Multiple special holiday events for all ages this month

With December here, we hope you will mark your calendars for a multitude of special holiday events for all ages. Some examples:

• Today, Thursday, Dec. 4, your library’s Christmas tree is available for viewing — and your vote, we hope — at the annual Festival of Trees at the Community Center, thanks to Barb Draper and the Friends of the Library.

You can view all the nonprofit organizations’ trees for free from noon to 7 p.m. and also bid on a tree if you cannot attend the auction on Friday. All of the money our tree generates will be donated to the library.

• Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., drink hot chocolate and celebrate December by picking a snow or star craft to decorate your home or gift.

• Saturday, Dec. 20, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. brings Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo, family fun with seasonal crafts for all ages and a hot chocolate bar.

• Tuesdays, Dec. 23 and 30, from noon to 1 p.m. is holiday gaming for all ages.

• Wednesday, Dec. 24, brings the original version of the movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” playing every half hour starting at 9 a.m. until the library closes at noon.

Affordable Care Act and Medicaid 101

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

Also, a session on Medicare 101 by the San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging takes place Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 264-0502 to register.

Avalanche awareness

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

Tween book club

Tweens in the fourth through sixth grades who love to read are invited to Book Busters Dare to Read book club.

This month we will discuss “Wednesday Wars” by Gary Schmidt on Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 4 to 5 p.m., when you can also pick up our next book.

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.

December’s book is “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein, to be discussed Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 2 to 3 p.m. Contact Meg at the library if you need a copy of the book. No registration required.

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 monthly activities calendar for adults in the library with the titles.

Family Fridays

Join us for the free, family program called Family Fridays tomorrow, 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.

Otaku Club

Otaku Club for teens who are anime and manga fans meets today, 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.

Card Battles

Join us Monday, Dec. 8, 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.

Teen gaming

Join us Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., and every Tuesday, for fun for teen gaming fans. Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games.

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.

Large print

“The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club” by Wanda E. Brunstetter features women teaming up to help each other. “Mountain Made” by Max Brand and “Crossfire: The Loner” by J.A. Johnstone are westerns. “Virtue Falls” by Christina Dodd is a romantic suspense story. “The Haunting Ballad” by Michael Nethercott is a mystery. “Lucky Us” by Amy Bloom follows two young women traveling through 1940s America. “The Dead Will Tell” by Linda Castillo is a Kate Burkholder mystery. “Close to Home” by Lisa Jackson is a mystery set in Oregon. “A Wedding on Ladybug Farm” by Donna Ball is a romance set in the Shenandoah Valley. “Tailing a Tabby” by Laurie Cass is a mystery featuring a librarian and her rescue cat, Eddie. “Queen Bee Goes Home Again” by Haywood Smith follows a divorcee who moves back home. “A Crafty Christmas” by Mollie Cox Bryan is a Cumberland Creek scrapbooking mystery. “The Tryst” by Grace Livingston Hill and “Not Quite a Wife” are romance stories. “A Lack of Temperance” by Anna Loan-Wilsey launches a new historical mystery series.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Private India: City on Fire” by Ashwin Sanghi is the latest in the Private mystery series. “Blue Labyrinth” by Preston and Child features Special Agent Pendergast. “The Nightingale before Christmas” by Donna Andrew is a Meg Langslow mystery. “My Sister’s Grave” by Robert Dugoni is a murder mystery set in Washington State.

CDs 

“The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Cafe” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency mystery series.

Nonfiction

“Measure of a Man” by Martin Greenfield is a memoir of an Auschwitz survivor who became a famous tailor. “Breaking In: The Tier of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice” by Joan Biskupic is a biography of the Supreme Court justice. “The Best of Travel Writing 2014” is a collection of travel articles edited by Paul Theroux and Jason Wilson. “Separated at Birth” by Anais Bordier and Samantha Futerman is the true story of twin sisters reunited. “Hope” by Richard Zoglin is a biography of entertainer Bob Hope. “De Niro: A Life” by Shawn Levy is a biography of the actor. “Nation to Nation” edited by Suzan Shown Harjo reviews treaties between the U.S. and American Indian nations.

Spanish collection

“A Thousand Forests in One Acorn,” translated and edited by Valerie Miles, brings together 28 of the most important Spanish-language writers of the 20th century.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials, we thank John and Sandy Applegate, Mary Cole, Brian Duffin, Robert Dungan, Benny Lohman and Jeff Versaw. For her generous monetary donation, we are grateful to Mary Cole.

Quotable Quote 

“Trust your hunches. They’re usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.” — Dr. Joyce Brothers (1927-2013), American psychologist, TV personality and author.

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 December 4, 2014.