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Sign up now for Summer Reading Program

Sign up now — or any time before July 11 — for this year’s Summer Reading Program. You will get a reading record to keep track of every hour you read. Each hour earns you a raffle ticket — and so does three books. You can also get raffle tickets by reading a new author and by attending any of the many summer reading programs going on throughout the June and July.

Why do you care about these raffle tickets? Because they’ll reward you for lots of fun reading experiences, and because you’ll become eligible for terrific prizes, including a sturdy and colorful Kidzoom digital camera for the winning child, a Nikon digital camera for a lucky teen, and a Kindle Fire tablet computer for the winning adult!

Summer reading activities are open to toddlers, kids, teens and adults spending all or part of their summer in Archuleta County. Detailed schedules are available at the library.

Participants will also want to mark your calendars for an all-ages closing party on Friday, July 13 at from 5:30–7 p.m. (after the library closes) that will include refreshments and music.

Lifelong Learning lecture

Eight men and women gathered back in 1995 to exchange stories of their early lives in Pagosa as pioneers and homesteaders. The result is a two-hour documentary DVD called “An Afternoon with the Natives” that will be shown on this afternoon. Thursday, May 31, from 4 – 7 p.m., along with a Q and A session. If you cannot make it to this presentation at the library hosted by Norm Vance, you can check out the DVD from the library and enjoy it in the comfort of your home.


We have four new e-books ordered for the exclusive use of our patrons: “The 19th Wife,” a historical mystery by David Ebershoff; “Draft,” historical nonfiction by Rachel Maddow; “Heat Wave,” a thriller by Richard Castle; and “Love You More,” a thriller by Lisa Gardner.

If you are not aware of how to access the free e-book opportunities available for our patrons through your library, please go to or you can pick up a paper copy at the library.

Large print

“Little Shop of Homicide” by Denise Swanson is the latest in the Devereaux Dime Store mystery series. “Force of Nature” by C.J. Box is a thriller in the series featuring Joe Pickett. “Due or Die” by Jenn McKinlay is a mystery set in a library. “Restless in the Grave” by Dana Stabenow is the latest in the mystery series featuring Alaska PI Kate Shugak.

“Half-Blood Blues” by Esi Edugyan follows the life of a jazz musician in Berlin from 1939 to 1952. “Letter from a Stranger” by Barbara Taylor Bradford explores family secrets that come to light when a woman learns her grandmother is not dead. “The Sins of the Father” by Jeffrey Archer is the latest in the Clifton Chronicles series.

Books on CD

“Betrayal” by Danielle Steel tells of mysterious problems that begin to confront a renowned Hollywood film director. “River of Smoke” by Amitay Ghosh is an historical novel set on two ships sailing from India. “Assault of the Mountain Man” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a western set in Colorado. “The Man from Nowhere” by Ralph Compton is a western set in New Mexico. “Black Valley Riders” by Ralph Cotton is a western set in Arizona.

Memoirs and biographies

“A Year by the Sea” by Joan Anderson follows a woman who makes a new life for herself on Cape Cod after her sons grow up and her husband leaves for an out-of-state job. “Paris in Love” by Eloisa James chronicles the author’s joyful year with her family in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. “Horses Never Lie about Love” by Jana Harris is the heartwarming story of a remarkable horse who changed the world around her. “Unorthodox” by Deborah Fedlman is a memoir of a woman trapped within a religious tradition that values silence and suffering over individual freedom. “Bloom” by Kelle Hampton is a joyful tale of the first year of a Down syndrome baby. “The Presidents Club” by journalists and presidential historians Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy takes readers inside the world’s most exclusive fraternity. “Rebuild the Dream” by green economy pioneer Van Jones, a White House insider, unveils the seven biggest mistakes made by the White House and its supporters. “Drop Dead Healthy” by A.J. Jacobs is the true and often hilarious story of one person’s quest to become the healthiest man in the world.


“The Truth about Statins” by cardiologist Barbara H. Roberts, M.D. is a guide to the risks and alternatives to cholesterol-lowering drugs. “Clutter Busting Your Life” by Brooks Palmer shows you how to clear out physical and emotional clutter to reconnect with yourself and others. “The Happiness Diet” by Tyler Graham and Drew Ramsey, MD offers a nutritional prescription for a sharp brain, balanced mood and lean, energized body.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Hush Money” by Chuck Greaves is a legal thriller set in Pasadena. “Presumed Guilty” by Tess Gerritsen tells of a woman who is eager to clear her name and find the person who really killed her ex- lover. “The Inquisitor’s Key” by Jefferson Bass is the latest in the Body Farm suspense series, this one set in the Pope’s palace in Avignon. “The Uninvited Guests” by Sadie Jones tells of a 20th birthday party invaded by mysterious guests. “Alpha” by Greg Rucka is a new thriller series set in the world’s largest theme park. “Ice Fire” by David Lyons pits a judge from the Louisiana bayou against a company on the verge of causing an ecological disaster. “The Altered Case” by Peter Turnball is a mystery based on the find of a deep grave with five skeletons. “11th Hour” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is the latest in the Woman’s Murder Club series.

Fantasy and paranormal

“Deadlocked” by Charlaine Harris is the latest in the Sookie Stackhouse vampire series. “Born of Silence” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is the latest in the League fantasy series.

Short stories

“The Seawatch” by Stephen Coonts is a collection of three novellas, all tales of war involving undercover technology and dramatic military action.

Other new novels

“American Gods/tenth anniversary edition” by Neil Gaiman follows the strange life of a man after he gets out of prison. “Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service” by Beth Kendrick is a hilarious and heartwarming story about bad dogs and the women who love them. “The Proposal” by Mary Balogh is a historical romance. “Home” by Toni Morrison tells of a black Korean War vet who must deal with family matters in racist America. “Beach House Memories” by Mary Alice Monroe is a romance involving a married woman and a biologist, both of whom care for the loggerhead turtles on a barrier island near Charleston. “Fifty Shades Darker” by E.L. James is the third book of the erotic Fifty Shades trilogy. “The Lifeboat” by Charlotte Rogan forces a woman to make tough choices in a lifeboat after their elegant ocean liner suffers a mysterious explosion.

Thanks to our donors

For their generous donation in memory of Genelle Macht and Margaret Wilson, we thank Gil, Lenore and David Bright. For books and materials this week, we thank Lesli Allison, Tony Condon, Karen Cox, Kristin Hopper, Bob McClatchie and Danna Moore.

Quotable quote

“Being rich is having money; being wealthy is having time.” — Stephen Swid, American businessman and investor.


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