About 45 magazines and newspapers available for your free reading pleasure


By Carole Howard | OVERVIEW The Columnist and Library Staff

We want to remind you that your library has about 45 magazines and newspapers in our collection for your free reading pleasure.

Magazine titles include The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Taste of Home, Time, Bon Appetit, Colorado Life, Consumer Reports, People, All Animals and Sports Illustrated, to name a few. Especially for youngsters, we have Sports Illustrated Kids. All magazines are listed in our online catalog which is a link from our website. If you’re looking for a magazine that’s also the title of a book or movie, you can include the term “periodical” to narrow the search.

In 2023, as our current magazine subscriptions end, we are moving to a new magazine provider for several reasons, including our inability to obtain Ski and Southwest Art, both of which are popular with our customers.

Newspapers include The Pagosa Springs SUN and The Durango Herald. We had to abandon The Silverton Standard due to a dramatic price increase and a limited number of people reading it (we track the numbers). Also, we no longer carry the Wall Street Journal, not because of the price or people not reading it, but because our supplier couldn’t get it here in a reasonable delivery time.

We hope you enjoy reading current newspapers and magazines directly at the library in one of our comfortable armchairs or in one of our reading areas. All back issues of the magazine are available free of charge.

We also offer a variety of journals and other publications through our 24/7 online resources. Visit https://pagosalibrary.org/online-resources/ to find a variety of topics for people of all ages. A library card is required to access some online resources.

New format for
calendar of activities

To make sure you don’t miss any of the free library activities available to you and your family, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the calendar of events each month. Its new simplified format brings together all the activities and events for children, teens and adults on one practical double-sided page.

Online speakers
The consortium continues

There’s another event this month in our free virtual online Library Speakers Consortium series featuring New York Times best-selling authors and thought leaders giving live, professionally moderated book discussions that you can watch on your computer, tablet or smartphone with internet access. You also have the opportunity to ask questions.

On Tuesday, September 27 at 2 p.m., we will hear from Pulitzer Prize finalist Hernan Diaz. He has written two novels which have been published in over 20 languages, as well as numerous essays and short stories. He is also Associate Director of the Hispanic Institute of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University. He is known as a dynamic speaker who captivates audiences with witty conversations about weirdness, his genre theory, literary history, and what it means to research a novel.

Spanish for children
class tomorrow

Join us on Friday, September 23 from 2-3 p.m. for a Spanish lesson for children ages 6-11 to help youngsters learn and improve their Spanish.

LEGO Club on Saturday

Kids ages 6 and up are welcome to bring their imaginations—LEGOs are provided—Saturday, September 24 from 11 a.m. to noon for the free LEGO Club. LEGO Challenges are also posted on Facebook if you can’t make it to the library.

The game tomorrow

Enjoy free video games for all ages on Xbox 360 Kinect tomorrow, Friday, September 23, from 3-4 p.m.


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, financial aid, tutoring and more. No registration required. Note that there will be no PALS today, September 22.

Technical time

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 answer 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 walk-in sessions.

Writing Challenge

A new writing challenge for all ages will be posted September 26 on the library’s Facebook page. We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free activity.

family story time

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

English as a second language courses

Free in-person evening classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-5 p.m. for beginners and 5-7 p.m. for intermediate and advanced students. Help us promote these courses to other members of our community who would be interested and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.

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.

Books on CD

Karin Slaughter’s “Girl, Forgotten” is a thriller featuring U.S. Marshal Andrea Oliver investigating a cold case with ties to her father. “Fox Creek” by William Kent Krueger is the latest in the Cork O’Connor mystery series.

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Family Remains” by Lisa Jewell is a psychological thriller that begins on the banks of the Thames. “All Good People Here” by Ashley Flowers features a journalist returning to her small hometown who must come to terms with her past. Faye Kellerman’s “The Hunt” is a Decker/Lazarus mystery.

Other Novels

“The Wisdom of Crowds” by Joe Abercrombie is the latest book in the Age of Madness fantasy series. Kimberly Garza’s “The Last Karankawas” features a tight-knit community of Mexican and Filipino Americans in the face of Hurricane Ike in Galveston. Jillian Medoff’s “When We Were Bright and Beautiful” is a family drama set on Manhattan’s gleaming Upper East Side. “It Could Be Different” by Sarah Thankam Mathews is a group portrait of young people, including an immigrant forging love and community amidst struggle. Tanya Huff’s “Into the Broken Lands” is a fantastical adventure.


“A Place in the World” by Frances Mayes explores this world traveler’s passion for homes and the things that inhabit them. Beth Macy’s “Raising Lazarus” tells the story of everyday heroes battling America’s overdose crisis. “Life on the Mississippi” by Rinker Buck follows the author’s adventures on a flatboat on the Mississippi. “The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2023” is the 231st edition of this American classic. “BAM: Business as Mission” by C. Neal Johnson is a practical guide to BAM, including step-by-step strategic planning and operational implementation.


We are grateful to Stephanie King and Susan and Terry Arrington for their generous monetary donations, and to our anonymous donors for their donations of materials.

Material donations are accepted for Friends of the Library at reception (not through the return slot outside the library or the drop box at City Market, please) when we are open. Friends takes fiction published in 2012 or newer and non-fiction from 2017 or newer. Limited working space means we can only accept one or two small boxes at a time.

Quoteable quote

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” — Warren Buffett, American business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He is currently Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and one of the most successful investors in the world.


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


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