Last chance to enter 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.

Expanded hours and other changes

As of this week, your library has expanded the hours we are open to serve you under COVID level blue conditions:

  • 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.”

Online Spanish conversation

Next Monday, March 8 from 4-5 p.m. our online Spanish conversation group will gather on Google Meet to practice their skills together.  You can access the meeting using the Google Meet app or by visiting meet.google.com/xrv-csre-kav – and contact Brad at the library if you have questions about using Google Meet.  

Adult book club

Ruby’s Book Club meets from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9 via Zoom to discuss “The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life, Freedom and Justice” by Anthony Ray Hinton.  Please contact the library if you need a copy of the book.  The Zoom meeting ID is 874 5826 9188, passcode 81147.  This book club is held the second Tuesday of each month.

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 in this 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 3 -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 to schedule a date and time.


“How to Avoid a Climate Disaster” by Bill Gates explains the results of a decade investigating the causes and effects of climate change, and what we need to do about it.   “The Sum of Us” by economist Heather McGhee explores what racism costs everyone and what to do about it.  “ Walk in my Combat Boots” by James Patterson and Matt Eversmann is a collection of interviews of Americans in uniform.   “Icebound” by Andrea Pitzer tell of Dutch polar explorer Barents and his three harrowing Arctic adventures. “Bravey” by Olympic athlete, actress and writer Alexi Pappas is a powerful memoir of a young woman with big dreams. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Deadly Camargue” by Cay Rademacher begins when a reporter bull is gored by an escaped bull in Provence.  “Marauder” by Cliver Cussler and Boyd Morrison is an Oregon Files adventure. “Twenty” by James Grippando is a Jack Swyteck legal thriller.  “Pianos and Flowers” by Alexander McCall Smith is a No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency mystery.  “If I Disappear” by Eliza Jane Brazier features a fan of true-crime podcasts involved in solving a crime.  “The  Perfect Guests” by Emma Rous is set in a grand estate at a weekend party.   “Blood Grove” by Walter Mosley is an Easy Rawlins mystery.  “Relentless” by Mark Greaney is a Gray Man intelligence adventure.  “Serpentine” by Jonathan Kellerman is an Alex Delaware mystery.  “A Fatal Lie” by Charles Todd is an Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery.  “The Sanatorium” by Sarah Pearse, now a five-star  minimalist hotel, starts with a missing woman.

Large print

“Next to Last Stand” by Craig Johnson is a Longmire mystery.  “The Orphan’s Guilt” by Archer Mayor is a Joe Gunther mystery.  “Faithless in Death” by J.D. Robb is book two of the Eve Dallas Death series.   

Other novels

“The Lover” by Marguerite Duras is set in prewar Saigon.   “Black Buck” by Mateo Askaripour is a satire about the lone Black salesman at a startup.  “Escaping Dreamland” by Charlie Lovett features a trio of young people come together to write a series of children’s books.  “Waiting for the Night Song” by Julie Carrick Dalton focuses on two estranged friends facing a dark secret.  “The Children’s Blizzard” by Melanie Benjamin is based on true stories of immigrant school children experiencing a devastating storm that struck the Great Plains in 1888.  “Super Host” by Kate Russo looks at middle age relationships through the eyes of a past-his-prime artist.  “The Smash-up” by Ali Benjamin looks at a marriage dealing with today’s political and social issues.

“The Mask Falling” by Samantha Shannon  is the fourth fantasy novel set in the world of Scion.  “Yellow Wife” by Sadeqa Johnson follows a female plantation slave who was not given freedom on her 18th birthday as promised.   “Normal People” by Sally Rooney is a coming-of-age love story set in Dublin.  “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah focuses on the trials people faced in the Great Depression.   “Those Who Are Saved” by Alexis Landau features a Jewish mother and daughter separated in World War II.  “My Year Abroad” by Chang-Rae Lee follows a young man transformed by an unusual Asian adventure. 

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 her generous monetary donation we thank Wendy Bellas.  For materials donations, we thank Elizabeth Coleman 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

“I want my children to know I’m a resource for them, that I have been across the river a lot of times. I can tell them the rocks that move and the rocks that don’t…. I want to see what kind of people my kids become.  I don’t care what they do; I want to see who they are.” – Kevin Costner, award-winning actor, film director and producer.

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