08/06/2015

Bake Off fun for all ages next Wednesday
Baking enthusiasts of all ages – kids, tweens, teens and adults – are invited to a free Bake Off session next Wednesday, August 12 from 2-3:30 p.m.

Participants will have fun designing the most efficient pizza box oven that uses solar energy and can cook a deluxe creation in the least amount of time. The necessary items will be supplied. 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.

New teen advisory group

Join us today (Thursday, August 6) from 4-5 p.m. for the first 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. The second meeting is set for Thursday, August 20 from 4-5 p.m.

Annual Book Sale

Save the date for the Annual Book Sale – Friday, August 21 from 5-8 p.m. for members of The Friends, who enjoy a potluck, short meeting and first access to the sale items; and then Saturday, August 22 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. for the general public.

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 11 we will discuss “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern. If you need a copy, please contact Meg Wempe. No registration required.

Free Otaku Club

Otaku Club for teens who admire Japanese culture and crafts like anime and manga takes place Monday, August 10 from 2 – 3 p.m. Characters welcomed. Snacks provided.

Free movie Fridays

Join us tomorrow, August 7 at noon for popcorn and a 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 name and its rating. (PG or PG-13).

Free LEGO Club

LEGO Club for kids aged 6-13 meets Saturday, August 8 from 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Bring your creativity – the LEGOs are provided.

Free teen gaming

Join us Tuesday, August 11 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 blogs and websites on Monday, August 10 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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.

DVDs

“Breaking Bad” is the complete third season. “Astral City: A Spiritual Journey” is based on the novel “Nosso Lar” (Our Home). “Naked in Ashes” is set in India. “Undefeated” is a sports movie that won the 2011 Academy Award for best documentary. “Los Lonely Boys Texican Style” is a live concert from Austin. “Three Mo’ Tenors” is the PBS broadcast. “The Sword in the Stone” is the Disney film. “The Three Musketeers” and “The Four Musketeers” is a two-DVD set. “The Last of His Tribe” tells of the final survivor of the Yahi tribe. “Get Smart” is the complete first season. “The Golden Age of Musicals” contains 10 movies.

Thrillers and mysteries

“Speaking in Bones” by Kathy Reichs is the latest in the Temperance Brennan series. “The Tournament” by Matthew Reilly starts with a worldwide chess tournament in 1546. “The Redeemers” by Ace Atkins is the latest in the author’s Deep South series. “The Forgotten” by Heather Graham is the latest in this paranormal investigators series. “The Other Son” by Alexander Soderberg is the second in the trilogy focusing on a family crime syndicate. “Nemesis” by Catherine Coulter is the latest in the FBI Sherlock/Savich thriller series. “Tom Clancy Under Fire” by Grant Blackwood is the latest in the Jack Ryan Jr. series.

Other novels

“Ever After” by Jude Deveraux is the third book in the Nantucket Brides trilogy. “The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus” by Terry Goodkind is a fantasy set centuries before the author’s Sword of Truth series. “Pretty Baby” by Mary Kubica begins when a woman brings a teenager and her baby home. “Thrill Me” by Susan Mallery is a romance.

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, Byrd Kirkpatrick, Bamma Laizure, Walt and Kim Moore, Jim and Joan Reynolds, Jeff Versaw and our many anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“I’m not young enough to know everything.” – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Irish author, playwright and poet.

 

07/30/2015

Summer Reading party and Read with a Ranger

This year’s free Summer Reading Program will come to a close tomorrow (Friday, July 31) when all registered participants are invited to the closing celebration party at 5:30 p.m. that includes free food, fun, music and prizes. No advance reservations are required,

This summer we have had 51 adult participants, 41 teens, and 140 children and tweens 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 children/tween prize is a bike and helmet package from The Hub Bike Shop.  The teen prize is a river rafting adventure for two from Wilderness Journeys. The adult grand prize is a choice of either a river rafting adventure for two or a scenic 4×4 jeep tour for two. In addition, two other adult winners will win a $25 donation to the charity of their choice.

The RetroCats band will perform during the event. We will have fun crafts, snacks, general merriment and, of course, the drawing for the grand prizes at 6:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, this summer’s final free Read with a Ranger program takes place on Tuesday, August 4 from 2-3:30 p.m. Kids entering the second through fifth grades are invited to join Ranger Brandon as he read nature-themed books and provides interactive activities, crafts and a whole lot of fun. Parents or caregivers are not required to attend. No advance registration 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.

New teen advisory group

Join us next Thursday, August 6 from 4-5 p.m. for the first meeting of a new teen advisory group where we want to listen to your fun and innovative ideas for programs for the seventh-twelfth grades.  The second meeting is set for Thursday, August 20 from 4-5 pm.

Free Medicare 101

Area Agency on Aging will present a session on Medicare next Tuesday, August 4 from 10:30 a.m. – noon at your library to help you understand your rights, options, deadlines, possible penalties and where to find the information you need. Registration is required. Call them at 264-0502 to reserve your spot.

Annual Book Sale

Save the date for the Annual Book Sale – Friday, August 21 from 5-8 p.m. for members of The Friends, who enjoy a potluck and first access to the sale goodies, and then Saturday, August 22 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. for the general public.

Free movie Fridays

Please note no movie tomorrow (July 31) because of the Summer Reading party. Join us August 7 at noon for popcorn and a 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

No teen gaming August 4. Join us Tuesday, August 11 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 Superhero Academy

Kids entering first-sixth grades are invited from 1-2:15 p.m. today (Thursday, July 30) for the last chance to build costumes, learn about the science of superheroes and enjoy super activities.

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 is Facebook Basics on Monday, August 3 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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.

DVDs

“Kill Bill” Volume 1 is R-rated. “Woman in Gold” is a true story starring Helen Mirren. “Jungle Book” is the Rudyard Kipling classic. “Girl, Interrupted” stars Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie. “The Big Lewowski” stars Jeff Bridges and John Goodman.

Thrillers and mysteries

“The Secret Place” by Tana French begins with a young boy’s murder in Dublin. “Vanishing Games” by Roger Hobbs is a thriller and the sequel to “Ghostman.”

Other novels

“The Truth According to Us” by Annie Barrows evokes the charm and eccentricity of a small town. “Dead Ice” by Laurell K. Hamilton is a vampire novel.

Nonfiction

“Epic Survival” by Matt Graham and Josh Young is a memoir by Discovery Channel’s ‘Dual Survival” star. “Armada” by Ernest Cline is a sci-fi story seeped in gaming. “Smoke Jumper” by Jason A. Ramos is a memoir of one of America’s most select airborne firefighters.

Large print

“The Wolfe Widow” by Victoria Abbott is a Book Collector mystery. “The Marriage Charm” by Linda Lael Miller is a romance. “The Children’s Crusade” by Ann Packer follows a Silicon Valley family. “The Melody Lingers On” by Mary Higgins Clark is a mystery. “A New Hope” by Robyn Carr is a Thunder Point novel. “The Santangelos” by Jackie Collins is a family saga.

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 Medora Bass, Mary Hunt, Susan Johnson, the Springs Resort and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

I’ve learned that a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.” – Andy Rooney (1919-2011), American radio and TV writer.

 

 

07/23/2015

What should your child read this summer?
Has your child cracked a book since school let out?
Several studies have documented a “summer slide” in reading skills once kids go on summer vacation.  The decline in reading and spelling skills are greatest among low-income students, who lose the equivalent of two months of school each summer, according to the National Summer Learning Association, an education advocacy group. The loss compounds each year.
New research offers a surprisingly simple and affordable solution to the summer reading slide.  In a three-year study, researchers at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville found that simply giving low-income children access to books  – and allowing them to choose books that interested them – had a significant effect on the summer reading gap.
Children who chose reading books and those who picked free activity and puzzle books were tracked for three years.  Those who had access to free reading books posted significantly higher test scores than the children who received activity books.  The effect – 1/16th of a standard deviation in test scores – was equivalent to a child attending three years of summer school.  The difference in scores was twice as high among the poorest children in the study.
One of the notable findings of the study was that children improved their reading scores even though they typically weren’t selecting the curriculum books or classics that teachers normally assign for summer reading.  That conclusion confirms other studies suggesting that children learn best when they are allowed to select their own books.
Bottom line:  What should your child read this summer?  Any books will do!  And participation in your library’s Summer Reading Program will help as well!

Summer Reading Program
This year’s free Summer Reading Program has only one week to go, with the wrap-up celebration party set for 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 31.  Detailed summer reading schedules are available at the library.  We urge you to pick them up and keep them handy so you don’t miss any of these free, fun events.  Also, reading logs are now available.  Please register online and print off a reading log.  You do not have to be registered with Summer Reading to participate in the fun library programs.

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 sushi session
This month’s do-it-yourself, hands-on workshop is a Roll Your Own Sushi session on Wednesday, July 29 at 4 p.m.  Our own Meg Wempe will be teaching the class. After demonstrations and helpful hints, participants will roll your own sushi. (Meg will pre-cook the rice to save time at the workshop.)  Materials for a basic sushi roll will be provided, with information about how to create more complicated rolls, similar to those seen in restaurants. No advance registration required.

Free movie Fridays
Join us July 17 and 24 for movies and popcorn – 10 a.m. for kids, noon for seventh-12th graders and 3 p.m. for adults.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the movies in the media, but you can pick up the kids, teen and adult activities calendars in the library with the film names.  There will be no movie on July 31 because of the Summer Reading party.

Free teen gaming
Join us Tuesday, July 21 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.  No teen gaming on July 28.

Free preschool fun
Preschoolers and their families are invited to an hour of stories and music every Wednesday from 10 – 11 a.m.

Free Superhero Academy
Kids entering first-sixth grades are invited from 1-2:15 p.m. every Thursday this month to build costumes, learn about the science of superheroes and enjoy super activities.

Free baby/toddler time
This time is a half hour of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.  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.  Note: No Tech Time today (July 23).  A more formal session requiring advance registration is Android 101 on Monday, July 27 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Bring your 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 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.

DVDs
“Breaking Bad” is the complete second season.  “Guarding Tess” is a comedy starring Shirley MacLaine and Nicholas Cage.  “Parkland” is the true story behind the JFK assassination.  “Copying Beethoven” stars Ed Harris and Diane Kruger.  “The Count of Monte Cristo” is the classic.  “The Englishman” is a comedy starring Hugh Grant.  “Super Buddies” is a Disney family film.  “Men of Honor” starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Robert De Niro is inspired by a true story.  “What Happens in Vegas” is a comedy.

Thrillers and mysteries
“After the Storm” by Linda Castillo is a thriller featuring Chief of Police Kate Burkholder.  “Cold Frame” by P.T. Deutermann is a thriller about domestic terrorism.

Other novels
“The Watchmaker of Filigree Street” by Natasha Pulley is set in Victorian London.  “Speak” by Louisa Hall explores the creation of artificial intelligence.  “This Year’s Best Science Fiction” is the 32nd annual collection edited by Gardner Dozois.

Large print
“The Witch of the Painted Sorrows” by M.J. Rose is a romantic suspense story.  “Eight Hundred Grapes” by Laura Dave and “The Marriage Season” by Linda Lael Miller are romance stories.  “I, Ripper” by Stephen Hunter is a thriller.  “The Guest Cottage” by Nancy Thayer is women’s fiction.

Story CDs
“Language Arts” by Stephanie Kallos follows an English teacher unable to connect with his son or ex-wife.  “A New Hope” by Robyn Carr is a Thunder Point novel.  “Wildfire in his Arms” by Johanna Lindsay is about a gunfighter running from his past.  “War of the Roses: Margaret of Anjou” by Conn Iggulden is the second book in this new historical fiction 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
For books and materials this week, we thank Jan Aarvold, Diane Davis, Lyn Dryburgh, Dick Robbins and, of course, our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“I’ve learned that you should keep your words both soft and tender, because tomorrow you may have to eat them.” – Andy Rooney (1919-2011), American radio and TV writer.

07/16/2015

Pet the Cat Party for Kids, Book Club for Tweens and Video Gaming for Adults
For kids:  Pete the Cat is one of the world’s favorite felines, and now youngsters from two to six years old are invited to a special Pete party on Saturday, July 18 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.  Join us for stories, activities and snacks.

For tweens:  If you’re in the fourth-eighth grades, like to read and enjoy sharing what you read with friends, the Super Readers’ Book Club is for you.  Please join us on Monday, July 20 from 2-3 p.m. when we’ll be discussing “Sky Raiders” by Brandon Mull.

For adults:  Who says video games are just for children?  Adults are welcome to practice your video gaming skills on Wednesday, July 22 from 4-5 p.m.

As always, all these library events are free.

Summer Reading Program
This year’s free Summer Reading Program is well underway, running until July 31 – and it is not too late for you to sign up.   Register at your library or with the link on our homepage.  Summer reading activities are open to everyone from babies to adults.  As well, summer reading participants should mark your calendars for a free, all-ages closing party on July 31 starting at 5:30 p.m.

Detailed summer reading schedules are available at the library.  We urge you to pick them up and keep them handy so you don’t miss any of these free, fun events.

Also, reading logs are now available.  Please register online and print off a reading log.  You do not have to be registered with Summer Reading to participate in the fun library programs.

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 tweens book club
If you’re in the fourth-sixth grades, like to read and share what you read with friends, the Super Readers’ Book Club is for you.  Please join us on Monday, July 20 from 2-3 p.m. when we’ll be discussing “Sky Raiders” by Brandon Mull.

Free movie Fridays
Join us July 17 and 24 for movies and popcorn – 10 a.m. for kids, noon for seventh-12th graders and 3 p.m. for adults.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the movies in the media, but you can pick up the kids, teen and adult activities calendars in the library with the film names or give us a call at 264-2209.

Free teen gaming
Join us every Tuesday 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 Ninja Turtle art for teens
On Wednesday, July 22 teens in the seventh-12th grades will create a squishy ball that looks like your favorite ninja turtle from 2-3:30 p.m.

Free preschool fun
Preschoolers and their families are invited to an hour of stories and music every Wednesday from 10 – 11 a.m.

Free Superhero Academy
Kids entering first-sixth grades are invited from 1-2:15 p.m. every Thursday this month to build costumes, learn about the science of superheroes and enjoy super activities.

Free baby/toddler time
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.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.  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.  Note: No Tech Time on July 23.  A more formal session requiring advance registration is iPad Intermediate on Monday, July 20 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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 recently purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons unlimited access to thousands of 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.  You can access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on our library website.

CDs
“Tom Clancy’s Into the Fire” is the latest in the Op-Center thriller series.  “Robert B. Parker’s Kickback” by Ace Atkins is the latest in the Spenser series.  “Finders Keepers” by Stephen King is a suspense story.  “The Fixer” by Joseph Finder is a thriller.  “Piranha” by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison is an Oregon Files adventure.  “Blueprints” by Barbara Delinsky tells of a mother-daughter TV team.  “Radiant Angel” by Nelson DeMille is a John Corey thriller.  “Our Souls at Night” by Kent Haruf follows an older couple in the fictional Holt, CO.

Thrillers and mysteries
“Signal” by Patrick Lee is a thriller in the FBI agent Calvert and ex-Special Forces Calvert series.  “The English Spy” by Daniel Silva is the latest in the Gabriel Allon mystery series.  “Death in Brittany” by Jean-Luc Bannalec launches a new Commissaire Dupin.  “The Silenced” by Heather Graham is the latest in the Krewe of Hunters series.  “The Cartel” by Don Winslow is the second book in the drug lord series.

Novels
“Kiss Me” by Susan Mallery is a romance.  “Looking through Darkness” by Aimee and David Thurlo is set in the Navajo Reservation.

Nonfiction
“Bulls before Breakfast” by Peter N. Milligan is a memoir of two brothers who ran the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.  “The Indestructible Houseplant” by Tovah Martin describes and pictures 200 beautiful plants that everyone can grow.

Large print
“Lords of an Empty Land” by Randy Denmon is set right after the Civil War.  “Trial at Fort Keogh” by Charles G. West, “Two-Dollar Pistol” by Brett Cogburn, “Terror of the Mountain Men” by William W. And J.A. Johnstone, “Mesa Grande” by Ralph Cotton and “The Legend of Caleb York” by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins are westerns.  “Pretty Boy” by Bill Brooks tells of the FBI’s most wanted Pretty Boy Floyd.  “Don’t Be a Stranger” by John D. Nesbitt is a western.

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 Lisa Brown, Kasey Climie, Gloria Flynn, Bob Lecour, Lisa Locke, Sue Macaskill, Jim Mathison, Barbara Ogletree, Tozi Rubin and our anonymous donors.  We also are grateful for a generous donation from Sepp and Tanice Ramsperger in honor of Bob and Carole Howard for their continued support of the library.

Quotable Quote
“I’ve learned that you should keep your words both soft and tender, because tomorrow you may have to eat them.” – Andy Rooney (1919-2011), American radio and TV writer.

07/09/2015

Still Time to Enjoy Summer Reading Program
This year’s free Summer Reading Program is well underway, running until July 31 – and it is not too late for you to sign up.   Register at your library or online at our website’s homepage.   Summer reading activities are open to everyone from babies to adults.  As well, summer reading participants should mark your calendars for a free, all-ages closing party on July 31 starting at 5:30 p.m.

Detailed summer reading schedules are available at the library.  We urge you to pick them up and keep them handy so you don’t miss any of these free, fun events.

Also, reading logs are now available.  Please register online and print off a reading log.  You do not have to be registered with Summer Reading to participate in the fun library programs.

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 movie Fridays
Please note: No movies on July 10 because the room is booked for a special meeting.  Movies resume July 17.

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 July 14 we will discuss “House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest” by Craig Childs.  If you need a copy, please contact Meg Wempe.  No registration required.

Free teen gaming
Join us every Tuesday 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 pop art for teens
Wednesday, July 15 teens in the seventh-twelvth grades will paint your favorite villain pop art style from 2-3:30 p.m.

Free preschool fun
Preschoolers and their families are invited to an hour of stories and music every Wednesday from 10 – 11 a.m.  There will be a Preschool Talent Show on Wednesday, July 15 so the session will go until 11:30 a.m.

Free Superhero Academy
Kids entering first-sixth grades are invited from 1-2:15 p.m. every Thursday this month to build costumes, learn about the science of superheroes and enjoy super activities.

Free baby/toddler time
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.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.  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 focuses on Skype Basics on Monday, July 13 from 10:30 a.m. – noon.

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 just purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons unlimited access to thousands of 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.  You can access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on our library website.

Free downloadable books
We have added four more current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books to our 3M Cloud Library.  Three are women’s fiction:  “All the Single Ladies” by Dorothea Benton Frank, “Country” by Danielle Steel and “The Santangelos” by Jackie Collins.  One is a military adventure:  “Tom Clancy’s Under Fire” by Grant Blackwood.  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.

DVDs
“Fight the Future” is a time shift story.  “My Cousin Vinny” and “Taking Woodstock” are R-rated comedies.  “Breaking Bad” and “Penny Dreadful” are the complete first season of these TV series.  “Interstellar” and “Galaxy Quest” are sci-fi films.  “Spy Kids” plus the second and third films in the series are on one DVD.  “Walt Disney’s Underdog” is a family film.  “Seventh Son” is an epic fantasy.  “Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” is the conclusion of the Hobbit trilogy.  “Muscle Shoals” is the true story of a small town with a big sound.  “Fury” stars Brad Pitt.  “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” is the story of the world’s greatest sushi chef.

Thrillers and mysteries
“The President’s Shadow” by Brad Meltzer starts with the discovery of a buried arm in the White House Rose Garden.  “Cash Landing” by James Grippando is based on the true story of an airport heist.  “Truth or Die” by James Patterson features an attorney and a journalist.  “Wicked Charms” by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton starts with a mummified bootlegger.  “Invasion of Privacy” by Christopher Reich is a suspense story involving cutting-edge surveillance technology.

Novels
“The Invasion of the Yearling” by Erika Johansen is the second volume in the fantasy trilogy.  “Luckiest Girl Alive” by Jessica Knoll is about a teen who totally reinvents herself.  “The Little Paris Bookshop” by Nina George follows the owner of a floating bookstore.

Short fiction
“Make Something Up” by Chuck Palahniuk is a collection of 22 stories and a novella.

Nonfiction
“We’re Still Here Ya Bastards” by Roberta Brandes Gratz documents how the people of New Orleans rebuilt their city after Katrina.  “The Lost Girls” by John Glatt tells the story of the three girls kidnapped and kept hidden for more than a decade.  “Missoula” by Jon Krakauer explores acquaintance rape from the viewpoint of several women.  “A Lucky Life Interrupted” is a memoir by Tom Brokaw.  “Peter O’Toole” by Darwin Porter and Danford Prince is a biography of the actor.  “Allen Klein” by Fred Goodman is the biography of the music industry manager of the Beatles, the Stones and more.  “Mercury Detoxification Simplified” by William W. Rasmussen explores the health effects of mercury and what to do about it.

Large print
“Piranha” by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison is the latest in the Oregon Files adventure series.  “Winter at the Door” by Sarah Graves is a mystery.  “The Second Sister” by Marie Bostwick and “Our Souls at Night” by Kent Haruf  are women’s fiction.  “Dry Bones” by Craig Johnson is a Longmire mystery.  “Robert B. Parker’s Kickback” by Ace Atkins is a Spenser mystery.  “Texas Tough” by Janet Dailey is the latest in the Tylers of Texas series.  “Trauma” by Michael and Daniel Palmer is a medical mystery.

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 Connie Chubbuck, Dana Dellmore, Marty Margulies, Kristal Fortune, Sue Macaskill, Dick Robbins and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“I’ve learned that when you harbor bitterness, happiness will look elsewhere.” – Andy Rooney (1919-2011), American radio and TV writer.

7/2/2015

Ranger reading for kids and hiking panel for adults next Tuesday

We have two special events coming up next Tuesday, July 7.

Kids entering the second through fifth grades are invited to join Ranger Brandon as he reads nature-themed books and provides interactive activities, crafts and a whole lot of fun.  These free programs are on the first Tuesday of the month – July 7 and August 4 – from 2-3:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, five highly experienced hikers will share their knowledge in a panel discussion at noon.  Our presenters will be Nean “Letitbe” Bacile, Gregory “Grizzly” Boone, Stacy “Simply Seeking” Boone, Mike “Hawkeye” Johnson and David “White Root Patterson.  All are Triple Crowners, meaning they have hiked the entire Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide trails.  Whether you are an endurance hiker or a novice, this program is sure to be both entertaining and informative.  No registration required.

Library closures

We are closed both Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 for the federal holiday.

Summer Reading Program

This year’s free Summer Reading Program is underway, running until July 31 – and it is not too late for you to sign up. Register at your library or online at our website http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.   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 31 starting at 5:30 p.m.  Detailed summer reading schedules are available at the library.  We urge you to pick them up and keep them handy so you don’t miss any of these free, fun events.

Also, reading logs are now available, please register online and print off a reading log.  You do not have to be registered with Summer Reading to participate in the fun library programs.

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 adult trivia

Do you know your heroes?   Adults are invited to join us for a free game of trivia on Wednesday, July 8 at 4 p.m.  Snacks and prizes included.  No registration required.

Free movie Fridays

Please note: No movies on July 3 because the library is closed and July 10 because the room is booked for a special meeting.

Free teen superhero time

Teens in the seventh-12th grades are invited on Wednesday, July 8 from 2-3 p.m. to design your own superhero shield by bleaching a T-shirt.         

Free Otaku Club

Otaku Club for teens who are anime fans meets Monday, July 6 from 2-3 p.m.  Enjoy a variety of Japanese culture and snacks.

Free teen gaming

Join us every Tuesday 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 preschool fun

Preschoolers and their families are invited to an hour of stories and music every Wednesday from 10 – 11 a.m.

Free Superhero Academy   

Kids entering first-sixth grades are invited from 1-2:15 p.m. every Thursday this month to build costumes, learn about the science of superheroes and enjoy super activities.

Free baby/toddler time

This is a half hour of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.  Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.

Free technology classes

Please note:  No tech sessions on July 2 and 6.  Tech Time resumes Tuesday, July 7 from 10-11:30 a.m. and Thursday, July 9 from 3-5 p.m.

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 just purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons unlimited access to thousands of 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.  You can access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on our library website.

DVDs

“Disney Robin Hood” is the 40th anniversary edition.  “Kinky Boots” is a comedy inspired by a true story.  “Roy Rogers 10 Features” includes 10 of his classic films.  “Gremlins Special Edition” is hilarious mischief for kids.  “Shutter Island” is a thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio.  “The Way Way Back” is a comedy about a teen on a family trip.

Novels

“All the Single Ladies” by Dorothea Benton Frank is set in the Low country of South Carolina.  “The Rumor” by Elin Hilderbrand goes behind the façade of happiness of two Nantucket families.  “Country” by Danielle Steel follows a widow who finds new love from a country music singer.  “The Darling Child” by Terry Brooks is the second novel in the “Defenders Shannara” fantasy series.

Nonfiction

“The Secret of Golf” by Joe Pasnanski is the story of the rivalry of Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus.  “Nabokov in America” by Robert Roper is a biography of the Russian author’s time in America after escaping the Nazis.

Large print

“Die Again” by Tess Gerritsen is a Rizzoli and Isles thriller.  “Hallowed Halls by Hannah Alexander and “Amish Promises” by Leslie Gould are Christian fiction. “The Sea Garden” by Marcia Willett and “Beach Town” by Mary Kay Andrews are women’s fiction.  “The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress” by Victoria Alexander is an historical romance.  “Don’t Go Home” by Carolyn Hart is a Death on Demands mystery.  “Finders Keepers” by Stephen King is the second volume in the suspense trilogy featuring Det. Bill Hodges.  “Piranha” by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison is the latest in the Oregon Files adventure series.         

Story CDs

“A Good Day to Kill” by Dusty Richards is a Byrnes Family Ranch western.  “Flintlok” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a western about a bounty hunter.  “Lords of an Empty Land” by Randy Denmon is set after the Civil War in northern Louisiana.                                    

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 Medora Bass, Diane Davis, Julie Fox, Lisa Lock, Stephen Link, Dick Robbins and Bill Sparrow.  We also are grateful for the $20 donation we received from an out-of-state visitor in appreciation for the services we provide.

Quotable Quote

“I’ve learned that it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.” – Andy Rooney (1919-2011), American radio and TV writer.

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/.

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06/25/2015

Pagosa stars as major setting in new thriller
“The End of Summer” by Irving Munro begins in Austin, Texas when a beautiful woman’s dead body is discovered beside a pool.  It is 2005 and the investigation into her murder goes nowhere.  Fast forward to 2014 when a retired detective named Bill Ross is hired as a volunteer special reserve officer and this cold case is reopened.

Suddenly progress is made – and the Pagosa connection becomes important.  In fact, Pagosa becomes the setting for a major part of the plot about halfway through the book.  Local readers and visitors will enjoy references to places in our community that are familiar to us all.  As well, Detective Sergeant Jacob Beach of the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office is thanked in the acknowledgments because Irving says he was very helpful in early plot creation and reading of the first draft.  And both The Pagosa Springs SUN and the Pagosa Daily Post are referenced in the story.

This story is a fast-paced crime story with realistic dialogue, well-crafted characters and a believable plotline.  The pleasant writing style results in an easy, enjoyable read.  Born in Scotland and now living in Austin, Irving uses his lifetime experiences well in this story.  You also can tell he admires the outdoor life of our little mountain town, including our great fishing opportunities.

Irving said the idea of making Pagosa a vital location in the book came about because Austin friends come to Pagosa in the summer to escape the Texas heat, leaving their Texas home vacant for three months every year. That situation became an important part of the plot.  Irving and his wife Aileen also have visited their friends in Pagosa, greatly enjoying their stays here.

After a long career in the software industry, Irvin retired and transitioned to a new profession as a writer, creating “The End of Summer” as the first book in the Detective Bill Ross thriller series.  He is well along in writing the second, “What’s Left is Right,” which will be published in November.  It features the Oklahoma-based Comanche Nation and, sad to say, will not include scenes in Pagosa.

Irvin has donated a copy of “The End of Summer” to your library.  If you want your own copy, it is available as a hard copy or a Kindle edition on Amazon.

Library closures
We are closed Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 for the federal holiday.

Special free Superhero Academy today
Kids entering first-sixth grades are invited from 1-2:15 p.m. today (Thursday, June 25) to a special yoga event when Margaret Burkesmith and Anya will teach yoga through a story about animals.  Please note space is limited so it is open to the first 30 children who arrive.  Youngsters also will make another piece for their superhero costumes and learn some superhero science.

Special free preschool event
Preschoolers and their families are invited to a special storytime on Wednesday, July 1 from 10 – 11 a.m. when Melanie Milburn returns to present a musical concert and share her new book.  Melanie is a singer, songwriter, author, preschool teacher and super performer who has been highly popular with our younger patrons on previous visits.

Read with a ranger
Kids entering the second through fifth grades are invited to join Ranger Brandon for the summer as he reads nature-themed books and provides interactive activities, crafts and a whole lot of fun.  These free programs are on the first Tuesday of the month – July 7 and August 4 – from 2-3:30 p.m.

Free teen superhero time
On Wednesday, July 1, teens in the seventh-12th grades will make superhero clocks as part of the Young Justice program at 2 p.m.

Summer Reading Program
This year’s free Summer Reading Program is underway, running until July 31 – and it is not too late for you to sign up.   Register at your library or online at our website http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.   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 31 starting at 5:30 p.m.  Detailed summer reading schedules are available at the library.  We urge you to pick them up and keep them handy so you don’t miss any of these free, fun events.

Also, reading logs are now available.  You do not have to be registered with Summer Reading to participate.

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 preschool party
Preschool children and those entering kindergarten are invited to come to earn a special certificate of accomplishment at a superhero party Saturday, June 27 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Free teens gaming tournament
Teens in the seventh-12th grades are invited to a super gaming tournament on Monday, June 29 from 2-3 p.m.  Play against your friends to see who has more super gaming skills.

Free movie Fridays
Join us every Friday in June for movies and popcorn – 10 a.m. for kids, noon for seventh-12th graders and 3 p.m. for adults.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the movies in the media, but you can pick up the kids, teen and adult activities calendars in the library with the film names.  Note: No movies on July 3 because the library is closed or July 10 because the room is booked for a special meeting.

Free teen gaming
Join us every Tuesday 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 event is a half hour of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.  Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.

Technology sessions cancelled
Please note:  No tech sessions on June 25, 29 and 30, as well as July 2 and 6.  Tech Time resumes Tuesday, July 7 from 10-11:30 a.m. and Thursday, July 9 from 3-5 p.m.

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 just purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons unlimited access to thousands of 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.  You can access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on our library website.

Thrillers and mysteries
“The Harder They Come” by T.C. Boyle, based on a true story, is a story of violence and the anti-authoritarianism spirit inherent in the American character.  “Second Life” by S.J. Watson is a psychological thriller about a woman with a secret identity.  “The Fixer” by Joseph Finder is a thriller about the secrets families can keep.

Nonfiction
“What’s Your Story” showcases a selection of 200 stories from the Strangers Project headed by Brandon Doman.  “As You Wish” by Cary Elwes is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of “The Princess Bride.”  “¡Adios, America!” by Ann Coulter outlines this conservative author’s views on immigration.  “The Theft of Memory” by Jonathan Kozol follows the author’s father’s Alzheimer’s illness and the father’s ability to describe what he was going through because he is a gifted doctor.

Large print
“Those Jensen Boys!” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a western.  “Rumor Has It” by Tami Hoag is a romance.  “First Frost” by Sarah Addison Allen features the Waverley sisters.  “Cuba Straits” by Randy Wayne White is a Doc Ford mystery.  “A Deadly Web” by Kay Hooper is a Bishop Files psychics thriller.

Story CDs
“A God in Ruins” by Kate Atkinson is the companion novel to “Life After Life.”  “The Sound of Glass” by Karen White explores a Southern family’s buried history.  “Dry Bones” by Craig Johnson is a Longmire mystery.  “Emma” by Alexander McCall Smith takes Jane Austen’s beloved heroine into the 21st Century.

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 Barbara Briles, Anna O’Reilly and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“I’ve learned that we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.” – Andy Rooney (1919-2011), American radio and TV writer.

06/18/2015

Groot for Teens and Resume Writing Workshop Among Many Programs Next Week
Teens in the seventh – 12th grades are invited to create their own Groot characters out of paper on Wednesday, June 24 from 2 – 3:30 p.m.  As all teens know, Groot is the character from the comic/movie Guardians of the Galaxy.
Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a new job, please join us on Monday, June 22 from 10:30 – 12:30 p.m. for a resume writing workshop that will help you write a resume that gets results.  You will learn the essential techniques and leave with a solid understanding of how to write – and improve – your resume.
The session will be led by our own Meg Wempe.  She has taught similar workforce development classes at other libraries, particularly when she worked in the Reference Department at the Job Center of Richland County Public Library.  She’ll include changes in the past few years and integrate the Denver Public Library’s curriculum for their resume class. Advance registration is required to attend this session.

Summer Reading Program
This year’s free Summer Reading Program is underway, running until July 31 – and it is not too late for you to sign up.   Register at your library or online at our website http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.   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 31 starting at 5:30 p.m.  Detailed summer reading schedules are available at the library.  We urge you to pick them up and keep them handy so you don’t miss any of these free, fun events.  Reading logs are now available.  You do not have to be registered with Summer Reading to participate.

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 Pokemon card battles
Kids entering the fifth – 12th grades are invited to join us on Monday, June 22 from 2-3 p.m. for Pokemon card battles.  Bring your own cards.

Free movie Fridays
Join us every Friday in June for movies and popcorn – 10 a.m. for kids, noon for seventh-12th graders and 3 p.m. for adults.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the movies in the media, but you can pick up the kids, teen and adult activities calendars in the library with the film names.

Free video gaming for adults
Who says video games are just for children?  Join us on Wednesday, June 24 from 4-5 p.m. to practice your skills on Wii and Xbox.  No registration required.

Free teen gaming
Join us every Tuesday 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 Superhero Academy
Kids entering first-sixth grades are invited from 1-2:15 p.m. every Thursday this month to build costumes, learn about the science of superheroes and enjoy super activities.

Free baby/toddler time
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.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.  Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.

Free preschool fun
Preschoolers and their families are invited to an hour of stories and music every Wednesday from 10 – 11 a.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.  Drop in with your technology questions.  Note no tech sessions on June 25, 29 and 30.

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 just purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons unlimited access to thousands of 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.  You can access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on our library website.

Free downloadable books
We have added six more current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books to our 3M Cloud Library:  “Beach Town” by Mary Kay Andrews is women’s fiction; “Luckiest Girl Alive” by Jessica Knoll and “Robert Parker’s Kickback” by Ace Atkins are suspense stories; “Seveneves” by Neal Stephenson is an apocalyptic novel; “The Forgotten Room” by Lincoln Child is an historical suspense story and “The Scarlet Gospels” by Clive Barker is a horror tale.  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.

Thrillers and mysteries
“The Arc of the Swallow” by S.J. Gazan is a thriller about the death of a scientist on the verge of publishing a controversial new vaccination discovery.  “The Ways of the World” by Robert Goddard is an historical thriller set in World War I.  “Governor’s Wife” by Michael Harvey is the latest installment in the Michael Kelly thriller series.

Other novels
“The Fellowship” by Philip and Carol Zaleski explores the literary lives and friendship of four great English writers – J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield and Charles Williams.  “The Fold” by Peter Clines is a science fiction story.  “Muse” by Jonathan Galassi follows leaders in the New York publishing industry.

Nonfiction
“The Great Detective” by Zach Dundas is a biography of Sherlock Holmes, the most famous detective who never lived.  “The Food Activist Handbook” by Ali Berlow offers tools to help you provide fresh, healthy food for your community.  “Darkness Descending” by Special Forces soldier Ken Jones is a story of survival and endurance after an avalanche.  “81 Days Below Zero” by Brian Murphy is a survival story of a World War II pilot in Alaska’s frozen wilderness.  “Buckley and Mailer” by Kevin M. Schultz explores the difficult friendship of two towering intellectual figures of the 1960s.

Story CDs
“God Help the Child” by Tony Morrison is the author’s first novel set in the current time.  “Perfect Match” by Fern Michaels follows a man taking up the matchmaking business. “14th Deadly Sin” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is the latest in the Women’s Murder Club series.  “Past is Present” by Iris Johansen and “The Forgotten Room” by Lincoln Child are thrillers.  “Solitude Creek” by Jeffery Deaver is a Kathryn Dance thriller.  “Memory Man” by David Baldacci is a new mystery series featuring Amos Decker.  “Gathering Prey” by John Sanford is the latest in the Lucas Davenport mystery series.  “The Enemy Inside” by Steve Martini is the latest in the Paul Madriani mystery 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
For books and materials this week, we thank Dick Robbins, Sandra Mazur and Sheila Lane.

Quotable Quote
“I’ve learned that life is like a roll of toilet paper.  The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.” – Andy Rooney (1919-2011), American radio and TV writer.

06/11/2015

Stuffed animal sleepover at your library next Tuesday
Next Tuesday, June 16 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 after you go home and the library is closed.  In past years they have done a lot of climbing and getting into places they shouldn’t.  Sometimes they check out books to themselves.  You never know what will happen until the big night!

Summer Reading Program
This year’s free Summer Reading Program is underway, running until July 31 – and it is not too late for you to sign up.   Register at your library or online at our website http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.   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 31 starting at 5:30 p.m.  Detailed summer reading schedules are available at the library.  We urge you to pick them up and keep them handy so you don’t miss any of these free, fun events.
Also, reading logs are now available.  You do not have to be registered with Summer Reading to participate.

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 (which include tweens), teens and adults.

Free tweens book club
If you’re in the fourth-sixth grades, like to read and share what you read with friends, the Super Readers’ Book Club is for you.  Please join us on Monday, June 15 from 2-3 p.m. we’ll be discussing “H.I.V.E” – “Higher Institution for Villainous Education” – and creating a craft.

Free Medicare 101
If you have questions about Medicare, please come to a Medicare 101 workshop on Tuesday, June 16 from 10:30 a.m. – noon.  Registration is required.  Call the Area Agency on Aging at 264-0502 to reserve your spot.

Free superhero crests
If you are in the seventh-12th grades, please join us on Wednesday, June 17 from 2-3 p.m. to create your favorite superheroes crest with fuze beads.

Free LEGO club
Kids aged 6 – 13 are welcome to join us for fun with LEGOs on Saturday, May 13 from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. Bring your creativity – the LEGOs are provided.

Free movie Fridays
Join us every Friday in June for movies and popcorn – 10 a.m. for kids, noon for seventh-12th graders and 3 p.m. for adults.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the movies in the media, but you can pick up the kids, teen and adult activities calendars in the library with the film names.

Free teen gaming
Join us every Tuesday 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 preschool fun
Preschoolers and their families are invited to an hour of stories and music every Wednesday from 10 – 11 a.m.

Free Superhero Academy
Kids entering first-sixth grades are invited from 1-2:15 p.m. every Thursday this month to build costumes, learn about the science of superheroes and enjoy super activities.

Free baby/toddler time
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.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.  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 is iPad Basics from noon – 1:30 p.m. on Monday, June 15 for absolute beginners.  Please note the different time this week.   Students 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 just purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons unlimited access to thousands of 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.  You can access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on our library website.

Mysteries and thrillers
“Countdown to Mecca” by Michael Savage is a thriller involving a terrorist attack.  “Never Die Alone” by Lisa Jackson is a Rick Benz/Reuben Montoya mystery.  “Bone to be Wild” by Carolyn Haines is a Sarah Booth Delaney mystery.   “The Water Knife” by Paolo Bacigalupi is a near-future thriller about drought in the American Southwest.  “Radiant Angel” by Nelson DeMille is a John Corey thriller set in the U.N.  “Secret Brother” by V.C. Andrews is the sequel to “Flowers in the Attic.”  “Remember Me This Way” by Sabine Durrant follows a woman whose dead husband may still be alive.  “Palace of Treason” by Jason Matthews is the second in the series featuring a Soviet intelligence agent and a CIA agent.

Other novels
“Double Down” by Fern Michaels is the latest in the Sisterhood series.  “Uprooted” by Naomi Novik is a fantasy.  “The Green Road” by Anne Enright is set in a small town in Ireland.  “People of the Songtrail” by W. Michael and Kathleen O’Neal Gear is an historical novel about the Vikings, the first explorers to land in the New World.  “The Fateful Lightning” by Jeff Shaara is the final book in the author’s four-part Civil War series.  “In the Unlikely Event” is Judy Blume’s well-reviewed first novel for adults.

Nonfiction
“Do No Harm” by neurosurgeon Henry Marsh is a memoir by a brain surgeon.  “The Total Fly Fishing Manual” by Joe Cermele and the editors of Field and Stream magazine offers 307 essential skills and tips.  “Feeding the Fire” by Joe Carroll shares 20 lessons every grill master needs to know for excellent barbeque.

DVDs
“Stuart Little” is a family comedy about an adopted boy who looks much like a mouse.  “American Sniper” is a biographical story of SEAL Chris Kyle directed by Clint Eastwood.

Story CDs
“Make Something Up” by Chuck Palahniuk is a collection of 22 short stories and a novella.  “Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Equation” by Douglas Corleone is the latest in the Paul Janson thriller 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
For books and materials this week, we thank Lesley Britton, Jim Frandsen, Sue Ellen Haning, Patricia Hatcher, Josephine Lewis, Everett Nicholson and Tozi Rubin.

Quotable Quote
“I’ve learned that being kind is more important than being right.” – Andy Rooney (1919-2011), American radio and TV writer.

06/04/2015

Flipster gives you free and easy access to digital magazines
We wanted to remind you of Flipster, a free source of a multitude of magazines you know and love that you can access instantly in an easy-to-read digital format on our library website by clicking on the Flipster icon on the home page.  You will need to provide your library card number.

Both current and past issues are available of magazines in these categories:  business, consumer, family and kids, fitness and health, food and cooking, home and garden, lifestyle, men’s interest, news and politics, sports, teems, travel and regional, plus women’s interest.

Download and read your favorites on your computer or personal device.  You can even print all or part of any magazine that you want to keep on paper.

Summer Reading Program
This year’s free Summer Reading Program began this week and runs until July 31 – and it is not too late for you to sign up.   Register at your library or online at our website http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.   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 31 starting at 5:30 p.m.  Detailed summer reading schedules are available at the library.  We urge you to pick them up and keep them handy so you don’t miss any of these free, fun events.

Also, reading logs are now available.  You do not have to be registered with Summer Reading to participate.

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.

Make your own cheese
Join us Wednesday, June 10 at 4 p.m. for a free session to learn how to make your own cheese and enjoy some samples.  You won’t believe how easy it can be!  No registration required.

Free movie Fridays
Join us every Friday in June for movies and popcorn – 10 a.m. for kids, noon for seventh-12th graders and 3 p.m. for adults.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the movies in the media, but you can pick up the kids, teen and adult activities calendars in the library with the film names.

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 June 9, we will discuss “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd.  If you need a copy, please contact Meg Wempe.  No registration required.

Teen cancellations
Please note:  No teen gaming on Tuesday, June 9 or Superhero program on Wednesday, June 10.

Free preschool fun
Preschoolers and their families are invited to an hour of stories and music every Wednesday from 10 – 11 a.m.

Free Superhero Academy  
Kids entering first-sixth grades are invited from 1-2:15 p.m. every Thursday this month to build costumes, learn about the science of superheroes and enjoy super activities.

Free baby/toddler time
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.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.  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 is Facebook Basics from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Monday, June 8.

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 thousands of 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.  You can access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on our library website.

Free downloadable books
We have added eight more current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books to our 3M Cloud Library:  “Beauty’s Kingdom,” a fantasy by Anne Rice writing as A.N. Roquelaure; “Capital Dames,” a nonfiction biography book by Cokie Roberts;  “Day Shift,” a mystery by Charlaine Harris;  “Early Warning,” book two in the Family Saga trilogy by Jane Smiley;  “God Help the Child” by Toni Morrison;  “Ming Tea Murder,” a mystery by Laura Childs;  “Rock with Wings,” a mystery by Tony Hillerman’s daughter Anne; and “The Fall,” a legal thriller by John Lescroat.  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
“Touched by an Angel” by Amy Newmark is a collection of 101 stories of faith, divine intervention and answered prayers.  “Legends and Lies: The Real West” by Bill O’Reilly is a look at the western legends we all think we know.

Large print
“Aunt Dimity and the Summer King” by Nancy Atherton is about a developer who will ruin a small village.  “Silver Thaw” by Catherine Anderson is a Mystic Creek romance.  “The Amish Clockmaker” by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner is Christian fiction.  “Brutal Vengeance: The Loner” by J.A. Johnston and “Kingbird’s Pursuit” by Max Brand are westerns.  “Endangered” by C.J. Box is a Joe Pickett mystery.  “A Fine Romance” is actress Candice Bergen’s autobiography.  “The First Wife” by Erica Spindler and “Bittersweet” by Susan Wittig Albert are mysteries.  “Falling in Love” by Doona Leon is a Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery.

Other novels
“The Grace of Kings” is a fantasy by Ken Liu.  “The Liar” by Nora Roberts follows a woman who learns her dead husband never existed as she knew him.

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 Jeff Versaw, Tozi Rubin, Everett Nicholson, Patricia Hatcher and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“I’ve learned that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.” – Andy Rooney (1919-2011), American radio and TV writer.