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Water treatment plant tour part of Summer Reading Program

Because water is the theme of this year’s Summer Reading Program, we have yet another informative free event focusing on water. It’s a water plant tour on Snowball Road on Wednesday, July? 14, from 10 a.m. to noon, led by the PAWSD staff.

Here’s your chance to learn how your water is made and see the Snowball water treatment plant, which supplies all water to the Town of Pagosa Springs area. This plant is scheduled for expansion and upgrades in the next five years, and you’ll learn why.

No registration is necessary.? Meet at the Snowball Road facility (just past the 3 mile marker) at 10 a.m.? Summer Reading participants will earn one raffle ticket for attending.?

R.S.V.P.s needed for party

The free Beach Party celebrating the conclusion of the six-week Summer Reading Program takes place at the library on Friday, July 16, from 5-7 p.m.? Note this special event is for registered Summer Reading participants only, and RSVPs are required to Tessa or Kristine at the library before Wednesday, July 14. There will be activities and entertainment for all ages, plus food, fun and music.

The grand prize raffle drawing will take place during the party, so be sure to enter your tickets by Thursday, July 15 for your chance to win amazing prizes in your age group. More details will be in next week’s library column. In the meantime, plan your costume — beach attire, fish apparel, tropical outfit or maybe a wet suit?

Event for seniors

Monday, July 12, from 12:30 to 1 p.m. is this month’s Readers Digest-ing talk at the Senior Center when librarian Tessa Michaelson presents a short lunchtime program highlighting new books, programs and resources for seniors at the library. She’ll also offer off-site checkout if library cardholders want to take home an item she brought along.


“Medium Raw” by Anthony Bourain explores the changes to the restaurant business over the past 10 years, since the author’s “Kitchen Confidential” bestseller a decade ago. “To Save Anerica” by Newt Gingrich outlines the former Speaker of the House’s opposition to President Obama’s policies. “Life! By Design” by motivational leader Tom Ferry provides six steps to help you discover a passion for life that extends beyond your career and material success to your entire life. “The Complete Root Cellar Book” by Steve Maxwell and Jennifer MacKenzie helps you select and prepare cellar-friendly fruits and vegetables, create ideal storage conditions, and cook the results using 100 recipes.

Large print westerns

For our many fans of the western genre, we have eight new large print books including “Riders to Cibola” by Norman Zollinger, “The Book of Murdock” from the Page Murdock series by Loren D. Estleman, “Bounty Hunter” from the Ralph Compton series by Joseph A. West, “Knights of the Range” by Zane Grey and four more.

New novels

“Last Night in Twisted River” by John Irving tells of a 12-year-old boy and his father who become fugitives after the son mistakes the local constable’s girlfriend for a bear. “Lowcountry Summer” by Dorothea Benton Frank is set in the lush South Carolina countryside and is a sequel to “Plantation.”

Mysteries and thrillers

“Spies of the Balkans” by Alan Furst is set in northern Greece in 1940 as the Nazis prepare to invade the Balkans and spies from many countries are circling. “The Anniversary Man” by R. J. Ellory tells of a serial killer who returns 20 years after he terrorized New Jersey in 1984. “The Burning Wire” by Jeffery Deaver, the latest in the Lincoln Rhyme mystery series, tells of a killer harnessing electricity to terrorize New York City.


“Frankenstein Lost Souls” by Dean Koontz tells of the former Frankenstein’s plot to populate the world with a race of superhumans created from stem cells, organic silicon circuitry and nanotechnology.

Quotable quote

“I’ve had a romance with libraries since I was a small child. It’s not just the contents that attract me, it’s the whole package — the building, the atmosphere, the people who work in them, and the people who use them. So many stories sit on the shelves and so many unfold daily on the floor.” — Canadian university librarian Madeleine Lefebvre in “Romance of Libraries.”

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Sue Kehret, Pat Kochheiser, Diane Orr, Lyn Rogers, Don Sullivan and Joanne Sullivan.


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