LIBRARY NEWS: Local Author Sets Novel in Pagosa

Pagosa Springs veterinarian and author Patty Latham has just published a new book, the second for this talented woman. It is different from her first, which was a memoir titled “Napa Valley Vets – the Balance of Lives” about the being a vet with her husband and partner in California.

This one is a novel titled “Colorado Blood” and set in Pagosa Springs. It takes advantage of Patty’s expertise by featuring a vet who moves to Pagosa after becoming disillusioned with the impersonal relationships of her work on the Front Range. She meets a widowed professor and ranch owner. But he has some serious personal issues and she is still recovering from her divorce from a man who saw her as eye candy rather than a professional woman. So she is not sure she is ready for a long-term relationship.

As the story unfolds, both learn a lot about each other – and themselves.

It sometimes is difficult for a writer to move from non-fiction to fiction, but Patty has accomplished that well. She is a good storyteller, and yet another reminder of the multitude of skilled residents in our little mountain community.

“This book almost wrote itself,” she said. “It’s definitely fiction – but many of the animal sections came from true stories.” She’s now working on two more books – a sequel to “Colorado Blood” and a second memoir centered on the equine practice she and her husband had in Pagosa.

As always when authors set their work in Pagosa, it’s fun for local readers to recognize familiar scenic areas and other venues. Among them is the following in the dedication to Patty’s book: “To the Bear Creek Saloon, R.I.P. October 2016. We will miss those burgers and curly fries.”

Patty has donated both of her books to your library for your reading pleasure.

Another local author in our collection
Katie West’s “Draft with the Wind” is the sequel to “Cedar Hill,” her popular first book written in 1982. That story was a tale of romance, chivalry, prejudice and pioneer justice on the western frontier in the early 20th century. The second book features a killer who has been paid by a Durango man to murder the husband of a gentle Quaker lady.

Lifelong Learning Lecture today
The fifth in the free spring Lifelong Learning Lecture series is today (Thursday, May 11) featuring Cimarrona Kelley offering advice on what you need to know as a first-time homeowner. These lectures take place every Thursday until May 18 with outstanding talks from 5:30 – 7 p.m. for six weeks. The last talk next week will cover spring bouquets. Pick up a brochure at your library with more information. No registration required.

Medicaid and Connect for Health today
Renee Burch from Archuleta County Human Services discuss options and changes to Medicaid and Connect for Health today (Thursday, May 11) in this free session from 1 – 1:45 p.m. No registration required.

All-ages gaming tomorrow
Enjoy free video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your family and friends tomorrow (Friday, May 12) from 2-3:15 p.m.

Adult learning
Our new free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) program takes place on Monday, May 15 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and continues every Monday thereafter at the same time, plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m. Stop by and let Mark help you with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Otaku for teens
The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets on Monday, May 15 from 4-5 p.m. Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks. This free club is for fifth-12th grades.

Baby storytime
Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

Toddler storytime
Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join us for 30 minutes of free stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.

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.

Update on search for two full-time staff
Your library is actively working to fill the two vacant librarian positions. We will have our adult services and tech librarian on board very shortly, and our early literacy librarian here not long after that. While some programming has decreased in the meantime, we still are offering most of your favorite programs. Please see below for programs that are on as usual and those with changes. Stay tuned to this Library News column, the library website and Facebook for updates on when to expect regular programming to resume. We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment.

“House” is season two. “The Blacklist” is season two. “The League” is season two. “Forging the West” is a documentary about Colorado’s largest steel mill and employer. “Broken Bridges” is the story of a country music singer. “The League” is the complete season three.

“Lincoln’s Lieutenants” by Stephen W. Sears is a biography of the commanders who led the Army of the Potomac. “My Italian Bulldozer” by Alexander McCall Smith features a food writer’s adventures in Tuscany. “A Perfect Obsession” by Heather Graham is a New York Confidential mystery. “Mississippi Blood” by Greg Iles is the conclusion of the trilogy set in Natchez. “The Chosen” by J.R. Ward is the latest in the Black Brother Daggerhood series.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense
“War Cry” by Wilbur Smith is a Courtney Family espionage story set in Africa. “The Sisters of Blue Mountain” by Karen Katchur begins with the death of hundreds of dead geese. “Fix” by David Baldacci is an Amos Decker mystery. “Earthly Remains” by Donna Leon is a Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery. “Fall of Lisa Bellow” by Susan Perabo follows a young girl left behind when her classmate is kidnapped. “Every Wild Heart” by Meg Donohue is a mother-daughter tale featuring a single-mother radio host.

Other novels
“Long Way Gone” by Charles Martin tells of a man who returns home to Colorado searching for answers about his father and his faith. “The Burning Page” by Genevieve Cogman is an Invisible Library fantasy. “Miramar Bay” by Davis Bunn is the story of two strangers in a small, coastal town. “The Women in the Castle” by Jessica Shattuck features resistance widows after Nazi Germany’s defeat. “Red Clover Inn” by Carla Neggers is a Swift River Valley novel. “Border Child” by Michel Stone tells of a young family facing U.S.-Mexico border issues. “The Stars Are Fire” by Anita Shreve is based on the true story of the largest fire in Maine’s history. “Feversong” by Karen Marie Morning is the last book in the Fever fantasy series. “Two from the Heart” by James Patterson features a woman interviewing people about their best stories.

“Phenomena” by Annie Jacobsen describes the U.S. government’s investigations into extrasensory perception and psychokinesis. “4 Minute Fit” by trucker Siphiwe Baleka is a 13-week program for the time-crunched, deskbound and stressed out. “Wired to Eat” by Robb offers customized weight loss programs plus 60 recipes and meal plans. “Dodge City” by Tom Clavin reveals how Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson established frontier justice and the rule of law in the west.

Programmed Nooks
We have nine free Nooks and three free tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure. The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers. The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week we thank Cindi Galabota, Ruth Carson, Marci Thomas and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincey Adams (1767-1848), sixth president of the U.S.A.

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Carole Howard & Library Staff

The Ruby Sisson Memorial Library has been located at 811 San Juan Street (corner of S. 8th and Hwy 160) since 1989. The library is overseen by the Upper San Juan Library District, a tax-funded special district in Archuleta County.