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Multiple free, informative events at your library

SUN columnist, and the Library Staff

With our youngsters back in school, so too is your library offering a wide variety of free learning experiences for all ages. Note: For classes requiring registration, please stop by the desk or give us a call at 264-2209.

• 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.

• More formal sessions include Facebook Basics for Individuals on Friday, Sept. 20, and Friday, Sept. 27, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. plus Skype Basics on Monday, Sept. 23, and Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. These classes require registration.

• Next Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. marks the start of a six-week Spanish class for all ages taught by Roberta Strickland. The book used in class costs $8 and can be purchased at the library before classes start or at class start. Registration is required.

• A Connect for Health Colorado workshop next Thursday, Sept 26, from 5:30-7 p.m. will show you how to shop for health insurance in Colorado. Renee Burch from San Juan Basin Health Department will explain your new insurance options under the Affordable Care Act and discuss how to access the new online marketplace to compare and shop for individuals, families and small employers. She’ll also answer your questions. This session is free and no registration required.

Free teen gaming

Every Tuesday from 4-5:30 p.m. (note new day and time) 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.

Free teen Anime/Manga Club

Join us on the third Saturday of every month — including this Saturday, Sept. 21 — from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for a variety of Japanese culture (crafts, movies, cosplay, etc.) at the Anime/Manga Club. Characters welcomed.

Free art fun for kids

Art Attack for first-third grade youngsters takes place from 2-3 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 20) and on the third Friday of every month.

Nonfiction

“Estate Planning Basics” tells you about estates, trusts, avoiding probate and planning for incapacity — and comes with a website. “The Child Catchers” by Kathryn Joyce explores the widespread role of conservative evangelicals in international adoption. “My Lunches with Orson” edited by Peter Biskind reveals with private candid conversations between Orson Welles and director Henry Jaglom. “The Loyal Union Sampler” from Elm Creek Quilts shows you how to make a quilt like the ones made to support Civil War soldiers.

Mysteries and suspense

“I, Saul” by Jerry B. Jenkins is told from the point of view of the disciple Luke, the apostle Paul and a modern-day professor. “Declan’s Cross” by Carla Neggers is a romantic suspense story in the series featuring FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan. “Best Kept Secret” by Jeffrey Archer is the third volume in the saga of the Clifton and Barrington families in England.

Other fiction

“The Daughters of Mars” by Thomas Keneally, author of “Schindler’s List,” is the story of two Australian sisters transformed by World War I. “The Returned” by Jason Mott explores faith and morality in this tale of people’s loved ones returning from the beyond.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Kay Beatty, Jan Brookshier, Bruce Dryburgh, Carmen Ferguson, Joan Jessen, Susan Kanyer, Mark Kimmel, Julie Loar and Jim Mathison.

Quotable Quote

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” — Thich Nhat Nanh, contemporary Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist.

Website

For more information on library books, services and program — and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home — visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

This story was posted on September 19, 2013.