6/21/2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friends of the Library book sale

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

Summer Reading Program underway

The free Summer Reading Program for all ages is on now through July 27.  Sign up at the desk or register from home on our website to get started and pick up (or print out) your first bingo cards. You will receive a free book each time you turn in a completed bingo sheet, and kids also will have the option of getting a small toy out of our treasure chest.  Completing bingo sheets also enters you into the drawing for our grand prizes that will be awarded for each age group at our closing Summer Reading party on Friday, July 27 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. when everyone will enjoy live music, food and crafts.  (Note that you must be present at the party to win a prize.)

Activities calendars available

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

Teens music coding event

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

Board games fun today

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

SR Club for kids tomorrow

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

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book lovers group – formerly the Senior Book Club – meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–noon. Tomorrow (Friday, June 22) they will discuss “Calling Me Home” by Julie Kibler.  Stop by your library to pick up a copy.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.

LEGO Club and all-ages contest

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

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

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is next Monday, June 25 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen gaming

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

Fly fishing instruction for adults

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

Paws to Read

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

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, June 27 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Spanish conversation

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

Adult education new summer schedule

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) is working on a summer schedule – from 2-7 p.m. on Tuesdays.   Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.  Note no Tech Time today, June 21.

Computer/technology classes

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Spanish-language books

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

Short stories

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

Mysteries and thrillers

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

How-to and self-help

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

Nonfiction

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

DVDs

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

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable Quote

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

6/14/2018

Steampunk crafts, dancing raisins and reading with a therapy dog

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

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

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

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

Summer Reading Program underway

The free Summer Reading Program for all ages is on now through July 27.  Sign up at the desk or register from home on our website to get started and pick up (or print out) your first bingo cards. You will receive a free book each time you turn in a completed bingo sheet, and kids also will have the option of getting a small toy out of our treasure chest.  Completing bingo sheets also enters you into the drawing for our grand prizes that will be awarded for each age group at our closing Summer Reading party on Friday, July 27 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. when everyone will enjoy live music, food and crafts.  (Note that you must be present at the party to win a prize.)

Activities calendars available

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

All-ages LEGO contest

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

Otaku Club

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

Teen gaming

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

DIY for adults

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

Teen writers group

Join us next Wednesday, June 20 from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meeting for seventh-12 graders.  This group’s interests include stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction.  Special guest this session will be local author Mariko Tatsumoto.

Board games fun

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

Adult education new summer schedule

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) is working on a new summer schedule – from 2-7 p.m. on Tuesdays.   Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.  Note no Tech Time on June 21.

Computer/technology classes

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  

Backpacks available for free checkout

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

Mysteries and thrillers

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

Other novels

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

Short stories

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

How-to and self-help

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

Other nonfiction

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

Books on CD

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

DVDs

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

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Robin Galloway, Cody Wilson and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

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

Website

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

6/7/2018

Free Summer Reading Program is underway now

One of our most popular events of the year – the free Summer Reading Program for all ages – started this Monday, June 4 and runs through July 27.  Libraries Rock! is this year’s theme.

Sign up at the desk or register from home on our website to get started and pick up (or print out) your first bingo cards. You will receive a free book each time you turn in a completed bingo sheet, and kids also will have the option of getting a small toy out of our treasure chest.

Each bingo sheet is filled with age-appropriate activities to help you learn, grow and stay engaged throughout the summer.  Completing bingo sheets also enters you into the drawing for our grand prizes that will be awarded for each age group at our closing Summer Reading party on Friday, July 27 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. when everyone will enjoy live music, food and crafts.  (Note that you must be present at the party to win a prize.)

We’ll be detailing the prizes in future columns. They will be divided into four age groups: babies to four years,  children K-6th grade,  teens and adults.

The Summer Reading Program offers special events, fun surprises and reading incentives throughout June and July.  Examples include the Summer Reading club for kids, a LEGO contest for all ages, special music events for tweens, teens and adults, and a Wild-N-Crazy Critters Exotic Pet Shop that will bring an assortment of reptiles, small animals, birds and invertebrates to the library.

Summer Reading themes will be incorporated into our regular programming as well.  Watch for details and dates in this column every week, or pick up an activities calendar so you don’t miss anything.

We hope you will sign up for the Summer Reading Program.  It’s fun, it’s educational, and it will help your children avoid the dreaded “summer slide” in reading skills that has been documented so often when youngsters take a vacation from books.

Activities calendars available

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

New Music Club today

Please join us at a new free adult Music Club from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. today  (Thursday, June 7) and again on July 12.  To celebrate Libraries Rock! being the Summer Reading Program theme, this music club lets you come to the library to talk music with others.  It’s like a book club except we listen to music and talk about your favorite artists, albums and songs.  Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

Teen advisory board today

Today (Thursday, June 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.

Summer Reading Club for kids tomorrow

Every Friday this month we’ll have fun Summer Reading Club events for kids from 2-3 p.m.  Tomorrow, June 8, we’ll make wind chimes.  June 15 we’ll do science experiments with dancing raisins.  June 22 you can paint your own masterpiece.  June 29 you can make your own musical instruments out of recyclable materials.

LEGO Club and all-ages contest

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

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

Save the date for Steampunk Crafts

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

Tween gaming

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

Teen gaming

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

Adult education new summer schedule

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) is going to a new summer schedule.  As of this week it takes place from 2-7 p.m. on Tuesdays.   Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, June 13 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.  Note no Tech Time on June 21.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  Today, June 7, is email basics.  June 14 reviews Consumer Health Complete, the single most comprehensive resource for consumer health content.  No class on June 21. June 28 reviews tools to protect your privacy online.

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Star of the North” by D.B. John is a thriller set in North Korea.

Novels

“The High Season” by Judy Blundell features locals and visitors at a Long Island beach town one summer.

Nonfiction

“The Last Stand of the Pack” by Arthur H. Carhart, edited by Andrew Gulliford, explores the past and future of wolves in Colorado.   “Facts and Fears” by former U.S. director of national intelligence James R. Clapper explores the U.S. intelligence community’s successes and failures.

Books on CD

“Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors” by Conn Igguldin is the concluding volume of the War of the Roses”series set in 1420s England.  “Polish” is the Pimsleur level one guide to learning Polish.  “Adjustment Day” by Chuck Palahniuk is a dark satire.  “The Cast” by Danielle Steel tells of a woman whose stories of her female ancestors become a successful TV series. 

DVDs

“Forever my Girl” follows a country music star who left his bride to pursue his fame and fortune.  “The Making of a Lady” is based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  “Steve McQueen American Icon” is the true story of the actor’s spiritual quest narrated by Gary Sinise.  “Black Panther”  is the Marvel Studios action-packed sci-fi adventure.

Large print

“Flight of the Hawk: The River” by W. Michael Gear is book one of the Novel of the American West series.  “A World of Hurt” by Tim Bryan is a Wilkie John western.  “Preacher’s Kill” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is book 24 of the First Mountain Men series.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable Quote

“Experts increasingly argue that contentment is something we can cultivate and increase with a set of learned skills.  One way is to count your blessings.  Studies have repeatedly shown that expressing gratitude – by keeping a weekly journal of things you are grateful for or jotting down a short list each day, for instance – leaves people feeling less stressed, healthier and more optimistic for the future.” – “The Week” magazine.

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

05/31/2018

Summer Reading Program starts next week
One of our most popular events of the year – the free Summer Reading Program for all ages – starts next Monday, June 4 and runs through July 27.  Libraries Rock! is this year’s theme.

Sign up at the desk or register from home on our website to get started and pick up (or print out) your first bingo cards. You will receive a free book each time you turn in a completed bingo sheet, and kids also will have the option of getting a small toy out of our treasure chest.

Each bingo sheet is filled with age-appropriate activities to help you learn, grow and stay engaged throughout the summer.  Completing bingo sheets also enters you into the drawing for our grand prizes that will be awarded for each age group at our closing Summer Reading party on Friday, July 27 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. when everyone will enjoy live music, food and crafts.  (Note that you must be present at the party to win a prize.)

We’ll be detailing the prizes in future columns. They will be divided into four age groups: babies to four years, children K-6th grade,  teens and adults.

The Summer Reading Program offers special events, fun surprises and reading incentives throughout June and July.  Examples include a Summer Reading club for kids, a LEGO contest for all ages, special music events for tweens, teens and adults, and a Wild-N-Crazy Critters Exotic Pet Shop that will bring an assortment of reptiles, small animals, birds and invertebrates to the library.

Summer Reading themes will be incorporated into our regular programming as well.  Watch for details and dates in this column every week, or pick up an activities calendar so you don’t miss anything.

Be sure to sign up for the Summer Reading Program next week.  It’s fun, it’s educational, and it will help your children avoid the dreaded “summer slide” in reading skills that has been documented so often when youngsters take a vacation from books.

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

Adult education new summer schedule
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) is going to a new summer schedule.  As of June 5, it will take place from 2-7 p.m. on Tuesdays.   Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Tween gaming today
Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is today (Thursday, May 31) from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

All-ages gaming tomorrow
Join us tomorrow (Friday, June 1) from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

Paws to Read on Saturday
Saturday, June 2 from 11 a.m. – noon, youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Hondo, Bacchus and Lainey, therapy dogs who love listening to stories, at a free Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

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

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

Teen role-playing
The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, June 6 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Spanish instruction
Join us for this free basic course next Wednesday, June 6 from 4-5 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish.  We will go over double object pronouns.

Teen advisory board
Next Thursday, June 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.

Free tech sessions
Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.  Note: No Tech Time June 21.

Computer/technology classes
Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  Today (May 31) you’ll learn about viruses and malware and what to do about them.  June 7 is email basics.  June 14 reviews Consumer Health Complete, the single most comprehensive resource for consumer health content.  No class June 21.  June 28 reviews tools to protect your privacy online.

New music club
Mark your calendar for a new free adult music club from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. next  Thursday, June 7 and again on July 12.  To celebrate Libraries Rock! being the Summer Reading Program theme, this music club lets you come to the library to talk music with others.  It’s like a book club except we listen to music and talk about your favorite artists, albums and songs.  Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

Family storytimes
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Nonfiction
“Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor” by Yossi Klein Halevi is one Israeli’s attempt to reach beyond the wall that separates Israelis and Palestinians.  “Chernobyl” by historian Serhii Plokhy explores the history and people involved in the worst nuclear disaster in history.

CDs
“Dead Girl Running” by Christina Dodo is a mystery set in a remote vacation resort.  “The Designs of Lord Randolph Cavanaugh” by Stephanie Laurens is book one of a new series set in Victorian England.  “Robert B. Parker’s Old Black Magic” by Ace Atkins is a Spenser mystery.  “The Other Lady Vanishes” is a mystery set in 1930s California.  “The Crooked Staircase” by Dean Koontz is a Jane Hawk mystery.  “The First Family” by Michael Palmer is a medical thriller.

DVDs
“Goodbye Christopher Robin” is a movie exploring the relationship between author A.A. Milne and his famous son.  “Identity Thief” is an R-rated comedy.  “The Moon Spanners” is a Walt Disney Hayley Mills family thriller.  “Fallen” is a documentary honoring police officers who died in the line of duty.

Large print
“The Family Gathering” by Robyn Carr is a Sullivan’s Crossing novel.  “The Crooked Staircase” by Dean Koontz is a Jane Hawk mystery.  “Dead Girl Running” by Christina Dodo is a mystery set in a remote vacation resort.  “Robert B. Parker’s Old Black Magic” by Ace Atkins is a Spenser mystery.           

Novels
“A Shout in the Ruins” by Kevin Powers tells the stories of multiple characters affected by the Civil War over 100 years.

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

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

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

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Nancy Crouse, Bob Lecour, Nathaniel Lineberry and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Things turn out well when you work as a team, when you share the ball and when you’re kind to each other.” – Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt, 98, chaplain of the NCAA Tournament darlings Loyola-Chicago.

 

 

5/24/2018

Did you know that your library offers 33 free online resources?

Did you know that your library offers 33 different free online resources available to you 24/7?  Visit https://pagosalibrary.org/online-resources/ to find a variety of topics for people of all ages.

Examples include Regional Business News with 50 regional business publications, Small Engine Repair Reference Center and Britannica School for students.    Transparent Language Online is packed full of lessons that offer a complete, language-learning solutions.  History Reference Center offers more than 150 history periodicals, nearly 57,000 historical documents, more than 77,000 biographies of historical figures and more than 37,400 historical photos and maps.

For questions regarding the Library’s online resources, call 970-264-2209 or email to ruby@pagosalibrary.org.

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

Library closure

Your library will be closed on Monday, May 28 in celebration of Memorial Day.

Summer Reading Program

Please note that the ever-popular Summer Reading Program with the theme Libraries Rock! starts June 4.  Watch for details in next week’s Library News column.

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.

End of School game break today

Fourth-12 graders, please join us for a free End of School game break today (Thursday, May 24) from 4-5 p.m.  Teens and tweens can take a break from studying to stop by the library for games and snacks.

Teen bookclub tomorrow

Friday, May 25 from 2-3 p.m. at the teen bookclub, seventh-12th graders will discuss “Scythe” by Neal Shusterman and enjoy free snacks.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.  Note change of day and time because school is out.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, May 25) from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book lovers group – formerly the Senior Book Club – meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–noon. Tomorrow (Friday, May 25) they will discuss “The Aviator’s Wife” by Melanie Benjamin.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.  No registration required.

LEGO Club Saturday

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

Teen gaming

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

Teen role-playing

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

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is next Thursday, May 31 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Free tech sessions

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

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  May 24 reviews the Ancestry Library edition database on family histories.  May 31 you’ll learn about viruses and malware and what to do about them.

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.

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Jicarilla booklets

We have two collections of special Jicarilla booklets edited Merton Sandoval.  The four Jicarilla Numbers booklets were compiled over the years by different people to aid classroom teachers assisting students learning to count in Jicarilla.  The four Jicarilla Teachings booklets were compiled at several work sessions in 2000 to preserve the Jicarilla language and provide moral and useful advice for everyday life.  You will find them in the New Item area of the library.

Books on CD

“A Higher Loyalty” by James Comey is the memoir of the FBI director.  “Shattered Mirror” by Iris Johansen is an Eye Duncan mystery.  “Twisted Prey” by John Sandford is a Lucas Davenport mystery.  “The Fallen” by David Balducci is an Amos Decker mystery.  “The 17th Suspect” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is a Women’s Murder Club mystery.  “The Forgotten Road” by Richard Paul Evans is the second book in the trilogy about a man on an inspirational pilgrimage across Route 66.

DVDs

“Night Gallery” is the complete first season.  “Teen Canoes” is a parable  about Australian aboriginal life before European settlement.  “Peter Rabbit” is a comedy for children.  “North America” is a two-DVD set of this documentary.

Large print

“The Other Lady Vanishes” by Amanda Quick is a mystery.  “The High Tide Club” by Mary Kay Andrews begins with a summons from a 99-year-old eccentric heiress.  “The First Family” by Michael and Daniel Palmer is a mystery about the First Family son.  “Shattered Mirror” by Iris Johansen is an Eve Duncan forensic sculptor mystery.   “Someone to Care” by Mary Balogh is a Westcott novel.  “The Forgotten Road” by Richard Paul Evans is book two of the Broken Road series.  “Twisted Prey” by John Sandford is a Lucas Davenport mystery. 

Cookbooks

“Autoimmune Solution Cookbook” by Dr. Amy Myers provides more than 150 recipes designed to prevent and reverse inflammatory-related symptoms and diseases.  “How to Grill Everything” by Mark Bittman features 1,000 recipes and advice for gas and charcoal grilling. 

Biographies and memoirs

“Barracoon: The Story of the Last ‘Black Cargo’” by Zora Neale Hurston is the biography of a man born in Africa before being enslaved and brought to America.  “The Girl” by Michelle Morgan is a biography of Marilyn Monroe.  “Robin” by Dave Itzkoff is a biography of Robin Williams.  “The Flying Tigers” by Sam Kleiner is the untold story of the American pilots who waged a secret war against Japan.  “Brothers of the Gun” by Marwan Hisham and Molly Crabapple is the story of a young man coming of age during the Syrian War,

Short stories by a future Pagosan

We have three books of short stories by Maryland Circuit Court Judge Albert W. Northrop – “Buck,”  “Always an Adventure” and “Did You Say Two.”   The author and his wife Karen plan to move to Pagosa Springs when he retires. 

Novels

“My Ex-Life” by Stephen McCauley follows a couple who reunite after being divorced for 30 years.  “Our Kind of Cruelty” by Araminta Hall is a darkly twisted love story.  “To Those Afflicted” by J.L. Blankenship tells of the relationship between two sisters, one who may be a schizophrenic.  “By Invitation Only” by Dorothea Benton Frank is a tale of two families in two different worlds, limousines and pickup trucks.  “How to Walk Away” by Katherine Center focuses on a woman with a perfect future who loses everything.  “The Cast” by Danielle Steel features a talented woman as she launches a new TV series.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable Quote

Advice to his three children:  “One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose, and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.” – Stephen Hawking (1942-2018), world-renowned physicist, cosmologist, author and professor who died peacefully at home in March at the age of 76, long after was told at age 21 he would have only two years to live when diagnosed with a rare form of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).  He defied the odds and helped transform the way scientists view black holes and the universe.  He was portrayed in the 2014 biographical film by Eddie Redmayne in an Academy Award-winning role.

5/17/18

Backpacks available for free checkout

With this beautiful spring weather, you may be thinking about a hiking or camping trip.  So we wanted to remind you that, thanks to a partnership between the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado State Library, we have two backpacks available for free checkout.

The backpacks contain a state park pass, binoculars, a wildlife guide, a trees and wildlife guide, a book about the 42 state parks, and more. They can be checked out for a full week and renewed for an additional week.   They cannot be placed on hold.  Consider it a “Lucky Day” pickup item, meaning that if you come in and it’s available, you can check it out.

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 Lecture today

The seventh and last presentation in our free spring Lifelong Learning Lecture series takes place today, May 17, from 5-6:30 p.m. Dr. Andrew Gulliford, professor of history and environmental science at Fort Lewis College, will review the history of killing wolves in Colorado and the possibility of bringing them back to our wilderness. We hope you have enjoyed these interesting and informative presentations.  Watch for information on the next Lifelong Learning Lectures in the fall.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, May 18) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a free PG-rated movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

Kids Club Saturday

Kids Club for K-fifth graders takes place this Saturday, May 19 from 11 a.m. – noon.  Each month this new free program will feature a different theme and include book-sharing, games, crafts and snacks.  May’s theme is cardboard construction.  Please note that Kids Club is now open to kindergarteners.

Otaku Club

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

Teen gaming

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

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event next Wednesday, May 23 from 1-2 p.m. we’ll transform an old pie tin into a unique rustic picture frame that will help you remember family or friends and add character to your home.  Bring an old photograph – preferably a copy or digital version that you can cut up.  No registration required.

Spanish conversation

Next Wednesday, May 23 from 4-5 p.m. practice your Spanish with other Spanish-language learners and speakers  at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

End of School game break

Fourth-12 graders, mark your calendars for a free End of School game break next Thursday, May 24 from 4-5 p.m.  Teens and tweens can take a break from studying to stop by the library for games and snacks.

Free tech sessions

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

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  Today, May 17, covers using Microsoft Word to create professional-looking resumes using basic and advanced formatting tools.  May 24 reviews the Ancestry Library edition database on family histories.  May 31 you’ll learn about viruses and malware and what to do about them.

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.

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Please note that both storytimes are now open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.

How-to and self-help

“The Happiness Curve” by Jonathan Rauch explains why life gets better after 50 and offers tips for the third period in life.  “Anticancer Living” by Lorenzo Cohen and Alison Jeffries focuses on six areas of health and wellness to fight cancer.  “Texas” is an Insight Guide that includes a free app and e-book.  “Addiction Solution” by Dr. Lloyd I Sederer, a chief medical officer, is a practical guide to understanding the world of drug use, abuse and treatment.  “The Pocket Dalai Lama” is a selection of inspiring short teachings from this Buddhist leader.  “The Magic of Tiny Business” by Sharon Rowe is a guide to making a great living in a small business. 

Other nonfiction

“Human Errors” by biologist Nathan H. Lents is am exploration of our four-billion-year evolutionary saga.  “Chasing Hope” by Richard M. Cohen is a memoir of a patient with multiple sclerosis who takes part in a pioneering stem cell protocol.  “Atticus Finch” by historian Joseph Crespino reveals how Harper Lee’s father provided the inspiration for her two novels.  “Gaslighting America” by Amanda Carpenter explores President Trump’s winning formula to control the news and news cycles.  “Reflections” by Barbara Bush is a memoir covering the eight years between her husband’s leaving the presidency and her son’s inauguration.

Books on CD

“The Sixth Day” by Catherine Coulter is the fifth in the Brit in the FBI mystery series.  “Cutting” by Jeffery Deaver is a Lincoln Rhyme-Amelia Sachs mystery.  “I’ve Got My Eyes on You” by Mary Higgins Clark is a thriller.  “Factfulness” by Hans Rosling describes 10 reasons why we’re wrong about the world – and why things are better than we think.  “Red Alert” by James Patterson is an NYPD Red mystery.  “After Anna” by Lisa Scottoline is a mystery.  “Alternate Side” by Anna Quindlen is about life in a tight-knit Manhattan neighborhood.  “The Thief” by J.R. Ward is a novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.  “Macbeth” by Jo Nesbo centers on a run-down town struggling to shed a drug problem.  “Shoot First” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington adventure.

DVDs

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is the latest Skywalker saga. “Hostiles” is the movie that was shot in New Mexico with several Pagosa people as extras.  “Blue Planet II” is a documentary exploring the ocean that is narrated by David Attenborough.  “Wild Horse Wild Ride” documents the Extreme Mustang Makeover Challenge. 

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“The 17th Suspect” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is a new Women’s Murder Club mystery.  “Lost Creed” by Alex Kava features Ryder Creed and his K9 four-legged “detectives.”   “Warlight” by Booker Prize winner Michael Ondaatje follows two children abandoned by their parents in 1945 London. 

Other novels

“You Me Everything” by Catherine Isaac follows a mother seeking a father for her 10-year-old son in the French countryside.  “The Perfect Mother” by Aimee Molloy begins when a baby is taken from his crib.  “The Judge Hunter” by Christopher Buckley is a comic adventure about an Englishman coming to Boston in 1664.  “The Cactus” by Sarah Haywood follows an expectant mother whose live is in a tailspin.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For her generous monetary donation, we thank Muriel Eason.  For books and materials this week, we thank Marilyn Falvey and our anonymous donors – with special mention to retiring school teacher Peggy Shipman, who donated her collection of almost 60 Dr. Seuss books to the library.

Quotable Quote

“All that you touch you change.  All that you change changes you.  The only lasting truth is change.” – Octavia Butler (1947-2006), American science fiction writer and the only sci-fi writer to receive a Macarthur Fellowship from the Macarthur Foundation, which supports creative people committed to building a more just, verdant and peaceful world.

5/10/2018

How to ensure your children love books by keeping them coming in – and going out – of your home

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 loving to read by keeping new books coming in – and going out – of your home:

  • Let your child build a personal collection of books.  Children love collecting.  Provide a special bookcase in a special place for the ones he or she selects to keep.
  • Have regular conversations about which books your child wants to keep and which should be given to younger siblings, cousins or friends – or donated to shelters, doctors’ offices, schools, charity sales or your library.
  • Consider a birthday party book swap.  Ask guests to bring an age-appropriate book instead of gifts that they can choose on the way out.  Determine the order by pulling numbers from a hat.  It’s nicer than goody bags filled with candy or plastic toys and teaches children that books are special.
  • Don’t let the steep price of books stand in your way.  Make regular trips to the library to keep a constant stream of new and intriguing books in your house.  Constantly rotating books exposes children to a variety of subjects, formats and genres, piquing their curiosity.
  • Let your children become library members as soon as they are old enough.  A child’s first library card is a milestone, often the very first membership card in a young life.  Teach your child that library membership is a privilege and a responsibility with benefits for the rest of his or her life.

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 Lecture today

The sixth presentation in our free spring Lifelong Learning Lecture series takes place today, May 10, when San Juan Basic Public Health will discuss proper nutrition and healthy eating on a budget from 5-6:30 p.m.  The interactive discussion will include  tips on nutrition, effective grocery shopping and how to cook affordable, healthy meals.  Healthy snacks will be available and new recipes will be provided.

Next week, on May 17, for the last presentation in this series Dr. Andrew Guilliford, professor of history and environmental science at Fort Lewis College, will review the history of killing wolves in Colorado and the possibility of bringing them back to our wilderness.

We hope you will join us for these interesting and informative presentations.    For more details about all the talks, please pick up a brochure at your library.

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, May 11) from 2-3 p.m. a free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney will take place via computer link.  Volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property tax, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans benefits and civil protection orders.  Please check in at the registration desk.  This clinic will take place the second Friday of every month.  You also can visit checkerboard.co to access legal forms and answers to many civil legal questions.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, May 11) from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

LEGO Club Saturday

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

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, May 14 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen gaming

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

Teen writers group

Join us next Wednesday, May 16 from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meeting for seventh-12 graders.  This group’s interests include stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction.

Free tech sessions

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

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  Today, May 10, covers the Cloud library which allows you to download e-books and audio books to your computer or e-reader.  May 17 covers using Microsoft Word to create professional-looking resumes using basic and advanced formatting tools.  May 24 reviews the Ancestry Library edition database on family histories.  May 31 you’ll learn about viruses and malware and what to do about them.

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.

Family storytimes

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

How-to and self-help

“Outside the Box Cancer Therapies” by naturopathic medical doctors Mark Stengler and Paul Anderson describes alternative therapies that treat and prevent cancer.  “The Best Cook in the World” by Rick Bragg, a cookbook with 74 recipes, is a tribute to the cooking skills of the author’s mother, who does not own a single cookbook.  “Godforsaken Grapes” by Jason Wilson is a journey through the world of strange, obscure and underappreciated wine.  “Magnolia Table” by Joanna Gaines is a collection of 125 recipes including family favorites and the best from the author’s restaurant in Waco, Texas.  “The Clean 20” by Dr. Ian K. Smith focuses om 20 foods from avocado to whole wheat pasta with meal plans, recipes and workouts.

Other nonfiction

“Back Lash” by George Yancy explores what happens when we talk honestly about racism in America.  “Beyond the Map” by Alastair Bennett presents stories of 39 of the world’s most extraordinary spaces.  “Factfulness” by Hans Rosling, a professor of international health, discusses 10 reasons why we’re wrong about the world and why things are better than you think.  “Drive” by Giles Chapman and Jodie Kidd is a Smithsonian history of automobile driving.

Books on CD

“Pause” by Rachael O’Meara describes how and why the fastest way to happiness is to slow down.  “You Can Stay Home with Your Kids” by savings guru Erin Odom offers 100 tips to help you stay home and thrive on a budget.  “Between Friends” by Debbie Macomber follows two girls with different backgrounds and lifestyles who stay friends for life.  “A Dangerous Game” by Heather Graham features a criminal psychologist.  “The Rising Sea” by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown is a Kurt Audtin adventure.  “Everything’s Bigger in Texas” by Mary Lou Sullivan explores the life and times of Kinky Friedman.

DVDs

“Vaccines: Calling the Shots” is a NOVA special that looks at tracking epidemics, exploring the science of vaccinations and the risks of opting out.

Large print

“The Bloody Spur” by Mickey Spillane and Max Allen Collins is a Caleb York western.  “The Outfit: Blood and Ashes” by Matthew P. Mayo is book two of The Outfit series.  “Revenger” by Frank Leslie contains two stories featuring Mike Sartain.  “The Bags of Tricks Affair” by Bill Pronzini is a Carpenter and Quincannon mystery.  “Twenty-one Days” by Anne Perry is a Daniel Pitt mystery.  “Queen Anne’s Lace” by Susan Wittig Albert is a China Bayles mystery.

Novels

“The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse” by Alexander McCall Smith is a love story that includes a dog set in World War II England.  “Love and Ruin” by Paula McLain explores the love between Ernest Hemingway and a female journalist during the Spanish Civil War.  “The Mars Room” by Rachel Kushner tells of life inside a women’s correctional facility in California.

Short stories

“You Think It, I’ll Say It” by Curtis Sittenfeld is a collection of 10 short stories about class, relationships and gender roles.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For their generous monetary donation, we thank Jan and Bob Clinkenbeard.  For books and materials this week, we thank our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” – C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), British novelist, poet, essayist and lay theologian.

5/3/2018

Academy Award and AARP films available on DVD at your library

For the past several months we have been listing the availability of Academy Award winners and nominees on DVD at your library as we got them.  Now we thought it would be helpful to provide a total list in one place for all our patrons who so greatly enjoy borrowing and watching these films.

We have eight of the Academy Awards best picture nominees, with the ninth available through AspenCat, the Colorado Library Consortium that allows our patrons access to items in 110 other Colorado libraries:

“The Shape of Water” had 12 nominations and won four Academy Awards, including best picture and best director.  “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” received several nominations including best picture and won best actress for Frances McDormand.  “Darkest Hour” received several nominations including best picture and won best actor for Gary Oldman.  “Phantom Thread” received several nominations including best picture, best director and best actor.   “Call Me By Your Name” received four nominations, including for best picture and best actor.  “Lady Bird” had five nominations including best picture, best director, best actress and best supporting actress.  “Get Out” was nominated for four awards including best picture, best actor and  best director.  “The Post” received nominations for best picture and best actress for Meryl Streep.  “Dunkirk,” available through AspenCat, received several nominations including best picture and best director.

We also have many movies from other Academy Award categories:

Disney Pixar’s “Coco” won best animated feature and best song.  “The Breadwinner,” “Loving Vincent” and “Ferdinand” were nominees for best animated feature.  “All the Money in the World” received a best actor in a supporting role nomination for Christopher Plummer.   “The Big Sick” was nominated for original screenplay.  “I, Tonya” had three nominations including best actress and best supporting actress.  “Abacus” and  “Last Men in Aleppo” were nominated in the documentary feature category.   “Blade Runner 2049” had five nominations and won for best visual effects. “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” received a nomination for best actor for Denzel Washington.  “The Greatest Showman” was nominated for best song.

AARP “Grownups” awards

Many of the films cited by the Academy and available at your library as DVDs also were honored by the AARP The Magazine’s 2017 Best Movies for Grownups Awards.  They include best-picture nominees  “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “The Shape of Water,” “Phantom Thread” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,”  all in our collection.

Also in our own DVD collection and through AspenCat. we have other AARP nominees including “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” nominated for best movie; “The Post” which got a best actor nomination for Tom Hanks and best actress nomination for Meryl Streep; “Girls Trip,” “Last Flag Flying” and “Murder on the Orient Express,” all nominated for best ensemble; “Marshall” nominated for best director; and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” nominated for best actor for Denzel Washington.  “All the Money in the World” received a best supporting actor nomination for Christopher Plummer.

 DVD donations

Many of these Academy Award and AARP movie DVDs were purchased using your library’s DVD budget.  But many also were donations by two film-loving patrons.  We are grateful            because the demand for current and classic DVD movie surpasses our monetary resources.  If you have gently used DVDs you no longer need, please consider donating them to us.  They will be much appreciated by our patrons.

Activities calendars available

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

Lifelong Learning Lecture today

The fifth presentation in our free spring Lifelong Learning Lecture series takes place today, May 3, when town manager Andrea Phillips will speak on local government and the town’s recent and future major projects from 5-6:30 p.m.

These outstanding talks continue every Thursday until May 17.  San Juan Basic Public Health will discuss proper nutrition and healthy eating on a budget on May 10, and Andrew Guilliford, professor of history and environmental science at Fort Lewis College, will review the history of killing wolves in Colorado and the possibility of bringing them back to our wilderness on May 17.

We hope you will join us for these interesting and informative presentations.    For more details about all the talks, please pick up a brochure at your library.

Teen advisory board today

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

Operation Veteran Re-connect tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, May 4) adult services librarian Brad Glover will man a table at the Vets for Vets event at the high school from 6-8 p.m. to inform veterans and their families about the many free library resources available to them.  These include computer use, internet access and tech support; access to health, learning and ancestry data bases to help vets find information about fallen comrades and shipmates; and our interlibrary loan service that allows vets to borrow or request almost any military-themed book or DVD.  Vets for Vets will also provide many other informational opportunities for our local veterans and their families at this special event.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, May 4) from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

Paws to Read on Saturday

Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. – noon, youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Hondo, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a free Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

New paper marbling fun

On Monday, May 7 from 4-5 p.m. we’ll host a free new paper marbling event for fourth-12th grades to make beautiful marbled designs and dye paper with shaving cream and food coloring.

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 May 8 we will discuss “Salt to the Sea” by Ruta Sepetys.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  Light snacks and beverages will be served.  No registration required.

Teen gaming

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

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, May 9 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Healthy eating on a budget

If you are having some difficulty eating healthily on a budget, please join us next Thursday, May 10 at 5 p.m. when San Juan Basin Public Health will host a free interactive discussion about healthy living including nutrition tips, effective grocery shopping and how to cook affordable, healthy meals.  Healthy snacks will be available and new recipes will be provided.  Everyone is welcome – no registration required.

Free tech sessions

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

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  Today, May 3, you’ll learn how to remove programs, manage the space on your computer, speed up your browsing and more.  May 10 covers the Cloud library which allows you to download e-books and audio books to your computer or e-reader.  May 17 covers using Microsoft Word to create professional-looking resumes using basic and advanced formatting tools.  May 24 reviews the Ancestry Library edition database on family histories.  May 31 you’ll learn about viruses and malware and what to do about them.

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.

Family storytimes

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

Nonfiction

“A Higher Loyalty” by former FBI director James Comey takes readers through the personal events and cases that shaped his views of justice, fairness and ethical leadership.  “The Big Ones” by seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones is a history of natural disasters and what we can do about them.  “Dear Madam President” by Jennifer Palmieri is an open letter to the women who will run the world as they rise in power in their communities, careers and public life.  “The Dream of the Earth” by Thomas Berry, first published by Sierra Club Books in 1988, is a classic in environmental thinking.

Books on CD

“Limits of the Known” is a memoir by celebrated mountaineer David Roberts.  “The Family Gathering” by Robyn Carr is a Sullivan’s Crossing novel.

DVDs

“Sustainable” is a documentary about the future of our food system in America.  “Outlander” is season three.  “I Am” is an inspirational true story about a Hollywood director who works to answer two questions:  “What’s wrong with our world?” and “What can we do about it?”  “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria”  investigates the alarming rise of untreatable infections.

Novels

“Varina” by Charles Frazier explores the Civil War through the eyes of Jefferson Davis’ wife.  “Noir” by Christopher Moore is a comic story set in 1947 San Francisco.

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 John Steward and Teresa Heany as well as our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.” – George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish playwright, critic and political activist.

4/26/18

LIBRARY NEWS 

New voter survey shows strong support for local libraries

A new survey of U.S. voters commissioned by the American Library Association and its Public Library Association division offers valuable insights into current voter perceptions of their public libraries.  Here are some of the key findings:

► 55 percent of voters view their public library as an essential local institution, 58 percent believe public libraries advance education for any community and 44 percent view the library as a valued gathering place for community members.

► Two in three voters place high importance on basic library services such as quiet areas (67 percent), books and technology (66 percent), a broad range of materials to explore (65 percent) and access to computers and the Internet (65 percent).

► Voters frequently visit libraries in person and online.  70 percent of voters have visited a library in the last year, averaging 8.6 visits each.  52 percent have visited the library’s website in the last year, averaging 7.6 visits each.

► Interestingly, most voters are confused about library funding sources.  59 percent think most library funding comes from nonlocal sources such as state or federal.  In reality, 86 percent of funding for U.S. libraries comes from local sources.

Funding for your Sisson Library comes from several local sources.  Last year 82.3 percent came from property taxes (73.7 percent) via the library mill levy (just like mill levies to support the Fire Department, schools, health services and other Archuleta County  institutions) and vehicle ownership taxes (8.7 percent).  Usually this figure is more than 90 percent, the difference caused by an unusually large donation last year.  In 2017 the rest of the funding came from local gifts and donations (12.3 percent), grants (1.7 percent), making copies (1.5 percent), in-house book sales (1.25 percent) plus several sources that were less than 1 percent each including online book sales and the use of laminating and fax machines.  We also want to recognize the importance of contributions made by the Friends of the Library.  Last year their funds covered half the cost of the installation of the book drop at City Market, the other half coming from an LPEA grant.

► 76 percent of voters support federal funding, with 38 percent saying it should increase and 38 percent saying it should stay the same.

► The majority of voters are willing to donate money to libraries, with 61 percent saying they have either contributed to their local library or would be willing to do so.

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 Lecture today

The fourth presentation in our free spring Lifelong Learning Lecture series takes place today, April 26, when Robin Young will lead a wildlife preparedness workshop to help you reduce your risk of wildfire and loss from 5-6:30 p.m.

These outstanding talks continue every Thursday until May 17.

May presentations include town manager Andrea Phillips’ talking about local government and the town’s recent and future major projects on May 3, San Juan Basic Public Health discussing proper nutrition and healthy eating on a budget on May 10, and Andrew Guilliford, professor of history and environmental science at Fort Lewis College, reviewing the history of killing wolves in Colorado and the possibility of bringing them back to our wilderness on May 17.

We hope you will join us for these interesting and informative presentations.    For more details about all the talks, please pick up a brochure at your library.

Save the date for Operation Veteran Re-connect

Next Friday, May 4, adult services librarian Brad Glover will man a table at the Vets for Vets event at the high school from 6-8 p.m. to inform veterans and their families about the many free library resources available to them.  These include computer use, internet access and tech support; access to health, learning and ancestry data bases to help vets find information about fallen comrades and shipmates; and our interlibrary loan service that allows vets to borrow or request almost any military-themed book or DVD.  Vets for Vets will also provide many other informational opportunities for our local veterans and their families at this special event.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, April 27) from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book lovers group – formerly the Senior Book Club – meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–noon. Tomorrow (Friday, April 27) they will discuss “When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present” by Gail Collins.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.  No registration required.

LEGO Club Saturday

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, April 28 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Teen bookclub

Monday, April 30 from 4-5 p.m. at the teen bookclub, seventh-12th graders will discuss “The Darkest Part of the Forest” by Holly Black and enjoy free snacks.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.

Teen gaming

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

Spanish instruction

Join us for this free basic course next Wednesday, May 2 from 4-5 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish.  We will go over expressions using the verb haber.  No registration required.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, May 2 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Teen advisory board

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

Free tech sessions

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

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  Today, April 26, we’ll cover Transparent Language Online, which is packed full of pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing and vocabulary lessons accessible from your computer, smart phone or tablet.

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.

Family storytimes

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

How-to and self help  

“Natural Causes” by Barbara Ehrenreich describes how we over-prepare and worry too much about what is inevitable, including aging.  “The Gifts of Imperfection” by research professor Brene Brown  helps you let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are.  “Eat a Little Better” by Sam Kass, former chef to the Obamas and White House food policy advisor, offers guidelines and 90 recipes to make it easier to do a little better for your diet–and the environment–every day.

Other nonfiction

“Rocket Men” by Robert Kurson explores the daring odyssey of Apollo 8 and the astronauts who made man’s first journey to the moon.  “Wild Moms: Motherhood in the Animal Kingdom” by Dr. Carin Bondar is a fascinating book that reveals a new perspective on the mother/child relationship.  “Hunting El Chapo” by Andrew Hogan is a real-life thriller by the DEA agent who tracked down the world’s most-wanted kingpin.  “Blood Moon” by John Sedgwick is the story of the centuries-long feud between two Cherokee chiefs.  “Because We Are Bad” by Lily Baily is the memoir of a young woman’s childhood battle with OCD.  “Fascism: A Warning” by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright explains her concerns about fascism current threat to international peace and justice.  “The Dream of the Earth” by Thomas Berry, a Catholic priest, explores the human relationship with our planet.  “Meghan” by royal biographer Andrew Morton is the story of the life of Prince Harry’s bride-to-be.

Academy Award DVDs

“The Post” received nominations for best picture and best actress for Meryl Streep in this true story about the Washington Post’s role in exposing government corruption.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“The Cutting Edge” by Jeffery Deaver is a Lincoln Rhyme mystery.  “Macbeth” by Jo Mesbo focuses on a police force trying to fix the drug problem in a run-down town.  “The Fallen” by David Baldacci is an Amos Decker thriller.  “The First Family” by Michael Palmer is a medical political thriller.

Large print

“The Temptation of Forgiveness” by Donna Leon is a Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery.  “The Sixth Day” by Catherine Coulter is a Brit in the FBI thriller.  “Twenty-one Days” by Anne Perry is a Daniel Pitt mystery.  “After Anna” by Lisa Scottoline is a murder mystery.  “All the Beautiful Girls” by Elizabeth J. Church features a gutsy showgirl in Las Vegas.

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 and Carole Howard as well as our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“Kindness is like a stone in a pond.  When you throw in a stone, the ripples go farther and farther and sometimes you don’t know what shore they reach on the other side.  Reach out to a stranger.  If you’re kind to somebody, you have no idea how it may change him or her … and you’ll be amazed at the change in you.” – Melinda Gates, American philanthropist and co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

4/19/2018

Tribute to our volunteers, Earth Day fun and free books for 4-year-olds

As the U.S. celebrates National Volunteer Week April 15-21, we say a heartfelt thank you to our library volunteers who in 2017 contributed 1,087 hours, about one half of a fulltime position.  “Please know how much we appreciate your time, energy and enthusiasm,” said Meg Wempe, library director, of the volunteers.  “We could not operate the library without you.”

Volunteers make important contributions to our small, rural library with our limited budget.  They help with shelving and making sure all the books and materials are in their proper place.  They help with special events.  They help on the circulation desk.  They help keep everything clean and spiffy year-round.  And they handle myriad other assignments that need doing to help us serve you well.

Do you have a special interest or skill that could benefit the library and our patrons?  If yes, we would love to have you join our volunteer team.  Please stop by the library to talk with Meg or phone her at 264-2208.  You will be warmly welcomed.

And there will be many benefits to you.  Research continues to show that people who volunteer – especially seniors – have a dramatically increased ability to maintain cognitive function. The findings invariably show that interacting with others through work, social events or volunteerism keeps seniors engaged – emotionally and neurologically – and also helps you live longer.

Earth Day fun for all ages

Join us Monday, April 23 for a free all-ages Earth Day celebration from 4-5 p.m.  We’ll paint flower pots, plant seeds and enjoy dirt dessert in our library garden.

Free books for four-year-olds

For the seventh year, libraries across Colorado are giving a free paperback book to every four-year-old in the state from April 9-23 as part of a special family literacy project.  Some 75,000 copies of “Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown” by Eric Litwin are being distributed to children statewide at local libraries, including at your Sisson Library, in either English or Spanish.  The goal is to encourage families to read together every day and add new books to home libraries to ensure school readiness.

“Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown” is a fun book that will have little ones singing, dancing and learning math to a whole new beat.  Please come by the library or attend any program and pick up this free book for your four-year-old youngster.  Better yet, bring them in to pick up their books and see the opportunities for fun and learning that are available free 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.

Lifelong Learning Lecture today

The third presentation in our free spring Lifelong Learning Lecture series takes place today,  April 19, when Anthony Garcia from the U.S. Forest Service will tell the story of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, with emphasis on herds living in the mountains surrounding Pagosa Springs, from 5-6:30 p.m.

These outstanding talks continue every Thursday until May 17.  April 26 brings Robin Young, who will lead a wildlife preparedness workshop to help you reduce your risk of wildfire and loss.

May presentations include town manager Andrea Phillips’ talking about local government and the town’s recent and future major projects on May 3, San Juan Basic Public Health discussing proper nutrition and healthy eating on a budget on May 10, and Andrew Guilliford, professor of history and environmental science at Fort Lewis College, reviewing the history of killing wolves in Colorado and the possibility of bringing them back to our wilderness on May 17.

We hope you will join us for these interesting and informative presentations.    For more details about all the talks, please pick up a brochure at your library.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, April 20) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a free 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.

Kids Club Saturday

Kids Club for K-fifth graders takes place this Saturday, April 21 from 11 a.m. – noon.  Each month this new free program will feature a different theme and include book-sharing, games, crafts and snacks.  March’s theme is games.  Please note that Kids Club is now open to kindergarteners.

Teen gaming

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

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, March 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 next Wednesday, March 25 from 1-2 p.m. we’ll create unique and fun ribbon bookmarks using velvet ribbon, clamps and a pair of flat-nose jewelry pliers.  These bookmarks also make great lanyards to attach to your USB thumb drives so you don’t lose them.  No registration required.

Spanish conversation

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

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.   Note: April 19 Tech Time is cancelled.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  April 26 covers Transparent Language Online, which is packed full of pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing and vocabulary lessons accessible from your computer, smart phone or tablet.  Note: April 19 computer class is cancelled.

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.

Family storytimes

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

DVDs

“Supplements & Safety” explores the hidden dangers of vitamins and supplements.  “Giant” is the classic starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean and Edna Ferber.

How-to and self help  

“This is the Year I Put My Financial Life in Order” by John Schwartz is a guide to attaining financial security.  “Debbie Macomber’s Table” contains 100 original recipes from the bestselling author.  “The Minimalist Kitchen” by Melissa Coleman shares strategies for paring down your kitchen to the essentials plus efficient meal planning and cooking techniques.

Other nonfiction

“The Trump White House” by Ronald Kessler is an inside story of the White House based on access to the president and his staff. “The Manson Women and Me” by Nikki Meredith tells of the two women who murdered for Charles Manson.  “The Beginning of Everything” by Andrea J. Buchanan is a real-life neurological mystery and story of reinvention.               

Books on CD

“Accidental Heroes” by Danielle Steel is a suspense story that takes place on an airplane.  “The Temptation of Forgiveness” by Donna Leon is a Commissioner Brunetti mystery.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“Cave of Bones” by Anne Hillerman is a Navajo mystery featuring Leaphorn, Chee and Manuelito.  “Hold Back the Dark” by Kay Hooper is a Bishop Special Crimes Unit suspense story. “I’ve Got My Eyes on You” by Mary Higgins Clark is a thriller.

Large print

“Every Note Played” by Lisa Genova features a concert pianist with ALS.  “Miss Julia Raises the Roof” by Ann B. Ross is a mystery.  “The Punishment She Deserves” by Elizabeth George is a Lynley mystery.  “The Bishop’s Pawn” by Steve Berry is a novel exploring what really happened the day Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. died.  “Little Bighorn” by John Hough, Jr. is a western.

Other novels

“The Female Persuasion” by Meg Wolitzer follows a college freshman whose life is changed when she meets a pillar of the woman’s movement.  “A Nantucket Wedding” by Nancy Thayer tells of the complications when the grown children of an engaged couple meet each other.  “Miller Varley 300” by Frank Miller is a fictional retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae.  “Breakfast at Tyranny’s” and “The Terror Beneath” are Doctor No stories.

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 Marilyn Falvey, Jeff Versaw, Bob Burt and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“We are continually faced with great opportunities brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems.”  — Margaret Mead (1901-1978), American cultural anthropologist, author and speaker.