Library News – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 21 Nov 2019 20:07:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 In just one year, people visited public libraries more than a billion times http://www.pagosasun.com/in-just-one-year-people-visited-public-libraries-more-than-a-billion-times/ Thu, 21 Nov 2019 22:00:27 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=191656 More than 171 million patrons representing more than half of the nearly 311 million Americans who live within public library service areas visited their local library more than 1.35 billion times in 2016, according to a new study using the latest available statistics.
As well, U.S. public libraries offered half a million more programs in 2016 than the year before and 113 million people attended 5.2 million programs in 2016. Also, the number of electronic materials like audio, video and e-books available through public libraries continued to grow, with libraries offering more than 391 million e-books to their patrons.
The data for these impressive results are collected annually from approximately 9,000 public library systems comprised of more than 17,000 main libraries, branches and bookmobiles in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories.
Holiday closure
Your library will be closed Nov. 28-30 for Thanksgiving.
Lifelong Learning lecture
The last talk in the free fall Lifelong Learning lecture series takes place at 5 p.m. today, Nov. 21, when neuroscientist Jean Strahlendorf will discuss dementia and new clinical research that strives to reveal ways to potentially stave off its onset and progression.
Smokey the Bear exhibit
We hope you’ll drop by the library to see a special Smokey Bear portrait exhibit celebrating Smokey’s 75th birthday on Saturday, Nov. 23, from noon to 5 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 25, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
This exhibit, which is traveling to ranger districts across the country, commemorates the U.S. Forest Service’s contributions to wildfire prevention and features the artwork of Rudolph Wendelin. He was a Forest Service employee who is the artist behind Smokey Bear.
Beginning in 1944, Wendelin became the full-time artist for the Smokey Bear campaign and was considered Smokey Bear’s “caretaker” until his retirement in 1973. Smokey Bear is the longest-running public service advertising campaign in United States history, with the goal of bringing awareness to unwanted, human-caused fires in America.
All-ages gaming tomorrow
Join us tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 22, from 2:30-3:45 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.
LEGO Club
Kids ages 6-12 are invited to bring your imaginations — LEGOs are provided — this Saturday, Nov. 23, from 11 a.m. to noon for the free LEGO Club.
Tween gaming
Free gaming for fourth through eighth grades is Monday, Nov. 25, 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, Nov. 27, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters. You can join this group any time.
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. 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. No es necesario registrarse.
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.
Nov. 27 will be a free play session. Note there will be no storytime Nov. 23 because of the Smokey Bear exhibit.
Large print
“Blood Sky at Morning” by Jory Sherman is a Shadow Rider western. “Flight of the Hawk: The Plains” by W. Michael Gear is a novel of the American West. “A Good American Family” by David Maraniss tells the story of the author’s father who was blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1932. “American Predator” by Maureen Callahan unveils the story of a relentless killer never as famous as Ted Bundy or Jeffrey Dahmer.
Thrillers, mysteries and suspense
“Blue Moon” by Lee Child is a Jack Reacher thriller. “The Family Upstairs” by Lisa Jewell follows a woman who learns her identity at age 25.
Novels
“Find Me” by Andre Aciman is a follow-up to “Call Me by Your Name” that became an Academy Award-winning film.
Books on CD
“Stealth” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery. “Wasteland” by Terry Goodkind is book three of the Children of D’Hara fantasy series. “Olive, Again” by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout returns to the life of Olive Kitteridge. “The Guardians” by John Grisham is a legal mystery. “36 Righteous Men” by Steven Pressfield is a Manning and Duwai thriller. “Child’s Play” by Danielle Steel follows three adult children making choices that surprise their mother. “Me” by Elton John is the autobiography of this singer/songwriter. “To the Land of Long Lost Friends” by Alexander McCall Smith is a No. 1 ladies Detective Agency mystery. “Mosaic” by Michael C Grumley is a sci-fi story. Bloody Genius” by John Sanford is a Virgil Flowers mystery. “The Giver of Stars” by Jojo Moyes is based on a true story about women who bring books to people who never have had any.
Nonfiction books on CD
“Help! Someone I Love Has Cancer” by Joel Hughes offers real-life advice from a family who has experienced cancer. “Home Work” by Julie Andrews is the second installment of the actress’s memoirs, this one focusing on her Hollywood years. “Dear Scott, Dear Zelda” contains letters between F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and a narrative by two scholars. “In Pain” by Travis Rieder is a bioethicist’s memoir of opioid dependence after an accident. “The Toxic Parents Survival Guide” by psychologist Bryn Collins helps you free yourself from an emotionally unavailable parent. “Me” by Elton John is the autobiography of this singer/songwriter.
Nonfiction
“For Small Creatures Such as We” by Sasha Sagan explores Earth’s marvels and how they provide meaning to our lives. “Slice of Life” by Juliara Jensen tells why it is important to your life to be close to nature. “America’s Game” by Jerry Rice and Randy O. Williams celebrates the NFL’s first 100 years. “Classic Krakauer” by Jon Krakauer is a collection of 10 essays on wilderness and risk. “Trump vs. China” by Newt Gringrich explores the threat of Communist China to America. “Running with Sherman” by Christopher McDougall is the story of a gentle but badly off rescue donkey who made himself and others better by his racing success. “All the President’s Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator” by Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizsy looks as far back as Trump’s childhood to explore his relationships with women.
Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Codie Wilson, Randall Davis and our anonymous donors.
Quotable quote
“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” — Andy Warhol (1928-1987), American artist, director and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art.
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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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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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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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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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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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 starts today and 13 mini-libraries around town http://www.pagosasun.com/lifelong-learning-starts-today-and-13-mini-libraries-around-town/ Thu, 10 Oct 2019 22:06:51 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=179679 The new free fall Lifelong Learning lecture series starts today, Oct. 10, and continues through Nov. 21 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Today, Mark Mueller will use photos and scientific data to discuss the historic avalanche season we experienced last winter. On Oct. 17 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 Wolf Creek Christian Writers Network. There will be no lecture on Oct. 31. Nov. 7 will feature San Juan Search and Rescue —who they are and what they do to save lives. On Nov. 14, Mueller will return with an avalanche awareness presentation that might save your life. 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.
Mini-libraries
around town
Did you know that your library offers a variety of resources and services for the community outside of its four walls? One such program is our ever-popular Mini-Libraries Program, with 13 Book Barns located in different businesses around town.
Each Book Barn was built by volunteers with Veterans for Veterans of Archuleta County and they hold books that can be enjoyed by both residents and visitors. The items do not need to be checked out; instead, individuals can “take a book, leave a book and share a book.”
The Book Barns are hosted and sponsored by businesses located both downtown and uptown and.
Here’s where to find them:
Uptown: Beehive Homes of Pagosa, Pine Ridge Extended Care Center, Navajo Trail Laundromat, Pagosa Springs Medical Center and Archuleta Integrated Healthcare.
Downtown: Archuleta Housing Corporation, Pagosa Baking Company, Archuleta County Courthouse, The Lift Coffee House, Pagosa Springs Visitor Center, Ross Aragon Community Center, Archuleta Department of Human Services and the Archuleta County Extension Office.
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.
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. 11, from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.
Legal clinic tomorrow
Tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 11, from 2 to 3 p.m. is a free legal clinic via computer link if you have no attorney. A volunteer attorney 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 between 1:45 and 2 p.m. First-come, first-serve, and note our volunteer attorney can assist only four people each session. This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month.
LEGO Club Saturday
Kids ages 6-12 are invited to bring your imaginations — LEGOs are provided — on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to noon for the free LEGO Club.
Knitting Club for teens
On Monday, Oct. 14, this free club meets from 4 to 5 p.m. for fourth- through 12th-graders. 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.
Home school social hour
Stop by Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for a chance to visit with fellow home-school families, discuss curriculum and leaning opportunities, and look through resources while the kids participate in crafts and other activities.
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. 16, 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 hours
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 17, 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 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.
Nonfiction
“Truth Has a Power of its Own” by Howard Zinn with Ray Suarez is a collection of conversations on American history from the perspective of ordinary people including slaves, workers, immigrants, women and Native Americans. “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh” by New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly is a behind-the-scenes look at the Supreme Court justice’s confirmation hearings. “If You Lived Here You’d Be Home By Now” by Christopher Ingraham tells of the author’s family’s move from an East Coast suburb to a Midwest house on the prairie. “Firescaping/second edition” by Douglas Kent shows how to protect your home with a fire-resistant landscape.
“A Woman of No Importance” by Sonia Purnell is the untold story of the American spy who helped win World War II. “The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer” by Joel Salatin describes the rationale for and satisfaction from a solar-driven, pasture-based, locally marketed farm. “The Enigma of Clarence Thomas” by Corey Robin explores the Supreme Court justice’s biography and judicial opinions against the backdrop of his life.
Local author
“Witchwood and Seabound” by Ethan Proud tells the tale of a witch and a sheriff turned unlikely allies to stop the town of Northgate from being destroyed by dark forces. The three books in the author’s Rebellion trilogy are also available in our collection.
Large print
“The Young Desperados” by Bill Brooks is an Ivory and Albert western murder mystery. “Last Stage to Hell Junction” by Mickey Spillane and Max Allen Collins is a Caleb York western.
Other novels
“Red at the Bone” by Jacqueline Woodson tells of two families from different social classes joined by an unexpected pregnancy. “The World That We Knew” by Alice Hoffman follows three young Jewish women in Berlin 1941.
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 Mariko Layton and our anonymous donors.
Quotable quote
“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” — Arthur Ashe (1943-1993), American professional tennis player. Ashe was the first black player selected to the U.S. Davis Cup team and the only black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open.
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.x

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All-ages astronomy night and accelerated GED course offered http://www.pagosasun.com/all-ages-astronomy-night-and-accelerated-ged-course-offered/ Thu, 03 Oct 2019 21:00:09 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=179195 Saturday, Oct. 5, is Worldwide Astronomy Day and, weather permitting, we will be celebrating from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at an all-ages event on the elementary school soccer field for some stargazing.
You’ll get a guided tour of our night sky using your naked eye. Feel free to bring binoculars or telescopes but they are not required. Light refreshments will be served.
Accelerated GED course
Pagosa Adult Learning Services (PALS) at your library is offering a free accelerated GED preparation course using one-on-one tutoring with traditional and online materials for students at least 17 years old by the time of their first test.
Enrollment has already begun and will continue on Oct. 8, 17 and 24 from 2 to 7 p.m. and Oct. 9, 16 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The course begins on 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.
Lifelong Learning starts next week
The new free all Lifelong Learning lecture series will take place Oct. 10 through Nov. 21 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
On Oct. 10, Mark Mueller will use photos and scientific data to discuss the historic avalanches we experienced last winter. On Oct. 17, San Juan Basin Public Health will offer tips to adults to help you talk about vaping with young people. Oct. 24 will feature the Wolf Creek Christian Writers Network.
Watch for more details about these and other talks in the series, or pick up a brochure with more information at your library.
Notary service available
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.
Help around town for heart emergencies,
including at your library
You’ve probably heard of an automated external defibrillator (AED), a portable electronic device that automatically checks the heart rhythms and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to return it to normal.
Immediate action is crucial when someone’s heart stops beating, so we wanted to remind you that an AED is available at your library and in more than 20 other locations around town. They include the public schools, the Ross Aragon Community Center, county sheriff patrol cars, fire stations 3 and 7, St. Patrick’s and Centerpoint churches, the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District, Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association rec center, Chimney Rock and more.
All you have to do is turn on the AED and follow the prompts. The AED will talk to you, giving step-by-step instructions and guidance as you work on a patient.
But, if you want to take a class to build your confidence and be trained for emergencies, please contact Nicole Mariani LaGioia at Pagosa Springs Medical Center EMS at 731-5811 or pagosamed.com.
Teen advisory board today
Today, Thursday, Oct. 3, the teen advisory board meets 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.
All-ages gaming tomorrow
Join us tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 4, 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 and young adults from age 16 to in their 20s deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination convenes 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.
Tween gaming
Free gaming for those fourth through eighth grades is Monday, Oct. 7, 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
Our free book club for adults meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles. On Oct. 8 we will discuss “Radium Girls” by Kate Moore. Stop by to pick up a copy. Light refreshments will be served. No registration is required.
ESL classes
Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place twice weekly on 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 (ESL). 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.
Adult education new hours
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 2 to 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 9, 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 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.
Local author
“Fire in Middle: Mystery of the Great Pyramid Solved” by James Ernest Brown is based on the author’s nearly four decades of research indicating that the Egyptian pyramids were not created to be tombs.
Large print
“Hot Shot” by Fern Michaels is a Sisterhood mystery. “Tidelands” by Philippa Gregory is a historical novel set in 1648 England. “Robert B. Parker’s The Bitterest Pill” by Reed Farrel Coleman is a Jesse Stone mystery. “The Last Good Guy” by T. Jefferson Parker follows a PI hired to find a woman in a case not what it seemed. “Influenza” by Dr. Jeremy Brown explores the 100-year hunt to cure the deadliest disease in history. “Haunted House Murder” by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis and Barbara Ross contains three mystery stories. “A Bitter Man” by Louise Penny is a Chief Inspector Gamache mystery. “Vendetta in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas mystery. “Contraband” by Stuart woods is a Stone Barrington mystery. “Texas Forever” by Janet Dailey is a Tylers of Texas romance. “The Bitterroots” by C.J. Box features former sheriff investigator Cassie Dewell now in private practice.
Mysteries, suspense and thrillers
“What Rose Forgot” by Nevada Barr follows a woman who escapes from an Alzheimer’s unit in a nursing home when she believes she has been unfairly restrained.
Other novels
“This Tender Land” by William Kent Krueger follows four youngsters who escape from an Indian training school in 1932.
DVDs
“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” is an action adventure. “Documenting Hate: Charlottesville and New American Nazis” investigates the resurgence of violent white supremacists in America. “Addiction” is Nova looks at the abuse of opioids in our country. “Avengers Endgame” is the fourth installment of the Avengers series. “Booksmart” is a comedy starring Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein. “Dream/Killer” is a documentary about a teen wrongly arrested for a brutal murder. “Trafficked in America” is a Frontline investigation into how teenagers from Central America were smuggled into the U.S.
Books on CD
“Land of Wolves” by Craig Johnson is a Longmire mystery. “Siege: Trump Under Fire” by Michael Wolff is a portrait of President Donald Trump and his administration from the second year on.
Nonfiction
“How to Have Impossible Conversations” by Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay helps you argue affectively, conciliate and gently persuade. “The Methuselah Factor” by Dr. David J. Derose is a 30-day guide to help you look, feel and function better. “Re-bisoning the West” by Kurt Repanshek reviews strategies and plans to bring the bison back to the American landscape.
Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Terri Smith, Rosalea Conor, Gloria Flynn and our anonymous donors. For their generous monetary donations, we are grateful to Patricia Howard and Donald Logan for their gift in honor of Bob and Carole Howard, and to Jackie Welch for her gift in memory of Zoe Groulx.
Quotable quote
“You never go wrong when you take the high road — it’s less crowded up there.” — Gayle King, American TV anchor and journalist for CBS.
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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Best back-to-school gift for your children: their own library http://www.pagosasun.com/best-back-to-school-gift-for-your-children-their-own-library-2/ Thu, 19 Sep 2019 21:00:38 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=178178 Do you know the value of a home library for your youngsters? Research shows that kids who have books in their home have improved vocabulary and overall reading performance; do better in math, science and social studies; perform better on standardized tests and are more likely to go to college.
Those are impressive skills for your child to cultivate — and they are especially relevant now that Archuleta County kids have returned to school after summer vacation.
Another valuable tip to help your youngster be successful in school and in life: reading aloud. You are stimulating language and literacy skills, as well as building motivation, curiosity and memory.
The free storytimes at your library also can help build a love of reading in your children. Family storytimes for kids of all ages happen on Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. and on Saturdays from 3 to 4 p.m. Storytime is a great way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.
As we start the new school year, this may be a good time for parents, grandparents and other caregivers to make a personal resolution to help build home libraries for your loved ones.
Special note
Today’s column covers activities and events at your library for youngsters, tweens, teens and adults over the next two weeks as your columnist will be traveling. The next “Library News” column will appear on Oct. 3.
Help needed for art project
We are in possession of more than 30 artworks and we do not know if they are on loan to us or have been donated permanently. They include photographs and prints, original watercolors and oil paintings, most framed. Many are signed and some are not. Further, while we recognize some of the artists’ names, we don’t know many of them at all. Some pieces may have been given to the library by someone other than the artist.
We would greatly appreciate your help in identifying the art’s source so we can ascertain the artist’s or donor’s wish regarding ownership. If you can help, please come into the library, look at our art and give us the benefit of your knowledge.
Backpacks available for free checkout
If you want to enjoy our glorious fall weather and brilliant foliage colors with a hiking outing, consider this: Thanks to a partnership between the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado State Library, we have two backpacks for free checkout that contain a state park pass, binoculars, a wildlife guide, a trees and wildlife guide, a book about the 42 state parks and more. The backpacks can be checked out for a full week and renewed for an additional week. They cannot be placed on hold. Consider it a “Lucky Day” pickup item, meaning that if you come in and it’s available, you can check it out.
Teen steampunk crafts today
Steampunk crafts takes place today, Thursday, Sept. 19, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for sixth- through 12th-graders, when you’ll make crafts and jewelry from gears, keys and whatever else we can find.
All-ages gaming tomorrow
Join us tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 20, 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. Note there will be no gaming on Friday, Sept. 27.
Computer classes
The is a free program to learn a useful technology skill or application. Monday, Sept. 23, from 1 to 2 p.m. is Microsoft Word Intermediate. No registration is required.
Tween gaming
Free gaming for those in the fourth through eighth grades is Monday, Sept. 23, and Sept. 30, 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, Sept. 25, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters. You can join this group any time.
Spanish conversation
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 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 required.
Read with a Ranger
Friday, Sept. 27, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., youngsters are invited to join Pagosa Ranger Brandon from the U.S. Forest Service to explore the world of squirrels with nature-themed books and activities. Typically kids ages 6-10 attend, but these free fun sessions are open to all ages.
Literary Ladies book club
This free book-lovers’ group meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, they will discuss “Natural Causes” by Barbara Ehrenreich. For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.
LEGO Club
Kids ages 6-12 are invited to bring your imaginations — LEGOs are provided — on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m. to noon for the free LEGO Club.
ESL classes
Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place twice weekly on 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 (ESL). 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.
Adult education new hours
Now that school has started, our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has new hours. It now takes place on 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. Note there will be no PALS Sept. 19 and 23.
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.
DVDs
“Rocketman” celebrates the life and music of Elton John. “New Amsterdam” is the first season.
Books on CD
“Retire Securely” by financial columnist Julie Jason offers insights on money management. “What Does It Feel Like to Die?” by Jennie Dear is a compassionate look at the dying process.
Nonfiction
“Fantasy Island” by Ed Morales is an exploration of the history of Puerto Rico and the U.S.’s financial and political interests in the island since its acquisition in 1898. We have two books by Elizabeth Zimmermann: “Knitting Without Tears” offers basic techniques and easy-to-follow directions for garments to fit all sizes, and the commemorative edition of “Knitter’s Almanac” contains 23 patterns. “Talking to Strangers” by Malcolm Gladwell takes readers through history, psychology and scandals showing how to make sense of people we don’t know. “Country Music” by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns is an illustrated history of country singers and songwriters from the 20th century, a companion to the eight-part PBS series that began Sept. 15.
Mysteries, suspense and thrillers
“Killer Instinct” by James Patterson and Howard Roughan explores the worst act of terror in New York since 9/11. “Akin” by Emma Donoghue follows a man and his great-nephew returning to France to investigate photos from the Nazi years.
Other novels
“The Testaments” by Margaret Atwood is the sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale.” “A Time of Love and Tartan” by Alexander McCall Smith is the story of people at 44 Scotland Street story.
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 Jerry Pingel.
Quotable quote
“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” — Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and stage designer.
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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Library reports data for record-breaking summer http://www.pagosasun.com/library-reports-data-for-record-breaking-summer/ Thu, 12 Sep 2019 21:00:16 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=177612 We hope you will forgive us if we boast a little, but we thought you’d want to know what a record-breaking summer your library had this year. Here are some numbers from July and August that show you what we mean:
• We issued 171 new cards in July. Last July that number was 103 and the year before it was 126. In August, we issued 169 new cards, with only 35 of them visitors.
• In recent years, we have never seen the physical item (not downloadables) checkout figure for a month top 10,000. It usually ranges from 7,500 to 9,100. In July, the number of checkouts was 10,333 and in August it was 10,060 — quite a jump. The biggest increase was in adult items — more than 8,000. That number is usually in the 6,000 to 6,500 range.
• Our door count went from 6,400 in June to 8,400 in July, which is astounding. The August count also was impressive at 7,619.
• Our website traffic also increased dramatically. We gather two numbers from the website each month — unique visits (meaning that it tracks the IP address, and if you were to access our website 20 times in a month, it will only count it once) and sessions. Unique users are usually about 2,000 per month. In July, we had almost 2,600 unique users and, in August, more than 2,400 unique users. As for sessions, it is usually 2,800 to 2,900 sessions; in July it was 3,668 and in August it was 3,593.
“We always have higher door count and item checkout numbers in the summer,” said Meg Wempe, library director, “but the figures for this July and August demonstrate that the community is using the library more and taking advantage of the tremendous number of resources that their taxes provide. The large jump in new cards issued to residents — not just visitors — reminds us how Pagosa is growing and of the increased need for more library space.”
Back-to-school resources
Did you know that your library has a multitude of resources for students of all ages? You can find nonfiction books, periodicals and DVDs on a variety of topics from archaeology to zoology. In addition to the collection of items in the library, you can find online resources 24/7 at www.pagosalibrary.org. Select the tab “Online Resources” at the top of the home page. The resources are listed in alphabetical order.
Britannica School is one online resource where students can discover encyclopedia articles, multimedia, primary sources, e-books and other learning resources that support student research and reinforce curriculum standards. Another online resource is Middle Search Plus, where students can access biographies, historical essays, encyclopedias and popular middle-school magazines. Your library card number is needed to access this resource.
If you do not see what you are looking for in the library collection or online, talk with one of our friendly library staff who can help you search our larger AspenCat database.
Legal clinic tomorrow
Tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 13, 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.
Otaku Club
The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, Sept. 16, 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 fifth through 12th grades.
DIY for adults
At this month’s free DIY event next Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 1 to 2 p.m., we’ll create an easy dry erase board, an inexpensive and useful tool to help you become more organized by making weekly menus, shopping lists, to-do lists and more. No registration required.
Adult education new hours
Now that school has started, our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has expanded its hours. It now takes place on 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. Note there will be no PALS Sept. 12, 19 and 23.
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.
Note our Sept. 18 session is Hera de Cuentos with Mabel Barber.
Computer classes
The is a free program to learn a useful technology skill or application. Monday, Sept. 23, from 1 to 2 p.m. is Microsoft Word Intermediate. No registration is required.
Nonfiction
“Eat for the Planet” by Nil Zacharias and Gene Stone shows how minimal diet changes can help your health and that of the planet. “How to Raise a Reader” by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo combines practical advice with curated reading lists. “NFL 100” covers a century of pro football. “The Russian” by Ben Coes documents the ruthless, clever and violent Russian mafia. “The Math Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained” contains short explanations, step-by-step diagrams and witty illustrations.
“Defending Israel” by Alan M. Dershowitz documents the author’s support of the Jewish State with world leaders. “The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2020” is the latest edition. “Our Dogs, Ourselves” by Alexandra Horowitz explores the human-canine relationship. “Fentanyl, Inc.” by Ben Westhoff explores a four-year investigation into how rogue chemists are creating the deadliest wave of the opioid crisis. “The Art of Invisibility” by Kevin Mitnick provides advice from the world’s most famous hacker on how to keep your information safe on the Internet.
Mysteries, suspense and thrillers
“The Dark Side” by Danielle Steel is a psychological suspense story. “The Girl Who Lived Twice” by David Lagercrantz is a Lisbeth Salander is a thriller. “Wild Mystic” by Sandi Ault is the fifth book in the Wild mystery series.
Large print
“It All Comes Around” by Marcus Galloway is book three in the Snake Oil series. “Riding Shotgun” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Red Ryan western.
Other novels
“Black Spire” by Delilah S. Dawson is a Star Wars adventure. “The Other’s Gold” by Elizabeth Ames follows four woman from their campus days through life-defining events. “Cold Storage” by David Koepp follows three strangers working to contain a deadly organism. “Secrets We Kept” by Lara Prescott is based on the true story of the CIA’s attempt to smuggle a famous manuscript out of the Soviet Union. “The Oracle” by Jonathan Cahn unveils the Jubilean mysteries.
Essays
“The End of the End of the Earth” by Jonathan Franzen is a new collection of essays that recall us to more humane ways of being in the world and include pieces of literature and birds, the author’s great loves.
DVDs
“Anita: Speaking Truth to Power” is a documentary about Anita Hill’s role in gender equality in the U.S. “The Riot and the Dance: Earth” describes the extraordinary glory found all over the animal kingdom. “A Dog’s Journey” stars Dennis Quaid and his beloved dog Bailey.
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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