you started on some of the basics.

Adult book club

            Our free adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On August 13 we will discuss “Prairie Fires: The American Dream of Laura Ingalls Wilder” by Caroline Fraser.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  Light refreshments will be served.  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.

ESL classes

            Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-2 pm with two highly experienced teachers.  Joyce Holdread is teaching the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone is teaching beginners.  No registration is required. 

Su biblioteca está ofreciendo ahoraclases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL). Las clases se llevan a cabo los miércoles y viernes desde el mediodia hasta las 2 pm.  Todas las clases son gratuitas y no es necesario registrarse.  Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre el regreso de las clases de íngles como segundo idioma en nuestra comunidad de Pagosa. 

Adult education summer hours

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has moved to summer hours.  It now takes place on Tuesdays from 2 – 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.  Note no Tech Time today, August 8.

Family storytimes – note Saturday time change

            Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 3-4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This Saturday, July 10 is a special Spanish storytime with Glory Lark.  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.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Note the Saturday time change to the afternoon.

New LGBTQ youth group

            A new support group to help LGBTQ youth and young adults from age 16 to in their 20s deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination will convene the first Monday of every month except for a change to September 9 because of Labor Day.  Under the leadership of Ana M. Sancho Sama, PhD, licensed psychologist, the purpose is to provide a safe and confidential place to share experiences, ask questions and talk about how to cope in this challenging world.  If you have questions, her office number is 970-264-1986. 

Save the date for Friends book sale

Mark your calendars for the Friends of the Library annual book sale, one of the most popular events of the summer.  It will be held August 22-24 at the PLPOA Clubhouse – not only a new location but also with extended hours. 

On Thursday, August 22 at 6 p.m. there will be a short annual meeting with an ice cream social, followed at 6:30 p.m. by the book sale for Friends only – and you can join at the door if you are not already a member.  Dues are $100 for a lifetime membership, $15 for an annual individual and $25 for an annual family. The next two days are open to everyone – Friday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

This is your chance to buy books, DVDs, CDs and more at very special prices while also helping your library, since the Friends donate all the proceeds for various programs and projects that improve our facilities and services to you. 

Short stories

            “Raised in Captivity” by Chuck Klosterman is a collection of 34 short stories running from sci-fi to thriller that the publisher describes as “fictional nonfiction.”

DVDs

            “Okko’s Inn” is an animated family film.   The BBC’s “Death in Paradise” is season five, six and seven.  “Donkeys and Elephants” explores the political divide between Republicans and Democrats.  “Shazam!” is the story of a street-wise kid who becomes a super hero.  “Dark Money” is a political documentary about untraceable corporate money in our elections. 

CDs

            “Lost and Found” by Danielle Steel tells of a woman who drive cross-country to reunited with former lovers.  “Brother’s Keeper” is a Ralph Compton western by David Robbins.  “Valley of Bones” by Dusty Richards is a Byrnes Family Ranch western.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

            “Lady of the Lake” by Laura Lippman covers the different reaction to deaths of a black and a white women.  “One Good Deed” by David Baldacci introduces a new character, a former WW II soldier out of prison for a crime her didn’t commit.  “Wanderers” by Chuck Wendig is a dystopian apocalyptic sci-fi story.  “The Shameless” by Ace Atkins is the latest in the Quinn Colson crime series.

Other novels

            “Star Wars Thrawn Treason” by Timothy Zahn is part of this epic sci-fi series.  “Home for Erring and Outcast Girls” by Julie Kibler is inspired by historical events at a home for “fallen girls.”  “The Lager Queen of Minnesota” by J. Ryan Stradal is a family saga.

How-to and self help

            “Future Man” by Tim Samuels humorous look at the conflicts and challenges of men today.  “Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them” by Sallie Tisdale is a practical perspective on death and dying from anecdotes and stories from cultures and literature. 

Other nonfiction

            “America’s Reluctant Prince” by Steven M. Gillon is a biography of John F. Kennedy Jr.   “Crisis in the Red Zone” by Richard Preston explores the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history and the crises to come. 

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Marilyn Falvey and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“I love being a mother.  I’m so grateful to have had this experience.  He’s five and watches TV occasionally, but I love that his default is to go to a book.” – Laura Leggett Linney, award-winning American actress and singer.

Website

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