5/9/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ESL classes underway now

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

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

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

Lifelong Learning lectures

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

Activities calendars available

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

Spanish conversation

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

All-ages gaming tomorrow

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

Legal clinic tomorrow

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

LEGO Club on Saturday    

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

Tween gaming

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

Teen gaming

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

Adult book club

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

Teen writers group

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

Computer classes

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

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Note no PALS from Thursday, May 2 through Thursday, May 9 or on May 21.

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

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

Large print

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

Essays collection

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

Novels

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

Mystery and suspense

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

DVDs

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

CDs

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

Nonfiction

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

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

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable Quote   

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

5/2/2019

Fun facts about reading habits around the world.

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

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

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

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

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

ESL classes start this week

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

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

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

Lifelong Learning lectures

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

Activities calendars available

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

Spanish conversation

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

Teen advisory board today 

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

All-ages gaming tomorrow

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

Paws to Read Saturday

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

Tween gaming

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

Teen gaming

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

Teen role-playing

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

Computer classes

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

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Note no PALS Note no PALS from Thursday, May 2 through Thursday, May 9 or on May 21.

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

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

DVDs – More Academy Award films

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

Other DVDs

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

Books on CD

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

How-to and self-help

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

Other nonfiction

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

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable Quote   

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

4/24/2019

ESL classes start May 1, Lifelong Learning lectures continue

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

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

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

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

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

Lifelong Learning lecture today

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

Activities calendars available

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

Spanish conversation

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

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, April 26 from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.  Starting in May, please note permanent change of time to 2:30  from 2 p.m. because of ESL classes at 2 p.m.

Teen book club tomorrow

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

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book lovers group – formerly the Senior Book Club – meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–noon. Tomorrow, Friday, April 26, they will discuss “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane” by Lisa See.  Stop by your library to pick up a copy.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.  

LEGO Club on Saturday    

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

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, April 29 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen gaming

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

Knitting-plus Club for teens

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

Teen advisory board

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

Computer classes

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

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more. There will be no PALS from Thursday, May 2 through Thursday, May 9 or on May 21.

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

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

DVDs – More Academy Award films

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

Books on CD

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

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

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

Other novels

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

Nonfiction

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

Large print

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

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

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

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

4/18/2019

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

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

Free books for four-year-olds

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

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

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

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

Please come by the library or attend any program and pick up this free book for your four-year-old youngster.  Better yet, bring them in to pick up their books and see the opportunities for fun and learning that are available free at your library. 

Earth Day fun for all ages

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

Did you know…

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

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

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

Activities calendars available

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

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, April 19 from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

Spanish conversation

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

Teen gaming

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

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, April 24 from 4-5:30 p.m.    Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event next Wednesday, April 24 from 1-2 p.m., we’ll make notepads from used cereal boxes and other used boxes and paper.  These notepads can be made into almost any size.  This craft is a fun and easy way to repurpose something as simple as a cereal box and extend its use before it gets recycled.  No registration required.

Computer classes

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

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Note no PALS on April 30.

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

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

DVDs – More Academy Award films

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

Other DVDs

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

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

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

Other novels

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

Nonfiction

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

Books on CD

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

Large print

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

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable Quote   

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

04/11/19

Free books for 4-year-olds at your library starts now

For the eighth year, libraries across Colorado are giving a free paperback book to every four-year-old in the state from April 8-22 as part of a special family literacy project. 

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

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

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

Please come by the library or attend any program and pick up this free book for your four-year-old youngster.  Better yet, bring them in to pick up their books and see the opportunities for fun and learning that are available free at your library. 

National Library Week

Thisweek we join libraries across the United States in celebrating National Library Week April 7-13.  We hope you are as happy with your local library as we are to be serving you all year round.  First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country.

Activities calendars available

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

Lifelong Learning lecture today

Mark your calendars for the springLifelong Learning series that begins today,  Thursday, April 11, from 5-6:30 p.m. with a talk on water awareness and water consciousness by Susie Nixon.  April 18 features Robertas Strickland teaching you how to create your very own art using the easy-to-learn Zentangle Method.  April 25 is an presentation on beneficial electrification using renewable resources and LPEA’s goal of reducing its carbon footprint.  There will be three more lectures in May.  Pick up a brochure at your library with more details on these very interesting talks.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, April 12) from 2-3:45 p.m. for a PG movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, April 12, from 2-3 p.m. is a free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney will take place via computer link.  Volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property tax, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans benefits and civil protection orders.  Please check in at the registration desk.  This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month. 

LEGO Club on Saturday    

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, April 13 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, April 15 from 4-5 p.m.  Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   This free club is for fifth-12th grades.

Teen gaming

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

Teen writers group

Join us next Wednesday, April 17 from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meeting for seventh-12 graders.  This group’s interests include stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction. 

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  Today, April 11, covers saving and finding files.  April 25 covers two popular genealogy databases. No registration required.  

Adult education

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

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  April 17 will feature simple music and movement with Diann Taylor.

DVDs – More Academy Award films

“Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse” won best animated feature in both the Academy Awards and Golden Globes.

Other DVDs

“Winterdance” by Gary Paulsen is a memoir of running the Iditarod in wilderness Alaska.  “Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindewald” is the second installment in this fantasy series by the creator of Harry Potter.  “Men in Tights” is Mel Brooks’ reinvention of the Robin Hood story.  “Shetland” is season four.  “Sterile Cuckoo” stars Lisa Minelli as a kooky coed.  “Colombiana” stars Zoe Saldana as a professional assassin.  “Saturday Night Live” is the complete first season.   

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“My Lovely Wife” by Samantha Downing is a thriller about a couple whose 15-year marriage is getting too interesting.  “The Cornwalls Are Gone” by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois features a female Army intelligence officer. 

Other novels

“Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss” by Rajeev Balasubramanyam features a professor about to embark on the journey of a lifetime. 

Short stories  

“The Boy Who Was Raised As a Dog” by Dr. Bruce D. Perry and Maia Szalavitz is a collection of stories from a child psychiatrist’s notebook that show how children heal. 

Nonfiction

“Ferment” by Holly Davis is a guide to the ancient art of culturing foods from kombucha to sourdough.  “Doing Justice” by Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, outlines this prosecutor’s thoughts on crime, punishment and the rule of law.  “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Olivia Newton-John is a memoir by this Grammy Award-winning entertainer. 

Books on CD

“Dark Tribute” by Iris Johansen is an Eve Duncan mystery.             

Large print

“Wolf Pack” by C.J. Box is a Joe Pickett mystery.  “Wolves of Eden” by Kevin McCarthy is a combination historical fiction, western and thriller.  “When I Die” by Monty McCord is book two of the Legend of Joe Mundy.  “Six in the Wheel” contains two westerns by Mike Sartain and Frank Leslie.  “Celtic Empire” by Clive and Dirk Cussler is a Dirk Pitt adventure. 

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable Quote   

“We don’t need to see where the staircase leads to take the first step.” – Natalie Vie, the first Latina fencer to represent the U.S. at the Pan American Games.

4/4/2019

Free books for 4-year-olds and National Volunteer Week

For the eighth year, libraries across Colorado are giving a free paperback book to every four-year-old in the state from April 8-22 as part of a special family literacy project. 

Some 75,000 copies of a very special book – its title will be revealed in this column next week – are being distributed to children statewide at local libraries, including at your Sisson Library, in either English or Spanish.  The goal of this One Book Colorado program is to encourage families to read together every day and add new books to home libraries to ensure school readiness.

Please plan to come by the library or attend any program and pick up this free book for your four-year-old youngster.  Better yet, bring them in to pick up their books, and see the opportunities for fun and learning that are available free at your library. 

Special thanks to our volunteers     

As the U.S. celebrates National Volunteer Week April 7-13, we say a heartfelt thank you to our library volunteers who in 2018 contributed 1,437 hours, about three-quarters of a full-time position, up 32 percent from last year.  “Please know how much we appreciate your time, energy and enthusiasm,” said Meg Wempe, library director, of the volunteers.  “We could not operate the library without you.”

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

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

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

Activities calendars available

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

Lifelong Learning lectures

Mark your calendars for the springLifelong Learning series that begins next Thursday, April 11 from 5-6:30 p.m. with a talk on water awareness and water consciousness by Susie Nelson.  April 18 features Robertas Strickland teaching you how to create your very own art using the easy-to-learn Zentangle Method.  April 25 is an presentation on beneficial electrification using renewable resources and LPEA’s goal of reducing its carbon footprint.  There will be three more lectures in May.  Pick up a brochure at your library with more details on these very interesting talks.

Women’s Wellness today

Today, Thursday, April 4, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. is the free women’s wellness program for women ages 21-64 facilitated by San Juan Basin Public Health.  Note that there will not be any actual physical examinations at the library.  Rather, the sessions will provide education on about where and how to access cancer screenings, assess barriers to screening for breast and cervical cancer, and help with information about women’s sexual health.  You’ll also hear about free or low-cost services offered by San Juan Basin Health such as women’s, children’s and infants’ services, Connect for Health CO, Nurse-Family Partnership and SafeCare.  Light refreshments will be served.  No registration required.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, April 5 from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

Paws to Read Saturday

Saturday, April 6 from 11 a.m. – noon, youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Hondo, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a free Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, April 8 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 adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On April 9 we will discuss “The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough.  If you need a copy, please stop by your library.  No registration required.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, April 10 from 4-5:30 p.m.    Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  April 11 covers saving and finding files.  April 25 covers two popular genealogy databases. No registration required.  

Adult education

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

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

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

Local author

“Midnight Mendacity” by Victoria Rose is a romance set in Regency England.  Your library has many books written by this prolific local author.

DVDs – More Academy Award films

“Green Book” won best picture and best supporting actor and had two other nominations in this year’s Academy Awards.  It also won best picture and got a best director nomination in the Golden Globes, and won best movie for grownups and best actor in the AARP awards.  “Of Fathers and Sons” was nominated for best documentary feature in the Academy Awards.

Other DVDs

“Shetland” is season three.  “Instant Family” is a comedy for the whole family.  “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” has been digitally remastered. 

Novels

“The Parade” by Dave Eggers is the story of two foreigners’ role in an unnamed country’s  fragile peace.

How-to and self-help

“Someday is Not a Day of the Week” by Sam Horn helps you make the changes needed to be happier, healthier and more fulfilled.  “The Energy Codes” by Dr. Sue Morter is a seven-step system to awaken your spirit, heal your body and live your best life.  “France” is a Lonely Plant guide.  “The Wild Game Smoker and Grill Cookbook” by Kindi Lantz provides recipes for deer, elk, turkey, pheasant, duck and more.  “The Keto All Day Cookbook” by Martina Slajerova contains more than 100 low-carb recipes.

Other nonfiction

“First: Sandra Day O’Connor” by Evan Thomas is a biography of the first female Supreme Court justice.  “Mama’s Last Hug” by Frans de Waal explores animal emotions and what they tell us about ourselves.  “Wit’s End” by James Geary looks at every form of wittiness, from its role in innovation to why puns are the highest form of wit. 

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank our anonymous donors.  For their generous monetary donations, we are grateful to Deb Morton, Chris Gerlach and Constance D’Angelis.

Quotable Quote   

American author and winner of the Nobel Prize for literature William Faulkner once said that anyone who wants to be a writer should be a reader first: “Read, read, read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read!”

3/28/2019

“1,000 Books before Kindergarten” free early literacy program for your babies and toddlers

One of the greatest gifts you can give your babies and toddlers is to sign them up for an early literacy reading program called “1,000 Books before Kindergarten” for children from birth to five years old – and it is free. 

You can sign up any time at your library.  You will receive a folder with bubbles to keep track of the books you read to your child.  The concept is simple:  Read 1,000 books to your newborn, infant or toddler – yes, you can repeat books – before your precious one starts kindergarten.  You’ll get a free book when you complete the program.

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

And here’s an advance alert for parents of four-year-olds:  From April 8-22 you can pick up a free book for your child, thanks to the statewide One Book Colorado program.  Watch for more details in next week’s Library News column.

Mystery of a found book

A book about surviving in the outdoors has been returned to a library in British Columbia, Canada more than four decades after it was checked out.  “Wilderness Living: A Complete Handbook and Guide to Pioneering in North America,” was borrowed from a library in 1977.  It was returned anonymously two weeks ago.   Library spokesman David Carson said the book’s subject matter “adds to the mystique of its whereabouts over the past four-plus decades.”  He said the book is in excellent condition.  Overdue materials for adults at that library accrue a daily fine of 30 cents until a $10 cap is reached — which is lucky for whoever signed it out.  The fine would have been in excess of $4,500 without the cap.  The book is still being sold and is considered a valuable resource for outdoor survival.  It is available via AspenCat through your library.

Activities calendars available

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

Lifelong Learning lectures

Mark your calendars for the springLifelong Learning series that begins Thursday, April 11 from 5-6:30 p.m. with a talk on water awareness by Susie Nixon.  April 18 features Roberta Strickland teaching you how to create your very own art using the Zentangle Method.  There will be three more lectures in May. Pick up a brochure at your library with more details on these very interesting talks.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, March 29 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 book club tomorrow

Friday, March 29 from 2-3 p.m. at the free teen book club, seventh-12th graders will discuss “When My Heart Joins the Thousand” by A.J. Steiger and enjoy free snacks.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.  

Paws to Read Saturday

Saturday, March 30 from 11 a.m. – noon, youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Bacchus, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a free Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

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.

New Knitting-plus Club for teens

Next Wednesday, April 3, this new free club meets from 4-5:30 p.m. for 7th-12th graders.  It’s called the Knitting-plus Club because it includes not only knitting but also crochet projects, needlepoint and more.  But note that teaching will be available only for knitting.  This club is being formed at the request of several teens, and the plan is to have the group meet monthly.  The next couple of months will be a test period.   Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects and hang out with other crafters.  If you don’t know how to knit, come anyway and we’ll get you started on some of the basics.

Teen advisory board

NextThursday, April 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 classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  Today’s class, March 28, details how to navigate commonly used features on your Windows, Android or Apple smartphone nor tablet.  April 11 discusses saving and finding files.  April 25 details two popular genealogy databases, My Heritage and Ancestry Library.  No registration required.  

Women’s Wellness

Next Thursday, April 4 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. is the free women’s wellness program for women ages 21-64 facilitated by San Juan Basin Public Health.  Note that there will not be any actual physical examinations at the library.  Rather, the sessions will provide education on about where and how to access cancer screenings, assess barriers to screening for breast and cervical cancer, and help with information about women’s sexual health.  You’ll also hear about free or low-cost services offered by San Juan Basin Health such as women’s, children’s and infants’ services, Connect for Health CO, Nurse-Family Partnership and SafeCare.  Light refreshments will be served.  No registration required.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Note that PALS will not take place March 25 – March 29 because of Spring Break.  PALS generally follows the school schedule, so when they are off, Mark is off. 

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  April 3 will feature music and movement with Diann Tator.

Large print

“The Flimflam Affair” by Bill Pronzini is a Carpenter and Quincannon mystery.  “California Girls” by Susan Mallery follows three sisters rebuilding their lives after romantic disasters.  “A Justified Murder” by Jude Deveraux is a Medlar mystery.

Hershey Collection book

“An Empire of Silver” by Robert Leaman Brown is a history of the silver rush in the San Juan Mountains from about 1870 onwards, featuring 110 photographs.    It can be found in the section of your library has that we affectionately call the Hershey Collection.  It is a collection of 690 nonfiction books which largely came from the personal collection of Jacob and Terese Hershey and center around the Four Corners region and Colorado.  Topics include hiking, western art, ghost towns, flora and fauna, history and more. All of the books in the Hershey Collection are available for checkout.

DVDs – More Academy Award films

“The Favourite” was nominated for best picture, best director and five other awards, and won for best actress.  It also won for best actress in the Golden Globes and received other nominations as well.  “Free Solo” won an Academy Award for best documentary feature.  “RBG” was nominated for best documentary feature and won for best song.

Other DVDs

Three Identical Strangers” about identical triplets separated at birth who are reunited as adults was a winner at the Sundance Film Festival.  “Shetland” is seasons one and two. 

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“The Persian Gamble” by Joel C. Rosenberg is about a terrifying nuclear alliance among Russia, Iran and North Korea.  “Run Away” by Harlan Coben is a thriller about a father who follows his runaway daughter.

Nonfiction

“The Fox Hunt” by Mohammed Al Samawi is the memoir of a refugee from Yemen coming to America.  “About My Mother” by Peggy Rowe are true stories of a horse-crazy daughter and her baseball-obsessed mother.  “American Cipher” by Matt Farwell and Michael Ames explores the experiences of Bowe Bergdahl, the misguided soldier who went AWOL in Afghanistan.  “The Sacred Wisdom of the American Indians” by Larry J. Zimmerman describes the details of Indian culture and the tragic tale of their conquest.  “Black Elk” by Wallace Black Elk and William S. Lyon documents the world of a Lakota shaman.  “Truth in Our Times” by New York Times lawyer David E. McCraw is a behind-the-scenes look at what happens as this newspaper’s journalists go about their reporting during the most turbulent era for journalism in generations.

Books on CD

“The Suspect” by Fiona Barton is a psychological suspense story set in Thailand.  “Wolf Pack” by C.J. Box is a Joe Pickett mystery.  “Breaking and Entering”  by Jeremy N. Smith, the story of a female hacker known only as “Alien,” takes readers into the world of cybersecurity.

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 Maria Gallegos and our anonymous donors. 

Quotable Quote   

“Animals are such agreeable friends; they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.” – George Eliot, pen name of Mary Anne Evans (1819-1880), English novelist, poet, journalist, translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian Age.

3/21/2019

Is reading fantasy books useful?

You probably already know that reading fiction is not only enjoyable but also good for you because it is a uniquely powerful way to understand others, tap into creativity and exercise your brain.  But a dear friend recently asked whether there also were special benefits to reading fantasy, which is a popular genre with our patrons.      Turns out the answer is yes, according to Fernando Lanzer, author and former human resources executive in the Netherlands.  “Good fantasy books draw parallels with real-world dilemmas, moral conflicts and essential values,” he says.  “These are the ones you can learn from, and what you learn can be useful in real life. Good fantasy books can also lead you to develop your own imagination, to stimulate your creativity and your thinking out of the box. They can also help you understand human emotions and values; perhaps you can also learn about your own emotions and values.”

Lanzer points out that, as with any literary genre, there are a lot of poor fantasy books out there.  He advises:  “Be selective. Invest your time in choosing good books to read, regardless of the genre. And that means not necessarily reading the bestsellers.  Just like the most popular restaurants are not necessarily the ones with the best food. Ask people that you respect for their recommendations. If you find an author you like, check out other books by the same author, or find out which books those authors have enjoyed.

“And have fun. If a book is boring, skip a few pages. If it continues to bore you, drop it and get another one,” Lanzer says.  “Here’s my suggestion: ‘The Princess Bride.’  It’s a fantasy book that I found entertaining and full of layers. I was over 40 when I read it and I enjoyed it as much as any teenager. Good books appeal to young and old.”  (“The Princess Bride” is available in your library as both a book and a movie.)

Activities calendars available

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

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, March 22 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, March 22, they will discuss “Those Who Save Us” by Jenna Blum.  Stop by your library to pick up a copy.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at bakestroud@aol.com

LEGO Club on Saturday    

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

Tween gaming

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

Teen gaming

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

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, March 27 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, March 27 from 3-4 p.m. practice your Spanish with others to help you increase your fluency at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  Previous attendance is not necessary.  No registration required.

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  March 28 details how to navigate commonly used features on your Windows, Android or Apple smartphone nor tablet.  No registration required.  

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more. Note that PALS will not take place the week of Spring Break (March 25 – March 29). PALS generally follows the school schedule, so when they are off, Mark is off. 

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  Wednesday, March 27 will feature chi gong movements led by Dr. Dean Sanna and Amanda Beasley.

DVDs – More Academy Award films

“Bohemian Rhapsody” won best actor for Rami Malek and three other Academy Awards, as well as best picture/drama at the Golden Globes and best ensemble in the AARP Movies for Grownups Awards. “First Man” one three Academy Awards and a nomination in the AARP Movies for Grownups.

Other DVDs

“The Irish R.M.” is the complete Masterpiece Theatre collection.  “The Three Faces of Eve” is the classic starring Joanne Woodward, David Wayne and Lee J. Cobb.  “Horatio’s Drive” is about an eccentric Vermont doctor who made America’s first road trip in 1903.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“The Perfect Alibi” by Phillip Margolin is a legal thriller.  “Beautiful Bad” by Annie Ward features a devoted wife, loving husband and a chilling murder.  “The Devil Aspect” by Craig Russell is set in an asylum for the criminally insane in Prague.  “Broken Bone China” by Laura Childs is a Tea Shop mystery. 

Other novels

“Silent Night” by Danielle Steel follows a young girl who loses her speech and memory after a traumatic event.  “Daisy Jones and the Six” by Taylor Jenkins Reid explores the lives of a rock ‘n’ roll singer and a band.  “Cemetery Road” by Greg Iles is a tale of friendship, betrayal and secrets in a Mississippi city.

How-to and self-help

“Secrets of Great Second Meals” by Sara Dickerman shows you how to turn leftovers into innovative new recipes.  “The Kitchen Garden” by Alan Buckingham is a month-by-month guide to growing your own fruits and vegetables.  “90 Seconds to a Life You Love” by psychologist  Joan I. Rosenberg helps you manage your difficult feelings and build emotional strength.  “Keto Diet” by Dr. Josh Axe contains a 30-day program and 80 recipes.  “The Dumb Things Smart People Do With Their Money”  by Jill Schlesinger offers 13 ways to help you understand and take control of your finances.  “How to Play Pickleball” by Pickleball legend Richard Movsessian and Joe Baker has information for complete beginners and advanced tournament levels.  “Pickleball Fundamentals” is a guide written and endorsed by the USA Pickleball Association.  “Beginner Gardening Step by Step” is a DK basic guide with photographs. 

Other nonfiction

“Parkland” by Dave Cullen explores the work of the extraordinary teenage survivors of the Parkland shooting.  “Midnight in Chernobyl” by Adam Higginbotham is an exploration of the world’s greatest nuclear disaster.  “Utah” is a Frommer’s travel guide with a pocket map.  “Antarctica’s Lost Aviator” by Jeff Maynard tells of the first crossing of this continent.  “How to Hide an Empire” by Daniel Immerwahr discusses the islands, atolls and archipelagos the U.S. has taken and governed.  “Austin to ATX” by Joe Nick Patoski chronicles the interesting characters who transformed the capital of Texas.  “An American Summer” by Alex Kotlowitz is a portrait of love and death in Chicago’s most turbulent neighborhoods. 

Books on CD

“Winter World” by sci-fi author A.G. Riddle explores the possibility that something or someone out there is trying to exterminate us by freezing our world.  “A Justified Murder” by Jude Deveraux is the latest in the Medlar mystery series.  “Watcher in the Woods” by Kelley Armstrong is the latest in the Casey Duncan mystery series.  “Connections in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas mystery.  “Golden State” by Ben H. Winters is an alternate society story.  “Liar Liar” by James Patterson and Candice Fox is about a good cop gone bad.  “The Rule of Law” by John Lescroart is a Dismas Hardy legal thriller.  “Judgment” by Joseph Finder is a mystery featuring a judge being blackmailed.  “Out of the Dark” by Gregg Hurwitz is an Orphan X thriller.

Large print

“The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides is a murder mystery.  “I Owe You One” by Sophie Kinsella begins when a man gives the heroine an IOU and his business card.  “Chocolate Cream Pie Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swensen mystery with recipes.  

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 Gayle Dixon. Diane Bower and our anonymous donors. 

Quotable Quote   

“One of the hardest things in life to learn are which bridges to cross and which bridges to burn.” – Oprah Winfrey, media executive, actress, talk show host, TV producer and philanthropist.

03/14/2019

What the stats say about your library

Annually at this time of year, Meg Wempe, library director, prepares an annual report for the library’s board of trustees summarizing the highlights of the past year.  The information also is used when your library applies for grants and it is required to be shared with state, county and town governments to keep them informed. 

Here is a summary of that long report on 2018 operations.  You can pick up a shorter, full-color infographic version of this report at your library for your own use.  

  • Major objectives achieved:  For the first time ever, your library now has a three-quarter time development officer responsible for grant writing, fundraising and cultivating relationships for your library.  Another major success was our second in-house book sale offering items that remained after the highly popular Friends of the Library book sale.  It raised $427 and drew people who had never before visited the library.  Also, we rearranged library spaces to have all youth materials together to better serve our families, a change which has garnered a lot of positive response.
  • Resource sharing:  AspenCat allows our patrons access not only to the 29,215 items in our collection but also more than 1.3 million items in the other 110 AspenCat libraries.  The Colorado Library Consortium courier service provides daily delivery to subscribing libraries throughout the state.  In 2018 we borrowed 9,750 items, up 8.3 percent from 2017, and loaned 3,191 items, up 14.6 percent.    By taking advantage of the purchasing power of the State Library and Colorado Library Consortium, we subscribed to multiple educational databases including EBSCOHost, Learning Express and the Encyclopedia Britannica at substantial savings, and purchased downloadable audio books, e-books and magazines.  In 2018 our patrons downloaded 5,595 items, up 14.8 percent,  and logged 195 sessions on our electronic databases, a decrease 45 percent from 2018.   (Interestingly, the usage of our electronic data bases ebbs and flows, and can be affected by the number of school presentations we do about our free online resources.)
  • Collection development:  Providing our patrons with materials that are current and relevant to the diverse interests of the community is one of our principal goals.  We have 29,215 total items in our collection.  In 2018 we added 3,443 items, including 455 from donations, and deleted 3,327 worn or outdated items.  Our materials budget for 2019 is $57,400 or 11 percent of our total expenses. 
  • Usage stats:  83,206 patrons walked through our doors last year, a 4.2 percent decrease from 2017.   We checked out 93,977 items, a 4.8 decrease from 2017.  We have 12,729 library cards issued, 848 of them new in 2017.  
  • Programming:  Providing programs for all ages is a very high priority.  From early literacy to adult education and lifelong learning, 4,437 people attended one or more of our 622 programs, 94 more programs in 2018.  Some 631 attended one of 64 outreach events.  Our programming budget for 2018 is about one percent of our total expenses.
  • Donations, grants and volunteers:  We are very fortunate to have the ongoing support of the community.  In 2018 we received $28,648 in donations, $7,195 in donated items and $6,241 in grants, 6 percent of our total revenue.  Our volunteers contributed 1,437 hours, about three-quarters of a full-time position, up 32 percent from last year.
  • Technology:  This year we had 24,845 website visitors, 5,595 e-book and audio-book downloads, 364 Facebook likes – all up over last year – and 386 Tech Time consults, a dramatic 58 percent increase.  Public computer usage in the library decreased seven percent to 17,376, no doubt because so many people are accessing our wireless service using their own devices in the library, on the benches outside our front door and in the parking lot not only during library hours but actually 24/7.
  • Continuing education:  To continue to provide our community with the best possible service, several of our staff attended a variety of educational and networking opportunities last year.  In 2019 staff education is 1.1 percent of our total budget.  

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

All-ages movie tomorrow
Join us tomorrow (Friday, March 15) 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.

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

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

Paws to Read
Next Wednesday, March 20 from 11 a.m. – noon, youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Bacchus, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a free Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

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

DIY for adults
At this month’s free DIY event next Wednesday, March 20 from 1-2 p.m. we’ll celebrate spring by learning how to repurpose plastic bottles to make inexpensive and attractive lawn ornaments for your yard, garden or patio.  No registration required.

Computer classes
Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  Today, March 14, covers how to create professional looking resumes on Microsoft Word.  March 28 details how to navigate commonly used features on your Windows, Android or Apple smartphone nor tablet.  No registration required.  

Adult education
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Note that PALS will not take place the week of Spring Break (March 25 – Mar 29). PALS generally follows the school schedule, so when they are off, Mark is off. 

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

Family storytimes
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  Wednesday, March 20 will feature simple ASL, music and movement with Diann Taylor.

DVDs – Academy Award films
We have DVDs of three movies nominated for best picture and several additional Academy Awards.  “A Star is Born” won for best song.  “BlacKKKlansman” also received multiple nominations and won best adapted screenplay.  “Black Panther” won Academy Awards for original score and costume design.  These films also received honors from the Golden Globes and AARP Movies for Grownups Awards, notably best director for Spike Lee for “BlacKKKlansman” from the AARP awards.  Also, we have “Shoplifters,” a Japanese movie nominated for best foreign language film. 

Other DVDs
“The Child in Time” is a Masterpiece Theatre film based on the novel by Ian McEwan.  “North & South” is a BBC production of a love story set in the changing world of Victorian industrial society.  “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries” is series three.       


Mysteries, thrillers and suspense
“The Lost Night” by Andrea Bartz explores a suicide that may have been murder.             

Nonfiction
“Wild Bill” by Tom Clavin is a biography of Wild Bill Hickok.  “Drug Warrior” by Jack Riley is an exploration of the hunt for El Chapo and the rise of America’s opioid crisis.  “Truth Bombs” by conservative analyst Steve Deace looks that why the author feels the Republican Party frequently betrays conservative beliefs.  “The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump” by Andrew G. McCabe is a memoir by the former FBI deputy director fired by President Trump. 

CDs
“The First Conspiracy” by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch explores a secret plot to kill George Washington.  “Siege of Stone” by Terry Goodkind is volume three of the Sister of Darkness: The Nicci Chronicles.  “The Eulogist” by Terry Gamble is set in Ohio in the decades before the Civil War.  “Crucible” by James Rollins is a Sigma Force thriller. 

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 Paul Matlock and our anonymous donors.  For their generous monetary donation, we are grateful to Kris and James Minor.

Quotable Quote   
“Any definition of a successful life must include service to others.” – President George H.W. Bush.

3/7/2019

Women’s wellness, avalanche awareness and a benefit concert

Here are three of the many free fun library activities this coming week:      

  • Today, Thursday, March 7, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. is the second session of a new free women’s wellness program for women ages 21-64 facilitated by San Juan Basin Public Health.  Note earlier starting time from February session.  Also please note that there will not be any actual physical examinations at the library.  Rather, the sessions will provide education on about where and how to access cancer screenings, assess barriers to screening for breast and cervical cancer, and help with information about women’s sexual health.  You’ll also hear about free or low-cost services offered by San Juan Basin Health such as women’s, children’s and infants’ services, Connect for Health CO, Nurse-Family Partnership and SafeCare.  Light refreshments will be served.  No registration required.
  • Join Mark Mueller today, Thursday, March 7, from 5:30-7 p.m. for a free presentation about avalanche safety.  Mark is an avalanche forecaster for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, which says that avalanches are the deadliest hazard in Colorado.  This talk could save your life.
  • Tomorrow, Friday, March 8, the new library foundation will host Moors and McCumber for one night in the Pagosa Springs High School auditorium. Local festival-goers will remember this talented musical duo from their popular past visits to Reservoir Hill. They craft beautiful story songs that walk the line between rootsy folk and melodic pop.  Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 6:30 p.m. with an opening show by the Pagosa Springs High School Americana Project students. Moors and McCumber will play at 7:30 p.m.  Entry to the concert is by donation, with a suggested contribution of $10 per person or $25 per family. All proceeds from the event go to the library foundation.

Activities calendars available

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

Teen advisory board today

Today,Thursday, March 7, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, March 8 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.

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, March 8, from 2-3 p.m. is a free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney will take place via computer link.  Volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property tax, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans benefits and civil protection orders.  Please check in at the registration desk.  This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month. 

LEGO Club on Saturday    

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

Adult book club

Our free adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles and enjoy refreshments.  On March 12 we will discuss “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah.  If you need a copy, please stop by your library.  No registration required.

Teen gaming

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

Teen role-playing

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

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  March 14 covers how to create professional looking resumes on Microsoft Word.  March 28 details how to navigate commonly used features on your Windows, Android or Apple smartphone nor tablet.  No registration required.  

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Note that PALS will not take place the week of Spring Break (March 25 – Mar 29). PALS generally follows the school schedule, so when they are off, Mark is off. 

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  Wednesday, March 13 will feature simple ASL, music and movement with Diann Taylor.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“The Chef” by James Patterson with Max DiLallo features a police detective by day and celebrity food truck chef by night.  “The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls” by Anissa Gray focuses on a well respected family when the husband and wife are arrested.  “The Girl in the Glass Box” by James Grippando is a Jack Swyteck legal thriller about an immigration case. 

Novels

“The Last Romantics” by Tara Conklin follows a middle-class Connecticut family facing a crisis testing the strengths of their bonds.  “The Tattooist of Auschwitz” by Heather Morris describes the bravery of a concentration camp prisoner.  “The City in the Middle of the Night” by Charlie Jane Anders is a futuristic tale set on a dying planet.  “Leading Men” by Christopher Castellani combines fact and fiction to tell the story of the aftermath of a glittering party thrown by Truman Capote in Portofino, Italy in 1953.  “Finding Dorothy” by Elizabeth Letts is a look at the real Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” through the eyes of  author Frank Baum’s wife.

Nonfiction

“Cultured” by science journalist Katherine Harmon Courage describes yogurt and other “gut-friendly” foods to feed our microbiome and benefit our health.

Large print

“What Doesn’t Kill Her” by Christina Dodd follows a woman who has a year-long gap in her memory.  “The Golden Tresses of the Dead” by Alan Bradley is a Flavia de Luce mystery.  “Connections in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas mystery.  “Hard Ride” by Elmer Kelton is a collection of tales from the American West.  “Call Me Lonesome” by Brett Cogburn is book two of the Morgan Clyde western series.  “The Devil’s Waltz” by Ethan J. Wolfe is a western.  “Never Tell” by Lisa Gardner is a murder mystery.  “All the Wrong Places” by Joy Fielding is an online dating 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 Muriel Eason and our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote    “There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: cats and music.” – Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), French theologian, writer, humanitarian, philosopher, physician and Nobel Peace Prize winner.