Hold service for books and other materials handy system for patrons

Many patrons love the hold service available at your library that 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.
Of course, you can always speak with one of our friendly library staff and we would be happy to help you freeze your holds at any time.
Library closures
Your library will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 for our staff to celebrate Christmas with their families and friends, and again Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 for New Year’s.
Notary service available
Just a reminder that your library now offers a notary public service for anyone who needs something notarized. The cost is $5 per notary. This service is available on a part-time basis. To schedule a notary, please call the library at 264-2209.
All-ages gaming
Join us Friday, Dec. 21, from 2 to 3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and Xbox 360 Kinect with your friends and family.
Teen book club
Friday, Dec. 21, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the free teen book club, seventh- through 12th-graders will discuss “Warcross” by Marie Lu and enjoy snacks. Stop by the library to pick up a copy.
LEGO Club on Saturday
Kids ages 6-12 are invited to bring your imaginations — LEGOs are provided — on Saturday, Dec. 22, from 11 a.m. to noon for the free LEGO Club.
Teen gaming
Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for teens in the seventh through 12th grades. Enjoy Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks. Note there will be no teen gaming Dec. 25 or Jan. 1.
Adult education
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 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 there will be no PALS Dec. 27.
Free tech sessions
Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m.
Family storytimes
Every Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30 to 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.
Activities calendars
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.
Nonfiction
“Betty Ford First Lady: Women’s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer” by Lisa McCubbin is a biography. “Tao Te Ching” by Lao-Tzu is a new translation of the original Chinese guide to living a better, kinder, gentler life. “American Prison” by Shane Bauer recounts the author’s firsthand experience with for-profit prisons in America. “Churchill Walking with Destiny” by Andrew Roberts is a biography. “American Dialogue” by Pulitzer Prize winner Joseph J. Ellis explores what Jefferson, Adams, Madison and Washington might think about the major issues we face today.
“The Big Fella” by Jane Leavy is a biography of Babe Ruth. “American Like Me” by political activist America Ferrera contains the stories of 31 people living between two cultures in our country. “Invisible” by Stephen L. Carter is the forgotten story of the black woman lawyer who took down America’s most powerful mobster. “The Complete Guide to American Safaris” is a Fodor’s guide to game parks, tour operators and lodges in South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, Rwanda, Uganda and Victoria Falls.
Short stories
“The Best American Short Stories 2018” is a collection of short fiction chosen by Roxane Gay and Heidi Pitlor.
Large print
“A High Sierra Christmas” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone and “Adobe Moon Wyatt Earp: An American Odyssey” by Mark Warren are westerns. “Mojave Showdown” by L.J. Martin is a Ned Cody western.
Thrillers, mysteries and suspense
“The Other Wife” by Michael Robotham opens with a son finding a strange woman crying at his father’s hospital bedside. “The Enemy of the People” by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV is next in the Clandestine Operations series. “Betrayal at the Buffalo Ranch” by Sara Sue Hoklotubbe is set in the Cherokee community.
Other novels
“Of Blood and Bone” by Nora Roberts is a post-apocalyptic tale of terror and magic. “Chosen People” by Robert Whitlow is an international legal drama that unfolds after a terrorist attack near the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
CDs
“Desperate Measures” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington thriller. “Look Alive Twenty-Five” by Janet Evanovich is a Stephanie Plum mystery. “Safe and Sound” by Fern Michaels is a Sisterhood mystery. “Unsheltered” by Barbara Kingsolver takes readers back to the time of Charles Darwin. “The Mueller Report” by Jason O. Gilbert is a comedic look at what the special counsel has collected on President Trump.
Programmed Nooks
We have nine free Nooks and three free tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure. The eight adult 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 Codie Wilson and our anonymous donors.
Quotable quote
“Get energy from younger people. I try to play golf with younger people, the fitter the better. I think you tend to take on the characteristics of the individuals you spend the most time with. Doing activities with young, healthy people has a way of making me rise to their level. The best traits of young people — their optimism, curiosity, alertness and energy — are contagious.” — Gary Player, South African professional golfer widely considered one of the greatest golfers ever.
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 https://pagosalibrary.org.

This story was posted on December 21, 2018.