Jackie Welch to retire as library director

Jackie Welch is retiring as library director effective June 30 after 14 years working for the library in increasingly more responsible roles that brought her respect and admiration from patrons, trustees and staff for her expertise and enthusiasm.

On behalf of the board of trustees, Rick Stinchfield said: “As Jackie retires to be close to family, the board is very grateful not only for her service but also for leaving the library well positioned for the future.  She leaves a legacy of responsiveness to the needs of the community and meeting those needs with good cheer.  While we wish her the best in retirement, Pagosa is losing one of its unsung heroes.”

Jackie calls herself “an accidental librarian” because she began her Sisson Library career as a volunteer, moving up to part-time and then full-time positions before being appointed director in 2006.  “This was the best job of my life because of the staff, the board and this amazing community,” she says.

During her decade as director, Jackie greatly expanded participation in library programs, especially those aimed at teens and tweens, traditionally difficult audiences to attract. She eagerly embraced the technological advances that some predicted would make libraries irrelevant, leading your library into the world of free public computers and databases, downloadable books and movies, even an automatic checkout machine.

Jackie broadened our involvement in integrated statewide library consortium programs so that we benefited from resources no small town library could afford.  She took over the Archuleta County Education Center’s adult education programs (formerly GED) so that this vital program would not be lost to our community.  And she hired highly educated, experienced staff, greatly increasing the professionalism of the library personnel.

Now Jackie is moving to Corpus Christi, Texas to be closer to her son, his wife and Jackie’s two grandchildren.  She plans to take cooking and master gardener classes, enjoy the benefits of living on the water, and happily patronize the city’s five libraries.  She also is looking forward to a trip to Scotland.

Your library is hosting a farewell open house for Jackie on Wednesday, June 29 from 2-4 p.m. to thank her for her great work and wish her well in retirement.  We hope you will join us to honor this accomplished woman.

Effective July 1, Meg Wempe, currently assistant director, will be promoted to director.  Watch for an interview with Meg in the June 30 Library News column as she talks about her plans for the library as she assumes her new responsibilities.

Free Spanish classes today
The third session in the six-week Spanish language class taught by Jean Broderick takes place today (Thursday, June 9) from 5-6:30 p.m. and continues through June 30.

Free creative destruction for teens today
Fifth-12th graders are invited to turn old books into something new today (Thursday, June 9) from 4-5:30 p.m.

Free kids “Get Out and Explore” today
Kids in the firth-sixth grades are invited today (Thursday, June 9) from 1-2:15 p.m. to learn about how to make healthy snacks to have energy to play all day.

Free all-ages movie tomorrow
Join us tomorrow (Friday, June 10) for a PG movie from 2-3:30 p.m.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film in the media but you can get all movie title on the activities calendars, available at the front desk.

Free all-ages LEGO contest
Pick up your copy of the rules at the library.  Return your original creation (no kits) between June 6-10.  Judging takes place Saturday, June 11 with winners announced at 11:30 a.m.

Free bike sessions for kids and adults
First-fifth graders are invited Tuesday, June 14 from 11 a.m. – noon for a bike safety session – helmet fitting, safety tips and fun activities.  Separately, adults will learn about changing a flat, brake adjustment, chain care and cleaning your bike Wednesday, June 15 from 1-3 p.m.  No bike or registration required.  Both sessions are led by Annie and Terry at The Hub Bike

Read to a therapy dog
Next Wednesday, June 15 from 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. K-fifth graders are invited to share your favorite book with Penny, a therapy dog who loves to listen to stories.

Free Library Olympics for tweens
Next Thursday, June 16 from 1 – 2:15 p.m. first-sixth graders will learn about the different sports and Olympic athletes competing this summer in Rio.

Free “Ramblin’ Readers” for adults
If you’re interested in meeting new people while taking a walk and discussing books, join us for a 30-minute walk Thursdays June 16 and 30 from 10:30-11:15 a.m.  No preassigned book.

Free teen book club
Next Wednesday, June 15 from 4-5 p.m. 7th-12th graders will discuss “an Ember in the Ashes” by Sabaa Tahir.

Free tech sessions
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-4:45 p.m. Thursdays.  Drop in with your technology questions – but note no Tech Time June 9 or 14.

Free teen gaming sessions
Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen advisory board
Next Thursday, June 16 the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs you will enjoy.

Free preschool storytime
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., preschoolers and their families are invited to enjoy an hour of stories, music and a craft to develop early literacy skills.  Recommended for three- to five-year-olds.

Free baby and toddler storytimes
Stories, songs and fingerplays with Miss Leah for you and your little ones on Saturdays.  Note split sessions:  Baby time from 9:05 to 9:25 for 0 to 12 months.  Toddlers from 9:30 – 10 a.m.  for 12-36 months.  If you have multiple little ones, please come to whatever storytime is most convenient for you and your family.

Mysteries and suspense
“The Highwayman” by Craig Johnson is a Longmire otherworldly mystery.  “Aunt Dimity & the Buried Treasure” by Nancy Atherton begins with the discovery of a valuable bracelet.

“Alter Egos” by Mark Landler explores how Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton went from being rivals to partners.  “The Girl from Summer Hill” by Jude Deveraux is a romance.  “The Last Mile” by David Baldacci is an Amos Decker thriller.  “Troublemaker” by Linda Howard is a thriller.

Other novels
“The Defenders of Shannara: The Sorcerer’s Daughter” by Terry Brooks is book three in a fantasy trilogy.  “Sweetbitter” by Stephanie Danler is a coming-of-age story set in New York City.  “The Children” by Ann Leary follows the lives of adult children in a blended family.  “The City of Mirrors” by Justin Cronin is book three in The Passage vampire trilogy.  “Smoke” by Dan Vyleta is a Dickensian-type tale set in England.

Free downloadable e-books
Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our 3M Cloud Library.  Access these e-books 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.

Free downloadable films

For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website.  Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.

Free programmed Nooks
Reminder:  We have nine Nooks and three 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 Jeff Versaw, Medora Bass, Jim Franzen, Linda Thomson, Barb Draper and our many anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.” – William Wordsworth (1770-1850), English Romantic poet.

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