Fun Halloween events for all ages at your library


    We have four fun Halloween events planned over the next few days that will take advantage of the traditions of pumpkin carving, costumes and candy.
    Tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 27, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. is a PG movie suitable for all ages. Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media, but you can find them listed on the activities calendars. Hint: It is an animated musical that takes you from Halloween into Christmas.
    Also tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. is the Halloween Lock-in for ages 12-17. This event begins at closing time and you must be in the library before 5 p.m. to participate. The doors will lock at 5 p.m. and will not reopen until the program ends. You also must have a signed permission slip from a parent or guardian to participate — no exceptions. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Pizza will be served.
    Starting now, you can pick up a pumpkin at your library (while supplies last) or get your own so you can turn your entry in to the pumpkin contest on Tuesday, Oct. 31, by 2:30 p.m. for judging. Pumpkins can be carved, painted or decorated. One entry per person.
    Then, on Halloween afternoon, hang out with some creepy crawly snacks while you await the names of the winners in five categories — pre-school, ages 5-7, ages 6-11, ages 12-17 and adult — that will be announced at 3:30 p.m.
    Also on Halloween, storytime from 2 to 3 p.m. will feature spooky stories and fun games and activities. Wear your costume.
    All-ages LEGO contest
    Submissions are due Nov. 6-9 for the all-ages LEGO contest. Multiple prizes for different age groups will be awarded on Nov. 11 at 12:15 p.m., so we encourage everyone to participate.
    Entries must be built ahead of time and they must be of your own creation, not a LEGO kit or from another source. Entries cannot be larger than 18 inches on any side.
    Any questions? Ask at your library or phone 264-2209.
    Lifelong Learning
    There will be no lecture today, Oct. 26.
    November presentations will be Doug Roberts’ talk about our local veterans and American Legion post on Nov. 2, U.S. Forest Service’s Brandon Caley’s discussion of people, places and stories of the San Juan National Forest on Nov. 9, Ruth Lambert’s talk on the lives and family histories of early Hispanic settlers on Nov. 16, and Stacy Boone looking at how we may be impacting undeveloped public lands and the ethics of conservation on Nov. 30. There will be no talk on Nov. 23 because of Thanksgiving.
    We hope you will join us for these interesting and informative presentations. All are scheduled for 5 to 6:30 p.m. and include time for questions. For more information on all the talks, pick up a brochure at your library.
    Literary Ladies
    This free book-lovers’ group — formerly the Senior Book Club — meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
    Tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 27, they will discuss “Vienna Prelude,” the first book in the Zion Covenant series by Bodie and Brock Thoene. Stop by the library to pick up a copy.
    For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at
    Medicare prescription drug enrollment
    Review and enroll in the Medicare Part D prescription drug program online on Wednesday, Nov. 1, from noon to 3 p.m. Basic instruction will be provided. Please bring your laptop, Social Security card information and current prescriptions. A few computers will be available if you are not able to bring your own. Advance sign-up is required by calling 264-0501, ext. 2.
    Teen advisory board
    Next Thursday, Nov. 2, the teen advisory board will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs. Share an idea to pick out a free book.
    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. Note: There will be no computer class on 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.
    Note: There will be no teen gaming this week because of the Halloween pumpkin contest and party.
    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.
    Note: There will be no Tech Time on Halloween because of the pumpkin contest and party or on Nov. 2.
    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 storytime
    Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life. Recommended for children ages 0 to 12 months.
    Toddler storytime
    Every Saturday from 9:30 to 10 a.m., join us for 30 minutes of free stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life. Recommended for children 12 to 36 months or walking toddlers.
    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.
    “Wild Weather” is the PBS documentary. “Rickover: The Birth of Nuclear Power” is the story of the man who created the Nuclear Navy. “True Crime Series volume 1” is a five-hour collection. “Lowriders” is a drama set in L.A.’s iconic car culture.
    Thrillers and suspense
    “Manhattan Beach” by Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan is a noir thriller featuring a female diver during wartime. “Origins” by Dan Brown is the latest Robert Langdon mystery.
    Other novels
    “The Stolen Marriage” by Diane Chamberlain follows a nurse who marries the wrong man for the wrong reasons. “Winter Solstice” by Elin Hilderbrand is the latest in the Quinn family saga. “Without Merit” by Colleen Hoover tells of a young girl in a family of secrets. “The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty begins when a wife reads a letter not meant for her until her husband died. “Fairytale” by Danielle Steel is set in the Napa Valley wine country. “Children of the Fleet” by Orson Scott Card is the author’s first solo sci-fi novel in years. “The Rules of Magic” by Alice Hoffman is the prequel to the Owens family saga. “Heart Bender” is book one of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains series by local author Betty J. Slade.
    How-to and self-help
    “Starting a Business for Dummies” and “Starting an Online Business for Dummies” offer simple, step-by-step instructions. “Affordable Kitchen Upgrades” by Steve Cory and Diane Slavik helps you transform your kitchen on a small budget. “Social Security Handbook” is the 2017 large print overview of Social Security programs. “Hiding in the Bathroom” by Morra Aarons-Mele describes how introverts and anxious people can be successful. “Germany 2017” is a Rick Steves travel guide. “The Backyard Homestead Seasonal Planner” by Ann Larkin Hansen details what has to be done each season to keep your yard and property in good order.
    Other nonfiction
    “One Nation After Trump” by E.J. Dionne Jr., Norman J. Ornstein and Thomas E. Mann is a liberal look at the results of a Trump presidency. “Dangerous Ground” by M. William Phelps describes the life of a convicted serial killer.
    “A Column of Fire” by Ken Follett is the latest in the Pillars of the Earth saga. “The Girl Who Mistakes an Eye for an Eye” by David Lagergrantz is a continuation of the Stieg Larsson Millennium series. “Robert B. Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet” by Reed Farrel Coleman is a Spenser mystery. “A Legacy of Spies” by John Le Carre is the author’s first Smiley novel in 25 years.
    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 Bob LeCour and our anonymous donors. We also are grateful for the generous monetary donation from Marcia Jarvis.
    Quotable quote
    “I think there have been cracks made in the glass ceiling by women who can get close enough to hit it with the weapon of their presence. But I’m mostly bolstered by folks who create their own ceilings.” — Ava DuVernay, contemporary American film director and the first black woman to direct a movie nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.
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