Pagosa pilots launch new initiative for Library Teen Center

We are delighted to announce that the Pagosa Pilots have launched an initiative to create an aviation education section in the Library’s Teen Center that will help teens interested in aviation as either a hobby or a career to learn more about the many opportunities in this field.

The new pilots initiative is the brainchild of Bill McKown, Pagosa’s airport manager since April 30. He came here from Florida upon his retirement from the Navy. In Florida he was a volunteer leader of a co-educational organization called Venturing, an offshoot of the Boy Scouts aimed at young adults aged 14 through 20. Now he and Anne Kautzky, a professional medical evacuation pilot who also lives in Pagosa, are spearheading the local effort.

Bill and Anne are collecting books, technical manuals, video tapes, DVDs and other aviation-oriented materials from the Pagosa Pilots group. The goal is to provide information to teens interested in a variety of aviation fields’– not only flying but also areas such as avionics, maintenance, air traffic control, weather or charter company dispatcher. They even hope to provide flight simulation and other programs on computers.

It is appropriate that the latest library project by the pilots is aimed at our new Teen Center, because it was money raised at their fund-raiser last year that was the prime donation enabling us to create this space for our local teens.

Library staffers hope the generosity of our local pilots will encourage other community groups to sponsor similar sections in the Teen Center.

“This is exactly the kind of collaborative effort we love to be involved with,” said Stephanie Graveson, our youth services librarian. “It’s so important for us to dovetail activities with those in the schools, Parks and Recreation and other local organizations. In a small community like ours, we can make up for limited money with talent and creativity if we work as partners.”

English conversation

Rosalind Marshall, who teaches English as a Second Language at the Archuleta County Education Center, is the leader of a free English conversation class that meets Tuesday afternoons from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the library. The group welcomes all people who want to practice English, and their discussions cover many subjects from local events to family happenings. Some knowledge of English is helpful, and all ages are welcome.

DVDs by a local lady

Susan Winter Ward is featured in a series of five DVDs called “Yoga for the Young at Heart: Accessible Yoga for Every Body.” Titles of the individual DVDs are “Embracing Menopause,” “Sitting Fit Anytime,” “very Day Yoga for Every Body,” “Accessible Yoga for Every Body” and “Yoga for the Young at Heart.”

Self-help and a cookbook

“Giada’s Kitchen: New Italian Favorites” by Food Network star Giada de Laurentis offers a faster, lighter take on classic Italian dishes.

“Mother Warriors” by Jenny McCarthy tells of the many mothers working long and hard to heal autism against all odds.

“French Women Don’t Get Fat” by Mireille Guiliano bills itself as the ultimate non-diet book.

Books for pre-teens

“An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming” by former vice president Al Gore has been adapted for pre-teens.

Other new books written for ages 9-13 include “Granny Torrelli Makes Soup” by Sharon Creech, “Charlie Bone and the Beast” and “Charlie Bone and the Shadow” by Jenny Nimmo, “Trends” and “Fashion” from the USA: Past, Present, Future history series, “Chemistry” and “Astronomy” from the Amazing Science Discoveries series, and several books from the QEB Magic Handbook series.

New novels

“Tsar” is a political thriller by Ted Bell set in Russia.

“The Given Day” by Dennis Lehane is an historical epic set in Boston at the end of World War I.

“Heat Lightning” by John Sandford is another of the popular mysteries featuring Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers.

“The Lucky Ones” by Nicholas Sparks tells what happens after a Marine in Iraq finds a photo of a smiling young woman.

“The Widows of Eastwick” by John Updike is the sequel to the original, following the characters three decades later.

“Collateral Damage” by Fern Michaels is another in the Sisterhood series.


“In the Footsteps of Marco Polo” by explorers Denis Belliveau and Francis O‘Donnell is the illustrated companion volume to the PBS program.

“Letter to My Daughter” by Maya Angelou is a new volume of stories, essays and inspiring wisdom aimed at the daughter the author never had.

“The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems” by Van Jones offers solutions to our failing economy and our environment.


“Warren Buffett and the Business of Life” by Alice Schroeder recounts the life and times of one of the world’s most respected men in the world.

“Through the Storm” by Lynne Spears is the story of fame and family by the mother of Jamie Lynn, Bryan and Britney Spears.

“Alice” by Stacy A. Cordery is the biography of Alice Roosevelt Longworth, telling of her life across seven decades and 13 presidencies.

Easy books for kids

New books written to be read to youngsters include “The Purple Balloon” by Chris Raschka, “Still My Grandma” by Veronique Van den Abelle, “Kaddish for Grandpa in Jesus’ Name Amen” by Catherine Stock, “Hair for Mama” by Kelly A. Tinkham, “Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad” by James Rumford and “The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians” by Carla Morris.

Quotable quote

“Truly each new book is as a ship that bears us away from the fixity of our limitations into the movement and splendor of life’s infinite ocean.” — American author, activist and lecturer Helen Keller, who was the first deaf-blind person to graduate from college.

Thanks to our donors

Our gratitude to Scottie Gibson for her generous donation. For books and materials this week we thank Carole Bode, Stan Churat, Judy Cramer, Dan Dorr, Don Geiger, Roy and Betsy Gill, Nancy Green, Diane Gutman, Gene Haning, Barbara Lindley, Deloros Livingston, Lark Sanders, Jean Shah, Josie Sifft and Suzann Smith. Special thanks also to Pedal & Powder, Ski & Bow Rack, and Summit Ski for providing giveaways for our fun snowboard evening Friday, Nov. 7.