Zoom talk today: Local author on the importance of place and new tween book club

We hope you’ll join us today, Thursday, October 12, from 5-7 p.m. for a Zoom discussion with local author Dennis Medina on the importance and power of place in storytelling.  We will learn how descriptive detail of a place can affect the way readers experience a scene and gain insight into the characters.

Dennis is one of our community’s highly talented authors.  His novel, “The Madness of the Brave,” was published in 2018 and is in our collection for your reading pleasure.  He is a former international marketing executive who has contributed articles to numerous mining industry magazines, published fiction in other venues and was fiction editor of an Eastern Washington University journal.

The Zoom meeting ID is 879 3124 8202, passcode 81147.  No registration required.

New tween book club

Tweens in fourth-eight grades are invited to join a lively discussion next Tuesday, November 17 from 4-5 p.m. on Zoom about this month’s book, “The Girl and the Ghost’ by Hanna Alkaf.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.  To join the session and help us decide what to read next, please go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82245964216.

Special note   

“We want people to always feel welcome in the library, and to experience a very friendly vibe when they visit,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  “But we need to remind everyone that, similar to other public indoor spaces in Colorado, we must follow the executive order that requires people aged 11 or older to wear a covering over their noses and mouths when entering or moving within any public indoor space. If you are unable or unwilling to wear a mask, we have made reasonable accommodations and are pleased to assist you outside the building, through our curbside service.”

Activities calendars available

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

New after-school program

In response to COVID, we have revamped our free after-school program into STEAM enrichment kits, STEAM standing for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, for ages five and up.  Registration is required at 970-264-2209.  Pick up your kit and then bring your completed projects back to the library to be displayed in the last week of the month.

Legal clinic by phone or Zoom tomorrow

The free legal clinic each month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, November 13, from 2 – 3 p.m. by telephone or Zoom. You have the volunteer attorney phone you directly, or you can come into the library and meet via Zoom. To be added to the sign-up sheet for these calls, send an email titled “Sign-up for Free Legal Clinic,” with your first name and phone number to ruby@pagosalibrary.org, or phone or stop by the library. The volunteer attorney’s time is limited so it’s first-come first-served.

LEGO challenge

Join us Saturday, November 14 at 10 a.m. for an all-ages LEGO challenge via an image posted on Facebook and the library website.  The image will invite participants to use your own pieces to create something that will fit the challenge. If you don’t have LEGOS, we will have a few grab bags available at the library that you can pick up to complete the challenge.

DIY craft takeaway for kids

Drop by your library for free DIY crafts 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 Storywalk for kids.  The November 5-18 theme is sharing. 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

Join us Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons 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. 

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.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“The Sentinel” by Less and Andrew Child is a Jack Reacher adventure.  “Mexican Gothic” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia follows a woman who heads to Mexico to help her cousin.  “The House on Foster Hill” by Jaime Jo Wright is set in an eerie, abandoned house with a dark history.  “The Dirty South” in John Connolly is a thriller featuring a former NYPD detective.

Other novels

“The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop” by Fannie Flagg is a sequel to “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café.”  “Memorial” by Bryan Washington begins when a man returns to Japan when his estranged father is dying. “The Cold Millions” by Jess Walter features two brothers caught up in class warfare in the early 20th century.  “Love Your Life” by Sophie Kinsella tells of a woman who ditches her dating app for a writer’s retreat in Italy.  “The House in the Cerulean Sea” by T.J. Klune is set in an orphanage on a magical island.  “What Are You Going Through” by Sigrid Nunez is a novel about the many emotions surrounding human death. 


“Off Grid” by Foster Huntington is a guide to unique homes including tiny houses, shipping containers, yurts and more with hundred of photos.  “Catching the Wind” by Neal Gabler is the first of a two-volume biography of Edward Kennedy.   “Group” by Christie Tate is a memoir of despair and hope revolving around group therapy.  “I’ll Be Seeing You” by Elizabeth Berg is a tribute to her parents’ love including when her father got Alzheimer’s.  “Expect a Miracle” by Danielle Steel is a collection of quotations saved by the author since she was a little girl.  “Ex Libris” by Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic Michiko Katutani highlights more than 100 books by some of today’s most gifted writers. 


“The Call of the Wild” stars Harrison Ford in the classic story.  “The Hateful Eight” is set in Wyoming several years after the Civil War.  “Zombieland” and “Zombieland Double Tap” are comedies. 

 Large print

“Midnight in Chernobyl” by Adam Higginbotham is the story of the world’s greatest nuclear disaster.

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 materials donation, we are grateful to Medora Bass.  Please put your material donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  Donations undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  

Quotable Quote

“Whenever you are in doubt, it is best to pause.  Few things are so pressing that they cannot wait for a moment of breath.” – T.K.V. Desikachar (1938-2016), Indian yoga teacher and son of the pioneer of modern yoga as exercise.

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