2/28/2019

Should you bribe your children to read?

A New York Times article by KJ Dell’Antonia looks at the pros and cons of bribing your children to read, and the research and experts’ responses may surprise you.

Everyone agrees that it’s essential that all children be encouraged to read.  When reading is difficult for them, so is almost everything else. As kids get to be better readers, every subject from math to history becomes more accessible – and practice is the only way to get there.

So how to make that happen?

Many parents fall back on bribery, paying per book, minute or page in currencies ranging from toys to screen time to cash.  But many studies show that paying kids to do things they once enjoyed for free can backfire; many kids stop reading when the rewards dry up, while those who aren’t rewarded carry on reading just for fun.

Some experts actually agree that rewards can be useful, especially for younger learners who may benefit from a jump start or a short-term intervention.  But they don’t have to be money or things.  Dr. Rahil Briggs, director of pediatric behavioral health at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.  “It could be that it’s a special treat to go to the library with Dad, and that alone time is part of what’s rewarding about it.”

Dr. Edward L. Deci, professor of psychology at the University of Rochester agrees, saying nonmaterial rewards may be the most effective.  An excursion with a parent, or a special time reading together and discussing books, convey the importance of reading because your valuable time has become the currency.  Family trips to the library can become precious events to children.

“Money may be motivating,” concludes Dell’Antonia, “but so is living in a home where books and reading are part of family life.”  As Dr. Briggs noted, reading together, choosing books, talking about words and stories, even going to the library, is a lot harder than taking a dollar out of our wallets.  And probably more valuable in the long run.

Wanted: Two ESL instructors

Your library is looking to hire two ESL instructors to teach speaking practice, vocabulary enrichment as well as reading, writing and language skills to students learning English as a second language.  These are new part-time positions working five to six hours a week, including four hours of class time.  One will teach beginning skills and the other more advanced.  For more details, see the job description on the library’s website.  Experience is required, and salary is commensurate with experience and knowledge.  Please drop off a letter of interest and resume to the library or email meg@pagosalibrary.org with these files.

Library foundation fundraiser concert

On March 8, the new library foundation will host Moors and McCumber for one night in the Pagosa Springs High School auditorium. Local festival-goers will remember Moors and McCumber from their popular past visits to Reservoir Hill. They craft beautiful story songs that walk the line between rootsy folk and melodic pop.  Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 6:30 p.m. with an opening show by the Pagosa Springs High School Americana Project students. Moors and McCumber will play at 7:30 p.m.  Entry to the concert is by donation, with a suggested contribution of $10 per person or $25 per family. All proceeds from the event go to the library foundation.

Text alerts

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

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

Activities calendars available

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

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, March 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 Saturday

This Saturday, March 2 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, March 4 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen gaming

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

New Knitting-plus Club for teens

Next Wednesday, March 6, this new free club meets for the second time from 4-5:30 p.m. for 7th-12th graders.  It’s called the Knitting-plus Club because it includes not only knitting but also crochet projects, needlepoint and more.  But note that teaching will be available only for knitting.  This club is being formed at the request of several teens, and the plan is to have the group meet monthly.  The next couple of months will be a test period. Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects and hang out with other crafters.  If you don’t know how to knit, come anyway and we’ll get you started on some of the basics.

Women’s Wellness

Next Thursday, March 7 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. is the second session of a new free women’s wellness program for women ages 21-64 facilitated by San Juan Basin Public Health.  Note earlier starting time from February session.  Also please note that there will not be any actual physical examinations at the library.  Rather, the sessions will provide education on about where and how to access cancer screenings, assess barriers to screening for breast and cervical cancer, and help with information about women’s sexual health.  You’ll also hear about free or low-cost services offered by San Juan Basin Health such as women’s, children’s and infants’ services, Connect for Health CO, Nurse-Family Partnership and SafeCare.  Light refreshments will be served.  No registration required.

Avalanche awareness

Join Mark Mueller next Thursday, March 7 from 5:30-7 p.m. for a free presentation about avalanche safety.  Mark is an avalanche forecaster for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, which says that avalanches are the deadliest hazard in Colorado.  This talk could save your life.

Teen advisory board

NextThursday, March 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.

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  March 14 covers how to create professional looking resumes on Microsoft Word.  March 28 details how to navigate commonly used features on your Windows, Android or Apple smartphone nor tablet.  No registration required.  

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  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 from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Note that PALS will not take place the week of Spring Break (March 25 – Mar 29). PALS generally follows the school schedule, so when they are off, Mark is off. 

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 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.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  Wednesday, March 6 will feature ukulele songs and story performed by the Snell Family Siblings.

Books on CD

“The House Next Door” by James Patterson contains three thrillers.  “The Burglar” by Thomas Perry features a sophisticated young female burglar who becomes endangered after stumbling upon a triple homicide.  “Verses for the Dead” by Preston & Child is a mystery featuring FBI Special Agent Pendergast. 

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 Alan Saltzstein and our anonymous donors. 

Quotable Quote    “There’s an old saying that I very much ascribe to.  When somebody says, “You can’t do that,” my response is, “Well, I wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t try.”  The truth is that you never know what you can accomplish until you give it your best shot.” – From “Let’s All Make the Day Count” by Charlie Daniels, instrumentalist, lyricist and singer, known for his contributions to Southern rock, country, and bluegrass music.

2/21/2019

One-year anniversary: Books, DVDs and magazines join Meals on Wheels delivery system

One year ago this month, your library began a remarkable new partnership with Archuleta Seniors, Inc., the nonprofit organization that runs the Senior Center and oversees the Meals on Wheels routes for delivery both in town and out-of-town. 

As meals go out to homebound clients, they now can be accompanied by a special library bag containing books, audio books, DVDs and magazines especially selected to match each person’s individual tastes.  The personalized selection is based on a questionnaire they completed.

“We don’t have a huge number of people who use it, but we know it is appreciated because we have received kind notes when the items come back,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  “We currently have four people in the Homebound category, and in the past year 36 items have gone out to them.”

Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver and return the library materials to the Senior Center as they transport the food to their clients.

If you or someone you know would like this service, please contact the Senior Center at 970-264-2167 to receive information, including the introductory information pamphlet and preference questionnaire.

Wanted: Two ESL instructors

Your library is looking to hire two ESL instructors to teach speaking practice, vocabulary enrichment as well as reading, writing and language skills to students learning English as a second language.  These are new part-time positions working five to six hours a week, including four hours of class time.  One will teach beginning skills and the other more advanced.  For more details, see the job description on the library’s website.  Experience is required, and salary is commensurate with experience and knowledge.  Please drop off a letter of interest and resume to the library or email meg@pagosalibrary.org with these files.

How to freeze your holds

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

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

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

Activities calendars available

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

Tween paper airplanes today

Tweens are invited to a paper airplanes event today, Thursday, February 21, from 4-5:15 p.m. for fourth-eighth graders.  Come and fold paper airplanes and test them to see which ones go the farthest.  We’ll have templates available, but you are encouraged to get creative on your own.

LEGO contest and LEGO club

LEGO fans need to turn in your original submissions for the all-ages LEGO contest by tomorrow, February 22.  Prizes will be awarded for each of five age categories: preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17, and adult 18 and up.  One prize will be awarded for the Judges’ Choice.  Winners will be announced on Saturday, February 23 at 12:15 p.m. after LEGO Club, which takes place from 11 a.m. – noon.   More rules and details are available in the Activities Calendars.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, February 22 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.

Teen book club  tomorrow

Friday, February 22 from 2-3 p.m. at the free teen bookclub, seventh-12th graders will discuss “When My Heart Joins the Thousand” by A.J. Steiger and enjoy free snacks.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.  

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, February 22, they will discuss “Our Souls at Night” by Kent Haruf.  Stop by your library to pick up a copy.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, February 25 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 role-playing

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

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, February 27 from 3-4 p.m. practice your Spanish with others at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  February 28 is YouTube Basics when you’ll learn about channels, subscriptions, play lists and uploading your own videos to YouTube.  No registration required.  

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  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 from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 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.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  

Books on CD

“A Delicate Touch” by Stuart Woods is  Stone Barrington mystery. “Daughter of War” by Brad Taylor is a Pike Logan adventure.  “Preacher’s Rage” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a First Mountain Man adventure.  “The New Iberia Blues” by James Lee Burke is a Dave Robicheaux murder mystery.  “Rage for Vengeance” by Dusty Richards is a Byrnes Family Ranch western.  “Texas Hills” by David Robbins is a Ralph Compton western. 

DVDs

“Wives and Daughters” is a classic BBC costume drama.  “Indivisible” is based on the true story of an Army chaplain and his wife facing problems in their marriage.  “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” is a comedy.  “Framed” is a PBS Contemporary Masterpiece production.  “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries” is series one and two on two different discs.  “The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock” features a merchant, a mermaid and a madam.   “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing” is the classic starring William Holden and Jennifer Jones that won three Academy Awards in 1955.  “Stranger Things” is the Netflix original series.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Out of the Dark” by Gregg Hurwitz is an Orphan X thriller featuring the government’s off-the-books assassin operation.  “The Black Ascot” by Charles Todd is the latest in the mystery series featuring Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge.  “Suspicious Minds” by Gwenda Bond is the first book in the Stranger Things series about a government experiment in a small town, the prequel to the TV hit show.   “Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore” by Matthew Sullivan is a mystery that begins with a suicide.  “The Plotters” by Un-Su-Kim is a crime novel set in an alternate Seoul.  “Bluebird, Bluebird” by Attica Locke is a mystery set in East Texas.

Other novels 

“Bowlaway” by Elizabeth McCracken follows the enigmatic life of a woman who was discovered unconscious in a New England cemetery.  “Black Leopard Red Wolf” by Marlon James combines myth, fantasy and history following a mercenary’s search for a missing child. 

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   

“My Dad always talked about self-esteem., how the psyche is so fragile, and how it gets attacked by the game [of golf].  Everything with my Dad was positive.  He always found something good.  The most powerful thing a son will ever hear is affirmation from his father.” – Johnny Miller, former professional golfer, TV golf commentator and golf course architect. He was one of the top players in the world during the mid-1970s.

2/14/2019

All-ages LEGO contest, teen Valentine’s lock-in and tween paper airplane.

There are several fun and free activities for all ages in the next week that you and your families might enjoy:

  • LEGO fans should be working on your own original submissions for the all-ages LEGO contest.  Entries must be built ahead of time and turned in to the library between February 16 and 22.  Prizes will be awarded for each of five age categories: preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17, and adult 18 and up.  One prize will be awarded for the Judges’ Choice.  Winners will be announced after LEGO Club on Saturday, February 23 at 12:15 p.m.  More details are available in the Activities Calendars.
  • Teens ages 12-17 are invited to an anti-Valentine’s Lock-in on Friday, February 15 from 5-7 p.m.  Thus is a free fun evening of food, games, crafts and movies.  To participate, you must have a signed permission form from a parent or guardian available on our website and at the front desk at the library – no exceptions!  Be there by 5 p.m. with your permission form in hand because the library will close then.
  • Tweens are invited to a paper airplanes event next Thursday, February 21 from 4-5:15 p.m. for fourth-eighth graders.  Come and fold paper airplanes and test them to see which ones go the farthest.  We’ll have templates available, but you are encouraged to get creative on your own.

Library closure

Your library will be closed on Monday, February 18 for the Presidents Day holiday.

Activities calendars available

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

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, February 15 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 Saturday

This Saturday, February 16 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.

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, February 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. 

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event on Wednesday, February 20 from 1-2 p.m. you’ll make coffee filter flowers that make a lovely centerpiece or faux flower arrangement for any occasion.  No registration required.

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  Today, February 14, is Google Drive Basics when you will learn how to create documents, save your files online and collaborate with others on Google Drive.  February 28 is YouTube Basics when you’ll learn about channels, subscriptions, play lists and uploading your own videos to YouTube.  No registration required.  

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  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 from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.   Note so PALS on February 18.

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 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.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  

Expanded policy re DVDs

You now can check out 10 DVDs at a time.  Also, new DVDs will be a separate category and you can check out two new DVDs in addition to the 10 from the regular offerings.  We believe our DVD fans will appreciate this additional checkout number.  It’s a win for your library as well, as we project it will create additional shelf space as more of our collection is checked out.

DVDs

“Annie Hall” stars Woody Allen and Diane Keaton.  “The Equalizer” and “The Equalizer 2” both star Denzel Washington.  “Planet Earth II” is the BBC documentary.  “Venom” stars Tom Hardy.  “Tea with the Dames” features four legends of British stage and screen – Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins and Joan Plowwright.  “The Hate U Give” is the story of a black girl from a poor neighborhood attending a mostly white prep school.  “Beautifully Broken” is the true story of three families from different countries struggling to find hope amid war.  “The Crimson Field” is about nurses in a tented field hospital in World War I France.  “How Green Was My Valley,” winner of five Academy Awards in 1941, is the classic drama film set in the South Wales coalfields.

Spanish book

“El Prisionero del Cielo” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is set in Barcelona in1957 when a mysterious stranger visits a bookshop and divulges a terrible secret that has been buried for two decades in the city’s dark past.

Nonfiction

“The Unstoppable Ruth Bader Ginsburg” by Felix Antonia is an unofficial pictorial retrospective celebrating the life of the Supreme Court Justice.  “The Plant Paradox Quick and Easy” by Dr. Steven R. Gundry is a 30-day plan to lose weight with recipes.  “Wright Brothers, Wrong Story” by William Hazelgrove is a new history of Wilbur and Orville Wright. 

Large print westerns

“A Reason to Die” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Perley Gates western.  “Borderland” by Greg Hunt is book one of the Borderland trilogy.  “Return to Vengeance Creek” by Robert J. Randisi is book four of The Sons of Daniel Shaye series. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Free Fall” by Jessica Barry opens with a plane crash in the Colorado Rockies.  “The Woman Inside” by E.G. Scott is a psychological suspense story about unfaithfulness and unreliability.  “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens tells of a reclusive “Marsh Girl” suspected of murder.  “The Rule of Law” by John Lescroart is a Dismas Hardy mystery.  “The Wedding Guest” by Jonathan Kellerman is an Alex Delaware mystery.  “The Lost Man” by Jane Harper is a suspense story about three brothers meeting for the first time in months at a remote fence line in the Australian outback.  “Judgment” by Joseph Finer is a thriller about a one-night stand that threatens to run the career and life of a judge.  “More Than Word” by Jill Santopolo follows a young woman who learns a terrible secret at the death of her father, a hotel chain magnate.  “The Break Line” by James Brabazon is a harrowing story of covert operations. 

Other novels

 “Those Who Save Us” by Jenna Blum follows a mother and her daughter liberated by an American soldier during World War II when an old family portrait surfaces.  “American Pop” by Snowden Wright blends fact and fiction to tell the story of a family dynasty, founders of the world’s first major soft-drink company.

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.  For the generous monetary gift, we are grateful to Diana Von der Muhll Jaworskyj.

Quotable Quote   

“Dust off that library card.  A study of 3,635 older adults found that book readers had a 23-month survival advantage and 20 percent lower mortality risk compared with nonreaders.  Reading was protective regardless of gender, education or health.” – AARP’s 99 Ways to Add Healthy Years to Your Life. 

2/7/2019

New women’s wellness program and text message notifications.

Today, Thursday, February 7, from noon – 2 p.m. we are launching a new free women’s wellness program for women ages 21-64 facilitated by San Juan Basin Public Health. 

Please note that there will not be any actual physical examinations at the library.  Rather, the sessions will provide education on about where and how to access cancer screenings, assess barriers to screening for breast and cervical cancer, and help with information about women’s sexual health. 

You’ll also hear about free or low-cost services offered by San Juan Basin Health such as women’s, children’s and infants’ services, Connect for Health CO, Nurse-Family Partnership and SafeCare.

We plan to host this program on the first Thursday of February and March – and possibly beyond, depending on response.  Light refreshments will be served.  No registration required.

Did you know…

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

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

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

New circulation system 

Like all 110 members of the Colorado Library AspenCat Consortium, your library has switched to a new circulation system effective this week.  Most of what happens after the migration will be behind-the-scenes and invisible to you, our patrons.  But there will be one new feature we think you will like – as well as some overall service improvements. 

Operating with the new system should mean less downtime, faster updates, and the ability for staff to pull holds more than once a day.  As well, we’ll now have auto-renewals.  That means instead of needing to renew items through the online tool or through library staff, your items will automatically renew – unless there are holds on them from other patrons.

Activities calendars available

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

Teen advisory board today

Today, Thursday, February 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.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, February 8) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a free 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.

Legal clinic tomorrow

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

LEGO Club on Saturday    

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

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 and enjoy refreshments.  On February 12 we will discuss “Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know” by Alexandra Horowitz.  If you need a copy, please stop by your library.  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, February 13 from 4-5:30 p.m.    Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Medicare 101       

Do you have questions about Medicare?  San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging Medicare counselor Katy Deshler will help you understand your rights, options, deadlines and where to get more information at a free class on Wednesday, February 13 from 1:30 – 3 p.m.   For more information contact Kay Kaylor at 264-0501, ext. 1.

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  February 14 is Google Drive Basics when you will learn how to create documents, save your files online and collaborate with others on Google Drive.  February 28 is YouTube Basics when you’ll learn about channels, subscriptions, play lists and uploading your own videos to YouTube.  No registration required.  

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  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 from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.   

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 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.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  

Expanded policy re DVDs

You now can check out 10 DVDs at a time.  Also, new DVDs will be a separate category and you can check out two new DVDs in addition to the 10 from the regular offerings.  We believe our DVD fans will appreciate this additional checkout number.  It’s a win for your library as well, as we project it will create additional shelf space as more of our collection is checked out.

Large print

“A Delicate Touch” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “An Anonymous Girl” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen is a psychological thriller about a woman involved in a strange study.  “The New Iberia Blues” by James Lee Burke is a Det. Dave Robicheaux mystery. 

Travel books

“Australia” is a DK Eyewitness Travel guide.  “Frommer’s Easyguide to Australia 2018” is another travel guide to this fascinating country.  “Continental Divide Trail” by Barney Scout Mann is the only illustrated book officially published with the Continental Divide Trail Coalition about this legendary footpath.

Cookbooks

“Fix Freeze Feast” (second expanded edition) by Kati Neville and Lindsay Ahrens contains 150 recipes to help you stock your freezer with ready-to-cook meals.  “The Official John Wayne Way to Grill” contains great stories and more than 100 recipes  shared by Duke’s family. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Current” by Tim Johnston begins when Minnesota state troopers pull two young women and their car out of an icy river.  “The Suspect” by Fiona Barton is a psychological suspense story about two 18-year-old girls who go missing in Thailand. 

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   

“Make the first row you plow straight as an arrow; otherwise, the whole field will be crooked.  This is an old farming adage and so true.  Doing it until you get it right can be a tough thing, but always, without a doubt, the right thing.  Make a firm foundation before you ever start raising the roof.” – From “Let’s All Make the Day Count” by Charlie Daniels, instrumentalist, lyricist and singer, known for his contributions to Southern rock, country, and bluegrass music.

1/31/2019

New circulation system and new programs for women and teens.

Like all 110 members of the Colorado Library AspenCat Consortium, your library is switching to a new circulation system effective next Monday, February 4 at 9 a.m.  Most of what happens after the migration will be behind-the-scenes and invisible to you, our patrons.  But there will be one new feature we think you will like – as well as some overall service improvements.

Note that in order to accomplish this migration, your library will be closed Saturday, February 2 as records are moved over the weekend.  It seemed to be most practical and efficient to just close for the day since very little normal business can happen during the transition process – no check-ins, no check-outs, no holds placed or filled, no reports run, etc.          

Operating with the new system should mean less downtime, faster updates, and the ability for staff to pull holds more than once a day.  As well, we’ll now have auto-renewals.  That means instead of needing to renew items through the online tool or through library staff, your items will automatically renew.

We hope all goes according to plan over the weekend transition and the new system is up and running perfectly next Monday. 

Library closing

Your library will be closed on Saturday, February 2 as we migrate to a new circulation system.  See article above for more details.

Activities calendars available

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

New Knitting-plus Club for teens

Next Wednesday, February 6, a new free club is being launched from 4-5:30 p.m. for 7th-12th graders.  It’s called the Knitting-plus Club because it includes not only knitting but also crochet projects, needlepoint and more.  But note that teaching will be available only for knitting. 

This club is being formed at the request of several teens, and the plan is to have the group meet monthly.  The next couple of months will be a test period.   Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects and hang out with other crafters.  If you don’t know how to knit, come anyway and we’ll get you started on some of the basics.

New women’s wellness program

Join us next Thursday, February 7 from noon – 2 p.m. for a new free women’s wellness program for women ages 21-64 facilitated by San Juan Basin Public Health.  Please note that there will not be any actual physical examinations at the library.  Rather, the sessions will provide education on about where and how to access cancer screenings, assess barriers to screening for breast and cervical cancer and help with information about women’s sexual health. You’ll also hear about free or low-cost services offered by San Juan Basin Health such as women’s, children’s and infants’ services, Connect for Health CO, Nurse-Family Partnership and SafeCare. We plan to host this program on the first Thursday of February and March – and possibly beyond, depending on response.  Light refreshments will be served.  No registration required.

New date for Paws to Read

Because your library is closed this Saturday, February 2 as we migrate to a new circulation system (see top article above), Paws to Read is moved to Saturday, February 16 from 11 a.m. – noon.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, February 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.

Tween gaming

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

Teen gaming

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

Spanish instruction

Join us for this free basic course Wednesday, February 6 from 3-4 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish.  No registration or previous attendance is required.

Teen advisory board

NextThursday, February 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.

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  February 14 is Google Drive Basics when you will learn how to create documents, save your files online and collaborate with others on Google Drive.  February 28 is YouTube Basics when you’ll learn about channels, subscriptions, play lists and uploading your own videos to YouTube.  No registration required.  

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  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 from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.   

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 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.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  Note no storytime Saturday, February 2.

Expanded policy re DVDs

You now can check out 10 DVDs at a time.  Also, new DVDs will be a separate category and you can check out two new DVDs in addition to the 10 from the regular offerings.  We believe our DVD fans will appreciate this additional checkout number.  It’s a win for your library as well, as we project it will create additional shelf space as more of our collection is checked out.

Large print

“The Only Woman in the Room” by Marie Benedict highlights the secret life of actress Hedy Lamarr vis-à-vis Nazi Germany.  “The Boy” by Tami Hoag is a dual murder mystery.  “Untouchable” by Jayne Ann  Krentz features an FBI consultant drawn to cold cases.  “The Best of Us” by Robyn Carr is a Sullivan’s Crossing romance.  “Tropical Blues” by Sherryl Woods contains two Molly DeWitt mysteries.

How-to and self-help

“Am I Dying?!” by Columbia University cardiologists Drs. Christopher Kelly and Marc Eisenberg, a comprehensive, light-hearted resource for the hypochondriac in all of us, reviews dozens of symptoms and offers advice on when to chill out, make a doctor’s appointment, or go to the hospital.  “Deck Scaping” by Barbara W. Ellis is a guide to gardening and landscaping on and around your deck.  “Rocky Mountain Gardener’s Guide by John Cretti offers practical advice and personal recommendations for plants that are well-suited to the sometimes-challenging conditions in the Rockies and High Plains regions.  “Beyond Fear: A Toltec Guide to Freedom and Joy” contains the teachings of

Don Miquel Ruiz, who was born into a family of rural healers in Mexico and later graduated from medical school and practiced as a surgeon.    

Other nonfiction

“Jesse Ventura’s Marijuana Manifesto” lays out the author’s rationale for full legalization of medical/recreational marijuana and hemp. 

Novels

“Less” by Andrew Sean Greer is a satire of the American abroad.  “Freefall” by Jessica Barry begins when a woman survives when her fiancé dies in a private plane crash in the Colorado Rockies.

Books on CD

“The Best of Us” by Robyn Carr is a Sullivan’s Crossing romance.  “Untouchable” by Jayne Ann  Krentz features an FBI consultant drawn to cold cases.  “Turning Point” by Danielle Steel follows four American trauma doctors involved in a mass-casualty training program in Paris.

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.  For the generous monetary gift, we are grateful to Rice Reavis.

Quotable Quote   

“Dreams are only wistful thoughts until they are combined with action.  Until then, they live only in our minds, locked behind doors we haven’t knocked on yet.  Sometimes following a dream is like jumping off the high diving board into the deep water and having to learn to swim all over again.  It can require sacrifice.  Doing something we’ve never done before.  Learning, asking, seeking.  Sometimes taking two steps forward and one step back.  But constantly and unwaveringly moving toward the goal.” – Country music musician Charlie Daniels in his book,  “Let’s All Make the Day Count.”

1/24/2019

Why reading books should be a high priority

You’re not doing yourself any favors if you’re in the 26 percent of American adults who haven’t read even part of a book within the past year.

That number came from a recent Pew Research Center study.  If you’re part of this group, you should know that science supports the idea that reading is good for you.  In fact, several different research projects have documented the value of reading.  Here are a few of their conclusions:

  • Reading fiction can help you to be more open-mined and creative.  A University of Toronto study followed participants who read short-story fiction and found they tested as more open-minded compared with readers of essays. “Although nonfiction reading allows students to learn the subject matter, it may not always help them in thinking about it,” the researchers concluded.  
  • People who read books live longer.  A Yale research project  discovered people who read books for 30 minutes daily lived an average of 23 months longer than nonreaders or magazine readers.  That’s because reading creates cognitive engagement that improves lots of skills, including vocabulary, thinking and concentration.
  • Reading 50 books a year is something you can actually accomplish.  People who do it have found it much less daunting than you might expect.  They trade wasted time on their phones for reading in bed, on trains, during meal breaks and waiting in line.
  • As fans of biographies and memoirs know well, successful people are readers because high-achievers are keen on self-improvement.  While Bill Gates has a schedule that’s planned to the minute, the entrepreneur-turned-billionaire still reads about a book a week.  Aside from a handful of novels, they’re mostly nonfiction covering his and his foundation’s broad range of interests. Among his favorites is “Tap Dancing to Work” by Carol Loomis, a collection of articles and essays about and by Warren Buffet, which is available at our library for your reading pleasure.

Activities calendars available

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

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, January 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.

Teen bookclub  tomorrow

Friday, January 25 from 2-3 p.m. at the free teen bookclub, seventh-12th graders will discuss “Reign of Shadows” by Sophie Jordan and enjoy free snacks.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.  

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, January 25, they will discuss “Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann.  Stop by your library to pick up a copy.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com

LEGO Club on Saturday    

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

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, January 28 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 steampunk crafts

Steamboat crafts takes place Wednesday, January 30 from 4-5:30 p.m. for 7th-12th graders when you’ll make crafts and jewelry from gears, keys and whatever else we can find. 

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, January 30 from 3-4 p.m. practice your Spanish with others at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  Thursday, January 31 is Saving and Finding Files when you learn how your computer is organized, including files and folders.  No registration required. 

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  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 from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.   

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 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.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.

Expanded policy re DVDs

You now can check out 10 DVDs at a time.  Also, new DVDs will be a separate category and you can check out two new DVDs in addition to the 10 from the regular offerings.  We believe our DVD fans will appreciate this additional checkout number.  It’s a win for your library as well, as we project it will create additional shelf space as more of our collection is checked out.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Daughter of War” by Brad Taylor is a Pike Logan thriller.  “Liar Liar” by James Patterson and Candice Fox features a good cop gone bad.

Novels

“Turning Point” by Danielle Steel follows four American trauma doctors involved in a mass-casualty training program in Paris.  “The Treasure of Cythera” by Victoria Rose, a local author, is a murder mystery set on an island in the Aegean Sea. 

Nonfiction

“The Truths We Hold” by Senator Kamala Harris explores the core truths that unite us and how best to act on them.  “The Longest Line on the Map” by Eric Rutkow documents the birth of the Pan-American Highway and the quest to link North and South America.  “UnDo It!” by Dean and Anne Ornish shows how simple lifestyle changes can reverse many common chronic diseases.  “The Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet/second edition” by Dr. Donald D. Hensrud is a weight loss and lifestyle program.  “The Clean Plate” by Gwyneth Paltrow provides more than 100 recipes and six cleanses.  “Fire and Furry” edited by Michael Wolf is a collection of photos and humorous catch phrase observations of politics today.

“Addicted to Outrage” by Glenn Beck addresses how America has become more irrational and divided both politically and socially, and offers ways to a more hopeful, happy future.  “2019 Standard Catalog of World Coins” is the 13th edition.  “The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2019” is America’s best-selling reference book.  “Let’s Make All the Day Count” by Charlie Daniels is a collection of everyday wit, wisdom and life lessons from the Grammy Award-winning musician.  “How We’re F***ing Up Our Planet” by environmentalist Tony Juniper uses scientific evidence to discuss the challenges we face and how to create a better world for our children.  (Please excuse the language; it’s the title of the book, not our choice of words!)

DVDs

“Split” is a thriller delving into the mysterious recesses of a gifted man’s mind.  “Harold and Maude” is the classic comedy with Cat Stevens’ music.  “The Age of Adaline” follows a 29-year-old woman who survives a near-death experience.

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 Sherri Pierce and our anonymous donors.  For her generous monetary gift, we are grateful to Muriel Eason.

Quotable Quote   

“What is man without the beasts?  If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of spirit.  For whatever happens to the beasts happens to man.”  Chief Seattle, 1786-1866, Native American chief and inspirational speaker for whom the city of Seattle, Washington is named.

01/17/2019

Library creates foundation to lead fundraising for enhanced collections, programs, services, facilities
Your library is taking a major step forward in our fundraising efforts by creating a foundation with the mission to raise moneys for information resources, programs, services and facilities.  In September we applied to the IRS for approval of the foundation as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, with that application currently pending. 

The foundation will be led by a volunteer board composed of Pagosa citizens and will be supported by individual donors and community partners.

“The foundation will provide critical support to the library by enhancing our programs and services that nurture literacy, the imagination and lifelong learning, and by expanding the library’s collections,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  “We are excited because we know that working together the foundation and library can have a greater positive impact on the children and adults of our community.”

For more details about the new foundation, please watch for an article by Cindi Galabota, your library’s development officer, in next week’s SUN.

Library closingYour library will be closed on Monday, January 21 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

Book drop at City Market
Just a reminder that we have a book drop at City Market.  As you face the front door of the grocery store, you’ll find it tucked behind the fifth post on the left, between the wood storage and propane tanks. Contents are being picked up three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and we’re delighted to say it’s being used. 

Two special requests to make this new service work for everyone:  First, please put your Nooks in the media side of the box so they are not damaged by heavy books.  Second, the book drop is not for donations.  They need to be brought to the library, as some people donate a lot and that will fill the box faster than it is emptied, not allowing people to return their library materials. 

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

All-ages gaming tomorrow
Join us tomorrow, Friday, January 18 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.

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 on Wednesday, January 23 from 1-2 p.m. you’ll make a goat’s milk and honey soap that’s so easy it can be made in just 10 minutes – and it boasts lots of skin benefits.  No registration required.

Teen role-playing
The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, January 23  from 4-5:30 p.m.    Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Computer classes
Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  Today, January 17, is Microsoft Word Resumes when you will discover how to create a professional looking resume.  January 31 is Saving and Finding Files when you learn how your computer is organized, including files and folders.  No registration required. 

Adult education
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  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 from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.   

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

Family storytimes
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 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.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.

DVDs
“The Cowboys” is a western starring John Wayne.  “Lorna Doone” is a film adapted from the classic book.  “Yoga Journal’s Yoga” guides you through five practice sessions designed to follow the cycles of the Earth from sunrise to sunset.  “For Izzy” is a documentary-style romance featuring an addicted photojournalist and an autistic woman.  “Unbroken: Path to Redemption” is the follow-on true story of the hero of the film based on Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling book.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense
“In a House of Lies” by Ian Rankin is an Inspector Rebus story of a cold case involving a missing private investigator.  “Verses of the Dead” by Preston & Child is an FBI special agent Pendergast mystery.

Other novels
“The Deal of a Lifetime” by Fredrik Blackman is a novella about a father and son meeting for the first time in years. 

Travel books
“Field Guide to the Rocky Mountain States” is a National Audubon Society guide to the geology, wildlife, stars, plants, weather and ecology in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado.   “Journeys of a Lifetime” is a National Geographic guide to 500 of the world’s greatest trips with photos and maps.  “2019 Good Sam Guide Series” is a travel savings guide for the RV and outdoor enthusiast.

How-to and self-help
“How to be an American” by author and illustrator Silvia Hidalgo is a field guide to citizenship that reviews the information about how our government works that you may have learned in school but have forgotten.  “Your Income Tax 2019” is the J.K. Lasser guide to preparing your 2018 tax return.  “Keto Instant Pot” by Maria Emmerich offers more than 130 low-carb recipes for your electric pressure cooker or slow cooker.  “The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners” by Amy Ramos is a guide to living the Keto lifestyle. 

CDs
“None of my Business” by satirist P.J. O’Rourke explains money, banking, debt, equity, assets, liabilities, and why he’s not rich and neither are you.

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 Chuck Jordan and our anonymous donors.  We also are grateful to four out-of-state donors.  Patricia Howard and Donald Logan from Vancouver, Canada made a generous monetary gift in honor of Bob and Carole Howard.  We also received a generous contribution from Becky and Brian Savage from Fort Worth, Texas.

Quotable Quote
“When we’re faced with a story, we are wired as a species to respond.  To act.  We need to be invited into the lives of others…. Stories remain our best teachers of empathy.” – Khaled Hosseini, Afghan-born American novelist (“The Kite Runner” and “Sea Prayer”).  

1/10/2019

New book explores value of books and libraries to our lives
If you are reading this Library News column, you probably love libraries and admire librarians.  If yes, you no doubt will enjoy “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean, which garnered rave reviews and spent weeks on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list. 

The book opens with the 1986 fire that burned down the Los Angeles Central Library.  Nobody died, but 50 firefighters were injured and more than a million books were damaged. The fire didn’t make much news at the time – maybe in part because that same week a nuclear reactor melted down in Chernobyl and sent the stock market crashing.  Even after arson was suspected, and a suspect identified, the fire never attracted the public’s imagination. It was just one of the many senseless, regrettable things that happened, was briefly noted, and then more or less forgotten.

Orlean uses this fire and the 145-year history of the Los Angeles library system as a backdrop to deftly explore the purpose and value of libraries in the U.S. and around the world.  Her storytelling skills make the people involved and even the buildings themselves come to life. In fact, this book follows three threads – the whodunit relating to the fire, the L.A. library system history and the broader evolution of libraries in our lives.

Here are a few excerpts to give you a sense of her book:

  • “Volunteers…formed a human chain, passing the books hand over hand from one person to the next, through the smoky building and out the door.  It was as if, in this urgent moment, the people of Los Angeles formed a living library.  They created, for that short time, a system to protect and pass along shared knowledge, to save what we know for each other, which is what libraries do every day.”
  • “The publicness of the public library is an increasingly rare commodity.  It becomes harder all the time to think of places that welcome everyone and don’t charge any money for that warm embrace.”
  • “Books are a sort of cultural DNA, the code for who, as a society, we are, and what we know.  All the wonders and failures, all the champions and villains, all the legends and ideas and revelations of a culture last forever in its books.”
  • “Even though the Internet and electronic media wouldn’t appear for decades, you can sense, even in the 1960s, that librarians knew traditional book lending would not always be the institution’s chief purpose…. Libraries were increasingly moving in the direction of functioning as information centers as well as being repositories of book collections.”
  • “Libraries are old-fashioned, but they are growing more popular with people under 30.  This younger generation uses libraries in greater numbers than older Americans do, and even though they grew up in a streaming, digital world, almost two thirds of them believe that there is important material in libraries that is not available on the Internet.”

“The Library Book” is in our collection and available for your reading pleasure.

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

Legal clinic tomorrow
Friday, January 11 from 2-3 p.m. is a free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney will take place via computer link.  Volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property tax, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans benefits and civil protection orders.  Please check in at the registration desk.  You will be helped on a first come, first served basis.  This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month. 

All-ages movie tomorrow
Join us Friday, January 11 from 2-3:30 p.m. to enjoy a free G-rated movie with your friends and family.  Our contract does not allow us to name the film in the media, but you can find the name in the activities calendars.

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

Board games
Monday, January 14 fourth-12th graders are invited to play a variety of board and tabletop games in this free session from 4-5:30 p.m.

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 Wednesday, January 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. 

Computer classes
Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  January 17 is Microsoft Word Resumes when you will discover how to create a professional looking resume.  January 31 is Saving and Finding Files when you learn how your computer is organized, including files and folders.  No registration required. 

Adult education
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  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 from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.   

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

Family storytimes
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 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.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.

Nonfiction
“Love for Imperfect Things” by Zen Buddhist monk Haemin Sunim advises how to accept yourself in or5der to be at peace with the world around you.  “How Schools Work” by Arne Duncan is an inside account of the failures and success from one of the nation’s longest serving Secretaries of Education.  “The Minimalist Home” by Joshua Becker is a room-by-room guide to a decluttered, refocused life in any sized house or apartment.  “Snowman” by Bob Eckstein is a history of this iconic winter symbol with 200 illustrations and photos.  “The 100 Best Stocks to Buy in 2019” by Peter Sander and Scott Bobo features new information on investing in a volatile market.  “CBD Oil” by Gretchen Lidicker explores this nonintoxicating compound found in cannabis.  “Ten Grapes to Know” by master sommelier Catherine Fallis is a guide to 375 wines with tasting notes.  “Frommer’s EasyGuide to Alaskan Cruises and Ports of Call” is a guide book.

Large print
“The Trading Post and Other Frontier Stories” contains 14 original stories of historical American fiction.  “One If By Land” by Ethan J. Wolfe is book four of the Regulator Series.  “Castle Butte” by John D. Nesbitt is a coming of age story where boys become men.

DVDs
“The Story of God” with Morgan Freeman is season one.  We have four LEGO movies – “NEXO Knights Book of Monsters season two,” plus three in the Friends series – “Friends are Forever,” “Always Together” and “Friends Together Again.”

CDs
“Them” by U.S. Senator Ben Sasse explores the hatred in our country and how to overcome it for the good of everyone.  “Of Blood and Bone” by Nora Roberts is a tale of terror and magic in a post-apocalyptic landscape.   

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 Benny Lohman and our anonymous donors.  For their generous monetary gifts, we are grateful to Constance D’Angelis and to Cindi and Scott Galabota.

Quotable Quote
“All people kissing 60 have a deep well of experience to offer others.  Volunteer your talents, especially at schools.  If you’re a baker, bring your baking skills.  If you’re a dressmaker, bring your sewing skills.  If you garden, plant a vegetable garden and work with the teachers on sustainability.  It’s too easy to sit back and look at screens.  Get sweaty.  We can never say we’ve done enough.” – Jamie Lee Curtis, American actress and author.Website

                              


1/3/2019

New book explores dangers of foodborne illness and offers practical advice to deal with germs

News of food recalls and concerns about whether or not you can eat romaine lettuce can be worrisome.  After all, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predict that 17 percent of us will come down with a foodborne illness this year.

Now a new book in your library’s collection called “Did You Just Eat That?” by two scientists named Paul Dawson and Brian Sheldon looks at a wide variety of germ dangers facing us every day, and offers practical advice on how to deal with them, given that bacteria are an unavoidable part of life. 

Some of the issues the authors address are humorous.  Some are deadly serious (pun intended).  All are timely and informative.

This book can be read on two levels.  There’s a multitude of research and scientific information for those who are interested in such detail.  Most readers will want to take in at least some of it because, as the authors say, the better you understand the microbial world, the more you will profit from this book.  Or you can just skip to the results.  Here’s a sampling of the findings:

  • In a recent study, 21 percent of movie theatres and 51 percent of restaurants had surfaces judged to be highly contaminated.  Other major reservoirs of bacteria you deal with every day are  cell phones, TV remotes, salt and pepper shakers, toothbrushes, computer keyboards and bathtubs/whirlpools.
  • The five-second rule is a dangerous myth.  When food comes in contact with a contaminated surface like your floor, bacteria are transferred almost immediately.  Think about this: Eating food off any floor is like eating off a surface where people and pets have walked for days – or longer.
  • Eating out can be risky.  Menus carry bacteria from many sources, from staff to other diners, although paper menus are safer than laminated ones.  More than 60 percent of foodborne illnesses come from food prepared at a restaurant or deli, and 10 percent more were from a catering or banquet facility.
  • Blowing out birthday candles can be hazardous because droplets from the respiratory tract and mouth are expelled onto the cake. 
  • Sharing food is a good way to pass on germs, popcorn being a prime example.                
  • A good hand-washing regime is one of the best ways to protect yourself.  Best way to wash your hands is to follow the ServSafe protocol:  Rinse with warm water, lather with soap for 20 seconds, rinse with warm water for another 10 seconds.  Follow with alcohol-based hand sanitizer for best results, and use a lot of it.  It’s safer to dry your hands with disposable paper towel than air blowers.                  

For further food safety tips, the book also includes detailed to-do lists relating to shopping, food storage, food preparation, cooking techniques, handling leftovers and more.

If all this makes you wonder how we deal with the inevitable germs on library books, we use a natural cleaner called Citra-solv – or Goo Gone for very sticky or harder to remove messes – to clean the covers of books as they are returned.

In an additional effort to lower the spread of germs, we also wipe each computer mouse and keyboard down with an antibacterial wipe. During this time of year, when there are more illnesses around, we do it daily. During the summer, it is done every other day. If a patron ever mentions that he/she has been sick, we make sure to wipe down anything that they are returning or any computers that they use. 

If you are ill and want to ask a friend or family member to pick up your items, you can either send the person with your library card, or call us to add the person’s name to your account as being able to pick things up for you.  For everyone’s account security, we don’t check things out without one of these criteria being met. 

Here’s to a healthy and safe 2019 for us all!

Activities calendars available

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

Teen advisory board today

Today, Thursday, January 3, 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.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, January 4 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, January 5 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 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, January 7 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 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 and enjoy refreshments.  On January 8 we will discuss “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore” by Robin Sloan.  If you need a copy, please stop by your library.  No registration required.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, January 9 from 4-5:30 p.m.    Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  Today, Thursday, January 3 is Getting Started when you will learn the basics.  January 17 is Microsoft Word Resumes when you will discover how to create a professional looking resume.  January 31 is Saving and Finding Files when you learn how your computer is organized, including files and folders.  No registration required. 

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  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 from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.   Note: No PALS today, January 3.

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 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.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.

DVDs

“Life According to Sam” follows one family’s fight to save their son from a rare and fata aging disease.  “Flicka” stars Alison Lohman, Tim McGraw and Maria Bello.  “Nexo Knight” is season one.  “Prep & Landing” and “Naughty and Nice” are two Disney holiday adventures on one DVD.  “The Man Who Invented Christmas” is based on the true story of Charles Dickens’ creation of “A Christmas Carol.”  “10 Bible Stories for the Whole Family” is an animated collection created for kids.  “Sherpa” tells about the Nepalese guides on Mount Everest.

Novels

“Come From Nowhere” by Ellen Greenfield features seven characters experiencing the two-day blackout in New York City in the summer 1977. 

Books on CD

“Target Alex Cross” by James Patterson is a political mystery set in D.C.  “Oath of Office” by Tom Clancy is a Jack Ryan thriller.  “Pandemic” by Robin Cook is a medical thriller.  “The Enemy of My Enemy” by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV is set near the end of the Third Reich.  “Master of Her Fate” by Barbara Taylor Bradford is the first book in a new historical saga.  “Robert B. Parker’s Blood Feud” by Mike Lupica is a Mafia family story.  “Kingdom of the Blind” by Louise Penny is a Chief Inspector Gamache mystery set in Quebec.

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.  For their generous monetary gift, we are grateful to Carol and Roger Sheets.

Quotable Quote 

“Embrace your age.  In three years I will be 70.  All the cues from the outside world insist that 70 is old.  And not always something to feel good about.  Then I remind myself that we are defined by how we think, feel and act.  Not by what others project on to us.  And I feel great.  Yes, I am older, but all that means is that I have had the good grace to transition from young and fabulous to older and fabulous.” – Suze Orman, personal finance expert, author, motivational speaker and TV host.

12/27/2018

City Market book drop and hold service for your convenience

Just a reminder that we have a book drop at City Market for your convenience.  As you face the front door of the grocery store, you’ll find it tucked behind the fifth post on the left, between the wood storage and propane tanks. Contents are picked up three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 

Two special requests to make this service work for everyone:  First, please put your Nooks in the media side of the box so they are not damaged by heavy books.  Second, the book drop is not for donations.  They need to be brought to the library, as some people donate a lot and that will fill the box faster than it is emptied, not allowing people to return their library materials. 

Hold service for your convenience

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

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

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

Library closures 

Your library will be closed December 31 and January 1 for New Year’s. 

Activities calendars available

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

All-ages gaming tomorrow 

Join us tomorrow, Friday, December 28 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.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, January 2 from 4-5:30 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 Wednesday, January 2 from 3-4 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish.  No registration or previous attendance is required. 

Teen advisory board

Next Thursday, January 3, 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.

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  Next Thursday, January 3 is Getting Started when you will learn the basics.  January 17 is Microsoft Word Resumes when you will discover how to create a professional looking resume.  January 31 is Saving and Finding Files when you learn how your computer is organized, including files and folders.  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.  Note: No teen gaming January 1.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  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 from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.   Note: No PALS today, December 27, or January 3.

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 January 1.  

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.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.

DVDs

 “Christopher Robin” is the Disney film starring Ewan McGregor.  “Blindspotting” stars Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal.  “Heal” is a documentary taking viewers on a scientific and spiritual journey to good health.  “The Little Prince” is a new version of the classic.  “Westworld” is season two.  “Small Foot” is an animated feature for all ages. 

Books on CD

“The Real Lolita” by Sarah Weinman tells of the 1948 abduction of an 11-year-old girl that became the inspiration for Nabokov’s novel.  “Feminasty” by Erin Gibson is a collection of laugh-until-you-cry essays about how our society keeps women down.  “The American Military: A Concise History” by Joseph T. Glatthaar explores the military from its origins in the 13 Colonies to today’s conflicts in the Middle East.  “Small Fry” by Lisa Brennan-Jobs is the memoir of  Steve Jobs’ daughter.  “The Learning Brain” by Thad A. Polk is part of The Great Courses series. 

How-to and self-help

“Square Foot Gardening” by Mel Bartholomew is the fully updated third edition.  “Budgeting 101” by Michele Cagen offers a crash course in budgeting.  “Chakra Wisdom” by Trish O’Sullivan is a guide to healing negative thoughts, feelings and beliefs with meditation, yoga and the Traya process. “Taking the Work Out of Networking” by self-described introvert Karen Wickre is a guide to help you get ahead in today’s job market.  “Did You Just Eat That?” by scientists Paul Dawson and Brian Sheldon explores the myths of safety and germs.  “The Medical Marijuana Guide” by Dr. Patricia G. Frye is a guide to cannabis and your health.  “Baby-Led Weaning” by Dr. Gill Rapley is a guide to introducing your baby to solid foods so he or she grows up a happy and confident eater.

Other nonfiction

“Led Zeppelin” is the first and only official illustrated book produced in full collaboration with members of the band.  “Of Love & War” by Lynsey Addario is a collection of more than 200 photographs documenting the devastating consequences of human conflict by this Pulitzer Prize- winning photo journalist.  “The Dean: The Best Seat in the House” by Rep. John D. Dingell is a memoir of his 80 years in politics.   “Capitalism in America” by Alan Greenspan and Adrian Wooldridge explains how the U.S. economy works as an almost living organism.  “A Massacre in Mexico” by Anabel Hernandez is the true story behind 43 missing students.  “An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975” by Max Hastings explores the Vietnam War from the viewpoint of both Vietnamese and Americans.  “In the Hurricane Eye” by Nathaniel Philbrick focuses on the last year of the American Revolution. 

Large print

“Where We Go From Here” by Bernie Sanders documents what he’s doing to oppose President Trump’s agenda and strengthen the progressive movement.  “Pandemic” by Robin Cook is a medical thriller.  “Someone to Trust” by Mary Balogh is a Westcott romance.  “Heartland” by       Sarah Smarsh is a memoir of working hard and being broke in the 1980s and 1990s in Kansas.  “A Taste for Vengeance” by Martin Walker is a Bruno, Chief of Police mystery. 

Spanish books

 “Yo Seré la Última” (“The Last Girl”) by 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad is a memoir of her experience being kidnapped by Islamic State militants and a call to action.  “Hippie” by Paulo Coelho draws on the author’s life experiences to relive the dream of a generation that longed for peace and dared to challenge the established social order.

Other novels

“Washington Black” by Esi Edugyan follows the life of a young black man to explore the effect of slavery and the burden of freedom in those times.  It was named by The New York Times one of the 10 best books for 2018.

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 Gayle Dixon and our anonymous donors.  For their generous monetary gift, we are grateful to Joanne and Vic Lucariello.

Quotable Quote  

“Say yes before you’re ready…. Take the risk, but then work hard to make up for what you’re missing.  I call it ‘the hustle muscle’.”  — Kat Cole, who was raised by a single mom in a trailer park and worked at Hooters before performing so well she is now the president and COO of Focus Brands, owner of Hooters and several other restaurants.