We’re resuming several services for patrons beginning May 4

As Colorado shifts from “Stay at Home” to “Safer at Home” and relaxes some coronavirus restrictions, your library has exciting news about ways we will be transitioning into this new phase effective Monday, May 4, resuming several services to you, mostly outside the building:

  • We will offer curbside service outside the front door so that you can pick up materials including holds, tax forms and things you email to us to print for you. These services will be available Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call the library at 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so that staff can place the items outside for you and walk away, thus maintaining physical distancing. If you put a hold on something from home, please wait for your usual alert (email or text) before coming to pick it up.
  • During those same hours, we also will accept returns. We will have a cart outside marked “Returns” for your materials – for safety’s sake, do not use the dropbox at the library or the one uptown at City Market. Using this cart system, we can quarantine returned items and get them ready for the next patron. Please note that returned items will be in quarantine for 72 hours before they are checked off your account and wiped down.
  • As well, we will resume accepting your donations of materials. Watch for a cart at the entrance marked “Donations.”
  • If you do not have a library card but want to use our online resources, you can now self-register. From our website, click “My Account” in the top right. It is the usual login page for current patrons, and it now has (in blue) an option to “Register for a new Library Card.”  There’s a short form and then staff will get back in touch with you to give you your login credentials.
  • We also will be readmitting a very limited number of people into specific areas of the building for computer appointments Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. If you want to make a computer appointment, call the library at 264-2209 or email ruby@pagosalibrary.org to schedule a time. With some possible exceptions, computer appointments will be 45 minutes. This shortened period allows time for staff to clean and disinfect the computers between uses. Also note that in compliance with the San Juan Basin Public Health recommendations, you must wear a covering over your nose and mouth, such as a bandana or homemade cloth mask, reserving hospital-grade masks for medical workers and those who are sick. The old adage of “No shirt, no shoes, no service” is now “No shirt, no shoes, no mask, no service.”   We are not able to provide such coverings; you must bring and wear your own.
  • Our services may have to work around our HVAC replacement. We’ll keep you informed of any interruptions to our operations relating to the installation as best we can, if we get enough notice.

“While we’ve been closed we have missed our patrons and are very happy we will be able to see you now, even in this limited way,” said Meg Wempe, library director. “Our reopening plans are evolving, informed by best practices learned from our professional Colorado and national library peers, and by local state and federal laws and regulations.

“I have belief in our amazing community, and our ability to look out for each other and provide compassion, comfort and care. We look forward to seeing you again in the library, once it is deemed safe to return to full service. In the meantime, we hope you will take advantage of these resumed services and please reach out if you have questions.”

More on our operations now

  1. You can download e-books and audiobooks through our CloudLibrary app on your smartphone or tablet. IndieFlix allows unlimited streaming access to award-winning shorts, feature films and documentaries. By using the online resource, TumbleBook Library, you can find children’s books and audiobooks.
  2. As always, you can access Wi-Fi from your car in our parking lot – with your windows and doors closed, please.
  3. We are not accepting meeting room reservations or hosting any in-person programming at this time. We hope you will join us for some of our virtual programs.
  4. We’re also happy to help you with tech help over the phone for our online resources.

The census has never been easier


You can respond to the census right now even if you have not received an official invitation to respond. This is especially important for households that receive mail in a post office box because the delivery of 2020 census invitation letters to households with a post office box has been delayed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The good news is that you do not need to wait for anything from the Census Bureau – you can do it online. Instead of using a unique census ID number you will be asked to enter your physical address.

To complete the census online, go to www.my2020census.gov or by phone call 1-844-330-2020 for the English version and 1-844-468-2020 for the Spanish version. Remember that WiFi is available from your car in the parking lot 24/7, even during the library closure. You can visit our website at pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online.

Please phone the library at (970) 264-2209 or email us at ruby@pagosalibrary.org if you have any questions regarding the census. 

Your participation is hugely important because it will determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, directly affect hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding for local and regional agencies and projects like health clinics, fire departments, schools, social services like Medicaid, even roads and highways for the next decade.  Archuleta County needs your participation to get our fair share of these federal dollars.

When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are used only to produce statistics. The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

Mindfulness techniques via Zoom

Next Thursday, May 7 at 5 p.m. learn the basics of mindfulness techniques with practical methods anyone can incorporate into their life. Extensive scientific research shows that mindfulness can reduce stress and anxiety, increase focus and productivity, and be effective in reducing pain and addictive behaviors. Sarah Riehm, a certified mindfulness teacher, has taught relaxation and stress-reduction courses in hundreds of community and retreat settings. She holds an MBA from the University of Texas and an MFA in Playwriting, and has taught at three major universities. She and her husband relocated to Pagosa Springs in March of 2019. Please contact the library by phone at 970-264-2209 or email at ruby@pagosalibrary.org to register for this free event. We will email you the Zoom link upon registration.

Free Legal Clinic

Next Friday, May 8 our volunteer attorney will answer legal questions by phone. Please call the library at (970) 264-2209 or send us an email at ruby@pagosalibrary.org to register. We will need your first name and a contact phone number where our volunteer attorney can call you on the day of the legal clinic. 


“Cosmos: Possible Worlds” by Ann Ruyan, based on the Fox and National Geographic TV series, is the sequel to the Carl Sagan classic. “Yellowstone & Grant Teton National Parks” is a Frommer’s travel guide.

Thrillers, suspense and mysteries

“Walk the Wire” by David Baldacci features FBI consultant Amos Decker in the latest in the Memory Man series. “Dead Land” by Sara Paretsky is a V.I. Washington mystery.  “Camino Winds” by John Grisham begins with the death of a thriller author in a hurricane in Florida.

Other novels

“Simon the Fiddler” by Paulette Jiles is a story about a ragtag band of musicians and an itinerant fiddle player set in Texas at the end of the Civil War. “Master Class” by Christina Dalcher follows a mother whose child is taken away from her because she failed a monthly school test. “The Book of Longings” by Sue Monk Kidd features a rebellious, ambitious woman in the first century. “Kept Animals” by Kate Milliken is narrated by a daughter more than 20 years after a forest fire changes everyone’s lives.  

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are available at 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

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.


For their generous monetary donations, we are grateful to Gayle Dixon, Susan and Terry Arrington, Steve Merchant and Ken Rogers.

Quotable Quote

Piglet: “Where are we going, Pooh?”

Pooh: “Home, Piglet. We’re going home, because that’s the best thing to do right now.”

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