Two generations of talented authors in local family


    By Carole Howard 
    PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

    Regular readers of this “Library News” column may remember that local veterinarian and author Patty Latham has written two books that feature the adventures of a fictional Pagosa veterinarian named Dr. Josie Tate. Now, Patty’s son Jim Latham has published a collection of 12 very short stories titled “Noon in Florida,” and she has donated a copy to the library for your reading pleasure.

    Known as flash fiction or micro fiction because of their brevity, the minimalist stories cover a wide variety of topics from a dying father and the value of palm trees to the immigration situation and the joy of paying off the mortgage on a cabin. They demonstrate Jim Latham’s deft skill at sketching an empathetic scene with descriptive detail using only a very few words.

    A former Pagosa resident and frequent visitor to stay in touch with family and friends here, Jim Latham has moved to Oaxaca, Mexico, to concentrate on his writing. Pagosa is well-known for our high number of talented published writers, and these two Lathams are good examples. All three of the Latham books are available at your library in the local authors section.

    In-person activities

    We are delighted that the robust local vaccination program for our community means that most of our programs now can happen in person. Also, our hours have returned to pre-COVID levels — and even more on weekdays:

    • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the library is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. That’s one additional hour on Fridays.

    • Tuesdays and Thursdays, the library is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. That’s one additional hour each day.

    • Saturdays, the library is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. That’s two hours fewer this day — but a total of 55 hours open each week, as compared to 54 in pre-COVID times.

    For those uncomfortable coming into the building, curbside service continues. Phone (970) 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so staff can bring the items out for you. If you put a hold on something, please wait for your usual alert (email, phone call or text) before coming to pick it up. 

    LEGO Club on Saturday

    Kids age 6 to 12 are invited to bring your imaginations — LEGOs are provided — on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 to 11 a.m. for the free LEGO Club. LEGO challenges also are posted on Facebook.

    Teen advisory board

    Next Tuesday, Sept. 28, the teen advisory board meets from 4 to 5 p.m. in the library. Sixth- through 12th-graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs. 

    Adult DIY

    Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 2 to 3 p.m. for this free in-person DIY event on simple ombre art. Ombre is a painting and decorating technique where one color is blended into another. We will supply the materials for you to create a classy-looking piece of art to display in your home or office. Find more DIY videos on your library’s website at:

    Special family storytime 

    Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m., join us in the library garden for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move. On Sept. 29, we will have a special storytime when guest Kathy Carter will share a story and lead some activities. 

    Saturday’s Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more. 

    Dungeons and Dragons 

    Join us Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. for our ongoing Dungeons and Dragons game free for teens and young adults on Google Meet. Contact to learn how to join. If you don’t have Internet access, contact us anyway — we may be able to accommodate you in the library. 

    How-to and self-help

    “It’s Your Funeral” by Kathy Benjamin is a practical guide to planning your own funeral. “The Weekday Vegetarians” by Jenny Rosenstrach contains innovative plant-based recipes to help you cut back on meat without living on scrambled eggs and bean burritos. “Braiding Sweetgrass” by indigenous scientist Robin Wall Kimmerer is a new, enhanced edition of this guide to ecological consciousness. “Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks” is the second edition of this Fodor travel guide. “Design a Healthy Home” by Oliver Heath contains 100 ideas to create a restorative, nurturing environment in your home. “Mushroom Wanderland” by master forager and chef Jess Starwood helps you identify 25 species of mushrooms and their uses. 

    Tolkien writings

    “The Nature of Middle Earth” by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Carol F. Hostetter, is a collection of writings that reveals the thought paths the author took to better understand his creation of Middle Earth in “The Lord of the Rings.”

    Other nonfiction

    “All In” by Billie Jean King is an autobiography of this star professional tennis player and social activist. “Center Center” by James Whiteside is a collection of essays by this male principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre who is also a drag queen and pop star. “Every Minute is a Day” by Dr. Robert Meyer and Dan Koeppel is an account of the chaos and compassion of an ER doctor in an emergency room under COVID conditions. 

     “Home, Land, Security” by Carla Power is an investigation into the reasons for domestic terrorism as explained by their mothers and other influencers. “Shutdown” by Adam Tooze is an analysis of how COVID changed global finance, politics and businesses. “Brothers on Three” by Abe Streep is the true story of family, resistance and hope on a reservation in Montana. “Chasing Me to my Grave” by Winfred Rembert is a memoir of an artist who uses leather tooling skills he learned in prison. “Honor Bound” by Amy McGrath is the biography of a woman combat pilot and instructor, the first female Marine to fly a combat mission in a F/A-18.

    Books on CD

    “By the Neck” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is the first in a new Stoneface Finnegan western series. “Branded” by Eric Red is a Joe Noose western. “The Return of the Wolf” by Larry D. Sweazy is a Josiah Wolfe, Texas Ranger adventure. “A Slow Fire Burning” by Paula Hawkins is written by the author of “The Girl on the Train.” 

    Mysteries, suspense
    and thrillers

    “My Heart is a Chainsaw” by Stephen Graham Jones features a teen who is an expert on horror films. “A Slow Fire Burning” by Paula Hawkins is a book by the author of “The Girl on the Train.” 

    Other novels

    “The Last Chance Library” by Freya Sampson features a reclusive librarian who mounts a campaign to rescue the library. 

    Large print

    “Ralph Compton: Ride the Hammer Down” by Terrence McCauley is a western in the gunfighter series. “The Return of the Wolf” by Larry D. Sweazy is a Josiah Wolfe, Texas Ranger adventure. 


    “The Truffle Hunters” is the story of the Italian men and their dogs who hunt rare truffles. “Mortal Kombat” is an adventure about a high stakes battle for the universe.


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