Library fundraiser Saturday features stories and music
We hope you will attend a special fundraiser this Saturday, September 10 at 6 p.m. for your library at the PLPOA Clubhouse at 230 Port Avenue that will feature professional storytelling and music. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Ruby Sisson Library Foundation’s campaign to expand and renovate your library.
Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. They can be purchased by credit card at pagosalibrary.org/library-foundation/navigating-the-world-with-stories/. You also may purchase tickets with cash or a check in person at the library.
Featured in this unique program will be two talented performers. Kathy Santopietro is an award-winning adult educator who has shared her storytelling skills with adult audiences for almost 30 years. With the theme of “Navigating the World With Stories,” she will unpack a bundle of stories as she takes us on a journey around the world. Sharing the stage will be Pagosa’s own Sally Neel, a gifted musician well known to local audiences for her piano, organ and conducting skills at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church and with Curtains Up Pagosa.
Doors open at 6 p.m. with a cash bar. Stories begin at 7 p.m. After the entertainment the cash bar will reopen, accompanied by light hors d’oeuvres.
This is an adult fundraiser is aimed at ages 16 and up. Earlier in the day, on September 10 from 1:30-2 p.m., Kathy will offer a free storytelling program at the library for youngsters in grades four and up while Josie will host a program for younger children.
Library Speakers Consortium today
There are three events this month in our free online Library Speakers Consortium virtual series featuring New York Times bestselling fiction and nonfiction authors giving live, professionally moderated book discussions you can view on your computer, tablet or smartphone with internet access. You also have an opportunity to ask questions.
Today, Thursday, September 8, at noon we will hear from Dr. Michele Borba, author of “Raising Thrivers: Parenting Tips and Tools.” She is an internationally renowned educator, award-winning author and parenting child expert recognized for her solution-based strategies to strengthen children’s empathy, social-emotional intelligence and character, and her efforts to reduce peer cruelty.
September 20 at noon features prolific New York Times bestselling British-American author and journalist Simon Winchester. In his career at The Guardian newspaper, Winchester covered numerous significant events including Bloody Sunday and the Watergate scandal. He also has written or contributed to more than a dozen nonfiction books, written one novel, contributed to multiple travel magazines and taken his readers on amazing adventures around the world.
September 27 at 2 p.m. we’ll hear from Pulitzer Prize finalist Hernan Diaz. He has written two novels which have been published in more than 20 languages, plus many essays and short stories. He also is the associate director of the Hispanic Institute for Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University. He is known as a dynamic speaker who captivates audiences with witty conversations about foreignness, his theory of genre, literary history and what it means to do research for a novel.
Legal clinic tomorrow
The free legal clinic this month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, September 9 from 2 – 3 p.m. Come into the library to meet privately via Zoom with our volunteer attorney who will answer your questions, show you legal documents and help you fill out the necessary forms. To schedule an appointment, at the beginning of the month send an email titled “Sign-up for Free Legal Clinic,” with your first name and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 970-264-2209 or stop by the library. The volunteer attorney’s time is limited so it’s first-come first-served. This clinic takes place on the second Friday of every month.
Children’s Spanish class tomorrow
Join us Friday, September 9 from 2-3 p.m. for a Spanish class for kids aged six to 11. Miss Josie and Miss Ruby will help you learn and improve your Spanish.
Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect tomorrow, Friday, August 19 from 3-4 p.m.
LEGO Club on Saturday
Kids aged six and up are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, September 10 from 11 a.m.-noon for the free LEGO Club. LEGO challenges also are posted on Facebook if you can’t make it to the library.
Adult book club next Tuesday
Ruby’s Book Club meets in person from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13 to discuss “Furious Hours” by Casey Cap. Copies are available at your library. This book club is held the second Tuesday of each month, alternating between fiction and nonfiction titles. Anyone is welcome to attend.
Next Tuesday, September 13 from 4:30-5:30 p.m., we will gather at the library to practice speaking and listening skills together at this free session. No minimum skill level is required to attend. You also can learn Spanish and many other languages using the Transparent Language Learning database available at https:pagosalibrary.org/online-resources/
Free teen gaming happens on Wednesday, September 14 from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 6th-12th grades. Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.
PALS/GED adult education
In response to popular demand, Mark has doubled the number of his free PALS sessions to Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more. No registration required. This service is in great demand and is used by many people, so we are very happy to make it more available. Note: No PALS today, September 8, or September 13, 20 and 22.
Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays. Judy will help you with basic questions relating to computers, smartphones and tablets and also provide assistance in accessing any of the library’s online resources. You do not need an appointment for these drop-in sessions.
A new all-ages writing challenge will be posted September 12 on the library’s Facebook page. We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free activity.
Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.
Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays with 4-5 p.m. reserved for beginners and 5-7 p.m. for both intermediate and advanced students. Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.
Las clases de ESL
Las clases nocturnas gratuitas en persona se llevan a cabo los martes y jueves de 4 a 7 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes asisten de 4 a 5 p.m., estudiantes intermedios de 5-6 p.m. y estudiantes avanzados de 7-8 p.m. Por favor, ayúdenos a correr la voz sobre estas clases a otras personas en nuestra comunidad que estén interesadas, y contáctenos por teléfono o correo electrónico si tiene alguna pregunta.
Most of our programs happen in person and curbside service continues. Also, our hours are back to pre-COVID levels – and even more on weekdays:
- Monday, Wednesday and Friday open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Tuesdays and Thursdays open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- Saturdays open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages and accessing this free digital collection has never been easier. You just need to download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog for the name of your library, then enter your library card number and 4-digit PIN. You are now ready to browse, borrow and read e-books and audiobooks using cloudLibrary. Library staff are happy to help you set up your device if you need assistance.
“Dark Secret, Silent Promise” and “An Honorable Anger” are books two and three in the Woodbridge trilogy.
We are grateful to Christine Bemish and our anonymous donors for their materials donations. Material donations are accepted for the Friends of the Library at the front desk (not down the outside returns slot at the library or the dropbox at City Market, please) when we are open. The Friends take fiction published in 2012 or newer and nonfiction that is 2017 or newer. Limited workroom space means we can only accept one or two small boxes at a time.
“… celebrity book clubs still have the power to move books en masse. In 2021, 10 of the 15 debut novels on The New York Times’s bestseller list were book club selections by Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Jenna Bush Hager or Good Morning America.” – “How to Get Published,” an article in The New York Times, August 25, 2022.