Second Chance Book Sale this weekend, Lifelong Learning lectures to start next week


    Please join us tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 6, or Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to take advantage of the Second Chance Book Sale.
    You’ll find great buys for all ages — books that were not sold at the Friends of the Library book sale in August plus new ones that have been processed since then. In addition to books, a wide variety of other items will be offered, including book sets, audio books, CDs and DVDs.
    Then, next Thursday, Oct. 12, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., the fall Lifelong Learning lecture series will open with a presentation by M. Avery titled “Spanish Trail Treasure.” You’ll hear a true love story from the 1960s on the Spanish Trail and how that story relates to our own community.
    Other October lectures include John T. Penter discussing “Fun with Modern Art — Van Gogh to the Present” on Oct. 19 and Stacy Boone looking at how we may be impacting undeveloped public lands and the ethics of conservation on Oct. 26.
    ‘1,000 Books before Kindergarten’
    You can sign up any time at your library for a new free early literacy reading program called “1,000 Books before Kindergarten” for children from birth to 5 years old.
    You will receive a folder with bubbles to keep track of the books you read to your child. The concept is simple: Read 1,000 books to your newborn, infant or toddler — yes, you can repeat books — before your precious one starts kindergarten. You’ll get a free book when you complete the program.
    That may sound like a huge number of books, but it’s not really. If you read just one book a night, you will have read 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you have more time than you may think.
    Backpacks available for free checkout
    Take advantage of our free backpacks this month as you enjoy the fall foliage. Thanks to a partnership between the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado State Library, we have two backpacks for free checkout that contain a state park pass, binoculars, a wildlife guide, a trees and wildlife guide, a book about the 42 state parks, and more.
    The backpacks can be checked out for a full week and renewed for an additional week. They cannot be placed on hold. Consider it a “Lucky Day” pickup item, meaning that if you come in and it’s available, you can check it out.
    Book drop at City Market
    Just a reminder that we have a new book drop at City Market. As you face the front door of the grocery store, you’ll find it tucked behind the fifth post on the left, between the wood storage and propane tanks.
    Contents are being picked up three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and we’re delighted to say it’s being used.
    Two special requests to make this service work for everyone: First, please put your Nooks in the media side of the box so they are not damaged by heavy books. Second, the book drop is not for donations. They need to be brought to the library, as some people donate a lot and that will fill the box faster than it is emptied, not allowing people to return their library materials. We hope you understand that the purpose of the drop box is for convenient item return, not item donation.
    Teen advisory board tomorrow
    Tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 6, the teen advisory board meets from 3 to 4 p.m. Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs. Share an idea to pick out a free book. Note the new day and time.
    No all-ages program tomorrow
    Our regular Friday all-ages program is canceled tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 6, because we need the space for the Second Chance Book Sale.
    Spanish instruction
    Join us for this free basic course next Monday, Oct. 9, from 4 to 5 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish. This session will cover grammar and vocabulary to help you at a restaurant. No registration is required.
    Book club for adults
    Our free book club for adults meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles. On Oct. 10, we will discuss “Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter” by Kate Clifford Larson. Stop by to pick up a copy. No registration is required.
    Adult education
    Our PALS program — Pagosa Adult Learning Services — takes place three days a week: Mondays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.
    Computer/technology classes
    Join us each Monday from 2 to 3 p.m. to learn a technology skill or application. Topics will vary each week. Oct. 9 is Microsoft Excel basics, Oct. 16 is Ancestry Library Edition and Oct. 23 is Windows 10. No registration is required. Note there will be no computer class Oct. 30.
    Teen gaming
    Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for teens in the seventh through 12th grades. Enjoy Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.
    Tech Time
    Drop in with your technology questions for free help on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m.
    Kids storytime
    Every Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move. This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.
    Baby and toddler storytime canceled
    Our regular baby and toddler Saturday storytimes are canceled this week because we need the space for the Second Chance Book Sale.
    Activities calendars
    To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month. There are three versions — kids, tweens/teens and adults.
    “Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey” is a documentary about this Mexican-American photographer. “El Norte” is a film by Gregory Nava about to Guatemalan children fleeing persecution. “Wonder Woman” features the DC Comics heroine. “Time Bandits” stars John Cleese, Sean Connery and Shelley Duvall. “Un Padre No Tan Padre” (“From Dad to Worse”) is a family comedy. “Hecho en Mexico” features elders and youths speaking about their homeland and what it means to be Mexican. “The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization” is the PBS series narrated by Liam Neeson.
    “George and Lizzie” by Nancy Pearl is the story of an unlikely marriage at a crossroads. “The Heart’s Invisible Furies” by John Boyne is a saga set in postwar Ireland. “Sourdough” by Robin Sloan does for the world of books what he did for the world of books in “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore.”
    Large print
    “You Say It First” by Susan Mallery is the latest in the Happily Inc. series. “Young Jane Young” by Gabrielle Zevin starts with an affair by a congressional intern with her boss. “Emma in the Night” by Wendy Walker tells of two sisters who disappear and only one returns. “The Western Star” by Craig Johnson is a Longmire mystery.
    Programmed Nooks
    We have nine free Nooks and three free tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure. The eight adult e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers. The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.
    Downloadable e-books
    Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library. Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website. While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.
    Downloadable films
    For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries — on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.
    Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website. Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.
    Thanks for our donors
    For books and materials this week, we thank our anonymous donors.
    Quotable quote
    “My mom taught me everything I know. How I’m no less but also no greater than anyone. How when people come at you with their worst, you should come at them with your best.” — Selena Gomez, first person to reach 100 million followers on Instagram.
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