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School year programs start Sept. 2

After a record breaking children’s summer reading program, we are now setting our sights on having a banner school year of programs and events for our youth. Under the direction of Stephanie Graveson, youth services librarian, we have been cataloging new books, planning new programs, and giving our children’s room a bright and cheerful makeover all in preparation for the fun that will get underway this fall.

Starting Sept. 2, the library will continue with all of our very popular school-year programs:

• For our littlest patrons — “Sprouts!” — we offer a half-hour story time on Monday mornings aimed at babies 6 months to 2 years old. We always share a story, enjoy a few songs and finger plays, and offer pointers to parents and caregivers on simple ways to incorporate literacy skills into their babies’ daily lives. Our parents swap advice and encouragement over a cup of tea afterwards.

• On the second Tuesday morning of each month we offer a Spanish-English Bilingual Story Time for preschool children and their families which involves stories, songs and crafts. Come and learn new vocabulary, or brush up on your current skills.

• Wednesday is Super Story Hour at 10:30 a.m., when you’ll find the library parking lot overflowing as our preschoolers make their way to the children’s room for one of our favorite times of the week. This action-packed, fun-filled, themed story time is a delight for all, as we share stories, songs, crafts and a snack too.

• Your library enjoys a great relationship with our local preschools, and to accommodate our preschoolers attending Seeds of Learning and Head Start the library offers a closed story time session on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These story times also provide stories, songs, crafts and snacks.

• To wrap up our week, we will continue programming for school-age children on Friday afternoons. We offer two separate viewing sessions on the first and last Friday of each month of “Read it-See it,” a movie program for second to fourth grades, and fifth to eighth grades. Each movie shown started as a great book first. We hope these sessions inspire our young people to read the books again, or continue reading on in the series.

Also on the second Friday of each month is our very popular Cool & Crafty group, a craft group for second to sixth grades. All materials are provided — join us for some hands-on fun.

• Finally, meeting on the third Friday of each month is our awesome Brain-i-acs Science and Technology Club for second- to sixth-graders. Our high attendance numbers for this club last year makes clear that we have a huge number of budding scientists and inventors in our little town!

This year for teens we will be holding quarterly events on a Thursday evening, beginning in October. Watch for details and times in a future Library News column, check out our printed calendars at the library, or visit our Web site at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

Braille Medicare materials

Thanks to an anonymous donor, we have a set of the three-volume official government handbook called “Medicare & You 2009” in Braille. It contains important information about what’s new in Medicare, the current costs, what Medicare covers, health and prescription drug plans, your Medicare rights, as well as fraud and identity theft tips.

Large print

“Twenties Girl” by Sophie Kensella is a comedy about two 20-somethings visited by a great aunt’s ghost. “The Moon Looked Down” by Dorothy Garlock is an historical romance set against the backdrop of World War II. “Rain Gods” by James Lee Burke is a suspense novel set in a tiny Texas town near the Mexican border. “The Defector” by Daniel Silva is the latest in the Cold War mystery series featuring Gabriel Allon.

Fantasy

“Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honor of Jack Vance” edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois has been compiled to honor Jack Vance, a seminal figure in the development of modern fantasy. It contains a new novella by Dan Simmons plus original stories by Neil Gaiman, Robert Silverberg, Mike Resnick, Kage Baker and more.

New novels

“The Castaways” by Elin Hilderbrand is a story of friendship and love set in Nantucket.

“Goddess of the Hunt” by Tessa Dare is a romance set in England. “Gone to Green” by Judy Christie is about a woman who leave a large Midwest paper to become a rural newspaper owner.

“The Lost Throne” by Chris Kuzneski is a thriller set in Greece. “Rhino Ranch” by Pultizer Prize and Oscar winning author Larry McMurtry is the final chapter in the Duane Moore saga that began in 1966 with “The Last Picture Show.”

Mysteries and suspense

“I Can See You” by Karen Rose is a suspense novel where the line between the virtual world and everyday reality blurs when it comes to murder. “Hot Pursuit” by Suzanne Brockmann is about a bodyguard facing a serial killer intent on killing her as well as her clients. “New Tricks” by David Rosenfelt tells the story of an attorney representing a puppy, whose owner was murdered, in a custody fight. “Storm Cycle” by Iris and Roy Johansen is their latest thriller, this one about the intrigue surrounding a priceless discovery in an Egyptian tomb. “The Girl Who Played With Fire” by Stieg Larsson tells of the mystery surrounding the deaths of two investigative reporters about to expose a sex trafficking operation. “City of Silver” by Annamaria Alfieri is an historical mystery set in the richest Spanish-ruled Western Hemisphere city in the 17th Century. “Panic Attack” by Jason Starr explores the aftermath of a break-in that is much more complicated than it appears.

Mysteries and suspense on CD

“Guardian of Lies” by Steve Martini is the latest in the series featuring Paul Madriani, defense attorney. “The Apostle” by Brad Thor is a political thriller set in Afghanistan. “Burn” by Linda Howard tells the tale of the complications and dangers of a woman’s life after she wins a lottery jackpot. “Finger Lick’ Fifteen” by Janet Evanovich is the latest in the series featuring Stephanie Plum, bounty hunter. “Black Hills” by Nora Roberts is about a couple brought together in the Black Hills of South Dakota to unearth a killer 12 years after they played together as youngsters.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Susan Dussell, Carol Gunson, Susan Halabrin, Bamma Laizure, Barbara Lindley, Onalee McEwen, Marjorie Nevitt, Grace Qualls, Mary Ellen Saltsman and Leann Skoglund.

Quotable quote

“There are too many books I haven’t read, too many places I haven’t seen, too many memories I haven’t kept long enough.” — Irwin Shaw, American playwright, screenwriter, novelist and short story author.

Web site

For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books from the comfort of your home — please visit our Web site at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.