Library seeks volunteers ages 12-19, plus in-person gaming resumes  

If you enjoy reading books, learning new skills and helping your community, we hope you will sign up to volunteer at your library.  You’ll be invited to write book reviews, make artwork for the teen area, help plan new programs, judge our pumpkin decorating contest, prepare crafts for kids’ programs and help keep the library organized.

Please stop by the library apply online.

In-person gaming

Free in-person gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect for all ages resumes on Fridays starting tomorrow, October 2, from 2-3 p.m.  Due to COVID concerns, we are only allowing a maximum of four participants in the gaming room.  Masks must be worn and social distancing maintained at all times.  

Tax lien information via Zoom today

Today, Thursday, October 1 from 5-6 p.m., the Archuleta County Treasurer’s Office will explain what a tax lien is and give you information on how to get started on investing in them if you want to do so. Zoom meeting ID: 856 6443 1537; password: 269665.

Voter registration tutorial

Are you registered to vote?  Do you know how to review your voter registration or update information to ensure you are eligible to vote?  You can view an informative tutorial about these vital topics on the library’s website at https://pagosalibrary.org/election-2020/.

Summary of our partial reopening

  • We’re now open on Thursdays from 1 p.m.- 7 p.m. with 1-2 p.m. reserved for seniors and higher risk populations. 
  • Other hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with 9 a.m.-10 a.m. for seniors and higher risk populations. Saturdays: 10 a.m-2 p.m.  Sundays: closed
  • We are accepting meeting room reservations for small groups, with library programs having first dibs on the rooms for our programs.  In addition, you can schedule only so far out, usually two weeks to a month, depending on where we are in the month. 
  • Up to 30 patrons at a time can come into the building.
  • Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day.  Please practice social distancing and wear facial coverings while you are in the building.  If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you.
  • Nine computers are available. In most cases computer usage will be allowed for three hours per day. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.
  • One early literacy computer is available for youngsters Monday-Saturday.
  • For those not comfortable coming into the building or unable to wear a mask, curbside service continues Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. except for Thursdays when it’s available from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Phone 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so staff can bring the items out for you.  If you put a hold on something, please wait for your usual alert (email, phone call or text) before coming to pick it up.  
  • You now can drop your returns of books, CDs and DVDs in the dropbox at City Market, as well as in the dropbox at the library.  No donations in the City Market box, please.
  • Notary service is available during open hours on Monday, Tuesday,  Friday and Saturday.  Cost is $5 per notary.
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of reopening, so items may take longer than usual. 
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

Adult DIY on Facebook

A free fall-themed DIY event offers some crafty ideas of how to create several fall-themed decorations.  If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f)  in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Or contact us and we can send you a direct link.  

New storywalk for kids

Every other Thursday, Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Summer Reading Storywalk for kids.  The September 24-October 7 theme is fall transitions.   Get outdoors and follow the pages of a book telling a beautiful autumn story as you stroll along.  After you finish, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library.  By popular demand, Storywalks will continue until the snow makes it too difficult to proceed.

Tech Time

Make a 15- or 30-minute appointment for one of three free in-person slots available noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time.  If you have a Tech Time appointment on Thursday, phone from the parking lot or knock loudly on the front door to be let in.


Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. by appointment.  Note start time change from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please register so we can keep it to a small group in our limited open spaces.  No walk-ins, as the front door will be locked. 

Adult learning

GEDclasses plus HiSet, CDL and other free in-person tutoring from Mark is suspended for October and will resume in November.

Dungeons & Dragons moves to Google Meet

Join us on Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons free for teens and young adults.  Note that this fun fantasy role-playing game has moved from Zoom to Google Meet.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on how to join. If you don’t have internet access, contact us anyway – we may be able to accommodate you in the library. 

Children’s programs on Facebook

Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m., join us on the library’s Facebook page for free children’s programs.  Wednesday storytimes are on Facebook Live, so if you go to Facebook at 10 a.m. you can interact with Josie.  Saturday’s Discovery Times with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more are prerecorded.   If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f)  in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Or contact us and we can send you a direct link.  


“Disloyal” by Michael Cohen is the memoir of President Trump’s personal lawyer.  “Rage” by Bob Woodward is based on 17 on-the-record interviews with President Trump.  “Night” is a new translation of the memoir by Pulitzer Prize winner Elie Wiesel of life in the Nazi concentration camps.   


“The Vote” is an American Experience program that tells the story of American women’s campaign to get the right to vote.  “Watchmen” is an HBO series based on the graphic novel. 

Books on CD

“The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien is the classic prelude to “The Lord of the Rings.”  “If Then” by Jill Lepore reveals details of a mostly forgotten company that created computer simulation of people’s behaviors.  “The Original” by Hugo award-winners Brandon Sanderson and Mary Robinette Kowal is a sci-fi thriller.  “Next to Last Stand” by Craig Johnson is a Walt Longmire mystery.

Large print

“Truth and Justice” by Fern Michaels is the latest in the Sisterhood mystery series.  “Deadly Anniversaries” celebrates the 75th anniversary of Mystery Writers of America with a collection of stories by top names in crime fiction.  “Bitter Alpine” by Mary Daheim is an Emma Lord mystery.  “Someone to Romance” by Mary Balogh is a Westcott historical romance.  “Robert B. Parker’s Fool’s Paradise” by Mike Lupica is a Jesse Stone mystery.  “A Question of Betrayal” by Anne Perry is an Elena Standish mystery.  “All the Devils Are Here” by Louise Perry is a Chief Inspector Gamache mystery.  “Shadows of Death” by J.D. Robb is a Lt. Eve Dallas mystery.  “Anxious People” by Fredrik Hackman begins with a hostage situation at an open house.  “The Darkest Evening” by Ann Cleeves is a Vera Stanhope mystery.  “Whirlwind” by Janet Daily is a rodeo romance.  “The Lying Life of Adults” by Elena Ferrante is set in Naples.  “Then She Vanished” by T. Jefferson Parker features P.I. Roland Ford.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Thursday Murder Club” by Richard Osman is set in a retirement community.  “Next to Last Stand” by Craig Johnson is a Walt Longmire mystery. 

Other novels

“The Book of Two Way” by Jodi Picoult features a woman who changes her life after she survives a plane crash landing. “The Paris Secret” by Natasha Lester begins when priceless Dior gowns are found in a grandmother’s cottage.  “Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising” by Timothy Zahn is the first book in a new Star Wars trilogy.  “The End of the Day” by Bill Clegg follows three people when 50-year-old secrets are revealed.  “Piranesi” by Susanna Clarke is a story set in a dreamlike alternative reality.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

We have a wide variety of downloadable e-books and downloadable audio books for patrons of all ages – children, tweens, teens and adults.  Using cloudLibrary, you can download a book to read or an audio book to listen to.  The items in cloudLibrary are purchased separately from physical items, so the books available are different – and it continues to use the consortium’s contributions, not just those that we bought.  That is why you need to select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use.  Please email or phone us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 


We are grateful to the San Juan Pi Beta Phi alumnae club for their generous monetary contribution in support of children’s programs.  Also, we received a donation of information on local railroads that we have put in the Hershey Collection; it is available for reference but not checkout.  Please put your material donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  Donations will undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  

Quotable Quote

The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinion.” – James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), American Romantic poet, critic, editor and diplomat. He is associated with the Fireside Poets, a group of New England writers who were among the first American poets to rival the popularity of British poets.

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