Summer Reading Program party tomorrow afternoon

This year’s free Summer Reading Program will come to a close tomorrow, Friday, July 29, when all registered participants are invited to the closing celebration party from 4:30 to 6 p.m. that includes free snacks, crafts, music and prizes. No advance reservations are required.

This summer we have had 32 adult participants, 22 teens and 126 children and tweens 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 afternoon. Please note that, unlike the practice in past years, you must be present to win a prize this summer.

The prizes are impressive: Babies and toddlers (0-4 years), a literacy basket; kids (K-sixth grades), bike and helmet package from The Hub; teens (seventh-12th grades), $150 gift certificate at Pagosa Outside; and adults (18-plus), grand prize is a $125 Visa gift card with two additional prizes of $25 Visa gift cards.

The Mountain Boys band will perform during the event. We will have fun crafts, snacks, general merriment and, of course, the drawing for the grand prizes at 6 p.m.

Book fair canceled

The Friends of the Library annual book sale Aug. 12-13 has been canceled this year because they do not have enough books to put on their usual first-class event.

The annual Friends meeting and member reception still will occur on Friday, Aug. 12, but it will take place at the library (new location).

Over the next year, we will stockpile books to ensure that the 2017 book sale will be a noteworthy event with the large variety of high-quality items for sale that has made this event so popular in the past.

Backpacks available for free checkout

Thanks to a partnership between the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado State Library, we now have two backpacks for free checkout that contain a state park pass, binoculars, a wildlife guide, a trees and wildlife guide, a book about the 42 state parks and more.

The backpacks can be checked out for a full week and renewed for an additional week. They cannot be placed on hold. Consider it a “Lucky Day” pickup item, meaning that if you come in and it’s available, you can check it out.

Olympics fun today

“Obstacle Course” is the theme of Library Olympics today, Thursday, July 28, from 1 to 2:15 p.m.

First- through sixth-graders will form teams to go through a library obstacle course to see who will win gold, silver or bronze.

Adult walk today

Adults interested in meeting new people while taking a walk and discussing books should join us for a 30-minute walk today, Thursday, July 28, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. There is no preassigned book.

Medicare 101 session

Next Thursday, Aug. 4, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Katy, a talented San Juan Area Agency on Aging navigator, will provide you with important information before you enroll in Medicare. Please call 264-0501, ext. 2 to reserve a spot.

Medicaid and ACA workshops

Next Thursday, Aug. 4, at 1 p.m., there will be stand-alone workshops on Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act geared to people starting Medicaid. No registration is required.

Teen advisory board

Next Thursday, Aug. 4, 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.

Tech sessions

Meg Wempe is available for Tech Tuesday sessions from 10 a.m. to noon. Drop in with your technology questions.

Note there will be no Tech Thursdays for the next several months because there will be sessions at the Ross Aragon Community Center on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Teen gaming

Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the seventh through 12th grades. Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Preschool storytime

Every Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m., pre-K and kindergarteners and their families enjoy an hour of stories, music and a craft to develop early literacy skills. Recommended for 3- to 5-year-olds.

Baby and toddler storytimes

Stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones on Saturdays.

Note the split sessions: Baby time from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m. for 0 to 12 months. Toddlers from 9:30 to 10 a.m. for 12-36 months. If you have multiple little ones, please come to whatever storytime is most convenient for you and your family.


“How the States Got Their Shapes” is season one. “Russia and Estonia” is part of the Rudy Maxa’s World Exotic Places series. “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” stars Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney. “Popular Mechanics for Kids” is the complete first season.


“Age of Myth” by Michael J. Sullivan is book one of the Legends of the First Empire. “Foreign Agent” by Brad Thor is a Scot Harvath thriller. “End of Watch” by Stephen King is the finale of the Bill Hodges trilogy. “The Emperor’s Revenge” by Clive Cussler is the 11th book in the Oregon Files adventure series.


“Disappearances” by Scott Thybony investigates the three missing young people in the American Southwest. “Why You Love Music” by British scientist and musician John Powell explores the power of beautiful sounds from Mozart to Metallica. “The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria” by Janine Di Giovanni is a devastating account of ordinary people’s life in wartime Syria today.

Large print

“First Comes Love” by Emily Giffin brings together two sisters on the anniversary of a tragedy. “Bay of Sighs” by Nora Roberts is book two of The Guardians trilogy.

Mysteries and suspense

“The Innocents” by Ace Atkins is a Quinn Colson thriller. “The Black Widow” by Daniel Silva is a Gabriel Allon mystery. “Among the Wicked” by Linda Castillo is a Kate Burkholder mystery.

Other novels

“Chance Developments” by Alexander McCall Smith is a collection of five short stories. “The Light of Paris” by Eleanor Brown follows an unhappy woman inspired by her adventurous grandmother.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Veronica Johnson, Sara Brinton, Lyn Dryburgh and Jenny Iguchi.

Quotable quote

“For 42 years I’ve been making small, regular deposits in the bank of experience. And on January 15 the balance was sufficient so that I could make a sudden large withdrawal.” — Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who successfully executed an emergency water landing of U.S. Airways flight 1549 in the Hudson River in New York City on Jan. 15, 2009, saving all 155 passengers.


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This story was posted on July 28, 2016.