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Free online magazines now available

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Thanks to a new database called Zinio for Libraries, you now have unlimited simultaneous access to 62 magazines in digital format, which can be viewed on any Internet-enabled device inside or outside of the library. Zinio’s unique technology digitally recreates the magazine you choose page by page, including full-color photos, key word article search and interactive elements such as audio and video. You even can print an article or recipe that appeals to you.

Among the magazines available are 4 Wheel & Off Road, 4Ruedas, Audubon, Backcountry, Bicycling, Cosmopolitan, Country Living, Cowboys & Indians, Economist, Esquire, Field & Stream, Food Network, Forbes, House Beautiful, Martha Stewart Living, Mother Earth News, National Geographic Interactive, National Geographic Traveler Interactive, Newsweek, O the Oprah Magazine, Outdoor Life, Parenting, PCWorld, Popular Mechanics, Prevention, Rolling Stone, Scuba Diving, Seventeen, Smithsonian, Taste of Home, Vegetarian Times, Weight Watchers and more. More magazines will be added in the future as our budget allows.

These magazines may be read on a wide variety of desktop and mobile devices. You can click on the appropriate link to download a free app for your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 and Blackberry Playbook.

To sign up for this free online magazine service, and to see all the magazines available to you, go to the library website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/. Click on the Zinio icon on the home page and follow the instructions to register. You will need your library card number.

Special storytime 

Kristine MacNeill, youth services librarian, hosts a special “Fabulous Fours” program for 4-year-olds and their families this evening (Thursday, May 9) from 6– 7 p.m. All 4-year-olds attending will receive a free book (see below).

Free books for 4-year-olds

Libraries across Colorado are giving a free book to every 4-year-old in the state in celebration of the Week of the Young Child.

“Duck on a Bike” by David Shannon is available in both English and Spanish and will be accessible to children with special needs.

Come by your library from May 6-20 or attend any program and pick up this free book for your youngster. Better yet, bring your 4-year-old to pick up his or her own book and see the opportunities for fun and learning that are available free at the library almost any day of the week.

Lego Club 

Kids age 6–13 are invited to the free Lego Club this Saturday, May 11, from 10:30–11:45 a.m. Bring your imagination — the LEGOs are provided.

Wise Traditions 

Zoe Groulx will lecture and lead a discussion on dietary needs, agriculture, medical traditions and more in a free program this Saturday, May 11, from 3-4:30 p.m.

Free tech programs

Our new adult services librarian, Meg Wempe, has restarted the 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. Today (Thursday, May 9) from 11 a.m.-noon, she will teach a class about blogs and websites. Registration is required for space reasons. Next Wednesday, May 15, from 1-3 p.m., learn the basics of e-mail. Again, registration is required.

Free teen game fun

Teens in grades seven-12 are welcome to play Xbox and various board games next Tuesday, May 14, from 4-5:30 p.m. Snacks provided.

Free Denali program

Mark your calendars for next Thursday, May 16, from 6–7:15 p.m. for a slide show about a hang gliding expedition from North America’s highest mountain, Denali, by Jim Hale, the exhibition’s co-leader. See pictures and ask questions about other Alaska adventures as well. Jim will have copies of his book, “An Alaskan Life of High Adventure,” for purchase and signing.

Movies on DVD

“Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” starring Gene Wilder is a musical film based on the classic book by Roald Dahl. Its music was nominated for a “Best Score” Academy Award.  “Big Miracle” is an amazing rescue adventure story based on the true tale about a family of whales trapped in ice in the Arctic Circle. “Searching for Sugar Man” is the true story of a ’70s rock icon who never was. “Bully” is the PG-13 version of documentary about five kids and families by a Sundance award-winning filmmaker.

Books on CD

“Lover at Last” by J.R. Ward is the latest in the Black Dagger Brotherhood vampire romance series. “Don’t Go” by Lisa Scottoline is a thriller that tells of a soldier who learns how to be a man, father and hero. “Secrets from the Past” by Barbara Taylor Bradford is about one woman’s quest to discover long-buried family secrets. “Whiskey Beach” by Nora Roberts tells of a lawyer escaping the scrutiny after he was accused of murdering his fiance.

How-to and self-help

“Coffee/Fifth Edition” by Kenneth David is a comprehensive and entertaining guide to buying brewing and enjoying coffee. “Decisive” by Chip and Dan Heath offer advice on how you can make better choices in life and at work. “Surviving Your Adolescents” By Thomas W. Phelan is a guide for parents on how to both manage and let go of their 1-18 year olds. “Gulp” by Mary Roach, known as America’s funniest science writer, helps us understand what happens to our bodies as we eat and digest our food.

Large print

“Bushwack” by Richard S. Wheeler is a western about rustlers. “The First Mountain Man: Preacher’s Massacre” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a western set in Wyoming. “Union Pacific” by Zane Grey is the author’s first historical western about the building of the railroad. “Bad Blood” by Dana Stabenow is the latest in the Kate Shygak mystery series set in Alaska. “The Temptation of Your Touch” by Teresa Medeiros is a Regency romance set in London. “Dust and Glory” by Michael Zimmer is a western that follows a man who has killed a Union soldier to protect his family. “Ambush Creek” by Phil Dunlap was named one of Booklist’s top 10 westerns of 2012.

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Jackal’s Share” by Chris Morgan Jones is a mystery that begins with the murder of a London antiquities dealer in Tehran. “The Dead Sleep” by Heather Graham is a paranormal mystery in the Cafferty and Quinn series. “Tuesday’s Gone” by Nicci French starts with a psychotic woman serving tea to a decomposing corpse. “Leaving Everything Most Loved” by Jacqueline Winspear is the latest in the Maisie Dobbs mystery series set in London in the 1930s. “Reconstructing Amelia” by Kimberly McCreight is a legal thriller about a teen’s death after she is caught cheating.

Other new novels

“Family Pictures” by Jane Green is a story about two women whose lives interact when a shocking secret is revealed. “Z” by Therese Anne Fowler is a novel about the life of Zelda, wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. “Defending Jacob” by William Landay is a novel about a man and his son facing the complications and stigma of ADA. “The Ashford Affair” by Lauren Willig unites three women involved in a long-buried family secret. “The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat” by Edward Kelsey Moore brings together the stories of four strong and funny women. “Fever” by Maya Banks follows three wealthy, powerful men whose friendship is threatened by a love affair. “The Guardian” by Beverly Lewis is the latest by this beloved Christian fiction author.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Medora Bass, Richard Clare, Pam Condon, Scottie Gibson, Robert Green, Liz Kuhn, Bob McClatchie, Lisa Peterson, Sepp Ramsperger, Tom Thorpe and Robert Wallace.

Quotable quote

The number of people commuting by bike increased 47 percent between 1990 and 2011, according to the League of American Bicyclists. May is National Bike Month, so you may want to kick up your bike stand and get rolling. As President John F. Kennedy said, “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.”

Website 

For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home — please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

This story was posted on May 9, 2013.