Promotion for Josie and the Mermaid Parade celebrates the end of the summer reading program


By Carole Howard | OVERVIEW The Columnist and Library Staff

We are thrilled to announce that Josie Snow, a Pagosan native, has been promoted to Assistant Manager, effective this week. She will also continue her current role as 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 will also work more closely with volunteers and create a calendar that will include a full picture of events and activities taking place throughout the year.

“I am honored to have been selected for this position and excited to have 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 more,” Wempe said. “Please stop by your library to congratulate her.”

Parade of Mermaids and
costume design

We’ll be celebrating the end of our very successful summer reading program with a fun, free mermaid parade for all ages and a little party on Friday, August 5 from 2:30-4 p.m. in the library for everyone from kids to adults.

Every year since 1983, Coney Island in New York has held the largest art parade in the United States to welcome summer. Performers come dressed in ocean-themed costumes that show off their talent and creativity.

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

Free early literacy
the program starts soon

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

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

By registering for the workshops, you will get personalized information and ideas to help your child. Please contact Michelle Salmeron-Ramierez at (970) 585-4293 or [email protected] The program is available in English and Spanish. It was created for babies from birth to 3 years old and will help you use speech to develop your child’s brain.

Public health interviews

Your library hosted public health professionals and public health resources from the San Juan Basin for free in-person sessions on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. The final lecture on August 1 will explain health insurance enrollment and how to choose the best plan for you. Spanish interpretation will be available for this session. More details on the presentation are available on a leaflet that you can get at your library.

Library stakeholders
The consortium continues

On Wednesday, August 3, you’re 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. which you can view on your computer, tablet or smartphone with Internet access. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

The August 3 noon session will feature 2021 Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. Marcia Chatelain, author of “Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America.”

The next talk on Tuesday, August 9 will feature Liz Moore, author of “Long Bright River”, named NPR’s 2020 Best Book of the Year.

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

Spanish for children
beginnings of class

Join us next Thursday, August 4, from 11 a.m. to noon for a new Spanish lesson for kids ages 6-11. 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 Tuesday and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Judy will help you solve problems with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. You don’t need an appointment.

Mini Dungeons and
Dragons debuts

A new Dungeons and Dragons mini-game for grades four through eight begins next Tuesday, August 2, from 4-5:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required as seating is limited. Call (970) 264-2209 to register.

More Dungeons and Dragons virtually and
in person

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

Then join us on Tuesday, August 9 from 4-7 p.m. for our latest in-person Dungeons & Dragons game.

Contact [email protected] to find out how to join either or both games.

PALS Adult Education is Growing

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

The game tomorrow

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

Games for teenagers

The free teen games take place Wednesday, August 3 from 4-5:30 p.m. for teens in sixth through 12th grade. Enjoy Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Writing Challenge

A new writing challenge for all ages 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 is now taking place in a new location. We are pleased to partner with the City of Pagosa Springs to bring the StoryWalk to downtown Riverwalk. It starts at the Ross Aragon Community Center and heads north towards the Growing Domes. From August 1 to 14, the book “A butterfly is patient”, a beautiful book about butterflies full of wings.

Family story time

Wednesdays from 10-11am, join us for stories, games and lots of reasons to get up and move.

Library hours

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

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

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

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

Downloadable books

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

Mysteries and thrillers

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

Other Novels

“Project Namahana” explores 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 working-at-home father in Tokyo dealing with his twin’s widower. Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s “Woman of Light” 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 times when life changes you – for better, for worse, for outrageous.

Books on CD

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


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


We are grateful to Rebecca Battles for her generous cash donation.

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

Quoteable quote

“No matter how busy you think you are, you must find time to read or surrender to your chosen ignorance.” — Confucius, Chinese philosopher.


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