3/27/2020

Dos and don’ts at your library during COVIC-19 pandemic

Gov. Jared Polis’ mandatory stay-at-home order for all residents of Colorado because of the coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, applies to your library, of course.  That means some disruptions to our services to you and your families – but several resources still are available from the comfort of your home. 

Let’s start with three don’ts:

  1. No drop-offs, please.  We’re asking you to keep all materials that you have checked out until this crisis is over instead of returning them to the library chute or to the uptown dropbox, to keep exposure and contact at a minimum between us all.  As always, you do not need to worry about overdue fines. 
  2. Our front door/curbside pickup service has been suspended, so you will have to wait until the library reopens to pick up new books, DVDs, CDs and other materials.
  3. Please do not make donations of books or other materials until your library is able to reopen. 

Here are the resources that still are available to you via our website at www.pagosalibrary.org:

  1. You can view your account and place holds – but because of the suspension of courier service between Colorado libraries, you are able to place holds only on our library’s items at this time.  All the new books and CDs in this column qualify, as they are in our collection.  When the library reopens, our staff will pull the holds you placed while we were closed.
  2. Many of our online learning resources can be accessed from your home with your library card.  To highlight a few, you can download e-books and audiobooks through our CloudLibrary app on your smartphone or tablet.  IndieFlix allows unlimited streaming access to award-winning shorts, feature films and documentaries.  By using the online resource, TumbleBook Library, you can find children’s books and audiobooks.  To see them all, go to our website at pagosalibrary.org and select the gray tab towards the top of the page that says “Online Resources.”
  3. As always, you can access Wi-Fi from your car in our parking lot – with your windows and doors closed, please.
  4. Staff is working from home, so if you have a question you can email ruby@pagosalibrary.org or call us at 264-2209 and leave a message.  We are returning messages Monday through Friday to assist patrons. 

This situation is quickly evolving.  You can stay up-to-date with what we’re doing through our website or our Facebook page.  In the meantime, stay safe by following all the health advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at their website at www.cdc.gov. and San Juan Basin Public Health at www.sjboublichealth.org.

“Traditionally libraries have always been a place of refuge and comfort in times of emergency,” said Meg Wempe, library director. “But, as we all know, this is a highly unusual situation, and the health and safety of our patrons and our community must be our top priority.”

We only hope the resources outlined above will be of use to you and your family until we can open our doors again.

“Take care and stay safe.

It’s census time 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.  Remember that Wi-Fi is available from your car in the parking lot 24/7, even during the library closure.  You can visit pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online.  

How-to and self-help books

“The Bulletproof Diet” by Dave Asprey describes a new diet created by this Silicon Valley multimillionaire in his mid-20s.  “Maui Revealed” by Wizard Publications is the fifth edition.  “Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails” by Charles A. Wells and Matt Peterson is the fourth edition.  There’s also a Northern Colorado version.  “Healing Depression Without Medication’ by Jodie Skillicorn is a psychiatrist’s guide to balancing mind, body and soul. 

“Find Your Path” by country singer Carrie Underwood shares the author’s Fit52 witness plan.  “Minimal Metal Jewelry” by Kieu Pham Gray contains 21 projects with step-by-step instructions.  “How to Shit in the Woods” by Kathleen Meyer is the fourth edition is a guide to the wilderness for the environmentally conscious.  “Rock Your Rental” by Joanne and Rosanne Palmisano provides style, design and marketing tips to boost your bookings. 

Other nonfiction

“The Real Wolf” by Ted B. Lyon and Will N. Graves explores the science, politics and economics of coexisting with wolves in modern times.  “Giants of the Monsoon Forest” by Jacob Hill takes us deep into the teak forests of Burma and India to learn about the extraordinarily intelligent elephants who carry the logs.  “The Complete Guide to Fighters & Bombers of the World” by Francis Crosby features 1,200 wartime and modern identification photographs.  “They Are Already Here” by Sarah Scoles is a revealing look at the UFO culture. 

“Velvet Rope Economy” by New York Times business reporter Nelson D. Schwartz details the many ways the wealthy and privileged exploit their advantages and increase income inequality.  “Nobody Will Tell You This But Me” by Emmy-nominated TV writer Bess Kalb is a memoir about her deep relationship with her grandmother.  “What You Should Know About Politics…But Don’t” by Jessamyn Conrad is a nonpartisan guide to all the issues facing us today.

Large print

A Good Neighborhood” by Therese Anne Fowler follows two families in a tight-knit North Carolina neighborhood.  “The Case of the Wandering Scholar” by Kate Saunders is a Laetitia Rodd mystery.         

Books on CD

“Trace Elements” by Donna Leon is a Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery set in Venice.  “Fearless” by Fern Michaels is a romance with a surprise suspense twist.  “The Numbers Game” by Danielle Steel looks at relationships that come together and then fall apart.  “Gunpowder Express” by Brett Cogburn is a Widowmaker James western.  “The Lost Colony” by A.G. Riddle is a new sci-f- thriller. 

“The First Cell” by Azra Raza offers criticism of how we mistreat cancer, how we can do better and why we must.  “The Undying” is a memoir by poet Anne Boyer of surviving breast cancer as she experienced hoaxes and corporate lies during her treatment.  “The Stakes 2020 and the Survival of American Democracy” by Robert Kuttner details the author’s belief that a progressive Democrat has a better than of beating President Trump than a moderate. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Beheld” by TaraShea Nesbit tells of a stranger’s arrival in the fledgling colony of Plymouth, Mass. And a crime that shakes the community. 

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are available at our free 3M Cloud Library.  Access them by clicking on the 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

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.

Donations note  

Please do not make donations of books or other materials until your library is able to reopen.  Many thanks.

Quotable Quote

“It is our choices that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities. ” – Professor Dumbledore, headmaster of the wizardry school Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series.

3/5/2020

Hundreds of fitness resources and kids’ book launch event today

Did you know that your library has a huge variety of resources relating to fitness – in fact, almost 450 items in our collection? They include books, DVDs and periodicals covering topics such as weight training, yoga, healthy eating, outdoor exercise and much more.  If you cannot find an item you’re looking for here, any of our friendly staff can help you search for it through our consortium of libraries.

Additionally, we have multiple online resources related to health and wellness.  One such database is Consumer Health Complete, the single most comprehensive resource for consumer-related health content.  It covers all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.  Online resources are available 24/7 at www.pagosalibrary.org.  Select the tab “Online Resources” at the top of the home page.  The resources are listed in alphabetical order.  You will need your library card number to access some of the sites.

Kids’ book launch event this afternoon

Second and third graders at the Pagosa Peak charter school are hosting a book launch and signing event from 5:15 – 6 p.m. today, Thursday, March 5, at the library for a book they authored about how the laws of physics pertain to various sports.  About 20 youngsters participated in this project-based learning effort, working together and individually.  For example, Daniel Gonzales Harper wrote about how Newton’s first and second laws apply to golf and baseball.  This event will include Qs and As and refreshments.

This column covers next two weeks

Today’s column will cover activities over the next two weeks as your columnist will be traveling.  The next Library News column will appear on March 19.

Tax and census help 

Tax forms and instructions are available at your library.  Visit pagosalibrary.org/taxinformation for more details and useful links.  As well, library computers and staff are available to help you access the online census questionnaire.  Households will begin receiving an invitation to responds to the 2020 Census in mid-March.

To familiarize yourself with the questions that will be asked on the census, your library has a sample copy of the print census questionnaire in English and Spanish. Please visit pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online. We also have a sample copy of the print invitation to respond to the census that most households will receive. Brad and Josie are your census experts at the library, but all library staff are happy to answer questions related to the Census. As well, your library has various census-related prizes to give away while supplies last, including coffee mugs, bags, thumb drives, blankets and more. 

Save the date for Cookie Cook-off

Thursday, March 19 is a Cookie Cook-off from 4-6 p.m. for all ages.  Registration is required.  No peanuts or peanut products, please.  See the activities calendars available at your library for more details.

After-school club

The after-school club for first-fifth graders takes place Friday, March 6 and Friday, March 13 from 1:45-3:30 p.m. Participants will engage in literature-based science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) learning activities and work up to an exhibition on the first Friday following each three-week session.  Registration is required by calling us at 970-264-2209 or dropping by the library.

Knitting Club for teens and adults

Monday, March 9 this free club meets from 2-3:30 p.m. (note time change) for 4th graders to adults.  Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects.  If you don’t know how to knit, come anyway and we’ll get you started.  

Computer classes

The is a free program to learn a useful technology skill or application. Monday, March 9 from 1-2 p.m. will focus on saving and finding files as you learn how your computer is organized.  No registration required. 

Teen gamingFree teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks. 

Ruby’s book club

Our free adult book club, meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss interesting fiction and nonfiction titles and enjoy refreshments.   On March 10 we will discuss “Gone So Long” by Andre Dubus III.  If you need a copy, please stop by your library.  No registration required.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, March 11 from 4-5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Legal clinic

Friday, March 13 from 2-3 p.m. a free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney will take place via computer link.  Volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property tax, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans benefits and civil protection orders.  Please check in at the registration desk.  This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month. 

LEGO Club

Kids aged 6 – 13 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, March 14 from 11 a.m. – noon for Lego Club. 

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, March 16 from 4-5 p.m.  Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   This free club is for fifth-12th grades.

Adult DIY

At this month’s free DIY event Tuesday, March 17 from 2-3 p.m. (note time change from 1 p.m.), we’ll provide the supplies and show you how to cur flower shapes from scrapbook paper and mount them as wall art or a wreath.  No registration required.

ESL classes twice a week

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place on Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Fridays from noon-2 p.m.  The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers —  Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners.  No registration is required.

Las clases son dos veces por semana  Las clases gratuitas de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL) ocurren los martes de 5-7 PM y los viernes de 12-2 PM. Las clases son dirigidas por dos instructoras altamente experimentadas — Joyce Holdread enseña al grupo intermedio / avanzado y Ellen Ragone enseña a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse. 

Adult education Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place 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.  

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 2:30-3:30 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both free 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.   March 7 celebrates Dr. Seuss.  March 11 is a special Spanish session.  March 14 features PAWS to Read with border collie Kate.  March 18 features music, movement and ASL with Diann Tator. 

Nonfiction

“Hold Still” by Kristina Kuzmic has been called “parenting comedy at its finest.”  “Code Red” by AE.J. Dionne, Jr. describes his view of why progressives and moderates should unite rather than feud.   “The Falcon Thief” by Joshua Hammer tells of a rogue who trades in rare birds and the wildlife detective determined to stop him.  “Mastering Diabetes” by Dr. Neal Bernard details a new food plan to reduce insulin resistence.  “How to Have a Happy Hustle” by Bec Evans describes tools and research to help entrepreneurs.  “The World Beneath Their Feet” by Scott Ellsworth describes teams of mountaineers from three countries competing to be first to climb the world’s highest peaks.  “Suffrage” by historian Ellen Carol Dubois documents the stories of the women who fought for the right to vote.

Large print

“Golden in Death” by J.D. Robb is a Lt. Eve Dallas mystery.  “The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols” by Nicholas Meyer is a Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson mystery.  ”First Cut” by Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell is a Jessie Teska mystery.  “Cutthroats” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Slash and Pecos western.  “The Man of Mystery” by David C. Noonan is another western. 

Academy Award films on DVD

We have three more Academy Award films:  Disney’s “Toy Story 4” won an Oscar for best animated feature.  “Harriet” won two nominations for Cynthia Erivo, for best actress and for best original song, “Stand Up,” which she co-wrote. 

Other DVDs

“Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” explores the life and works of this legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner.  “Missing Link” features Hugh Jackman’s voice in this family-friendly movie about a globetrotting advneture.

Books on CD

“Golden in Death” by J.D. Robb is a Det. Eve Dallas thriller.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Salt River” by Randy Wayne White is an adventure featuring Doc Ford.  “Into the Fire” by Gregg Hurwitz is an Orphan X mystery. 

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

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 Ed Gandun and our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote

“Most artists don’t have the wherewithal to keep going after initial failures.  Keep trying.  There are no mistakes, and, don’t erase.  Initial disappointments are a stepping stone to greatness.  The key is to keep creating art.” – John Ross Palmer, American artist based in Houston, TX.; author of numerous books and founder of the Escapism art movement.

2/13/2020

Anti-Valentine’s Lock-in and mask-making fun for tweens, teens

Ages 12-17 are invited to a fun event with food, games, crafts and movies from 5-7 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, February 14.  You must have a permission slip to participate.  Pick one up at the library or get it on our website and bring it with you to be allowed entry.  You must be in the building by 5 p.m.  Details are in the February teen/tween calendar.

Then next Thursday, February 20 from 4-5:30 p.m. sixth-12th graders are invited to join us to make and decorate masks.  Masks come in all styles from carnival to steampunk to superhero.  Just bring your imagination – we’ll provide the supplies.

Library closure

Your library will be closed on Monday, February 17 for Presidents’ Day.

Save the date for fun family event

We hope you will mark your calendars for Sunday, February 23 for a fun Lanes & Links family-friendly community event from 1-4 p.m. when your library will be transformed into a miniature golf and bowling center for one day only.  Cost is $10 per person or $30 per family, with tickets sold at the door.  All net proceeds from the  event will support the library’s programs and resources.

Text alerts

Just a reminder that your library has a program called ShoutBomb that, when signed up, allows you to receive text messages on your cell phone when items you requested are ready for pickup or when items are overdue.  You can also use this service to text the library to renew items.  It is available in both English and Spanish.

Signing up for ShoutBomb is free, though standard text rates do apply.  This service will only work with phones that can receive SMS text messages and most smart phones should qualify.  To sign up for ShoutBomb, log in to your account on your computer and click the button on the left that says, “Sign Up for Text Message Notifications.”  A document will open up on your computer that explains how to sign up for ShoutBomb.  It takes only a few minutes to sign up, but you will want to have your library card handy.  Of course, you can always speak with one of our friendly library staff and they would be happy to help you sign up for ShoutBomb.

Credit and debit cards

Your library now accepts credit and debit card payments for charges of $10 or more.  You may use this feature to pay for any library costs, such as for your copying and faxing needs, to purchase your favorite used books, or to purchase a nifty Ruby Sisson Library bag to carry all of your borrowed and purchased items.

Teen advisory board today

Today, Thursday, February 13, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Sixth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, February 14, from 2-3 p.m. is a free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney will take place via computer link.  Volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property tax, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans’ benefits and civil protection orders.  Please check in at the registration desk.  This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month. 

After-school club tomorrow

The after-school club for first-fifth graders takes place tomorrow, Friday, February 14 from 1:45-3:30 p.m. on the second, third and fourth Friday of every  month.  Participants will engage in literature-based science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) learning activities and work up to an exhibition on the first Friday following each three-week session.  Registration is required by calling us at 970-264-2209 or dropping by the library.

Adult DIY

At this month’s free DIY event next Tuesday, February 18 from 1-2 p.m., you’ll take a beloved hardcover book off the shelf and put it on your shoulder by transforming it into a smart-looking tote bag.  No registration required.

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.

ESL classes twice a week

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place on Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Fridays from noon-2 p.m.  The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers —  Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners.  No registration is required.

Las clases son dos veces por semana 

Las clases gratuitas de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL) ocurren los martes de 5-7 PM y los viernes de 12-2 PM. Las clases son dirigidas por dos instructoras altamente experimentadas — Joyce Holdread enseña al grupo intermedio / avanzado y Ellen Ragone enseña a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse. 

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place 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.  

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 2:30-3:30 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.  

How-to and self-help

“Fasting Zone” by Dr. Don Colbert is a program to detox your body in 21 days.  “You’re Not Listening” by Kate Murphy explains why we aren’t listening well, why it matters and how we can reverse this trend.  “100 Days to a Younger Brain” by Sabina Brennan is a guide to maximizing your memory, boosting your brain health and defying dementia. 

Other nonfiction

“Organic Book of Compost/second edition” by Pauline Pears describes easy and natural techniques to feed your garden.  “A Guest of the Reich” by Peter Finn is the dramatic story of a South Carolina heiress who joined the OSS and was captured by the Nazis.  “The Passion Economy” by Adam Davidson, creator of NPR’s Planet Money, reveals how small businesses are thriving.  “Tightrope” by Pulitzer Prize-winning authors  Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn explores how communities are struggling as blue collar jobs disappear and drug overdoses increase.  “Unmasked” by L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham chronicles the authors’ belief in the media’s war against President Trump.  “The AOC Way” by Caroline Frederickson is a memoir of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Novels

“The Girl with the Louding Voice” by Abi Dare features a 14-year-old Nigerian girl sold as a third wife to an old man, then as a domestic servant.

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 their generous donation, we are grateful to the Pagosa Springs Golf Club. For books and materials this week we thank our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are but tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American essayist, lecturer, philosopher and poet.

2/6/2020

Top 10 checkouts of all time at the New York Public Library

Since the New York Public Library’s founding in 1895, millions of books have been checked out by patrons of all ages.  To honor the library’s 125th anniversary, staff evaluated key factors to determine the most borrowed books ever.  Here is their list:

  1. “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats – 485,583 checkouts.  In print since 1962, this beautifully illustrated story of a child enjoying the simple magic that snow brings to his city is one of the library’s most popular books every year.
  2. “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss – 469,650 checkouts.   Instantly popular when it was first published in 1957, this book is a perennial first checkout for a youngster as parents remember it fondly and want to read it to their children.
  3. “1984” by George Orwell – 441,770 checkouts:  This book has been a regular on high school reading lists since its publication in 1949.  The recent popularity of dystopian fiction such as “The Hunger Games” increased interest in this classic of the genre.
  4. “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak – 436,016 checkouts.  Often praised for showing children how cope with their emotions, this award-winning book has been in print since 1963 and is always included on school lists.
  5. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee – 422,912 checkouts.  This Pulitzer Prize-winning book has been a perennial favorite on middle and high school reading lists since it first was published in 1960.  Its popularity increased when it was made into a movie and a play.
  6. “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White – 337,948 checkouts.  This magical story of friendship and loss is beloved by children and adults alike.  In print since 1952, Wilbur and Charlotte have tugged at heartstrings for many generations of readers.
  7. “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury – 316,404 checkouts.  Another regular on high school reading lists, this 1953 novel about destroying books continues to be one of the most popular titles every year.  As with “1984,” its popularity spikes based on current events and the appeal of dystopian fiction.
  8. “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie – 284,524 checkouts.  In constant circulation since 1936 and one of the bestselling books of all time, it is the ultimate self-help book.
  9. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling – 231,022 checkouts.  The only way a book published in the 1990s could make it to this list, competing with books published decades ago, is if it were a phenomenon – which this fantasy series certainly is.  Expect more of the six Harry Potter books to make the list in upcoming years.
  10. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle – 189,550 checkouts.  In print since 1969, this is a favorite among librarians and teachers.  It’s a staple for kids learning to read.

How does a book make it to this prestigious list?  One factor is its length; the shorter the book, the more turnover, which explains why so many children’s books are here.  Also, the longer the book has been in print, the more time it’s been available for checkout – and the more languages a title is available in helps as well.  Other factors:  the universal appeal of the story, the effect of current events on adult books, being included on school lists, and winning awards or being turned into films.

Needless to say, all these books are available at your Sisson Library for your reading pleasure.

Pagosa history today

We hope you will join us today, Thursday, February 6, for a free special event when the Southern Ute Cultural Center will present Pagosa stories from 10-11 a.m.  Hanley Frost, the cultural education coordinator for the Southern Ute Cultural Center, will share stories about the history and culture of the Pagosa area and why knowledge about the rich Native American heritage of this region is important and interesting.

We are fortunate to live in an area that is rich in history.  Our town sits on land historically belonging to the Southern Ute tribe, and we have much to learn from this heritage.  This is an all-ages event.  No registration is required. 

Census jobs info tonight

Also today, Thursday, February 6, you can learn about working for the 2020 census at a free Q&A session from 5-7 p.m.  Hiring is happening January through February, and jobs start in March and April.  All applications are done online at 2020census.gov/jobs.  Come to this free presentation to get help applying, to learn more about census work and to ask questions.  No registration required.

Save the date for anti-Valentine’s lock-in

Ages 12-17 are invited to a fun event with food, games, crafts and movies from 5-7 p.m. next Friday, February 14.  You must have a permission slip to participate.  Details are in the February teen/tween calendar and will be in next week’s Library News column.

Save the date for fun family event

We hope you will mark your calendars for Sunday, February 23 for a fun Lanes & Links family-friendly community event from 1-4 p.m. when your library will be transformed into a miniature golf and bowling center for one day only. Cost is $10 per person or $30 per family, with tickets sold at the door. All net proceeds from the event will support the library’s programs and resources.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, February 7 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 Saturday

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, February 8 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club. 

Computer class

Monday, February 10 from 1-2 p.m. covers basic Excel spreadsheets.  No registration required. 

Knitting Club for teens and adults

On Monday, February 10 this free club meets from 4-5 p.m. for 4th graders to adults.  Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects.  If you don’t know how to knit, come anyway and we’ll get you started on some of the basics.

Adult book club

Our free adult book club – now known as Ruby’s Book Club — meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On February 11 we will discuss “Barracoon: The Story of the Last ‘Black Cargo’” by Zora Neale Hurston.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  Light refreshments will be served.  No registration required.

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.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, February 12 from 4-5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

ESL classes twice a week

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place on Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Fridays from noon-2 p.m.  The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers —  Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners.  No registration is required.

Las clases son dos veces por semana 

Las clases gratuitas de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL) ocurren los martes de 5-7 PM y los viernes de 12-2 PM. Las clases son dirigidas por dos instructoras altamente experimentadas — Joyce Holdread enseña al grupo intermedio / avanzado y Ellen Ragone enseña a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse. 

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place 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.  

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 2:30-3:30 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.  

Nonfiction

“Tracking the Wild Coombs” by Robert Cocuzzo is an biography of the legendary skier Doug Coombs.  “Super Human” by Dave Asprey offers tools to help you age slowly with more energy and brainpower.  “The Impossible First” is a memoir about his recovery from a tragic accident to his solo crossing of Antarctica by Colin O’Brady

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“Hindsight” by Iris and Roy Johansen features an investigator with unique skills because she blind for the first 20 years of her life.  “Agency” by William Gibson, who firm coined the term cyberspace, is a sci-fi thriller heavily influenced by current events.  “A Longer Fall” by Charlaine Harris is the second book in the Gunnie Rose series about life is an alternate U.S.  “Mr. Nobody” by Catherine Steadman is a psychological thriller that begins when an unidentified man is found almost dead on a British beach.  “Big Lies in a Small Town” by Diane Chamberlain features a mural in a small town that hides secrets.  “House on Fire” by Joseph Finder features PI Nick Heller. 

Other novels

“A Long Petal of the Sea” by Isabel Allende follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War.  “Dear Edward” by Ann Napolitano follows a 12-year-old sole survivor of a plane crash.  “When We Were Vikings” by Andrew David MacDonald follows a 21-year-old unlikely heroine who is a Viking enthusiast.

Essays

“Erosion” by Terry Tempest Williams writes about our continuing assault on America’s public lands and the erosion of our commitment to democracy, science, compassion and trust. 

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 their generous donations, we are grateful to Don Hale, Dick Ray, and Joanne and Vic Lucariello.  For books and materials this week we thank our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” – Abraham Lincoln.

1/30/2020

Southern Ute Cultural Center presents Pagosa stories and census jobs Q&A next Thursday

We hope you will join us next Thursday, February 6 for a free special event when the Southern Ute Cultural Center will present Pagosa stories from 10-11 a.m.

Hanley Frost, the cultural education coordinator for the Southern Ute Cultural Center, will share stories about the history and culture of the Pagosa area and why knowledge about the vibrant Native American heritage of this region is important and interesting.

We are fortunate to live in an area that is so rich in history.  Did you know that Pagosah is a Ute word?  Our town sits on land historically belonging to the Southern Ute tribe, and we have much to learn from this heritage.

This is an all-ages event.  No registration is required.  We hope so see you there.

Census jobs

Also next Thursday, February 6 you can learn about working for the 2020 census at a free Q&A session from 5-7 p.m.  Hiring is happening January through February, and jobs start in March and April.  All applications are done online at 2020census.gov/jobs.  Come to this free presentation to get help applying, to learn more about census work and to ask questions.  No registration required.

Save the date for fun family event

We hope you will mark your calendars for Sunday, February 23 for a fun Lanes & Links family-friendly community event from 1-4 p.m. when your library will be transformed into a miniature golf and bowling center for one day only.  Cost is $10 per person or $30 per family, with tickets sold at the door.  All net proceeds from the  event will support the library’s programs and resources.

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 español.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, January 31 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.  

LGBTQ youth group Monday

A 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 from 4-5:30 p.m.  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 number is 970-264-1986.  

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, February 3 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

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.

Homeschool social hour

Stop by next Tuesday, February 5 from 1-2 p.m. for a chance to visit with fellow homeschool families, discuss curriculum and learning opportunities, and look through resources while the kids participate in crafts and other activities.  Josie, your early literacy librarian, is eager to collect ideas on how to serve homeschool families in our community and get your feedback on the value of these sessions.

ESL classes twice a week

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place on Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Fridays from noon-2 p.m.  The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers —  Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners.  No registration is required.

Las clases son dos veces por semana 

Las clases gratuitas de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL) ocurren los martes de 5-7 PM y los viernes de 12-2 PM. Las clases son dirigidas por dos instructoras altamente experimentadas — Joyce Holdread enseña al grupo intermedio / avanzado y Ellen Ragone enseña a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse. 

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place 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.  

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 2:30-3:30 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.  February 5 is a special Spanish session.    

DVDs

“Game Night” is a comedy about a couple’s murder mystery night.   “Judy” stars Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland.  “Get On Up” covers the life and music of James Brown.   “The Reliant” follows children whose faith and family bonds save them as they hide in the woods.

Novels

“Such a Fun Age” by Kiley Reid begins when a security guard confronts a young black woman out late with a white child she is babysitting.  “Moral Compass” by Danielle Steel is set in an elite private high school in Massachusetts.  “The Whispers of War” by Julia Kelly follows three friends at the start of World War II.  “Lady Clementine” by Marie Benedict is a novelist’s look at the life of Winston Churchill’s wife.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“How Quickly She Disappears” by Raymond Fleischmann tells of a woman obeying a man’s request for three requests to find her sister missing 20 years.  “Regretting You” by Colleen Hoover follows a family whose life is shattered when the father is involved in a tragic accident.  “Hunter Killer” by Brad Taylor is a Brad Taylor thriller.

Short stories

“Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick” by Zora Neale Hurston is a collection of Harlam Renaissance stories about African American life in New York. 

Large print

“The Country Guesthouse” by Robyn Carr is a Sullivan Crossing novel.  “Cut and Run” by Fern Michaels is a Sisterhood mystery.  “Reason” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “The Wives” by Tarryn Fisher tells of three women married to the same man.  “The Vanishing” by Jayne Ann Krentz is a murder mystery.

How-to and self-help

“Becoming Your Own Therapist” by Kevin J. Kelly offers practical strategies to manage your moods and behaviors.             

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.  

Quotable Quote

“The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), German musician, virtuoso organist and composer.  Many consider him the great composer who ever lived.

1/23/2020

Sixty magazines and newspapers for your reading pleasure and electric vehicles tonight

Did you knowthat your library has more than 60 different periodicals, including both magazines and newspapers, in our collection for your free reading enjoyment?

Magazine titles include The Atlantic, Colorado Life, Consumer Reports, People, Sports Illustrated and Southwest Art, to name just a few.  New magazine titles soon to be added include Powder and Ski.  We also have recently added the magazines All Animals and Sports Illustrated for Kids.  All magazines are listed in our catalog and using the term “periodical” helps to narrow your search.  All past magazine issues are available for free check out.  

Newspapers include The Durango Herald, The Pagosa Springs SUN, Silverton Standard and The Wall Street Journal.  You may enjoy reading them right at the library in one of our comfy chairs or reading areas.

We also offer a variety of journals and other publications through our online resources available to you 24/7.  Visit https://pagosalibrary.org/online-resources/ to find a variety of topics for people of all ages.  A library card is required to access some of the online resources. 

Electric vehicles session tonight

This evening, Thursday, January 23, from 5:30-7 p.m. you can learn about electric vehicles at a free informative session at your library.  You’ll hear how EVs work, their advantages, and why many car experts say we’ll all be driving them in the not too distant future.  We’ll have an EV available and the owner on hand to answer your questions.

Bike repair toolkit available

Your library has a bike repair toolkit available for free check out.  This toolkit includes a handbook entitled “Essential Road Bike Maintenance Handbook” by Todd Downs and a toolbox filled with the essential tools needed for basic bicycle repairs.  The handbook covers topics such as frame, pedals, brakes and more.  The library also offers a variety of other bicycle resources for people of all ages including maps, guidebooks, and historical information. 

Help for your driver’s test

We have an online resource that is free to our patrons and will be a huge asset to anyone who is about to take a car, motorcycle or commercial driver’s test. The site includes hundreds of practice questions arranged into useful tests, from easy to hard, for the different licenses. More of a visual learner? There’s also a 360-degree road situation simulator that gives you a chance to see exactly what is described in each of the questions.  As well, there’s an exam simulator that mimics a DMV exam, with new questions every time you take it.  The also site includes manuals and frequently asked questions about the tests.

To access the site, go to your library’s website at https://pagosalibrary.org and click on the slider that features this new resource.  It also is accessible by clicking the tab for “Online Resources’” and scrolling down to Driving-Tests. You will not need a library card to access this new resource, but we’d love to take this opportunity to give you a card so you can use our other resources.

All-ages LEGO contest

Tomorrow, Friday, January 24, is the last day to turn in your original submissions for the free all-ages LEGO contest.  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, January 25 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.

Save the date for fun family event

We hope you will mark your calendars for Sunday, February 23 for a fun Lanes & Links family-friendly community event from 1-4 p.m. when your library will be transformed into a miniature golf and bowling center for one day only.  Cost is $10 per person or $30 per family, with tickets sold at the door.  All net proceeds from the  event will support the library’s programs and resources.

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 español.

Teen book club tomorrow

Friday, January 24 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the free teen book club, seventh-12th graders will be talking about “I’m Not Missing” by Carrie Fountain, and enjoying snacks.  

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book lovers group meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10 –11:30 a.m. Tomorrow, Friday, January 24, they will discuss “Kitchens of the Great Midwest” by J. Ryan Stradal.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.  

New after-school club

The third session of a new after-school club for first-fifth graders takes place tomorrow, Friday, January 17 from 1:45-3:30 p.m. on the second, third and fourth Friday of every  month.  Participants will engage in literature-based science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) learning activities and work up to an exhibition on the first Friday following each three-week session.  Registration is required by calling us at 970-264-2209 or dropping by the library.

LEGO Club Saturday

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, January 25 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club. 

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, January 27 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

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.

ESL classes twice a week

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place on Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Fridays from noon-2 p.m.  The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers —  Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners.  No registration is required.

Las clases son dos veces por semana 

Las clases gratuitas de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL) ocurren los martes de 5-7 PM y los viernes de 12-2 PM. Las clases son dirigidas por dos instructoras altamente experimentadas — Joyce Holdread enseña al grupo intermedio / avanzado y Ellen Ragone enseña a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse. 

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place 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.  

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 2:30-3:30 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.  

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“Platform Seven” by Louise Doughty opens with the narrator watching a man on a train platform about to commit suicide.  “Treasure” by Clive Cussler is a Dirk Pitt adventure.

Books on CD

“The Girls” by Abigail Pesta documents how Larry Nassar, the sexual predator of female Olympic gymnastics, honed his despicable skills in a small gym in Michigan.  “The Ultimate Guide to Eating for Longevity” by Denny and Susan Waxman describes the macrobiotic way to live a long and healthy life. 

How-to and self-help

“The New Keto Friendly South Beach Diet” by Dr. Arthur Agatston updates his signature book with information relating to the ketogenic diet.  “The Camper’s Survival Guide” by Tamsin King offers tips on food prepping, gear, food aid, etiquette and more.  “Retirement 101” by CPA Michelle Cagan is a guide to preparing for this important time in your life.  “The Autoimmune Solution” by Dr. Amy Myers shows how to prevent and reverse inflammatory symptoms and diseases.

Other nonfiction

“Loserthink” by Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip, looks at how untrained brains are ruining America.  “Radical Compassion” by spiritual teacher Tara Brach shows how to extend compassion even when you’re stressed or angry.  “Make Noise” by Eric Nozum uses his experience as a veteran podcast creator to help you stand out in this crowded media universe. 

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.  

Quotable Quote

“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling posted some tips on her website. “I haven’t got 10 rules that guarantee success, though I promise I’d share them if I did,” she wrote.  “The truth is that I found success by stumbling off alone in a direction most people thought was a dead end, breaking all the 1990s shibboleths about children’s books in the process.Rowling listed the various qualities a writer needs to have — discipline, resilience, humility, courage and independence — but stressed, like Faulkner, that anyone serious about writing books should also be a voracious reader. “You can’t be a good writer without being a devoted reader.”

1/16/2020

Strange Questions asked of librarians and new all-ages LEGO contest

Before Google, many people phoned their local library to get answers to questions on a wide variety of topics because they knew librarians were specially trained to help people find information, or simply to answer questions themselves.
For your reading pleasure, the New York Public Library recently released a cache of queries called in from the 1940s to the 1980s.   Here’s a sampling – and honestly, you can’t make this stuff up:

“What kind of an apple did Eve eat?”

“When did Moses first come into the public eye?”

“Why do 18th century English paintings have so many squirrels in them, and how were the squirrels tamed so they did not bite the painters?”

“Is it proper to go alone to Las Vegas to get a divorce?”

“Do camels have to be licensed in India?”

“How many neurotic people are there in the U.S.?”

“I have an etiquette question.  I went to a New Year’s Eve party and unexpectedly stayed overnight.  Should I send a thank-you note to the hostess?”

“Does the female human being belong to the mammal class?”

“Does anyone have the copyright on the Bible?”

All-ages LEGO contest

Turn in your original submissions for the free all-ages LEGO contest between January 18-24.  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, January 25 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.

Library closures

Your library will be closed Monday, January 20 for Martin Luther King Day, and have a delayed opening at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 22 for a staff meeting.

Save the date

We hope you will mark your calendars for Sunday, February 23 for a fun Lanes & Links community and family event from 1-4 p.m. when your library will be transformed into a miniature golf and bowling center for one day only.  Cost is $10 per person or $30 per family, with tickets sold at the door.  More details to follow.

Credit and debit cards

Your library now accepts credit and debit card payments for charges of $10 or more.  You may use this feature to pay for any library costs, such as for your copying and faxing needs, to purchase your favorite used books, or to purchase a nifty Ruby Sisson Library bag to carry all of your borrowed and purchased items.

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.

New after-school club

The second session of a new after-school club for first-fifth graders takes place tomorrow, Friday, January 17 from 1:45-3:30 p.m. on the second, third and fourth Friday of every  month.  Participants will engage in literature-based science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) learning activities and work up to an exhibition on the first Friday following each three-week session.  Registration is required by calling us at 970-264-2209 or dropping by the library.

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.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, January 22 from 4-5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Adult DIY

At this month’s free DIY event next Tuesday, January 21 from 1-2 p.m., you’ll make plastic bottle paper holders to store loose papers, mail and more, and help you declutter and become more organized in the new year.  No registration required.

Spanish conversation

Wednesday, January 22 from 3-4 p.m. practice your Spanish with others to help you increase your fluency at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  Previous attendance not necessary.  No registration required.

ESL classes twice a week

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place on Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Fridays from noon-2 p.m.  The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers —  Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners.  No registration is required.

Las clases son dos veces por semana 

Las clases gratuitas de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL) ocurren los martes de 5-7 PM y los viernes de 12-2 PM. Las clases son dirigidas por dos instructoras altamente experimentadas — Joyce Holdread enseña al grupo intermedio / avanzado y Ellen Ragone enseña a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse. 

 Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place 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.  

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 2:30-3:30 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.  

Large print

“Shadow Rider: Apache Sundown” by Jory Sherman is a western.  “Frontier America” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Preachert & MacCallister western. 

Books on CD

“The Wicked Redhead” by Beatriz Williams is a Jazz Age tale featuring two women two generations apart.  “Cide of Honor” by Tom Clancyis a Jack Ryan adventure.  “Genesis” by Robin Cook is a medical thriller.  “Robert B. Parker’s Angel Eyes” by Ace Atkins is a Spenser mystery.   “Where Winter Finds You” by J.R. Ward is a Caldwell Christmas story.

How-to and self-help – diet and taxes

“Eat This Not That!” by David Zinczenko is an updated 2019 version describing the best and worst foods in restaurants and supermarkets in America.  “Breaking Up with Sugar” by Molly Carmel, eating disorder specialist, is a 66-day blueprint for dropping your sugar intake.  “Keto for Life” by Mark Sisson helps you reset your biological clock in 21 days.  “The Mediterranean Method” by Dr. Steven Masley is a complete plan and 50 recipes to harness the power of what is generally regarded as the healthiest diet on the planet.     

Also, we have two new J.K. Lasser books to help you with your taxes:  “Your Income Tax 2020” and “1001 Deductions & Tax Breaks 2020.”      

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 their generous monetary donation, we are grateful to Joanne and Victor Lucariello. For books and materials this week we thank Joan Driesens and our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote

“Golf is 20 percent mechanics and technique.  The other 80 percent is philosophy, humor, tragedy, romance, melodrama, companionship, camaraderie, cussedness and conversation.” – Grantland Rice (1880-1954), early 20th-century American sportswriter known for his elegant prose.  His writing was published in newspapers and broadcast on the radio around the country.

1/9/2020

Ribbon cutting for our new land plus new computers and new after-school club

We hope you will join us at 2 p.m. next Wednesday, January 15, when your Ruby Sisson Library will have a ribbon cutting for our new land directly to our west, because we want to celebrate this very generous gift with you.

The land was donated to us in memory of Margaret Wilson, who was an amazing volunteer who gave her time and energy in the development of the library for many decades.  Margaret was instrumental in the growth of the library district and the building of the library at our current location on 8th Street and Highway 160. 

The ribbon cutting and tribute to Margaret will be followed by hot chocolate, homemade treats and fellowship inside the library.  If you knew Margaret, we hope that you will share your stories about her at the ceremony.  

New computers

In the next month or so, your library will be replacing all of our 18 public computers.  As you may know, as of January 14 the Windows 7 operating system will no longer be supported by Microsoft, which may cause problems with the software used to log on to our current system or to print.  We’ll be updating our computers for the first time in six years, and will be moving to the Windows 10 operating system.  You’ll still be able to print, use Microsoft Office programs, or anything else you can do on the current computers. These new ones also should be faster.  As always, we are happy to help with any questions, since this new operating system looks a little different from the Windows 7 we’re currently using.

New after-school club

Starting tomorrow, Friday, January 10, a new after-school club for first-fifth graders takes place from 1:45-3:30 p.m. on the second, third and fourth Friday of every  month.  Participants will engage in literature-based science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) learning activities and work up to an exhibition on the first Friday following each three-week session.  Registration is required by calling us at 970-264-2209 or dropping by the library.

Snow-closing schedule

With winter upon us, you might find it useful to know that we follow the school snow-closing schedule.  If schools are closed for snow, then the library will be closed as well.  As soon as we learn schools are closed for snow, we contact our local KWUF radio station so that the library is listed among closings they announce. We then try to get to the library as quickly (and safely) as possible to put a sign on the door, as well as post the closing on our website and Facebook page.  When schools are out on break, Meg Wempe, library director, works with our board president to make a closing decision, and then follows the same steps as necessary.  

Consider an IRA rollover

Did you know that you can roll over some or all of your IRA for a good cause: your library?  If you are age 70½ or older and have an Independent Retirement Account (IRA), you have reached that milestone where you must take a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD).  The distribution may increase your taxable income and require you to pay taxes on this previously untaxed asset. 

If you do not need all or part of the distribution, or it will cause unwanted tax repercussions, we hope you will consider an IRA Charitable Rollover to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation in support of the Ruby Sisson Library.  The IRA Charitable Rollover, also known as a Qualified Charitable Distribution, allows you to gift your RMD to charity, which omits the distribution from your income and allows you to avoid paying the tax.

We recommend you consult with your financial advisor or attorney with tax-related questions.  To learn more, please contact Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209 or cindi@pagosalibrary.org

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.

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, January 10, from 2-3 p.m. a free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney will take place via computer link.  Volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property tax, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans benefits and civil protection orders.  Please check in at the registration desk.  This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month. 

LEGO Club Saturday

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, January 11 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club. 

Knitting Club for teens and adults

On Monday, January 13 this free club meets from 4-5 p.m. for 4th graders to adults.  Note the expansion of ages to include adults.  Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects and hang out with other crafters.  If you don’t know how to knit, come anyway and we’ll get you started on some of the basics.

Computer classes

This is a free program to learn a useful technology skill or application. Monday, January 13 from 1-2 p.m. is basic website design.  January 27 from 1-2 p.m. is saving and finding files.  No registration required. 

Adult book club

Our free adult book club has been renamed Ruby’s Book Club in honor of your library’s namesake.  We meet the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On January 14 we will discuss “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane” by Lisa See.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  Light refreshments will be served.  No registration required.

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.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, January 15 from 4-5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

ESL classes twice a week

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place on Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Fridays from noon-2 p.m.  The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers —  Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners.  No registration is required.

 Las clases son dos veces por semana 

Las clases gratuitas de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL) ocurren los martes de 5-7 PM y los viernes de 12-2 PM. Las clases son dirigidas por dos instructoras altamente experimentadas — Joyce Holdread enseña al grupo intermedio / avanzado y Ellen Ragone enseña a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse. 

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place 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.  

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 2:30-3:30 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.  On January 15 we will Skype with Traci Sorrel, author of  “We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, which was inspired by the people and culture of the Cherokee Nation.

DVDs

“Downton Abbey” is the movie starring the same actors who appeared in the TV series.  “Overcomer” is an inspirational film for the whole family about a coach who has to switch sports.  “Abominable” is the animated tale about reuniting a magical young yeti with his family.  “A Beginning Guide to Happiness” is a wellness DVD featuring psychotherapist Ira Israel.  “Mully” is the true story of a man who sets out to help orphaned children around the world. 

Books on CD

“Criss Cross” by James Patterson is an Alex Cross mystery.  “The Second Sleep” by Robert Harris follows a young English priest whose faith is tested by the possessions of an older dead priest.  “An Irish Country Family” by Patrick Taylor is book 14 in the Irish Country series.  “A Minute to Midnight” by David Baldacci features FBI agent Adee Pine.

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“Collagen Diet” by Dr. Josh Axe describes a 28-day plan for weight loss, skin and gut health.

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 their generous monetary donations, we are grateful to Constance d’Angelis, Galles Community Fund, Meg Wempe and Cindi Galabota.  For books and materials this week we thank Bob Lecour and our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote

“Thankfulness is powerful – and not just on Thanksgiving.  Daily gratitude exercises may help reduce blood pressure.” —  AARP The Magazine.

12/26/2019

Makerspace crafts event for all ages and teen gaming today

Creative people of all ages are invited to join us today, Thursday, December 26, from 10-11 a.m. for a very special free crafts event.  We’ll provide all varieties of materials for you to use to build, design and create whatever crafts you want.

Then, free teen gaming normally happens on Tuesdays for teens in the 6th-12th grades, but just for December it takes place on Thursdays because of scheduling conflicts.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks today, December 26, from 4–5:30 p.m.

Holiday closures

Your library closes at noon on December 31 and are closed January 1 for New Year’s. 

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.

Save the date for avalanche awareness

Next Thursday, January 2 from 5-6:30 p.m., Mark Mueller returns with a free  avalanche awareness presentation that might save your life, since avalanches are the deadliest natural hazard in Colorado.  Mark is an avalanche forecaster for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.  No registration required. 

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, December 27 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 Saturday

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, December 28 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club. 

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, December 30 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

ESL classes expand to evening sessions

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes have been so appreciated at your library that we are – by popular demand – switching one of the weekly sessions to the evening to make it easier for more people to participate.  The new schedule is Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Fridays from noon-2 p.m.  The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers —  Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners.  No registration is required. 

Clases nocturnas de ESL en la biblioteca.    

Las clases han sido tan apreciadas en su biblioteca que nosotros – por demanda popular – estamos cambiando una de las sesiones semanales de la noche para facilitar la participación de más personas. El nuevo horario es los martes de 5-7 y los viernes de 12-4. Las clases son dirigidas por dos maestras altamente experimentadas; Joyce Holdread enseñará a los estudiantes intermedios y avanzados y Ellen Ragone enseñará a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course is available only once more in December: Monday the 30th from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

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 3-3:45 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.  

Books on CD

“Agent Running in the Field” by John Le Carré follows a British spy who is also a passionate badminton player.  “Final Option” by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison tells of an operation to rescue three American spies in Brazil.  “Twisted Twenty-Six” by Janet Evanovich is a Stephanie Plum mystery.  “The Night Fire” by Michael Connelly is a Harry Bosch mystery.

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“Genesis” by Robin Cook uses genealogic DNA databases to help explain a death.  “Guilty Not Guilty”  by Felix Francis is a Dick Francis horseracing mystery.  “Tom Clancy Code of Honor” by Marc Cameron is a Hack Ryan adventure.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“Fall Back Down When I Die” by Joe Wilkins follows a powerful bond between a traumatized, mute young man and a ranch hand in Montana.  “The Siberian Dilemma” by Martin Cruz Smith is a thriller featuring Moscow detective Arkady Renko.  “Invitation Only Murder” by Leslie Meier is a Lucy Stone mystery. 

DVDs

“The Chaperone” is a PBS Masterpiece drama based on the bestselling novel.  “Far from the Tree” is a look at families raising children society deems “abnormal.”

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 their generous monetary donations, we are grateful to Nancy Green and Steve Merchant.  For books and materials this week, we thank our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote

“God help me if I wasn’t nice.  My mum used to say, ‘Don’t you dare pull rank.  There’s always someone who can do the same thing you do and much better than you.’ “ – Julie Andrews, English actor, singer and author.

12/19/2019

Bridging America’s digital skills gap and makerspace crafts event for all ages

America has a digital skills gap, and libraries are increasingly becoming go-to hubs for personal and professional development.  As higher levels of digital skills have become integral to all kinds of work, libraries across the country are stepping up to help – and your library is right up there playing a leadership role.

Few modern jobs are untouched by the wave of digitalization sweeping the American economy.  One study cited by The Atlantic magazine showed that between 2002 and 2016, the share of jobs requiring low digital skills dropped from 56 to 30 percent, while the share requiring high digital skills rose from five to 23 percent. 

You need multiple tools to do well in the digital age – a computer, the internet, credible online resources and face-to-face help – and they all are freely available to you at your Ruby Sisson library. Our free resources include 14 computers for public use, Wi-Fi, computer classes, drop-in technology help, online computer tutorials and two bilingual computer learning stations for young children. Scanning documents to a thumb drive or an email address is also free. Printing costs only 15 cents a page for black and white copies or 50 cents a page for color copies.

We hope you’ll read this Library News column every week to learn about digital learning opportunities happening at your library.

Makespace crafts event

Creative people of all ages are invited to join us next Thursday, December 26 from 10-11 a.m. for a very special free crafts event.  We’ll provide all varieties of materials for you to use to build, design and create whatever crafts you want.

Holiday closures

Your library closes at noon on December 24 and is closed on the 25th for Christmas.  Similarly, we close at noon on December 31 and are closed January 1 for New Year’s. 

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 español.

Teen gaming today

Free teen gaming normally happens on Tuesdays for teens in the 6th-12th grades, but just for December it will happen on Thursdays because of scheduling conflicts.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks on December 19 and 26 from 4–5:30 p.m.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, December 20 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.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, December 23 from 4-5 p.m. Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

ESL classes expand to evening sessions

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes have been so appreciated at your library that we are – by popular demand – switching one of the weekly sessions to the evening to make it easier for more people to participate.  The new schedule is Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Fridays from noon-2 p.m.  The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers —  Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners.  No registration is required. 

Clases nocturnas de ESL en la biblioteca.    

Las clases han sido tan apreciadas en su biblioteca que nosotros – por demanda popular – estamos cambiando una de las sesiones semanales de la noche para facilitar la participación de más personas. El nuevo horario es los martes de 5-7 y los viernes de 12-4. Las clases son dirigidas por dos maestras altamente experimentadas; Joyce Holdread enseñará a los estudiantes intermedios y avanzados y Ellen Ragone enseñará a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course is available only once more in December: Monday the 30th from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

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 3-3:45 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.  

More Christmas books

“Noel Street” by Richard Paul Evans explores the deeper meaning of Christmas.  “A Jensen Family Christmas” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone shows how danger is one of the family holiday traditions.  “Christmas Shopaholic” by Sophie Kinsella follows a young woman whose parents ask her to host Christmas.    

Nonfiction

“AOC” by Prachi Gupta is a biography of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  “If You Tell” by Gregg Olsen is the true story of two sisters who escaped years of abuse from their sadistic mother.  “Casa Construction Exterior” by Michael Gary Devloo is a guide to residential construction in both English and Spanish.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Just Watch Me” by Jeff Lindsay introduces a new thriller series featuring Riley Wolfe.  “The Second Sleep” by Robert Harris follows a young English priest whose faith is tested by the possessions of an older dead priest.   “The Andromeda Evolution” by Daniel H. Wilson is a sequel 50 years after “The Andromeda Strain” made Michael Crichton a household name.  “A Minute to Midnight” by David Baldacci features FBO agent6 Atlee Pine.  “Beating About the Bush” by M.C. Beaton is an Agatha Raisin mystery.  “Criss Cross” by James Patterson is an Alex Cross mystery.  “An Anonymous Girl” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen follows a woman who signs up for a psychology study.  “The Age of Anxiety” by Pete Townshend deals with mythic and operatic themes. 

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“Stealth” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “Contention and Other Frontier Stories” features 17 new stories about the American frontier in the early 1900s.  “Robert B. Parker’s Angel Eyes” by Ace Atkins is a Spenser mystery.  “The Rise of Magicks” by Nora Roberts is book three of the Chronicles of the One series.

Other novels

“The Confession Club” by Elizabeth Berg features a supper club with members who decide to share embarrassing misdeeds and regrets.  “Sword of Kings” by Bernard Cornwell is the 12th installment of the epic Saxon Tales series.  “Once Upon an Alaska Summer” by Lisa T. Bergren is a romance.  “Nothing To See Here” by Kevin Wilson is an unusual story of parental love.  “Star Wars: Resistance Reborn” by Rebecca Roanhorse is the prequel to “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”   “The Starless Sea” by Erin Morgenstern takes readers into a world of stories was filled with keys, cats, books and mystery.

Books on CD

“Bloody Trail of the Mountain Man” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone and “Bucked Out in Dodge” by Ralph Compton are westerns.  “Hawke’s Target” by Reavis Z. Wortham is a Texas Ranger Sonny Hawke thriller.   “The Andromeda Evolution” by Daniel H. Wilson is a sequel 50 years after “The Andromeda Strain” made Michael Crichton a household name.  “The Deserter” by Nelson and Alex DeMille is a thriller about the hunt for an Army deserter.  “Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry” by Mary Higgins Clark is a thriller about sexual misconduct.  “Blue Moon” by Lee Child is a Jack Reacher thriller. 

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 their generous monetary donations, we are grateful to Ron Stanke, Jan and  Bob Clinkenbeard, Gayle Dixon, and Susan and Terry Arrington.  For books and materials this week we thank our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote

“The weak can never forgive.  Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Mahatma Ghandi (1869-1948), Indian lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist and political ethicist, who employed nonviolent resistance to lead the successful campaign for India’s independence from British rule, and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.