Meet Rachael, your new adult services librarian

Effective this week, Rachael Perry is your new adult services librarian at the Ruby Sisson Library.  She replaces Meg Wempe, who was promoted to library director when Jackie Welch retired.

Rachael comes to us with impressive credentials.  She has an extensive library reference and programming background, is skilled in community engagement and public speaking, and is fluent in Spanish. Most recently she was information and adult services assistant at the Lawrence Public Library in Lawrence, KS where she provided reference assistance, established the Write Club for writers, led a monthly art and craft workshop, blogged about new materials and other topics, and assisted with management of the adult nonfiction collection.  She also provided assistance with computers, e-readers and tablets.

Until her move to Pagosa, she also was a teaching artist for Van Go Mobile Arts, Spanish language interpreter for the Lawrence-Douglas County health Department in Kansas, and board member and grant writer for the Lawrence Percolator Art Space project.  She also is a musician and photographer.

Rachael has two BAs from the University of Kansas, one in theatre and the other in Spanish.   She has only two classes left before completing her Master of Library Science through Emporia State University’s distance education program.  During her studies she developed and executed a community needs analysis focusing on Lawrence’s Latino population.  She also partnered with the Watkins History Museum to increase public access to local history through digitalization and content creation for the Lawrence Public Library’s local history page.

Another remarkable part of Rachael’s resume:  She is married to Michael Bradley, whom we introduced to you last week as your new youth service librarian.  Towards the end of Michael’s hiring process, Jackie and Meg told him of Jackie’s retirement and Meg’s promotion to director.  Michael immediately said that he thought his wife would want to apply for Meg’s old job.

“It’s an extraordinary plus for us to find a skilled, experienced librarian like Rachael in this way,” said Meg.  “She enjoys meeting and helping people, and that is a lot of what we do.  I am very excited that two talented people like Rachael and Michael are joining our team.”

In addition to being married and working in the same profession, Rachael and Michael are country blues musicians, performing together at festivals and community events in the U.S. and Mexico.  They also brought music and group song into retirement communities throughout eastern Kansas.
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Please stop by to meet Rachel and Michael and welcome them 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 tomorrow (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 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 all-ages board games
Tomorrow (Friday, August 12) from 2-3:15 p.m. come to play board games like Scrabble, cards, Banagrams, Monopoly, Chiutes and Ladders, Cat in the Hat and Candyland with your family and friends.

Read with a therapy dog
Next Wednesday, August 17 from 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. kids in K-fifth grade can share their favorite book with Penny, a therapy dog who loves to listen to stories.

Free Otaku for teens

Fifth-12th graders are invited Monday. August 15 from 4-5 p.m. to come to watch some aime with your friends and talk about your favorite manga.

Free fly fishing
For adults, tomorrow (Friday, August 12) is the last day of a three-part fly fishing series when you’ll put your new skills to use when you go fly fishing at 8 a.m..

Free Medicaid workshop
Today (Thursday, August 11) at 1 p.m. is a workshop geared to people starting Medicaid.  No registration required.

Free Lego Club Saturday
Lego Club for kids six-13 years is 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, August 13.

Teen advisory board
Next Thursday, August 18 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 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.  We’d like to 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 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.

“Eat It Up!” by Sherri Brooks Vinton offers 150 recipes to use every bit of food you buy.  “Liberty or Death” by Peter McPhee explores the French Revolution.  “William Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country” is a biography by James Lee McDonough.  “Picturing America’s National Parks” features some of the best American landscape photography.

Mysteries and suspense
“Night and Day” by Iris Johansen is a Eve Duncan, forensic sculptor, thriller.  “White Bone” by Ridley Pearson is a John Knox thriller.  “Fallout” by Harry Turtledove  is book two in the Hot War series.

Other novels
“The Secret Language of Stones” by M.J. Rose is a fantasy set in wartime Paris.  “Villa Triste” by Patrick Modiano is the classic by this winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.  “Big Sheep” by Robert Kroese is set in a futuristic, dystopian Los Angeles.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Marilyn Falvey and Sally Leavitt.  For her monetary donation, we are very grateful to Judith Meyer.

Quotable Quote
“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”  Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), 32nd president of the U.S.

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