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Library hours extended at your request

SUN columnist, and the library staff

In our recent survey, some respondents asked that library hours be extended. We wanted to be sure that you knew that we have indeed done exactly that over the past months.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday hours are now 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. to enable our working patrons to drop by on the way home from work. Thursday we also open at 8:30 a.m. and stay open until 7:30 p.m. for your evening convenience. Friday the hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday they are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday we are closed.

For future reference, you can always find our hours on our website, pagosa.colibraries.org/.

Summer Reading
Program

This year’s free Summer Reading Program started June 2 and runs through July 25. It’s not too late to sign up and join the fun. You can register online via a link on our website 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 will be featured every week in this Library News column.

Intro to hydroponics

Join us today (Thursday, June 19) from 10 a.m.-noon to learn the basics of hydroponic gardening and leave with your first hydroponic window herb garden.

Minecraft world
competition

Teens entering the seventh through 12th grades are invited to participate in the Minecraft Creative World Competition on Saturday, June 21, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Come and create the most creative world in Minecraft while you snack on pizza. Advance registration is required.

Stuffed animal sleepover

Mark your calendars for next Thursday, June 26. It’s the annual stuffed animal sleepover, when you bring your stuffed friends to the library to enjoy a fun storytime with you at 6 p.m. and then you leave them behind to spend the night. We’ll see what kind of trouble they get into this year. If you don’t want to leave your friend behind, that’s OK, too.

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. A more formal session requiring registration is Facebook Basics on Wednesday, June 25, from 12:30-2:30 p.m., where you will learn how to create an account, find friends and set your privacy settings.

Movies for adults, teens and kids 

Every Friday, we have three different movies showing: for kids at 10 a.m., for teens at noon and for adults from 2:30-4:30 p.m. 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, 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 activities flyer at the library.

Thursday Kids’ Zone

It is canceled for today, June 19, and will resume July 26.

Teen fun on Wednesdays

Wednesday, June 25, join us from 3-4:30 p.m in the small room for Minecraft Wall Art. Stay from 4:30-6 p.m. for Dungeons and Dragons.

Tween gaming

Every Tuesday from 1:30-2:45 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 4-5:30 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.

DVDs

“Snow White and the Huntsman” is a new look at this fairy tale by the producer of “Alice in Wonderland.” “Fried Green Tomatoes” features Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy. “Take Back Your Power” explores the “smart” meters controversy. “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross” explores the evolution of the African-American people. “Inequality for All” features Robert Reich discussing the widening income gap.

Large print

“Far Gone” by Lauren Griffin is a romantic suspense story. “Rough Justice” by Lauren Paine is a western. “The Scandalous Adventures of the Sister of the Bride” by Victoria Alexander is a historical romance. “Under a Summer Sky” by Nan Rossiter is a romance set in Cape Cod.

Nonfiction

“8 Ways to Avoid Probate” by Mary Randolph documents ways to skip the probate process and save your family money. “Nolo’s Essential Guide to Child Custody and Support” offers advice to divorcing parents.

CDs

“Any Other Name” by Craig Johnson is the latest in the Longmire mystery series. “The Last Kind Words Saloon” by Larry McMurtry is a fictional telling of the friendship between Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. “Ghost Ship” by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown is the latest in the NUMA Files adventure series. “The Skin Collector” by Jeffery Deaver is the latest in the Lincoln Rhyme thriller series. “A Family Affair” by Fern Michaels is a love story between a dancer and a wealthy foreign prince. “The Keeper” by John Lescroart is the latest in the Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky mystery series. “The Collector” by Nora Roberts is a mystery featuring a housesitter.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Directive” by Matthew Quirk focuses on a secret decision coming from the Federal Reserve Bank in New York. “Fourth of July Creek” by Smith Henderson tells of a survivalist father and son in Montana. “Vertigo 42” by Martha Grimes is the latest in the Richard Jury mystery series. “The Director” by David Ignatius revolves around hacking of the CIA. “The Murder Farm” by Andrea Maria Schenkel is based on a true story of a rural murder. “Those Who Wish Me Dead” by Michael Koryta is a thriller. “Midnight in Europe” by Alan Furst is an espionage novel set in Europe before World War II.

Other new novels

“China Dolls” by Lisa See follows three girlfriends in San Francisco as World War II looms. “The Smoke at Dawn” by Jeff Shaara is the third in the author’s Civil War series. “The Hurricane Sisters” by Dorothea Benton Frank features three generations of women in the South Carolina Lowcountry. “Give It To Me” by Ana Castillo explores the life of a 43-year-old Latina who is recently divorced.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Medora Bass, Donna Chipps, Virginia Kyle, Jim Porterfield, Sara Wilson and our anonymous donors. We also are grateful for a generous donation from summer residents W.C. and Clareve Enmon.

Quotable quote

“One day as a kid I was hitting balls on the range and it started to rain. I called my dad to pick me up. As we were driving away, he saw all the other kids still practicing in the downpour and he said, ‘Annika, in life there are no shortcuts to success.’ Those words inspired me throughout my 15 years as a pro golfer, and they still do to this day as a mom, businesswoman and philanthropist.” — Annika Sorenstam, Swedish retired professional golfer and Hall of Fame honoree.

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 June 19, 2014.