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Summer Reading Program signup starts today

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Sign up now for this year’s free Summer Reading Program that begins June 2 and runs until July 25. You can register online via a link on our website, http://pagosa.colibraries.org/ or in the library.

Summer reading activities are open to everyone from babies to adults. Our baby and toddler program is designed especially to help parents have fun reading and learning experiences with their child. All the activities build early literacy skills.

The summer reading theme for kids is Fizz, Boom, Read; for teens, it is Spark a Reaction; and for adults, it is Literary Elements.

Also, summer reading participants will want to mark their calendars for a free, all-ages closing party on July 25 from 5:30-7 p.m. (after the library closes) that will include awarding of prizes, refreshments and entertainment by the San Juan Mountain Boys. RSVPs are required.

Detailed summer reading schedules for all ages are available at the library. We urge you to pick them up and keep them handy so you don’t miss any of these free, fun events. Also, note that some events require advance registration.

Diabetes session

Next Monday, May 19, from 4:30-6 p.m. is the last of three free diabetic education lectures to answer questions and provide an opportunity for group support. The lectures are organized and presented by the Pagosa Springs Medical Center’s Wellness Center, through which you need to register at 731-1533. If you are pre-diabetic, have just found out you are diabetic or have been living with diabetes for years, this session should be helpful.

Lifelong Learning
Lecture tonight

This evening (Thursday, May 15) marks the fifth week of the library’s free, six-week spring Lifelong Leaning Lecture series, with a wide variety of interesting topics to enrich your life and keep your mind agile. Tonight’s topic is “Egypt: Ancient deities and timeless wisdom” by author and traveler Julie Loar. She will share experiences of the lure of this ancient land drawn from her many journeys to Egypt.

All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. and last about an hour, with time for questions. Next week’s lecture will be about Georgia O’Keeffe. No registration is required.

Program suspensions

The free Friday morning movies for adults are taking a summer vacation. They may return next winter. There will be no karaoke in May. We hope it will return in June, when we have the meeting room available again. Also, no Otaku Club for teens this month.

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.

A more formal session requiring registration is Facebook for Businesses (not personal accounts) on Wednesday, May 21, from 12:30-2:30 p.m., when you will learn how to create a page, access your page, manage administrative roles and more. To participate you must know the basics of Facebook.

Teen gaming and crafts

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). The May 20 session will also include crafts and a LEGO competition. Snacks provided.

Art fun for kids

Tomorrow (Friday, May 16) from 2-3 p.m., kids in the first through third grades are invited to a free, fun time with art. It is always different and always results in something to take home.

How-to and self-help

Gooseberry Patch’s “Everyday One-Dish Meals” provides 260 simple, homestyle recipes. “Patent, Copyright and Trademark” is an intellectual property reference work. “The Nourished Kitchen” by Jennifer McGruther offers farm-to-table recipes from the author’s home in the Colorado mountains.

Other nonfiction

“Everybody’s Got Something” by Robin Roberts is a memoir by the “Good Morning America” anchor. “Hope Runs” by Claire Diaz-Ortiz and Samuel Ikua Gachagua is a redemption story about an American tourist and a Kenyan orphan. “All Fishermen are Liars” by John Gierach covers fishing topics large and small. “No Market For ‘Em” as told to Ann Williams by Wayne Payton is this sixth-generation Coloradan record of her father’s story. CDs

“Tempting Fate” by Jane Green is about the woman you would expect to have an affair. “Forget Me Not” by Fern Michaels is a mystery. “Waking the Dead” by Heather Graham is about a painting that comes to life — and brings death. “Shadow Spell” by Nora Roberts is book two in the Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy. “Blossom Street Brides” by Debbie Macomber is a romance. “Keep Quiet” by Lisa Scottoline is a suspense story. “Otherwise Engaged” by Amanda Quick is a mystery set in London. “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” by Mary Higgins Clark is a mystery. “NYPD Red 2” by James Patterson and Marshall Karp is the second book in this series. “Frog Music” by Emma Donoghue is a novel based on an unsolved murder.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Until You’re Mine” by Samantha Hayes is a mystery involving pregnant women. “Longer Than” by Erica Spindler is a romantic thriller. “Unlucky 13” by James Patterson is the latest in the Women’s Murder Club series. “Death at the Door” by Carolyn Hart is the latest in the Death on Demand Bookstore mystery series. “Starfire” by Dale Brown is a military thriller that explores the weaponization of space.

Other novels

“Hopeful” by Christian writer Shelley Shepard Gray is a romance set in an Amish town. “The Shadow Queen” by Sandra Gulland is inspired by a true story set in the 17th century French court. “The Promise” by Rachelle Friedman is a love story about a bride paralyzed just weeks before her wedding.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Kristal Fortune and David Huerta.

Quotable quote

“You may forget where you put your keys from time to time. But unless you forget what your keys are for, this is no cause for alarm … [In your 60s and beyond] your brain is like an older model computer. The information is still in there, it just takes a little longer to access.” — Dr. John Whyte, author of “Is This Normal? The Essential Guide to Middle Age and Beyond.”

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 http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

This story was posted on May 15, 2014.