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There’s still time to join Summer Reading Program and closing party

SUN columnist, and the library staff

This year’s free Summer Reading Program will come to a close on Friday, July 25, but it’s not too late to sign up and join the fun — and be eligible to attend the closing party that includes free food, fun and prizes. In fact, you can register until the very last day.

So far, we have 85 adult participants, 228 children and tweens and a record 67 teens participating. In addition to enjoying a wide variety of fun programs, these avid readers are competing for some wonderful prizes. The teen prize is a Google Nexus 7 Tablet with a case. The adult grand prizes are Amazon gift cards — one $75, one $50 and one $25. The children/tween prize is a bike and helmet package from The Hub Bike Shop.

The closing party is on July 25 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for registered summer reading participants. The San Juan Mountain Boys will be performing during the event. We will have fun activities, food and drink and, of course, the drawing for the grand prizes.

You can register online via a link on our website at pagosa.colibraries.org/ or in the library. Summer reading activities are open to everyone from babies to adults. Detailed summer reading schedules for all ages are available at the library. The events also are featured every week in this Library News column.

Poetry workshop

Join us for Giving Voice: A Poetry Writing Workshop today (Thursday, July 17) from 10 a.m. to noon to learn about different types of poems, styles and writing techniques, and then write your own poems. The session will be led by Joanne Lucariello, a part-time resident who is a retired language arts teacher and is certified in language arts literacy. No registration required.

Annual book sale

Mark your calendars for the annual Friends of the Library Book Sale that will take place Aug. 15-16 at Centerpoint Church. Watch for details in upcoming Library News columns. In the meantime, 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 19, for Maker Camp, from 11 a.m. to noon, where 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. There will be no formal session requiring registration on Wednesday, July 23.

Friday 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 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.

Kids’ Zone

“Read with a Ranger” is this week’s theme for Kids’ Zone today (Thursday, July 17) from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. The program is for first- through third-graders.

Teen fun on Wednesdays

On Wednesday, July 23, join us from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the small room for Zombie Feast. Please wear clothes that are OK to stain. Stay from 4:30 to 6 p.m. for Dungeons and Dragons.

Tween gaming

Every Tuesday from 1:30 to 2:45, 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 and crafts

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.

Nonfiction

“The Inevitable City” by Scott Cowen documents the resurgence of New Orleans and the future of urban America. “Joe and Marilyn: Legends in Love” by C. David Heymann tells of the love affair and marriage of Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe. “Vibrant Food” by Kimberley Hasselbrink contains recipes arranged by season. “Groundbreaking Food Gardens” by Niki Jabbour offers 73 plans to help you change the way you grow your garden. “Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin” by historian Jill Lepore is a portrait of Benjamin Franklin’s beloved little sister. “The Killing Kind” by investigative crime journalist M. William Phelps explores the mind and actions of a serial killer. “When Your Life is On Fire What Would You Save?” features interviews with Jane Pauley, Alan Alda and 11 other extraordinary people. “One More Try” by Gary Chapman offers advice to save your marriage if it is worth fighting for. “Mindful Discipline” by Drs. Shauna Shapiro and Chris White outlines a loving approach to setting limits and raise an emotionally intelligent child. “Life by the Cup” by Zhena Muzyka is a memoir by this entrepreneur and motivational speaker. “Flash Boys” by Michael Lewis exposes the strange new ways that Wall Street generates profits for itself.

Large print

“The Cheyenne Trail” by Jory Sherman is a Ralph Compton western. “Sting of the Drone” by Richard A. Clarke is a novel about the drone program. “Shadow River” by Ralph Cotton is a western. “The First Mountain Man: Preacher’s Blood Hunt” is an adventure by William W. and J.A. Johnstone. “The City” by Dean Koontz is a thriller featuring a musical prodigy. “Nine Lives to Die” by Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie Brown is a mystery in the Mrs. Murphy series. “Blood Valley” is a western by William W. Johnstone. “Hell Creek Cabin” by Frank Roderus is a wilderness story.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The American Mission” by Matthew Palmer is a suspense story set in the Congo. “Phantom Instinct” by Meg Gardiner is a thriller teaming an injured cop and an ex-thief. “Invisible” by James Patterson and David Ellis follows an FBI researcher trying to solve the death of her sister. “Coldsleep Lullaby” by Andrew Brown is a mystery set in the South African wine country. “Bellweather Rhapsody” by Kate Racculia is a thriller set in the Bellweather Hotel. “Summer House with Swimming Pool” by Herman Koch begins at an extravagant summer home on the Mediterranean.

Other new novels

“One Plus One” by Jojo Moyes follows a single woman and her two children. “The Arsonist” by Sue Miller is a set in a small New Hampshire village. “A Shiver of Light” by Laurell K. Hamilton is the latest in the Merry Gentry fantasy series. “The Vacationers” by Emma Straub tells of a family in the maelstrom of change.

Thanks to our donors

We are grateful for a very generous unrestricted donation from Robert H. Dungan, and for books for our children’s collection from Kaden and Zane Edwards. For books and materials this week, we also thank Medora Bass, Sue Ellen Haning and Fran Jenkins.

Quotable Quote

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” — President Theodore Roosevelt.

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 17, 2014.