Library seeks artistic volunteers for summer reading program

If you have a special expertise in music, theater, dance, writing or art, we would be very grateful if you would volunteer some of your time and talent for the library’s annual summer reading program.

Stephanie Graveson, our youth services librarian, is developing a six-week program from June 1-July 8 to encourage children from preschool through teens to explore the world of the arts through literacy and other creative projects. She is looking for artistic volunteers to spend some time with the kids, or to donate supplies, ideas and encouragement. She also hopes to expose the youngsters and teens to different local avenues for young people to express their artistic gifts.

“We know how much creative and artistic talent there is here in Pagosa Springs, and we are eager to make some of it available to the children in our community,” Stephanie said.

To take part in this opportunity to mentor young people and share your gifts, please call Stephanie at the Sisson Library at 264-2208.

Large print books

“A Husband’s Wicked Ways” by Jane Feather is a regency romance set in England.

“A Body To Die For” by G.A. McKevett is the latest in the Savannah Reid mystery series. “Hannah’s Dream” by Diane Hammond is a novel about Hannah the elephant. “Miss Julia Delivers the Goods” by Ann B. Ross is a novel in the Miss Julia series. “Boneman’s Daughters” by Ted Dekker is a serial killer mystery. “Look Again” is a thriller by Lisa Scottoline about a missing child.

How-to and self-help

“Horse, Follow Closely” by Gawani Pony Boy is a guide to Native American horsemanship, based on the principle that all species are related and what humans do affects all other species on the planet. “The Complete Book of Canoeing/third edition” by I. Herbert Gordon offers advice on trip planning, paddling techniques, portaging and much more. “Peaks and Valleys” by Spencer Johnson offers advice on how to make good and bad times work for you at work and in life. “How We Decide” by Jonah Lehrer looks at the new science of decision-making and how it can help us make better choices. “The Survivors Club” by Ben Sherwood explores the secrets and sciences that could save your life when facing life’s struggles.

Mysteries and thrillers

“True Detectives” by Jonathan Kellerman is the latest in the Alex Delaware series.

“Death by Cashmere” by Sally Goldenbaum is part of the Seaside Knitters series set in Massachusetts.

“Cream Puff Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swensen mystery with recipes. “Patterns in the Sand” is a Seaside Knitters mystery by Sally Goldenbaum. ”“Liars Anonymous” by Louise Ure is a mystery set in Arizona.

New novels

“The Disagreement” by Nick Taylor is a book about young college men in the Civil War days. “The Other” by David Guterson is a novel set in Seattle by the author of “Snow Falling On Cedars.” “One Second After” by William R. Forstchen explores reactions in America after we lose a war and return to the Dark Ages because of a terrifying weapon. “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford is set in Seattle’s Japantown. “Haunting Bombay” by Shilpa Agarwal is the story of a vengeful ghost of a drowned infant. “The Hornet’s Nest” is a novel of the Revolutionary War by former President Jimmy Carter. “One Day at a Time” is the latest novel by Danielle Steele. “Handle With Care” by Jodi Picoult is about a mother confronting issues after her daughter contracts a fatal disease. “The Ballad of West Tenth Street” by Marjorie Kernan features unusual characters living in Greenwich Village in New York City.


“The Killing Way” by Tony Hayes tells of the adventures of Merlin and Arthur before he was king. “White Witch, Black Curse” by Kim Harrison is vampire fiction featuring a witch detective.


“Of a Feather” by Scott Weidensaul offers a brief history of American birding. “The Middle Place” by Kate Corrigan traces a San Francisco newspaper columnist’s life before and during her battle with breast cancer. “Out of Captivity” by Marc Gonsalves, Keith Stansell and Tom Howes tells the true story of how they survived 1,967 days as hostages in the Columbian jungle. “The Horse Boy” by Rupert Isaacson is the true story of the author’s autistic son and his special connection to horses. “Why We Suck” is a feel-good guide to staying fat, loud, lazy and stupid by Emmy nominated comic satirist Denis Leary.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Teri Frazier, Ron Graydon and Erika Vincent.

Quotable quote

“A book is a friend; a good book is a good friend. It will talk to you when you want it to talk, and it will keep still when you want it to keep still; and there are not many friends who know enough to do that.” — B.A. Billingsly, Canadian business executive.

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In last week’s PREVIEW, we inadvertently referred to Marley Weaver-Gabel as a young man.  Rather, Marley is a perfectly delightful 12-year-old young lady who is an avid reader, an excellent student, and the author of last week’s Pagosa Reads book review.  We regret the error.

Photo courtesy Beveraly Chester
Susan McAdams (right), from the Ruby Sisson Library, presents Kelly Johnson, administrative coordinator at Pagosa Mountain Hospital, with a book cart and books to be used in the patient activity room at the hospital.