8/16/2018

Book Barns at 10 locations to become mini-libraries around town

You probably will see something new and clever as you move around our little mountain community in the coming weeks.  They’re called Book Barns, and their goal is to make it easier for everybody to pick up books at many convenient places, not just at the library.

Built by a local Vets for Vets member on a volunteer basis, the Book Barns come in three sizes – small (two shelves), medium (three shelves) and large (four shelves).  They’ll hold both paperback and hardcover books in various genres for all ages, including teens and kids. They’re called Book Barns because each one has a barn-like roof with shingles.

Two Book Barns already are in place at the The Lift Coffee House in downtown Pagosa Springs and at the Archuleta County Department of Human Services in the Town Hall.  These host organizations will be joined by the Archuleta Housing Corp., Beehive Homes Assisted Living, Pagosa Baking Company, Pine Ridge Extended Care Center and the Community Center in getting their own Book Barns this month.  The goal is to have 10 in place by the end of August.

Book Barns will be sponsored in the various locations by generous organizations and businesses wanting to support the library’s reading and literacy initiatives while also gaining visibility for their products and services.  First to sign up as sponsors were San Juan Basin Health and Scott Strategic Investments.  One-time costs for sponsors are $150 for a small Book Barn, $250 for a medium and $350 for a large.

The Book Barn idea came from a brainstorming session between Meg Wempe, library director, and Cindi Galabota, development director.  “We wanted to find new ways to take the library into the community outside of our building’s four walls,” Cindi explained.

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

“Take a book. Leave a book.  Share a book.  That’s our motto,” Cindi said.  Library staff will maintain and periodically replenish the bookshelves.

If you would like a Book Barn in a public space in your business or nonprofit, or if you want to sponsor one, please contact Cindi at the library at 264-2209.

Help around town for heart emergencies – including at your library

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

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

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

Early literacy librarian job opening

Paige Shook, our early literacy librarian, is resigning to take a library job in her home town, so we are looking for her replacement.  If you are interested in the position, please go to the library’s website to review the job description, salary and benefits, requirements and how to apply.

Activities calendars available

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

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, August 17) from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

Family storytime and open play

This Saturday, August 18 from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  Then starting Wednesday, August 22 we will have open play on Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. and Saturdays from 9:30-10 a.m. for the rest of the month.

Otaku Club

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

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 Wednesday, August 22 from 1-2 p.m. you’ll use multi-colored washi-tape paper straws to make all sorts of fun crafts from bookmarks to pencil holders.  No registration required.

Spanish conversation

Next Wednesday, August 22 from 4-5 p.m. practice your Spanish with other Spanish-language learners and speakers  at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Computer class

Join us on alternating Mondays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a useful skill or application.   August 23 is Microsoft OneDrive, helping you to get your files and photos from anywhere using any device via Microsoft’s cloud platform.   August 27 is the Learning Express Library, an interactive learning platform of practice tests and tutorial courses to help you prepare for tests and improve your academic skills.  There also are several computer and software tutorials for Windows 10, Microsoft Word, Excel and more.

Adult education summer schedule

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) is working on a summer schedule – from 2-7 p.m. on Tuesdays.   Come to your library to get help 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.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“The Quiet Side of Passion” by Alexander McCall Smith is an Isabel Dalhousie story.  “This Body’s Not Big Enough for Both of Us” by Edgar Cantero is a comic thriller.  “The Madness of the Brave” by D.P. Medina is a blend of history and fiction.  “A Measure of Darkness” by Jonathan and Jesse Killerman features deputy coroner Clay Edison.  “Star Wars Thrawn Alliance” by Timothy Zahn is the latest in the Star Wars series.  “Believe Me” by JP Delaney follows a woman whose job it is to entrap errant husbands.  “An Unwanted Guest” by Shari Lapena is set in a cozy mountain lodge.  “Tailspin” by Sandra Brown features a daring pilot in a race against time.

Other novels

“The Masterpiece” by Fiona Davis tells of life at a glamorous art school under Grand Central Station.  “Serpentine” by Laurell K. Hamilton is an Anita Blake vampire hunter novel.

CDs

“A Gathering of Secrets” by Linda Castillo is an Amish thriller.  “Spymaster” by Brad Thor is a Scott Harvath thriller.  “Clock Dance” by Pulitzer-Prize winner Anne Tyler is a novel of one woman’s transformative journey.  “All We Ever Wanted” by Emily Griffin tells of one photograph that changes everything for two families.  “Dreams of Falling” by Karen White is a suspense story.  “All-American Murder” by James Patterson is the true story of an NFL hero whose life went bad.

Nonfiction

“Death of a Nation” by Dinesh D’Souza explains the author’s theories about the past of the Democratic Party.  “How Hitler Was Made” by Cory Taylor explores the influences on the German Nazi leader in his formative years.  “John Wayne Made in America” by Media Lab Books is a biography of the actor. “Growing Your Own Medicine Indoors” by Aamann Degarth shows you how to grow cannabis in the privacy of your home.  “The Briefing” by Sean Spicer is a memoir of the author’s time as press secretary in the Trump White House.  “In the Name of the Father” by Mark Ribowsky is the biography of the Manning football dynasty.

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 many anonymous donors.  For their generous monetary donations we thank Nancy Green and Lenore Bright (in memory of Jerry Rohwer).

Quotable Quote  

“Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience; this is the ideal life.” – Mark Twain (1835-1910), American writer, humorist and lecturer.

08/09/2018

Friends of the Library annual book sale this weekend
One of the most popular events of the summer – the Friends of the Library book sale – takes place tomorrow, Friday, August 10, and Saturday, August 11 at Centerpoint Church.

Friday’s potluck and preview sale for members starts at 5 p.m.  Don’t worry if you don’t have your Friends membership yet.  You can join at the door or stop by the library to sign up between now and then.  Individual memberships are $15 a year or $100 for a lifetime.  Family memberships are $25 a year.

The Saturday sale for the public runs from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., an hour longer than last year, and unsold items will be marked down to half price from the already low prices in the afternoon.

This fundraising event is a win-win both for you and your library.  You get to purchase hardcover and paperback books, CDs and DVDs at amazingly low prices.  Your library benefits by the Friends’ generosity in donating the sale’s proceeds for a wide variety of vital needs.  Past funds have purchased new computers and our CD/DVD self-checkout machine, as well as paying for half of the new return box at City Market.

We hope to see you at the book sale.

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

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

Library closure
Your library is closed today, Thursday, August 9, for a Staff Education Day.  We’re having different learning presentations from staff members and an outside presenter helping us learn new things to make your library even better.

All ages card games tomorrow
Join us tomorrow (Friday, August 10) from 2-3:30 p.m. for an all ages card game session where you can play a variety of card games.

Legal clinic tomorrow
Tomorrow (Friday, August 10) 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
Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, August 11 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Computer class
Join us on alternating Mondays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a useful skill or application.  August 13 covers Basic Excel spreadsheets, which allow you to easily store, organize and modify data.  August 23 is Microsoft OneDrive, helping you to get your files and photos from anywhere using any device via Microsoft’s cloud platform.   August 27 is the Learning Express Library, an interactive learning platform of practice tests and tutorial courses to help you prepare for tests and improve your academic skills.  There also are several computer and software tutorials for Windows 10, Microsoft Word, Excel and more.

Tween gaming
Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is next Monday, August 13 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Adult bookclub
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 14 we will discuss “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer.  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, August 15 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.

Adult education summer schedule
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) is working on a summer schedule – from 2-7 p.m. on Tuesdays.   Come to your library to get help 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 babies, toddlers and youngsters to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

 CDs
“Age of War” by Michael J. Sullivan is book three of the Legends of the First Empire fantasy series.  “The Good Fight” by Danielle Steel follows a young woman involved in the major issues of the 1960s.  “Rainy Day Friends” by Jill Shalvis is a romance.  “Double Blind” by Iris and Roy Johansen is a suspense story.  “Marry Me by Sundown” by Johanna Lindsey is a western adventure.  “Between You & Me” by Susan Wiggs is an Amish Country story.  “Liar, Liar” by Lisa Jackson tells of a mother who may or may not have committed suicide.  “Before and Again” by Barbara Delinsky follows a woman’s life after her daughter died in a car she was driving.  “The Dying of the Light” by Robert Goolrick features a woman who must marry for money to save her family’s estate.

DVDs
“Ready Player One” is a Steven Spielberg sci-fi adventure.  “Killer Elite” is an action thriller.  “Saboteur” is Alfred Hitchcock’s 1942 wartime thriller.  “The Music of Strangers” is a musical documentary starring cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.  “Heartland” is the complete season four.  We also have all six seasons of “Longmire.”

Large print
“Wild West: Short Stories” by Elmer Kelton is a collection of stories about life in Texas.  “Ghost River” by L.J. Washburn is a western.  “The Purchase” by Linda Spalding is a Quaker story set in Pennsylvania in 1798.

Nonfiction
“Harry & Meagan: The Royal Wedding Album” is an illustrated souvenir of the recent wedding.  “The Desert and the Sea” by Michael Scott Moore documents the author’s 977 days of captivity on the Somali private coast.  “Don’t Worry.  He Won’t Get Far on Foot” by John Callahan is a memoir by the legendary cartoonist that is also a major motion picture.  “The Golden Age of Piracy” is a collection of essays edited by David Head about New World pirates in the 17th and 18th centuries.  “Pence: The Path to Power” by Andrea Neal is a biography of the 48th vice president.  “Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges 2019” is the 35th edition of this college directory.  “Thailand” and “Egypt” are Lonely Planet travel guides.  “Explore Iceland” in an Insight travel guide.  “Proud” by Ibtihaj Muhammad is a memoir of an African American Muslim who succeeds in her dream of becoming a fencing champion.

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 Bob and Carole Howard and our many anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“A book is a kind of refuge to which we can go for the assurance that, as long as we are reading, we can leave the worries and cares of our everyday lives behind us and enter, however briefly, another reality, populated by other lives, a world distant in time and place from our own, or else reflective of the present moment in ways that may help us see that moment more clearly.” – from “What to Read and Why” by Francine Prose.

8/2/2018

Friends of the Library annual book sale next weekend

One of the most popular events of the summer – the Friends of the Library book sale – takes place next Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11 at Centerpoint Church.

Friday’s potluck and preview sale for members starts at 5 p.m.  Don’t worry if you don’t have your Friends membership yet.  You can join at the door or stop by the library to sign up between now and then.  Individual memberships are $15 a year or $100 for a lifetime.  Family memberships are $25 a year.

The Saturday sale for the public runs from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., an hour longer than last year, and unsold items will be marked down to half price from the already low prices in the afternoon.

This fundraising event is a win-win both for you and your library.  You get to purchase hardcover and paperback books, CDs and DVDs at amazingly low prices.  Your library benefits by the Friends’ generosity in donating the sale’s proceeds for a wide variety of vital needs.  Past funds have purchased new computers and our CD/DVD self-checkout machine, as well as paying for half of the new return box at City Market.

We hope to see you at the book sale.

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.

Library closure

Your library will be closed next Thursday, August 9 for a Staff Education Day.  We’ll have different learning presentations from staff members and an outside presenter helping us learn new things to make your library even better.

Teen advisory board today

Today, Thursday, August 2, 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 cardboard construction tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, August 3) from 2-3:30 p.m. we’ll have cardboard galore to be transformed into anything you can think up.  This is an all-ages event.

Paws to Read

Saturday, August 4 from 11 a.m. – noon, youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Hondo, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a free Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

All-ages movie

Join us Monday, August 6 from 3-4:30 p.m. for a free PG movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

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

Adult education summer schedule

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) is working on a summer schedule – from 2-7 p.m. on Tuesdays.   Come to your library to get help 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 babies, toddlers and youngsters to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Thrillers and suspense

“Double Blind” by Iris and Roy Johansen is a thriller involving a powerful law firm and a multi-billion-dollar corporation.  “The Banker’s Wife” by Cristina Alger begins when the heroine’s husband’s plane crashes.  “The Other Woman” by Daniel Silva is a Gabriel Allon mystery.  “Give Me Your Hand” by Megan Abbott tells of two former friends competing for the same position. 

Other novels

“The Bookshop of Yesterdays” by Amy Meyerson is a story about a woman who inherits a bookshop with secret clues hidden in its books.  “Cottage by the Sea” by Debbie Macomber is set in the Pacific Northwest.  “The King’s Witch” is book one in a new Tudor era historical trilogy by Tracy Borman.

Large print

“Bliss and the Art of Forever” by Alison Kent is book four in the Hope Springs series.    “Home Sweet Murder” by James Patterson contains two true crime stories.  “All We Ever Wanted” by Emily Griffin focuses on a photograph snapped in a drunken moment.  “Before and Again” by Barbara Delinsky  follows a young woman living under a new identity in Vermont.  “Death Comes in Through the Kitchen” by Teresa Dovalpage is a murder mystery set in Cuba.  “Bring Me Back” by B.A. Paris begins with a woman disappearing at a rest stop in France.  “Spymaster” by Brad Thor in an adventure featuring Scot Harvath and his team.   “Marry Me By Sundown” by Johanna Lindsey is a western.  “When We Found Home” by Susan Mallery is a family saga.

DVDs

“Lost Empires” is the Masterpiece Theatre production starring Colin Firth and Laurence Olivier.  “Putin’s War” is a Canadian Broadcasting Corp. investigation into the Russian leader that aired on PBS.  “The Giver” stars Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep.  “Sing Street” tells of a 14-year-old boy in 1980s Dublin.  “I Called Him Morgan”  is a documentary about jazz musician Lee Morgan.

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 Lisa Nelson, Everett Robinson and our many anonymous donors.  We also want to thank Rolly Jackson, the local owner of Papa Murphy’s pizza, for donating four $25 gift cards in support of your library’s Summer Reading Program. These gift cards were given away as prizes at our summer reading party on July 27.

Quotable Quote

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” – Canadian novelist Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942), best known for her Anne of Green Gables books.

7/26/2018

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!

Did you know…

…that your library has several computers available for public use? These computers are available to all, even if you do not have a library card or do not live in Pagosa Springs.  There are 12 computers available in the main area of the library.  There also are two computers located in the teen area.  And, for our youngest guests, there are two early literacy computers in the children’s area.  Visit with any of our friendly staff members with computer questions and to gain access to a computer.

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

To learn more about your public library, call 970-264-2209 or email to ruby@pagosalibrary.org.

Sand art fun today

Fourth-12th graders are invited to join us today, Thursday, July 26, from 4-5 p.m. for a fun and colorful sand art event.

Summer Reading party tomorrow

All Summer Reading Program participants are invited to join us tomorrow (Friday, July 27) from 4:30-6 p.m. for your library’s free all-ages closing party.  Prizes will be given out – but you have to be present to win – and everyone will enjoy live music from the Narrow Gauge band, food, crafts and a cake walk.

For the youngest children (0-4 years), the grand prize is a box full of books and early literacy music toys.  For children K-6th grade and also for teens, the prize is a ukulele from the Music Shoppe in Pagosa Springs (one for each age group).  The adult grand prize is a $100 gift card.  

Friends of the Library book sale

One of the most popular events of the summer – the Friends of the Library book sale – takes place on Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11.  Friday’s potluck and preview sale for members starts at 5 p.m.  The Saturday sale for the public runs from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., an hour longer than last year, and unsold items will be marked down to half price in the afternoon.  Watch for more details in next week’s column and be sure to mark your calendars now so you don’t miss it.

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.

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, July 27) they will discuss “Song of the Lion” by Anne Hillerman.  Stop by your library to pick up a copy.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.

Teen gaming

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

Spanish instruction

Join us for this free basic course next Wednesday, August 1 from 4-5 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish.  We will go over double object pronouns.

Adult education summer schedule

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) is working on a summer schedule – from 2-7 p.m. on Tuesdays.   Come to your library to get help 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.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on alternate Mondays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  July 26 is saving photos to the cloud using a variety of online platforms.  July 30 is Google maps.

LEGO Club

Please note no LEGO Club on Saturday, July 28.

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 babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  

How-to and self help

“What to Read and Why” by Francine Prose is a collection of writings on the pleasures of reading and the talents of the author’s favorite writers.  “A Walk in the Wood: Meditations on Mindfulness with a Bear Named Pooh” by Dr. Joseph and Nancy Parent offers life lessons from slowing down and being present moment by moment.  “Help Your Kids with Computer Science” is a DK step-by-step family guide to computers, coding languages and social media.  

Other nonfiction

“The Lost Chapters: Reclaiming My Life, One Book at a Time” by Leslie Schwartz is the memoir of a novelist saved in jail by the stories around her, in books and from her fellow inmates.  “Cancerland: A Medical Memoir” by  Dr. David Scaddon tells about people facing cancer and promising new therapies and drugs.   “The Promise of the Grand Canyon” by John F. Ross documents John Wesley Powell’s perilous journey and his vision for the American west.  “The Man Who Climbs Trees” by James Aldred is the memoir of a wilidlife camerman for the BBC and National Georgraphic.  “American Indian Myths and Legends” selected and edited by Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz provides a panorama of the Native American mythic heritage.  “New Zealand” is a DK Eyewitness Travel guide.

Novels

“Dear Mrs. Bird” by AJ Pearce follows the career of a young woman hired to type  letters for an advice columnist in World War II London.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank our many anonymous donors.  For her generous donation, we thank Laurie Williams.

Quotable Quote

“One of the greatest gifts an adult can give – to their offspring and to their society —is to read to children.” – Carl Sagan (1934-1996), American astronomer, author and science communicator.

7/19/2018

Summer Reading party for all ages next Friday

All Summer Reading Program participants are invited to join us next Friday, July 27 from 4:30-6 p.m. for your library’s free all-ages closing party.  Prizes will be given out – but you have to be present to win – and everyone will enjoy live music from the Narrow Gauge band, food, crafts and a cake walk.

For the youngest children (0-4 years), the grand prize is a box full of books and early literacy music toys.  For children K-6th grade and also for teens, the prize is a ukulele from the Music Shoppe in Pagosa Springs (one for each age group).  The adult grand prize is a $100 gift card.

Meanwhile, you still have a week and a day to participate in the many free and fun activities of the Summer Reading Program.  You receive a free book each time you turn in a completed bingo sheet, and kids also have the option of getting a small toy out of our treasure chest.  Completing bingo sheets also enters you into the drawing for the grand prizes listed above.

Friends of the Library book sale

One of the most popular events of the summer – the Friends of the Library book sale – takes place on Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11.  Friday’s potluck and preview sale for members starts at 5 p.m.  The Saturday sale for the public runs from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., an hour longer than last year, and unsold items will be marked down to half price in the afternoon.  Watch for more details as the date gets closer, and be sure to mark your calendars now so you don’t miss it.

Activities calendars available

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

Teen bookclub tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, July 20) from 2-3 p.m. at the teen bookclub, seventh-12th graders will discuss “Daughter of the Pirate King” by Tricia Levenseller and enjoy free snacks.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.

SR Club for kids tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, July 20) you’ll create a sand art masterpiece at the Summer Reading Club event for kids from 2-3:30 p.m.

Two Paws to Read sessions

Saturday, July 21 16 from 11 a.m. – noon, youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Lainey, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a free Paws to Read session.  Then on Monday, July 24 from 2-3 p.m. Bacchus will be the special guest dog.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, July 23 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, July 25  from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event next Wednesday, June 25 from 1-2 p.m. you’ll have the option of making a pie tin picture frame, great for framing an old photograph or a map, or you can make a souvenir keepsake box using a jewelry box and a map, photograph or other image.  No registration required.

Spanish conversation

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

Sand art fun

Fourth-12th graders are invited to join us next Thursday, July 26 from 4-5 p.m. for a fun and colorful sand art event.

Adult education summer schedule

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) is working on a summer schedule – from 2-7 p.m. on Tuesdays.   Come to your library to get help 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.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on alternate Mondays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  July 26 is saving photos to the cloud using a variety of online platforms.  July 30 is Google maps.

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 babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

 Novels

“Clock Dance” by Anne Tyler follows a woman who flies across the country to care for a young woman she has never met.  “The Good Fight” by Danielle Steel features a young man fighting for many of the causes in the 1960s.  “A Gathering of Secrets” by Linda Castillo is the newest book in the Amish thriller series.  “The Historian” by Elizabeth Kostova is a vampire story part thriller, part history and part romance.

Large print

“Long Road to Abilene” by Robert Vaughan is book one of the Western Adventures of Cade McCall series.  “Slate Creek: Journey to the White Clouds” by Wallace J. Swenson is a western.  “The Last Equation of Isaac Severy” by Nova Jacobs requires a granddaughter to find clues in a novel.  “The Legend of Perley Gates” by William W, and J.A. Johnstone is a Perley Gates western.

Nonfiction

“Shrubs and Trees of the Southwest Deserts” by Janice Emily Bowers and “Flowers of the Southwest Mountains” by Leslie P Arnberger are illustrated guides.  “Japan” is an Insight Guide with an e-book and app.  “The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela” edited by Sahm Venter contains many of the letters of the South African leader written during his 27 years in prison.  “I See Life Through Rosé-Colored Glasses” by the mother-daughter team of Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella is a collection of humorous, heartfelt essays.

CDs

“Calypso” by David Sedaris is a collection of comedic short stories.  “Shelter in Place” by Nora Roberts follows the victims of a mall mass shooting.  “Line of Sight” by Tom Clancy is a Jack Ryan Jr. adventure.

DVDs

“Jersey Boys” is the film based on the Broadway hit musical.  “Case Histories” is the four-disc complete collection.  “Homestead Blessings: The Art of Dairy Delights” features the four West Ladies teaching you how to make a wide variety of dairy dishes.  “Indian Summers” is the complete second season.  “Hired Gun: Out of the Shadows. Into the Spotlight” os a documentary about some of the world’s most famous musicians.  “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” is the Disney musical.  “Pele” is the story of the legendary soccer star.

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 Shari Pierce and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“All those years in jail, I never heard the sound of children.  That is the thing I missed the most.” – Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), South African political leader, philanthropist and president of South Africa 1994-1999, who was jailed for 27 years for his anti-apartheid government activities, as quoted in his grandson Ndaba Mandela’s memoir “Going to the Mountain,” available at your library.

7/12/2018

Home Depot founder offers advice for your career and life

In his new autobiography titled “I Love Capitalism! An American  Story,” Ken Langone tells of his life as a hugely wealthy Wall Street maven, corporate executive and philanthropist while offering words of advice to succeed not only in business but also in life.

The man who co-founded Home Depot grew up in a blue-collar home in New York.  Neither parent finished high school.  His father was a plumber, his mother worked in the school cafeteria, and the family lived paycheck to paycheck.

He doesn’t like to call himself a self-made man because of all the people who helped him along the way, from his family and friends to the 400,000 Home Depot employees.   He believes strongly in speaking his mind and always paying his workers more than the minimum wage.

Here are more of his thoughts:

► “Always take on the difficult, but never take on the impossible…. Don’t promise pie in the sky unless you’ve got the recipe to provide it.”

► Home Depot’s employees are “the most precious things we have.  They’re the only thing that separates us from everybody else.  They’re our secret sauce, our secret weapon.  They’re what makes us what we are as a company…. Start by treating them special.  You let them know they matter.  You let them know you appreciate their opinion.”

► A practicing Catholic who attends church weekly or more often, Langone says, “I always felt that some of the worst people in the world go to Mass regularly and some of the best people in the world never go to church…. I know spirituality isn’t for everybody, but for me it’s been an incredibly motivating factor….  I thank God every morning for all I’ve received and pray to be a better person.”

► One of the most important lessons in my life is this: leave more on the table for the other guy than he thinks he should get…. I never wanted to reach a point on a deal where the other guy feels he was had.”

If you want to read more about Mr. Langone’s life and ideas, his book is available for checkout at the library.  A caution about the author’s language:  Readers may be offended by the profanity throughout the book.

Friends of the Library book sale

One of the most popular events of the summer – the Friends of the Library book sale – takes place on Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11.  Friday’s potluck and preview sale for members starts at 5 p.m.  The Saturday sale for the public runs from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., an hour longer than last year, and unsold items will be marked down to half price in the afternoon.  Watch for more details as the date gets closer, and be sure to mark your calendars now so you don’t miss it.

Summer Reading Program underway

The free Summer Reading Program for all ages is on now through July 27.  Sign up at the desk or register from home on our website to get started and pick up (or print out) your first bingo cards. 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.  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 27 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.)

Activities calendars available

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free Summer Reading Program events and other 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.

Adult music club today

To celebrate this year’s Summer Reading Program theme Libraries Rock, your library is hosting a free music club today (Thursday, July 12) from 5:30-6:30 p.m. where you can come to talk music with others.  It’s like a book club except you listen to music and talk about your favorite artists, albums and songs.  Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

Rock painting today

Fourth-12th graders are invited to stop by the library to paint some rocks today,  Thursday, July 12 from 4-5 p.m.

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, July 13 from 2-3 p.m., a free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney will take place via computer link.  Volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property tax, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans benefits and civil protection orders.  Please check in at the registration desk.  This clinic will take place the second Friday of every month.

SR Club for kids tomorrow

Every Friday we’ll have fun Summer Reading Club events for kids from 2-3:30 p.m.  July 13 you’ll have fun with rockin’ games.  July 20 you’ll create a sand art masterpiece.

LEGO Club

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

Otaku Club

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

Teen gaming

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

Teen writers group

Join us next Wednesday, July 18 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.

Adult education summer schedule

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) is working on a summer schedule – from 2-7 p.m. on Tuesdays.   Come to your library to get help 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.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on alternate Mondays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  Today, July 12 is Windows 10.  July 16 is creating resumes on Microsoft Word.  July 26 is saving photos to the cloud using a variety of online platforms.  July 30 is Google maps.

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 babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Large print

“Beach House Reunion” by Mary Alice Monroe takes place in a Southern home on the Isles of Palms.  “Probable Claws” by Rita Maw Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown is a Mrs. Murphy mystery.  “The Gray Ghost” by Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell is a Sam and Remi Fargo adventure.  “Island of the Mad” by Laurie R. King is a mystery featuring Mary Russell and her husband Sherlock Holmes.  “Turbulence” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington adventure.  “Shelter in Place” by Nora Roberts begins with a shooting in a mall.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Murder in Paradise” by James Patterson contains three suspense stories.  “Liar, Liar” by Lisa Jackson starts with the death of a woman who is not who she seems.

Nonfiction

“Going to the Mountain” by Ndaba Mandela is the story of lessons learned from Nelson Mandela by his grandson.  “The Three Questions” by spiritual leader Don Miguel Ruiz asks readers to consider the essential questions that drive our lives.  “Many Love” by Sophie Lucido Johnsen is a memoir of a polyamorous woman.

CDs

“Turbulence” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington thriller.  “The Outsider” by Stephen King is a horror story.  “The President is Missing” by Bill Clinton and James Patterson is a mystery.  “The Gray Ghost” by Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell is a Sam and Remi Fargo adventure.

DVDs

“Lilo & Stitch 2” is a Disney family comedy.  “Man in an Orange Shirt” is a Masterpiece drama about gay life in 1940’s Britain.  “Wanted” is an action movie starring Angelina Jolie.  “I Can Only Imagine” is an inspiring true story behind the title’s hit song.  “The “Switch” is a romance starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman.  “An Act of Love” is a documentary about a Methodist minister.

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 Wendy Mirr, Nancy Crouse, Marilyn Falvey and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“It’s very important in life to know when to shut up. You should not be afraid of silence. – Alex Trebek, American-Canadian TV personality and host of Jeopardy! since 1984.

07/05/2018

Fly fishing lessons, free legal clinic and music club for adults
We have three special free events for adults to highlight for this coming week:

Our wildly popular fly fishing class is back – but note that registration is required in person or by phone to your library at 264-2209.  Mark will provide classroom instruction on Tuesday, July 10 from 9-11 a.m.  Demos and casting practice takes place at Yamaguchi Park on Thursday, July 12 from 9-11 a.m.  Please bring your own equipment if you have it.  An optional field trip to the river will take place on Saturday, July 14.

To celebrate this year’s Summer Reading Program theme Libraries Rock, your library is hosting a music club next Thursday, July 12 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. where you can come to talk music with others.  It’s like a book club except you listen to music and talk about your favorite artists, albums and songs.  Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

Next Friday, July 13 from 2-3 p.m. a free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney will take place via computer link.  Volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property tax, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans benefits and civil protection orders.  Please check in at the registration desk.  This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month.

Friends of the Library book sale
One of the most popular events of the summer – the Friends of the Library book sale – takes place on Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11.  Friday’s potluck and preview sale for members starts at 5 p.m.  The Saturday sale for the public runs from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., an hour longer than last year, and unsold items will be marked down to half price in the afternoon.  Watch for more details as the date gets closer, and be sure to mark your calendars now so you don’t miss it.

Summer Reading Program underway
The free Summer Reading Program for all ages is on now through July 27.  Sign up at the desk or register from home on our website to get started and pick up (or print out) your first bingo cards. 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.  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 27 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.)

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

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

SR Club for kids tomorrow
Every Friday we’ll have fun Summer Reading Club events for kids from 2-3:30 p.m.  July 6 you’ll design your own pet rocks.  July 13 you’ll have fun with rockin’ games.  July 20 you’ll create a sand art masterpiece.

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

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

Adult book club
Our free adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On July 10 we will discuss “The Life We Bury” by Allen Eskens.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  Light snacks and beverages will be served.  No registration required.

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

Teen role-playing
The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, July 11 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 instruction
Join us for this free basic course next Wednesday, July 11 from 4-5 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish.  We will be starting from the beginning.

Rock painting
Fourth-12th graders are invited to stop by the library to paint some rocks next Thursday, July 12 from 4-5 p.m.

Adult education summer schedule
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) is working on a summer schedule – from 2-7 p.m. on Tuesdays.   Come to your library to get help 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, July 5.

Computer/technology classes
Join us on alternate Mondays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  July 12 is Windows 10.  July 16 is creating resumes on Microsoft Word.  July 26 is saving photos to the cloud using a variety of online platforms.  July 30 is Google maps.

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 babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

DVDs
“Masters of Photography” is part of the National Geographic Great Courses series.  “Charged” is a survival and love story about a man shocked by 2400 volts of electricity.  “Lilo & Stitch” is a Disney animated adventure.  “Inspector Lewis” is the pilot and complete first season of this PBS Masterpiece Mystery.

CDs
“What Einstein Got Wrong” and “Why You Are Who You Are: Investigations into Human Personality” are part of the Great Courses science series.   “American Military History: From Colonials to Counterinsurgents” analyzes more than two centuries of American wars.  “Spanish” is the Pimsleur Express instruction with 13 interactive conversations.

Mysteries and thrillers
“The Perfect Couple”  by Elin Hilderbrand begins when a body is found just hours before a wedding.  “Bring Me Back” by B.A. Paris is a psychological suspense story.

Other novels
“The Skaar Invasion” by Terry Brooks is the second book of the four-part conclusion to the Shannara fantasy series.

How-to and self-help
“Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now” by virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier offers reasons for you to leave your online platforms.  “Ageless Brain” from the editors of Prevention magazine offers tips to help you think faster, remember more and stay sharper.  “The Drought Resilient Farm” by Dale Strickler is a guide to keep water in your soil and help your plants and livestock access it.  “Backpacker Hidden Gems” by Maren Horjus describes 100 undiscovered hikes in America.

Other nonfiction
“The Book of Enoch” is an ancient Jewish religious work attributed to the great grandfather of Noah, but it is not included in the Bible.  “The Faith of Dolly Parton” by Dudley Delffs documents how her faith has inspired her – and the author – throughout her life.  “Famous Father Girl”  by Jamie Bernstein is the memoir of Leonard Bernstein’s daughter.  “The Right Answer” by U.S. Congressman John K. Delaney is a call for bipartisan action, entrepreneurial action and a renewed commitment to American values.

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
“Getting old, I am delighted to report, is not a prescription for acting old.” —  From  “Keep Moving and Other Tips and Truths about Aging,” a memoir by show business legend Dick Van Dyke.

6/28/2018

LIBRARY NEWS

Music coding for teens and Wild-N-Crazy Critters Exotic Pet Shop for all ages

We have two unusual, fun and free Summer Reading Program events to highlight for this coming week:

            ►Today, Thursday, June 28 from 4-5:30 p.m. fifth-12th graders will want to come to the library for a special teen music coding event.  You’ll learn to make music with computer code.  Some laptops will be provided, but if you have one please bring it.

Saturday, June 30 the Wild-N-Crazy Critters Exotic Pet Shop will bring an assortment of reptiles, small animals, birds and invertebrates for an all-ages event from 10 a.m.-noon.  They will talk about each animal and do some interactive handling for those who want to participate.  There will be no registration for this event, but space is limited so you’ll be included on a first come, first served basis.

Library closure

Your library will be closed on July 4 for Independence Day. 

Did you know…

…that your library has a multitude of DVDs and CDs that you can check out for your in-home and travel entertainment?  We have hundreds of audio books on CD in fiction and non-fiction and in the Spanish language – plus musical CDs of all types.  Our DVD selection continues to grow and includes movies of all types and for all ages.  With a variety of genres offered, you will be able to find something for everyone in your family.  Remember to look in the children and teen areas of the library for additional items.

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

Friends of the Library book sale

One of the most popular events of the summer – the Friends of the Library book sale – takes place on Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11.  Friday’s potluck and preview sale for members starts at 5 p.m.  The Saturday sale for the public runs from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., an hour longer than last year, and unsold items will be marked down to half price in the afternoon.  Watch for more details as the date gets closer, and be sure to mark your calendars now so you don’t miss it.

Summer Reading Program underway

The free Summer Reading Program for all ages is on now through July 27.  Sign up at the desk or register from home on our website to get started and pick up (or print out) your first bingo cards. 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.  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 27 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.)

Activities calendars available

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free Summer Reading Program events and other 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.

Fly fishing instruction for adults today

Our wildly popular fly fishing class is back – but note that registration is required in person or by phone to your library at 264-2209.  Demos and casting practice take place at Yamaguchi Park today (Thursday, June 28) from 9-11 a.m.  Please bring your own equipment if you have it.  An optional field trip to the river will take place on Saturday, June 30; time and place to be determined.

Teen bookclub tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, June 29) from 2-3 p.m. at the teen bookclub, seventh-12th graders will discuss “The Black Witch” by Laurie Forest and enjoy free snacks.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.

SR Club for kids tomorrow

Every Friday we’ll have fun Summer Reading Club events for kids from 2-3:30 p.m.  June 29 you can make your own musical instruments out of recyclable materials.  July 6 you’ll design your own pet rocks.  July 13 you’ll have fun with rockin’ games.  July 20 you’ll create a sand art masterpiece.

All-ages movie

Join us Monday, July 2 from 3-4:30 p.m. for a PG movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars

Teen gaming

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

Teen advisory board

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

Adult education new summer schedule

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) is working on a summer schedule – from 2-7 p.m. on Tuesdays.   Come to your library to get help 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 July 3 or 5.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on alternate Mondays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  June 28 we’ll review tools to protect your privacy online.  July 2 is Internet searching.  July 12 is Windows 10.  July 16 is creating resumes on Microsoft Word.  July 26 is saving photos to the cloud using a variety of online platforms.  July 30 is Google maps.

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 babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Note no storytime on Saturday, June 30.

Large print

“The Death of Mrs. Westaway” by Ruth Ware is a mystery that begins with a letter delivered to the wrong person.  “To the Moon and Back” by Karen Kingsbury is book three in the Baxter Family romance series.  “The Outsider” by Stephen King is a horror story.  “The Moscow Deception” by Karen Robards is a suspense story.   “Us Against You” by Fredrik Backman tells of a town with a new coach and a chance of a comeback for their hockey team.  “When Life Gives You Lululemons” by Lauren Weisberger features a Hollywood image consultant who needs a big opportunity.         “How Hard Can It Be?” by Allison Pearson follows a 49-year-old woman forced to return to work to support her family. 

Short stories

“Brief Cases” by Jim Butcher contains 12 stories from the supernatural fantasy world of Harry Dresden. 

Mysteries and thrillers

“Line of Sight” by Mike Maden is a Jack Ryan thriller in the Tom Clancy series.  “Bearskin” by James A. McLaughlin features a man obsessed with catching poaches before they skill more bears.  “The Pharaoh Key” by Preston & Child is about a code-breaking machine.

Other novels

“How Hard Can It Be?” by Allison Pearson follows a 49-year-old woman forced to return to work to support her family.  “The Book of Essie” by Meghan Maclean Weir features a 17-yeaqr-old on a reality show who becomes pregnant.

How-to and self-help

“Cuba: The Cookbook” by Madelaine Vazquez Galvez and Imogene Tondre features 300 traditional recipes and regional specialties.   “The New Small House” by architect Katie Hutchison describes more than 25  houses and retreats.  “Compact Cabins” by Gerald Rowan outlines 62 plans for living in 1,000 square feet or less.  “Tiny House Floor Plans” by Michael Janzen contains more than 200 floor plans.

Nonfiction

“Lincoln’s Last Trial” by Dan Abrams documents the murder case that propelled him to the presidency.  “I Love Capitalism!”  by Ken Langone is the memoir of the cofounder of The Home Depot.  “Homelands” by Alfredo Corchado looks at the last great Mexican migration through the eyes of four friends.   “Turncoat” by Stephen Brumwell delves into the factors behind Benedict Arnold’s abandonment of the revolutionary cause.           

DVDs

“Africa” is part of the BBC Earth series.  “Love, Simon” is a coming-of-age story.  “Jane” is a National Geographic documentary about Jane Goodall,  the chimpanzee researcher.  “The Fencer,” based on a true story, won the 2016 Academy Award for best foreign film (it’s in Estonian with English subtitles).  “Anita O’Day” is an award-winning  documentary about the life of the jazz singer.              

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 a generous donation, we thank M C Roddis.

Quotable Quote

“Even if you can’t bring yourself to get rid of your stuff, your heirs will have no such qualms at all.” – Finn Murphy, professional mover and author of “The Long Haul.”

6/21/2018

Audio books for families:  Great storytelling at home and on car trips

Listening to audio books is a wonderful way for families to enjoy contemporary and classical stories together – at home and on car trips.

To be sure your kids will enjoy the books, let them help you pick which ones they want to listen to.  As you choose, consider three things – subject, length of the book and its narrator (who may be a celebrity your youngster knows from TV or movies).

The popularity of audio books has skyrocketed in recent years, as evidenced by the fact that your library’s collection of books on CD is greatly used and much appreciated by our patrons.  Now a recent article in The New York Times suggests that we may love audio books because they take us back to our childhood when our parents, grandparents and other caregivers read out loud to us.

There also is an historical context to our enjoyment of the spoken word.  As T.M. Luhrmann, a professor of anthropology at Stanford University, wrote in The Times: “For most of human history, literature has been spoken out loud.  The Iliad and the Odyssey were sung…. Even after narratives were written down, they were more often heard than read.”

Upon reflection, the popularity of today’s audio books may be another example of the old adage, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Friends of the Library book sale

One of the most popular events of the summer – the Friends of the Library book sale – takes place on Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11.  Friday’s potluck and preview sale for members starts at 5 p.m.  The Saturday sale for the public runs from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., an hour longer than last year, and unsold items will be marked down to half price in the afternoon.  Watch for more details as the date gets closer, and be sure to mark your calendars now so you don’t miss it.

Summer Reading Program underway

The free Summer Reading Program for all ages is on now through July 27.  Sign up at the desk or register from home on our website to get started and pick up (or print out) your first bingo cards. 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.  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 27 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.)

Activities calendars available

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free Summer Reading Program events and other 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.

Teens music coding event

Fifth-12th graders will want to save the date of next Thursday, June 28 from 4-5:30 p.m. for a special music coding event.  You’ll learn to make music with computer code.  Some laptops will be provided, but if you have one please bring it.

Board games fun today

Fourth-12th graders are invited to a free board games session today (Thursday, June 21) from 4-5:30 p.m.  Join us to play a variety of board and tabletop games.

SR Club for kids tomorrow

Every Friday this month we’ll have fun Summer Reading Club events for kids from 2-3:30 p.m.  Tomorrow, June 22, you can paint your own masterpiece.  June 29 you can make your own musical instruments out of recyclable materials.

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 22) they will discuss “Calling Me Home” by Julie Kibler.  Stop by your library to pick up a copy.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.

LEGO Club and all-ages contest

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, June 23 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Also, as part of the Summer Reading Program, we are having an all-ages LEGO contest.  Submissions must be turned in by tomorrow, June 22.  Prizes for different age groups will be awarded on Saturday, June 23 at 12:15 p.m. after LEGO Club.  Entries must be built ahead of time and they must be of your own creation, not a LEGO kit or from another source.  Also, no Technic or motorized pieces.  Entries cannot be larger than 18” x 18” x 18”.  Any questions?  Ask at your library or phone 264-2209.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is next Monday, June 25 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.

Fly fishing instruction for adults

Our wildly popular fly fishing class is back – but note that registration is required in person or by phone to your library at 264-2209.  Mark will provide classroom instruction on Tuesday, June 26 from 9-11 a.m.  Demos and casting practice takes place at Yamaguchi Park on Thursday, June 28 from 9-11 a.m.  Please bring your own equipment if you have it.  An optional field trip to the river will take place on Saturday, June 30.

Paws to Read

Tuesday, June 26 from 2-3 p.m., youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Bacchus, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a free Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, June 27 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

Next Wednesday, June 27 from 4-5 p.m. practice your Spanish with other Spanish-language learners and speakers  at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Adult education new summer schedule

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) is working on a summer schedule – from 2-7 p.m. on Tuesdays.   Come to your library to get help 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, June 21.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  No class today, June 21.  June 28 we’ll review tools to protect your privacy online.

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 babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Spanish-language books

“El  Dia Que Se Perdio El Amor” by Javier Castillo is a combination suspense-love story.  “La Mujer en la Ventana” by A.J. Finn is a suspense story featuring a reclusive woman.  “Sigo Siendo Yo” by Jojo Moyes follows a young woman who comes to New York and finds herself mingling with high society.  “Una Novela Criminal” by Jorge Volpi is a criticism of policies against criminals that do not look at the root causes of the problems.  “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline is set in a virtual utopia in 2044.  “La Paradoja Vegetal” by cardiologist Dr. Steven R. Gundry explores problems with some plant-based proteins.

Short stories

“Florida” by Lauren Groff is a collection of short stories spanning characters, towns, decades and centuries, all with Florida at the gravitational center.

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Moscow Offensive” by Dale Brown is an Iron Wolf Squadron thriller.  “Dreams of Falling” by Karen White follows two women who return home to South Carolina with a devastating secret.

How-to and self-help

“Happy Cactus” by John Pilbeam provides practical tips to help you take care of more than 100 cacti and succulents.  “Digestive Health with Real Food” by Aglaee Jacob is a practical guide to an anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense diet for IBS and other digestive issues.  “The Rodale Book of Composting” by Grace  Gershuny and Deborah L. Martin offers simple methods to improve your soil, recycle waste and grow healthier plants.

Nonfiction

“Tesla” BY Richard Munson is the biography of a genius inventor of the radio, robots and remote control who died alone in a New York City hotel.  “Tiger Woods” by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian is a biography of the golfer based on years of reporting and interviews with more then 250 people.  “2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Official Book” is a guide to the soccer tournament going on now.  “Hue 1968” by Mark Bowden is a history of the4 biggest battle of the Vietnam War.  “Rude” by English columnist Katie Hopkins is part memoir and part handbook for the modern woman.  “Black Klansman” by Ron Stallworth is a memoir of a black police officer who goes undercover to investigate the KKK; it is about to become a film directed by Spike Lee.

DVDs

“Thelma” is a Norwegian supernatural drama.  “The War” is a seven-part Ken Burns documentary about World War II.  “Indian Summers” is the complete first season of the Masterpiece series. 

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 Alexis Snider and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“Genius is immediate but talent takes time.” – Janet Flanner (1892-1978), author,  journalist and former Paris correspondent for The New Yorker magazine.

6/14/2018

Steampunk crafts, dancing raisins and reading with a therapy dog

Here are just three of the many fun Summer Reading Program activities going on this week:

A special Summer Reading edition of Steamboat Crafts takes place today, Thursday, June 14, from 4-5:30 p.m. for 7th-12th graders when you’ll make wind chimes from gears, keys and whatever else we can find.

Every Friday this month we’ll have fun Summer Reading Club events for kids from 2-3:30 p.m.  Tomorrow, June 15, we’ll do science experiments with dancing raisins.  June 22 you can paint your own masterpiece.  June 29 you can make your own musical instruments out of recyclable materials.

Saturday, June 16 from 11 a.m. – noon, youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Lainey, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a free Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

Summer Reading Program underway

The free Summer Reading Program for all ages is on now through July 27.  Sign up at the desk or register from home on our website to get started and pick up (or print out) your first bingo cards. 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.  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 27 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.)

Activities calendars available

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

All-ages LEGO contest

As part of the Summer Reading Program, we are having an all-ages LEGO contest.  Submissions must be turned in between June 18 and 22.  Prizes for different age groups will be awarded on Saturday, June 23 at 12:15 p.m. after LEGO Club.  Entries must be built ahead of time and they must be of your own creation, not a LEGO kit or from another source.  Also, no Technic or motorized pieces.  Entries cannot be larger than 18” x 18” x 18”.  Any questions?  Ask at your library or phone 264-2209.

Otaku Club

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

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 Wednesday, June 20 from 1-2 p.m. you’ll have the option of making a stone planter or a stone candle holder using rocks and hot glue.  No registration required. 

Teen writers group

Join us next Wednesday, June 20 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.  Special guest this session will be local author Mariko Tatsumoto.

Board games fun

Fourth-12th graders are invited to a free board games session next Thursday, June 21 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Join us to play a variety of board and tabletop games.

Adult education new summer schedule

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) is working on a new summer schedule – from 2-7 p.m. on Tuesdays.   Come to your library to get help 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 June 21.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  Today, June 14, we’ll review Consumer Health Complete, the single most comprehensive resource for consumer health content.  No class on June 21.  June 28 reviews tools to protect your privacy online.

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 babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  

Backpacks available for free checkout

Thanks to a partnership between the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado State Library, we have two backpacks available for free checkout.  They contain a state park pass, binoculars, a wildlife guide, a trees and wildlife guide, a book about the 42 state parks, and more. They 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.

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Favorite Sister” by Jessica Knoll begins with two fiercely competitive sisters cast on a reality TV show.  “The President Is Missing” by Bill Clinton and James Patterson is a thriller that promises details only a president could know.

Other novels

“Adjustment Day” by Chuck Palahniuk is a satiric look at the absurdities in our society.  “Felo-De-Se by R.A. Monroe features a woman who loves only those she embalms.

Short stories

“Calypso” by humorist David Sedaris is a collection of 21 family stories about middle age and mortality.

How-to and self-help

“USA Southwest”  is an Insight Guide that includes a free e-book and app.   “Off the Clock” by Laura Vanderkam offers strategies to help you feel less busy while getting more done.  “The Campout Cookbook” by Marnie Hanel and Jen Stevenson provides more than 100 recipes to cook in the backcountry – but please don’t use it around here while we are under outdoor fire bans.

Other nonfiction

“Energy” by Richard Rhodes is a human history highlighting energy transitions that revolutionized the world.

Books on CD

“Tyrant” by Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt explores the playwright’s insight into bad and often mad rulers.   “The Bloody Sour” by Mickey Spillane and Max Allen Collins is a Caleb York western.  “The Evil Men Do” by Ralph Compton is part of the bestselling series.   “Better Off Dead” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Shawn O’Brien western.

DVDs

“Beautiful Birds” is the PBS Nature program.  “Heartland” is the complete third season.  “Pokemon” is the four-film collector’s set.   

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 Robin Galloway, Cody Wilson and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived, and lived well.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American essayist, lecturer, philosopher and poet.

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