Curbside service and computer use expand to Saturdays, plus local author and LEGO contest

We delighted to announce that we now offer curbside pickup and limited computer use by appointment on Saturdays, with the same hours of 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for curbside and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for computer appointments. 

“We know that some patrons need these services available on a weekend day, and we are happy to be able to provide them,” said Meg Wempe, library director.

Curbside service, now Monday-Saturday outside the front door, allows you to pick up materials including holds, tax forms and things you email to us to print for you.  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.  

Computer appointments, now Monday-Saturday, allow the admittance of a very limited number of people into specific areas of the building. 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.

Local author discussion today

We hope you will join us today, Thursday, June 25, at 5 p.m. for a Q&A discussion via Zoom with local author Ethan Proud, author of five books. The Rebellion trilogy “Rebellion, Vengeance & Onslaught,” coauthored with his brother, is a sweeping fantasy tale of war. Ethan also is author of “Terra Mortem” about a shipwrecked colony on a desolate and loveless planet where survival, conflict and war threaten the hope of a peaceful future. His most recent book “Witchwood” and its accompanying novella  “Seabound” is a supernatural, dark fantasy involving a series of unexplainable murders. To register, send an email to brad@pagosalibrary.org or call the library at 970-264-2209 and Brad will send you the Zoom link and password.  All of Ethan’s books are available to check out at your library.

LEGO contest deadline tomorrow

Do you love monsters and creating with LEGOs?  If yes, tomorrow is your last chance to enter our monster-themed virtual LEGO contest by submitting up to five photos of your creation.  Email submissions to ruby@pagosalibrary.org or submit photos to the library via Facebook Messenger. To ensure a fair judging, none of these photos may contain people. One photo should be a top view and one a front view.  All submissions should include your name, age group and contact information. If you do not have a camera or internet access, please contact the library and we will assist you. Winners will be announced this Saturday, June 27.  Prizes will be awarded for each of five age categories: preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17 and adult. One prize will also be awarded for the Judges’ Choice, and one for the best fit to the theme – but LEGO creations do not have to fit the theme to be eligible for prizes. For more information, contact the library at 970-264-2209.

HVAC installation

Our long-awaited HVAC project started this week and should take six-eight weeks to complete. Now that summer is here and the warm weather calls for AC, we hope for a shorter timeline, for the comfort of patrons and staff in the building. We’ll keep you informed.

Summer Reading Program

If you haven’t already signed up, please do so now for the free Summer Reading Program from June 1 – July 31. Fun activities are open to people of all ages and abilities.

  • You will be given a “choose your own adventure” booklet full of activities and challenges designed to help you explore a world of stories. The activities are fun to do – and completing them makes you eligible to win weekly prizes purchased from local businesses. The booklets include a map of an imaginary island that needs saving or it will fade away.  As you travel to different places on the map and complete various tasks, you will save the island and be able to win prizes. The island is full of fun and interesting locations such as the Neighborhood Village, Fairytale Forest, Mythic Mountains, Cliffs of Adventure and more.
  • There are adventure booklets for four groups: pre-K, K-5, teen and adult. You can pick them up curbside at the library and view them on our website.  As well, many booklets are being delivered through the school lunch delivery program.
  • Are you ready to begin your journey? Contact the library to sign up! Call us at (970) 264-2209, email us at ruby@pagosalibrary.org or register online at pagosalibrary.org/summer-reading. We just need to know your name, contact information, and what age group to assign you to.
  • In addition to the adventure booklets, a new challenge will appear each week in this Library News column and be announced on KWUF radio. Anyone who completes the challenge will be entered to win a weekly drawing for various prizes.

Challenge 5:  A new reading experience

Read a book or article that you usually would not pick up. Tell us about the experience in no more than five sentences: What was the book or article? Why wouldn’t you normally read it? What did you think of it after reading it? Submissions can be emailed to the library at ruby@pagosalibrary.org, dropped off during curbside hours (M-F 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.), posted on the library’s Facebook page, or called in to (970)264-2209. Everyone can participate, and entries will be entered into a weekly prize drawing.  

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.  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 on the library’s Facebook page.  Wednesday storytimes are now on Facebook Live, so if you go to Facebook at 10 a.m. you can interact with Josie – and she is eager to have a live audience.  Saturday’s sessions continue to be prerecorded.   If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, 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 contact us and we can send you a direct link.  These sessions are available to watch for about two weeks after the initial posting.

Storywalk program for kids

Every Thursday, Josie, your early literacy librarian, will post “signs” outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new Summer Reading Storywalk for kids.  The June 25-July 3 theme is heroes.  Get outdoors and follow the pages of a book to enjoy a story about amazing people doing wonderful things as you stroll along. After you finish, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library during curbside hours (Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.). 

Other services available now

Here’s a reminder of our other services under the state’s current coronavirus  guidelines that will continue until we get a variance or the governor issues an updated advisory:

  1. 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.
  2. We’re also happy to help you with tech help over the phone for our online resources. 
  3.  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.

The census has never been easier 

If you haven’t already, please respond to the census right now.  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.  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 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 the next 10 years for local and regional agencies and projects like health clinics, fire departments, schools, social services like Medicaid, even roads and highways.  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.  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.


“The Hardest Job in the World” by John Dickerson explores the many difficult responsibilities of the American presidency and those who have held our nation’s highest office.  “Exercise of Power” by Robert M. Gates, former secretary of defense, analyzes challenges faced by our past four presidents and their senior advisers and their responses.  “Devolution” by Max Brooks is a firsthand account of the Rainier Sacquatch massacre.  “The New One” by Mike Birbiglia, with poems by J. Hope Stein, explores what the author calls “painfully true stories from a reluctant dad.”  


“The Invisible Man”  is a thriller starring Elisabeth Moss.  “The Miracle of The Little Prince” is a documentary about the power of the most translated book in the world, second only to the Bible.  “Liyana” follows a South African storyteller guiding five orphaned children as they craft an original fairytale.  “I Still Believe” is the true-life story of Christian music megastar Jeremy Camp.  “Jumanji: The Next Level” is the latest in this action series.

Books on CD

“A Good Neighborhood” by Therese Anne Fowler follows two feuding families who share a property line. 

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

While the coronavirus restrictions keep you from browsing inside the library, we suggest a fun digital alternative:  Ever since March when we had to close the building, we have been buying more downloadable e-books and downloadable audio books for patrons of all ages – children, tweens, teens and adults.  

Using cloudLibrary, you can download a book to read or an audio book to listen to.  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, not just 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. 


We are grateful for their generous monetary donations to Susan and Terry Arrington as well as Debi and George Carey.  Your material donations now can be put into the dropbox at the library, effective immediately – but NOT into the dropbox at City Market.  Donations will undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  And a gentle reminder: We can only accept fiction from the last 10 years and nonfiction from the past five. The publication date is usually in small type on the bottom of one of the first few pages of the book.  Note that we cannot accept donations of magazines or newspapers at this time.

Quotable Quote

“The way a book is read – which is to say, the qualities a reader brings to a book – can have as much to do with its worth as anything the author puts into it….  Anyone who can read can learn to read deeply and thus live more fully.” – Normal Cousins (1915-1990), American political journalist, author, professor and world peace advocate.

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