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Free films for all ages part of Summer Reading Program

Friday is Film Day at your library this summer, with free movies especially selected for kids, teens and adults to allow you to travel the world without leaving Pagosa. Kids’ films are shown at 10 a.m., teen films are at noon, and adult films are at 2:30 p.m. Here is the lineup:

• For kids: June 10 “The Emperor’s New Groove,” June 17 “Up,” June 24 “Karate Kid,” July 1 “Lion King” and July 8 The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking. All these movies are rated G or PG.

• For teens: June 10 “Howl’s Moving Castle,” June 17 “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” June 24 “Bride & Prejudice,” July 1 “Invictus” and July 8 “What a Girl Wants.” All these movies are rated PG or PG-13.

• For adults: June 10 “The Motorcycle Diaries,” June 17 “Into the Wild,” June 24 “The Kite Runner,” July 1 “Hotel Rwanda” and July 8 “Under the Tuscan Sun.”

Summer Reading Program

This year’s Summer Reading Program is underway, with a multitude of activities between now and the closing all-ages party on Friday evening, July 15. Summer reading activities are open to toddlers, kids, teens and adults spending all or part of their summer in Archuleta County. Programs for babies and toddlers run on Mondays. Programs for kids run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Programs for teens and adults are scheduled at various times. The movie programs for all ages run on Fridays. Detailed schedules are available at the library. Amazing prizes will be awarded to all age groups.

You do not need to be a registered Summer Reading Program participant to attend these events. But registering provides all sorts of bonuses, including your own personal reading record sheet, and raffle tickets for special prizes.

Teen films and crafts

Teens are invited to enjoy two free special crafts programs that are part of the Summer Reading Program and earn one raffle ticket for each one attended. Tomorrow (Friday, June 10), come to watch the film “Howl’s Moving Castle” set in Japan at noon and then stay to make candy sushi. On Friday, June 24, watch the Bollywood film “Bride & Prejudice” set in India at noon and then stay to learn about mendhi art (henna tattoos). Teens who have signed permission slips will be able to have a henna tattoo applied to their body. The tattoos last a week or two and then fade away.

Native and medicinal plants

Lake and Carolyn McCullough from Earthsense Herbals in Pagosa Springs are offering a free one-hour program on growing, finding and using native and medicinal plants next Thursday, June 16 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. No registration required. Summer readers will earn one ticket for attending.

Request for speakers

Jambo, Pagosans! Can you say “hi” in Swahili? Have you gone on safari in the Serengeti? What about adventuring in Antarctica? One of the adult Summer Reading Program events takes place on Thursday, June 30, from 5-7 p.m. when Powerpoint or similar visual presentations about world travel will be showcased. For this special armchair travel evening, we are looking for two more presenters who have been to Africa and Antarctica so that we have all seven continents represented. Each speaker will have a maximum of 15 minutes to share stories and digital photos from a recent excursion to an international location. Please call Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, assistant director, at the library at 264-2209 if you are interested in speaking on Africa or Antarctica. She also can help you with your Powerpoint presentation if needed.

New novels

“Those in Peril” by Wilbur Smith is an epic adventure about Somali pirates. “A Time for Patriots” by Dale Brown tells of near-future America in a time of crisis when citizens’ organizations become the protectors of their fellow countrymen. “The Snowman” by Jo Nesbo is a thriller set in Oslo featuring the antihero investigator Harry Hole. “Welcome: If You Were Here” by Jen Lancaster tells of a young couple who bought a fixer-upper house in the suburbs. “Conviction” by Aaron Allston is the latest in the Star Wars Fate of the Jedi series.


“William and Catherine: Their Story” is the story of Prince William and Catherine Middleton by Andrew Morton, the biographer trusted by Princess Diana to tell her story. “The Life of Pappy Boyington” by John F. Wukovits reviews the life of this complex and controversial World War II fighter pilot. “The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris” by David McCullough tells of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects and others who set off for Paris between 1830 and 1900.

Other nonfiction

“In the Garden of Beasts” by Erik Larson explores the lives of the Dodd family in Berlin in 1933 when the father, William E. Dodd, becomes America’s first ambassador to Hilter’s Germany. “On China” by Henry Kissinger is a history based on historical records and the author’s conversations with Chinese leaders over the past 40 years. “Last Men Out” by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin is the true story of America’s heroic final hours in Vietnam as improvised by a small unit of Marines.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Allen Baker and John Porco.


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