11/18/2021

Free SJBPH health session today, teen ornaments plus introduction to Novelist

Today, Thursday, November 18, representatives from San Juan Basin Public Health will be at the library from noon-1 p.m. to discuss HCP and care coordination and to answer your questions.  Additional free SJBPH presentations on public health topics will be held in December.

Next Tuesday, November 23 from 2-3 p.m. Brad will provide an in-person introduction to Novelist, your library’s reader advisory resource found on our website at https://pagosalibrary.org/online-resources/.   This powerful free online resource lets you search for book reviews, authors who are like your favorites, browse for books by genre and much more.

As well, next Wednesday, November 24 fourth-12th graders are invited to make ornaments from 4-5 p.m. in a special holiday DIY session in the library.

Holiday closure

Your library will be closed November 25-27 in celebration of Thanksgiving.

Library hours

Most of our programs are happening in person.  Also, our hours have returned to pre-COVID levels – and even more on weekdays:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 For those uncomfortable coming into the building, curbside service continues.  Phone 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so staff can bring the items out for you.  If you put a hold on something, please wait for your usual alert (email, phone call or text) before coming to pick it up. 

Therapy dogs

Tomorrow, Friday, November 19 from 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. you are invited to come to the library for a free visit with a certified therapy dog.  The visits will be limited to 10-15 minutes – just the right amount of time to pet the dog, read to the dog or just say “Hi.”  This activity is for all ages.

In-person Dungeons & Dragons   

Join us Tuesday, November 23 from 4-6 p.m. for a special in-person one-shot mini-game of Dungeons & Dragons in the library that is free for teens and young adults.  Registration is preferred as space is limited.  Our D&D group will not gather on Google Meet November 23 because of this in-person event.  

In-person gaming

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.  

New writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge will be posted November 22 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Storywalk for kids

Theme for our new storywalk November 22 – December 6 is fun in the snow.  The text is available in English and Spanish.  Watch for signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School.  After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  Wednesday, November 24 we’ll enjoy special  guest Lisa Baker and her friend Fluffy Dog providing puppets, storytelling and lots of silly fun.  Saturday’s Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more. 

Tech Time

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

Changes in ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes now take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-7 p.m.  Beginning students attend from 4-5 p.m., intermediate students from 5-6 p.m. and advanced students from 7-8 p.m.   Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  

Cambios en las clases de ESL

Las clases nocturnas gratuitas en persona ahora se llevan a cabo los martes y jueves de 4 a 7 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes asisten de 4 a 5 p.m., estudiantes intermedios de 5-6 p.m. y estudiantes avanzados de 7-8 p.m. Por favor, ayúdenos a correr la voz sobre estas clases a otras personas en nuestra comunidad que estén interesadas, y contáctenos por teléfono o correo electrónico si tiene alguna pregunta. 

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session generally takes place in person Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.   Note no more PALS sessions this month.  

Activities calendars available

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

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Billy Summers” by Stephen King is a thriller about avenging the crimes of an evil man.  “The Attic on Queen Street” by Karen White is the last book in the series featuring psychic medium Melanie Trenholm.  “The Sentence” by Louise Erdrich is a combination ghost and mystery story set in a haunted bookstore.  “The Dark Hours” by Michael Connelly is a Harry Bosch murder mystery that starts on New Year’s Eve.

Other novels

“L.A. Weather” by Maria Amparo Escandon follows the Alvarado family wrestling with deception and betrayal.  “The War for Gloria” by Atticus Lish tells of a young man yearning to protect his mother, who has ALS.   “Three Sisters” by Heather Morris is a novel based on the true story of three sisters with a plan to stay together after Auschwitz.   “What Storm What Thunder” by Myriam J.A. Chancy charts the lives of characters after the earthquake in Haiti.   “The Last Graduate” by Naomi Novik is book two of the Scholomance series featuring a budding dark sorceress.   “The Secret of Snow” by Viola Shipman features a 50-year-meteorologist who gets a new chance after being replaced by a virtual meteorologist that will never age.

Large print

“Cul-de-sac” by Joy Fielding features a quiet area where someone will be shot dead.  “An Impossible Promise” by Jude Deveraux and Tara Sheets is book two in the Providence Falls set in Ireland.  “Over My Dead Body” by Jeffrey Archer is the latest in the William Warwick mystery series.

Books on CD

“The Lincoln Highway” by Amor Towles follows the lives of three teens released from a juvenile work farm.  “The Judge’s List” by John Grisham is a legal thriller.  “The Joy and Light Bus Company” by Alexander McCall Smith is a No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency mystery.  “The Butler” by Danielle Steel follows the life of a butler in Paris.  “State of Terror” by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louse Penny is a political thriller.  “Jonathan Crossroads” by Franzen explores the shifting culture of early 1970’s America.  “The Book of Magic” by Alice Hoffman is the fourth and final book about the Owens family in the Practical Magic series.  

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

We have a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audio books for all ages – children, tweens, teens and adults – in cloudLibrary.  The items in cloudLibrary are purchased separately from physical items, so the books available are different – and it continues to use the consortium’s contributions as well as those that we bought.  Select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use.  Email or phone us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 

Donations

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

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds.  A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.” – Clive James (1939-2019), Australian literary and TV critic, journalist, broadcaster and writer, noted for his wry, deadpan humor.

11/11/2021

Baby Brain Gym, therapy dogs and health insurance session provide helpful health-related tools

We have several important health-related events coming your way, all of them free for you and your family:

Tomorrow, Friday, November 12, and again on November 19 from 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. you are invited to come to the library for a free visit with a certified therapy dog.  The visits will be limited to 10-15 minutes – just the right amount of time to pet the dog, read to the dog or just say “Hi.”  This activity is for all ages.                      

Next Wednesday, November 17 from  2:30-3 p.m. families with babies to toddlers aged three and under are invited to bring them to the library for hands-on sensory activities designed just for them to help their brains grow.  This is an important session when you consider that their brains are forming millions of  connections each second.

Then, next Thursday, November 18, representatives from San Juan Basin Public Health will be at the library from noon-1 p.m. to discuss health insurance and care coordination and to answer your questions.  Additional presentations on public health topics will be held in December.

Library hours

Most of our programs are happening in person.  Also, our hours have returned to pre-COVID levels – and even more on weekdays:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 For those uncomfortable coming into the building, curbside service continues.  Phone 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so staff can bring the items out for you.  If you put a hold on something, please wait for your usual alert (email, phone call or text) before coming to pick it up. 

Legal clinic tomorrow

The free legal clinic each month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, November 12 from 2 – 3 p.m. The volunteer attorney can phone you at home, or you can come into the library and meet privately via Zoom. To schedule an appointment, send an email titled “Sign-up for Free Legal Clinic,” with your first name and phone number to ruby@pagosalibrary.org, or phone or stop by the library. The volunteer attorney’s time is limited so it’s first-come first-served.  Visit http://checkerboard.co/ anytime to find many legal forms and other legal information.

LEGO Club on Saturday

Kids aged six to 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, November 13 from 11 a.m.-noon for the free LEGO Club.  LEGO challenges also are posted on Facebook.

Spanish conversation

Next Monday, November 15 from 4-5 p.m. we will gather in person at the library to practice speaking and listening skills together.  There is no minimum skill level required to attend.   As an alternative, you can learn Spanish and many other languages using the Transparent Language Learning database available at https:pagosalibrary.org/online-resources/

Adult DIY

At the in-person adult DIY on Tuesday, November 16 from 1-2 p.m., we  will supply the materials for you to create a fall-themed paper lantern that makes a great centerpiece or other decoration.   Find more DIY videos on your library’s website at htps://pagosalibrary.org/adult-diy/

Bedtime storytime for all ages

Come to the Turner Reading Room in the library on Tuesday, November 16 for a special session including a bedtime story, a few lullabies and some cozy family time from 6:30 – 7 p.m.

Teen advisory board

Next Wednesday, November 17 the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. in the library.  Sixth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs. 

In-person gaming

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.  

New writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge was posted November 8 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Storywalk for kids

Our storywalk November 8-19 celebrates the 50th anniversary of Woodsy the Owl, the mascot of the National Forest Service.  Watch for signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School.  After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  Wednesday, November 17 features special  guest Kathy Carter.  Saturday’s Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more. 

Dungeons & Dragons   

Join us Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. for our ongoing Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults on Google Meet.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join. If you don’t have internet access, contact us anyway – we may be able to accommodate you in the library. 

Tech Time

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

ESL

Free in-person evening classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-8 p.m.  Beginning and intermediate students are encouraged to attend from 4-6 p.m. and advanced students from 6-8 p.m.   Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested.  

Las clases gratuitas se llevan a cabo en persona los martes y jueves de 4-8 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes e intermedios deben asistir de 4-6 p.m. y los estudiantes avanzados de 6-8 p.m. Por favor, ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre estas clases a otros en nuestra comunidad que tienen interés.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session generally takes place in person Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.   Note the only PALS session this month is today, November 11. 

Activities calendars available

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

DVDs

“History of Horror” is season one about the storytellers and stars of horror films.  “Are You Afraid of the Dark? Curse of the Shadows” contains six episodes of the Midnight Society program.  “When Calls the Heart: Year Eight” is a three-DVD set containing six family-friendly movies set in the frontier town of Hope.  “Black Widow” is the Marvel movie.  “Murder on the Orient Express” is the 2017 version starring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench and Leslie Odom, Jr.

Large print

“Ralph Compton Frontier Medicine” by Robert J. Randisi is part of the Gunfighter series.  “A Quiet Little Town” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is book four of the Red Ryan western series.  “Halloween Party Murder” by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis and Barbara Ross contains three Halloween mystery stories.  “A Darker Reality” by Anne Perry is an Elena Standish mystery.   “The Darling Dahlias and the Voodoo Lily” by Susan Wittig Albert is a Darling Dahlias mystery. 

Novels 

“Truth of the Divine” by Lindsay Ellis is an alternate history first-contact novel in the Nuomena series.  “Oh William!” by Elizabeth Strout looks at the quiet forces that hold us together.  “Matrix” by Lauren Groff explores the raw power of female creativity in a corrupted world.

Books on CD

“The Jailhouse Lawyer” by James Patterson and Nancy Allen is a legal thriller.  “The Wish” by Nicholas Sparks begins with a young girl’s first love.  “Down the Hatch” by M.C. Beaton is an Agatha Raisin mystery.    

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

We have a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audio books for all ages – children, tweens, teens and adults – in cloudLibrary.  The items in cloudLibrary are purchased separately from physical items, so the books available are different – and it continues to use the consortium’s contributions as well as those that we bought.  Select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use.  Email or phone us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 

Donations

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

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.” – Henry Ford (1863-1947), American industrialist, business magnate, founder of the Ford Motor Company and chief developer of the assembly line technique of mass production.

11/04/2021

Tips to help encourage your children to read this winter

As we enter the darker days of winter, books can be even more popular companions for your children if you follow some or all of these tips:

  • Set aside a specific time each day for reading.  Read together and create time for children to read on their own.  A nighttime reading routine is especially rewarding.
  • Create a fun reading space in your home, such as a tent or fort with comfy pillows, bean bags and blankets – and, of course, a basket of books.
  • Be a role model.  If your kids see you reading, you’re setting a good example.
  • Ensure reading materials are readily available in your home and carry them with you everywhere – including in your car and when you go to appointments where you might have to wait.
  • Introduce youngsters to a book series to help keep reading interest high.
  • Regularly take your children to the library to attend some of the many activities appropriate for their age and to pick out books.  Allowing them to choose what they want to read helps nurture lifelong readers.

Library hours

Most of our programs are happening in person.  Also, our hours have returned to pre-COVID levels – and even more on weekdays:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 For those uncomfortable coming into the building, curbside service continues.  Phone 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so staff can bring the items out for you.  If you put a hold on something, please wait for your usual alert (email, phone call or text) before coming to pick it up. 

Book Art for a Cause today

Today, Thursday, November 4, please join us for a free Book Art for a Cause activity for ages 10 to adult from 2-3 p.m.  You will learn how to make ornaments and other decorations out of old books.   All decorations will be lovingly added to the library foundation’s Christmas tree that will be displayed and auctioned off at the Community Center’s Festival of Trees event, with proceeds going to the library’s foundation.

Free San Juan Basin Public Health event today

Also today, Thursday, November 4, representatives from San Juan Basin Public Health will be at the library from noon-1 p.m. to discuss health insurance and care coordination and to answer your questions.  This free session will be repeated on November 18, and additional presentations on various public health topics will be held in December.

Computer class tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, November 5,  Brad is hosting an in-person computer class from 4-5 p.m. to introduce you to our free Learning Express Library online resource.  It is a great tool for students learning a variety of subjects or preparing for exams like the GED.  It helps you prepare for job and career opportunities, GED, military and college entrance exams.   Elementary, middle school and high school diagnostic testing is also available. Test preparation, instant scoring and engaging self-paced courses are offered.

The online library’s offerings include dedicated sections on student learning centers, GED preparation, job search and workplace skills, jobs and careers, skill building for adults, U.S. citizenship and recursos para Hispanohablantes.

Save the dates for therapy dog visits

Mark your calendars for Friday, November 12 and 19 from 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. to come to the library for a free visit with a certified therapy dog.  The visits will be limited to 10-15 minutes – just the right amount of time to pet the dog, read to the dog or just say “Hi.”  This activity is for all ages.

Adult book club next Tuesday

Ruby’s Book Club meets from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, November 9 to discuss “The Professor and the Madman: A tale of murder, insanity and the making of the Oxford English Dictionary” by Simon Winchester.  Copies are available for pickup at your library.  This book club is held the second Tuesday of each month, alternating between fiction and nonfiction titles. 

Teen book club next Wednesday

We invite sixth-12th graders to join the free in-person teen book club next Wednesday, November 10 from 4-5 p.m. for a lively discussion of this month’s book, “On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness” by Andrew Peterson, and help us choose what we’ll read next.   

In-person gaming

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.  

New writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge will be posted November 8 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

New storywalk for kids

Our new storywalk November 8-19 celebrates the 50th anniversary of Woodsy the Owl, the mascot of the National Forest Service.  Watch for signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School.  After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Family storytime

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

Dungeons & Dragons   

Join us Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. for our ongoing Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults on Google Meet.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join. If you don’t have internet access, contact us anyway – we may be able to accommodate you in the library. 

Tech Time

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

ESL

Free in-person evening classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-8 p.m.  Beginning and intermediate students are encouraged to attend from 4-6 p.m. and advanced students from 6-8 p.m.   Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested.  

Las clases gratuitas se llevan a cabo en persona los martes y jueves de 4-8 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes e intermedios deben asistir de 4-6 p.m. y los estudiantes avanzados de 6-8 p.m. Por favor, ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre estas clases a otros en nuestra comunidad que tienen interés.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session generally takes place in person Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.   Note the only PALS session this month is November 11. 

Activities calendars available

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

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Judge’s List” by John Grisham is a legal thriller.  “When Ghosts Come Home” by Wiley Cash begins with an airplane crash with no signs of the pilot or cargo. 
Harlem Shuffle” by Colson Whitehead is a family saga crime novel.  “The Survivors” by Alex Schulman brings together three estranged brothers after their mother’s death.   “My Sweet Girl” by Amanda Jayatissa follows a Sri Lanka adoptee whose desperate actions in the past may catch up with her.  “The Burning” by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman features a coroner whose brother may be linked to a murder.   “A Line To Kill” by Anthony Horowitz is a Hawthorne-Horowitz mystery.  “The Man Who Died Twice” by Richard Osman is a Thursday Murder Club mystery.

Other novels 

“The Morning Star” by Karl Ove Knausgaard follows nine people whose lives come together under a huge star.  “Portrait of an Artist” by Evie Dunmore is a romance between a banking heiress scholar and a financier.  “The Party Crasher” by Sophie Kinsella features a daughter who crashes her father’s young girlfriend’s party at the family home.  “Silverview” by John Le Carre is the last spy novel written by this iconic chronicler of the post-Cold War era.  “Cackle” by Rachael Harrison tells of the friendship of a teacher’s new friend who may be a witch.  “We Are Not Like Them” by Christine Pride and Jo Piazza is about the lifelong bond between friends, one Black and one white.

DVDs

“Cruella” is the Disney film starring Emma Stone.  “The Mule” stars Clint Eastwood as a drug courier.  “Murder, She Baked” contains all five movies from this mystery series. 

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

We have a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audio books for all ages – children, tweens, teens and adults – in cloudLibrary.  The items in cloudLibrary are purchased separately from physical items, so the books available are different – and it continues to use the consortium’s contributions as well as those that we bought.  Select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use.  Email or phone us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 

Donations

Many thanks to Maxine Conder-Van Gundy for the generous monetary donation and to our anonymous donors for their materials donations.  Please put your materials donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns. 

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others.  If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.” – Emily Post (1872-1960), American author, novelist and socialite who was famous for writing about etiquette.

10/28/2021

Halloween party tomorrow plus book art and health insurance literacy sessions

Our free in-person annual pumpkin decorating contest judging and Halloween party take place tomorrow, Friday, October 29, from 2-4 p.m.  Pumpkins can be carved, painted or decorated.  One entry per person.  Completed pumpkins can be turned in today, Thursday, October 28, or tomorrow before 3 p.m.  Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. tomorrow.  Age categories for awards:  preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17 and adult.  Hang out at the library and complete some creepy, crawly crafts while you wait to hear who won. 

Book Art for a Cause

Next Thursday, November 4 is a free Book Art for a Cause activity for ages 10 to adult from 2-3 p.m.  You will learn how to make ornaments and other decorations out of old books.   All decorations will be lovingly added to the library foundation’s Christmas tree that will be displayed and auctioned off at the Community Center’s Festival of Trees event, with proceeds going to the library’s foundation.

Free San Juan Basis Public Health event

Also next Thursday, November 4, representatives from San Juan Basin Public Health will be at the library from noon-1 p.m. to discuss health insurance and care coordination and to answer your questions.  This free session will be repeated on November 18, and additional presentations on various public health topics will be held in December.

Library activities

Most of our programs are happening in person.  Also, our hours have returned to pre-COVID levels – and even more on weekdays:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 For those uncomfortable coming into the building, curbside service continues.  Phone 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so staff can bring the items out for you.  If you put a hold on something, please wait for your usual alert (email, phone call or text) before coming to pick it up. 

In-person gaming

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. 

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge was posted October 18 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Storywalk for kids

Our new storywalk October 25-November 6 features a silly “Creepy Carrots” book about some strange situations.  The text is available in English and Spanish.  Watch for signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School.  After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  Wednesday, November 3 is a free play session.  We’ve got plenty of toys, puppets and puzzles for an open playtime.  Saturday’s Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more. 

Dungeons & Dragons   

Join us Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. for our ongoing Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults on Google Meet.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join. If you don’t have internet access, contact us anyway – we may be able to accommodate you in the library. 

Tech Time

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

ESL

Free in-person evening classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-8 p.m.  Beginning and intermediate students are encouraged to attend from 4-6 p.m. and advanced students from 6-8 p.m.   Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested.  

Las clases gratuitas se llevan a cabo en persona los martes y jueves de 4-8 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes e intermedios deben asistir de 4-6 p.m. y los estudiantes avanzados de 6-8 p.m. Por favor, ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre estas clases a otros en nuestra comunidad que tienen interés.

Adult education hiatus

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session generally takes place in person Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.   Note no PALS in October or November 4. 

Activities calendars available

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

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Enemy at the Gates” by Kyle Mills is a Mitch Rapp thriller.  “The Jailhouse Lawyer” by James Patterson and Nancy Allen features a lawyer who goes to jail herself.  “Rock Paper Scissors” by Alice Feeney centers on a weekend in Scotland that will make or break a marriage.  “The Unknown” by Heather Graham is a Krewe of Hunters suspense story featuring an elite FBI unit investigating paranormal events.  “Last Girl Ghosted” by Lisa Unger starts with an online dating match.   “April in Spain” by Booker Prize winner John Banville is a mystery set on the Spanish coast.   

Other novels 

“The Spectacular” by Zoe Whittall features three generations of very different women struggling to build an authentic life.  “The Book of Magic” by Alice Hoffman is the fourth and final book about the Owens family in the Practical Magic series.   “The Love Hypothesis” by Ali Hazelwood focuses on a romance between two scientists.   “The Butler” by Danielle Steel follows the life of a butler in Paris.  “The Spectacular” by Zoe Whittall is about three different women struggling to build authentic lives.  “Cloud Cuckoo Land” by Anthony Doerr is about children living centuries apart.  “Beautiful World, Where Are You” by Sally Rooney tells of four young people trying to find meaning in their lives.  “I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness” by Claire Vaye Wartkins opens with a young mother leaving on what was planned as a short trip.  “Dune The Lady of Caladan” by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson is book two of the Caladan sci-fi trilogy.

Short story collections

“My Monticello” by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson is a collection of five short stories and the book’s title novella.  The latter, featuring a woman descended from Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings who is driven from her neighborhood by a white militia, is being turned into  a Netflix movie.  “The Jealousy Man and Other Stories” by Jo Nesbo is a collection five suspense stories by this popular Norwegian writer whose novels have been translated into more than 50 languages.

Large print

“The Heron’s Cry” by Ann Cleeves is book two of the Two Rivers mystery series set in England.  “Hidden” by Fern Michaels is book one of a new Lost and Found mystery series.  “The Trail’s End” by E.L. Ripley is a Ralph Compton western in the Sundown Riders series.  “Shoot-out at Sugar Creek” by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins is book six in the Caleb York western series.  

Nonfiction

“The Western San Juan Mountains” by Rob Blair is a guide to their geology, ecology and human history.  “Taste: My Life Through Food” by Stanley Tucci is a memoir of the award-winning actor and cookbook author’s life in and out of the kitchen.  “Rationality” by Steven Pinker explores why and how a society that developed COVID vaccines in less than a year could be so emersed in fake news, medical quackery and conspiracy theories. 

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

We have a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audio books for all ages – children, tweens, teens and adults – in cloudLibrary.  The items in cloudLibrary are purchased separately from physical items, so the books available are different – and it continues to use the consortium’s contributions as well as those that we bought.  Select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use.  Email or phone us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 

Donations

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

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“Ruminating on grudges, resentments and negative thoughts won’t just keep you in a pessimistic mood; it has also been linked to decline in cognition and memory in people 55 and older, according to a study in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia.  Participants who repeatedly dwelled on negative thoughts had more amyloid and tau deposits in their brain, the biological markers of Alzheimer’s disease.”  — AARP The Magazine.

Website

For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, books on CD and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at https://pagosalibrary.org.

10/21/2021

Multiple fun, free Halloween activities at your library

We have four fun, free Halloween-related activities for all ages between now and Halloween:

  • Our new storywalk for kids October 25-November 6 features a silly “Creepy Carrots” book about some strange situations.  The text is available in English and Spanish.  Watch for signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School.  After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 
  • At the in-person adult DIY on Tuesday, October 26 from 1-2 p.m., we   will supply the materials for you to create a spiderweb wreath to display in your home or office.   Find more DIY videos on your library’s website at htps://pagosalibrary.org/adult-diy/
  • Fourth – 12th graders are invited to a mask-making event on Wednesday, October 27 from 4-5 p.m., just in time for Halloween.
  • Our in-person annual pumpkin decorating contest and Halloween party takes place on Friday, October 29 from 2-4 p.m.  Pumpkins can be carved, painted or decorated.  One entry per person.  Completed pumpkins can be turned in Thursday, October 28 or Friday, October 29 before 3 p.m.  Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. Friday.  Age categories for awards:  preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17 and adult.  Hang out at the library and complete some creepy, crawly crafts while you wait to hear who won.  We’ll have a limited number of pumpkins to give out the week before.  Limit one pumpkin per family.

Library activities

Most of our programs are happening in person.  Also, our hours have returned to pre-COVID levels – and even more on weekdays:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 For those uncomfortable coming into the building, curbside service continues.  Phone 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so staff can bring the items out for you.  If you put a hold on something, please wait for your usual alert (email, phone call or text) before coming to pick it up. 

Share your story about racism

Have you experienced racism?  A group called Working for Racial Equality invites you to tell your story about racism, discrimination or privilege.  Submissions may remain anonymous.  You also are invited to review their display at the library through the end of October.  To find out more about this project and how you can participate, contact Working for Racial Equality at workingforracialequality@gmail.com or visit their website at www.workingforracialequality.org to submit your story electronically.  You also have the option of submitting your story on paper at your library through October 30.

Spanish conversation

Today, Thursday, October 21 (note new date), from 4-5 p.m. we will gather in person at the library to practice speaking and listening skills together.  There is no minimum skill level required to attend.   As an alternative, you can learn Spanish and many other languages using the Transparent Language Learning database available at https:pagosalibrary.org/online-resources/

In-person gaming

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. 

LEGO Club on Saturday

Kids aged six to 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, October 23 from 11 a.m.-noon for the free LEGO Club.  LEGO challenges also are posted on Facebook.

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge was posted October 18 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Special Spanish family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us in the library garden for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  Wednesday, October 27  is Hora de Cuentos when you can come to practice your Spanish with Josie as she shares some of her favorite Spanish books.  Saturday’s Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more. 

Dungeons & Dragons   

Join us Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. for our ongoing Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults on Google Meet.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join. If you don’t have internet access, contact us anyway – we may be able to accommodate you in the library. 

Tech Time

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

ESL

Free in-person evening classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-8 p.m.  Beginning and intermediate students are encouraged to attend from 4-6 p.m. and advanced students from 6-8 p.m.   Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested.  

Las clases gratuitas se llevan a cabo en persona los martes y jueves de 4-8 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes e intermedios deben asistir de 4-6 p.m. y los estudiantes avanzados de 6-8 p.m. Por favor, ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre estas clases a otros en nuestra comunidad que tienen interés.

Adult education hiatus

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session generally takes place in person Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.   Note no PALS in October. 

Activities calendars available

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

Spanish books

“Largo Petalo de Mar” (“A Long Petal of the Sea”) by Isabel Allende is historical fiction featuring refugees fleeing Spain’s civil war in the late 1930s.   “Quedate Conmigo” (“Stay with Me”) by Lorena Franco is the fourth edition of an intimate love story written in the first person.  “Asesinato a la Luz de la Luna” (“Murder by Moonlight”) by Diana Rubino is a collection of short stories.

Nonfiction

“I’ll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw at the Trump White House” by Stephanie Grisham is an insider’s look at the Trump presidency by a woman who served both the president and Melania Trump in senior communications positions.  “The Cause” by Pulitzer prize-winning historian Joseph J. Ellis is a new look at the causes and people involved in America’s founding, the third book in the author’s historical trilogy.  “Beat Bobby Flay” puts your cooking skills to the test as you compete with Bobby and his competitors with more than 100 recipes from the hit Food Network TV show.  

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Vanished Series” by B.B. Griffith contains books one-three in this paranormal suspense series.        

Books on CD

“Bloodless” by Preston & Child is an FBI agent Pendergast mystery set in Savannah.

Large print

“Another Kind of Eden” by James Lee Burke is a western romance.  “The Madness of Crowds” by Louise Penny is a Chief Inspector Gamache mystery.  “Forgotten in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas mystery.  “Apples Never Fall” by Liane Moriarty is a mystery that begins when a stranger knocks on the door of a long-married couple.   “Hemlock” by Susan Wittig Albert is a China Bayles mystery.  “The Paradise Affair” by Bill Pronzini is a Carpenter and Quincannon mystery.  “The Night She Disappeared” by Lisa Jewell features a missing couple and a mysterious note.  “Whiplash” by Janet Daily is book two of the Champions romance series.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

We have a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audio books for all ages – children, tweens, teens and adults – in cloudLibrary.  The items in cloudLibrary are purchased separately from physical items, so the books available are different – and it continues to use the consortium’s contributions as well as those that we bought.  Select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use.  Email or phone us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 

Donations

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

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“If you don’t hope that your actions can make a difference, then you sink into apathy.  If young people succumb to the doom and gloom – if they lose hope – that’s the end.”  — Jane Goodall, English primatologist and anthropologist, famous for her studies of wild chimpanzees in Africa, speaking of the importance of environmentalists’ activism relating to climate change.

10/14/2021

Computer class and baby brain gym offer learning opportunities this week

We have two special events this week, both relating to learning opportunities.

Today, Thursday, October 14 from 11-11:30 a.m., families with babies to toddlers aged three are invited to bring them to the library for hands-on sensory activities designed just for them to help their brains grow.   

Tomorrow, Friday, October 15, Brad is hosting an in-person computer class from 4-5 p.m. to introduce you to our free Learning Express Library online resource.  It is a great tool for students learning a variety of subjects or preparing for exams like the GED.  It helps you prepare for job and career opportunities, GED, military and college entrance exams.   Elementary, middle school and high school diagnostic testing is also available. Test preparation, instant scoring and engaging self-paced courses are offered.

The online library’s offerings include dedicated sections on student learning centers, GED preparation, job search and workplace skills, jobs and careers, skill building for adults, U.S. citizenship and recursos para Hispanohablantes.    

In-person activities

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

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

For those uncomfortable coming into the building, curbside service continues.  Phone 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so staff can bring the items out for you.  If you put a hold on something, please wait for your usual alert (email, phone call or text) before coming to pick it up. 

Storywalk returns

Watch for signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free storywalk for kids.  October 11-23 we are celebrating the 50th birthday of National Forest Service mascot Woosy the Owl.  After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Spanish conversation

Next Thursday, October 21 (note new date) from 4-5 p.m. we will gather in person at the library to practice speaking and listening skills together.  There is no minimum skill level required to attend.   As an alternative, you can learn Spanish and many other languages using the Transparent Language Learning database available at https:pagosalibrary.org/online-resources/

Teen advisory board

Next Wednesday, October 20 the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. in the library.  Sixth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs. 

In-person gaming

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. 

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge will be posted October 18 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Family storytime

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

Dungeons & Dragons   

Join us Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. for our ongoing Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults on Google Meet.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join. If you don’t have internet access, contact us anyway – we may be able to accommodate you in the library. 

Tech Time

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

ESL

Free in-person evening classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-8 p.m.  Beginning and intermediate students are encouraged to attend from 4-6 p.m. and advanced students from 6-8 p.m.   Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested.  

Las clases gratuitas se llevan a cabo en persona los martes y jueves de 4-8 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes e intermedios deben asistir de 4-6 p.m. y los estudiantes avanzados de 6-8 p.m. Por favor, ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre estas clases a otros en nuestra comunidad que tienen interés.

Adult education hiatus

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session generally takes place in person Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.   Note no PALS in October. 

Activities calendars available

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

Books on CD

“Enemy at the Gates” by Kyle Mills is a Mitch Rapp adventure.   “Harlem Shuffle” by Colson Whitehead is a crime novel set in New York City in the early 1960s.  “Daughter of the Morning Star” by Craig Johnson is a Walt Longmire mystery.  “Santa Cruise” by Fern Michaels features four lifelong friends on a singles cruise.  “Apples Never Fall” by Liane Moriarty focuses on four adult children trying to decide if their father killed their mother.

“The Burning” by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman features a coroner whose brother may be involved in a murder.  “Forgotten in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas mystery.  “Beautiful World, Where Are You” by Sally Rooney follows two couples who get together and break apart.  “Cloud Cuckoo Land” by Anthony Doerr crosses miles and centuries as it follows the lives of children on the cusp of adulthood.

Large print

“Viral” by Robin Cook is a medical mystery set on Cape Cod. 

Nonfiction

“Believing” by Anita Hill focuses on the issue and solutions to gender-based violence.  “Floating in the Deep End” by Patti Davis, Ronald Reagan’s daughter, looks at the challenges of taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s. 

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

We have a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audio books for all ages – children, tweens, teens and adults – in cloudLibrary.  The items in cloudLibrary are purchased separately from physical items, so the books available are different – and it continues to use the consortium’s contributions as well as those that we bought.  Select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use.  Email or phone us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 

Donations

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

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”  Mohammed Ali (1942-2016), boxer, activist, entertainer, poet, philanthropist and artist, nicknamed The Greatest.

10/7/2021

Paper airplanes and baby brain gym next week

We have two special events coming up next week that we hope you and your family will enjoy.

We’ll put up a paper airplane obstacle course in the library on Wednesday, October 13 from 4-5 p.m.  Six-12th graders are invited to come in to show off your paper airplane skills and test out different designs to find out which flies farthest, straightest or highest.

Then on Thursday, October 14 from 11-11:30 a.m. families with babies to toddlers aged three are invited to bring them to the library for hands-on sensory activities designed just for them to help their brains grow.    

In-person activities

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

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

For those uncomfortable coming into the building, curbside service continues.  Phone 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so staff can bring the items out for you.  If you put a hold on something, please wait for your usual alert (email, phone call or text) before coming to pick it up. 

Storywalk returns

Watch for signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free storywalk for kids.  October 11-23 we are celebrating the 50th birthday of National Forest Service mascot Woosy the Owl.  After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Legal clinic tomorrow

The free legal clinic each month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, October 8 from 2 – 3 p.m. The volunteer attorney can phone you at home, or you can come into the library and meet privately via Zoom. To schedule an appointment, send an email with your first name and phone number to ruby@pagosalibrary.org, or phone or stop by the library. The attorney’s time is limited so it’s first-come first-served.  Visit http://checkerboard.co/ anytime to find many legal forms and other legal information.

LEGO Club on Saturday

Kids aged six to 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, October 9 from 11 a.m.-noon for the free LEGO Club.  LEGO challenges also are posted on Facebook.

Adult book club

Ruby’s Book Club meets from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 12 in the library’s garden to discuss “Once Upon a River” by Diane Setterfield.  Copies of the book are available at your library.  This book club is held the second Tuesday of each month alternating between fiction and nonfiction titles.

In-person gaming

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. 

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge was posted October 4 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Special family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us in the library garden for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  On October 13 we will have a special music and movement session when Diann Tator will  help us practice American Sign Language.  Saturday’s Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more. 

Dungeons & Dragons   

Join us Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. for our ongoing Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults on Google Meet.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join. If you don’t have internet access, contact us anyway – we may be able to accommodate you in the library. 

Tech Time

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

ESL

Free in-person evening classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-8 p.m.  Beginning and intermediate students are encouraged to attend from 4-6 p.m. and advanced students from 6-8 p.m.   Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested.  

Las clases gratuitas se llevan a cabo en persona los martes y jueves de 4-8 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes e intermedios deben asistir de 4-6 p.m. y los estudiantes avanzados de 6-8 p.m. Por favor, ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre estas clases a otros en nuestra comunidad que tienen interés.

Adult education hiatus

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session generally takes place in person Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more. Note no PALS in October. 

Activities calendars available

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

Story collections

“The American Experiment,” the third book in a bestselling conversations series edited by David M. Rubenstein, features American icons and historians telling the story of the U.S. as a grand experiment in democracy, culture, innovation and ideas.  Among those featured in this edition are Madeleine Albright, Ken Burns, Rita Moreno, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Jon Meacham, Wynton Marsalis and Billie Jean King.  “You Got Anything Stronger?” by Gabrielle Union is a collection of the actress’s personal stories about her life after her bestseller “We’re Going to Need More Wine.”

DVDs

“Mare of Easttown” is a suspenseful HBO series featuring Kate Winslet.  “It Was Always You” is a romance starring Erin Krakow and Tyler Hynes.

How-to and self-help

“God Has Not Forgotten You” by Dr. David Jeremiah reveals how to trust God when you are afraid and to recognize that He is at work.   “GRE Prep Plus 2020” is the Kaplan guide to doing well on the Graduate Record Examinations, a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for many graduate schools in the U.S., Canada and other countries.  “ASVAB Prep Plus 2022-2023” is the Kaplan guide to doing well in the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery developed by the Department of Defense for those wanting to join the military.  “Crazy Faith” by Michael Todd tells of modern-day faith warriors inspired by biblical heroes like Noah, Moses and Mary to believe in the impossible.  “App Kid” by Michael Sayman is the memoir of a self-taught young Latino immigrant genius who became a success in Silicon Valley.   

Other nonfiction

“Countdown Bin Laden” by Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace and Mitch Weiss is a new behind-the-scenes account of the final eight months leading to the SEAL team’s  successful operation.  “Rough Magic” by Lara Prior-Palmer is a memoir of a young American woman who became the youngest and first-ever female winner of the world’s toughest horse race in Mongolia.  “The Bomber Mafia” by Malcolm Gladwell is a fresh look at the bombing of Tokyo in World War II that might have been militarily different under other leadership.  “The Speckled Beauty” by Rick Bragg is the story of how the author’s life was transformed by a poorly behaved half-blind stray dog. 

“Vanderbilt: “The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty” by journalist Anderson Cooper and historian Katherine Howe documents this legendary family’s success and their outsize influence in the U.S. before their fall.  “The Raging 2020s” by Alex Ross proposes a new social contract to restore the balance of power between government, citizens and business.  “Unbound” by Tarana Burke is the memoir of the founder and activist behind the “Me Too” movement that documents her inner strength and perseverance.  “Fuzz” by Mary Roach documents a little known branch of forensic science and conservation genetics relating to the unpredictable world where wildlife and humans meet.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

We have a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audio books for all ages – children, tweens, teens and adults – in cloudLibrary.  The items in cloudLibrary are purchased separately from physical items, so the books available are different – and it continues to use the consortium’s contributions as well as those that we bought.  Select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use.  Email or phone us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 

Donations

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

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“A man has two eyes and two ears, but only one tongue; therefore, do half as much talking as seeing; and again half as much talking as hearing.” – Mahatma Gandhi, Indian civil rights activist.

9/30/2021

Learning Express Library excellent free online resource

Although there will be no PALS sessions in October, we want to take this opportunity to promote our free Learning Express Library online resources.  It is a great tool for students learning a variety of subjects or preparing for a variety of exams like the GED.

The Learning Express Library helps you prepare for job and career opportunities, GED, military and college entrance exams.   Elementary, middle school and high school diagnostic testing is also available. Test preparation, instant scoring and engaging self-paced courses are offered.

The online library’s offerings include dedicated sections on student learning centers, GED preparation, job search and workplace skills, jobs and careers, skill building for adults, U.S. citizenship and recursos para Hispanohablantes.

To access this amazing resource, go to your library’s website at https://pagosalibrary.org.  Click on the Online Resources Box on the top banner.  Scroll down to Learning Express Library (the various online resources are listed alphabetically).

First-time users should then click on the “Register” button to establish a user name (your library barcode) and password of your choice (not your library PIN).  Returning users can login using their barcode and established password.

Please feel free to contact Brad, our adult services librarian, if you need help.

In-person activities

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

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

For those uncomfortable coming into the building, curbside service continues.  Phone 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so staff can bring the items out for you.  If you put a hold on something, please wait for your usual alert (email, phone call or text) before coming to pick it up. 

Teen book club

We invite sixth-12th graders to join the free in-person teen book club next Wednesday, October 6 from 4-5 p.m. for a lively discussion of this month’s book, “Look Both Ways” by Jason Reynolds, and help us choose what we’ll read next.   

In-person gaming

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. 

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge will be posted October 4 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Special family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us in the library garden for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  On October 6 we will have a special storytime when Lisa Baker and her friend Fluffy Dog will entertain youngsters with puppets and silly stories.  Saturday’s Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more.  

 Dungeons & Dragons   

Join us Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. for our ongoing Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults on Google Meet.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join. If you don’t have internet access, contact us anyway – we may be able to accommodate you in the library. 

Tech Time

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

ESL

Free in-person evening classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-8 p.m.  Beginning and intermediate students are encouraged to attend from 4-6 p.m. and advanced students from 6-8 p.m.   Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested.  

Las clases gratuitas se llevan a cabo en persona los martes y jueves de 4-8 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes e intermedios deben asistir de 4-6 p.m. y los estudiantes avanzados de 6-8 p.m. Por favor, ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre estas clases a otros en nuestra comunidad que tienen interés.

Adult education hiatus

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session generally takes place in person Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.   Note no PALS in October. 

Activities calendars available

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

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“19 Yellow Moon Road” by Fern Michaels is a Sisterhood mystery. 

Other novels

“The Paper Palace” by Miranda Cowley Heller is a story set in Cape Cod that  unfolds over 24 hours and across 50 years.

How-to and self-help

“Raising Resilient Kids” by Dr. Rhonda Spencer-Hwang discusses eight principles for bringing up children who can thrive in spite of adversity.  “The Little Book of Zen/second edition” is a compilation of  Eastern and Western advice.  “Free-Range Kids/second edition” by Lenore Skenazy is a guide for parents and teachers on how to let children learn and explore for themselves.   “Raising Feminist Boys” by clinical psychologist Bobbi Wegner is a guide to talking with your child about gender, consent and empathy.  “Subpar Parks” by Amber Share looks at America’s most extraordinary national parks via beautiful illustrations juxtaposed with short, humorous one-star reviews by visitors.

Other nonfiction

“The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2022” is the latest version of this classic guide.  “Paradise” by Lizzie Johnson is an in-depth look at the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century.   “Once More in the Sky” by Scott Raab and Joe Woolhead is a collection of essays and photographs that documents the rebuilding of the tower at ground zero.  “Beautiful Country” by Qian Julie Wang is a memoir of a young Chinese immigrant who comes to America from a privileged family and is seen here as an illegal.  “The Reckoning” by Mary L. Trump, trauma psychologist and Donald Trump’s niece, explores how we can begin to heal in the midst of extreme divisiveness.  

DVDs

“In the Heights” is the new movie version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical hit.  “12 Mighty Orphans” is the inspiring true story of an orphanage football team. 

Books on CD

“Miss Kopp Investigates” by Amy Stewart is a Kopp Sisters mystery featuring four strong women who find unique ways to support themselves after World War 1.  “The Shadow” by James Patterson and Brian Sitts is a thriller.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

We have a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audio books for all ages – children, tweens, teens and adults – in cloudLibrary.  The items in cloudLibrary are purchased separately from physical items, so the books available are different – and it continues to use the consortium’s contributions as well as those that we bought.  Select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use.  Email or phone us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 

Donations

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

Library Foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“Doing something active when you are feeling sluggish will actually increase your energy, not consume the little that you have.  Researchers at the University of Georgia found that just ten minutes of low- or moderate-intensity exercise gave study participants a noticeable energy boost.” – Reader’s Digest.

9/23/2021

Two generations of talented authors in local family

Regular readers of this Library News column may remember that local veterinarian and author Patty Latham has written two books that feature the adventures of  a fictional Pagosa veterinarian named Dr. Josie Tate.  Now Patty’s son Jim has published a collection of 12 very short stories titled “Noon in Florida,” and she has donated a copy to the library for your reading pleasure.

Known as flash fiction or micro fiction because of their brevity, the minimalist stories cover a wide variety of topics from a dying father and the value of palm trees to the immigration situation and the joy of paying off the mortgage on a cabin.  They demonstrate Jim’s deft skill at sketching an empathetic  scene with descriptive detail using only a very few words.

A former Pagosa resident and frequent visitor to stay in touch with family and friends here, Jim has moved to Oaxaca, Mexico to concentrate on his writing.  Pagosa is well known for our high number of talented published writers, and these two Lathams are good examples.  All three of the Latham books are available at your library in the local authors section.

In-person activities

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

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

For those uncomfortable coming into the building, curbside service continues.  Phone 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so staff can bring the items out for you.  If you put a hold on something, please wait for your usual alert (email, phone call or text) before coming to pick it up. 

LEGO Club on Saturday

Kids aged six to 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, September 25 from 10-11 a.m. for the free LEGO Club.  LEGO challenges also are posted on Facebook.

Teen advisory board

Next Tuesday, September 28 the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. in the library.  Sixth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs. 

Adult DIY

Join us on Tuesday, September 28 from 2-3 p.m. for this free in-person DIY event on simple ombre art. Ombre is a painting and decorating technique where one color is blended into another.  We will supply the materials for you to create a classy-looking piece of art to display in your home or office.   Find more DIY videos on your library’s website at htps://pagosalibrary.org/adult-diy/

In-person gaming

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.  Note no gaming tomorrow because of the BBQ event.

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge was posted September 20 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Special family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us in the library garden for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  On September 29 we will have a special storytime when guest Kathy Carter will share a story and lead some activities.  Saturday’s Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more. 

Dungeons & Dragons   

Join us Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. for our ongoing Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults on Google Meet.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join. If you don’t have internet access, contact us anyway – we may be able to accommodate you in the library. 

Tech Time

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

ESL

Free in-person evening classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-8 p.m.  Beginning and intermediate students are encouraged to attend from 4-6 p.m. and advanced students from 6-8 p.m.   Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested.  

Las clases gratuitas se llevan a cabo en persona los martes y jueves de 4-8 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes e intermedios deben asistir de 4-6 p.m. y los estudiantes avanzados de 6-8 p.m. Por favor, ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre estas clases a otros en nuestra comunidad que tienen interés.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session takes place in person Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.   Note no PALS today, September 23. 

Activities calendars available

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

How-to and self-help

“It’s Your Funeral” by Kathy Benjamin is a practical guide to planning your own funeral.  “The Weekday Vegetarians” by Jenny Rosenstrach contains innovative plant-based recipes to help you cut back on meat without living on scrambled eggs and bean burritos.  “Braiding Sweetgrass” by indigenous scientist Robin Wall Kimmerer is a new, enhanced edition of this guide to ecological consciousness.  “Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks” is the second edition of this Fodor travel guide.  “Design a Healthy Home” by Oliver Heath contains 100 ideas to create a restorative, nurturing environment in your home.  “Mushroom, Wanderland” by master forager and chef Jess Starwood helps you identify 25 species of mushrooms and their uses. 

Tolkien writings

“The Nature of Middle Earth” by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Carol F. Hostetter, is a collection of writings that reveals the thought paths the author took to better understand his creation of Middle-earth in “The Lord of the Rings.”

Other nonfiction

“All In” by Billie Jean King is an autobiography of this star professional tennis player and social activist.  “Center Center” by James Whiteside is a collection of essays by this male principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre who is also a drag queen and pop star.  “Every Minute is a Day” by Dr. Robert Meyer and Dan Koeppel is an account of the chaos and compassion of an ER doctor in an emergency room under COVID conditions.

 “Home, Land, Security” by Carla Power is an investigation into the reasons for domestic terrorism as explained by their mothers and other influencers.  “Shutdown” by Adam Tooze is an analysis of how COVID changed global finance, politics and businesses.   “Brothers on Three” by Abe Streep is the true story of family, resistance and hope on a reservation in Montana.  “Chasing Me to my Grave” by Winfred Rembert is a memoir of an artist who uses leather tooling skills he learned in prison.  “Honor Bound” by Amy McGrath is the biography of a woman combat pilot and instructor, the first female Marine to fly a combat mission in a F/A-18.

Books on CD

“By the Neck” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is the first in a new Stoneface Finnegan western series.  “Branded” by Eric Red is a Joe Noose western.  “The Return of the Wolf” by Larry D. Sweazy is a Josiah Wolfe, Texas Ranger adventure.  “A Slow Fire Burning” by Paula Hawkins is written by the author of “The Girl on the Train.” 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“My Heart is a Chainsaw” by Stephen Graham Jones features a teen who is an expert on horror films.  “A Slow Fire Burning” by Paula Hawkins is a book by the author of “The Girl on the Train.”     

Other novels

“The Last Chance Library” by Freya Sampson features a reclusive librarian who mounts a campaign to rescue the library. 

Large print

“Ralph Compton: Ride the Hammer Down” by Terrence McCauley is a western in the gunfighter series.   “The Return of the Wolf” by Larry D. Sweazy is a Josiah Wolfe Texas Ranger adventure.  

DVDs 

“The Truffle Hunters” is the story of the Italian men and their dogs who hunt rate truffles.  “Mortal Kombat” is an adventure about a high stakes battle for the universe.           

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

We have a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audio books for all ages – children, tweens, teens and adults – in cloudLibrary.  The items in cloudLibrary are purchased separately from physical items, so the books available are different – and it continues to use the consortium’s contributions as well as those that we bought.  Select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use.  Email or phone us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 

Donations

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

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“It is better to execute imperfect decisions than to continuously search for perfect decisions that are never going to exist.” – Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970), French general and former president of France.

9/16/2021

September is library card sign-up month

September is library card sign-up month. Although it’s likely that most readers of this Library News column already have a card, staff at your library are happy to get you one if you don’t.

With a library card, you can check out physical items, download other items and have access to our nearly 30 online resources.  Some of these resources include tools to help you learn a new language, repair your lawnmower or car, stream an independent film, take a class online, find an author or book by new authors similar to those you already like, and much more.

Meg Wempe, director, says that your library card provides access to technology, multimedia content and fun educational programming that transforms lives and strengthens communities.  “A library card provides opportunity for discovery and access to a rich and diverse world. It empowers you to enjoy new stories and experiences,” she said.

Here’s a little-known fact:  There is no minimum or maximum age limit for library cards. Everyone from babies to seniors is welcome.  So if you have friends or family who don’t have library cards, invite them to sign up for one during September – or do it for them, if they are babies or youngsters.

In-person activities

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

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

For those uncomfortable coming into the building, curbside service continues.  Phone 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so staff can bring the items out for you.  If you put a hold on something, please wait for your usual alert (email, phone call or text) before coming to pick it up. 

Teen book club

We invite sixth-12th graders to join the free in-person teen book club next Tuesday, September 21 from 4-5 p.m. for a lively discussion of the books you’ve read recently and the ones you’re interested in reading in the next few months. 

In-person gaming

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.  Note no gaming tomorrow because of the BBQ event.

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge will be posted September 20 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Special family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us in the library garden for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  On September 22 we will have a special storytime when guest Lisa Baker and her friend Fluffy Dog will provide fun puppet storytelling.  Saturday’s Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more. 

Dungeons & Dragons   

Join us Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. for our ongoing Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults on Google Meet.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join. If you don’t have internet access, contact us anyway – we may be able to accommodate you in the library. 

Tech Time

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

ESL

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

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session takes place in person Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Note no PALS September 23.

Activities calendars available

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

Diverse nonfiction political books

“The Authoritarian Moment” by Ben Shapiro showcases the author’s belief that the authoritarian Left has taken over not just the Democratic Party but also corporations, universities, scientific establishments and cultural institutions and are using their newfound power to silence the opposition.  “Landslide” by Michael Wolfe explores the last days of the Trump Administration with insider stories of events in the Oval Office after the president was not reelected.  “The Cruelty is the Point” by Adam Serwer is a collection of Atlantic magazine articles and new essays that explores white nationalism, the political power of police unions, myths about migration and the many faces of anti-Semitism.

Large print

“Killing the Mob” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard traces the history of organized crime in the U.S.

DVDs 

“Here Today” is a comedy starring Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish.  “Luca” is a Disney Pixar film set on the Italian Riviera. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Guide” by Peter Heller is a thriller featuring a guide at an exclusive fishing lodge in Colorado.  “Intimacies” by Katie Kitamura is set at the international court at The Hague. 

Other novels

“Night Music” by Jojo Moyes features a woman forced to move with her family when her husband dies and leave her in debt.  “Chasing Manhattan” by John Gray follows the adventures of a woman, her boyfriend and faithful dog.  “Her Heart for a Compass” by Sarah Ferguson is a coming of age story in Victorian England.  “Songbirds” by Christy Lefteri explores the darker side of migrants’ lives on Cyprus.  “The Women of Troy” by Pat Barker continues the modern recasting of the Greek classic.  “Holdout” by Jeffrey Kluger is a sci-fi story set on the International Space Station.  “Starlight Enclave” by R.A. Salvatore is book one of the new trilogy featuring characters from Dungeons & Dragons.

Short stories

“Afterparties” by Anthony Veasna So is a collection of short stories about Cambodian American life. 

Books on CD

“The Madness of Crowds” by Louise Penny is a mystery featuring chief inspector Armand Gamache.   “Sold on a Monday” by Kristina McMorris explores the heartbreak of children deemed unwanted.  “Class Act” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.   “The Last Sound You’ll Ever Hear” by James Patterson and J.D. Barker is a thriller.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

We have a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audio books for all ages – children, tweens, teens and adults – in cloudLibrary.  The items in cloudLibrary are purchased separately from physical items, so the books available are different – and it continues to use the consortium’s contributions as well as those that we bought.  Select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use.  Email or phone us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 

Donations

Many thanks for their generous monetary donations to Susan and Terry Arrington and to Patti Howard and Don Logan for their generosity in honor of Bob and Carole Howard.  Please put your materials donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns. 

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“I don’t think teaching is about showing students what they should know; rather, it is about guiding students through the process of meaning-making on their own.  Showing them how to decipher opinion from fact.  Demonstrating skill building for them and practicing it with them.” – Andie Harbut, science teacher, Long Beach, CA.