Anti-Valentine’s Lock-in and mask-making fun for tweens, teens

Ages 12-17 are invited to a fun event with food, games, crafts and movies from 5-7 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, February 14.  You must have a permission slip to participate.  Pick one up at the library or get it on our website and bring it with you to be allowed entry.  You must be in the building by 5 p.m.  Details are in the February teen/tween calendar.

Then next Thursday, February 20 from 4-5:30 p.m. sixth-12th graders are invited to join us to make and decorate masks.  Masks come in all styles from carnival to steampunk to superhero.  Just bring your imagination – we’ll provide the supplies.

Library closure

Your library will be closed on Monday, February 17 for Presidents’ Day.

Save the date for fun family event

We hope you will mark your calendars for Sunday, February 23 for a fun Lanes & Links family-friendly community event from 1-4 p.m. when your library will be transformed into a miniature golf and bowling center for one day only.  Cost is $10 per person or $30 per family, with tickets sold at the door.  All net proceeds from the  event will support the library’s programs and resources.

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.

Credit and debit cards

Your library now accepts credit and debit card payments for charges of $10 or more.  You may use this feature to pay for any library costs, such as for your copying and faxing needs, to purchase your favorite used books, or to purchase a nifty Ruby Sisson Library bag to carry all of your borrowed and purchased items.

Teen advisory board today

Today, Thursday, February 13, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Sixth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, February 14, 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. 

After-school club tomorrow

The after-school club for first-fifth graders takes place tomorrow, Friday, February 14 from 1:45-3:30 p.m. on the second, third and fourth Friday of every  month.  Participants will engage in literature-based science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) learning activities and work up to an exhibition on the first Friday following each three-week session.  Registration is required by calling us at 970-264-2209 or dropping by the library.

Adult DIY

At this month’s free DIY event next Tuesday, February 18 from 1-2 p.m., you’ll take a beloved hardcover book off the shelf and put it on your shoulder by transforming it into a smart-looking tote bag.  No registration required.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 6th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

ESL classes twice a week

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place on 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.

Las clases son dos veces por semana 

Las clases gratuitas de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL) ocurren los martes de 5-7 PM y los viernes de 12-2 PM. Las clases son dirigidas por dos instructoras altamente experimentadas — Joyce Holdread enseña al grupo intermedio / avanzado y Ellen Ragone enseña a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse. 

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place 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.  

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 2:30-3:30 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.  

How-to and self-help

“Fasting Zone” by Dr. Don Colbert is a program to detox your body in 21 days.  “You’re Not Listening” by Kate Murphy explains why we aren’t listening well, why it matters and how we can reverse this trend.  “100 Days to a Younger Brain” by Sabina Brennan is a guide to maximizing your memory, boosting your brain health and defying dementia. 

Other nonfiction

“Organic Book of Compost/second edition” by Pauline Pears describes easy and natural techniques to feed your garden.  “A Guest of the Reich” by Peter Finn is the dramatic story of a South Carolina heiress who joined the OSS and was captured by the Nazis.  “The Passion Economy” by Adam Davidson, creator of NPR’s Planet Money, reveals how small businesses are thriving.  “Tightrope” by Pulitzer Prize-winning authors  Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn explores how communities are struggling as blue collar jobs disappear and drug overdoses increase.  “Unmasked” by L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham chronicles the authors’ belief in the media’s war against President Trump.  “The AOC Way” by Caroline Frederickson is a memoir of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.


“The Girl with the Louding Voice” by Abi Dare features a 14-year-old Nigerian girl sold as a third wife to an old man, then as a domestic servant.

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 donation, we are grateful to the Pagosa Springs Golf Club. For books and materials this week we thank our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are but tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American essayist, lecturer, philosopher and poet.

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