Special events: Owl pellet lab plus how to keep wildlife from your gardens

Children, tweens and teens are invited tomorrow, Friday, July 2, to a free owl pellet dissection lab from 2:30-4:30 p.m.  Owls are birds of prey that hunt the animals they eat. After an owl eats the small rodents, birds and bugs that are a part of its nightly diet, its stomach cannot digest the fur, bones, teeth, feathers and insect shells from that food. These extra parts are formed into a tight pellet inside the owl and are then are spit up by the owl. You’ll get a chance to examine what is inside an owl pellet.

Then, tweens, teens and adults are invited to a special free in-person event next Wednesday, July 7 from 6-7:30 p.m. to learn how to create and maintain a garden while safely keeping wildlife away from it.   Robin Young is a CSU extension director who is an expert in a variety of agriculture and land-use topics.  Her presentation takes place at the Archuleta County Extension Office located at 344 Highway 84.

These are two of the many Summer Reading Program events that continue through July at your library.  Enjoy the wide variety of activities for all ages.  And pick up a bingo card because participants get a small prize every time you complete a bingo sheet.  We also have bonus challenges where entrants will be put into random drawings for gift certificates and other prizes.

Library closure

Your library will be closed on Monday, July 5 in honor of Independence Day.

Exploration stations

Stop by the newspaper box outside the library each week for a new animal-themed activity.  June 28-July 3 features the music of birds.  July 6-10 reveals the secrets of snake length.

More Summer Reading bonus challenges

Week four’s bonus challenge June 28 – July 3:  Draw or print a black and white image of one of your favorite birds, and give it a new color pattern. For example, make a chicken look like a parrot. We would love to see what you come up with. Submit your answer by Saturday, July 3 at 3 p.m. for a chance to win – by emailing ruby@pagosalibrary.org, posting on the library Facebook page or dropping it off at the front desk.

Week five’s bonus challenge July 5 – 10:  Make up a song about a reptile. Share your lyrics with us, or send us a video of you singing your reptile song. Submit your answer by Saturday, July 10 at 3 p.m. for a chance to win – by emailing ruby@pagosalibrary.org, posting on the library Facebook page or dropping it off at the front desk.

In-person activities

We are delighted that the robust local vaccination program for our community  means that more of our programs now can happen in person.  Please see more information in the activity listings below.  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. That’s one additional hour on Fridays.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.  That’s one additional hour each day.
  • Saturdays open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  That’s two hours fewer this day – but a total of 55 hours open each week, as compared to 54 in pre-COVID times.

For those uncomfortable with 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. 

Summer Reading Club today

Today, Thursday, July 1, we’ll explore the world of reptiles and their amazing powers from 10-11:30 a.m. in the library garden, weather permitting.  July 8 we’ll learn about domestic animals in our lives.

Children’s programs

Join us Wednesday, July 7 from 10-11 a.m. in the library garden for great stories, fun games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is a great way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Saturday’s Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more.   

In-person gaming

Enjoy all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.  Maximum of four participants in the gaming room at a time. 

Writing challenge

On Monday, July 6we will post a new writing challenge 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

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.  July 6-17 features all sorts of animals to play with.  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 on July 6.


Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-8 p.m.  Beginning students are encouraged to attend from 4-6 p.m. and intermediate students from 6-8 p.m.   Las clases gratuitas se llevan a cabo en persona los martes y jueves de 4-8 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes deben asistir de 4-6 p.m. y a los estudiantes intermedios de 6-8 p.m.

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. 

Adult education

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

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.


“Play the Flute” is an inspirational film about a youth group leader who uses religion to motivate his students.  “The Courier” is a true-life cold war spy thriller.  “Raya and the Last Dragon” is a Disney animated family film.  “Godzilla vs. Kong” features the collision of these two legends. 


“The Hurricane Within” by Ashlee Leppert is the memoir of a U.S. Coast Guard medal recipient who saves lives during Hurricane Harvey while facing medical issues of her own.  “The Ugly Cry” by Danielle Henderson is a memoir about an unconventional but loving grandmother who brought up a young black child up in a white town.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Bath Haus” by P.J. Vernon tells of a picture-perfect couple whose lives are disrupted after one visits a gay bathhouse.

Other novels

“The Woman with the Blue Star” by Pam Jenoff is the story of an unlikely friendship during World War II.  “Sorrowland” by Rivers Solomon is a Gothic tale about a pregnant teen who escapes a cult.  “Revival Season” by Monica West is the story of a shocking secret in a Baptist minister’s life.  “Widespread Panic” by James Elroy features a malevolent monarch of the 1950s Hollywood underground.  “Blush” by Jamie Brenner tells of three generations of women whose exploration of old scandalous novels bring them back together.

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 Toosje Lamoreaux and several anonymous donors for their donations of books.  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 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

“I found in my travels around the world that hope is the strongest force in the universe.  With hope you can endure anything.  Without it, you are destined to a life of fear and despair.” – Admiral William H. Raven, a retired Navy SEAL whose commencement speech in 2014 at UT Austin focused on inspirational wisdom including “Make your bed.”


For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, books on CD and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at https://pagosalibrary.org.

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