Health Talk session will describe medical center programs

SUN Columnist, and the library staff

Representatives from the Wellness Center at the Pagosa Springs Medical Center will be at the library next Thursday, May 29, from 6-7:15 p.m. to describe innovative healthcare programs available at the center. Examples include outreach paramedics and telemedicine. This program is free and no registration is required.

Summer Reading Program

Sign up now for this year’s free Summer Reading Program that begins June 2 and runs until July 25. You can register online via a link on our website at or in the library. Summer reading activities are open to everyone from babies to adults. Also, summer reading participants will want to mark your calendars for a free, all-ages closing party on July 25 from 5:30-7 p.m. (after the library closes) that will include award of prizes, refreshments and entertainment by the San Juan Mountain Boys. RSVPs required.

Detailed summer reading schedules for all ages are available at the library. We urge you to pick them up and keep them handy so you don’t miss any of these free, fun events. Also, note that some events require advance registration.

Lifelong Learning Lecture tonight

This evening (Thursday, May 22) marks the last week of the library’s free, six-week spring Lifelong Learning Lecture series, with a wide variety of interesting topics to enrich your life and keep your mind agile. Tonight’s topic is “O’Keeffe’s Odyssey” by Fort Lewis College art historian Judith Reynolds. She will discuss the developmental stages of the long life and medical history of artist Georgia O’Keeffe. The lecture takes place at 6 p.m. and lasts about an hour, with time for questions. No registration required.

Program suspensions and closure

The free Friday morning movies for adults are taking a summer vacation. They may return next winter. There will be no karaoke in May. We hope it will return in June, when we have the meeting room available again. There will be no Otaku Club for teens this month. Also, the library will be closed on Memorial Day.

Technology classes

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 with your computer or tablet issues. A more formal session requiring registration is Intermediate iPad on Wednesday, May 28, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Students need to have proficiency with basic iPad functions because this class moves at a fast pace.

Teen Gaming

Every Tuesday from 4-5:30 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.

How-to and self-help

“The Alkaline Cure” by Dr. Stephan Domenig offers ideas for you to lose weight and gain energy. “Do Less” by Rachel Jonat is a minimalist guide to a simplified, organized and happy life. “The Promise of a Pencil” by Adam Braun documents how an ordinary person can create extraordinary change.

Other nonfiction

“Inside the White House” by Noel Grove tells stories of this beloved symbol of the American presidency. “Thrive” by Arianna Huffington is a redefinition of what success means by this media mogul. “50 Children” by Steven Pressman showcases one American couple’s extraordinary rescue mission into the heart of Nazi Germany. “The Madwoman in the Volvo” by Sanra Tsing Loh is an intimate and funny portrait of a woman in menopause. “Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty” is a memoir by actress Diane Keaton.


“Miss Julie” is a psychological drama set on a 19th century estate. “Strangers on a Train” is an Alfred Hitchcock film. “Scarface” stars Al Pacino. “Flyfishing Made Easy” is an interactive DVD to facilitate learning. “Margin Call” is a thriller about an investment firm. “The Ides of March” is a thriller starring George Clooney. “Lord of War” is a thriller about illegal arms dealing. “The Great Raid” is a true story of the most triumphant rescue mission in U.S. military history. “Secret Window” is an action suspense story starring Johnny Depp. “Arlington Road” is a thriller starring Jeff Bridges and Tim Robbins. “Homestead Blessings: The Art of Gardening” is a practical and entertaining guide to gardening.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“New Pictures of an Old Murder” by Jonna Turner is a Highlands Ranch mystery. “Frog Music” by Emma Donoghue is a novel based on an unsolved murder in 1870s San Francisco. “Wolf” by Mo Hayder is a Jack Caffery thriller about a home invasion. “Distortion” by Terri Blackstock is the latest in the moonlighters series. “Natchez Burning” by Greg Iles is a thriller and is the first installment of a trilogy that got rave reviews from Stephen King.

Other novels

“A Paris Apartment” by Michelle Gable exposes the story of an amazing woman. “Contents May Have Shifted” by Pam Houston follows a cowboy-loving, adventure-seeking traveler. “You Should Have Known” by Jean Hanff Korelitz is about a marriage counselor who learns her perfect life is a mirage. “Flying” by Megan Hart follows a woman who picks up a different man on each of her weekend getaways. “A Family Affair” by Fern Michaels tells of a dancer who marries a foreign prince. “Secrecy” by Rubert Thomson is set in 17th century Florence. “Bridge to Haven” by Francine Rivers is set in Hollywood in 1957.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank our many anonymous donors.

Quotable quote

“There is in every true woman’s heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up, and beams and blazes in the dark hours of adversity.” — Washington Irving (1783-1859), American author, essayist, historian and diplomat.


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This story was posted on May 22, 2014.