Promotion for Josie plus mermaid parade celebrates end of Summer Reading Program


By Carole Howard  | PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

We are delighted to announce that Josie Snow, a hometown Pagosan, has been promoted to assistant director, effective this week. She also will continue in her current position of early literacy librarian that she has held since being hired in June 2019. 

In her new role, Snow will be in charge when Library Director Meg Wempe is away. She also will be working more closely with volunteers and will create a calendar that includes a full picture of events and activities that occur throughout the year. 

“I am honored to have been selected for this position and excited for further opportunities to learn and grow at the library,” Snow said.

“Josie was chosen because of her demonstrated leadership as well as her desire to serve our community further,” said Wempe. “Please stop by your library to congratulate her.”

Mermaid parade and
costume creation

We will be celebrating the end of our highly successful Summer Reading Program with a fun, free all-ages mermaid parade and small party on Friday, Aug. 5, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the library for everyone from children to adults.

Every year since 1983, Coney Island in New York has put on the largest art parade in the U.S. to welcome summer. Artists come dressed in ocean-themed costumes that show off their skill and creativity.

Your library will be hosting our own version of this parade — and if you don’t have a costume to wear, you are invited to join us on Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at a free session when we will provide a variety of beautiful materials you can use to make an ocean-themed costume for yourself. 

Free early literacy
program starts soon

If you want to participate in a new round of an exciting free 10-week literacy program that helps families and caregivers build their babies’ vocabulary, come to your library on Aug. 3 from 11 to 11:45 a.m. for an information session, or attend Aug. 4 from 7 to 7:45 p.m. on Zoom, using passcode 895 4571 2561 to join.

Called LENA, the program comes from a partnership involving your library, AmeriCorps and the San Juan BOCES.

When you enroll in the workshops, you will get personalized information and ideas to help your child. Please contact Michelle Salmeron-Ramierez at (970) 585-4293 or The program is available in English and Spanish. It was created for babies from new-born to age 3 and will help you use talking to build your child’s brain.

Public health talks

Your library has been hosting public health and resource professionals from San Juan Basin Public Health for free in-person sessions on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. The final talk on Aug. 1 will explain health insurance enrollment and how to pick the best plan for you. Spanish interpretation will be available for this session. More details on the presentation are available on a flyer you can pick up at your library. 

Library Speakers
Consortium continues

On Wednesday, Aug. 3, you are invited to the third in our new free Library Speakers Consortium series featuring New York Times bestselling fiction and nonfiction authors giving live, professionally moderated book discussions you can view on your computer, tablet or smartphone with Internet access. You also will have an opportunity to ask questions.

The Aug. 3 session at noon features 2021 Pulitzer Prize-winner Dr. Marcia Chatelain, author of “Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America.”

The next talk on Tuesday, Aug. 9, will feature Liz Moore, author of “Long Bright River,” named the best book of the year by NPR in 2020.

To register for the consortium, click on the link on your library’s home page at If you cannot view the presentations live, the recorded events will be available afterward at our website under the “Adult” tab. The full schedule is also posted there.

Children’s Spanish
class debuts

Join us next Thursday, Aug. 4, from 11 a.m. to noon for a new Spanish class for kids aged 6 to 11. Miss Josie and Miss Ruby will help you learn and improve your Spanish.

Tech Time resumes 

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and 2 to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Judy will help you resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. You do not need an appointment. 

Mini Dungeons and
Dragons debuts

A new Dungeons and Dragons minigame for fourth- through eighth-graders starts next Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Preregistration is required because space is limited. Phone (970) 264-2209 to join.

More Dungeons and Dragons virtually and
in person

Next Thursday, Aug. 4, from 3 to 5 p.m., is our ongoing virtual Dungeons and Dragons game free for teens and young adults, available every other Thursday on Discord. 

Then, join us on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. for our last in-person Dungeons and Dragons game. 

Contact to learn how to join either or both games. 

PALS adult education expands

In response to popular demand, Mark has doubled the number of his free PALS sessions to Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more. No registration is required. This service is in great demand and is used by many people, so we are very happy to make it more available.

Gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the Xbox 360 Kinect tomorrow, Friday, July 29, from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. 

Teen gaming 

Free teen gaming happens on Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for teens in the sixth through 12th grades. Enjoy Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks. 

Writing challenge 

A new all-ages writing challenge was posted July 25 on the library’s Facebook page. We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free activity.

StoryWalk downtown 

Our very popular StoryWalk now takes place at a new location. We are pleased to partner with the Town of Pagosa Springs to bring the StoryWalk to the Riverwalk downtown. It starts at the Ross Aragon Community Center and heads north toward the growing domes. Aug. 1-14 features the book “A Butterfly is Patient,” a beautiful book about butterflies that is full of wings.

Family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m., join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move. 

Library hours

Most of our programs happen in person and curbside service continues. Also, our hours are back to pre-COVID levels — and even more on weekdays:

• Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, your library is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

• Tuesdays and Thursdays, your library is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Saturdays, your library is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Downloadable books 

CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages, and accessing this free digital collection has never been easier. You just need to download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog for the name of your library, then enter your library card number and four-digit PIN. You are now ready to browse, borrow and read e-books and audiobooks using cloudLibrary. Library staff are happy to help you set up your device if you need assistance. 

Mysteries and thrillers

“Red on the River” by Christine Freehan is a romantic thriller set in Nevada. “Hatchet Island” by Paul Doiron features Maine game warden Mike Bowditch in a research station far off the coast. “The Girl Who Survived” by Lisa Jackson follows the survivors of a brutal family massacre. “Suspects” by Danielle Steel features a CIA agent helping a fashion icon after her family is kidnapped. “One of the Girls” by Lucy Clarke takes place at a bachelorette party on a Greek island. “The Maker of Swans” by Paraic O’Donnell follows the master of an English estate and his butler after a shooting. 

Other novels

“Project Namahana” explores the issues of wartime trauma and historical injustice on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. “Elsewhere” by Alexis Schaitkin is a fantasy that reveals a community where girls become wives, wives become mothers and some of them disappear. “Shadow of the Sith” by Adam Christopher is a Star Wars story. “My Brother’s Husband” by Gengoroh Tagame is a two-volume story about a work-at-home dad in Tokyo faced with the widower of his twin. “Woman of Light” by Kali Fajardo-Anstine is an epic of betrayal, love and fate spanning five generations of an indigenous Chicano family in the American West. 

Short stories

“The Angel of Rome and Other Stories” by National Book Award finalist Jess Walter is a collection of stories about the moments life changes you — for better, for worse, for the outrageous. 

Books on CD

“The Island” by Adriana McKinty features a family on a working vacation overseas involved in a kidnapping. “Resolute” by Jack Campbell is the second book in the Lost Fleet: Outlands military sci-fi series. “Suspects” by Danielle Steel features a CIA agent helping a fashion icon after her family is kidnapped. 


“Freezing Order” by Bill Browder is the true story of money laundering, murder and surviving Putin’s wrath by an American-British financier who is one of the largest foreign investors in Russia. “Genius Kitchen” by Max Lugavere contains 100 recipes to help make your brain sharp, body strong and taste buds happy. 


We are grateful to Rebecca Battles for a generous monetary donation. 

With the Friends of the Library sale just concluded, we and the Friends are taking a break from materials donations until August. 

Quotable quote

“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” — Confucius, Chinese philosopher.


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