Music coding for teens and wild-n-crazy critters for all ages

We have two unusual, fun and free Summer Reading Program events to highlight for this coming week:
Library closure
Your library will be closed on July 4 for Independence Day.
Did you know…
… that your library has a multitude of DVDs and CDs that you can check out for your in-home and travel entertainment? We have hundreds of audio books on CD in fiction and nonfiction and in the Spanish language — plus musical CDs of all types. Our DVD selection continues to grow and includes movies of all types and for all ages. With a variety of genres offered, you will be able to find something for everyone in your family. Remember to look in the children and teen areas of the library for additional items.
This “Did you know …” section is the second in a series being prepared by Cindi Galabota, development officer, that will appear periodically in future “Library News” columns. We hope you find the information interesting and helpful.
Friends of the Library book sale
One of the most popular events of the summer — the Friends of the Library book sale — will take place on Aug. 10 and 11.
Friday’s potluck and preview sale for members starts at 5 p.m. The Saturday sale for the public runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., an hour longer than last year, and unsold items will be marked down to half price in the afternoon.
Watch for more details as the date gets closer, and be sure to mark your calendars now so you don’t miss it.
Summer Reading
Program underway
The free Summer Reading Program for all ages is on now through July 27. Sign up at the desk or register from home on our website to get started and pick up (or print out) your first bingo cards. You will receive a free book each time you turn in a completed bingo sheet, and kids also will have the option of getting a small toy out of our treasure chest.
Completing bingo sheets also enters you into the drawing for our grand prizes that will be awarded for each age group at our closing Summer Reading party on July 27 from 4:30 to 6 p.m., when everyone will enjoy live music, food and crafts. Note that you must be present at the party to win a prize.
Fly-fishing instruction for adults today
Our wildly popular fly-fishing class is back — but note that registration is required in person or by phone to your library at 264-2209. Demos and casting practice take place at Yamaguchi Park today, Thursday, June 28, from 9 to 11 a.m. Please bring your own equipment if you have it. An optional field trip to the river will take place on Saturday, June 30; time and place to be determined.
Teen book club tomorrow
Tomorrow, Friday, June 29, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the teen book club, seventh- through 12th-graders will discuss “The Black Witch” by Laurie Forest and enjoy free snacks. Stop by the library to pick up a copy.
SR Club for kids
Every Friday we’ll have fun Summer Reading Club events for kids from 2 to 3:30 p.m. On June 29 you can make your own musical instruments out of recyclable materials. On July 6 you’ll design your own pet rocks. On July 13 you’ll have fun with rockin’ games. On July 20 you’ll create a sand art masterpiece.
All-ages movie
Join us Monday, July 2, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. for a PG movie suitable for all ages. Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media, but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.
Teen gaming
Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for teens in the seventh through 12th grades. Enjoy Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.
Teen advisory board
Next Thursday, July 5, the teen advisory board will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs. Share an idea to pick out a free book.
Adult education new summer schedule
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) is operating on a summer schedule — from 2 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.
Tech sessions
Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m. Note there will be no Tech Time July 3 or 5.
Computer/technology classes
Join us on alternate Mondays and Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application. On June 28 we’ll review tools to protect your privacy online. July 2 is Internet searching. July 12 is Windows 10. July 16 is creating resumes on Microsoft Word. July 26 is saving photos to the cloud using a variety of online platforms. July 30 is Google maps.
Family storytimes
Every Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30 to 10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.
This is an excellent way for babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers. Note no storytime on Saturday, June 30.
Activities calendars
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free Summer Reading Program events and other activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month. There are three versions — kids, tweens/teens and adults.
Large print
“The Death of Mrs. Westaway” by Ruth Ware is a mystery that begins with a letter delivered to the wrong person. “To the Moon and Back” by Karen Kingsbury is book three in the Baxter Family romance series. “The Outsider” by Stephen King is a horror story. “The Moscow Deception” by Karen Robards is a suspense story. “Us Against You” by Fredrik Backman tells of a town with a new coach and a chance of a comeback for their hockey team. “When Life Gives You Lululemons” by Lauren Weisberger features a Hollywood image consultant who needs a big opportunity. “How Hard Can It Be?” by Allison Pearson follows a 49-year-old woman forced to return to work to support her family.
Short stories
“Brief Cases” by Jim Butcher contains 12 stories from the supernatural fantasy world of Harry Dresden.
Mysteries and thrillers
“Line of Sight” by Mike Maden is a Jack Ryan thriller in the Tom Clancy series. “Bearskin” by James A. McLaughlin features a man obsessed with catching poachers before they kill more bears. “The Pharaoh Key” by Preston and Child is about a code-breaking machine.
Other novels
“How Hard Can It Be?” by Allison Pearson follows a 49-year-old woman forced to return to work to support her family. “The Book of Essie” by Meghan Maclean Weir features a 17-year-old on a reality show who becomes pregnant.
How-to and self-help
“Cuba: The Cookbook” by Madelaine Vazquez Galvez and Imogene Tondre features 300 traditional recipes and regional specialties. “The New Small House” by architect Katie Hutchison describes more than 25 houses and retreats. “Compact Cabins” by Gerald Rowan outlines 62 plans for living in 1,000 square feet or less. “Tiny House Floor Plans” by Michael Janzen contains more than 200 floor plans.
“Lincoln’s Last Trial” by Dan Abrams documents the murder case that propelled him to the presidency. “I Love Capitalism!” by Ken Langone is the memoir of the co-founder of The Home Depot. “Homelands” by Alfredo Corchado looks at the last great Mexican migration through the eyes of four friends. “Turncoat” by Stephen Brumwell delves into the factors behind Benedict Arnold’s abandonment of the revolutionary cause.
“Africa” is part of the BBC Earth series. “Love, Simon” is a coming-of-age story. “Jane” is a National Geographic documentary about Jane Goodall, the chimpanzee researcher. “The Fencer,” based on a true story, won the 2016 Academy Award for best foreign film (it’s in Estonian with English subtitles). “Anita O’Day” is an award-winning documentary about the life of the jazz singer.
Programmed Nooks
We have nine free Nooks and three free tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure. The eight adult e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers. The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.
Downloadable e-books
Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library. Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website. While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.
Downloadable films
For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries — on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.
Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website. Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.
Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Valley Lowrance and our anonymous donors. For a generous donation, we thank M C Roddis.
Quotable quote
“Even if you can’t bring yourself to get rid of your stuff, your heirs will have no such qualms at all.” — Finn Murphy, professional mover and author of “The Long Haul.”
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This story was posted on June 29, 2018.