4/19/2018

Tribute to our volunteers, Earth Day fun and free books for 4-year-olds

As the U.S. celebrates National Volunteer Week April 15-21, we say a heartfelt thank you to our library volunteers who in 2017 contributed 1,087 hours, about one half of a fulltime position.  “Please know how much we appreciate your time, energy and enthusiasm,” said Meg Wempe, library director, of the volunteers.  “We could not operate the library without you.”

Volunteers make important contributions to our small, rural library with our limited budget.  They help with shelving and making sure all the books and materials are in their proper place.  They help with special events.  They help on the circulation desk.  They help keep everything clean and spiffy year-round.  And they handle myriad other assignments that need doing to help us serve you well.

Do you have a special interest or skill that could benefit the library and our patrons?  If yes, we would love to have you join our volunteer team.  Please stop by the library to talk with Meg or phone her at 264-2208.  You will be warmly welcomed.

And there will be many benefits to you.  Research continues to show that people who volunteer – especially seniors – have a dramatically increased ability to maintain cognitive function. The findings invariably show that interacting with others through work, social events or volunteerism keeps seniors engaged – emotionally and neurologically – and also helps you live longer.

Earth Day fun for all ages

Join us Monday, April 23 for a free all-ages Earth Day celebration from 4-5 p.m.  We’ll paint flower pots, plant seeds and enjoy dirt dessert in our library garden.

Free books for four-year-olds

For the seventh year, libraries across Colorado are giving a free paperback book to every four-year-old in the state from April 9-23 as part of a special family literacy project.  Some 75,000 copies of “Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown” by Eric Litwin are being distributed to children statewide at local libraries, including at your Sisson Library, in either English or Spanish.  The goal is to encourage families to read together every day and add new books to home libraries to ensure school readiness.

“Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown” is a fun book that will have little ones singing, dancing and learning math to a whole new beat.  Please come by the library or attend any program and pick up this free book for your four-year-old youngster.  Better yet, bring them in to pick up their books and see the opportunities for fun and learning that are available free at your 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.

Lifelong Learning Lecture today

The third presentation in our free spring Lifelong Learning Lecture series takes place today,  April 19, when Anthony Garcia from the U.S. Forest Service will tell the story of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, with emphasis on herds living in the mountains surrounding Pagosa Springs, from 5-6:30 p.m.

These outstanding talks continue every Thursday until May 17.  April 26 brings Robin Young, who will lead a wildlife preparedness workshop to help you reduce your risk of wildfire and loss.

May presentations include town manager Andrea Phillips’ talking about local government and the town’s recent and future major projects on May 3, San Juan Basic Public Health discussing proper nutrition and healthy eating on a budget on May 10, and Andrew Guilliford, professor of history and environmental science at Fort Lewis College, reviewing the history of killing wolves in Colorado and the possibility of bringing them back to our wilderness on May 17.

We hope you will join us for these interesting and informative presentations.    For more details about all the talks, please pick up a brochure at your library.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, April 20) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a free G-rated 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.

Kids Club Saturday

Kids Club for K-fifth graders takes place this Saturday, April 21 from 11 a.m. – noon.  Each month this new free program will feature a different theme and include book-sharing, games, crafts and snacks.  March’s theme is games.  Please note that Kids Club is now open to kindergarteners.

Teen gaming

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

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, March 25 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event next Wednesday, March 25 from 1-2 p.m. we’ll create unique and fun ribbon bookmarks using velvet ribbon, clamps and a pair of flat-nose jewelry pliers.  These bookmarks also make great lanyards to attach to your USB thumb drives so you don’t lose them.  No registration required.

Spanish conversation

Next Wednesday, March 25 from 4-5 p.m. practice your Spanish with other Spanish-language learners and speakers  at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.   Note: April 19 Tech Time is cancelled.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  April 26 covers Transparent Language Online, which is packed full of pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing and vocabulary lessons accessible from your computer, smart phone or tablet.  Note: April 19 computer class is cancelled.

Adult education 

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

Family storytimes

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

DVDs

“Supplements & Safety” explores the hidden dangers of vitamins and supplements.  “Giant” is the classic starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean and Edna Ferber.

How-to and self help  

“This is the Year I Put My Financial Life in Order” by John Schwartz is a guide to attaining financial security.  “Debbie Macomber’s Table” contains 100 original recipes from the bestselling author.  “The Minimalist Kitchen” by Melissa Coleman shares strategies for paring down your kitchen to the essentials plus efficient meal planning and cooking techniques.

Other nonfiction

“The Trump White House” by Ronald Kessler is an inside story of the White House based on access to the president and his staff. “The Manson Women and Me” by Nikki Meredith tells of the two women who murdered for Charles Manson.  “The Beginning of Everything” by Andrea J. Buchanan is a real-life neurological mystery and story of reinvention.               

Books on CD

“Accidental Heroes” by Danielle Steel is a suspense story that takes place on an airplane.  “The Temptation of Forgiveness” by Donna Leon is a Commissioner Brunetti mystery.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“Cave of Bones” by Anne Hillerman is a Navajo mystery featuring Leaphorn, Chee and Manuelito.  “Hold Back the Dark” by Kay Hooper is a Bishop Special Crimes Unit suspense story. “I’ve Got My Eyes on You” by Mary Higgins Clark is a thriller.

Large print

“Every Note Played” by Lisa Genova features a concert pianist with ALS.  “Miss Julia Raises the Roof” by Ann B. Ross is a mystery.  “The Punishment She Deserves” by Elizabeth George is a Lynley mystery.  “The Bishop’s Pawn” by Steve Berry is a novel exploring what really happened the day Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. died.  “Little Bighorn” by John Hough, Jr. is a western.

Other novels

“The Female Persuasion” by Meg Wolitzer follows a college freshman whose life is changed when she meets a pillar of the woman’s movement.  “A Nantucket Wedding” by Nancy Thayer tells of the complications when the grown children of an engaged couple meet each other.  “Miller Varley 300” by Frank Miller is a fictional retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae.  “Breakfast at Tyranny’s” and “The Terror Beneath” are Doctor No stories.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks for our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Marilyn Falvey, Jeff Versaw, Bob Burt and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“We are continually faced with great opportunities brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems.”  — Margaret Mead (1901-1978), American cultural anthropologist, author and speaker.

4/12/2018

Free books for 4-year-olds at your library

For the seventh year, libraries across Colorado are giving a free paperback book to every four-year-old in the state from April 9-23 as part of a special family literacy project.

Some 75,000 copies of “Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown” by Eric Litwin are being distributed to children statewide at local libraries, including at your Sisson Library, in either English or Spanish.  The goal is to encourage families to read together every day and add new books to home libraries to ensure school readiness.

“Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown” is a fun book that will have little ones singing, dancing and learning math to a whole new beat.

Please come by the library or attend any program and pick up this free book for your four-year-old youngster.  Better yet, bring them in to pick up their books and see the opportunities for fun and learning that are available free at your 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.

Lifelong Learning Lecture today

The second presentation in our free spring Lifelong Learning Lecture series takes place today, April 12, when climate change awareness advocate Susan Atkinson will describe effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint from 5-6:30 p.m.

These outstanding talks continue every Thursday until May 17.

On April 19 Anthony Garcia from the U.S. Forest Service will tell the story of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, with emphasis on herds living in the Mountains surrounding Pagosa Springs.  April 26 brings Robin Young, who will lead a wildlife preparedness workshop to help you reduce your risk of wildfire and loss.

May presentations include town manager Andrea Phillips’ talking about local government and the town’s recent and future major projects on May 3, San Juan Basic Public Health discussing proper nutrition and healthy eating on a budget on May 10, and Andrew Guilliford, professor of history and environmental science at Fort Lewis College, reviewing the history of killing wolves in Colorado and the possibility of bringing them back to our wilderness on May 17.

We hope you will join us for these interesting and informative presentations.    For more details about all the talks, please pick up a brochure at your library.

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, April 13) from 2-3 p.m. 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 will take place the second Friday of every month.  You also can visit checkerboard.co to access legal forms and answers to many civil legal questions.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, April 13) from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

LEGO Club Saturday

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

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, April 16 from 4-5 p.m.  Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   Note Otaku is moving back to its usual day.  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 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.  Note: April 19 Tech Time is cancelled.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  Today, April 12, we will focus on internet searching and April 26 covers Transparent Language Online, which is packed full of pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing and vocabulary lessons accessible from your computer, smart phone or tablet.  Note: April 19 Computer Class is cancelled.

Adult education 

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Please note that both storytimes are now 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.

Academy Award DVDs

“Get Out” was nominated for four awards including best picture, best actor and  best director.   “Last Men in Aleppo” was nominated for best documentary feature.

Other DVDs

“Served Like a Girl” is a documentary about several American women as they transition from active duty to civilian life after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.  “Jumanji” is an adventure.  “How to be a Latin Lover” is a comedy.  “Heartland” is the second complete season.  “13 Reasons Why” is season one.

How-to and self help  

“What I Am Living For” offers lessons from the life and writings by Thomas Merton, the monk Pope Francis praised in his address before Congress. “Fermented Probiotic Drinks at Home” by Felicity Evans is a cookbook with 50 recipes for eight different elixirs.  “The Beer Pantry” by Adam Dulye shares recipes and pairing tips.

Other nonfiction

“Out There” by the editors of Outside magazine features great writers telling about crazy adventures.  “The Sun Does Shine” by Anthony Ray Hinton is the memoir of a man who spent 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit.  “My Chickens and I” by Isabella Rossellini is the story of her backyard bird pets, with photos and her hand-drawn illustrations.  “The Final Race” by Eric T. Eichinger is the World War II story of the Olympian who inspired “Chariots of Fire.”  “The Encyclopedia of Misinformation” by Rex Sorgatz is a compendium of deceptions, fakes and conspiracies.

Books on CD

“Fifty Fifty” by James Patterson and Candice Fox is a Harriet Blue thriller.  “The Third Victim” by Phillip Margolian is the start of a new suspense series featuring two female lawyers.  “Down the River Into the Sea” by Walter Mosley features a former NYPD investigator as a PI after being framed and jailed.  “The Escape Artist” by Brad Meltzer follows a female soldier who disappears and is supposed to be dead.  “Sunburn” by Laura Lipman is a psychological suspense story.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“Red Alert” by James Patterson and Marshall Karp is an NYPD Red mystery.  “The Disappeared” by C.J. Box is a Joe Pickett mystery.  “Tangerine” by Christine Mangan reunites two friends in Tangier.  “To Die But Once” by Jacqueline Winspear is a Maisie Dobbs mystery.

Large print

“The Disappeared” by C.J. Box is a Joe Pickett mystery.  “The Ballad of Black Bart” by Loren D. Estleman is a western.  “Shoot First” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “Sweet Vengeance” by Fern Michaels follows a woman seeking to avenge her family’s death.  “I’ve Got My Eyes on You” by Mary Higgins Clark and “A Dangerous Game” by Heather Graham are mysteries.  “Crimson Harvest” by Phil Dunlap is a western.  “Duel to the Death” by J.A. Jance is an Ali Reynolds mystery.

Other novels

“Onslaught” by Ethan and Lincoln Proud is the third book in the Rebellion fantasy trilogy.  “The Best American Comics 2017” showcases the work of established and up-and-coming artists.  “Wilson” is a satirical graphic novel by American cartoonist Daniel Clowes.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks for our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Judy Collins, Robert Righi, Jeanne Kaiser and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“I wasn’t a prodigy.  For many years, my ambition in [skating] competitions was just not to come in last.  Nobody, least of all me, believed I was on any kind of superstar trajectory.  But all that disappointment gave me a sense of destination.  Not destiny, not something larger than life, but of destination, which was concrete and practical day by day.” – Scott Hamilton, American figure skating champion, Olympics gold medalist, sportscaster, author of “Finish First: Winning Changes Everything” and multiple cancer survivor.

4/5/2018

LIBRARY NEWS 

National Library Week and Spring Lifelong Learning Lectures start today

As we join American libraries in commemorating National Library Week April 8-14 – and the 60th anniversary of this observance – it seems appropriate to reflect on the wide variety of free fun and educational activities available to you and your families at your Ruby Sisson Library.  You can learn about them every week in this Library News column.

One example:  The ever popular free spring Lifelong Learning Lecture series starts today, April 5, and continues every Thursday until May 17 with outstanding talks from 5 – 6:30 p.m. for seven weeks.

Today (Thursday, April 5) is a presentation by local author Marika Tatsumoto on how to write middle grade books.  She will guide you through the process of attracting parents, teachers and librarians to your work and writing stories that will capture and entertain kids.

April 12 features climate change awareness advocate Susan Atkinson describing effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint.  On April 19 Anthony Garcia from the U.S. Forest Service will tell the story of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, with emphasis on herds living in the Mountains surrounding Pagosa Springs.  April 26 brings Robin Young, who will lead a wildlife preparedness workshop to help you reduce your risk of wildfire and loss.

May presentations include town manager Andrea Phillips’ talking about local government and the town’s recent and future major projects on May 3, San Juan Basic Public Health discussing proper nutrition and healthy eating on a budget on May 10, and Andrew Guilliford, professor of history and environmental science at Fort Lewis College, reviewing the history of killing wolves in Colorado and the possibility of bringing them back to our wilderness on May 17.

We hope you will join us for these interesting and informative presentations.    For more details about all the talks, please pick up a brochure at your 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.

Free books for four-year-olds

Be sure to read this Library News column next week to learn how to get a free book for your four-year-old youngster.  We will have copies in English and Spanish.

Teen advisory board today

Today (Thursday, April 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 tomorrow (Friday, April 6) from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

Reading with a therapy dog

Saturday, April 7 from 11 a.m.-noon,  youngsters from K-fifth grade are invited to share their favorite books with Hondo, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a free Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

SATs study break with therapy dog

Teens studying for the SATs can come on Monday, April 9 from 4-5:30 p.m. to hang out, play games and relax with Hondo, a therapy dog.

Health screenings

Staff from San Juan Basin Public Health will be on hand Monday, April 9 from 9 a.m. – noon to provide free health screenings to check cholesterol, blood glucose and blood pressure, and provide health coaching.  Please fast for nine hours prior to your screening for most accurate results.  Questions?  Call SJBPH at 264-2409 ext. 214.

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 April 10 we will discuss “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  Light snacks and beverages 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.

Teen writers group

Join us next Wednesday, April 11 from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meeting for seventh-12 graders.  This group’s interests include stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction.

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, April 5.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  Note: No computer class today, April 5, or April 19.  April 12 will focus on internet searching and April 26 covers Transparent Language Online, which is packed full of pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing and vocabulary lessons accessible from your computer, smart phone or tablet.

Adult education 

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

Family storytimes

Please note no storytimes on Saturday, April 7 or Wednesday, April 11.  Normally, every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Please note that both storytimes are now 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.

Resources for contractors

We now have two 2006 International Residential Code books, one for reference and one for checkout, as well as the 2006 one- and two-family dwellings code book.  We also have the 2006 “Building Code Illustrated/second edition” to help you understand the other two books.  There are newer versions, such as the 2015 edition that we purchased a couple of years ago.  But we recently learned from some patrons that it is the 2006 code that Archuleta County uses for inspections.  After confirming this information with the county, our director Meg Wempe thought it would be helpful to have the code books with the information being inspected here.  “It is learning from patrons about their needs that we are better able to serve our community,” Meg said.

Other nonfiction

“The Island That Disappeared” by Tom Feiling reveals the lost history of the Mayflower’s sister ship and its rival Puritan colony.  “From the Left” by Bill Press is a memoir by this talk-show host and political commentator.  “Birds of the Photo Ark” is a National Geographic photographic guide to more than 300 species of birds.  “Odd Girl Out” by Laura James is the memoir of a successful autistic woman.  “Where There’s Hope” by Elizabeth Smart is a memoir describing how a woman overcame trauma, with guiding principles for others.

Academy Award DVDs

“The Shape of Water” had 12 nominations and won four Academy Awards, including best picture and best director.  “I, Tonya” had three nominations including best actress and best supporting actress.  “Lady Bird” had five nominations including best picture, best director, best actress and best supporting actress.  “Abacus,” a documentary about a Chinese immigrant bank-owning family, owners of the only bank prosecuted after the 2008 financial crisis, was nominated in the documentary feature category.

 CDs

“The Disappeared” by C.J. Box features Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett.   “As You Wish” by Jude Deveraux is the story of three very different women who meet one fateful summer.  “Sweet Vengeance” by Fern Michaels follows a woman seeking justice for herself and other families.  “Death of an Honest Man” by M.C. Beaton is a Scottish Sgt. Hamish Macbeth mystery.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Crimson Lake” by Candice Fox features two people accused of murder, one convicted.  “Agent in Place” by Mark Greaney is a Gray Man thriller set in the Middle East.  “Barbed Wire Heart”” by Tess Sharpe follows a daughter of a drug lord.  “Accidental Heroes” by Danielle Steel is a thriller set on a flight from New York to San Francisco.         

Other novels

“Girls Burn Brighter” by Shobha Rao, set in India and America, features two heroines with an extraordinary bond.  “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones tells of a young Southern couple whose lives are ripped apart by a crime.  “Alternate Side” by Anna Quindlen follows a New York City neighborhood after a terrible incident.  “The Italian Teacher” by Tom Rachman is about the son of a great painter striving to create his own legacy.          

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks for our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Bob and Carole Howard and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit, as well as physically.” – Stephen Hawking (1942-2018), world-renowned physicist, cosmologist, author and professor who died peacefully at home in March at the age of 76, long after was told at age 21 he would have only two years to live when diagnosed with a rare form of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).  He defied the odds and helped transform the way scientists view black holes and the universe.  He was portrayed in the 2014 biographical film by Eddie Redmayne in an Academy Award-winning role.

3/29/2018

Meet your library’s new development officer

We are pleased to announce that Cindi Galabota has been hired effective April 4 for our new half-time development officer position.  She will be responsible for grant writing, fundraising and cultivating relationships.

“This role is one that the board and I have been talking about for several months,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  “We are excited to be able to open up this opportunity for our library and, in turn, our community – and Cindi’s experience and qualifications make her an ideal match for the job.”

For the past 20 years Cindi has worked in both the nonprofit and for-profit worlds, but she says “my passion remains in nonprofit development.”  Here in Pagosa Springs she has been executive director of Habitat for Humanity and the Chamber of Commerce.  Previously she worked for the REACH alternative education program in Bayfield, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Lincoln Park Zoo.  Most recently she was employed by First Southwest Bank in Pagosa.  She has a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University.

“I am very excited about stepping back into the nonprofit world,” Cindi said.  “I am especially pleased to work for the library because all my life I have gone to libraries and appreciated their great value.”

Please join us in welcoming Cindi to our library family.

Cindi Galabota has been hired as the new development officer for the Ruby Sisson Library, effective April 4. She will be responsible for grant writing, fundraising and cultivating relationships. Photo courtesy of Carole Howard.

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.

Lifelong Learning Lectures start next week

Mark your calendars for the free spring Lifelong Learning Lecture series every Thursday at 5 p.m. from April 5 through May 17.  First talk is by local author Marika Tatsumoto on how to write middle grade books.  She will guide you through the process of attracting parents, teachers and librarians to your work and writing stories that will capture and entertain kids.

Reading with therapy dogs tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, March 30) from 11 a.m.-noon,  youngsters from K-fifth grade are invited to share their favorite books with Bacchus, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a free Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

 All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, March 30) from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

Teen gaming

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

Teen role-playing

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

Spanish instruction

Join us for this free basic course next Wednesday, April 4 from 4-5 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish.  We will go over expressions using the verb tener.  No registration required.

Teen advisory board

Next Thursday, April 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.

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.   Note: No Tech Time on April 5.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  Today, March 29, we will go over the basics of Google Photos and how it can be used to store or back up your digital photos. Note: No computer class April 5.

Adult education 

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Please note that both storytimes are now 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.

Academy Award DVDs

“Call Me By Your Name” was a nominee for best picture.  “Ferdinand” was a nominee for best animated feature.  “I, Tonya” had three nominations including best actress and best supporting actress.

Other DVDs

“The Handmaid’s Tale” is season one.  “What Happened, Miss Simone?” is the story of Nina Simone’s life and career as a pianist, singer songwriter, activist, wife and mother.

Books on CD

“Vigilante Dawn” by Marcus Galloway is a Ralph Compton western.  “Flintlock A Time for Vultures” by William W. and J.A. Johnston is a western.

How-to and self help  

“Amsterdam” by Audrey Sykes is a Moon travel guide.  “Win Bigly” by Scott Adams looks at persuasion tools that can work in any setting.  “Retirement Reinvention” by career counselor Robin Ryan offers tips on how to find joy in retirement.  “Brain Food” by Dr. Lisa Mosconi. A neuroscientist and nutritionist, details the dietary needs of the brain.

Other nonfiction

“Broad Band” by Claire L Evans is the untole story of the women who made the Internet.  “Tomorrow Will Be Different” by Sarah McBride is a memoir of the first transgender person to speak at a political convention.

Mysteries and suspense

“Bone Music” by Christopher Rice features a woman brought up by two serial killers who murdered her parents.  “The Kremlin Conspiracy” by Joel C. Rosenberg features a Russian lawyer and a U.S. Secret Service agent.  “The Third Victim” by Phillip Margolian begins with the escape of a kidnap victim.  “Auntie Poldi and the Sivilian Lions” by Mario Giordano features a 60-year-old sleuth.  “Lake Silence” by Anne Bishop is a World of the Others fantasy thriller.

Other novels

“Green Sun” by Kent Anderson features a Vietnam vet-turned policeman in Oakland, Calif., in 1983.  “Burn Bright” by Patricia Briggs is an Alpha and Omega werewolf story.  “High Voltage” by Karen Marie Moning is a fantasy.          

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“Raspberry Danish Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swenson mystery.  “The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover” by Susan Wittig Albert is a mystery.  “Closer Than You Know” by Brad Parks begins with a plant opf cocaine in a young mother’s home.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks for our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Robert Righi, Maria Gallegos and our anonymous donors.  For her generous monetary donation, we are grateful to Karen Cox.

Quotable Quote        

“Follow your passion.  Whatever you’re doing, do your best at all times and make it as correct as possible.  Work as if someone is watching you.  Then you’ll be prepared when an opportunity presents itself.  And you’ll have the answers.” – Katherine Johnson, one of the brilliant black female NASA mathematicians depicted in the movie “Hidden Figures,” who was recently honored when NASA recently named a research center after her.

3/22/2018

How to make reading a family activity

With the ongoing demands of parenthood, it’s easy to forget that if you want your children to be excited about reading, they should see that you are also.  Here are some insights and tips from Pamela Paul and Maria Russo’s recent New York Times article on “How to Raise a Reader” to help you make reading a family activity:

  • Make reading a group activity.  Instead of organizing family leisure time around TV, movies or video games, schedule a regular family reading time.  As your youngsters begin to choose their own books and read independently, they may be less inclined to talk to you about what they’re reading.  But if they’re reading right next to you, you’ll hear them laugh, exclaim or make some other response, which gives you an opening for conversation.
  • Books belong everywhere.  Create impromptu reading opportunities for your child by leaving books in place where they may be picked up in an idle moment.  Photography books on a coffee table.  Big, visual, information-rich book like David Macaulay’s “The Way Things Work” in the bathroom.  Magazines anywhere in the house where they might catch a young reader’s eye.
  • Join – or start – a parent-child or caregiver-child book club.  Being in a book club together increases the opportunities for you to start conversations about books, which may lead to deeper conversations about other topics.
  • Books to movies.  Encourage your child to read the book before the movie adaptation hits the screen.  You do the same.  Then you can discuss how the story was told in different ways.

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.

Healthy eating on a budget today

If you are having some difficulty eating healthily on a budget, please join us today (Thursday, March 22) from 10 – 11:30 a.m. when San Juan Basin Public Health will be on hand for a free interactive discussion about healthy living including nutrition tips, effective grocery shopping and how to cook affordable, healthy meals.  Healthy snacks will be available and new recipes will be provided.  Everyone is welcome – no registration required.

Teen role-playing today

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place today (Thursday, March 22) from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Teen bookclub tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, March 23) from 2-3 p.m. at the teen bookclub, seventh-12th graders will discuss “Ship Breaker” by Paolo Bacigalupi and enjoy free snacks.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, March 23) from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book lovers group – formerly the Senior Book Club – meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–noon. Tomorrow (Friday, March 23) they will discuss “The Baker’s Daughter” by Sarah McCoy.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at bakestroud@aol.com.  No registration required.

LEGO Club Saturday

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, March 24 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Free reading with therapy dogs

On Tuesday, March 27 from 11 a.m.-noon, youngsters from K-fifth grade are invited to share their favorite books with Hondo, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a free Paws to Read session.  Then on Friday, March 30 at the same time Bacchus will do the honors.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

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.

New board games event

Next Wednesday, March 28 from 4-5:30 p.m., kids from fourth-12th grades are invited to join us to play a variety of board and tabletop games at this new event.

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event next Wednesday, March 28 from 1-2 p.m. we’ll make no-sew aprons suitable for both men and women.  They are handy to have around when someone offers to help with the dishes, and they make wonderful housewarming gifts.  A kitchen towel, cotton string and some inexpensive hardware can easily be converted into a practical and durable apron.  No registration required.

Spanish conversation

Next Wednesday, March 28 from 4-5 p.m. practice your Spanish with other Spanish-language learners and speakers s at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Free tech sessions

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

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  Today, March 22, you will focus on Learning Express Library, a comprehensive, interactive online learning platform that can be used to help students and other learners succeed.  This is a highly useful database to improve computer skills or receive training relevant to almost any job or responsibility. On March 29, we will go over the basics of Google Photos and how it can be used to store or back up your digital photos.

Adult education 

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Please note that both storytimes are now 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.

Academy Award DVDs

“The Breadwinner” was a nominee for best animated feature.

Other DVDs

“In Search of Balance” is a documentary exploring the causes of the increase in chronic and autoimmune diseases.  “Iron Jawed Angels” is the true story of young activists who put their lives at risk to help American women get the right to vote.

Books on CD

“Surprise Me” by Sophie Kinsella follows a couple who decide to bring surprises into their marriage.  “Night Moves” by Jonathan Kellerman is an Alex Delaware mystery.  “Poison” by John Lescroat is a Dismas Hardy mystery.  “The Girl in Times Square” by Paullina Simons is a mystery that begins when a young college student disappears.

 How-to and self help  

“Mini Makeovers” is a Country Living guide to easy ways to transform every room in your home.  “Love Your Age” is an AARP guide that offers 100 easy-to-adopt healthy habits to give you energy and confidence – but, note that it is very hard to read, with small type, often light gray on white or black on a bright color, odd choices considering the book’s target audience.  “In Praise of Difficult Women” by Karen Karbo features life lessons from 29 women in modern history who dared to break the rules.

Other nonfiction

“Kierkegaard’s Muse: The Mystery of Regine Olsen” by Joakim Garff is the first biography of the literary and romantic inspiration for Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard.  “Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life” by Laura Thompson is a biography of the crime writer.

Mysteries and suspense

“Sometimes I Lie” by Alice Feeney is a psychological thriller about a woman in a coma.  “Caribbean Rim” by Randy Wayne White is a Doc Ford thriller.

Other novels

“The Flight Attendant” by Chris Bohjalian begins when she awakes in Dubai with a dead man in her bed.  “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” by Jason Fry is an adaptation of the film with alternate versions of the script.

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“The Rising Sea” by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown is a Numa Files Kurt Austin adventure.  “As You Wish” by Jude Deveraux features three women ranging in age from 20 to 60.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks for our donors

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

Quotable Quote        

“Anger and aggression weaken you, because they take so much energy to hold in place.  But kindness is a strength that makes you more serene.” – Ellen DeGeneres, TV host, actress and activist.

03/15/2018

Learn about healthy eating, nutrition tips and cooking on a budget

If you are having some difficulty eating healthily on a budget, we hope you will join us next Thursday, March 22 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. when San Juan Basin Public Health will be on hand for an interactive discussion about healthy living including nutrition tips, effective grocery shopping and how to cook affordable, healthy meals.

Healthy snacks will be available and new recipes will be provided.  Everyone is welcome – no registration required.

Activities calendars available

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

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, March 16) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a free PG movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

Kids Club Saturday

Kids Club for K-fifth graders takes place this Saturday, March 17 from 11 a.m. – noon.  Each month this new free program will feature a different theme and include book-sharing, games, crafts and snacks.  March’s theme is shamrocks.  Please note that Kids Club is now open to kindergarteners.

Teen gaming

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

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Thursday, March 22 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  Today, March 15, you will learn the basics of Facebook and how it can be an effective social media tool.  March 22 will focus on Learning Express Library, a comprehensive, interactive online learning platform that can be used to help students and other learners succeed.  This is a highly useful database to improve computer skills or receive training relevant to almost any job or responsibility.

Free tech sessions

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

Adult education 

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Please note that both storytimes are now 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.

Academy Award DVDs

We have three more movies from this year’s Academy Awards. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” received several nominations including best picture and won best actress for Frances McDormand.  “Darkest Hour” received several nominations including best picture and won best actor for Gary Oldman.  Disney Pixar’s “Coco” won best animated feature and best song.

Other DVDs

“The Nut Job” is an action-packed family comedy.

Books on CD

“The Wine Lover’s Daughter” is a memoir by Anne Fadiman about her relationship with her famous father Clifton.  “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah follows a family who moves to Alaska to live off the grid.  “Dark in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas mystery.  “Look for Me” by Lisa Gardner is a thriller.  “Still Me” by Jojo Moyes is the next book in the series featuring her heroine Lou Clark.  “City of Endless Night” by Preston & Child is a Pendergast mystery.  “Munich” by Robert Harris is a nonfiction history of the time before Hitler invades Czechoslovakia.  “A World of Hurt” by Tim Brant is a Wilkie John western.  “Raspberry Danish Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swensen mystery with recipes.  “The Engagement in Seattle” by Debbie Macomber tells of two people searching for spouses in unusual ways.

How-to and self help  

“First Ladies Cookbook” is published by the nonprofit National Women’s History Museum.  “Dr. Neal Barnard’s Cookbook for Reversing Diabetes” is an approach based on food, not pills or injections.  “I’ve Decided to Lived 120 Years” by meditation teacher Ilchi Lee describes ancient secrets to longevity, vitality and life transformation.  “Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?” by Dr. Mark Hyman is a guide to achieving optimal weight and lifelong health.  “Surviving and Thriving with an Invisible Chronic Illness” by Ilana Jacqueline offers practical tips to living well with chronic illness or disability.  “How to Whittle” by Josh Nava describes 25 projects to carve by hand.

Other nonfiction

“In the Enemy’s House” by Howard Blum is a real-life espionage story about Russia’s covert war against America as the Cold War begins.  “The Watergate” by political consultant Joseph Rodota chronicles the movers and shakers who have lived there.  “Saving Charlotte” by Pia de Jong is a memoir of a mother whose daughter is born with leukemia.  “I’ve Been Thinking” by Maria Shriver shares inspirational quotes, prayers and reflections designed to help readers on their life journeys.  “I’ll Never Change My Name” by Valentin Chmerkovskiy is a memoir by this Dancing with the Stars performer.

Mysteries and suspense

“Sunburn” by Laura Lippman is a psychological suspense story. “The Bad Daughter” by Joy Fielding tells of the aftermath of a shooting of an estranged father and his new family.  “The Woman Left Behind” by Linda Howard is a romantic suspense story.

Other novels

“The Last Girl,” “The Final Trade” and “The First City” are the three books in the Dominion Trilogy by Joe Hart.  “Arms from the Sea” by Rich Shapero is a fantasy. “The Hush” by John Hart returns to the life of Johnny Merrimon on 6,000 acres of once-sacred land.  “Chicago” by David Mamet is a thriller set in the mobbed-up Windy City in the 1920s.

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“Flintlock: Hell’s Gate” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone features a bounty hunter.  “In the Enemy’s House: The Secret Saga of the FBI Agent and the Code Breaker Who Caught the Russian Spies”  by Howard Blum illuminates the lives of little-known American heroes.  “The Carroll Farm Fight” by Greg Hunt follows a young farmer’s life during the Civil War.  “Big Horn Legacy” by W. Michael Gear begins with a request to his family of a mountain man in his last will and testament.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks for our donors

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

Quotable Quote        

“When we perceive our world as threatening, that can be associated with an increase in heart rate and blood pressure,” says Julianne Holt-Lunstad, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University.  The antidote is simple: friendship.  It helps protect the brain and body from stress, anxiety and depression.  “Being around trusted others, in essence, signals safety and security,” she says.  A study last year found that friendships are especially beneficial later in life.  Having supportive friends in old age was a stronger predictor of well-being than family ties – suggesting that the friends you pick may be at least as important as the family you’re born into.” – Time magazine.

3/8/2018

Parks & Wildlife to explain changes to hunting license process and more on Saturday

Hunters will want to come to the library this Saturday afternoon, March 10 when Colorado Parks and Wildlife will discuss several items including key changes to the limited license application process at a free informational meeting from 1-3 p.m.  Paper applications no longer will be accepted.

As well, a help session from 1-4:45 p.m. in a computer lab will help you access and use the new licensing system to apply for your hunting license and establish an email account.

Other topics to be covered in the informational meeting include the landowner preference program, changes to either-sex elk licenses, elk management, the upcoming five-year big game season structure, antler shed season, and a future generations bill that involves proposed fee increases.

Activities calendars available

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

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, March 9) from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, March 9) from 2-3 p.m. 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.  This clinic will take place the second Friday of every month.  You also can visit checkerboard.co to access legal forms and answers to many civil legal questions.

Otaku tomorrow

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets tomorrow (Friday, March 9) from 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   This free club is for fifth-12th grades.  Note different day and time this month.

LEGO Club

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

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is next Monday, March 12 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.

 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 March 13 we will discuss “The Stars Are Fire” by Anita Shreve.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  No registration required.

Teen writers group with special guest

Join us next Wednesday, March 14 from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meeting for seventh-12 graders.  This group’s interests include stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction.  We will host local author Mariko Tatsumoto, author of “Ayumi’s Violin,” “Accidental Samurai Spy” and “Gutless.”  You don’t have to be a regular member of this group to attend this special session.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  Today (March 8) on Microsoft Word-Intermediate you will explore tools that make working on long documents easier.  March 15 you will learn the basics of Facebook and how it can be an effective social media tool.  March 22 will focus on Learning Express Library, a comprehensive, interactive online learning platform that can be used to help students and other learners succeed.  This is a highly useful database to improve computer skills or receive training relevant to almost any job or responsibility.

Free tech sessions

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

Adult education 

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Please note that both storytimes are now 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.

How-to and self help  

“Listen Up or Lose Out” by Robert Bolton and Dorothy Grover Bolton describes ways to avoid miscommunication, improve relationships and get more done faster.  “Mommy Burnout” by Dr.  Sheryl Ziegler offers tips on how to reclaim your life and raise healthier children in the process.

Other nonfiction

“The Bible Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained” is a DK guide to the stories, events and teachings of the Old and New Testaments.  “Educated” by Tara Westover is the memoir of a woman devoted to educating herself after starting life in a minimalist survivalist family.  “Sign My Name to Freedom” by Betty Reid Soskin looks at American history from the viewpoint of a black woman born in 1921.

DVDs

“The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” is a Ken Burns film.  “Scientific Secrets for Raising Kids Who Thrive” contains 24 lectures by an associate professor of psychology.  “Raising Emotionally and Socially Healthy Kids” contains 12 lectures by a clinical psychologist.  “Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” is a feature length documentary about the Black Panther Party.  “To Sir, with Love” stars Sidney Poitier as a teacher in London’s tough East End.

Novels

“A Game of Thrones” by George R.R. Martin is book one in a new epic fantasy series called A Song of Ice and Fire.  “Girl Unknown” by Karen Perry focuses on the effects on a family when a student claims to be the father’s daughter.  “Rosie Colored Glasses” by Brianna Wolfson tells of the effects on a daughter after the divorce of her very different parents.  “Munich” by Robert Harris is set in pre-World War II.

Mysteries and suspense

“Death of an Honest Man” by M.C. Beaton is the latest in the Hamish Macbeth series set in Scotland.  “Down the River unto the Sea” by Walter Mosley follows a NYPD investigator trying to clear his name.  “Fifty Fifty” by James Patterson and Candice Fox is a thriller set in Australia.  “The Glass Forest” by Cynthia Swanson is a suspense story about three women shedding light on a troubled family.

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“Surprise Me” by Sophie Kinsella follows a couple who decide to bring surprises into their marriage.  “Refuge Cove” by Janet Dailey is the second in the new Americana romance series set in Alaska.  “Sisters Like Us” by Susan Mallery is a Mischief Bay novel.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks for our donors        

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

Quotable Quote        

Recent research has determined that money can indeed buy happiness – if you know how to use it.  People who spend more of their money on the activities and causes that are important to them express more satisfaction with their lives.  The biggest boost comes from spending money on others, especially those close to you.  Any degree of generosity will increase your joy, but “the closer you are to the recipient, the happier you’ll be.” – Michael Newton, professor of business administration at Harvard Business School.

3/1/2018

How to encourage “reluctant reader” youngsters. 

Hint: They may be visual readers  

For some early readers, a big block of text is like a giant stop sign – which is why these youngsters often get tagged with the “reluctant reader” label.   Here are some insights and tips from Pamela Paul and Maria Russo’s recent New York Times article on “How to Raise a Reader” to help inspire a less enthusiastic reader and find books your child will love:

  • Format doesn’t matter.  Many chapter books with highly visual, comics-influenced formats were written specifically to help reluctant readers and children with challenges like dyslexia.  Youngsters still learn reading skills with these more visually driven books.
  • Make room for comics and manga.  Don’t denigrate these genres.  Many of the most celebrated literary figures of our time not only grew up devouring comics but also incorporate comics-inspired themes into their prize-winning novels.
  • A book about a computer game is still a book.  If your child has a favorite computer or video game, you often can find a book counterpart, which is a great way to steer your child toward the pleasures of text.
  • Don’t forget nonfiction.  Some reluctant readers are fact-gatherers who may be more inspired by nonfiction, especially when it’s presented in a highly visual format.  Look for books about animals, the solar system, presidents, states, ancient history and other topics your child is interested in.
  • Never treat books as a chore.  Don’t say, “If you spend 30 minutes reading you’ll get to play.”  If you want your child to be excited about reading, you should be also.  Make sure your child sees you reading regularly, preferably daily.

Activities calendars available

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

Teen advisory board today

Today (Thursday, March 1) the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

 All-ages gaming tomorrow

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

 Free reading with therapy dogs

On Saturday, March 3 from 11 a.m.-noon,  youngsters from K-fifth grade are invited to share their favorite books with Hondo and Bacchus, therapy dogs who love listening to stories, at a Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

 Teen gaming

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

Spanish instruction

Join us for this free basic course next Wednesday, March 7 from 4-5 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish.  No registration required.

Teen role-playing

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

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  Today (March 1) on Internet Searching you will learn how to find information you need from websites you trust.  March 8 on Microsoft Word-Intermediate you will explore tools that make working on long documents easier.  March 15 you will learn the basics of Facebook and how it can be an effective social media tool.  March 22 will focus on Learning Express Library, a comprehensive, interactive online learning platform that can be used to help students and other learners succeed.  This is a highly useful database to improve computer skills or receive training relevant to almost any job or responsibility.

Free tech sessions

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

Legal clinic next week

Next Friday, March 9 from 2-3 p.m. 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.  This clinic will take place the second Friday of every month.  You also can visit checkerboard.co to access legal forms and answers to many civil legal questions.

Changes to hunting license process

Hunters will want to save the date of Saturday afternoon, March 10 when Colorado Parks and Wildlife will discuss several items including key changes to the limited license application process from 1-3 p.m.  Paper applications no longer will be accepted.  As well, a session from 1-4:45 p.m. in a computer lab will help you apply for your hunting license and establish an email account.

Adult education 

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

Family storytimes

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

DVDs

“The Big Sick” is nominated for original screenplay in this year’s Academy Awards.  “Only the Brave” is the true story of 20 American hot-shot firefighting heroes.  “Roots” is based on Alex Haley’s bestselling novel about one black man and his family kidnapped in Africa to become American slaves.  “Where Love Found Me” is a story of street kids inspired by true events.  “God’s Own Country” is a British drama that won a Sundance film festival award for directing.  “Wonder” is a hewartwarming family film about a young boy born with facial differences.

 How-to and self help  

“Food Therapist” by Shira Lenchewski helps you break bad habits, eat with intension and indulge without worry.  “How to Break Up with Your Phone” by Catherine Price offers tips to help you do just that.  “Commercial Driver License Manual” is the October 2016 is a handbook to help you get your DMV permit in Colorado.  “Southern California 2015” and Northern California 2015” are travel guides.

Other nonfiction

“Operation Chaos” by Matthew Sweet describes how the CIA tried to infiltrate a radical group of Vietnam War military deserters.  “Our Native Bees” by Paige Embry is a detailed look at the importance to our lives of  North America’s native bees.

Nonfiction CDs

“The Road Not Taken” by Max Boot is a fresh look at Edward Lansdale and the Vietnam War.  “Revolution Song” by Russell Shorto focuses on six lives from the American Revolution.  “Memory Rescue” by Dr. Daniel G. Amen describes a new program to change your brain and improve your memory.  “No Time to Spare” by Ursula K. Le Guin is a collection of the author’s online writing from the point of view of a senior.

Novels

“Surprise Me” by Sophie Kinsella tells of a couple who decide to bring surprises into their marriage.  “Persepolis Rising” by James S.A. Corey is an interplanetary adventure.

Large print

“Walking the Bones” by Randall Silvis is a Ryan DeMarco mystery.  “The Widows of Malabar Hill” by Sujata Massey is a mystery set in 1920s Bombay.  “Dark in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas mystery.  “The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place” by Alan Bradley features 12-year-old Flavia de Luce.  “Poison” by John Lescroart is a Dismas Hardy mystery.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks for our donors        

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

Quotable Quote

“Setting and achieving goals is a key part of working toward happiness, research has found.  Your brain releases dopamine – also known as the ‘feel good’ neurotransmitter – every time you accomplish a task you’ve lined up for yourself.” – The Week magazine.

02/22/2018

Books, DVDs and magazines join local Meals on Wheels delivery system
Your library has begun a remarkable new partnership with Archuleta Seniors, Inc., the nonprofit organization that runs the Senior Center and oversees the Meals on Wheels routes for delivery both in town and out-of-town.

As meals go out to homebound clients, they now will be accompanied by a special library bag containing books, audio books, DVDs and magazines especially selected to match each person’s individual tastes.  The personalized selection is based on a questionnaire they completed and a visit from Meg Wempe, library director, who went out to meet Meals on Wheels clients, answer questions and ask what they’d like from the library.

Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver and return the library materials to the Senior Center as they transport the food to their clients.

“Though this special partnership is in its infancy, we are excited about our new opportunity to reach more people who are unable to come to the library on their own,” Meg said.  “We will use this new program to figure out potential kinks before possibly expanding it to other groups in town that visit homebound people.”

Half-time job opportunity
Your library’s board has created the new half-time position of development officer responsible for grant writing, fundraising and cultivating relationships.  Review of applications will begin immediately, so please apply at your earliest convenience if you are interested and qualified.  A complete job description can be found at  https://pagosalibrary.org/development-officer/.  Much of the work can be done from home.  “This role is one that the board and I have been talking about for several months,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  “We are excited to be able to open up this opportunity for our library and, in turn, our community.”

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.

Budget shopping for healthy eating today
Professionals from San Juan Public Health will host a free workshop today (Thursday, February 22) from 10-11:30 a.m. with tips on how to shop so you can stay healthy on a budget.

Teen role-playing today
The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place today (Thursday, February 22) from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

All-ages gaming tomorrow
Join us tomorrow (Friday, February 23) from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

Teen bookclub tomorrow
Tomorrow (Friday, February 23) from 2-3 p.m. at their teen bookclub, seventh-12th graders will discuss “Riverkeep” by Martin Stewart and enjoy free snacks.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.

Literary Ladies tomorrow
This free book lovers group – formerly the Senior Book Club – meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–noon. Tomorrow (Friday, February 23) they will discuss “The Residence” by Kate Anderson Brower.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.  No registration required.

LEGO Club
Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, February 24 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free Lego Club.

Otaku for teens
The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets on Monday, February 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.

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.

Henna body art
Back by popular demand, teens and tweens in the fifth-12th grades are invited to a henna body art event next Wednesday, February 28 from 4-5:30 p.m.  You’ll learn about this traditional art form and create your own temporary henna tattoo.  We’ll have design ideas available, and you’re encouraged to design your own.

DIY for adults
At this month’s free DIY event next Wednesday, February 28 from 1-2 p.m. we’ll make homemade dish detergent that is easy and inexpensive to create using safe, non-toxic ingredients and essential oils.  No registration required.

Spanish conversation
Next Wednesday, February 28 from 4-5 p.m. practice your Spanish with other Spanish-language learners and speakers s at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Computer/technology classes
Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. to learn a technology skill or application.  Today (February 22) you will learn how to enjoy free access more than 7,000 streaming movies and classic TV shows via IndieFlix with your computer, smartphone or tablet.

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

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

Family storytimes
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Please note that both storytimes are now 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.

How-to and self help
“At Peace” by Dr. Samuel Harrington is a guide to end-of-life care for older patients and their health caregivers.  “Adventures in Veggieland” by Melanie Potock provides 100 activities and recipes to help your kids learn to love vegetables.  “The Less is More Garden” by Susan Morrison is a guide to designing your small yard.  “Boundaries” by Kathy Lee shows how to draw the line between you and your boss for a safe work environment.  “DUI & You & Me” by Mark William Lashley helps you understand the major dangers and consequences of drunk driving.

Other nonfiction
“Star Wars Empire: A Memoir” by Bill Kimberlin is an insider’s story of many popular movies like “Jurrasic Park,” “Star Trek,” “Shindler’s List” and “Forest Gump.”  “Everything Happens for a Reason” by Kate Bowler is a memoir of a Duke Divinity School professor with stage IV colon cancer.  “I Am, I Am, I Am” by Maggie O’Farrell is a memoir about the near-death experiences the author has experienced.  “The Source” by Martin Doyle is an environmental history of America’s 250,000 rivers.  “Spiritual Wingman” by Richard W. Haines III is a faith-fueled autobiography of a fighter pilot.

CDs
“Operator Down” by Brad Taylor is a Pike Logan thriller.  “Fall from Grace” by Danielle Steel follows the comeback of a woman who loses everything after her husband dies.  “Death at Nuremberg’” by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV features James Cronley Jr. in the latest Clandestine Operations series book.  “The Bomb Maker” by Thomas Perry follows a horrific bomber in Los Angeles.  “Blood Fury” by J.AR. Ward is a Black Dagger Legacy vampire story.  “Alt-American” by David Neiwert explores the rise of the radical right in the age of Trump.

Thrillers and suspense
“Force of Nature” by Jane Harper focuses on a missing hiker.  “The Deceivers” by Alex Berenson is a John Wells thriller.  “A Death in Live Oak” by James Grippando is a Jack Swyteck suspense story.  “Murder Beyond the Grave” by James Patterson contains two two-crime thrillers.  “Look for Me” by Lisa Gardner is a Sgt. Det. D.D. Warren thriller.  “Kremlin’s Candidate” by Jason Matthews is the finale to the Red Sparrow trilogy.  “Night Moves” by Jonathan Kellerman is an Alex Delaware psychological thriller.

Other novels
Forever My Girl” by Heidi McLaughlin is book one of the Beaumont series and the book on which the movie was based.  “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah follows a family that moves to a remote area of Alaska to live off the grid.  “Child of a Mad God” by R.A. Salvatore is a Tale of the Coven fantasy.  “Only Killers and Thieves” by Paul Howarth is a story of revenge and survival in 1880’s Australia.  “The Masterpiece” by Francine Rivers tells of a successful L.A. artist wrestling with demons.  “Only Child” by Rhiannon Navin follows a child trying to help adults recover after a school shooting.  “White Houses” in Amy Bloom is a novel about the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hicks.

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

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

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

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

Quotable Quote
“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other thing.” – Abraham Lincoln

 

 

2/15/2018

What the stats say about your library

Annually at this time of year, Meg Wempe, library director, prepares an annual report for the library’s board of trustees summarizing the highlights of the past year.  The information also is used when your library applies for grants and it is required to be shared with state, county and town governments to keep them informed.  Here is a summary of that long report on 2017 operations.  You can pick up a shorter, full-color infographic version at your library for your own use.

  • Major objectives achieved:  One of our most visible and appreciated accomplishments this year was to install a book drop at the City Market as a convenience for our patrons.   It is emptied three times a week and is drawing rave reviews.  Another major success was our first-ever in-house book sale offering items that remained after the highly popular Friends of the Library book sale.  It raised $1,687.80 and drew many people who had never before visited the library.
  • Resource sharing:  AspenCat allows our patrons access not only to the 29,543 items in our collection but also more than 1.3 million items in the other 110 AspenCat libraries.  The Colorado Library Consortium courier service provides daily delivery to subscribing libraries throughout the state.  In 2017 we borrowed 9,000 items, down 4.1 percent from 2016, and loaned 2,784 items, up 5.5 percent.  By taking advantage of the purchasing power of the State Library and Colorado Library Consortium, we subscribed to multiple educational databases including EBSCOHost, Learning Express and the Encyclopedia Britannica at substantial savings, and purchased downloadable audio books, e-books and magazines.  In 2017 our patrons downloaded 4,263 items and logged 354 sessions on our electronic databases, a decrease 14.7 percent from 2016.
  • Collection development:  Providing our patrons with materials that are current and relevant to the diverse interests of the community is one of our principal goals.  We have 29,543 total items in our collection.  In 2017 we added 3,703 items, including 446 from donations, and deleted 2,095 worn or outdated items.  Our materials budget for 2018 is $57,352 or 11 percent of our total expenses.
  • Usage stats:  86,898 patrons walked through our doors last year, a 4.7 percent decrease from 2016.   We checked out 98,763 items, a slight increase from 2016.  We have 11,897 library cards issued, 785 of them new in 2017.
  • Programming:  Providing programs for all ages is also a high priority.  From early literacy to adult education, 4,624 people attended one or more of our 528 programs.  566 children and adults attended one of our 46 outreach events.   Our programming budget for 2018 is one percent of our total expenses.
  • Donations, grants and volunteers:  We are very fortunate to have the ongoing support of the community.  In 2017 we received $74,621 in donations and $8,752 in grants, 16 percent of our total revenue.  Our volunteers contributed 1,087 hours, about one-half of a full-time position.
  • Technology:  This year we had 23,226 website visitors, 4,872 e-book and audio-book downloads, 324 Facebook likes and 245 Tech Time consults.  Public computer usage in the library decreased seven percent to 18,664 sessions, no doubt because so many people are accessing our wireless service using their own devices in the library, on the benches outside our front door and in the parking lot not only during library hours but actually 24/7.
  • Continuing education:  To continue to provide our community with the best possible service, several of our staff attended a variety of educational and networking opportunities last year.  In 2018 staff education is 1.1 percent of our total budget.

Library closure

Your library will be closed on Monday, February 19 for Presidents’ Day.   

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.

 Anti-Valentine event tomorrow

Tweens and teens ages 12-17 are invited to a free Anti-Valentine Lock-in on Friday, February 16 from 5-7 p.m. We’ll play games, eat pizza and enjoy an escape room challenge.  Participants must have a signed permission form and must be in the library by closing time at 5 p.m. to participate.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, February 16) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a free PG movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

Kids Club Saturday

Kids Club for first-fifth graders takes place this Saturday, February 17 from 11 a.m. – noon.  Each month this new program will feature a different theme and include book-sharing, games, crafts and snacks.  January’s theme is fairytales.

Teen gaming

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

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, February 22 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. to learn a technology skill or application.  Today (February 15) you will learn the basics of Excel by creating a basic budget spreadsheet and making Excel do all the math for you.  On February 22 you will learn how to enjoy free access more than 7,000 streaming movies and classic TV shows via IndieFlix with your computer, smartphone or tablet.

Free tech sessions

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

Adult education 

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

Budget shopping for healthy eating

Professionals from San Juan Public Health will host a free workshop next Thursday, February 22 from 10-11:30 a.m. with tips on how to shop so you can stay healthy on a budget.

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Please note that both storytimes are now 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.

How-to and self help

“The 7 Laws of Winning” by Dr. Constance d’Angelis is the first in a series of three workbooks based on the Mindfulness workshops, seminars and individual sessions.  “The Longevity Code” by Dr. Kris Verburgh explains the aging process and the tools we need to slow it down.  “A Guide Book of United States Coins” by R.S. Yeoman and Kenneth Bressett is the 71st edition of the official Red Book.

Other nonfiction

“Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff  is the bestseller making headlines.  “Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations” by John Avlon is a portrait of our first president and his battle to save America from self-destruction.  “The Making of a Dream” by Laura Wides-Munoz explores The Dreamers and how these young undocumented immigrants helped changed what it means to be an American.

CDs

“Robicheaux” by James Lee Burke is the latest in this mystery series.  “Unbound” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “The Wanted” by Robert Crais is an Elvis Cole-Joe Pike suspense story.

DVDs

“The Rockford Files” is season two.  “Law School for Everyone” is a Great Courses production with 48 30-minute lectures.  “The Addictive Brain” is a Great Courses production with 12 30-minute lectures.  “Blade Runner 2049” stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford and is nominated for five Academy Awards this year.

Thrillers and suspense

“Hell Bent” by Gregg Hurwitz follows one of the men raised in an off-the-books government assassin Orphan Program.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks for our donors        

For books and materials this week, we thank our anonymous donors.  For her generous donation, we are grateful to Muriel Eason.

Quotable Quote

“If you’re constantly chasing success, you’re not really living in the moment.  Go places.  Do things.  The journey is what’s fun.” – Octavia Spencer, actress, author and best supporting actress Oscar winner in 2012 for playing a strong-willed maid in “The Help.”