07/24/2014

Summer Reading Program closing party tomorrow night

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

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

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

More parking spaces

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

 

Book Sale donations

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 Items not included in this sale are VHS tapes, cassettes, magazines, outdated medical books and encyclopedias.

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

 

Free Maker Camp for all ages

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

 

Free technology classes

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

 

Free adult, teen and kids movies

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

 

Today’s Kids’ Zone

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

 

Free tween gaming

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

 

Teen gaming cancelled

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

 

Nonfiction

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

           

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

           

DVDs

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

 

CDs

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

           

Other new novels

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

 

Thanks to our donors

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

 

Quotable Quote

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

 

Website

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

07/17/2014

One more week before Summer Reading closing party 

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

Free poetry workshop today

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

Annual Book Sale

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

Free Maker Camp for all ages

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

Free Tween Explorers

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

Free technology classes

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

Free adult, teen and kids movies

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

Today’s Kids’ Zone

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

Free teen fun on Wednesdays

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

Free tween gaming

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

Free teen gaming and crafts

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

Nonfiction

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

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

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

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

Other new novels

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

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable Quote

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

Website

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

07/10/2014

Free poetry writing workshop next Thursday

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

Free Summer Reading Program   

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

Free Maker Camp for all ages

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

Free candlemaking class

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

Free Wise Traditions

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

Free technology classes

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

Free adult, teen and kids movies

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

Today’s Kids’ Zone

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

Free teen fun on Wednesdays

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

Free tween gaming

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

Free teen gaming and crafts

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

Nonfiction

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

CDs

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

DVDs

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

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

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

Other new novels

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

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable Quote

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

Website

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

07/03/2014

Free Summer Reading Program underway now

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

Free candlemaking class

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

Free technology classes

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

Free adult, teen and kids movies

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

Thursday Kids’ Zone

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

Free teen fun on Wednesdays

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

Free tween gaming

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

Free teen gaming and crafts

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

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

DVDs

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

Nonfiction

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

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

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

Other new novels

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

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable Quote

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

Website

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

06/26/2014

Stuffed animal sleepover at your library tonight

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

Correction to library hours story

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

Summer Reading Program

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

Free technology classes

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

Free adult, teen and kids movies

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

Thursday Kids’ Zone

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

Free teen fun on Wednesdays

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

Free tween gaming

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

Free teen gaming and crafts

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

DVDs

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

Large print

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

CDs

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

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

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

Other new novels

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

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable Quote

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

Website

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

06/19/2014

Library hours extended at your request

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

Summer Reading Program

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

Free intro to hydroponics

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

Free Minecraft world competition

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

Stuffed animal sleepover

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

Free technology classes

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

Free adult, teen and kids movies

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

Thursday Kids’ Zone

It is cancelled June 19 and will resume June 26.

Free teen fun on Wednesdays

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

Free tween gaming

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

Free teen gaming and crafts

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

DVDs

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

Large print

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

Nonfiction

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

CDs

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

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

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

Other new novels

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

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable Quote

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

Website

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

 

06/12/2014

Help, please! From your library staff

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

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

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

Special thanks to LPEA

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

Summer Reading Program

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

Free intro to hydroponics

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

Free Wise Traditions

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

Free technology classes

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

Free adult, teen and kids movies

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

Thursday Kids’ Zone

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

Free LEGO Club

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

Free teen fun on Wednesdays

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

Free tween gaming

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

Free teen gaming and crafts

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

Nonfiction

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

DVDs

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

CDs

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

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

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

Other new novels

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

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable Quote

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

Website

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

06/05/2014

Free Summer Reading Program underway now

Summer reading activities are open to everyone from babies to adults.  Also, summer reading participants should mark your calendars for a free all-ages closing party on July 25 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. (after the library closes) that
will include award of prizes, refreshments and entertainment by the San Juan Mountain Boys. Detailed summer reading schedules for all ages are available at the library. The events also will be featured every week in this Library News column.

Free Wise Traditions

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

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. A more formal session requiring registration is PowerPoint Basics on Wednesday, June 11 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. where you will learn how to create a slideshow presentation.

Free adult movies are back

Starting tomorrow, June 6, every Friday from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. (note new time), you are invited for coffee, popcorn and a movie for adults. The contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio.  If you want to know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly adult activities flyer at the library. 

Free Friday movies for teens

Starting tomorrow, June 6, every Friday at noon teens are invited to a movie.  The contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio.  If you want to know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly teen activities flyer at the library. 

Free Friday movie for kids

Starting tomorrow, June 6, every Friday at 10 a.m., kids are invited to a movie.  The contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio.  If you want to know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly kids’ activities flyer at the library.

Free Thursday Kids’ Zone

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

Free LEGO Club

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

Free teen fun on Wednesdays

Wednesday, June 11, join us for Magical Dust (make your own fairy or dragon dust) from 3-4:30 p.m.  Then stay for Dungeons and Dragons from 4:30- 6 p.m.  

Free tween gaming

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

Free teen gaming

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

Nonfiction

“Off the Beaten Path: Colorado” is a new travel guide.  “Forgotten Tales of Colorado” by Stephanie Waters documents silly, seedy and salacious stories from our state’s history.  “Big Tent” by Mallory Factor is a collection of essays by leaders of the conservative movement in American politics.  “No Place to Hide” by Guardian newspaper columnist Glenn Greenwald is the inside story of his conversations with and revelations from NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

DVDs

“Like Water for Chocolate” is based on the best selling book.  “Orphan Black” is season one of this BBC
series.  “Greatest Classic Legends” features four Paul Newman films.  “We’re the Millers” is a comedy.  “Pacific Rim” is an adventure film about aliens and robots.  “Grand Canyon” stars Kevin Kline and Danny Glover.  “The Ghost Writer” is a Roman Polanski thriller.  “Into Darkness” is a Star Trek film.  “New in Town” stars Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick, Jr.           

Large print

“Don’t Look for Me” by Loren D. Estleman is the latest in the P.I. Amos Walker mystery series.  “Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well” by Nancy Atherton is about a wishing well that appears to make wishes come true.  “Once Upon a Lie” by Maggie Barbieri is the latest in the Maeve Conlon mystery series.  “Saddlemates” by Max Brand and “Valley of Fire” by Johnny D. Boggs are westerns.  “Waiting for You” by Kristan Higgins, “Betting the Rainbow” by Jodi Thomas and “Walking on Air” are romance novels.  “Death Comes to the Village” by Catherine Lloyd is the latest in the Kurland St. Mary mystery series.   “The Winter People” by Jennifer McMahon is a mystery set in Vermont. “Miss Dimple Picks a Peck of Trouble” by Mignon F. Ballard is a Cozy mystery.  “Stone Cold” by C.J. Box is the latest in the Joe Pickett mystery series.  “Love & Treasure” by Ayelet Waldman is an historical fiction set in wartime Salzburg.  “Runner” by Patrick Lee is the latest in the Sam Dryden mystery series.           

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“One Night in Winter” by Simon Sebag Montefiore is a political thriller set in Stalin’s Russia that was inspired by a true story.  “The Skin Collector” by Jeffrey Deaver is the latest in the Lincoln Rhyme thriller series.

Other new novels

“In Paradise” by Peter Matthiessen follows a group of people who gather at the site of a former death camp in 1996.  “Delicious!” by Ruth Reichl tells of a young woman who moves to New York to work for a food magazine.   

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Diane Bowe, Carla Evans, Ali Evans-Crawford, Scottie Gibson, Sandy Kobrock, Marion Leonard, Tim McAvoy,  Judith McCormick and Mark Mueller, Lisa Nelson, Joseph Porter, Jill Porterfield, Jane Reseigh, Marcia Taylor, Shannon Weakman and our many anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“When baking,  follow directions.  When cooking, go by your own taste.” – Laiko Bahrs, culinary consultant. 

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/.

05/15/14

Summer Reading Program signups start today

Summer reading activities are open to everyone from babies to adults.  Our baby and toddler program is especially designed to help parents have fun reading and learning experiences with your child.  All the activities build early literacy skills. Summer reading theme for kids is Fizz, Boom, Read; for teens is Spark a Reaction; and for Adults is Literary Elements. Also, summer reading participants will want to mark your calendars for a free all-ages closing party on July 25 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. (after the library closes) that will include award of prizes, refreshments and entertainment by the San Juan Mountain Boys. Detailed summer reading schedules for all ages are available at the library.  We urge you to pick them up and keep them handy so you don’t miss any of these free fun events.  Also, note that some events require advance registration.

Free diabetes session

Next Monday, May 19 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. is the last of three free diabetic education lectures to answer questions and provide an opportunity for group support. They are organized and presented by the Pagosa Springs Medical Center’s Wellness Center, where you need to register at 731-1533.  If you are pre-diabetic, have just found out you are diabetic or have been living
with diabetes for years, you should find this session helpful.

Lifelong Learning Lecture tonight 

This evening (Thursday, May 15) marks the fifth week of the library’s free six-week spring Lifelong Leaning Lecture series, with a wide variety of interesting topics to enrich your life and keep your mind agile. Tonight’s topic is “Egypt: Ancient deities and timeless wisdom” by author and traveler Julie Loar.  She will share experiences of the lure of this ancient land drawn from her many journeys to Egypt.  All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. and last about an hour, with time for questions.  Next week’s lecture will be about Georgia O’Keeffe.  No registration required.

Program suspensions

The free adultFriday morning movies are taking a summer vacation.  They may return next winter. There will be no karaoke in May. We hope it will return in June when we have the meeting room available again. Also, no Otaku Club for teens this month.

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. Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet issues.  A more formal session requiring registration is Facebook for Businesses (not personal accounts) on Wednesday, May 21 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. when you will learn how to create a page, access your page, manage administrative roles and more.  To participate, you must know the basics of Facebook.           

 Free teen gaming and crafts

Every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games. The May 20 session will also include crafts and a Lego competition. Snacks provided.

Free art fun for kids

Tomorrow (Friday, May 16) from 2 – 3 p.m. kids in the first-third grades are invited to a free fun time with art.  It’s always different and always results in something to take home.

How-to and self-help

Gooseberry Patch’s “Everyday One-Dish Meals” provides 260 simple, homestyle recipes.  “Patent, Copyright & Trademark” is an intellectual property reference work. “The Nourished Kitchen” by Jennifer McGruther offers farm-to-table recipes from the author’s home in the Colorado mountains. 

Other nonfiction

“Everybody’s Got Something” by Robin Roberts is a memoir by the Good Morning America anchor.  “Hope Runs” by Claire Diaz-Ortiz and Samuel Ikua Gachagua is a redemption story about an American tourist and a Kenyan orphan.  “All Fishermen are Liars” by John Gierach covers fishing topics large and small.  “No Market For ‘Em” as told to Ann Williams by Wayne Payton is this sixth-generation Coloradan record of her father’s story.               

CDs

“Tempting Fate” by Jane Green is about the lady woman you’d expect to have an affair.  “Forget Me Not” by Fern Michaels is a mystery.  “Waking the Dead” by Heather Graham is about a painting that comes to life – and brings death.  “Shadow Spell” by Nora Roberts is book two in the Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy.  “Blossom Street Brides” by Debbie Macomber is a romance. “Keep Quiet” by Lisa Scottoline is a suspense story.  “Otherwise Engaged” by Amanda Quick is a mystery set in London.  “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” by Mary Higgins Clark is a mystery.  “NYPD Red 2” by James Patterson and Marshall Karp is the second book in this series. “Frog Music” by Emma Donoghue is a novel based on an unsolved murder.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Until You’re Mine” by Samantha Hayes is a mystery involving pregnant women.  “Longer Than” by Erica Spindler is a romantic thriller.  “Unlucky 13” by James Patterson is the latest in the Women’s Murder Club series.  “Death at the Door” by Carolyn Hart is the latest in the Death on Demand Bookstore mystery series.  “Starfire” by Dale Brown is a military thriller that explores the weaponization of space.           

Other novels

“Hopeful” by Christian writer Shelley Shepard Gray is a romance set in an Amish town.  “The Shadow Queen” by Sandra Gulland is inspired by a true story set in the 17th century French court.  “The Promise” by Rachelle Friedman is a love story about a bride paralyzed just weeks before her wedding. 

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Kristal Fortune and David Huerta. 

Quotable Quote

“You may forget where you put your keys from time to time.  But unless you forget what your keys are for, this is no cause for alarm…. [In your 60s and beyond] your brain is like an older model computer. The information is still in there, it just takes a little longer to access.”  — Dr. John Whyte, author of “Is This Normal?  The Essential Guide to Middle Age and Beyond.” 

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/.

05/08/2014

Audio books and the return of storytelling

Now a recent opinion piece in The New York Times suggests that we may love audio books because they take us back to our childhood when our parents, grandparents and other caregivers read out loud to us.  There also is an historical context to our enjoyment of the spoken word.  As T.M. Luhrmann, a professor of anthropology at Stanford University, wrote in The Times: “For most of human history, literature has been spoken out loud.  The Iliad and the Odyssey were sung…. Even after narratives were written down, they were more often heard than read.” Upon reflection, today’s audio books may be another example of the old adage, the more things change, the more they stay the same. 

Second free diabetic session

Whether you are pre-diabetic, have just found out you are diabetic or have been living with diabetes for years, a new free diabetic education series of lectures can help answer questions and provide an opportunity for group support. The second session takes place at the library on Monday, May 12, from 4:30 – 6 p.m., and the last on May 19.  They are organized and presented by the Pagosa Springs Medical Center’s Wellness Center, where you need to register at 731-1533.  You can attend all sessions or just one, as you choose. 

Lifelong Learning Lecture tonight 

This evening (Thursday, May 8) marks the fourth week of the library’s free six-week spring Lifelong Leaning Lecture series, with a wide variety of interesting topics to enrich your life and keep your mind agile. Tonight’s topic is “The Near-Death Experience:  What Medical Professionals and Lay People Need to Know” by retired hospice doctor Pam Kircher.  She will show a 30-minute film created by the International Association of Near-Death Experiences and facilitate a Q&A session.  All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. and last about an hour, with time for
questions.  Pick up a brochure at the library for the full schedule.  No registration required.

Program suspensions

The free adultFriday morning movies are taking a summer vacation.  They may return next winter. There will be no karaoke in May. We hope it will return in June when we have the meeting room available again.  Also, no Otaku Club for teens this month.

Free Wise Traditions

Join us for lively discussions and lectures on a variety of topics including dietary needs, agriculture, medical traditions and more on the second Saturday of each month – for May, on the 10th – from 2 – 4:30 p.m.  (Note earlier starting time this month,)  Carmen Ritz returns for this May meeting.  All ages welcome.  No registration required.

Free book club for adults

Join our book club for adults, which meets once a month to discuss fiction and nonfiction.  May’s book is “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand to be discussed Tuesday, May 13 from 2 – 3 p.m. Contact Meg at the library if you still need a copy of the book.  No registration required.

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet issues.  A more formal session requiring registration is Skype on Wednesday, May 14 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. when you will learn how to make free video calls on your computer.           

Free tweens bookclub

If you’re in the fourth-sixth grades, like to read and share what you read with friends, this is the club for you.  Tomorrow (Friday, May 9) from 2-3:15 p.m. we’ll be discussing our last book of this school year.  The club will disband for the summer and resume after the new school year starts. 

Free teen gaming

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

Free LEGO Club

Kids aged 6-13 are invited to have fun with LEGOS this Saturday, May 10 from 10:30 – ll:45 a.m.  Bring your creativity – the LEGOS are provided.

Nonfiction

“My Life, Your Inspiration” by Craig J. Boykin is an autobiography that inspires you to turn minor setbacks into a major comeback. “The Railway Man” by Eric Lomax is a POW’s account of war, brutality and forgiveness.  “Sisters in Sin” by Fort Lewis College history professor Duane A. Smith tells of the life of Nellie Spenser, now buried in Durango.  “Hands Free mama” by Rachel Macy Stafford is a guide to putting down the phone, burning the to-do list and letting go of perfection to enjoy what really matters. “Simple Fly Fishing” by Yvon Chouinard, Craig Mathews and Mauro Mazzo describes how to fish with a tenkara rod.            

DVDs

“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” stars Ben Stiller.  “Berkeley Square” is a warm-hearted family drama set in London.  “Philomena” stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.  The Hobbit: The  Desolation of Smaug” is a two-disc special edition. “August: Osage County” stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.  “Sofia the First” is a Disney Junior story of mermaids. “Hitchcock” stars Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren.  “De-Lovely” is a movie about Cole Porter.  “Alfie” stars Michael Caine.  “The Tree of Life” stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn.  “Sunset Boulevard” stars Gloria
Swanson and William Holden.             

Large print

“Hometown Sheriff” by Cheryl St. John is a romance.  “When Shadows Fall” by J.T. Ellison is a mystery featuring forensic pathologist Dr. Samantha Owens.  “The Headmaster’s Wife” by Thomas Christopher Greene is a psychological thriller.  “Bone Deep” by Randy Wayne White is a Doc Ford mystery.  “Murder, She Barked” by Krista Davis is a Paws and Claws mystery. “Sinister” by Lisa Jackson, Nancy Bush and Rosalind Noonan is a romantic suspense story.  “And the Dark Sacred Night” by Julia Glass tells of a man searching for the identity of his father.  “Death on Blackheath” by Anne Perry is a Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery. “Waking the Dead” by Heather Graham is a Cafferty & Quinn is a mystery.  “Burn” by Julianna Baggott is book three of the Pure trilogy.  “The Blood of Renegades: The Loner” by J.A. Johnstone is a western.           

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“A Wanted Woman” by Eric Jerome Dickey is a steamy thriller set in tropical Barbados.  “Everything To Lose” by Andrew Gross is a thriller set after Hurricane Sandy. “Night Diver” by Elizabeth Lowell is a suspense story about underwater treasure hunters.  “The Target” is the latest in the series featuring assassin Will Robie.                        

Other novels

“The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August” by Claire North starts as a man nears the end of his 11th life.  “The King” by J.R. Ward is the latest in the Black Dagger Brotherhood paranormal romance series.  “First Citizen Emperor” by Charles David Eyer is book one in the new Roman Emperor series. “Tattered Heart” by Annie Jackson is a fantasy set in the kingdom of Amaranyllis.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Karen and Dean Cox, Debra Gatton, Arleta Gary, Steve Michel, Rachel Montoya and Tom Thorpe plus our many anonymous donors. 

Quotable Quote

“Don’t raise your voice; improve your argument.” – Desmond Tutu, retired South African Anglican archbishop and social activist.  

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/.