How to suspend your holds when you are traveling

By Carole Howard | PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

Many patrons love the hold service available at your library which allows you to reserve books and other materials when they are checked out to others. But you may not know that you can freeze — or suspend — your holds at any time. This tool can be helpful when you are traveling and may be especially useful to you during the busy holiday season.

The best part is you don’t lose your place in line. When your hold is thawed, or released, you go right back in to the same place in your hold line; you don’t go to the end of the line.

To freeze your holds online, first log into your account. On the left side of the page, click on “Titles on Hold.” A list of all items you have on hold will appear. If they are not currently in transit, you can freeze the hold until you return from your travels or are ready to receive your hold again. To freeze your hold, click on the button that says “Freeze Hold.” Choose the date to thaw and resume the hold again and then click “Freeze Hold.” The freeze will begin immediately.

Please note donations guidelines

Many of you are very generous with your materials donations to the library and we are grateful. Most of your contributions become welcome items on sale in the annual Friends of the Library book sale every summer that raises much-appreciated funds for your library for special projects. The Friends’ most recent contribution was the replacement of all public computers, including those for accessing the Internet as well as those designated to search the library catalog of items.

As donations begin to come in for next summer’s sale, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind you about our guidelines for materials donations so that you don’t waste your valuable time.

Material donations are accepted for the Friends at the front desk at the library (not through the outside returns slot at the library or the drop box at City Market, please) when we are open.

The Friends are happy to take fiction published in 2012 or newer and nonfiction that is 2017 or newer. Limited workroom space means we can only accept one or two small boxes at a time.

Alert regarding your
coral reef creations

Please come by your library to pick up your coral reef creations by Aug. 13 if you want to keep them.

Virtual teen advisory board today

Today, Thursday, Aug. 11, the teen advisory board meets from 4 to 5 pm on your library’s Discord server. Fourth- through 12th-graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.

Gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the Xbox 360 Kinect tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 12, from 2:30 to 3:45 pm

LEGO Club on Saturday

Kids aged 6 and up are invited to bring your imaginations — LEGOs are provided — on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 11 am to noon for the free LEGO Club. LEGO challenges also are posted on Facebook if you can’t make it to the library.

Legal clinic tomorrow

The free legal clinic this month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 12, from 2 to 3 pm

Come into the library to meet privately via Zoom with our volunteer attorney, who will answer your questions, show you legal documents and help you fill out the necessary forms. To schedule an appointment, at the beginning of the month send an email titled “Sign-up for Free Legal Clinic,” with your first name and phone number, to, or phone (970) 264-2209 or stop by the library. The volunteer attorney’s time is limited, so it’s first-come, first-served. This clinic takes place on the second Friday of every month.

Spanish conversation

Next Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm, we will gather at the library to practice speaking and listening skills together at this free session. No minimum skill level is required to attend.

You also can learn Spanish and many other languages ​​using the Transparent Language Learning database available at

Mini Dungeons
and Dragons

Our second new Dungeons and Dragons minigame for fourth- through eighth-graders starts Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 4 to 5:30 pm Preregistration is required because space is limited. Phone (970) 264-2209 to join.

Teen DIY

Fourth- through 12th-graders are invited to a free in-person teen DIY session next Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 4 to 5 pm, when you will learn some basic sewing skills and make a mini throw pillow.

Children’s Spanish class

Join us next Thursday, Aug. 18, from 11 am to noon for the second session of a new Spanish class for kids aged 6 to 11. Miss Josie and Miss Ruby will help you learn and improve your Spanish.

Dungeons and Dragons

Next Thursday, Aug. 18, from 3 to 5 pm, is our ongoing virtual Dungeons and Dragons game free for teens and young adults, available every other Thursday on Discord. Contact to learn how to join.

PALS adult education expands

In response to popular demand, Mark has doubled the number of his free PALS sessions to Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 8 pm to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more. No registration required.

Tech Time resumes

Free in-person slots are available from 10 am to noon Tuesdays and 2 to 4 pm Thursdays. Judy will help you resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. You do not need an appointment for these drop-in sessions.

writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge was posted Aug. 8 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 now takes place at a new location. We are pleased to partner with the Town of Pagosa Springs to bring the StoryWalk to the Riverwalk downtown. It starts at the Ross Aragon Community Center and heads north toward the growing domes.

Aug. 1-14 features the book “A Butterfly is Patient,” a beautiful book about butterflies that is full of wings. Aug. 15-31 features the classic fable “The Lion and the Mouse” that celebrates the power of kindness.

Family story time

Wednesdays from 10 to 11 am, join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with 4 to 5 pm reserved for beginners and 5 to 7 pm for both intermediate and advanced students. Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.

Library hours

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

• Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, your library is open 9 am to 6 pm

• Tuesdays and Thursdays, your library is open 9 am to 8 pm

• Saturdays, your library is open 9 am to 3 pm


“Anna” by Amy Odell is the biography of Anna Wintour, who became one of the most powerful people in the worlds of fashion and media. “Atoms and Ashes” by Serhii Plokhy looks at more than half a century of nuclear catastrophes. “2023 Road Atlas” is a Michelin publication that includes North American driving tours. “The Cook You Want to Be” by Andy Baragiani is a cookbook with recipes and techniques on how to make them. “Thinking Like a Horse” by Grant Golliher is a guide to leadership by a “horse whisperer” cowboy. “Selma Blair” is an autobiography by this actress, model and advocate for the multiple sclerosis community.

Essays collection

“My Moment” contains essays from 106 women, including Gloria Steinem, Lena Waithe, Carol Burnett, Joanna Gaines, Cyndi Lauper and Billie Jean King, along with striking black-and-white photography. Their essays contain revealing experiences of women from grade school girls to octogenarians about how they used their individual experiences and knowledge to make change. The women’s revelations were prompted by the question: “What was the moment in your life when you realized you were ready to fight for yourself?”

Books on CD

“Escape” by James Patterson and David Ellis is a thriller. “Remember Love” by Mary Balogh is a Ravenswood Regency romance. “The Big Dark Sky” by Dean Koontz is a suspense story. “Cold, Cold Bones” by Kathy Reichs is a suspense story featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. “The Hidden One” by Linda Castillo features Chief of Police Kate Burkholder in Amish country.


“Ordinary Monsters” by JM Miro is a historical fantasy set in 1882 England. “Something Wilder” by Christina Lauren features a treasure hunt adventure in the red rock canyons of Utah.

Quotable quote

“Don’t let others define you because, believe me, they will try. You define yourself in your life, on your own terms.” — Billie Jean King, American star tennis player whose influence and playing style elevated the status of women’s professional tennis beginning in the late 1960s. In her career, she won 39 major titles, competing in both singles and doubles.


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