Sign up now for summer reading programs for all ages

Registration is open until May 30 for this summer’s reading programs, which will take place from June 1 through July 8 with a wide variety of offerings aimed at different age groups from preschoolers to adults.

There will be separate programs for preschoolers-second grade and third-sixth grades, both with the theme “Be creative@your library.” In addition to stories, youngsters will enjoy performers and activities in the creative arts such as music, dance, theater, art and writing. At the end of the program participants will attend a party in Town Park to celebrate accomplishing their reading goals.

For teens and adults, the library will open the Arts Café on Friday afternoons. Here you will enjoy a glass of lemonade or iced tea while experiencing a live art performance. The café is part of the “Express yourself@your library” theme.

The library also is organizing an Arts In Your Own Backyard Bingo Game starting May 26 where teens and adults fill up lines in their bingo cards by attending or participating in different art experiences offered here in Pagosa Springs. They then are eligible for a drawing for generously donated arts-related prizes including tickets to a performance at Music in the Mountains or the Springs Theatre Company, CDs, digital photo key chains, movie tickets to the Liberty Theater, a gift certificate for Pagosa Pottery and more.

So, no matter your age, these programs offer fun opportunities to expand your reading enjoyment and local arts appreciation this summer.

Bilingual story time series

The next bilingual story time series at the library begins Tuesday, June 9, at 10 a.m. in the children’s room in a session led by Rosalind Marshall. “With My Brother” and “Con Mi Hermano” will be read in English and Spanish, followed by a snack and craft activity. Bilingual story times will continue through the summer at 10 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.

Autobiographies and memoirs

“Might As Well Laugh About It Now” is a memoir by superstar Marie Osmond, writing of her most vivid memories after losing decades of journals in a house fire in 2005. “Just When I Thought I’d Dropped My Last Egg: Life and Other Calamities” is morning TV star Kathie Lee Gifford’s story of her life and musings on life’s lessons.

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Pain Nurse” by Jon Talton is about a nurse who finds a doctor brutally murdered — and she had been having an affair with the doctor’s husband. “The Cold Light of Morning” by Elizabeth J. Duncan covers the murder of a young bride in North Wales. “In the Shadow of Gotham” by Stefanie Pintoff is a murder mystery set in New York City in the early 1900s. “The Confession” by James Patterson is the latest in the Women’s Murder Club series. “Father’s Day” by Keith Gilman is a tale of an ex-policeman from Philadelphia who must face old ghosts. “Fatally Flaky” by Diane Mott Davidson is the latest in the Colorado mystery series featuring chef Goldy Schultz. “Stone’s Fall” by Iain Pears is a murder mystery focusing on a wealthy financier and arms dealer. “Dark Places” by Gillian Flynn is the story of what happens after a young girl testifies against her brother after the murder of her mother and two sisters.

Books and DVDs for teens

“The Magician” by Michael Scott follows “The Alchemyst” in The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series. “Forged in the Fire” by Ann Turnbull is a Quaker romance set in London in the 1660s, the sequel to “No Shame, No Fear.” “Volleyball Systems & Strategies” is a special book/DVD package published by USA Volleyball. “Stargazer” and “Evernight” by Claudia Gray are about students at an exclusive boarding school for vampires.

How-to and self-help

“Going Green” by Erinn Morgan is a step-by-step instruction for living a budget-conscious, earth-friendly lifestyle in eight weeks or less. “The Executor’s Handbook/third edition” by Theodore E. Hughes and David Klein is a step-by-step guide to settling an estate for executors, administrators and beneficiaries. “Proficient Motorcycling/second edition” is an updated guide to riding well by David L. Hough. “The Complete Guide to Decks/fourth edition” in the Black & Decker series shows you deck-building for today’s life, with complete plans for more than 10 decks. “Ex-Etiquette for Parents” by Jann Blackstone-Ford and Sharyl Jupe offers advice to biological parents and stepparents on good behavior after a divorce or separation.

More non-fiction

“1968” by former New York Times reporter Michael T. Kaufman looks at 1968 events from Memphis, Chicago and New York to Paris, Prague and Mexico City with words and photos. “Mafia Son: The Scarpa Mob Family, the FBI and a Story of Betrayal” by Sandra Harmon is an epic tale of crime and betrayal. A new edition of “Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza” by Glordia Anzaldua, set in the Southwest on the Texas-U.S. Southwest/Mexican border, also deals with psychological, sexual and spiritual borderlands. “Alaska” from the Lonely Planet series includes 93 maps and expanded itineraries, with new sections for families and cruisers.

New Novels

“Turn Coat” by Jim Butcher is a fantasy that is one of the Dresden Files novels.

“Some Things That Meant The World To Me” by Joshua Mohr follows the life of a 30-year-old man suffering from depersonalization. “Appassionata” by Eva Hoffman is the story of a renowned concert pianist who is torn between her love of the music world and her itinerant artist’s life. “Brimstone” by Robert B. Parker is the third in an Old West series featuring guns-for-hire Everett Hitch and Virgil Cole.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Caroleen Arbuthnot, Marcia Bledsoe, Greg Goetzinger, Cindy Gustafson, Marge Jones, Don Long, Maria Marinelarena, Valerie Dawn Penry, William and Ann Pongratz, and Dearle Ricker.

Quotable quote

“The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.” — James Bryce (1838-1922), British diplomat and historian, known as First Viscount Bryce of Dechmont.

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