10/22/2015

Fall Lifelong Learning lectures
The second lecture in our six-week free Fall Lifelong Learning series takes place tonight (Thursday, October 22) when Terry Schaaf from the Archuleta County Extension Office will speak on “Food Preservation,” explaining what you need to know to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

The third talk is October 29 by Elizabeth Howey, Jan Santopietro and Lacy Caprea, a Pagosa Springs Medical Center wellness trio who will explain a variety of local options for health improvement including nutritional counseling, classes and free early detection screens.  You also will learn about how you can manage your health online.

The fourth lecture on November 5 features Jonathan Dobson on “The Way of the Tree: Photographs and Stories from an Around-the-World Trip,” a photo montage of several countries that spanned three months. The fifth talk on November 12 showcases Jimbo Buickerood.  He will discuss “The 30-Year Controversy of the Village at Wolf Creek.  The last lecture on November 19 will be from another traveler, Rose Lynn, who will discuss “Barren of Human Rights: Touring North Korea” that will dispel some myths you may have about North Korea.

Pick up the brochure with more details of the speakers and their programs at your library.  The lectures run from 5:30 – 7 p.m.  No advance registration is required.

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 (includes tweens), teens and adults.

Creative pumpkin contest
We will have a limited number of pumpkins available for pickup on Monday, October 26, or you may submit your own decorated pumpkin – carved, painted or decorated as you choose.  Completed pumpkins must be turned in on Friday, October 30 by 3 p.m. with winners announced at 4 p.m.  Five age categories:  preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17 and adult.  One entry per person.

Free PG-13 movie
Tomorrow (Friday, October 23) at 2 p.m. we will show a PG-13 movie.  Our contract does not allow us to identify its title in the media but you can get this information on the activities calendars available at the library.

Free healthy eating session
Join us at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, October 26 for a free healthy eating discussion series that will run from October through December, taught by part-time library staffer Zoe Groulx.  The class, which will cover many of the principles of Weston A. Price, is part of the ALPS program through San Juan Fellowship.

Free Spanish class
Join us at 3 p.m. on Monday, October 26 and 19 for a free beginning Spanish class that will run from October through December, taught by part-time library staffer Zoe Groulx.  You will learn Spanish in a friendly and welcoming environment.  This program is part of the ALPS program through San Juan Fellowship.

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.  Drop in with your technology questions.  A more formal session requiring advance registration covers iPad Basics on Monday, October 26 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  This class is for absolute beginners and students must provide their own registered iPad.

Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.

Free Pokemon card battles
Teens in the fifth-12th grade are invited on Wednesday, October 28 from 4-5 p.m. to join us to battle your friends with your favorite Pokemon cards.  We have a few loaner decks.

Free preschool storytime
Join Miss Leah every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. when preschoolers and their families are invited to enjoy an hour of stories, music and a craft to develop early literacy skills.  Recommended for three- to five-year-olds.

Free baby/toddler time
This is a half hour of stories, songs and fingerplays with Miss Leah for you and your little ones on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m.  Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.

Free programmed Nooks
Reminder:  We have nine Nooks and three 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.

Free downloadable movies
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons 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.  Also, PBS content is now live on the IndieFlix website.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library website.

Nonfiction
“So, Anyway” by John Cheese is a memoir.  “Where I Am” by Billy Graham shares what the Bible says about eternity.  “The End of Memory” by Kay Ingram deals with aging and Alzheimer’s.  “Killing Reagan” is written by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugare.  “Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening” by Peter Burke tells how to grow greens in less than 10 days.  “Better” by Good Morning American anchor Amy Robach tells of her experience with breast cancer.  “Ingredients” by Dwight Eschilman and Steve Ettinger is a visual exploration of 75 additives and 25 food products.  “Sisters in Law” by Linda Hirshman explores the contributions of Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Baden Ginsburg.  “How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness” by Toni Bernhardis based on the author’s own experience.  “Keep Moving and Other Tips and Truths about Aging” by Dick Van Dyke is a memoir.

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“Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert is a how-to on creativity.  “Shadow Play” by Iris Johansen is an Eve Duncan mystery.  “The End Game” by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison is a Brit in the FBI mystery.  “After the Storm” by Linda Castillo is a Kate Buckholder Amish mystery.  “Frontier” by S.K. Salzer is a western.  “Davey’s Daughter” by Linda Byler and “Starlight on Willow Lake” by Susan Wiggs  are romances.  “Obsession Falls” by Christiana Dodd is a romantic suspense.

DVDs
Love Takes Wing” is part of Janette Oke’s Love Comes Softly” series.  “The Admiral: Roaring Currents” is the true story of the greatest naval battle in history.  “Hannibal” stars Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore.  “Dark Shadows” stars Johnny Depp.  “The Black Stallion” is a family film.  “Stealing Home” stars Mark Harmon and Jodie Foster.  “Love’s Unfolding Dream” is the sixth installment based on Janette Oke’s romances.  “The Sixth Sense” stars Bruce Willis.  “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is a Marvel film.  “Dust to Glory” is an action thriller.  “The Fault in our Stars” is a romance.  “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” stars Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Richard Gere.

Thrillers and mysteries
“City on Fire” by Garth Risk Halberg is a 900-page epic about New York in the mid-70s.  “Trigger Mortis” by Anthony Horowitz is a James Bond novel.  “Quick Sand” by Carolyn Baugh starts a new series featuring an Eqyptian-American female detective. “The Man Who Fell from the Sky” by Margaret Coel is part of the Wind River series featuring Vicky Holden and Father John O’Malley.  “Ten Tiny Breaths” by K.A. Tucker follows who sisters escaping tragedy.

Short stories and other novels
“The Best American Short Stories 2015” is collected by T.C. Boyle and Heidi Pitlor.  “Closer to the Heart” by Mercedes Lackey is book two of the Herald Spy fantasy series.  “See Me” is a love story by Nicholas Sparks.  “All the Stars in the Heavens” by Adriana Trigiani is set in Hollywood and based on real people.  “Fates and Furies” by Lauren Groff follows a young couple married in 1991.  “Archmage” by R.A. Salvatore, “A Knight of Seven Kingdoms” by George R. R. Martin and “House of Shattered Wings” by Aliette de Bodard are fantasies.  “Dark Ghost” by Christine Feehan is a Carpathian paranormal romance novel.  “Losing It” by Cora Carmack is a twenty-something novel.  “The Heart Goes Last” by Margaret Atwood is a dystopian story.  “The Secret Chord” by Geraldine Brooks is the story of King David.  “Willow Brook Road” by Sherryl Woods is the latest in the Chesapeake Shores romance series.

Story CDs
“Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-eight Days” by Salman Rushdie is a satirical story set in near-future New York City.  “Nature of the Beast” by Louse Penny is a Chief Inspector Gamache mystery.  “Make Me” by Lee Child is a Jack Reacher adventure.  “Dance of the Bones” by J.A. Jance is a J.P. Beaumont and Brandon Walker mystery.  “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” by David Lagercrantz continues Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander series.”Robert B. Parker’s The Devil Waits” by Reed Farrel Coleman is a mystery.  “Devoted in Death” is a near-future Eve Dallas crime story by J.D. Robb.  “The Taming of the Queen” by Philippas Gregory is an historical novel.  “The Fall of the Princes” by Robert Goolrick tells of Wall Street men with too much money and free time.  “The Conquering Tide” by Ian W. Toll is volume two of the Pacific War trilogy.  “Girl Waits with Gun” by Amy Stewart based on the true story of the first U.S. female crime fighter.

Music CDs
Come in and take a look at the wide variety of music CDs we have available to borrow, thanks to donations from patrons like you.  You’ll find blue grass, classical, jazz, rock and more for your enjoyment.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Madora Bass, Evans-Crawford, Mark Kimmel, Susan Mercer, Scott Rubin, Don Smith, Eileen Anderson, Frank Bergon, Ali Evans-Crawford, Mark Kimmel, Don Porterfield, Bruce Wilke and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“People who love reading are often called bookworms – but that’s the wrong way around.  It’s not you that worms into a book; it’s books that worm into you.” – British novelist and journalist Amanda Craig.

10/08/2015

Wide variety of free activities for all ages at your library
October brings you an amazing variety of free informative and entertaining classes and events for all ages ranging from healthy eating, beginning Spanish, book clubs for adults and tweens, a PG movie, a DIY class on making mustard and mayo, gaming, storytimes, the start of a new fall Lifelong Learning lecture series and much more.  See below for details.

Special note:  There will be no Library News column on October 15, so this column covers library events from October 2 through October 21.

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 (includes tweens), teens and adults.

Save the date for Lifelong Learning
Mark your calendar for the free fall Lifelong Learning series that begins Thursday, October 15 at 5:30 p.m.  Pick up the brochure with details of speakers and programs at your library.

DIY mustard and mayo
Join us Wednesday, October 14 at 2 p.m. to learn how to make your own mustard and mayo. This is the fifth in the monthly adult DIY workshops led by our own Meg Wempe.  Earlier sessions have included making cheese, sushi, terrariums and silk-screen T-shirts.  No registration required.

Free PG-13 movie
Tomorrow (Friday, October 9) at 2 p.m. we will show a PG-13 movie.  Our contract does not allow us to identify its title in the media but you can get this information on the activities calendars available at the library.

Free LEGO club
LEGO Club resumes on October 10 from 10:30-11:45 a.m. for 6-13 year olds. This is a chance for kids to create and build with LEGOs.

Free healthy eating session
Join us at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, October 12 and 19 for a free healthy eating discussion series that will run from October through December, taught by part-time library staffer Zoe Groulx.  The class, which will cover many of the principles of Weston A. Price, is part of the ALPS program through San Juan Fellowship.

Free Spanish class
Join us at 3 p.m. on Monday, October 12 and 19 for a free beginning Spanish class that will run from October through December, taught by part-time library staffer Zoe Groulx.  You will learn Spanish in a friendly and welcoming environment.  This program is part of the ALPS program through San Juan Fellowship.

Free tween book club
If you’re in the fourth-eighth grades, like to read and share what you read with friends, the Bookbuster’s Dare to Read Book Club is for you.  Join us on Wednesday, October 14 from 4-5 p.m. to discuss “Dead End in Norvelt” by Jack Gantos.

Free 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 October 13 we will discuss “In the Woods” by Tana French.  We have extra copies of the book if you need one.

Free teen book swap
Celebrate Teen Read Week with a free book swap at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 15.

Teen advisory group
Join us Thursday, October 15 from 4-5 p.m. for the meeting of the new teen advisory group where we listen to your fun and innovative ideas for programs for the seventh-12th grades.

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.  Drop in with your technology questions.  Note: No Tech Time on Thursday, October 22.  A more formal session requiring advance registration covers Facebook Basics on Monday, October 19 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.

Free gaming for all ages
Friday, October 16 at 2 p.m. is gaming for all ages including Wii, Xbox and 360 Kinect.

Free Otaku and candy sushi
Otaku for fifth-12th graders is Monday, October 19 from 4-5 p.m.  If you are into anime or manga, this class is for you.  We’ll be creating edible sushi from candy.

Free preschool storytime
Join Miss Leah every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. when preschoolers and their families are invited to enjoy an hour of stories, music and a craft to develop early literacy skills.  Recommended for three- to five-year-olds.

Free baby/toddler time
This time is a half hour of stories, songs and fingerplays with Miss Leah for you and your little ones on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m.  Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.

Free programmed Nooks
Reminder:  We have nine Nooks and three 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.

New downloadable 3M titles
We have added six more current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books to our 3M Cloud Library:  “Devoted in Death” by J.D. Robb, “Driving Heat” by Richard Castle, “The Scam” by Janet Evanovich and “The End Game” by Catherine Coulter are mysteries.  “Fates and Furies” by Lauren Groff is a contemporary family life story.  “Make Me” by Lee child is an action adventure.  Access these e-books at our website 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 myriad genres.

Free downloadable movies
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons 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.  Also, PBS content is now live on the IndieFlix website.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library website.

How-to and self-help
“Thirty Million Words” by Dr. Dana Suskind documents how to create a language environment to build your child’s brain with ongoing conversations.  “Resumes for Dummies” shows you how to attract attention through a strong social media profile and protect your online reputation.  “5 @ 55” by Judith D. Grimaldi and Joanne Seminara is a guide to the five most important documents you need by age 55.  “2015/2016 ASVAB” features actual tests, practice sets, flashcards and online practice to help you qualify for the military job you want. “Preserving the Japanese Way” by Nancy Singleton Hashisu explains salting, fermenting and pickling for the modern kitchen.  “Rovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2016” includes a new section on how to sell your antiques.  “Eat Clean Stay Lean” by the editors of Prevention provides 300 whole foods and recipes for health and weight loss.

Other nonfiction
“Pope Francis among the Wolves” by Marco Politi is an inside look at what is happening now at the Vatican. “1944” by Jay Winik takes readers back to the turning points in World War II.  “How the World Moves” by Peter Nabokow documents the lives of a remarkable but unsung Pueblo Indian family living in two worlds.  “The Plain Choice” by Sherry Gore is the true story of a woman who joined the Amish.  “Hawaii 2016” is a Fodor’s Travel guidebook.  “Accused” by Tonya Craft follows an innocent woman trying to save herself from molestation charges.   “Decisions: Life & Death on Wall Street” is a memoir by Janet Tavakoli about the money-driven culture of Wall Street and Washington.  “A War for the Soul of America” by Andrew Hartman examines the emergency of the modern conservative movement.  “Man of Destiny” by historian Alonzo Hamby is a memoir of FDR.  “American Pain” by John Temple tells of a Florida pain clinic making millions selling drugs to addicts.

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“Only a Kiss” by Mary Balogh is a Survivors’ Club historical novel.  “American Meteor” by Norman Lock is a panoramic coming-of-age story taking readers from the Civil War to the Battle of Little Big Horn.  “The Regulator” by Ethan J. Wolfe follows an agent answering only to the president.  “Scalpers” by Ralph Cotton, “The Winter Family” by Clifford Jackman and “The Long High Noon” by Loren D. Estleman are westerns.

DVDs
“Slap Shot” is a sports comedy starring Paul Newman.  “George Wallace” stars Gary Sinise.  “Soul Surfer” is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton.  “The Big Trees” about California’s giant sequoias stars Kirk Douglas.  “Nim’s Island” is a family story set on a deserted island.

Thrillers and mysteries
“Patriot” by Ted Bell is the latest in the Alex Hawke thriller series.  “The Carrier” by Sophie Hannah is a Zailer and Waterhouse mystery. “The Murder House” by James Patterson is a thriller set in the Hamptons.  “Pretty Girls” by Karin Slaughter follows two sisters whose sister died two decades earlier.

Other novels and short stories
“Corridors of the Night” by Anne Perry is the 21st book in the William Monk Victorian England series.  “The O. Henry Prize Stories 2015” is a collection of 20 of the best short stories of the year.

Story CDs
“Deadfall” by Stephen Lodge is a Charley Sunday Texas Outfit story.  “Frontier” by S. K. Salzer and “Preacher’s Slaughter” by William W. and J.A. Johnston are westerns.

Music CDs
Come in and take a look at the wide variety of music CDs we have available to borrow, thanks to donations from patrons like you.  You’ll find blue grass, classical, jazz, rock and more for your enjoyment.

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

Quotable Quote
“The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.” –Barbara Corcoran, American real estate mogul, columnist and TV personality.

10/01/2015

Free High School Equivalency and college prep classes
The adult education programs High School Equivalency (HSE) and college prep orientation takes place today, October 1, from 3 p.m.-7 p.m., with classes beginning next Tuesday, October 6.  Students may join classes any time but going through orientation is preferable.

With a vision toward enhancing literacy and education, your library is the new home site of the county’s free HSE and college prep program. This program will be offering help with preparing for the GED and entering college, vocational tech or trade schooling with assistance in program applications, finding and filling out financial aid.

GED is a series of four tests in language arts, mathematical reasoning, science and social studies that you take if you have not graduated from high school.  If you pass, you have earned a credential that is the equivalent of a high school diploma.

The four official tests are now taken at official test centers in Ignacio or Durango.  The cost is $37.50 a test and scholarship funds are available.   You do not need to take all four tests at the same time.

For more information on this program, contact Mark Wardell, lead instructor, at the library at 264-2208 or under the Adult Education tab on this site.

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 (includes tweens), teens and adults.

Save the date for Lifelong Learning
Mark your calendar for the free fall Lifelong Learning series that begins Thursday, October 15 at 5:30 p.m.  Pick up the brochure with details of speakers and programs at your library.

Free healthy eating session
Join us at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, October 5 for a free healthy eating discussion series that will run from October through December, taught by part-time library staffer Zoe Groulx.  The class, which will cover many of the principles of Weston A. Price, is part of the ALPS program through San Juan Fellowship.

Free Spanish class
Join us at 3 p.m. on Monday, October 5 for a free beginning Spanish class that will run from October through December, taught by part-time library staffer Zoe Groulx.  You will learn Spanish in a friendly and welcoming environment.  This program is part of the ALPS program through San Juan Fellowship.

Free Medicare 101
Area Agency of Aging helps you understand your rights, options, deadlines, possible penalties and where to find the information you need today (Thursday, October 1) from 10:30 – noon at your library.  Call them at 264-0502 to register.

Free karaoke for all ages
Join your friends and family tomorrow (Friday, October 2) from 2-3:15 p.m. for a karaoke session for all ages.  Come to sing; stay to socialize.

Free science fun
Science Madness for fourth-six graders takes place Wednesday, October 7 from 4-5 p.m.  This month you will create a volcano.

Teen advisory group
Join us today (Thursday, October 1) from 4-5 p.m. for the meeting of the new teen advisory group where we listen to your fun and innovative ideas for programs for the seventh-12th grades.

Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.

Free preschool storytime
Join Miss Leah every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. when preschoolers and their families are invited to enjoy an hour of stories, music and a craft to develop early literacy skills.  Recommended for three- to five-year-olds.

Free baby/toddler time
This time is a half hour of stories, songs and fingerplays with Miss Leah for you and your little ones on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m.  Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.

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.  Drop in with your technology questions.  A more formal session requiring advance registration covers iPad Intermediate on Monday, October 5 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  This class will cover organizing apps, creating website bookmarks, sending photos in email and more.

Free programmed Nooks
Reminder:  We have nine Nooks and three 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.

Free downloadable movies
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons 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.  Also, PBS content is now live on the IndieFlix website.  You can access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on our library website.

Nonfiction
“God, Help Me!” by Janice Anderson is the memoir of a woman whose faith was tested after a tragic accident that killed her family.  “The Man Who Wasn’t There” by science journalist Anil Ananthaswamy looks at the latest neuroscience of schizophrenia, autism, Alzheimer’s, out-of-body experiences and more.  “Destiny” by T.D. Jakes offers guidance for you to fulfill your own purpose.  “Joy” by Abigail Santamaria is a biography of the wife of C.S. Lewis.  “Private Offerings” by Ann Bridges is an insider’s look at Silicon Valley.  “Life is Good: The Book” by Bert and John Jacobs reveals simple life lessons from two brothers.  “Staying Sharp” by Drs. Henry Emmons and David Alter provides nine keys to brain health.

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“The Nature of the Beast” by Louise Penny is a Chief Inspector Gamache mystery.  “Long upon the Land” by Margaret Maron is a Deborah Knott mystery.  “Devil’s Bridge” by Linda Fairstein is a mystery in the Mike Chapman series.  “Robert B. Parker’s The Devil Wins” by Reed Farrel Coleman is a Jesse Stone mystery.  “Devoted in Death” by J.D. Robb is the latest in the Eve Dallas series.  “The Solomon Curse” is a Sam and Remi Fargo adventure by Clive Cussler and Russell Blake.  “X” by Sue Grafton is the latest in the Kinsey Millhone mystery series.  “The Scam” by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg is the latest in the Fox-O’Hare thriller series.

DVDs
“MacGyver” is a secret agent action film.  “Orange is the New Black” is season one of the TV series.  “Dirty Dancing” stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.  “200 Classic Cartoons” is a four-disc set.  “The Jerk” is a comedy starring Steve Martin.  “Once” is a film about two musicians.  “Say Anything” is a romance starring John Cusack.  “Cahill: United States Marshall” stars John Wayne.  “The French Connection” stars Gene Hackman.  “Alvin and the Chipmunks: the squeakquel” is a family comedy.  “Daddy Day Care” is a comedy starring Eddie Murphy.  “A Fish Called Wanda” is a romantic comedy.  “Casualties of War” is based on a true story in wartime Vietnam.  “Crocodile Dundee II” stars Paul Hogan.

Thrillers and mysteries
“Driving Heat” by Richard Castle features NYPD’s top homicide detective investigating the murder of her own psychologist.  “Entry Island” by Peter May is a murder mystery set in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and ancient Scotland.  “Dishing the Dirt” by M.C. Beaton is a mystery set in the Cotswolds.

Music CDs
Come in and take a look at the wide variety of music CDs we have available to borrow, thanks to donations from patrons like you.  You’ll find blue grass, classical, jazz, rock and more for your enjoyment.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Diane Bower, Karen Cox, Diane Davis, Bob and Carole Howard, Fran Jenkins, Peter Locke, Marcie Taylor and several anonymous donors.  For their generous monetary donations, we are grateful to Nancy Green and Jill Charbonneau.

Quotable Quote
“Diane Nyad was 64 when she swam from Cuba to Florida…. Tony Bennett is 88, and Lady Gaga is using him to seem relevant…. Wisdom is something you can’t just Google.” – American Bill Maher, comedian, political commentator and TV host.

09/24/2015

Help us celebrate Banned Books Week  
Please join us in celebrating Banned Books Week September 27-October 3.  We agree with the position of the American Library Association, which supports the freedom of everyone to express all opinions and opposes any ban on books based on the objection of a person or group, thus restricting the access of others.

We hope you will come by to look at a special Banned Books display.  As you think of the importance of this week, please consider that the following books – many considered classics – are just a few of the many thousands of books that have been banned at various times:

“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger,  “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck, “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee,  “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker, “Ulysses.” by James Joyce,  “Beloved” by Toni Morrison, “A Farewell to Arms” by Ernest Hemingway,  “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell,  “The Lord of the Flies” by William Golding,  “1984” by George Orwell, “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, “Catch-22” by Joseph Heller, “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley,  “Animal Farm”  by George Orwell,  “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest “ by Ken Kesey,  “For Whom the Bell Tolls” by Ernest Hemingway, “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair, “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien, “Sophie’s Choice” by William Styron, “Brideshead Revisited” by Evelyn Waugh, “The Naked and the Dead” by Norman Mailer, “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway, “As I Lay Dying” by William Faulkner and “The Call of the Wild” by Jack London.

Free Banned Books silk-screening
Adults are invited to make your own silk-screen T-shirt or book bag at 2 p.m. next Wednesday, September 30 while acknowledging Banned Books Week and celebrating your freedom to read.   We will have some shirts, but you also can bring your own so that it’s the size, color and cut that you prefer.  This is the fourth in the series of monthly adult DIY events led by our own Meg Wempe, the first three being making cheese in June, sushi in July and terrariums in August.

Free HSE and college prep
The adult education programs High School Equivalency (HSE) and college prep orientation takes place September 29 from 10:00 am-1 pm, September 30 from 2 pm-5 pm and October 1 from 3 pm-7 pm, with classes beginning Tuesday, October 6 at your library.  The four tests are now taken at official test centers in Ignacio or Durango.  The cost is $37.50 a test and scholarship funds are available.   You do not need to take all four tests at the same time.  For more information, contact Mark Wardell, lead instructor, at the library at 264-2208 or visit the library website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

Free Pokemon card battles
Teens in the fifth-12th grade are invited on Wednesday, September 30 from 4-5 p.m. to join us to battle your friends with your favorite Pokemon cards.  We have a few loaner decks.  Note change of day and time.

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 (includes tweens), teens and adults.

Free family movie
We will have a G-rated movie tomorrow (Friday, September 25) from 2-3:45 p.m. that is suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the movie in the media, but you can pick up an activities calendar at your library to get this information.

Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.

Free preschool storytime
Join Miss Leah every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. when preschoolers and their families are invited to enjoy an hour of stories, music and a craft to develop early literacy skills.  Recommended for three- to five-year-olds.

Free baby/toddler time
This is a half hour of stories, songs and fingerplays with Miss Leah for you and your little ones on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m.  Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.

Free technology classes
Please note: No Tech Time today (Thursday, September 24).  Tech Time resumes Tuesday, September 29.

Free programmed Nooks
Reminder:  We have nine Nooks and three 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.

Free downloadable movies
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons 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.  Also, PBS content is now live on the IndieFlix website.  You can access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on our library website.

Nonfiction
“Geo Power” by Donal Blaise Lloyd describes why ground-source heat pumps are the best choice for heating and cooling.  “Patient’s Playbook” by Leslie D. Michelson advises you how to manage your health and that of your family.

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“If I Could Turn Back Time” by Beth Harbison is a romance.  “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Beth K. Vogt is a Christian romance.  “Someday Home” by Lauraine Snelling is a Christian novel about three women friends.  “Taken” by Lisa Harris is a Christian mystery.

DVDs
“Apollo 13” stars Tom Hanks.  “Golden Eye” stars Pierce Brosnan as James Bond.  “Gangs of New York” earned 10 Academy Award nominations in 2002.  “Sherlock” is a two-disc set with three feature-length Sherlock Holmes adventures.  “Citizenfour” is a real-life thriller about whistle-blower Edward Snowden that won the 2014 documentary Academy Award.  “Footloose” is a musical starring Kevin Bacon.  “The Blues Brothers” stars John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.

Thrillers and mysteries
“Make Me” by Lee Child is the latest in the Jack Reacher series.  In “Dance of the Bones” by J.A. Jance, two of the author’s suspense series characters join forces.  “Darkness The Color of Snow” by Thomas Cobb is a psychological thriller where a young cop becomes the fulcrum of a community’s grief.

Other novels
“The Fall of Princes” by Robert Goolrick follows wealthy Wall Street men with too much money in the 1980s.  “Fear of Dying” by Erica Jong is an irreverent look at what it takes to be a woman in the 21st century.  “Purity” by Jonathan Franzen follows a young lady trying to find the secrets of her origins.

Story CDs
“The Marriage of Opposites” by Alice Hoffman foscuses on a definite, passionate love affair.  “Who Do You Love” by Jennifer Weiner follows two people who met as youngsters in an ER waiting room.  “The Novel of Happiness” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the Isabel Dalhousie mystery series.  “The Bourbon Kinds” by J.R. Ward tells of an upstairs-downstairs love affair.  “Kissinger’s Shadow” by historian Greg Grandin is a look at the diplomat’s continuing influence on how the U.S. views our role in the world.  “Never Die Alone” by Lisa Jackson is a thriller.  “Dragonbane” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is the latest in the Dark-Hunter urban fantasy series.

Music CDs
Come in and take a look at the wide variety of music CDs we have available to borrow, thanks to donations from patrons like you.  You’ll find blue grass, classical, jazz, rock and more for your enjoyment.

Thanks to our donors
We are grateful for a generous donation from Bob and Patty Tillerson, and for memorial donations from Phil and Susan McAdams in memory of Rick Fawley, and from Keith and Sherry Spears in memory of Harvey Kiser.  For books and materials this week, we thank Jeanne Kaiser and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know.  But if you listen, you may learn something new.” – The Dalai Lama.

09/17/2015

Free High School Equivalency and college prep orientation starts Sept. 29
The adult education programs High School Equivalency (HSE) and college prep orientation takes place September 29 from 10:00 am-1 pm, September 30 from 2 pm-5 pm and October 1 from 3 pm-7 pm, with classes beginning Tuesday, October 6.

With a vision toward enhancing literacy and education, your library is the new home site of the county’s free HSE and college prep program. This program will be offering help with preparing for the GED and entering college, vocational tech or trade schooling with assistance in program applications, finding and filling out financial aid.

GED is a series of four tests in language arts, mathematical reasoning, science and social studies that you take if you have not graduated from high school.  If you pass, you have earned a credential that is the equivalent of a high school diploma.

The four official tests are now taken at official test centers in Ignacio or Durango.  The cost is $37.50 a test and scholarship funds are available.   You do not need to take all four tests at the same time.

For more information on this program, contact Mark Wardell, lead instructor, at the library at 264-2208 or visit the library website at pagosalibrary.org.

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 (includes tweens), teens and adults.

Read with a Ranger
This fun program with Ranger Brandon for fourth-sixth graders is next Wednesday, September 23 from 4-5 p.m.  Find out how plants and animals get ready for fall and enjoy nature-themed books and activities.

Teen advisory group
Join us today (Thursday, September 17) from 4-5 p.m. for a meeting of our teen advisory group where we want to listen to your fun and innovative ideas for programs for the seventh-12th grades.

Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.

Free gaming for all ages
Tomorrow (Friday, September 18) enjoy video gaming on the Wii and X-box with your friends and family from 2-3:15 p.m.  Note later time now that school has started.

Free preschool storytime
Join Miss Leah every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. when preschoolers and their families are invited to enjoy an hour of stories, music and a craft to develop early literacy skills.  Recommended for three- to five-year-olds.

Free baby/toddler time resumes
This event is a half hour of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m.  Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.

Cancelled technology classes
Please note: No Tech Time today (Thursday, September 17) or September 22 and 24.

Free programmed Nooks
Reminder:  We have nine Nooks and three 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.

Free downloadable movies
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons 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.  Also, PBS content is now live on the IndieFlix website.  You can access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on our library website.

Nonfiction
“Living Long, Living Passionately” by Karen Casey contains 75 essays outlining a program of meditation and prayer.  “Avenue of Spies” by Alex Kershaw is the true story of an American doctor and his family in the Paris resistance during World War II.  “Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget” by Sarah Hepola is a poignant yet humorous memoir of a recovering alcoholic.

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“Mr. Monk Gets on Board” by Hy Conrad is a mystery based on the USA Network TV series “Monk.”  “Vixen” by Bill Pronzini is a Nameless detective mystery.  “The Water Knife” by Paolo Bacigalupi is a thriller about drought in the Southwest.

Thrillers and mysteries
“The Girl in the Spider’s Web” by David Lagercrantz is a continuation of the thriller series originated by the late Stieg Larsson featuring the girl with the dragon tattoo and her crusading journalist partner.  “Iron Wolf” by Dale Brown is a military thriller pitting an American hero against the Russians as conflict rages in Ukraine.  “The Drafter” by Kim Harrison is the first book in a new Peri Reed Chronicles thriller series set in Detroit in 2030.  “The Lightning Stones” by Jack Du Bruel is a thriller about rare crystals rumored to have been aboard Amelia Earhart’s plane.  “Obsession Falls” by Christina Dodd is a thriller set in Washington State.

Other novels
“Kitchens of the Great Midwest” by J. Ryan Stradal follows a young woman who becomes a famous chef.  “Two Years Five Months and Twenty-Eight Nights” by Salman Rushdie is a near-future novel blending history, mythology and a timeless love story.

Story CDs
“Badlands” by C.J. Box is a mystery set in oil rich North Dakota.  “Alert” by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge is the latest in the Michael Bennett thriller series.  “Silver Linings” by Debbie Macomber is the latest in the Rose Harbor Inn series.  “Deadly Assets” by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV is the latest in the Philadelphia police saga.”Devil’s Bridge” by Linda Fairstein is the 17th Axelandra Cooper thriller.

Music CDs
Come in and take a look at the wide variety of music CDs we have available to borrow, thanks to donations from patrons like you.  You’ll find bluegrass, classical, jazz, rock and more for your enjoyment.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Rick Artis, Cindi Galabota, Gary Weger and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say bout him.”  — Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993), British actress, fashion icon and humanitarian.

09/10/15

Meet Leah, your new youth services librarian
Leah 96    Leah Leger was only a month away from completing her Master of Library and Information Science as an early literacy fellow at the University of Denver when she noticed a posting on the Internet in July for our youth services library position.  Kristine MacNeill was retiring after seven years on the job so Jackie Welch, library director, was looking for someone to staff this vital position.

Leah recalled:  “I read the job description and loved it.  Then I Googled Pagosa and looked at so many beautiful photos and I thought, ‘Oh yes, I can see myself here!’” A visit to Pagosa and our library sealed her decision.

Leah arrives with impressive credentials.  She enjoys working with youth of all ages from infants through teens.  At the University of Denver her focus was children and teen services.  Her course work included materials and services for early childhood, children and teens, as well as infant development.  During her practicum at the Pikes Peak Library District Children’s Department, she was involved in outreach programs for teen mothers and homeless shelters, and helped with a variety of children’s programs.  She also planned and presented early literacy storytimes for little ones up to eight years of age.

In 2009, Leah received a BS in Information and Library Science with a minor in computer science magna cum laude.  Even her part time work involved children and books, as she has been a nanny, a bookseller at Barnes and Noble and a volunteer at a school library.  “I am planning some exciting programs for children of all ages, with an emphasis on early literary,” she said.  “I want every youngster to experience the truth that learning is fun.”

“Leah impressed us right away with her enthusiasm and passion for children’s librarianship,” Jackie said.  “We are delighted she chose to come to Pagosa.”

Leah started work on September 1, so please stop by to welcome her to Pagosa.  Preschoolers and their families will meet her officially on Wednesday, September 16 from 10 – 11 a.m. at her first Preschool Storytime.  “I’m so happy to be here and look forward to meeting everybody,” she said.

Save the date for free HSE and college prep
The adult education programs High School Equivalency (HSE) and college prep orientation takes place September 29 from 10:00 am-1 pm, September 30 from 2 pm-5 pm and October 1 from 3 pm-7 pm, with classes beginning Tuesday, October 6 at your library.  The four tests are now taken at official test centers in Ignacio or Durango.  The cost is $37.50 a test and scholarship funds are available.   You do not need to take all four tests at the same time.  For more information, contact Mark Wardell, lead instructor, at the library at 264-2208 or visit pagosalibrary.org.  Also, watch for a more detailed article in next week’s Library News.

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 (includes tweens), teens and adults.

Free karaoke for all ages
Everyone is invited to join us tomorrow (Friday, September 11) at 2 p.m. for musical fun for all ages.  Come to sing and stay to socialize.  Note new time now that school has started.

Teen advisory group
Join us today next Thursday, September 17 from 4-5 p.m. for a meeting of our teen advisory group where we want to listen to your fun and innovative ideas for programs for the seventh-12th grades.

Free teen gaming
Teen gaming normally happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades—but please note that there will be no session September 15.

Free preschool storytime resumes
Join Miss Leah every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. starting September 16 when preschoolers and their families are invited to enjoy an hour of stories, music and a craft to develop early literacy skills.  Recommended for three- to five-year-olds.

Free baby/toddler time
This time is a half hour of playtime and socialization for you and your little ones on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m. Come meet other children and parents — we’ll pull out games for all to share.  Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.

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.  Drop in with your technology questions.  A more formal session requiring advance registration covers Excel Basics on Monday, September 14 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Note: No Tech Time next Thursday, September 17, 22 or 24.

Free programmed Nooks
Reminder:  We have nine Nooks and three 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.

Free downloadable movies
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons 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.  Also, PBS content is now live on the IndieFlix website.  You can access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on our library website.

Nonfiction
“Microshelters” by Derek Diedricksen shows you how to build creative cabins, tiny houses, tree houses and other small structures.  “One Thousand Wells” by Jena Lee Nardella describes how the author created a nonprofit that provided safe and clean water to 11 countries in Africa, overcoming harsh realities.  “The Conservative Heart” by Arthur C. Brooks offers a new vision for conservatism as a movement for happiness, unity and social justice.  “$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America” by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer  explores income inequality and shows how the desperately poor live in our country.

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“Brush Back” by Sara Paretsky is a V.I. Warshawski mystery.  “We Never Asked for Wings” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh follows a single-mother Mexican family living in San Francisco.  “Lord of the Wings” by Donna Andrews is a Meg Langslow mystery.  “The Last Time I Saw Her” by Karen Robards is a Charlotte Stone profiler mystery.

Thrillers and mysteries
“Keeper’s Reach” by Carla Neggers is a Sharpe and Donovan FBI mystery.  “Margaret Truman’s Internship in Murder” by Donald Bain is a Capital Crimes murder.  “Hostage Taker” by Stefanie Pintoff is a thriller that starts with a hostage taking in St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  “The Darling Dahlias and the Eleven O’Clock Lady” by Susan Wittig Albert is a garden club mystery set in a small Southern town in 1934.  “Undercover” by Danielle Steel features an undercover DEA agent.

Other novels
“The Taming of the Queen” by Philippa Gregory is an historical novel about Henry VIII’s wife Kateryn.  “Secondhand Souls” by Christopher Moore is an urban fantasy set in San Francisco.

Music CDs
Come in and take a look at the wide variety of music CDs we have available to borrow, thanks to donations from patrons like you.  You’ll find blue grass, classical, jazz, rock and more for your enjoyment.

 Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Mike Dacus, Jeanne Kaiser, Don Smith and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Many of the Founding Fathers were just kids on July 4, 1776.  Hamilton was 21 and Madison was 25.  Ben Franklin at age 70 was the wise and thrifty elder.” – AARP The Magazine.

09/03/2015

Your library changes with technology to provide up-to-date services for all ages
What’s in a name?  Some people call it The Library.  Or they call it Our Library.  Some call it The Pagosa Library – but that’s not entirely accurate, as it serves all of Archuleta County.  The name on the sign out front is Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library.  The official name for tax purposes is the Upper San Juan Library District.

Regardless of what name you choose, your library is a center of learning and life-long education, a resource for everyone in the county from babies to seniors, students to retirees – and for visitors as well.  It also is a fun place to go for special programs.  And, library director Jackie Welch points out, it has changed with the times.

“Technology advances have affected every aspect of library service,” Jackie said.  “We now consider the physical library an ‘information commons’ with books, DVDs, databases and computers sharing the same space – a reminder to us all that valuable information comes in many forms.”

Your library debuted in 1896 with the personal collection of local attorney Frank Spickard.  He made his books available to a young ladies’ literary club whose members loved reading.  Meanwhile, a few years earlier a wealthy Methodist had died in New York, and his estate donated 48 books to be used as a library in Pagosa Springs.  On February 22, 1907, the collections merged and the Pagosa Springs Public Library opened in the basement of the Methodist Church.

At first the library was run by women volunteers.  Then in February of 1910, the Woman’s Civic Club was formed.  Its members – again, all volunteers – took over operation of the library, which by then had a collection of 202 books.  From 1910 until 1960, the Civic Club ran the library which, after residing in the church, moved to a log cabin and then to the town hall on the river.  In 1960, Civic Club members helped pay for a new town hall on the corner of Highway 160 and Lewis Street.  In 1966, Archuleta County took over the library.  But it became a “line item” in the county budget, receiving minimal financial support.

It remained the goal of the Civic Club to provide a permanent home for the library.  In 1963, the Friends of the Library formed to involve others with fundraising for a permanent facility.  It was not until l983 that Lenore Bright was hired as our first full-time librarian.  In 1985, the Upper San Juan Library District was formed to give the library a stable 1.5 mill levy funding base.

On February 7, 1989 the library opened debt-free on its current site, thanks to the Civic Club and Friends of the Library jointly raising more than $700,000 and Robert Lindner’s donation of the property.  At Lindner’s request, it was named the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library after a long-time supporter who was a member of the library’s first Friends group and also a generous contributor.

In 2005 the library completed a $600,000 expansion, entirely paid for with grants and individual donations saved over many years.  Not a penny of increased local tax dollars went toward the new building, one of only a few libraries in Colorado to accomplish such a feat.

“All our books, programs and other materials are available free of charge to anyone with a library card,” said Jackie.  “And don’t forget that a library card is free as well!”

Of course, everyone knows books are available at a library – in print or digital, as audio books on CDs, or in large-type editions.  Less well known is the fact that hundreds of magazines and newspapers are available in print or digitally, as are DVD movies and documentaries, music CDs and interlibrary loans.  There also are services for people with special needs, such as a machine that enlarges print material for those with eyesight problems and special books on tape for the disabled. As well, the library’s computers offer state-of-the-art computer services with filtering to ensure safe internet access. Additionally, the library hosts a variety of programs for all ages from the Preschool Storytime and Summer Reading Program to the Lifelong Learning lectures and the annual Friends of the Library book sale.

“We hope readers of this article who haven’t come by the library lately will visit us to see what we have available for you,” Jackie said. “Our goal is to have everyone in Archuleta County consider the library a valuable resource for yourselves and your families.  We want everyone to be aware of the many benefits of being a library card-holder, because we offer a wealth of free education and entertainment at your convenience.”

Labor Day closing
Your library will be closed September 7 for Labor Day.

Free book club
If you’re in the fourth-eighth grades, like to read and share what you read with friends, the Bookbuster’s Dare to Read Book Club is for you.  Please join us on Wednesday, September 9 from 4-5 p.m. we’ll be discussing “Surviving the Applewhites” by Stephanie Tolan.

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 (includes tweens), teens and adults.

Teen advisory group
Join us today (Thursday, September 3) from 4-5 p.m. for a meeting of our teen advisory group where we want to listen to your fun and innovative ideas for programs for the seventh-12th grades.

Free movie Fridays
Join us tomorrow, September 4, at two pm for popcorn and a PG movie suitable for all ages.   Our contract does not allow us to identify the movies in the media, but you can pick up the activities calendars in the library with the film names and their ratings (PG or PG-13).

Free teen gaming
Join us Tuesday, September 8 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.  Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games.

Free baby/toddler time
This time is a half hour of playtime and socialization for you and your little ones on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m. Come meet other children and parents — we’ll pull out games for all to share.  Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.

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.  Drop in with your technology questions.

Free programmed Nooks
Reminder:  We have nine Nooks and three 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.

Free downloadable movies
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons 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.  Also, PBS content is now live on the IndieFlix website.  You can access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on our library website.

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“Hope Harbor” by Irene Hannon is a Christian romance.  “Murder at Beechwood” by Alyssa Maxwell is a Gilded Newport mystery.  “The Tusk that Did the Damage” by Tania James is an O Magazine “Top Ten Books to Read Now.”  “Dexter is Dead” by Jeff Lindsay is the last in the Dexter Morgan thriller series.  “The Sweetness of Honey” by Alison Kent id a Hope Springs romance.

DVDs
“Coming to America” and “Trading Places” is a comedy double-feature.  “The Dark Knight Rises” is the conclusion of the epic trilogy.  “The Breakfast Club” is a comedy.  “Gandhi” stars Sir Ben Kingsley.  “Mad Max” stars Mel Gibson.  “Alvin the Chipmunks” is a family animated film.  “Goldfinger” is part of the James Bond 007 series.  “House of Cards” is the complete third season.

Music CDs
Come in and take a look at the wide variety of music CDs we have available to borrow, thanks to donations from patrons like you.  You’ll find blue grass, classical, jazz, rock and more for your enjoyment.

 Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Sara Brinton, Cyndi DeBoer, Cindy Galabota, Bob and Carole Howard, Veronica Johnson, Karen Jones, Sara Wilson and our many anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“The best way to know your faults is to notice which ones you accuse others of.” – James Richardson, contemporary American poet, critic and professor at Princeton University.

08/27/2015

Local authors publish book on Capitol Reef area
In 2012 my husband and I visited the Capitol Reef area in Utah, a site so remote that we were told the nearest traffic light is 78 miles away.  The views were spectacular – massive domes, soaring spires, graceful arches, box canyons, sandstone cliffs and natural bridges under the vast blue desert sky.

But this remoteness can be intimidating and overwhelming.  Therein lies the value of an informative new book by local authors Rick and Lynne Stinchfield titled, “Beyond Capitol Reef: South-Central Utah: A Hiking and Touring Guide to the Area Surrounding the Capitol Reef National Park.”

The Stinchfields’ recommendations are detailed because they know the area so well.  They have volunteered at the park for six weeks every spring and fall for the past 12 years, exploring not only the park but also several thousand square miles of the public land that surrounds it.  In this guide, they describe the extremes of the area – from short, easy hikes to longer day trips and overnight treks; scenic drives on paved highways to backcountry excursions requiring rugged 4WD vehicles.  You also will learn about the natural history of the region, with an emphasis on geology that takes advantage of Rick’s training as a geologist.  The book is organized by region and cross-indexed by activity.

This is Rick’s second book on the area, the first being “Capitol Reef National Park,” published in 2010.   “Lynne should have been co-author of the first book as well as this one,” he mused.  Rick is the writer in the partnership but Lynne plans the itineraries and takes all the field notes. In both books, Rick’s stunning photographs add greatly to the text.

The Stinchfields donated both books to the library for your reading and traveling enjoyment.  You can purchase your own copies at amazon.com.  To take advantage of their expertise without going so far away, watch for news of their annual Forest Service local hikes – a geology hike in early June and a hike at the Provancher Ranch along the Blanco River in early July.

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 (includes tweens), teens and adults.

New teen advisory group
Join us next Thursday, September 3 from 4-5 p.m. for a meeting of a new teen advisory group where we want to listen to your fun and innovative ideas for programs for the seventh-12th grades.

Free movie Fridays
Join us tomorrow, August 28 at noon for popcorn and a PG movie suitable for teens and kids.   Our contract does not allow us to identify the movies in the media, but you can pick up the activities calendars in the library with the film names and their ratings (PG or PG-13).

Free teen gaming
Join us Tuesday, September 1 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.  Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games.

Free baby/toddler time
This time is a half hour of playtime and socialization for you and your little ones on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m. Come meet other children and parents — we’ll pull out games for all to share.  Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.

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.  Drop in with your technology questions.  A more formal session requiring advance registration covers Android 101 on Monday, August 31 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  You are encouraged to bring your own device for hands-on learning.

Free programmed Nooks
Reminder:  We have nine Nooks and three 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.

Free downloadable movies
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons 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.  Also, PBS content is now live on the IndieFlix website.  You can access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on our library website.

Nonfiction
“The Billion Dollar Spy” by Pulitzer Prize winner David E. Hoffman explores the spy the U.S. had in Moscow in the last years of the Cold War.  “Between the World and  Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates is a letter to the author’s son about key issues like American history and ideals and the relationship of father and sons.

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“Sweet Tea and Secrets” by Nancy Naigle is an Adams Grove romance.  “One Way or Another” by Elizabeth Adler is a romantic suspense story.  “The Mountain Story” by Lori Lansens tells of four strangers lost on a mountain together.  “The Naked Eye” by Iris and Roy Johansen is a Kendra Michaels thriller.  “Badlands” is a western by C.J. Box.  “Naked Greed” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “Deadly Assets” by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV is a Badge of Honor mystery.

DVDs
“The Dark Knight” stars Christian Bale.  “Insurgent” is the second adventure in the Divergent young adult sci-fi trilogy.

Thrillers and mysteries
“Long upon the Land” by Margaret Maron is a Deborah Knott mystery.  “The Murderer’s Daughter” by Jonathan Kellerman is a stand-alone psychological thriller.

Other novels
“Who Do You Love” by Jennifer Weiner tells of a series of lifetime meetrings of two children who met in the ER.  “Silver Linings” by Debbie Macomber is the latest in the Series Cove series.  “Friction” by Sandra Brown is about a Texas Ranger who wants custody of his daughter.  “Last Bus to Wisdom” by Ivan Doig follows a young boy and his uncle escaping a tyrannical woman.

Story CDs
“The Woman Who Stole My Life” by Marian Keyes is a comedic story.  “Scents and Sensibility” by Spencer Quinn is a Cher and Bernie mystery.  “Half a War” by Joe Abercrombie is the third in the Shattered Sea fantasy trilogy.

Music CDs
Come in and take a look at the wide variety of music CDs we have available to borrow, thanks to donations from patrons like you.  You’ll find blue grass, classical, jazz, rock and more for your enjoyment.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Diane Bower, Greg Giles and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Do everything you ask of those you command.” – George S. Patton (1885-1945), U.S. Army general and military leader.

08/20/2015

Free do-it-yourself adult terrarium event next Wednesday
Please join us next Wednesday, August 26 at 4 p.m. to learn how to make your own terrarium for work or home.  Advance registration is required for this free event so we know how many supplies we need to purchase.

This workshop is the third in the series of monthly adult DIY events led by our own Meg Wempe, the first two being making cheese in June and making sushi in July.

Annual book sale this weekend
Please join us for the Friends of the Library’s annual book sale tomorrow (Friday, August 21) and Saturday, August 22.  Tomorrow’s event from 5-8 p.m. is for members of The Friends, who will enjoy a potluck, short meeting and first access to the sale items; and then Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. is for the general public.  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.  The two-day event takes place at the Centerpoint Church, 2750 Cornerstone Drive in the Aspen Village Center south of Hwy 160, behind the Boulder Coffee Cafe.  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.

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 (includes tweens), teens and adults.

New teen advisory group
Join us today (Thursday, August 20) from 4 – 5 p.m. for the second meeting of a new teen advisory group where we want to listen to your fun and innovative ideas for programs for the seventh-12th grades.

Free Pokemon card battles
Teens in the fifth-12th grade are invited on Monday, August 24 from 2-3:30 p.m. to join us to battle your friends with your favorite Pokemon cards.  We have a few loaner decks.

Free movie Fridays
Join us tomorrow, August 21 at noon for popcorn and a PG movie suitable for teens and kids.   Our contract does not allow us to identify the movies in the media, but you can pick up the activities calendars in the library with the film names and their ratings (PG or PG-13).

Free teen gaming
Join us Tuesday, August 25 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for fun for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.  Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games.

Free baby/toddler time
This time is a half hour of playtime and socialization for you and your little ones on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m. Come meet other children and parents — we’ll pull out games for all to share.  Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.

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.  Drop in with your technology questions.  A more formal session requiring advance registration covers iPad Intermediate on Monday, August 24 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  You must provide your own registered iPad.

Free programmed Nooks
Reminder:  We have nine Nooks and three 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.

Free downloadable movies
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons 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.  Also, PBS content is now live on the IndieFlix website.  You can access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on our library website.

Free downloadable books
We have added seven more current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books to our 3M Cloud Library.  They are “Among the Ten Thousand Things,” a coming-of-age novel by Julia Pierpont; “Armada,” a thriller by Steven Wilson; “The Little Paris Bookshop,” a psychological story by Nina George; “The Novel Habits of Happiness,” a contemporary British story by Alexander McCall Smith; and three crime stories: “Nemesis” by Catherine Coulter, “Speaking in Bones” by Kathy Reichs and “The Cartel” by Don Winslow.  Access these e-books at our website 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.

Nonfiction
“A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety” is a new memoir by former President Jimmy Carter.  “The ADHD Advantage” by psychiatrist Dale Archer offers an inspiring new way to view your or a loved one’s diagnosis.  “Death in Florence” by Paul Strathern is an historical look at the rivalry between the ruling Medicis and a religious fanatic in the 15th century.  “The Born Frees” by Kimberly Burge explores members of a young women’s writing group in post-apartheid South Africa.  “Modern Romance” by comedian Aziz Ansari looks at the changed culture of finding romance today.

Large print
“Borrowed Crime” and “Lending a Paw” by Laurie Cass are Bookmobile Cat mysteries.  “The Color of Justice” by Ace Collins and “Men of Valor” by Irene Hannon are Christian mysteries.  “A Beauty So Rare” by Tamera Alexander is a Belmont Mansion Christian novel.  “Plain Killing” by Emma Miller is an Amish mystery.  “The Long and Faraway Gone” by Lou Berney is a mystery set in Oklahoma City.

DVDs
Dreamworks’ “Home” is an animated comedy.  “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” contains several special features.  “Failure to Launch” is a romantic comedy.  “Racing Hearts” is a love story.  “Breaking Bad” is the complete fourth season.

Thrillers and mysteries
“Lord of the Wings” by Donna Andrews is the latest in the comedy mystery series featuring Meg Langslow.  “Devil’s Bridge” by Linda Fairstein is the 17th in the Alexander Cooper thriller series.

Other novels
“Wishes for Christmas” by Fern Michaels features the heroines from her Sisterhood and Godmothers series.  “The Sword of the South” by David Weber begins a new epic fantasy series.  “Dragonbane” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is the latest in the Dark Hunter series.  “The Dark Forest” by Cixin Liu is the second in the sci-fi trilogy by this Chinese author, translated by Joel Martinsen.

Story CDs
“Naked Greed” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “The Melody Lingers On” by Mary Higgins Clark follows characters involved in a Ponzi scheme.  “Truth or Die” by James Patterson and Howard Roughan features an attorney investigating the death of his journalist girlfriend.  “Code of Conduct” by Brad Thor is a thriller in the Scot Havath series.  “Wicked Charms” by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton is a mystery.  “Tom Clancy Under Fire” by Grant Blackwood is the latest in the Jack Ryan Jr. series.  “The English Spy” by Daniel Silva is the latest in the Gabriel Allon mystery series.  “The Insider Threat” by Brad Thor is a Pike Logan thriller.

Music CDs
Come in and take a look at the wide variety of music CDs we have available to borrow, thanks to donations from patrons like you.  You’ll find blue grass, classical, jazz, rock and more for your enjoyment.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank John Costa, Diane Davis, Mike Dacus, Cindy Galabota, Sue Ellen Haning, Lisa Kelly and many, many anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Our lives begin to ebb the day we become silent about the things that matter.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), American Baptist minister and leader of the African-American civil rights movement.

08/13/2015

Plan to attend Friends of the Library book sale Aug. 21-22
The Friends of the Library’s annual book sale takes place August 21 and 22.  This event 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.

The two-day event takes place at the Centerpoint Church, 2750 Cornerstone Drive in the Aspen Village Center south of Hwy 160, behind the Boulder Coffee Cafe.  It opens Friday, August 21 with the Friends of the Library’s very short annual meeting, a potluck supper and the preview sale from 5 – 8 p.m.    The sale opens to the public on Saturday, August 16 from 9 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.

Proceeds from past book sales have financed the digitization of more than 100 years of The Pagosa SUN newspaper, provided support for our Summer Reading Programs every year,  as well as purchased new shelving, furniture, and computers for public use at the 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 (includes tweens), teens and adults.

Free book club
If you’re in the fourth-eighth grades, like to read and share what you read with friends, the Bookbuster’s Dare to Read Book Club is for you.  Please join us on Monday, August 17 from 2-3 p.m. We’ll be discussing “Redwall” by Brian Jacques.

New teen advisory group
Join us next Thursday, August 20 from 4 – 5 p.m. for the second meeting of a new teen advisory group where we want to listen to your fun and innovative ideas for programs for the seventh-12th grades.

Free movie Fridays
Join us tomorrow, August 14 at noon for popcorn and a PG-13 movie suitable for teens.   Our contract does not allow us to identify the movies in the media, but you can pick up the activities calendars in the library with the film names and their ratings (PG or PG-13).

Free teen gaming
Join us Tuesday, August 18 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for fun for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.  Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games.

Free baby/toddler time
This time is a half hour of playtime and socialization for you and your little ones on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m. Come meet other children and parents — we’ll pull out games for all to share.  Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.

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.  Drop in with your technology questions.  A more formal session requiring advance registration covers iPad Basics for absolute beginners on Monday, August 17 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  You must provide your own registered iPad.

Free programmed Nooks
Reminder:  We have nine Nooks and three 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.

Free downloadable movies
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons 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.  Also, PBS content is now live on the IndieFlix website where you will find programs such as “Mister Rogers & Me,” “The Day Carl Sandburg Died,” “The Science of Healing,” “Saving the Ocean,” “Forgotten Ellis Island,” “Ken Burns’ The Address” and “Kind Hearted Woman.”  You can access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on our library website.

Nonfiction
“8 Keys to Practicing Mindfulness” by Mischke Reeds provides exercises to sharpen your awareness.  “The General and the Genius” by James Kunetka explores the coloration behind the Manhattan Project.  “Bobby Kennedy versus Jimmy Hoffa” by James Neff reveals the story behind their conflict.  “Called for Life” by Kent and Amber Brantly follows the American who caught Ebola.  “Do-it-Yourself Herbal Medicine” offers more than 200 recipes for face, hair, body and skin care.  “Freeform Wire Art Jewelry” by Gayle Bird explains techniques for designing with wire, beads and gems.  “The Woodland Homestead” shows you how to make your land more productive so you can live more self-sufficiently in the woods.  “Bald is Better with Earrings” by Andrea Hutton is a survivor’s guide to getting through breast cancer.  “Rewire” by Richard O’Connor helps you break bad habits, overcome addictions and conquer self-destructive behavior.

Large print
“Twice in a Lifetime” by Dorothy Garlock is a romance.  “Wildfire in his Arms” by Johanna Lindsey is a western.  “The Insider Threat” by Brad Taylor is a Pike Logan thriller.  “Summer Secrets” by Jane Green tells of the aftermath of a shocking family secret revealed.  “Only a Promise” by Mary Balogh is a Survivors’ Club novel.  “Code of Conduct” by Brad Thor features counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath.  “The Other Typist” by Suzanne Rindell tells of two typists in a NYPD typing pool.  “The Alpine Zen” by Mary Daheim is an Emma Lord mystery.  “Ever After” by Jude Deveraux is a Nantucket Brides novel.  “Best Friends Forever” by Jennifer Weiner follows the ups and downs of two young girls’ friendship.

Thrillers and mysteries
“Perfect Touch” by Elizabeth Lowell is a romantic thriller.  “Rubbernecker” by Belinda Bauer is a thriller featuring a medical student.  “Silent Creed” by Alex Kava is the second in the series featuring Ryder Creed and his K9 search and rescue dogs.  “Alert” by James Patterson is the latest in the Michael Bennett thriller series.

Other novels
“The Novel Habits of Happiness” by Alexander McCall Smith is an Isabel Dalhousie novel.  “Bell Weather” by Dennis Mahoney is a fantasy.  “Time Stranger” by Wesley Chu is a time-travel adventure.  “Circling the Sun” by Paula McLain is a novel about Beryl Markham, set in 1920s Kenya.  “The Bourbon Kings” by J.R. Wardis the start of a new series about a dynastic Southern family.

Story CDs
“Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee is the sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird,” although it was written first and only recently discovered among the author’s possessions.  “The Naked Eye” by Iris and Roy Johansen is a serial killer thriller.  “Ever After” by Jude Deveraux is a love story set on Nantucket.

Music CDs
Come in and take a look at the wide variety of music CDs we have available to borrow, thanks to donations from patrons like you.  You’ll find blue grass, classical, jazz, rock and more for your enjoyment.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Diane Davis, Julie Fox, Lorna Fox, Shane Gage, April Holthaus, Mark Johnson, Linda Pennell, Sara Wilson and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“The historian will tell you what happened.  The novelist will tell you what it felt like.” – Award-winning American novelist and editor E.L. Doctorow, who died July 21 at age 84.