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More renovations and updates for your library

Here’s the latest news about the changes and updates that have occurred at your library in the past week or two:

The fresh coat of paint in the foyer last month inspired an updated coat of paint in the south wing of the library. A blue the color of the spring sky is the alert that you are in a “new” area of the library. Formerly the social computing area and home to the young adult collection, the section of the library facing the parking lot is now the youth area. Signage, paint and a new floor plan help set apart this area for tweens and teens. You’ll find Kristine MacNeill, the youth services librarian, at her new desk at the entrance to this new section.

Almost before the paint dried, Pagosa junior and senior high school students were setting up camp back in the youth area. There are tables for doing homework, chairs for getting cozy with a book, and computers just for their use. While this area and the junior and young adult collections are available for use by library patrons of all ages, we ask that tweens and teens have priority after 2 p.m. on school days and all day on Saturdays.

Since Meagan’s Place migrated to its new location, the nook by the children’s room has become our early literacy area. Children, parents and caregivers can find picture books, board books, beginning chapter books and parenting resources directly in front of our help desk. The early literacy computers are adjacent to this area. All this makes it easy for families with young children to browse for books, sit and read together, and investigate reading activities on the computers.

So what will happen to the now empty children’s room? Because it is the only large meeting space in the library, it will be transformed into a multipurpose program room in the coming months. Children’s storytime programs will continue to be held in this room — and watch for additional programs such as Craft Circle, movie afternoons, Nintendo Wii events, computer training and more to be scheduled in this space.

We hope you will feel free to pepper the staff with questions about the changes or to share a compliment or concern. We’ve heard positive praise for the changes so far — and the best thanks of all is that the new spaces are receiving appreciative use.

Lifelong Learning lecture

This Sunday, March 27, is the third of the six free Spring Lifelong Learning lectures from 3 to 4:15 p.m. — and yes, you read that right: The lectures have been moved from Saturdays to Sundays. Since the library is closed Sundays, doors will open to lecture guests at 2:45 p.m.

Third in this new series is “Picture This: The Story Behind the Photograph.” Durango photographer Kathy Myrick will share the stories behind her photographs of musicians, mountains, monuments, waterways and wildflowers in the Four Corners area.

We hope you also will mark your calendars for the other three lectures in the Sunday spring series:

• April 3: “That Wilder Image: Stanton Englehart’s Western Landscape Paintings in Context” by Judith Reynolds.

• April 10: “Thriving in the Rapids of Change” by Charly Heavenrich.

• April 17: “Impact of Islamic Achievements on Western Civilization” by Dennis Aronson.

Watch for more details on these presentations in upcoming Library News columns.

Books on CD

“One of Our Thursdays Is Missing” by Jasper Fforde is the latest in the fantasy series featuring Thursday Next. “This Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the best-selling fiction series featuring Botswana’s No. 1 Lady Detective Mma Ramotswe. “Sing You Home” by Jodi Picoult is a novel about a woman who becomes a music therapist in the aftermath of a series of personal tragedies.

Large print fiction

“Minding Frankie” by Maeve Binchy is the story of a man who takes in a baby girl, his daughter, after his former flame dies. “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey” by Walter Mosley follows the friendship of a lonely 91-year-old man with dementia with a 17-year-old teen determined to cheer up his life.

Large print for women

“The Perfect Mistress” by Victoria Alexander is a historical romance set in London. “Here To Stay” by Catherine Anderson is the latest in the Harrigan family romance series. “The Union Quilters” by Jennifer Chiaverini is the latest in the Elm Creek Quilts series. “Keys to the Castle” by Donna Ball is a romance set in the Loire Valley in France. “The Doctor’s Wife” by Cheryl St. John centers on a romance between a doctor with an infant son and a woman whose entire past is a lie. “I Think I Love You” by Allison Pearson follows the lives of young girls who were madly in love with singer David Cassidy as teens and now have a unique adventure as they are pushing 40.

Large print westerns

“To Kill A Copper King” by Stan Lynde is a Merlin Famshaw western mystery set in Montana Territory in 1888.

“Riding for the Brand: A Western Trio” by Louis L’Amour collects three of his finest tales of the West.

Large print mysteries

“Bryant and May Off the Rails” by Christopher Fowler is the latest in the series featuring the Peculiar Crime Unit. “Treachery in Death” by J.D. Robb is the latest in the series featuring Detective Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody. “Hush Puppy” by Laurien Berenson is the latest in the Melanie Travis Cozy mystery series. “Though Not Dead” by Dana Stabenow is an epic mystery set in Alaska. “Silent Mercy” by Linda Fairstein features Prosecutor Alexander Cooper investigating murders in churches. “Devil’s Food Cake Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swensen mystery that also comes with recipes. “The Left-handed Dollar” by Loren D. Estleman is a murder mystery in the Amos Walker series.

Large print thrillers

“The Jungle” by Clive Cussler is the latest in the Oregon Files thriller series. “The Border Lords” by T. Jefferson Parker is a thriller about the disappearance of an ATF agent working undercover. “A Heartbeat Away” by Michael Palmer is a medical thriller focusing on a virus unleashed in the Capitol.

Quotable quote

“The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Stan Church.


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