Halloween fun plus golf and bowling at your library this weekend – Pagosa Springs Sun | Wonder Mind Kids

By Carole Howard | PREVIEW Columnist and the library staff

We hope that you will join our pumpkin decorating contest and join our Halloween party tomorrow, Friday October 28th from 2pm to 4pm. Completed pumpkins must be turned in today, Thursday, October 27, or by 2 p.m. tomorrow. Winners will be announced at the 4pm party in five age categories: preschool, 5-7 years, 8-11 years, 12-17 years and adults.

And this weekend there will be even more fun as your library will be closed and turned into a miniature golf and bowling center for two fun fundraisers benefiting our expansion campaign. Saturday, October 29 from 5-7 p.m. is the adult-only night and costume contest for ages 21+ from 5-7 p.m. with tickets for $20 per person. A cash bar and fun carnival fare, including pizza, are for sale. Sunday, October 30, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. is Family Fun Day for all age groups. Cost is $10 per person or $40 per family of four, with $5 for each additional person in the family. Lemonades and carnival food are for sale.

Join us to challenge your golfing skills on a 9-hole course throughout the library and improve your bowling game as you play between the library’s bookshelves while collecting money to make your library bigger and better.

Logs of the flu season

The curbside service we started in COVID times continues — and it’s a healthy option as we head into cold and flu season. When you’re feeling sick, you’re probably craving DVDs while you heal and books to keep you company. To save your energy and reduce the germ load of other guests, we encourage you to use our curbside service — or add a name to your account that authorizes that person to pick up items for you while you recover. Library opening hours:

• Your library is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 6 pm

• Your library is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 8 pm

• Your library is open on Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm

New format for
Activities calendar

To ensure you don’t miss out on 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. Its new streamlined format brings together all activities and events for kids, teens and adults on one handy two-page page.

The Lifelong Learning series continues tonight

The third lecture in the brand new free lifelong learning lecture series takes place today, Thursday October 27th, when we introduce Paula Woerner, Director of the Wolfwood Sanctuary for Rescued Wolves in La Plata County.

This lecture series runs every Thursday for six weeks until November 17th from 6-7:30 p.m. – our first in-person lecture series on lifelong learning since autumn 2019, before COVID. No registration is required.

Our next speakers will be C. Neal Johnson on Nov. 3 on Companies with a Mission; April Holthaus and Dan Senjem on Archuleta County Genealogical Society on November 10; and Mott Hoover of the Colorado Avalanche Center on November 17.

Go to https://pagosalibrary.org/adult-services/ or pick up a booklet from your local library for more information on all of these outstanding presentations.

Online Author Talks

This month there are three events in our free online virtual series featuring New York Times bestselling authors and thought leaders who will be professionally moderated, live book discussions that you can watch on your computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet access. You also have the opportunity to ask questions.

Next Wednesday. On November 2nd at 2:00 p.m. we have a virtual meeting with Lisa Napoli, acclaimed author, journalist, broadcaster and public speaker. Featuring Bonnie Garmus, the best-selling author of Lessons in Chemistry, on November 10 at 12 p.m., which one reviewer described as “a polished, funny, thought-provoking story that carries her research lightly but confidently.” On November 15th at 2pm we will interact with Kwarme Christian, bestselling author and founder of the American Negotiation Institute.

Go to https://pagosalibrary.org/adult-services/ to learn more.

teenage games

Free Teen Games will be held on Wednesday 2nd November from 4pm to 5.30pm for teenagers in grades 6 to 12. Enjoy Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Dungeons and Dragons online

Join our virtual Dungeons and Dragons game for free for teens and young adults on Discord next Thursday, November 3rd from 4pm to 6pm. Registration is required. Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to join.

PALS/GED adult

Mark is available for his free PALS sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm to 8:00pm to help with high school equivalence, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more. No registration is required.

homework help

Free homework help and elementary school classes are available for students in kindergarten through fourth grade on Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Parents and guardians must complete an enrollment packet to enroll their child, which will be emailed to the library or come in.

tech time

Free Personal Slots are available on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and Thursdays from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Judy will help you with basic questions about computers, smartphones and tablets and will also help you access all of the library’s online resources. You do not need an appointment for these consultation hours.

writing challenge

A new writing challenge for all ages was posted on the library’s Facebook page on October 24th. We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free activity.


Join us on Wednesdays from 10am to 11am for free personal kids stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with 4-5pm reserved for beginners and 5-7pm for intermediate and advanced students. Please help us spread these courses to other interested parties in our community and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.

downloadable books

CloudLibrary offers a wide range of downloadable ebooks and audiobooks for all ages, and accessing this free digital collection has never been easier. All you have to do is download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog as your library name, and then enter your library card number and four-digit PIN. You can now browse, borrow, and read eBooks and audiobooks with cloudLibrary. Library staff are happy to help set up your device if you need assistance.


“Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris” tells the story of a cleaning lady from London who goes to Paris to buy a Dior dress. “America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston is a two-disc PBS documentary. “Where the Crawdads Sing” follows explores the life and music of Elvis Presley in this film based on the best-selling novel. “Elvis,” starring Austin Butler as Elvis and Tom Hanks as Colonel Parker. “Outlander” is the sixth season.

books on CD

Stephen King’s Fairy Tale is about a 17-year-old boy who inherits the keys to a parallel world. Vince Flynn’s Oath of Loyalty is a thriller film directed by Mitch Rapp. JD Robb’s Desperation in Death is an Eve Dallas thriller.

Local History

Lorna Rae Hazelwood’s The Exciting Tales of Growing Up in Early Pagosa Springs, Colorado follows the adventures of three brothers living on their family’s ranch in the 1920s and 1930s.

Other non-fiction books

“Confidence Man,” by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, chronicles the life and influence of Donald Trump. A New Era for Wolves and Humans, edited by Marco Musiani, Luigi Boitani, and Paul C. Paquet, is an analysis of the crucial relationship between human politics and the management of wolf populations in Europe and North America. Hearing Loss For Dummies is an AARP guide to better hearing and living. Tabitha Brown’s Cooking From the Spirit explores simple, plant-based recipes. Stuart Scheller’s “Crisis of Command” examines the current lack of trust and trust in generals and politicians. NPR legal correspondent Nina Totenberg’s “Dinner with Ruth” is a memento of her career and longtime friendship with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “Tesla: Wizard at War” by Marc J. Seifer is a comprehensive overview of Tesla’s discoveries that have such an impact on military technology and diplomatic strategy. Dying of Politeness by Geena Davis is a memento of this two-time Academy Award winner.

mysteries, suspense
and thrillers

In “Not in Time” an art historian traces the path of a drawing stolen by the Nazis. Ellery Lloyd’s The Club is set in a glamorous private club for celebrity members off the coast of England.


We thank Lenore Bright for their generous donations in memory of Bob Howard and Danny Rocca and our anonymous donors for their donations of supplies.

Material donations for the Friends of the Library are accepted at the reception during opening hours – please do not use the return counter outside the library or the mailbox at the city market. The friends take fiction published in 2012 or newer and nonfiction published in 2017 or newer. Limited workroom space means we can only accept one or two small boxes at a time.

Quotable quote

“Life gives us gifts all the time. They can be gifts we think we don’t want. Who Wants Cancer? Who Wants COVID? Well, it turns out I did. Because dealing with your mortality makes things [like my wife] more valuable.” — Jeff Bridges, American actor, winner of an Academy Award and two Golden Globes.


For more information on the library’s books, services and programs—and to reserve books, e-books, CD and DVD books from the comfort of your own home—please visit our website at https://pagosalibrary.org.

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