1/2/2020

Fun facts about your library as we start the new year
Did you know that we have more than 29,000 items in our collection and access to thousands more through our library consortium?  Here are 10 more fun facts about your Ruby Sisson library:
1. In 2019, more than 71,000 people used the library’s services. 
2. We offer a multitude of free programs for all ages throughout the year.  In fact, in 2019 we organized nearly 450 different programs for our patrons and visitors.  
3. Our English as a Second Language classes are offered every Tuesday at 5 p.m. and every Friday at noon. 
4. Pagosa Adult Learning Services, or PALS, can help you with high school equivalency, GED, college prep and more.  
5. We have 15 computers available for use by patrons and visitors.  Our computers were used more than 14,000 times this year.
6. We have two specialty bilingual Early Learning Stations for our youngest patrons and visitors.  
7. We offer 34 online resources which can be accessed at any time, 24/7. 
8.  We are blessed with amazing volunteers who help keep the library running smoothly for you. 
9. We provide many business resources including free wi-fi, computers, Notary Public and study carrels plus faxing, scanning and printing.  
10. Our amazing library staff are here to help you with all of your library needs.

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

Save the date for new after-school club
Starting next Friday, January 10, a new after-school club for first-fifth graders takes place from 1:45-3:30 p.m. on the second, third and fourth Friday of every  month.  Participants will engage in literature-based science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) learning activities and work up to an exhibition on the first Friday following each three-week session.  Registration is required by calling us at 970-264-2209 or dropping by the library.

Avalanche awareness today
Today, Thursday, January 2 from 5-6:30 p.m., Mark Mueller returns with a free  avalanche awareness presentation that might save your life, since avalanches are the deadliest natural hazard in Colorado.  Mark is an avalanche forecaster for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.  No registration required. 

Teen advisory board today
Today, Thursday, December 2, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Sixth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

All-ages gaming tomorrow
Join us tomorrow, Friday, January 3 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

LGBTQ youth group Monday
A support group to help LGBTQ youth and young adults from age 16 to in their 20s deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination convenes the first Monday of every month from 4-5:30 p.m.  Under the leadership of Ana M. Sancho Sama, PhD, licensed psychologist, the purpose is to provide a safe and confidential place to share experiences, ask questions and talk about how to cope in this challenging world.  If you have questions, her number is 970-264-1986. 

Homeschool social hour
Stop by next Tuesday, January 7 from 1-2 p.m. for a chance to visit with fellow homeschool families, discuss curriculum and learning opportunities, and look through resources while the kids participate in crafts and other activities.  Josie, your early literacy librarian, is eager to collect ideas on how to serve homeschool families in our community and get your feedback on the value of these sessions.

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

Teen gaming
Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 6th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

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

ESL classes twice a week
Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place on Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Fridays from noon-2 p.m.  The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers —  Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners.  No registration is required.

Las clases son dos veces por semana
Las clases gratuitas de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL) ocurren los martes de 5-7 PM y los viernes de 12-2 PM. Las clases son dirigidas por dos instructoras altamente experimentadas — Joyce Holdread enseña al grupo intermedio / avanzado y Ellen Ragone enseña a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse. 

Adult education
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place Mondays from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and Thursdays from 2-7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

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

Family storytimes
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 2:30-3:30 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.   (Note new time for Saturdays.)   Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  

How-to and self-help
“How Not to Diet” by Dr. Michael Greger discusses the latest research on the leading causes of – and remedies for – obesity.  “The CBD Handbook” contains more than 75 recipes and tips on how to get the most out of your CBD oil of choice.  “Beer Hiking Colorado” is a guide to 50 craft breweries and amazing hikes in our state.  The revised and expanded second edition of “What To Eat During Cancer Treatment” by Jeanne Bess3er and Barbara L. Grant with the American Cancer Society offers more than 120 simple recipes to help you cope with eating-related side effects.  The revised and updated fourth edition of “Solo Guitar Playing 1” by Frederick M. Noad is a complete course of instruction in the techniques of guitar performance.

Early learning books
“Let’s Play” by Jeff A. Johnson and Denita Dinger provides 39 child-led, open-ended play adventures.  “The Outdoor Toddler Activity Book” by Krissy Bonning-Gould takes your youngster outside for more than a hundred fun learning activities.  “Game On!” by Linda J. Armstrong is a collection of more than 300 screen-free, traditional games and activities with a variety of fun themes.  “Do-It-Yourself Early Learning” by Jeff A. and Tasha A. Johnson gives you ideas for easy and fun activities and toys from everyday home center materials. 

Other nonfiction
“Free, Melania” by Kate Bennett is the unauthorized biography of the First Lady. “Migrating to Prison” by César Cuauhtémoc and Garcia Hernández documents the increasing use of detention to regular migration.  “Your Personal Horoscope 2020” by Joseph Polansky is a month-by-month forecast for every sign.

Books on CD
“Double Crossfire” by Anthony J. Tata follows a killing spree aimed at getting a presidential hopeful elected.  “The Seven Longest Yards” by Chris and Emily Norton is an inspiring love story and memoir after as quadriplegic walked across his graduation stage with his fiancée by his side.

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“Beating Around the Bush” by M.C. Beaton is an Agatha Raisin mystery. 

Other novels
“Under Occupation” by Alan Furst is a spy novel telling of anti-Nazi espionage efforts.

DVDs
“Game of Thrones” is the complete eighth season.  “Falling Skies” is the complete first season.  Two “Falling Skies” DVDs carry the complete second and third seasons.  “Though None Go With Me” starts Cheryl Ladd and is based on the bestselling book about a woman whose faith is tested.  “The Natural” is a sports film starring Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close and Kim Basinger.   “Big Sonia” is a documentary about a woman who revisits her past as a refugee and witness to genocide.  “The Snow Walker” is a tale of survival after a plane crash.

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

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

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

Thanks to our donors
For their generous monetary donations, we are grateful to Rick and Lynne Stinchfield, David Bouquet, Rice Reavis and Deb Morton.  For books and materials this week we thank our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote
Thought for the new year:  “Always have enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous.  That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor.” – Paul Hawken, American environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist.

12/26/2019

Makerspace crafts event for all ages and teen gaming today

Creative people of all ages are invited to join us today, Thursday, December 26, from 10-11 a.m. for a very special free crafts event.  We’ll provide all varieties of materials for you to use to build, design and create whatever crafts you want.

Then, free teen gaming normally happens on Tuesdays for teens in the 6th-12th grades, but just for December it takes place on Thursdays because of scheduling conflicts.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks today, December 26, from 4–5:30 p.m.

Holiday closures

Your library closes at noon on December 31 and are closed January 1 for New Year’s. 

Activities calendars available

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

Save the date for avalanche awareness

Next Thursday, January 2 from 5-6:30 p.m., Mark Mueller returns with a free  avalanche awareness presentation that might save your life, since avalanches are the deadliest natural hazard in Colorado.  Mark is an avalanche forecaster for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.  No registration required. 

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, December 27 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

LEGO Club Saturday

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, December 28 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club. 

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, December 30 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

ESL classes expand to evening sessions

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes have been so appreciated at your library that we are – by popular demand – switching one of the weekly sessions to the evening to make it easier for more people to participate.  The new schedule is Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Fridays from noon-2 p.m.  The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers —  Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners.  No registration is required. 

Clases nocturnas de ESL en la biblioteca.    

Las clases han sido tan apreciadas en su biblioteca que nosotros – por demanda popular – estamos cambiando una de las sesiones semanales de la noche para facilitar la participación de más personas. El nuevo horario es los martes de 5-7 y los viernes de 12-4. Las clases son dirigidas por dos maestras altamente experimentadas; Joyce Holdread enseñará a los estudiantes intermedios y avanzados y Ellen Ragone enseñará a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course is available only once more in December: Monday the 30th from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 3-3:45 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  

Books on CD

“Agent Running in the Field” by John Le Carré follows a British spy who is also a passionate badminton player.  “Final Option” by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison tells of an operation to rescue three American spies in Brazil.  “Twisted Twenty-Six” by Janet Evanovich is a Stephanie Plum mystery.  “The Night Fire” by Michael Connelly is a Harry Bosch mystery.

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“Genesis” by Robin Cook uses genealogic DNA databases to help explain a death.  “Guilty Not Guilty”  by Felix Francis is a Dick Francis horseracing mystery.  “Tom Clancy Code of Honor” by Marc Cameron is a Hack Ryan adventure.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“Fall Back Down When I Die” by Joe Wilkins follows a powerful bond between a traumatized, mute young man and a ranch hand in Montana.  “The Siberian Dilemma” by Martin Cruz Smith is a thriller featuring Moscow detective Arkady Renko.  “Invitation Only Murder” by Leslie Meier is a Lucy Stone mystery. 

DVDs

“The Chaperone” is a PBS Masterpiece drama based on the bestselling novel.  “Far from the Tree” is a look at families raising children society deems “abnormal.”

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For their generous monetary donations, we are grateful to Nancy Green and Steve Merchant.  For books and materials this week, we thank our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote

“God help me if I wasn’t nice.  My mum used to say, ‘Don’t you dare pull rank.  There’s always someone who can do the same thing you do and much better than you.’ “ – Julie Andrews, English actor, singer and author.

12/19/2019

Bridging America’s digital skills gap and makerspace crafts event for all ages

America has a digital skills gap, and libraries are increasingly becoming go-to hubs for personal and professional development.  As higher levels of digital skills have become integral to all kinds of work, libraries across the country are stepping up to help – and your library is right up there playing a leadership role.

Few modern jobs are untouched by the wave of digitalization sweeping the American economy.  One study cited by The Atlantic magazine showed that between 2002 and 2016, the share of jobs requiring low digital skills dropped from 56 to 30 percent, while the share requiring high digital skills rose from five to 23 percent. 

You need multiple tools to do well in the digital age – a computer, the internet, credible online resources and face-to-face help – and they all are freely available to you at your Ruby Sisson library. Our free resources include 14 computers for public use, Wi-Fi, computer classes, drop-in technology help, online computer tutorials and two bilingual computer learning stations for young children. Scanning documents to a thumb drive or an email address is also free. Printing costs only 15 cents a page for black and white copies or 50 cents a page for color copies.

We hope you’ll read this Library News column every week to learn about digital learning opportunities happening at your library.

Makespace crafts event

Creative people of all ages are invited to join us next Thursday, December 26 from 10-11 a.m. for a very special free crafts event.  We’ll provide all varieties of materials for you to use to build, design and create whatever crafts you want.

Holiday closures

Your library closes at noon on December 24 and is closed on the 25th for Christmas.  Similarly, we close at noon on December 31 and are closed January 1 for New Year’s. 

Activities calendars available

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

Teen gaming today

Free teen gaming normally happens on Tuesdays for teens in the 6th-12th grades, but just for December it will happen on Thursdays because of scheduling conflicts.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks on December 19 and 26 from 4–5:30 p.m.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, December 20 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, December 23 from 4-5 p.m. Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

ESL classes expand to evening sessions

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes have been so appreciated at your library that we are – by popular demand – switching one of the weekly sessions to the evening to make it easier for more people to participate.  The new schedule is Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Fridays from noon-2 p.m.  The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers —  Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners.  No registration is required. 

Clases nocturnas de ESL en la biblioteca.    

Las clases han sido tan apreciadas en su biblioteca que nosotros – por demanda popular – estamos cambiando una de las sesiones semanales de la noche para facilitar la participación de más personas. El nuevo horario es los martes de 5-7 y los viernes de 12-4. Las clases son dirigidas por dos maestras altamente experimentadas; Joyce Holdread enseñará a los estudiantes intermedios y avanzados y Ellen Ragone enseñará a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course is available only once more in December: Monday the 30th from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 3-3:45 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  

More Christmas books

“Noel Street” by Richard Paul Evans explores the deeper meaning of Christmas.  “A Jensen Family Christmas” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone shows how danger is one of the family holiday traditions.  “Christmas Shopaholic” by Sophie Kinsella follows a young woman whose parents ask her to host Christmas.    

Nonfiction

“AOC” by Prachi Gupta is a biography of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  “If You Tell” by Gregg Olsen is the true story of two sisters who escaped years of abuse from their sadistic mother.  “Casa Construction Exterior” by Michael Gary Devloo is a guide to residential construction in both English and Spanish.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Just Watch Me” by Jeff Lindsay introduces a new thriller series featuring Riley Wolfe.  “The Second Sleep” by Robert Harris follows a young English priest whose faith is tested by the possessions of an older dead priest.   “The Andromeda Evolution” by Daniel H. Wilson is a sequel 50 years after “The Andromeda Strain” made Michael Crichton a household name.  “A Minute to Midnight” by David Baldacci features FBO agent6 Atlee Pine.  “Beating About the Bush” by M.C. Beaton is an Agatha Raisin mystery.  “Criss Cross” by James Patterson is an Alex Cross mystery.  “An Anonymous Girl” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen follows a woman who signs up for a psychology study.  “The Age of Anxiety” by Pete Townshend deals with mythic and operatic themes. 

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“Stealth” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “Contention and Other Frontier Stories” features 17 new stories about the American frontier in the early 1900s.  “Robert B. Parker’s Angel Eyes” by Ace Atkins is a Spenser mystery.  “The Rise of Magicks” by Nora Roberts is book three of the Chronicles of the One series.

Other novels

“The Confession Club” by Elizabeth Berg features a supper club with members who decide to share embarrassing misdeeds and regrets.  “Sword of Kings” by Bernard Cornwell is the 12th installment of the epic Saxon Tales series.  “Once Upon an Alaska Summer” by Lisa T. Bergren is a romance.  “Nothing To See Here” by Kevin Wilson is an unusual story of parental love.  “Star Wars: Resistance Reborn” by Rebecca Roanhorse is the prequel to “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”   “The Starless Sea” by Erin Morgenstern takes readers into a world of stories was filled with keys, cats, books and mystery.

Books on CD

“Bloody Trail of the Mountain Man” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone and “Bucked Out in Dodge” by Ralph Compton are westerns.  “Hawke’s Target” by Reavis Z. Wortham is a Texas Ranger Sonny Hawke thriller.   “The Andromeda Evolution” by Daniel H. Wilson is a sequel 50 years after “The Andromeda Strain” made Michael Crichton a household name.  “The Deserter” by Nelson and Alex DeMille is a thriller about the hunt for an Army deserter.  “Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry” by Mary Higgins Clark is a thriller about sexual misconduct.  “Blue Moon” by Lee Child is a Jack Reacher thriller. 

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors          

For their generous monetary donations, we are grateful to Ron Stanke, Jan and  Bob Clinkenbeard, Gayle Dixon, and Susan and Terry Arrington.  For books and materials this week we thank our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote

“The weak can never forgive.  Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Mahatma Ghandi (1869-1948), Indian lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist and political ethicist, who employed nonviolent resistance to lead the successful campaign for India’s independence from British rule, and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.

12/12/2019

IRA rollover can benefit you and your library

Did you know that you can roll over some or all of your IRA for a good cause: your library? 

If you are age 70½ or older and have an Independent Retirement Account (IRA), you have reached that milestone where you must take a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD).  The distribution may increase your taxable income and require you to pay taxes on this previously untaxed asset. 

If you do not need all or part of the distribution, or it will cause unwanted tax repercussions, we hope you will consider an IRA Charitable Rollover to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation in support of the Ruby Sisson Library.  The IRA Charitable Rollover, also known as a Qualified Charitable Distribution, allows you to gift your RMD to charity, which omits the distribution from your income and allows you to avoid paying the tax.

We recommend you consult with your financial advisor or attorney with tax-related questions.  To learn more, please contact Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209 or cindi@pagosalibrary.org

Text alerts

Just a reminder that your library has a program called ShoutBomb that, when signed up, allows you to receive text messages on your cell phone when items you requested are ready for pickup or when items are overdue.  You can also use this service to text the library to renew items.  It is available in both English and Spanish.

Signing up for ShoutBomb is free, though standard text rates do apply.  This service will only work with phones that can receive SMS text messages and most smart phones should qualify.  To sign up for ShoutBomb, log in to your account on your computer and click the button on the left that says, “Sign Up for Text Message Notifications.”  A document will open up on your computer that explains how to sign up for ShoutBomb.  It takes only a few minutes to sign up, but you will want to have your library card handy.  Of course, you can always speak with one of our friendly library staff and they would be happy to help you sign up for ShoutBomb.

Activities calendars available

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

Homeschool social hour today

Stop by today, Thursday, December 12, from 1-2 p.m. for a chance to visit with fellow homeschool families, discuss curriculum and learning opportunities, and look through resources while the kids participate in crafts and other activities.  Josie, your early literacy librarian, is eager to collect ideas on how to serve homeschool families in our community and get your feedback on the value of these sessions.

Teen gaming today

Free teen gaming normally happens on Tuesdays for teens in the 6th-12th grades, but just for December it will happen on three Thursdays because of scheduling conflicts.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks on December 12, 19 and 26 from 4–5:30 p.m.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, December 13 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

Teen book club tomorrow

Friday, December 13 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the free teen book club, sixth-12th graders will discuss “The Prince and the Dressmaker” by Jen Wang and enjoy free snacks.  

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, December 13, from 2-3 p.m. is a free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney will take place via computer link.  Volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property tax, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans benefits and civil protection orders.  Please check in at the registration desk.  This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month. 

LEGO Club Saturday

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, December 14 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club. 

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, December 16 from 4-5 p.m.  Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   This free club is for fifth-12th grades.

“Growing Readers” part two

The second of a free two-part workshop called “Growing Readers Together: Play, Learn and Grow” takes place Tuesday, December 17 from 4-5 p.m. for anyone involved in childcare.  You’ll learn easy, fun ways to support early learning through play.  Children are welcome to come also.  Participants will receive materials to keep playing and learning at home. The first five years in a child’s life are crucial to your child’s development.  This program will explore easy ways to infuse everyday activities with literacy and science so young people are ready to read and thrive when they start school.  You are welcome to attend this second session even if you missed the first.

Adult DIY

At this month’s free DIY event next Tuesday, December 17 from 1-2 p.m., you’ll make inexpensive, personalized snow globe gifts using a mason jar, small plastic tree, glitter, Gorilla Glue and a little bit of creativity.  Your snow globe can be filled with water or not.  No registration required.

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, December 18 from 3-4 p.m. practice your Spanish with others to help you increase your fluency at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  Previous attendance not necessary.  No registration required.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, December 18 from 4-5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Computer classes

These free classes twice a month will help you  learn a useful technology skill or application. No registration required.  Monday, December 16 from 1-2 p.m. covers protecting your privacy online as you learn how your online behavior is tracked and used.  Contact Brad at the library if you would like to request a class about any computer topic. 

ESL classes expand to evening sessions

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes have been so appreciated at your library that we are – by popular demand – switching one of the weekly sessions to the evening to make it easier for more people to participate.  The new schedule is Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Fridays from noon-2 p.m.  The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers —  Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners.  No registration is required. 

Clases nocturnas de ESL en la biblioteca.    

Las clases han sido tan apreciadas en su biblioteca que nosotros – por demanda popular – estamos cambiando una de las sesiones semanales de la noche para facilitar la participación de más personas. El nuevo horario es los martes de 5-7 y los viernes de 12-4. Las clases son dirigidas por dos maestras altamente experimentadas; Joyce Holdread enseñará a los estudiantes intermedios y avanzados y Ellen Ragone enseñará a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course is available only once more in December: Monday the 30th from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 3-3:45 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  

DVDs

“Building Wonders” is a NOVA program on engineering mysteries of the ancient world.  “The Art of Racing in the Rain” is a heartwarming story narrated by the family dog, voiced by Kevin Costner.  “A Discovery of Witches” features a witch and a vampire trying to find a magic book before it falls into the wrong hands.  “The Farewell” tells of a family returning to China to say goodbye to their grandmother.  “The Peanut Butter Falcon” follows a young man with Down syndrome who sets out on a life-changing journey.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For their generous monetary donations, we are grateful to Traci Mullins, Susan Langston, Muriel Eason, Julie Gaylord, Madeleine Heath and Olivia Modern.  For books and materials this week we thank our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote

“Discipline for me is very important.  In other words, if I’ve done my homework, if I know what I’m doing, then I can launch rather than just flail around.” – Julie Andrews, English actor, singer and author.

12/5/2019

Fun, free Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo and Growing Readers events next week

Our highly popular“Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo!” takes place Tuesday, December 10 from 4-6 p.m.  This is a free all-ages holiday celebration with lots of fun seasonal crafts to make and take home while you enjoy hot chocolate. 

Then Wednesday, December 11 from 11 a.m.-noon is the first of a free two-part workshop called “Growing Readers Together: Play, Learn and Grow” for anyone involved in childcare.  You’ll learn easy, fun ways to support early learning through play.  Children are welcome to come also.  Participants will receive materials to keep playing and learning at home.

The first five years in a child’s life are crucial to your child’s development.  These two workshops will explore easy ways to infuse everyday activities with literacy and science so young people are ready to read and thrive when they start school.  The second workshop takes place Tuesday, December 17 from 4-5 p.m. 

How to freeze your holds when you away from home

Many patrons love the hold service available at your library which allows you to reserve books and other materials when they are checked out to others.  But you may not know that you can freeze, or suspend, your holds at any time.  This tool can be helpful when you are traveling, and may be especially useful to you during the busy holiday season. 

The best part is you do not lose your place in line.  When your hold is thawed, or released, you go right back in to the same place in your hold line; you do not go to the end of the line.

To freeze your holds online, first log into your account.  On the left side of the page, click on “Titles on Hold.”  A list of all items you have on hold will appear.  If they are not currently in transit, you can freeze the hold until you return from your travels or are ready to receive your hold again.    To freeze your hold, click on the button that says “Freeze Hold.”  Choose the date to thaw and resume the hold again and then click “Freeze Hold.”  The freeze will begin immediately. 

Bike repair toolkit available

Did you know that your library has a bike repair toolkit available for free check out?  This toolkit includes a handbook entitled “Essential Road Bike Maintenance Handbook” by Todd Downs and a toolbox filled with the essential tools needed for basic bicycle repairs.  The handbook covers topics such as frame, pedals, brakes and more.  The library also offers a variety of other bicycle resources for people of all ages including maps, guidebooks, and historical information. 

Activities calendars available

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

Teen advisory board today

Today, Thursday, December 5, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Sixth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

Paws to Read tomorrow

Friday, December 6 from 2:30-3:30 p.m., youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Kate, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a free Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence. 

Knitting Club for teens and adults

Next Monday, December 9 this free club meets from 4-5 p.m. for 4th graders to adults.  Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects and hang out with other crafters.  If you don’t know how to knit, come anyway and we’ll get you started on some of the basics.

Adult book club

Our free adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On December 10 we will discuss “Born a Crime” by Travor Noah.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  Light refreshments will be served.  No registration required.

Homeschool social hour

Stop by next Thursday, December 12 from 1-2 p.m. for a chance to visit with fellow homeschool families, discuss curriculum and learning opportunities, and look through resources while the kids participate in crafts and other activities.  Josie, your early literacy librarian, is eager to collect ideas on how to serve homeschool families in our community and get your feedback on the value of these sessions.

Computer classes

This is a free program to learn a useful technology skill or application. No registration required.  Monday, December 16 covers protecting your privacy online as you learn how your online behavior is tracked and used.

Teen gaming rescheduled

Free teen gaming normally happens on Tuesdays for teens in the 6th-12th grades, but just for December it will happen on three Thursdays because of scheduling conflicts.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks on December 12, 19 and 26 from 4–5:30 p.m.

ESL classes expand to evening sessions

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes have been so appreciated at your library that we are – by popular demand – switching one of the weekly sessions to the evening to make it easier for more people to participate.  The new schedule is Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Fridays from noon-2 p.m.  The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers —  Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners.  No registration is required. 

Clases nocturnas de ESL en la biblioteca.    

Las clases han sido tan apreciadas en su biblioteca que nosotros – por demanda popular – estamos cambiando una de las sesiones semanales de la noche para facilitar la participación de más personas. El nuevo horario es los martes de 5-7 y los viernes de 12-4. Las clases son dirigidas por dos maestras altamente experimentadas; Joyce Holdread enseñará a los estudiantes intermedios y avanzados y Ellen Ragone enseñará a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course is available only twice more in December: today, Thursday, December 5 from 2-7 p.m., and   Monday the 30th from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 3-3:45 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  

DVDs

“Civilizations” is the nine-episode PBS documentary.  “Native America” is PBS’s  four-episode 15,000-year history.  “House of Sand and Fog” stars Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly.  “Nowhere in Africa” won the best foreign language Academy Award in 1986; the DVD is in German with English subtitles.  “Beginners” is a romantic comedy.  “Grizzly Man” is the true story of amateur grizzly expert Timothy Treadmill.  “The Handmaid’s Tale” is season three of the series based on Margaret Atwood’s novel.  “Luce” is a psychological thriller starring Naomi Watts and Octavia Spencer.  “The Vietnam War,” the PBS documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick,  comes in two five-disc sets; volume one contains episodes one-five and volume two contains episodes six-10.  “Nowhere in Africa” is the true story of a German Jewish family fleeing the Nazis to Kenya; it won best foreign language film in the 2001 Academy Awards.

Large print

“To the Land of Long Lost Friends” by Alexander McCall Smith is a No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency mystery.  “Meant to Be Yours” by Susan Mallery is a Happily Inc. romance.  “The Deserter” by Nelson and Alex DeMille is a Delta Force adventure.   “Rough Seas” by Sherryl Woods contains two Molly DeWitt mysteries.  “Christmas Sweets” contains shorts stories by Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine and Leslie Meier.  “The Old Success” by Martha Grimes is a Richard Jury mystery.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable Quote

“The painting has a life of its own.  I try to let it come through.” – Jackson Pollock (1912-1956), American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement.

11/28/2019

Our thanks to special people at Thanksgiving

The staff at your library are thankful all year around for so many people who make their jobs easier and their service better for you, our patrons.  On this Thanksgiving weekend, we want to publicly acknowledge some of the very special among them:

  • We are thankful for the many volunteers who work every day to help us maintain the collection; shelve returned books, CDs and DVDs; and make sure all the books and materials are clean and in their proper place.  Because of our small staff, these volunteers are vital to our service to you. 
  • We are grateful for the time and dedication of our library board.  They also are unpaid volunteers who are committed to making the library an essential hub of our community.   
  • We also appreciate the members of our new Foundation board, also unpaid volunteers, with the mission to raise moneys for information resources, programs, services and facilities. 
  • We also want to pay tribute to the Friends of the Library.  Their generosity, enthusiasm and creativity result in so many benefits to your library, especially with the proceeds of their summer book sales.
  • Library director Meg Wempe says she has always appreciated the quote from Elizabeth Andrew, “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they have the heart.” 

If you’re interested in becoming a library volunteer or joining the Friends, please contact Meg at 264-2208.  You will be warmly welcomed.

“We truly appreciate everyone who has given time or funding to the library to help us improve our collection, our service and our vision for ‘Mountains of opportunity to inspire ideas, enrich lives and create community,’ ” she said.

Library closures

Your library will be closed November 28-30 for Thanksgiving, and Tuesday, December 3 for staff development training.

Activities calendars available

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

Save the dates for two special events

“Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo!” takes place Tuesday, December 10 from 4-6 p.m.  This is an all-ages holiday celebration with lots of fun seasonal crafts to make and take home while you enjoy hot chocolate.  Then Wednesday, December 11 from 11 a.m.-noon is the first of a two-part workshop called “Growing Readers Together: Play, Learn and Grow” for anyone involved in childcare.  You’ll learn easy, fun ways to infuse everyday activities with literacy projects.  Children are welcome to come also.  Watch for more details in next week’s Library News column.

LGBTQ youth group Monday

A support group to help LGBTQ youth from age 16 to young adults deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination convenes the first Monday of every month from 4-5:30 p.m., this month on December 2.  Under the leadership of Ana M. Sancho Sama, PhD, licensed psychologist, the purpose is to provide a safe and confidential place to share experiences, ask questions and talk about how to cope in this challenging world.  If you have questions, her phone number is 970-264-1986. 

Computer classes

These free classes will help you learn a useful technology skill or application. Monday, December 2 from 1-2 p.m. will focus on saving and finding files as you learn how your computer is organized.  No registration required.  Monday, December 16 looks at protecting your privacy online as you learn how your online behavior is tracked and used.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, December 2 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen gaming rescheduled

Free teen gaming normally happens on Tuesdays for teens in the 6th-12th grades, but just for December it will happen on three Thursdays because of scheduling conflicts.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks on December 12, 19 and 26 from 4–5:30 p.m.

Teen role-playing

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

Medicare 101

Do you have questions about Medicare?  San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging Medicare counselor Katy Deshler will help you understand your rights, options, deadlines and where to get more information at a free class next Thursday, December 5 from 10:30 a.m.-noon. For more information contact Kay Kaylor at 264-0501, ext. 1.

Teen advisory board today

Next Thursday, December 5, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Sixth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

ESL classes expand to evening sessions

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes have been so appreciated at your library that we are – by popular demand – switching one of the weekly sessions to the evening to make it easier for more people to participate.  The new schedule is Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Fridays from noon-2 p.m.  The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers —  Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners.  No registration is required. 

Clases nocturnas de ESL en la biblioteca.    

Las clases han sido tan apreciadas en su biblioteca que nosotros – por demanda popular – estamos cambiando una de las sesiones semanales de la noche para facilitar la participación de más personas. El nuevo horario es los martes de 5-7 y los viernes de 12-4. Las clases son dirigidas por dos maestras altamente experimentadas; Joyce Holdread enseñará a los estudiantes intermedios y avanzados y Ellen Ragone enseñará a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course is available only three times in December: Monday, December 2 and 30 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m., and Thursday, December 5 from 2-7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 3-3:45 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  

How-to and self help

“Solar Electricity Basics” by Dan Chiras is the revised second edition of this guide to powering your home or office with solar energy. “Insomnia” is a School of Life Press guide to sleeping well using methods other than medicine. 

Other nonfiction

“A Life on the Edge” by Sheila Weller is a biography of the actress and writer Carrie Fisher, daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.  “The Fall of Richard Nixon” by Tom Brokaw takes readers inside the Washington press corps during the fall of an American president.  “The Plot to Betray America” by intelligence expert Malcolm Nance explores the author’s view of the Trump administration’s damage to national security.  “I Am C-3PO” by actor Anthony Daniels is a behind-the-scenes tale of all nine “Star Wars” movies.  “Finding Chika” by Mitch Albom celebrates a young Haitian orphan whose short life exemplifies the true meaning of family. 

“The Beatles from A to Zed” by Peter Asher is an alphabetical journey into the music of the Beatles and reminiscences of John, Paul, George and Ringo.  “This Land is Their Land” by David Silverman looks at the troubled history of the “first Thanksgiving” 400 years after the event in Plymouth.  “Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister” by Jung Chang documents the stories of three women at the heart of 20th Century China.  “The Great Pretender” by Susannah Cahalan explores an undercover operation into U.S.  asylums to test the legitimacy of  psychiatry’s labels.  “Guilty by Reason of Insanity” by David Limbaugh lays out the author’s belief that the left is a threat to America.  “She Came to Slay” by Erica Armstrong Dunbar is an informative and illustrated biography of Harriet Tubman.  “National Geographic Atlas of the World” is the 11th updated version.  “Rocket Man” by Elton John is a lavishly illustrated biography of the famed singer just in time for his farewell world tour.

Books on CD

“Health Justice Now” by Timothy Faust explains what a single payer health care system is and explores its benefits.  “A Gift from Bob” by James Bowen documents how a street cat helped one man learn the meaning of Christmas.

DVDs

“Good Omens” is a comedy about an angel and a demon who have lived on earth for 6,000 years.  “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” is a horror film.  “The Lion King” is the Disney epic film.  “Going to War” is the PBS documentary of war from the solders’ point of view.

Large print

“Final Option” by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison is an Oregon Files adventure.  “Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry” my Mary Higgins Clark is a thriller featuring investigative journalist Gina Kane.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable Quote

“You’ve got nothing more valuable than time.  Time is the final currency.  Not money, not power.” – David Crosby, 78, American singer-songwriter and musician. In addition to his solo career, he was a founding member of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

11/21/2019

In just one year, people visited public libraries more than a billion times

More than 171 million patrons representing more than half of the nearly 311 million Americans who live within public library service areas visited their local library more than 1.35 billion times in 2016, according to a new study using the latest available statistics.

As well, U.S. public libraries offered half a million more programs in 2016 than the year before, and 113 million people attended 5.2 million programs in 2016.  Also, the number of electronic materials like audio, video and e-books available through public libraries continued to grow, with libraries offering more than 391 million e-books to their patrons.

The data for these impressive results are collected annually from approximately 9,000 public library systems comprised of more than 17,000 main libraries, branches and bookmobiles in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories.

Holiday closure

Your library will be closed November 28-30 for Thanksgiving.

Smokey Bear exhibit

We hope you’ll drop by the library to see a special Smokey Bear portrait exhibit celebrating Smokey’s 75th birthday on Saturday, November 23 from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Monday, November 25 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. This exhibit, which is traveling to ranger districts across the country, commemorates the U.S. Forest Service’s contributions to wildfire prevention and features the artwork of Rudolph Wendelin. He was a Forest Service employee who is the artist behind Smokey Bear.  Beginning in 1944, Wendelin became the full-time artist for the Smokey Bear campaign and was considered Smokey Bear’s “caretaker” until his retirement in 1973. Smokey the Bear is the longest-running public service advertising campaign in United States history, with the goal of bringing awareness to unwanted, human-caused fires in America.

Lifelong Learning lecture

The last talk in the free fall Lifelong Learning lecture series takes place at 5 p.m. today, November 21, when neuroscientist Jean Strahlendorf discusses dementia and new clinical research that strives to reveal ways to potentially stave of its onset and progression. 

Activities calendars available

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

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, November 22 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.  

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book lovers group normally meets on the fourth Friday of every month, but they will not meet in November.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.  

LEGO Club

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

Tween gaming

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

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 6th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, November 27 from 4-5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

ESL classes expand to evening sessions

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes have been so appreciated at your library that we are – by popular demand – switching one of the weekly sessions to the evening to make it easier for more people to participate.  The new schedule is Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Fridays from noon-2 p.m.  The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers —  Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners. No registration is required. 

Clases nocturnas de ESL en la biblioteca.    

Las clases han sido tan apreciadas en su biblioteca que nosotros – por demanda popular – estamos cambiando una de las sesiones semanales de la noche para facilitar la participación de más personas. El nuevo horario es los martes de 5-7 y los viernes de 12-4. Las clases son dirigidas por dos maestras altamente experimentadas; Joyce Holdread enseñará a los estudiantes intermedios y avanzados y Ellen Ragone enseñará a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place Mondays from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and Thursdays from 2-7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 3-3:45 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  November 27 will be a free play session. There is no storytime on Saturday, November 23 because of the Smokey Bear exhibit. 

Fiction books on CD

“Stealth” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “Wasteland” by Terry Goodkind is book three of the Children of D’Hara fantasy series.  “Olive, Again” by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout returns to the life of Olive Kitteridge.  “The Guardians” by John Grisham is a legal mystery.  “36 Righteous Men” by Steven Pressfield is a Manning and Duwai thriller.

Nonfiction books on CD

“Help!  Someone I Love Has Cancer” by Joel Hughes offers real-life advice from a family who have experienced cancer.  “Home Work” by Julie Andrews is the second installment of the actress’s memoirs, this one focusing on her Hollywood years.  “Dear Scott, Dear Zelda” contains letters between F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and a narrative by two scholars.  “In Pain” by Travis Rieder is a bioethicist’s memoir of opioid dependence after an accident.  “The Toxic Parents Survival Guide” by psychologist Bryn Collins helps you free yourself from an emotionally unavailable parent. 

Nonfiction

“For Small Creatures Such as We” by Sasha Sagan explores Earth’s marvels and how they provide meaning to our lives.  “Slice of Life” by Juliara Jensen tells why it is important to your life to be close to nature.  “America’s Game” by Jerry Rice and Randy O. Williams celebrates the NFL’s first 100 years. 

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable Quote

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” – Andy Warhol (1928-1987), American artist, director and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art.

11/14/2019

Christmas books to enjoy or give as gifts, plus stuffed animal sleepover       

With Thanksgiving so late this year, you may also be thinking about Christmas, which is only a little more than five weeks away.  So we wanted to give you some ideas about new holiday books that might be good for you to read or give as gifts to family and friends.

We already have four mysteries and thrillers debuting for the Christmas season:  “The 19th Christmas” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is a Women’s Murder Club mystery available as a book and on CD.  “The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street” by Karen White follows a search for valuable artifacts in the garden of a centuries-old home.  “Owl be Home for Christmas” by Donna Andrews is a large-print Meg Langslow mystery.  “Aunt Dimity and the Heart of Gold” by Nancy Atherton is a large-print mystery set in a small English village.

“The Perfect Love Song” by Patti Callahan Henry is a Christmas romance.  “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” is a Chicken Soup for the Soul collection of 101 inspiriting stories of holiday love and wonder.  “Let it Snow” by Nancy Thayer is a Christmas romance set on Nantucket.  “Spirit of the Season” by Fern Michaels is a large-print story set in a B&B in North Carolina.  “A Mrs. Miracle Christmas: by Debbie Macomber features a caregiver with magical talents and is available as a book and on CD.   “Christmas Shopaholic” by Sophie Kinsella is a new Shopaholic adventure.

Stuffed animal sleepover

Aspen and Cinnamon, our new mascots in the children’s section of your library, are hosting a party for all their friends on Tuesday, November 19 at 5:30 p.m.  All guests, human and animal, will participate in a brief storytime before the humans tuck their stuffed animal into bed for the night.  The stuffed animals will stay overnight with Aspen and Cinnamon, so please bring only special stuffed friends who can be separated from their humans.       

Holiday closure

Your library will be closed November 28-30 for Thanksgiving.

Lifelong Learning lecture

The last talk in the free fall Lifelong Learning lecture series takes place at 5 p.m.   November 21 when neuroscientist Jean Strahlendorf  discusses dementia and new clinical research that strives to reveal ways to potentially stave of its onset and progression. 

Activities calendars available

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

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, November 15, from 2-3:30 p.m. for a free PG-rated movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

Computer class

On Monday, November 18 from 1-2 p.m. the free computer class will feature Google Drive when you will learn how to save documents, save your files online and collaborate with others.

Otaku Club

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

Adult DIY

At this month’s free DIY event next Tuesday, November 19 from 1-2 p.m., you’ll make a Thanksgiving wreath that celebrates the fall foliage.  No registration required.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 6th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, November 20 from 3-4 p.m. practice your Spanish with others to help you increase your fluency at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  Previous attendance not necessary.  No registration required.

ESL classes expand to evening sessions

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes have been so appreciated at your library that we are – by popular demand – switching one of the weekly sessions to the evening to make it easier for more people to participate.  The new schedule is Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Fridays from noon-2 p.m.  The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers —  Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners.  No registration is required. 

Clases nocturnas de ESL en la biblioteca.    

Las clases han sido tan apreciadas en su biblioteca que nosotros – por demanda popular – estamos cambiando una de las sesiones semanales de la noche para facilitar la participación de más personas. El nuevo horario es los martes de 5-7 y los viernes de 12-4. Las clases son dirigidas por dos maestras altamente experimentadas; Joyce Holdread enseñará a los estudiantes intermedios y avanzados y Ellen Ragone enseñará a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place Mondays from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and Thursdays from 2-7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 3-3:45 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Note that Bacchus, our favorite PAWS to Read dog, will be a special guest on Wednesday, November 20.

How-to and self-help

“Skoolie!” by Will Sutherland shows you how to convert a school bus or van into a tiny home or RV.   “Nomad” by Emma Reddington is a guide to life on the road and off the grid.  “Reading Group Choices 2020” describes selections for lively discussions chosen by authors, agents, publicists, librarians, booksellers and publishing people.  “Best in Travel 2020” is a Lonely Planet guide.  “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” by Patricia Schultz is a new visual edition of this iconic bestseller.  “Hand Hewn” by Jack Soborn is a guide for people seeking natural and simply beautiful architecture.  “Nothing Fancy” by Alison Roman is an unfussy guide to having people over for a meal.  “Whole 30 Friends & Family” by Melissa Hartwig Urban contains menus and recipes for social occasions like birthday parties, baby showers, tailgating and more.  “Food: What the Heck Should I Cook?” by Dr. Mark Hyman features more than 100 delicious and nutritous recipes for weight loss and good health. 
Other nonfiction

“Classic Krakauer” by Jon Krakauer is a collection of 10 essays on wilderness and risk.  Trump vs. China” by Newt Gringrich explores the threat of Communist China to America.  “Running with Sherman” by Christopher McDougall is the story of a gentle but badly o;; rescue donkey who made himself and others better by his racing success.  “All the President’s Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator” by Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizsy looks as far back as Trump’s childhood to explore his relationships with women. 

Novels

“Find Me” by Andre Aciman is a follow-up to “Call; Me by Your Name” that became an Academy Award-winning film. 

Books on CD

“Child’s Play” by Danielle Steel follows three adult children making choices that surprise their mother.  “Me” by Elton John is the autobiography of this singer/songwriter.  “To the Land of Long Lost Friends” by Alexander McCall Smith is a No. 1 ladies Detective Agency mystery.  “Mosaic” by Michael C Grumley is a sci-fi story.  Bloody Genius” by John Sanford is a Virgil Flowers mystery.  “The Giver of Stars” by Jojo Moyes is based on a true story about women who bring books to people who never have had any.

Large print

“Blood Sky at Morning” by Jory Sherman is a Shadow Rider western.  “Flight of the Hawk: The Plains” by W. Michael Gear is a novel of the American West.  “A Good American Family” by David Maraniss tells the story of the author’s father who was blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1932.  “American Predator” by Maureen Callahan unveils the story of a relentless killer never as famous as Ted Bundy or Jeffrey Dahmer. 

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“Blue Moon” by Lee Child is a Jack Reacher thriller.  “The Family Upstairs” by Lisa Jewell follows a woman who learns her identity ate age 25.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Gary Snider and our anonymous donors.  For their generous donation in memory of Marjorie Witting, we thanks David and Lucia Oswald.

Quotable Quote

“We are always doing something, talking, reading, listening to the radio, planning what’s next.  The mind is kept naggingly busy on some easy, unimportant external thing all day.” – Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), journalist, editor, freelance writer and teacher of writing. She is best known for her book “If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit.”

11/7/2019


Tips to help encourage your children to read this winter
As we enter the darker days of winter, books can be even more popular companions for your children, if you follow some or all of these tips:

  • Set aside a specific time each day for reading.  Read together and create time for children to read on their own.  A nighttime reading routine is especially rewarding.
  • Create a fun reading space in your home, such as a tent or fort with comfy pillows, bean bags and blankets – and, of course, a basket of books.
  • Be a role model.  If your kids see you reading, you’re setting a good example.
  • Ensure reading materials are readily available in your home and carry them with you everywhere – including in your car and when you go to appointments where you might have to wait.
  • Introduce youngsters to a book series to help keep reading interest high.
  • Regularly take your children to the library to attend some of the many activities appropriate for their age and to pick out books. Allowing them to choose what they want to read helps nurture lifelong readers.

Holiday hours
Your library will be open on Veterans Day but closed November 28-30 for Thanksgiving.

Lifelong Learning lectures
The next talk in the free fall Lifelong Learning lecture series takes place at 5 p.m.   today, November 7, featuring the San Juan Search and Rescue – who they are and what they do to save lives.  On November 21 neuroscientist Jean Strahlendorf  discusses dementia and new clinical research that strives to reveal ways to potentially stave of its onset and progression.  Pick up a brochure at your library with more information on each of these interesting and illuminating talks.  We hope to see you there.

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

Teen advisory board today
Today, Thursday, November 7, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Sixth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

Paws to Read tomorrow
Tomorrow, Friday, November 8, from 2:30-3:30 p.m., youngsters of all ages are invited to share their favorite books with Bacchus, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a free Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

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

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

Tween gaming
Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, November 11 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen gaming
Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 6th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Adult book club
Our free adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On November 12 we will discuss “The Overstory” by Richard Powers.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  Light refreshments will be served.  No registration required.

ESL classes expand to evening sessions
Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes have been so appreciated at your library that we are – by popular demand – switching one of the weekly sessions to the evening to make it easier for more people to participate.  The new schedule is Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Fridays from noon-2 p.m.  The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers —  Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners.  No registration is required. 

Clases nocturnas de ESL en la biblioteca
Las clases han sido tan apreciadas en su biblioteca que nosotros – por demanda popular – estamos cambiando una de las sesiones semanales de la noche para facilitar la participación de más personas. El nuevo horario es los martes de 5-7 y los viernes de 12-4. Las clases son dirigidas por dos maestras altamente experimentadas; Joyce Holdread enseñará a los estudiantes intermedios y avanzados y Ellen Ragone enseñará a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse.

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

Adult education
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place Mondays from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and Thursdays from 2-7 p.m. Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

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

Family storytimes
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 3-3:45 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Note that Saturday, November 9 is an introduction to French with Zhena via songs and literacy activities, and Wednesday, November 13 is American Sign Language in a music and movement program with Diann Tator..

DVDs
“Mary and the Witch’s Flower” is an animated family film.  “Vikings Unearthed” is a BBC Nova documentary.  “Superheroes” is a history from comic strip adventurers of the Great Depression to movie superstars of today.  “True Detective” is the complete third season.  “The Haunting of Hill House” features five siblings who grew up in the most famous haunted house in America.  “The Devil’s Backbone” is a supernatural thriller.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense
“The Night Fire” by Michael Connelly is a Renee Ballard and Harry Bosch mystery.  “Running in the Field” by John Le Carre follows a 47-year veteran British spy asked to do one more job.

Other novels
“Texas Forever” by Janet Dailey is a western romance.   “Lawman” by Ethan J. Wolfe is book five of the Regulator western series.       

Large print
“The United States of Trump” by Bill O’Reilly shows how his life events forged his worldview.  “Land of Wolves” by Craig Johnson is a Longmire mystery.  “The Darwin Affair” by Tim Mason begins with an assassination attempt to Queen Victoria.  

Nonfiction
“A Better Planet: 40 Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future” edited by Daniel C. Esty presents solutions from environmental thought-leaders across the political spectrum.  “The Body” by Bill Bryson guides us through the human body – how it functions, how it fails and how it can heal itself.  “On The Plain of the Snakes” by Paul Theroux documents the author’s drive the length of the U.S.-Mexico border to uncover the world behind the brutal headlines.  “Me” by Elton John is the autobiography of this singer-songwriter.  “The Inflammation Spectrum” by Dr. Will Cole is a customized action plan  for healthy eating. 

“The Wholesome Easy Keto Cookbook” by Maya Krampf contains 100 low-carb recipes with 10 ingredients or fewer.  “Healthy Instant Pot” by Alexis Mersel contains 70 fast, fresh and easy recipes.  “Three Days at the Brink” by Bret Baier covers a secret meeting with FDR, Churchill and Stalin.  “Edison” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Edmund Morris is a biography of the most famous American of his time.

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

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

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

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

Quotable Quote
“Try your best to make goodness attractive.  That’s one of the toughest assignments you’ll ever be given.”  — Fred Rogers (1928-2003), host of the children’s TV series “Mister Rogers’s Neighborhood” and ordained Presbyterian minister.



10/31/2019

Fun free Halloween events today and tomorrow

Today, Thursday, October 31, before 4:15 p.m. is your last chance to enter our annual pumpkin decorating contest.  Pumpkins can be carved, painted or decorated.  The party runs from 3-5:15 p.m.  Join us for snacks while you wait for the announcement of the winners at 5:15 p.m. in five categories: preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17 and adult.  One entry per person, please.  

Then tomorrow, Friday, November 1, we’ll host the Day of the Dead Halloween Lock-in from 5-7 p.m. for ages 12-17.  Registration and a signed parental permission slip are  required.  Join us for food, games, movies and crafts – costumes encouraged but not necessary.  All participants must be in the building before 5 p.m. when the library closes.

Lifelong Learning lectures

The next talk in the free fall Lifelong Learning lecture series takes place at 5 p.m.   November 7 featuring the San Juan Search and Rescue – who they are and what they do to save lives.  On November 21 neuroscientist Jean Strahlendorf  discusses dementia and new clinical research that strives to reveal ways to potentially stave of its onset and progression.  Pick up a brochure at your library with more information on each of these interesting and illuminating talks.  We hope to see you there.

Activities calendars available

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

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, November 1 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.  

LGBTQ youth group Monday

A support group to help LGBTQ youth from ages 16 to young adults deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination convenes on November 4 and the first Monday of every month from 4-5:30 p.m.  Under the leadership of Ana M. Sancho Sama, PhD, licensed psychologist, the purpose is to provide a safe and confidential place to share experiences, ask questions and talk about how to cope in this challenging world.  If you have questions, her office number is 970-264-1986. 

Homeschool social hour

Stop by Tuesday, November 5 from 1-2 p.m. for a chance to visit with fellow homeschool families, discuss curriculum and learning opportunities, and look through resources while the kids participate in crafts and other activities.  Josie, your early literacy librarian, is eager to collect ideas on how to serve homeschool families in our community and get your feedback on the value of these sessions, which will continue at least until December.

ESL classes expand to evening sessions

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes have been so appreciated at your library that we are – by popular demand – switching one of the weekly sessions to the evening to make it easier for more people to participate.  The new schedule is Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Fridays from noon-2 p.m.  The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers —  Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners.  No registration is required. 

Clases nocturnas de ESL en la biblioteca.    

Las clases han sido tan apreciadas en su biblioteca que nosotros – por demanda popular – estamos cambiando una de las sesiones semanales de la noche para facilitar la participación de más personas. El nuevo horario es los martes de 5-7 y los viernes de 12-4. Las clases son dirigidas por dos maestras altamente experimentadas; Joyce Holdread enseñará a los estudiantes intermedios y avanzados y Ellen Ragone enseñará a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse.

Computer class

Monday, November 4 from 1-2 p.m. covers resume basics when you will learn how to effectively create an appealing resume using Microsoft Word.  No registration required.

Tween gaming

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

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 6th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Knitting Club for teens and adults

On Wednesday, November 6 this free club meets from 4-5 p.m. for 4th graders to adults.  Note the expansion of ages to include adults.  Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects and hang out with other crafters.  If you don’t know how to knit, come anyway and we’ll get you started on some of the basics.

Teen advisory board

NextThursday, November 7, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Sixth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place on Monday, November 4 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Thursday, November 7 from 2-7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 3-3:45 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Note that Saturday, November 2 is a Dia de los Muertos event with special guests introducing us to some of the traditions surrounding this holiday. 

Large print

“Gutsy Women” by Hillary Rodham and Chelsea Clinton share stories of inspiring women who stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions and get the job done.  “A Single Thread” by Tracy Chevalier follows an English single woman trying to create a life for herself after World War I.  “The Institute” by Stephen King tells of kids with talents for telekinesis and telepathy.  “Met Her Match” by Jude Deveraux is a romance.  “The Long Call” by Ann Cleeves is book one of the Two Rivers mystery series.  “Nothing Ventured” by Jeffrey Archer is a William Warwick mystery.  “Death in Focus” by Anne Perry is an Elena Standish adventure set in Berlin as the Third Reich comes into power.  “The Titanic Secret” by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Bruel is an Isaac Bell adventure.  “Quantum” by Patricia Cornwall features Captain Calli Chase, a NASA pilot.  “Bloody Genius” by John Sandford is a Virgil Flowers mystery.   

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“A Bitter Feast” by Deborah Crombie, set in the Cotswolds, features a Scotland Yard husband and wife detective team.  “The Guardians” by John Grisham follows the dangerous path of a minister fighting the wrongful conviction of a man for murder.  “Book of Bones” by John Connolly begins when the body of a young woman is discovered on a lonely moor. 

Other novels

“Olive, Again” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Elizabeth Strout continues the story of Olive Kitteridge.  “The Burning White” by Brent Weeks is the concluding book of the Lightbringer fantasy series.

Nonfiction

“Big Wonderful Thing” by Stephen Harrigan is a history of Texas.  “Blowout” by Rachel Maddow is an expose of the power of Big Oil and Gas around the world.  “Where To Go When” is a DK Eyewitness travel guide recommending trips for every month.  “Best Hospitals 2020” is a U.S. News & World Report guide.   “A Dog’s Promise” by W. Bruce Cameron continues the story of Bailey.  “Play Your Way to Good Manners” by Kate Naito and Sarah Westcott explains how to get the best behavior from your dog through sports, games and tricks. 

Books on CD

“Dark Illusion” by Christine Feehan is a Carpathian fantasy.  “The Science of Obesity and the Truth About Dieting” by Giles Yeo looks at the way our genetic makeup influences our relationship with food.  “The Body” by Bill Bryson guides us through the human body – how it functions, how it fails and how it can heal itself.

DVDs

“Chernobyl” is the five-part HBO miniseries.  “Africa’s Great Civilizations” is the six-hour PBS series.  “True Detective” is the complete second season.                            

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable Quote

“Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people.” – Henry Miller  (1891-1980), American writer known for breaking with existing literary forms and developing a new type of semi-autobiographical novel such as “Tropic of Cancer.”