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Free Spanish translator available Tuesdays mid-day at library

Say “Hola!” to Viridiana Marinelarena, our volunteer Spanish translator in the School to Work program. She is offering free Spanish-English translation support in the library on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Viry, a junior at the high school, has lived in Pagosa her entire life. She grew up in a bilingual family speaking both English and Spanish at home.

School to Work is a class in which students choose a local business to work for during school hours, with the business’ agreement. It’s an opportunity for students to work and be evaluated as if they were getting paid. Their grade is based on attendance, work evaluations and a journal.

Viry hopes that she can encourage more Spanish-speaking patrons to come into the library and not be afraid to ask for help — and also teach the library staff a few Spanish phrases to help them communicate in return. She is looking forward to going to college and becoming a professional translator and interpreter. We are very grateful to her and to her teacher, Ms. Toner, that our Spanish patrons will have the benefit of her enthusiasm and language skills.

Job search support

If you are looking for work, we invite you to attend a free one-hour information session on Monday, March 22, from 1 to 2 p.m. presented by Linda Stuckwish of the Pagosa Workforce Center and Tessa Michaelson, adult services librarian. You will find out about important resources and useful tools to help in your job search. There is no registration or fee for this program.

Library card rule in force soon

A gentle reminder that beginning Thursday, April 1, you will need to present your physical library card for circulation transactions (checking out, renewing in person, updating records, etc.) and for using the public computers at the library.

This is standard practice at most public libraries. Here at our small-town, we are proud to match our personalized service by recognizing many of our patrons by face or by name. So, in the past, we haven’t bothered to ask for your library card. However, we know that to best protect individual patron accounts with regard to accurate contact information and circulation records, we need to scan your cards at check out. Not only will this ensure that you know and are responsible for what is checked out on your account, but it also will help decrease account misbehavior and other costly consequences for your library.

If you can’t find your library card or want to update to a new card, the normal $1 fee will be waived throughout March and April. After May 1, you will have to pay the $1 card replacement fee.


“Mother-Daughter Duet” is written by the mother-adult daughter team of Cheri Fuller and Ali Plum, who successfully navigated the minefield of distance and tension to acceptance and friendship. “We’ve Got Issues” by Judith Warner explores the national debate over whether we are over-diagnosing and overmedicating our children.

New novels

Danielle Steel’s latest is “Big Girl” about a chubby little girl growing up under the disapproving eyes of her parents — and how she makes a happy life for herself.

Suspense and thrillers

“Midnight House” by Alex Berenson is an espionage suspense story about the murders of a special CIA team operating out of a secret base in Poland.

“No More Heroes” by Ray Banks is another in the Cal Innes private eye series, set in Manchester, England. “Money to Burn” by James Grippando is a thriller set in the financial world where the institutions and the people who run them can be destroyed in a matter of hours. “The Last Surgeon” by Michael Palmer is a murder mystery that pits a flawed doctor against a ruthless psychopath. “Last Snow” by Eric Van Lustbader is about a street-smart ATF agent who saved the president’s daughter and now must keep her safe in the wake of corruption and treachery in both American and Russian political leaders. “Split Image” is a murder mystery by Robert B. Parker featuring PI Sunny Randall.

Political scandals

“Staying True” by Jenny Sanford is a candid memoir by the first lady of South Carolina, who reveals the private ordeal behind her very public betrayal by her husband, the governor of South Carolina. “The Politician” by top aide Andrew Young is the insider account of John Edwards’ pursuit of the presidency and the scandal that brought him down.


“Horns” by Joe Hill is a horror and dark fantasy novel about the aftermath of the unusual murder of the hero’s beloved.

Quotable quote

“Beyond the formative effects of reading on the individuals composing society, the fact that they have read the same books gives them experiences and ideas in common. These constitute a kind of shorthand of ideas which helps make communication quicker and more efficient. That is what we mean when we say figuratively of another person, ‘We speak the same language.’” — Publisher Charles Scribner, Jr.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Leann Bell, Marilyn Copley, Connie Gabriel and Susie Mullen.

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