Meet your library’s new development officer

We are pleased to announce that Cindi Galabota has been hired effective April 4 for our new half-time development officer position.  She will be responsible for grant writing, fundraising and cultivating relationships.

“This role is one that the board and I have been talking about for several months,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  “We are excited to be able to open up this opportunity for our library and, in turn, our community – and Cindi’s experience and qualifications make her an ideal match for the job.”

For the past 20 years Cindi has worked in both the nonprofit and for-profit worlds, but she says “my passion remains in nonprofit development.”  Here in Pagosa Springs she has been executive director of Habitat for Humanity and the Chamber of Commerce.  Previously she worked for the REACH alternative education program in Bayfield, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Lincoln Park Zoo.  Most recently she was employed by First Southwest Bank in Pagosa.  She has a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University.

“I am very excited about stepping back into the nonprofit world,” Cindi said.  “I am especially pleased to work for the library because all my life I have gone to libraries and appreciated their great value.”

Please join us in welcoming Cindi to our library family.

Cindi Galabota has been hired as the new development officer for the Ruby Sisson Library, effective April 4. She will be responsible for grant writing, fundraising and cultivating relationships. Photo courtesy of Carole Howard.

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.

Lifelong Learning Lectures start next week

Mark your calendars for the free spring Lifelong Learning Lecture series every Thursday at 5 p.m. from April 5 through May 17.  First talk is by local author Marika Tatsumoto on how to write middle grade books.  She will guide you through the process of attracting parents, teachers and librarians to your work and writing stories that will capture and entertain kids.

Reading with therapy dogs tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, March 30) from 11 a.m.-noon,  youngsters from K-fifth grade are invited to share their favorite books with Bacchus, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a free Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

 All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, March 30) 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.

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, April 4 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Spanish instruction

Join us for this free basic course next Wednesday, April 4 from 4-5 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish.  We will go over expressions using the verb tener.  No registration required.

Teen advisory board

Next Thursday, April 5 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.

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.   Note: No Tech Time on April 5.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  Today, March 29, we will go over the basics of Google Photos and how it can be used to store or back up your digital photos. Note: No computer class April 5.

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.

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 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.  Please note that both storytimes are now 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.

Academy Award DVDs

“Call Me By Your Name” was a nominee for best picture.  “Ferdinand” was a nominee for best animated feature.  “I, Tonya” had three nominations including best actress and best supporting actress.

Other DVDs

“The Handmaid’s Tale” is season one.  “What Happened, Miss Simone?” is the story of Nina Simone’s life and career as a pianist, singer songwriter, activist, wife and mother.

Books on CD

“Vigilante Dawn” by Marcus Galloway is a Ralph Compton western.  “Flintlock A Time for Vultures” by William W. and J.A. Johnston is a western.

How-to and self help  

“Amsterdam” by Audrey Sykes is a Moon travel guide.  “Win Bigly” by Scott Adams looks at persuasion tools that can work in any setting.  “Retirement Reinvention” by career counselor Robin Ryan offers tips on how to find joy in retirement.  “Brain Food” by Dr. Lisa Mosconi. A neuroscientist and nutritionist, details the dietary needs of the brain.

Other nonfiction

“Broad Band” by Claire L Evans is the untole story of the women who made the Internet.  “Tomorrow Will Be Different” by Sarah McBride is a memoir of the first transgender person to speak at a political convention.

Mysteries and suspense

“Bone Music” by Christopher Rice features a woman brought up by two serial killers who murdered her parents.  “The Kremlin Conspiracy” by Joel C. Rosenberg features a Russian lawyer and a U.S. Secret Service agent.  “The Third Victim” by Phillip Margolian begins with the escape of a kidnap victim.  “Auntie Poldi and the Sivilian Lions” by Mario Giordano features a 60-year-old sleuth.  “Lake Silence” by Anne Bishop is a World of the Others fantasy thriller.

Other novels

“Green Sun” by Kent Anderson features a Vietnam vet-turned policeman in Oakland, Calif., in 1983.  “Burn Bright” by Patricia Briggs is an Alpha and Omega werewolf story.  “High Voltage” by Karen Marie Moning is a fantasy.          

Large print

“Raspberry Danish Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swenson mystery.  “The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover” by Susan Wittig Albert is a mystery.  “Closer Than You Know” by Brad Parks begins with a plant opf cocaine in a young mother’s home.

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 Robert Righi, Maria Gallegos and our anonymous donors.  For her generous monetary donation, we are grateful to Karen Cox.

Quotable Quote        

“Follow your passion.  Whatever you’re doing, do your best at all times and make it as correct as possible.  Work as if someone is watching you.  Then you’ll be prepared when an opportunity presents itself.  And you’ll have the answers.” – Katherine Johnson, one of the brilliant black female NASA mathematicians depicted in the movie “Hidden Figures,” who was recently honored when NASA recently named a research center after her.

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