Expanded hours starting March 1 now we’re at COVID’s blue level

Starting on Monday, March 1, your library will be expanding the hours we are open to serve you:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with 9-10 a.m. reserved for seniors and high-risk populations.
  • Tuesday and Thursday open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. for all.
  • With these new hours, there is a slight change to which staff are working on which days, which affects the times and days for some programs.  Storytime has been moved from Wednesday to Thursday at 10 a.m.  Tech Times are now from 3-4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment.
  • One more change:  Meeting rooms can now be used by up to five people. 

COVID-related operations that stay the same include:

  • Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day.  Please practice social distancing and wear masks while you are in the building.  If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you.
  • Ten computers are available. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.
  • One early literacy computer is available for youngsters.
  • 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. 
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of open, so items may take longer than usual. 
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

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 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 are pleased to assist you outside the building through our curbside service.”

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book club meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:15 a.m. – noon via Zoom. Tomorrow, Friday, February 26, the ladies will discuss “How Fascism Works” by Jason Stanley.  Pick up a copy at your library. The Zoom meeting ID for this event is 859 2949 6860 and the passcode is 81147.  No registration required.

LEGO challenge Saturday

Join us on February 27 at 10 a.m. for a free all-ages LEGO challenge via an image posted on Facebook and the library website.  Use your own pieces to create something that will fit the challenge. If you don’t have LEGOS, we have a few grab bags available at the library.

T-shirt design contest

We’d love your help in designing a t-shirt for this year’s Summer Reading Program.  The theme will be “Tails and Tales.” This is an all-ages contest.  All designs must be original.  The winning t-shirt will be worn by staff during the summer, given to the winning designer, and a limited number will be available for purchase. For details and a blank t-shirt template, please pick up a flyer at the library or go online to our website.  Deadline for submissions is March 8.

Free literacy program for babies

A free Colorado-based literacy program that helps families and caregivers build their babies’ vocabulary is now underway in Archuleta County, thanks to a partnership involving your library, AmeriCorps and the San Juan BOCES.

You need to sign up for this special program, called LENA, in order to be enrolled in the workshops that will provide you with personalized information and ideas to help your child.  Please contact Michelle Salmeron-Ramierez at 970-585-4293 or nichelle@unitedway-swco.org.  The program is available in English and Spanish. It was created for babies from new-born to age three, and will help you use talking to build your child’s brain.

New all-ages writing challenge

On March 8we will post a new writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating.  This is a free all-ages activity.

Storywalk for kids

Weather permitting, 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 current theme is celebrating love of all kinds. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Knitting takeaways

Pick up free knitting takeaways at the library entrance during open hours to take for your in-home enjoyment.  We’ll have patterns craft ideas, instructions and some limited supplies available.

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.

DIY craft takeaway for kids

Drop by your library for free DIY crafts takeaways for youngsters age 10 and older during open hours.  Pick up a packet outside the library.      

Tech Time

Make a 15- to 30-minute appointment for one of three free in-person slots available from 3-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (note day and time changes). Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. 


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

Thursdays at 10 a.m. (note new day) and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m., join us on the library’s Facebook page for free children’s programs.  Thursday 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.  

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) sessions take place in person where Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Contact the library and Mark will work with you to schedule a date and time to meet.

Large print

“Paradise Peak” by Janet Daily is part of the New Americana series.  “The Vineyard at Painted Moon” by Susan Mallery features a woman whose failing marriage means she is losing a family as well as a husband.  “The Paris Library” by Janet Skeslien Charles begins with librarians joining the Resistance in World War II.  “The Girl From the Channel Islands” by Jenny Lecoat begins with a German attack in 1940.  “The Last Garden in England” by Julia Kelly centers on the restoration of gardens with many secrets.  “The Unwilling” by John Hart is a murder mystery.

Books on CD

“The Survivors” by Jane Harper deals with the aftermath of a body found on the beach.  “Good Neighbors” by Sarah Langan focuses on a suburban neighborhood after a new family moves in.  “The Umbrella Lady” by V.C. Andrews follows a young girl plotting her escape from a mysterious old woman.   “The Russian Cage” by Charlaine Harris is book three in the Gunnie Rose alternate U.S. history series.  “Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swenson mystery with recipes.


“Yellowstone” season three stars Kevin Costner.  “Love and Monsters” is a post-apocalyptic adventure comedy. 

Mysteries and thrillers

“Prodigal Son” by Gregg Hurwitz is an Orphan X off-the-books operative thriller.  “American Traitor” by Brad Taylor is a Pike Logan special forces thriller.  “The Russian” by James Patterson and James O. Born is an NYPD Michael Bennett thriller.  “The Lost Boys” by Faye Kellerman is a Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus mystery.  “NYPD Red 6” by James Patterson and Marshall Karp features the elite crime-fighting force.  “The Shadow Box” by Luanne Rice features an artist who suspects her well-connected husband of crimes.  “When We Believed in Mermaids” by Barbara O’Neal begins when a woman sees her sister she thought was dead on TV.   “Land of Wolves” by Craig Johnson is a Longmire mystery.  “The Push” by Ashley Audrain is a psycholpgical drama featuring a new mother. 

Other novels

“There’s Treasure Everywhere” is a Calvin and Hobbs graphic collection.  “Neighbors” by Danielle Steel features a reclusive woman who open her home to neighbors after an earthquake.  “The Liar’s Dictionary” by Eley Williams centers around fictious entries inserted in a dictionary. “The Queen of Paris” by Pamela Binnings Ewen imagines the hidden life of Coco Chanel  in World War II.   “The Prophets” by Robert Jones, Jr. is about a forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation.  “The Poison Flood” by Jordan Farmer features a reclusive musician whose life is upended by a local disaster.  “A Column of Fire” by Ken Follett is a new epic that starts in 1558.   


“What Is Life?” by Nobel Prize-winning scientist Paul Nurse explains the fundamental ideas in biology and their uses today.  “Embrace the Suck” by Brent Gleeson reveals the basics of Navy Seal training.  “Four Hundred Souls” edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain contains essays by 90 writers about the lives of African Americans from 1619 to the present.  “Ancient Remedies” by Dr. Josh Axe shows how to treat more than 70 conditions with herbs, essential oils, CBD and natural medicines.  “Small-time” by Russell Shorto tells the story of a mobster who was the author’s grandfather.  “The Black Church” by PBS host and historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores churches as the foundation of Black life in America. 

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.  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 their materials donations, we thank Jan Moberg and our anonymous donors.  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. 

Library foundation

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation to help support the services and programs provided by your Ruby Sisson Library.  Mail checks to P.O. Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209. 

 Quotable Quote

“Behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first.” – Matthew L. Jacobson, author and teaching elder in his local church.

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