Summer Reading Program starts next week

One of our most popular events of the year — the free Summer Reading Program for all ages — starts next Monday, June 3, and runs through July 26. A Universe of Stories is this year’s theme.
Register from home on our website or sign up at the library and pick up your first bingo cards at the desk. You will receive a free book each time you turn in a completed bingo sheet, and kids also will have the option of getting a small toy out of our treasure chest.
Each bingo sheet is filled with age-appropriate activities to help you learn, grow and stay engaged throughout the summer. Completing bingo sheets also enters you into the drawing for our grand prizes that will be awarded for each age group at our closing Summer Reading party on July 26 from 4:30 to 6 p.m., when everyone will enjoy live music, food and crafts. (Note that you must be present at the party to win a prize.)
We’ll be detailing the prizes in future columns. They will be divided into four age groups: babies to pre-K, children kindergarten through fifth grade, sixth through 12th grades and ages 18-100.
The Summer Reading Program offers special events, fun surprises and reading incentives throughout June and July. Summer Reading themes will be incorporated into our regular programming as well. Watch for details and dates in this column every week, or pick up activities calendars so you don’t miss anything.
Please sign up for the Summer Reading Program now. It’s fun, it’s educational and it will help your children avoid the dreaded “summer slide” in reading skills that has been documented so often when youngsters take a vacation from books.
Did you know?
Did you know that your library has nearly 60 different periodicals, including both magazines and newspapers, in its collection for your reading enjoyment? Titles include The Atlantic, Colorado Life, Consumer Reports, People, Sports Illustrated and Southwest Art, to name just a few. Two new magazine titles recently added to our collection are The Pioneer Woman and Do It Yourself.
All magazines are listed in our catalog and using the term “periodical” helps to narrow your search. Newspapers include The Durango Herald, The Pagosa SUN, Silverton Standard and The Wall Street Journal. All past issues are available to check out. You also may enjoy reading them right at the library in one of our comfy chairs or reading areas.
We also offer a variety of journals and other publications through our online resources available to you 24/7. Visit to find a variety of topics for people of all ages. A library card is required to access some of the online resources.
Lifelong Learning lecture
The sixth and last lecture in the free spring Lifelong Learning series on Thursdays takes place today, May 30, when author and adventurer Jon Waterman shares his observations from 40 years of mountaineering on North America’s highest mountain in a talk called “Chasing Denali.”
All-ages gaming tomorrow
Join us tomorrow, Friday, May 31, from 2:30 to 3:45 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. Please note the permanent change of time to 2:30 from 2 p.m. because of ESL classes at 2 p.m.
Tween gaming
Free gaming for those in the fourth through eighth grades is Monday, June 3, from 4 to 5 p.m. Enjoy Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.
Knitting Club for teens
Next Wednesday, June 5, this free club meets from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for seventh- through 12th-graders. Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects and hang out with other crafters. Note that teaching will be available only for knitting. If you don’t know how to knit, come anyway and we’ll get you started on some of the basics.
ESL classes
We are now holding free English as a Second Language classes twice weekly Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. with two highly experienced teachers. Joyce Holdread is teaching the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone is teaching beginners. No registration is required.
Su biblioteca está ofreciendo ahora clases de inglés como segundo idioma. Las clases se llevan a cabo los miércoles y viernes desde el mediodia hasta las 2 pm. Todas las clases son gratuitas y no es necesario registrarse. Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre el regreso de las clases de íngles como segundo idioma en nuestra comunidad de Pagosa.
Medicare 101
Do you have questions about Medicare? San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging Medicare counselor Katy Deshler will help you understand your rights, options, deadlines and where to get more information at a free class next Thursday, June 6, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact Kay Kaylor at 264-0501, ext. 1.
Teen advisory board
Next Thursday, June 6, the teen advisory board will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs. Share an idea to pick out a free book.
Computer classes
The is a free program from 1 to 2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application. June 6 is Google Drive Basics and June 20 is Transparent Language Learning, packed full of pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing and vocabulary building lessons. No registration is required.
Adult education moves to summer hours
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) moves to summer hours as of June 4. It now takes place on Tuesdays from 2 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.
“The Road Home” by Richard Paul Evans is the conclusion to the to the Broken Road trilogy. “The 18th Abduction” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is the latest Women’s Murder Club thriller. “Redemption” by David Baldacci is an Amos Decker mystery. “Storm Cursed” by Patricia Briggs is the 11th book in the Mercy Thompson supernatural series. “Neon Prey” by John Sandford is a Lucas Davenport mystery.
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“Odd Partners: An Anthology” edited by Anne Perry is a collection of mystery stories featuring pairs solving cases written sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America. “The Scent of Murder” by Kylie Logan features a volunteer who works with cadaver dogs.
How-to and self-help
“Navigating With or Without a Compass” by Miles Tanner describes how to use bearings and nature to find your way. “Glacier National Park” by Becky Lomax is a Moon travel guide. “Essential Oils Diet” by Dr. Eric Zielinski discusses essential oils and bioactive foods for weight loss and disease prevention. “Easy Keto For Busy People” by Jennifer Marie Garza offers recipes and low-carb inspirations. “Asian Paleo” by Chih Yu Smith provides Asian recipes for Paleo followers. “The Ultimate Scratch & Sniff Guide to Loving Beer” by Richard Betts explores the ingredients, science and processes of the most popular alcoholic beverage in the world. “Aging in Reverse” by master sports nutritionist Natalie Jill is a 10-day plan to get in shape and be your best self. “The Dad Lab” by Sergei Urban provides 50 science projects for parents and kids.
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This story was posted on May 30, 2019.