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Free Summer Reading Program underway

SUN columnist, and the library staff

This year’s free Summer Reading Program is well underway, having started June 2. It will run through July 25 and it’s not too late to sign up and join the fun. You can register online via a link on our website at pagosa.colibraries.org/ or in the library. Summer reading activities are open to everyone from babies to adults. Also, summer reading participants should mark their calendars for a free, all-ages closing party on July 25 from 5:30-7 p.m. (after the library closes) that will include awarding of prizes, refreshments and entertainment by the San Juan Mountain Boys.

Detailed summer reading schedules for all ages are available at the library. The events also are being featured every week in this Library News column.

Candlemaking class

Next Thursday, July 10, at 10:30 a.m., you are invited to learn about candles and leave with your own creation.

Technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays. There will be no formal session on July 9.

Adult, teen, kid movies 

Every Friday we have three different movies showing: for kids at 10 a.m., for teens at noon and for adults from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The contract we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio. If you want to know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly adult activities flyer at the library.

Thursday Kids’ Zone

“Color Chaos” is this week’s theme, starting today (Thursday, July 3), for first- through third-graders, from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.

Teen fun on Wednesdays

Wednesday, July 9, join us from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the small room to learn how to make a cake in a jar. Stay from 4:30 to 6 p.m. for Dungeons and Dragons.

Tween gaming

Every Tuesday from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., we host Tween Gaming for fourth- through sixth-graders. The gaming is structured and we play a new game each week. Snacks provided.

Teen gaming and crafts

Every Tuesday from 4 to 5:30 p.m., we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon card battles), and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games. Snacks provided.

Large print

“Search the Dark” by Marta Perry is a romantic suspense story set in a small Amish town. “A Long Time Gone” by Karen White is about a woman who returns to her childhood home in the Mississippi Delta. “Ghost Ship” by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown features Kurt Austin in the NUMA Files adventure series. “Mr. Mercedes” by Stephen King is what the author calls his first hard-boiled detective book, the first in a projected trilogy. “The Corsican Caper” by Peter Mayle features a Russian tycoon determined to get his hands on a coastal estate. “Any Other Name” by Craig Johnson is the latest in the Longmire mystery series. “Suspicion” by Joseph Finder starts with a loan to help cover private school tuition. “Resistant” is a new medical thriller by Michael Palmer. “The One and Only” by Emily Giffin is set in a small Texas college town dominated by football.

DVDs

“Blood Diamond” starring Leonardo DiCaprio received five Academy Award nominations. “The Longest Yard” is a sports comedy starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and Burt Reynolds. “Blue Collar Comedy Tour” is a comedic concert movie. “Wimbledon” is a romantic comedy featuring two tennis players. “North Country” is about women who broke the gender barrier laboring in hazardous iron mines and launched the nation’s first class-action sexual harassment suit.

Nonfiction

“We’ll Always Have Paris” by Jennifer Coburn is a mother/daughter memoir of a European trip. “Prepare to Defend Yourself” by Matthew Minson shows you how to navigate the healthcare system. “Where Does It Hurt?” by Jonathan Bush outlines the author’s remedy for the sprawling and wasteful healthcare industry. “Rock Breaks Scissors” by William Poundstone is a guide to outguessing others in everything from multiple-choice tests to the stock market. “The People vs. Barack Obama” by Ben Shapiro outlines seven criminal counts the author believes are valid against the Obama administration. In “Think Like A Freak,” Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, authors of “Freakonomics,” offer to retrain your brain. “Getting Older Better” by Pamela D. Blair provides advice on money, health, creativity, sex, work and retirement.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Silkworm” by Robert Galbraith is the latest in the Cormoran Strike mystery series. “Top Secret Twenty-One” by Janet Evanovich is the latest in the Stephanie Plum bounty hunter series. “Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Ascendancy” is a new Jason Bourne novel by Eric Van Lustbader.

Other new novels

“That Summer” by Lauren Willig is the story of a woman who inherits a house in England with a mysterious past. “Robogenesis” by Daniel H. Wilson is the sequel to the sci-fi book “Robopocalypse.”

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Medora Bass, Lyn Dryburgh, Carmen Ferguson, Bonita Gilbert, Carol Kelley, Steve Merchant and many, many anonymous donors.

Quotable quote

“Intolerance of ideas, whether liberal or conservative, is antithetical to individual rights and free societies, and it is no less antithetical to great universities and first-rate scholarship. There is an idea floating around college campuses, including here at Harvard, that scholars should be funded only if their work conforms to a particular view of justice. There’s a word for that idea: censorship. And it is just a modern-day form of McCarthyism.” — Michael R. Bloomberg, former New York City mayor and majority owner of Bloomberg, L.P., in his commencement address at Harvard.

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 pagosa.colibraries.org/.

This story was posted on July 3, 2014.