3/4/2021

Last chance to enter T-shirt design contest

We’d love your help in designing a t-shirt for this year’s Summer Reading Program.  The theme will be “Tails and Tales.” This is an all-ages contest.  All designs must be original.  The winning t-shirt will be worn by staff during the summer, given to the winning designer, and a limited number will be available for purchase. For details and a blank t-shirt template, please pick up a flyer at the library or go online to our website.  Deadline for submissions is March 8.

Expanded hours and other changes

As of this week, your library has expanded the hours we are open to serve you under COVID level blue conditions:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with 9-10 a.m. reserved for seniors and high-risk populations.
  • Tuesday and Thursday open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. for all.
  • With these new hours, there is a slight change to which staff are working on which days, which affects the times and days for some programs.  Storytime has been moved from Wednesday to Thursday at 10 a.m.  Tech Times are now from 3-4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment.
  • One more change:  Meeting rooms can now be used by up to five people. 

COVID-related operations that stay the same include:

  • Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day.  Please practice social distancing and wear masks while you are in the building.  If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you.
  • Ten computers are available. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.
  • One early literacy computer is available for youngsters.
  • 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. 
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of open, so items may take longer than usual. 
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

Special note

“We want people to always feel welcome in the library, and to experience a very friendly vibe when they visit,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  “But we remind everyone that, similar to other public indoor spaces in Colorado, we must follow the executive order that requires people aged 11 or older to wear a covering over their noses and mouths when entering or moving within any public indoor space. If you are unable or unwilling to wear a mask, we are pleased to assist you outside the building through our curbside service.”

Online Spanish conversation

Next Monday, March 8 from 4-5 p.m. our online Spanish conversation group will gather on Google Meet to practice their skills together.  You can access the meeting using the Google Meet app or by visiting meet.google.com/xrv-csre-kav – and contact Brad at the library if you have questions about using Google Meet.  

Adult book club

Ruby’s Book Club meets from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9 via Zoom to discuss “The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life, Freedom and Justice” by Anthony Ray Hinton.  Please contact the library if you need a copy of the book.  The Zoom meeting ID is 874 5826 9188, passcode 81147.  This book club is held the second Tuesday of each month.

New all-ages writing challenge

On March 8we will post a new writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Storywalk for kids

Weather permitting, every other Thursday Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Storywalk for kids.  The current theme is celebrating love of all kinds. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Knitting takeaways

Pick up free knitting takeaways at the library entrance during open hours to take for your in-home enjoyment.  We’ll have patterns craft ideas, instructions and some limited supplies available.

After-school program

In response to COVID, we have revamped our free after-school program into STEAM enrichment kits, STEAM standing for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, for ages five and up.  Registration is required at 970-264-2209.  Pick up your kit and then bring your completed projects back to the library to be displayed in the last week of the month.

DIY craft takeaway for kids

Drop by your library for free DIY crafts takeaways for youngsters age 10 and older during open hours.  Pick up a packet outside the library.      

Tech Time

Make a 15- to 30-minute appointment for one of three free in-person slots available from 3-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (note day and time changes). Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. 

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 -7 p.m. by appointment.  Please register so we can keep it to a small group in our limited open spaces.  No walk-ins, please. 

Dungeons & Dragons

Join us Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons 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. 
Children’s programs on Facebook

Thursdays at 10 a.m. (note new day) and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m., join us on the library’s Facebook page for free children’s programs.  Thursday storytimes are on Facebook Live, so you can interact with Josie.  Saturday’s Discovery Times with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more are prerecorded.  

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) sessions take place in person where Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Contact the library to schedule a date and time.

Nonfiction

“How to Avoid a Climate Disaster” by Bill Gates explains the results of a decade investigating the causes and effects of climate change, and what we need to do about it.   “The Sum of Us” by economist Heather McGhee explores what racism costs everyone and what to do about it.  “ Walk in my Combat Boots” by James Patterson and Matt Eversmann is a collection of interviews of Americans in uniform.   “Icebound” by Andrea Pitzer tell of Dutch polar explorer Barents and his three harrowing Arctic adventures. “Bravey” by Olympic athlete, actress and writer Alexi Pappas is a powerful memoir of a young woman with big dreams. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Deadly Camargue” by Cay Rademacher begins when a reporter bull is gored by an escaped bull in Provence.  “Marauder” by Cliver Cussler and Boyd Morrison is an Oregon Files adventure. “Twenty” by James Grippando is a Jack Swyteck legal thriller.  “Pianos and Flowers” by Alexander McCall Smith is a No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency mystery.  “If I Disappear” by Eliza Jane Brazier features a fan of true-crime podcasts involved in solving a crime.  “The  Perfect Guests” by Emma Rous is set in a grand estate at a weekend party.   “Blood Grove” by Walter Mosley is an Easy Rawlins mystery.  “Relentless” by Mark Greaney is a Gray Man intelligence adventure.  “Serpentine” by Jonathan Kellerman is an Alex Delaware mystery.  “A Fatal Lie” by Charles Todd is an Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery.  “The Sanatorium” by Sarah Pearse, now a five-star  minimalist hotel, starts with a missing woman.

Large print

“Next to Last Stand” by Craig Johnson is a Longmire mystery.  “The Orphan’s Guilt” by Archer Mayor is a Joe Gunther mystery.  “Faithless in Death” by J.D. Robb is book two of the Eve Dallas Death series.   

Other novels

“The Lover” by Marguerite Duras is set in prewar Saigon.   “Black Buck” by Mateo Askaripour is a satire about the lone Black salesman at a startup.  “Escaping Dreamland” by Charlie Lovett features a trio of young people come together to write a series of children’s books.  “Waiting for the Night Song” by Julie Carrick Dalton focuses on two estranged friends facing a dark secret.  “The Children’s Blizzard” by Melanie Benjamin is based on true stories of immigrant school children experiencing a devastating storm that struck the Great Plains in 1888.  “Super Host” by Kate Russo looks at middle age relationships through the eyes of a past-his-prime artist.  “The Smash-up” by Ali Benjamin looks at a marriage dealing with today’s political and social issues.

“The Mask Falling” by Samantha Shannon  is the fourth fantasy novel set in the world of Scion.  “Yellow Wife” by Sadeqa Johnson follows a female plantation slave who was not given freedom on her 18th birthday as promised.   “Normal People” by Sally Rooney is a coming-of-age love story set in Dublin.  “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah focuses on the trials people faced in the Great Depression.   “Those Who Are Saved” by Alexis Landau features a Jewish mother and daughter separated in World War II.  “My Year Abroad” by Chang-Rae Lee follows a young man transformed by an unusual Asian adventure. 

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.  That is why you need to select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use.  Please email or phone us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 

Donations 

For her generous monetary donation we thank Wendy Bellas.  For materials donations, we thank Elizabeth Coleman and our anonymous donors.  Please put your material donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  Donations undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns. 

Library foundation

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

 Quotable Quote

“I want my children to know I’m a resource for them, that I have been across the river a lot of times. I can tell them the rocks that move and the rocks that don’t…. I want to see what kind of people my kids become.  I don’t care what they do; I want to see who they are.” – Kevin Costner, award-winning actor, film director and producer.

2/25/2021

Expanded hours starting March 1 now we’re at COVID’s blue level

Starting on Monday, March 1, your library will be expanding the hours we are open to serve you:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with 9-10 a.m. reserved for seniors and high-risk populations.
  • Tuesday and Thursday open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. for all.
  • With these new hours, there is a slight change to which staff are working on which days, which affects the times and days for some programs.  Storytime has been moved from Wednesday to Thursday at 10 a.m.  Tech Times are now from 3-4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment.
  • One more change:  Meeting rooms can now be used by up to five people. 

COVID-related operations that stay the same include:

  • Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day.  Please practice social distancing and wear masks while you are in the building.  If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you.
  • Ten computers are available. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.
  • One early literacy computer is available for youngsters.
  • 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. 
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of open, so items may take longer than usual. 
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

Special note

“We want people to always feel welcome in the library, and to experience a very friendly vibe when they visit,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  “But we remind everyone that, similar to other public indoor spaces in Colorado, we must follow the executive order that requires people aged 11 or older to wear a covering over their noses and mouths when entering or moving within any public indoor space. If you are unable or unwilling to wear a mask, we are pleased to assist you outside the building through our curbside service.”

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book club meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:15 a.m. – noon via Zoom. Tomorrow, Friday, February 26, the ladies will discuss “How Fascism Works” by Jason Stanley.  Pick up a copy at your library. The Zoom meeting ID for this event is 859 2949 6860 and the passcode is 81147.  No registration required.

LEGO challenge Saturday

Join us on February 27 at 10 a.m. for a free all-ages LEGO challenge via an image posted on Facebook and the library website.  Use your own pieces to create something that will fit the challenge. If you don’t have LEGOS, we have a few grab bags available at the library.

T-shirt design contest

We’d love your help in designing a t-shirt for this year’s Summer Reading Program.  The theme will be “Tails and Tales.” This is an all-ages contest.  All designs must be original.  The winning t-shirt will be worn by staff during the summer, given to the winning designer, and a limited number will be available for purchase. For details and a blank t-shirt template, please pick up a flyer at the library or go online to our website.  Deadline for submissions is March 8.

Free literacy program for babies

A free Colorado-based literacy program that helps families and caregivers build their babies’ vocabulary is now underway in Archuleta County, thanks to a partnership involving your library, AmeriCorps and the San Juan BOCES.

You need to sign up for this special program, called LENA, in order to be enrolled in the workshops that will provide you with personalized information and ideas to help your child.  Please contact Michelle Salmeron-Ramierez at 970-585-4293 or nichelle@unitedway-swco.org.  The program is available in English and Spanish. It was created for babies from new-born to age three, and will help you use talking to build your child’s brain.

New all-ages writing challenge

On March 8we will post a new writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating.  This is a free all-ages activity.

Storywalk for kids

Weather permitting, every other Thursday Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Storywalk for kids.  The current theme is celebrating love of all kinds. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Knitting takeaways

Pick up free knitting takeaways at the library entrance during open hours to take for your in-home enjoyment.  We’ll have patterns craft ideas, instructions and some limited supplies available.

After-school program

In response to COVID, we have revamped our free after-school program into STEAM enrichment kits, STEAM standing for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, for ages five and up.  Registration is required at 970-264-2209.  Pick up your kit and then bring your completed projects back to the library to be displayed in the last week of the month.

DIY craft takeaway for kids

Drop by your library for free DIY crafts takeaways for youngsters age 10 and older during open hours.  Pick up a packet outside the library.      

Tech Time

Make a 15- to 30-minute appointment for one of three free in-person slots available from 3-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (note day and time changes). Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. 

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. by appointment.  Please register so we can keep it to a small group in our limited open spaces.  No walk-ins, please. 

Dungeons & Dragons

Join us Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons 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. 

Children’s programs on Facebook

Thursdays at 10 a.m. (note new day) and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m., join us on the library’s Facebook page for free children’s programs.  Thursday storytimes are on Facebook Live, so you can interact with Josie.  Saturday’s Discovery Times with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more are prerecorded.  

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) sessions take place in person where Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Contact the library and Mark will work with you to schedule a date and time to meet.

Large print

“Paradise Peak” by Janet Daily is part of the New Americana series.  “The Vineyard at Painted Moon” by Susan Mallery features a woman whose failing marriage means she is losing a family as well as a husband.  “The Paris Library” by Janet Skeslien Charles begins with librarians joining the Resistance in World War II.  “The Girl From the Channel Islands” by Jenny Lecoat begins with a German attack in 1940.  “The Last Garden in England” by Julia Kelly centers on the restoration of gardens with many secrets.  “The Unwilling” by John Hart is a murder mystery.

Books on CD

“The Survivors” by Jane Harper deals with the aftermath of a body found on the beach.  “Good Neighbors” by Sarah Langan focuses on a suburban neighborhood after a new family moves in.  “The Umbrella Lady” by V.C. Andrews follows a young girl plotting her escape from a mysterious old woman.   “The Russian Cage” by Charlaine Harris is book three in the Gunnie Rose alternate U.S. history series.  “Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swenson mystery with recipes.

DVDs

“Yellowstone” season three stars Kevin Costner.  “Love and Monsters” is a post-apocalyptic adventure comedy. 

Mysteries and thrillers

“Prodigal Son” by Gregg Hurwitz is an Orphan X off-the-books operative thriller.  “American Traitor” by Brad Taylor is a Pike Logan special forces thriller.  “The Russian” by James Patterson and James O. Born is an NYPD Michael Bennett thriller.  “The Lost Boys” by Faye Kellerman is a Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus mystery.  “NYPD Red 6” by James Patterson and Marshall Karp features the elite crime-fighting force.  “The Shadow Box” by Luanne Rice features an artist who suspects her well-connected husband of crimes.  “When We Believed in Mermaids” by Barbara O’Neal begins when a woman sees her sister she thought was dead on TV.   “Land of Wolves” by Craig Johnson is a Longmire mystery.  “The Push” by Ashley Audrain is a psycholpgical drama featuring a new mother. 

Other novels

“There’s Treasure Everywhere” is a Calvin and Hobbs graphic collection.  “Neighbors” by Danielle Steel features a reclusive woman who open her home to neighbors after an earthquake.  “The Liar’s Dictionary” by Eley Williams centers around fictious entries inserted in a dictionary. “The Queen of Paris” by Pamela Binnings Ewen imagines the hidden life of Coco Chanel  in World War II.   “The Prophets” by Robert Jones, Jr. is about a forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation.  “The Poison Flood” by Jordan Farmer features a reclusive musician whose life is upended by a local disaster.  “A Column of Fire” by Ken Follett is a new epic that starts in 1558.   

Nonfiction

“What Is Life?” by Nobel Prize-winning scientist Paul Nurse explains the fundamental ideas in biology and their uses today.  “Embrace the Suck” by Brent Gleeson reveals the basics of Navy Seal training.  “Four Hundred Souls” edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain contains essays by 90 writers about the lives of African Americans from 1619 to the present.  “Ancient Remedies” by Dr. Josh Axe shows how to treat more than 70 conditions with herbs, essential oils, CBD and natural medicines.  “Small-time” by Russell Shorto tells the story of a mobster who was the author’s grandfather.  “The Black Church” by PBS host and historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores churches as the foundation of Black life in America. 

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.  That is why you need to select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use.  Please email or phone us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 

Donations 

For their materials donations, we thank Jan Moberg and our anonymous donors.  Please put your material donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  Donations undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns. 

Library foundation

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

 Quotable Quote

“Behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first.” – Matthew L. Jacobson, author and teaching elder in his local church.

2/18/2021

Stats show library flourishing even in COVID times

Annually at this time of year, Meg Wempe, library director, prepares an annual report for the library’s board of trustees summarizing the highlights of the past year.  The information also is used when your library applies for grants and it is required to be shared with state, county and town governments to keep them informed. 

Of course, 2020 was not a normal year.  COVID-19 demonstrated the need for organizations to be nimble, flexible and adaptive as closure mandates and operations restrictions were required to keep everyone safe.

Your library staff demonstrated an impressive talent for reimagining and rethinking services to our patrons.  When the library had to close, and later operate at reduced capacity, staff took advantage of technology to arrange virtual programs like Zoom for adult book clubs, Facebook Live for family storytimes and Google Meet for Dungeons and Dragon for teens.  They established curbside pickup to keep books, CDs and DVDs in circulation.  And they arranged small, by-appointment-only sessions for programs Tech Time, GED and ESL because face-to-face was required.   

Here are more details about the 2020 operations.  You can pick up a shorter  infographic version at your library.  

  • The COVID effect:  Not surprisingly under COVID conditions, in 2020 our patrons downloaded 7,440 e-books and e-audio books, more than 60% over last year, and logged 2,071 sessions on our electronic databases., a whopping 96% increase.    
  • Major objectives achieved:  Last year’s income exceeded expenses, the HVAC system was replaced, we began to update our strategic plan, we started to update our operations and procedures manual, and we moved reserve funds to COLOTrust for investing,  
  • Resource sharing:  AspenCat allows our patrons access not only to the 28,072 items in our collection but also to more than 1.5 million items in the other 122 AspenCat libraries.  The Colorado Library Consortium courier service provides daily delivery to subscribing libraries throughout the state.  In 2020 we borrowed 6,745 items and loaned 1,981 items.  By taking advantage of the purchasing power of the State Library and Colorado Library Consortium, we subscribed to multiple educational databases including EBSCOHost, Learning Express and the Encyclopedia Britannica at substantial savings and subscribed to ShoutBomb for text messaging to our patrons about holds and overdue items.
  • Collection development:  Providing our patrons with materials that are current and relevant to the diverse interests of the community is one of our principal goals.  We have 28,072 total items in our collection.  In 2020 we added 2,926, including 162 from donations, and deleted 8,156 worn or outdated items.  Our materials budget for 2021 is $64,500 or 11.5 percent of our total expenses. 
  • Usage stats:  35,186 patrons walked through our doors last year, down about half from last year because of COVID restrictions.  We checked out 63,942 items, a decrease of 36% from 2019, again lower because of COVID.  We welcomed 25,732 website visits.  
  • Programming:  Providing programs for all ages is a very high priority. With COVID, our programming dramatically changed.  We increased the number of virtual programs, began take-and-make programs, and limited in-person programs to by appointment.  Our programming budget for 2020 is 1.2% of our total expenses.
  • Donations, grants and volunteers:  We are very fortunate to have the ongoing support of the community.  In 2020 we received $24,237 in donations and $34,749 in grants, 9% of our total revenue.  Our volunteers contributed 1,000 hours, valued at $27,200.
  • Continuing education:  To continue to provide our community with the best possible service, several of our staff attended a variety of educational and networking opportunities last year, many via webinars to avoid travel.  We also hosted two staff education days.

Spotlight on board books today

Board books are fun and unique.  They are created to be sturdy, attractive learning tools – and often they are both a toy and a book.  Learn more by watching a video or joining the all-ages Board Book Reading Challenge today, Thursday, February 18, at 4 p.m. on the library’s Facebook page.

Adult DIY on Facebook tomorrow

Beginning tomorrow, February 19 from 2-3 p.m., a video tutorial plus supplies and instructions for pickup at your library are available to help you make long-lasting paper plants like cacti and other succulents to brighten your home.

T-shirt design contest

We’d love your help in designing a t-shirt for this year’s Summer Reading Program.  The theme will be “Tails and Tales.” This is an all-ages contest.  All designs must be original.  The winning t-shirt will be worn by staff during the summer, given to the winning designer, and a limited number will be available for purchase. For details and a blank t-shirt template, pick up a flyer at the library or go online to our website.  Deadline for submissions is March 8.

Free literacy program for babies

A free Colorado-based literacy program that helps families and caregivers build their babies’ vocabulary is now underway in Archuleta County, thanks to a partnership involving your library, AmeriCorps and the San Juan BOCES.

You need to sign up for this special program, called LENA, in order to be enrolled in the workshops that will provide you with personalized information and ideas to help your child.  Please contact Michelle Salmeron-Ramierez at 970-585-4293 or nichelle@unitedway-swco.org.  The program, available in English and Spanish,  was created for babies from new-born to age three.

Online Spanish conversation

Next Monday, February 22 from 4-5 p.m. our online Spanish conversation group will gather on Google Meet to practice their skills together.  You can access the meeting using the Google Meet app or by visiting meet.google.com/xrv-esre-kav – and contact Brad at the library if you have questions about using Google Meet.  

New all-ages writing challenge

On February 22we will post a new writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating.  This is a free all-ages activity.

Storywalk for kids

Weather permitting, every other Thursday Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Storywalk for kids.  The current theme is celebrating Valentine’s Day and love of all kinds. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Knitting takeaways

Pick up free knitting takeaways at the library entrance during open hours to take for your in-home enjoyment.  We’ll have patterns craft ideas, instructions and some limited supplies available.

Calling all teens

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

After-school program

In response to COVID, we have revamped our free after-school program into STEAM enrichment kits, STEAM standing for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, for ages five and up.  Registration is required at 970-264-2209.  Pick up your kit and then bring your completed projects back to the library to be displayed in the last week of the month.

DIY craft takeaway for kids

Drop by your library for free DIY crafts takeaways for youngsters age 10 and older during open hours.  Pick up a packet outside the library.      

Tech Time

Make a 15- to 30-minute appointment for one of three free in-person slots available noon-1 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. 

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. by appointment.  Please register so we can keep it to a small group in our limited open spaces.  No walk-ins, please. 

Dungeons & Dragons

Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. Dungeons & Dragons is 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. 

Children’s programs on Facebook

Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m., join us on the library’s Facebook page for free children’s programs.  Wednesday storytimes are on Facebook Live, so you can interact with Josie.  Saturday’s Discovery Times with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more are prerecorded.  

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) sessions take place in person where Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Contact the library and Mark will work with you to schedule a date and time to meet.

Library operations update

Here is the current status under COVID Level Blue:

  • 30 patrons may be in the building at a time.
  • Open Thursdays from 1 p.m.- 7 p.m. with 1-2 p.m. reserved for seniors and higher risk populations. 
  • Other hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with 9 a.m.-10 a.m. for seniors and higher risk populations. Saturdays: 10 a.m-2 p.m.  Sundays: closed.
  • Accepting meeting room reservations only for individuals or members of the same household, with library programs having first dibs on the rooms. 
  • Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day.  Please practice social distancing and wear facial coverings while you are in the building.  If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you.
  • Ten computers are available. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.
  • One early literacy computer is available for youngsters Monday-Saturday.
  • Curbside service continues Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. except for Thursdays when it’s from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  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. 
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of open, so items may take longer than usual. 
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

Special note

“We want people to always feel welcome in the library, and to experience a very friendly vibe when they visit,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  “But we remind everyone that, similar to other public indoor spaces in Colorado, we must follow the executive order that requires people aged 11 or older to wear a covering over their noses and mouths when entering or moving within any public indoor space. If you are unable or unwilling to wear a mask, we are pleased to assist you outside the building through our curbside service.”

Nonfiction

“First Platoon” by Annie Jacobsen exposes government secrets in the age of biometrics databases.  “The Princess Spy” by Larry Loftis is the true story of an American World War II spy who becomes a countess.  “Crossing the Line” by Kareem Rosser documents the author’s path to becoming part of the first all-Black national interscholastic polo championship team.  “Do Better” by spiritual activist Rachel Ricketts is a guide to dismantling white supremacy.   “Fish Out of Water: A Search for the Meaning of Life” by Eric Metaxas is a poetic memoir of a man who always felt he did not fit in.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Three Hours in Paris” by Cara Black features a rural Oregon woman who takes on Hitler.  “Shiver” in Allie Reynolds focuses on a reunion weekend in the snowy French Alps.  “The Residence” by Andrew Pyper follows President Franklin Pierce and his wife’s unusual grieving in the White House after their son’s death.  “The Distant Dead” by Heather Young begins with the death of a quiet, small-town math teacher.

Other novels

“Pale” by Edward A. Farmer follows the lives of white plantation owners and Black cotton pickers in the summer of 1966.  “Nick” by Michael Farris Smith features narrator Nick Carraway’s life before Gatsby and West Egg going back to the trenches of World War I.. 

Books on CD

“Robert Ludlum’s The Treadstone Exile” by Joshua Hood is the second novel in the Treadstone ops series.  “Faithless in Death” by J.D. Robb is a new Eve Dallas police thriller..  “The Unwilling” by John Hart features a man trying to escape the violent fallout from three tours in Vietnam. 

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.  These items 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.  That is why you need to select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use.  Please email or phone us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help. 

Donations 

For their generous monetary donation, we thank Susan and Terry Arrington.  Please put your material donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  Donations undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns. 

 Quotable Quote

“There is a fountain of youth:  It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love.  When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” – Italian actress Sophia Loren.

2/11/2021

T-shirt design contest underway now for artists of all ages

We’d love your help in designing a t-shirt for this year’s Summer Reading Program.  The theme will be “Tails and Tales,” which ought to stimulate a lot of creative, fun ideas in artistic heads.  This is an all-ages contest.  All designs must be original.

The winning t-shirt will be worn by staff during the summer, given to the winning designer, and a limited number will be made available for purchase. For details and a blank t-shirt template, please pick up a flyer at the library or go online to our website.  Deadline for submissions is March 8.

Library closure

Your library will be closed Monday, February 15 in honor of Presidents Day.

Activities calendars available

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

Free literacy program for babies

An exciting free Colorado-based literacy program that helps families and caregivers build their babies’ vocabulary is now underway in Archuleta County, thanks to a partnership involving your library, AmeriCorps and the San Juan BOCES.

You need to sign up for this special program, called LENA, in order to be enrolled in the workshops that will provide you with personalized information and ideas to help your child.  Please contact Michelle Salmeron-Ramierez at 970-585-4293 or nichelle@unitedway-swco.org.  The program is available in English and Spanish. It was created for babies from new-born to age three, and will help you use talking to build your child’s brain.

Library operations update

Here is the current status under COVID Level Orange:

  • 30 patrons may be in the building at a time.
  • Open Thursdays from 1 p.m.- 7 p.m. with 1-2 p.m. reserved for seniors and higher risk populations. 
  • Other hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with 9 a.m.-10 a.m. for seniors and higher risk populations. Saturdays: 10 a.m-2 p.m.  Sundays: closed.
  • Accepting meeting room reservations only for individuals or members of the same household, with library programs having first dibs on the rooms. 
  • Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day.  Please practice social distancing and wear facial coverings while you are in the building.  If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you.
  • Ten computers are available. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.
  • One early literacy computer is available for youngsters Monday-Saturday.
  • Curbside service continues Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. except for Thursdays when it’s from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  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. 
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of open, so items may take longer than usual. 
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

Special note

“We want people to always feel welcome in the library, and to experience a very friendly vibe when they visit,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  “But we need to remind everyone that, similar to other public indoor spaces in Colorado, we must follow the executive order that requires people aged 11 or older to wear a covering over their noses and mouths when entering or moving within any public indoor space. If you are unable or unwilling to wear a mask, we are pleased to assist you outside the building through our curbside service.”

Legal clinic tomorrow

The free legal clinic each month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, February 12 from 2 – 3 p.m. The volunteer attorney can phone you directly, or you can come into the library and meet via Zoom. To sign up for these calls, 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.

LEGO challenge Saturday

Join us on February 13 and 27 at 10 a.m. for a free all-ages LEGO challenge via an image posted on Facebook and the library website.  Use your own pieces to create something that will fit the challenge. If you don’t have LEGOS, we have a few grab bags available at the library.

New all-ages writing challenge

On February 8we posted a new writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating.  This is a free all-ages activity.

Spotlight on board books next week

Board books are fun and unique.  They are created to be sturdy, attractive learning tools – and often they are both a toy and a book.  Learn more by watching a video or joining the all-ages  Board Book Reading Challenge next Thursday, February 18 at 4 p.m. on the library’s Facebook page.

Storywalk for kids

Weather permitting, every other Thursday Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Storywalk for kids.  The current theme is celebrating Valentine’s Day and love of all kinds. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Knitting takeaways

Pick up free knitting takeaways at the library entrance during open hours to take for your in-home enjoyment.  We’ll have patterns craft ideas, instructions and some limited supplies available.

Calling all teens

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

After-school program

In response to COVID, we have revamped our free after-school program into STEAM enrichment kits, STEAM standing for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, for ages five and up.  Registration is required at 970-264-2209.  Pick up your kit and then bring your completed projects back to the library to be displayed in the last week of the month.

DIY craft takeaway for kids

Drop by your library for free DIY crafts takeaways for youngsters age 10 and older during open hours.  Pick up a packet outside the library.      

Tech Time

Make a 15- to 30-minute appointment for one of three free in-person slots available noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices.  Starting February 22, Monday will be added to the schedule.

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. by appointment.  Please register so we can keep it to a small group in our limited open spaces.  No walk-ins, please. 

Dungeons & Dragons

Join us Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons 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. 

Children’s programs on Facebook

Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m., join us on the library’s Facebook page for free children’s programs.  Wednesday storytimes are on Facebook Live, so you can interact with Josie.  Saturday’s Discovery Times with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more are prerecorded.  

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) sessions take place in person where Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Contact the library and Mark will work with you to schedule a date and time to meet.

Local author

The publisher of local author Carole Howard’s new book “On Deadline: Managing Media Relations/sixth edition” has donated a copy to your library.  Called “a tangible blueprint for tomorrow’s communication leaders” by one reviewer, the book covers planning and implementing a media relations program, building relationships with reporters, arranging news conferences and media events, integrating media relations into marketing communication strategy, spokesperson training, crisis management, global media relations, ethics and legal issues, measuring results and becoming a counselor to management.

Books on CD

“Perestroika in Paris”  by Jane Smiley features three extraordinary animals and a young boy.  “All the Colors of Night” by Jayne Ann Krentz is the second installment of the Fogg Lake mystery series.  “The Captive” by Fiona King Foster is an adventure crime story.  “Daylight” by David Baldacci features an FBI agent searching for her sister abducted at age six.  “NYPD Red 6” by James Patterson and Marshall Karp features the elite NYPD Red crime-fighting force.

Other novels

“H2N2” by Albert W. Northrop features seven influential men trying to reform the criminal justice system in Maryland.

Large print

“Firestick” by William W. and JA. Johnston is a western. “Someone to Watch Over Me” by Ace Atkins is a  Robert B. Parker Spencer mystery.  “Before She Disappeared” by Lisa Gradner features a woman who searched for missing people,

Nonfiction

“Humor, Seriously” by Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas, teachers at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, documents how humor can be a valuable secret weapon in business and life.          

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.  That is why you need to select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use.  Please email or phone us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 

Donations 

For their materials donations, we thank our anonymous donors.  Please put your material donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  Donations undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns. 

Library foundation

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation to help support the services and programs provided by your Ruby Sisson Library.  Mail checks to P.O. Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209.  Thank you!

 Quotable Quote

“My advice to women who worry about aging is to nurture gratitude for your life.  Remember that true beauty comes from within, from the positive qualities of your heart and mind.  And most of all, be kind.  Kindness is beautiful.  Out of that will come happiness.” – Tina Turner, singer, songwriter, dancer and actress, known as the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

2/4/2021

How to find new books that match your likes and interests

If you’ve got more time to read because COVID is keeping you at home and would like to expand your reading choices, we suggest you go to our NoveList database where you’ll find a multitude of options to enrich your reading life.

Access is available free by clicking on “Online Resources” on the top of the library’s website.  Scroll down to NoveList, click on the icon, enter your library card number and see the many opportunities for all ages.  They’re presented for adults, teens, ages 9-12 and ages 0-8:

  • One section is called “I’m in the mood for…” that offers a selection of books that are lyrical and stylistically complex (lovely, layered reads), bittersweet (happy endings not guaranteed), sweeping and dramatic (sagas), and fun (laugh-out-loud stories).
  • There is a category for Australian and New Zealand authors as well as for Canadian writers.
  • There’s a special section for graphic novels, manga and anime.
  • There are categories for all genres including fantasy, historical novels, mysteries, romance, sci-fi and westerns.
  • There’s even a category called “Reading during pandemic” that accesses cozy and gentle stories, heartwarming reads, fast-paced thrillers and pandemic apocalypse fiction.

Happy searching and happy reading!

Activities calendars available

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

New free literacy program for babies

An exciting new free Colorado-based literacy program that helps families and caregivers build their babies’ vocabulary is now underway in Archuleta County, thanks to a partnership involving your library, AmeriCorps and the San Juan BOCES.

You need to sign up for this special program, called LENA, in order to be enrolled in the workshops that will provide you with personalized information and ideas to help your child.  Please contact Michelle Salmeron-Ramierez at 970-585-4293 or nichelle@unitedway-swco.org.  The program is available in English and Spanish. It was created for babies from new-born to age three, and will help you use talking to build your child’s brain.

Library operations update

Here is the current status under COVID Level Orange:

  • 30 patrons may be in the building at a time.
  • Open Thursdays from 1 p.m.- 7 p.m. with 1-2 p.m. reserved for seniors and higher risk populations. 
  • Other hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with 9 a.m.-10 a.m. for seniors and higher risk populations. Saturdays: 10 a.m-2 p.m.  Sundays: closed.
  • Accepting meeting room reservations only for individuals or members of the same household, with library programs having first dibs on the rooms. 
  • Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day.  Please practice social distancing and wear facial coverings while you are in the building.  If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you.
  • Ten computers are available. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.
  • One early literacy computer is available for youngsters Monday-Saturday.
  • Curbside service continues Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. except for Thursdays when it’s from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  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. 
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of open, so items may take longer than usual. 
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

Special note

“We want people to always feel welcome in the library, and to experience a very friendly vibe when they visit,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  “But we need to remind everyone that, similar to other public indoor spaces in Colorado, we must follow the executive order that requires people aged 11 or older to wear a covering over their noses and mouths when entering or moving within any public indoor space. If you are unable or unwilling to wear a mask, we are pleased to assist you outside the building through our curbside service.”

New all-ages writing challenge

On February 8we will post a new writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating.  This is a free all-ages activity.

New storywalk for kids

Weather permitting, every other Thursday Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Storywalk for kids.  The current theme is escape to warmer climates via a fanciful ocean story. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Knitting takeaways

Pick up free knitting takeaways at the library entrance during open hours to take for your in-home enjoyment.  We’ll have patterns craft ideas, instructions and some limited supplies available.

Calling all teens

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

After-school program

In response to COVID, we have revamped our free after-school program into STEAM enrichment kits, STEAM standing for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, for ages five and up.  Registration is required at 970-264-2209.  Pick up your kit and then bring your completed projects back to the library to be displayed in the last week of the month.

DIY craft takeaway for kids

Drop by your library for free DIY crafts takeaways for youngsters age 10 and older during open hours.  Pick up a packet outside the library.      

Tech Time

Make a 15- to 30-minute appointment for one of three free in-person slots available noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. 

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. by appointment.  Please register so we can keep it to a small group in our limited open spaces.  No walk-ins, please. 

Dungeons & Dragons

Join us Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons 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. 

Children’s programs on Facebook

Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m., join us on the library’s Facebook page for free children’s programs.  Wednesday storytimes are on Facebook Live, so you can interact with Josie.  Saturday’s Discovery Times with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more are prerecorded.  

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) sessions take place in person where Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Contact the library and Mark will work with you to schedule a date and time to meet.

Large print

“The Wrong Family” by Terryn Fisher features a retired therapist.  “Bitter Pill” by Fern Michaels is a Sisterhood mystery.  “The Shooting at Chateau Rock” by Martin Walker is a Bruno, chief of police, mystery.  “The Gift of the Magpie” by Donna Andrews is a Meg Langslow mystery.  “Hush-Hush” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery. “Lost Banshee Mine” by Jackson Lowry.is a Ralph Compton western in the Sundown Riders series.

Nonfiction

“Bad Medicine” by former prosecutor Charlotte Bismuth exposes corruption and greed behind America’s opioid epidemic.  “How to Prepare for Climate Change” by David Pogue is a practical guide to adapting and surviving

Books on CD

“Bitter Pill” by Fern Michaels is the latest in the Sisterhood series.  “Neighbor” by Danielle Steel features a reclusive actress who opens her home after an earthquake.  “Tattoos on the Heart” by pastor Gregory Boyle contains inspirational stories from the L.A. barrio.  “Prodigal Son” by Gregg Hurwitz connects a government assassin with his mother when she calls for help.  “Dear Miss Kopp” by Amy Stewart is a Kopp Sisters novel set in World War I.             

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.  That is why you need to select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use.  Please email or phone us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 

Donations 

For their materials donations, we thank our anonymous donors.  Please put your material donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  Donations undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns. 

Library foundation

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation to help support the services and programs provided by your Ruby Sisson Library.  Mail checks to P.O. Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209.  Thank you!

Quotable Quote

“More is lost by indecision than a wrong decision.  Indecision is the thief of opportunity.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman statesman, scholar and academic.

1/28/2021

New online Spanish conversation group starts Monday

Next Monday, February 1 from 4-5 p.m. a new online Spanish conversation group

will gather on Google Meet to practice their skills together.  You can access the meeting using the Google Meet app or by visiting meet.google.com/xrv-esre-kav – and feel free to contact Brad at the library if you have questions about using Google Meet.  The group’s next session this month will be Monday, February 22 from 4-5 p.m.

Activities calendars available

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

New free literacy program for babies

An exciting new free Colorado-based literacy program that helps families and caregivers build their babies’ vocabulary is now underway in Archuleta County, thanks to a partnership involving your library, AmeriCorps and the San Juan BOCES.

You need to sign up for this special program, called LENA, in order to be enrolled in the workshops that will provide you with personalized information and ideas to help your child.  Please contact Michelle Salmeron-Ramierez at 970-585-4293 or nichelle@unitedway-swco.org.  The program is available in English and Spanish. It was created for babies from new-born to age three, and will help you use talking to build your child’s brain.

Library foundation

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation to help support the services and programs provided by your Ruby Sisson Library.  Mail checks to P.O. Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209.  Thank you!

Library operations update

Here is the current status under COVID Level Orange:

  • 30 patrons may be in the building at a time.
  • Open Thursdays from 1 p.m.- 7 p.m. with 1-2 p.m. reserved for seniors and higher risk populations. 
  • Other hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with 9 a.m.-10 a.m. for seniors and higher risk populations. Saturdays: 10 a.m-2 p.m.  Sundays: closed.
  • Accepting meeting room reservations only for individuals or members of the same household, with library programs having first dibs on the rooms. 
  • Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day.  Please practice social distancing and wear facial coverings while you are in the building.  If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you.
  • Ten computers are available. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.
  • One early literacy computer is available for youngsters Monday-Saturday.
  • Curbside service continues Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. except for Thursdays when it’s from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  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.  
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of open, so items may take longer than usual.  
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

Special note

“We want people to always feel welcome in the library, and to experience a very friendly vibe when they visit,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  “But we need to remind everyone that, similar to other public indoor spaces in Colorado, we must follow the executive order that requires people aged 11 or older to wear a covering over their noses and mouths when entering or moving within any public indoor space. If you are unable or unwilling to wear a mask, we are pleased to assist you outside the building through our curbside service.”

New all-ages writing challenge

On January 25  we posted a new writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating.  This is a free all-ages activity.

New storywalk for kids

Weather permitting, every other Thursday Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Storywalk for kids.  The January 28 theme is escape to warmer climates via a fanciful ocean story. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Knitting takeaways

Pick up free knitting takeaways at the library entrance during open hours to take for your in-home enjoyment.  We’ll have patterns craft ideas, instructions and some limited supplies available.

Calling all teens

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

After-school program

In response to COVID, we have revamped our free after-school program into STEAM enrichment kits, STEAM standing for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, for ages five and up.  Registration is required at 970-264-2209.  Pick up your kit and then bring your completed projects back to the library to be displayed in the last week of the month.

DIY craft takeaway for kids

Drop by your library for free DIY crafts takeaways for youngsters age 10 and older during open hours.  Pick up a packet outside the library.          

In-person gaming

Free in-person gaming is suspended due to COVID safety concerns.

Tech Time

Make a 15- to 30-minute appointment for one of three free in-person slots available noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. 

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. by appointment.  Please register so we can keep it to a small group in our limited open spaces.  No walk-ins, please. 

Dungeons & Dragons

Join us Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons 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. 

Children’s programs on Facebook

Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m., join us on the library’s Facebook page for free children’s programs.  Wednesday storytimes are on Facebook Live, so you can interact with Josie.  Saturday’s Discovery Times with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more are prerecorded.   

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place in person where Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Contact the library and Mark will work with you to schedule a date and time to meet.

Nonfiction

“The City of God” by Saint Augustine is a book of Christian philosophy.  “The Lupus Solution” by Drs. Tiffany and Brent Caplan is a patient’s guide to understanding lupus, avoiding flares and achieving long-term remission.  “A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe” by Michael S. Schneider is an illustrated journey exploring the mathematical principles made visible in flowers, shells, crystals, plants and the human body.  “American Baby” by Gabrielle Glaser is the intimate story of a mother and son reunited after being separated by the 1960s adoption system. 

Books on CD

Robert B. Parker’s “Someone To Watch Over Me” by Ace Atkins is a Spenser mystery.  “Our Darkest Night” by Jennifer Robson follows a young Jewish woman who must pose as a Christian farmer’s wife to survive the Holocaust.  “Better Luck Next Time” by Julia Claiborne Johnson is set in Reno, the divorce capital of the world.  “Deadly Cross” by James Patterson is an Alex Cross mystery.

Spanish books           

“Una Tierra Prometida” (“A Promised Land”) por Barack Obama is the first volume of his presidential memoirs.  En este extraordinario primer volumen de sus esperadas memorias presidenciales, Barack Obama narra la historia de su sorprendente evolución de ser un joven en busca de su identidad a convertirse en líder del mundo occidental.  “Inquebrantables” (“Unbreakable”) por Daniel Habif En  proporciona inspiración y motivación para ayudar al lector superar obstáculos y crear la vida que desea vivir.

Large print

“Spin” by Patricia Cornwall is book two in the Captain Chase thriller series.  “The Mystery of Mrs. Christie” by Marie Benedict focuses on the disappearance of Agatha Christie.  “Wrong Alibi” by Christina Dodd is a murder mystery set in Alaska.

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.  That is why you need to select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use.  Please email or phone us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 

Donations  

For their materials donations, we thank our anonymous donors.  Please put your material donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  Donations undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  

Quotable Quote

“Not enough black women had a seat at the table, so I had to go and chop down that wood and build my own table.” – American singer-songwriter Beyoncé.

1/21/2021

How to help your children grow up to be readers

A New York Times article headlined “How to Raise a Reader” by Pamela Paul and Marcia Russo offers easy and practical tips on how you can make sure your young children grow up loving to read: 

  1. Mix it up.  When children start to pick out words, allow them to read to you some of the time.  But don’t make it a test.  Help them by pointing to words you know they will recognize. 
  2. Don’t abruptly withdraw your reading services.  Being read to is part of your bond and you don’t want your child to think that becoming an independent reader jeopardizes that special time together.  Continue reading aloud picture book favorites and start on more sophisticated books they can’t yet read on their own.
  3. Every child learns to read at a personal pace.  There is no correct age for independent reading and no special formula to get every child to read by a certain age.  If you focus on raising a reader, it will happen.
  4. Don’t make reading work.  Reading at home should fun.  Don’t put pressure on your child to meet particular targets.
  5. Check in with the teacher but don’t get nervous if your child is not reading at the same level as his or her peers.  Late readers often grow up to be better, more enthusiastic readers.  On the other hand, if you or your child’s teacher suspect a reading challenge like dyslexia, get a formal evaluation.

And here’s a tip from your library staff:  Every week these Library News columns describe free fun activities for kids of all ages to encourage their love of books.  We hope you’ll take advantage of them.  To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your family, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month.  There are two versions – youth and adults.

New free literacy program for babies

An exciting new free Colorado-based literacy program that helps families and caregivers build their babies’ vocabulary is now underway in Archuleta County, thanks to a partnership involving your library, AmeriCorps and the San Juan BOCES.

You need to sign up for this special program, called LENA, in order to be enrolled in the workshops that will provide you with personalized information and ideas to help your child.  Please contact Michelle Salmeron-Ramierez at 970-585-4293 or nichelle@unitedway-swco.org.  The program is available in English and Spanish. It was created for babies from new-born to age three, and will help you use talking to build your child’s brain.

Library foundation

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation to help support the services and programs provided by your Ruby Sisson Library.  Mail checks to P.O. Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209.  Thank you!

Library operations update

Here is the current status under COVID Level Orange:

  • 30 patrons may be in the building at a time.
  • Open Thursdays from 1 p.m.- 7 p.m. with 1-2 p.m. reserved for seniors and higher risk populations. 
  • Other hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with 9 a.m.-10 a.m. for seniors and higher risk populations. Saturdays: 10 a.m-2 p.m.  Sundays: closed.
  • Accepting meeting room reservations only for individuals or members of the same household, with library programs having first dibs on the rooms. 
  • Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day.  Please practice social distancing and wear facial coverings while you are in the building.  If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you.
  • Ten computers are available. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.
  • One early literacy computer is available for youngsters Monday-Saturday.
  • Curbside service continues Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. except for Thursdays when it’s from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  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.  
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of open, so items may take longer than usual.  
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

Special note

“We want people to always feel welcome in the library, and to experience a very friendly vibe when they visit,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  “But we need to remind everyone that, similar to other public indoor spaces in Colorado, we must follow the executive order that requires people aged 11 or older to wear a covering over their noses and mouths when entering or moving within any public indoor space. If you are unable or unwilling to wear a mask, we are pleased to assist you outside the building through our curbside service.”

Calling all teens…

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

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book club meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:15 a.m. – noon via Zoom. Tomorrow, Friday, January 22, the ladies will discuss “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng.  Pick up a copy at your library. The Zoom meeting ID for this event is 838 1714 5986 and the passcode is 81147.

LEGO challenge Saturday

Join us on January 23 at 10 a.m. for a free all-ages LEGO challenge via an image posted on Facebook and the library website.  Use your own pieces to create something that will fit the challenge. If you don’t have LEGOS, we have a few grab bags available at the library.

Knitting takeaways

Pick up free knitting takeaways at the library entrance during open hours to take for your in-home enjoyment.  We’ll have patterns craft ideas, instructions and some limited supplies available.

New writing challenge

On January 4 we posted a writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page, and there will be a new one coming next Monday, January 25.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating.  This is a free all-ages activity.

After-school program

In response to COVID, we have revamped our free after-school program into STEAM enrichment kits, STEAM standing for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, for ages five and up.  Registration is required at 970-264-2209.  Pick up your kit and then bring your completed projects back to the library to be displayed in the last week of the month.

DIY craft takeaway for kids

Drop by your library for free DIY crafts takeaways for youngsters age 10 and older during open hours.  Pick up a packet outside the library.      

In-person gaming

Free in-person gaming is suspended due to COVID safety concerns.

Storywalk for kids

Weather permitting, every other Thursday Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Storywalk for kids.  The January 14-27 theme is family traditions. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Tech Time

Make a 15- to 30-minute appointment for one of three free in-person slots available noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. 

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. by appointment.  Please register so we can keep it to a small group in our limited open spaces.  No walk-ins, please. 

Dungeons & Dragons

Join us Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons 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. 

Children’s programs on Facebook

Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m., join us on the library’s Facebook page for free children’s programs.  Wednesday storytimes are on Facebook Live, so you can interact with Josie.  Saturday’s Discovery Times with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more are prerecorded.   

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place in person where Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Contact the library and Mark will work with you to schedule a date and time to meet.

Books on CD

“Out of the Storm” by B.J. Daniels is book one of the new Buckhorn, Montana series.  “Our Darkest Hour” by Jennifer Robson follows a young Jewish woman who must pose as a Christian farmer’s wife to escape the Holocaust.  “American Traitor” by Brad Taylor is a Pike Logan adventure.  “The Wrong Family” by Tarryn Fisher is a thriller.  “Hush-Hush” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “The Lost Boys” by Faye Kellerman is a Decker/Lazarus thriller. ”Better Luck Next Time” by Julia Claiborne Johnson is set at a Reno divorce ranch in the 1930s.

Nonfiction

“The Invisible Rainbow” by Arthur Firstenberg is a history of electricity and its effects on our health and the planet.  “The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life” by Dr. Terry Wahls and Eve Adamson contains more than 150 paleo recipes to help treat chronic autoimmune conditions.  “Tombstone” by Tom Clavin explores the Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday and the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.  “Nose Dive” by Harold McGee is a field guide to the world’s smells.

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.  That is why you need to select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use.  Please email or phone us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 

Donations  

For their generous monetary donations we thank Susan and Terry Arrington. Please put your material donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  Donations undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  

 Quotable Quote

“People employ their creativity in different ways.  Some people write.  Some people knit.  Some people make music.  But it all has to do with our human capacity for invention and for seeing things from different points of view.” – Margaret Atwood, Canadian novelist, poet, teacher, environmental activist and literary critic.

1/14/21

Are you bored?  Try our free online learning resources

Do you have cabin fever?  What better time than now to take advantage of our many free online learning resources that can be accessed from your home with your library card.  Here are some examples:

Academic Search Premier is a collection of full-text articles and journals offering  information in nearly every area of academic study.  AutoMate provides repair information on 34,000 U.S. and imported vehicles.  Britannica for Kids has research materials for elementary, middle and high-school students.  Business Source Premier provides access to more than 1,000 business publications.  Consumer Health Complete contains consumer-oriented health content. 

Driving Tests includes practice tests for car, motorcycle and commercial drivers’ licenses.  Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia has thousands of entries.  GreenFile covers all aspects of human impact on the environment.  History Reference Center offers thousands of historical documents and maps. Legal Information Reference Center helps you address a wide range of legal issues. 

MasterFile Premier gives you access to 1,750 periodicals including Consumer Reports.  Middle Search Plus gives middle school kids access to biographies, historical essays, popular magazines and more.  MyHeritage helps you create your family tree and discover your family history.  Newspaper Sources gives you access to a multitude of newspapers as well as TV and radio news transcripts.  Science Reference Center contains hundreds of science publications.  Small Engine Repair Reference Center covers every type of engine. 

Transparent Language Learning offers nearly 100 languages to learn.  TumbleBook Library has books, e-books and videos for children in English and Spanish. Universal Class has intellectually stimulating courses for people interested in the lifelong pursuit of knowledge.

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.”

New free literacy program for babies

An exciting new free Colorado-based literacy program that helps families and caregivers build their babies’ vocabulary started in Archuleta County on January 11, thanks to a partnership involving your library, AmeriCorps and the San Juan BOCES.

You need to sign up for this special program, called LENA, in order to be enrolled in the workshops that will provide you with personalized information and ideas to help your child.  Please contact Michelle Salmeron-Ramierez at 970-585-4293 or nichelle@unitedway-swco.org.  The program is available in English and Spanish. It was created for babies from new-born to age three, and will help you use talking to build your child’s brain.

Library closure

Your library will be closed on Monday, January 18 for the Martin Luther King holiday.

Library foundation

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation to help support the services and programs provided by your Ruby Sisson Library.  Mail checks to P.O. Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209.  Thank you!

Library operations update

Since our county has dropped to COVID Level Orange, we now can allow 30 patrons in the library at a time, up from 15 under Level Red.  Other than that, in an abundance of caution, our other safety protocols will remain in place.

Your library staff has been split into separate smaller workgroups in an attempt to lower exposure and keep the library open should somebody test positive.  Because of this, you may notice that occasionally service is a little slower than usual.

Here is the current status:

  • We remain open on Thursdays from 1 p.m.- 7 p.m. with 1-2 p.m. reserved for seniors and higher risk populations. 
  • Other hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with 9 a.m.-10 a.m. for seniors and higher risk populations. Saturdays: 10 a.m-2 p.m.  Sundays: closed.
  • We are accepting meeting room reservations only for individuals or members of the same household, with library programs having first dibs on the rooms.  You can schedule only so far out, usually two weeks to a month, depending on where we are in the month. 
  • Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day.  Please practice social distancing and wear facial coverings while you are in the building.  If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you.
  • Nine computers are available. In most cases usage will be allowed for three hours per day. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.
  • One early literacy computer is available for youngsters Monday-Saturday.
  • Curbside service continues Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. except for Thursdays when it’s from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  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.  
  • You can drop your returns of books, CDs and DVDs in the dropbox at City Market, as well as in the dropbox at the library.  No donations in the City Market box, please.
  • Notary service is available on a very limited basis.  Please call for an appointment. Cost is $5 per notary.
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of open, so items may take longer than usual.  
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

Special note

“We want people to always feel welcome in the library, and to experience a very friendly vibe when they visit,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  “But we need to remind everyone that, similar to other public indoor spaces in Colorado, we must follow the executive order that requires people aged 11 or older to wear a covering over their noses and mouths when entering or moving within any public indoor space. If you are unable or unwilling to wear a mask, we are pleased to assist you outside the building through our curbside service.”

Activities calendars available

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

Teen book club

The free tween book club has morphed to a teen book club for sixth-12th grades due to the age of the interested parties.  Join us for a lively discussion next Tuesday, January 19 from 4-5 p.m. on Zoom about this month’s book,  “Slay” by Brittany Morris.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.  To join the session and help us decide what to read next, please go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82245964216.

Adult DIY on Facebook

Beginning tomorrow, January 15, your library will provide the common household ingredients needed to make your own liquid laundry soap.  Take-and-make ingredients will be available while supplies last.  Then join us on Facebook from 2-3 p.m. to view an easy tutorial from Brad on how to combine make a gallon of laundry soap that can be used for 64 loads of laundry. 

Calling all teens…

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

Knitting takeaways

You can pick up free knitting takeaways at the library entrance during open hours to take for your in-home enjoyment.  We’ll have patterns craft ideas, instructions and some limited supplies available.

New writing challenge

On January 4  we posted a new writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating.  This is a free all-ages activity.

After-school program

In response to COVID, we have revamped our free after-school program into STEAM enrichment kits, STEAM standing for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, for ages five and up.  Registration is required at 970-264-2209.  Pick up your kit and then bring your completed projects back to the library to be displayed in the last week of the month.

DIY craft takeaway for kids

Drop by your library for free DIY crafts takeaways for youngsters age 10 and older during open hours.  Pick up a packet outside the library.      

In-person gaming

Free in-person gaming is suspended due to COVID safety concerns.

Storywalk for kids

Weather permitting, every other Thursday Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Storywalk for kids.  The January 14-27 theme is family traditions. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Tech Time

Make a 15- to 30-minute appointment for one of three free in-person slots available noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. 

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. by appointment.  Please register so we can keep it to a small group in our limited open spaces.  No walk-ins, please. 

Dungeons & Dragons

Join us Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons 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. 

Children’s programs on Facebook

Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m., join us on the library’s Facebook page for free children’s programs.  Wednesday storytimes are on Facebook Live, so you can interact with Josie.  Saturday’s Discovery Times with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more are prerecorded.   

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place in person where Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Contact the library and Mark will work with you to schedule a date and time to meet.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Whispers of the Dead” by Spencer Kope features FBI agent and elite tracker Steps Craig.  “No. 17” by J. Jefferson Farjeon investigates a murder after the corpse disappears.  “Shadows of the Dead” by Spencer Kope is an FBI Special Tracking Unit mystery. 

Other novels  

“The Berlin Girl” by Mandy Robotham is an historical novel set in pre-war Berlin.  “A Girl Returned” by Donatella Di Peitrantonio begins when a 13-yeqar-old girl is sent away from the only family she has known.

Nonfiction

“Startup 101” by Erick Walk describes how to build a successful business with crowdfunding.   “Aromatherapy” in Iside Sarmiento is a guide to using essential oils in everyday life.  “One Decision” by Mike Bayer is a life coach’s path to your best self.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

We have a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audio books for patrons of 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, not just those that we bought.  That is why you need to select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use.  Please email or phone us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 

Donations  

For their generous monetary donations we thank Robyn Schulze as well as Sherry Spears in honor of Carole Shaw. . Pease put your material donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  Donations undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  

Quotable Quote

“A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure.” – Henry Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State.

1/7/21

Hundreds of fitness resources to support your New Year’s resolutions

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to ramp up your fitness routine, we want you to 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.

New free literacy program for babies

An exciting new Colorado-based literacy program that helps families and caregivers build their babies’ vocabulary starts in Archuleta County on January 11, thanks to a partnership involving your library, AmeriCorps and the San Juan BOCES.

Called LENA, the free sessions start the week of January 11.  A half-hour Q & A discussion to provide more information for interested parents and caregivers will take place Saturday, January 9 at 10 a.m. on Zoom, with the link available on the library website.

You need to sign up for this special program in order to be enrolled in the workshops that will provide you with personalized information and ideas to help your child.  Please contact Michelle Salmeron-Ramierez at 970-585-4293 or nichelle@unitedway-swco.org.  The program is available in English and Spanish. It was created for babies from new-born to age three, and will help you use talking to build your child’s brain.

Library operations update

Since our county has dropped to COVID Level Orange, we now can allow 30 patrons in the library at a time, up from 15 under Level Red.  Other than that, in an abundance of caution, our other safety protocols will remain in place.

Your library staff has been split into separate smaller workgroups in an attempt to lower exposure and keep the library open should somebody test positive.  Because of this, you may notice that occasionally service is a little slower than usual.

Here is the current status at your library:

  • We remain open on Thursdays from 1 p.m.- 7 p.m. with 1-2 p.m. reserved for seniors and higher risk populations. 
  • Other hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with 9 a.m.-10 a.m. for seniors and higher risk populations. Saturdays: 10 a.m-2 p.m.  Sundays: closed.
  • We are accepting meeting room reservations only for individuals or members of the same household, with library programs having first dibs on the rooms.  You can schedule only so far out, usually two weeks to a month, depending on where we are in the month. 
  • Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day.  Please practice social distancing and wear facial coverings while you are in the building.  If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you.
  • Nine computers are available. In most cases usage will be allowed for three hours per day. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.
  • One early literacy computer is available for youngsters Monday-Saturday.
  • Curbside service continues Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. except for Thursdays when it’s from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  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.  
  • You can drop your returns of books, CDs and DVDs in the dropbox at City Market, as well as in the dropbox at the library.  No donations in the City Market box, please.
  • Notary service is available on a very limited basis.  Please call for an appointment. Cost is $5 per notary.
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of open, so items may take longer than usual.  
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

Special note   

“We want people to always feel welcome in the library, and to experience a very friendly vibe when they visit,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  “But we need to remind everyone that, similar to other public indoor spaces in Colorado, we must follow the executive order that requires people aged 11 or older to wear a covering over their noses and mouths when entering or moving within any public indoor space. If you are unable or unwilling to wear a mask, we are pleased to assist you outside the building through our curbside service.”

Activities calendars available

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

Legal clinic tomorrow

The free legal clinic each month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, January 8 from 2 – 3 p.m. The volunteer attorney can phone you directly, or you can come into the library and meet via Zoom. To sign up for these calls, 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.

LEGO challenge

Join us Saturday, January 9 at 10 a.m. for a free all-ages LEGO challenge via an image posted on Facebook and the library website.  Use your own pieces to create something that will fit the challenge. If you don’t have LEGOS, we will have a few grab bags available at the library.

Adult book club

Ruby’s Book Club meets from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12 via Zoom to discuss “Tomboy Bride” by Harriet Fish Backus.  Please contact the library if you need a copy of the book.  The Zoom meeting ID is 874 5826 9188, passcode 81147.  This book club is held the second Tuesday of each month.

Knitting takeaways

You can pick up free knitting takeaways at the library entrance during open hours to take for your in-home enjoyment.  We’ll have patterns craft ideas, instructions and some limited supplies available.

New writing challenge

On January 4  we posted a new writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating.  This is a free all-ages activity.

After-school program

In response to COVID, we have revamped our free after-school program into STEAM enrichment kits, STEAM standing for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, for ages five and up.  Registration is required at 970-264-2209.  Pick up your kit and then bring your completed projects back to the library to be displayed in the last week of the month.

DIY craft takeaway for kids

Drop by your library for free DIY crafts takeaways for youngsters age 10 and older during open hours.  Pick up a packet outside the library.      

In-person gaming

Free in-person gaming is suspended due to COVID safety concerns.

Storywalk for kids

Weather permitting, every other Thursday, Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Storywalk for kids.  The January 2-13 theme is playing in the snow. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Tech Time

Make a 15- to 30-minute appointment for one of three free in-person slots available noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time to resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. 

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. by appointment.  Please register so we can keep it to a small group in our limited open spaces.  No walk-ins, please. 

Dungeons & Dragons

Join us Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons 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. 

Children’s programs on Facebook

Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m., join us on the library’s Facebook page for free children’s programs.  Wednesday storytimes are on Facebook Live, so you can interact with Josie.  Saturday’s Discovery Times with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more are prerecorded.   

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place in person where Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Contact the library and Mark will work with you to schedule a date and time to meet.

DVDs

“The Advocates” is a documentary about the homeless in Los Angeles.  “Tenet” takes place in the industrial world of international espionage.  “Winter in Vail” is a romance. “Spy” is an action comedy.  “The Broken Hearts Gallery” is a romantic comedy.  “This is Us” is the third season. 

Books on CD

“You Betrayed Me” by Lisa Jackson is a suspense story.  “The Tower of Fools” by Andrzej Sapkowski is the first book in the new Russia trilogy historical fantasy series.  “House of Correction” by Nicci French is a thriller set in England.  “The Dirty South” by John Connolly is a Charlie Parker mystery. “Fortune and Golory” by Janet Evanovich is a Stephanie Plum mystery. 

Large print

“Big Jake’s Last Drive” by Robert J. Randisi is a RTalph Compton western.  “They Came to Kill” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Preacher & MacCallister western.      

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

We have a wide variety of downloadable e-books and downloadable audio books for patrons of all ages – children, tweens, teens and adults.  Using cloudLibrary, you can download a book to read or an audio book to listen to.  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, not just those that we bought.  That is why you need to select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use.  Please email or phone us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 

Donations

For her generous monetary donation we thank Meg Wempe.  For books and materials this week, we thank Roxanne Schick.  Pease put your material donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  Donations undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  

 Quotable Quote

“Do the best you can until you know better.  Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou, American poet, author and civil rights activist.

12/31/2020

New free early literacy program comes to our county

An exciting new Colorado-based literacy program that helps families and caregivers build their babies’ vocabulary starts in Archuleta County on January 11, thanks to a partnership involving your library, AmeriCorps and the San Juan BOCES.

Called LENA, the free sessions start the week of January 11. Half-hour Q & A discussions to provide more information for interested parents and caregivers will take place Tuesday, January 5 at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, January 9 at 10 a.m. on Zoom, with the link available on the library website.

You need to sign up for this special program in order to be enrolled in the workshops that will provide you with personalized information and ideas to help your child.  Please contact Michelle Salmeron-Ramierez at 970-585-4293 or nichelle@unitedway-swco.org.  The program is available in English and Spanish. It was created for babies from new-born to age three, and will help you use talking to build your child’s brain.

Holiday closures

Your library will be closed today, December 31 and January 1 in celebration of New Year’s, but curbside service will be available until noon on Thursday, New Year’s Eve.

Free COVID book for indigenous families

Thanks to an anonymous donor, copies of a new book titled “Our smallest warriors, our strongest medicine: Overcoming COVID-19” are available free at your library for indigenous families.

The book is intended to be read by a parent, caregiver or teacher with a child or group of children.  It is beautifully illustrated by Joelle Joyner, a freelance artist and powwow jingle dancer from Detroit.

The story features conversations between two young twins and their mother, who is a front-line nurse, as well as their grandmother, Grandfather Eagle and their friends, about how to keep themselves, family and friends safe from COVID.  There also are several pages of helpful guidelines for adults to help make the book more relevant to their children.

To produce the book, the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health convened a team of experts in child development and communications to take advantage of indigenous storytelling skills and traditions to portray a sense of communal strength and hope in the face of COVID-19.

In addition to the free copies available to indigenous families, a copy has been added to our collection for everyone’s enjoyment.

Library operations update

As a safety measure, your library staff has been split into separate smaller workgroups in an attempt to lower exposure and keep the library open should somebody test positive.  Because of this, you may notice that occasionally service is a little slower than usual.

“Because libraries have been declared an essential service, we are very glad that we can continue serving our community’s needs while still keeping patrons and staff safe, said Meg Wempe, library director  “With circumstances changing quickly, though, we encourage you to email or call with any questions that you may have about our operations – and to keep up to date with state and county COVID guidelines.”

Here is the current status at your library:

  • We are limited to 15 patrons at a time plus staff in the building, since we must operate at only 25% capacity.
  • We remain open on Thursdays from 1 p.m.- 7 p.m. with 1-2 p.m. reserved for seniors and higher risk populations. 
  • Other hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with 9 a.m.-10 a.m. for seniors and higher risk populations. Saturdays: 10 a.m-2 p.m.  Sundays: closed.
  • We are accepting meeting room reservations only for individuals or members of the same household, with library programs having first dibs on the rooms.  You can schedule only so far out, usually two weeks to a month, depending on where we are in the month. 
  • Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day.  Please practice social distancing and wear facial coverings while you are in the building.  If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you.
  • Nine computers are available. In most cases usage will be allowed for three hours per day. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.
  • One early literacy computer is available for youngsters Monday-Saturday.
  • Curbside service continues Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. except for Thursdays when it’s from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  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.  
  • You can drop your returns of books, CDs and DVDs in the dropbox at City Market, as well as in the dropbox at the library.  No donations in the City Market box, please.
  • Notary service is available on a very limited basis.  Please call for an appointment. Cost is $5 per notary.
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of open, so items may take longer than usual.  
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

Special note   

“We want people to always feel welcome in the library, and to experience a very friendly vibe when they visit,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  “But we need to remind everyone that, similar to other public indoor spaces in Colorado, we must follow the executive order that requires people aged 11 or older to wear a covering over their noses and mouths when entering or moving within any public indoor space. If you are unable or unwilling to wear a mask, we are pleased to assist you outside the building through our curbside service.”

Activities calendars available

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

New writing challenge

On January 4 and 25we will post new writing challenges on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating.  This is a free all-ages activity.

Knitting takeaways

We have added free knitting takeaways to our collection of crafts and activities you can pick up at the  library entrance during open hours to take for your in-home enjoyment.  We’ll have patterns craft ideas, instructions and some limited supplies available.

After-school program

In response to COVID, we have revamped our free after-school program into STEAM enrichment kits, STEAM standing for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, for ages five and up.  Registration is required at 970-264-2209.  Pick up your kit and then bring your completed projects back to the library to be displayed in the last week of the month.

DIY craft takeaway for kids

Drop by your library for free DIY crafts takeaways for youngsters age 10 and older during open hours.  Pick up a packet outside the library.      

In-person gaming

Free in-person gaming is suspended due to COVID safety concerns.

Storywalk for kids

Weather permitting, every other Thursday, Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Storywalk for kids.  The January 2-13 theme is playing in the snow. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Tech Time

Make a 15- to 30-minute appointment for one of three free in-person slots available noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time to resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. 

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. by appointment.  Please register so we can keep it to a small group in our limited open spaces.  No walk-ins, please. 

Dungeons & Dragons

Join us Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons 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. 

Children’s programs on Facebook

Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m., join us on the library’s Facebook page for free children’s programs.  Wednesday storytimes are on Facebook Live, so you can interact with Josie.  Saturday’s Discovery Times with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more are prerecorded.   

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place in person when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Contact the library and Mark will work with you to schedule a date and time to meet.

Nonfiction

“How Not to Diet Cookbook” by Dr. Michael Greger contains more than 100 recipes for plant-based recipes meals. soups, salads, snacks and sides.  “Hand Delivered Hope” by Jeni Cook follows an American couple who built schools and provided educational resources to forgotten communities around the world.  “The Complete Herbal Handbook for Farm and Stable” by Juliette de Bairacli Levy is an updated version of this classic guide for farmers.  “Abandoned Western Colorado” by Jeff D. Eberle explores ghost towns and mining camps of the western Rockies.  “Olive, Mabel & Me” by sports broadcaster Andrew Cotter tells of life with his Labrador retrievers during the COVID-19 lockdown. 

Large print

“The Falcon Always Wings Twice” by Donna Andrews is a Meg Langslow mystery.  “The Crystal Cave Trilogy” by Susan Wittig Albert contains three novellas.

Books on CD

“Dark Tides” by Philippa Gregory is an historical novel set in 1670’s London and Venice.  “Shadow of the Dragon” by Tom Clancy is a Jack Ryan adventure.  “Three Women Disappear” by James Patterson is a mystery.  “Hidden in Plain Sight” by Jeffrey Archer is the second novel featuring Det. William Warwick.  “Marauder” by Clive Cussler is an Oregon Files adventure.  “The Law of Innocence” by Michael Connelly is a Mickey Haller thriller. 

DVDs

“Bears” is the Nature documentary about bears around the world.  “Yellowstone” starring Kevin Costner is season one.   

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

We have a wide variety of downloadable e-books and downloadable audio books for patrons of all ages – children, tweens, teens and adults.  Using cloudLibrary, you can download a book to read or an audio book to listen to.  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, not just those that we bought.  That is why you need to select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use.  Please email or phone us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 

Donations

 For her generous material donation we thank Christine Bemish.  Pease put your material donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  Donations undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  

 Quotable Quote

“What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.” – Vern McLellan, author of books including “Proverbs for People.”