Friends’ book sale this weekend plus special wolves and wolfdogs event

We hope you will attend the Friends of the Library book sale August 5-7 at the PLPOA Clubhouse.  Today, Thursday, at 6 p.m. is the annual membership meeting and advance sale for Friends of the Library.  Memberships are available at the door.  The sale opens to the public Friday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – noon.

This is an ideal venue for finding treasures for yourself and for gifts.  You’ll find lots more than books to buy at great bargain prices – there are audio books, DVDs, puzzles and games  as well. 

This year all proceeds from the Friends sale will be donated to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation to support and enhance your library’s information resources, programs, services and facilities.           

Then join usin the library garden next Wednesday, August 11 at 11 a.m. for a special all-ages event featuring a representative from Wildlife Refuge, a local nonprofit dedicated to rescuing wolves and wolfdogs.  And don’t be surprised if there is a special wolf guest or two so you can get to know them face-to-face. 

You will learn how to identify wolves and some of their habits, and how they differ from wolfdogs. The rain date is August 18.     

In-person activities

We are delighted that the robust local vaccination program for our community  means that most of our programs now can happen in person.  Also, our hours have returned to pre-COVID levels – and even more on weekdays:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. That’s one additional hour on Fridays.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.  That’s one additional hour each day.
  • Saturdays open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  That’s two hours fewer this day – but a total of 55 hours open each week, as compared to 54 in pre-COVID times.

For those uncomfortable coming into the building, 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. 

Discovery Time invitation

Do you have a science experiment, art project or some other exciting information to share?  Would you like to lead projects but need ideas?  If yes, we’d love to hear from you.  Drop by your library, phone us at 970-264-2208 or email josie@pagosalibrary.org for more information,

Calling all teens

If you enjoy reading books, learning new skills and helping your community, we hope teens aged 12-19 will sign up to volunteer at your library.  You’ll write book reviews, make artwork for the teen area, help plan new programs, judge our pumpkin decorating contest, prepare crafts for kids’ programs and help keep the library organized.  Please stop by the library or apply online.

In-person gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.  Maximum of four participants in the gaming room at a time.

Adult book club

Ruby’s Book Club meets in person from 2-3 p.m. next Tuesday, August 10 to discuss “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee.  Copies of the book are available at your library.  This book club alternates reading fiction and nonfiction and meets the second Tuesday of each month.

Family storytimes

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us in the library garden for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move, weather permitting.  Saturday’s Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more. 

Writing challenge

On Monday, August 9we will posted 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.

Storywalks for kids

Watch for signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free storywalk for kids.  August 2-14’s theme is family traditions.  After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Tech Time

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.   Brad will help you resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. 


Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-8 p.m.  Beginning students are encouraged to attend from 4-6 p.m. and intermediate students from 6-8 p.m.   Las clases gratuitas se llevan a cabo en persona los martes y jueves de 4-8 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes deben asistir de 4-6 p.m. y a los estudiantes intermedios de 6-8 p.m.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session takes place in person Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more. 

Activities calendars available

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free library activities available to you and your family, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month.  There are three versions – children, teens and adults.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“Such a Quiet Place” by Megan Miranda focuses on a quiet neighborhood when a once-convicted murderer returns after her conviction is overturned.  “Man with the Silver Saab” by Alexander McCall Smith is a Det. Ulf Varg mystery.  “Razorblade Tears” by S.A. Cosby features two ex-cons intent on revenge for their gay sons’ deaths.  “Animal” by Lisa Taddeo depicts female rage in a male-dominated society.  “Hairpin Bridge” by Taylor Adams is a psychological thriller about a sister investigating her twin’s death.   

Other novels

“The Other Black Girl” by Zakiya Dalila Harris features two young Black women working in the white publishing world of New York City.   “The Heathens” by Ace Atkins is a Quinn Colson adventure featuring this Army Ranger turned county sheriff.  “It’s Better This Way” by Debbie Macomber follows a woman starting a new life after her divorce. 


“The Legend of Hei” is an animated story about spirit creatures.  “Gangs of London” is season one.        


“Plague Year” by Lawrence Wright explores the origins, repercussions and global fight to contain and diminish the COVID-19 pandemic.  “Unwell Women” by Elinor Cleghorn is a sweeping history of how medicine failed women from the earliest ideas about female illnesses to hormones and autoimmune diseases today.     

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.  Select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use.  Email or phone us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 


Many thanks to our anonymous donors for their books donations.  Please put your materials donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns. 

Library foundation

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation to support and enhance your library by raising funds for information resources, programs, services and facilities.  Mail checks to P.O. Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209. 

Quotable Quote

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal.  It is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman and former U.K. prime minister.

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