Virtual Hilltop Cemetery tour and sign up now for Summer Reading

We are excited to announce the kickoff of this year’s free Summer Reading Program which begins on June 1 and runs through July 31. Online registration is open now on our website at pagosalibrary.org/summer-reading

This year’s theme, “Imagine Your Story,” is a celebration of fairy tales, mythology, fantasy and more. We will be fostering imagination through reading, storytelling and other engaging activities. We’ll provide summer reading adventure booklets that are full of exciting activities.  And we’ll offer additional challenges you can read about in this Library News column in the weeks ahead.

Completing activities and challenges will make you eligible to win prizes from many local businesses – more prizes than in any other year. We’ll be detailing the prizes in future columns. They will be divided into four age groups: babies to pre-K,  children K-5th grade,  6th-12th grades, and adults ages 18-plus.

Your library is purchasing these prizes from our local businesses as a token of support for Pagosa’s business community in these difficult coronavirus times. We encourage everyone to support your favorite local businesses throughout the summer.

The Summer Reading Program is one of our most popular events of the year.  Please go to our website and sign up now.  It’s fun and  it’s educational. 

Also, it will help your children avoid the dreaded “summer slide” in reading skills that has been documented so often when youngsters take a vacation from books – an especially important benefit this year when the school year was so disrupted by the coronavirus.

Virtual tour of Hilltop Cemetery

Join us on Facebook for a great Memorial Day presentation about local history on Monday, May 25 at noon. To honor Archuleta County’s important residents of the past, Brad, our adult services librarian, will guide you on a visit to several gravesites and discuss the important contributions of Ruby Sisson, the Yamaguchi family, Fred Harman, Lauriana Gallegos Archuleta and others.  If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can also access this video by going to the library’s website, pagosalibrary.org, and click on the Adult tab. Send Brad an email if you would like to see other important residents of Archuleta County highlighted in future cemetery visits. His email address is brad@pagosalibrary.org

Expanded Wi-Fi service

A reminder that the installation of a booster allows Wi-Fi to be used throughout the library’s entire parking lot. You no longer have to be parked right next to the building. The timing of this Wi-Fi expansion is especially welcome now, as so many people have even more need than normal to access the internet during the coronavirus pandemic.  This expansion allows you to park farther apart while safely accessing from your car a or truck.  

Other services available now

Under the state’s Safer at Home guidelines, we have resumed several services to you, mostly outside the building:

  1. We 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 are 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. 
  2. During those same hours, we also are accepting returns.  Look for a cart outside the library door to put your materials on  – 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 safely ready for the next patron.  Please note that returned items will be in quarantine for three full days, and it may be up to five days before they are wiped down and checked off your account. 
  3. As well, we have resumed accepting your donations of materials, also Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  They will be handled with the same quarantine process as returns.
  4. If you do not have a library card but want to use our online resources, you now  can 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.
  5. We also are admitting 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.
  6. 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. 
  7. We’re also happy to help you with tech help over the phone for our online resources. 
  8.  Please note 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 outlined in these Library News columns.

Dungeons & Dragons via Zoom

Go on an adventure from the comfort of your couch.  Join us via Zoom on Tuesdays from 2-4 pm for our new Dungeons & Dragons group.  This program is open to teens and young adults.  Please contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on how to join.  

Family storytimes on Facebook

Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m., join us for great stories and fun songs via prerecorded videos posted on the library’s Facebook page.  If you have a Facebook account, you can log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f)  in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Or you can contact us and we can send you a direct link.  These sessions are available to watch for about two weeks after the initial posting.

The census has never been easier 

To complete the census online, go to my2020census.gov or by phone call 1-844-330-2020 for the English version and 1-844-468-2020 for the Spanish version.  Please phone the library at (970) 264-2209 or email us at ruby@pagosalibrary.org if you have any questions regarding the census

  • Completing the census if you own a second home: The census counts people where they live and sleep most of the time. If you split your time between homes or own a second home, you can help the census be more accurate and efficient by responding appropriately.  If you receive an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census at your usual residence (where you live and sleep most of the time), then you should respond to that invitation and provide information about all of the people who live with you. If you are away from where you usually live when the invitation arrives, you can respond online or by phone by providing the address for your usual residence.  You can respond that no one lives at a residence if you know no one usually lives or stays there.
  • If you receive an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census at a seasonal or vacation residence (where you do not live and sleep most of the time), and you know that no one else usually lives there, then you can respond online or by phone and answer “no” when asked if you or anyone else is living or staying at that address on April 1, 2020. This will allow us to mark the seasonal residence as vacant so that the Census Bureau does not have to send a census taker to follow up in person.  For example, if you own a home that you rent out to short-term vacationers, you could respond for each property, indicating that no one usually lives or stays at that address. (Even if the house is rented out the week of April 1, mark “no” if the renters usually live someplace else.)
  • This does not apply to long term rentals. Landlords should never respond to the census for their tenants. 


“Hidden Valley Road” by Robert Kolker is the story of an American family with 12 children, six of whom were diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science’s greatest hope to conquer the disease.  “The Women With Silver Wings” by Katherine Sharp Landdeck is the true story of the daring female aviators who helped the U.S. win World War II – and then were forgotten by the country they served.  “Don’t Burn This Book” by political talk show host Dave Rubin gives you the tools to help you make up your own mind on major issues. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Last Trial” by Scott Turow is a legal thriller.    

Other novels

“Old Lovegood Girls” by Gail Goodwin is the story of a powerful friendship between two talented writers who began their relationship as college friends.  “Shakespeare for Squirrels” by Christopher Moore is a humorous take on Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” 

Spanish how-to audio CD

“Conozca sus Fortalezas” by Tom Rath is a six-CD set of the new edition of StrengthsFinder providing 50 ideas for action to help you apply your strengths in the next week, month and year.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books and audiobooks are available through cloudLibrary by Bibliotheca. Access cloudLibrary by clicking on the downloadable content 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.


We have resumed accepting your donations of materials on Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  We are grateful for the generous in-kind donation by John Taylor. 

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