About 45 magazines and newspapers available for your free reading pleasure


By Carole Howard | PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

We want to remind you that your library has about 45 magazines and newspapers in our collection for your free reading enjoyment. 

Magazine titles include The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Taste of Home, Time, Bon Appetit, Colorado Life, Consumer Reports, People, All Animals and Sports Illustrated, to name just a few. Especially for youngsters, we have Sports Illustrated Kids. All magazines are listed in our online catalog that is a link from our website. If you are looking for a magazine that is also the title of a book or movie, you can include the term “periodical” to narrow the search. 

In 2023, as our current magazine subscriptions end, we are switching to a new magazine provider for several reasons, including our inability to get Ski and Southwest Art, both of which are popular with our patrons. 

Newspapers include The Pagosa Springs SUN and The Durango Herald. We had to drop The Silverton Standard because of a dramatic price increase along with a limited number of people reading it (we track numbers). Also, we no longer carry The Wall Street Journal, not because of price or people not reading it, but because our provider couldn’t get it here in any sort of reasonable delivery time frame. 

We hope you enjoy reading the newspapers and current magazines right at the library in one of our comfy chairs or reading areas. All past magazine issues are available for free check out. 

We also offer a variety of journals and other publications through our online resources available to you 24/7. Visit https://pagosalibrary.org/online-resources/ to find a variety of topics for people of all ages. A library card is required to access some of the online resources. 

New format for
activities calendar

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free library activities available to you and your family, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month. Its new streamlined format combines all the activities and events for children, teens and adults on one handy, two-sided page.

Online Speakers
Consortium continues

There is one more event this month in our free online Library Speakers Consortium virtual series featuring New York Times bestselling authors and thought-leaders giving live, professionally moderated book discussions you can view on your computer, tablet or smartphone with Internet access. You also have an opportunity to ask questions.

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 2 p.m., we’ll hear from Pulitzer Prize finalist Hernan Diaz. He has written two novels that have been published in more than 20 languages, plus many essays and short stories. He also is the associate director of the Hispanic Institute for Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University. He is known as a dynamic speaker who captivates audiences with witty conversations about foreignness, his theory of genre, literary history and what it means to do research for a novel. 

Children’s Spanish
class tomorrow 

Join us Friday, Sept. 23, from 2 to 3 p.m. for a Spanish class for kids aged 6 to 11 to help youngsters learn and improve their Spanish.

LEGO Club on Saturday

Kids aged 6 and up are invited to bring your imaginations — LEGOs are provided — on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to noon for the free LEGO Club. LEGO challenges also are posted on Facebook if you can’t make it to the library.

Gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the Xbox 360 Kinect tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 23, from 3 to 4 p.m.

PALS/GED adult

In response to popular demand, Mark has doubled the number of his free PALS sessions to Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more. No registration required. Note there will be no PALS today, Sept. 22.

Tech Time 

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and 2 to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Judy will help you with basic questions relating to computers, smartphones and tablets and also provide assistance in accessing any of the library’s online resources. You do not need an appointment for these drop-in sessions. 

Writing challenge 

A new all-ages writing challenge will be posted Sept. 26 on the library’s Facebook page. We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free activity.

Family storytime

Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m., join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move. 

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with 4 to 5 p.m. reserved for beginners and 5 to 7 p.m. for both intermediate and advanced students. Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions. 

Library hours

Most of our programs happen in person and curbside service continues. Also, our hours are back to pre-COVID levels — and even more on weekdays:

• Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, your library is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

• Tuesdays and Thursdays, your library is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Saturdays, your library is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Downloadable books 

CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages, and accessing this free digital collection has never been easier. You just need to download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog for the name of your library, then enter your library card number and four-digit PIN. You are now ready to browse, borrow and read e-books and audiobooks using cloudLibrary. Library staff are happy to help you set up your device if you need assistance.

Books on CD

“Girl, Forgotten” by Karin Slaughter is a thriller featuring U.S. Marshall Andrea Oliver investigating a cold case with links to her father. “Fox Creek” by William Kent Krueger is the latest in the Cork O’Connor mystery series. 

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Family Remains” by Lisa Jewell is a psychological thriller that begins on the banks of the Thames. “All Good People Here” by Ashley Flowers features a journalist returning to her small-town home who must face her past. “The Hunt” by Faye Kellerman is a Decker/Lazarus mystery. 

Other novels 

“The Wisdom of Crowds” by Joe Abercrombie is the final book in the Age of Madness fantasy series. “The Last Karankawas” by Kimberly Garza features a tight-knit community of Mexican and Filipino Americans facing Hurricane Ike in Galveston. “When We Were Bright and Beautiful” by Jillian Medoff is a family drama set in Manhattan’s glittering Upper East Side. “All This Could Be Different” by Sarah Thankam Mathews is a group portrait of young people, including an immigrant forging love and community amid struggle. “Into the Broken Lands” by Tanya Huff is a fantasy adventure. 


“A Place in the World” by Frances Mayes explores this world traveler’s passion for houses and the things that inhabit them. “Raising Lazarus” by Beth Macy tells the story of everyday heroes fighting America’s overdose crisis. “Life on the Mississippi” by Rinker Buck follows the author’s adventures on a flatboat on the Mississippi. “The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2023” is the 231st edition of this American classic. “BAM: Business as Mission” by C. Neal Johnson is a practical guide to BAM, including strategic planning and step-by-step operational implementation. 


We are grateful to Stephanie King as well as Susan and Terry Arrington for their generous monetary donations, and to our anonymous donors for their materials donations. 

Material donations are accepted for the Friends of the Library at the front desk (not through the outside returns slot at the library or the drop box at City Market, please) when we are open. The Friends take fiction published in 2012 or newer and nonfiction that is 2017 or newer. Limited workroom space means we can only accept one or two small boxes at a time. 

Quotable quote

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” — Warren Buffett, American business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He is currently the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and one of the most successful investors in the world.


For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books, e-books, books on CD and DVDs from the comfort of your home — please visit our website at https://pagosalibrary.org.