Friends book sale in new location and Creede Theatre show today

Planning already is underway for the Friends of the Library annual book sale, one of the highlights of the summer for locals and visitors alike.

This year’s book sale will open on Thursday evening, June 23 at 6 p.m. for members (memberships are available at the door), and then open to the public on Friday and Saturday June 24-25.  It will be in a new location – in the Fellowship Hall at the United Methodist Church in downtown Pagosa.  And it’s a new time of year as well, moving to June to avoid the month of August which is so busy with community events including the Archuleta County Fair.

The Friends book sale is an ideal venue for finding treasures for yourself and gifts for family and friends.  You’ll find lots more than books to buy at great bargain prices – there are audio books, DVDs, puzzles and games  as well.  While you enjoy these treats, you’ll be contributing to the health of your library.

Every year the proceeds from the book sale are gratefully received by your library to ensure ongoing excellence of our collection, our facilities and our service to you.  Last year in two and a half days, the Friends’ book sale raised more than $2,000.

The Friends always need help sorting, boxing and preparing for the sale.  As well, year-round our volunteers go to the library to sort through donations to find the ones appropriate for the annual sale.  If you would like to volunteer with the Friends, please contact Wennona Brown  at wennona@centurylink.net.  And we hope you’ll put the Friends book sale dates on your calendar for a fun summer outing.

Free tax forms

Tax forms are available free at your library while supplies last.

Creede Theatre show today

Children ages five and under are invited to a special free performance of “Ms. Joy” at your library today, Thursday, March 3, from 10-11 a.m. put on by Creede Repertory Theatre, rescheduled by the theatre from February 16.

“Ms. Joy” is about a woman who has a very strict daily routine  — until  one day she receives a visit from an unexpected dog who turns her routine upside down.  The story is told through clowning, puppetry and sound.  It teaches children the power of play, friendship and laughter. 

Adult book club next Tuesday

Ruby’s Book Club meets in person from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8 to discuss “Madhouse at the End of the Earth” by Julian Sancton.  Copies are available for pickup at your library.  This book club is held the second Tuesday of each month, alternating between fiction and nonfiction titles. 

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesday, March 9 from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 6th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Dungeons & Dragons   

Join us every other Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. for our in-person Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults.  The next one is Tuesday, March 8.

S.T.E.A.M enrichment kits

Participants in this free enrichment program for youngsters aged five and up receive a kit guiding you through science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) projects.  The kits are available all month but registration is required by calling your library at 970-264-2209. 

Family storytimes

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  Special guests Lisa Baker and her friend Fluffy Dog will provide puppets and storytelling on March 9.  The next Discovery Time takes place Saturday, March 5 on Facebook at 2:30 p.m.

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays with 4-5 p.m. reserved for beginners and 5-7 p.m. for both intermediate and advanced students.  Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  

Las clases de ESL

Clases nocturnas gratuitas de inglés como segundo idioma se llevan a cabo los martes y jueves en la biblioteca. 4 – 5 p.m. está reservado para principiantes y  5 – 7 p.m. es para los estudiantes intermedios y avanzados. Por favor, ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre estas clases a otros en nuestra comunidad que tienen interés. Contáctenos por teléfono o correo electrónico si tiene cualquier pregunta. Se habla español

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. 

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session take place on Thursdays  from 5:30-8 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

In-person gaming

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.  

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge was posted February 28 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Library hours

Most of our programs are happening in person.  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.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 As well, 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. 

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.

Large print

“A Trail of Lies” by Kylie Logan is book three of the4 Jazz Ramsey mystery series.  “A Good Day for Chardonnay” by Darynda Jones is book two of the Sunshine Vicram mystery series.  “Reckless Girls” by Rachel Hawkins is a mystery set on an exotic island.  “Savage Sunday” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Duff MacCallister western.  “Librarians of the West” edited by Hazel Rumney contains four westerns by award-winning authors.    


“King Richard” starring Will Smith is based on the true story of Venus and Serena Williams.  “The Cannabis Question” is a NOVA documentary about the medical risks and benefits of marijuana.  “This is Us” is the complete fourth season. 


“Lift Your Voice” by Angela Harrelson, George Floyd’s aunt, is a story of hope.  “Born of Lakes and Plains” by Pulitzer Prize finalist Anne F. Hyde is a history of five mixed-descent families who played pivotal roles in American history. 

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Accomplice” by Lisa Lutz features two long-time best friends who find themselves involved in a murder.  “All That is Secret” by Patricia Raybon tells of a Black theologian called home to Denver to solve her estranged father’s murder.  “The Good Son” by Jacquelyn Mitchard focuses on the aftermath of a crime in a close-knit community.  We have four more books in the David Wolf thriller series by Colorado author Jeff Carson –  “Dark Mountain,” “Rain,” “Drifted,” and “Divided Sky.”  “The Magnolia Palace” by Fiona Davis is set in the Frick Museum in New York City.

Other novels

“Mickey 7” by Edward Ashton is a sci-fi story. 

Books on CD

“Lightning in a Mirror” by Jayne Ann Krentz is the final installment of the chilling Fogg Lake trilogy.  “Something to Hide” by Elizabeth George is a mystery featuring Det. Insp. Thomas Lynley and Det. Sgt. Barbara Havers.  “Robert B. Parker’s Bye Bye Baby” by Ace Atkins is a Spenser mystery.  “Eat Like a Human” by Dr. Bill Schindler contains 75 recipes to achieve optimum health and vitality.

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 our anonymous donors for their materials donations.  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 support and enhance your library by raising funds for information resources, programs, services and facilities.  Mail checks to P.O. Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209. 

Quotable Quote

“In the aftermath of my injuries in 2013 and 2014 [in skiing accidents as she raced], my view of success began to shift…. Slowly, I came to see that winning isn’t what makes you a good person…. Even though I love winning, I came to understand that it is just one part of life.  What does winning mean if you’re not having fun?  What does any of it mean if you don’t enjoy it?” – Lindsey Vonn, one of the most decorated female skiers in history.  She was an American World Cup alpine racer who competed in four Olympic games on the U.S. Ski Team, winning three medals including a gold.  She won 82 World Cup races and four World Cup overall championships – one of only two female skiers to do so – and retired from racing in 2019 at age 34.  Her memoir, “Rise: My Story,” is available at your library.

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