08/14/2014

Friends of the Library book sale this weekend

The Friends of the Library’s annual book sale takes place this weekend. This is one of the most popular events of the summer because everyone wins by participating. You get hard cover and paperback books, CDs and DVDs at greatly discounted prices, and the library benefits from this hugely important fundraising event for us. Sturdy book bags also will be available for just $4.

The two-day event takes place at the Centerpoint Church, 2750 Cornerstone Drive in the Aspen Village Center south of Hwy 160. It opens tomorrow (Friday, August 15) with the Friends of the Library’s very short annual meeting, potluck and preview sale from 6 – 9 p.m.   The sale opens to the public on Saturday, August 16 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

We hope you’ll take this opportunity to join the Friends, either at the library or at the door on Friday evening. Individual membership is $15, family membership is $25 and lifetime membership is $100 per person.

Past book sales have financed the digitization of more than 100 years of The Pagosa SUN newspaper, provided $2,000 for the Summer Reading Program and purchased new computers for public sue at the library.

Help, please! Re City Market donations

Many thanks to all of you who have participated in the City Market Cares program over the years, citing the library as your designated charity. In a recent quarter, your naming us brought us a much-appreciated check for $376. Unfortunately, the Kroger Corp. has changed the program, and all previous signup information has been purged. Their new program works the same as the old one. After you have registered, each time you swipe your City Market card for groceries or gas, a small portion of your purchase will come to the organization you selected. We hope you choose your library. To register, please go to https://www.citymarket.com/topic/city-market-community-rewards and specify organization number 10139 or Friends of the Libraries Upper San Juan. Thank you!

Free family karaoke

Mark your calendars for next Thursday, August 21 for the opportunity to sing karaoke songs with family and friends at your library.Please join us for this free evening starting at 6 p.m. We’ll have CDs for all ages – kids, tweens, teens, adults and Spanish speakers.   Light snacks will be provided.

Last free Maker Camp

This Saturday, August 16 is the last Maker Camp program for kids and families. If children are under 10, we ask that an adult stays to assist. In addition, tomorrow (Friday, August 16) there will be a special online live field trip connection from 9:45 – 11 a.m., open only to teens in the 7th – 12th grades. For more information, please contact Trina Rivera at the library.

Cancellation of three programs

Tween gamers was a Summer Reading program so it is over and will not continue in August. Dungeons and Dragons for teens has been cancelled until further notice. As well, Wise Traditions has been indefinitely suspended.

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. A more formal session requiring registration focuses on Facebook Basics for businesses from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, August 14) – create a page, access your page, manage administrative notes and more. This class does not cover personal Facebook account creation. Students must know basics of Facebook.

Change in free movie program

Every Friday in August (except the 29th) at 12:30 p.m. we will show movies based on books that are suitable for adults and teens. No registration required. Sorry, but the contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio.  Pick up an adult programs calendar at the library to learn the movie names, or give us a call.

Free teen gaming

Every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon Card Battles), and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games. Snacks provided.

CDs

Torture Town” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is the latest in the Matt Jensen: The Last Mountain Man western series. “High Wild Dessert” by Ralph Cotton is also a western. “The Girls in August” by Anne Rivers Siddons reunited childhood friends. “Born of Fury” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is book six in the Fury series. “Top Secret Twenty-One” by Janet Evanovich is the latest in the Stephanie Plum mystery series. “Act of War” by Brad Thor is a thriller. “Have a Nice Guilt Trip” by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella is a collection of stories about this mother-daughter writing duo. “The Dead Will Tell” by Linda Castillo is the latest in the Kate Burkholder mystery series. “Invisible” by James Patterson and David Ellis is a thriller. “Power Play” by Catherine Coulter is the latest in the FBI Savich-Sherlock series. “The Silkworm” by Robert Galbraith is the second in the Cormoran Strike crime series. “All Fall Down” by Jennifer Weiner follows a woman battling prescription pill addiction.

Nonfiction

“Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War” by Helen Thorpe tells of women deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and how their military service affected their friendships, personal lives and families.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Dear Daughter” by Elizabeth Little follows a woman out of jail for killing her mother as she searches for the real killer. “Paw and Order” by Spencer Quinn features a P.I. and his dog Chet.

Other new novels

“California” by Edan Lepucki imagines a frighteningly realistic near future in this post-apocalypse novel. “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands” by Chris Bogjalian is the story of a homeless teen after a nuclear plant meltdown. “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell follows a woman trying to save her marriage after she refuses to go on a family trip. “Fortune Hunter” by Daisy Goodwin features Empress Elizabeth (Sisi) of Austria. “Secrets of the Lighthouse” by Santa Montefiore is a romance set in London and Ireland.

Thanks to our donors         

For books and materials this week, we thank Joe Bauman, Diane Bower, Al Davenport, Allen Guimond, Kris Miner and numerous anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“If you don’t feel that you haven’t read enough, you haven’t read enough.” – Contemporary Lebanese-American author Nassim Nicholas Taleb.

Website

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

08/07/14

Plan to attend Friends of the Library book sale Aug. 15-16

The Friends of the Library’s annual book sale takes place August 15 and 16. This is one of the most popular events of the summer because everyone wins by participating. You get hard cover and paperback books, CDs and DVDs at greatly discounted prices, and the library benefits from this hugely important fundraising event for us. Sturdy book bags also will be available for just $4.

The two-day event takes place at the Centerpoint Church, 2750 Cornerstone Drive in the Aspen Village Center south of Hwy 160. It opens Friday, August 15 with the Friends of the Library’s very short annual meeting, potluck and preview sale from 6 – 9 p.m.   The sale opens to the public on Saturday, August 16 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

We hope you’ll take this opportunity to join the Friends, either at the library or at the door on Friday evening. Individual membership is $15, family membership is $25 and lifetime membership is $100 per person.

Past book sales have financed the digitization of more than 100 years of The Pagosa SUN newspaper, provided $2,000 for the Summer Reading Program and purchased new computers for public use at the library.

Friends president Barb Draper is looking for volunteers to help set up at the site, and take down and clean up afterwards. Contact her at 970-731-9979 or 970-507-0224 if you can help, for even a short while. She will bribe you with coffee, donuts and pizza.

Congratulations to our Meg

We are delighted to announce that Meg Wempe has been named assistant director of your library. Meg joined us in April 2013 as adult services librarian and tech specialist. She immediately made herself invaluable to patrons because of her technology knowledge and ability to explain complicated concepts in an easy-to-learn way. She also developed several innovative programs such as family karaoke, the adult book club, and Facebook training for individuals and businesses. Congratulations, Meg! As Jackie Welch, library director, said: “Meg has brought impressive talent and many fresh ideas to our team so that we can better serve our patrons.”

Help, please! Re City Market donations

Many thanks to all of you who have participated in the City Market Cares program over the years, citing the library as your designated charity. In a recent quarter, your naming us brought us a much-appreciated check for $376. Unfortunately, the Kroger Corp. has changed the program, and all previous signup information has been purged. Their new program works the same as the old one. After you have registered, each time you swipe your City Market card for groceries or gas, a small portion of your purchase will come to the organization you selected. We hope you choose your library. To register, please go to https://www.citymarket.com/topic/city-market-community-rewards and specify organization number 10139 or Friends of the Libraries Upper San Juan. Thank you!

Maker Camp events

Only two more Saturdays in the Maker Camp program – August 9 and 16 from 11 a.m. to noon – for kids and families. If children are under 10, we ask that an adult stays to assist. Register at makercamp.com so you can follow up on past activities and track future ones. You do not need to register with the library to participate on Saturdays. In addition, on Friday, August 9 and 16 there will be a special online live field trip connection from 9:45 – 11 a.m., open only to teens in the 7th – 12th grades. For more information, please contact Trina Rivera at the library.

Free Book Club for adults

Our adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles. On August 12 we will discuss “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich. If you need a copy, please contact Meg Wempe. No registration required.

Cancellation of three programs

Tween gamers was a Summer Reading program so it is over and will not continue in August. Dungeons and Dragons for teens has been cancelled until further notice. As well, Wise Traditions has been indefinitely suspended.

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. A more formal session requiring registration focuses on Facebook Basics for people, not businesses, today (Thursday, August 7) from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. and for businesses at the same time next Thursday, August 14. Please call to register.

Change in free movie program

Every Friday in August except the 29th we will show movies based on books that are suitable for adults and teens. No registration required. Sorry, but the contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio.  Pick up an adult programs calendar at the library to learn the movie names.

Free teen gaming

Every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon Card Battles), and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games. Snacks provided.

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“The Badmen” by Bill Brooks and “Wrath of the Savage by Charles G. West are westerns. “Somebody like You” by Beth K. Yogt and “Chateau of Secrets” by Melanie Dobson are romance novels.

DVDs

“Up in the Air” stars George Clooney. “Shattered Glass” is a true story about a freelance writer’s career being stopped in its tracks. “Pacific Heights” is a thriller about a tenant who won’t move out.    

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Peter Pan Must Die” by John Verdon is a multi-layered murder mystery. “Remains of Innocence” by J.A. Jance is the latest in the Sheriff Joanna Brady mystery series. “Vengeance Is Mine” by Reavis Z. Wortham is a Red River mystery.

Other new novels

“A Perfect Life” by Danielle Steel is about a single mother whose well-ordered life is turned upside down. “Sentinels of Fire” by P.T. Deutermann is a World War II action adventure. “The Boleyn Reckoning” by Laura Anderson is set in Tutor England. “The Queen of the Tearling” by Erika Johansen is the beginning of a new fantasy trilogy. “The Last Kings of Sark” by Rosa Rankin-Gee is set on a tiny carless Channel Island. “Painted Horses” by Malcolm Brooks is a western set in Montana.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we also thank Richard Rivera plus our many generous anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.” Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), longest serving First Lady of the U.S.

Website

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

7/31/2014

Free Maker Camp offers creative fun for kids and families

We are halfway through a remarkable all-age six-week program for kids and families that is taking place on Saturdays in July and August from 11 a.m. to noon. If children are under 10, we ask that an adult stays to assist with the project so that they may be successful.

Please register at makercamp.com so you can follow up on past activities and track future ones. You do not need to register with the library to participate in the Saturday events.

There are three more Saturdays in the program – August 2, 9 and 16. Attendees join young inventors and artists from around the world on Google+ to make awesome projects, go on epic virtual field trips, and meet the world’s coolest makers.

Maker Camp inspires youngsters ages 13-18 to embrace their inner maker, get your hands dirty, fix some things, break some things, and have a lot of fun doing it.

Kids younger than 13 can participate when using an adult’s Google account. Also, children have the option of participating at home during the week by following online with the projects they do live.

Your library participates in these Saturday sessions by hosting one of the projects that the Maker Camp provides online. There is a different theme each week, with the next three being Science and Technology, DIY Music and Make: Believe.

In addition to the all-age Saturday sessions, in August there will be a special live connection with the Maker Camp on Fridays at 9:45 a.m. beginning tomorrow (Friday, August 1) to watch their field trips. These sessions are open only to teens in the 7th – 12th grades.

For more information, please contact Trina Rivera at the library.

Annual Book Sale donations

This Saturday, August 2 is the deadlinefor donations to this summer’s the annual Friends of the Library Book Sale that will take place August 15-16 at the Centerpoint Church. Most welcomed are children’s books, gently read fiction and nonfiction adult books, and mass market paperbacks in excellent condition. Western and Indian-related titles also are popular. As well, the Friends will be selling CDs, DVDs and audio books. Items not included in this sale are VHS tapes, cassettes, magazines, outdated medical books and encyclopedias.

You may want to take this opportunity to join the Friends because a membership gets you advance access to the book sale and a potluck dinner on Friday, August 15 at 6 p.m. You can pay your membership at the library – cash or checks only, please. Annual dues are $15 for an individual, $25 for a family and $100 for an individual lifetime membership.

CPR training

There will be a CPR class for healthcare providers and bystanders on Monday, August 4 from 1 – 5 p.m. Cost is $50 and participants will receive a two-year certification from the American Heart Association. Registration is required – 264-2209 or at the front desk at the library.

Cancellation of three programs

Tween gamers was a Summer Reading program so it is over and will not continue in August. Dungeons and Dragons for teens has been cancelled until further notice. As well, Wise Traditions has been indefinitely suspended.

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. A more formal session requiring registration focuses on Facebook Basics for people, not businesses, on Thursday, August 7 from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Change in free movie program

Starting tomorrow(Friday, August 1) at 12:30 p.m. and every Friday in August except the 29th we will show movies based on books that are suitable for adults and teens. No registration required. Sorry, but the contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio.  Pick up an adult programs calendar at the library to learn the movie names.

Free teen gaming

Every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon Card Battles), and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games. Snacks provided.

Nonfiction

“The Grand Circle Tour” by Michael Royea is a travel guide to the Ancentral Puebloan sites in the American Southwest. “The Crusades of Cesar Chavez” by Miriam Lawel is the biography of this farmworkers union leader. “Pilgrim’s Wilderness” by Tom Kizzia is the story of a homesteading family in the Alaskan wilderness led by a maniacal patriarch. “Guide to Wild Foods and Useful Plants” by Christopher Nyerges helps you forage for edible, useful and medicinal plants. “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyonce by Bob Stanley is an encyclopedic history of pop music presented in short, eminently readable chapters. “Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight” by Jay Barbree documents 50 years of conversations with history’s most famous space traveler. “The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee” by Marja Mills tells the story of one of America’s most secretive author and her sister. “The Guide to Freshwater Fishing/second edition” by Mike Seymour offers practical advice for novice and seasoned angler alike. “The New Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook” by Ellen Brown provides more than 150 recipes using your cast iron pan.

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“City of Jasmine” by Deanna Raybourne is a romantic mystery set in Damascus. “Terminal City” is a thriller by Linda Fairstein set in New York City. “The Marriage Pact” by Linda Lael Miller is the first book in a new cowboy romance series. “Catnapped” by Elaine Viets in the latest in the Dead-End Job mystery series. “Eden in Winter” by Richard North Patterson is a mystery set in Martha’s Vineyard. “Act of War” by Brad Thor is a thriller following a CIA agent who disappears. “Murder in the Ball Park” by Robert Goldsborough is a Nero Wolf mystery. “Cold Sacrifice” by Leigh Russell is a Det. Ian Peterson mystery.       

DVDs

“Disney Don Knotts” is a four-movie collection. “Pollyanna” is also a Disney movie, starring Haley Mills. “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars Dick Van Dyke. “The Parent Trap” is a two-movie Disney collection.

CDs

“War of the Roses: Stormbird” is the first book in this new historical series. “The City” by Dean Koontz follows a young musical prodigy. “Half a King” by Joe Ambercrombie is a coming-of-age tale set in an imagined world. “Cut and Thrust” by Stuart Woods is the latest in the Stone Barrington series.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Butcher” by Jennifer Hillier is a thriller set in Seattle. “Shots Fired” by C.J. Box is a collection of stories from Joe Pickett’s Wyoming. “The Book of Life” by Deborah Harkness is the concluding book of to the paranormal fantasy All Souls trilogy. “The Competition” by Marcia Clark is the latest in the L.A. District Attorney Rachael Knight series. “The Confessions of Frances Godwin” by Robert Hellenga is the fictional memoir of a retired high school Latin teacher who takes matters into her own hands relating to her daughter’s abusive husband.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Harry DeYoung, Stephen Haning, Mike Johnson, Marian Leonard, Ming and Tom Steen, plus several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“Pretend to be completely in control and people will assume that you are.” – Steve Jobs (1955-2011), American entrepreneur, inventor and co-founder of Apple Inc.

 

07/24/2014

Summer Reading Program closing party tomorrow night

This year’s free Summer Reading Program will come to a close tomorrow (Friday, July 25) and all registered participants are invited to the closing party from 5:30-7 p.m. that includes free food, fun, music and prizes.

This summer we have had 85 adult participants, 232 children and tweens, and a record 67 teens participating. In addition to enjoying a wide variety of fun programs, these avid readers have competed for some wonderful prizes that will be given out at the party tomorrow evening. The teen prize is a Google Nexus 7 Tablet with a case.  The adult grand prizes are Amazon gift cards — one $75, one $50 and one $25. The children/tween prize is a bike and helmet package from The Hub Bike Shop.

The San Juan Mountain Boys will perform during the event. We will have fun activities, food and drink and, of course, the drawing for the grand prizes.

More parking spaces

We hope you are enjoying our 25 new parking spaces, which more than double our parking capacity. Yet to come is a separate paved area for staff cars, which will free up even more parking space for patrons.

 

Book Sale donations

August 2 is the deadlinefor donations to this summer’s the annual Friends of the Library Book Sale that will take place August 15-16 at the Centerpoint Church. Most welcomed are children’s books, gently read fiction and nonfiction adult books, and mass market paperbacks in excellent condition. Western and Indian-related titles also are popular. As well, the Friends will be selling CDs, DVDs and audio books. Items not included in this sale are VHS tapes, cassettes, magazines, outdated medical books and encyclopedias.

You may want to take this opportunity to join the Friends because a membership gets you advance access to the book sale and a potluck dinner on Friday, August 15 at 6 p.m. You can pay your membership at the library – cash or checks only, please. Annual dues are $15 for an individual, $25 for a family and $100 for an individual lifetime membership.

 

Free Maker Camp for all ages

Join us this Saturday, July 26 for Maker Camp from 11 a.m. to noon when you will learn creative hands-on skills. This event is suitable for all ages and families.

 

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. A more formal session requiring registration focuses on Facebook Basics for individuals, not businesses, on Wednesday, July 30 at 12:30 p.m.

 

Free adult, teen and kids movies

Every Friday we have three different movies showing: For kids at 10 a.m., for teens at noon, and for adults from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. The contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio.  If you want to know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly adult activities flyer at the library.

 

Today’s Kids’ Zone

“Sound of Music” is this week’s theme for Kids’ Zone today (Thursday, July 24) for first-third graders from 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

 

Free tween gaming

Every Tuesday from 1:30 – 2:45 we host Tween Gaming for fourth-sixth graders. The gaming is structured and we play a new game each week.  Snacks provided.

 

Teen gaming cancelled

There will be no teen gaming on Tuesday, July 29.

 

Nonfiction

“The Arsenal of Democracy” by A.J. Baime explores how Detroit helped arm America for war. “The San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado” is the first book of this historical series. My Home At Present” by Mark A. and Karen A. Vendl and Duane A. Smith describes life in the mining boarding houses in the San Juan Mountains. “River Cruising in Europe” by Douglas Ward is a new Berlitz guide. “Gardening Indoors with Soil and Hydroponics” by George F. Van Patten has been expanded and rewritten with new information. “I Always Want to be Where I’m Not” by Dr. Wes Crenshaw offers advice for successful living with ADD and ADHD. “My Off-season with the Denver Broncos” by Loren Landow with Mike Klis relives the 2011 seqason from the inside. “Special Heart” by Fox News’ Bret Baier is a journey of living with a son with congenital hearts defects. “Go Fresh” offers 250 fast recipes from the American Heart Association. “Pure & Special” by Vidhu Mittal is a collection of Indian vegetarian recipes.

           

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“Gemini” by Carol Cassella tells of a Jane Doe hit-and-run victim in a coma. “The Escape” by Mary Balogh is a love story set after the Napoleonic Wars. “The Night Searchers” by Marcia Muller is a Sharon McCone mystery. “Take Me Home” by Dorothy Garlock is a romance set in Wisconsin in 1945. “Little Mercies” by Heather Gudenkauf follows the life of a social worker. “Midnight in Europe” is set in pre-war Paris in 1938. “For All Time” by Jude Deveraux is the latest in the Nantucket Brides series. “The Promise” by Robyn Carr is the latest in the Thunder Point romance series. “Terminal City” by Linda Fairstein is a mystery that begins in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. “Jury of Six” by Dave P. Fisher is a western set in Nebraska in the 1880s. “Shotgun” by C. Courtney Joyner is also a western. “Burying the Past” is the latest in “The Man from Boot Hill” series by Marcus Galloway. “The Kraken Project” by Douglas Preston is a thriller follows the “escape” of Dorothy, an artificial intelligence software.

           

DVDs

“Boardwalk Empire” contains the complete first season. “The Legend of Wolf Mountain” and “Walking Thunder” both contain four family adventures. “Away from Her” follows a couple married 50 years as her memory fails.

 

CDs

“The Lincoln Myth” by Steve Berry begins with a shocking secret passed down from president to president. “Vertigo 42” by Martha Grimes is a Richard Jury mystery. “The Once and Only” by Emily Griffin is set in a small Texas college town. “Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Ascendancy” by Eric Van Lustbader is the latest in the Jason Bourne adventure series. “Resistant” by Michael Palmer is about a deadly microbial invader. “The Smoke at Dawn” by Jeff Shaara is the latest in the author’s Civil War series. “Faceoff” edited by David Baldacci features stories by 23 thriller writers. “The Farm” by Tom Rob Smith follows a man caught between his parents’ tales of crime and conspiracy.

           

Other new novels

“The Girls of August” by Anne Rivers Siddons tells of four friends whose lives are forever changed by the events of one summer. “The Hundred-Year House” by Rebecca Makkai is about the secrets of an old-money family. “The Sweet Spot” is a sexy love story by Stephanie Evanovich.

 

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Liz Fox, Andrea Haas, Judy Horky and Jeff Versaw. We also are grateful for several large donations from anonymous donors.

 

Quotable Quote

“A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.” – Jack Dempsey (1895-1983), American professional boxer and World Heavyweight Champion.

 

Website

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

07/17/2014

One more week before Summer Reading closing party 

This year’s free Summer Reading Program will come to a close next Friday, July 25 when all participants are welcome to attend the closing party that includes free food, fun and prizes. It’s not too late to sign up and join the fun.  You can register online via a link on our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/ or in the library.  Summer reading activities are open to everyone from babies to adults. So far we have 85 adult participants, 232 children and tweens, and a record 67 teens participating.  In addition to enjoying a wide variety of fun programs, these avid readers are competing for some wonderful prizes that will be given out at the closing party.  The teen prize is a Google Nexus 7 Tablet with a case.  The adult grand prizes are Amazon gift cards — one $75, one $50 and one $25.  The children/tween prize is a bike and helmet package from The Hub Bike Shop. The closing party is on July 25 from 5:30-7 p.m. only for registered summer reading participants.  The San Juan Mountain Boys will be performing during the event.  We will have fun activities, food and drink and, of course, the drawing for the grand prizes.

Free poetry workshop today

Join us for Giving Voice: A Poetry Writing Workshop today (Thursday, July 17) from 10 a.m. – noon to learn about different types of poems, styles and writing techniques, and then write your own poems.  The session will be led by Joanne Lucariello, a part-time resident who is a retired Language Arts teacher and is certified in Language Arts Literacy.  No registration is required.

Annual Book Sale

Mark your calendars for the annual Friends of the Library Book Sale that will take place August 15-16 at the Centerpoint Church.  Watch for details in upcoming Library News columns.  In the meantime, you may want to take this opportunity to join the Friends because a membership gets you advance access to the book sale and a potluck dinner on Friday, August 15 at 6 p.m.  You can pay your membership at the library – cash or checks only, please.  Annual dues are $15 for an individual, $25 for a family and $100 for an individual lifetime membership. 

Free Maker Camp for all ages

Join us this Saturday, July 19 for Maker Camp from 11 a.m. to noon when you will learn creative hands-on skills.  This event is suitable for all ages and families.

Free Tween Explorers

“Science and Paper” is the theme of this session on Monday, July 21 from 1:30 – 2:45 p.m. 

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.  There will be no formal computer class requiring registration on Wednesday, July 23.

Free adult, teen and kids movies

Every Friday we have three different movies showing: For kids at 10 a.m., for teens at noon, and for adults from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. The contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio.  If you want to know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly adult activities flyer at the library or give us a call at 264-2209. 

Today’s Kids’ Zone

“Read with a Ranger” is this week’s theme for Kids’ Zone today (Thursday, July 17) for first-third graders from 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Free teen fun on Wednesdays

Wednesday, July 23, join us from 3-4:30 p.m. in the small room for Zombie Feast.  Please wear clothes that are okay to stain.  Stay from 4:30 – 6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons. 

Free tween gaming

Every Tuesday from 1:30 – 2:45 we host Tween Gaming for fourth-sixth graders.   The gaming is structured and we play a new game each week.  Snacks are provided. 

Free teen gaming and crafts

Every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon Card Battles), and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games. Snacks provided. 

Nonfiction

“The Inevitable City” by Scott Cowen documents the resurgence of New Orleans and the future of urban America.  “Joe and Marilyn: Legends in Love” by C. David Heymann tells of the love affair and marriage of Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn  Monroe.  “Vibrant Food” by Kimberley Hasselbrink contains recipes arranged by season.  “Groundbreaking Food Gardens” by Niki Jabbour offers 73 plans to help you change the way you grow your garden.  “Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin” by historian Jill Lepore is a portrait of Benjamin Franklin’s beloved little sister.  “The Killing Kind” by investigative crime journalist M. William Phelps explores the mind and actions of a serial killer.  “When Your Life is On Fire What Would You Save?” features interviews with Jane Pauley, Alan Alda and 11 other extraordinary people.  “One More Try” by Gary Chapman offers advice to save your marriage if it is worth fighting for.  “Mindful Discipline” by Drs. Shauna Shapiro and Chris White outlines a loving approach to setting limits and raise an emotionally intelligent child.  “Life by the Cup” by Zhena Muzyka is a memoir by this entrepreneur and motivational speaker.  “Flash Boys” by Michael Lewis exposes the strange new ways that Wall Street generates profits for itself.

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“The Cheyenne Trail” by Jory Sherman is a Ralph Compton western.  “Sting of the Drone” by Richard A. Clarke is a novel about the drone program.  “Shadow River” by Ralph Cotton is a western.  “The First Mountain Man:  Preacher’s Blood Hunt” is an adventure by William W. and J.A. Johnstone.  “The City” by Dean Koontz is a thriller featuring a musical prodigy.  “Nine Lives to Die” by Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie Brown is a mystery in the Mrs. Murphy series.  “Blood Valley” is a western by William W. Johnstone.  “Hell Creek Cabin” by Frank Roderus is a wilderness story.  

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The American Mission” by Matthew Palmer is a suspense story set in the Congo.  “Phantom Instinct” by Meg Gardiner is a thriller teaming an injured cop and an ex-thief.  “Invisible” by James Patterson and David Ellis follows an FBI researcher trying to solve the death of her sister.  “Coldsleep Lullaby” by Andrew Brown is a mystery set in the South African wine country.  “Bellweather Rhapsody” by Kate Racculia is a thriller set in the Bellweather Hotel.  “Summer House with Swimming Pool” by Herman Koch begins at an extravagant summer home on the Mediterranean.            

Other new novels

“One Plus One” by Jojo Moyes follows a single woman and her two children.  “The Arsonist” by Sue Miller is a set in a small New Hampshire village.  “A Shiver of Light” by Laurell K. Hamilton is the latest in the Merry Gentry fantasy series.  “The Vacationers” by Emma Straub tells of a family in the maelstrom of change.  

Thanks to our donors

We are grateful for a very generous unrestricted donation from Robert H. Dungan, and for books for our children’s collection from Kaden and Zane Edwards.   For books and materials this week, we also thank Medora Bass, Sue Ellen Haning and Fran Jenkins.

Quotable Quote

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” – President Theodore Roosevelt. 

Website

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

07/10/2014

Free poetry writing workshop next Thursday

Join us for Giving Voice: A Poetry Writing Workshop next Thursday, July 17 from 10 a.m. – noon. You will learn different types of poems, styles and writing techniques, and then participate in the challenge of writing your own poems. The session will be led by Joanne Lucariello, a part-time resident who is a retired Language Arts teacher and is certified in Language Arts Literacy.  She resides the rest of the year in New Jersey where she volunteers at her local library.  She plans on living here full time in the future. You do not need to register to participate in this workshop.

Free Summer Reading Program   

This year’s free Summer Reading Program is well underway, having started June 2.  It will run through July 25, and it’s not too late to sign up and join the fun.  You can register online via a link on our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/ or in the library.  Summer reading activities are open to everyone from babies to adults.  Also, summer reading participants should mark your calendars for a free all-ages closing party on July 25 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. (after the library closes) that will include award of prizes, refreshments and entertainment by the San Juan Mountain Boys. Detailed summer reading schedules for all ages are available at the library. The events also are being featured every week in this Library News column.

Free Maker Camp for all ages

Join us this Saturday, July 12 for Maker Camp from 11 a.m. to noon when you will learn creative hands-on skills.  This event is suitable for all ages and families.

Free candlemaking class

Today (Thursday, July 10) at 10:30 a.m. you are invited to learn about candles and leave with your own creation.

Free Wise Traditions

Join us for lively discussions and lectures on a variety of topics including dietary needs, agriculture, medical traditions and more on the second Saturday of each month – for July, on the 12th – from 3-4:30 p.m.  All ages welcome.  No registration required.

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.  A more formal session requiring registration is Job Search Basics on Wednesday, July 16 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.  You will learn about job aggregator websites, as well as how to fill out online applications, attach a resume and protect yourself from job scams.

Free adult, teen and kids movies

Every Friday we have three different movies showing: For kids at 10 a.m., for teens at noon, and for adults from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. The contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio.  If you want to know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly adult activities flyer at the library.

Today’s Kids’ Zone

“Bubbleguts” is this week’s theme for Kids’ Zone today (Thursday, July 10) for first-third graders from 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Free teen fun on Wednesdays

Wednesday, July 16, join us from 3-4:30 p.m. in the small room for Duct Tape Hats.  Stay from 4:30 – 6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons.

Free tween gaming

Every Tuesday from 1:30 – 2:45 we host Tween Gaming for fourth-sixth graders.   The gaming is structured and we play a new game each week.  Snacks provided.

Free teen gaming and crafts

Every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon Card Battles), and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games. Snacks provided.

Nonfiction

“The Carnivore’s Manifesto” by Patrick Martins and Mike Edison shows you how to eat meat responsibly and well.  “The Romanov Sisters” by Helen Rappaport explores the lives of the four daughters of the last Russian tsar in their own words from diaries and letters.  “One Nation” by Dr. Ben Carson, based on a National Prayer Breakfast talk, offers ideas of what we all can do to save America’s future.  “Hard Choices” is Hilary Rodham Clinton’s memoir about the crises, choices and challenges she faced as Secretary of State.  “The Very Best Painkiller Foods” by Rachael Fontaine is a health guide and cookbook about foods that ease arthritis and joint pain.  “But Enough about You” by Christopher Buckley is a collection of essays on a variety of topics from gardening to travel.  “Deep” by James Nester explores the mysteries and adventures of freedivers.  “The Keillor Reader” is a collection of autobiographical essays by Garrison Keillor.  We also have three new travel books: “Fodor’s Alaska 2014,” “Southwest USA’s Best Trips: 32 Amazing Road Trips” and “The Eastern San Juan Mountains.”

CDs

“China Dolls” by Lisa See is a story of three girls who meet in San Francisco in 1938.  “Mr. Mercedes” by Stephen King is the author’s first detective story.  “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood: Part Two” by Diana Gabaldon is the second chapter of a story about an ex-combat nurse who disappears.  “The Director” by David Ignatius is a suspense story featuring the new director of the CIA. 

DVDs

Both “Homeward Bound II” Disney films are in a new two-movie collection.  “Picnic” is the classic starring Kim Novak and William Holden.  “The Accidental Tourist” is a tender comedy based on Anne Tyler’s bestseller.  “Guns: The Evolution of Firearms” is a seven-part documentary spanning 400 years.  “The Elephant King” is an adventure set in Thailand.  “Batteries Not Included” is a Steven Spielberg family fantasy.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Three” by Sarah Lotz follows four survivors after four passenger planes crash at the same time.  “California Bones” by Greg Van Eekhout sets the stage for a showdown that protects a long-corrupt ragime.  “The Girl With All the Gifts” by M.R. Carey is a thriller about a young girl in a wheelchair who lives in a cell.  “All Day and a Night” by Alafair Burke is the fifth in the Ellie Hatcher suspense series.    “The Fever” by Megan Abbott follows a town facing bizarre illness among its children.  “The Antiquarian” by Gustavo Faveron Patriau is a story of murder and madness in a South American city.

Other new novels

“The Beekeeper’s Ball” by Susan Wiggs is set in a cooking school in Sonoma.  “The Girls at the Kingfisher Club” by Genevieve Valentine follows 12 sisters kept hidden by their father.  “Prince of Fools” by Mark Lawrence is book one of a new fantasy series.  “The Dark between the Stars” by Kevin J. Anderson is the first book in a new sci-fi series.  “Nantucket Sisters” by Nancy Thayer follows two friends who meet on a beach.  “Mamba in Chinatown” by Jean Kwok tells of a young girl who leaves Chinatown to work in a dance studio.  “Everything I Never Told You” by Celeste Ng is about a troubled Chinese American family.  “All Fall Down” by Jennifer Weiner tells of a woman’s slide into prescription pill addiction.

Thanks to our donors

Special thanks to Bob Dungan, who purchased “The Arsenal of Democracy” and “Flash Boys” for the adult nonfiction collection.  For books and materials this week, we thank Bob and Carole Howard, Mark Kimmel, Natalie Kreizinger and Patricia Waters.

Quotable Quote

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.” – Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist, who was president of South Africa from 1994-1999.

Website

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

07/03/2014

Free Summer Reading Program underway now

This year’s free Summer Reading Program is well underway, having started June 2. It will run through July 25, and it’s not too late to sign up and join the fun. You can register online via a link on our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/ or in the library. Summer reading activities are open to everyone from babies to adults.  Also, summer reading participants should mark your calendars for a free all-ages closing party on July 25 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. (after the library closes) that will include award of prizes, refreshments and entertainment by the San Juan Mountain Boys. Detailed summer reading schedules for all ages are available at the library. The events also are being featured every week in this Library News column.

Free candlemaking class

Next Thursday, July 10 at 10:30 a.m. you are invited to learn about candles and leave with your own creation.

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.  There will be no computer class offered on July 9, but Meg will teach “Job Search Basics” on Wednesday, July 16 at 12:30.  Please call to register.

Free adult, teen and kids movies

Every Friday we have three different movies showing: For kids at 10 a.m., for teens at noon, and for adults from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. The contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio.  If you want to know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly activities flyers at the library, check out our website or give us a call at 264-2209.

Thursday Kids’ Zone

“Color Chaos” is this week’s theme today (Thursday, July 3) for first-third graders from 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Free teen fun on Wednesdays

Wednesday, July 9 join us from 3-4:30 p.m. in the small room to learn how to make a cake in a jar.  Stay from 4:30 – 6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons.

Free tween gaming

Every Tuesday from 1:30 – 2:45 we host Tween Gaming for fourth-sixth graders.   The gaming is structured and we play a new game each week.  Snacks provided.

Free teen gaming and crafts

Every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon Card Battles), and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games. Snacks provided.

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“Search the Dark” by Marta Perry is a romantic suspense story set in a small Amish town.  “A Long Time Gone” by Karen White is about a woman who returns to her childhood home in the Mississippi Delta.  “Ghost Ship” by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown features Kurt Austin in the NUMA Files adventure series.  “Mr. Mercedes” by Stephen King is what the author calls his first hard-boiled detective book, the first in a projected trilogy.  “The Corsican Caper” by Peter Mayle features a Russian tycoon determined to get his hands on a coastal estate.  “Any Other Name” by Craig Johnson is the latest in the Longmire mystery series.  “Suspicion” by Joseph Finder starts with a loan to help cover private school tuition.  “Resistant” is a new medical thriller by Michael Palmer.  “The One & Only” by Emily Giffin is set in a small Texas college town dominated by football.

DVDs

“Blood Diamond” starring Leonardo DiCaprio received five Academy Award nominations.  “The Longest Yard” is a sports comedy starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and Burt Reynolds.  “Blue Collar Comedy Tour” is a comedic concert movie.  “Wimbledon” is a romantic comedy featuring two tennis players.  “North Country” is about women who broke the gender barrier laboring in hazardous iron mines and launched the nation’s first class-action sexual harassment suit.

Nonfiction

“We’ll Always Have Paris” by Jennifer Coburn is a mother/daughter memoir of a European trip.   “Prepare to Defend Yourself” by Matthew Minson shows you how to navigate the healthcare system.  “Where Does It Hurt?” by Jonathan Bush outlines the author’s remedy for the sprawling and wasteful healthcare industry.  “Rock Breaks Scissors” by William Poundstone is a guide to outguessing others in everything from multiple-choice tests to the stock market.  “The People vs. Barack Obama” by Ben Shapiro outlines seven criminal counts the author believes to be valid against the Obama administration.  In “Think like A Freak,” Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, authors of “Freakonomics,” offer to retrain your brain.  “Getting Older Better” by Pamela D. Blair provides advice on money, health, creativity, sex, work and retirement.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Silkworm” by Robert Galbraith is the latest in the Cormoran Strike mystery series.  “Top Secret Twenty-One” by Janet Evanovich is the latest in the Stephanie Plum bounty hunter series.  “Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Ascendancy” is a new Jason Bourne novel by Eric Van Lustbader.

Other new novels

“That Summer” by Lauren Willig is the story of a woman who inherits a house in England with a mysterious past.  “Robogenesis” by Daniel H. Wilson is the sequel to the sci-fi book “Robopocalypse.”

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Medora Bass, Lyn Dryburgh, Carmen Ferguson, Bonita Gilbert, Carol Kelley, Steve Merchant and many, many anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“Intolerance of ideas, whether liberal or conservative, is antithetical to individual rights and free societies, and it is no less antithetical to great universities and first-rate scholarship. There is an idea floating around college campuses, including here at Harvard, that scholars should be funded only if their work conforms to a particular view of justice. There’s a word for that idea: censorship. And it is just a modern-day form of McCarthyism.”  — Michael R. Bloomberg, former New York City mayor and majority owner of Bloomberg, L.P., in his commencement address at Harvard.

Website

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

06/26/2014

Stuffed animal sleepover at your library tonight

Tonight (Thursday, June 26) is one of the most fun events of the summer for our younger patrons. It’s the annual stuffed animal sleepover when you bring your stuffed friends to the library at 6 p.m. to enjoy a fun storytime with you and then you leave them behind to spend the night. If you don’t want to leave your friend behind, that’s okay, too. We’ll see what kind of trouble the animals get into this year.  In past years they have done a lot of climbing and getting into places they shouldn’t.  They’ve also been known to make photocopies of their butt.  Sometimes they check out books to themselves.  You never know what will happen until the big night!

Correction to library hours story

Last week’s column said that the library is open until 6 p.m. on Fridays.  The correct time is 5 p.m.  Sorry for any confusion.  To reiterate:  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday hours are 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. to enable our working patrons to drop by on the way home from work.  Thursday we also open at 8:30 a.m. and stay open until 7:30 p.m. for your evening convenience.  Friday the hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Saturday they are 9 – 5 p.m.  Sunday we are closed.   For future reference, you can always find out hours on our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

Summer Reading Program

This year’s free Summer Reading Program started June 2 and runs through July 25.  It’s not too late to sign up and join the fun.  You can register online via a link on our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/ or in the library.  Summer reading activities are open to everyone from babies to adults.  Also, summer reading participants should mark your calendars for a free all-ages closing party on July 25 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. (after the library closes) that will include award of prizes, refreshments and entertainment by the San Juan Mountain Boys.  Detailed summer reading schedules for all ages are available at the library. The events also will be featured every week in this Library News column.

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.  A more formal session requiring registration is iPad Basics on Wednesday, July 2 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. for people who just got an iPad or haven’t used them much.  Students must supply your own iPad.

Free adult, teen and kids movies

Every Friday we have three different movies showing: For kids at 10 a.m., for teens at noon, and for adults from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. The contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio.  If you want to know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly adult activities flyer at the library.

Thursday Kids’ Zone

“Home Sweet Home” is this week’s theme today (Thursday, June 26) for first-third graders from 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Free teen fun on Wednesdays

Wednesday, July 2, join us from 3-4:30 p.m. in the small room for Pokemon Gym Battle.  Stay from 4:30 – 6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons.

Free tween gaming

Every Tuesday from 1:30 – 2:45 we host Tween Gaming for fourth-sixth graders.   The gaming is structured and we play a new game each week.  Snacks provided.

Free teen gaming and crafts

Every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon Card Battles), and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games. Snacks provided.

DVDs

“Chasing Ice” documents Earth’s changing climate.  “Unstoppable” featuring Denzel Washington is a thriller based on true events.  “Giant” is the classic starting Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean.  “Red” is an action film featuring elderly agents who believe they still can do their jobs.  “28 Days Later/28 Weeks Later” are both horror films.  “The Damned United” is based on the true story of one of England’s greatest soccer managers.  “Deliverance” stars Jon Voight and Burt Reynolds.  “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” stars James Stewart and John Wayne.  “Pitch Black” is a sci-fi film.  “The Wake Up Call: Anybody Listening?” and “Crop Circle Update” takes you through crop circles in the U.K.  “The Shift Has Hit the Fan” explores the Earth’s energetic shift.

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“Dead Between the Lines” by Denise Swanson is a Devereaux’s Dime Store mystery.  “The Painter” by Peter Heller is a poignant murder story set in Colorado.  “Massacre Canyon” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a western.  “Notorious” by Allison Brennan is a Max Revere mystery.  “Walking on Water” by Richard Paul Evans is the fifth book in the bestselling Walk series.  “The Collector of Dying Breaths” by M.J. Rose is a suspense story set in Florence in 1533.  “Girl Missing” by Tess Gerritsen is a mystery.  “The Sayers Swindle” by Victoria Abbott is a Book Collector mystery.  “Murder on the Roof” by Kathryn O’Sullivan is a mystery set in the Outer Banks.

CDs

“Walking on Water” by Richard Paul Evans follows a man walking across America after multiple personal losses.  “Chestnut Street” by Maeve Binchy features many characters living in Dublin.  “Unlucky 13” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is the latest in the Women’s Murder Club series.  “The Snow Queen” by Michael Cunningham begins with a vision in Central Park.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Light Gets In” by Louise Penny is the latest in the Schief Inspector Gamache mystery series set in Quebec.  “The Severed Streets” by Paul Cornell features a squad of supernatural crimebusters.

Other new novels

“The Summer Wind” by Mary Alice Monroe is the second story in the Lowcountry Summer trilogy.  “An Independent Wife” by Linda Howard is a romanctic suspense story.  “The Matchmaker” by Erin Hilderbrand is a women’s fiction book set in Nantucket.  “Save the Date” by Mary Kay Andrews features the adventures of a floral designer before a huge wedding.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Barbara Briles, Ron and Cindy Gustafson, Steve Merchant, Ulla Neuburger (St. Croix, V.I.), and Patricia and James Waters.

Quotable Quote

“Many will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.” — Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), longest serving First Lady of the U.S.

Website

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

06/19/2014

Library hours extended at your request

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday hours are now 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. to enable our working patrons to drop by on the way home from work.  Thursday we also open at 8:30 a.m. and stay open until 7:30 p.m. for your evening convenience.  Friday the hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Saturday they are 9 – 5 p.m.  Sunday we are closed. For future reference, you can always find out hours on our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

Summer Reading Program

This year’s free Summer Reading Program started June 2 and runs through July 25.  It’s not too late to sign up and join the fun.  You can register online via a link on our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/ or in the library.  Summer reading activities are open to everyone from babies to adults.  Also, summer reading participants should mark your calendars for a free all-ages closing party on July 25 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. (after the library closes) that will include award of prizes, refreshments and entertainment by the San Juan Mountain Boys.  Detailed summer reading schedules for all ages are available at the library. The events also will be featured every week in this Library News column.

Free intro to hydroponics

Join us today (Thursday, June 19) from 10 a.m. – noon to learn the basics of hydroponic gardening and leave with your first hydroponic window herb garden.

Free Minecraft world competition

Teens in the 7th-12th grades are invited to participate in the Minecraft Creative World Competition on Saturday, June 21 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Come and create the most creative world in Minecraft while you snack on pizza.  Advance registration is required.

Stuffed animal sleepover

Mark your calendars for next Thursday, June 26. It’s the annual stuffed animal sleepover when you bring your stuffed friends to the library to enjoy a fun storytime with you at 6 p.m. and then you leave them behind to spend the night. We’ll see what kind of trouble they get into this year!  If you don’t want to leave your friend behind, that’s okay, too.

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. A more formal session requiring registration is Facebook Basics on Wednesday, June 25 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. where you will learn how to create an account, find friends and set your privacy settings.

Free adult, teen and kids movies

Every Friday wehave three different movies showing: For kids at 10 a.m., for teens at noon, and for adults from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. The contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio.  If you want to know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly adult activities flyer at the library.

Thursday Kids’ Zone

It is cancelled June 19 and will resume June 26.

Free teen fun on Wednesdays

Wednesday, June 25, join us from 3-4:30 p.m in the small room for Minecraft Wall Art.  Stay from 4:30 – 6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons.

Free tween gaming

Every Tuesday from 1:30 – 2:45, we host Tween Gaming for fourth-sixth graders.   The gaming is structured and we play a new game each week.  Snacks provided.

Free teen gaming and crafts

Every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon Card Battles), and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games. Snacks provided.

DVDs

“Snow White and the Huntsman” is a new look at this fairy tale by the producer of “Alice in Wonderland.”  “Fried Green Tomatoes” features Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy.  “Take Back Your Power” explores the “smart” meters controversy. “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross”  explores the evolution of the African American people.  “Inequality for All” features Robert Reich discussing the widening income gap.

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“Far Gone” by Lauren Griffin is a romantic suspense story. “Rough Justice” by Lauren Paine is a western.  “The Scandalous Adventures of the Sister of the Bride” by Victoria Alexander is a historical romance.  “Under a Summer Sky” by Nan Rossiter is a romance set in Cape Cod.

Nonfiction

“8 Ways to Avoid Probate” by Mary Randolph documents ways to skip the probate process and save
your family money.  “Nolo’s Essential Guide to Child Custody & Support” offers advice to divorcing parents.

CDs

“Any Other Name” by Craig Johnson is the latest in the Longmire mystery series.  “The Last Kind Words Saloon” by Larry McMurtry is a fictional telling of the friendship between Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday.  “Ghost Ship” by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown is the latest in the NUMA Files adventure series.  “The Skin Collector” by Jeffery Deaver is the latest in the Lincoln Rhyme thriller series. “A Family Affair” by Fern Michaels is a love story between a dancer and a wealthy foreign prince.  “The Keeper” by John Lescroart is the latest in the Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky mystery series.  “The Collector” by Nora Roberts is a mystery featuring a housesitter.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Directive” by Matthew Quirk focuses on a secret decision coming from the Federal Reserve Bank in New York. “Fourth of July Creek” by Smith Henderson tells of a survivalist father and son in Montana.  “Vertigo 42” by Martha Grimes is the latest in the Richard Jury mystery series.  “The Director” by David Ignatius revolves around hacking of the CIA.  “The Murder Farm” by Andrea Maria Schenkel is based on a true story of a rural murder.
“Those Who Wish Me Dead” by Michael Koryta is a thriller.  “Midnight in Europe” by Alan Furst is an espionage novel set in Europe before World War II.

Other new novels

“China Dolls” by Lisa See follows three girlfriends in San Francisco as World War II looms.  “The Smoke at Dawn” by Jeff Shaara is the third in the author’s Civil War series. “The Hurricane Sisters” by Dorothea Benton Frank features three generations of women in the South Carolina Lowcountry.  “Give It To Me” by Ana Castillo explores the life of a 43-year-old Latina who is recently divorced.         

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Medora Bass, Donna Chipps, Virginia Kyle, Jim Porterfield, Sara Wilson and our anonymous donors.  We also are grateful for a generous donation from summer residents W.C. and Clareve Enmon.

Quotable Quote

“One day as a kid I was hitting balls on the range and it started to rain.  I called my dad to pick me up.  As we were driving away, he saw all the other kids still practicing in the downpour and he said, ‘Annika, in life there are
no shortcuts to success.’ Those words inspired me throughout my 15 years as a pro golfer, and they still do to this day as a mom, businesswoman and philanthropist.” – Annika Sorenstam, Swedish retired professional golfer and Hall of Fame honoree.

Website

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

 

06/12/2014

Help, please! From your library staff

Trouble is, the magazines were decades old, the videos were broken, and the books were torn, dirty and musty
smelling.  The entire lot went straight to the trash. We are very grateful for your donations to our collection.  In fact, donated materials are vital to our ability to serve you well, given the fact that we are a small library with a limited budget.  But donations do not help if we just become a place to dump stuff that you should have put out with the trash yourself.  Sad to say, as the annual summer book sale draws closer we get a lot of donations, too many of them junk. Whether you are a regular donor or anticipate doing some spring cleaning, here are our suggestions for win-win donation practices:

  • Please DO bring in clean, gently worn books, CDs and
    DVDs.  Please plan to wait 5-10
    minutes if you need a receipt for your taxes. It helps save time if you
    bring a list of your donated items.
    Or we will mail a receipt to you.
  • Please DO NOT bring in any VHS tapes or cassettes, or
    any magazine older than one year. Also, don’t leave personal items inside
    of donations or deliver donations after hours.

Here’s a bottom-line test:  If you would not want that item in your living room, den or bedroom, then please do not bring it to the library as a donation. 

Special thanks to LPEA

 The June issue of LPEA’s Colorado Country Life magazine features a lovely photo of Jackie Welch, your library director, accepting $260 worth of new books, a mix of fiction and nonfiction, many by Colorado authors, donated by LPEA to the Sisson Library.

Summer Reading Program

This year’s free Summer Reading Program started June 2 and runs through July 25.  It’s not too late to sign up and join the fun.  You can register online via a link on our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/ or in the library.  Summer reading activities are open to everyone from babies to adults.  Also, summer reading participants should mark your calendars for a free all-ages closing party on July 25 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. (after the library closes) that will include award of prizes, refreshments and entertainment by the San Juan Mountain Boys.  Detailed summer reading schedules for all ages are available at the library. The events also will be featured every week in this Library News column.

Free intro to hydroponics

Join us next Thursday, June 19 from 10 a.m. – noon to learn the basics of hydroponic gardening and leave with your first hydroponic window herb garden.

Free Wise Traditions

Join us for lively discussions and lectures on a variety of topics including dietary needs, agriculture, medical traditions and more on the second Saturday of each month – for June, on the 14th – from 3-4:30 p.m.  In June, learn about raising goats and goat milk production.  All ages welcome.  No registration required.

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. A more formal session requiring registration is Staying Safe Online on Wednesday, June 18 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. where you will learn about strong passwords, phishing, pop-ups and web reliability.

Free adult, teen and kids movies

Every Friday we have three different movies showing: For kids at 10 a.m., for teens at noon, and for adults from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. The contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio.  If you want to know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly activities flyers at the library, or just call us at 264-2209.

Thursday Kids’ Zone

It’s Sense-ational” is this week’s theme today (Thursday, June 12) for first-third graders from 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Free LEGO Club

Kids aged 6-13 are invited to have fun with LEGOs this Saturday, June 14 from 10 – ll:30 a.m.  (Note new time)  Bring your creativity – the LEGOs are provided.

Free teen fun on Wednesdays

Wednesday, June 18, join us from 3-4:30 p.m in the small room for Zombified Hotrods, where you will design your own vehicle to fight with in a zombie apocalypse.  

Free tween gaming

Every Tuesday from 1:30 – 2:45 we host Tween Gaming for fourth-sixth graders.   The gaming is structured and we play a new game each week.  Snacks provided. 

Free teen gaming and crafts

Every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon Card Battles), and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games. Snacks provided. 

Nonfiction

“Colorado Easy & Scenic Hikes” by Dave Miller is a guide to 130 easier hikes in the state.  “The Second Amendment: A Biography” by Michael Waldman looks at the most controversial and misunderstood provision
of the Bill of Rights.  “Birdmen” by historian Lawrence Goldstone explores the rivalry between the Wright Brothers
and Glenn Curtiss.  “The Medicinal Gardening Handbook” by Dede Cummings and Alyssa Holmes is a guide to growing, harvesting and using healing herbs.             

DVDs

“Finding Joe”explores how the hero’s journey is essential in today’s world.  “The Iron Giant” features an enormous robot who comes to Earth.          

CDs

“The Target” by David Baldacci is the latest in the Robie and Reel political suspense series.  “Live to See Tomorrow” by Iris Johansen is about a CIA rescue mission. “The Journey of Souls” by Michael Newton documents case studies about the mystery of life between lives.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Murder at Mullings” by Dorothy Cannell is a Florence Norris mystery.  “The Secret Life of Violet Grant” by Beatriz Williams explores a hushed-over crime of passion.  “The Heiresses” by Sara Shepard is a mystery
involving the family of a jewelry empire. “Skin Game” by Jim Butcher is a Dresden Files urban fantasy.  “The Son” by Jo Nesbo follows an escaped prisoner hunting down people who committed crimes against his father.  “Borderline” by Lawrence Block follows a man trying to escape over the Mexican border. “Hot Lead, Cold Iron” by Ari Armell is a Mick Oberon 1930s PI story. “The Lincoln Myth” by Steve Berry features ex-agent Malone.  “The Bones Beneath” by Mark Billingham is the 12th in the series featuring Det. Insp. Tom Thorne.

Other new novels

“Gray” by Shelley Shepard is a romance set in Amish country.  “The Possibilities” by Kaui Hart Hemmings is the follow-up to “The Descendants” and set in Breckenridge.  “People of the Morning Star” by archeologists W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear is the start of a new series about the North American equivalent of ancient
Rome. “The Last Kind Words Saloon” by Larry McMurtry is a novel of the 19th century cowboy lifestyle.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Shane and Isaiah GilesJoan Jessen, Virginia Kyle, Stephanie Morrow and all of our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’” – Robin Williams, contemporary American actor and comedian.

Website

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