By Carole Howard | OVERVIEW The Columnist and Library Staff
Your library has everything hikers, campers and cyclists need to help you and your family enjoy the outdoors through the rest of the summer and into the fall: backpacks and a bicycle repair kit available free of charge.
Through a partnership between Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado State Library, we’re offering two free backpacks that contain a state park pass, binoculars, wildlife guide, tree guide, and wildlife, a book on all 42 state parks and more. . Backpacks can be checked for a full week and renewed for an additional week. They cannot be put on hold. Consider it a “Lucky Day” pickup item, which means if you walk in and it’s available, you can check it out.
Additionally, we have a bike repair toolkit available for free checkup. This toolkit includes a manual titled “Essential Road Bike Maintenance Handbook” by Todd Downs and a toolkit filled with the essential tools needed for basic bike repairs. The manual covers topics such as the frame, pedals, brakes and more. We also offer a variety of other cycling resources for people of all ages, including maps, guides and historical information.
Spanish for children
Join us today, Thursday, August 18, from 11 a.m. to noon for the second session of a new Spanish course for children ages 6-11. Miss Josie and Miss Ruby will help you learn and improve your Spanish.
Dungeons and Dragons today
Today, Thursday, August 18, from 3-5 p.m., it’s our free ongoing virtual Dungeons and Dragons game for teens and young adults, available every other Thursday on Discord. Contact [email protected] to find out how to register.
The game tomorrow
Enjoy free video games for all ages on Xbox 360 Kinect tomorrow, Friday, August 19 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Makerspace on Saturday
Kids, tweens, and teens are invited to a free Makerspace session on Saturday, August 20 from 11 a.m. to noon, when we provide the materials for you to build, design, and create.
The consortium continues
You’re invited to two more events this month in our free Library Speakers Consortium series featuring New York Times bestselling fiction and nonfiction authors giving live, professionally moderated book discussions you can view on your computer, tablet or smartphone with Internet access. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions.
August 22 at 7 p.m. Michele Harper, author of “The Beauty in Breaking,” a memoir about what it means to be a doctor; and August 25 at 10 a.m. features Liz Wiseman, author of “Impact Players: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger and Multiply Your Impact,” a guide to leadership.
To register for the consortium, click the link on your library’s home page at https://pagosalibrary.org. If you are unable to view live presentations, recorded events will be available later on our website.
Join us next Tuesday August 23rd from 1-2pm for this free session where we will provide you with materials to crochet a personal bookmark using colored yarn.
Therapy dog visit
Next Wednesday, August 24 from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m., you are invited to come to the library for a free visit with a certified therapy dog. It’s a great way to relax or boost your day. Visits will be limited to 10-15 minutes – just enough time to pet the dog, read to the dog or just say “Hi”. This activity is for all ages.
Teenage writers in grades 4 to 12 are invited to your library next Thursday, August 25 from 4 to 5 p.m. Stories, poetry, graphic novels, fan fiction — anything is welcome.
education is growing
In response to popular demand, Mark has doubled the number of his free PALS sessions to Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, help financial, tutoring and more. No registration is required. This service is in high demand and is used by many people, so we are very happy to make it more available.
A new writing challenge for all ages will be posted August 22 on the library’s Facebook page. We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free activity.
StoryWalk now takes place in a new location. We are pleased to partner with the City of Pagosa Springs to bring the StoryWalk to downtown Riverwalk. It starts at the Ross Aragon Community Center and heads north towards the Growing Domes. From August 15 to 31, the classic fable “The Lion and the Mouse” celebrates the power of kindness.
Special family story time
Wednesdays from 10am to 11am, join us for stories, games and lots of good reasons to get up and move. Special guests Lisa Baker and her friend Fluffy Dog will provide puppets, storytelling and silly fun on August 24.
English as a second language courses
Free in-person evening classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-5pm for beginners only and 5-7pm for intermediate and advanced students. Help us promote these courses to other members of our community who would be interested and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.
“Symbol & Synchronicity” by Julie Loar is a guide to learning the language of the soul in dreams and waking life via ancient wisdom, modern scientific findings, and practical instructions. We also have six other books in our collection by this local author.
Large print mysteries and thrillers
“The Darling Dahlias and Red Hot Poker” by Susan Wittig Albert is a Darling Dahlias mystery. DJ Palmer’s “My Wife Is Missing” begins when a wife and two children disappear from a New York hotel room. Amanda Quick’s “When She Dreams” focuses on a blackmailed psychic advice columnist. Nora Roberts’ “Nightwork” is the start of a new mystery series featuring a thief. “It All Comes Down To This” by Therese Anne Fowler tells the story of three sisters and an ex-con. Jason Rekulak’s “Hidden Pictures” features a young child whose drawings become more sinister.
James Lee Burke’s “Every Cloak Rolled in Blood” has its hero drawn into a web of villainy. “Cold, Cold Bones” by Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropology mystery by Temperance Brennan. Ruth Ware’s “The It Girl” begins with new evidence in a murder conviction. “The House Across the Lake” by Riley Sager is a murder mystery set in Vermont. Phaedra Patrick’s “The Messy Lives of Book People” features a housekeeper who is asked to finish another’s novel. Christina Dodd’s “Point Last Seen” opens with a woman drawn from the Californian surf. “Death under the Perseids” by Teresa Dovalpage is the third book in the Havana, Cuba mystery series.
Large Print Westerns
“Ralph Compton Counterfeit Lawman” by Jackson Lowry is part of the Western Gunfighter series. “Perilous Frontier” edited by Hazel Rumney contains short stories by four Western authors. “Dead River” by William W. and JA Johnstone is the fourth book in the Jackals series. “Bad River” by Ralph Cotton is a western by Ranger Sam Burrack.
Other large print
“Tom Clancy: Zero Hour” by Don Bentley is a Jack Ryan Jr. adventure set in Korea. “The Homewreckers” by Mary Kay Andrews features a woman involved in the renovation of a beach house. “Clive Cussler’s Dark Vector” by Graham Brown is a NUMA adventure involving cyber warfare. Tom Perrotta’s “Tracy Flick Can’t Win” tells the story of an assistant manager who hopes to be promoted to superintendent. “The Boardwalk Bookshop” by Susan Mallery is a love story about three women who own a bookstore. Emily Giffin’s “Meant to Be” is inspired by the ill-fated romance of John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette.
Japanese director Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s “Drive My Car” won the 2022 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is a Marvel Studios movie. “Minamata,” based on true events, stars Johnny Depp in a story about a war photographer investigating a chemical spill in Japan.
“21st Century Monetary Policy” by former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke is an explanation of the bank’s economic policy decisions. Dan Pfeiffer’s “Battling The Big Lie” explains how to fight political misinformation and propaganda. “The Monster’s Bones” by paleontologist David R. Randall looks at the discovery of the T. Rex and how it changed the world of paleontology. “Business As Mission In a Nutshell” by C. Neal Johnson offers a roadmap for Christian entrepreneurs starting or buying a business or owning a franchise.
We are grateful to Keith Jacobson for his generous in-kind donation, and to Bob and Carole Howard for their donation of materials.
Material donations are accepted for Friends of the Library at reception (not through the return slot outside the library or the drop box at City Market, please) when we are open. Friends takes fiction published in 2012 or newer and non-fiction from 2017 or newer. Limited working space means we can only accept one or two small boxes at a time.
“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. – Chinese proverb.
For more information about library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, books on CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at https:/ /pagosalibrary.org.