Prepare your entry now for all-ages Carnival Games Design Contest

Now is the time to design and build your own carnival-inspired game and bring it ready to play and be judged at our free Carnival Game Design Contest playday next Friday, August 18 from 3-5 p.m.

At this event everyone can play the games and help the judges decide the winners. Games will be judged on playability, creativity and design. Prizes will be awarded in five age categories: 18 years and older, ages 12-17, 8-11, 5-7 and under five.

Entries must be built ahead of time and submitted between August 14 and August 18 at 3 p.m. Your game cannot be larger than 36”x36”x36” and you must be able to carry it in and out of the building without help of library staff. 

Your entry must be your own creation, not a kit or other pre-built structure, and built by the person whose name appears on the registration. One entry per person, please.

Library early closure

Your library will close early on Monday, August 14 for a staff meeting at 5 p.m. This is a new staff meeting schedule – on the second Monday of the month.

Activities calendars

Pick up monthly events calendars at the library so you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your family.

Composting 101 today

Learn the art and importance of composting for your garden at a free session with West Davies today, Thursday, August 10, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Mini Monets tomorrow

 Friday, August 11 from 10-11 a.m. kids ages one-five are invited to use art – and sometimes to get messy – to build early literacy skills at this free activity.

Tween, teen makers tomorrow

Tweens and teens are invited to a free session to make and bedazzle a t-shirt bag on Friday, August 11 from 1-2 p.m.

Legal clinic tomorrow

This month’s legal clinic on civil issues is by appointment tomorrow, Friday, August 11 from 2 – 3 p.m. Come to the library to meet privately via Zoom with our volunteer attorney. 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 ruby@pagosalibrary.org, or phone 970-264-2209 or stop by the library.

S.T.E.M program tomorrow

Solve engineering challenges and science experiments at our free S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program tomorrow, Friday, August 11 from 2-3:30 p.m. Activities are available for multiple age groups. Pre-registration is required. 

Beginning chess Saturday

Learn how to play chess with free quick lessons and game time to practice your skills on Saturday, August 12 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. All ages and abilities are welcome.

LEGO Club Saturday

Kids aged six-11 are invited to bring your imaginations on Saturday, August 12 from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. for the free LEGO Club. Note the extended time of two hours rather than one. Bring your own LEGOs or use ours.

Adult knitting Saturday

Join new and experienced knitters this Saturday, August 12 for our free Knitters Circle from 1-3 p.m. It is aimed at anyone over the age of 18 who would like to knit together or get some help if you are stuck on your project. 

Knitting and crochet lessons

Learn to knit or crochet on Monday, August 14 at our free gathering from 10-11 a.m. for ages eight and up. Supplies provided. Note new day and time.

Adult DIY

At the free adult DIY next Tuesday, August 15 from 1-2:30 p.m., you will make a greeting card with beautiful card stock and lots of embellishments including stamps, ribbon, yarn, bling and metal designs. All supplies provided.

Action Drawing for teens, tweens

This month we have a free art program for teens and tweens called Action Drawing every Tuesday from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. led by Dean Dempster. You’ll take turns posing for each other in playful exercises and learn to capture the essence of your friends quickly and freely. You’ll also learn the basics of sketching figures, portraits, hands and feet. Registration required.

Spanish conversation

Practice your Spanish in a free group setting on Tuesday, August 15 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. No minimum skill level needed. Note this group now meets twice a month, on the first and third Tuesdays.

Kickoff to Kindergarten

 A free four-week school readiness program for ages four-and-a-half to six to prepare youngsters for the first year of school happens today, Thursday, August 10, and August 17 and 24 from 10-11 a.m. Activities will include circle time, group activities, playtime and storytime while exploring reading, writing and math. Parents can participate for limited time periods each week. Preregistration required in person or by phone at 970-264-2209. Attendance at all sessions is required.

Online author talks

There will be three talks in August in our free online virtual series featuring New York Times bestselling authors with an opportunity to ask questions. You can listen live or access the recorded talk. Tuesday, August 15 at 2 p.m. we will interact with Robert Jones Jr., author of the epic love story “The Prophets.”   Wednesday, August 23 at 6 p.m. features “The Mortal Instruments” young adult fantasy series by Cassandra Clare. Wednesday, August 30 at noon showcases higher education journalist Jeff Selingo, author of “A Year of College Admissions” which explores who gets into college and why.

Dungeons & Dragons

Next Tuesday, August 15 from 4 – 5:30 p.m., join our Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults. Pre-registration is required because space is limited. Contact Josie@pagosalibrary.org to join.

STEAM program

Camp Connect is a free STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) program for fifth-eighth graders next Wednesday, August 16 from noon-2 p.m. Registration is required. 

Wacky Wednesdays for kids

Ages six-11 are invited to get silly and play next Wednesday, August 16 from 2:30-3:30 P.M. when each week will be a different free fun activity.

Family storytimes

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for a free educational hour of reading, singing and free play to build early literacy skills.

Writers support group

Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. Ruby’s Writers Guild welcomes writers looking for opportunities, support, resources and camaraderie with other writers at this free gathering.  

Change in ESL class times

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and there is a change in the way the time is divided: 4-5 p.m. is reserved for beginners, 5-6 p.m. for intermediate and 6-7 p.m. for 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.  

Cambios en el horario de las clases de inglés (ESL)            

Las clases de inglés se imparten en persona y gratis los martes y jueves en la biblioteca Ruby Sisson. El horario ha cambiado recientemente. Efectivo inmediatamente, 4-5 p.m. es para principiantes, 5-6 p.m. es para intermedios y 6-7 p.m. es para avanzados. Por favor, ayúdanos a informar a nuestra comunidad de estas oportunidades para aprender el inglés. Si tienen preguntas, favor de ponerse en contacto por correo electrónico: ruby@agosalibrary.org o por teléfono: 970-264-2209. 

Please bring your device’s charger to Tech Time

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays. Judy helps you with basic questions relating to computers, smartphones and tablets and also provide assistance in accessing any of the library’s online resources. No appointment needed for these drop-in sessions, but it is important that you bring your device’s charger with you.

PALS/GED adult education

Join Mark or Sally for free PALS sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.   

Downloadable books 

CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages. To access this free digital collection, 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. Library staff are happy to help you set up your device if you need assistance.


“Pardoned by Grace” is based on a true story about an inmate turned prison minister. “Crossword Mysteries” is a three-movie collection. “Mayor of Kingstown” is season one about a power broker family in Michigan. 


“Knife Drop” by Nick Digiovanni is a collection of recipes from sandwiches to seafood. “The Beauty of Zentangle” edited by Suzanne McNeill and Cindy Shepard provides hundreds of easy-to-learn patterns for this worldwide art phenomenon. “Zen Doodle: Tons of Tangles” edited by Tonia Jenny and Amy Jones contains the best of doodle art from around the world. 

Large print

“Zero Days” by Ruth Ware is a mystery that starts with the murder of half of a security specialist couple.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Daisy Darker” by Alice Feeney takes place on a tiny island where the high tide cuts access for eight



“Calling For a Blanket Dance” by Oscar Hokeah takes readers into the complex lives of a Mexican-Native American family. “The Ocean Above Me” by Kevin Sites follows the trauma of a former war correspondent trapped in an air bubble in an overturned shrimp trawler. “Half-Life of a Stolen Sister” by Rachel Cantor explores the lives and genius of the three Bronte sister authors.

Books on CD

“The 9th Man” by Steve Barry is a thriller exploring the assassination of JFK. “Zero Days” by Ruth Ware is a mystery that starts with the murder of half of a security specialist couple. “Circle of Death” by James Patterson and Brian Sitts is a Shadow thriller. “Sleepless City” by Reed Farrel Coleman is a Nick Ryan mystery. 

Thanks to our donors

We are grateful to Joanne Ferko, Daniel McCluskey, John Prustman, Carole Howard as well as Sage and Willow Merrill-Exton for their donations of materials. When we are open, material donations are accepted for the Friends of the Library at the front desk – not down the outside returns slot at the library or the dropbox at City Market, please. The Friends take fiction published in 2013 or newer and nonfiction from  2018 or newer. Limited workroom space means we can only accept one or two small boxes at a time. 

Quotable Quote

“I work out three times a week. I work the muscles in my legs. My dad said, ‘Keep your legs strong all your life and you’ll always be mobile.’” – Rod Stewart, British singer and songwriter, age 78.


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