IRA rollover can benefit you and your library

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

Text alerts

Just a reminder that your library has a program called ShoutBomb that, when signed up, allows you to receive text messages on your cell phone when items you requested are ready for pickup or when items are overdue.  You can also use this service to text the library to renew items.  It is available in both English and Spanish.

Signing up for ShoutBomb is free, though standard text rates do apply.  This service will only work with phones that can receive SMS text messages and most smart phones should qualify.  To sign up for ShoutBomb, log in to your account on your computer and click the button on the left that says, “Sign Up for Text Message Notifications.”  A document will open up on your computer that explains how to sign up for ShoutBomb.  It takes only a few minutes to sign up, but you will want to have your library card handy.  Of course, you can always speak with one of our friendly library staff and they would be happy to help you sign up for ShoutBomb.

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 español.

Homeschool social hour today

Stop by today, Thursday, December 12, from 1-2 p.m. for a chance to visit with fellow homeschool families, discuss curriculum and learning opportunities, and look through resources while the kids participate in crafts and other activities.  Josie, your early literacy librarian, is eager to collect ideas on how to serve homeschool families in our community and get your feedback on the value of these sessions.

Teen gaming today

Free teen gaming normally happens on Tuesdays for teens in the 6th-12th grades, but just for December it will happen on three Thursdays because of scheduling conflicts.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks on December 12, 19 and 26 from 4–5:30 p.m.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, December 13 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

Teen book club tomorrow

Friday, December 13 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the free teen book club, sixth-12th graders will discuss “The Prince and the Dressmaker” by Jen Wang and enjoy free snacks.  

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, December 13, from 2-3 p.m. is 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, December 14 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club. 

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, December 16 from 4-5 p.m.  Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   This free club is for fifth-12th grades.

“Growing Readers” part two

The second of a free two-part workshop called “Growing Readers Together: Play, Learn and Grow” takes place Tuesday, December 17 from 4-5 p.m. for anyone involved in childcare.  You’ll learn easy, fun ways to support early learning through play.  Children are welcome to come also.  Participants will receive materials to keep playing and learning at home. The first five years in a child’s life are crucial to your child’s development.  This program will explore easy ways to infuse everyday activities with literacy and science so young people are ready to read and thrive when they start school.  You are welcome to attend this second session even if you missed the first.

Adult DIY

At this month’s free DIY event next Tuesday, December 17 from 1-2 p.m., you’ll make inexpensive, personalized snow globe gifts using a mason jar, small plastic tree, glitter, Gorilla Glue and a little bit of creativity.  Your snow globe can be filled with water or not.  No registration required.

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, December 18 from 3-4 p.m. practice your Spanish with others to help you increase your fluency at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  Previous attendance not necessary.  No registration required.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, December 18 from 4-5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Computer classes

These free classes twice a month will help you  learn a useful technology skill or application. No registration required.  Monday, December 16 from 1-2 p.m. covers protecting your privacy online as you learn how your online behavior is tracked and used.  Contact Brad at the library if you would like to request a class about any computer topic. 

ESL classes expand to evening sessions

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes have been so appreciated at your library that we are – by popular demand – switching one of the weekly sessions to the evening to make it easier for more people to participate.  The new schedule is 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. 

Clases nocturnas de ESL en la biblioteca.    

Las clases han sido tan apreciadas en su biblioteca que nosotros – por demanda popular – estamos cambiando una de las sesiones semanales de la noche para facilitar la participación de más personas. El nuevo horario es los martes de 5-7 y los viernes de 12-4. Las clases son dirigidas por dos maestras altamente experimentadas; Joyce Holdread enseñará a los estudiantes intermedios y avanzados y Ellen Ragone enseñará a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course is available only once more in December: Monday the 30th from 10 a.m.–3 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 3-3:45 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.  


“Building Wonders” is a NOVA program on engineering mysteries of the ancient world.  “The Art of Racing in the Rain” is a heartwarming story narrated by the family dog, voiced by Kevin Costner.  “A Discovery of Witches” features a witch and a vampire trying to find a magic book before it falls into the wrong hands.  “The Farewell” tells of a family returning to China to say goodbye to their grandmother.  “The Peanut Butter Falcon” follows a young man with Down syndrome who sets out on a life-changing journey.

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 Traci Mullins, Susan Langston, Muriel Eason, Julie Gaylord, Madeleine Heath and Olivia Modern.  For books and materials this week we thank our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote

“Discipline for me is very important.  In other words, if I’ve done my homework, if I know what I’m doing, then I can launch rather than just flail around.” – Julie Andrews, English actor, singer and author.

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