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Library survey solicits your opinions and input

PREVIEW Columnist and library staff

In a few weeks, we will be asking your opinions on what you want from your library via a survey that solicits your input on current services and programs and also asks what we can improve and do differently to better meet your needs.

The last time we conducted such a comprehensive survey was in 2009 — and we listened and acted on your ideas. In fact, your suggestions resulted in scores of changes and upgrades including additional computer work stations, a youth section where computers are reserved for teens and tweens after school and on Saturdays and holidays, more adult enrichment programs such as computer and database classes, more programs for teens, new adult and teen book clubs, more books and music on CD, more large print books, more DVDs, more guest speakers, an expanded Lifelong Learning Lecture schedule, a movie program, easier access to interlibrary loans, programs for home-schooled kids, designated quiet reading areas, meeting rooms for community use, a paperback book exchange area, later closing hours on Saturdays, a map of the library floor plan, and improved signage and displays.

Once again, we are eager to get the opinions of our patrons. And we are equally eager to reach out to non library users to get their views. With this broad audience in mind, the survey will be available online, on paper at the library, at City Market and in a full-page ad in The Pagosa Springs SUN’s PREVIEW section.

Watch for information on survey availability later this month. And know that we greatly value your perspective and your suggestions.

Foreign language films

We would like to improve our (at the moment, very small) selection of foreign language films, but our DVD budget is limited. If you have any gently used foreign language movies on DVD that you would like to donate to your library, we and our patrons would be grateful.

Family karaoke

Mark your calendar for next Thursday, March 20, from 5:30-7 p.m. for karaoke for all ages. Enjoy snacks and sing along.

Tweens bookclub

If you’re in the fourth-sixth grades, like to read and share what you read with friends, this is the club for you. Tomorrow (Friday, March 14) from 2-3:15 p.m. we’ll be discussing “Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher” by Bruce Coville and you’ll get your new book to read.

Movies for adults

Every Friday at 10 a.m., you are invited for coffee, donuts and a movie event for adults, which this month will be films from the 1950s.

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 adult activities flier at the library, check the home page of our website or phone the library to ask. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-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 Excel Basics on Wednesday, March 19, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. where you will learn how to create a new worksheet, basic formatting, creating simple formulas and more.

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 will be provided.

Nonfiction

“Your Life Calling” by TV journalist Jane Pauley is a fresh look at the life of baby boomers as they reach their 50s. “Glitter and Glue” by Kelly Corrigan explores the important influences her mother had on the author’s life. “Grow More with Less” by Vincent A. Simone helps you spend less, use less water and do less work while still having a beautiful lawn and garden.

DVDs

“Gravity” was an Academy Award winner this year. “Nebraska” stars Academy Award nominee Bruce Dern. “Brokeback Mountain” won three Academy Awards in 2005. “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “Foreign Correspondent,” “Stage Fright” and “The Working Man” are all Alfred Hitchcock classics. “Murder on the Orient Express” is an Agatha Christie mystery. “Hell on Wheels” is the complete first season. “Thor: The Dark World” is an adventure movie. “Napoleon” and “Queen Victoria’s Empire” are both histories from PBS.

Large print

“The Last Kiss Goodbye” by Karen Robards features a psychiatrist who can see dead people. “Cell” by Robin Cook is the latest medical thriller by Robin Cook. “Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival” by Jennifer Chiaverini is about the daughter of Lincoln’s secretary of the treasury. “The Dead in their Vaulted Arches” by Alan Bradley is a mystery featuring an 11-year-old aspiring detective.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Killer” by Jonathan Kellerman is the latest psychological suspense story featuring Dr. Alex Delaware. “Private L.A.” by James Patterson is the latest in the mystery series featuring this private security firm. “After I’m Gone” by Laura Lippman follows the family and mistress of a man who vanishes. “Runner” by Patrick Lee features an ex-special forces black ops expert. “The Counterfeit Agent” by Alex Berenson features ex-CIA man John Wells. “The Martian” by Andy Weir is about an astronaut stranded on Mars.

Other novels

“Mark of Evil” by Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall is the last book in The End science fiction series. “An Officer and a Spy” by Robert Harris is a historical novel about the Dreyfus affair. “The Secret of Raven Point” by Jennifer Vanderbes is set amid the ruins of war-torn Italy. “The Traitor’s Wife” by Allison Pataki is a historical novel about the wife of Benedict Arnold. “Golden State” by Michelle Richmond takes place over a single, unforgettable day. “Vicious” by V.E. Schwab is paranormal story set in a near-future world. “A Darkling Sea” by James L. Cambias is a science fiction story set on the planet Limatar. “Last Days” by Adam Nevill is about a film being made about a notorious cult. “The Good Luck of Right Now” is written by Matthew Quick, author of “The Silver Linings Playbook.”

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable quote

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” — Stephen King, American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy.

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 http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

This story was posted on March 16, 2014.