8/22/2019

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

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

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

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

Local author book launch

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

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

Library closure

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

Apologies for the heat

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

Activities calendars available

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

Makerspace fun for all ages today

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

Literary Ladies tomorrow

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

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us Friday, August 23 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family. 

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, August 26 from 4-5 p.m.  Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   This free club is for fifth-12th grades.

All-ages LEGO contest

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

Technology class

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

Spanish conversation

Monday, August 26 from 3-4 p.m. practice your Spanish with others to help you increase your fluency at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers. Previous attendance is not necessary.  No registration required.

Teen gaming

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

ESL classes

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

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

Adult education summer hours

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has moved to summer hours.  It now takes place on Tuesdays from 2 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 3-4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Note the Saturday time change to the afternoon.

New LGBTQ youth group

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

Local photographer book of Pagosa pictures

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

DVDs

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

Books on CD

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

How-to and self-help

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

Other nonfiction

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

Novels

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

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Shoni and Joseph Matney as well as our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

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

8/15/19

Friends book sale next week and LEGO contest for all ages

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

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

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

Apologies for the heat

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

All-ages LEGO contest

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

Free backpacks

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

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

Activities calendars available

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

All-ages movie tomorrow

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

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, August 19 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen gaming

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

DIY for adults

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

Teen role-playing

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

Makerspace fun for all ages

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

ESL classes

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

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

Adult education summer hours

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has moved to summer hours.  It now takes place on Tuesdays from 2 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 3-4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Note the Saturday time change to the afternoon.

New LGBTQ youth group

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

Local author

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

Large print

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

Books on CD

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

How-to and self-help

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

Other nonfiction

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

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

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

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable Quote

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

08/08/2019

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

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

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

Activities calendars available

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

Art Attack fun today

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

Smokey’s birthday party tomorrow

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

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, August 9, from 2-3 p.m. is a free legal clinic via computer link for parties who have no attorney.  A volunteer attorney will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property tax, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans benefits and civil protection orders.  Please check in at the registration desk between 1:45 – 2 p.m.  First come first served, and note our volunteer attorney can assist only four people each session.  This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month. 

LEGO Club on Saturday    

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

Knitting Club for tweens and teens

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

Adult book club

            Our free adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On August 13 we will discuss “Prairie Fires: The American Dream of Laura Ingalls Wilder” by Caroline Fraser.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  Light refreshments will be served.  No registration required.

Teen gaming

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

ESL classes

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

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

Adult education summer hours

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has moved to summer hours.  It now takes place on Tuesdays from 2 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Free tech sessions

            Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.  Note no Tech Time today, August 8.

Family storytimes – note Saturday time change

            Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 3-4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This Saturday, July 10 is a special Spanish storytime with Glory Lark.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Note the Saturday time change to the afternoon.

New LGBTQ youth group

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

Save the date for Friends book sale

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

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

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

Short stories

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

DVDs

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

CDs

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

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

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

Other novels

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

How-to and self help

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

Other nonfiction

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

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable Quote

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

Website

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

8/1/2019

Save the dates for Art Attack fun and Smokey the Bear birthday event

We hope you will mark your calendars for two fun events:

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

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

New LGBTQ youth group

A new support group to help LGBTQ youth and young adults from age 16 to in their 20s deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination begins at your library on Monday, August 5 from 4-5:30 p.m. under the leadership of Ana M. Sancho Sama, PhD, licensed psychologist.  Purpose is to provide a safe and confidential place to share experiences, ask questions and talk about how to cope in this challenging world.  The group will convene the first Monday of every month except for a change to September 9 because of Labor Day.

Save the date for Friends book sale

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

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

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

Activities calendars available

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

Teen advisory board today

Today, Thursday, August 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, August 2 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family. 

Tween gaming

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

Teen gaming

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

Teen role-playing

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

ESL classes

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

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

Adult education summer hours

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has moved to summer hours.  It now takes place on Tuesdays from 2 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Note no PALS on August 6.

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 August 8.

Family storytimes – note Saturday time change

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 3-4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  On Wednesday, August 7, Bacchus, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, will be a special guest.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Note the Saturday time change to the afternoon.

Local authors

Sylvia McDaniel features a family bounty hunting business in Texas in a series of Lipstick and Lead novels that includes “Determined,” “Dangerous,” “Deadly” and Daring.  Victoria Rose’s new book is “The Crab Pot Mystery.”

Large print

“Someone to Honor” by Mary Balogh is a Westcott romance.  “Backlash: A Thriller” by Brad Thor is a Scot Harvath adventure.  “Tom Clancy Enemy Contact” by Mike Maden is a Jack Ryan Jr. adventure.  “The Last House Guest” by Megan Miranda is a murder mystery.  “The Summer of Sunshine and Margot” by Susan Mallery follows the Baxter sisters looking for love.  “The Summer Guests” by Mary Alice Monroe explores relationships of a group waiting out a hurricane on the Southern coast.  “Under Currents” by Nora Roberts exposes a family with huge secrets.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“Tell Me Everything” by Cambria Brockman reveals secrets of four college students who are best friends.  “Shamed” by Linda Castillo reveals an Amish family’s tortured past after a murder.  “Whisper Network” by Chandler Bakr features three women friends banding together after their CEO dies suddenly. “Lock Every Door” by Riley Sager is a gothic suspense story with a modern twist.  “Knife” by Jo Nesbo features rogue police officer Harry Hole.  “Paranoid” by Lisa Jackson is a suspense story set in Oregon.  “Girls Like Us” by Cristina Alger features an FBI agent whose father may be the prime murder suspect. 

Other novels

“The Second Worst Restaurant in France” by Alexander McCall Smith follows a Scottish cookbook writer in France.  “King of the Mississippi” by Mike Freedman is a witty satire of the industrial-military-football-consulting complex.  “A Far Horizon” by Brenda Rickman Vantrease is an historical novel set during the English Civil War.  “Surfside Sisters” by Nancy Thayer is set on  Nantucket.  “Bethlehem” by Karen Kelly is a multi-generational saga that takes place during the historic steel boom.

How-to and self help

“A Beginner’s Guide to the End” by Dr. B.J. Miller and Shoshana Berger offers practice advice for living life and facing death.  “Toyota Tacoma, 4Runner & T100” is the Haynes repair manual for these vehicles.  “Super & Whole Foods” is a plant-based diet.  “The Healing Power of Illness” by Thorwald Dethlefsen and Dr. Ruediger Dahlke is a new look at how you can respond to psychological or spiritual conflicts. 

Other nonfiction

“A Thousand Small Sanities” by Adam Copnik is a defense of liberal democracy by this New Yorker staff writer.  “This Is The Book You Give Your Dad” is a humorous look at fatherhood and other manly things.  “This Land” by Christopher Ketcham explores the battle now ranging over the fate of public lands in the American west.

Books on CD

“Unsolved” by James Patterson and David Ellis features FBI agent Emmy Dockery.  “Enemy Contact” my Mike Maden is a Tom Clancy Jack Ryan adventure.  “The Oracle” by Clive Cusler and Robin Burcell is a Sam and Remi adventure.  “The Summer Guests” by Mary Alice Monroe follows strangers riding out a storm together.  “The Solar War” by A.G. Riddle is a space adventure.  “Queen Bee” by Dorothea Benton Frank is a Sullivans Island story.

DVDs

“Death in Paradise” is season three and four.  “Apollo 11” is a documentary with never-before-seen NASA footage.  “I am the Night” is based on a true story of a girl given away at birth.  “The Public” follows a group of people sheltering in a public library during a snowstorm.  “Genius” by Stephen Hawkins challenges viewers to think like some of the great geniuses in history. 
 

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Rosa Lea Conner, David Zappone,  Sue Ellen Haning and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“Golf is a microcosm of life.  There are going to be ups and downs, there are going to be challenges, there are going to be ebbs and flows.  Ultimately, when it comes right down to it, we determine our own fate, as tough as that might be to accept sometimes.” – Tiger Woods, American professional golfer who ranks second in both major championships and PGA Tour wins and also holds numerous records in golf.

07/25/2019

Summer Reading party tomorrow, new LGBTQ group  and book sale in August

Your library’s Summer Reading Program closing party takes place tomorrow, Friday, July 26, from 4:30 –  6 p.m. – when everyone who participated in the program will enjoy live music from SEB Guitar, food and crafts.  Highlight of the event will be distribution of prizes to several lucky winners. 

Grand prize for babies-pre K is a basket of early literacy toys and activities.  Grand prizes for both kids and teens is a telescope, one for each age group.  The adult grand prize is a $100 Visa gift card.  We also have four $20 gift cards donated by Rosie’s Pizzeria that will be given away at the party.  Note that you must be present to win a prize.

We’ve had great participation in this summer’s program:  20 preschool kids, 81 children, 16 teens and 48 adults.

New LGBTQ youth group

A new support group to help LGBTQ youth and young adults from age 15 to in their 20s deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination begins at your library on Monday, August 5 from 4-5:30 p.m. under the leadership of Ann M. Sancho Sama, PhD, licensed psychologist.  Purpose is to provide a safe and confidential place to share experiences, ask questions and talk about how to cope in this challenging world.  The group will convene the first Monday of every month except for a change to September 9 because of Labor Day.

Save the date for Friends book sale

Mark your calendars for the Friends of the Library annual book sale, one of the most popular events of the summer.  It will be held August 22-24 at the PLPOA Clubhouse (note new location). 

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

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

Activities calendars available

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

Summer Reading Club today

Youngsters K-5th grade are invited to a free special Summer Reading Club on Thursdays from 10-11:30 a.m. that will explore exciting adventures in outer space.  Today, July 25, we’ll look in the world of sci-fi, UFOs and aliens.

Fly fishing casting practice today

Casting demonstration and practice will be led by Mark at Yamaguchi Park today,  Thursday, July 25, from 6-7 p.m.  We recommend bringing your own fly rod, if you have one, but we will have a limited number of rods available at the park for those without.

An optional field trip to the river will take place on Saturday, July 27, with time and location to be determined in class.  Registration is required for these sessions.  Please call 970-264-2209 or come in to the library to register.

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book lovers group meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–noon. Tomorrow, Friday, July 26, they will discuss “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover.  Stop by your library to pick up a copy.  No registration required.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.  

LEGO Club on Saturday    

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

Tween paper airplanes today

Tweens are invited to a free paper airplanes event on Monday, July 29, from 4-5 p.m. for fourth-eighth graders.  Come and fold paper airplanes and test them to see which ones go the farthest.  We’ll have templates available, but you are encouraged to get creative on your own.

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, July 31 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Teen advisory board

Thursday, August 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.

ESL classes

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

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

Computer classes

The is a free program from 1-2 p.m. to learn a useful technology skill or application. It’s generally on alternating Thursdays, but this month it will be alternating Mondays.  July 29 is Microsoft Word Basics.  No registration required.  

Adult education summer hours

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has moved to summer hours.  It now takes place on Tuesdays from 2 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

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

How-to and self help

We have four books by Anthony William:  “Medical Medium” tells of the root causes of diseases and conditions that are often misunderstood.  “Liver Rescue” provides guidance on how to ensure you maintain a healthy liver.  “Life-Changing Foods” explains the healing power of more than 50 fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices and wild foods.  “Thyroid Healing” explores a new take on the epidemic of thyroid illness.  “The Whole Heart Solution” by Dr. Joel K. Kahn reveals 75 simple, low-cost things to do to avoid cardiovascular disease. 

“The Secret Therapy of Trees” by Marco Mencagli and Marco Nieri looks at the healing powers of green spaces and regenerative plants.  “Beating Alzheimer’s” by Tom Warren describes the author’s experience reversing the devastating symptoms of this disease.  “Clean Snacks” by Arman Liew provides 50 recipes for gluten-free, paleo and veggie snacks.  “How to Flyfish” by John Symonds offers tips, lessons and techniques to catch more fish. 

Other nonfiction

“Power Trip” by Michael E. Webber uses history to provide ideas to address today’s energy emergencies.  “Four Friends” by William D. Cohan explores the lives of four accomplished friends who died too young.  “Buzz Ting Bite” by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson reveals details of the world of insects and why we could not survive without them.  “Finding the Bright Side” by Shannon Bream is a memoir by this FOX TV host.  “Dapper Dan Made in Harlem” by Daniel R. Day is a memoir about the man who pioneered high-end streetwear in the 1980s.  “Inside the Five-Sides Box” by former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter demystifies the Pentagon.

“Moon Dust” by Andrew Smith has been updated to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing.  “One Giant Leap” by Charles Fishman explores the epic mission to reach the moon.  “Notes from a Young Black Chef” by Kwame Onwuachi is a memoir that combines race, fame and food themes.  “Myths and Misconceptions” by Richard Benson debunks common myths that most people consider fact.  “The Kennedy Heirs” by J. Randy Taraborrelli explores the next generation of one of America’s most famous families.  “A Primer for Forgetting” by Lewis Hyde assembles writing from the past to present on the advantages of selective amnesia.  “After Virginia Tech” by Thomas Kapsidelis examines the decade after the massacre through the experiences of survivors and community members.  “A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches” by Tyler Kepner is a history of the game as told through the craft of pitching.

Books on CD

“Skin Game” by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall is a Teddy Fay mystery.  “City of Girls” by Elizabeth Gilbert is a novel of glamour, sex and adventure in the 1940s.  “Sisters of Summer’s End” by Lori Foster follows two women’s friendship as summer ends.  “The Summoning” by Heather Graham is a mystery centering on strange happenings in a home and a neighborhood. 

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“The Golden Hour” by Beatriz Williams tells of murder and espionage in the Bahamas in 1941 in the social circles of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.  “Big Sky” by Kate Atkinson is a Det. Jackson Brodie mystery. 

DVDs

“Nova Wonders” is a two-disc series making complicated scientific concepts understandable and fun.  “Death in Paradise” is season one and two.  “Five Feet Apart” is a love story featuring two teens who spend much of their time as patients in hospital.  “Hotel Mumbai” is the true story of the 2008 terrorist siege of the hotel in India. 

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Valley Lowrance and our anonymous donors.  For their generous monetary donations, we thank John Taylor and Jim Miller.

Quotable Quote

“I tell everyone not to retire, but to rewire.” – Dr. Ruth Westheimer, age 91,  better known as Dr. Ruth, a German-American sex therapist, author, and radio and TV personality.

7/18/2019

Fly fishing classes and Summer Reading Program party

Our popular flying fishing instruction and casting practice is back.

Mark will provide classroom instruction at the library on Tuesday, July 23 from 9-10:30 a.m.  He will talk about fishing equipment and demonstrate common fly fishing knots.  You will be able to practice fly fishing knots and ask questions.

Casting demonstration and practice will be held at Yamaguchi Park on Thursday, July 25 from 6-7 p.m.  We recommend bringing your own fly rod, if you have one, but we will have a limited number of rods available at the park for those without.

An optional field trip to the river will take place on Saturday, July 27.  The time and location will be determined in class.

Registration is required for these sessions.  Please call 970-264-2209 or come in to the library to register.

Summer Reading fun and prizes

Your library’s Summer Reading Program continues through July with special events, fun surprises and reading incentives – and this week is your last chance to join the fun. 

Register from home on our website or sign up at the library and pick up your first bingo card at the desk. You will receive a free book each time you turn in a completed bingo sheet.  Kids also have the option of getting a small toy out of our treasure chest.  Adults have the option of selecting a space-themed fridge magnet or pencil.

Each bingo sheet is filled with age-appropriate activities.  Completing bingo sheets enters you into the drawing for our grand prizes at the closing party on Friday, July 26 from 4:30 –  6 p.m. when everyone will enjoy live music from SEB Guitar, food and crafts.  Note that you must be present at the party to win a prize, so be sure to put this date on your calendar.

Grand prize for babies-pre K will be a basket of early literacy toys and activities.  Grand prizes for both kids and teens will be a telescope, one for each age group.  The adult grand prize is a $100 Visa gift card.  We also have four $20 gift cards donated by Rosie’s Pizzeria that will be given away at the party. 

Activities calendars available

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

Summer Reading Club

Youngsters K-5th grade are invited to a free special Summer Reading Club on Thursdays from 10-11:30 a.m. that will explore exciting adventures in outer space.  Today, July 18, we’ll study at our solar system and on July 25 we’ll look in the world of sci-fi, UFOs and aliens.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, July 19 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family. 

Tween gaming

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

Teen gaming

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

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event next Tuesday, July 23 from 1-2 p.m., we’ll make keepsake boxes using used jewelry cases and Mod Podge.  Old maps or any image can be used to decorate them.  Note change of day to Tuesday this month from the usual Wednesday.  No registration required.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, July 24 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.    Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, July 24 from 3-4 p.m. practice your Spanish with others to help you increase your fluency at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  Previous attendance not necessary.  No registration required.

ESL classes

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

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

Computer classes

The is a free program from 1-2 p.m. to learn a useful technology skill or application. It’s generally on alternating Thursdays, but this month it will be alternating Mondays.  July 29 is Microsoft Word Basics.  No registration required.  

Adult education summer hours

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has moved to summer hours.  It now takes place on Tuesdays from 2 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

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

Paws to Read at family storytime

Bacchus, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, will be a special guest at Family Storytime on Wednesday, July 24 from 10-11 a.m. at a fun Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

How-to and self help

We have four books by Anthony William:  “Medical Medium” tells of the root causes of diseases and conditions that are often misunderstood.  “Liver Rescue” provides guidance on how to ensure you maintain a healthy liver.  “Life-Changing Foods” explains the healing power of more than 50 fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices and wild foods.  “Thyroid Healing” explores a new take on the epidemic of thyroid illness.  “The Whole Heart Solution” by Dr. Joel K. Kahn reveals 75 simple, low-cost things to do to avoid cardiovascular disease. 

“The Secret Therapy of Trees” by Marco Mencagli and Marco Nieri looks at the healing powers of green spaces and regenerative plants.  “Beating Alzheimer’s” by Tom Warren describes the author’s experience reversing the devastating symptoms of this disease.  “Clean Snacks” by Arman Liew provides 50 recipes for gluten-free, paleo and veggie snacks.  “How to Flyfish” by John Symonds offers tips, lessons and techniques to catch more fish. 

Other nonfiction

“Power Trip” by Michael E. Webber uses history to provide ideas to address today’s energy emergencies.  “Four Friends” by William D. Cohan explores the lives of four accomplished friends who died too young.  “Buzz Ting Bite” by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson reveals details of the world of insects and why we could not survive without them.  “Finding the Bright Side” by Shannon Bream is a memoir by this FOX TV host.  “Dapper Dan Made in Harlem” by Daniel R. Day is a memoir about the man who pioneered high-end streetwear in the 1980s.  “Inside the Five-Sides Box” by former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter demystifies the Pentagon.

“Moon Dust” by Andrew Smith has been updated to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing.  “One Giant Leap” by Charles Fishman explores the epic mission to reach the moon.  “Notes from a Young Black Chef” by Kwame Onwuachi is a memoir that combines race, fame and food themes.  “Myths and Misconceptions” by Richard Benson debunks common myths that most people consider fact.  “The Kennedy Heirs” by J. Randy Taraborrelli explores the next generation of one of America’s most famous families.  “A Primer for Forgetting” by Lewis Hyde assembles writing from the past to present on the advantages of selective amnesia.  “After Virginia Tech” by Thomas Kapsidelis examines the decade after the massacre through the experiences of survivors and community members.  “A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches” by Tyler Kepner is a history of the game as told through the craft of pitching.

Books on CD

“Skin Game” by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall is a Teddy Fay mystery.  “City of Girls” by Elizabeth Gilbert is a novel of glamour, sex and adventure in the 1940s. 

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“The Golden Hour” by Beatriz Williams tells of murder and espionage in the Bahamas in 1941 in the social circles of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.  “Big Sky” by Kate Atkinson is a Det. Jackson Brodie mystery. 

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank our anonymous donors.  For their generous monetary donations, we thank WC and Clareve Enmon as well as Paula Mille.

Quotable Quote

“I tell everyone not to retire, but to rewire.” – Dr. Ruth Westheimer, age 91,  better known as Dr. Ruth, a German-American sex therapist, author, and radio and TV personality.

7/11/2019

Grand prizes announced for Summer Reading Program party

Your library’s Summer Reading Program continues through July with special events, fun surprises and reading incentives – and now we know what the grand prizes will be for the four age groups at the closing party on Friday, July 26.

Grand prize for babies-pre K will be a basket of early literacy toys and activities.  Grand prizes for both kids and teens will be a telescope, one for each age group.  The adult grand prize is a $100 Visa gift card.  We also have four $20 gift cards from Rosie’s Pizzeria that will be given away at the party. 

It’s not too late to join the fun.  Register from home on our website or sign up at the library and pick up your first bingo cards at the desk. You will receive a free book each time you turn in a completed bingo sheet.  Kids also have the option of getting a small toy out of our treasure chest.  Adults have the option of selecting a space-themed fridge magnet or pencil.

Each bingo sheet is filled with age-appropriate activities to help you learn, grow and stay engaged throughout the program.  Completing bingo sheets enters you into the drawing for our grand prizes listed above. 

They will awarded for each age group  (babies to pre-K,  children K-5th grade,  6th-12th grades, and ages 18 – 100) at our closing Summer Reading party on Friday, July 26 from 4:30 –  6 p.m. when everyone will enjoy live music from SEB Guitar, food and crafts.  Note that you must be present at the party to win a prize, so be sure to put this date on your calendar.

Activities calendars available

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

Summer Reading Club

Youngsters K-5th grade are invited to a free special Summer Reading Club on Thursdays from 10-11:30 a.m. that will explore exciting adventures in outer space.  Today, July 11, we’ll explore the sun, on July 18 we’ll study at our solar system and on July 25 we’ll look in the world of sci-fi, UFOs and aliens.

Teen advisory board today

Today, Thursday, July 11, 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, July 12 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family. 

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, July 12, from 2-3 p.m. is a free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney will take place via computer link.  Volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property tax, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans benefits and civil protection orders.  Please check in at the registration desk.  This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month. 

LEGO Club Saturday         

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

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, July 15 from 4-5 p.m.  Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   This free club is for fifth-12th grades.

Adult book club

Our adult book club generally meets the second Tuesday of each month to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles – but this month it will be the third Tuesday from 2-3 p.m..  On July 16 we will discuss “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman and enjoy light refreshments.  If you need a copy, please stop by your library.  No registration required.

Teen gaming

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

Teen writers group

Join us next Wednesday, July 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. 

ESL classes

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

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

Computer classes

This class is a free program from 1-2 p.m. to learn a useful technology skill or application. It’s generally on alternating Thursdays, but this month it will be alternating Mondays.  July 15 is Microsoft Excel Basics.  July 29 is Microsoft Word Basics.  No registration required.  

Adult education summer hours

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has moved to summer hours.  It now takes place on Tuesdays from 2 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.  Note no Tech Time on July 16.

Family storytimes

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

Local author

“Through His (My) Eyes” by local author Val Valentine is a dual memoir encompassing a son’s recollections of his father’s war and a solo biking tour through key World War II sites in France and Belgium.  The book’s publication was timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of D-Day.  It includes more than 225 photos and maps, many never before published.

Short stories

“Exhalation” by Ted Chiang is a collection of nine pieces of short fiction, some being published for the first time.

How-to and self help

“Eat Feel Fresh” by Sahara Rose Ketabi is a contemporary plant-based Ayurvedic cookbook.  “Women Rowing North” by Mary Pipher examines the cultural and developmental issues women face as they age, with guidance to help you flourish.  “Rick Steves Best of Europe” is a travel guide. 

Other nonfiction

“Women and GIS: Mapping Their Stories” by Esri Press documents the powerful lives of an astronaut, oceanographer, teacher, Nobel Prize winner and more.  “Shane The Lone Ethnographer” by Sally Campbell Galman is a new second edition of this classic introduction to ethnographic research.  “Becoming Dr. Seuss” by Brian Jay Jones is a biography of Theodore Geisel, the author’s real name.  “Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense” by Dan Abrams and David Fisher reveals details of an epic 1915 libel suit involving the president.

DVDs

“The Mustang” is about a convict who connects with an especially breakable mustang.  “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” is season one.  “Captain Marvel” stars Brie Larson.  “Successful Strategies” features Gary LaFontaine and Dick Sharon showing you how to successfully fish in many different situations.  “Unacknowledged” presents new, top-secret evidence of extraterrestrial contact. 

Large print

“The Friends We Keep” by Jane Green follows three childhood friends with a secret at a 30th reunion.  “A Plain Vanilla Murder” by Susan Wittig Albert is a China Bayles mystery.  “The Satapur Moonstone” by Sujata Massey is a Perveen Mistry story set in Bombay.  “The Night Window” by Dean Koontz features rogue FBI agent Jane Hawk.  “The Night Before” by Wendy Walker is a romantic thriller.  “Whiskers in the Dark” by Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie Brown is a Mrs. Murphy mystery.  “A Sinister Splendor” by Mike Blakely is Mexican War novel.  “The First Mountain Man: Preacher’s Rage” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is the latest in the series set in the Rocky Mountains. 

Novels

“The Orphan’s Song” by Lauren Kate begins in the Hospital of the Incurables in Venice in 1736.  “The Most Fun We Ever Had” by Claire Lombardo is a family saga featuring four daughters over 50 years.  “Lost and Found” by Danielle Steel follows a woman on a road trip to visit the men she might have married. 

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank our anonymous donors.    Special thanks to Rosie’s Pizzeria for their generous donation of four $20 gift cards to support the library’s Summer Reading Program party.

Quotable Quote  

“Slow down and enjoy life.  It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you’re going and why.” – Eddie Cantor (1892-1964), American performer, comedian, dancer, singer, actor and songwriter.

07/04/2019

How to encourage your child to want to read for fun
Recent research by Scholastic, the publishing and education company, showed that though 58 percent of the kids surveyed said they love or like reading book for fun, there has been an incremental decrease in reading frequency among children surveyed since 2010.  In what Scholastic called “decline by nine,” the percentage of kids who report reading books for fun five to seven days a week dropped from 57 percent of eight-year-olds to 35 percent of nine- year-olds.

These alarming findings are in the recently released seventh edition of its Kids & Family Reading report, a national survey of school-age children and parents.  Lauren Tarshis, senior vice president at Scholastic, pointed to the focus on third grade as the pivotal year when children are expected to achieve full fluency as readers.  The worry is that the pressure – and the testing – at that stage may contribute to the perception in youngsters’ minds that reading is no longer so much fun.

How can parents help overcome this concerning situation?  The report highlighted the importance of “reading role models,” pointing out that children who are frequent readers have people in their lives who enjoy reading and parents who read frequently.  This is hardly a surprise – though in the digital age it might raise the question of how our children can tell what we are doing on our devices, so you might want to make it clear you are reading a book.

Clearly parents play an important role.  The enjoyment that parents take in reading helps shape children’s attitudes towards books for the rest of their lives.  Books that stimulate dialogue between parents and toddlers are also the child’s introduction to the pleasures of written language and stories. 

Library closure
Your library will be closed on July 4 in celebration of Independence Day.

Summer Reading Program on now
Your library’s Summer Reading Program offers special events, fun surprises and reading incentives throughout June and July.  Register from home on our website or sign up at the library and pick up your first bingo cards at the desk. You will receive a free book each time you turn in a completed bingo sheet, and kids also will have the option of getting a small toy out of our treasure chest.

Each bingo sheet is filled with age-appropriate activities to help you learn, grow and stay engaged throughout the summer.  Completing bingo sheets also enters you into the drawing for our grand prizes that will be awarded for each age group at our closing Summer Reading party on Friday, July 26 from 4:30 –  6 p.m. when everyone will enjoy live music, food and crafts.  (Note that you must be present at the party to win a prize.)

We’ll be detailing the prizes in future columns. They will be divided into four age groups: babies to pre-K,  children K-5th grade,  6th-12th grades, and ages 18 – 100.

Watch for details and dates in this column every week, and pick up activities calendars so you don’t miss anything. 

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

Summer Reading Club
Youngsters K-5th grade are invited to a free special Summer Reading Club on Thursdays from 10-11:30 a.m. that will explore exciting adventures in outer space.  On July 11 we’ll explore the sun, on July 18 we’ll study at our solar system and on July 25 we’ll look in the world of sci-fi, UFOs and aliens.

All-ages gaming
Join us Friday, July 5 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family. 

Knitting Club for teens
Next Monday, July 8 this free club meets from 4-5 p.m. for 7th-12th graders.  Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects and hang out with other crafters.  Note that teaching will be available only for knitting.  If you don’t know how to knit, come anyway and we’ll get you started on some of the basics.

Read with a Ranger
Tuesday, July 9from 1-2 p.m., youngsters are invited to join Pagosa Ranger Brandon from the U.S. Forest Service to learn about a day in the life of a black bear with nature-themed books and activities.  Typically kids aged 6-10 attend, but these free fun sessions are open to all ages.

Adult book club
Our adult book club generally meets the second Tuesday of each month to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles – but this month it will be the third Tuesday from 2-3 p.m..  On July 16 we will discuss “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman and enjoy light refreshments.  If you need a copy, please stop by your library.  No registration required.

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

Teen role-playing
The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, July 10 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.    Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

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

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

Computer classes
The class is a free program from 1-2 p.m. to learn a useful technology skill or application. It’s generally on alternating Thursdays, but this month it will be alternating Mondays.  July 15 is Microsoft Excel Basics.  July 29 is Microsoft Word Basics.  No registration required.  

Adult education summer hours
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has moved to summer hours.  It now takes place on Tuesdays from 2 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Free tech sessions
Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.  Note no Tech Time on July 9 and 16.

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

Large print
“Mueller Report” by Robert S. Mueller III is a new edition with clear notations, no commentary and 25 percent larger text than the original.  “The Guest Book” by Sarah Blake uncovers an unsettling story that threatens the foundation of a family myth.  “The Summoning” is book 27 in the Krewe of Hunters” series by Heather Graham.  “The Oracle” by Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell is a Sam and Remi Fargo adventure.  “Skin Game” by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall features Teddy Fay and Stone Barrington.

How-to and self help
“I Love You, but I Hate Your Politics” by Dr. Jeanne Safer is a practical guide to protecting your relationship with family, friends and colleagues in our partisan world.  “How to Skimm Your Life” by the Skimm offers advice on personal finance, career, stress management, civic engagement and more.  “The Longevity Diet” by Dr. Valter Longo proposes an everyday diet combined with a plant-based fasting mimicking diet. 

Other nonfiction
“The Salt Path” by Raynor Winn tells of a couple facing grief who make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630-mile coast of Southwest England.  “The Enemy of the People” by Jim Acosta is a memoir about covering the Trump campaign and White House by this CNN reporter. 

Other novels
“The Travelers” by Regina Porter is an epic story of several families, black and white, southern and northern.  “Summer of ‘69” by Elin Hilderbrand follows a family facing drama and upheaval when they gather at the grandmother’s historic home on Nantucket.  “Mrs. Every-thing” by Jennifer Weiner tells of two sisters growing up  in the days of free love, Vietnam, Woodstock and women’s lib.  “Recursion” by Blake Crouch is a sci-fi story about a mysterious affliction called False Memory Syndrome. 

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

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

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

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

Quotable Quote
“Balancing work and life is a strange aspiration.  It suggests work is bad and life is good.  But they are not opposites.  Work has uplifting moments and those that drag us down.  It’s more useful to treat it the way you do life:  by maximizing what you love.  The simplest way to do this is to spend a week in love with your job.  This sounds odd, but all it really means is to take a pad around with you for an entire week at work, and assign any activity you can to one of two columns:  “Loved it” or “Loathed it.” – Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall, co-authors of “Nine Lies About Work.”

6/27/2019

Reading to your toddler?  Print books may be best

Reading books to your children is one of the greatest pleasures of parents.  Now a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics tells us that reading print books together generated more verbalizations about the story from parents and toddlers, as well as more back-and-forth discussions between them, than electronic books.

These findings come from researchers at the University of Michigan who asked 37 parents to read similar stories to their two- and three-year-olds in three different formats – print, a basic electronic book on a tablet, and an enhanced electronic book with animation and/or sound effects.

The researchers said they wanted to study toddlers in particular because of a concern that very young children might be particularly susceptible to distractions by electronic enhancements.  That turned out to be true – and basic electronic books without enhancements also resulted in less engagement with their parents than with print books.

Given that parent-child dialogue is so valuable to reading comprehension and enhanced relationships, the bottom line appears to be that a print book is best for young children’s reading experiences with their parents.  Speaking of e-book distractions, one of the study leaders said, “You don’t need a lot of bells and whistles to support your child’s development.  Engaging [your] child and talking to [your] child does a wonderful job of supporting early child development.”

Library closure         

Your library will be closed on July 4 in celebration of Independence Day.

Summer Reading Program on now

Your library’s Summer Reading Program offers special events, fun surprises and reading incentives throughout June and July.  Register from home on our website or sign up at the library and pick up your first bingo cards at the desk. You will receive a free book each time you turn in a completed bingo sheet, and kids also will have the option of getting a small toy out of our treasure chest.

Each bingo sheet is filled with age-appropriate activities to help you learn, grow and stay engaged throughout the summer.  Completing bingo sheets also enters you into the drawing for our grand prizes that will be awarded for each age group at our closing Summer Reading party on Friday, July 26 from 4:30 –  6 p.m. when everyone will enjoy live music, food and crafts.  (Note that you must be present at the party to win a prize.)

We’ll be detailing the prizes in future columns. They will be divided into four age groups: babies to pre-K,  children K-5th grade,  6th-12th grades, and ages 18 – 100.

Watch for details and dates in this column every week, and pick up activities calendars so you don’t miss anything. 

Bike repair toolkit available

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

Activities calendars available

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

Summer Reading Club today

Youngsters K-5th grade are invited to a free special Summer Reading Club on Thursdays from 10-11:30 a.m. that will explore exciting adventures in outer space.  Today, June 27, centers on the planets, when you’ll view images of the planets taken by the Hubble telescope and create your own.  On July 11 we’ll explore the sun, on July 18 we’ll study at our solar system and on July 25 we’ll look in the world of sci-fi, UFOs and aliens.          

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, June 28 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.  Please note permanent change of time to 2:30  from 2 p.m. because of ESL classes at 2 p.m.

Teen book club tomorrow

Friday, June 28 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the free teen book club, seventh-12th graders will discuss  “Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft” edited by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe, and enjoy free snacks.  Note permanent time change to 2:30 p.m. because of ESL classes.

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, June 28, they will discuss “The Wishing Trees” by Jon Shors.  Stop by your library to pick up a copy.  No registration required.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.  

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, July 1 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.

ESL classes

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

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

Computer classes

The is a free program from 1-2 p.m. to learn a useful technology skill or application. It’s generally on alternating Thursdays, but next month it will be alternating Mondays.  July 15 is Microsoft Excel Basics.  July 29 is Microsoft Word Basics.  No registration required.  

Adult education summer hours

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has moved to summer hours.  It now takes place on Tuesdays from 2 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.  Note no Tech Time on July 2, 9 and 16.

Family storytimes

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

Nonfiction

“Chasing the Moon” by Robert Stone and Alan Andres explores the people and politics that launched American into the Space Age.  “Moonbound” by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm documents the Apollo 11 flight and the men who went first.  “Aloha Rodeo” by David Wolman and Julian Smith tells the story of Hawaiian cowboys whose 1908 adventure upended the conventional history of the American West.  “100 Side Hustles” by Chris Guillebeau offers unexpected ideas for making extra money without quitting your day job.   “Leaving the Witness” by Amber Scorah is a memoir of a Jehovah’s Witness starting a new life after leaving her religion.  “Living Beneath the Colorado Peaks” reveals the architectural design, influence of the history of the region and building details of a complex of buildings created near Vail by Betsy and Bud Knapp, the original owners of Architectural Digest and Bon Appetit magazines.

Books on CD

“The Pursuits of Lord Kit Cavanaugh” by Stephanie Laurens is volume two of The Cavanaughs series.  “Upheaval” by Jared Diamond is an explanation of why some nations recover from crisis and others do not.  “The Flight Portfolio” by Julie Orringer tells of a young American helping artists and writers fleeing the Nazis.  “The Rosie Result” by Graeme Simsion is the comedic final installment to the Rosie series.  “Venom of the Mountain Man” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a western.  “The Never Game” by Jeffery Deaver features a man hired to find a kidnapped young woman.   

DVDs

“13 Reasons Why” is season two.  “First Man on the Moon” is the Nova production.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“Fall; or, Dodge in Hell” by Neal Stephenson is a sci-fi thriller about a preserved brain after a death.  “This Storm” by James Ellroy centers on a Los Angeles gone mad after Pearl Harbor.  “The Savior” by J.R. Ward is part of the Black Dagger Brotherhood vampire series.  “The Favorite Daughter” by Kaira Rouda is a psychological suspense story.   “The Huntress” by Kate Quinn follows the search for a Nazi woman in America.  “The Alice Network,” also by Kate Quinn, is an historical novel about female espionage agents in World War I. 

Other novels

“On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” by Ocean Vuong is a letter from a son unearthing a history rooted in Vietnam.  “The First Mistake” by Sandie Jones tells of a wife, her husband and the woman who is supposedly her best friend.   

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable Quote  

“If you want things to be different, perhaps the answer is to be different yourself.” – Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993), American minister, author and creator of the “power of positive thinking” philosophy.

6/20/2019

What should your child read this summer?

Do you have a plan to make sure your child has lots of reading opportunities this summer?  Several studies have documented a “summer slide” in reading skills once kids go on summer vacation.  And the loss compounds each year.

Research offers a surprisingly simple and affordable solution:  Bring your youngsters to the library and let them choose their own books. 

In a three-year study, researchers at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville found that simply giving children access to books  – and allowing them to choose books that interested them – had a significant effect on the summer reading gap.

Children who chose their own books and those who were given activity and puzzle books were tracked for three years.  Those who could select their own books posted significantly higher test scores than the children who received books from others.  The effect was equivalent to a child attending three years of summer school.  And the difference in scores was twice as high among the poorest children in the study.

Another of the notable findings of the study was that children improved their reading scores even though they typically weren’t selecting the curriculum books or classics that teachers normally assign for summer reading.  That conclusion confirms other studies suggesting that children learn best when they are allowed to select their own books.

Bottom line:  What should your children read this summer?  Being them to the library and let them decide for themselves, because any books will do! 

Summer Reading Program on now

Your library’s Summer Reading Program offers special events, fun surprises and reading incentives throughout June and July.  Register from home on our website or sign up at the library and pick up your first bingo cards at the desk. You will receive a free book each time you turn in a completed bingo sheet, and kids also will have the option of getting a small toy out of our treasure chest.

Each bingo sheet is filled with age-appropriate activities to help you learn, grow and stay engaged throughout the summer.  Completing bingo sheets also enters you into the drawing for our grand prizes that will be awarded for each age group at our closing Summer Reading party on Friday, July 26 from 4:30 –  6 p.m. when everyone will enjoy live music, food and crafts.  (Note that you must be present at the party to win a prize.)

We’ll be detailing the prizes in future columns. They will be divided into four age groups: babies to pre-K,  children K-5th grade,  6th-12th grades, and ages 18 – 100.

Watch for details and dates in this column every week, and pick up activities calendars so you don’t miss anything. 

Bike repair toolkit available

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

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

Activities calendars available

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

Summer Reading Club today

Youngsters K-5th grade are invited to a free special Summer Reading Club on Thursdays from 10-11:30 a.m. that will explore exciting adventures in outer space.  Today, June 20, features the moon when you will learn about our closest neighbor and participate in a moon craft or two.  June 27 centers on the planets, when you’ll view images of the planets taken by the Hubble telescope and create your own.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, June 21) from 2:30-4 p.m. for a PG movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.  Note the movies now start at 2:30 p.m. rather than 2 p.m. because of ESL class.

LEGO Club on Saturday    

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, June 22 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, June 24 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, June 26 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.    Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

ESL classes

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

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

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, June 26 from 3-4 p.m. practice your Spanish with others to help you increase your fluency at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  Previous attendance not necessary.  No registration required.

Computer classes

The is a free program from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application. Today, June 20, is Transparent Language Learning, packed full of pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing and vocabulary building lessons.  No registration required.  

Adult education summer hours

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has moved to summer hours.  It now takes place on Tuesdays from 2 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  Note the special Spanish storytime with Mable Martinez Barber on Wednesday, June 26.

Short stories

“Orange World” by Karen Russell is a collection of eight comedic stories by this Pulitzer Prize finalist. 

DVDs

“The Good Doctor” is season one.  “Broadchurch” is season three.  “The Outlander” is season four.  “Transformer” is a documentary about a former U.S. Marine and world record weightlifter outed as being transgender. 

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“Darkness on the Edge of Town” by Adam Christopher follows a detective facing his past when his young adopted daughter starts asking questions.  “Keep You Close” by Karen Cleveland tells of a detective working to clear her son’s name.  “Unsolved” by James Patterson and David Ellis is a thriller where everyone in the FBI is a suspect. 

Novels

“City of Girls” by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat, Pray, Love,”  features an 81-year-old lady looking back at her unconventional life in Manhattan.  “The Electric Hotel” by Dominic Smith is an historical fiction novel focusing on a French silent film  pioneer.  “The Victory Garden” by Rhys Bowen focuses on the life of a young war widow in World War I England.  “How Not to Die Alone” by Richard Roper is a love story.  “Queen Bee” by Dorothea Benton Frank is another of the author’s complicated family stories set in the Lowcountry.  “Star-crossed” by Minnie Darke is a love story revolving around altered astrology columns. 

Large print

“The Cattle Drive” by Ethan J. Wolfe and “The Jackals by William W. and J.A. Johnstone are westerns.  “The Exiles” by Greg Hunt is book two in the Borderland trilogy. 

Books on CD

“Blessing in Disguise” by Danielle Steel showcases a mother’s relationships with her three daughters.  “How to Raise Successful People” by Esther Wojcicki shares a mother’s secrets for raising happy, healthy, successful children.  “Outrageous Acts and everyday Rebellions” by Gloria Steinem is a collection of essays with new and updated material on the fight for women’s equality.   

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable Quote  

“Each morning we are born again.  What we do today is what matters most.” – Buddha