7/12/2018

Home Depot founder offers advice for your career and life

In his new autobiography titled “I Love Capitalism! An American  Story,” Ken Langone tells of his life as a hugely wealthy Wall Street maven, corporate executive and philanthropist while offering words of advice to succeed not only in business but also in life.

The man who co-founded Home Depot grew up in a blue-collar home in New York.  Neither parent finished high school.  His father was a plumber, his mother worked in the school cafeteria, and the family lived paycheck to paycheck.

He doesn’t like to call himself a self-made man because of all the people who helped him along the way, from his family and friends to the 400,000 Home Depot employees.   He believes strongly in speaking his mind and always paying his workers more than the minimum wage.

Here are more of his thoughts:

► “Always take on the difficult, but never take on the impossible…. Don’t promise pie in the sky unless you’ve got the recipe to provide it.”

► Home Depot’s employees are “the most precious things we have.  They’re the only thing that separates us from everybody else.  They’re our secret sauce, our secret weapon.  They’re what makes us what we are as a company…. Start by treating them special.  You let them know they matter.  You let them know you appreciate their opinion.”

► A practicing Catholic who attends church weekly or more often, Langone says, “I always felt that some of the worst people in the world go to Mass regularly and some of the best people in the world never go to church…. I know spirituality isn’t for everybody, but for me it’s been an incredibly motivating factor….  I thank God every morning for all I’ve received and pray to be a better person.”

► One of the most important lessons in my life is this: leave more on the table for the other guy than he thinks he should get…. I never wanted to reach a point on a deal where the other guy feels he was had.”

If you want to read more about Mr. Langone’s life and ideas, his book is available for checkout at the library.  A caution about the author’s language:  Readers may be offended by the profanity throughout the book.

Friends of the Library book sale

One of the most popular events of the summer – the Friends of the Library book sale – takes place on Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11.  Friday’s potluck and preview sale for members starts at 5 p.m.  The Saturday sale for the public runs from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., an hour longer than last year, and unsold items will be marked down to half price in the afternoon.  Watch for more details as the date gets closer, and be sure to mark your calendars now so you don’t miss it.

Summer Reading Program underway

The free Summer Reading Program for all ages is on now through July 27.  Sign up at the desk or register from home on our website to get started and pick up (or print out) your first bingo cards. You will receive a free book each time you turn in a completed bingo sheet, and kids also will have the option of getting a small toy out of our treasure chest.  Completing bingo sheets also enters you into the drawing for our grand prizes that will be awarded for each age group at our closing Summer Reading party on Friday, July 27 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. when everyone will enjoy live music, food and crafts.  (Note that you must be present at the party to win a prize.)

Activities calendars available

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free Summer Reading Program events and other 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.

Adult music club today

To celebrate this year’s Summer Reading Program theme Libraries Rock, your library is hosting a free music club today (Thursday, July 12) from 5:30-6:30 p.m. where you can come to talk music with others.  It’s like a book club except you listen to music and talk about your favorite artists, albums and songs.  Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

Rock painting today

Fourth-12th graders are invited to stop by the library to paint some rocks today,  Thursday, July 12 from 4-5 p.m.

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, July 13 from 2-3 p.m., 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 will take place the second Friday of every month.

SR Club for kids tomorrow

Every Friday we’ll have fun Summer Reading Club events for kids from 2-3:30 p.m.  July 13 you’ll have fun with rockin’ games.  July 20 you’ll create a sand art masterpiece.

LEGO Club

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

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, July 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.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen writers group

Join us next Wednesday, July 18 from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meeting for seventh-12 graders.  This group’s interests include stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction.

Adult education summer schedule

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) is working on a summer schedule – from 2-7 p.m. on Tuesdays.   Come to your library to get help 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.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on alternate Mondays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  Today, July 12 is Windows 10.  July 16 is creating resumes on Microsoft Word.  July 26 is saving photos to the cloud using a variety of online platforms.  July 30 is Google maps.

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Large print

“Beach House Reunion” by Mary Alice Monroe takes place in a Southern home on the Isles of Palms.  “Probable Claws” by Rita Maw Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown is a Mrs. Murphy mystery.  “The Gray Ghost” by Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell is a Sam and Remi Fargo adventure.  “Island of the Mad” by Laurie R. King is a mystery featuring Mary Russell and her husband Sherlock Holmes.  “Turbulence” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington adventure.  “Shelter in Place” by Nora Roberts begins with a shooting in a mall.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Murder in Paradise” by James Patterson contains three suspense stories.  “Liar, Liar” by Lisa Jackson starts with the death of a woman who is not who she seems.

Nonfiction

“Going to the Mountain” by Ndaba Mandela is the story of lessons learned from Nelson Mandela by his grandson.  “The Three Questions” by spiritual leader Don Miguel Ruiz asks readers to consider the essential questions that drive our lives.  “Many Love” by Sophie Lucido Johnsen is a memoir of a polyamorous woman.

CDs

“Turbulence” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington thriller.  “The Outsider” by Stephen King is a horror story.  “The President is Missing” by Bill Clinton and James Patterson is a mystery.  “The Gray Ghost” by Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell is a Sam and Remi Fargo adventure.

DVDs

“Lilo & Stitch 2” is a Disney family comedy.  “Man in an Orange Shirt” is a Masterpiece drama about gay life in 1940’s Britain.  “Wanted” is an action movie starring Angelina Jolie.  “I Can Only Imagine” is an inspiring true story behind the title’s hit song.  “The “Switch” is a romance starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman.  “An Act of Love” is a documentary about a Methodist minister.

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 Wendy Mirr, Nancy Crouse, Marilyn Falvey and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“It’s very important in life to know when to shut up. You should not be afraid of silence. – Alex Trebek, American-Canadian TV personality and host of Jeopardy! since 1984.

07/05/2018

Fly fishing lessons, free legal clinic and music club for adults
We have three special free events for adults to highlight for this coming week:

Our wildly popular fly fishing class is back – but note that registration is required in person or by phone to your library at 264-2209.  Mark will provide classroom instruction on Tuesday, July 10 from 9-11 a.m.  Demos and casting practice takes place at Yamaguchi Park on Thursday, July 12 from 9-11 a.m.  Please bring your own equipment if you have it.  An optional field trip to the river will take place on Saturday, July 14.

To celebrate this year’s Summer Reading Program theme Libraries Rock, your library is hosting a music club next Thursday, July 12 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. where you can come to talk music with others.  It’s like a book club except you listen to music and talk about your favorite artists, albums and songs.  Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

Next Friday, July 13 from 2-3 p.m. 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.

Friends of the Library book sale
One of the most popular events of the summer – the Friends of the Library book sale – takes place on Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11.  Friday’s potluck and preview sale for members starts at 5 p.m.  The Saturday sale for the public runs from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., an hour longer than last year, and unsold items will be marked down to half price in the afternoon.  Watch for more details as the date gets closer, and be sure to mark your calendars now so you don’t miss it.

Summer Reading Program underway
The free Summer Reading Program for all ages is on now through July 27.  Sign up at the desk or register from home on our website to get started and pick up (or print out) your first bingo cards. You will receive a free book each time you turn in a completed bingo sheet, and kids also will have the option of getting a small toy out of our treasure chest.  Completing bingo sheets also enters you into the drawing for our grand prizes that will be awarded for each age group at our closing Summer Reading party on Friday, July 27 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. when everyone will enjoy live music, food and crafts.  (Note that you must be present at the party to win a prize.)

Activities calendars available
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free Summer Reading Program events and other 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.

Teen advisory board today
Today, Thursday, July 5, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

SR Club for kids tomorrow
Every Friday we’ll have fun Summer Reading Club events for kids from 2-3:30 p.m.  July 6 you’ll design your own pet rocks.  July 13 you’ll have fun with rockin’ games.  July 20 you’ll create a sand art masterpiece.

Read to a therapy dog Saturday
Saturday, July 7 from 11 a.m. – noon, youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Hondo, 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.

Tween gaming
Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, July 9 from 4-5 p.m.  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 July 10 we will discuss “The Life We Bury” by Allen Eskens.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  Light snacks and beverages will be served.  No registration required.

Teen gaming
Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen role-playing
The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, July 11 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Spanish instruction
Join us for this free basic course next Wednesday, July 11 from 4-5 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish.  We will be starting from the beginning.

Rock painting
Fourth-12th graders are invited to stop by the library to paint some rocks next Thursday, July 12 from 4-5 p.m.

Adult education summer schedule
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) is working on a summer schedule – from 2-7 p.m. on Tuesdays.   Come to your library to get help 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.  Note no Tech Time today, July 5.

Computer/technology classes
Join us on alternate Mondays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  July 12 is Windows 10.  July 16 is creating resumes on Microsoft Word.  July 26 is saving photos to the cloud using a variety of online platforms.  July 30 is Google maps.

Family storytimes
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

DVDs
“Masters of Photography” is part of the National Geographic Great Courses series.  “Charged” is a survival and love story about a man shocked by 2400 volts of electricity.  “Lilo & Stitch” is a Disney animated adventure.  “Inspector Lewis” is the pilot and complete first season of this PBS Masterpiece Mystery.

CDs
“What Einstein Got Wrong” and “Why You Are Who You Are: Investigations into Human Personality” are part of the Great Courses science series.   “American Military History: From Colonials to Counterinsurgents” analyzes more than two centuries of American wars.  “Spanish” is the Pimsleur Express instruction with 13 interactive conversations.

Mysteries and thrillers
“The Perfect Couple”  by Elin Hilderbrand begins when a body is found just hours before a wedding.  “Bring Me Back” by B.A. Paris is a psychological suspense story.

Other novels
“The Skaar Invasion” by Terry Brooks is the second book of the four-part conclusion to the Shannara fantasy series.

How-to and self-help
“Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now” by virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier offers reasons for you to leave your online platforms.  “Ageless Brain” from the editors of Prevention magazine offers tips to help you think faster, remember more and stay sharper.  “The Drought Resilient Farm” by Dale Strickler is a guide to keep water in your soil and help your plants and livestock access it.  “Backpacker Hidden Gems” by Maren Horjus describes 100 undiscovered hikes in America.

Other nonfiction
“The Book of Enoch” is an ancient Jewish religious work attributed to the great grandfather of Noah, but it is not included in the Bible.  “The Faith of Dolly Parton” by Dudley Delffs documents how her faith has inspired her – and the author – throughout her life.  “Famous Father Girl”  by Jamie Bernstein is the memoir of Leonard Bernstein’s daughter.  “The Right Answer” by U.S. Congressman John K. Delaney is a call for bipartisan action, entrepreneurial action and a renewed commitment to American values.

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
“Getting old, I am delighted to report, is not a prescription for acting old.” —  From  “Keep Moving and Other Tips and Truths about Aging,” a memoir by show business legend Dick Van Dyke.

6/28/2018

LIBRARY NEWS

Music coding for teens and Wild-N-Crazy Critters Exotic Pet Shop for all ages

We have two unusual, fun and free Summer Reading Program events to highlight for this coming week:

            ►Today, Thursday, June 28 from 4-5:30 p.m. fifth-12th graders will want to come to the library for a special teen music coding event.  You’ll learn to make music with computer code.  Some laptops will be provided, but if you have one please bring it.

Saturday, June 30 the Wild-N-Crazy Critters Exotic Pet Shop will bring an assortment of reptiles, small animals, birds and invertebrates for an all-ages event from 10 a.m.-noon.  They will talk about each animal and do some interactive handling for those who want to participate.  There will be no registration for this event, but space is limited so you’ll be included on a first come, first served basis.

Library closure

Your library will be closed on July 4 for Independence Day. 

Did you know…

…that your library has a multitude of DVDs and CDs that you can check out for your in-home and travel entertainment?  We have hundreds of audio books on CD in fiction and non-fiction and in the Spanish language – plus musical CDs of all types.  Our DVD selection continues to grow and includes movies of all types and for all ages.  With a variety of genres offered, you will be able to find something for everyone in your family.  Remember to look in the children and teen areas of the library for additional items.

This “Did you know…” section is the second  in a series being prepared by Cindi Galabota, development officer, that will appear periodically in future Library News columns.  We hope you find the information interesting and helpful.

Friends of the Library book sale

One of the most popular events of the summer – the Friends of the Library book sale – takes place on Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11.  Friday’s potluck and preview sale for members starts at 5 p.m.  The Saturday sale for the public runs from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., an hour longer than last year, and unsold items will be marked down to half price in the afternoon.  Watch for more details as the date gets closer, and be sure to mark your calendars now so you don’t miss it.

Summer Reading Program underway

The free Summer Reading Program for all ages is on now through July 27.  Sign up at the desk or register from home on our website to get started and pick up (or print out) your first bingo cards. You will receive a free book each time you turn in a completed bingo sheet, and kids also will have the option of getting a small toy out of our treasure chest.  Completing bingo sheets also enters you into the drawing for our grand prizes that will be awarded for each age group at our closing Summer Reading party on Friday, July 27 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. when everyone will enjoy live music, food and crafts.  (Note that you must be present at the party to win a prize.)

Activities calendars available

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free Summer Reading Program events and other 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.

Fly fishing instruction for adults today

Our wildly popular fly fishing class is back – but note that registration is required in person or by phone to your library at 264-2209.  Demos and casting practice take place at Yamaguchi Park today (Thursday, June 28) from 9-11 a.m.  Please bring your own equipment if you have it.  An optional field trip to the river will take place on Saturday, June 30; time and place to be determined.

Teen bookclub tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, June 29) from 2-3 p.m. at the teen bookclub, seventh-12th graders will discuss “The Black Witch” by Laurie Forest and enjoy free snacks.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.

SR Club for kids tomorrow

Every Friday we’ll have fun Summer Reading Club events for kids from 2-3:30 p.m.  June 29 you can make your own musical instruments out of recyclable materials.  July 6 you’ll design your own pet rocks.  July 13 you’ll have fun with rockin’ games.  July 20 you’ll create a sand art masterpiece.

All-ages movie

Join us Monday, July 2 from 3-4:30 p.m. for a PG 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

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen advisory board

Next Thursday, July 5 the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

Adult education new summer schedule

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) is working on a summer schedule – from 2-7 p.m. on Tuesdays.   Come to your library to get help 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.  Note no Tech Time July 3 or 5.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on alternate Mondays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  June 28 we’ll review tools to protect your privacy online.  July 2 is Internet searching.  July 12 is Windows 10.  July 16 is creating resumes on Microsoft Word.  July 26 is saving photos to the cloud using a variety of online platforms.  July 30 is Google maps.

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Note no storytime on Saturday, June 30.

Large print

“The Death of Mrs. Westaway” by Ruth Ware is a mystery that begins with a letter delivered to the wrong person.  “To the Moon and Back” by Karen Kingsbury is book three in the Baxter Family romance series.  “The Outsider” by Stephen King is a horror story.  “The Moscow Deception” by Karen Robards is a suspense story.   “Us Against You” by Fredrik Backman tells of a town with a new coach and a chance of a comeback for their hockey team.  “When Life Gives You Lululemons” by Lauren Weisberger features a Hollywood image consultant who needs a big opportunity.         “How Hard Can It Be?” by Allison Pearson follows a 49-year-old woman forced to return to work to support her family. 

Short stories

“Brief Cases” by Jim Butcher contains 12 stories from the supernatural fantasy world of Harry Dresden. 

Mysteries and thrillers

“Line of Sight” by Mike Maden is a Jack Ryan thriller in the Tom Clancy series.  “Bearskin” by James A. McLaughlin features a man obsessed with catching poaches before they skill more bears.  “The Pharaoh Key” by Preston & Child is about a code-breaking machine.

Other novels

“How Hard Can It Be?” by Allison Pearson follows a 49-year-old woman forced to return to work to support her family.  “The Book of Essie” by Meghan Maclean Weir features a 17-yeaqr-old on a reality show who becomes pregnant.

How-to and self-help

“Cuba: The Cookbook” by Madelaine Vazquez Galvez and Imogene Tondre features 300 traditional recipes and regional specialties.   “The New Small House” by architect Katie Hutchison describes more than 25  houses and retreats.  “Compact Cabins” by Gerald Rowan outlines 62 plans for living in 1,000 square feet or less.  “Tiny House Floor Plans” by Michael Janzen contains more than 200 floor plans.

Nonfiction

“Lincoln’s Last Trial” by Dan Abrams documents the murder case that propelled him to the presidency.  “I Love Capitalism!”  by Ken Langone is the memoir of the cofounder of The Home Depot.  “Homelands” by Alfredo Corchado looks at the last great Mexican migration through the eyes of four friends.   “Turncoat” by Stephen Brumwell delves into the factors behind Benedict Arnold’s abandonment of the revolutionary cause.           

DVDs

“Africa” is part of the BBC Earth series.  “Love, Simon” is a coming-of-age story.  “Jane” is a National Geographic documentary about Jane Goodall,  the chimpanzee researcher.  “The Fencer,” based on a true story, won the 2016 Academy Award for best foreign film (it’s in Estonian with English subtitles).  “Anita O’Day” is an award-winning  documentary about the life of the jazz singer.              

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 Valley Lowrance and our anonymous donors.  For a generous donation, we thank M C Roddis.

Quotable Quote

“Even if you can’t bring yourself to get rid of your stuff, your heirs will have no such qualms at all.” – Finn Murphy, professional mover and author of “The Long Haul.”

6/21/2018

Audio books for families:  Great storytelling at home and on car trips

Listening to audio books is a wonderful way for families to enjoy contemporary and classical stories together – at home and on car trips.

To be sure your kids will enjoy the books, let them help you pick which ones they want to listen to.  As you choose, consider three things – subject, length of the book and its narrator (who may be a celebrity your youngster knows from TV or movies).

The popularity of audio books has skyrocketed in recent years, as evidenced by the fact that your library’s collection of books on CD is greatly used and much appreciated by our patrons.  Now a recent article in The New York Times suggests that we may love audio books because they take us back to our childhood when our parents, grandparents and other caregivers read out loud to us.

There also is an historical context to our enjoyment of the spoken word.  As T.M. Luhrmann, a professor of anthropology at Stanford University, wrote in The Times: “For most of human history, literature has been spoken out loud.  The Iliad and the Odyssey were sung…. Even after narratives were written down, they were more often heard than read.”

Upon reflection, the popularity of today’s audio books may be another example of the old adage, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Friends of the Library book sale

One of the most popular events of the summer – the Friends of the Library book sale – takes place on Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11.  Friday’s potluck and preview sale for members starts at 5 p.m.  The Saturday sale for the public runs from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., an hour longer than last year, and unsold items will be marked down to half price in the afternoon.  Watch for more details as the date gets closer, and be sure to mark your calendars now so you don’t miss it.

Summer Reading Program underway

The free Summer Reading Program for all ages is on now through July 27.  Sign up at the desk or register from home on our website to get started and pick up (or print out) your first bingo cards. You will receive a free book each time you turn in a completed bingo sheet, and kids also will have the option of getting a small toy out of our treasure chest.  Completing bingo sheets also enters you into the drawing for our grand prizes that will be awarded for each age group at our closing Summer Reading party on Friday, July 27 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. when everyone will enjoy live music, food and crafts.  (Note that you must be present at the party to win a prize.)

Activities calendars available

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free Summer Reading Program events and other 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.

Teens music coding event

Fifth-12th graders will want to save the date of next Thursday, June 28 from 4-5:30 p.m. for a special music coding event.  You’ll learn to make music with computer code.  Some laptops will be provided, but if you have one please bring it.

Board games fun today

Fourth-12th graders are invited to a free board games session today (Thursday, June 21) from 4-5:30 p.m.  Join us to play a variety of board and tabletop games.

SR Club for kids tomorrow

Every Friday this month we’ll have fun Summer Reading Club events for kids from 2-3:30 p.m.  Tomorrow, June 22, you can paint your own masterpiece.  June 29 you can make your own musical instruments out of recyclable materials.

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book lovers group – formerly the Senior Book Club – meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–noon. Tomorrow (Friday, June 22) they will discuss “Calling Me Home” by Julie Kibler.  Stop by your library to pick up a copy.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.

LEGO Club and all-ages contest

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

Also, as part of the Summer Reading Program, we are having an all-ages LEGO contest.  Submissions must be turned in by tomorrow, June 22.  Prizes for different age groups will be awarded on Saturday, June 23 at 12:15 p.m. after LEGO Club.  Entries must be built ahead of time and they must be of your own creation, not a LEGO kit or from another source.  Also, no Technic or motorized pieces.  Entries cannot be larger than 18” x 18” x 18”.  Any questions?  Ask at your library or phone 264-2209.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is next Monday, June 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 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Fly fishing instruction for adults

Our wildly popular fly fishing class is back – but note that registration is required in person or by phone to your library at 264-2209.  Mark will provide classroom instruction on Tuesday, June 26 from 9-11 a.m.  Demos and casting practice takes place at Yamaguchi Park on Thursday, June 28 from 9-11 a.m.  Please bring your own equipment if you have it.  An optional field trip to the river will take place on Saturday, June 30.

Paws to Read

Tuesday, June 26 from 2-3 p.m., youngsters from K-fifth grades 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.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, June 27 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Spanish conversation

Next Wednesday, June 27 from 4-5 p.m. practice your Spanish with other Spanish-language learners and speakers  at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Adult education new summer schedule

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) is working on a summer schedule – from 2-7 p.m. on Tuesdays.   Come to your library to get help 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.  Note no Tech Time today, June 21.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  No class today, June 21.  June 28 we’ll review tools to protect your privacy online.

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Spanish-language books

“El  Dia Que Se Perdio El Amor” by Javier Castillo is a combination suspense-love story.  “La Mujer en la Ventana” by A.J. Finn is a suspense story featuring a reclusive woman.  “Sigo Siendo Yo” by Jojo Moyes follows a young woman who comes to New York and finds herself mingling with high society.  “Una Novela Criminal” by Jorge Volpi is a criticism of policies against criminals that do not look at the root causes of the problems.  “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline is set in a virtual utopia in 2044.  “La Paradoja Vegetal” by cardiologist Dr. Steven R. Gundry explores problems with some plant-based proteins.

Short stories

“Florida” by Lauren Groff is a collection of short stories spanning characters, towns, decades and centuries, all with Florida at the gravitational center.

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Moscow Offensive” by Dale Brown is an Iron Wolf Squadron thriller.  “Dreams of Falling” by Karen White follows two women who return home to South Carolina with a devastating secret.

How-to and self-help

“Happy Cactus” by John Pilbeam provides practical tips to help you take care of more than 100 cacti and succulents.  “Digestive Health with Real Food” by Aglaee Jacob is a practical guide to an anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense diet for IBS and other digestive issues.  “The Rodale Book of Composting” by Grace  Gershuny and Deborah L. Martin offers simple methods to improve your soil, recycle waste and grow healthier plants.

Nonfiction

“Tesla” BY Richard Munson is the biography of a genius inventor of the radio, robots and remote control who died alone in a New York City hotel.  “Tiger Woods” by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian is a biography of the golfer based on years of reporting and interviews with more then 250 people.  “2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Official Book” is a guide to the soccer tournament going on now.  “Hue 1968” by Mark Bowden is a history of the4 biggest battle of the Vietnam War.  “Rude” by English columnist Katie Hopkins is part memoir and part handbook for the modern woman.  “Black Klansman” by Ron Stallworth is a memoir of a black police officer who goes undercover to investigate the KKK; it is about to become a film directed by Spike Lee.

DVDs

“Thelma” is a Norwegian supernatural drama.  “The War” is a seven-part Ken Burns documentary about World War II.  “Indian Summers” is the complete first season of the Masterpiece series. 

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 Alexis Snider and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“Genius is immediate but talent takes time.” – Janet Flanner (1892-1978), author,  journalist and former Paris correspondent for The New Yorker magazine.

6/14/2018

Steampunk crafts, dancing raisins and reading with a therapy dog

Here are just three of the many fun Summer Reading Program activities going on this week:

A special Summer Reading edition of Steamboat Crafts takes place today, Thursday, June 14, from 4-5:30 p.m. for 7th-12th graders when you’ll make wind chimes from gears, keys and whatever else we can find.

Every Friday this month we’ll have fun Summer Reading Club events for kids from 2-3:30 p.m.  Tomorrow, June 15, we’ll do science experiments with dancing raisins.  June 22 you can paint your own masterpiece.  June 29 you can make your own musical instruments out of recyclable materials.

Saturday, June 16 from 11 a.m. – noon, youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Lainey, 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.

Summer Reading Program underway

The free Summer Reading Program for all ages is on now through July 27.  Sign up at the desk or register from home on our website to get started and pick up (or print out) your first bingo cards. You will receive a free book each time you turn in a completed bingo sheet, and kids also will have the option of getting a small toy out of our treasure chest.  Completing bingo sheets also enters you into the drawing for our grand prizes that will be awarded for each age group at our closing Summer Reading party on Friday, July 27 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. when everyone will enjoy live music, food and crafts.  (Note that you must be present at the party to win a prize.)

Activities calendars available

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free Summer Reading Program events and other 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.

All-ages LEGO contest

As part of the Summer Reading Program, we are having an all-ages LEGO contest.  Submissions must be turned in between June 18 and 22.  Prizes for different age groups will be awarded on Saturday, June 23 at 12:15 p.m. after LEGO Club.  Entries must be built ahead of time and they must be of your own creation, not a LEGO kit or from another source.  Also, no Technic or motorized pieces.  Entries cannot be larger than 18” x 18” x 18”.  Any questions?  Ask at your library or phone 264-2209.

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, June 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.  

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event next Wednesday, June 20 from 1-2 p.m. you’ll have the option of making a stone planter or a stone candle holder using rocks and hot glue.  No registration required. 

Teen writers group

Join us next Wednesday, June 20 from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meeting for seventh-12 graders.  This group’s interests include stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction.  Special guest this session will be local author Mariko Tatsumoto.

Board games fun

Fourth-12th graders are invited to a free board games session next Thursday, June 21 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Join us to play a variety of board and tabletop games.

Adult education new summer schedule

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) is working on a new summer schedule – from 2-7 p.m. on Tuesdays.   Come to your library to get help 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.  Note no Tech Time on June 21.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  Today, June 14, we’ll review Consumer Health Complete, the single most comprehensive resource for consumer health content.  No class on June 21.  June 28 reviews tools to protect your privacy online.

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  

Backpacks available for free checkout

Thanks to a partnership between the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado State Library, we have two backpacks available for free checkout.  They contain a state park pass, binoculars, a wildlife guide, a trees and wildlife guide, a book about the 42 state parks, and more. They can be checked out for a full week and renewed for an additional week.   They cannot be placed on hold.  Consider it a “Lucky Day” pickup item, meaning that if you come in and it’s available, you can check it out.

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Favorite Sister” by Jessica Knoll begins with two fiercely competitive sisters cast on a reality TV show.  “The President Is Missing” by Bill Clinton and James Patterson is a thriller that promises details only a president could know.

Other novels

“Adjustment Day” by Chuck Palahniuk is a satiric look at the absurdities in our society.  “Felo-De-Se by R.A. Monroe features a woman who loves only those she embalms.

Short stories

“Calypso” by humorist David Sedaris is a collection of 21 family stories about middle age and mortality.

How-to and self-help

“USA Southwest”  is an Insight Guide that includes a free e-book and app.   “Off the Clock” by Laura Vanderkam offers strategies to help you feel less busy while getting more done.  “The Campout Cookbook” by Marnie Hanel and Jen Stevenson provides more than 100 recipes to cook in the backcountry – but please don’t use it around here while we are under outdoor fire bans.

Other nonfiction

“Energy” by Richard Rhodes is a human history highlighting energy transitions that revolutionized the world.

Books on CD

“Tyrant” by Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt explores the playwright’s insight into bad and often mad rulers.   “The Bloody Sour” by Mickey Spillane and Max Allen Collins is a Caleb York western.  “The Evil Men Do” by Ralph Compton is part of the bestselling series.   “Better Off Dead” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Shawn O’Brien western.

DVDs

“Beautiful Birds” is the PBS Nature program.  “Heartland” is the complete third season.  “Pokemon” is the four-film collector’s set.   

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, Cody Wilson and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived, and lived well.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American essayist, lecturer, philosopher and poet.

Website

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

6/7/2018

Free Summer Reading Program is underway now

One of our most popular events of the year – the free Summer Reading Program for all ages – started this Monday, June 4 and runs through July 27.  Libraries Rock! is this year’s theme.

Sign up at the desk or register from home on our website to get started and pick up (or print out) your first bingo cards. You will receive a free book each time you turn in a completed bingo sheet, and kids also will have the option of getting a small toy out of our treasure chest.

Each bingo sheet is filled with age-appropriate activities to help you learn, grow and stay engaged throughout the summer.  Completing bingo sheets also enters you into the drawing for our grand prizes that will be awarded for each age group at our closing Summer Reading party on Friday, July 27 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. when everyone will enjoy live music, food and crafts.  (Note that you must be present at the party to win a prize.)

We’ll be detailing the prizes in future columns. They will be divided into four age groups: babies to four years,  children K-6th grade,  teens and adults.

The Summer Reading Program offers special events, fun surprises and reading incentives throughout June and July.  Examples include the Summer Reading club for kids, a LEGO contest for all ages, special music events for tweens, teens and adults, and a Wild-N-Crazy Critters Exotic Pet Shop that will bring an assortment of reptiles, small animals, birds and invertebrates to the library.

Summer Reading themes will be incorporated into our regular programming as well.  Watch for details and dates in this column every week, or pick up an activities calendar so you don’t miss anything.

We hope you will sign up for the Summer Reading Program.  It’s fun, it’s educational, and it will help your children avoid the dreaded “summer slide” in reading skills that has been documented so often when youngsters take a vacation from books.

Activities calendars available

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free Summer Reading Program events and other 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.

New Music Club today

Please join us at a new free adult Music Club from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. today  (Thursday, June 7) and again on July 12.  To celebrate Libraries Rock! being the Summer Reading Program theme, this music club lets you come to the library to talk music with others.  It’s like a book club except we listen to music and talk about your favorite artists, albums and songs.  Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

Teen advisory board today

Today (Thursday, June 7) the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

Summer Reading Club for kids tomorrow

Every Friday this month we’ll have fun Summer Reading Club events for kids from 2-3 p.m.  Tomorrow, June 8, we’ll make wind chimes.  June 15 we’ll do science experiments with dancing raisins.  June 22 you can paint your own masterpiece.  June 29 you can make your own musical instruments out of recyclable materials.

LEGO Club and all-ages contest

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

Also, as part of the Summer Reading Program, we are having an all-ages LEGO contest.  Submissions must be turned in between June 18 and 22.  Prizes for different age groups will be awarded on Saturday, June 23 at 12:15 p.m. after LEGO Club.  Entries must be built ahead of time and they must be of your own creation, not a LEGO kit or from another source.  Also, no Technic or motorized pieces.  Entries cannot be larger than 18” x 18” x 18”.  Any questions?  Ask at your library or phone 264-2209.

Save the date for Steampunk Crafts

A special Summer Reading edition of Steamboat Crafts takes place next Thursday, June 14 from 4-5:30 p.m. for 7th-12th graders when you’ll make wind chimes from gears, keys and whatever else we can find.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is next Monday, June 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 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Adult education new summer schedule

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) is going to a new summer schedule.  As of this week it takes place from 2-7 p.m. on Tuesdays.   Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, June 13 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.  Note no Tech Time on June 21.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  Today, June 7, is email basics.  June 14 reviews Consumer Health Complete, the single most comprehensive resource for consumer health content.  No class on June 21. June 28 reviews tools to protect your privacy online.

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Star of the North” by D.B. John is a thriller set in North Korea.

Novels

“The High Season” by Judy Blundell features locals and visitors at a Long Island beach town one summer.

Nonfiction

“The Last Stand of the Pack” by Arthur H. Carhart, edited by Andrew Gulliford, explores the past and future of wolves in Colorado.   “Facts and Fears” by former U.S. director of national intelligence James R. Clapper explores the U.S. intelligence community’s successes and failures.

Books on CD

“Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors” by Conn Igguldin is the concluding volume of the War of the Roses”series set in 1420s England.  “Polish” is the Pimsleur level one guide to learning Polish.  “Adjustment Day” by Chuck Palahniuk is a dark satire.  “The Cast” by Danielle Steel tells of a woman whose stories of her female ancestors become a successful TV series. 

DVDs

“Forever my Girl” follows a country music star who left his bride to pursue his fame and fortune.  “The Making of a Lady” is based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  “Steve McQueen American Icon” is the true story of the actor’s spiritual quest narrated by Gary Sinise.  “Black Panther”  is the Marvel Studios action-packed sci-fi adventure.

Large print

“Flight of the Hawk: The River” by W. Michael Gear is book one of the Novel of the American West series.  “A World of Hurt” by Tim Bryan is a Wilkie John western.  “Preacher’s Kill” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is book 24 of the First Mountain Men series.

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

“Experts increasingly argue that contentment is something we can cultivate and increase with a set of learned skills.  One way is to count your blessings.  Studies have repeatedly shown that expressing gratitude – by keeping a weekly journal of things you are grateful for or jotting down a short list each day, for instance – leaves people feeling less stressed, healthier and more optimistic for the future.” – “The Week” magazine.

Website

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

05/31/2018

Summer Reading Program starts next week
One of our most popular events of the year – the free Summer Reading Program for all ages – starts next Monday, June 4 and runs through July 27.  Libraries Rock! is this year’s theme.

Sign up at the desk or register from home on our website to get started and pick up (or print out) your first bingo cards. You will receive a free book each time you turn in a completed bingo sheet, and kids also will have the option of getting a small toy out of our treasure chest.

Each bingo sheet is filled with age-appropriate activities to help you learn, grow and stay engaged throughout the summer.  Completing bingo sheets also enters you into the drawing for our grand prizes that will be awarded for each age group at our closing Summer Reading party on Friday, July 27 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. when everyone will enjoy live music, food and crafts.  (Note that you must be present at the party to win a prize.)

We’ll be detailing the prizes in future columns. They will be divided into four age groups: babies to four years, children K-6th grade,  teens and adults.

The Summer Reading Program offers special events, fun surprises and reading incentives throughout June and July.  Examples include a Summer Reading club for kids, a LEGO contest for all ages, special music events for tweens, teens and adults, and a Wild-N-Crazy Critters Exotic Pet Shop that will bring an assortment of reptiles, small animals, birds and invertebrates to the library.

Summer Reading themes will be incorporated into our regular programming as well.  Watch for details and dates in this column every week, or pick up an activities calendar so you don’t miss anything.

Be sure to sign up for the Summer Reading Program next week.  It’s fun, it’s educational, and it will help your children avoid the dreaded “summer slide” in reading skills that has been documented so often when youngsters take a vacation from books.

Activities calendars available
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free Summer Reading Program events and other 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.

Adult education new summer schedule
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) is going to a new summer schedule.  As of June 5, it will take place from 2-7 p.m. on Tuesdays.   Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Tween gaming today
Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is today (Thursday, May 31) from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

All-ages gaming tomorrow
Join us tomorrow (Friday, June 1) from 2-3:15 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.

Paws to Read on Saturday
Saturday, June 2 from 11 a.m. – noon, youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Hondo, Bacchus and Lainey, therapy dogs who love listening to stories, at a free Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

All-ages movie
Join us Monday, June 4 from 3-4:30 p.m. for a PG 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.

Teen gaming
Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen role-playing
The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, June 6 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Spanish instruction
Join us for this free basic course next Wednesday, June 6 from 4-5 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish.  We will go over double object pronouns.

Teen advisory board
Next Thursday, June 7 the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

Free tech sessions
Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.  Note: No Tech Time June 21.

Computer/technology classes
Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  Today (May 31) you’ll learn about viruses and malware and what to do about them.  June 7 is email basics.  June 14 reviews Consumer Health Complete, the single most comprehensive resource for consumer health content.  No class June 21.  June 28 reviews tools to protect your privacy online.

New music club
Mark your calendar for a new free adult music club from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. next  Thursday, June 7 and again on July 12.  To celebrate Libraries Rock! being the Summer Reading Program theme, this music club lets you come to the library to talk music with others.  It’s like a book club except we listen to music and talk about your favorite artists, albums and songs.  Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

Family storytimes
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Nonfiction
“Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor” by Yossi Klein Halevi is one Israeli’s attempt to reach beyond the wall that separates Israelis and Palestinians.  “Chernobyl” by historian Serhii Plokhy explores the history and people involved in the worst nuclear disaster in history.

CDs
“Dead Girl Running” by Christina Dodo is a mystery set in a remote vacation resort.  “The Designs of Lord Randolph Cavanaugh” by Stephanie Laurens is book one of a new series set in Victorian England.  “Robert B. Parker’s Old Black Magic” by Ace Atkins is a Spenser mystery.  “The Other Lady Vanishes” is a mystery set in 1930s California.  “The Crooked Staircase” by Dean Koontz is a Jane Hawk mystery.  “The First Family” by Michael Palmer is a medical thriller.

DVDs
“Goodbye Christopher Robin” is a movie exploring the relationship between author A.A. Milne and his famous son.  “Identity Thief” is an R-rated comedy.  “The Moon Spanners” is a Walt Disney Hayley Mills family thriller.  “Fallen” is a documentary honoring police officers who died in the line of duty.

Large print
“The Family Gathering” by Robyn Carr is a Sullivan’s Crossing novel.  “The Crooked Staircase” by Dean Koontz is a Jane Hawk mystery.  “Dead Girl Running” by Christina Dodo is a mystery set in a remote vacation resort.  “Robert B. Parker’s Old Black Magic” by Ace Atkins is a Spenser mystery.           

Novels
“A Shout in the Ruins” by Kevin Powers tells the stories of multiple characters affected by the Civil War over 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 Nancy Crouse, Bob Lecour, Nathaniel Lineberry and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Things turn out well when you work as a team, when you share the ball and when you’re kind to each other.” – Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt, 98, chaplain of the NCAA Tournament darlings Loyola-Chicago.

 

 

5/24/2018

Did you know that your library offers 33 free online resources?

Did you know that your library offers 33 different free online resources available to you 24/7?  Visit https://pagosalibrary.org/online-resources/ to find a variety of topics for people of all ages.

Examples include Regional Business News with 50 regional business publications, Small Engine Repair Reference Center and Britannica School for students.    Transparent Language Online is packed full of lessons that offer a complete, language-learning solutions.  History Reference Center offers more than 150 history periodicals, nearly 57,000 historical documents, more than 77,000 biographies of historical figures and more than 37,400 historical photos and maps.

For questions regarding the Library’s online resources, call 970-264-2209 or email to ruby@pagosalibrary.org.

This “Did you know…” section is the first in a series being prepared by Cindi Galabota, development officer, that will appear periodically in future Library News columns.  We hope you find the information interesting and helpful.

Library closure

Your library will be closed on Monday, May 28 in celebration of Memorial Day.

Summer Reading Program

Please note that the ever-popular Summer Reading Program with the theme Libraries Rock! starts June 4.  Watch for details in next week’s Library News column.

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.

End of School game break today

Fourth-12 graders, please join us for a free End of School game break today (Thursday, May 24) from 4-5 p.m.  Teens and tweens can take a break from studying to stop by the library for games and snacks.

Teen bookclub tomorrow

Friday, May 25 from 2-3 p.m. at the teen bookclub, seventh-12th graders will discuss “Scythe” by Neal Shusterman and enjoy free snacks.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.  Note change of day and time because school is out.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, May 25) from 2-3:15 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 – formerly the Senior Book Club – meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–noon. Tomorrow (Friday, May 25) they will discuss “The Aviator’s Wife” by Melanie Benjamin.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.  No registration required.

LEGO Club Saturday

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, May 26 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen role-playing

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

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is next Thursday, May 31 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Free tech sessions

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

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  May 24 reviews the Ancestry Library edition database on family histories.  May 31 you’ll learn about viruses and malware and what to do about them.

Adult education 

Our PALS program – Pagosa Adult Learning Services – takes place three days a week: Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Jicarilla booklets

We have two collections of special Jicarilla booklets edited Merton Sandoval.  The four Jicarilla Numbers booklets were compiled over the years by different people to aid classroom teachers assisting students learning to count in Jicarilla.  The four Jicarilla Teachings booklets were compiled at several work sessions in 2000 to preserve the Jicarilla language and provide moral and useful advice for everyday life.  You will find them in the New Item area of the library.

Books on CD

“A Higher Loyalty” by James Comey is the memoir of the FBI director.  “Shattered Mirror” by Iris Johansen is an Eye Duncan mystery.  “Twisted Prey” by John Sandford is a Lucas Davenport mystery.  “The Fallen” by David Balducci is an Amos Decker mystery.  “The 17th Suspect” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is a Women’s Murder Club mystery.  “The Forgotten Road” by Richard Paul Evans is the second book in the trilogy about a man on an inspirational pilgrimage across Route 66.

DVDs

“Night Gallery” is the complete first season.  “Teen Canoes” is a parable  about Australian aboriginal life before European settlement.  “Peter Rabbit” is a comedy for children.  “North America” is a two-DVD set of this documentary.

Large print

“The Other Lady Vanishes” by Amanda Quick is a mystery.  “The High Tide Club” by Mary Kay Andrews begins with a summons from a 99-year-old eccentric heiress.  “The First Family” by Michael and Daniel Palmer is a mystery about the First Family son.  “Shattered Mirror” by Iris Johansen is an Eve Duncan forensic sculptor mystery.   “Someone to Care” by Mary Balogh is a Westcott novel.  “The Forgotten Road” by Richard Paul Evans is book two of the Broken Road series.  “Twisted Prey” by John Sandford is a Lucas Davenport mystery. 

Cookbooks

“Autoimmune Solution Cookbook” by Dr. Amy Myers provides more than 150 recipes designed to prevent and reverse inflammatory-related symptoms and diseases.  “How to Grill Everything” by Mark Bittman features 1,000 recipes and advice for gas and charcoal grilling. 

Biographies and memoirs

“Barracoon: The Story of the Last ‘Black Cargo’” by Zora Neale Hurston is the biography of a man born in Africa before being enslaved and brought to America.  “The Girl” by Michelle Morgan is a biography of Marilyn Monroe.  “Robin” by Dave Itzkoff is a biography of Robin Williams.  “The Flying Tigers” by Sam Kleiner is the untold story of the American pilots who waged a secret war against Japan.  “Brothers of the Gun” by Marwan Hisham and Molly Crabapple is the story of a young man coming of age during the Syrian War,

Short stories by a future Pagosan

We have three books of short stories by Maryland Circuit Court Judge Albert W. Northrop – “Buck,”  “Always an Adventure” and “Did You Say Two.”   The author and his wife Karen plan to move to Pagosa Springs when he retires. 

Novels

“My Ex-Life” by Stephen McCauley follows a couple who reunite after being divorced for 30 years.  “Our Kind of Cruelty” by Araminta Hall is a darkly twisted love story.  “To Those Afflicted” by J.L. Blankenship tells of the relationship between two sisters, one who may be a schizophrenic.  “By Invitation Only” by Dorothea Benton Frank is a tale of two families in two different worlds, limousines and pickup trucks.  “How to Walk Away” by Katherine Center focuses on a woman with a perfect future who loses everything.  “The Cast” by Danielle Steel features a talented woman as she launches a new TV series.

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 Linda Schaffer and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

Advice to his three children:  “One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose, and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.” – Stephen Hawking (1942-2018), world-renowned physicist, cosmologist, author and professor who died peacefully at home in March at the age of 76, long after was told at age 21 he would have only two years to live when diagnosed with a rare form of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).  He defied the odds and helped transform the way scientists view black holes and the universe.  He was portrayed in the 2014 biographical film by Eddie Redmayne in an Academy Award-winning role.

5/17/18

Backpacks available for free checkout

With this beautiful spring weather, you may be thinking about a hiking or camping trip.  So we wanted to remind you that, thanks to a partnership between the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado State Library, we have two backpacks available for free checkout.

The backpacks contain a state park pass, binoculars, a wildlife guide, a trees and wildlife guide, a book about the 42 state parks, and more. They can be checked out for a full week and renewed for an additional week.   They cannot be placed on hold.  Consider it a “Lucky Day” pickup item, meaning that if you come in and it’s available, you can check it out.

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.

Lifelong Learning Lecture today

The seventh and last presentation in our free spring Lifelong Learning Lecture series takes place today, May 17, from 5-6:30 p.m. Dr. Andrew Gulliford, professor of history and environmental science at Fort Lewis College, will review the history of killing wolves in Colorado and the possibility of bringing them back to our wilderness. We hope you have enjoyed these interesting and informative presentations.  Watch for information on the next Lifelong Learning Lectures in the fall.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, May 18) 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.

Kids Club Saturday

Kids Club for K-fifth graders takes place this Saturday, May 19 from 11 a.m. – noon.  Each month this new free program will feature a different theme and include book-sharing, games, crafts and snacks.  May’s theme is cardboard construction.  Please note that Kids Club is now open to kindergarteners.

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, May 21 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.  

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event next Wednesday, May 23 from 1-2 p.m. we’ll transform an old pie tin into a unique rustic picture frame that will help you remember family or friends and add character to your home.  Bring an old photograph – preferably a copy or digital version that you can cut up.  No registration required.

Spanish conversation

Next Wednesday, May 23 from 4-5 p.m. practice your Spanish with other Spanish-language learners and speakers  at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

End of School game break

Fourth-12 graders, mark your calendars for a free End of School game break next Thursday, May 24 from 4-5 p.m.  Teens and tweens can take a break from studying to stop by the library for games and snacks.

Free tech sessions

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

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  Today, May 17, covers using Microsoft Word to create professional-looking resumes using basic and advanced formatting tools.  May 24 reviews the Ancestry Library edition database on family histories.  May 31 you’ll learn about viruses and malware and what to do about them.

Adult education 

Our PALS program – Pagosa Adult Learning Services – takes place three days a week: Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Please note that both storytimes are now 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.

How-to and self-help

“The Happiness Curve” by Jonathan Rauch explains why life gets better after 50 and offers tips for the third period in life.  “Anticancer Living” by Lorenzo Cohen and Alison Jeffries focuses on six areas of health and wellness to fight cancer.  “Texas” is an Insight Guide that includes a free app and e-book.  “Addiction Solution” by Dr. Lloyd I Sederer, a chief medical officer, is a practical guide to understanding the world of drug use, abuse and treatment.  “The Pocket Dalai Lama” is a selection of inspiring short teachings from this Buddhist leader.  “The Magic of Tiny Business” by Sharon Rowe is a guide to making a great living in a small business. 

Other nonfiction

“Human Errors” by biologist Nathan H. Lents is am exploration of our four-billion-year evolutionary saga.  “Chasing Hope” by Richard M. Cohen is a memoir of a patient with multiple sclerosis who takes part in a pioneering stem cell protocol.  “Atticus Finch” by historian Joseph Crespino reveals how Harper Lee’s father provided the inspiration for her two novels.  “Gaslighting America” by Amanda Carpenter explores President Trump’s winning formula to control the news and news cycles.  “Reflections” by Barbara Bush is a memoir covering the eight years between her husband’s leaving the presidency and her son’s inauguration.

Books on CD

“The Sixth Day” by Catherine Coulter is the fifth in the Brit in the FBI mystery series.  “Cutting” by Jeffery Deaver is a Lincoln Rhyme-Amelia Sachs mystery.  “I’ve Got My Eyes on You” by Mary Higgins Clark is a thriller.  “Factfulness” by Hans Rosling describes 10 reasons why we’re wrong about the world – and why things are better than we think.  “Red Alert” by James Patterson is an NYPD Red mystery.  “After Anna” by Lisa Scottoline is a mystery.  “Alternate Side” by Anna Quindlen is about life in a tight-knit Manhattan neighborhood.  “The Thief” by J.R. Ward is a novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.  “Macbeth” by Jo Nesbo centers on a run-down town struggling to shed a drug problem.  “Shoot First” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington adventure.

DVDs

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is the latest Skywalker saga. “Hostiles” is the movie that was shot in New Mexico with several Pagosa people as extras.  “Blue Planet II” is a documentary exploring the ocean that is narrated by David Attenborough.  “Wild Horse Wild Ride” documents the Extreme Mustang Makeover Challenge. 

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“The 17th Suspect” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is a new Women’s Murder Club mystery.  “Lost Creed” by Alex Kava features Ryder Creed and his K9 four-legged “detectives.”   “Warlight” by Booker Prize winner Michael Ondaatje follows two children abandoned by their parents in 1945 London. 

Other novels

“You Me Everything” by Catherine Isaac follows a mother seeking a father for her 10-year-old son in the French countryside.  “The Perfect Mother” by Aimee Molloy begins when a baby is taken from his crib.  “The Judge Hunter” by Christopher Buckley is a comic adventure about an Englishman coming to Boston in 1664.  “The Cactus” by Sarah Haywood follows an expectant mother whose live is in a tailspin.

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 her generous monetary donation, we thank Muriel Eason.  For books and materials this week, we thank Marilyn Falvey and our anonymous donors – with special mention to retiring school teacher Peggy Shipman, who donated her collection of almost 60 Dr. Seuss books to the library.

Quotable Quote

“All that you touch you change.  All that you change changes you.  The only lasting truth is change.” – Octavia Butler (1947-2006), American science fiction writer and the only sci-fi writer to receive a Macarthur Fellowship from the Macarthur Foundation, which supports creative people committed to building a more just, verdant and peaceful world.

5/10/2018

How to ensure your children love books by keeping them coming in – and going out – of your home

A recent New York Times article headlined “How to Raise a Reader” by Pamela Paul and Marcia Russo offers easy and practical tips on how you can make sure your young children grow up loving to read by keeping new books coming in – and going out – of your home:

  • Let your child build a personal collection of books.  Children love collecting.  Provide a special bookcase in a special place for the ones he or she selects to keep.
  • Have regular conversations about which books your child wants to keep and which should be given to younger siblings, cousins or friends – or donated to shelters, doctors’ offices, schools, charity sales or your library.
  • Consider a birthday party book swap.  Ask guests to bring an age-appropriate book instead of gifts that they can choose on the way out.  Determine the order by pulling numbers from a hat.  It’s nicer than goody bags filled with candy or plastic toys and teaches children that books are special.
  • Don’t let the steep price of books stand in your way.  Make regular trips to the library to keep a constant stream of new and intriguing books in your house.  Constantly rotating books exposes children to a variety of subjects, formats and genres, piquing their curiosity.
  • Let your children become library members as soon as they are old enough.  A child’s first library card is a milestone, often the very first membership card in a young life.  Teach your child that library membership is a privilege and a responsibility with benefits for the rest of his or her life.

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.

Lifelong Learning Lecture today

The sixth presentation in our free spring Lifelong Learning Lecture series takes place today, May 10, when San Juan Basic Public Health will discuss proper nutrition and healthy eating on a budget from 5-6:30 p.m.  The interactive discussion will include  tips on nutrition, effective grocery shopping and how to cook affordable, healthy meals.  Healthy snacks will be available and new recipes will be provided.

Next week, on May 17, for the last presentation in this series Dr. Andrew Guilliford, professor of history and environmental science at Fort Lewis College, will review the history of killing wolves in Colorado and the possibility of bringing them back to our wilderness.

We hope you will join us for these interesting and informative presentations.    For more details about all the talks, please pick up a brochure at your library.

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, May 11) from 2-3 p.m. 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 will take place the second Friday of every month.  You also can visit checkerboard.co to access legal forms and answers to many civil legal questions.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, May 11) from 2-3:15 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, May 12 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, May 14 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 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen writers group

Join us next Wednesday, May 16 from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meeting for seventh-12 graders.  This group’s interests include stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction.

Free tech sessions

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

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  Today, May 10, covers the Cloud library which allows you to download e-books and audio books to your computer or e-reader.  May 17 covers using Microsoft Word to create professional-looking resumes using basic and advanced formatting tools.  May 24 reviews the Ancestry Library edition database on family histories.  May 31 you’ll learn about viruses and malware and what to do about them.

Adult education 

Our PALS program – Pagosa Adult Learning Services – takes place three days a week: Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Please note that both storytimes are now 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.

How-to and self-help

“Outside the Box Cancer Therapies” by naturopathic medical doctors Mark Stengler and Paul Anderson describes alternative therapies that treat and prevent cancer.  “The Best Cook in the World” by Rick Bragg, a cookbook with 74 recipes, is a tribute to the cooking skills of the author’s mother, who does not own a single cookbook.  “Godforsaken Grapes” by Jason Wilson is a journey through the world of strange, obscure and underappreciated wine.  “Magnolia Table” by Joanna Gaines is a collection of 125 recipes including family favorites and the best from the author’s restaurant in Waco, Texas.  “The Clean 20” by Dr. Ian K. Smith focuses om 20 foods from avocado to whole wheat pasta with meal plans, recipes and workouts.

Other nonfiction

“Back Lash” by George Yancy explores what happens when we talk honestly about racism in America.  “Beyond the Map” by Alastair Bennett presents stories of 39 of the world’s most extraordinary spaces.  “Factfulness” by Hans Rosling, a professor of international health, discusses 10 reasons why we’re wrong about the world and why things are better than you think.  “Drive” by Giles Chapman and Jodie Kidd is a Smithsonian history of automobile driving.

Books on CD

“Pause” by Rachael O’Meara describes how and why the fastest way to happiness is to slow down.  “You Can Stay Home with Your Kids” by savings guru Erin Odom offers 100 tips to help you stay home and thrive on a budget.  “Between Friends” by Debbie Macomber follows two girls with different backgrounds and lifestyles who stay friends for life.  “A Dangerous Game” by Heather Graham features a criminal psychologist.  “The Rising Sea” by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown is a Kurt Audtin adventure.  “Everything’s Bigger in Texas” by Mary Lou Sullivan explores the life and times of Kinky Friedman.

DVDs

“Vaccines: Calling the Shots” is a NOVA special that looks at tracking epidemics, exploring the science of vaccinations and the risks of opting out.

Large print

“The Bloody Spur” by Mickey Spillane and Max Allen Collins is a Caleb York western.  “The Outfit: Blood and Ashes” by Matthew P. Mayo is book two of The Outfit series.  “Revenger” by Frank Leslie contains two stories featuring Mike Sartain.  “The Bags of Tricks Affair” by Bill Pronzini is a Carpenter and Quincannon mystery.  “Twenty-one Days” by Anne Perry is a Daniel Pitt mystery.  “Queen Anne’s Lace” by Susan Wittig Albert is a China Bayles mystery.

Novels

“The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse” by Alexander McCall Smith is a love story that includes a dog set in World War II England.  “Love and Ruin” by Paula McLain explores the love between Ernest Hemingway and a female journalist during the Spanish Civil War.  “The Mars Room” by Rachel Kushner tells of life inside a women’s correctional facility in California.

Short stories

“You Think It, I’ll Say It” by Curtis Sittenfeld is a collection of 10 short stories about class, relationships and gender roles.

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 donation, we thank Jan and Bob Clinkenbeard.  For books and materials this week, we thank our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” – C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), British novelist, poet, essayist and lay theologian.