Fun facts about your library as we start the new year
Did you know that we have more than 29,000 items in our collection and access to thousands more through our library consortium? Here are 10 more fun facts about your Ruby Sisson library:
1. In 2019, more than 71,000 people used the library’s services.
2. We offer a multitude of free programs for all ages throughout the year. In fact, in 2019 we organized nearly 450 different programs for our patrons and visitors.
3. Our English as a Second Language classes are offered every Tuesday at 5 p.m. and every Friday at noon.
4. Pagosa Adult Learning Services, or PALS, can help you with high school equivalency, GED, college prep and more.
5. We have 15 computers available for use by patrons and visitors. Our computers were used more than 14,000 times this year.
6. We have two specialty bilingual Early Learning Stations for our youngest patrons and visitors.
7. We offer 34 online resources which can be accessed at any time, 24/7.
8. We are blessed with amazing volunteers who help keep the library running smoothly for you.
9. We provide many business resources including free wi-fi, computers, Notary Public and study carrels plus faxing, scanning and printing.
10. Our amazing library staff are here to help you with all of your library needs.
Activities calendars available
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month. There are three versions – kids, tweens/teens and adults. We look forward to seeing you at your library. Se habla espanol.
Save the date for new after-school club
Starting next Friday, January 10, a new after-school club for first-fifth graders takes place from 1:45-3:30 p.m. on the second, third and fourth Friday of every month. Participants will engage in literature-based science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) learning activities and work up to an exhibition on the first Friday following each three-week session. Registration is required by calling us at 970-264-2209 or dropping by the library.
Avalanche awareness today
Today, Thursday, January 2 from 5-6:30 p.m., Mark Mueller returns with a free avalanche awareness presentation that might save your life, since avalanches are the deadliest natural hazard in Colorado. Mark is an avalanche forecaster for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. No registration required.
Teen advisory board today
Today, Thursday, December 2, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. Sixth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs. Share an idea to pick out a free book.
All-ages gaming tomorrow
Join us tomorrow, Friday, January 3 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.
LGBTQ youth group Monday
A support group to help LGBTQ youth and young adults from age 16 to in their 20s deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination convenes the first Monday of every month from 4-5:30 p.m. Under the leadership of Ana M. Sancho Sama, PhD, licensed psychologist, the purpose is to provide a safe and confidential place to share experiences, ask questions and talk about how to cope in this challenging world. If you have questions, her number is 970-264-1986.
Homeschool social hour
Stop by next Tuesday, January 7 from 1-2 p.m. for a chance to visit with fellow homeschool families, discuss curriculum and learning opportunities, and look through resources while the kids participate in crafts and other activities. Josie, your early literacy librarian, is eager to collect ideas on how to serve homeschool families in our community and get your feedback on the value of these sessions.
Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, January 6 from 4-5 p.m. Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.
Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 6th-12th grades. Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.
The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, January 8 from 4-5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters. You can join this group any time.
ESL classes twice a week
Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place on Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Fridays from noon-2 p.m. The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers — Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners. No registration is required.
Las clases son dos veces por semana
Las clases gratuitas de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL) ocurren los martes de 5-7 PM y los viernes de 12-2 PM. Las clases son dirigidas por dos instructoras altamente experimentadas — Joyce Holdread enseña al grupo intermedio / avanzado y Ellen Ragone enseña a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse.
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place Mondays from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and Thursdays from 2-7 p.m. Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.
Free tech sessions
Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 2:30-3:30 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move. (Note new time for Saturdays.) Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones. These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.
How-to and self-help
“How Not to Diet” by Dr. Michael Greger discusses the latest research on the leading causes of – and remedies for – obesity. “The CBD Handbook” contains more than 75 recipes and tips on how to get the most out of your CBD oil of choice. “Beer Hiking Colorado” is a guide to 50 craft breweries and amazing hikes in our state. The revised and expanded second edition of “What To Eat During Cancer Treatment” by Jeanne Bess3er and Barbara L. Grant with the American Cancer Society offers more than 120 simple recipes to help you cope with eating-related side effects. The revised and updated fourth edition of “Solo Guitar Playing 1” by Frederick M. Noad is a complete course of instruction in the techniques of guitar performance.
Early learning books
“Let’s Play” by Jeff A. Johnson and Denita Dinger provides 39 child-led, open-ended play adventures. “The Outdoor Toddler Activity Book” by Krissy Bonning-Gould takes your youngster outside for more than a hundred fun learning activities. “Game On!” by Linda J. Armstrong is a collection of more than 300 screen-free, traditional games and activities with a variety of fun themes. “Do-It-Yourself Early Learning” by Jeff A. and Tasha A. Johnson gives you ideas for easy and fun activities and toys from everyday home center materials.
“Free, Melania” by Kate Bennett is the unauthorized biography of the First Lady. “Migrating to Prison” by César Cuauhtémoc and Garcia Hernández documents the increasing use of detention to regular migration. “Your Personal Horoscope 2020” by Joseph Polansky is a month-by-month forecast for every sign.
Books on CD
“Double Crossfire” by Anthony J. Tata follows a killing spree aimed at getting a presidential hopeful elected. “The Seven Longest Yards” by Chris and Emily Norton is an inspiring love story and memoir after as quadriplegic walked across his graduation stage with his fiancée by his side.
“Beating Around the Bush” by M.C. Beaton is an Agatha Raisin mystery.
“Under Occupation” by Alan Furst is a spy novel telling of anti-Nazi espionage efforts.
“Game of Thrones” is the complete eighth season. “Falling Skies” is the complete first season. Two “Falling Skies” DVDs carry the complete second and third seasons. “Though None Go With Me” starts Cheryl Ladd and is based on the bestselling book about a woman whose faith is tested. “The Natural” is a sports film starring Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close and Kim Basinger. “Big Sonia” is a documentary about a woman who revisits her past as a refugee and witness to genocide. “The Snow Walker” is a tale of survival after a plane crash.
We have nine free Nooks and three free 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.
Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library. Access them 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.
For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a free 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.
Thanks to our donors
For their generous monetary donations, we are grateful to Rick and Lynne Stinchfield, David Bouquet, Rice Reavis and Deb Morton. For books and materials this week we thank our anonymous donors.
Thought for the new year: “Always have enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous. That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor.” – Paul Hawken, American environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist.