Our thanks to special people at Thanksgiving

By Carole Howard

SUN Columnist, and the Library Staff

We at your library are thankful all year around for so many people who make our jobs easier and our service better for our patrons. On this Thanksgiving weekend, we want to publicly acknowledge some of the very special among them:

• For the second year in a row, Liz Schnell and her committee of dedicated ladies organized and hosted the bake sale at the Holiday Bazaar on Nov. 2, with all proceeds going to your library. The bake sale made $1,202.80 — a record.  We are deeply grateful to these ladies, and to those who baked and donated all the goodies to sell, without whom there would be no bake sale. Their cakes, bread, cookies and pies were a great hit and a sellout.

• We are also thankful for the volunteers who work every day to help us maintain the collection; shelve returned books, CDs and DVDs; and make sure all the books and materials are in their proper place. In 2012, 36 men and women volunteered a total of 1,127 hours, which is the equivalent of half a full-time employee. Because of our small staff, these volunteers are vital to our service to you.

• We are grateful for the time and dedication of our library board. They are volunteers and they are committed to making the library an essential hub of the community.

• Earlier this year, the Colorado Legislature included an appropriation of $2 million in the state budget to fund the State Grants to Libraries Act. Kristine MacNeill, youth services librarian, applied for a grant to build up our early literacy and early learning materials, and received $3,400. She will use the money to buy books, DVDs and music, along with professional resources for the library that will provide the materials and programs necessary to support early literacy in our community.

• Above all, we pay tribute to the Friends of the Library. Their generosity, enthusiasm and creativity under the leadership of their president Barb Draper result in so many benefits to your library. Their annual summer book sale resulted in $5,400 profit. This money was used to digitize The Pagosa Springs SUN going back to the 1870s for your instant access at the library and to fund many Summer Reading Program activities. Their latest project is the Festival of Trees next week. They will decorate a tree on behalf of the library and auction it off to the highest bidder. (Please see details below.) If you’re interested in joining the Friends, they would love to hear from you. ’

 Festival of Trees 

Your library will be one of many local nonprofits sponsoring a tree for the annual Festival of Trees at the Ross Aragon Community Center, thanks to the Friends of the Library. You have lots of opportunities to participate. On Dec. 5, the public can come to view the trees for free. You also can bid on trees if you cannot attend the auction, and vote for your favorite. Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. is the gala event when guests will enjoy appetizers, music, a cash bar and bid on their favorites. The money our tree generates will, of course, be donated to the library. Our tree will feature red and silver ornaments with many Christmas-related books underneath and included in the package.

Free 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.

Free 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.

Large print

“Loss of Innocence” by Richard North Patterson is a thriller set in Martha’s Vineyard. “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion follows a professor of genetics searching for a perfect wife. “Sometimes a Rogue” by Mary Putney us the latest in the Lost Lords romance series. “Red Moon” by Ralph Cotton and “Trail Hand” by R.W. Stone are westerns. “Massacre Pond” by Paul Doiron is the latest in the mystery series featuring Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch.

Christmas stories for adults

“Starry Night” by Debbie Maccomber is a Christmas romance set in Alaska. “Christmas on 4th Street” by Susan Mallery is a holiday romance set in California. “Spirit of Steamboat” by Craig Johnson is a Walt Longmire mystery that opens on Christmas Eve. “A Nantucket Christmas” by Nancy Thayer tells of a stepdaughter determined to ruin the first Christmas of her stepmother on this Massachusetts island. “The Dogs of Christmas” by W. Bruce Cameron tells of a love affair of a woman and a basket full of puppies.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Vicious Circle” by Wilbur Smith is a story of family secrets, greed and revenge.

“Storm Front” by John Stanford is the latest thriller in the Virgil Flowers series. “The Night Guest” by Fiona McFarlane follows a widow after a stranger arrives at her door. “Police” by Jo Nesbo is the latest in the mystery series featuring Oslo detective Harry Hole. “Inherit the Dead” is an unusual book because each chapter is written by one of 20 well-known thriller writers, with all profits going to victims of crime. “Quiet Dell” by Jayne Anne Phillips is a novel based on real-life multiple murders by a con man. “The Double” by George Pelecanos is a thriller in the Spero Lucas series.

Other new fiction

“Mrs. Poe” by Lynn Cullen is the story of Edgar Allen Poe, his mistress and his wife. “Parasite” by Mira Grant takes us a decade into the future when humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease. “The Luminaries” by Eleanor Catton is a ghost story set in 1866 New Zealand. “The Spanish Queen” by Carolly Erickson is the love story of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon.


Academy Award-winner “The Producers” starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, directed by Mel Brooks, is the 1968 film version of the smash Broadway hit comedy. “Leap Year” is a romance starring Amy Adams and Matthew Goode.

Memoirs and biographies

“Johnny Carson” by Henry Bushkin is a biography pf the King of Late Night by his longtime lawyer and best friend. “Paddle Your Own Canoe” by Nick Offerman is a memoir by this star of NBC’s comedy show. “Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked” by Chris Matthews explores the constructive relationship between Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill and President Ronald Reagan. “Empty Mansions” by Pulitzer Prize winner Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell tells the story of a reclusive heiress and the battle over a $300 million inheritance.

How-to and self help

“Ahead of the Game” by Rosemary Scolard Moser is a parents’ guide to youth sports concussion. “The 163 Best Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes” by Judith Finlayson is a compilation of gluten-free recipes. “False Graining Techniques” by Jeff King and Beth Oberholtzer shows how to add the rich look of wood to your next project. “Baby & Kids Quilts” provides 39 projects for you to make for tots to teens.

Other nonfiction

“Five Days at Memorial” by Pulitzer Prize winner, physician and reporter Sheri Fink is the suspenseful portray of what happened at this New Orleans hospital after Katrina.

“The Best American Travel Writing/2013” edited by Elizabeth Gilbert showcases the best travel articles of the year.

“The Best American Short Stories/2013” edited by Elizabeth Strout does the same for short fiction. “Between Urban and Wild: Reflections from Colorado” by Andrea M Jones explores the responsibilities of people who choose to live outside urban boundaries. “1914: Europe Goes to War” by Max Hastings is a new history of the outbreak of World War I.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Ken Samela, Patti Crites, Allen Layton, Dena Schick, LiAnne Leaveck and several anonymous donors.

Quotable quote

“Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.” — Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672), first poet and first female writer to be published in the British North American colonies.


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 December 2, 2013.