Plan to attend Friends of the Library book sale Aug. 15-16

The Friends of the Library’s annual book sale takes place Aug. 15 and 16. This is one of the most popular events of the summer because everyone wins by participating. You get hardcover and paperback books, CDs and DVDs at greatly discounted prices, and the library benefits from this hugely important fundraising event for us. Sturdy book bags also will be available for $4.

The two-day event takes place at Centerpoint Church, 2750 Cornerstone Drive in the Aspen Village, south of U.S. 160. It opens Friday, Aug. 15, with the Friends of the Library’s very short annual meeting, potluck and preview sale from 6 to 9 p.m. The sale opens to the public on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

We hope you will take this opportunity to join the Friends, either at the library or at the door on Friday evening. Individual membership is $15, family membership is $25 and lifetime membership is $100 per person.

Past book sales have financed the digitization of more than 100 years of The Pagosa Springs SUN newspaper, provided $2,000 for the Summer Reading Program and purchased new computers for public use at the library.

Friends’ president Barb Draper is looking for volunteers to help set up at the site, and take down and clean up afterwards. Contact her at 731-9979 or 507-0224 if you can help, for even a short while. She will bribe you with coffee, donuts and pizza.

Congratulations to Meg

We are delighted to announce that Meg Wempe has been named assistant director of your library. Meg joined us in April 2013 as adult services librarian and tech specialist. She immediately made herself invaluable to patrons because of her technology knowledge and ability to explain complicated concepts in an easy-to-learn way. She also developed several innovative programs such as family karaoke, the adult book club, and Facebook training for individuals and businesses. Congratulations, Meg.

As Jackie Welch, library director, said, “Meg has brought impressive talent and many fresh ideas to our team so that we can better serve our patrons.”

City Market donations

Many thanks to all of you who have participated in the City Market Cares program over the years, citing the library as your designated charity. In a recent quarter, your naming us brought us a much-appreciated check for $376. Unfortunately, the Kroger Corp. has changed the program, and all previous signup information has been purged. Their new program works the same as the old one. After you have registered, each time you swipe your City Market card for groceries or gas, a small portion of your purchase will go to the organization you selected. We hope you choose your library. To register, please go to and specify organization number 10139 or Friends of the Libraries Upper San Juan. Thank you.

Maker Camp events

Only two more Saturdays remain in the Maker Camp program — Aug. 9 and Aug. 16, from 11 a.m. to noon — for kids and families. If children are under 10, we ask that an adult stay to assist.

Register at so you can follow up on past activities and track future ones. You do not need to register with the library to participate on Saturdays. In addition, on Friday, Aug. 8 and 15, there will be a special online live field trip connection from 9:45 to 11 a.m., open only to teens in the seventh through 12th grades. For more information, please contact Trina Rivera at the library.

Book club for adults

Our adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles. On Aug. 12, we will discuss “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich. If you need a copy, please contact Wempe. No registration required.

Cancellation of three programs

Tween gamers was a Summer Reading program, so it is over and will not continue in August. Dungeons and Dragons for teens has been canceled until further notice. As well, Wise Traditions has been indefinitely suspended.

Technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays. A more formal session requiring registration focuses on Facebook basics for people, not businesses, will be held today (Thursday, Aug. 7) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and for businesses at the same time next Thursday, Aug. 14.

Change in free movie program 

Every Friday in August except Aug. 29, we will show movies based on books that are suitable for adults and teens. No registration is required. 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. Pick up an adult programs calendar at the library to learn the movie names.

Teen gaming

Every Tuesday from 4 to 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

“The Badmen” by Bill Brooks and “Wrath of the Savage” by Charles G. West are westerns. “Somebody like You” by Beth K. Yogt and “Chateau of Secrets” by Melanie Dobson are romance novels.


“Up in the Air” stars George Clooney. “Shattered Glass” is a true story about a freelance writer’s career being stopped in its tracks. “Pacific Heights” is a thriller about a tenant who won’t move out.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Peter Pan Must Die” by John Verdon is a multi-layered murder mystery. “Remains of Innocence” by J.A. Jance is the latest in the Sheriff Joanna Brady mystery series. “Vengeance Is Mine” by Reavis Z. Wortham is a Red River mystery.

Other new novels

“A Perfect Life” by Danielle Steel is about a single mother whose well-ordered life is turned upside down. “Sentinels of Fire” by P.T. Deutermann is a World War II action adventure. “The Boleyn Reckoning” by Laura Anderson is set in Tutor England. “The Queen of the Tearling” by Erika Johansen is the beginning of a new fantasy trilogy. “The Last Kings of Sark” by Rosa Rankin-Gee is set on a tiny carless Channel Island. “Painted Horses” by Malcolm Brooks is a western set in Montana.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Richard Rivera and our many generous anonymous donors.

Quotable quote 

“When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.”

— Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), longest-serving first lady of the U.S.


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This story was posted on August 7, 2014.