More fun holiday activities for all ages

Mark your calendars and please join us for these fun holiday events between now and the end of the year:

• This 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.

• Mondays, Dec. 22 and 29, from noon to 1 p.m. each day, are tabletop game sessions for all ages.

• Tuesdays, Dec. 23 and 30, from noon to 1 p.m. each day, is holiday video 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.

Stress management tonight

The Pagosa Springs Medical Center will host a free stress management workshop from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 18, to help you manage stress during the holidays and throughout the year. No registration required.

Holiday closings

Your library closes at noon on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and will be closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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 calendar of activities for adults in the library to see the names.

Family Fridays

Join us for the free family program called Family Fridays tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 19, and every Friday except Dec. 26, 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. Tomorrow is board games.

Card Battles

Join us Monday, Dec. 22, 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. Special note: There will be no tech time today, Dec. 18.


“The Mistletoe Promise” by Richard Paul Evans is a Christmas love story. “Private India: City on Fire” by James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi is the latest in the Private mystery series. “Shopaholic to the Stars” by Sophie Kinsella is the latest in the Shopaholic series, this one set in Hollywood. “Flesh and Blood” by Patricia Cornwall is the latest in the Kay Scarpetta series. “Gray Mountain” by John Grisham follows a Wall Street female lawyer who moves to a Southern legal aid clinic. “The Burning Room” by Michael Connelly is the latest in the Harry Bosch series. “Pegasus” by Danielle Steel follows a family fleeing Germany in World War II. “Blue Labyrinth” by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child is the latest in the mystery series featuring FBI agent Pendergast. “Blood Magick” by Nora Roberts is book three in the Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy. “Revival” is a dark novel by Stephen King. “Bloody Sunday” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is the latest in the Luke Jensen, Bounty Hunter series “Wildfire” by Zane Grey and “Brimstone Trail” by Marcus Galloway are westerns.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Scorched Eggs” by Laura Childs is the latest in the Cackleberry Club cafe mystery series. “Land of Careful Shadows” by Suzanne Chazin is a story of murder in New York City. “Hope to Die” by James Patterson is the latest in the Alex Cross mystery series. “Bryant and Mary and the Bleeding Heart” by Christopher Fowler is a mystery set in London. “Sweet Damage” by Rebecca James is a psychological suspense story set in Sydney. “Genocide of One” by Kazuki Takano is a Japanese thriller. “Woman with a Gun” by Phillip Margolin centers on a photo that may help explain a muder. “A Tightly Raveled Mind” by Diane Lawson is a mystery-combing, crime-solving and a psychoanalytic understanding of unconscious mental life. “Moriarty” by Anthony Horowitz returns readers to the dark and complex world of Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty.

Other new novels

“Dead but Not Forgotten” offers stories by a variety of authors about the vampire mystery world of Sookie Stackhouse. “The Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant tells of a Jewish woman growing up in the North End of Boston.


“Matilda” is a modern fairy tale. “All the President’s Men” stars Robert Redford and Justin Hoffman in the Watergate story. “Havana” is a romance starring Robert Redford. “American Violet” is the true story of a black woman whose discrimination suit changes the laws of Texas. “Hyde Park on the Hudson” stars Bill Murray as FDR. “Kundun” is the true story of Tibet’s Dalai Lama. “The Negotiator” stars Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacy. “Bullitt” is one of four films on a special Steve McQueen collection. “Play Misty For Me” is one of four films on a special Clint Eastwood collection. “Yusuf’s Cafe Session” is Cat Stevens’ first full-length U.K. performance in 28 years. “Kundalini Yoga For Beginners and Beyond” features Ravi Singh and Ana Brett, “Elvis and Anabelle” is a romantic saga. “Bad Boys” and “Bad Boys II” featuring Will Smith are in one DVD set.


“The Great Reformer” by Austen Ivereigh is a biography of Pope Francis. “So, Anyway …” is an autobiography by comedian John Cleese. “Choose Your Own Autobiography” by Neil Patrick Harris is a fun, unconventional memoir that lets readers decide how the actor’s story unfolds. “Dreamers and Deceivers” by Glenn Beck reveals the true stories of the heroes and villains who made America. “The Future of the Brain” is a collection of essays by the world’s leading neuroscientists. “Food: A Love Story” by Jim Gaffigan reveals this comedian’s food memories, opinions and food fantasies.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials, we thank Lyn Dryburgh, James Huffman, Betty Mathis, Sierra Shiveley, Codie Wilson and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote 

“Every day we put our brains through their paces, but the older we get the more it’s necessary. You have to stay active. Engage with others. Don’t sit and vegetate in front of the television. Move your body. Use your head.” — Louis Zamperini, hero of “Unbroken,” the bestselling book by Laura Hillenbrand and forthcoming film by Angelina Jolie. He died this July 2 at age at age 97.


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This story was posted on December 18, 2014.