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Wide variety of free programs for youngsters

PREVIEW Columnist and the library staff

Sometimes it seems that we concentrate so much on publicity for special events at the library that we may take for granted the ongoing children’s programs that are so vital to promoting literacy and introducing our youngsters to a love of reading at an early age.

Luckily for our community, youth services librarian Kristine MacNeill has put together a wonderful selection of regular free programs for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Most Monday mornings from 10-10:30 a.m. is Baby and Toddler Time — storytime especially for our littlest patrons aged 6 months to 3 years. For a half hour, you and your child will enjoy stories, songs and finger plays as you learn easy tips for how to include literacy skills in your everyday family life.

Wednesday mornings from 10-10:45 a.m. is Preschool Storytime for pre-K kids (3-5 years) and their families. Every session has a different theme to develop early literacy skills while having fun. You and your child will enjoy stories, music and a craft.

Pick up the schedule every month at the library and put it on your fridge so that you and your youngsters can take advantage of these fun reading times.

Thanks for your patience

Patrons who went naturally to shelves in the library where their favorites were located — autobiographies, for example — were surprised to find them missing or moved. That’s because we shifted all nonfiction, fiction and large-print books to make room for more books so that we can expand our collection. The moves are complete now, and we thank you for your patience.

Art for kids

Tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 21) from 2-3 p.m. kids in the first through third grades are invited to a free fun time with art. It’s always different and always results in something to take home.

Otaku for teens

The Otaku (anime/manga) Club meets the fourth Saturday of every month from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., this month on Feb. 22. Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures and enjoy snacks.

Teen crafts 

Teens meet the fourth Monday of every month from 4-5 p.m. for craft time, this month on Feb. 24.

Movies for adults

Every Friday at 10 a.m. is a movie for adults. This month, you are invited for coffee, donuts and a movie event that celebrates Black History Month by showcasing films with African-American actresses and actors.

The contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we are 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 flier of activities for adults at the library, check the home page of our website or phone the library to ask. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Cardiac health event

Health Talk on Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 7:30-9 a.m. features cardiology expert Josh Borgstadt of the Pagosa Springs Medical Center talking about cardiac health and stroke prevention. Fast the night before so you can get your complimentary health screening.

Foreign language
resources

Want to speak Spanish with your friends? Headed to Paris and need to brush up on your French? Always wanted to learn a new language? Join us Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. for a workshop that will show you what free resources are available at your library and online. Registration is required.

Technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays, and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet issues.

Teen gaming

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. Snacks provided.

DVDs

“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” is an animated comedy for the whole family. “Breaking Dawn: Part 2” is the final chapter in The Twilight Saga. “Rush” is the true story of a rivalry in Formula 1 racing. “Princess Mononoke,” “Blue Sky Epic,” “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind” and “Spirited Away” are animated adventures. “Dallas Buyers Club” is inspired by a true story of a Texas cowboy. “The Uninvited” is a haunted house story.

CDs

“Blindsided” by Fern Michaels is the latest in the Sisterhood series. “Robert B. Parker’s Bull River” is a crime story featuring Territorial Marshal Virgil Cole. “First Love” by James Patterson and Emily Raymond is a romance. “Fear Nothing” by Lisa Gardner is a mystery featuring Boston Det. D.D. Warren.

Large print

“Destiny’s Surrender” by Beverly Jenkins is a historical romance. “Murder of a Stacked Librarian” by Densie Swanson is the latest in the Scrumble River mystery series. “Christmas in Snowflake Canyon” by RaeAnne Thayne is a romance. “Lawless Trail” by Ralph Cotton is a western. “Bertie Plays the Blues” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the 44 Scotland Street series.

Thrillers and mysteries 

“Carthage” by Joyce Carol Oates follows a young girl’s disappearance blamed on a decorated Iraq War veteran. “That Old Black Magic” by Mary Jane Clark is the latest in the Piper Donovan Wedding Cake mystery series.

Other new novels

“Worthy Brown’s Daughter” by Phillip Margolin is a historical novel about justice in the American West inspired by a true story. “Under the Wide and Starry Sky” by Nancy Horan tells the love story of Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and his tempestuous American wife.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank several anonymous donors. We also received a donation from the Southwest Conservation Corps for the use of our program room — very much appreciated.

Quotable quote

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me the most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.” — James Baldwin (1924-1987), American novelist, playwright, poet and social critic

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 February 20, 2014.