Library – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 21:53:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 Christmas books to enjoy or give as gifts http://www.pagosasun.com/christmas-books-to-enjoy-or-give-as-gifts/ Thu, 14 Nov 2019 22:00:43 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=191319 With Thanksgiving so late this year, you may also be thinking about Christmas, which is only a little more than five weeks away. So we wanted to give you some ideas about new holiday books that might be good for you to read or give as gifts to family and friends.
We already have four mysteries and thrillers debuting for the Christmas season: “The 19th Christmas” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is a Women’s Murder Club mystery available as a book and on CD. “The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street” by Karen White follows a search for valuable artifacts in the garden of a centuries-old home. “Owl be Home for Christmas” by Donna Andrews is a large-print Meg Langslow mystery. “Aunt Dimity and the Heart of Gold” by Nancy Atherton is a large-print mystery set in a small English village.
“The Perfect Love Song” by Patti Callahan Henry is a Christmas romance. “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” is a Chicken Soup for the Soul collection of 101 inspiriting stories of holiday love and wonder. “Let it Snow” by Nancy Thayer is a Christmas romance set on Nantucket. “Spirit of the Season” by Fern Michaels is a large-print story set in a bed and breakfast in North Carolina. “A Mrs. Miracle Christmas” by Debbie Macomber features a caregiver with magical talents and is available as a book and on CD. “Christmas Shopaholic” by Sophie Kinsella is a new Shopaholic adventure.
Holiday closure
Your library will be closed Nov. 28-30 for Thanksgiving.
How-to and self-help
“Skoolie!” by Will Sutherland shows you how to convert a school bus or van into a tiny home or RV. “Nomad” by Emma Reddington is a guide to life on the road and off the grid. “Reading Group Choices 2020” describes selections for lively discussions chosen by authors, agents, publicists, librarians, booksellers and publishing people. “Best in Travel 2020” is a Lonely Planet guide. “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” by Patricia Schultz is a new visual edition of this iconic bestseller. “Hand Hewn” by Jack Soborn is a guide for people seeking natural and simply beautiful architecture. “Nothing Fancy” by Alison Roman is an unfussy guide to having people over for a meal. “Whole 30 Friends and Family” by Melissa Hartwig Urban contains menus and recipes for social occasions like birthday parties, baby showers, tailgating and more. “Food: What the Heck Should I Cook?” by Dr. Mark Hyman features more than 100 delicious and nutritous recipes for weight loss and good health.
Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Gary Snider and our anonymous donors. For their generous donation in memory of Marjorie Witting, we thank David and Lucia Oswald.
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 pagosalibrary.org.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-197/ Thu, 14 Nov 2019 22:00:08 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=191172 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, Nov. 14
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners special work session — 2020 budget departmental review. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Pagosa Springs Town Council budget work session. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, Nov. 19
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta School District Board of Education special meeting. 5 p.m., Pagosa Springs Middle School library, 309 Lewis St.
Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center Great Room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, Nov. 20
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board work session. 9 a.m., Pagosa Baking Company, 238 Pagosa St.
Archuleta County Republican Central Committee meeting. Noon, Pagosa Brewing, 118 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Upper San Juan Library District board meeting. 4 p.m., Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library, 811 San Juan St.
Thursday, Nov. 21
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, Nov. 26
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board. 5:30 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, Dec. 3
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Dec. 4-8
Archuleta School District 50 Joint Board of Education notice of gathering. The board will be traveling to Colorado Springs to attend the annual Colorado Association of School Boards conference.
Wednesday, Dec. 4
Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Chamber of Commerce conference room, 105 Hot Springs Blvd.
Monday, Dec. 9
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors regular meeting. 5 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Public meeting information should be sent to editor@pagosasun.com with “Public Meeting” in the subject line. The deadline is noon Monday each week prior to publication for that week’s issue.

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Tips to help encourage your children to read this winter http://www.pagosasun.com/tips-to-help-encourage-your-children-to-read-this-winter/ Thu, 07 Nov 2019 22:13:27 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190707 As we enter the darker days of winter, books can be even more popular companions for your children if you follow some or all of these tips:
• Set aside a specific time each day for reading. Read together and create time for children to read on their own. A nighttime reading routine is especially rewarding.
• Create a fun reading space in your home, such as a tent or fort with comfy pillows, bean bags and blankets — and, of course, a basket of books.
• Be a role model. If your kids see you reading, you’re setting a good example.
• Ensure reading materials are readily available in your home and carry them with you everywhere — including in your car and when you go to appointments where you might have to wait.
• Introduce youngsters to a book series to help keep reading interest high.
• Regularly take your children to the library to attend some of the many activities appropriate for their age and to pick out books. Allowing them to choose what they want to read helps nurture lifelong readers.
Holiday hours
Your library will be open on Veterans Day but closed Nov. 28-30 for Thanksgiving.
Lifelong Learning lectures
The next talk in the free fall Lifelong Learning lecture series takes place at 5 p.m. today, Nov. 7, featuring the San Juan Search and Rescue — who they are and what they do to save lives.
On Nov. 21, neuroscientist Jean Strahlendorf will discuss dementia and new clinical research that strives to reveal ways to potentially stave off its onset and progression.
Pick up a brochure at your library with more information on each of these interesting and illuminating talks. We hope to see you there.
Teen advisory board today
Today, Thursday, Nov. 7, the teen advisory board meets from 4 to 5 p.m. Sixth- through 12th-graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs. Share an idea to pick out a free book.
Paws to Read tomorrow
Tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 8, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., youngsters of all ages are invited to share their favorite books with Bacchus, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a free Paws to Read session. This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.
Legal clinic tomorrow
Tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 8, from 2 to 3 p.m. is a free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney will take place via computer link.
Volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property tax, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans benefits and civil protection orders. Please check in at the registration desk. This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month.
LEGO Club
Kids ages 6-12 are invited to bring your imaginations — LEGOs are provided — this Saturday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m. to noon for the free LEGO Club.
Tween gaming
Free gaming for fourth through eighth grades is Monday, Nov. 11, from 4 to 5 p.m. Enjoy Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.
Teen gaming
Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for teens in the sixth through 12th grades. Enjoy Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.
Book club for adults
Our free book club for adults meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles. On Nov. 12, we will discuss “The Overstory” by Richard Powers. Stop by to pick up a copy. Light refreshments will be served. No registration is required.
ESL classes expand to evening sessions
Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes have been so appreciated at your library that we are — by popular demand — switching one of the weekly sessions to the evening to make it easier for more people to participate. The new schedule is Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers — Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners. No registration is required.
Clases nocturnas de ESL en la biblioteca.
Las clases han sido tan apreciadas en su biblioteca que nosotros — por demanda popular — estamos cambiando una de las sesiones semanales de la noche para facilitar la participación de más personas. El nuevo horario es los martes de 5-7 y los viernes de 12-2. Las clases son dirigidas por dos maestras altamente experimentadas; Joyce Holdread enseñará a los estudiantes intermedios y avanzados y Ellen Ragone enseñará a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse.
Teen role-playing
The free role-playing game for seventh- through 12th-graders takes place next Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters. You can join this group any time.
Adult education
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place Mondays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursdays 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.
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 3 to 3:45 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.
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. These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.
Note that Saturday, Nov. 9, is an introduction to French with Zhena via songs and literacy activities, and Wednesday, Nov. 13, is American Sign Language in a music and movement program with Diann Tator.
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.
DVDs
“Mary and the Witch’s Flower” is an animated family film. “Vikings Unearthed” is a BBC Nova documentary. “Superheroes” is a history from comic strip adventurers of the Great Depression to movie superstars of today. “True Detective” is the complete third season. “The Haunting of Hill House” features five siblings who grew up in the most famous haunted house in America. “The Devil’s Backbone” is a supernatural thriller.
Thrillers, mysteries and suspense
“The Night Fire” by Michael Connelly is a Renee Ballard and Harry Bosch mystery. “Running in the Field” by John Le Carre follows a 47-year veteran British spy asked to do one more job.
Other novels
“Texas Forever” by Janet Dailey is a western romance. “Lawman” by Ethan J. Wolfe is book five of the Regulator western series.
Large print
“The United States of Trump” by Bill O’Reilly shows how his life events forged his worldview. “Land of Wolves” by Craig Johnson is a Longmire mystery. “The Darwin Affair” by Tim Mason begins with an assassination attempt to Queen Victoria.
Nonfiction
“A Better Planet: 40 Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future” edited by Daniel C. Esty presents solutions from environmental thought-leaders across the political spectrum. “The Body” by Bill Bryson guides us through the human body — how it functions, how it fails and how it can heal itself. “On The Plain of the Snakes” by Paul Theroux documents the author’s drive the length of the U.S.-Mexico border to uncover the world behind the brutal headlines. “Me” by Elton John is the autobiography of this singer-songwriter. “The Inflammation Spectrum” by Dr. Will Cole is a customized action plan for healthy eating.
“The Wholesome Easy Keto Cookbook” by Maya Krampf contains 100 low-carb recipes with 10 ingredients or fewer. “Healthy Instant Pot” by Alexis Mersel contains 70 fast, fresh and easy recipes. “Three Days at the Brink” by Bret Baier covers a secret meeting with FDR, Churchill and Stalin. “Edison” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Edmund Morris is a biography of the most famous American of his time.
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.
Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Ed Robinson and our anonymous donors.
Quotable quote
“Try your best to make goodness attractive. That’s one of the toughest assignments you’ll ever be given.” — Fred Rogers (1928-2003), host of the children’s TV series “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and ordained Presbyterian minister.
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 pagosalibrary.org.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-196/ Thu, 07 Nov 2019 22:00:44 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190608 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, Nov. 7
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners special work session — 2020 budget departmental review. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Monday, Nov. 11
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors regular meeting. 5 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Tuesday, Nov. 12
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Republican Women’s meeting. Noon, Boss Hogg’s, 157 Navajo Trail Drive.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Pagosa Springs Area Tourism Board meeting. 4:30 p.m., Visitor Center, 105 Hot Springs Blvd.
Archuleta School District Board of Education work session and regular meeting. 5 p.m. work session, 6 p.m. regular meeting, Pagosa Springs Middle School library, 309 Lewis St.
Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board. 5:30 p.m., Town Hall council chambers,  6:551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Record of the proceedings of the Public Hearing on the Proposed 2020 Budgets of the Pagosa Fire Protection District and the Firemen’s Pension Fund and the regular meeting of the Pagosa Fire Protection District Board of Directors.30 p.m., Station 1, Training Room, 191 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, Nov. 13
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners special work session — 2020 budget departmental review. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Planning Commission regular meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Thursday, Nov. 14
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners special work session — 2020 budget departmental review. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Pagosa Springs Town Council budget work session. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, Nov. 19
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center Great Room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, Nov. 20
Archuleta County Republican Central Committee meeting. Noon, Pagosa Brewing, 118 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Upper San Juan Library District board meeting. 4 p.m., Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library, 811 San Juan St.
Thursday, Nov. 21
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, Nov. 26
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Dec. 4-8
Archuleta School District 50 Joint Board of Education Notice of Gathering. The board will be traveling to Colorado Springs to attend the annual Colorado Association of School Boards conference.
Wednesday, Dec. 4
Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Chamber of Commerce conference room, 105 Hot Springs Blvd.
Monday, Dec. 9
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors regular meeting. 5 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Public meeting information should be sent to editor@pagosasun.com with “Public Meeting” in the subject line. The deadline is noon Monday each week prior to publication for that week’s issue.

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Fun, free Halloween events today and tomorrow http://www.pagosasun.com/fun-free-halloween-events-today-and-tomorrow/ Thu, 31 Oct 2019 21:52:02 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190311 Today, Thursday, Oct. 31, before 4:15 p.m., is your last chance to enter our annual pumpkin decorating contest. Pumpkins can be carved, painted or decorated. The party runs from 3 to 5:15 p.m. Join us for snacks while you wait for the announcement of the winners at 5:15 p.m. in five categories: preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17 and adult. One entry per person, please.
Then, tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 1, we’ll host the Day of the Dead Halloween Lock-in from 5 to 7 p.m. for ages 12-17. Registration and a signed parental permission slip are required. Join us for food, games, movies and crafts — costumes encouraged, but not necessary. All participants must be in the building before 5 p.m. when the library closes.
Lifelong Learning lectures
The next talk in the free fall Lifelong Learning lecture series takes place at 5 p.m. Nov. 7 and will feature the Upper San Juan Search and Rescue — who they are and what they do to save lives.
On Nov. 21, neuroscientist Jean Strahlendorf will discuss dementia and new clinical research that strives to reveal ways to potentially stave off its onset and progression.
Pick up a brochure at your library with more information on each of these interesting and illuminating talks. We hope to see you there.
All-ages gaming tomorrow
Join us tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 1, 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.
LGBTQ youth group Monday
A support group to help LGBTQ youth from ages 16 to young adults deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination convenes on Nov. 4 and the first Monday of every month from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Under the leadership of Ana M. Sancho Sama, Ph.D., licensed psychologist, the purpose is to provide a safe and confidential place to share experiences, ask questions and talk about how to cope in this challenging world. If you have questions, her office number is 264-1986.
Home-school social hour
Stop by Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 1 to 2 p.m. for a chance to visit with fellow home-school families, discuss curriculum and learning opportunities, and look through resources while the kids participate in crafts and other activities.
Josie, your early literacy librarian, is eager to collect ideas on how to serve home-school families in our community and get your feedback on the value of these sessions, which will continue at least until December.
ESL classes expand to evening sessions
Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes have been so appreciated at your library that we are — by popular demand — switching one of the weekly sessions to the evening to make it easier for more people to participate. The new schedule is Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers — Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners. No registration is required.
Clases nocturnas de ESL en la biblioteca
Las clases han sido tan apreciadas en su biblioteca que nosotros — por demanda popular — estamos cambiando una de las sesiones semanales de la noche para facilitar la participación de más personas. El nuevo horario es los martes de 5-7 y los viernes de 12-4. Las clases son dirigidas por dos maestras altamente experimentadas; Joyce Holdread enseñará a los estudiantes intermedios y avanzados y Ellen Ragone enseñará a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse.
Computer class
Monday, Nov. 4, from 1 to 2 p.m. covers resume basics, when you will learn how to effectively create an appealing resume using Microsoft Word. No registration is required.
Tween gaming
Free gaming for those in the fourth through eighth grades is Monday, Nov. 4, from 4 to 5 p.m. Enjoy Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.
Teen gaming
Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for teens in the sixth through 12th grades. Enjoy Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.
Knitting Club for teens and adults
On Wednesday, Nov. 6, this free club meets from 4 to 5 p.m. for fourth-graders to adults. Note the expansion of ages to include adults.
Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects and hang out with other crafters. If you don’t know how to knit, come anyway and we’ll get you started on some of the basics.
Teen advisory board
Next Thursday, Nov. 7, the teen advisory board meets from 4 to 5 p.m. Sixth- through 12th-graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs. Share an idea to pick out a free book.
Adult education
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place on Monday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 7, 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.
Family storytimes
Every Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. and Saturday from 3 to 3:45 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move. 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.
These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.
Note that Saturday, Nov. 2, is a Dia de los Muertos event with special guests introducing us to some of the traditions surrounding this holiday.
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.
Large print
“Gutsy Women” by Hillary Rodham and Chelsea Clinton shares stories of inspiring women who stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions and get the job done. “A Single Thread” by Tracy Chevalier follows a single English woman trying to create a life for herself after World War I. “The Institute” by Stephen King tells of kids with talents for telekinesis and telepathy. “Met Her Match” by Jude Deveraux is a romance. “The Long Call” by Ann Cleeves is book one of the Two Rivers mystery series. “Nothing Ventured” by Jeffrey Archer is a William Warwick mystery. “Death in Focus” by Anne Perry is an Elena Standish adventure set in Berlin as the Third Reich comes into power. “The Titanic Secret” by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Bruel is an Isaac Bell adventure. “Quantum” by Patricia Cornwall features Capt. Calli Chase, a NASA pilot. “Bloody Genius” by John Sandford is a Virgil Flowers mystery.
Thrillers, mysteries and suspense
“A Bitter Feast” by Deborah Crombie, set in the Cotswolds, features a Scotland Yard husband and wife detective team. “The Guardians” by John Grisham follows the dangerous path of a minister fighting the wrongful conviction of a man for murder. “Book of Bones” by John Connolly begins when the body of a young woman is discovered on a lonely moor.
Other novels
“Olive, Again” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Elizabeth Strout continues the story of Olive Kitteridge. “The Burning White” by Brent Weeks is the concluding book of the Lightbringer fantasy series.
Nonfiction
“Big Wonderful Thing” by Stephen Harrigan is a history of Texas. “Blowout” by Rachel Maddow is an expose of the power of big oil and gas around the world. “Where To Go When” is a DK Eyewitness travel guide recommending trips for every month. “Best Hospitals 2020” is a U.S. News and World Report guide. “A Dog’s Promise” by W. Bruce Cameron continues the story of Bailey. “Play Your Way to Good Manners” by Kate Naito and Sarah Westcott explains how to get the best behavior from your dog through sports, games and tricks.
CDs
“Dark Illusion” by Christine Feehan is a Carpathian fantasy. “The Science of Obesity and the Truth About Dieting” by Giles Yeo looks at the way our genetic makeup influences our relationship with food. “The Body” by Bill Bryson guides us through the human body — how it functions, how it fails and how it can heal itself.
DVDs
“Chernobyl” is the five-part HBO miniseries. “Africa’s Great Civilizations” is the six-hour PBS series. “True Detective” is the complete second season.
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 pagosalibrary.org.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-195/ Thu, 31 Oct 2019 21:00:45 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190216 The following meetings are subject to change.
Monday, Nov. 4
Dispatch Executive Management Board. 9:30 a.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center board room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Tuesday, Nov. 5
San Juan Basin Public Health and District Attorney Budget meetings. Noon (includes travel time), Durango County Administration Building, 1101 E. 2nd Ave., Durango.
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.
Wednesday, Nov. 6
Pagosa Peak Open School Board training. 8 a.m., Pagosa Brewing and Grill, 118 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board special meeting. 4:30 p.m., Town Hall conference room, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Thursday, Nov. 7
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners special work session — 2020 budget departmental review. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Monday, Nov. 11
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors regular meeting. 5 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Tuesday, Nov. 12
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Republican Women’s meeting. Noon, Boss Hogg’s, 157 Navajo Trail Drive.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta School District Board of Education work session and regular meeting. 5 p.m. work session, 6 p.m. regular meeting, Pagosa Springs Middle School library, 309 Lewis St.
Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board. 5:30 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Record of the proceedings of the Public Hearing on the Proposed 2020 Budgets of the Pagosa Fire Protection District and the Firemen’s Pension Fund and the regular meeting of the Pagosa Fire Protection District Board of Directors. 6:30 p.m., Station 1, Training Room, 191 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, Nov. 13
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners special work session — 2020 budget departmental review. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Planning Commission regular meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Thursday, Nov. 14
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners special work session — 2020 budget departmental review. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Pagosa Springs Town Council budget work session. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, Nov. 19
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center Great Room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, Nov. 20
Archuleta County Republican Central Committee meeting. Noon, Pagosa Brewing, 118 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Upper San Juan Library District board meeting. 4 p.m., Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library, 811 San Juan St.
Tuesday, Nov. 26
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Dec. 4-8
Archuleta School District 50 Joint Board of Education Notice of Gathering. The board will be traveling to Colorado Springs to attend the annual Colorado Association of School Boards conference.
Public meeting information should be sent to editor@pagosasun.com with “Public Meeting” in the subject line. The deadline is noon Monday each week prior to publication for that week’s issue.

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Halloween events and pumpkin decorating contest http://www.pagosasun.com/halloween-events-and-pumpkin-decorating-contest/ Fri, 25 Oct 2019 11:00:30 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189869

Photo courtesy Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library
The Halloween party at Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library will feature, among other things, a pumpkin-decorating contest. There will be several age categories open.

We hope you’re thinking creatively about your pumpkin decorating skills, because it’s time for our annual pumpkin decorating contest. Pumpkins can be carved, painted or decorated. We will have a limited number of pumpkins to give out next week — one per family, please.
Completed pumpkins must be turned in to your library before 4:15 p.m. next Thursday, Oct. 31. The party runs from 3 to 5:15 p.m. Join us for snacks while you wait for the announcement of the winners at 5:15 p.m. in five categories: preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17 and adult. Only one entry per person, please.
Then, on Friday, Nov. 1, we’ll host the Day of the Dead Halloween Lock-in from 5 to 7 p.m. for ages 12-17. Registration and a signed parental permission slip are required. Join us for food, games, movies and crafts — costumes are encouraged, but not necessary. All participants must be in the building before 5 p.m. when the library closes.
Lifelong Learning lecture
Nov. 7 features the San Juan Search and Rescue — who they are and what they do to save lives. On Nov. 21, neuroscientist Jean Strahlendorf will discuss dementia and new clinical research that strives to reveal ways to potentially stave of its onset and progression.
Pick up a brochure at your library with more information on each of these interesting and illuminating talks. We hope to see you there.
All-ages movie
Join us, Friday, Oct. 25, from 2:30 to 4:15 p.m. for a PG movie suitable for all ages. Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media, but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.
Teen book club
Friday, Oct. 25, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the free teen book club, seventh- through 12th-graders will be talking about books read recently, picking out books for the next few months and enjoying snacks.
Literary Ladies
This free book-lovers’ group meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 25, they will discuss “The Orphan’s Tale” by Pam Jenoff. For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.
ESL classes expand to evening sessions in
November
Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes have been so appreciated at your library that we will — by popular demand — switch one of the weekly sessions to the evening starting in November to make it easier for more people to participate. We will drop Wednesday and add Tuesday evening.
The new schedule will be Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 2 p.m.
The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers — Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners. No registration is required.
ESL ocurrirán con sesiones de la noche en noviembre
Las clases gratuitas de ESL han sido tan apreciadas en su biblioteca que nosostros — por demanda popular — cambiaremos una de las sesiones de la semana para llevarse a cabo por la noche para facilitar más participación de los estudiantes. Empezando en noviembre, el horario nuevo será los martes de 5 a 7 p.m. y los viernes de 12 a 2 p.m. Las clases son dirigidas por dos instructoras con mucha experiencia. Joyce Holdread enseña el grupo intermedio o avancado y Ellynn Ragone enseña los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse.
ESL this month
Until the above November schedule changes, ESL for the rest of this month is Oct. 25 and Oct. 30 from noon to 2 p.m.
Accelerated GED course
Pagosa Adult Learning Services (PALS) is offering a free accelerated GED preparation course at your library using one-on-one tutoring with traditional and online materials for students at least 17 by the time of their first test.
Enrollment has already begun, and will continue today, Oct. 24, from 2 to 7 p.m. and Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The course begins Monday, Nov. 4, and runs until Dec. 12, but you don’t have to wait to get started. As soon as you have finished registration, you will get access to all materials and classes and can begin your studies immediately.
Scholarships are available for the testing fees. For more information, please contact Mark, the PALS instructor, at the library.
LEGO Club
Kids ages 6-12 are invited to bring your imaginations — LEGOs are provided — on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to noon for the free LEGO Club.
Tween gaming
Free gaming for those in the fourth through eighth grades is Monday, Oct. 28, from 4 to 5 p.m. Enjoy Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.
Teen gaming
Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for teens in the sixth through 12th grades. Enjoy Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.
Teen role-playing
The free role-playing game for seventh- through 12th-graders takes place next Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters. You can join this group any time.
Adult education
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place today, Thursday, Oct. 24, from 2 to 7 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.
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 3 to 4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move. 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.
These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.
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.
Essays and short stories
“Fat, Pretty and Soon to be Old” by Kimberly Dark is a collection of essays talking about painful things like being fat and gay. “Lady Liberty” by Joan Marans Dim contains stories about the statue’s creators told in the context of U.S. immigration policies. “A Short Philosophy of Birds” by Philippe J. Dubois and Eloise Rousseau offers 22 lessons for living, inspired by the secret lives of birds. “Grand Union” is the first short story collection by Zadie Smith.
Nonfiction
“Scarred” by actress Sarah Edmondson is the true story of the author’s escape from a cult. “Democracy in Danger” by Jake Braun describes how hackers and activists exposed fatal flaws in our election system. “Year of the Monkey” by National Book Award-sinner Patti Smith is a memoir with a poetic blend of fact and fiction. “The Mosquito” by Timothy C. Winegard shows how the mosquito has been the single most powerful force in determining the fate of humanity. “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” by Kent Nerburn is the story of two men, one white and one Indian, traveling together.
“Permanent Record” by Edward Snowden is the memoir of the man who exposed the U.S. government’s collection of citizen phone calls, text messages and emails. “Inside Out” by Demi Moore is the memoir of this famous actress’s life, including her dealing with addiction, body image issues and childhood trauma. “Trump, the FBI and the Rule of Law” by James B. Stewart looks at what happened within the FBI in the leadup to the 2016 election. “United States of Trump” by Bill O’Reilly is a look at how the president’s view of America was formed. “Bobby at Home” by Bobby Flay shares 165 recipes for family and friends. “Stealing the Show: A History of Arts and Crime in Six Thefts” by John Barelli, retired chief security officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, details his experiences and lessons learned from major art heists.
CDs
“Kochland” by Christopher Leonard is an exploration of Koch Industries and corporate power in America. “The New Girl” by Daniel Silva is a Gabriel Allon thriller. “A Better Man” by Louise Penny is a Chief Inspector Gamache mystery set in Quebec. “Elevator Pitch” by Linwood Barclay is a thriller featuring multiple elevator accidents. “The Testaments” by Margaret Atwood is the sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale.” “The Institute” by Stephen King is a story about kids confronting evil. “What Rose Forgot” by Nevada Barr tells of a woman escaping an Alzheimer’s unit after being improperly committed.
DVDs
“Kim Swims” follows a female swimmer in a sole swim in frigid waters to the Golden Gate Bridge. “True Detective” is season one. “The Professor and the Madman” is a true story starring Mel Gibson and Sean Penn.
Novels
“Ninth House” by Leigh Bardugo features a student at Yale given a full scholarship with a catch. “The Giver of Stars” by Jojo Moyes is based on a true story about women delivering books on horseback throughout Kentucky. “The Topeka School” by Ben Lerner follows a cool kid and a loser at Topeka High School. “Cilka’s Journey” by Heather Morris is the story of a beautiful teenaged girl first at Auschwitz and later Siberia. “Warrior of the Altaii” by Robert Jordan is a fantasy. “What Happens in Paradise” by Elin Hilderbrand is the sequel to Winter in Paradise.” “Child’s Play” by Danielle Steel follows a family whose three adult children share secrets and unwanted surprises. “The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead is the sequel to “The Underground Railroad.”
Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank our anonymous donors.
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 pagosalibrary.org.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-193/ Thu, 17 Oct 2019 21:00:58 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189024 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, Oct. 17
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, Oct. 22
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board. 5:30 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Wednesday, Oct. 23
Archuleta County Planning Commission regular meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Thursday, Oct. 24
Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District regular meeting. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.
Pagosa Springs Town Council work session. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, Oct. 29
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners special meeting — annual tour of county jail (includes travel time). 9 a.m., La Plata County Jail, 742 Turner Drive, Durango.
Wednesday, Oct. 30
Pagosa Springs Town Council budget work session. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Monday, Nov. 4
Dispatch Executive Management Board. 9:30 a.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center board room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Tuesday, Nov. 5
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.
Wednesday, Nov. 6
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board special meeting. 4:30 p.m., Town Hall conference room, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Thursday, Nov. 7
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners special meeting — budget hearings. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Monday, Nov. 11
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors regular meeting. 3 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Tuesday, Nov. 12
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Republican Women’s meeting. Noon, Boss Hogg’s, 157 Navajo Trail Drive.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta School District Board of Education work session and regular meeting. 5 p.m. work session, 6 p.m. regular meeting, Pagosa Springs Middle School library, 309 Lewis St.
Record of the proceedings of the Public Hearing on the Proposed 2020 Budgets of the Pagosa Fire Protection District and the Firemen’s Pension Fund and the regular meeting of the Pagosa Fire Protection District Board of Directors. 6:30 p.m., Station 1, Training Room, 191 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, Nov. 13
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners special meeting — budget hearings. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Planning Commission regular meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Thursday, Nov. 14
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners special meeting — budget hearings. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Pagosa Springs Town Council budget work session. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, Nov. 19
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center Great Room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, Nov. 20
Archuleta County Republican Central Committee meeting. Noon, Pagosa Brewing, 118 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Upper San Juan Library District board meeting. 4 p.m., Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library, 811 San Juan St.
Wednesday, Nov. 26
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Public meeting information should be sent to editor@pagosasun.com with “Public Meeting” in the subject line. The deadline is noon Monday each week prior to publication for that week’s issue.

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New early literacy computers, Lifelong Learning lectures and ESL expanding to evening sessions http://www.pagosasun.com/new-early-literacy-computers-lifelong-learning-lectures-and-esl-expanding-to-evening-sessions/ Thu, 17 Oct 2019 21:00:41 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189139 We are excited to tell you that we have just installed two new early literacy computer stations that were mostly funded by a $5,000 grant from the AJL Charitable Foundation. These new computers are touchscreen, unlike the older ones, and are bilingual, where the older ones only had a few learning games in Spanish.
They are designed for our youngest patrons and include a variety of learning games. They are standalone computers and, thus, do not have access to the Internet — only to a multitude of learning games. You’ll find them in the children’s area.
For their generosity, we are grateful to the Denver-based AJL Charitable Foundation and its mission to invest in people, programs and movements that benefit Colorado’s youth and families.
Lifelong Learning lecture today
The second talk in the new free fall Lifelong Learning lecture series takes place today, Oct. 17, at 5 p.m. when Cheryl Bowdridge of San Juan Basin Public Health will offer tips to adults to help you talk about vaping with young people.
Oct. 24 will feature the local authors of the Wolf Creek Christian Writers Network. Nov. 7 will feature Upper San Juan Search and Rescue — who they are and what they do to save lives. On Nov. 21, neuroscientist Jean Strahlendorf will discuss dementia and new clinical research that strives to reveal ways to potentially stave of its onset and progression.
Pick up a brochure at your library with more information on each of these interesting and illuminating talks. We hope to see you there.
English as a Second
Language classes
expand to evening
sessions in November
Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes have been so appreciated at your library that we will — by popular demand — switch one of the weekly sessions to the evening starting in November to make it easier for more people to participate. We will drop Wednesday and add Tuesday evening. The new schedule will be Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers — Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners. No registration is required.
ESL ocurrirán con
sesiones de la noche en noviembre
Las clases gratuitas de ESL han sido tan apreciadas en su biblioteca que nosostros — por demanda popular — cambiaremos una de las sesiones de la semana para llevarse a cabo por la noche para facilitar más participación de los estudiantes. Empezando en noviembre, el horario nuevo será los martes de 5 a 7 p.m. y los viernes de 12 a 2 p.m. Las clases son dirigidas por dos instructoras con mucha experiencia. Joyce Holdread enseña el grupo intermedio o avancado y Ellynn Ragone enseña los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse.
ESL this month
Until the above November schedule changes, ESL for the rest of this month is Oct. 18, Oct. 23, Oct. 25 and Oct. 30 from noon to 2 p.m.
Accelerated GED course
Pagosa Adult Learning Services (PALS) is offering a free accelerated GED preparation course at your library using one-on-one tutoring with traditional and online materials for students at least 17 by the time of their first test.
Enrollment has already begun and will continue on Oct. 17 and 24 from 2 to 7 p.m. and Oct. 16 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The course begins Nov. 4 and runs until Dec. 12, but you don’t have to wait to get started. As soon as you have finished registration, you will get access to all materials and classes and can begin your studies immediately.
Scholarships are available for the testing fees. For more information, please contact Mark, the PALS instructor, at the library.
All-ages gaming tomorrow
Join us tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 18, 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.
Otaku Club
The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, Oct. 21, from 4 to 5 p.m. Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks. This free club is for those in the fifth through 12th grades.
Computer class
Microsoft Excel: Sort and Filter is the topic for this free session Monday, Oct. 21, from 1 to 2 p.m. so you can organize your data and find your information easily. No registration required.
DIY for adults
At this month’s free DIY event next Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 1 to 2 p.m., you’ll create a pumpkin diorama just in time for Halloween. Please bring your own cleaned-out pumpkin and we’ll help you create a mini-landscape inside it with plastic foam, twigs and miniature figurines. No registration is required.
Spanish conversation
Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 3 to 4 p.m., practice your Spanish with others to help you increase your fluency at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers. Previous attendance not necessary. No registration is required.
Adult education
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 2 to 7 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.
Family storytimes
Every Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. and Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move. Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages.
Special note: The Oct. 23 storytime features Mabel Barber, who will help you practice your Spanish as she shares some of her favorite Spanish books.
Local authors
“Looking at Life” is an eclectic collection of devotions, poems and short stories written by local members of the Wolf Creek Christian Writers Network. This talented group of writers will be featured in a Lifelong Learning Lecture at your library next Thursday, Oct. 24.
CDs
“The Gifts Beneath Our Anxiety” by Pat Longo offers simple spiritual tools to find peace, awaken the power within and heal your life. “Noose” by Eric Red is a Joe Noose western. “War Valley” by Lancaster Hill is a Hank Gannon western. “Where There’s Fire, There’s Smoke” by William W. Johnstone is a collection of classic Smoke Jensen, Mountain Man, westerns. “Vendetta in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas thriller. “The Girl Who Lived Twice” by David Lagercrantz features the unstoppable girl with the dragon tattoo. “Killer Instinct” by James Patterson is a thriller about the worst act of terror in New York since 9/11.
DVDs
“Aladdin” is a new Disney film. “Spider-Man Far From Home” is the latest in the series. “Yesterday” features a singer-songwriter who is the only person who remembers the Beatles. “London Spy” is a miniseries. “Separated: Children at the Border” is a Frontline documentary.
Nonfiction
“The Legend of the Weminuche Ware-Pig” by Michael Gary Devloo describes his adventures on a solo hike for cancer from Silverton to Pagosa Springs. “Piety and Power” by Mike Pence and Tom LoBianco is an account of the vice president’s journey to the White House. “Keto Comfort Foods” by Maria Emmerich provides low-carb, healthy recipes. “The Family Friendly Keto Instant Pot Cookbook” by Anna Hunley offers quick recipes that are family and budget friendly.
Mysteries, thrillers and suspense
“Lethal Agent” by Vince Flynn is book 18 in the Mitch Rapp series. “The Shape of Night” by Tess Gerritsen tells of a woman who meets a ghost who is all too real. “Imaginary Friend” by Stephen Chbosky follows a young man who emerges from the woods very much changed after six days there.
Other novels
“The Dutch House” by Ann Patchett follows a family whose new home brings great unhappiness. “The Water Dancer” by Ta-Nehisi Coates tells the story of a young man borne into bondage after his mother was sold away. “Royal Holiday” by Jasmine Guillory is about a spontaneous vacation that turns into a romance. “Toil and Trouble” by Augusten Burroughs follows the life of a man descended from a long line of witches.
Short stories
“Full Throttle” by Joe Hill is a collection of 13 short stories of supernatural suspense. “The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft: Beyond Arkham” is the final volume of modern gothic stories. “The Best American Short Stories 2019” have been selected by Anthony Doerr.
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 Medora Bass and our anonymous donors. For the generous monetary donation, we are grateful to Deanna Johnson.
Quotable quote
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” — Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics.
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 pagosalibrary.org.

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Lifelong Learning Lecture Series continues http://www.pagosasun.com/lifelong-learning-lecture-series-continues/ Thu, 17 Oct 2019 19:26:02 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189104 By Brad Glover
Special to The PREVIEW
The informative presentations of the Lifelong Learning Lecture Series at your library will continue at 5 p.m. on Thursdays from through Nov. 21.
We are located at 811 San Juan St. on the corner of 8th Street and U.S. 160.
Mark Mueller from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center kicked off the series on Oct. 10 with a captivating overview of the historic avalanche season seen across Colorado during our most recent winter of 2018-19.
Today, Oct.17, Cheryl Bowdridge from San Juan Basin Public Health will give a timely and important presentation about the risks of vaping. We will learn how we can become more educated and share our knowledge with youth about the dangers of electronic nicotine devices. Snacks and door prizes will be provided to attendees.
On Oct. 24, several local authors from the Wolf Creek Christian Writers Network will be at the library for a panel discussion about the joys, challenges and triumphs related to writing and publishing. Whether you are writing your personal family history or hope to someday get a novel published or just like to write poetry in your spare time, the local authors at this panel discussion hope to encourage everyone to find the best ways to write and publish. This presentation is ideal for anyone who loves to read or has an interest in writing in any genre or format.
There will be no lecture on Oct. 31, but the library will have a pumpkin decorating contest, so stop by or call us for more details.
Resuming on Nov. 7, Mike Le Roux will be on hand to discuss the role of Upper San Juan Search and Rescue. He will provide an introduction to the agency and discuss preparedness for safe travel in the backcountry. Some of the actual search and rescue missions that have been carried out locally will also be discussed. Le Roux is the emergency manager for Archuleta County and has been actively involved with Upper San Juan Search and Rescue since 2014.
Mueller will return to the library on Nov. 14 for an important presentation about avalanche awareness. During this presentation, you will see the destructive power of avalanches, understand when and why they happen, and how you can still have fun in the mountains and avoid avalanches when recreating or traveling in Colorado.
Dr. Jean Strahlendorf, professor emeritus at Texas Tech University School of Medicine, will be our concluding speaker on Nov. 21. Her presentation is titled: “Is There a Glimmer of Hope for the Treatment and Reversal of Dementia?” She will explore some of the multiple and far-reaching factors contributing to dementia. Alzheimer’s will also be discussed as will a discussion about new clinical research that strives to reveal ways to potentially stave off the onset and progression of cognitive decline.
Attend as many lectures as you would like to continue your lifelong learning journey. We hope to see you at your Ruby Sisson Library.

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