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Alert to patrons: You’ll need your library card, starting today

Beginning today (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 — and this is no April Fool’s joke!

Requiring a library card is standard practice at most public libraries. Here in 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 through all the rest of this month. Beginning May 1, you will have to pay the $1 card replacement fee.

Also beginning today, patrons applying for a library card must present a government-issued photo ID and proof of current residence in Archuleta County. New patrons are allowed to check out one item at the time of your application. After you receive your library card in the mail, you can use your card to check out up to five items at a time. After three months, the number of items you can check out at a time increases to 12 and you also can use the Interlibrary Loan service.

Also in April, the library will be migrating to a new computer system for cataloging and circulation. The new system will offer you more options for searching our collection and other library collections statewide. It also is a cost-saving measure for us because it is a shared catalog among many libraries. It will ultimately result in more money for books, materials, and programming for you, our patrons.

To better serve patrons who regularly use e-mail, and to save money, we also are requesting e-mail address updates from all patrons. That way we can e-mail reminders about overdue books and information about requested items. Don’t worry — we will not share your contact information with anyone.

Guest passes for computer use will be given to adult visitors showing a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license). Adult library patrons can also request a guest pass if needed by showing their library card or a government-issued photo ID.

Gentle reminder: Patrons with blocks, fines or overdue items are not allowed to check out items or use the library computers until the blocks, fines or overdue items are rectified.

Local author

If you’ve been attracted by all the recent publicity surrounding Pagosa resident Cary Ellis’ book “Super Immunity Secrets,” you’ll be pleased to know that she has donated a copy to the library. The book offers a multitude of lifestyle tips, information from clinical studies and 50 healthy recipes, most vegetarian.

Health Fair

Please drop by our library booth at the Health Fair this Saturday. We will have a selection of medical and self-help books on display. We also will have a laptop available to show you how to use our many online medical resources.

Local topics

“A History of the Ancient Southwest” by Stephen H. Lekson explores the history surrounding Chaco Canyon and Casas Grandes, and the modern Pueblo people. The fourth edition of the Peterson “Field Guide to Birds of Western North America” by Roger Tory Peterson is now available, with more than three hours of video podcasts available to supplement the guide.

Books on CD

“Worst Case” by James Patterson is about the kidnapping of the son of one of New York’s wealthiest families. “Midnight House” by Alex Berenson is about the murders of members of a 10-man CIA secret interrogation team operating out of Poland. “Committed” by Elizabeth Gilbert is a memoir of a skeptic who makes peace with marriage after experiencing a nasty divorce and falling in love again. “Conspirata” by Robert Harris is an historical novel of murder in ancient Rome. “Hot Rocks” is a romantic suspense novel by Nora Roberts. “The Postmistress” by Sarah Blake, a World War II novel set in France and Cape Cod, was chosen as the novel of the week by “The Week” magazine. “The Quants” by Wall Street Journal reporter Scott Patterson shows how a new breed of math whizzes conquered Wall Street and nearly destroyed it.”

How-to and self-help

“The eco-nomical Baby Guide” by Joy Hatch and Rebecca Kelley is a guide for parents planning for and raising a baby in an eco-friendly way. “Brain Injury Rewiring and Loved Ones” by Carolyn E. Dolen answers questions about brain injury and recovery, providing a road map for ways to help the person who is injured to get better for years to come. “Design Rules” by Elaine Griffin is a guide to becoming your own decorator, offering ideas and tools for both neophytes and more experienced people. “O2 The Diet” by Keri Glassman is an antioxident-based program that promises to make you healthy, thin and beautiful.

Other nonfiction

“Son of Hamas” by Mosab Hassan Yousef is the shocking true story of a Hamas insider who rejected his violent destiny, and is now risking everything to expose closely guarded secrets and show the world a way to peace. “In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts” by Dr. Gabor Mate is the new American edition of the No. 1 Canadian bestseller that is a compassionate look at drug addiction, speaking also to the risks of more “high-status” addictions such as wealth, power and sex.

New novels

“The Postmistress” by Sarah Blake, a World War II novel set in France and Cape Cod, was chosen as the novel of the week by “The Week” magazine. “House Rules” by Jodi Picoult is about a teenage boy with Asperger’s syndrome suddenly involved as a murder suspect. “Mrs. Adams in Winter” by Michael O’Brien is an historical novel featuring the European travels of the wife of John Quincy Adams.

Quotable quote

“A classic is a book which people praise and don’t read.” — Mark Twain (1835-1910), American author and humorist.

Thanks to our donors

Our deep gratitude to the Friends of the Library for their generous donation in support of our Summer Reading Program, and to the Women’s Civic Club for their purchase of display end panels for the adult fiction section. For books and materials this week, we thank Virginia Bartlett, Peggy Cotton, David Karlish, John Mathis and Sheila McKenzie.

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/.