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Beach party celebrates end of Summer Reading Program

Tomorrow evening, Friday, July 16, from 5-7 p.m., Summer Reading Program participants will celebrate the conclusion of six weeks of Summer Reading at a special free beach party only for registered participants and their families. There will be activities and entertainment for all ages, plus food, fun and music.

We’ll serve a picnic dinner with root beer floats for dessert. There will be lawn games, a limbo contest and treasure hunt.

The grand prize raffle drawing will take place during the party, so be sure you have entered your tickets by end of day today, Thursday, July 15, for your chance to win amazing prizes in your age group. The grand prizes for the three reading age groups are one girl’s bike and one boy’s bike for the Kids category, a Flip video camcorder for the Teens category, and a rafting trip for four for the Adults category. The rafting trip is donated by PAWSD.

We also will have lots of other prizes for each of the age categories — many from local vendors such as The Pagosa Bakery, Slices of Nature, the Outfitter, River Pointe Cafe, Summit Ski Shop, Studio 160, Pagosa Game Space and The Hub Bike Shop.

Since this is a beach party, we hope everyone will come in costume — beach attire, fish apparel, tropical outfit or maybe a wet suit. And don’t forget to bring a lawn chair, your camera and a water bottle.

Craft Circle next week

Needlework artists are invited to join our monthly get-together next Thursday afternoon, July 22, from 1-3 p.m. Bring a knitting, crocheting or needlework project to work on. No registration is necessary. Light refreshments are provided.

Note that this not a learn-to-knit class. However, attendees are welcome to trade advice and share their opinions and experiences.

John Grisham series for teens

“Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer” is the first in a new legal drama series by bestselling author John Grisham featuring a precocious 13-year-old amateur lawyer, son of two attorneys in a small Southern town.

New novels

“Beachcombers” by Nancy Thayer centers on the bittersweet reunion of three sisters on Nantucket. “Family Ties” by Danielle Steel explores the lives of a woman and the three orphaned children she adopts after her sister dies. “Sizzling Sixteen” by Janet Evanovich is the latest in the Stephanie Plum bounty hunter series.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Pray for Silence” by Linda Castillo is a thriller in which Chief of Police Kate Burkholder must confront a dark evil to solve the murders of an entire Amish family. “Witchcraft” by Jayne Ann Krentz features a mystery writer threatened by a hooded figure wielding a dagger. “Intelligence” by Susan Hasler is an irreverent novel about analysts working in an intelligence agency fighting bureaucracy and personal problems as they work on the war on terror.

“Crashers” by Dana Haynes tells of an investigative team with only three days to determine what caused a plane crash. “Bad Samaritan” by Aimee and David Thurlo is the latest in the Sister Agatha mystery series set in Bernalillo, N.M. “Silencing Sam” by Julie Kramer features TV reporter Riley Spartz, who must investigate a murder case in which she becomes the prime suspect. “The Burning Wire” by Jeffery Deaver is the latest in the Lincoln Rhyme mystery series.


“Mission of Honor: Collision Course” by David Weber is the latest in the Honor Harrington series, and it includes a CD-ROM.

Quotable quote

“What we become depends on what we read after all the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is the collection of books.” — Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), British historian and essayist.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Sharee Grazda, Ed Robinson, and Barbara and Gerald Skiles.


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