Meet Michael, your new youth services librarian
As of yesterday, Michael Bradley is your new youth services librarian at the Ruby Sisson Library.  He replaces Leah Leger, who is engaged to be married and moving back to Denver to be with her fiancé.

Michael brings many years of experience working with and instructing children.  Most recently he was youth services assistant at the Lawrence Public Library in Lawrence, KS where he planned and performed five weekly storytimes for young patrons, helped start a Lego Club for ages 5-11, and was responsible for the summer Kisapalozza program.

He also was involved in community outreach and school visits, performing at special events, and maintaining and developing the children’s collection.  Michael is so well known for his programming talent that he frequently got invitations from other libraries to come to perform for their patrons.  He also is a country blues musician.

Michael’s training and work as an early literacy instructor for The Institute of Reading Development, work at the Prairie Moon and Raintree Montessori Schools, and the American Library Association’s Every Child Ready to Read standards have made him adept at communicating early literacy tips in a fun and interesting way for storytime families. Michael has a BS in theatre from Central Michigan University and studied for an MA in theatre and film at the University of Kansas.

“Michael is a treasure both because of his library experience and also his knowledge of and involvement in so many other related fields,” said Meg Wempe, director of the Sisson Library.  “We are very lucky to have him.”

Please stop by to meet Michael and welcome him to Pagosa and your library.

Book fair cancelled    
The Friends of the Library annual book sale August 12-13 has been cancelled this year because they do not have enough books to put on their usual first-class event. The annual Friends meeting and member reception still will occur on Friday, August 12, but it will take place at the library (new location).  Over the next year, we will stockpile books to ensure that the 2017 book sale will be a noteworthy event with the large variety of high-quality items for sale that has made this event so popular in the past.

Backpacks available for free checkout
Thanks to a partnership between the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado State Library, we now have two backpacks for free checkout that contain a state park pass, binoculars, a wildlife guide, a trees and wildlife guide, a book about the 42 state parks, and more. The backpacks can be checked out for a full week and renewed for an additional week.   They cannot be placed on hold.  Consider it a “Lucky Day” pickup item, meaning that if you come in and it’s available, you can check it out.

Free Read with a Ranger

Youngsters aged six-10 are invited to Read with a Ranger next Wednesday, August 10 from 2-3:30 p.m. when U.S. Forest Service Ranger Brandon will “go wild with mammals” of the San Juan National Forest with nature-themed books and activities.

Free fly fishing
For adults, a three-part fly fishing series will include the basics of fly fishing – basic knot-tying, equipment parts and setup, and casting – taught by Mark Wardell.  Sessions take place Monday, August 8 and Wednesday, August from 10 a.m. – noon at the library.  Then Friday, August 12 starting at 8 a.m. you’ll put your new skills to use when you go fly fishing.

Free Medicare 101 session
Today (Thursday, August 4) from 10:30 a.m. – noon Katy, a talented San Juan Area Agency on Aging navigator, will provide you with important information before you enroll in Medicare.  Please call 264-0501, ext. 2, to reserve a spot.

Free Medicaid and ACA workshops
Also today (Thursday, August 4) at 1 p.m. there will be stand-alone workshops on Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act geared to people starting Medicaid.  No registration required.    Next Thursday, August 11 at 1 p.m. the Medicaid session will be repeated.

Teen advisory board
Today (Thursday, August 4) the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

Free all-ages gaming
Tomorrow (Friday, August 5) from 2-3:15 p.m. enjoy video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

Free teen book club
Next Wednesday, August 10 from 4-5 p.m., the teen book club for seventh-12th grades resumes to discuss “Shadow and Bone” by Leigh Bardugo.  Pick up a copy at the library and help us choose next month’s book.

Free adult book club
Our adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On August 9 we will discuss “Northanger Abbey” by Jane Austen.  If you need a copy, please let us know.  No registration required.

Free tech sessions
Meg Wempe is available for Tech Tuesday sessions 10-noon.  Drop in with your technology questions.  Note no Tech Thursdays for the next several months because there will be sessions at the Community Center on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Please let us know what technology classes you would like to have taught in the next couple of months.

Free teen gaming
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.

Free preschool storytime
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., pre-K and kindergarteners and their families 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.

“I’m Just a Person” by Tig Notaro is the comedian’s autobiography.  “The Crowdfunding Handbook” by Cliff Ennico details how to raise money via equity funding portals.  “When Someone You Know Has Depression” by Dr. Susan J. Noonan offers advice on words to say and things to do.  “Outlander Kitchen” by Theresa Carle-Sanders is the official Outlander cookbook.  “Bite Me” by Ally Hilfiger is a memoir by this actor/producer.  “What’s That Flower?” is a DK pocket identification guide for beginners.

Duty and Honor” by Tom Clancy is the latest in the Jack Ryan Jr. series.  “Ghosts of War” by Brad Taylor is a Pike Logan thriller.  “Wars of the Roses: Bloodline” by Conn Iggulden is the third book in this historical series.  “The City of Mirrors” by Justin Cronin is the last book in The Passage vampire thriller trilogy.

Mysteries and suspense
“Killer Look” by Linda Fairstein is an Alexandra Cooper thriller.  “You Will Know Me” by Megan Abbott begins with a violent death in the gymnastics community.  “Whitefern” by VC Andrews is the latest in the Audrina family psychological suspense series.

Other novels
“The Angels’ Share” by J.R. Ward is the second in the Bourbon Kings series set in Kentucky.  “In the Shadow of the Gods” by Rachael Dunne is book one of the dark fantasy Bound Gods series.  “The Invisible Library” by Genevieve Cogman is set in an alternative London.  “The Race” by Nina Allan is a science fiction tale.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Helen Richardson, Ali West,
Leslie Fluharty and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Take at least 20 minutes every day to be still and quiet.  Time to sit in complete silence.  Think.  Reflect.  Dissect your thoughts and feelings.  Relive any mistakes from the day before.  Decide how to be smarter and tougher, how to be more committed and considerate of others, and more sensitive and aware of your surroundings.  Choose something you learned that will make you a better person.”  Beyonce, Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and designer

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