Ribbon cutting for our new land plus new computers and new after-school club

We hope you will join us at 2 p.m. next Wednesday, January 15, when your Ruby Sisson Library will have a ribbon cutting for our new land directly to our west, because we want to celebrate this very generous gift with you.

The land was donated to us in memory of Margaret Wilson, who was an amazing volunteer who gave her time and energy in the development of the library for many decades.  Margaret was instrumental in the growth of the library district and the building of the library at our current location on 8th Street and Highway 160. 

The ribbon cutting and tribute to Margaret will be followed by hot chocolate, homemade treats and fellowship inside the library.  If you knew Margaret, we hope that you will share your stories about her at the ceremony.  

New computers

In the next month or so, your library will be replacing all of our 18 public computers.  As you may know, as of January 14 the Windows 7 operating system will no longer be supported by Microsoft, which may cause problems with the software used to log on to our current system or to print.  We’ll be updating our computers for the first time in six years, and will be moving to the Windows 10 operating system.  You’ll still be able to print, use Microsoft Office programs, or anything else you can do on the current computers. These new ones also should be faster.  As always, we are happy to help with any questions, since this new operating system looks a little different from the Windows 7 we’re currently using.

New after-school club

Starting tomorrow, 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.

Snow-closing schedule

With winter upon us, you might find it useful to know that we follow the school snow-closing schedule.  If schools are closed for snow, then the library will be closed as well.  As soon as we learn schools are closed for snow, we contact our local KWUF radio station so that the library is listed among closings they announce. We then try to get to the library as quickly (and safely) as possible to put a sign on the door, as well as post the closing on our website and Facebook page.  When schools are out on break, Meg Wempe, library director, works with our board president to make a closing decision, and then follows the same steps as necessary.  

Consider an IRA rollover

Did you know that you can roll over some or all of your IRA for a good cause: your library?  If you are age 70½ or older and have an Independent Retirement Account (IRA), you have reached that milestone where you must take a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD).  The distribution may increase your taxable income and require you to pay taxes on this previously untaxed asset. 

If you do not need all or part of the distribution, or it will cause unwanted tax repercussions, we hope you will consider an IRA Charitable Rollover to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation in support of the Ruby Sisson Library.  The IRA Charitable Rollover, also known as a Qualified Charitable Distribution, allows you to gift your RMD to charity, which omits the distribution from your income and allows you to avoid paying the tax.

We recommend you consult with your financial advisor or attorney with tax-related questions.  To learn more, please contact Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209 or cindi@pagosalibrary.org

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.

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, January 10, from 2-3 p.m. a free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney will take place via computer link.  Volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property tax, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans benefits and civil protection orders.  Please check in at the registration desk.  This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month. 

LEGO Club Saturday

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, January 11 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club. 

Knitting Club for teens and adults

On Monday, January 13 this free club meets from 4-5 p.m. for 4th graders to adults.  Note the expansion of ages to include adults.  Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects and hang out with other crafters.  If you don’t know how to knit, come anyway and we’ll get you started on some of the basics.

Computer classes

This is a free program to learn a useful technology skill or application. Monday, January 13 from 1-2 p.m. is basic website design.  January 27 from 1-2 p.m. is saving and finding files.  No registration required. 

Adult book club

Our free adult book club has been renamed Ruby’s Book Club in honor of your library’s namesake.  We meet the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On January 14 we will discuss “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane” by Lisa See.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  Light refreshments will be served.  No registration required.

Teen gaming

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.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, January 15 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. 

Adult education

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.  

Family storytimes

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.    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.  On January 15 we will Skype with Traci Sorrel, author of  “We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, which was inspired by the people and culture of the Cherokee Nation.


“Downton Abbey” is the movie starring the same actors who appeared in the TV series.  “Overcomer” is an inspirational film for the whole family about a coach who has to switch sports.  “Abominable” is the animated tale about reuniting a magical young yeti with his family.  “A Beginning Guide to Happiness” is a wellness DVD featuring psychotherapist Ira Israel.  “Mully” is the true story of a man who sets out to help orphaned children around the world. 

Books on CD

“Criss Cross” by James Patterson is an Alex Cross mystery.  “The Second Sleep” by Robert Harris follows a young English priest whose faith is tested by the possessions of an older dead priest.  “An Irish Country Family” by Patrick Taylor is book 14 in the Irish Country series.  “A Minute to Midnight” by David Baldacci features FBI agent Adee Pine.

Large print

“Collagen Diet” by Dr. Josh Axe describes a 28-day plan for weight loss, skin and gut health.

Programmed Nooks

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.  

Downloadable e-books

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.

Downloadable films

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 Constance d’Angelis, Galles Community Fund, Meg Wempe and Cindi Galabota.  For books and materials this week we thank Bob Lecour and our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote

“Thankfulness is powerful – and not just on Thanksgiving.  Daily gratitude exercises may help reduce blood pressure.” —  AARP The Magazine.

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