Pioneer cemetery project results, Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo and public health session

Dr. Ruth Lambert will share results from the recent cemetery research project conducted at the original Pagosa Springs cemetery, known as the Pioneer Cemetery and Old Fort Lewis Cemetery, at a free in-person event at your library on Saturday, December 11 from 10 a.m. – noon. 

During the summer of 2021, the Town of Pagosa Springs partnered with volunteers from the Archuleta County Genealogical Society and Dr. Lambert to conduct an archaeological assessment of the cemetery.  Using a variety of non-invasive instruments, scans of the cemetery were taken to accurately survey the ground.  At the same time, volunteers conducted extensive research to uncover scarce records and learn more about Pagosa’s past to give us a better understanding of the historical significance of this old cemetery.      

We hope you’ll join us to learn more about our local history at this important event.

Save the date for Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo

The hot chocolate is ready, so we hope you’ll come to your library next Thursday, December 16 from 4-6 p.m.  to celebrate winter with us.  While you sip, join in the fun with seasonal crafts.

Save the date for next public health sessions

The next free public health session with representatives from San Juan Basin Public Health will be at the library from noon-1 p.m. next Thursday, December 16 to discuss the dangers of radon gas in your home and distribute free radon test kits.  The geology of Southwest Colorado leads to an increased risk of radon gas here so this is an important topic for us to understand.  In fact, radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer, even in people who have never smoked.   Take advantage of the expertise of the staff at SJBPH to attend this latest event in their public health series at your library.

Therapy dog visits

Tomorrow, Friday, December 10 from 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. and again next Wednesday, December 15 from 11 a.m. – noon you are invited 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.  It’s a great way to relax and boost your day.  

Legal clinic tomorrow

The free legal clinic this month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, December 10 from 2 – 3 p.m. The volunteer attorney can phone you at home, or you can come into the library and meet privately via Zoom. To schedule an appointment, at the beginning of the month 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.  This clinic takes place on the second Friday of every month.  Visit http://checkerboard.co/ anytime to find many legal forms and other legal information.

LEGO Club on Saturday

Kids aged six to 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, December 11 from 11 a.m.-noon for the free LEGO Club.  LEGO challenges also are posted on Facebook.

Spanish conversation

Next Monday, December 13 from 4-5 p.m. we will gather in person at the library to practice speaking and listening skills together.  There is no minimum skill level required to attend.   As an alternative, you can learn Spanish and many other languages using the Transparent Language Learning database available at https:pagosalibrary.org/online-resources/

Adult book club next Tuesday

Ruby’s Book Club meets from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 14 to discuss “The Beekeeper of Aleppo” by Christie Lefteri.  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. 

Baby brain gym

Next Wednesday, December 15 from  2:30-3 p.m. families with babies to toddlers aged three and under are invited to bring them to the library for hands-on sensory activities designed just for them to help their brains grow.  This is an important session when you consider that their brains are forming millions of  connections each second.

Teen advisory board

Next Wednesday, December 15 the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. in the library.  Sixth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs. 

Special science 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, December 15  is STEM with Jessica Walker where we’ll enjoy an experiment or two. Saturday’s all-ages Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more. 

In-person gaming

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

Dungeons & Dragons   

Join us every other Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. for our new in-person Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults.  The next one is next Tuesday, December 14.

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge was posted December 6 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

Theme for our new storywalk December 6-18 is based on the book “Over and Under in the Snow.”  Get outdoors and take a walk, following the pages of the book and reading the story as you stroll along.  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. 

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.  Note no Tech Time December 7 and 9.

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-7 p.m.  Beginning students attend from 4-5 p.m., intermediate students from 5-6 p.m. and advanced students from 7-8 p.m.   Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  

Las clases de ESL

Las clases nocturnas gratuitas en persona se llevan a cabo los martes y jueves de 4 a 7 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes asisten de 4 a 5 p.m., estudiantes intermedios de 5-6 p.m. y estudiantes avanzados de 7-8 p.m. Por favor, ayúdenos a correr la voz sobre estas clases a otras personas en nuestra comunidad que estén interesadas, y contáctenos por teléfono o correo electrónico si tiene alguna pregunta. 

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session take place on Thursdays  from 5:30-8 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

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. 

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.


“The Lacemaker,” “Tidewater Bride” and “An Uncommon Woman” by Laura Frantz are romances set in 18th century Virginia Colony.  “A Bound Heart,” also by Laura Frantz, focuses on a couple sent across the Atlantic as indentured servants.  “Holding the Fort,” “The Lieutenant’s Bargain” and “The Major’s Daughter” are three books in the Fort Reno romance series set in Indian Territory.   “Go Tell the Bees That I am Gone” by Diana Gabaldon is the latest in the epic Outlander historical fantasy series. 

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“Clive Cussler’s The Devil’s Sea” by Dirk Cussler is a Dirk Pitt adventure.  “A MacCallister Chjristmas” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a western.  “Every Mother’s Son,” also by William W. and J.A. Johnstone, is the latest in the Jackals western series.  “The Joy and Light Bus Company” by Alexander McCall Smith is a No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency mystery.  “Chain of Command” by Tom Clancy is the latest in the Jack Ryan thriller series. 


All American Christmas” by Rachel Campos-Duffy and Sean Duffy traces holiday traditions a cross the U.S.  as told by Fox News hosts.  “Atlas Invisible” by the geographer/designer team of James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti offers a look information that cannot be conveyed by text and numbers alone.  “Hear Yourself” by Prem Rawat provides steps to help you find peace in a noisy world.  “The Woman All Spies Fear” by historian Amy Butler Greenfield is the biography of a woman from Indiana who became a wartime spy and fighter against the mob.  “Act Like You Got Some Sense” by Jamie Foxx is a comedic and heartfelt tribute to his non-nonsense grandmother who raised him and his life in Hollywood.   


“Navajo Code Talkers of  World War II” provides personal insights from a group of Native American veterans regarding their service as secret code war heroes.  “Free Guy” is an action-packed comedy. 

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 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

“An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, and circumstance.  The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break.” – Chinese proverb

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