Friends of the Library book sale this weekend

The Friends of the Library’s annual book sale takes place this weekend. This is one of the most popular events of the summer because everyone wins by participating. You get hardcover and paperback books, CDs and DVDs at greatly discounted prices, and the library benefits from this hugely important fundraising event for us. Sturdy book bags also will be available for $4.

The two-day event takes place at Centerpoint Church, 2750 Cornerstone Drive in the Aspen Village Center, south of U.S. 160. It opens tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 15) with the Friends of the Library’s very short annual meeting, potluck and preview sale from 6 to 9 p.m. The sale opens to the public on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

We hope you’ll take this opportunity to join the Friends, either at the library or at the door on Friday evening. Individual membership is $15, family membership is $25 and lifetime membership is $100 per person.

Past book sales have financed the digitization of more than 100 years of The Pagosa Springs SUN newspaper, provided $2,000 for the Summer Reading Program and purchased new computers for public use at the library.

City Market donations

Many thanks to all of you who have participated in the City Market Cares program over the years, citing the library as your designated charity. In a recent quarter, your naming us brought us a much-appreciated check for $376. Unfortunately, the program has changed, and all previous sign up information has been purged. The new program works the same as the old one. After you have registered, each time you swipe your City Market card for groceries or gas, a small portion of your purchase will come to the organization you selected. We hope you choose your library. To register, please go to and specify organization number 10139 or Friends of the Libraries Upper San Juan. Thank you.

Family karaoke

Mark your calendars for next Thursday, Aug. 21, for the opportunity to sing karaoke songs with family and friends at your library. Please join us for this free evening starting at 6 p.m. We will have CDs for all ages — kids, tweens, teens and adults, as well as Spanish speakers. Light snacks will be provided.

Last Maker Camp 

This Saturday, Aug. 16, is the last Maker Camp program for kids and families. If children are under 10, we ask that an adult stay to assist. In addition, tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 16) there will be a special online live field trip connection from 9:45 to 11 a.m., open only to teens in the seventh through 12th grades. For more information, please contact Trina Rivera at the library.

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.

A more formal session requiring registration focuses on Facebook basics for businesses from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, Aug. 14) — create a page, access your page, manage administrative notes and more. This class does not cover personal Facebook account creation. Students must know basics of Facebook.

Movie program change

Every Friday in August except for Aug. 29, we will show movies based on books that are suitable for adults and teens. No registration is required. The contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside the library. Pick up an adult programs calendar at the library to learn the movie names.

Teen gaming

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.


“Torture Town” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is the latest in the Matt Jensen: The Last Mountain Man western series. “High Wild Desert” by Ralph Cotton is also a western. “The Girls in August” by Anne Rivers Siddons reunited childhood friends. “Born of Fury” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is book six in the Fury series. “Top Secret Twenty-One” by Janet Evanovich is the latest in the Stephanie Plum mystery series. “Act of War” by Brad Thor is a thriller. “Have a Nice Guilt Trip” by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella is a collection of stories about this mother-daughter writing duo. “The Dead Will Tell” by Linda Castillo is the latest in the Kate Burkholder mystery series. “Invisible” by James Patterson and David Ellis is a thriller. “Power Play” by Catherine Coulter is the latest in the FBI Savich-Sherlock series. “The Silkworm” by Robert Galbraith is the second in the Cormoran Strike crime series. “All Fall Down” by Jennifer Weiner follows a woman battling prescription pill addiction.


“Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War” by Helen Thorpe tells of women deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and how their military service affected their friendships, personal lives and families.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Dear Daughter” by Elizabeth Little follows a woman out of jail for killing her mother as she searches for the real killer. “Paw and Order” by Spencer Quinn features a P.I. and his dog, Chet.

Other new novels

“California” by Edan Lepucki imagines a frighteningly realistic near future in this post-apocalypse novel. “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands” by Chris Bogjalian is the story of a homeless teen after a nuclear plant meltdown. “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell follows a woman trying to save her marriage after she refuses to go on a family trip. “Fortune Hunter” by Daisy Goodwin features Empress Elizabeth (Sisi) of Austria. “Secrets of the Lighthouse” by Santa Montefiore is a romance set in London and Ireland.

Thanks to our donors 

For books and materials this week, we thank Joe Bauman, Diane Bower, Al Davenport, Allen Guimond, Kris Miner and numerous anonymous donors.

Quotable quote 

“If you don’t feel that you haven’t read enough, you haven’t read enough.”

— Contemporary Lebanese-American author Nassim Nicholas Taleb.


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This story was posted on August 14, 2014.