Christmas in August, thanks to two generous books donations

It was Christmas in August at your Ruby Sisson Library when the UPS truck drove up and delivered 14 boxes filled with 731 Scholastic books for youth of all ages. 

This generous donation came to our community as part of the nationwide Toys for Tots Literacy Program, an initiative of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and The UPS Store network.  Monetary donations made at local UPS Stores, including a coin box program for customers to donate their spare change, are used to purchase the books for children in that community.

“We are hugely grateful for this wonderfully generous gift,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  “It is especially timely for our many programs as the school year starts, and as our Book Barn locations expand around the county.”

You’ll find Book Barns in 13 locations around our community.  Books borrowed from any of the Book Barns may be read on-site, taken home, returned to any Book Barn location, or passed on to friends and family elsewhere. It’s even okay if the books take their own path and never come back to any Book Barn. The goal is to make it easy for people of all ages to read and to keep the books circulating.

Your library also recently benefited from a gift of 27 boxes containing 1,350 Scholastic books from the Three Rivers Literacy Initiative, thanks to a grant arranged for us by regional literacy consultant Sandra Houston.  The goal of this group is to develop great readers throughout the Southwest by helping children from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 build strong reading skills and love books.  These books were especially appreciated as they arrived just in time for our Summer Reading Program.

Library closure

Your library will be closed on Monday, September 2 for Labor Day.

Apologies for the heat

If you’ve been in the library recently, you’ve likely noticed how warm it is.  Unfortunately, we learned that our old HVAC system will need to be replaced.  As such, we have a request for proposal (RFP) out for replacement of our system that can be found on our website.  We wish it were not so warm for both patrons and staff, but it’s proving difficult to keep it cool.  Our windows don’t allow for installing some temporary portable units, and swamp coolers aren’t a good option for libraries.  In the meantime, we appreciate your patience while we do the best that we can to repair our old system and supplement with airflow through fans and open windows/doors.  

Activities calendars available

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month.  There are three versions – kids, tweens/teens and adults.  We look forward to seeing you at your library.  Se habla espanol.

Local author book launch today

Today, Thursday, August 29 at 5 p.m., join local author Frank Bergon – better known in Pagosa as Tony – when he launches his new collection of 12 essays about contemporary Westerners in California’s San Joaquin Valley.  This book is available for  checkout at your library.

Titled “Two-Buck Chuck & The Marlboro Man: The New Old West,” the book features people like Fred Franzsia, creator of the world’s bestselling wine, and Darrell Winfield, real-life Marlboro Man for 30 years.  Tony will talk, read, show photos and sign books at this free session.  He first visited Pagosa in 1977 and has owned a house in Blanco Basin with his wife Holly since 1987.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us Friday, August 30 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family. 

LEGO Club and all-ages LEGO contest

Turn in your original submissions for the free all-ages LEGO contest by August 30.  Entries must use only traditional LEGOs and be built ahead of time.  Prizes will be awarded for each of five age categories: preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17, and adult 18 and up – plus one prize for the Judges’ Choice.  Winners will be announced on Saturday, August 31 at 12:15 p.m. after LEGO Club, which takes place from 11 a.m. – noon.   More rules and details are available in the Activities Calendars.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 6th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.  Note the inclusion of sixth graders in this activity.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, September 4 from 4-5:30 p.m., a half hour later than in summertime because of school.    Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

ESL classes

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-2 pm with two highly experienced teachers.  Joyce Holdread is teaching the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone is teaching beginners.  No registration is required.  

Su biblioteca está ofreciendo ahoraclases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL). Las clases se llevan a cabo los miércoles y viernes desde el mediodia hasta las 2 pm.  Todas las clases son gratuitas y no es necesario registrarse.  Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre el regreso de las clases de íngles como segundo idioma en nuestra comunidad de Pagosa. 

Adult education new hours

With school starting on September 2, our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has expanded its hours.  It now takes place on Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  and Thursdays from 2-7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Note: No PALS September 12, 19 and 23.

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.  

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 3-4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  September 4 features music and movement with Diann Tator.

New LGBTQ youth group

A new support group to help LGBTQ youth and young adults from age 16 to in their 20s deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination convenes the first Monday of every month except for a change to September 9 because of Labor Day.  Under the leadership of Ana M. Sancho Sama, PhD, licensed psychologist, the purpose is to provide a safe and confidential place to share experiences, ask questions and talk about how to cope in this challenging world.  If you have questions, her office number is 970-264-1986. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead” by Olga Tokarczuk is set in a remote Polish village where bodies are discovered under strange circumstances.  “The Birthday Girl” by Melissa de la Cruz exposes secrets and skeletons at a woman’s 40th birthday celebration.  “The Perfect Wife” by JP Delaney looks at a woman called a miracle of science whose memories contradict her husband’s version of events.  “Death by G-String” by C.C. Harrison is a Coyote Canyon Ladies Ukulele Club mystery.  “Love and Death Among the Cheetahs” by Rhys Bowen is a Royal Spyness mystery set in Kenya.

“Outfox” by Sandra Brown is a psychological thriller about an FBI agent’s search for a serial killer.  “City of Windows” by Robert Pobi begins when an FBI agent is killed by a sniper shot.  “Someone We Know” by Shari Lapena tells of a teen sneaking into neighbors’ houses and computers.  “The Inn” by James Patterson and Candice Fox features first responders when their seafront town is targeted by vicious criminals.  “The Warning” by James Patterson and Robison Wells takes place in a small southern town evacuated after a freak power plant accident.

Other novels

“Things You Save in a Fire” by Katherine Center features a female firefighter who moves to Boston where her colleagues do not welcome a lady on the crew.  “Inland” by Tea Obrenht is set in the Arizona Territory in 1892.  “Blood Truth” by J.R. Ward is a Black Dagger Legacy paranormal romance.  “The Oysterville Sewing Circle” by Susan Wiggs follows a woman returning home after a scandal with two orphaned children.  “The Swallows” by Lisa Lutz explores a gender war with deadly consequences at a New England prep school.  “The Escape Room” by Megan Goldin follows four young Wall Street rising stars when this game goes wrong.  “All the Water in the World” by Karen Raney tells of a teen with cancer grappling with first love, family secrets and tragedy.


“Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot” is the story of a man who discovers his artistic skills after a DUI.  “The Duchess of Duke Street” is the complete collection of 10 discs.  “The Good Doctor” is season two.  “Detective Pikachu” is a Pokemon adventure.  “In Defense of Food” features best-selling author Michael Pollan’s recommendations for healthy eating after a worldwide search.

Large print mysteries and thrillers

“Far and Away” by Fern Michaels is a Godmothers mystery.  “The Turn of the Key” by Ruth Ware features a live-in nanny in the Scottish Highlands.   “A Dangerous man” by Robert Crais features Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.  “Labyrinth” by Catherine Coulter features FBI agents Sherlock and Savich.  “Terns of Endearment” by Donna Andrews is a Meg Langslow mystery set on a cruise ship.   “The Body in the Castle Well” by Martin Walker features Chief of Police Bruno in Southwest France.

Programmed Nooks

We have nine free Nooks and three free tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure.  The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers.  The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.  

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to 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

For your viewing pleasure, 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.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank our anonymous donors.  For her generous monetary donation we are grateful to Lenore Bright.  We also appreciate Keith Jacobson of Rio Blanco Blackflows for providing backflow testing services.

Quotable Quote

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you’ve imagined.  As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.” – Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), American essayist, poet and philosopher.                                                 

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