11/16/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All-ages movie tomorrow
            Join us tomorrow (Friday, November 17) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a G-rated movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

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

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

Adult education
             Our PALS program – Pagosa Adult Learning Services – takes place three days a week: Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Note: No session on Monday, November 20 or Tuesday, November 21.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

11/9/2017

LIBRARY NEWS

LEGO contest, coding games for teens and Lifelong Learning lectures

 Submissions for the all-ages LEGO contest are due by 7 p.m. today (Thursday, November 9).  Multiple prizes for different age groups will be awarded on Saturday, November 11 at 12:15 p.m.  Entries must be built ahead of time and they must be of your own creation, not a LEGO kit or from another source.  Entries cannot be larger than 18” x 18” x 18”.  Any questions?  Ask at your library or phone 264-2209.

Coding IRL (in real life) for fifth-12th graders takes place Monday, November 13 from 4-5 p.m.  We’ll be playing some live-action coding games, so no computers are needed.

Fall Lifelong Learning series

U.S. Forest Service’s Brandon Caley’s discussion of people, places and stories of the San Juan National Forest takes place today (Thursday, November 9).  Other November talks are Ruth Lambert on the lives and family histories of early Hispanic settlers on the 16th, and Stacy Boone looking at how we may be impacting undeveloped public lands and the ethics of conservation on the 30th.  There will be no talk on November 23 because of Thanksgiving.

We hope you will join us for these interesting and informative presentations.  All are scheduled for 5-6:30 p.m. and include time for questions.  For more information on all the talks, pick up a brochure at your library.

Holiday closure

Your library will be closed tomorrow (Friday, November 10) in observance of Veterans Day, and open again on Saturday the 11th.

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.

LEGO Club

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, November 11 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.  Winners of the all-ages LEGO contest will be announced at 12:15 p.m.

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 14 we will discuss “Angle of Repose” by Wallace Stegner.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  No registration required.

“1,000 Books before Kindergarten”

You can sign up any time at your library for a new free early literacy reading program called “1,000 Books before Kindergarten” for children from birth to five years old.  You will receive a folder with bubbles to keep track of the books you read to your child.  The concept is simple:  Read 1,000 books to your newborn, infant or toddler – yes, you can repeat books – before your precious one starts kindergarten.  You’ll get a free book when you complete the program.

That may sound like a huge number of books, but it’s not really. If you read just one book a night, you will have read 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around five years of age, you have more time than you may think.

Adult education 

Our PALS program – Pagosa Adult Learning Services – takes place three days a week: Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Note: No session on Monday, November 20.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Mondays from 2-3 p.m. to learn a technology skill or application.  November 20 is about NoveList, the library’s database to find book recommendations and other information.  Note: No class November 13 or 27.

Teen gaming

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

Tech Time

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

Kids storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Thanksgiving will be the theme of the November 15 storytime.  Note: No storytime on November 22.

Baby storytime

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

Toddler storytime     

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

Large print

“The Cuban Affair” by Nelson DeMille is a thriller.  “Enigma” by Catherine Coulter is an FBI thriller.  “Lightning Men” by Thomas Mullen is a story of racism in Atlanta in the 1950s.  “The Summer That Made Us” by Robyn Carr tells of two sisters returning to their family’s summer home to mend fences.  “To Be Where You Are” by Jan Karon is a Mitford novel.  “Sleeping Beauties” by Stephen King and his son Owen is a horror story.  “Killing England” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard is subtitled, “The brutal struggle for American Independence.”  “Miss D & Me” by Kathryn Sermak  describes her assistant’s life with Bette Davis in the actress’s last years.

DVDs

“Land of Mine” was an Academy Award best foreign language film nominee.  “True Crime Series volume 2” contains several crime stories.  “Egypt’s Golden Empire” is a PBS documentary.  “What We Do in the Shadows” is a vampire story.  “The Bing Crosby Collection Double Feature” contains two films.  “Baby Driver” is an action crime film.  “Halloweentown” and “Halloweentown II” is a double feature.  “The Exorcist” is the extended director’s cut.  “Dracula” won three Academy Awards in 1992.

Memoirs and biographies

“Confessions of a Funeral Director” by sixth-generation funeral director Caleb Wilde describes the spirituality of death.  “7 Lessons from Heaven” by Dr. Mary C. Neal explains what she learned from Jesus when she almost died.  “Infused” by Courtney Bax Lasater is the inspiring autobiography of a Texas woman who got cancer three months after he wedding.  “The Simple Faith of Franklin Delano Roosevelt” by Christine Wicker explains religion’s role in the FDR presidency.  “Firsts: Women Who Are Changing the World” is a compilation by Time magazine.  “Fire Road” by Kim Phuc Phan Thi is a memoir of hope by a little girl whose photograph gave her the nickname “The Napalm Girl.”  “Mental” by Jaime Lowe explores the power of lithium in her bipolar life.

Other nonfiction

“Why I Believe” by Chip Ingram provides answers to questions about God, the Bible and Christianity.  “Daring to Hope” by Katie Davis Majors tells of welcoming beautiful broken people into her home.  “Rise Hustle” by Mike Whitefield shows how his daily 90-second way to improve your life physically, personally and spiritually.   “The Runaway Species” by composer Anthony Brandt and neuroscientist David Eagleman takes readers on a tour of human creativity.  “Choosing Donald Trump” by Stephen Mansfield explores why Christian conservatives voted for the president.  “Beyond the Messy Truth” by Van Jones offers ways for us to build bridges across party lines.  “Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans” by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager is subtitled “The Battle that Shaped America’s Destiny.”

CDs

“The Exact Nature of our Wrongs” by Janet Peery visits a family celebrating their ailing father’s birthday.  “Fairytale” by Danielle Steel follows the life of the daughter after her father remarries.  “Don’t Let Go” by Harlan Coben is a thriller.  “Origin” by Dan Brown is the fifth in the Robert Langdon thriller series.  “Sleeping Beauties” by Stephen King and his son Owen is a horror story.

 Short stories

“Uncommon Type” by Tom Hanks is the actor’s first work of fiction, with a typewriter having a role in each one of the stories.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Killing Season” by Faye Kellerman follows a brother trying to solve his sister’s murder.  “The Rooster” by John Grisham is a legal thriller. “Above the Timberline” by Gregory Manchess tells of a son trying to find his father, an obsessed explorer lost in the frozen waste.

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 InstantFlix (formerly known as 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 InstantFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website.  Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.

Thanks for our donors

For their generous donation in honor of Bob and Carole Howard, we thank Patti Howard and Don Logan.

Quotable Quote        

“The trick is to live as if you’re going to die – and then not die.” – Betty Rollin, NBC News correspondent, PBS contributor, author and two-time breast cancer survivor.

 Website

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

11/02/2017

Help, please! Dos and don’ts of library donations
           Donations of new or gently used hardcover books, CDs and DVDs are vital to the ongoing operation of your library.  Without your help, our collection would be much less robust.  In fact, last year we added 597 items to our collection from donated materials, and others went to the Friends of the Library for their annual book sale.  Clearly, we rely on your generosity to serve our community well.
But lately we’ve had increasing problems with donations that are outdated, very old or in poor condition.  These items must be thrown away or recycled, costing your library time and money.  So we want to take this opportunity to review the best practices for library donations, hoping this information is helpful to you as well as to us.

  1. Please do bring in clean, gently worn books, CDs and DVDs.
  2. Please do not bring in VHS tapes and cassettes, donate magazines older than one year or leave personal items inside of donations.
  3. Please do not deliver donations after hours in the book return slot at the library or the drop box at City Market or by leaving them at our front entrance. Please bring them inside.
  4. Dated nonfiction materials are not welcome; for example, old health and medicine books, travel and restaurant guides more than a year old, non-current atlases and tax books; and anything relating to computers that is more than a year old. Textbooks normally are of no interest to our patrons.
  5. Please do not bring more than two or three boxes per person, as we do not have much space in our workroom.
  6. What donated materials do we like best? Our favorites are your favorites. Experience plus your responses to surveys over the years have taught us that at the top of your wish lists are mysteries, historical fiction, bestsellers, thrillers, classics, contemporary fiction, fantasy and romance.  Also popular are Christian fiction, westerns, science fiction and short stories.

Many donors ask us what happens to their donations if they do not see them on the library shelves.  Let’s take a donated book as an example:
First we check to see if we do not have that book in the library and want to add it to our collection.  If yes, it is catalogued and put on the shelf.  If we already have the book, we check to see if the donated one is in better condition.  If yes, we will replace our older book with the newer donated one.
If the donated book is not needed for the collection, but is in great condition, it goes to the Friends of the Library book sale.  If it is in good condition, it is put on the “For Sale” carts in the library and sold at greatly discounted prices.
English-born Alfred North Whitehead, a mathematician and philosopher, once said that “No one achieves success without the help of others.”  That’s certainly true of your library.  We are grateful for the generosity of all our donors, but we ask your help in donating only materials suitable for the collection.

Holiday closure
            Your library will be closed on Friday, November 10 in observance of Veterans Day, and is open again on Saturday the 11th.

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

 All-ages LEGO contest entries due soon
            Submissions are due between November 6-9 for the all-ages LEGO contest – 7 p.m. on the 9th being the final deadline.  Multiple prizes for different age groups will be awarded on Saturday, November 11 at 12:15 p.m. so we encourage everyone to participate.  Entries must be built ahead of time and they must be of your own creation, not a LEGO kit or from another source.  Entries cannot be larger than 18” x 18” x 18”.  Any questions?  Ask at your library or phone 264-2209.

 Fall Lifelong Learning series
            Doug Roberts’ Lifelong Learning Lecture talk about our local vets and American Legion post takes place today (Thursday, November 2) at 5 p.m.  Other  November presentations are U.S. Forest Service’s Brandon Caley’s discussion of people, places and stories of the San Juan National Forest on the 9th, Ruth Lambert’s talk on the lives and family histories of early Hispanic settlers on the 16th, and Stacy Boone looking at how we may be impacting undeveloped public lands and the ethics of conservation on the 30th.  There will be no talk on November 23 because of Thanksgiving.
We hope you will join us for these interesting and informative presentations.  All are scheduled for 5-6:30 p.m. and include time for questions.  For more information on all the talks, pick up a brochure at your library.

Teen advisory board today
            Today (Thursday, November 2) the teen advisory board meets from 3-4 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

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

Teen role-playing
            The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, November 8 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Spanish instruction
            Join us for this free basic course next Wednesday, November 8 from 4-5 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish.  This session will cover basic vocabulary and grammar related to everyday scenarios.  No registration required.

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

Computer/technology classes
            Join us on Mondays from 2-3 p.m. to learn a technology skill or application.  November 6 shows you how to manage the space on your computer.  November 20 is about NoveList, the library’s database to find book recommendations and other information.  Note: No class November 13 or 27.

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

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

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

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

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

Large print
            “The Rusted Sun” by Michael Zimmer is a western.  “Turkey Trot Murder” by Leslie Meier is a Lucy Stone mystery.  “Ghost on the Case” by Carolyn Hart is a Baily Ruth Ghost mystery.  “A Column of Fire” by Ken Follett is the third book in the Kingsbridge English history series.  “Second Chance Girl” by Susan Mallery is a Happily Inc. romance.  “The Witches’ Tree” by M.C. Beaton is an Agatha Raisin mystery.  “An Echo of Murder” by Anne Perry is a William Monk mystery.

Nonfiction
            “Feeling Jewish” by Devorah Baum delves into fiction, film, memoirs and psychoanalysis to explore feelings associated with modern Jews.  “The Barstool Book of Sports” by Andrew Daniels explores stats, stories and other topics for sports fans.  “Easy Guide to Washington, D.C. 2017” is a Frommer’s travel guide.

CDs
             “The Store” by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo is a suspense story about an all-knowing retailer.  “Exposed” by Lisa Scottoline is a Rosato and DiNunzio mystery.  “Y is for Yesterday” by Sue Grafton is a mystery that begins at an elite private school.  “Enigma” by Catherine Coulter is a Coulter-Savich FBI thriller.  “Haunted” by James Patterson and James O. Born is a Det. Michael Bennett thriller.  “Winter Solstice” by Elin Hilderbrand os the latest in the Quinn Family series.  “What Happened” is Hillary Clinton’s look at her election loss and is read by the author.  “To Be Where You Are” by Jan Karon is the 14th in the Mitford series featuring three generations of Kavanaghs.

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

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

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

Thanks for our donors
            For books and materials this week we thank Frank Bergon, Maria Gallegos and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
            “There is a longing among all people and creatures to have a sense of purpose and worth.  To satisfy that common longing in all of us we must respect each other.” – Chief Dan George (1899-1981), author, actor and chief of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation in North Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

10/26/2017

LIBRARY NEWS

Fun Halloween events for all ages at your library

We have four fun Halloween events planned over the next few days that will take advantage of the traditions of pumpkin carving, costumes and candy:

Tomorrow (Friday, October 27) from 2-3:30 p.m. is 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.  Hint: It is an animated musical that takes you from Halloween into Christmas.

Also tomorrow (Friday, October 27) from 5-7 p.m. is the Halloween Lock-in for ages 12-17.  This event begins at closing time and you must be in the library before 5 p.m. to participate.  The doors will lock at 5 p.m. and will not reopen until the program ends.  You also must have a signed permission slip from a parent or guardian to participate – no exceptions.  Costumes are encouraged but not required.  Pizza will be served.

Starting now you can pick up a pumpkin at your library (while supplies last) or get your own so you can turn your entry in to the pumpkin contest on Tuesday, October 31 by 2:30 p.m. for judging.  Pumpkins can be carved, painted or decorated.  One entry per person.  Then on Halloween afternoon, hang out with some creepy crawly snacks while you await the names of the winners in five categories – pre-school, ages 5-7, ages 6-11, ages 12-17 and adult – that will be announced at 3:30 p.m.

Also on Halloween, storytime from 2-3 p.m. will feature spooky stories and fun games and activities.  Wear your costume!

Here are just a few of the pumpkins that we will be giving away. Thank you to Hometown Market and City Market for donating them to 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.

All-ages LEGO contest

Submissions are due between November 6-9 for the all-ages LEGO contest.  Multiple prizes for different age groups will be awarded on Saturday, November 11 at 12:15 p.m. so we encourage everyone to participate.  Entries must be built ahead of time and they must be of your own creation, not a LEGO kit or from another source.  Entries cannot be larger than 18” x 18” x 18”.  Call us at 264-2209, or stop by your library if you have any questions.

Lifelong Learning

There will be no lecture today (October 26).  November presentations are Doug Roberts’ talk about our local vets and American Legion post on the 2nd, U.S. Forest Service’s Brandon Caley’s discussion of people, places and stories of the San  Juan National Forest on the 9th, Ruth Lambert’s talk on the lives and family histories of early Hispanic settlers on the 16th, and Stacy Boone looking at how we may be impacting undeveloped public lands and the ethics of conservation on the 30th.  There will be no talk on November 23 because of Thanksgiving.

We hope you will join us for these interesting and informative presentations.  All are scheduled for 5:00pm – 6:30 p.m. and include time for questions.   Pick up a brochure at your library for more information about the lectures.

Literary Ladies

This free book lovers group – formerly the Senior Book Club – meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–noon. Tomorrow (Friday, October 27) they will discuss “Vienna Prelude,” the first book in the Zion Covenant series, by Bodie and Brock Thoene.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.

Medicare prescription drug enrollment

Review and enroll in the Medicare Part D prescription drug program online on Wednesday, November 1 from noon-3 p.m.  Basic instruction will be provided.  Please bring your laptop, social security card information and current prescriptions.  A few computers will be available if you are not able to bring your own.  Advance signup is required by calling 970-264-0501 ext. 2.

Teen advisory board

Next Thursday, November 2 the teen advisory board meets from 3-4 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

Adult education 

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

Computer/technology classes

Join us each Monday from 2-3 p.m. to learn a technology skill or application.  Topics will vary each week.  Note: No computer class October 30.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.  Note: No teen gaming September 19 because of the all-ages pirate party.  Note: No teen gaming this week because of the Halloween pumpkin contest and party.

Tech Time

Drop in with your technology questions for free help on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. Note:  No Tech Time on Halloween because of the pumpkin contest and party or on November 2.

Kids storytime

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

Baby storytime

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

Toddler storytime     

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

DVDs

“Wild Weather” is the PBS documentary.  “Rickover: The Birth of Nuclear Power” is the story of the man who created the Nuclear Navy.  “True Crime Series volume 1” is a five-hour collection.  “Lowriders” is a drama set in L.A.’s iconic car culture.

Thrillers and suspense

“Manhattan Beach” by Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan is a noir thriller featuring a female diver during wartime.  “Origins” by Dan Brown is the latest Robert Langdon mystery.

 Other novels

“The Stolen Marriage” by Diane Chamberlain follows a nurse who marries the wrong man for the wrong reasons.  “Winter Solstice” by Elin Hilderbrand is the latest in the Quinn family saga.  “Without Merit” by Colleen Hoover tells of a young girl in a family of secrets.  “The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty begins when a wife reads a letter not meant for her until her husband died.  “Fairytale” by Danielle Steel is set in the Napa Valley wine country.  “Children of the Fleet” by Orson Scott Card is the author’s first solo sci-fi novel in years.  “The Rules of Magic” by Alice Hoffman is the prequel to the Owens family saga.  “Heart Bender” is book one of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains series by local author Betty J. Slade.

How-to and self-help

“Starting a Business for Dummies” and “Starting an Online Business for Dummies” offer simple, step-by-step instructions.  “Affordable Kitchen Upgrades” by Steve Cory and Diane Slavik helps you transform your kitchen on a small budget.  “Social Security Handbook” is the 2017 large print overview of Social Security programs. “Hiding in the Bathroom” by Morra Aarons-Mele describes how introverts and anxious people can be successful.  “Germany 2017” is a Rick Steves travel guide.  “The Backyard Homestead Seasonal Planner” by Ann Larkin Hansen details what has to be done each season to keep your yard and property in good order.

 Other nonfiction

“One Nation After Trump” by E.J. Dionne, Jr., Norman J. Ornstein and Thomas E. Mann is a liberal look at the results of a Trump presidency.  “Dangerous Ground” by M. William Phelps describes the life of a convicted serial killer.

 CDs

“A Column of Fire” by Ken Follett is the latest in the Pillars of the Earth saga.  “The Girl Who Mistakes an Eye for an Eye” by David Lagergrantz is a continuation of the Stieg Larsson Millennium series.  “Robert B. Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet” by Reed Farrel Coleman is a Spenser mystery.  “A Legacy of Spies” by John Le Carre is the author’s first Smiley novel in 25 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 for our donors        

For books and materials this week we thank Bob LeCour and our anonymous donors.   We also are grateful for the generous monetary donation from Marcia Jarvis.

Quotable Quote

“I think there have been cracks made in the glass ceiling by women who can get close enough to hit it with the weapon of their presence.  But I’m mostly bolstered by folks who create their own ceilings.” – Ava DuVernay, contemporary American film director and the first black woman to direct a movie nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.

Website

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

10/19/2017

Inspirational advice from the first woman to coach in the NFL 

Your library has a copy of a new bestselling book called “Play Big” by Dr. Jen Welter, the first woman to coach in the NFL.  Here is a selection of her advice.  For more of her thoughts, you can check the book out and read it all.

  • When there’s no road map in life, you make your own.  Greatness is not an accident.  Greatness is a choice you make over and over and over,  And when you choose personal greatness – big or small – it becomes a part of who you are.
  • Take NO as a challenge.  Turn it into NOw instead by adding a little w, as in WIN.  Now what are you going to do to turn your NO into a win?  Arm yourself.  You have to treat yourself as a dreamer.  By trusting your gut and allowing yourself to dream, you are in fact arming yourself to succeed.
  • The road to success is paved with sacrifice.  Make sure you are financially prepared to make a transition or plan to save for when your opportunity arises.
  • Free yourself from restrictive thinking.  Don’t strive for the top job or the cutting-edge accomplishment in your field – think beyond that.  What if you could go further?
  • Professionalism is not defined by the dollars you make.  It is the attitude you take.  Remember that winning and success are not absolute.  They are relative and very personal.  Make sure you never confuse money with security, and comfort with progress.
  • Everybody gets hit.  When you do, get back up and do it with attitude.  You are never truly powerless.  Your power source is internal.
  • Focus on what you’re good at.  Be consistently good at it and exemplify that with your approach and efforts.
  • Success isn’t created in the spotlight.  It’s the work you do in the dark.  When you finally get that breakout moment, you’re ready to capitalize on it.  The lights turn on and you shine.  Own that moment.

Second Chance Book Sale

Many thanks to everyone involved in our first-ever Second Chance Book Sale – those who donated so many premium items for the sale, those who came to buy,  volunteers who helped with the setup, and Meg and her staff for the clever idea and for making it all happen.  Another plus:  Those who came to the library for the first time and left as patrons with books in their arms.  This event made just under $1,700.  We promise to spend that money wisely to make your library even better.

Lifelong Learning

Today (Thursday, October 19) from 5-6:30 p.m. is the second talk in the six-week fall Lifelong Learning Lecture series.  Former teacher John T. Penter will discuss “Fun with Modern Art – Van Gogh to the Present.”   There will be no lecture on the 26th.

November presentations are Doug Roberts’ talk about our local vets and American Legion post on the 2nd, U.S. Forest Service’s Brandon Caley’s discussion of people, places and stories of the San  Juan National Forest on the 9th, Ruth Lambert’s talk on the lives and family histories of early Hispanic settlers on the 16th, and Stacy Boone looking at how we may be impacting undeveloped public lands and the ethics of conservation on the 30th.  There will be no talk on November 23 because of Thanksgiving.

We hope you will join us for these interesting and informative presentations.  All are scheduled for 5-6:30 p.m. and include time for questions.  For more information on all the talks, pick up a brochure at your library.

Activities calendars available

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

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your family and friends tomorrow (Friday, October  20) from 2-3:15 p.m.

Teen bookclub tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, October 20) from 2-3 p.m. seventh-12th graders will discuss “The Reader” by Tracy Chee and enjoy free snacks.

Lego Club

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, October 21 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free Lego Club.

Steampunk crafts

Next Monday, October 23 is the another free teen program called steampunk crafts from 4-5 p.m. for seventh-12th graders.  We’ll make jewelry, ornaments and knickknacks out of keys, gears, coins and other odds and ends.

Teen role-playing

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

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event on Wednesday, October 25 from 1-2 p.m. we’ll create marbled cloth napkins with shaving cream, fabric paint and a few household supplies.  No registration required.

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, October 25 from 4-5 p.m. practice your Spanish with others at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Adult education 

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

Computer/technology classes

Join us each Monday from 2-3 p.m. to learn a technology skill or application.  Topics vary each week.  October 23 is Windows 10. No registration required.  Note:  No computer class October 30.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.  Note: No teen gaming September 19 because of the all-ages pirate party.

Tech Time

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

Kids storytime

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

Baby storytime

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

Toddler storytime     

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

Short story collections

“Fresh Complaint” by Jeffrey Eugenides is a short story collection by this Pulitzer Prize winner.  “The Best American Short Stories 2017” is a winning collection selected by Meg Wolitzer.

How-to and self-help

“Play Big” by Dr. Jen Welter offers lessons in being limitless from the first woman coach in the NFL.  “Ageless Strength” by Jeff Horowitz helps you build fitness in one hour a week.  “Improve Sleep” by Katrin Schubert provides 20 quick techniques for better sleep.  “The Natural First Aid Handbook” by herbalist Brigitte Mars explains basic emergency preparedness.  “A Kinder Voice” by Therese Jacobs-Stewart shows how to calm a self-critical mind.  “How to Overcome Pain” by Leon Chaitow describes natural approaches to dealing with arthritis, anxiety, back pain, PMS and more.  “Basics to Brilliance” by Donna Hay is a personal guide to brilliance in the kitchen.

Other nonfiction

“Admissions” by brain surgeon Henry Marsh describes the difficulties of working pro bono in Ukraine and Nepal.  “Chicago Cubs” by Rich Cohen describes the team and its infamous curse.  “It’s Not Yet Dark” by Simon Fitzmaurice is a memoir of a man afflicted with ALS written using an eye-gaze computer.  “Where the Animals Go” by James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti has 50 maps and graphics to help you track wildlife with technology.  “The Cannabis Encyclopedia” by Jorge Cervantes was written by an expert who had to conceal his identity for almost 30 years.  “Arnold Palmer: A Life Well Played” is a collection of anecdotes and wisdom from this beloved golfer.   “Midnight in the Pacific” by Joseph Wheelan explores Guadalcanal, the World War II battle.

CDs

“Ali” by Jonathan Fig is an unauthorized biography of the famous boxer.  “Dark Legacy” by Christin Feehan is the latest in this paranormal romance series.  “I Was Told to Come Alone” by Souad Mekhennet is a memoir of a explores two sides of her upbringing, Muslim and western.  “Secrets in Death” by J.D. Robb is the latest in the Eve Dallas mystery series.  “Vince Flynn Enemy of the State” by Kyle Mills is a Mitch Rapp adventure.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks for our donors

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

Quotable Quote

“When in doubt, wear red.” – Bill Blass (1922-2002), American fashion designer.

10/12/2017

Fall Lifelong Learning Lecture series starts today  

Today (Thursday, October 12) from 5:00p.m.-6:30 p.m. the six-week fall Lifelong Learning Lecture series opens with a presentation by local author M Avery titled “Romeo & Juliet: a Modern Love Story on the Old Spanish Trail.”  You’ll hear a true love story from the 1960s on the Spanish Trail and how that story relates to our own community.

On October 19 former teacher John T. Penter will discuss “Introduction to Modern Art – Van Gogh to the Present.”   There will be no lecture on the 26th.

November presentations are Doug Roberts’ talk about our local vets and American Legion post on the 2nd, U.S. Forest Service’s Brandon Caley’s discussion of people, places and stories of the San  Juan National Forest on the 9th, Ruth Lambert’s talk on the lives and family histories of early Hispanic settlers on the 16th, and Stacy Boone looking at how we may be impacting undeveloped public lands and the ethics of conservation on the 30th (note change of date).  There will be no talk on November 23 because of Thanksgiving.

We hope you will join us for these interesting and informative presentations.  All are scheduled for 5:00p.m.-6:30 p.m. and include time for questions.  For more information on all the talks, pick up a brochure at your library.

Backpacks available for free checkout

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

Activities calendars available

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

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your family and friends tomorrow (Friday, October 13) from 2-3:15 p.m.

Lego Club

Kids aged 6 – 13 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, October 14 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free Lego Club.

Otaku for teens

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

Breast and cervical cancer information

Nancy Folsom from San Juan Basin Public Health will be at your library next Tuesday, October 17 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. to promote awareness and answer questions about the importance of breast and cervical cancer screenings.

Teen writers group

Join us next Wednesday, October 18 from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meeting for seventh-12 graders.  This group’s interests include stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction.

Adult education 

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

Computer/technology classes

Join us each Monday from 2-3 p.m. to learn a technology skill or application.  Topics will vary each week.  October 16 is Ancestry Library Edition and October 23 is Windows 10. No registration required.  Note: No computer class October 30.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.  Note: No teen gaming September 19 because of the all-ages pirate party.

Tech Time

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

Kids storytime

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

Baby storytime

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

Toddler storytime     

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

Thrillers and suspense

“Sleep Like a Baby” by Charlaine Harris is an Aurora Tegarden mystery.  “Sleeping Beauties” by Stephen and Owen King is a father-son collaboration.  “Don’t Let Go” by Harlan Coben is a thriller.  “Haunted” by James Patterson and James O. Born is a Detective Michael Bennett thriller.

Other novels

“Forest Dark” by Nicole Krauss tells of two people looking for transformation in Tel Aviv.  “Caroline: Little House, Revisited” by Sarah Miller is a new look at Ma in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books.  “Best Day Ever” by Kaira Rouda follows a couple whose marriage is not what it seems.  “The Ninth Hour” by Alice McDermott describes life for the family after the father commits suicide.

Short-story collection

“Five Carat Soul” by James McBride is a collection of never before published stories by this National Book Award winner.

How-to and self-help

“The Marley Coffee Cookbook” by Rohan Marley and Maxcel Hardy III offers 100 recipes using coffee.  “Fermentation on Wheels” by Tara Whitsitt is a combination road adventure and cookbook.  “The Estrogen Fix” by Dr. Mache Seibel is a guide to being healthy, energized and hormonally balanced.  “Hit Refresh” by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella describes his quest to rediscover the company’s soul.  “The All-or-Nothing Marriage” by Eli J. Finkel is a guide to modern marital bliss.  “The Moosewood Restaurant Table” contains 250 new recipes from this natural foods restaurant.  “The Dinner Plan” by Kathy Brennan and Caroline Campion provides five strategies and 135 recipes for weeknight dinners.  “How to Fight” by Thich Nhat Hanh shows how to turn disagreements into opportunities for growth and compassion.

Other nonfiction

“What We See in the Stars” by Kelsey Oseid is an illustrated tour of the night sky.  “A Woman’s Place is at the Top” by Hannah Kimberley is a biography of Annie Smith Peck, an unknown but brilliant scholar, writer, mountain climber and suffragist.  “Iced In” by Chris Turney describes 10 days trapped in sea ice in Antarctica.  “Rescued from ISIS” by Dimitri Bontinck is the true story of a father who saved his son from ISIS.  “The New Wild West” by Blaire Briody tells how a sleepy North Dakota farm town changed after frackers arrived.  “Killing England” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard is the latest in the “killing” series, this one about the American Revolution.  “The House of Government” by Yuri Slezkine is the true story of the residents of an apartment building where top Communist officials lived.  “Seventy Summits” by Vern Tejas is a memoir of a professional mountain guide.  “Against the Grain” by James C. Scott explores the beginnings of the earliest civilizations.

CDs

“Sleep Like a Baby” by Charlaine Harris is an Aurora teagarden mystery.  “Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions” by Amy Stewart is a Kopp Sisters mystery.    

Large print

We have seven new large print westerns:  “Smoke Wagon,” a Morgan Clyde western by Brett Cogburn; “Dark Trail,” book five in the Wind River series by James Reasoner and L.J. Washburn; “Long Ride Home” by W. Michael Gear; “The Contractor” by James C Work, “Killing Blood” by Robert D. McKee; “Witness Seeker” by Stone Wallace and “MacCallister: Day of Reckoning,” a Duff MacCallister western by William W. and J.A. Johnstone.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks for our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Gayle Broadbent as well as Bob and Carole Howard.

Quotable Quote

“There’s nothing wrong with a failure.  You’re not going to be able to do everything, but you can try everything.” – Whoopi Goldberg, American actress, comedian, author and TV host.

Website

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

10/5/2017

Second Chance Book Sale this weekend and Lifelong Learning lectures start next week

Please join us tomorrow (Friday, October 6) or Saturday, October 7 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. to take advantage of the Second Chance Book Sale.  You’ll find great buys for all ages – books that were not sold at the Friends of the Library book sale in August plus new ones that have been processed since then.  In addition to books, a wide variety of other items will be offered, including book sets, audio books, CDs and DVDs.

Then next Thursday, October 12 from 5-6:30 p.m. the fall Lifelong Learning lecture series opens with a presentation by M Avery titled “Romeo & Juliet: a Modern Love Story on the Old Spanish Trail.”  You’ll hear a true love story from the 1960s on the Spanish Trail and how that story relates to our own community.

Other October lectures include John T. Penter discussing “Fun with Modern Art – Van Gogh to the Present” on the 19th and Stacy Boone looking at how we may be impacting undeveloped public lands and the ethics of conservation on the 26th.

“1,000 Books before Kindergarten”

You can sign up any time at your library for a new free early literacy reading program called “1,000 Books before Kindergarten” for children from birth to five years old.  You will receive a folder with bubbles to keep track of the books you read to your child.  The concept is simple:  Read 1,000 books to your newborn, infant or toddler – yes, you can repeat books – before your precious one starts kindergarten.  You’ll get a free book when you complete the program.

That may sound like a huge number of books, but it’s not really. If you read just one book a night, you will have read 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around five years of age, you have more time than you may think.

Backpacks available for free checkout

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

New book drop at City Market

Just a reminder that we have a new book drop at City Market.  As you face the front door of the grocery store, you’ll find it tucked behind the fifth post on the left, between the wood storage and propane tanks. Contents are being picked up three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and we’re delighted to say it’s being used.

Two special requests to make this new service work for everyone:  First, please put your Nooks in the media side of the box so they are not damaged by heavy books.  Second, the book drop is not for donations.  They need to be brought to the library, as some people donate a lot and that will fill the box faster than it is emptied, not allowing people to return their library materials.  We  hope you understand that the purpose of the drop box is for convenient item return, not item donation.

Activities calendars available

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

Teen advisory board tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, October 6) the teen advisory board meets from 3-4 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.  Note new day and time.

No all-ages program tomorrow

Our regular Friday all-ages program is cancelled tomorrow (Friday, October 6) because we need the space for the Second Chance Book Sale.

Spanish instruction

Join us for this free basic course next Monday, October 9 from 4-5 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish.  This session will cover grammar and vocabulary to help you at a restaurant.  No registration required.

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 10 we will discuss “Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter” by Kate Clifford Larson.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  No registration required.

Adult education 

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

Computer/technology classes

Join us each Monday from 2-3 p.m. to learn a technology skill or application.  Topics will vary each week. October 9 is Microsoft Excel basics, October 16 is Ancestry Library Edition, and October 23 is Windows 10. No registration required.  Note: No computer class October 30.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.  Note: No teen gaming September 19 because of the all-ages pirate party.

Tech Time

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

Kids storytime

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

Baby and toddler storytime cancelled

Our regular baby and toddler Saturday storytimes are cancelled this week because we need the space for the Second Chance Book Sale.

DVDs

“Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey” is a documentary about this Mexican-American photographer.  “El Norte” is a film by Gregory Nava about to Guatemalan children fleeing persecution.  “Wonder Woman” features the DC Comics heroine.  “Time Bandits” stars John Cheese, Sean Connery and Shelley Duvall.  “Un Padre No Tan Padre” (“From Dad to Worse”) is a family comedy.  “Hecho en Mexico” features elders and youths to speak about their homeland and what it means to be Mexican.  “The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization” is the PBS series narrated by Liam Neeson.

Novels

“George and Lizzie” by Nancy Pearl is the story of an unlikely marriage at a crossroads.  “The Heart’s Invisible Furies” by John Boyne is a saga set in postwar Ireland.  “Sourdough” by Robin Sloan does for the world of books what he did for the world of books in “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore.”

Large print

“You Say It First” by Susan Mallery is the latest in the Happily Inc. series.  “Young Jane Young” by Gabrielle Zevin starts with an affair by a congressional intern with her boss.  “Emma in the Night” by Wendy Walker tells of two sisters who disappear and only one returns.  “The Western Star” by Craig Johnson is a Longmire mystery.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks for our donors

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

Quotable Quote

“My mom taught me everything I know.  How I’m no less but also no greater than anyone.  How when people come at you with their worst, you should come at them with your best.” – Selena Gomez, first person to reach 100 million followers on Instagram.

9/28/2017

Second Chance Book Sale set for October 6-7 

We hope you will come by the library on Friday, October 6 or Saturday, October 7 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. to take advantage of the Second Chance Book Sale.  You’ll find great buys for all ages – books that were not sold at the Friends of the Library book sale in August plus new ones that have been processed since then.  In addition to books, a wide variety of other items will be offered, including book sets, audio books, CDs and DVDs.

Library staff will be organizing the event, setting up and working the cash register for your purchases.  This is a win-win situation.  You get great bargains and your library raises funds in addition to the $5,600 made at the Friends book sale.  Every penny goes to making your library even better.

Activities calendars available

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

Lifelong Learning

Mark your calendar for the fall Lifelong Learning Lecture series starting October 12, and watch for more details in future Library News columns.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, September 29) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a PG movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

Teen role-playing

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

Adult education 

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

Computer/technology classes

Join us each Monday from 2-3 p.m. to learn a technology skill or application.  Topics will vary each week. October 2 is digital photos, October 9 is Microsoft Excel basics, October 16 is Ancestry Library Edition, and October 23 is Windows 10. No registration required.  Note: No computer class October 30.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.  Note: No teen gaming September 19 because of the all-ages pirate party.

Tech Time

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

Kids storytime

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

Baby storytime

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

Toddler storytime     

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

Spanish language books

“La Camisa del Marido” by Nelida Pinon is an anthology of nine stories exploring family relationships, conflicts and secrets.  “Pele:  Porque El Futbol Importa” by Pele and Brian Winter is a memoir of this soccer great.  “El Nombre de Dios es Misericordia” by Pope Francis shares the pope’s thoughts on the importance of misery.  “Cartas a la Dra. Isabel: Mensajes y Consejos de El Anghel de la Radio” by Isabel Gomez-Bassols is a collection of letters to help men and women overcome their problems.  “Reta Tu Vida” No Es Dejar de Comer Sino Aprender de Comer” by nutritionist Jose Fernandez provides menus and inspirations to help your family achieve a healthier diet.

How-to and self-help

“Computer Basics/eighth edition has been updated for Windows 10.  “Solve Your Money Troubles” offers strategies to get out and stay out of debt.  “Raising Passionate Readers” by Nancy Newman describes five easy steps to success in school and life.  “Cuba” is a DK Eyewitness Travel guide.  “Option B” by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant showcases personal experience and research on finding strength in the face of diversity.  “The Four Tendencies” by Gretchen Rubin describes personality profiles that help make your life better.  “Dr. Colbert’s Keto Zone Diet” by Dr. Don Colbert help you lose weight without hunger or food cravings.

Other nonfiction

“Midnight Confessions” by Stephen Colbert is based on his popular segment from “The Late Show.”  “The Education of Eva Moskowitz” is a memoir by the founder and CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools.  “Windfall” by Harvard professor Meghan L. O’Sullivan describes how energy abundance has transformed the geopolitical order and bolstered American power.  “The Language of Light” by Gerald Shea is a history of deafness, signed languages and the struggles of the deaf.  “Reinventing America’s Schools” by David Osborne offers a survey of the most dramatic improvements in urban education today.  “The Astronomy Book” explores discoveries about space, time and the physics of the cosmos.  “What I Found in a Thousand Towns” by Dar Williams tells of this singer-songwriter’s travels through America’s small towns.

Novels

“Sing, Unburied, Sing” by Jesmyn Ward focuses on a family road trip through Mississippi.  “Star Wars Phasma” by Delilah S. Dawson is the latest in the Star Wars series.  “The Golden House” by Salman Rushdie tells of an enigmatic billionaire who moves to New York.  “Something Like Happy” by Eva Woods fellows two friends who spend 100 days working to be happy.  “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng features two families who live in the very proper Shakes Heights suburb of Cleveland.  “Love and Other Consolation Prizes” by Jamie Ford tells of an orphan raffled off during the 1909 World’s Fair.  “The Vengeance of Mothers” by Jim Fergus explores the Brides for Indians program via the journals of two of the brides.  “The Twelve-Mile Straight” by Eleanor Henderson begins with the birth of two babies, one light-skinned and the other dark.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Enemy of the State” is a Mitch Rapp thriller by Kyle Mills.  “A Legacy of Spies” by John Le Carre is the first Smiley mystery in 25 years.  “Good Me Bad Me” by Ali Land features the daughter of a serial killer.  “The Child Finder” by Rene Denfeld begins when a child disappears while choosing a Christmas tree in the forest,  “Need to Know” by Fern Michaels is a Sisterhood mystery.  “Dinner at the Center of the Earth” by Nathan Englander follows a secret prisoner held captive in a black site,  “Proof of Life” by J.A. Jance is a J.P. Beaumont mystery.  “The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye” by David Lagercrantz continues Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series.

Large print

“Robert H. Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet” by Reed Farrel Coleman is a Jesse Stone mystery.  “Y is for Yesterday” by Sue Granton is the penultimate book in this alphabetic mystery series.  “Glass Houses” by Louise Penny is an Armand Gamache mystery.  “Secrets in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas mystery.  “The Romanov Ransom” by Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell is a Sam and Remi Fargo adventure.  “Exposed” by Lisa Scottoline is a Mary DiNunzio and Bennie Rosato mystery.  “The Burning Girl” by Claire Messud follows two girls whose friendship is tested in later years.  “Charlatans” by Robin Cook is a medical mystery.  “Texas Fierce: The Tylers of Texas” by Janet Dailey is a western love story.

CDs

“The Western Star” is a Walt Longmire mystery.  “I Know a Secret” by Tess Gerritsen connects two homicides in different locations.  “Dark Rites” by Heather Graham is number 22 in the Krewe of Hunters series.

DVDs

“One Night with the King” stars Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif.  “The Mine Wars” explores the struggles of West Virginia coal miners.  “Sound Tracker” is a two-part musical journey across the U.S.  “The Courageous Heart of Irene Sendler” is the true story of a world War II woman who saved 2,500 Jewish children in Poland.  “Megan Leavy” is the true story of a female Marine and her military combat dog.  “Two Step for Beginners Vol. 1” teaches you how to dance the Texas two-step.  “Captain Underpants” is a DreamWorks Animation comedy.  “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”  continues the team’s experience.  “Sunshine Cleaning” is a comedy drama starring Amy Adams, Emily Blunt and Alan Arkin.  “Iraq Uncovered” is a Frontline documentary.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks for our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Medora Bass, Gail and Dan Shepherd, Paula Gorsuch, Curt Grindal, Marilyn Falvey and Gayle Broadbent.

Quotable Quote

“Life is a series of yellow pads.  It’s real therapy to cross things off and make a new list.” – George Stevens, Jr., American Film Institute director.

Website

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

9/14/2017

Pirate party for all ages next Tuesday   

You, your family and friends are invited to an all-ages pirate party at your library next Tuesday,   September 19 from 4-5 p.m.  Brush up on your sea slang and join us for some pirate crafts and activities.  Pirate costumes are encouraged.

It may not be widely known that September 19 is officially known as International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and has been celebrated in such far-flung places as England, South Korea and Richmond, VA since 2002.

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.

Vacation notice

This week’s column covers library events and activities for two weeks so that your columnist can go on vacation.

All-ages movie tomorrow

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

Teen bookclub tomorrow

Tomorrow  (Friday, September 15) from 2-3 p.m. seventh-12th graders will discuss “The Reader” by Traci Chee and enjoy free snacks.

Otaku for teens

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

Teen writers group

Join us on Wednesday, September 20 from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meeting for seventh-12 graders.  This group’s interests include stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction.

Medicare 101

Thursday, September 21 is Medicare 101 from 10:30 a.m. – noon when Katy will help you understand your rights, options, deadlines, possible penalties and where to find the information you need.

Senior Book Club

This free book lovers group – now the Literary Ladies – meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–noon. On Friday, September 22 they will discuss “Where the Heart Is” by Billie Letts.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.

All-ages gaming next week

Enjoy free video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your family and friends on Friday, September 22 from 2-3:15 p.m.

Sand art DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event on Wednesday, September 27 from 1-2 p.m. we’ll create attractive candles by layering colored sand in a clear vase.  No registration required.

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, September 27 from 4-5 p.m. practice your Spanish with others at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Adult education 

Now that school is back in session, our PALS program – Pagosa Adult Learning Services – expands its hours to three days a week: Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Computer/technology classes

Join us each Monday from 2-3 p.m. to learn a useful or fun technology skill or application.  Topics will vary each week.  September 18 is email basics and September 25 is phone storage.  No registration required.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.  Note: No teen gaming September 19 because of the all-ages pirate party.

Tech Time

Drop in with your technology questions for free help on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. Note: No Tech Time on September 19 and 21.

Kids storytime

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

Baby storytime

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

Toddler storytime     

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

Local author

“Seasons: Summer in Pagosa” by Victoria Rose is the second in this local author’s Seasons photo book series.  Another of her books, titled “An Adventure – Ten Clues for Finding You,” will soon be added to our collection.  It is a newer edition of a previous book titled “Ladies Are You Lost.”  These and many other of her books have been generously donated to your library by the author, who donates the proceeds of sales of her books to the Human Society of Pagosa Springs and the Fund for the Animals, an affiliate of the U.S. Humane Society.

How-to and self-help

“The Perfect Cookie” provides 250 recipes for cookies, brownies and bars.  “Recovery from Trauma, Addition, or Both” by Lisa M. Najavits is a step-by-step guide to recovery. “Stress Proof” by Dr. Mithu Storoni is a guide to fighting the effects of stress.  “The End of Alzheimer’s” by Dr. Dale E. Bredesen is a program to help prevent and reverse cognitive decline.  “The Co-parenting Handbook” by  Karen Bonnell is a guide to raising well-adjusted kids affected by divorce or separation. “California’s Best Trips” is a Lonely Planet guide to 22 road trips.  “What Color is Your P:arachute? 2017” by Richard N. Bolles is a guide to job hunters and career changes.  “Halfway Homemade” by Parrish Ritchie shows how to use store-bought ingredients in your recipes.  “Tai Chi for Depression” is a 10-week program and “Tai Chi in 10 Weeks” is a beginner’s guide by Dr. Aihan Kohn.  “New Mexico” by Zora O’Neill is the 10th edition of the Moon guide.

Other nonfiction

“Taking Aim” by Eva Shockey is the memoir of a woman who loves hunting, fishing and other outdoor pursuits.  “To Siri with Love” by Judith Newman explores the bond between a young autistic boy and the voice who lives in his mother’s iPhone.  “Soul Survivor” is a biography of soul singer Al Green.  “The Old Farmer’s 2018 Almanac” is the newest edition.  “Battling the Oceans in a Rowboat” by Mick Dawson tells the adventures of this former Royal Marines commando.  “Shooting Ghosts” by Thomas J. Brennan and Finbarr O’Reilly is a joint memoir by a U.S. Marine and a combat photographer.  “The Language of Light” by Gerald Shea is a history of deafness, signed languages and struggles of the deaf.  “The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After Happiness by Heather Harpham is a memoir of parents dealing with a very sick baby.  “Writer’s Market 2018” is a guide to getting published.

Novels

“The Hidden Light of Northern Fires” by Daren Wang is set during the Civil War.  “The Right Time” by Danielle Steel features a writer who uses a male pseudonym.  “The Saboteur” by Andrew Gross is a novel based on the true story of a brave Norwegian fighting the Nazis.  “Map of the Heart” by Susan Wiggs begins with the arrival of a mysterious package.

Large print

“The Broken Places” by Ace Atkins is a Quinn Colson story from the Deep South series.         

CDs

“Any Dream Will Do” by Debbie Macomber tells of a woman forced to start her life anew.  “Barely Legal” by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall is a Herbie Fisher and Stone Barrington adventure.  “The Right Time” by Danielle Steel features a writer who uses a male pseudonym.  “Lost and Found Sisters” by Jill Shalvis begins with news of a mysterious inheritance.  “Crime Scene” by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman begins a new crime suspense series.  “Murder on Black Swan Lane” by Andrea Pensrose is set in London. “30 Days a Black Man” by Bill Steigenwald tells of a white man going undercover in the Jim Crow South.

DVDs

“Embrace” tells of a body image activist’s work for inspire women of all body sizes.  “Gifted” stars Chris Evans and Mckenna Grace.  “Jane Eyre” is a new version of the classic.  “Golf for Dummies” is a guide to improve your game.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks for our donors

We are grateful for generous monetary donations from Nancy Green as well as Walter and Barbara Wright of New Jersey.

Quotable Quote

“We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.” – Whoopi Goldberg, American actress, comedian, author and TV host.

09/07/2017

How to help your children grow to be readers     

A recent New York Times article headlined “How to Raise a Reader” by Pamela Paul and Marcia Russo offers easy and practical tips on how you can make sure your young children grow up being readers.

On August 3, the Library News column covered their tips on how to help your babies and toddlers grow up loving to read.  Today we review their suggestions for supporting emerging young readers:

  1. Mix it up. When children start to pick out words, allow them to read to you some of the time.  But don’t make it a test.  Help them by pointing to words you know they will recognize.
  2. Don’t abruptly withdraw your reading services. Being read to is part of your bond and you don’t want your child to think that becoming an independent reader jeopardizes that special time together.  Continue reading aloud picture book favorites and start on more sophisticated books they can’t yet read on their own.
  3. Every child learns to read at a personal pace. There is no correct age for independent reading and no special formula to get every child to read by a certain age.  If you focus on raising a reader, it will happen.
  4. Don’t make reading work. Reading at home should fun.  Don’t put pressure on your child to meet particular targets.
  5. Check in with the teacher but don’t get nervous if your child is not reading at the same level as his or her peers. Late readers often grow up to be better, more enthusiastic readers.  On the other hand, if you or your child’s teacher suspect a reading challenge like dyslexia, get a formal evaluation.

Watch for articles in future Library News columns on how to keep your children loving books as they grow up.

“1,000 Books before Kindergarten”

You can sign up any time at your library for a new free early literacy reading program called “1,000 Books before Kindergarten” for children from birth to five years old.  You will receive a folder with bubbles to keep track of the books you read to your child.  The concept is simple:  Read 1,000 books to your newborn, infant or toddler – yes, you can repeat books – before your precious one starts kindergarten.  You’ll get a free book when you complete the program.

That may sound like a huge number of books, but it’s not really. If you read just one book a night, you will have read 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around five years of age, you have more time than you may think.

Donations hiatus

We are taking a temporary break from accepting donations until September 15 to process the ones that did not sell at the Friends Book sale, and put them up for sale at bargain prices at your library.  Everyone on the staff, especially Dona, works very hard all year to process the incredible number of items that you, our generous community, donate to us.  It will be helpful to be able to start the next round of donations with a clear workroom.

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.

New book drop at City Market

We hope you know that we have a new book drop at City Market.  As you face the front door of the grocery store, you’ll find it tucked behind the fifth post on the left, between the wood storage and propane tanks. To start, contents are being picked up three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Two special requests to make this new service work for everyone:  First, please put your Nooks in the media side of the box so they are not damaged by heavy books.  Second, the book drop is not for donations.  They need to be brought to the library, as some people donate a lot and that will fill the box faster than it is emptied, not allowing people to return their library materials.  We  hope you understand that the purpose of the drop box is for convenient item return, not item donation.

Rocks and minerals talk today

Today (Thursday, September 7) from 5-6 p.m. join Calvin Webb for a lecture on how rocks and minerals are formed, with various specimens on display.  He is a retired chemist with a passion for geology. 

Teen advisory board today

Today (Thursday, September 7) 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

Enjoy free video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your family and friends tomorrow (Friday, September 8) from 2-3:15 p.m.

Lego Club

Kids aged 6 – 13 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, September 9 from 11 a.m. – noon for Lego Club.

Adult Book Club

Our adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On September 12 we will discuss “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult.  If you need a copy, please stop by your library.  No registration required. 

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, September 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 

Now that school is back in session, our PALS program – Pagosa Adult Learning Services – expands its hours to three days a week: Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Computer/technology classes

Join us each Monday from 2-3 p.m. to learn a useful or fun technology skill or application.  Topics will vary each week.  September 11 is Internet searching, September 18 is email basics and September 25 is phone storage.  No registration required.

Tween gaming

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

Teen gaming

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

Tech Time

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

Kids storytime

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

Baby storytime

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

Toddler storytime     

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

Nonfiction

“Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult” by Bruce Handy revisits the classics of American childhood.  “The Importance of Being Funny” by Al Gini shows why we need more jokes in our lives.  “Ayurveda” by Heidi E. Spear offers 50 exercises for finding health, mindfulness and balance.  “Life Lessons” by Julia Cameron provides 125 prayers and meditations that are a powerful but simple approach to God.  “Jorge Bergoglio Francisco” by Andrea Tornielli is a Spanish-language book about the life and ideas of the pope.  “The Education of a Coroner” by John Bateson is a memoir of the coroner of Marin County in California.  “Who are You, Really?” by psychologist Brian R. Little shows you how to shape your personality for a thriving life. 

Mysteries and thrillers

“I Know a Secret” by Tess Gerritsen is a Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles suspense story.  “A Stranger in the House” by Shari Lapena begins with a phone call the heroine hoped she’d never get.  “Sulfur Springs” by William Kent Krueger follows a couple looking for the reasons for their son’s murder.

CDs

“Deadfall” by Linda Fairstein is an Alexandra Cooper thriller.  “Sulfur Springs” by William Kent Krueger follows a couple looking for the reasons for their son’s murder.  “The Burning Girl” by Claire Messud mixes fable and a coming of age tale.  “Love Like Blood” by Mark Billingham is a crime story set in Britain.  “The Last Tudor” by Philippa Gregory features Lady Jane Grey, queen of England for nine days.  “Devil’s Cut” by J.R. Ward is the finale to the Bourbon Kings series.  “Paradise Valley” by C.J. Box follows the search for a serial killer.  “The Late Show” by Michael Connelly launches a new mystery series featuring Renee Ballard.

DVDs

“Billie Jean King” is the story of the champion tennis player.  “The Invisible War” is an investigative documentary about rape in the U.S. military.  “He Named Me Malala” is the remarkable true story of this young Pakistani heroine.  “Instructions Not Included” is a comedy about a single dad.  “The Company Men” is the story of a man who is the latest casualty of corporate downsizing.

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.

Quotable Quote

“If you can laugh at it, you can live with it.” – Joan Rivers (1933-2014), American comedian, actress, writer and TV host.