Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo – Pagosa Daily Post News Events & Video for Pagosa Springs Colorado

We hope you and your family will join us for an all-ages Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo next week on Tuesday, December 11 from 4-6pm. This is a fun opportunity to celebrate the holidays by creating your very own seasonal crafts to take home while enjoying hot cocoa.

Avalanche awareness today
Join Mark Mueller today, Thursday, December 6 from 5:30-7 p.m. for an important presentation on avalanche safety that could save your life. He is an avalanche forecaster for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, which says avalanches are the deadliest natural hazard in the state of Colorado. No registration required

Christmas Reading
Many authors make a point of publishing books just in time for Christmas reading and inspiration for holiday gifts. Here are eight recent examples we’ve just added to the collection:

  • “Bathed in Prayer” by Jan Karon is a large-print collection of Father Tim’s prayers, sermons and reflections from the 14 novels in the Mitford series.
  • “Christmas Revelation” by Anne Perry is a holiday mystery decorated with all the Victorian trimmings.
  • “The Noel Stranger” by Richard Paul Evans is an inspirational story about redemption, faith and the power of the season.
  • “Alaskan Holiday” by Debbie Macomber is a magical Christmas tale about finding love where it’s least expected. It is available in hard cover and as an audio book on CD.
  • “Christmas Cake Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swensen holiday mystery with recipes in large print.

Activities calendars available
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month. There are three versions – kids, tweens/teens and adults. We look forward to seeing you at your library. Se habla espanol..

The free LEGO Club for kids six-12 years is 11 a.m.-noon on Saturday, December 8. No need to bring your LEGO bricks – we have lots – just bring your imaginations.

Teen gaming
Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades. Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks. Note: No teen gaming Tuesday the 11th because of Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo.

Teen writers group
Join us Wednesday, December 12 from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meeting for seventh-12 graders. This group’s interests include stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction.

Computer classes
Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. to learn a useful technology skill or application. Thursday, December 13 is Smartphone Basics when you’ll learn how to navigate commonly used features on your Android or Apple smartphone or tablet. Thursday, December 17 shows you how to use Microsoft Word to create a professional looking resume. No registration required.

Family storytimes
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move. This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers. Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.

“Woman Walks Ahead,” based on true events, tells of a woman from New York in the 1880s who travels to North Dakota to paint a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull. “Northern Exposure” is the complete season one. “The Darkest Minds” is an empowering tale of teens who mysteriously develop new abilities. “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” is a documentary about the major influence of indigenous people on popular American music.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense
“Cast Iron” by Peter May opens with a killer depositing an unconscious body into a picturesque lake. “How It Happened” by Michael Koryta features an FBI interrogation specialist who must face his past as he investigates a murder.

“The Black and the Blue” by Matthew Horace and Ron Harris explores the racism and crimes that permeate law enforcement and offers a blueprint for change. “The Joy of Leaving Your Sh*t All Over the Place” by Jennifer McCartney is a humorous look at the joys of being a slob.

“Tony’s Wife” by Adriana Trigiani follows two working-class kids who become a successful singing act during the big band era. “Master of His Fate” by Barbara Taylor Bradford describes the intertwining of two families’ lives in Victoria England. “Fire & Blood” by George R.R. Martin is the first volume of a two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros. “Beauchamp Hall” by Danielle Steel tells of a woman who leaves New York to visit the town where her favorite British TV drama is filmed.

“Identity” by Francis Fukuyama offers a provocative examination of modern identity politics and what it means for our democracy and international affairs. “On Desperate Ground” by Hampton Sides explores the Marines’ bravery in the Korean War’s greatest battle. “Presidents of War” by historian Michael Beschloss chronicles presidential war-making from the birth of the U.S. to the present. “Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019” describes places to see around the world. “Creating Moments of Joy along the Alzheimer’s Journey” by Jolene Brackey is a revised and expanded guide for caregivers.

Downloadable e-books
Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library. Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website. While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Diane Bower and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Black Friday Deal: All Books Are Free” was the headline in a New York Times ad over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. It went on to say: “Today and every day millions of books are free at the New York Public Library. With your free library card you can borrow books, e-books, audio books, magazines and so much more. Plus, the library is the place to go for free streaming videos, classes, programs and research data bases. This holiday season, discover a world of free resources at the library.”

For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at


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