Rex Tillerson’s leadership book includes praise for a well-known local couple, his parents

“Your Word is Your Bond” by Perry L. Cochell is an instructional, often inspirational, book from the Boys Scouts of America Lessons in Leadership series.  What makes it even more relevant to Pagosa Springs readers is that it is focused on the thoughts and life of Rex W. Tillerson, not only our country’s Secretary of State but also the son of Bob and Patty Tillerson, a well-known local couple who have lived here for 30 years.

If you needed any more proof that lessons learned from parents in childhood are vital to the way a person will behave in adulthood, you will want to pay attention to Rex’s comments.

It’s clear throughout the book that Rex reveres the way his parents brought him up and lived their lives.  He calls his mother “a model of emotional strength, and a huge influence on the development of [his] attitude toward hard work and the importance of a positive outlook.”  His father gets high praise as well, especially for introducing Rex to Scouting as a toddler.  Rex, who retired in 2016 as CEO of ExxonMobil, became an Eagle Scout who also served as president of the Boy Scouts of America, the top volunteer job in the organization.  His business and Scouting experiences make up most of the book.

Among the many leadership tips Rex passes on is the importance of followership.  “They’re inextricably linked.  Great leaders understand what it takes to get people to follow them.  That’s what the term ‘leader’ means – when you turn around you want to see everybody following you.”  Bottom line, Rex says:  “Teamwork matters everywhere.”

The privately published book is available only to visitors to the Scouts’ national training center in West Virginia, but Patty and Bob have donated a copy to the Sisson Library for your reading pleasure.

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.

Teen advisory board today

Today (Thursday, January 4) the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, January 5) from 2-3:15 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.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, January 8 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, January 10 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. to learn a technology skill or application.  Today (January 4) is a basic session to help you get started; no computer experience required.  January 11 is the basics of internet searching.  January 18 is the basics of Microsoft Excel.  January 25 is the basics of malware threats and antivirus programs.

Adult book club

Our free adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On January 9 we will discuss “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  No registration required.

Family storytime

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Baby storytime

Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.  Recommended for children aged 0 to 12 months.

Toddler storytime     

Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join us for 30 minutes of free stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.

 Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.

Adult education 

Our PALS program – Pagosa Adult Learning Services – takes place three days a week: Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

How-to and self-help books

“Personal Finance for Seniors” by the editors of FC&A Publishing is written for those on a fixed income.  “Even the Stiffest People Can Do the Splits” by Eiko is a four-week stretching plan to give you increased flexibility.  “My Social Media for Seniors” is an AARP guide.  “Waking Up in Winter” by coach Cheryl Richardson offers a look at what really matters at midlife using her life as a teaching tool.

Other nonfiction

“The Only Girl in the World” by Maude Julien is a memoir exploring the life of a girl whose parents were fanatics.  “The Welfare of Nations” by James Bartholomew examines 11 different countries’ education, health care and support services.  “Three Days in January” by Bret Baier documents the final days in Dwight Eisenhower’s presidency.  “Destiny and Power” by Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham is a biography of George H.W. Bush based on diaries and extensive interviews.  “St. Petersburg, Helsinki & Tallinn” is a slim Rick Steves’ Snapshot guide.  “Albania” by Gillian Gloyer is an updated fifth edition.  “Red Blood, Black Sand” by Chuck Tatum is a memoir of a Marine.  “The Fall of the Ottomans” by historian Eugene Rogan documents the forces that forever changed the face of the Middle East.  “Inside the Equal Access to Justice Act’ by Lowell E. Baier examines this law and its role in environmental litigation.        


“The Rooster Bar” by John Grisham is a legal thriller.  “Quick & Dirty” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “The Midnight Line” by Lee Child is a Jack Reacher mystery.  “Two Kinds of Truth” by Michael Connelly is a Harry Bosch mystery.  “Deep Freeze” by John Sandford is a Virgil Flowers mystery.  “Typhoon Fury” by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison is a thriller.    “Magnetic: The Art of Attracting Business” describes strategies to help you grow your customer base.  “Enchantress of Numbers” by Jennifer Chiaverini is a novel about the life of Lord Byron’s daughter.

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 for our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Donna Talley and Jeff Versaw.   For their generous monetary donations, we are grateful to several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“The ornament of a house is the people who frequent it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American essayist, lecturer and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century.

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