6/20/2019

What should your child read this summer?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer Reading Program on now

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

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

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

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

Bike repair toolkit available

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

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

Activities calendars available

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

Summer Reading Club today

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

All-ages movie tomorrow

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

LEGO Club on Saturday    

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

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, June 24 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen gaming

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

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, June 26 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.    Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

ESL classes

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

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

Spanish conversation

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

Computer classes

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

Adult education summer hours

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

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

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

Short stories

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

DVDs

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

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

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

Novels

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

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

Books on CD

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

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable Quote  

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

6/13/2019

Meet Josie, your new early literacy librarian

We are delighted to introduce you to Josie Snow, a hometown Pagosan who has been hired as your new early literacy librarian. 

Josie brings an impressive record of educational and practical experience to her new post.  She has just graduated with an MA in children’s literature from Simmons University in Boston.  She earned a BA summa cum laude in interdisciplinary studies with a focus on education and minor in literature at Fort Lewis College in Durango. 

She also has had practical experience as a graduate student assistant in the children’s literature department at Simmons University, fifth grade teacher at Dolores Elementary School, and fourth-fifth grade teacher in Silverton. Earlier she was a student teacher in Killarney, Ireland and a summer youth program leader at A Theatre Group in Silverton. 

Josie has loved the Pagosa library since she was a child growing up here, enjoying its books and programs with Marilyn Krings, her mother; Reece Snow, her late father; and Chrystal Snow, her sister. “I always found the library a very welcoming place,” she says.  “It felt like home.”  From 2003-2017 Josie also was a volunteer at your library when her education and teaching allowed. During that time she had a number of responsibilities including promoting literacy in young readers and working on the Summer Reading Program.

In her new position, Josie is eager to take advantage of her experience as a former teacher to build an even closer partnership with our local schools so that they fully take advantage of the library’s many resources.  She also is delighted to return home to Pagosa because she loves the outdoors, the mountains and playing in the river.

“We are thrilled to have Josie joining our team,” said Meg Wempe, director of your library.  “We hope you’ll come in soon to say ‘hello and welcome’ to her!”

Summer Reading Club today

Youngsters K-5th grade are invited to a free special Summer Reading Club on Thursdays from 10-11:30 a.m. that will explore exciting adventures in outer space.  Today, June 13, features rocket-themed crafts, activities and stories.  On June 20 you’ll learn about the moon, our closest neighbor.  June 27 centers on the planets, when you’ll view images of the planets taken by the Hubble telescope and create your own.

This is just one of many free activities in the Summer Reading Program for all ages that runs through July 26.  A Universe of Stories is this year’s theme.  

More Summer Reading news

Register from home on our website or sign up at the library for the Summer Reading Program and pick up your first bingo cards at the desk. You will receive a free book each time you turn in a completed bingo sheet, and kids also will have the option of getting a small try out of our treasure chest.

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

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

The Summer Reading Program offers special events, fun surprises and reading incentives throughout June and July.  Summer Reading themes will be incorporated into our regular programming as well.  Watch for details and dates in this column every week, and pick up activities calendars so you don’t miss anything.

Activities calendars available

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

Driver’s tests help

We have just purchased a new online resource that is free to our patrons and will be a huge asset to anyone who is about to take a car, motorcycle or commercial driver’s test. The site includes hundreds of practice questions arranged into useful tests, from easy to hard, for the different licenses. More of a visual learner? There’s also a 360-degree road situation simulator that gives you a chance to see exactly what is described in each of the questions.  As well, there’s an exam simulator that mimics a DMV exam, with new questions every time you take it.  The also site includes manuals and frequently asked questions about the tests.

To access the site, go to your library’s website at https://pagosalibrary.org and click on the slider that features this new resource.  It also is accessible by clicking the tab for “Online Resources’” and scrolling down to Driving-Tests. You will not need a library card to access this new resource, but we’d love to take this opportunity to give you a card so you can use our other resources.  

All-ages rocket making tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, June 14, from 2-4 p.m. for a free all-ages event where you will kick off your space adventures by building model rockets from recycled materials.  You’ll have fun with Josie Snow, our new early literacy librarian, putting science and art together in a project you can launch into the sky.

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, June 14, from 2-3 p.m. a free legal clinic for people who have no attorney will take place via computer link.  A volunteer attorney will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property tax, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans benefits and civil protection orders.  Please note that our volunteer attorney can assist only four people each month, so it’s first come, first served.  Check in at the registration desk.  This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month.  Please visit www.checkerboard.com to access legal forms an find answers to many questions relating to civil law.

Paws to Read Saturday

Saturday, June 15 from 11 a.m. – noon, 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.

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, June 17 from 4-5 p.m.  Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   This free club is for fifth-12th grades.

Teen gaming

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

Teen writers group

Join us next Wednesday, June 19 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. 

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event next Wednesday, June 19 from 1-2 p.m., we’ll make homemade sunscreen using shea butter, coconut oil and zinc oxide powder.  No registration required.

ESL classes

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

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

Computer classes

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

Adult education summer hours

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

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

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

DVDs

“Worricker” is the complete PBS Masterpiece series.  “Broadchurch” is the complete first season of this British series, and we also have the second season.  “Marple” is season one of the Agatha Christie mystery series, and we also have season two.   “The Amazing Human Body” is a BBC documentary.  “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is the Dreamworks animated movie.  “The LEGO movie: The Second Part” is the family animated film.

Nonfiction

“The Book of Pride” by Mason Funk features LGBTQ heroes who changed the world. 

Novels

“Montauk” by Nicola Harrison is a story set among the high society of this Long Island village in the 1930s.  “The Spies of Shilling Lane” by Jennifer Ryan features English village busybody Mrs. Braithwaite in World War II England.  “Mad Boy” by Denver author Nick Arvin is a rollicking, picaresque novel about family and perseverance set during America’s War of 1812.  “The Favorite Daughter” by Patti Callahan Henry tells of a daughter returning home after a decade as her family deals with her father’s Alzheimer’s. 

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“Sunset Beach” by Mary Kay Andrews is a mystery.  “The Yankee Widow” by Linda Lael Miller features the strong women and men on both sides of the Civil War who sacrificed so much.  “Neon Prey” by John Sandford is a Lucas Davenport thriller.  “The View from Alameda Island” by Robyn Carr begins when a woman leaves her “oerfect” life and asks for a divorce on her 24th wedding anniversary.

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 Carla Evans, Marilyn Falvey and our anonymous donors.  For their generous donation in memory of Katy Threet, we thank Bob and Carole Howard.

Quotable Quote  

“If you are searching for that one person who will change your life, look in the mirror.” – Roman Price, American business executive.

6/6/2019

Summer Reading Club and driver’s test help

Youngsters K-5th grade are invited to a free special Summer Reading Club on Thursdays from 10-11:30 a.m. that will explore all sorts of exciting adventures in outer space.  June 13 features rocket-themed crafts, activities and stories.  On June 20 you’ll learn about the moon, our closest neighbor.  June 27 centers on the planets, when you’ll also view images of the planets taken by the Hubble telescope and create your own.

This is just one of many free activities in the Summer Reading Program for all ages that runs through July 26.  A Universe of Stories is this year’s theme.  

Register from home on our website or sign up at the library and pick up your first bingo cards at the desk. You will receive a free book each time you turn in a completed bingo sheet, and kids also will have the option of getting a small toy out of our treasure chest.

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

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

The Summer Reading Program offers special events, fun surprises and reading incentives throughout June and July.  Summer Reading themes will be incorporated into our regular programming as well.  Watch for details and dates in this column every week, and pick up activities calendars so you don’t miss anything.

Activities calendars available

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

Driver’s tests help

We have just purchased a new online resource that is free to our patrons and will be a huge asset to anyone who is about to take a car, motorcycle or commercial driver’s test. The site includes hundreds of practice questions arranged into useful tests, from easy to hard, for the different licenses. More of a visual learner? There’s also a 360-degree road situation simulator that gives you a chance to see exactly what is described in each of the questions.  As well, there’s an exam simulator that mimics a DMV exam, with new questions every time you take it.  The also site includes manuals and frequently asked questions about the tests.

To access the site, go to your library’s website at https://pagosalibrary.org and click on the slider that features this new resource.  It also is accessible by clicking the tab for “Online Resources’” and scrolling down to Driving-Tests. You will not need a library card to access this new resource, but we’d love to take this opportunity to give you a card so you can use our other resources.  

Medicare 101 today

Do you have questions about Medicare?  San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging Medicare counselor Katy Deshler will help you understand your rights, options, deadlines and where to get more information at a free class today, Thursday, June 6, from 10:30 a.m.-noon.   For more information contact Kay Kaylor at 264-0501, ext. 1.

Teen advisory board today

Today, Thursday, June 6, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, June 7 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.  Please note permanent change of time to 2:30  from 2 p.m. because of ESL classes at 2 p.m.

LEGO Club on Saturday    

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, June 8 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Read with a Ranger

Monday, June 10 from 1-2 p.m., youngsters are invited to join Pagosa Ranger Brandon from the U.S. Forest Service to explore the world of bugs with nature-themed books and activities.  Typically kids aged 6-10 attend, but these free fun sessions are open to all ages.

Teen steampunk crafts

A free steamboat crafts session takes place Monday, June 10 from 4-5 p.m. for 7th-12th graders when you’ll make crafts and jewelry from gears, keys and whatever else we can find. 

Adult book club

Our adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On June 11 we will discuss “Elephant Company” by Vicki Constantine Croke and enjoy light refreshments.  If you need a copy, please stop by your library.  No registration required.

Teen gaming

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

Teen role-playing

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

ESL classes

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

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

Computer classes

The is a free program from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application. Today, June 6, is Google Drive Basics and June 20 is Transparent Language Learning, packed full of pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing and vocabulary building lessons.  No registration required.  

Adult education summer hours

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

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  Note special storytime featuring music and movement with Nev McGuire on June 12.

DVDs

“The Chinese Exclusion Act is a PBS documentary.  “A Horseman Riding By” is the classic British miniseries based on the R.F. Delderfield novels.   “A Dog’s Way Home” is the heartwarming adventure of a dog heading on a 400-mile journey home after being separate from his human.  “How to Become a SuperStar Student” by Professor Tim McGee contains 12 30-minute lectures. 

CDs

Robert B. Parker’s Buckskin” by Robert Knott features lawmen Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch.  “The Big Kahuna” by Janet Evanovich is a Fox and O’Hare mystery. 

Nonfiction

“Bitcoin Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich follows the twins who made bitcoin history after their epic legal battles with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.  “Truth Worth Telling” is the memoir by award-winning 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley. 

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“Tightrope” by Amanda Quick is a mystery featuring a former trapeze artist.  “The Road Home” by Richard Paul Evans follows a man spared death because he missed his flight.  “Robert B. Parker’s Buckskin” by Robert Knott features lawmen Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch.  “I Know Who You Are” by Alice Feeney exposes secrets of an actress everyone thinks they know.  “The Never Game” by Jeffery Deaver is a mystery involving a video game. 

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“Cari Mora” by Thomas Harris centers around a woman in Miami Beach fighting against evil, greed and people obsessed with a dead man’s gold.

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 Jay Stafford and our anonymous donors.  Also, we are grateful to Rhonda Webb for her generous donation for Kathee Douglas, in memorial for Kathryn Sue Powell.

Quotable Quote  

“You can have friends or you can correct people’s grammar.” – Mary Norris, author, writer and copy editor for The New Yorker magazine

5/30/2019

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 3 and runs through July 26.  A Universe of Stories is this year’s theme.  

Register from home on our website or sign up at the library and pick up your first bingo cards at the desk. You will receive a free book each time you turn in a completed bingo sheet, and kids also will have the option of getting a small toy out of our treasure chest.

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

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

The Summer Reading Program offers special events, fun surprises and reading incentives throughout June and July.  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 activities calendars so you don’t miss anything.

Please sign up for the Summer Reading Program now.  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.

Did You know…

that your library has nearly 60 different periodicals, including both magazines and newspapers, in its collection for your reading enjoyment?  Titles include The Atlantic, Colorado Life, Consumer Reports, People, Sports Illustrated and Southwest Art, to name just a few.  Two new magazine titles recently added to our collection are The Pioneer Woman and Do It Yourself.  All magazines are listed in our catalog and using the term “periodical” helps to narrow your search.  Newspapers include The Durango Herald, The Pagosa Sun, Silverton Standard and The Wall Street Journal.  All past issues are available to check out.  You also may enjoy reading them right at the Library in one of our comfy chairs or reading areas.

We also offer a variety of journals and other publications through our online resources available to you 24/7.  Visit https://pagosalibrary.org/online-resources/ to find a variety of topics for people of all ages.  A library card is required to access some of the online resources.

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

Lifelong Learning lecture

The sixth and last lecture in the free springLifelong Learning series on Thursdays takes place today, May 30,  when author and adventurer Jon Waterman shares his observations from 40 years of mountaineering on North America’s highest mountain in a talk called “Chasing Denali.” 

Activities calendars available

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

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, May 31 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.  Please note permanent change of time to 2:30  from 2 p.m. because of ESL classes at 2 p.m.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, June 3 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.

Knitting Club for teens

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

ESL classes

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

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

Medicare 101

Do you have questions about Medicare?  San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging Medicare counselor Katy Deshler will help you understand your rights, options, deadlines and where to get more information at a free class next Thursday, June 6 from 10:30 a.m.-noon.   For more information contact Kay Kaylor at 264-0501, ext. 1.

Teen advisory board

NextThursday, June 6, 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.

Computer classes

The is a free program from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  June 6 is Google Drive Basics and June 20 is Transparent Language Learning, packed full of pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing and vocabulary building lessons.  No registration required.  

Adult education moves to summer hours

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) moves to summer hours as of June 4.  It now takes place on Tuesdays from 2 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  Note special storytime with zookeeper Amanda Breman, who will share stories and artifacts about native and exotic wildlife on Wednesday, June 5.

Books on CD

“The Road Home” by Richard Paul Evans is the conclusion to the to the Broken Road trilogy.  “The 18th Abduction” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is the latest Women’s Murder Club thriller.  “Redemption” by David Baldacci is an Amos Decker mystery.  “Storm Cursed” by Patricia Briggs is the 11th book in the Mercy Thompson supernatural series.  “Neon Prey” by John Sandford is a Lucas Davenport mystery.

Large print

“Odd Partners: An Anthology” edited by Anne Perry is a collection of mystery stories featuring pairs solving cases written sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America.  “The Scent of Murder” by Kylie Logan features a volunteer who works with cadaver dogs.

How-to and self-help

“Navigating With or Without a Compass” by Miles Tanner describes how to use bearings and nature to find your way. “Glacier National Park” by Becky Lomax is a Moon travel guide.  “Essential Oils Diet” by Dr. Eric Zielinski discusses essential oils and bioactive foods for weight loss and disease prevention.  “Easy Keto For Busy People” by Jennifer Marie Garza offers recipes and low-carb inspirations.  “Asian Paleo” by Chih Yu Smith provides Asian recipes for Paleo followers.  “The Ultimate Scratch & Sniff Guide to Loving Beer” by Richard Betts explores the ingredients, science and processes of the most popular alcoholic beverage in the world.  “Aging in Reverse” by master sports nutritionist  Natalie Jill is a 10-day plan to get in shape and be your best self.  “The Dad Lab” by Sergei Urban provides 50 science projects for parents and kids.

Other nonfiction

  “Ladysitting” by Lorene Cary tells of life-sweeping changes when a grandmother moves in at age 101 at the end of her life.  “Our Man” by George Packer explores the ambition, skills and hubris of Richard Holbrooke.  “Furious Hours” by Casey Op explores the murder and fraud that so fascinated the writer Harper Lee.  “Black Death at the Golden Gate” by David K. Randall reveals the coverup to obscure the threat of bubonic plague and the federal health officer who saved a city.  “The Theft of a Decade” by Joseph C. Sternberg shows how the Millennials are suffering from decisions made by Boomers’ reaction to the financial crisis.  “Eat Like A Fish” by former commercial fisherman Bren Smith explains the value of sea-based agriculture.

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  

“Some people believe holding on and hanging in are signs of strength.  However, there are times it takes more strength to know when to let go and then to do it.” – Ann Landers.

5/22/2019

Meet your new ESL teachers at your library

We are now holding free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes twice weekly year-round at your library.  Classes are being held on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-2 pm with two highly experienced teachers.  Joyce Holdread is teaching the intermediate/advanced group  and Ellynn Ragone is teaching beginners.  Here is more information about these very talented teachers.

Joyce Holdread has a master’s degree in Spanish from the University of Colorado and other certification and workshop education in the U.S. and Mexico.  She has experience teaching adults, adolescents and children in Mexico and Spain, as well as teaching Spanish and English to secondary school students in the U.S.  In addition to extensive work experience in the U.S. and Mexico, she more recently taught Spanish at the Archuleta School District and ESL classes at the Archuleta County Education Center, and now teaches Spanish at the local Family School.             

Joyce moved to Pagosa two and a half years ago from Golden to be closer to family here.  She loves living in our small mountain town rather than in a big city.  In addition to her other activities, she currently is raising funds to restore a local nonprofit that rescues victims of human trafficking from Latin America.

Ellynn Ragone has a BA from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  She is a graduate of the developing teacher program in Barcelona, Spain and taught English to all levels of adult students there.  She was awarded a TEFL certificate in Grenada, Spain.  She also has been an English-language teacher, tutor and volunteer at the Taos Education and Career Center at the University of New Mexico in Taos, and a tutor and volunteer at ESL classes at the University of New Mexico night school program.

Ellynn moved to Pagosa two and a half years ago to be with a local friend, and she loves the outdoor life here.  She calls herself a “totally crazy ski aficionado,” so this winter’s ideal skiing conditions made her very happy.  She also enjoys mountain biking in the national forest, and is eager to kayak our rivers this summer because of the strong runoff from the heavy winter snow.

No registration is required for the ESL classes at the library.  Similar to other library programs, we are not able to provide childcare as a separate component. 

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

Please help us spread the word about the return of ESL classes to our Pagosa community.

Library closure

Your library will be closed Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day.

Lifelong Learning lecture

The sixth and last lecture in the free springLifelong Learning series on Thursdays takes place May 30  when author and adventurer Jon Waterman shares his observations from 40 years of mountaineering on North America’s highest mountain in a talk called “Chasing Denali.”  Note no presentation today, May 23. 

Activities calendars available

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

Spanish conversation

Please note that there will be no Spanish classes in May.  They will resume in June.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, May 24 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.  Please note permanent change of time to 2:30  from 2 p.m. because of ESL classes at 2 p.m.

Teen book club tomorrow

Friday, May 24 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the free teen book club, seventh-12th graders will discuss  “Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft” edited by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe,  and enjoy free snacks.  Note permanent time change to 2:30 p.m. because of ESL classes.

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book lovers group – formerly the Senior Book Club – meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–noon. Tomorrow, Friday, May 24, they will discuss “The Women in the Castle” by Jessica Shattuck.  Stop by your library to pick up a copy.  No registration required.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.  

LEGO Club on Saturday    

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, May 25 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.

Computer classes

The regular program of  free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application resumes in mid-June.  No registration required.  

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  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 from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.   Please note there will be no tech sessions on Tuesdays in May.  They will resume in June.

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  Note special Spanish storytime with Brandie Herrera on Wednesday, May 29

Novels

“Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna” by Juliet Grames looks back on the life of a young Italian girl, now an elderly woman in Connecticut.  “The Flight Portfolio” by Julie Orringer tells of a young American’s quest to save the lives of artists and writers fleeing the Nazis.  “Resistance Woman” by Jennifer Chiaverini, inspired by actual events, tells of Americans and other women fighting Hitler in Nazi Berlin. 

Mystery and suspense

“The Last Time I Saw You” by Liv Constantine exposes murder, infidelity and lies in Baltimore high society.   “Disappearing Earth” by Julia Phillips begins when two young sisters disappear at the northeastern edge of Russia.

How-to, motivation and self-help

“No Visible Bruises” by Rachel Louise Snyder explores the scope and damage of domestic violence in America.  “Things My Son Needs to Know About the World” by Fredrik Backman provides his newborn son with the perspective and tools he’ll need to make his way in the world.  “Everything I Need to Know I Learned from John Wayne” features lessons from the Duke’s films and includes more than 100 photos. “How to Camp in the Woods” by Devon Fredericksen is a guide to equipping, packing and setting up camp on your outdoor adventures.  

Other nonfiction

“The Amusement Park” by Stephen M. Silverman documents 900 years of thrills and spills and the people who built them.  “My Dad, Yogi” by Dale Berra is a memoir of Yankees baseball great Yogi Berra.  “Where the Light Enters” by Dr. Jill Biden is a look at the family of Joe Biden showcasing his wife’s skills as a mother, wife and educator.  “The Pioneers” by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough is the heroic story of the settlers who brought the American ideal west. 

Books on CD

“Blood Oath” by Linda Fairstein features assistant DA Alexandra Cooper of the Manhattan sex crimes unit.  “The Savior” by J.R. Ward entwines a vampire’s and scientist’s fates in the latest in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.  “Celtic Empire” by Clive and Dirk Cussler is a NUMA director Dirk Pitt adventure.  “Tight Rope” by Amanda Quick is a mystery centering around a groundbreaking prototype cipher machine.   

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

We are grateful for donations from Theresa Smith and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote   

“No one can figure out your worth but you.” – Pearl Bailey (1918-1990), American actress, singer and Tony award winner for her title role in the all-black production of “Hello, Dolly!” in 1968.

05/16/2019

How to visit the Library of Congress in our nation’s capital
If you think of the Library of Congress as an unapproachable, scholarly building somewhere in our nation’s capital, you might be surprised to know that it is very much a place you can visit, tour and spend time reading and researching.

Author and scientist Linh Anh Cat has compiled a list of answers to frequently asked questions about the Library of Congress:

First, where and what is it?  The Library of Congress was established in Washington, D.C. on April 24, 1800.  Unlike libraries most of us are familiar with, it doesn’t publicly circulate books.  Instead, it mainly serves the 535 members of the U.S. Congress and their staffs as they prepare reports based on the legislation they are working on.

Second, how many books are in the Library of Congress?  It houses a whopping 38 million books, 3.6 million recordings, 14 million photographs, 5.5 million maps, 8.1 million pieces of sheet music and 70 million manuscripts in its three buildings on Capitol Hill.  There are other miscellaneous items in the library that bring the grand total to 167 million items.

Third, who can use the Library of Congress?  Although it mainly serves members of Congress, it is also open to the public to help with research needs.  You can access materials there but you cannot take them out.

Fourth, how long does it take to tour the Library of Congress?  On your own, plan for one-two hours.  If you take the tour, set aside two-three hours.  The must-see parts are the Main Reading Room, viewed from a soundproof glass room, and the Great Hall, which is where you enter the library.  In the Great Hall, take note of the intricate designs on the wall that include various fields of study and quotes from famous scientists, poets, artists and others.  There are other interesting exhibits, including Thomas Jefferson’s library.

Fifth, how can I use the reading rooms?  Ask the front desk to direct you to the office that issues a Reader Identification Card.  You will have to show a government ID with a photo, such as a driver’s license or a passport.  Then you can enter the Main Reading Room.

Bonus:  The Supreme Court and Capitol buildings are extremely close.  There also are plenty of restaurants if you continue past the Library of Congress and need a break.

ESL classes underway now
We are now holding free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes twice weekly year-round at your library.  Classes are being held on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-2 pm with two highly experienced teachers.  Joyce Holdread is teaching the intermediate/advanced group  and Ellynn Ragone is teaching beginners. No registration is required.  Similar to other library programs, we are not able to provide childcare as a separate component. 

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

Please help us spread the word about the return of ESL classes to our Pagosa community.

Lifelong Learning lectures
The fifth lecture in the free springLifelong Learning series on Thursdays takes place today, May 16, when Elsa White and Samantha Armistead from the Archuleta County Treasurer’s Office will discuss “Financial Fraud Awareness.”  No presentation May 23.  May 30 is “Chasing Denali” when author and adventurer Jon Waterman shares his observations from 40 years of mountaineering on North America’s highest mountain.  Pick up a brochure at your library with more details on these very interesting talks.

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

Spanish conversation
Please note that there will be no Spanish classes in May.  They will resume in June.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, May 17) from 2:30-4 p.m. for a PG movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.  Note the movies now start at 2:30 p.m. rather than 2 p.m. because of ESL class.

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

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

Teen role-playing
The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, May 22 from 4-5:30 p.m.    Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Computer classes
The regular program of  free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application resumes in mid-June.  No registration required.  

Adult education
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  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 from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Note no PALS on May 21.

Free tech sessions
Drop in with your technology questions on Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.  Please note there will be no tech sessions on Tuesdays in May.  They will resume in June.

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

Novels
“There There” by Tommy Orange, named one of The New York Times 10 best books of the year, is a multigenerational story of twelve urban Native Americans traveling to a powwow for various reasons.  “Blessing in Disguise” by Danielle Steel follows a single mother and her three daughters by different men.  “The Farm” by Joanne Ramos is set in a luxurious retreat where women are kept to produce perfect babies. 

Mystery and suspense
“Far and Away” by Fern Michaels brings all three of the Godmothers novellas together for the first time.  “Willing to Die” by Lisa Jackson is a Selena Alvarez/Regan Prescoli mystery.  “The Kremlin Strike” by Dale Brown is the fifth book featuring Brad McLanahan in this techno-warfare series.  “Light from Other Stars” by Erika Swyler features an 11-year-old girl obsessed with becoming an astronaut.

Nonfiction
“Life After Suicide” by Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC’s chief medical correspondent, uses her personal experience and others’ as a basis for a guide offering support, advice and hope in the process of recovery.  “Ketofast” by Dr. Joseph Mercola is a guide to ketogenic living and well-planned fasting.  “Why They Marched” by Susan Ware features untold stories of the unknown women who fought for the right to vote. 

DVDs
“White Fang”  is the Jack London classic adventure story.  “Unknown Soldier” is the Finnish classic war drama, the most expensive movie ever produced in Finland.  “Reilly Ace of Spies” is a real-life dramatization of an agent who inspired Ian Fleming’s James Bond.  “The Mayo Clinic” is a documentary produced by Ken Burns. 

CDs
“The Scribbly Man” by Terry Goodkind is a new Richard and Kahlan novella, the first book in the Children of O’Hara fantasy series.  “The A List” by J.A. Jance is an Ali Reynolds mystery.  “Wild Card” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “Miracle at St. Andrews” by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge is a story about golf.  “Someone Knows” by Lisa Scottoline reunites three friends who share an unbearable secret.  “The Last Second” by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison is a thriller pitting two special agents against a private French space agency.  “The Cornwalls Are Gone” by James Patterson and Brendon DuBois features a female Army intelligence officer. 

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
We are grateful for donations from Wendy Mirr, Tammy Shrader, Carla Robinson and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote   
“The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” – Lucille Ball (1911-1989), American actress, comedian, studio executive and producer.

5/9/2019

A 30-million-page library is heading for the moon

A little lunar probe aboard Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft is carrying a 30-million-page archive of human knowledge etched into a DVD-size metal disc.  The Lunar Library, as the archive is known, constitutes a “civilization backup” to help ensure that our distant descendants never lose humanity’s collective wisdom,  according to Nova Spivack, co-founder of Arch Mission Foundation, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit behind the project.

The foundation is building a space-based archive designed to survive for six billion years or more – a million times longer than the oldest written records in existence today.

Sending a library into space isn’t entirely new for the Arch Foundation.  Before Elon Musk launched a Tesla Roadster into orbit around the sun last year, Spivack and his team put in the glove box a quartz disc containing the entire text of Asimov’s famous “Foundation” trilogy of science-fiction books.

For the Lunar Library, the scope had to be far wider.  “We’re building a Rosetta Stone for beings who inhibit our solar system in the future,” Spivack said. 

One small component of the archive is a collection of songs, children’s drawings and writings about Israeli culture and history.  The rest is truly encyclopedic.  It includes more than 200 gigabytes of data with the entire English-language version of Wikipedia, tens of thousands and fiction or nonfiction books, a collection of textbooks, and a guide to 5,000 languages along with 1.5 billion sample translations between them.

Since people in the far future may not have a DVD player handy, and might not speak any language now in use, the top of the Lunar Library’s disc is engraved with tiny images of books and other documents explaining human linguistics, along with instructions on how to read the library beneath. 

ESL classes underway now

We  are now holding free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes twice weekly year-round at your library.  Classes are being held on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-2 pm with two highly experienced teachers.  Joyce Holdread is teaching the intermediate/advanced group  and Ellynn Ragone is teaching beginners. No registration is required.  Similar to other library programs, we are not able to provide childcare as a separate component. 

Comenzando el 1 de mayo, la biblioteca ofrecerá clases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL). Las clases se llevan a cabo los miércoles y viernes desde el mediodia hasta las 2 pm.  Todas las clases son gratuitas y no es necesario registrarse.  Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre el regreso de las clases de íngles como segundo idioma en nuestra comunidad de Pagosa. 

Please help us spread the word about the return of ESL classes to our Pagosa community.

Lifelong Learning lectures

The fourth lecture in the free springLifelong Learning series on Thursdays takes place today, May 9 when Dr. Andrew Gulliford will discuss “The Woolly West: Colorado’s Hidden History of Sheepscapes.”   May 16 is “Financial Fraud Awareness” with Elsa White and Samantha Armistead from the Archuleta County Treasurer’s Office.  No presentation May 23.  May 30 is “Chasing Denali” when author and adventurer Jon Waterman shares his observations from 40 years of mountaineering on North America’s highest mountain.  Pick up a brochure at your library with more details on these very interesting talks.

Activities calendars available

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

Spanish conversation

Please note that there will be no Spanish classes in May.  They will resume in June.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, May 10 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.  Starting this month, please note permanent change of time to 2:30  from 2 p.m. because of ESL classes at 2 p.m.

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, May 10, from 2-3 p.m. is a free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney will take place via computer link.  Volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property tax, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans benefits and civil protection orders.  Please check in at the registration desk.  This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month. 

LEGO Club on Saturday    

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

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, May 13 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 book club

Our adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On May 14 we will discuss “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak and enjoy light snacks and beverages.  If you need a copy, please stop by your library.  No registration required.

Teen writers group

Join us next Wednesday, May 15 from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meeting for seventh-12 graders.  This group’s interests include stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction. 

Computer classes

The regular program of  free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application resumes in mid-June.  No registration required.  

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  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 from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Note no PALS from Thursday, May 2 through Thursday, May 9 or on May 21.

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.   Please note there will be no tech sessions on Tuesdays in May.  They will resume in June.

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  Note that next Wednesday, May 15 is a special Spanish storytime with Mable Barber.

Large print

“Wild Justice” by Loren D. Estleman is a Page Murdock frontier story.  “Line of Glory” by Thomas D. Clagett focuses on four people at the Alamo.  “Torture of the Mountain Man” by William W. and J.A. Johnston is a western set in Texas. 

Essays collection

“Everything in its Place” by Oliver Sacks is the final volume of writings by this doctor engaged with the central questions of human existence from illness to social media.  

Novels

“Wunderland” by Jennifer Cody Epstein moves between decades with stories of three women tied to Nazi Germany.  “Machines Like Me” by Ian McEwan takes place in alternative 1980s London. 

Mystery and suspense

“18th Abduction” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is the latest in the Women’s Murder Club thriller series. 

DVDs

“Open Range” is an action western starring Robert Duvall, Kevin Cosner and Annette Bening.  “Puss in Boots” is a Dreamworks animated family film.  “Seed” is a multiple award-winning documentary about seeds, 94 percent of our planet’s varieties having disappeared in the last century.  “Boy Erased” is a biographical drama film that received two Golden Globe nominations.  “No Passport Required” with Marcus Samuelsson explores food and traditions across America.

CDs

“Machines Like Me” by Ian McEwan takes place in alternative 1980s London. 

Nonfiction

“Falter” by Bill McKibben looks at climate change, new technologies and other trends that are negatively affecting the human experience.  “Our Planet” by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey is the photographic companion to the Netflix documentary series.  “Moon” by David Warmflash is an illustrated history of the development, observation and exploration of the moon.  “American Moonshot” by Douglas Brinkley celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing with a fresh look at the American space program.  “Chasing Denali” by Jon Waterman is the legendary story of four miners (called “sourdoughs”) who claimed to ascend and descend Denali all in one day. 

“Shortest Way Home” by Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana and a Democratic candidate for President of the U.S. in 2020, explores the resurgence of a dying city.  “D-Day Girls” by Sarah Rose documents the extraordinary women who became British spies to help pave the wave for Allied victory in World War II.  “The Moment of Lift” by Melinda Gates explores the importance of lifting women up in all societies with data presenting the issues we need address first for the benefit of everyone. 

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank our anonymous donors. For the generous monetary donation, we thank Medora Bass.

Quotable Quote   

Being a bookworm could benefit your real world interactions, making it easier to identify people’s emotions, according to a new analysis in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.  Researchers think this is because fiction may engage the same processes that occur during real-world social interactions or provide clues about people and cultures readers might not otherwise be exposed to, says David Dodell-Feder, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology at the University of Rochester.  That being said, it needs to be a book that focuses on character development – say, literary fiction – to have the promised effect.

5/2/2019

Fun facts about reading habits around the world.

In what countries do people read the most?  What about the reading habits of Americans?  And what are the most popular books around the world?

Brendan Brown is an independent consultant for libraries and the founder of Global English Editing, a leading online editing and proofreading company.  He has studied reading habits around the world and his findings for 2018 are interesting.

People from India spend more hours reading per person per week (10.42 hours) than any other country.  Next is Thailand (9.24), China (8) and the Philippines (7.36).  The U.A. figure is 5.42, 22nd on the list.  European countries that read the most are Estonia, Finland, Poland and Hungary.  France ranks last.

In the U.S., 77 percent of us shopped for books in 2018.  Some 74 percent of Americans read a book in any format in the past year.  Only 37 percent of those with a high school degree did so.

The three most-read books in the world of all time are “The Holy Bible,” “Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung” and the Harry Potter series.  Favorite popular books cross borders and span oceans.  “Becoming” by Michelle Obama was the most popular book in 2018 in France, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Greece.  In fact, American politics seems to be a favored topic.  “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff was the most popular print book worldwide in 2018.  In Australia, the Harry Potter books were the most popular at libraries.

ESL classes start this week

We  are now holding free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes twice weekly year-round at your library.  Classes will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-2 pm with two highly experienced teachers.  Joyce Holdread will teach the intermediate/advanced group  and Ellynn Ragone will teach beginners. No registration is required.  Similar to other library programs, we are not able to provide childcare as a separate component. 

Comenzando el 1 de mayo, la biblioteca ofrecerá clases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL). Las clases se llevan a cabo los miércoles y viernes desde el mediodia hasta las 2 pm.  Todas las clases son gratuitas y no es necesario registrarse.  Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre el regreso de las clases de íngles como segundo idioma en nuestra comunidad de Pagosa. 

Please help us spread the word about the return of ESL classes to our Pagosa community.

Lifelong Learning lectures

The fourth lecture in the free springLifelong Learning series on Thursdays takes place May 9 when Dr. Andrew Gulliford will discuss “The Woolly West: Colorado’s Hidden History of Sheepscapes.”   May 16 is “Financial Fraud Awareness” with Elsa White and Samantha Armistead from the Archuleta County Treasurer’s Office.  No presentation May 23.  May 30 is “Chasing Denali” when author and adventurer Jon Waterman shares his observations from 40 years of mountaineering on North America’s highest mountain.  Pick up a brochure at your library with more details on all these very interesting talks.

Activities calendars available

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

Spanish conversation

Please note that there will be no Spanish classes in May.  They will resume in June.

Teen advisory board today 

Today,Thursday, May 2, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

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

Paws to Read Saturday

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

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, May 6 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen gaming

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

Teen role-playing

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

Computer classes

Today, May 2, is Gmail Basics, and it will be the only class in May.  The regular program of  free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application resumes in mid-June.  No registration required.  

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  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 from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Note no PALS Note no PALS from Thursday, May 2 through Thursday, May 9 or on May 21.

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.   Please note there will be no tech sessions on Tuesdays in May.  They will resume in June.

Family storytimes

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

DVDs – More Academy Award films

“The Wife” garnered Glenn Close a best actress nomination in the Academy Awards and she won in the AARP Best Movies for Grownups awards.  “Mirai” was a nominee for best animated film at the Academy Awards and Golden Globes. 

Other DVDs

“Aquaman” is an action story.  “The Circus” is the American Experience four-hour mini-series.  “The Brontës of Haworth” is part of the Dramatic Lives of the Literary Legends series.  “Live. Die. Repeat.” Is a thriller involving a time loop.  “Justice League”  pairs Batman and Wonder Woman with Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg.  “Columbo” is the complete first season.  “On the Basis of Sex” is the story of the early career of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  “winter” is the complete series.

Books on CD

“Upon a Burning Throne” is book one of the Burnt Empire saga.  “The Pattern on the Stone” by computer wizard W. Daniel Hillis uses lucid explanations and colorful anecdotes to explain how computers work.  “Great Jobs for Everyone 50+” by Kerry Hannon shows where the opportunities are for people in their 40s, 50s and beyond and how to get them.  “The Last Three Minutes” by Paul Davis about the ultimate fate of the universe is part of the Science Masters series. 

How-to and self-help

“The Bartering Mindset” by Brian C. Gunia shows you how to use a non-monetary mindset to negotiate more successfully.  “The Second Mountain” by David Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning.  “The Farm Girl’s Guide to Preserving the Harvest” by Ann Accetta-Scott describes how to can, freeze, dehydrate and ferment your garden’s goodness.  “Mostly Plants” by Tracy, Dana, Lori and Corky Pollan supplies 101 flexitarian recipes from the pollen family to help you cut back on meat.  “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” by therapist Lori Gottlieb invites you into her world as both a clinician and patient.

Other nonfiction

            “Falter” by Bill McKibben looks at climate change, new technologies and other trends that are negatively affecting the human experience.  “Our Planet” by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey is the photographic companion to the Netflix documentary series.  “American Moonshot” by Douglas Brinkley celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing with a fresh look at the American space program.  “Chasing Denali” by Jon Waterman is the legendary story of four miners (called “sourdoughs”) who claimed to ascend and descend Denali all in one day.  “Shortest Way Home” by Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana and a Democratic candidate for President of the U.S. in 2020, explores the resurgence of a dying city.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank our anonymous donors. For the generous monetary donation, we thank Al Jenab. 

Quotable Quote   

Here’s a “Golden Oldie” – advice from Bill Gates to Mt. Whitney High School students in Visalla, CA in 2004:  Rule 1:  Life is not fair – get used to it.  2. The world won’t care about your self-esteem.  The world will expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself.  3. You won’t be vice president with a car phone until you earn both.  4. Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity.  Your grandparents call it opportunity.   5. If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss.  6. If you mess up, it is not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes – learn from them.  7. Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now.  They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you are.  So before you save the rain forests, try cleaning your closet.  8.  Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not.  9.  Life is not divided into semesters.  You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself.  Do that on your own time.  10.  Be nice to nerds.  Chances are good that you will end up working for one.

4/24/2019

ESL classes start May 1, Lifelong Learning lectures continue

We are delighted to announce that we will begin holding free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes twice weekly year-round at your library starting next Wednesday, May 1.  “This is very good news for our community, “ said Meg Wempe, library director.  “ESL classes can be a vital resource for students and their families to become more involved with educational, social and economic activities to enhance their lives.”

Classes will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-2 pm with two highly experienced teachers.  Joyce Holdread will teach the intermediate/advanced group  and Ellynn Ragone will teach beginners. No registration is required.  Similar to other library programs, we are not able to provide childcare as a separate component. 

Ever since the Archuleta County Education Center stopped offering ESL in the fall of 2018, Meg and her team have been working to secure funding to hold these classes at your library. They are fortunate to have found local sponsors through the Town of Pagosa Springs and the Galles Properties Community Fund, as well as regional sponsors through LPEA and the Ballantine Family Fund.

Comenzando el 1 de mayo, la biblioteca ofrecerá clases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL). Las clases se llevan a cabo los miércoles y viernes desde el mediodia hasta las 2 pm.  Todas las clases son gratuitas y no es necesario registrarse.  Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre el regreso de las clases de íngles como segundo idioma en nuestra comunidad de Pagosa. 

Please help us spread the word about the return of ESL classes to our Pagosa community.

Lifelong Learning lecture today

The third lecture in the free springLifelong Learning series on Thursdays takes place today,  April 25, with a presentation on beneficial electrification using renewable resources and LPEA’s goal of reducing its carbon footprint.  There will be three more lectures in May: May 9 features Dr. Andrew Gulliford discussing “The Woolly West: Colorado’s Hidden History of Sheepscapes.”   May 16 is “Financial Fraud Awareness” with Elsa White and Samantha Armistead from the Archuleta County Treasurer’s Office.  No presentation May 23.  May 30 is “Chasing Denali” when author and adventurer Jon Waterman shares his observations from 40 years of mountaineering on North America’s highest mountain.  Pick up a brochure at your library with more details on all these very interesting talks.

Activities calendars available

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

Spanish conversation

Please note that there will be no Spanish classes in May.  They will resume in June.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, April 26 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.  Starting in May, please note permanent change of time to 2:30  from 2 p.m. because of ESL classes at 2 p.m.

Teen book club tomorrow

Friday, April 26 from 2-3 p.m. at the free teen book club, seventh-12th graders will discuss whatever they have been reading and enjoy free snacks.  

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 26, they will discuss “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane” by Lisa See.  Stop by your library to pick up a copy.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.  

LEGO Club on Saturday    

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

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, April 29 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.

Knitting-plus Club for teens

Next Wednesday, May 1, this free club meets from 4-5:30 p.m. for 7th-12th graders.  It’s called the Knitting-plus Club because it includes not only knitting but also crochet projects, needlepoint and more.  But note that teaching will be available only for knitting.  Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects and hang out with other crafters.  If you don’t know how to knit, come anyway and we’ll get you started on some of the basics.

Teen advisory board

NextThursday, May 2, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  Today, April 25, covers two popular genealogy databases. May 2 is Gmail Basics.  No registration required.  

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  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 from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more. There will be no PALS from Thursday, May 2 through Thursday, May 9 or on May 21.

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.   Please note there will be no tech sessions on Tuesdays in May.  They will resume in June.

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  May 1 will feature yoga and American Sign Language  with Dian Tator. 

DVDs – More Academy Award films

Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns” was nominated for four Academy Awards – best actress, production design, costume design and original score; for best picture and best original score in the Golden Globes; and won best intergenerational movie in the AARP annual Movies for Grownups awards.

Books on CD

“Devil’s Daughter” by Lisa Kleypas, a romance set in Victorian England, is number five in the Ravenels series.  “American Duchess” by Karen Harper is the novelized story of Consuelo Vanderbilt and her husband the Duke of Marlborough.  “Deep Harbor” by Fern Michaels is a mystery.  “The Perfect Alabi” by Philip Margolin is a legal thriller.  “The Next to Die” by Sophie Hannah is a psychological suspense story.  “The Huntress” by Kate Quinn is an historical novel about tracking a Nazi war criminal in America.  “Me For You” by Lolly Winston is a love story involving a Nordstrom piano player.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Lights All Night Long” by Lydia Fitzpatrick begins when a Russian teen arrives in Louisiana as an exchange student.  “Redemption” by David Baldacci id the latest in his Memory Man series.  “The 13-Minute Murder” by James Patterson contains three thrillers in one book.  “The Department of Sensitive Crimes” by Alexander McCall Smith explores the most strange and difficult cases in the Swedish Criminal Justice System.

Other novels

“Lost Roses” by Martha Hall Kelly tells of two women on both sides of the Atlantic deeply affected by the events following the fall of the Romanov imperial dynasty.  “Queenie” by Candice Carty-Williams is a darkly comic take on a young woman’s life in a spiral.  “Summoned to Thirteenth Grave” is the final installment of the bestselling paranormal series by Darynda Jones.  “The Book of Dreams” by Nina George follows friends and family of an ex-war reporter recovering from a traffic accident.

Nonfiction

“Dementia Reimagined” by Tia Powell, a doctor and bioethicist, is a combination of medicine and memoir with advice om building a life of joy and dignity from beginning to end.  “The Ecology Book” is a DK guide that explains big ideas in an understandable way.  “Wings in the Light” by David Lee Myers is a guide to wild butterflies in North America.  “The Path Made Clear” by Oprah Winfrey uses her own key lessons to offer a framework for creating a life of success and significance.  “Leaders Who Changed History” explores the lives, motivations, achievements and innovations of the greatest leaders in the world through time.  “101 Things To Do With an Instant Pot” offers recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. 

Large print

“The Longevity Paradox” by Dr. Steven R. Gundry, a cardiac surgeon,  is a guide to a long life with advice on nutrition, product choices, mental health and exercise.  “The Last Year of the War” by Susan Meissner follows a young Iowa teen whose family is sent to an internment camp in Texas.  “The Editor” by Steven Rowley tells of a writer in 1990s New York City whose editor is Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.  “Triple Jeopardy” by Anne Perry is a Daniel Pitt mystery.  “The Last Act” by Brad Parks is an FBI mystery.  “Miss Julia Takes the Wheel” by Ann B. Ross explores the mystery of a new doctor in town.  “Unto Us a Son is Given” by Donna Leon is a Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery.  “The A List” by J.A. Jance is an Ali Reynolds mystery.  “Two Weeks” by Karen Kingsbury is a Baxter Family story.

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    “The bad news is, time flies.  The good news is, you’re the pilot.” – Michael Altschultz.   

4/18/2019

Lifelong Learning, free books for 4-year-olds and Earth Day fun

The second lecture in the springLifelong Learning series takes place today,  Thursday, April 18, from 5-6:30 p.m. with a talk by Robertas Strickland teaching you how to create your very own art using the Zentangle Method.  April 25 is a presentation on beneficial electrification using renewable resources and LPEA’s goal of reducing its carbon footprint.  There will be three more lectures in May. Watch for news of them in future columns, and pick up a brochure at your library with more details on all these very interesting talks.

Free books for four-year-olds

You have only five more days – last day is April 22 – to pick up a free paperback book for your four-year-old at the library as part of a special family literacy project. 

Some 75,000 copies of a very special picture book – “Penguinaut!” written by Marcie Colleen and illustrated by Emma Yarlett – are being distributed to children statewide at local libraries, including at your Sisson Library, in either English or Spanish. 

“Penguinaut” is the story of Orville, who lives at the zoo surrounded by animal pals who go on exciting adventures. A hang gliding rhino! A deep-sea diving giraffe! Orville struggles to keep up until one day he concocts an adventure all his own – to build a spaceship and fly to the moon all by himself.  “Penguinaut” is perfect for every child who’s said, “I can do it myself!” – and then learns that the rewards are much richer when shared with friends. Colleen’s playful text and Yarlett’s charming, whimsical illustrations are sure to delight both children and their parents.

The goal of this annual One Book Colorado program is to encourage families to read together every day and add new books to home libraries to ensure school readiness.

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. 

Earth Day fun for all ages

To celebrate Earth Day on Monday, April 22, you are invited to join us from 4-5 p.m. to paint flower pots, plant seeds and enjoy Dirt Dessert in our library garden.  (In the case of rain or snow, we will meet in the large meeting room.) 

Did you know…

…that your library offers a monthly free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney? This resource is available on a first come, first served basis and is offered via videoconferencing with a volunteer attorney who will answer legal questions, help you fill out forms, explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigations, property law, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veteran’s benefits, civil protection and more.  This program occurs the second Friday of every month.  Please check in at the front desk.

We also have the online resource Legal Information Reference Center.  This database offers the everyday user the necessary tools and detailed “how-to” instructions to independently address a wide range of legal issues.  Users can search over 12,800 state-specific legal forms – searchable by all 50 U.S. states and by top subject areas, including adoption, bankruptcy, name changes, and more.  You need your library card number to access the site.  Your library also has a great deal of legal form books with explanations, tips and templates for your use. 

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

Activities calendars available

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

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, April 19 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.

Spanish conversation

Tuesday, April 23 from 3-4 p.m. practice your Spanish with others to help you increase your fluency at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  Previous attendance not necessary.  No registration required. Note that this month this session is moved to a temporary new day – Tuesday instead of the usual Wednesday – because of a scheduling conflict.

Teen gaming

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

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, April 24 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, April 24 from 1-2 p.m., we’ll make notepads from used cereal boxes and other used boxes and paper.  These notepads can be made into almost any size.  This craft is a fun and easy way to repurpose something as simple as a cereal box and extend its use before it gets recycled.  No registration required.

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  April 25 covers two popular genealogy databases. No registration required.  

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  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 from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Note no PALS on April 30.

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

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

DVDs – More Academy Award films

Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” was a nominee for best animated feature at both the Academy Awards and Golden Globes.

Other DVDs

“Rise of the Hackers” is a NOVA film about scientists working to keep our data safe.  Masterpiece Theatre’s “Paradise Postponed” and its sequel Titmuss Regained” is a two-film set.  “Saturday Night Live” is the complete season two. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The American Agent” by Jacqueline Winspear begins with the murder of an American journalist.  “The Tale Teller” by Anne Hillerman features Joe Leaphorn from the Navajo Police Department.  “Someone Knows” by Lisa Scottoline unites five teens who years ago played a dangerous prank.  “Saving Meaghan” by D.J. Palmer is a medical mystery.  “Metropolis” by Philip Kerr is the last book of 14 featuring Bernard Gunther, this one set in Berlin.

Other novels

“If Cats Disappeared from the World” by Genki Kawamura follows a young postman’s life as the devil offers him a deal.  “White Elephant” by Julie Langsdorf tells of a town’s reaction when a man cuts down his neighbor’s red maple. “Miracle at St. Andrews” by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge is a story of golf.  “The Tinderbox” by Beverly Lewis is an Amish story.

Nonfiction

“TheMatriarch” by Susan Page is a new biography of Barbara Bush.  “Spygate” by former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino and D.C. McAllister shows how various factions tried to sabotage the Trump campaign.  “Bear Attacks of the Century” by Larry Mueller and Marguerite Reiss documents true stories of courage and survival in encounters between bears and people. 

Books on CD

“Unto Us a Son Is Given” by Donna Leon is a Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery.  “Silent Night” by Danielle Steel follows a young girl who refuses to speak after a horrific accident.  “This Year You Write Your Novel” by bestselling novelist Walter Mosley offers you motivation and instruction.  “Never Tell” by Lisa Gardner is a thriller featuring D.D. Warren and Flora Dane.  “The First Lady” by James Patterson and Brendon DuBois begins with the disappearance of the First Lady.  “I Owe You One” by Sophie Kinsella begins when a woman uses an IOU from a stranger.  “The Collected Schzophrenias” by Esme Weijun Wang is a collection of essays.

Large print

“The Island of Sea Women” by Loisa See is the story of two Korean girls whose friendship evolves  around a diving collective.  “The Last Second” by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison is the latest in the Brit in the FBI mystery series.  “The Malta Exchange” by Steve Berry is a mystery about ancient documents and the election of a new pope.  “Dark Tribute” by Iris Johansen is an Eve Duncan mystery.  “Deep Harbor” by Fern Michaels is a mystery.  “Wild Card” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “A Lethal Legacy” by Heather Graham is a Craig Frasier-Kieran Finnegan mystery.  “Call Me Lonesome” by Brett Cogburn is book two of the Morgan Clyde western series.  “The Fifth Doctrine” by Karen Robards is a thriller based in North Korea. 

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   

“Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller played by Matthew Broderick in the movie, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”