12/5/2019

Fun, free Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo and Growing Readers events next week

Our highly popular“Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo!” takes place Tuesday, December 10 from 4-6 p.m.  This is a free all-ages holiday celebration with lots of fun seasonal crafts to make and take home while you enjoy hot chocolate. 

Then Wednesday, December 11 from 11 a.m.-noon is the first of a free two-part workshop called “Growing Readers Together: Play, Learn and Grow” for anyone involved in childcare.  You’ll learn easy, fun ways to support early learning through play.  Children are welcome to come also.  Participants will receive materials to keep playing and learning at home.

The first five years in a child’s life are crucial to your child’s development.  These two workshops will explore easy ways to infuse everyday activities with literacy and science so young people are ready to read and thrive when they start school.  The second workshop takes place Tuesday, December 17 from 4-5 p.m. 

How to freeze your holds when you away from home

Many patrons love the hold service available at your library which allows you to reserve books and other materials when they are checked out to others.  But you may not know that you can freeze, or suspend, your holds at any time.  This tool can be helpful when you are traveling, and may be especially useful to you during the busy holiday season. 

The best part is you do not lose your place in line.  When your hold is thawed, or released, you go right back in to the same place in your hold line; you do not go to the end of the line.

To freeze your holds online, first log into your account.  On the left side of the page, click on “Titles on Hold.”  A list of all items you have on hold will appear.  If they are not currently in transit, you can freeze the hold until you return from your travels or are ready to receive your hold again.    To freeze your hold, click on the button that says “Freeze Hold.”  Choose the date to thaw and resume the hold again and then click “Freeze Hold.”  The freeze will begin immediately. 

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.

Teen advisory board today

Today, Thursday, December 5, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Sixth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

Paws to Read tomorrow

Friday, December 6 from 2:30-3:30 p.m., youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Kate, 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. 

Knitting Club for teens and adults

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

Adult book club

Our free adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On December 10 we will discuss “Born a Crime” by Travor Noah.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  Light refreshments will be served.  No registration required.

Homeschool social hour

Stop by next Thursday, December 12 from 1-2 p.m. for a chance to visit with fellow homeschool families, discuss curriculum and learning opportunities, and look through resources while the kids participate in crafts and other activities.  Josie, your early literacy librarian, is eager to collect ideas on how to serve homeschool families in our community and get your feedback on the value of these sessions.

Computer classes

This is a free program to learn a useful technology skill or application. No registration required.  Monday, December 16 covers protecting your privacy online as you learn how your online behavior is tracked and used.

Teen gaming rescheduled

Free teen gaming normally happens on Tuesdays for teens in the 6th-12th grades, but just for December it will happen on three Thursdays because of scheduling conflicts.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks on December 12, 19 and 26 from 4–5:30 p.m.

ESL classes expand to evening sessions

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

Clases nocturnas de ESL en la biblioteca.    

Las clases han sido tan apreciadas en su biblioteca que nosotros – por demanda popular – estamos cambiando una de las sesiones semanales de la noche para facilitar la participación de más personas. El nuevo horario es los martes de 5-7 y los viernes de 12-4. Las clases son dirigidas por dos maestras altamente experimentadas; Joyce Holdread enseñará a los estudiantes intermedios y avanzados y Ellen Ragone enseñará a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course is available only twice more in December: today, Thursday, December 5 from 2-7 p.m., and   Monday the 30th from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 3-3:45 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  

DVDs

“Civilizations” is the nine-episode PBS documentary.  “Native America” is PBS’s  four-episode 15,000-year history.  “House of Sand and Fog” stars Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly.  “Nowhere in Africa” won the best foreign language Academy Award in 1986; the DVD is in German with English subtitles.  “Beginners” is a romantic comedy.  “Grizzly Man” is the true story of amateur grizzly expert Timothy Treadmill.  “The Handmaid’s Tale” is season three of the series based on Margaret Atwood’s novel.  “Luce” is a psychological thriller starring Naomi Watts and Octavia Spencer.  “The Vietnam War,” the PBS documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick,  comes in two five-disc sets; volume one contains episodes one-five and volume two contains episodes six-10.  “Nowhere in Africa” is the true story of a German Jewish family fleeing the Nazis to Kenya; it won best foreign language film in the 2001 Academy Awards.

Large print

“To the Land of Long Lost Friends” by Alexander McCall Smith is a No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency mystery.  “Meant to Be Yours” by Susan Mallery is a Happily Inc. romance.  “The Deserter” by Nelson and Alex DeMille is a Delta Force adventure.   “Rough Seas” by Sherryl Woods contains two Molly DeWitt mysteries.  “Christmas Sweets” contains shorts stories by Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine and Leslie Meier.  “The Old Success” by Martha Grimes is a Richard Jury 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 Robin Galloway and our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote

“The painting has a life of its own.  I try to let it come through.” – Jackson Pollock (1912-1956), American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement.

11/28/2019

Our thanks to special people at Thanksgiving

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

  • We are thankful for the many volunteers who work every day to help us maintain the collection; shelve returned books, CDs and DVDs; and make sure all the books and materials are clean and in their proper place.  Because of our small staff, these volunteers are vital to our service to you. 
  • We are grateful for the time and dedication of our library board.  They also are unpaid volunteers who are committed to making the library an essential hub of our community.   
  • We also appreciate the members of our new Foundation board, also unpaid volunteers, with the mission to raise moneys for information resources, programs, services and facilities. 
  • We also want to pay tribute to the Friends of the Library.  Their generosity, enthusiasm and creativity result in so many benefits to your library, especially with the proceeds of their summer book sales.
  • Library director Meg Wempe says she has always appreciated the quote from Elizabeth Andrew, “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they have the heart.” 

If you’re interested in becoming a library volunteer or joining the Friends, please contact Meg at 264-2208.  You will be warmly welcomed.

“We truly appreciate everyone who has given time or funding to the library to help us improve our collection, our service and our vision for ‘Mountains of opportunity to inspire ideas, enrich lives and create community,’ ” she said.

Library closures

Your library will be closed November 28-30 for Thanksgiving, and Tuesday, December 3 for staff development training.

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.

Save the dates for two special events

“Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo!” takes place Tuesday, December 10 from 4-6 p.m.  This is an all-ages holiday celebration with lots of fun seasonal crafts to make and take home while you enjoy hot chocolate.  Then Wednesday, December 11 from 11 a.m.-noon is the first of a two-part workshop called “Growing Readers Together: Play, Learn and Grow” for anyone involved in childcare.  You’ll learn easy, fun ways to infuse everyday activities with literacy projects.  Children are welcome to come also.  Watch for more details in next week’s Library News column.

LGBTQ youth group Monday

A support group to help LGBTQ youth from age 16 to young adults deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination convenes the first Monday of every month from 4-5:30 p.m., this month on December 2.  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 phone number is 970-264-1986. 

Computer classes

These free classes will help you learn a useful technology skill or application. Monday, December 2 from 1-2 p.m. will focus on saving and finding files as you learn how your computer is organized.  No registration required.  Monday, December 16 looks at protecting your privacy online as you learn how your online behavior is tracked and used.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, December 2 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen gaming rescheduled

Free teen gaming normally happens on Tuesdays for teens in the 6th-12th grades, but just for December it will happen on three Thursdays because of scheduling conflicts.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks on December 12, 19 and 26 from 4–5:30 p.m.

Teen role-playing

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

Medicare 101

Do you have questions about Medicare?  San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging Medicare counselor Katy Deshler will help you understand your rights, options, deadlines and where to get more information at a free class next Thursday, December 5 from 10:30 a.m.-noon. For more information contact Kay Kaylor at 264-0501, ext. 1.

Teen advisory board today

Next Thursday, December 5, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Sixth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

ESL classes expand to evening sessions

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

Clases nocturnas de ESL en la biblioteca.    

Las clases han sido tan apreciadas en su biblioteca que nosotros – por demanda popular – estamos cambiando una de las sesiones semanales de la noche para facilitar la participación de más personas. El nuevo horario es los martes de 5-7 y los viernes de 12-4. Las clases son dirigidas por dos maestras altamente experimentadas; Joyce Holdread enseñará a los estudiantes intermedios y avanzados y Ellen Ragone enseñará a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course is available only three times in December: Monday, December 2 and 30 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m., and Thursday, December 5 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 3-3:45 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.  

How-to and self help

“Solar Electricity Basics” by Dan Chiras is the revised second edition of this guide to powering your home or office with solar energy. “Insomnia” is a School of Life Press guide to sleeping well using methods other than medicine. 

Other nonfiction

“A Life on the Edge” by Sheila Weller is a biography of the actress and writer Carrie Fisher, daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.  “The Fall of Richard Nixon” by Tom Brokaw takes readers inside the Washington press corps during the fall of an American president.  “The Plot to Betray America” by intelligence expert Malcolm Nance explores the author’s view of the Trump administration’s damage to national security.  “I Am C-3PO” by actor Anthony Daniels is a behind-the-scenes tale of all nine “Star Wars” movies.  “Finding Chika” by Mitch Albom celebrates a young Haitian orphan whose short life exemplifies the true meaning of family. 

“The Beatles from A to Zed” by Peter Asher is an alphabetical journey into the music of the Beatles and reminiscences of John, Paul, George and Ringo.  “This Land is Their Land” by David Silverman looks at the troubled history of the “first Thanksgiving” 400 years after the event in Plymouth.  “Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister” by Jung Chang documents the stories of three women at the heart of 20th Century China.  “The Great Pretender” by Susannah Cahalan explores an undercover operation into U.S.  asylums to test the legitimacy of  psychiatry’s labels.  “Guilty by Reason of Insanity” by David Limbaugh lays out the author’s belief that the left is a threat to America.  “She Came to Slay” by Erica Armstrong Dunbar is an informative and illustrated biography of Harriet Tubman.  “National Geographic Atlas of the World” is the 11th updated version.  “Rocket Man” by Elton John is a lavishly illustrated biography of the famed singer just in time for his farewell world tour.

Books on CD

“Health Justice Now” by Timothy Faust explains what a single payer health care system is and explores its benefits.  “A Gift from Bob” by James Bowen documents how a street cat helped one man learn the meaning of Christmas.

DVDs

“Good Omens” is a comedy about an angel and a demon who have lived on earth for 6,000 years.  “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” is a horror film.  “The Lion King” is the Disney epic film.  “Going to War” is the PBS documentary of war from the solders’ point of view.

Large print

“Final Option” by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison is an Oregon Files adventure.  “Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry” my Mary Higgins Clark is a thriller featuring investigative journalist Gina Kane.

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

“You’ve got nothing more valuable than time.  Time is the final currency.  Not money, not power.” – David Crosby, 78, American singer-songwriter and musician. In addition to his solo career, he was a founding member of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

11/21/2019

In just one year, people visited public libraries more than a billion times

More than 171 million patrons representing more than half of the nearly 311 million Americans who live within public library service areas visited their local library more than 1.35 billion times in 2016, according to a new study using the latest available statistics.

As well, U.S. public libraries offered half a million more programs in 2016 than the year before, and 113 million people attended 5.2 million programs in 2016.  Also, the number of electronic materials like audio, video and e-books available through public libraries continued to grow, with libraries offering more than 391 million e-books to their patrons.

The data for these impressive results are collected annually from approximately 9,000 public library systems comprised of more than 17,000 main libraries, branches and bookmobiles in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories.

Holiday closure

Your library will be closed November 28-30 for Thanksgiving.

Smokey Bear exhibit

We hope you’ll drop by the library to see a special Smokey Bear portrait exhibit celebrating Smokey’s 75th birthday on Saturday, November 23 from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Monday, November 25 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. This exhibit, which is traveling to ranger districts across the country, commemorates the U.S. Forest Service’s contributions to wildfire prevention and features the artwork of Rudolph Wendelin. He was a Forest Service employee who is the artist behind Smokey Bear.  Beginning in 1944, Wendelin became the full-time artist for the Smokey Bear campaign and was considered Smokey Bear’s “caretaker” until his retirement in 1973. Smokey the Bear is the longest-running public service advertising campaign in United States history, with the goal of bringing awareness to unwanted, human-caused fires in America.

Lifelong Learning lecture

The last talk in the free fall Lifelong Learning lecture series takes place at 5 p.m. today, November 21, when neuroscientist Jean Strahlendorf discusses dementia and new clinical research that strives to reveal ways to potentially stave of its onset and progression. 

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.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, November 22 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.  

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book lovers group normally meets on the fourth Friday of every month, but they will not meet in November.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.  

LEGO Club

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

Tween gaming

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

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, November 27 from 4-5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

ESL classes expand to evening sessions

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

Clases nocturnas de ESL en la biblioteca.    

Las clases han sido tan apreciadas en su biblioteca que nosotros – por demanda popular – estamos cambiando una de las sesiones semanales de la noche para facilitar la participación de más personas. El nuevo horario es los martes de 5-7 y los viernes de 12-4. Las clases son dirigidas por dos maestras altamente experimentadas; Joyce Holdread enseñará a los estudiantes intermedios y avanzados y Ellen Ragone enseñará a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place Mondays from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and Thursdays from 2-7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

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 3-3:45 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.  November 27 will be a free play session. There is no storytime on Saturday, November 23 because of the Smokey Bear exhibit. 

Fiction books on CD

“Stealth” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “Wasteland” by Terry Goodkind is book three of the Children of D’Hara fantasy series.  “Olive, Again” by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout returns to the life of Olive Kitteridge.  “The Guardians” by John Grisham is a legal mystery.  “36 Righteous Men” by Steven Pressfield is a Manning and Duwai thriller.

Nonfiction books on CD

“Help!  Someone I Love Has Cancer” by Joel Hughes offers real-life advice from a family who have experienced cancer.  “Home Work” by Julie Andrews is the second installment of the actress’s memoirs, this one focusing on her Hollywood years.  “Dear Scott, Dear Zelda” contains letters between F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and a narrative by two scholars.  “In Pain” by Travis Rieder is a bioethicist’s memoir of opioid dependence after an accident.  “The Toxic Parents Survival Guide” by psychologist Bryn Collins helps you free yourself from an emotionally unavailable parent. 

Nonfiction

“For Small Creatures Such as We” by Sasha Sagan explores Earth’s marvels and how they provide meaning to our lives.  “Slice of Life” by Juliara Jensen tells why it is important to your life to be close to nature.  “America’s Game” by Jerry Rice and Randy O. Williams celebrates the NFL’s first 100 years. 

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 Ed Robinson and our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” – Andy Warhol (1928-1987), American artist, director and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art.

11/14/2019

Christmas books to enjoy or give as gifts, plus stuffed animal sleepover       

With Thanksgiving so late this year, you may also be thinking about Christmas, which is only a little more than five weeks away.  So we wanted to give you some ideas about new holiday books that might be good for you to read or give as gifts to family and friends.

We already have four mysteries and thrillers debuting for the Christmas season:  “The 19th Christmas” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is a Women’s Murder Club mystery available as a book and on CD.  “The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street” by Karen White follows a search for valuable artifacts in the garden of a centuries-old home.  “Owl be Home for Christmas” by Donna Andrews is a large-print Meg Langslow mystery.  “Aunt Dimity and the Heart of Gold” by Nancy Atherton is a large-print mystery set in a small English village.

“The Perfect Love Song” by Patti Callahan Henry is a Christmas romance.  “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” is a Chicken Soup for the Soul collection of 101 inspiriting stories of holiday love and wonder.  “Let it Snow” by Nancy Thayer is a Christmas romance set on Nantucket.  “Spirit of the Season” by Fern Michaels is a large-print story set in a B&B in North Carolina.  “A Mrs. Miracle Christmas: by Debbie Macomber features a caregiver with magical talents and is available as a book and on CD.   “Christmas Shopaholic” by Sophie Kinsella is a new Shopaholic adventure.

Stuffed animal sleepover

Aspen and Cinnamon, our new mascots in the children’s section of your library, are hosting a party for all their friends on Tuesday, November 19 at 5:30 p.m.  All guests, human and animal, will participate in a brief storytime before the humans tuck their stuffed animal into bed for the night.  The stuffed animals will stay overnight with Aspen and Cinnamon, so please bring only special stuffed friends who can be separated from their humans.       

Holiday closure

Your library will be closed November 28-30 for Thanksgiving.

Lifelong Learning lecture

The last talk in the free fall Lifelong Learning lecture series takes place at 5 p.m.   November 21 when neuroscientist Jean Strahlendorf  discusses dementia and new clinical research that strives to reveal ways to potentially stave of its onset and progression. 

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.

All-ages movie tomorrow

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

Computer class

On Monday, November 18 from 1-2 p.m. the free computer class will feature Google Drive when you will learn how to save documents, save your files online and collaborate with others.

Otaku Club

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

Adult DIY

At this month’s free DIY event next Tuesday, November 19 from 1-2 p.m., you’ll make a Thanksgiving wreath that celebrates the fall foliage.  No registration required.

Teen gaming

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

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, November 20 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 expand to evening sessions

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

Clases nocturnas de ESL en la biblioteca.    

Las clases han sido tan apreciadas en su biblioteca que nosotros – por demanda popular – estamos cambiando una de las sesiones semanales de la noche para facilitar la participación de más personas. El nuevo horario es los martes de 5-7 y los viernes de 12-4. Las clases son dirigidas por dos maestras altamente experimentadas; Joyce Holdread enseñará a los estudiantes intermedios y avanzados y Ellen Ragone enseñará a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place Mondays from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and Thursdays from 2-7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

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 3-3:45 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 that Bacchus, our favorite PAWS to Read dog, will be a special guest on Wednesday, November 20.

How-to and self-help

“Skoolie!” by Will Sutherland shows you how to convert a school bus or van into a tiny home or RV.   “Nomad” by Emma Reddington is a guide to life on the road and off the grid.  “Reading Group Choices 2020” describes selections for lively discussions chosen by authors, agents, publicists, librarians, booksellers and publishing people.  “Best in Travel 2020” is a Lonely Planet guide.  “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” by Patricia Schultz is a new visual edition of this iconic bestseller.  “Hand Hewn” by Jack Soborn is a guide for people seeking natural and simply beautiful architecture.  “Nothing Fancy” by Alison Roman is an unfussy guide to having people over for a meal.  “Whole 30 Friends & Family” by Melissa Hartwig Urban contains menus and recipes for social occasions like birthday parties, baby showers, tailgating and more.  “Food: What the Heck Should I Cook?” by Dr. Mark Hyman features more than 100 delicious and nutritous recipes for weight loss and good health. 
Other nonfiction

“Classic Krakauer” by Jon Krakauer is a collection of 10 essays on wilderness and risk.  Trump vs. China” by Newt Gringrich explores the threat of Communist China to America.  “Running with Sherman” by Christopher McDougall is the story of a gentle but badly o;; rescue donkey who made himself and others better by his racing success.  “All the President’s Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator” by Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizsy looks as far back as Trump’s childhood to explore his relationships with women. 

Novels

“Find Me” by Andre Aciman is a follow-up to “Call; Me by Your Name” that became an Academy Award-winning film. 

Books on CD

“Child’s Play” by Danielle Steel follows three adult children making choices that surprise their mother.  “Me” by Elton John is the autobiography of this singer/songwriter.  “To the Land of Long Lost Friends” by Alexander McCall Smith is a No. 1 ladies Detective Agency mystery.  “Mosaic” by Michael C Grumley is a sci-fi story.  Bloody Genius” by John Sanford is a Virgil Flowers mystery.  “The Giver of Stars” by Jojo Moyes is based on a true story about women who bring books to people who never have had any.

Large print

“Blood Sky at Morning” by Jory Sherman is a Shadow Rider western.  “Flight of the Hawk: The Plains” by W. Michael Gear is a novel of the American West.  “A Good American Family” by David Maraniss tells the story of the author’s father who was blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1932.  “American Predator” by Maureen Callahan unveils the story of a relentless killer never as famous as Ted Bundy or Jeffrey Dahmer. 

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“Blue Moon” by Lee Child is a Jack Reacher thriller.  “The Family Upstairs” by Lisa Jewell follows a woman who learns her identity ate age 25.

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 Gary Snider and our anonymous donors.  For their generous donation in memory of Marjorie Witting, we thanks David and Lucia Oswald.

Quotable Quote

“We are always doing something, talking, reading, listening to the radio, planning what’s next.  The mind is kept naggingly busy on some easy, unimportant external thing all day.” – Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), journalist, editor, freelance writer and teacher of writing. She is best known for her book “If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit.”

11/7/2019


Tips to help encourage your children to read this winter
As we enter the darker days of winter, books can be even more popular companions for your children, if you follow some or all of these tips:

  • Set aside a specific time each day for reading.  Read together and create time for children to read on their own.  A nighttime reading routine is especially rewarding.
  • Create a fun reading space in your home, such as a tent or fort with comfy pillows, bean bags and blankets – and, of course, a basket of books.
  • Be a role model.  If your kids see you reading, you’re setting a good example.
  • Ensure reading materials are readily available in your home and carry them with you everywhere – including in your car and when you go to appointments where you might have to wait.
  • Introduce youngsters to a book series to help keep reading interest high.
  • Regularly take your children to the library to attend some of the many activities appropriate for their age and to pick out books. Allowing them to choose what they want to read helps nurture lifelong readers.

Holiday hours
Your library will be open on Veterans Day but closed November 28-30 for Thanksgiving.

Lifelong Learning lectures
The next talk in the free fall Lifelong Learning lecture series takes place at 5 p.m.   today, November 7, featuring the San Juan Search and Rescue – who they are and what they do to save lives.  On November 21 neuroscientist Jean Strahlendorf  discusses dementia and new clinical research that strives to reveal ways to potentially stave of its onset and progression.  Pick up a brochure at your library with more information on each of these interesting and illuminating talks.  We hope to see you there.

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, November 7, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Sixth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

Paws to Read tomorrow
Tomorrow, Friday, November 8, from 2:30-3:30 p.m., youngsters of all ages 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.

Legal clinic tomorrow
Tomorrow, Friday, November 8, 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, November 9 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club. 

Tween gaming
Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, November 11 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

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

Adult book club
Our free adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On November 12 we will discuss “The Overstory” by Richard Powers.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  Light refreshments will be served.  No registration required.

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

Clases nocturnas de ESL en la biblioteca
Las clases han sido tan apreciadas en su biblioteca que nosotros – por demanda popular – estamos cambiando una de las sesiones semanales de la noche para facilitar la participación de más personas. El nuevo horario es los martes de 5-7 y los viernes de 12-4. Las clases son dirigidas por dos maestras altamente experimentadas; Joyce Holdread enseñará a los estudiantes intermedios y avanzados y Ellen Ragone enseñará a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse.

Teen role-playing
The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, November 13 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Adult education
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place Mondays from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and Thursdays from 2-7 p.m. Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

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 3-3:45 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 that Saturday, November 9 is an introduction to French with Zhena via songs and literacy activities, and Wednesday, November 13 is American Sign Language in a music and movement program with Diann Tator..

DVDs
“Mary and the Witch’s Flower” is an animated family film.  “Vikings Unearthed” is a BBC Nova documentary.  “Superheroes” is a history from comic strip adventurers of the Great Depression to movie superstars of today.  “True Detective” is the complete third season.  “The Haunting of Hill House” features five siblings who grew up in the most famous haunted house in America.  “The Devil’s Backbone” is a supernatural thriller.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense
“The Night Fire” by Michael Connelly is a Renee Ballard and Harry Bosch mystery.  “Running in the Field” by John Le Carre follows a 47-year veteran British spy asked to do one more job.

Other novels
“Texas Forever” by Janet Dailey is a western romance.   “Lawman” by Ethan J. Wolfe is book five of the Regulator western series.       

Large print
“The United States of Trump” by Bill O’Reilly shows how his life events forged his worldview.  “Land of Wolves” by Craig Johnson is a Longmire mystery.  “The Darwin Affair” by Tim Mason begins with an assassination attempt to Queen Victoria.  

Nonfiction
“A Better Planet: 40 Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future” edited by Daniel C. Esty presents solutions from environmental thought-leaders across the political spectrum.  “The Body” by Bill Bryson guides us through the human body – how it functions, how it fails and how it can heal itself.  “On The Plain of the Snakes” by Paul Theroux documents the author’s drive the length of the U.S.-Mexico border to uncover the world behind the brutal headlines.  “Me” by Elton John is the autobiography of this singer-songwriter.  “The Inflammation Spectrum” by Dr. Will Cole is a customized action plan  for healthy eating. 

“The Wholesome Easy Keto Cookbook” by Maya Krampf contains 100 low-carb recipes with 10 ingredients or fewer.  “Healthy Instant Pot” by Alexis Mersel contains 70 fast, fresh and easy recipes.  “Three Days at the Brink” by Bret Baier covers a secret meeting with FDR, Churchill and Stalin.  “Edison” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Edmund Morris is a biography of the most famous American of his time.

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 Ed Robinson and our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote
“Try your best to make goodness attractive.  That’s one of the toughest assignments you’ll ever be given.”  — Fred Rogers (1928-2003), host of the children’s TV series “Mister Rogers’s Neighborhood” and ordained Presbyterian minister.



10/31/2019

Fun free Halloween events today and tomorrow

Today, Thursday, October 31, before 4:15 p.m. is your last chance to enter our annual pumpkin decorating contest.  Pumpkins can be carved, painted or decorated.  The party runs from 3-5:15 p.m.  Join us for snacks while you wait for the announcement of the winners at 5:15 p.m. in five categories: preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17 and adult.  One entry per person, please.  

Then tomorrow, Friday, November 1, we’ll host the Day of the Dead Halloween Lock-in from 5-7 p.m. for ages 12-17.  Registration and a signed parental permission slip are  required.  Join us for food, games, movies and crafts – costumes encouraged but not necessary.  All participants must be in the building before 5 p.m. when the library closes.

Lifelong Learning lectures

The next talk in the free fall Lifelong Learning lecture series takes place at 5 p.m.   November 7 featuring the San Juan Search and Rescue – who they are and what they do to save lives.  On November 21 neuroscientist Jean Strahlendorf  discusses dementia and new clinical research that strives to reveal ways to potentially stave of its onset and progression.  Pick up a brochure at your library with more information on each of these interesting and illuminating talks.  We hope to see you there.

Activities calendars available

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

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, November 1 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.  

LGBTQ youth group Monday

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

Homeschool social hour

Stop by Tuesday, November 5 from 1-2 p.m. for a chance to visit with fellow homeschool families, discuss curriculum and learning opportunities, and look through resources while the kids participate in crafts and other activities.  Josie, your early literacy librarian, is eager to collect ideas on how to serve homeschool families in our community and get your feedback on the value of these sessions, which will continue at least until December.

ESL classes expand to evening sessions

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

Clases nocturnas de ESL en la biblioteca.    

Las clases han sido tan apreciadas en su biblioteca que nosotros – por demanda popular – estamos cambiando una de las sesiones semanales de la noche para facilitar la participación de más personas. El nuevo horario es los martes de 5-7 y los viernes de 12-4. Las clases son dirigidas por dos maestras altamente experimentadas; Joyce Holdread enseñará a los estudiantes intermedios y avanzados y Ellen Ragone enseñará a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse.

Computer class

Monday, November 4 from 1-2 p.m. covers resume basics when you will learn how to effectively create an appealing resume using Microsoft Word.  No registration required.

Tween gaming

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

Teen gaming

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

Knitting Club for teens and adults

On Wednesday, November 6 this free club meets from 4-5 p.m. for 4th graders to adults.  Note the expansion of ages to include adults.  Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects and hang out with other crafters.  If you don’t know how to knit, come anyway and we’ll get you started on some of the basics.

Teen advisory board

NextThursday, November 7, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Sixth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place on Monday, November 4 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Thursday, November 7 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 3-3:45 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 that Saturday, November 2 is a Dia de los Muertos event with special guests introducing us to some of the traditions surrounding this holiday. 

Large print

“Gutsy Women” by Hillary Rodham and Chelsea Clinton share stories of inspiring women who stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions and get the job done.  “A Single Thread” by Tracy Chevalier follows an English single woman trying to create a life for herself after World War I.  “The Institute” by Stephen King tells of kids with talents for telekinesis and telepathy.  “Met Her Match” by Jude Deveraux is a romance.  “The Long Call” by Ann Cleeves is book one of the Two Rivers mystery series.  “Nothing Ventured” by Jeffrey Archer is a William Warwick mystery.  “Death in Focus” by Anne Perry is an Elena Standish adventure set in Berlin as the Third Reich comes into power.  “The Titanic Secret” by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Bruel is an Isaac Bell adventure.  “Quantum” by Patricia Cornwall features Captain Calli Chase, a NASA pilot.  “Bloody Genius” by John Sandford is a Virgil Flowers mystery.   

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“A Bitter Feast” by Deborah Crombie, set in the Cotswolds, features a Scotland Yard husband and wife detective team.  “The Guardians” by John Grisham follows the dangerous path of a minister fighting the wrongful conviction of a man for murder.  “Book of Bones” by John Connolly begins when the body of a young woman is discovered on a lonely moor. 

Other novels

“Olive, Again” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Elizabeth Strout continues the story of Olive Kitteridge.  “The Burning White” by Brent Weeks is the concluding book of the Lightbringer fantasy series.

Nonfiction

“Big Wonderful Thing” by Stephen Harrigan is a history of Texas.  “Blowout” by Rachel Maddow is an expose of the power of Big Oil and Gas around the world.  “Where To Go When” is a DK Eyewitness travel guide recommending trips for every month.  “Best Hospitals 2020” is a U.S. News & World Report guide.   “A Dog’s Promise” by W. Bruce Cameron continues the story of Bailey.  “Play Your Way to Good Manners” by Kate Naito and Sarah Westcott explains how to get the best behavior from your dog through sports, games and tricks. 

Books on CD

“Dark Illusion” by Christine Feehan is a Carpathian fantasy.  “The Science of Obesity and the Truth About Dieting” by Giles Yeo looks at the way our genetic makeup influences our relationship with food.  “The Body” by Bill Bryson guides us through the human body – how it functions, how it fails and how it can heal itself.

DVDs

“Chernobyl” is the five-part HBO miniseries.  “Africa’s Great Civilizations” is the six-hour PBS series.  “True Detective” is the complete second season.                            

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

“Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people.” – Henry Miller  (1891-1980), American writer known for breaking with existing literary forms and developing a new type of semi-autobiographical novel such as “Tropic of Cancer.”

10/24/2019

Halloween events and pumpkin decorating contest

We hope you’re thinking creatively about your pumpkin decorating skills, because it’s time for our annual pumpkin decorating contest.  Pumpkins can be carved, painted or decorated.  We will have a limited number of pumpkins to give out next week – one per family, please.  Completed pumpkins must be turned in to your library before 4:15 p.m. next Thursday, October 31.  The party runs from 3-5:15 p.m.  Join us for snacks while you wait for the announcement of the winners at 5:15 p.m. in five categories: preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17 and adult. Only one entry per person, please.     

Then on Friday, November 1 we’ll host the Day of the Dead Halloween Lock-in from 5-7 p.m. for ages 12-17.  Registration and a signed parental permission slip are required.  Join us for food, games, movies and crafts – costumes encouraged but not necessary.  All participants must be in the building before 5 p.m. when the library closes.

Lifelong Learning lecture today

The third talk in the new free fall Lifelong Learning lecture series takes place today, October 24, at 5 p.m. when local authors from the Wolf Creek Christian Writers Network will be featured in a panel discussion.  November 7 features the San Juan Search and Rescue – who they are and what they do to save lives.  On November 21 neuroscientist Jean Strahlendorf  discusses dementia and new clinical research that strives to reveal ways to potentially stave of its onset and progression.

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

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, October 25 from 2:30-4:15 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 book club tomorrow

Friday, October 25 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the free teen book club, seventh-12th graders will be talking about books read recently, picking out books for the next few months, and enjoying snacks.  

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, October 25, they will discuss “The Orphan’s Tale” by Pam Jenoff.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.  

ESL classes expand to evening sessions in November

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

ESL ocurre con sesiones de la noche en noviembre            

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

ESL this month

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

Activities calendars available

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

Accelerated GED course

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

LEGO Club

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, October 26 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, October 28 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen gaming

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

Teen role-playing

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

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place today, Thursday, October 24, from 2-7 p.m. and Friday, October 25 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

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

Essays and short stories

“Fat, Pretty, and Soon to be Old” by Kimberly Dark is a collection of essays talking about painful things like being fat and gay.  “Lady Liberty” by Joan Marans Dim contains stories about the statue’s creators told in the context of U.S. immigration policies.  “A Short Philosophy of Birds” by Philippe J. Dubois and Eloise Rousseau offers 22 lessons for living, inspired by the secret lives of birds.  “Grand Union” is the first short story collection by Zadie Smith. 

Nonfiction

“Scarred” by actress Sarah Edmondson is the true story of the author’s escape from a cult.  “Democracy in Danger” by Jake Braun describes how hackers and activists exposed fatal flaws in our election system.  “Year of the Monkey” by National Book Award-sinner Patti Smith is a memoir with a poetic blend of fact and fiction.   “The Mosquito” by Timothy C. Winegard shows how the mosquito has been the single most powerful force in determining the fate of humanity.  “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” by Kent Nerburn is the story of two men, one white and one Indian, traveling together. “Permanent Record” by Edward Snowden is the memoir of the man who exposed the U.S. government’s collection of citizen phone calls, text messages and emails.  “Inside Out” by Demi Moore is the memoir of this famous actress’s life including her dealing with addiction, body image issues and childhood trauma.  “Trump, the FBI and the Rule of Law” by James B. Stewart looks at what happened within the FBI in the leadup to the 2016 election.  “United States of Trump” by Bill O’Reilly is a look at how the president’s view of America was formed.  “Bobby at Home”  by Bobby Flay shares 165 recipes for family and friends.  “Stealing the Show: A History of Arts and Crime in Six Thefts” by John Barelli, retired chief security officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art,  details his experiences and lessons learned from major art heists. 

Books on CD

“Kochland” by Christopher Leonard is an exploration of Koch Industries and corporate power in America.  “The New Girl” by Daniel Silva is a Gabriel Allon thriller.  “A Better Man” by Louise Penny is a Chief Inspector Gamache mystery set in Quebec.  “Elevator Pitch” by Linwood Barclay is a thriller featuring multiple elevator accidents.  “The Testaments” by Margaret Atwood is the sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale.”  “The Institute” by Stephen King is a story about kids confronting evil.  “What Rose Forgot” by Nevada Barr tells of a woman escaping an Alzheimer’s unit after being improperly committed.

DVDs

“Kim Swims” follows a female swimmer in a sole swim in frigid waters to the Golden Gate Bridge.  “True Detective” is season one.  “The Professor and the Madman” is a true story starring Mel Gibson and Sean Penn. 

Novels

“Ninth House” by Leigh Bardugo features a student at Yale given a full scholarship with a catch.  “The Giver of Stars” by Jojo Moyes is based on a true story about women delivering books on horseback throughout Kentucky.  “The Topeka School” by Ben Lerner follows a cool kid and a loser at Topeja High School.  “Cilka’s Journey” by Heather Morris is the story of a beautiful teenaged girl first at Auschwitz and later Siberia.  “Warrior of the Altaii” by Robert Jordan is a fantasy.  “What Happens in Paradise” by Elin Hilderbrand is the sequel to Winter in Paradise.”  “Child’s Play” by Danielle Steel follows a family whose three adult children share secrets and unwanted surprises.  “The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead is the sequel to “The Underground Railroad.” 

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

“There is a reality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.  And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.” – Martha Graham (1894-1991), American modern dancer and choreographer.

10/17/2019

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

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

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

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

Lifelong Learning lecture today

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

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

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

ESL classes expand to evening sessions in November

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

ESL ocurrirán con sesiones de la noche en noviembre            

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

ESL this month

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

Activities calendars available

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

Accelerated GED course

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

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, October 18 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.  

Otaku Club

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

Computer class

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

DIY for adults

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

Teen gaming

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

Spanish conversation

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

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on Thursday, October 24 from 2-7 p.m. and Friday, October 25 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 3-4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Special note:  The October 23 storytime features Mable Barber, who will help you practice your Spanish as she shares some of her favorite Spanish books.

Local authors

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

Books on CD

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

DVDs

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

Nonfiction

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

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

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

Other novels

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

Short stories

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

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Medora Bass and our anonymous donors.  For the generous monetary donation, we are grateful to Deanna Johnson.

Quotable Quote

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

10/10/2019

Lifelong Learning starts today and 13 mini-libraries around town

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

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

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

Mini-libraries around town

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

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

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

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

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

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

ESL classes expand to evening sessions in November

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

ESL ocurrirán con sesiones de la noche en noviembre            

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

ESL this month

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

Accelerated GED course

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

Activities calendars available

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

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, October 11 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.  

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, October 11, from 2-3 p.m. is a free legal clinic via computer link if you have no attorney.  A volunteer attorney will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property tax, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans benefits and civil protection orders.  Please check in at the registration desk between 1:45 – 2 p.m.  First come first served, and note our volunteer attorney can assist only four people each session.  This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month. 

LEGO Club Saturday

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

Knitting Club for teens

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

Homeschool social hour

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

Teen gaming

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

Teen role-playing

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

Adult education hours

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on Wednesday, October 16 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Thursday, October 17 from 2-7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

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

Nonfiction

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

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

Local author

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

Large print

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

Other novels

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

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable Quote

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

10/3/2019

All-ages astronomy night and accelerated GED course

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

Accelerated GED course

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

Activities calendars available

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

Lifelong Learning starts next week

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

Notary service available

Your library now offers a notary public service for anyone who needs something notarized.  The cost is $5 per notary.  This service is available on a part-time basis.  To schedule a notary, please call the library at 970-264-2209.  

Help around town for heart emergencies – including at your library

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

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

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

Teen advisory board today

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

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, October 4 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.  

LGBTQ youth group Monday

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

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, October 7 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen gaming

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

Adult book club

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

ESL classes

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

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

Adult education new hours

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on Tuesday, October 8 from 2-7 p.m. and Wednesday, October 9 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

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

Local author

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

Large print

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

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

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

Other novels

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

DVDs

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

Books on CD

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

Nonfiction

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

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable Quote

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