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Fly tying basics classes start today at the library

SUN columnist, and the Library Staff

Photo courtesy Kristine MacNeill Connor Thomas displays the Nook Tablet he won at Ruby Sisson Library’s Summer Reading Celebration Party.  He is surrounded by members of his family. As many as 150 people attended the party on Friday, July 12, at the library.

Photo courtesy Kristine MacNeill
Connor Thomas displays the Nook Tablet he won at Ruby Sisson Library’s Summer Reading Celebration Party.  He is surrounded by members of his family. As many as 150 people attended the party on Friday, July 12, at the library.

A four-part series of fly tying classes starts today (Thursday, July 18) from 6-7 p.m., continuing Saturday, July 20 from 10-11 a.m., Thursday, July 25 from 6-7 p.m. and Saturday, July 27 from 10-11 a.m.

You will learn the basics of tying flies, including knots, techniques and materials required. Some supplies will be provided, but participants need to bring your own bobbin and thread as well as a vice, if you have one.

The teacher’s name is Mark Stephanz.  He lives in Pagosa part time and has been fly fishing for years.  He’s very excited to be teaching this class, and we’re excited to have him.

Registration is required for these classes. You do not have to attend all four of the classes, but you probably will want to for the best learning experience.

Free baby/toddler story times

Join us every Monday morning from 10-10:30 a.m. with your young children from birth to 3 years of age for special free reading sessions especially for babies and toddlers.

Free tech programs

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Join her for one-on-one informal help on your computer or tablet issues. There will be two more formal sessions in July requiring advance registration: Facebook Basics for Individuals (not businesses) takes place Wednesday, July 24, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. when you will learn about creating an account, status updates, messaging, privacy settings and more. A session on Skype is Wednesday, July 31, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. when you will learn how to make free video calls on your computer.


“Eat Like a Dinosaur” by the Paleo Parents offers tasty, kid-approved recipes to help you get back to basics and cook real foods. “Drupal for Dummies” by Lynn Beighley and Seamus Bellamy, “Word Press for Dummies” by Lisa Sabin-Wilson, “iMac for Dummies” by Mark L. Chambers and “Windows 8: The Missing Manual” all are excellent new guides to improve your computer and Internet skills. “Revolutionary Summer” by Pulitzer Prize winning historian Joseph J. Ellis explores the birth of American independence in the summer of 1776. “Your Cup of Cake” by Lizzy Early provides 80 ideas for easy cupcakes. “Martha Stewart’s Crafts for Kids” gives you 175 projects for kids of all ages.

Books on CD

“Bad Monkey” by Carl Hiaasen is the latest in the author’s novels about life among the criminal and greedy in Florida. “Deeply Odd” by Dean Koontz is the latest in the Odd Thomas supernatural crime series. “The Heist” by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg is the first in a new thriller series. “The Last Original Wife” by Dorothea Benton Frank tells of a southern lady who escapes her marriage for her childhood home in Charleston. “Sweet Salt Air” by Barbara Delinsky is about two women, once childhood best friends, who come together with a project and a secret. “The 9th Girl” by Tami Hoag is a serial killer murder mystery. “The Kill Room” by Jeffrey Deaver is the latest in the mystery series featuring forensics expert Lincoln Rhyme.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Evening Bags and Executions” by Dorothy Howell is a mystery series featuring part-time sleuth Haley Randolph.

“Killer Ambition” by Marcia Clark is the latest in the Rachael Knight mystery series. “Cold Killing” by Luke Delaney is a mystery set in South London. “Loyalty” by Ingrid Thoft is a new thriller series featuring PI Fina Ludlow. “Sling Shot” by Matthew Dunn is the latest in the Spycatcher series featuring master spy Will Cochran. “Dream with Little Angels” by Michael Hiebert tells of a small Southern town haunted by tragedy.

Large print

“A Delicate Truth” by John le Carre probes what really happened during a counter-terrorist operation in Gibraltar. “The Alpine Xanadu” by Mary Daheim is the latest in the Emma Lord mystery series. “Sweet Salt Air” by Barbara Delinsky follows two women reunited many years and many secrets after their childhood friendship. “The Silver Star” by Jeannette Walls tells the story of two young girls deserted by their mother. “The Best Man” by Kristan Higgins is a romance in the Blue Heron Winery series. “A Bat in the Belfry” by Sarah Graves and “Nickeled-and-Dimed to Death” by Denise Swanson are new books in the Cozy mystery series. “Unbroke Horses” by D.B. Jackson tells of a kidnapped boy saved by an old Indian horse trainer.

Other new novels

“No One Could Have Guessed the Weather” by Anne-Marie Casey tells of four women facing huge personal issues in New York City. “Always Watching” by Chevy Stevens is a psycho-drama. “Lexicon” by Max Barry is a science fiction story. “Sea Change” by S.M. Wheeler is a coming-of-age fantasy. “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman follows a middle-aged man who returns to his childhood home and confronts frightening past memories. “The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls” by Anton Disclafani tells of a 15-year-old exiled to an equestrienne boarding school.


“Honor Flight” is a documentary about four living World War II veterans and a Midwest community coming together to give them the trip of a lifetime. “The Million Dollar Hotel” is a murder mystery starring Mel Gibson. “High Crimes” is a thriller starring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman. “The Spirit” is a gangster film starring Morgan Freeman. “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” is the third in this Walt Disney fantasy adventure comedy series. “P.S. I Love You” is a love story featuring Hillary Swank and Gerard Butler. “Freedom Writers” starring Hilary Swank is about a teacher at an inner-city school.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Rocky Brown, Diane Bower, Bob Clinkenbeard, June Geisen, Cathne Holt, Guiseppe Margiotta, Carol Martin, Kay McKee, Jim Miner and Peggy Shipman.

Quotable Quote

“Manners are of more importance than laws. Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us, by a constant, steady, uniform, insensible operation, like that of the air we breathe in.” — Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish statesman, author and philosopher.


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 http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

This story was posted on July 18, 2013.