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Summer Reading Program closing party Friday night

This year’s free Summer Reading Program will come to a close tomorrow (Friday, July 25) and all registered participants are invited to the closing party from 5:30 to 7 p.m. that includes free food, fun, music and prizes.

This summer we have had 85 adult participants, 232 children and tweens and a record 67 teens participating. In addition to enjoying a wide variety of fun programs, these avid readers have competed for some wonderful prizes that will be given out at the party tomorrow evening. The teen prize is a Google Nexus 7 tablet with a case. The adult grand prizes are Amazon gift cards — one for $75, one for $50 and one for $25. The children/tween prize is a bike and helmet.

The San Juan Mountain Boys will perform during the event. We will have fun activities, food and drink and, of course, the drawing for the grand prizes.

More parking spaces

We hope you are enjoying our 25 new parking spaces, which more than doubles our parking capacity. Yet to come is a separate paved area for staff cars, which will free up even more parking space for patrons.

Book Sale donations

Aug. 2 is the deadline for donations to this summer’s annual Friends of the Library Book Sale that will take place Aug. 15-16 at Centerpoint Church. Most welcomed are children’s books, gently read fiction and nonfiction adult books, and mass market paperbacks in excellent condition. Western and Indian-related titles also are popular. As well, the Friends will be selling CDs, DVDs and audio books. Items not included in this sale are VHS tapes, cassettes, magazines, outdated medical books and encyclopedias.

You may want to take this opportunity to join the Friends because a membership gets you advance access to the book sale and a potluck dinner on Friday, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m. You can pay your membership at the library — cash or checks only, please. Annual dues are $15 for an individual, $25 for a family and $100 for an individual lifetime membership.

Maker Camp for all ages

Join us this Saturday, July 26, for Maker Camp from 11 a.m. to noon, when you will learn creative hands-on skills. This event is suitable for all ages and families.

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 individuals, not businesses, on Wednesday, July 30, at 12:30 p.m.

Adult, teen, kid movies 

Every Friday, we have three different movies showing: for kids at 10 a.m., for teens at noon and for adults from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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 flyer at the library.

Today’s Kids’ Zone

“Sound of Music” is this week’s theme for Kids’ Zone today (Thursday, July 24) for first- through third-graders from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.

Tween gaming

Every Tuesday from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., we host Tween Gaming for fourth- through sixth-graders. The gaming is structured and we play a new game each week. Snacks provided.

Teen gaming canceled

There will be no teen gaming on Tuesday, July 29.

Nonfiction

“The Arsenal of Democracy” by A.J. Baime explores how Detroit helped arm America for war. “The San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado” is the first book of this historical series. “My Home At Present” by Mark A. and Karen A. Vendl and Duane A. Smith describes life in the mining boarding houses in the San Juan Mountains. “River Cruising in Europe” by Douglas Ward is a new Berlitz guide. “Gardening Indoors with Soil and Hydroponics” by George F. Van Patten has been expanded and rewritten with new information. “I Always Want to be Where I’m Not” by Dr. Wes Crenshaw offers advice for successful living with ADD and ADHD. “My Off-Season with the Denver Broncos” by Loren Landow with Mike Klis relives the 2011 season from the inside. “Special Heart” by Fox News’ Bret Baier is a journey of living with a son with congenital hearts defects. “Go Fresh” offers 250 fast recipes from the American Heart Association. “Pure and Special” by Vidhu Mittal is a collection of Indian vegetarian recipes.

Large print

“Gemini” by Carol Cassella tells of a Jane Doe hit-and-run victim in a coma. “The Escape” by Mary Balogh is a love story set after the Napoleonic Wars. “The Night Searchers” by Marcia Muller is a Sharon McCone mystery. “Take Me Home” by Dorothy Garlock is a romance set in Wisconsin in 1945. “Little Mercies” by Heather Gudenkauf follows the life of a social worker. “Midnight in Europe” is set in pre-war Paris in 1938. “For All Time” by Jude Deveraux is the latest in the Nantucket Brides series. “The Promise” by Robyn Carr is the latest in the Thunder Point romance series. “Terminal City” by Linda Fairstein is a mystery that begins in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. “Jury of Six” by Dave P. Fisher is a western set in Nebraska in the 1880s. “Shotgun” by C. Courtney Joyner is also a western. “Burying the Past” is the latest in “The Man from Boot Hill” series by Marcus Galloway. “The Kraken Project” by Douglas Preston is a thriller follows the “escape” of Dorothy, an artificial intelligence software.

DVDs

“Boardwalk Empire” contains the complete first season. “The Legend of Wolf Mountain” and “Walking Thunder” both contain four family adventures. “Away from Her” follows a couple married 50 years as her memory fails.

CDs

“The Lincoln Myth” by Steve Berry begins with a shocking secret passed down from president to president. “Vertigo 42” by Martha Grimes is a Richard Jury mystery. “The One and Only” by Emily Griffin is set in a small Texas college town. “Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Ascendancy” by Eric Van Lustbader is the latest in the Jason Bourne adventure series. “Resistant” by Michael Palmer is about a deadly microbial invader. “The Smoke at Dawn” by Jeff Shaara is the latest in the author’s Civil War series. “Faceoff” edited by David Baldacci features stories by 23 thriller writers. “The Farm” by Tom Rob Smith follows a man caught between his parents’ tales of crime and conspiracy.

Other new novels

“The Girls of August” by Anne Rivers Siddons tells of four friends whose lives are forever changed by the events of one summer. “The Hundred-Year House” by Rebecca Makkai is about the secrets of an old-money family. “The Sweet Spot” is a sexy love story by Stephanie Evanovich.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Liz Fox, Andrea Haas, Judy Horky and Jeff Versaw. We also are grateful for several large donations from anonymous donors.

Quotable quote

“A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.”

— Jack Dempsey (1895-1983), American professional boxer and World Heavyweight Champion.

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 pagosa.colibraries.org/.

This story was posted on July 24, 2014.