1/18/2018

Kids Club for youngsters, book club for teens, DIY for adults and health screenings for all

Four free programs at your library in the next week provide excellent examples of the myriad activities for all ages that are available to you and your family on a regular basis:

  • Kids Club for first-fifth graders takes place this Saturday, January 20 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 ice.
  • Tomorrow (Friday, January 19) from 2-3 p.m. at their teen bookclub, seventh-12th graders will discuss “And Then There Were Four” by Nancy Werlin and enjoy free snacks.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.
  • Free health screenings to check cholesterol, blood glucose and blood pressure and provide health coaching will take place Monday, January 22 from 9 a.m. to noon when staff from the San Juan Basin Public Health will be on hand at the library.  Fast for nine hours prior to your screening to get the most accurate results.  Any questions?  Call SJBPH at 970-264-2409 ext. 214.  No registration required.
  • At this month’s free DIY event next Wednesday, January 24 from 1-2 p.m. we’ll repurpose jewelry gift boxes and decorate them with a map or other image to create an easy storage space for small trinkets or loose change from a favorite trip or vacation.  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, January 19) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a PG movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

Otaku for teens

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets on Monday, January 22 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.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, January 24 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 (January 18) is the basics of Microsoft Excel.  January 25 is the basics of malware threats and antivirus programs.

Family storytime

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

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.  Recommended for children aged 0 to 12 months.

Toddler storytime     

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

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.

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, January 24 from 4-5 p.m. practice your Spanish with others at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Spanish books           

“La Templanza” by Maria Duenas is a novel set in the 1860s Mexico City, Havana and Spain about a self-made man who loses his fortune but finds a new life.  “The Marciano” (“The Martian”) by Andy Weir tells of an astronaut stranded on Mars.  “Ansiosos for Nada” (“Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World”) by preacher Max Lucado offers calming Christian advice focused on overcoming anxiety to find peace in life.  “Mas Alla del Invierno” (“In the Midst of the Winter”) by Isabel Allende starts with a minor traffic accident and takes readers into a moving love story.  “La Cabana” (“The Shock: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity”) by William Paul Young is a Christian mystery story set in the Oregon wilderness.

CDs

“Secrets of Cavendon” by Barbara Taylor Bradford features two families, the aristocrats and the family working for them. “Darker” by E.L. James relives the passion of “Fifty Shades Darker” through the eyes of Christian Grey.  “The People vs. Alex Cross puts its hero on trial for murder.  “Where the Long Grass Blows” by Louis L’Amour is a western.  “Year One” by Nora Roberts is book one of a new dystopian sci-fi thriller trilogy.  “Canto Bight” contains four other-world novellas by four different authors.  “Count to Ten” by James Patterson is the latest in the Private mystery series, this one set in Delhi.  “Tom Clancy Power & Empire” by Marc Cameron is a Jack Ryan adventure. ”The Lemon Crown” by James Rollins is a Sigma Force adventure.       

Mysteries and thrillers

“Demon Crown” by James Rollins is a Sigma Force novel.  “Void Star” by Zachary Mason is a tech-thriller set in the future in San Francisco.  “The Bomb Maker” by Thomas Perry pits a skilled bombmaker against the LAPD.  “Death at Nuremberg”  by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV is a Clandestine Operations thriller.  “The Whispering Room” by Dean Koontz is a Jane Hawk mystery.

Novels

“Spoonbenders” by Daryl Gregory follows a lovable family of psychics.  “One Station Away” by Olaf  Olafsson tells of a New York neurologist and three women who change their life.         

Large print westerns

“Judgment Day” by James Reasoner and L.J. Washburn is book six in the Wind River series.  “All the Queen’s Men” by Ethan J. Wolfe is book three of The Regulator series.  “Snake Oil: Easy Pickin’s” by Marcus Galloway is book one of a new series.  Other westerns include “An Arizona Christmas” and “The Hour of Death: Sixkiller, U.S. Marshal” by William W. and J.A. Johnson, “Dead Man’s Boot” by Patrick Dearen and   “Destiny at Dry Camp” by John D. Nesbitt.

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 Barbara Wright and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.” – A handwritten note that Albert Einstein gave to a bellboy in Japan in 1922 because he was short of cash. The note recently sold for $1.56 million at an auction in Jerusalem.

1/11/2018

Best New Year’s gift for your children: Their own library

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

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

Another valuable tip to help your child be successful in school and in life – reading aloud.  You are stimulating language and literacy skills, as well as building motivation, curiosity and memory.  Ever try to skip a page in your child’s favorite book?  You’ll be caught every time!

Paige Shook, your early literacy librarian, can help you with reading to your child.  She leads three free storytimes every week.

Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. is family storytime, with stories, 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.  Saturday is baby storytime from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., with a short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for children aged 0 to 12 months; and toddler storytime from 9:30–10 a.m., with stories, songs and fingerplays plus open play afterwards.  Both these sessions help you learn how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.

Paige also would be happy to help you select books for home reading and a home library for your child.  As we start the new year, this may be a good time for parents, grandparents and other relatives to make a personal resolution to help build home libraries for your loved ones.

Library closure

Your library will be closed Monday, January 15 for Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

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.

Legal clinic tomorrow

A free legal clinic via computer link for people with no attorney takes place tomorrow (Friday, January 12) from 2-3 p.m. 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 law, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans benefits and civil protection orders.  No registration is required.  Everyone will be helped on a first come-first served basis.  Walk-ins are welcome.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, January 12) 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

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

Teen gaming

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

Teen writers group

Join us next Wednesday, January 17 from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meeting for seventh-12 graders.  This group’s interests include stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. to learn a technology skill or application.  Today (January 11) is the basics of internet searching.  January 18 is the basics of Microsoft Excel.  January 25 is the basics of malware threats and antivirus programs.

Family storytime

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

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.  Recommended for children aged 0 to 12 months.

Toddler storytime     

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

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.

DVDs

“Faith & Family Holiday Pack” is a three-disc, 10-movie holiday package.  “The Drop Box” is a documentary about a South Korean pastor and his heroic efforts to save abandoned babies.  “Bing Crosby Rediscovered” explores the life and legend of this iconic performer.  “The Great Alone” is a documentary about the comeback of a champion dog sledder in Alaska.  “The Brain” is a six-episode series featuring neuroscientist David Eagleman.  “The Mask You Live In” follows boys and young men negotiating the definition of masculinity.  “Dragon Ball” contains all four of these action movies.  “Game of Thrones” is the complete seventh season.

 

Mysteries and thrillers

“Dead Ground in Between” by Maureen Jennings is a Detective Inspector Tom Tyler mystery set in England in 1942.   “The Woman in the Window” by A.J. Finn features a recluse who sees something she shouldn’t outside her window.  “Insidious Intent” by Val McDermid is the latest in her psychological thriller.

Novels

“The Perfect Girl” by Gilly Macmillan starts with a disruptive incident at a recital.   “The Life She Was Given” by Ellen Marie Wiseman reveals the power of family secrets beginning with life in a Depression-era traveling circus.  “My Absolute Darling” by Gabriel Tallent follows the daughter of a survivalist who meets a friend in high school who may help her escape.  “The House of Binding Thorns” by Aliette de Bodard is the latest in the Dominion of the Fallen gothic  fantasy series.  “Elmet” by Fiona Mazley explores the loyalty and love of children under siege.

Large print

“Someone to Wed” by Mary Balogh is a Westcott historical romance.  “Billy Pinto’s War” by Michael Zimmer is book six of the American Legends collection.

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 their generous monetary donations, we are grateful to Brian and Becky Savage, in memory of Mary Savage, and to Rick and Lynne Stinchfield.  For books and materials this week, we thank several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“I’ve learned how important it is to sit and eat with other people.  While I was in space I saw on TV one day a scene with people sitting down to eat a meal together.  The sight moved me with an unexpected yearning.  I suddenly longed to sit at a table with my family, just like the people on the screen, gravity holding a freshly cooked meal on the table’s surface so we could enjoy it, gravity holding us in our seats so we could rest.” – Scott Kelly, retired U.S. Navy Captain, retired American astronaut and veteran of four space flights.

1/4/2018

Rex Tillerson’s leadership book includes praise for a well-known local couple, his parents

“Your Word is Your Bond” by Perry L. Cochell is an instructional, often inspirational, book from the Boys Scouts of America Lessons in Leadership series.  What makes it even more relevant to Pagosa Springs readers is that it is focused on the thoughts and life of Rex W. Tillerson, not only our country’s Secretary of State but also the son of Bob and Patty Tillerson, a well-known local couple who have lived here for 30 years.

If you needed any more proof that lessons learned from parents in childhood are vital to the way a person will behave in adulthood, you will want to pay attention to Rex’s comments.

It’s clear throughout the book that Rex reveres the way his parents brought him up and lived their lives.  He calls his mother “a model of emotional strength, and a huge influence on the development of [his] attitude toward hard work and the importance of a positive outlook.”  His father gets high praise as well, especially for introducing Rex to Scouting as a toddler.  Rex, who retired in 2016 as CEO of ExxonMobil, became an Eagle Scout who also served as president of the Boy Scouts of America, the top volunteer job in the organization.  His business and Scouting experiences make up most of the book.

Among the many leadership tips Rex passes on is the importance of followership.  “They’re inextricably linked.  Great leaders understand what it takes to get people to follow them.  That’s what the term ‘leader’ means – when you turn around you want to see everybody following you.”  Bottom line, Rex says:  “Teamwork matters everywhere.”

The privately published book is available only to visitors to the Scouts’ national training center in West Virginia, but Patty and Bob have donated a copy to the Sisson Library for your reading pleasure.

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

All-ages gaming tomorrow

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

Tween gaming

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

Teen gaming

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

Teen role-playing

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

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. to learn a technology skill or application.  Today (January 4) is a basic session to help you get started; no computer experience required.  January 11 is the basics of internet searching.  January 18 is the basics of Microsoft Excel.  January 25 is the basics of malware threats and antivirus programs.

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 January 9 we will discuss “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  No registration required.

Family storytime

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

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.  Recommended for children aged 0 to 12 months.

Toddler storytime     

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

 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.

How-to and self-help books

“Personal Finance for Seniors” by the editors of FC&A Publishing is written for those on a fixed income.  “Even the Stiffest People Can Do the Splits” by Eiko is a four-week stretching plan to give you increased flexibility.  “My Social Media for Seniors” is an AARP guide.  “Waking Up in Winter” by coach Cheryl Richardson offers a look at what really matters at midlife using her life as a teaching tool.

Other nonfiction

“The Only Girl in the World” by Maude Julien is a memoir exploring the life of a girl whose parents were fanatics.  “The Welfare of Nations” by James Bartholomew examines 11 different countries’ education, health care and support services.  “Three Days in January” by Bret Baier documents the final days in Dwight Eisenhower’s presidency.  “Destiny and Power” by Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham is a biography of George H.W. Bush based on diaries and extensive interviews.  “St. Petersburg, Helsinki & Tallinn” is a slim Rick Steves’ Snapshot guide.  “Albania” by Gillian Gloyer is an updated fifth edition.  “Red Blood, Black Sand” by Chuck Tatum is a memoir of a Marine.  “The Fall of the Ottomans” by historian Eugene Rogan documents the forces that forever changed the face of the Middle East.  “Inside the Equal Access to Justice Act’ by Lowell E. Baier examines this law and its role in environmental litigation.        

CDs

“The Rooster Bar” by John Grisham is a legal thriller.  “Quick & Dirty” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “The Midnight Line” by Lee Child is a Jack Reacher mystery.  “Two Kinds of Truth” by Michael Connelly is a Harry Bosch mystery.  “Deep Freeze” by John Sandford is a Virgil Flowers mystery.  “Typhoon Fury” by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison is a thriller.    “Magnetic: The Art of Attracting Business” describes strategies to help you grow your customer base.  “Enchantress of Numbers” by Jennifer Chiaverini is a novel about the life of Lord Byron’s daughter.

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 Donna Talley and Jeff Versaw.   For their generous monetary donations, we are grateful to several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“The ornament of a house is the people who frequent it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American essayist, lecturer and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century.

12/28/2017

Books to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions

With so many people thinking about New Year’s resolutions at this time of year, we wanted you to be aware of the wide variety of books available to help you turn your self-improvement goals into reality. Some are right here in our collection. Many more are easily obtainable through a statewide consortium we belong to that gives you access to well over a million items.

  • New cookbooks we’ve just added to our local collection include “Fat for Fuel Ketogenic Cookbook” by natural health expert Dr. Joseph Mercola and PBS Moveable Feast chef Pete Evans, “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen” by Sean Sherman with Beth Dooley that uses food culture to celebrate and empower native people, “Keto Comfort Foods” by Maria Emmerich that makes family favorite recipes low carb and healthy, “The How Not to Die Cookbook” by Dr. Michael Greger with more than 100 recipes to help prevent and reverse disease, and “Sunday Suppers” by Southern Living contributor Cynthia Graubart that provides 52 menus, decorating and dining ideas. Those are just five of 864 cookbooks here in your library. The consortium has another 12,119 for you to choose from.
  • New self-help and self-improvement books include “The Power of Eight” by Lynne McTaggart to inspire you to harness the miraculous energies of a small group to heal others and yourself, “The Pocket Thich Nhat Hanh” that provides selections from the writings of this Zen Buddhist monk, “Resume Writing Secrets” by Frank Olash to help you stand out and get the job, “Chakras Beyond Beginners” by David Pond to help awaken the power of the life force within you, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo that describes the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing, and “The Prime” by Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary that offers eating and lifestyle tools to help you lose weight. Those are just six of 141 self-help and self-improvement books here in your library. The consortium has another 1,123.
  • If you’re interested in improving your home, we have 98 home and house repair books, with the consortium offering another 955. If you want to learn a new craft, we have 395 different craft books here and 5,474 available through the consortium. Or if you’d like to take up a new hobby, thousands of books are available on myriad hobbies including knitting, photography, music, stamp collecting, scrapbooking and many more.

Library closures

Your library will be closed on New Year’s 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.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, December 29) 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.

Spanish instruction

Join us for this free basic course next Wednesday, January 3 from 4-5 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish. This session will cover the uses and types of Spanish pronouns. 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.

Kids storytime

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

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life. Recommended for children aged 0 to 12 months.

Toddler storytime           

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

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. Note: No session today (December 28).

Nonfiction

“Apollo 8” by Jeffrey Kluger is the story of the first Apollo mission to the moon. “Hillary’s America” by Dinesh D’Souza describes the author’s highly negative views of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party. “Three Weeks to eBay Profits/Third Edition” by Skip McGrath shows you how to successfully use this e-commerce website. “Swords into Plowshares” by Ron Paul is a memoir. “The New Case for Gold” by James Rickards defends gold as an irreplaceable store of wealth and a standard for currency. “Love Warrior” by Glennon Doyle Melton is a memoir of a writer whose husband reveals his infidelity.

CDs

“Hardcore Twenty-Four” by Janet Evanovich is a Stephanie Plum mystery. “Killing Season” by Faye Kellerman is a crime story about a serial killer. “Seven Days of Us” by Francesca Hornak follows a family quarantined together for a week over Christmas. “End Game” by David Baldacci is a Will Robie and Jessica Reed thriller. “Boosting Your Emotional Intelligence” by Professor Jason M. Satterfield helps you manage emotions in yourself and others.           

Anthology

“In Sunlight or in Shadow” edited by Lawrence Block contains 17 stories by well-known writers inspired by the paintings of Edward Hooper.

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 the generous monetary donation, we are grateful to Rice Reavis.

Quotable Quote

When older adults volunteered in the Baltimore Experience Corps – a program in which retirees serve as mentors for children – it not only stopped age-related shrinking of the brain of the retirees but also some of their brains grew slightly in size, according to research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.

12/21/2017

Local woman co-authors poignant memoir about her mentally ill sister

Local author Elaine Taylor and her sister Julie (both are pen names) have written a book titled “Seasons of Insanity” about living with their older sister Jane (also not her real name), who is mentally ill.  It is a poignant, powerful and painful family story, with no happy ending.

It is not an easy book to read – or, no doubt, to write.  But it is a well-crafted story that will be deeply touching to many readers as you follow two girls going from childhood to adulthood trying to navigate the difficult and complex situation that Jane puts them in – especially after their mother dies and they are forced to take on more responsibility for their sick sister.

While it is natural to be sympathetic to Jane, one of her doctors called her “a great manipulator.”  Even when Elaine and Julie were babies, Jane was cruel and abusive to them, physically and mentally.  Her mother (a hoarder like Jane) enabled her nasty habits by saying Jane was just “different.”   Jane’s behavior was so unpleasant that over time she was banned from virtually all the church, community, senior center and other groups she joined.

Leaving personalities aside, though, it is clear that the mental health system failed Jane and her whole family, offering little support or guidance from experienced professionals.  Readers are likely to marvel at Elaine’s and Julie’s loyalty, generosity and kindness in keeping in touch with Jane across so many years and miles in the face of her ingratitude.

As Elaine wrote in the book, self-preservation becomes a goal as this untenable situation brings “cruel discord to your life.”  Julie put it this way:  “When she [Jane] is stabilized, she is still weird.  She needs our support, and we will be there for her as much as possible, but not to our detriment.”

Elaine said she and her sister decided to write the book and donate a copy to the Sisson Library with the thought that it might help others cope with mental illness in their families.  “We want them to know that you can’t fix the situation and you can’t feel guilty.  You just have to go with it and do your best.  Many families can’t put up with it.  That’s why we have so many mentally ill people among the homeless.”

Elaine hopes the story of her family brings some comfort to others facing similar issues.

Library closures

Your library will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Days.

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 Christmas fun today

We hope you will join us for a free event to create candy and chocolate holiday treats today (Thursday, December 21) from 4-6 p.m.  Put your creative talents to the test and indulge your sweet tooth.  Using candy and chocolate, we will be making holiday goodies everyone will enjoy.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, December 22) 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, December 27 from 3-4:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Free reading with therapy dogs

Next Thursday, December 28 from 10-11 a.m., youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Hondo, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

Adult education 

Our PALS program – Pagosa Adult Learning Services – takes place three days a week. Note:  No sessions December  21, 26 or 28.

Tech Time

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

Kids storytime

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

Baby storytime

Please note that baby storytime is cancelled this Saturday, December 23.

Toddler storytime     

Please note that toddler storytime is cancelled this Saturday, December 23.

Nonfiction

“The Blue & Gray Almanac”  by Albert Nofi tells the story of the Civil War through essays, anecdotes and facts.  “Schwinn: The Best Present Ever” by Don Rauf is a celebration of America’s favorite bicycle.  “Strange But True, Colorado” by John Hafnor, illustrated by Dale Crawford, tells weird tales of the Wild West.  “Year in Sports 2018” is a Scholastic guide to the next year in sports.  “Trials of the Earth” by Mary Mann Hamilton is the true story of a pioneer woman on the Mississippi.  “Scars of Independence” by Holger Hoock explores the violence of the American Revolution.  “Rogue Heroes” by Ben Macintyre documents the history of Britain’s Special Air Service.  “Step-by-step Knifemaking” by David Boyce guides you through each stage in the design and fabrication of a knife.

Large print

“Promise Me, Dad” by Joe Biden is a memoir by the vice president.  “Enchantress of Numbers” by Jennifer Chiaverini is a novel about the daughter of Lord Byron.  “Righteous” by Joe Ide is an IQ mystery.

DVDs

“The Medici” tells of the Italian family who were patrons to Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Galileo and more.  “Jack London’s Call of the Wild” features eight episodes from the TV series.  “Freedom Riders” is a documentary about these courageous civil rights activists.  “The Wild Pony” follows a young boy’s relationship with a pony.  “I am Not Your Negro” is an examination of race in America inspired by James Baldwin.  “Eight Days a Week” explores the rise and success of the Beatles.  “Dickensian” interacts famous Dickens’ characters in the same world.  “Holiday Greatest Classic Films” includes “Christmas in Connecticut” and “The Shop Around the Corner.”

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 and our anonymous donors.  For their generous monetary donations, we are grateful to Sandy Kobrock and Mark Mueller.

Quotable Quote

“Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.” – John Muir (1838-1914), Scottish-American naturalist, author and environmental philosopher.

 Website

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

12/14/2017

Three free family holiday events for all ages at your library

The first of three special free Christmas food-themed events for all ages takes place today (Thursday, December 14) from 4-6 p.m. when your library hosts a hot chocolate hullabaloo.  Bring your family and friends and celebrate the holidays with us as you create your own seasonable crafts to take home while drinking hot cocoa.

Next up is a cookie cook-off on Wednesday, December 20 from 2-3 p.m.  You are asked to bake and bring in two dozen cookies to share.  Participants will judge the other entrants’ cookies and vote on which is their favorite in each of three age categories – 13 and younger, teens and adults.  Bring a list of the ingredients in your cookies – and please, no peanuts or peanut products.  Registration is required.  Parents or adult caregivers must attend with their children.

Then join us for an event to create candy and chocolate holiday treats on Thursday, December 21 from 4-6 p.m.  Put your creative talents to the test and indulge your sweet tooth.  Using candy and chocolate, we will be making holiday goodies everyone will enjoy.

We hope these all-ages special events help make your holidays joyful for you, your family and friends.

Activities calendars available

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

All-ages holiday movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, December 15) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a G-rated holiday movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

Teen bookclub tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, December 15) from 2-3 p.m. seventh-12th graders will discuss “Bone Gap” by Laura Ruby and enjoy free snacks.

Otaku for teens

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

 Spanish conversation

Wednesday, December 20 from 4-5 p.m. practice your Spanish with others at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Free reading with therapy dogs

Next Thursday, December 21 from 10-11 a.m., youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Hondo, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

 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 computer/technology classes

Join us from 2-3 p.m. on Monday, December 18 to learn about Facebook business pages.  No registration required.

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.  Note:  No session December 18, 19, 21, 26 or 28.

Tech Time

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

 Kids storytime

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

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.  Recommended for children aged 0 to 12 months.

Toddler storytime     

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

Christmas book for youngsters

“Exploring the Bible” by David Murray is a Bible-reading plan for kids ages 6-12 covering one day at a time throughout the year.

Spanish books

“La Vida es Una Pinata” by Ismael Cala uses the piñata as a metaphor to explain essential values.  “Federico en su Balcon” by Carlos Fuentes opens with two legends, Nietzsche and Loredan, exchanging thoughts on power, love, justice and loyalty.  “Despierta Tu Heroe Interior” by Victor Hugo Manzanilla describes seven steps to help you make your life’s story worth telling.  “El Pais Del Diablo” by Perla Sujez is set in an indigenous village in Patagonia.

Nonfiction

“Alone” by Brett Archibald is the true story of a man washed overboard into the Indian Ocean.  “An American Family” by Khizr Khan is a patriotic memoir by a Muslin American Gold Star father.  “Everything You Need to Know about Social Media (Without Having to Call a Kid)” by Greta Van Susteren is a guide to living well on social media.  “Scalia Speaks” by Antonin Scalia is a collection of the best speeches of the late Supreme Court Justice.  “Breaking Free” by Rachel Jeffs is the memoir of a woman who escaped polygamy, the FLDS cult and her father.  “Shame Nation” by Sue Scheff explores the global epidemic of online hate.  “Promise Me, Dad” by Joe Biden is a memoir that chronicles the last year of the vice president’s son’s life.   “Fifty Years of 60 Minutes” by Jeff Fager documents TV’s most influential news broadcast.  “Small Business” by Andy Anderson explains how to start and build a successful business from scratch.

Thrillers and suspense

“My Sister’s Bones” by Nuala Ellwood is a thriller set in Syria.  “A Night in the Cemetery and Other Stories of Crime & Suspense” by Anton Chekhov is the English-language debut of this collection. 

Other novels

“Past Perfect” by Danielle Steel is the story of two families living 100 years apart who meet in a San Francisco mansion.  “If Not For You” by Debbie Macomber tells of a young woman who moves to Oregon to escape her controlling parents.  “Behold the Dreamers” by Imbolo Mbue follows a Cameroon immigrant living working for a senior Lehman Brothers executive.

Short stories

“The Best American Short Stories 2016” is introduced by Junot Diaz.

 DVDs

“Westworld” is season one.  “Martian Child” is a family film.  “The Living Daylights” stars Timothy Dalron as Agent 007.  “How Colors Affect You:  What Science Reveals” by William Lidwell contains six 30-minute lectures.

CDs

“Past Perfect” by Danielle Steel is the story of two families living 100 years apart who meet in a San Francisco. Mansion.  “We Are All Shipwrecks” by Kelly Grey Carlisle provides redemption after a woman goes back in time to explore her mother’s murder.  “Smile at Fear” by Pema Chodron is part of the Personal Growth/Buddhism series.  “Speaking in Bones” by Kathy Reichs is a Temperance Brennan 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

“We should go get a checkup the way we go to the gym…instead of waiting for something to go wrong.” – Kate Walsh, who played a doctor on “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice,” on what she’s learned about the importance of preventive care since being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2015.

 Website

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

12/7/2017

LIBRARY NEWS

Hot chocolate hullabaloo: Free holiday fun for all ages

The first of three special free Christmas events for all ages takes place next Thursday, December 14 from 4-6 p.m. when your library hosts a hot chocolate hullabaloo.  Bring your family and friends and celebrate the holidays with us as you create your own seasonable crafts to take home while drinking hot cocoa.

Also, mark your calendars for two more special family holiday events:  A cookie cookoff on Wednesday, December 20 from 2-3 p.m., and an event to create candy and chocolate holiday treats on Thursday, December 21 from 4-6 p.m.  Watch for more details in next week’s Library News column.

Library closure

Your library is closed today (Thursday, December 7) for staff training.  We are partnering with the Ignacio Public Library to share ideas and activities relating to community engagement and team building.  So while the building is closed, our staff will be working and learning things to make the library even better for you, our patrons.

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, December 8) 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

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, December 9 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free Lego Club.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, December 11 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 December 12 we will discuss “Doc Susie: The True Story of a Country Physician in the Colorado Rockies” by Virginia Cornell.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  No registration required.

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event on Wednesday, December 13 from 1-2 p.m. we’ll learn to make mint sugar scrub.  We’ll use coconut oil, peppermint extract and sugar to create a sweet-smelling scrub that makes a perfect stocking stuffer.  No registration required.

Teen writers group

Join us next Wednesday, December 13 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 computer/technology classes

Join us from 2-3 p.m. on Monday, December 18 to learn about Facebook business pages.  No registration required.

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.

Tech Time

Drop in with your technology questions for free help on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. Note no Tech Time today (December 7).

Kids storytime

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

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.  Recommended for children aged 0 to 12 months.

Toddler storytime     

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

DVDs

“Stateless” is a documentary about former Soviet Jews denied refugee status in the U.S.  “No Time for Sergeants” is a comedy starring Andy Griffith.  “Windwalker” is the story of a Cheyenne warrior.  “Wind River” is a thriller.  “American Gods” is season one.

Thrillers and mysteries

“Ramses the Damned” by Anne Rice begins with the Egyptian pharaoh waking up in Edwardian England.  “The People vs Alex Cross” by James Patterson has the hero on trial for murder.  “Tom Clancy Power and Empire” by Marc Cameron is a Jack Ryan adventure.

Other novels

“The Story of Arthur Truluv” by Elizabeth Berg features three people, two of whom meet in a cemetery.   “Secrets of Cavendon” by Barbara Taylor Bradford is a saga of two families.

Large print

“The House of Unexpected Sisters” by Alexander McCall Smith is a No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency story.  “Quick and Dirty” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington adventure.   “Mind Game” by Iris Johansen is an Eve Duncan mystery.  “Deep Freeze” by John Sandford is a Virgil Flowers mystery.  “After the Fire” by Henning Mankell follows an elderly recluse after his house burns down.  “Typhoon Fury” by Live Cussler and Boyd Morrison is an Oregon Files adventure.  “In the Midst of Winter” by Isabel Allende is a romance.  “Pulse” by Felix Francis is a Dick Francis racing world mystery.  “The Quantum Spy” by David Ignatius is a CIA mystery.  “In This Moment” by Karen Kingsbury is a Baxter family Christian novel.  “Every Breath You Take” by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke is an Under Suspicion mystery.  “Tell Tale” by Jeffrey Archer is a short story collection.

Nonfiction

“Colorado” is an Insight Guidebook with a free app and e-book.  “The Long Running Life of Helena Zigon” by Jasmina Kozina Praprotnik is a biography of the legendary Slovenia runner.  “Eat & Make” by Sweet Paul provides recipes and kitchen crafts.  “What Unites Us” by Dan Rather features the former TV anchor’s reflections on patriotism.  “Inside Camp David” by Rear Admiral Michael Giorgione explores the private world of the presidential retreat.  “Football’s Greatest” is an updated Sports Illustrated guide.

CDs

“The Whispering Room” by Dean Koontz is a Jane Hawk murder 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 Gayle Dixon, Joanne Ferko and  our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“A true Mediterranean ‘diet’ goes beyond what is on your plate.  TVs aren’t on.  Phones are tucked away.  Attention is divided only among food, wine and company.  All of this makes for a pleasant, more mindful experience – and a healthier one.  For instance, people who never watch TV while eating are 37 percent less likely to be obese than those who always did.” – 2017 study in the Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

 Website

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

11/30/2017

Nonfiction books coming in large print and CD formats

 

Nonfiction always has been one of the most popular book genres at your library, so Meg Wempe, library director, has begun a new program of purchasing them in large print and CD audio book formats.

The first large print version added to the collection is “Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery,” a memoir by astronaut Scott Kelly.  He is the veteran of four spaceflights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space.  Other new additions to the nonfiction large print section include “The Jersey Brothers” by Sally Mott Freeman about a missing Naval officer in the Pacific and his family’s quest to bring him home, “Ageproof” by Today Show financial expert Jean Chatzky and Cleveland Clinic chief wellness officer Michael F. Roisen explaining the vital connection between health and wealth, “Enduring Vietnam” by James Wright about an American generation and its war, “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil DeGrasse Tyson about the nature of space and time, and “Aging Well with Diabetes” offering 146 secrets to prevent and control diabetes.

The first nonfiction CD audio book added is “The Lost Founding Father” by award-winning historian William J. Cooper, which is a biography of John Quincy Adams.

Watch for more examples in future Library News columns.  “We have a lot of patrons who specifically like nonfiction books, so we want to have them available in a range of mediums,” Meg said.

Library closure

Your library will be closed next Thursday, December 7 for staff training.  We will partner with the Ignacio Public Library to share ideas and activities relating to community engagement and team building.  So while the building is closed, our staff will be working and learning things to make the library even better for you, our patrons.

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.

Last Lifelong Learning lecture today

The last talk in the fall Lifelong Learning series features Stacy Boone looking at how we may be impacting undeveloped public lands and the ethics of conservation today (Thursday, November 30) from 5-6:30 p.m.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, December 1) 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 advisory board tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, December 1) the teen advisory board meets from 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

Book hedgehogs fun for tweens and teens

Fourth-12th graders are invited to participate in creative destruction and make decorations by folding old books at a free fun session on Monday, December 4 from 4-5 p.m.

Free computer/technology classes

Join us from 2-3 p.m. on Monday, December 4 to learn about smartphone storage and Monday, December 18 for Facebook business pages.  No registration required.

Avalanche awareness

Mark Mueller speaks Tuesday, December 5 from 5:45-7 p.m. in this free session on avalanche safety.  He is the avalanche forecaster for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center and the Colorado Department of Transportation.

 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, December 6 from 4-5 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish.  This session will cover conjugating irregular verbs.  No registration required.

Teen role-playing

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

Adult education 

Our 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.

Tech Time

Drop in with your technology questions for free help on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. Note no Tech Time December 5 or 7.

Kids storytime

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

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.  Recommended for children aged 0 to 12 months.

Toddler storytime     

Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join us for 30 minutes of free stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.  Recommended for children 12 to 36 months or walking toddlers.      

Christmas books

“A Christmas Return” by Anne Perry is a holiday mystery.  “The Noel Diary” by Richard Paul Evans is a romance.  “How the Finch Stole Christmas” by Donna Andrews is a large print Meg Langslow mystery.

Spanish bestseller

“Origen” is the Spanish translation of the bestselling Dan Brown thriller “Origin” featuring Harvard professor Robert Langdon.

DVDs

“Moonraker” and “For Your Eyes Only” feature Roger Moore as Agent 007.  “The Roman Empire in the First Century” is a PBS documentary.  “Hooligan Sparrow” is a documentary about a Chinese activist.  “Churchill” is a movie about the days leading up to the Normandy invasion.  “House of Cards” is the complete fifth season.  “The Crown” is the complete season one.

Thrillers and mysteries

“Hardcore Twenty-four” by Janet Evanovich is a Stephanie Plum mystery.  “Artemis” by Andy Weir is set in humanity’s first and only lunar colony.  “End Game” by David Baldacci features two people the government calls in for secret jobs.  “Future Home of the Living God” by Louise Erdrich is a dystopian thriller.  “American Drifter” by Heather Graham and Chad Michael Murray is set in Brazil.  “Sleep No More” is a collection of six previously unpublished murder mysteries.

Other novels

“Oathbringer” By Brandon Sanderson is book three of the Stormlight Archive fantasy series.  “Heather, the Totality” by Matthew Weiner features a loving young girl in luxury in New York who starts attracting more dark interest.

How-to and self help

“The Official Guide to the HiSET Exam” is an ETS guide which includes practice tests.  “The Big Book of Jewelry Making” features 75 projects to create.  “Fast Food Genocide” by Dr. Joel Fuhrman describes how processed food is killing us and what we can do about it.    

Memoirs and biographies

“Never Look at the Empty Seats” is a memoir by Charlie Daniels.  “Pink Floyd All the Songs” by Jean-Michel Guesdon and Philippe Margotin is the story of every track of his music in words and photos.

CDs

“The House of Unexpected Sisters” by Alexander McCall Smith is a new No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency mystery.  “The Story of Arthur Truluv” by Elizabeth Berg features three people who meet in a cemetery.

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 Scott Galloway and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“A true Mediterranean ‘diet’ goes beyond what is on your plate.  TVs aren’t on.  Phones are tucked away.  Attention is divided only among food, wine and company.  All of this makes for a pleasant, more mindful experience – and a healthier one.  For instance, people who never watch TV while eating are 37 percent less likely to be obese than those who always did.” – 2017 study in the Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Website

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

11/22/2017

Our thanks to special people at Thanksgiving

The staff at your library are thankful all year around for so many people who make their jobs easier and their service better for you, our patrons.  On this Thanksgiving weekend, we want to publicly acknowledge some of the very special among them:

  • We are thankful for the many volunteers who work every day to help us maintain the collection; shelve returned books, CDs and DVDs; and make sure all the books and materials are clean and in their proper place. Because of our small staff, these volunteers are vital to our service to you.
  • We are grateful for the time and dedication of our library board. They also are unpaid volunteers who are committed to making the library an essential hub of our community.
  • We also want to pay tribute to the Friends of the Library. Their generosity, enthusiasm and creativity result in so many benefits to your library, especially with the proceeds of their summer book sales.
  • If you’re interested in becoming a library volunteer or joining the Friends, please contact Meg Wempe, library director, at 264-2208.  You will be warmly welcomed.

Thanksgiving closing

Your library will be closed November 23-26 for carpet cleaning and so our staff can celebrate Thanksgiving with their families and friends.

Fall Lifelong Learning series

The last talk in the fall Lifelong Learning is series features Stacy Boone looking at how we may be impacting undeveloped public lands and the ethics of conservation on Thursday, November 30 from 5-6:30 p.m.  For more information on all the talks, 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.

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event on Wednesday, November 29 from 1-2 p.m. we’ll learn to make soda, letting you choose and control the ingredients that go into your soda.  We will use fruits, herbs, spices and extracts, with sugar or honey as a sweetener.  No registration required.

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, November 29 from 4-5 p.m. practice your Spanish with others at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Adult education 

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.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Mondays from 2-3 p.m. to learn a technology skill or application.  Note:  No class November 27.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, November 27 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen gaming

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

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, November 29 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Tech Time

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

 Kids storytime

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

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.  Recommended for children aged 0 to 12 months.

Toddler storytime     

Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join us for 30 minutes of free stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.  Recommended for children 12 to 36 months or walking toddlers.

DVDs

“You Only Live Twice” and “Diamonds Are Forever” star Sean Connery as 007.  “The Power of Myth” is the PBS series on world mythology.  “The Expanse” is season two. “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1” documents calls to the crisis line and the work of responders to help.  “The Glass Castle” is based on the bestselling memoir.

 Thrillers and adventures

“The Midnight Line” by Lee Child is a Jack Reacher thriller.  “Perfect Shadow” by Brent Weeks is a novella set in the world of the Night Angel trilogy.  “Bonfire” by Krysten Ritter features a woman forced to confront her past in the wakr of small-town corruption.

 How-to and self help

“Ultimate Scholarship Book 2017” is a guide to more than 1.5 million awards.  “De-escalate” by mediator Douglas E. Noll shows you have to successfully calm an angry person is 90 seconds or less.  “The Whole Brain” by Dr. Raphael Kellman provides meal plans and other tips to help make your brain work better.   “Healing Arthritis” by Dr. Susan Blum is a three-step guide to conquering arthritis naturally.  “Medicare for Dummies” by Patricia Barry is an AARP publication.  “Reading Group Choices 2018” offers selections for lively discussions.  “The Pocket Pema Chodron” is a treasury of 108 pieces by this Buddhist nun.

Memoirs and biographies

“We’re Going to Need More Wine” actress and activist Gabrielle Union is a collection of essays about her life and our modern world.  “American Radical” by Tamer Elnoury takes readers inside the world of an undercover FBI agent.  “Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years” by Nelson Mandela and Mandla Langa is the story of the South African leader’s five years as president.  “Where the Past Begins” by Amy Tan is a memoir of her life as a writer.  “A Secret Sisterhood” by Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney explores the literary friendship of Jane Auden, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot and Virginia Wolfe.  “Fire on the Track” by Roseanne Montillo showcases the women who broke barriers in pursuit of Olympic gold.  “Hank & Jim” by Scott Eyman tells of the 50-year friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart.  “The Origin of Others” by Toni Morrison reflects on the themes that guide her writing – and, increasingly, politics.  “Who’s Who in American History” is a National Geographic book that profiles leaders, visionaries and icons who shaped our nation.

Other nonfiction

“American Wolf” by Nate Blakeslee is the true story of a female wolf leader.  “How Language Began” by Daniel L. Everett is the story of humanity’s greatest invention.  “The Indian Wars” by Anton Treuer uses stories and photos to portray the American West.

CDs

“The Dangerous Land” is a Ralph Compton western.  “Hawke’s Prey” by Reavis Z. Wortham is a Sonny Hawke thriller.

 Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks for our donors

For her generous monetary donation, we thank Mercedes Leist.  For material donations, we thank Bob and Carole Howard as well as our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

Microsoft CEO and tech-guru Satya Nadella and his wife Anu set limits on screen time for their kids and also on what sites the children can go to with their devices.  “I’m the IT administrator of our family,” says Satya.  “We get reports on what they’ve been doing on their computers, and they know that.  So it’s very transparent.”  Adds Anu:  “Technology for entertainment is always going to be a negotiation in our house.  How many movies, what kinds of video games.”

 

11/16/2017

Library’s return on your investment: 4 or 5 to 1
             Can you imagine how pleased you would be if every dollar you invested in something brought you $4 or $5 in return?  A study of eight libraries in our state by the Colorado State Library put numbers to the economic impact of libraries in communities, and the figures are impressive.

The main finding: For every tax dollar received by these libraries, they returned at least $4 back to their communities.  In Douglas County, the figure was $5.02.  Here are some of the factors explaining how those figures were calculated:

  1. What it would cost to secure the same services from other alternatives — to have purchased or rented the books, movies, music, Internet access and meeting room space you get free at your library.
  2. A second factor was “lost use.” According to the study, some people simply wouldn’t have purchased the information they needed, sacrificing it because they didn’t know where to look or because they thought they couldn’t afford it.
  3. Another factor is called “halo spending.” The survey looked at what else people did when they left home to go to the library.  Turns out that most people spent money at neighboring businesses, 23 percent of which would not have happened without that trip to the library.

In addition to Douglas County, the seven other Colorado libraries studied were in Cortez, Denver, Eagle Valley, Fort Morgan, Mesa County, Montrose and Rangeview in Adams County. Our library was not included in this study.  But the results are consistent both in those communities and also across the country, ranging from a return on investment high of $6.54 in Florida to $3 in Pittsburgh.

So it seems safe to assume that the figures apply here as well, more or less.  It’s a comforting thought.

Thanksgiving closing
            Your library will be closed November 23-26 for carpet cleaning and so our staff can celebrate Thanksgiving with their families and friends.

Fall Lifelong Learning series
            Ruth Lambert’s talk on the lives and family histories of early Hispanic settlers takes place today (Thursday, November 16).  The last talk in this series is Stacy Boone looking at how we may be impacting undeveloped public lands and the ethics of conservation on the 30th.  There will be no talk on November 23 because of Thanksgiving.  We hope you will join us for these interesting and informative presentations.  All are scheduled for 5-6:30 p.m. and include time for questions.  For more information on all the talks, 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.

All-ages movie tomorrow
            Join us tomorrow (Friday, November 17) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a 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.

Teen bookclub tomorrow
            Tomorrow (Friday, November 17) from 2-3 p.m. seventh-12th graders will discuss “Bless Me, Ultima” by Rudolfo Anaya and enjoy free snacks.

Otaku for teens
             The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets on Monday, November 20 from 4-5 p.m.  Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   This free club is for fifth-12th grades.

Adult 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.  Note: No session on Monday, November 20 or Tuesday, November 21.

Computer/technology classes
            Join us on Mondays from 2-3 p.m. to learn a technology skill or application.  November 20 is about NoveList, the library’s database to find book recommendations and other information.  Note: No class November 27.

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.

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

Kids storytime
            Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Note:  No storytime on November 22.

Baby storytime
Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.  Recommended for children aged 0 to 12 months.

Toddler storytime
            Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join us for 30 minutes of free stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.  Recommended for children 12 to 36 months or walking toddlers.

Christmas books
            “Holly and Ivy” by Fern Michaels, available as a book and on CD, follows a bereaved heiress who meets a young child who wants to sing in a Christmas musical.  “Merry and Bright” by Debbie Macomber is a holiday story of second chances.  “The Christmas Room” by Catherine Anderson tells of a near-tragedy that brings two families together.  “A Snow Country Christmas” by Linda Lael Miller is a large print book in the Carsons of Mustang Creek series.  “Hiddensee” by Gregory Maguire imagines the backstory of the Nutcracker and its toymaker and owner.  “A Texas Hill Country Christmas” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a CD.  “Daily Reflections for Advent & Christmas” is a collection by Mary DeTurris Poust.

DVDs
              “Uranium” is a documentary part science, part history, part adventure.  “Rachael Carson” is a biography of this environmental pioneer.  “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “Fifty Shades Darker” both are rated R.  “First Peoples” tracks the earliest members of our specie on each continent.

Cookbooks
            “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!” by Ree Drummond provides 120 wholesome recipes for busy cooks.  “Healing Mushrooms” by Tero Isokauppila is a practical guide with 50 recipes to using mushrooms for whole body health.  “The Essential Thyroid Cookbook” by Lisa Markley and Jill Grunewald contains more than 100 nourishing recipes for those suffering from hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s disease.  “Ready or Not!” by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong makes Paleo easy for home cooks.  “Cast-iron Baking” by Brooke Bell provides seasonal recipes for skillet cooking.

Other nonfiction
             “Mexico” is a Lonely Planet travel guide. “Welding Complete/second edition” by Michael A. Reeser explains techniques, home project plans and instructions.  “How to Read Nature” by Tristan Gooley shares secrets and 15 exercises to use all your sense when going for a walk.   “Master the HiSET” is a Peterson’s guide to scoring high on your high school equivalency test.  “Accuplacer Secrets Study Guide” includes practice questions and tests.  “The Diehard Football Fan’s Bucket List Blitz” by Steve Greenberg reviews 101 rivalries, tailgates and gridiron traditions.  “Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market 2018” is the 37th annual edition of this guide to getting published. “Decoupage Your Home” by Fransie Snyman is a contemporary guide to transforming everyday objects.

CDs
“Mind Game” by Iris Johansen is a thriller.  “The Cuban Affair” by Nelson DeMille introduces U.S. Army combat veteran David MacCormick, now a charter boat captain.  “Twin Peaks” by Mark Frost is the final dossier.

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 Jeanne Kaiser and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
            “Learning by doing is the best way to teach.  And by using food and a garden to teach the values of stewardship, nourishment and communication, children will be prepared to live on this planet together.”  — Alice Waters, American chef, restaurateur, activist and author.