Paper airplanes and baby brain gym next week


    By Carole Howard 
    PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

    We have two special events coming up next week that we hope you and your family will enjoy.

    We’ll put up a paper airplane obstacle course in the library on Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 4 to 5 p.m. Sixth- through 12th-graders are invited to come in to show off your paper airplane skills and test out different designs to find out which flies farthest, straightest or highest.

    Then, on Thursday, Oct. 14, from 11 to 11:30 a.m., families with babies to toddlers aged 3 are invited to bring them to the library for hands-on sensory activities designed just for them to help their brains grow. 

    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. 

    Storywalk returns

    Watch for signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up toward the elementary school detailing a new free storywalk for kids. Oct. 11-23, we are celebrating the 50th birthday of national Forest Service mascot Woosy the Owl. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

    Legal clinic tomorrow

    The free legal clinic each month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 8, from 2 to 3 p.m. The volunteer attorney can phone you at home or you can come into the library and meet privately via Zoom. 

    To schedule an appointment, send an email with your first name and phone number to, or phone or stop by the library. The attorney’s time is limited, so it’s first-come, first-served. Visit anytime to find many legal forms and other legal information.

    LEGO Club on Saturday

    Kids aged 6 to 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided — on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 11 a.m. to noon for the free LEGO Club. LEGO challenges also are posted on Facebook.

    Book club for adults

    Ruby’s Book Club meets from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12, in the library’s garden to discuss “Once Upon a River” by Diane Setterfield. Copies of the book are available at your library. This book club is held the second Tuesday of each month and alternates between fiction and nonfiction titles.

    In-person gaming

    Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the Xbox 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. 

    Writing challenge 

    A new all-ages writing challenge was posted Oct. 4 on the library’s Facebook page. We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

    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 Oct. 13, we will have a special music and movement session. Diann Tator will help us practice American Sign Language. 

    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 Tuesdays 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. 

    Tech Time 

    Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and 2 to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Brad will help you resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. 


    Free in-person evening classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m. Beginning and intermediate students are encouraged to attend from 4 to 6 p.m. and advanced students from 6 to 8 p.m. Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested. 

    Las clases gratuitas se llevan a cabo en persona los martes y jueves de 4-8 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes e intermedios deben asistir de 4-6 p.m. y los estudiantes avanzados de 6-8 p.m. Por favor, ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre estas clases a otros en nuestra comunidad que tienen interés.

    Adult education hiatus 

    Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session generally takes place in person Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m., when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more. Note there will be no PALS in October. 

    Activities calendars

    To be sure you don’t miss any of the free library activities available to you and your family, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month. There are three versions — children, teens and adults.

    Story collections 

    “The American Experiment,” the third book in a bestselling conversations series edited by David M. Rubenstein, features American icons and historians telling the story of the U.S. as a grand experiment in democracy, culture, innovation and ideas. Among those featured in this edition are Madeleine Albright, Ken Burns, Rita Moreno, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Jon Meacham, Wynton Marsalis and Billie Jean King. “You Got Anything Stronger?” by Gabrielle Union is a collection of the actress’s personal stories about her life after her bestseller “We’re Going to Need More Wine.”


    “Mare of Easttown” is a suspenseful HBO series featuring Kate Winslet. “It Was Always You” is a romance starring Erin Krakow and Tyler Hynes. 

    How-to and self-help

    “God Has Not Forgotten You” by Dr. David Jeremiah reveals how to trust God when you are afraid and to recognize that He is at work. “GRE Prep Plus 2020” is the Kaplan guide to doing well on the Graduate Record Examinations, a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for many graduate schools in the U.S., Canada and other countries. “ASVAB Prep Plus 2022-2023” is the Kaplan guide to doing well in the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery developed by the Department of Defense for those wanting to join the military. “Crazy Faith” by Michael Todd tells of modern-day faith warriors inspired by biblical heroes like Noah, Moses and Mary to believe in the impossible. “App Kid” by Michael Sayman is the memoir of a self-taught young Latino immigrant genius who became a success in Silicon Valley. 

    Other nonfiction

    “Countdown Bin Laden” by Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace and Mitch Weiss is a new behind-the-scenes account of the final eight months leading to the SEAL team’s successful operation. “Rough Magic” by Lara Prior-Palmer is a memoir of a young American woman who became the youngest and first-ever female winner of the world’s toughest horse race in Mongolia. “The Bomber Mafia” by Malcolm Gladwell is a fresh look at the bombing of Tokyo in World War II that might have been militarily different under other leadership. “The Speckled Beauty” by Rick Bragg is the story of how the author’s life was transformed by a poorly behaved, half-blind stray dog. 

    “Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty” by journalist Anderson Cooper and historian Katherine Howe documents this legendary family’s success and their outsize influence in the U.S. before their fall. “The Raging 2020s” by Alex Ross proposes a new social contract to restore the balance of power between government, citizens and business. “Unbound” by Tarana Burke is the memoir of the founder and activist behind the “Me Too” movement that documents her inner strength and perseverance. “Fuzz” by Mary Roach documents a little known branch of forensic science and conservation genetics relating to the unpredictable world where wildlife and humans meet.

    Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

    We have a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audio books for all ages — children, tweens, teens and adults — in cloudLibrary. The items in cloudLibrary are purchased separately from physical items, so the books available are different — and it continues to use the consortium’s contributions as well as those that we bought. Select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use. Email or phone us at (970) 264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 


    Many thanks to our anonymous donors for their materials donations. 

    Please put your materials donations into the drop box at the library — not at City Market, which is reserved for returns. 

    Quotable quote

    “A man has two eyes and two ears, but only one tongue; therefore, do half as much talking as seeing; and again half as much talking as hearing.” — Mahatma Gandhi, Indian civil rights activist.


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