‘1,000 Books before Kindergarten’ – ideal program for babies and toddlers in COVID times

One of the greatest gifts you can give your babies and toddlers is to sign them up for a free early literacy reading program called “1,000 Books before Kindergarten” for children from birth to five years old.  And what better time than now when they are spending more time at home than usual because of COVID.

You can sign up any time at your library.  You will receive a folder with bubbles to keep track of the books you read to your child.  The concept is simple:  Read 1,000 books to your newborn, infant or toddler – yes, you can repeat books – before your precious one starts kindergarten.  You’ll get a free book each time your child completes 100 books.

One thousand may sound like a huge number of books, but it’s not really. If you read just one book a night, you will have read 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around five years of age, you have more time than you may think.

Pumpkin contest 

One more day for you to join us for our annual free all-ages pumpkin decorating contest.  Pumpkins can be carved, painted or decorated.  Original designs only and one entry per person, please. 

Submit no more than three photos of your pumpkin.  At least one must be taken in full light and one must include the artist.  Photos of the artist are used to verify that this is an original work and will not be posted or displayed without written permission.

Photos must be turned in by email to ruby@pagosalibrary.org by tomorrow, Friday, October 30, at noon.  Judging will be in five age categories:  preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17 and adult.

Spook-tacular creations

We invite you to take part in creating some spooky temporary community art until October 31.  Projects will be set up outside the library with instruction.

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?  View an informative tutorial about these vital topics at https://pagosalibrary.org/election-2020/.

Library books via Meals on Wheels

Your library is in a special partnership with Archuleta Seniors, Inc., the nonprofit organization that oversees the Meals on Wheels routes for delivery both in town and out-of-town. 

As meals go out to homebound clients, they can be accompanied by a special library bag containing books, audio books and DVDs especially selected to match each person’s individual tastes.  The personalized selection is based on a questionnaire they complete. If you or someone you know would like this service, please contact the Senior Center at 970-264-2167 to receive the introductory information pamphlet and preference questionnaire.

“We’d love to have the word passed on to others who are not aware of this service,” said Meg Wempe, library director, “and we’d love to see increased usage.  As well, if there are other avenues to help homebound people receive library resources, we are interested in discussing possibilities.  Please reach out to me directly if you have suggestions or thoughts.”

DIY craft takeaway for kids

Drop by your library for free DIY craft takeaways for youngsters age 10 and older.  Just pick up a packet outside the library and follow the instructions.          

In-person gaming

Free in-person gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect for all ages has resumed on Fridays 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.

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 October 22-November 5 theme is creepy adventures. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

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.  Please register so we can keep it to a small group in our limited open spaces.  No walk-ins, please. 

Dungeons & Dragons on Google Meet

Join us Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons free for teens and young adults. Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn 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

Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays 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 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.  

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place in person 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.  Appointments required; please contact us by phone or email.

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.  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 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.
  • Curbside service continues Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. except for Thursdays when it’s 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 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 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 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.


“A Crisis Wasted” by Barack Obama is a commentary on the president’s decisions in the inter 2008-2009.  “Leading America” by Sean Spicer is a plea to Americans to vote in this crucial election by President Trump’s former press secretary.  “The Luckiest Man” by Mark Salter is a biography pf John McCain.  “Learn to Draw Realistic Animals with Pen & Marker” by D. L. Miller is a guide with photos for artists with any skill level.  “First-time Landlord” is the fifth edition of this Nolo guide to renting out a single-family home.  “Blood and Germs” by Gail Jarrow is an in-depth look at the Civil War battle against wounds and disease.  “Cary Grant” by historian Scott Eyman is a biography of one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors.   

Large print

“Chance of a Lifetime” by Jude Deveraux and Tara Sheets is a Providence Falls novel.  “The Paris Hours” by Alex George centers on a Marcel Proust notebook.  “Don’t Look for Me” by Wendy Walker begins when a woman walks away from her life.  “The Invisible Life of Addie Larue” by V.E. Schwab is a Faustian story that begins in France in 1714.  “The Book of Two Ways” by Jodi Picoult features a fateful decision of a survivor after a plane crash.  “The Evening and the Morning” by Ken Follett is a prequel to “Pillars of the Earth.”  “Firewatching” by Russ Thomas is a Det. Sgt. Adam Tyler mystery. 

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“A Time for Mercy” by John Grisham is a legal thriller.  “Goodnight Beautiful”  by Aimee Molloy features a psychotherapist and his lonely wife. 

Other novels

“The Silence” by Don DeLillo, a novel with apocalyptic overtones, opens at a Super Bowl Sunday party in New York City in 2022.  “Leave the World Behind” by Rumaan Alam takes place in a luxurious Long Island home during a blackout.      


“The Secret Dare of Dream” is based ibn a true story.  “Gentleman Jack” is the complete first season.  “Eating You Alive” is a guide to eating well to avoid chronic disease. 

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. 


For her donation of books this week we are grateful to Sara Scott. 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

“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” – William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925), American orator and politician from Nebraska.  He served in the House of Representatives and as Secretary of State under President Woodrow Wilson.

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