Tips to help encourage your children to read this winter

As we enter the darker days of winter, books can be even more popular companions for your children if you follow some or all of these tips:

  • Set aside a specific time each day for reading.  Read together and create time for children to read on their own.  A nighttime reading routine is especially rewarding.
  • Create a fun reading space in your home, such as a tent or fort with comfy pillows, bean bags and blankets – and, of course, a basket of books.
  • Be a role model.  If your kids see you reading, you’re setting a good example.
  • Ensure reading materials are readily available in your home and carry them with you everywhere – including in your car and when you go to appointments where you might have to wait.
  • Introduce youngsters to a book series to help keep reading interest high.
  • Regularly take your children to the library to attend some of the many activities appropriate for their age and to pick out books.  Allowing them to choose what they want to read helps nurture lifelong readers.

Library hours

Most of our programs are happening in person.  Also, our hours have returned to pre-COVID levels – and even more on weekdays:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 For those uncomfortable coming into the building, curbside service continues.  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. 

Book Art for a Cause today

Today, Thursday, November 4, please join us for a free Book Art for a Cause activity for ages 10 to adult from 2-3 p.m.  You will learn how to make ornaments and other decorations out of old books.   All decorations will be lovingly added to the library foundation’s Christmas tree that will be displayed and auctioned off at the Community Center’s Festival of Trees event, with proceeds going to the library’s foundation.

Free San Juan Basin Public Health event today

Also today, Thursday, November 4, representatives from San Juan Basin Public Health will be at the library from noon-1 p.m. to discuss health insurance and care coordination and to answer your questions.  This free session will be repeated on November 18, and additional presentations on various public health topics will be held in December.

Computer class tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, November 5,  Brad is hosting an in-person computer class from 4-5 p.m. to introduce you to our free Learning Express Library online resource.  It is a great tool for students learning a variety of subjects or preparing for exams like the GED.  It helps you prepare for job and career opportunities, GED, military and college entrance exams.   Elementary, middle school and high school diagnostic testing is also available. Test preparation, instant scoring and engaging self-paced courses are offered.

The online library’s offerings include dedicated sections on student learning centers, GED preparation, job search and workplace skills, jobs and careers, skill building for adults, U.S. citizenship and recursos para Hispanohablantes.

Save the dates for therapy dog visits

Mark your calendars for Friday, November 12 and 19 from 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. to come to the library for a free visit with a certified therapy dog.  The visits will be limited to 10-15 minutes – just the right amount of time to pet the dog, read to the dog or just say “Hi.”  This activity is for all ages.

Adult book club next Tuesday

Ruby’s Book Club meets from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, November 9 to discuss “The Professor and the Madman: A tale of murder, insanity and the making of the Oxford English Dictionary” by Simon Winchester.  Copies are available for pickup at your library.  This book club is held the second Tuesday of each month, alternating between fiction and nonfiction titles. 

Teen book club next Wednesday

We invite sixth-12th graders to join the free in-person teen book club next Wednesday, November 10 from 4-5 p.m. for a lively discussion of this month’s book, “On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness” by Andrew Peterson, and help us choose what we’ll read next.   

In-person gaming

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.  

New writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge will be posted November 8 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

New storywalk for kids

Our new storywalk November 8-19 celebrates the 50th anniversary of Woodsy the Owl, the mascot of the National Forest Service.  Watch for signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School.  After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  Wednesday, November 10 features Jessica Walker and some science experiments.  Saturday’s Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more. 

Dungeons & Dragons   

Join us Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. for our ongoing Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults on Google Meet.  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. 

Tech Time

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.   Brad will help you resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. 


Free in-person evening classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-8 p.m.  Beginning and intermediate students are encouraged to attend from 4-6 p.m. and advanced students from 6-8 p.m.   Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested.  

Las clases gratuitas se llevan a cabo en persona los martes y jueves de 4-8 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes e intermedios deben asistir de 4-6 p.m. y los estudiantes avanzados de 6-8 p.m. Por favor, ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre estas clases a otros en nuestra comunidad que tienen interés.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session generally takes place in person Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.   Note the only PALS session this month is November 11. 

Activities calendars available

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free library activities available to you and your family, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month.  There are three versions – children, teens and adults.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Judge’s List” by John Grisham is a legal thriller.  “When Ghosts Come Home” by Wiley Cash begins with an airplane crash with no signs of the pilot or cargo. 
Harlem Shuffle” by Colson Whitehead is a family saga crime novel.  “The Survivors” by Alex Schulman brings together three estranged brothers after their mother’s death.   “My Sweet Girl” by Amanda Jayatissa follows a Sri Lanka adoptee whose desperate actions in the past may catch up with her.  “The Burning” by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman features a coroner whose brother may be linked to a murder.   “A Line To Kill” by Anthony Horowitz is a Hawthorne-Horowitz mystery.  “The Man Who Died Twice” by Richard Osman is a Thursday Murder Club mystery.

Other novels 

“The Morning Star” by Karl Ove Knausgaard follows nine people whose lives come together under a huge star.  “Portrait of an Artist” by Evie Dunmore is a romance between a banking heiress scholar and a financier.  “The Party Crasher” by Sophie Kinsella features a daughter who crashes her father’s young girlfriend’s party at the family home.  “Silverview” by John Le Carre is the last spy novel written by this iconic chronicler of the post-Cold War era.  “Cackle” by Rachael Harrison tells of the friendship of a teacher’s new friend who may be a witch.  “We Are Not Like Them” by Christine Pride and Jo Piazza is about the lifelong bond between friends, one Black and one white.


“Cruella” is the Disney film starring Emma Stone.  “The Mule” stars Clint Eastwood as a drug courier.  “Murder, She Baked” contains all five movies from this mystery series. 

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

We have a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audio books for all ages – children, tweens, teens and adults – in cloudLibrary.  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 as well as those that we bought.  Select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use.  Email or phone us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 


Many thanks to Maxine Conder-Van Gundy for the generous monetary donation and to our anonymous donors for their materials donations.  Please put your materials donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns. 

Library foundation

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation to support and enhance your library by raising funds for information resources, programs, services and facilities.  Mail checks to P.O. Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209. 

Quotable Quote

“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others.  If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.” – Emily Post (1872-1960), American author, novelist and socialite who was famous for writing about etiquette.

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