9/27/2018

New audio book collection for youngsters and Lifelong Learning Lectures for adults

We are delighted to announce that we are adding a whole new audio book collection for our youngest patrons, which you can find with our other EZ items.

Examples of the 15 CDs already available for the kids include “Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna, the Very First Chicken,” “Otis and the Puppy,” “Princess Posey and the Next-door Dog,” “Interrupting Chicken,”  “Last Stop on Market Street,” “I’m My Own Dog,” “Dinosaur Kisses,” “Barkus” about an exuberant dog, “Animal Strike at the Zoo. It’s True” and “Maple & Willow Together” about two sisters.

“We’re thrilled that we can offer these audio book resources that are great for car travel or to read along with the book for increased literacy,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  Some of the CDs include a ding, or something comparable, so that young readers can follow along in a book.  Please come in to pick out an audio book story your youngster would enjoy.

Fall Lifelong Learning begins October 4

A series of seven Lifelong Learning Lectures begins next Thursday, October 4 at 5 p.m when Frank Bergon will discuss stories by Flannery O’Connor, one of the most distinctive American writers of the 20th Century.  This free fall lecture series runs through November 15 on Thursdays from 5 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.  except for Ellen Greenfield’s presentation on the writing process, which is Saturday, October 13 at 2 p.m.  Note no lecture on October 25.  More details on all the lectures will be in next week’s Library News column.

Did You Know…

… that your library now offers a Notary Public Service for anyone who needs something notarized.  The cost is $5 per notary.  This service is available on a part-time basis.  To schedule a notary, please call the library at 970-264-2209.  This “Did you know…” section is the fifth in a series being prepared by Cindi Galabota, development officer, that will appear periodically in future Library News columns.  We hope you find the information interesting and helpful.

Activities calendars available

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

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, September 28 from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book lovers group – formerly the Senior Book Club – meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–noon. Tomorrow (Friday, September 28) they will discuss “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate.  Stop by your library to pick up a copy.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.

Spanish instruction

Join us for this free basic course next Wednesday, October 3 from 3-4 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish.  No registration or previous attendance is 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 advisory board

Next Thursday, October 4 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 class

Join us on alternating Mondays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a useful technology skill or application.  October 4 is Getting Started for beginners.  October 18 is Internet Basics.  October 22 shows you how to create your own business cards with Microsoft Publisher.  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 – 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 October 4.

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 and open play

In September and October, we will have family storytimes for kids of all ages on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m. and open play for ages five and under on Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m.  Storytime is a great way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Open play offers plenty of fun toys, puppets, puzzles and more for toddlers to socialize, pretend, play and pick up a few books while you’re here.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“Button Man” by Andrew Gross follows a Jewish family brought together by the women’s garment business and torn apart by organized crime.  “Lies” by T.M. Logan begins when a man follows his wife’s car to a secret rendezvous.  “Juror #3” by James Patterson and Nancy Allen features a defense counsel in a racially charged trial in Mississippi.  “Cross Her Heart” by Sarah Pinborough is a psychological thriller about a single mom, her restless teenage daughter and her troubled friends.

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“The Breakers” by Marcia Muller is a Sharon McCone mystery.  “Feared” by Lisa Scottoline is a Rosato & DiNunzio mystery.  “Leverage in Death” by J.D. Robb is a Lieutenant Eve Dallas mystery.  “VOX” by Christina Dalcher describes life after the U.S. government decrees that women are no longer allowed to speak more than 100 words a day.  “Shadow Tyrants” by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison is an Oregon Files adventure.  “Robert B. Parker’s Colorblind” by Reed Farrel Coleman is a Jesse Stone mystery.  “When the Lights Go Out” by Mary Kubica begins when a college student’s social security number raises a red flag.  “Imposter’s Lure” by Carla Neggers is a Sharpe & Donovan is a mystery. 

Other novels

“Sea Prayer” by Khaled Hosseini, told as a poetic letter from a father to his son facing a sea journey as they flee their home as refugees, is beautifully illustrated with watercolors by Dan Williams.  The author is donating his royalties to the U.N. Refugee Agency and his own foundation that helps refugees around the world.  “Time’s Convert” by Deborah Harkness is a vampire novel in the All Souls trilogy.  “Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds” includes three novellas about a young genius of unrivaled aptitude.  “The Dinner List” by Rebecca Serle features a 30th birthday dinner with six guests, all there for a reason.  “Katerina” by James Frey is a love story alternating between 1992 Paris and 2017 Los Angeles.

Short stories

“Wild Deadwood Tales” is an anthology of 17 short stories from bestselling authors, all set in the historical town of Deadwood.  Proceeds from the sale of this book go to the Western Sports Foundation.

Nonfiction

“Crashed” by award-winning historian Adam Tooze documents how a decade of financial crises changed the world.

DVDs

“Finding Oscar” is a documentary about the civil war in Guatemala.  “The Good Karma Hospital” is series one.  “The Case for Christ” is the true story based on the best-selling book.  “Beethoven” contains three movies about this St. Bernard puppy.  “Avengers Infinity War” is a Marvel adventure.  “The True Cost” is a documentary about who pays the price for our clothing.  “Dogville” is a thriller starring Nicole Kidman.  “30 Rock” is season one.

CDs

“Shadow Tyrants” by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison is an Oregon Files adventure.  “Stygian” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is part of the Dark Hunter paranormal romance series.  “In His Father’s Footsteps” by Danielle Steel is the story of two World War II concentration camp survivors.  “Dark Sentinel” by Christine Feehan is a Carpathian vampire story.  “A Willing Murder” by Jude Deveraux is a Medlar mystery.  “Depth of Water” by Craig Johnson is a Longmire mystery.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Marilyn Falvey and our anonymous donors.   For their generous monetary donation, we thank Nancy A. Green.

Quotable Quote

“At the end of the day, the thing that drives people and moves people is truth and story and humanity.”  — Constance  Wu, an Asian-American who plays the leading role in the current romantic comedy hit “Crazy Rich Asians,” the first modern story with an all-Asian cast since “The Joy Luck Club” in 1993.

9/13/2018

Myriad events for all ages over the next two weeks at your library

Today’s column will cover activities and events at your library for youngsters, tweens, teens and adults over the next two weeks as your columnist will be traveling.  They range from storytimes to Otaku, gaming to DIY, a legal clinic to bookclubs — and all are free.  See below for more details and please join us for the ones that interest you.

The next “Library News” column will appear on September 27.

Activities calendars available

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

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, September 14) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a free PG movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, September 14) 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.

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, September 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 writers group

Join us next Wednesday, September 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, September 19 from 1-2 p.m. you’ll make vintage photo napkins.  This is a great way to customize your cloth napkins for the upcoming holiday season as you scan and print photographs on transfer paper that can be ironed on to your napkins.  No registration required. 

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 on Thursday, September 20 from 10:30 – noon.   After her presentation there will be plenty of time for questions. 

All-ages gaming

Join us Friday, September 21 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. 

Teen bookclub

Friday, September 21 from 2-3 p.m. at the teen bookclub, seventh-12th graders will discuss “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas and enjoy free snacks.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.

LEGO Club

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

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is September 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 Wednesday, September 26 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, September 26 from 3-4 p.m. (note new time this month) practice your Spanish with others at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Teen steampunk crafts

Steamboat crafts takes place Thursday, September 27 from 4-5:30 p.m. for 7th-12th graders when you’ll make crafts and jewelry from gears, keys and whatever else we can find.

Computer class

Join us on alternating Mondays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a useful technology skill or application.   September 20 is Intermediate Facebook Word.  September 24 is YouTube basics.  No registration required.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) is operating on its regular winter schedule – Mondays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 – 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 September 13, 17, 18, 20 and 24.

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 and open play

In September, we will have family storytimes for kids of all ages on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m. and open play for ages five and under on Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m.  Storytime is a great way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Open play offers plenty of fun toys, puppets, puzzles and more for toddlers to socialize, pretend, play and pick up a few books while you’re here. 

DVDs

“The Naked Gun” is a comedy from the files of “Police Squad.”  “Poverty, Inc.” is a documentary about the multi-billion-dollar poverty industry.  “The Intouchables” is based on the true story of an ex-con hired to care for an eccentric French aristocrat.  “The Pawnbroker” stars Rod Steiger, who was a 1965 Academy Award best actor nominee for playing a survivor of a Nazi death camp. 

Books on CD

“50 Economics Classics” distills the greatest economics books to provide the most important ideas on capitalism, finance and the global economy.  “Texas Ranger” by James Patterson and Andrew Bourelle is a murder mystery. 

Nonfiction

“Keto-tarian” by Dr. Will Cole is a mostly plant-based plan with more than 75 recipes.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“Field of Bones” by J.A. Jance features sheriff Johanna Brady.  “The Pirahnhas” by Roberto Saviano follows a 15-year-old from the slums of Naples who creates a new gang that became all powerful.  

Other novels

“The Fall of Gondolin” edited by Christopher Tolkien returns to the imaginary world of  J.R.R. Tolkien.  “Dark Sentinel” by Christine Feehan is a Carpathian vampire novel.  “Lake Success” by Gary Shteyngart is a satirical look at Wall Street and traveling across America by bus.  “Irish Thoroughbred” by Nora Roberts follows a young Irish woman who immigrates to a Maryland horse farm.  “In His Father’s Footsteps” by Danielle Steel is a saga about a family headed by two World War II concentration camp survivors.

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 Marcie Taylor and our anonymous donors.   For their generous monetary donation, we thank the Crowley Ranch Homeowners Association.

Quotable Quote  

“I dedicated that to all the moms out there who’ve been through a lot.  Some days, I cry. I’m really sad.  I’ve had meltdowns.  It’s been a really tough 11 months.  If I can do it, you guys can do it too.” – Serena Williams, winner of 23 Grand Slam singles (one when she was pregnant), speaking of her return to professional tennis and making it to the finals at Wimbledon in July at age 36 after having her baby Olympia.  The delivery led to life-threatening complications that required five surgeries and six weeks of bedrest.   Her return to tennis was delayed by her decision to breastfeed and put her family above her career for a while.  She also has implemented no-cell-phone Sundays in their home for better family togetherness.

09/06/2018

Best back-to-school gift for your children: Their own library
Do you know the value of a home library for your youngsters?  Research shows that kids who have books in their home have improved vocabulary and overall reading performance; do better in math, science and social studies; perform better on standardized tests and are more likely to go to college.

Those are impressive skills for your child to cultivate – and they are especially relevant now that Archuleta County kids are returning to school this week after summer vacation.

Another valuable tip to help your youngster be successful in school and in life – reading aloud.  You are stimulating language and literacy skills, as well as building motivation, curiosity and memory.  Ever try to skip a page in your child’s favorite book?  You’ll be caught every time!

The free storytimes at your library also can help build a love of reading in your children.  In September, we will have family storytimes for kids of all ages on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m. and open play for ages five and under on Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m.  Storytime is a great way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Open play offers plenty of fun toys, puppets, puzzles and more for toddlers to socialize, pretend, play and pick up a few books while you’re here.

As we start the new school year, this may be a good time for parents, grandparents and other relatives to make a personal resolution to help build home libraries for your loved ones.

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

Help around town for heart emergencies – including at your library
You’ve probably heard of an automated external defibrillator (AED), a portable electronic device that automatically checks the heart rhythms and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to return it to normal.

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

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

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

Teen advisory board today
Today (Thursday, September 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, September 7) from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

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

Tween gaming
Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is next Monday, September 10 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 bookclub
Our free adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles and enjoy refreshments.  On September 11 we will discuss “Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders.  If you need a copy, please stop by your library.  No registration required.

Computer class
Join us on alternating Mondays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a useful technology skill or application.   September 10 is basic photo editing.  September 20 is Intermediate Facebook Word.  September 24 is YouTube basics.  No registration required.

Adult education hours expand
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has expanded to its regular winter schedule – Mondays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 – 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 and open play
In September, we will have family storytimes for kids of all ages on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m. and open play for ages five and under on Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m.  Storytime is a great way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Open play offers plenty of fun toys, puppets, puzzles and more for toddlers to socialize, pretend, play and pick up a few books while you’re here.

GED preparation in Spanish
“Preparacion para el Examen de GED” is a new version of McGraw-Hill education’s classic guide.

DVDs
“Human Planet” is the original BBC version with three hours of scenes not broadcast in North America.  “Deadpool 2” is the R-rated sequel to the first film.  “The Horse Boy” features a Texas couple and their autistic son.  “Poverty, Politics and Profit” is a Frontline and NPR investigative documentary.

CDs
“Desolation Mountain” by William Kent Krueger begins with the crash of a plane carrying a senator and her family.  “Hangman” by Daniel Cole is a Det. Chief Inspector Emily Baxter mystery.  “Feared” by Lisa Scottoline is a Rosato and DiNunzio mystery.  “Animal Dream” by Barbara Kingsolver is a suspenseful love story that features Native American legends.  “Hawke’s War” by Reavis Z. Wortham is a Sonny Hawke thriller.

Nonfiction
“Gross Anatomy” by Mara Altman is a collection of essays that celebrate the female body.  “Resistance is Futile!” by Ann Coulter is the conservative commentator’s look at how liberals are fighting against President Trump.  “America: The farewell Tour” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Chris Hedges argues that neither political party is addressing our country’s systemic problems.  “The Dictionary of Body Language” by retired FBI agent Joe Navarro explains more than 400 behaviors that will allow you to gauge anyone’s true intentions.  “Creativity Takes Courage” by Irene Smit and Astrid Van Der Hulst provides hands-on projects, special paper goodies and more to spark your creativity.  “Autonomy” by Lawrence D. Burns explores the quest to build the driverless car and how it will reshape our world.  “Elizabeth Warren” by Antonia Felix is a biography of a woman many speculate will run for president in 2020.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense
“Dead Man Running” by Steve Hamilton is an Alex McKnight adventure.  “The Other Woman” by Sandie Jones is a psychological thriller.  “Desolation Mountain” by William Kent Krueger begins with the crash of a plane carrying a senator and her family.  “Safe and Sound” by Fern Michaels is a Sisterhood mystery.  “Walking Shadows” by Faye Kellerman is a Decker/Lazarus mystery.

Other novels
“Straight to the Noose” is a Ralph Compton adventure by Marcus Galloway.  “Ten Guns from Texas” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Duff MacCallister western.

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“A Reckoning” by Linda Spalding is set in 1855 Virginia when an abolitionist arrives.   “Give-A-Damn Jones” by Bill Pronzini is a western.  “Jericho’s Road and Hard Trail to Follow” by Elmer Kelton contains two novels in the Texas Ranger series.

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

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

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

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Marilyn Falvey, Robert Righi and our many anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“My father, who couldn’t read or write, was my inspiration.  He was from a big country family, and most kids worked in the fields rather than going to school.  He felt inadequate, but he was such a smart, good human being.” – Dolly Parton, entertainer, songwriter and actress, on why she founded and funded the nonprofit Imagination Library to donate free books to children.

 

 

8/30/2018

Local author writes inspiring book about her Louisiana family  

April Adamson Holthaus has written a delightful book titled “Bayou Roots: Legacy of a Louisiana Family” that takes readers on a multi-generational journey starting with her great great great grandmother, who was born in 1818.

Writing each section as April envisions that woman would tell her story, “in her own voice,”  the author takes us through the triumphs and turmoil of five very strong and interesting women.  We follow them as they describe their lives through happy marriages and some not so, through wars and financial crises as well as many joyous family gatherings.  Each rich tale is carefully crafted to make you feel part of the stories as they unfold, drawn in by the events and the strength of the women experiencing them.

The idea for this book began when April found a cache of about 400 letters saved by her grandmother – “moldy but still readable,” as she describes them – plus family photos, journals and other memorabilia when she was cleaning out the basement her mother’s house.  This information inspired her to a research that started in a small courthouse in Louisiana and lasted 10 years.

The last chapter in the book contains April’s reflections on what it meant to her to write her family’s story.  We also learn more about her own life as a world traveler, as the daughter of an American diplomat and wife of a Naval officer.  Her worldview of people, places and the future has been greatly influenced by her many travels and her deep faith. She also loves history and genealogy.

April has lived in Pagosa since 2001, attracted here by her son Chris Smith, his wife Michele and their family. Her older daughter lives in Breckinridge and a younger daughter and her family live in Orlando, Fla. She is active in the Wolf Creek Christian Writers group based here in Pagosa.  April says she is “elated to be a published author” – so much so that she has started writing her second book, this one about her father’s life.

She has donated a copy of her book to the library.  If you enjoy warm, well-written family histories, you will enjoy reading about these impressive women  — and you may also be inspired to do some research and writing about your own ancestors.

Did you know…

…that your library has a collection of archived local newspapers from 1892 to present?  In fact, there is one computer dedicated to archived local newspapers from 1892 to 2012, with local newspapers from 2012 to present currently in hard copy form.   To learn more about this and other resources offered by your library, please call 970-264-2209 or email to ruby@pagosalibrary.org.   This “Did you know…” section is the fourth in a series being prepared by Cindi Galabota, development officer, that will appear periodically in future Library News columns.  We hope you find the information interesting and helpful.

Early literacy librarian job opening

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

Library closing

Your library will be closed on September 3 for Labor Day.

Activities calendars available

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

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, August 31) from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

Family storytimes and open play

In September, we will have family storytimes for kids of all ages on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m. and open play for ages five and under on Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m.  Storytime is a great way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Open play offers plenty of fun toys, puppets, puzzles and more for toddlers to socialize, pretend, play and pick up a few books while you’re here.

Paws to Read on Saturday

Saturday, September 1 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 Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

Computer class

Join us on alternating Mondays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a useful technology skill or application.   September 6 is Facebook basics.  September 10 is basic photo editing.  September 20 is Intermediate Facebook Word.  September 24 is YouTube basics.  No registration required.

Adult education hours expand

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) is expanding to its regular winter schedule – Mondays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

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, September 5 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Spanish instruction

Join us for this free basic course next Wednesday, September 5 from 4-5 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish when we will learn how to navigate and give directions in Spanish.  No registration required and previous attendance is not required.

Free tech sessions

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

Teen advisory board

Next Thursday, September 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.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“The Grave Above the Grave” by Bernatd Kerik follows the aftermath of a shooting in Times Square.  “Texas Ranger” by James Patterson and Andrew Bourelle features an officer who returns home to a murder charge.  “The Reservoir Tapes” by Jon McGregor is set in an English village after a teenage girl goes missing.           

Other novels

“Rich People Problems” by Kevin Kwan features the family of a wealthy Asian as she lies on her deathbed.  “China Rich Girlfriend,” also by Kevin Kwan, reveals a world of Shanghai splendor.  “The Overstory” by National Book Award winner Richard Powers tells of nine people, each summoned in different ways by trees.  “Katie Bride of Virginia” by Sylvia McDaniel is an American Mail-order Brides story. 

DVDs

“The Rider” is based on a true story of a rodeo cowboy after a tragic riding accident.  “Little Pink House” is based on a true story of a small-town paramedic fighting politicians and big business.  “A Quiet Place” is a thriller.  “China Rich Girlfriend,” based on the book by Kevin Kwan, reveals a world of Shanghai splendor.  “The Crown” is the complete second season.           

Books on CD

“The Other Woman” by Daniel Silva is a Gabriel Allon mystery.  “A Measure of Darkness” by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman is a crime story.  “Paradox” by Catherine Coulter is an FBI Savich and Sherlock mystery.  “The Money Shot” by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall is a Teddy Fay mystery featuring Stone Barrington.  “Cottage by the Sea” by Debbie Macomber is set in a small Pacific Northwest town.

Nonfiction

“Talking Across the Divide” by Justin Lee offers guidance on how to communicate with people you disagree with – and even change their minds.  “Herbal Remedies Handbook” by Andrew Chevallier provides home remedies for more than 50 common conditions from headaches to hay fever and symptoms of menopause.  “Inside the Infrastructure Revolution” by Mary Scott Nabers offers a roadmap for rebuilding America’s essential services and infrastructure.

Large print

“The Templars’ Last Secret” by Martin Walker is a Bruno, Chief of Police mystery.  “Toucan Keep a Secret” by Donna Andrews is a Meg Langslow mystery.  “Aunt Dimity and the King’s Ransom” by Nancy Atherton is a spooky story set in England.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable Quote  

“To learn to read is to light a fire.” – Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist and dramatist.

8/23/2018

Multitude of new suicide prevention and intervention materials available at your library

Thanks to a generous grant from San Juan Basin Public Health, we have added 26  new suicide prevention and intervention materials – books and DVDs – to our collection that we think will be useful to our community.

Suicide is a major health issue in our country  It the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.  In 2016, there were 44,965 recorded suicides, up from 42,773 in 2014, according to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. On average, adjusted for age, the annual U.S. suicide rate increased 24 percent between 1999 and 2014, from 10.5 to 13.0 suicides per 100,000 people, the highest rate recorded in 28 years.

Here is a list of 23 new books on suicide-related topics now available at your library:

► “Children, Teens and Suicide Loss” by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is available in both English and Spanish.

► “Dead Serious/second edition” by Jane Mersky Leder is an updated guide to breaking the cycle of teen suicide that is written for teens, adults and educators.

► “Real Men Do Cry” by former NFL quarterback Eric Hipple is his inspiring story of tackling depression and surviving the suicide loss of his son.  This book includes resources including a checklist for depression and actions to avert it.

► “Unbroken Brain” by Maia Szalavitz offers a new perspective on addiction, arguing that they are learning disorders and looking at different treatment methods.

► “The Journey: A Story of Healing and Hope” by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention shows how a diverse group of suicide loss survivors are coping.

► “After” by Francis Chalifour is a memoir of a teen healing after his father’s suicide.

► “My Uncle Keith Died” by Carol Ann Loehr helps parents and professionals discuss suicide with young children.

► “True Life Lasts” by James Wegert,  a school counselor, communicates important information about healthy relationships that teens and young adults need to know.

► Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life” by Dr. Stuart Shanker helps parents and their kids deal with excessive stress.

► “Eating Mindfully for Teens” by Dr. Susan Albers is a workbook with 27 tips to help teens make healthy choices, end emotional eating and feel good about their body.

► “Why Suicide” by Eric Marcus offers answers to questions about suicide, suicide prevention and coping with the suicide of someone you know.

► “Learning to Love the Girl in the Mirror” by Helena Grace Donald contains self-empowering and self-loving tools to make teen girls feel Supergirl confident.

► “The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make” by Sean Covey is a guide to help teens succeed in school, make good friends, get along with parents, wisely handle dating and sex issues, avoid or overcome addictions, and much more.

► “The Power to Prevent Suicide” by Dr. Richard E. Nelson and Judith C. Galas is a guide for teens helping teens when your friend asks for help.

► “Daring Greatly” by Dr. Brene Brown uses warmth and humor to help you live, love, parent and lead.

► “Untangled” by Dr. Lisa Damour is a practical guide for teenage girls going through seven transitions into adulthood.

► “The Healthy Teen Cookbook” by teen chef and cooking show host Remmi Smith offers easy-to-cook recipes and menus from around the world to inspire teens.

► “The Whole-Brain Child” by Drs. Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson provides 12 strategies based on the latest neuroscience research to nurture your child’s developing mind.

► “After Suicide Loss: Coping With Your Grief/second edition” by Drs. Jack Jordan and Bob Baugher offers advice for people of all ages.

► “Stop Anxiety from Stopping You” by Dr. Helen Odessky is a program of tools and techniques for conquering panic and social anxiety.

► “Touched by Suicide” by Dr. Michael F. Myers and Carla Fine combines the perspectives of a physician and a survivor offering compassionate and practical advice.

► “The Parent’s Guide to Helping Teenagers in Crisis” by Rich Va. Pelt and Jim Hancock, experts in youth ministry and crisis management, focuses on suicidal thoughts, death of a friend, eating disorders, substance abuse, pregnancy, hazing, cheating, violence and more.

In addition, here are three DVDs on the subject:

► “The Journey: A Story of Healing and Hope” by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention shows how a diverse group of suicide loss survivors are coping.

► “Living with Bipolar Disorder” by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention uses case histories to describe how to achieve and maintain wellness.

► The ”Empower Workouts” contains motivational fitness routines led by teens.

As well, there are a lot of great resources available on the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado, including effective ways to talk on or about suicide, as well as quick facts and other helpful information.  Go to their homepage at https://suicidepreventioncoalitionofcolorado.wildapricot.org/

Early literacy librarian job opening

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

Activities calendars available

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

Teen bookclub tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, August 24) from 2-3 p.m. at the teen bookclub, seventh-12th graders will discuss “Daughter of the Pirate King” by Tricia Levenseller and enjoy free snacks.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.  Note change of day and time because school is out.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, August 24) from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book lovers group – formerly the Senior Book Club – meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–noon. Tomorrow (Friday, August 24) they will discuss “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain.  Stop by your library to pick up a copy.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is next Monday, August 27 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, August 29 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Open play

Instead of family storytimes, we will have open play on Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. and Saturdays from 9:30-10 a.m. for the rest of the month. 

Computer class

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

Adult education summer schedule

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

Free tech sessions

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

Two new Spanish books

“Stranger: El Desafio de un Immigrante Latino en la era de Trump/Stranger: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Era of Trump” by Jorge Ramos, an Emmy award-winning journalist and Univision anchor, is the memoir of a man who has spent 35 years in the U.S. but still often feels like a stranger here.  “La Linea se Convuerte eb Rio/The Line Becomes a River” by Francisco Cantú is the memoir of a border patrol agent who was raised in the Southwest.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“Scorpian Strike” by John Gilstrap is a Jonathan Grave thriller.

Large print

“The Money Shot” by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall features Teddy Fay and Stone Barrington.  “Robert B. Parker’s Old Black Magic” by Ace Atkins is a Spenser mystery.  “Baby Teeth” by Zoje Stage follows a woman and her daughter who cannot or will not speak.  “Paradox” by Catherine Coulter is an FBI thriller featuring Savich and Sherlock. 

Other novels

“The Errant Duchess” by Victoria Rose is a romance set in Venice in 1817.

DVDs

“A Plastic Ocean” is a documentary about the consequences to our oceans of our global disposable lifestyle.  “What We Did on Our Holiday” is a family comedy.

Nonfiction

“How to be a Christian” by C.S. Lewis is a collection of writings from the essays, articles and letters of one of the most famous defenders and explainers of Christian beliefs in the 20th century.

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 the U.S. Forest Service and our many anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote  

“The Past is History, The Future’s a Mystery, Being Here and Now is a precious gift, That’s why they call it the Present.” – From “A Walk in the Wood: Meditations on Mindfulness with a Bear Named Pooh” by Dr. Joseph Parent and Nancy Parent.

8/16/2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Help around town for heart emergencies – including at your library

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

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

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

Early literacy librarian job opening

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

Activities calendars available

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

All-ages gaming tomorrow

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

Family storytime and open play

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

Otaku Club

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

Teen gaming

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

DIY for adults

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

Spanish conversation

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

Computer class

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

Adult education summer schedule

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

Free tech sessions

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

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

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

Other novels

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

CDs

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

Nonfiction

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

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors For books and materials this week, we thank our many anonymous donors.  For their generous monetary donations we thank Nancy Green and Lenore Bright (in memory of Jerry Rohwer).

Quotable Quote  

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

08/09/2018

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

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

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

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

We hope to see you at the book sale.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adult bookclub
Our free adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On August 14 we will discuss “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer.  If you need a copy, please stop by your library.  No registration required.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Bob and Carole Howard and our many anonymous donors.

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

8/2/2018

Friends of the Library annual book sale next weekend

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

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

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

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

We hope to see you at the book sale.

Activities calendars available

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

Library closure

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

Teen advisory board today

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

All-ages cardboard construction tomorrow

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

Paws to Read

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

All-ages movie

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

Teen gaming

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

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, August 8  from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Adult education summer schedule

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

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

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

Thrillers and suspense

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

Other novels

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

Large print

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

DVDs

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

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable Quote

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

7/26/2018

What should your child read this summer?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Did you know…

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

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

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

Sand art fun today

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

Summer Reading party tomorrow

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

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

Friends of the Library book sale

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

Activities calendars available

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

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book lovers group – formerly the Senior Book Club – meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–noon. Tomorrow (Friday, July 27) they will discuss “Song of the Lion” by Anne Hillerman.  Stop by your library to pick up a copy.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.

Teen gaming

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

Spanish instruction

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

Adult education summer schedule

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

Free tech sessions

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

Computer/technology classes

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

LEGO Club

Please note no LEGO Club on Saturday, July 28.

Family storytimes

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

How-to and self help

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

Other nonfiction

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

Novels

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

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable Quote

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

7/19/2018

Summer Reading party for all ages next Friday

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

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

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

Friends of the Library book sale

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

Activities calendars available

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

Teen bookclub tomorrow

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

SR Club for kids tomorrow

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

Two Paws to Read sessions

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

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, July 23 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen gaming

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

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, July 25  from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

DIY for adults

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

Spanish conversation

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

Sand art fun

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

Adult education summer schedule

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

Free tech sessions

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

Computer/technology classes

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

Family storytimes

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

 Novels

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

Large print

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

Nonfiction

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

CDs

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

DVDs

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

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable Quote

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