09/04/2014

Baby and toddler storytime moves to Saturday– You ask, we listen – and we try to respond positively.  One of the most frequent requests you made in our recent survey was to offer young children’s programs on Saturdays. Starting this week, we have made that change. Effective on Saturday, September 6, our baby/toddler storytime for youngsters 6 months to three years has moved to Saturday mornings from 9:30 – 10 to make it easier for working parents and caregivers to bring their children to the library. Watch for more changes coming in the months ahead as we respond to as many more of your requests as possible, budget permitting.

GED classes GED orientation takes place at your library on September 9 and 11 at 1 p.m., with classes beginning Monday, September 15.  GED is a series of four tests in language arts, mathematical reasoning, science and social studies that you take if you have not graduated from high school.  If you pass, you have earned a credential that is the equivalent of a high school diploma.  The four official tests are now taken online at an official test center in Durango.  Cost is $40 a test and scholarship funds are available.   You do not need to take the tests at the same time.  For more information, contact Julie Loar, GED program director, or Mark Wardell, lead instructor, at the library at 264-2208, or visit the Education Center’s website at www.TheACEC.com.

Free book club for adults You are welcome to join our book club for adults, which meets the second Tuesday of each month to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  September’s book is “The Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls to be discussed Tuesday, September 9 from 2 – 3 p.m.  Contact Meg at the library if you need a copy of the book.  No registration required.

Free book club for tweens Tweens in the fourth-seventh grades who love to read are invited to join our tween book club, Book Busters Dare to Read,  on Wednesday, September 10 from 4-5 p.m. This month’s special guest is Melanie Milburn, local author and songwriter, who will discuss what goes into writing a book.  You’ll also pick up your first book to read, “One Crazy Summer” by Rita Williams-Garcia.

Free technology classes Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.  A more formal session requiring registration focuses on Excel Basics from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, September 4).  You will learn how to create a new worksheet, basic formatting. Creating simple formulas and more.

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

Free LEGO Club Kids aged six – 13 years are invited to LEGO Club on Saturday, September 13 from 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.  Bring your creativity – the LEGOs are provided.

Large print “Murder of the Breakers” by Alyssa Maxwell is a Gilded Newport mystery.  “Death at the Door” by Carolyn Hart is a Death on Demand Bookstore mystery.  “The Good, the Bad, and the Emus” by Donna Andrews is a Meg Langslow mystery.  “Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty is a darkly comic mystery surrounding a disastrous parents’ night at an elementary school fundraiser.  “Cut and Thrust” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington novel.  “Wayfaring Stranger” by James Lee Burke features a self-contained Texan hero.

DVDs “Divergent” is the action adventure set in a future world.  “Must Love Dogs” is a romantic comedy starring Diane Lane and John Cosack.  “Horrible Bosses” is a comedy about intolerable bosses.  “Hook” is a Stephen Spielberg adventure.  “Stand By Me” is a coming-of-age story set in a small Oregon town.  “Mrs. Doubtfire” is a family comedy starring Robin Williams.  “Young Detective Dee” is set in 7th century China.  “Food Matters” is a documentary about nutritional therapy.  “Burlesque” stars Cher and Christina Aguilera.  “Clue the Movie” is based on the board game.  “Prisoners” is an R-rated thriller featuring Hugh Jackman.

Other new novels  “Magic Breaks” by Ilona Andrews is the latest in the paranormal series featuring Kate Daniels.

Nonfiction “Season of Saturdays” by Michael Weinreb examines the evolution of college football since the first game in 1869.  “Junkyard Planet” by Adam Minter takes readers to a vast, often hidden, multibillion-dollar recycling industry that is transforming our economy and environment.

Thanks to our donors For books and materials this week, we thank Sara Brinton, Margaret Caldwell, Sue Ellen Haning, Mark Kimmel and Kim Moore.

Quotable Quote  “Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” – Oprah Winfrey, media mogul, actress, producer and philanthropist.

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

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