Our thanks to special people at Thanksgiving

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

• For the third year in a row, Liz Schnell and her committee of dedicated ladies organized and hosted the bake sale at the Holiday Bazaar on Nov. 1, with all proceeds — an impressive $1,016.10 — going to your library.

We are deeply grateful to these ladies — and to the Mountain View Homemakers and other talented cooks who baked and donated all the delicious goodies to sell, without whom there would be no bake sale. Their cakes, bread, cookies and pies were a great hit and a sellout.

• We also are thankful for the volunteers who work every day to help us maintain the collection; shelve returned books, CDs and DVDs; and make sure all the books and materials are clean and in their proper place.

We have a total of 33 volunteers. We average 20 volunteers working an average of 90 hours a month. During 2014, our volunteers will donate approximately 1,080 hours — a little more than half of a full-time employee — and those hours do not count the time donated by the Friends of the Library board or the hours spent on the book sale.

Because of our small staff, these volunteers are vital to our service to you.

• We are grateful for the time and dedication of our library board. They are volunteers who are committed to making the library an essential hub of the community.

• Above all, we pay tribute to the Friends of the Library. Their generosity, enthusiasm and creativity result in so many benefits to your library.

For example, their annual summer book sale resulted in $6,354 in net proceeds. This year they donated $2,000 to your library for the Summer Reading Program and $9,000 to purchase 10 new public computers.

Their latest project is the Festival of Trees next week. They will decorate a tree on behalf of the library and auction it off to the highest bidder. Please see details below.

If you’re interested in joining the Friends, they would love to hear from you. Contact co-presidents Mellody Gartley at 731-0123 or Lynn Frederick at 731-1146.

Closed for Thanksgiving

The library will be closed for Thanksgiving from Thursday, Nov. 27 through Saturday, Nov. 29.

This means no Family Friday Maker Club tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 28. We resume our regular business hours at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 1.

Festival of Trees 

Your library will be one of the local nonprofits sponsoring a tree for the annual Festival of Trees at the Ross Aragon Community Center, thanks to the Friends of the Library.

We hope you will come to view the trees and vote for ours (yes, we’re soliciting your vote) next Thursday, Dec. 4, which is the day the public can view the trees for free. You also can bid on trees if you cannot attend the auction the next day.

The money our tree generates will, of course, be donated to the library. Our tree has a Candyland theme. It will feature beautiful red and white ornaments and clever M&M character lights. Thanks to Friends’ past president Barb Draper for orchestrating this effort.

Affordable Care Act and Medicaid 101

San Juan Basin Health Department will answer your questions in these two free workshops Wednesdays, Dec. 3 and 10, from 1 to 2 p.m. You do not have to attend both workshops — they stand alone. No registration required.

Avalanche awareness

Learn about avalanche hazard recognition, safety equipment and Internet resources next Thursday, Dec. 4, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in a free session brought to you by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

Movie Mondays

Join us every Monday in December at 1:30 p.m. for classic or contemporary movies for adults. Our contract does not allow us to identify the movies in the media, but you can pick up the adult activities calendar in the library with the names.

Science fun for tweens

Tweens in the fourth through sixth grades are invited to learn and have fun at Science Madness on Wednesday, Dec. 3 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Family Fridays

Join us for the free family program called Family Fridays next Friday, Dec. 5, and every Friday at your library from 2 to 3:30 p.m., timed so that children can come after school. This is a special time every week for the whole family to come to the library together — parents with kids, all siblings regardless of age, or whatever combination of the family is available at that particular time. Each week features a different activity.

Otaku Club

Otaku Club for teens who are anime and manga fans meets Thursday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Enjoy a variety of Japanese culture (crafts, anime, snacks, etc.). Characters welcomed. Help us pick our list of anime to watch.

Teen gaming

Join us Tuesday, Dec. 2, and every Tuesday, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for fun for teen gaming fans. Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games.

Card battles

Join us Monday, Dec. 1, and every Monday, from 4 to 5 p.m. for Card Battles for kids in the fifth through 12th grades. Bring your own Pokemon, Yu-gi-oh or Magic cards to battle your friends. We have a limited number of Pokemon and starter Yu-gi-oh cards to borrow.

Technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays.

A more formal session requiring registration focuses on Word Intermediate from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 4. You will learn how to create and edit tables, and add screen shots and Web images to your documents.

New cookbooks

“150 Best Dips and Salsas” by Judith Finlayson and Jordan Wagman also supplies recipes for chips, flatbreads and more. “Make It Ahead” by Ina Garten is a Barefoot Contessa cookbook. “Inside the Test Kitchen” by Tyler Florece updates comfort food with 120 new recipes. “Fresh and Fermented” by Julie O’Brien and Richard J. Climenhage describes 85 ways to make fermented carrots, kraut and kimchi a part of every meal. “Pocket Pies” by Pamela Clark provides recipes for mini-empanadas, pastries, turnovers and more. “Indian for Everyone” by Anupy Singla is the home cook’s guide to traditional favorites. “How to Eataly” by Oscar Farinetti is a guide to buying, cooking and eating Italian food.

Other nonfiction

“America’s Greatest Blunder” by Burton Yale Pines chronicles the author’s view that some of the most tragic and lethal events in our history were caused because we entered World War I. “Stop the Coming Civil War” by conservative radio host Michael Savage details the author’s view that the split between right and left is possibly irreparable unless we act now to stop it. “The Secret History of Super Woman” by Jill Lepore explores this iconic female hero’s origins and her male creator, an ardent feminist. “Unnatural Selection” by Emily Monosson shows how drugs, pesticides and pollutions are harming many species.

DVDs 

“Hairspray” is the Broadway musical. “The Thing Called Love” is a musical set in Nashville. “Coyote Ugly” is a comedy. “Pure Country” is a country music love story. “Crazy Heart” is a country music redemption story. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is based on the popular novel.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank David Minor, Lisa Nelson, Carol Schneider and our many anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote 

AARP reports that the more than 100 million American seniors will soon control more than 70 percent of the disposable income of this country, buying two-thirds of all the new cars, half of all the computers and a third of the movie tickets. They also spend $7 billion a year shopping online and account for 80 percent of all premium travel dollars spent on credit cards. They are the equivalent of the third largest economy in the world, trailing only the GNPs of the U.S. and China.

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 pagosa.colibraries.org/.

This story was posted on November 26, 2014.