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Library News by Carole Howard and the Library Staff as published in The Pagosa Spings SUN

9/7/06: Book sale this weekend, plus how to train your mind to keep learning
9/14/06: How to raise an A+ student and other news from your library
9/21/06: “Mystery lady” donates book club bonanza
9/28/06: What we learned from your surveys – Part 1, Plus new books and programs
Many thanks to the hundreds of you who took the time to fill out our survey at the Archuleta County Fair or at the library during August. We asked what other books, materials and services you would like the library to provide if funding were available. Your responses are extremely helpful as we make plans to serve you better in the months and years ahead.
10/5/06: What we learned from your surveys – Part 2, Plus a local author and new books
10/12/06: Library’s web site: Access to the world’s knowledge with a few clicks of the mouse
We recently were asked by a library card holder, “Can we reserve library books on the internet?” The answer is a resounding yes. And your library’s web site lets you do a whole lot more than that.
10/19/06: Civic Club Christmas bazaar Nov. 4 features record number of booths, raffle, great food
Christmas must be approaching quickly, because the Woman’s Civic Club will host their annual Christmas bazaar in only a little more than two weeks -- on Saturday, November 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Community Center. This very fun event marks the beginning of the holiday season for many locals, and this year’s bazaar will set records for the number and variety of vendors ready to meet your shopping needs.
10/26/06: Libraries and the Internet: Perfect partnership for years to come
11/2/06: ‘Tis the season: Christmas books and music plus Civic Club holiday bazaar
11/9/06: Library offers more than 80 magazines and newspapers for your reading pleasure
One of the lesser known benefits of your free library card is access to more than 80 different magazines on a wide variety of subjects, plus selected local and national newspapers.
11/16/06: Thanks to our volunteers – lifeblood of the library
British author Gladys B. Stern once wrote, “Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” So we want to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers who make our library run.
11/22/06: Thanksgiving holiday weekend special time for Americans
12/1/06: Music CDs available for checkout at the library
When you think of CDs at the library, you probably think of books. We want to be sure you know that the library has a very fine collection of music CDs as well – all thanks to donations from generous patrons, as we have no money for music CDs in the budget.
12/8/06: Christmas events at the Library
Special tree for children’s books and free party for youngsters
12/15/06: Did you know...?
What the numbers reveal about your library
12/22/06: Books and DVDs illuminate the Christmas spirit
Just in time for Christmas, we have several new books that illuminate the lives and teachings of Christian and other religious leaders.
12/29/06: Books to support your New Year's resolutions
With many people thinking about New Year’s resolutions at this time of the year, we wanted you to be aware of several new books to help you turn your self-improvement goals into reality.
1/4/07: New year starts with library staff changes
Jackie Welch has been named director of the library, having previously assumed the acting role in July 2006. Jackie is a former project manager and quality assurance analyst for Siemens Communications in California. She worked for the library for four years and was head of technical services before being named to the temporary top position six months ago.
1/11/07: Cookbooks local and international: treasure trove of recipes
Everyone knows there are huge numbers of excellent cooks living in Archuleta County. So it should be no surprise that cookbooks featuring favorite recipes of local cooks are real gems because every recipe is a tried and true favorite of your friends and neighbors.
1/18/07: Why libraries are good for Pagosa and our country
1/25/07: Lifelong Learning lectures resume March 3
Back by popular demand after a triumphant debut last fall, the Saturday afternoon Lifelong Learning lectures organized by Biz Greene will resume on March 3. She is planning eight lectures during March and April.
2/1/07: Books about Colorado and Southwest offer myriad options
2/15/07: New Spanish language books added to library’s collection
Additional books in Spanish for youngsters, teens and adults have been added to the library’s collection recently, and more are on the way – many of them titles suggested by the ESL (English as a second language) class at the Archuleta County Education Center.
2/22/07: Bonanza for students who love science and science fairs
2/22/07: Civic Club donates software to library
3/1/07: Extraordinary new books for young people added to library collection
An extraordinary new Junior Non-fiction series from Eyewitness Books is now available at your library, thanks to an anonymous donor. The vast array of titles is amazing, the easy-to-read format is extremely attractive, and the color illustrations are remarkable.
3/1/07: United Country Premier Brokers donate globe and atlas
3/8/07: Pagosa pilots host fundraiser for library
John Huft’s airplane hanger at the Pagosa Springs airport was transformed into a beach party scene complete with a tropical blue sky, palm trees and sand on the floor on Saturday evening, March 3, with almost 100 guests dressed in shorts, aloha shirts, sundresses and other summer attire donating an entrance fee and participating in a silent auction to raise almost $2,900 for the Sisson Library.
3/15/07: New biographies of famous people for fourth graders and up
3/22/07: Friends of the Library make generous $6,500 gift
A generous gift of $6,500 was presented to library director Jackie Welch last week at the board meeting of The Friends of the Upper San Juan Library District, the full and official name of an active group of local volunteers that most library lovers affectionately call simply “the Friends.” The funds will be used to purchase more books for the library’s collection.
3/29/07: Save the Dates for Pagosa Reads! events
The second year of a highly popular library program called Pagosa Reads! is being planned now by coordinator Gail Shepherd, with support from the Alpine Lakes Book Club. Theme for this year’s events will be fire, which Shepherd called “another topic of great concern to our community, ranking right up there with last year’s theme of water.”
4/5/07: Large print books, other services available for aging eyes
We hope all avid readers who are beginning to have eye problems are aware of the many materials and special services available to help you continue to enjoy books and magazines for years to come.
4/12/07: Books about outdoor activities to fuel your Spring Fever
4/19/07: Join us to pay tribute to retiring children’s librarian
Please drop by the library on Tuesday, April 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for cookies and a chance to say goodbye to Barb Draper, our children’s librarian who is retiring after six years at the library. Barb’s many innovations for children have included launching the Wednesday morning Preschool Story Club, organizing special events with the Pagosa Pretenders acting group, and expanding the summer reading program.
4/26/07: Honoring our library volunteers during National Volunteer Week
As Archuleta County organizations join non-profits around the country in honoring our nation’s volunteers, we remember the words of Minnesota writing instructor and spiritual director Elizabeth Andrew who said: “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”
5/3/07: Second year of Pagosa Reads! debuts next week
The second year of a highly popular library program called Pagosa Reads! debuts next Thursday, May 10 when U.S. Forest Service fire investigator Brenda Schultz speaks at 6 p.m. at the library. Theme for this year’s events will be fire, which coordinator Gail Shepherd called “another topic of great concern to our community, ranking right up there with last year’s theme of water.”
5/10/07: Meet your new youth services librarian, a local lady with great ideas
Library trustees and director Jackie Welch are pleased to announce the appointment of Mable Martinez Barber as your new youth services librarian. Mable is a Pagosa native and graduate of the Pagosa Springs High School who comes from a pioneer county family. She has her teaching certificate in Spanish and is working on her masters degree in special education.
5/17/07: Second Pagosa Reads! lecture on fire takes place this evening
The second lecture of this season’s Pagosa Reads! series takes place at 6 p.m. this evening when Durango Hotshot Clayton T. Yazzie will speak at the library.
5/24/07: Update your knowledge of international countries with two new book series at the library
Two wonderful new series of books about international countries are coming to the library, thanks to funds raised by the Pagosa Springs Pilots group at a beach party and silent auction in March. One is a set of 20 books called “Cultures of the World” and the other is a set of 10 called “Middle East Nations in the News: Past, Present and Future.”
5/31/07: New policy will bring more large-print books to our shelves
If you have noticed more frequent mentions in recent library columns of new large-print books being added to our collection, you are right. A new policy adopted by library director Jackie Welch already is bringing a greater number of large-print books to our library shelves – a benefit not only to seniors but also to everyone with aging eyes.
6/7/07: Weeding our collection of audio books plus a request for donations
We currently are weeding our collection of audio books to make room for new titles. Books on tape or CD that are being pulled from the shelves have not been checked out in two years, contain dated material or are damaged. Discarding outdated materials keeps the collection current and makes room for new materials.
6/14/07: Free summer reading program starts June 19 for county youngsters
It’s an old adage that you can tell the health of a community by how well its citizens take care of their children. We hope it is no surprise to Archuleta County residents that children’s reading and literacy programs are an extremely high priority at the library – and the free summer reading program for our county youngsters is one of our crown jewels in this regard.
6/21/07: New set of organic garden books donated to library by Pagosa Bible Church
6/28/07: Civic Club donates funds for new staff furniture
7/5/07: Spanish and bilingual children’s books plus a Spanish medical encyclopedia added to the collection
7/12/07: Friends of the Library book sale offers great bargains, fun and food
Next weekend is a bonanza for book lovers, as the Friends of the Library book sale is being held at the Extension Building at the Fairgrounds on July 20 and 21.
7/19/07: Final Harry Potter book to be released this weekend amid global marketing frenzy
Unless you have been marooned on a desert island with no cell phone or satellite communications service, you probably know that this is a hugely important weekend for Harry Potter fans. That’s because the seventh and final volume of the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling will be released this weekend.
7/26/07: Opera and other music CDs donated to library
8/2/07: Reading Women cards and journals to raise funds for the library
Two different sets of lovely note cards featuring paintings of women reading have been such a hit that the Friends of the Library have expanded the offering to include a journal and two sets of postcards.
8/9/07: Wealth of books on CD just in time for summer driving
8/16/07: Travel books inspire trips near home and around the world
8/23/07: New books for kids and teens, in English and Spanish
8/30/07: New books on summer sports and outdoor activities
9/6/07: Free fun activities and classes for all ages start next week
9/13/07: Local artists’ work to be displayed at your library
If you have noticed the huge heads of George Washington and Christopher Columbus on display now at the library, you can thank local artist Roberto Garcia. He lives in Aspen Springs but his artwork is on display all over the world. These two works are the plaster casts from which he created full-size sculptures of these two famous men.
9/20/07: John Graves’ memoir reflects his positive attitude about life
The best memoirs reflect the personality of the writer so closely that you feel you are sitting there listening to him tell stories over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. That’s what you get with “Just Say Yes: Memoirs of a Geezer” by Pagosa’s own John Graves.
10/4/07: Fall Lifelong Learning lecture series begins this Saturday
10/11/07: Fall schedule full of free fun, informative events at your library
If you thought summer was a busy time at your library, consider all the events scheduled for fall – and all of them are free!
10/18/07: Library receives settlement for soil problems during construction
10/25/07: Library purchases three new on-line databases to better serve our computer users
If you enjoy doing research on your computer, you will be pleased to know that your library has just signed up for three additional database services that have a wealth of information available to you for free.
11/1/07: Civic Club bazaar Saturday features record variety of booths, raffle, great food
11/8/07: Local author writes novel set in Colorado gold mine
11/15/07: Library’s return on your investment: 4 or 5 to 1
Can you imagine how pleased you would be if every dollar you invested in something brought you $4 or $5 in return? Well, a recent study of eight libraries in our state by the Colorado State Library put numbers to the economic impact of libraries in communities, and the figures are impressive.
11/22/07: Thanksgiving thoughts for you and your family
11/29/07: “Giving Tree” at library seeks your donations of books for needy local youngsters
12/6/07: No more fines for overdue library books and other materials!
12/13/07: Meagan’s Place adding new books in library for Pagosa’s teens
12/20/07: New Christmas books for youngsters at your library
12/27/07: New self-help books just in time for New Year’s resolutions