How to suspend your holds when you are traveling

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 do not 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 do not 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 (not down the outside returns slot at the library or the dropbox 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 re your coral reef creations

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

Virtual teen advisory board today

Today, Thursday, August 11, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. on your library’s Discord server.  Fourth-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 X-box 360 Kinect tomorrow, Friday, August 12 from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

LEGO Club on Saturday

Kids aged six and up are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, August 13 from 11 a.m.-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, August 12 from 2 – 3 p.m.  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 ruby@pagosalibrary.org, 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, August 16 from 4:30-5:30 p.m., 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 https:pagosalibrary.org/online-resources/

Mini Dungeons & Dragons

Our second new Dungeons & Dragons minigame for 4th-8th graders starts happens Tuesday, August 16 from 4 – 5:30 p.m.  Pre-registration is required because space is limited.  Phone 970-264-2209 to join.

Teen DIY

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

Children’s Spanish class

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

Dungeons & Dragons

Next Thursday, August 18 from 3-5 p.m., is our ongoing virtual Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults, available every other Thursday on Discord.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join.

PALS adult education expands

In response topopular demand, Mark has doubled 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.  

Tech Time resumes

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. 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 August 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 River Walk downtown.  It starts at the Community Center and heads north toward the green houses.    August 1-14 features the book “A Butterfly is Patient,” a beautiful book about butterflies that is full of wings.  August 15-31 features the classic fable “The Lion and the Mouse” that celebrates the power of kindness.

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.   

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.

Downloadable books 

CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages and accessing this 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.


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


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) when we are open. The Friends 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. 

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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