Library Speakers Consortium launches, PALS expands and Tech Times take a break

Starting next Thursday, July 7, we are launching the Library Speaker’s Consortium featuring fiction and nonfiction authors giving live, professionally moderated book discussions you can view on your computer, tablet or smartphone with internet access.  If you are not available to view the presentations live, the recorded event will be available afterwards.

To access the consortium, click on the link on your library’s home page at https://pagosalibrary.org.  Moving forward, we expect two or three book discussions a month.

The July 7 program will feature Alka Joshi, author of “The Henna Artist,” from 7-8 p.m.  The second program on Thursday, July 14 from 10-11 a.m. will feature David Allen, author of “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.”

PALS adult education expands

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

No Tech Times in July

There will be no Tech Times in July.  Tech Time will return at a future date to be announced later.

Library closure

Your library will be closed July 4 to celebrate Independence Day.

Summer Reading Program underway

If you haven’t already done so, we hope you will sign up at your library or register online for this year’s Summer Reading Program, which is underway now with the theme “Oceans of Possibilities.”  Pick up a bingo card because participants get a small prize every time you complete a bingo sheet. 

The Summer Reading Program includes activities for all ages that are fun, free and educational.  And it encourages learning and new opportunities for everyone from toddlers to seniors.

Watch for details of special Summer Reading events in this and future Library News columns all summer.  And pick up a copy of the events calendar each month at your library to be sure you and your family don’t miss any of the fun.  There are three versions – children, teens and adults.

Gaming tomorrow

 Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect tomorrow, Friday, July 1 from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.  

Makerspace Saturday

Kids, tweens and teens are invited to a free Makerspace session on Saturday, July 2 from 11 a.m. to noon when we’ll provide the materials so you can build, design and create.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Wednesday, July 6 from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 6th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Summer Reading Club for kids

Our Summer Reading Club for kids K-5th grade takes place next Thursday, July 7  from 10 – 11:30 p.m. when we’ll dive under the waves to discover all the ocean resources there.  Note no Summer Reading Club today, June 30.

Dungeons & Dragons virtually and in person

Next Thursday, July 7 from 3-5 p.m., is our ongoing virtual Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults, available every other Thursday on Discord.  Then join us next Tuesday, July 12 from 4-6 p.m. for our ongoing in-person Dungeons & Dragons game.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join either or both games.  Free in-person sessions take place at your library on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge will be posted July 11 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free activity.

StoryWalk in new location

Our very popular StoryWalk has resumed at a new location.  We are pleased to partner with the Town of Pagosa Springs to bring the StoryWalk to the River Walk downtown.  It starts at the Community Center and heads north toward the green houses.  The July 1-10 featured book is “Blue Sky, White Stars” by Sarvinder Naberhaus.

Family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  July 6 is a free play session.

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays with 4-5 p.m. reserved for beginners and 5-7 p.m. 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.  

Las clases de ESL

Las clases nocturnas gratuitas en persona se llevan a cabo los martes y jueves de 4 a 7 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes asisten de 4 a 5 p.m., estudiantes intermedios de 5-6 p.m. y estudiantes avanzados de 7-8 p.m. Por favor, ayúdenos a correr la voz sobre estas clases a otras personas en nuestra comunidad que estén interesadas, y contáctenos por teléfono o correo electrónico si tiene alguna pregunta. 

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:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Activities calendars available

To be 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 events calendar each month.  There are three versions – children, teens and adults.

Downloadable books 

CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages. Accessing your library’s free digital collection has never been easier. You just need to download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog for the name of your library, then enter your library card number and 4-digit PIN. You are now ready to browse, borrow and read e-books and audiobooks using cloudLibrary. Library staff are happy to help you set up your device if you need assistance. 


“Father Stu” stars Mark Wahlberg in this inspiring true story.  “Fatherhood” is also a true story, about a widowed dad.  “Turning Red” is a Disney Pixar animated movie.

Books on CD

“Nightwork” by Nora Roberts is the beginning of a new mystery series featuring a thief.  “Tom Clancy’s Op-Center Call of Duty” by Jeff Rovin is a thriller.  “Sparring Partners” by John Grisham contains three legal thrillers.  “Every Cloak Rolled in Blood” by James Lee. Burke is an opioid-related mystery.  “Aeon Rising” by Matthew Mather is book one of a new apocalyptic series.  “Stephen Leeds Death and Faxes” by Brandon Sanderson is a techno-thriller addition to the Stephen (Legion) Leeds’ universe.  “Tom Clancy Zero Hour” by Don Bentley is a Jack Ryan Jr. thriller.

Large print

“Aunt Dimity and the Enchanted Cottage” by Nancy Atherton is an Aunt Dimity mystery.           

Mysteries and thrillers

“Sparring Partners” by John Grisham contains three legal thrillers.

Other novels

“Let Your Light Shine” by local author Lynn Moffett is part of her Incursion series.


We are grateful to Patricia Howard and Donald Logan for their very generous monetary contribution in honor of Bob and Carole Howard, and to our anonymous donors for their materials donations.  Please put your materials donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  

Library foundation

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation. To respond to the evolving needs of our community, we are now working on a $4 million project to expand our building so that we can provide private study rooms, an intergenerational hands-on learning space, easy access to self-checkout and drop-off, a beautiful outdoor reading garden and an endowment for the future.  Mail checks to P.O. Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209.

Quotable Quote

“Even if you are not dealt the best cards, you can still win the hand.  I did a lot of bluffing along the way.” – Lee Trevino, legendary American professional golfer who is regarded as one of the greatest players in golf history. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1981.

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