11/19/20

Free Talking Book Library ideal for those with difficulty reading  

The Colorado Talking Book Library (CTBL) is a free service from your library that lends audio and Braille books and magazines, as well as large print books, for people who have eye issues, or have physical or learning disabilities that make it difficult to read regular books.  All of the audio books and most Braille books are also available for on-demand downloads.

CTBL wants you to know that Talking Books are not just for blind people – although they are a godsend for people unable to see.  The service is also available to people who experience physical disabilities or illnesses that prevent them from holding a book, sitting up for longer periods of time, have a learning disability or difficulty turning the pages of a book.

Importantly, Talking Books are completely free – no charge for the books, no charge for the talking book player and no charge for the postage to mail the books back to the library.  Your books come through the U.S. Postal Service with all postage paid.

CTBL, located in Denver, serves people of all ages.  Their youngest user is three years old and the oldest is 104.  The library has more than 35,000 audio books, 7,000 Braille books and 22,000 large print books, with new books added each month.  You can even tell your preferences to CTBL.

To sign up, get an application from the library staff or go to http://www2.cde.state.co.us/ctbl/tbservices.htm and click on Getting Started/Application.  Fill it out and have the first page signed a nurse, doctor, librarian, therapist, activity director, social worker or teacher.  In the case of a learning disability, a doctor must sign the application. Then send it in.  You’ll receive a welcome packet and a player and a couple of audio books to get you started.

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 have made reasonable accommodations and 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.

Adult DIY: Holiday treats

JoinBrad on Facebook on Friday, November 20 from 2-3 p.m. for a free food-theme DIY that will inspire you to create new appetizers and desserts for the holidays.  If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f)  in the upper left hand corner of the screen. This event will be available on the library’s website for viewing afterwards.

New 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.  Just pick up a packet outside the library and follow the instructions.          

In-person gaming

Free in-person gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect for all ages has resumed on Fridays from 2-3 p.m.  Due to COVID concerns, we are only allowing a maximum of four participants in the gaming room.  Masks must be worn and social distancing maintained at all times.

Storywalk for kids

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 November 19-December 3 theme is gratitude. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Tech Time

Make a 15- or 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.  If you have a Tech Time appointment on Thursday, phone from the parking lot or knock loudly on the front door to be let in.  Note: No tech time November 24 and 25.

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.   If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f)  in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Or contact us and we can send you a direct link.  

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place in person Mondays from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and Thursdays from 2-7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Appointments required; please contact us by phone or email. 

Summary of our partial reopening

  • We’re now 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 for small groups, 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. 
  • Up to 30 patrons at a time can come into the building.
  • 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 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.  Cost is $5 per notary.
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of reopening, so items may take longer than usual. 
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

Short stories

“The Office of Historical Corrections” by Danielle Evans is a powerful collection of short stories that focus on race, culture and history.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“Moonflower Murders” by Anthony Horowitz features literary detective Atticus Pund.  “The Kingdom” by Jo Nesbo features two brothers who must make peace with their past.  “The Law of Innocence” by Michael Connelly is a features defense attorney Mickey Haller who has been framed for murder.  “The Reckoning of Gossamer Pond” by Jaime Jo Wright features two women separated by a century.  Also by the same author is “The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus” featuring a woman diving deep into the history of an old circus train depot.   

Other novels

“The Archer” by Paulo Coelho uses a bow and arrow expert to reveal the tenants of a meaningful life.  “In the Lion’s Den” by Barbara Taylor Bradford is an histsorical novel set in London in the latest 1800s.  “The Mountains Sing” by Nguyen Phan Que Mai is a story of four generations set against the background of the Vietnam war.  “The Weekend” explores growing old and growing up when three friends gather to mourn.

Books on CD

“Troubles in Paradise” by Elin Hilderbrand is the conclusion of the Paradise trilogy.  “Shakeup” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “Love Your Life” features a woman who ditches her dating app for a writers’ retreat in Italy/.

DVDs

“Fatima” is an uplifting story about the power of faith.  “The Crown” is the complete third season.  “This is Us” is the complete second season.

Large print

“This Just Speaks to Me” by Hoda Kotb is the author’s second collection of quotes and inspirational stories.  “Hidden in Plain Sight” by Jeffrey Archer is book two in the William Warwick saga.  “Return to Virgin River” by Robyn Carr.  “Marauder” by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison is the latest in the Oregon Files adventure series.

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 their generous monetary donation, we are grateful to Susan and Terry Arrington.  For their materials donations, we thank Judy and Bill Slaton.  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

“In 1948, the U.N. General Assembly came together and ratified a Universal Declaration of Human Rights, describing the world they wanted to build…. To me, that begins with culture – the place where arts, sciences and society connect.  When scientists from dozens of countries join hands to unlock the mysteries of our universe; when a filmmaker or musician lifts up voices and stories from the margins; when museums and concert halls redefine the communities they serve… that is taking action for a better future.” – Yo-yo Ma, American cellist and child prodigy.

11/12/20

Zoom talk today: Local author on the importance of place and new tween book club

We hope you’ll join us today, Thursday, October 12, from 5-7 p.m. for a Zoom discussion with local author Dennis Medina on the importance and power of place in storytelling.  We will learn how descriptive detail of a place can affect the way readers experience a scene and gain insight into the characters.

Dennis is one of our community’s highly talented authors.  His novel, “The Madness of the Brave,” was published in 2018 and is in our collection for your reading pleasure.  He is a former international marketing executive who has contributed articles to numerous mining industry magazines, published fiction in other venues and was fiction editor of an Eastern Washington University journal.

The Zoom meeting ID is 879 3124 8202, passcode 81147.  No registration required.

New tween book club

Tweens in fourth-eight grades are invited to join a lively discussion next Tuesday, November 17 from 4-5 p.m. on Zoom about this month’s book, “The Girl and the Ghost’ by Hanna Alkaf.  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.

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 have made reasonable accommodations and 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 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.

Legal clinic by phone or Zoom tomorrow

The free legal clinic each month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, November 13, from 2 – 3 p.m. by telephone or Zoom. You have the volunteer attorney phone you directly, or you can come into the library and meet via Zoom. To be added to the sign-up sheet 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, November 14 at 10 a.m. for an all-ages LEGO challenge via an image posted on Facebook and the library website.  The image will invite participants to 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 that you can pick up to complete the challenge.

DIY craft takeaway for kids

Drop by your library for free DIY crafts takeaways for youngsters age 10 and older.  Just pick up a packet outside the library and follow the instructions.          

In-person gaming

Free in-person gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect for all ages has resumed on Fridays from 2-3 p.m.  Due to COVID concerns, we are only allowing a maximum of four participants in the gaming room.  Masks must be worn and social distancing maintained at all times.

Storywalk for kids

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 November 5-18 theme is sharing. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Tech Time

Make a 15- or 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.  If you have a Tech Time appointment on Thursday, phone from the parking lot or knock loudly on the front door to be let in.

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.   If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f)  in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Or contact us and we can send you a direct link.  

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place in person Mondays from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and Thursdays from 2-7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Appointments required; please contact us by phone or email. 

Summary of our partial reopening

  • We’re now 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 for small groups, 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. 
  • Up to 30 patrons at a time can come into the building.
  • 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 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.  Cost is $5 per notary.
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of reopening, so items may take longer than usual. 
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“The Sentinel” by Less and Andrew Child is a Jack Reacher adventure.  “Mexican Gothic” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia follows a woman who heads to Mexico to help her cousin.  “The House on Foster Hill” by Jaime Jo Wright is set in an eerie, abandoned house with a dark history.  “The Dirty South” in John Connolly is a thriller featuring a former NYPD detective.

Other novels

“The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop” by Fannie Flagg is a sequel to “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café.”  “Memorial” by Bryan Washington begins when a man returns to Japan when his estranged father is dying. “The Cold Millions” by Jess Walter features two brothers caught up in class warfare in the early 20th century.  “Love Your Life” by Sophie Kinsella tells of a woman who ditches her dating app for a writer’s retreat in Italy.  “The House in the Cerulean Sea” by T.J. Klune is set in an orphanage on a magical island.  “What Are You Going Through” by Sigrid Nunez is a novel about the many emotions surrounding human death. 

Nonfiction

“Off Grid” by Foster Huntington is a guide to unique homes including tiny houses, shipping containers, yurts and more with hundred of photos.  “Catching the Wind” by Neal Gabler is the first of a two-volume biography of Edward Kennedy.   “Group” by Christie Tate is a memoir of despair and hope revolving around group therapy.  “I’ll Be Seeing You” by Elizabeth Berg is a tribute to her parents’ love including when her father got Alzheimer’s.  “Expect a Miracle” by Danielle Steel is a collection of quotations saved by the author since she was a little girl.  “Ex Libris” by Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic Michiko Katutani highlights more than 100 books by some of today’s most gifted writers. 

DVDs

“The Call of the Wild” stars Harrison Ford in the classic story.  “The Hateful Eight” is set in Wyoming several years after the Civil War.  “Zombieland” and “Zombieland Double Tap” are comedies. 

 Large print

“Midnight in Chernobyl” by Adam Higginbotham is the story of the world’s greatest nuclear disaster.

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 materials donation, we are grateful to Medora Bass.  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

“Whenever you are in doubt, it is best to pause.  Few things are so pressing that they cannot wait for a moment of breath.” – T.K.V. Desikachar (1938-2016), Indian yoga teacher and son of the pioneer of modern yoga as exercise.

11/5/2020

Money skills for kids and new after-school program

A new children’s book called “Journeys with Max: Life Skills for Young People – Understanding Money” by Pagosa resident Alan Powdermaker is an invaluable guide for families who want to help their children learn how to manage their money. 

The story features a young boy named Max as his parents teach him the value of essential financial knowledge about saving, sharing, borrowing, budgeting, establishing a bank account and planning for major purchases – not to mention the difference between wanting and needing to buy something. 

The reader-friendly text is written like a script of a movie starring Max, his parents and his sister with a fun quiz at the end. The story is beautifully illustrated by Pagosa resident Tashie Nevarez, who is attending college in Las Cruces, N.M., as an art major.

Powdermaker believes kids should start receiving life skills information about money management from their families at home as early as kindergarten so the lessons can be practiced and perfected to carry them through life. 

This book is the first of a two-volume set. Powdermaker says the second book, to be published next year, “will be aimed at youth ages 12-18 and encompass broader life skills like managing credit cards, paying bills, getting a job, investing, even starting to save for retirement when you’re still a teenager.”

A successful corporate executive at Canada Dry in New York, Powdermaker credits his father with “providing me lessons about life as well as cautions about forks in the road.”  He is passing that legacy forward as co-founder of the Dallas-based Love For Kids nonprofit  that supports low income families and those caring for special needs and chronically ill children.  He also is head of his family foundation that assists inner-city youth who want to attend college.

Powdermaker donated 10 copies of this first Max book to your Pagosa library to share with the community via our Bookbarns and prizes for kids’ programs.  One copy will become part of our permanent collection.  You can find it in the Local Authors section.

New 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.

Save the date for author discussion

Mark your calendar for next Thursday, October 12 from 5-7 p.m. for a Zoom discussion with local author Dennis Medina on the importance and power of place in storytelling.  More details will be in next week’s Library News column.  The Zoom meeting ID is 879 3124 8202, passcode 81147. 

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 have made reasonable accommodations and are pleased to assist you outside the building, through our curbside service.”

Adult book club

Ruby’s Book Club meets from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10 via Zoom to discuss “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo.  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.

DIY craft takeaway for kids

Drop by your library for free DIY crafts takeaways for youngsters age 10 and older.  Just pick up a packet outside the library and follow the instructions.          

In-person gaming

Free in-person gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect for all ages has resumed on Fridays from 2-3 p.m.  Due to COVID concerns, we are only allowing a maximum of four participants in the gaming room.  Masks must be worn and social distancing maintained at all times.

Storywalk for kids

Every other Thursday, Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Summer Reading Storywalk for kids.  The November 5-18 theme is sharing. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Tech Time

Make a 15- or 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.  If you have a Tech Time appointment on Thursday, phone from the parking lot or knock loudly on the front door to be let in.

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.   If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f)  in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Or contact us and we can send you a direct link.  

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place in person Mondays from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and Thursdays from 2-7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Appointments required; please contact us by phone or email.  Note no PALS November 9.

Summary of our partial reopening

  • We’re now 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 for small groups, 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. 
  • Up to 30 patrons at a time can come into the building.
  • 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 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.  Cost is $5 per notary.
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of reopening, so items may take longer than usual. 
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

Local author

“The Zen of Money” and “The Zen of Bonds” by local author Victoria Rose are the first two books in her series offering readers a basic understanding of money, inflation, risks, available financial products and more.

Books on CD

“Coast to Coast Murders” by James Patterson and J.D. Parker is a psychological suspense story.  “Magic Lessons” by Alice Hoffman is the prequel to “Practical Magic.”   “The Last Agent” by Robert Dugoni is a thriller about an American agent in Russia.  “Return to Virgin River” by Robyn Carr features the town that inspired the Netflix series.

DVDs

“The Great” and “The Prodigal Son” are both the complete first seasons.

Nonfiction

“Everything I Need To Know I Learned From My Yoga Teacher” by Benjamin Darling with drawings by Laura Braconnier contains yoga-themed instructions and meditations.  “Grand Canyon: The Complete Guide” by James Kaiser includes maps, history and more.  “High Crimes” by journalists Michael D’Antonio and Peter Eisner is an analysis of the impeachment of Donald Trump. 

Large print

“Hot Lead, Cold Justice” by Mickey Spillane and Mac Allan Collins is a Caleb York western.  “Red Ruckus” by Brett Cogburn is book three of the Morgan Clyde western series.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“Three Women Disappear” by James Patterson and Shan Sarafin begins with the murder of a manipulating accountant. 

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  

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

“The objective of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.” – Robert Maynard Hutchins (1899-1977), American educator and philosopher.

10/29/20

 ‘1,000 Books before Kindergarten’ – ideal program for babies and toddlers in COVID times

One of the greatest gifts you can give your babies and toddlers is to sign them up for a free early literacy reading program called “1,000 Books before Kindergarten” for children from birth to five years old.  And what better time than now when they are spending more time at home than usual because of COVID.

You can sign up any time at your library.  You will receive a folder with bubbles to keep track of the books you read to your child.  The concept is simple:  Read 1,000 books to your newborn, infant or toddler – yes, you can repeat books – before your precious one starts kindergarten.  You’ll get a free book each time your child completes 100 books.

One thousand may sound like a huge number of books, but it’s not really. If you read just one book a night, you will have read 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around five years of age, you have more time than you may think.

Pumpkin contest 

One more day for you to join us for our annual free all-ages pumpkin decorating contest.  Pumpkins can be carved, painted or decorated.  Original designs only and one entry per person, please. 

Submit no more than three photos of your pumpkin.  At least one must be taken in full light and one must include the artist.  Photos of the artist are used to verify that this is an original work and will not be posted or displayed without written permission.

Photos must be turned in by email to ruby@pagosalibrary.org by tomorrow, Friday, October 30, at noon.  Judging will be in five age categories:  preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17 and adult.

Spook-tacular creations

We invite you to take part in creating some spooky temporary community art until October 31.  Projects will be set up outside the library with instruction.

Voter registration tutorial

Are you registered to vote?  Do you know how to review your voter registration or update information to ensure you are eligible to vote?  View an informative tutorial about these vital topics at https://pagosalibrary.org/election-2020/.

Library books via Meals on Wheels

Your library is in a special partnership with Archuleta Seniors, Inc., the nonprofit organization that oversees the Meals on Wheels routes for delivery both in town and out-of-town. 

As meals go out to homebound clients, they can be accompanied by a special library bag containing books, audio books and DVDs especially selected to match each person’s individual tastes.  The personalized selection is based on a questionnaire they complete. If you or someone you know would like this service, please contact the Senior Center at 970-264-2167 to receive the introductory information pamphlet and preference questionnaire.

“We’d love to have the word passed on to others who are not aware of this service,” said Meg Wempe, library director, “and we’d love to see increased usage.  As well, if there are other avenues to help homebound people receive library resources, we are interested in discussing possibilities.  Please reach out to me directly if you have suggestions or thoughts.”

DIY craft takeaway for kids

Drop by your library for free DIY craft takeaways for youngsters age 10 and older.  Just pick up a packet outside the library and follow the instructions.          

In-person gaming

Free in-person gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect for all ages has resumed on Fridays from 2-3 p.m.  Due to COVID concerns, we are only allowing a maximum of four participants in the gaming room.  Masks must be worn and social distancing maintained at all times.

Storywalk for kids

Every other Thursday, Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Summer Reading Storywalk for kids.  The October 22-November 5 theme is creepy adventures. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Tech Time

Make a 15- or 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.  If you have a Tech Time appointment on Thursday, phone from the parking lot or knock loudly on the front door to be let in.

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 on Google Meet

Join us Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons free for teens and young adults. 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.   If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f)  in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Or contact us and we can send you a direct link.  

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place in person Mondays from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and Thursdays from 2-7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Appointments required; please contact us by phone or email.

Summary of our partial reopening

  • We’re now 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 for small groups, 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. 
  • Up to 30 patrons at a time can come into the building.
  • 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 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.  Cost is $5 per notary.
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of reopening, so items may take longer than usual. 
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

Nonfiction

“A Crisis Wasted” by Barack Obama is a commentary on the president’s decisions in the inter 2008-2009.  “Leading America” by Sean Spicer is a plea to Americans to vote in this crucial election by President Trump’s former press secretary.  “The Luckiest Man” by Mark Salter is a biography pf John McCain.  “Learn to Draw Realistic Animals with Pen & Marker” by D. L. Miller is a guide with photos for artists with any skill level.  “First-time Landlord” is the fifth edition of this Nolo guide to renting out a single-family home.  “Blood and Germs” by Gail Jarrow is an in-depth look at the Civil War battle against wounds and disease.  “Cary Grant” by historian Scott Eyman is a biography of one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors.   

Large print

“Chance of a Lifetime” by Jude Deveraux and Tara Sheets is a Providence Falls novel.  “The Paris Hours” by Alex George centers on a Marcel Proust notebook.  “Don’t Look for Me” by Wendy Walker begins when a woman walks away from her life.  “The Invisible Life of Addie Larue” by V.E. Schwab is a Faustian story that begins in France in 1714.  “The Book of Two Ways” by Jodi Picoult features a fateful decision of a survivor after a plane crash.  “The Evening and the Morning” by Ken Follett is a prequel to “Pillars of the Earth.”  “Firewatching” by Russ Thomas is a Det. Sgt. Adam Tyler mystery. 

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“A Time for Mercy” by John Grisham is a legal thriller.  “Goodnight Beautiful”  by Aimee Molloy features a psychotherapist and his lonely wife. 

Other novels

“The Silence” by Don DeLillo, a novel with apocalyptic overtones, opens at a Super Bowl Sunday party in New York City in 2022.  “Leave the World Behind” by Rumaan Alam takes place in a luxurious Long Island home during a blackout.      

DVDS

“The Secret Dare of Dream” is based ibn a true story.  “Gentleman Jack” is the complete first season.  “Eating You Alive” is a guide to eating well to avoid chronic disease. 

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 donation of books this week we are grateful to Sara Scott. Please put your material donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  Donations will undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  

Quotable Quote

“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” – William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925), American orator and politician from Nebraska.  He served in the House of Representatives and as Secretary of State under President Woodrow Wilson.

10/15/2020

Free books for 4-year-olds plus spook-tacular creations

For the ninth year, libraries across Colorado are giving a free paperback book to every four-year-old in the state from now until October 25 as part of a special family literacy project. 

Some 75,000 copies of “The Little Red Fort” written by Brenda Maier and illustrated by Sonia Sancheza are being distributed to children statewide at local libraries, including at your Sisson Library, in either English or Spanish.  The book features Ruby, who finds some old boards and decides to build a fort.  He brothers make fun of her, saying she doesn’t know how to build.  “Then I’ll learn,” says Ruby.  And she does.

With a lively text and delightful drawings, “The Little Red Fort” is a fun read for kids and their parents – and an inspiration for all youngsters who love to say, “I can do it myself.” 

To add to the festivities, we also will be celebrating with some “forts” set up in the library’s garden if the weather cooperates for kids to read in.

The goal of this One Book Colorado program is to encourage families to read together every day and add new books to home libraries to ensure school readiness.

Please come by the library or attend any program and pick up this free book for your four-year-old youngster.  Better yet, bring them in to pick up their books and see the opportunities for fun and learning that are available free at your library. 

Spook-tacular creations

Starting today, Thursday, October 15, we invite you to take part in creating some spooky temporary community art until October 31.  Projects will be set up outside the library with instruction.

DIY craft takeaway

Drop by your library for free DIY craft takeaways for youngsters age 10 and older.  Just pick up a packet outside the library and follow the instructions.          

Calling all teens…

If you enjoy reading books, learning new skills and helping your community, we hope you 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.

In-person gaming

Free in-person gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect for all ages has resumed on Fridays.  Please join us on October 16, from 2-3 p.m.  Due to COVID concerns, we are only allowing a maximum of four participants in the gaming room.  Masks must be worn and social distancing maintained at all times.

Voter registration tutorial

Are you registered to vote?  Do you know how to review your voter registration or update information to ensure you are eligible to vote?  You can view an informative tutorial about these vital topics on the library’s website at

https://pagosalibrary.org/election-2020/.

Adult DIY on Facebook

A free fall-themed DIY event offers some crafty ideas of how to create several fall-themed decorations.  If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f)  in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Or contact us and we can send you a direct link.  

New storywalk for kids

Every other Thursday, Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Summer Reading Storywalk for kids.  The October 8-21 theme is ingenuity.   Get outdoors and follow the pages of a book exploring what it takes to turn an idea into reality as you stroll along.  After you finish, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library.  By popular demand, Storywalks will continue until the snow makes it too difficult to proceed.

Tech Time

Make a 15- or 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.  If you have a Tech Time appointment on Thursday, phone from the parking lot or knock loudly on the front door to be let in.

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. by appointment.  Note start time change from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please register so we can keep it to a small group in our limited open spaces.  No walk-ins, as the front door will be locked. 

Dungeons & Dragons on Google Meet

Join us on Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons free for teens and young adults.  Note that this fun fantasy role-playing game has moved from Zoom to Google Meet.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on 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

Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Saturday 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 if you go to Facebook at 10 a.m. you can interact with Josie.  Saturday’s Discovery Times with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more are prerecorded.   If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f)  in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Or contact us and we can send you a direct link.  

Tax lien information

To watch a video of the Archuleta County Treasurer’s Office October 1 presentation on what a tax lien is and how to get started on investing in them if you want to do so, go to our website at  https://pagosalibrary.org/adult-services/

Adult learning

GEDclasses plus HiSet, CDL and other free in-person tutoring from Mark is suspended for October and will resume in November.

Summary of our partial reopening

  • We’re now 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 for small groups, with library programs having first dibs on the rooms for our programs.  In addition, you can schedule only so far out, usually two weeks to a month, depending on where we are in the month. 
  • Up to 30 patrons at a time can come into the building.
  • 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 computer 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.
  • For those not comfortable coming into the building or unable to wear a mask, curbside service continues Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. except for Thursdays when it’s available 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 now 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 during open hours on Monday, Tuesday,  Wednesday and Saturday.  Cost is $5 per notary.
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of reopening, so items may take longer than usual. 
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

Short fiction

“Unrestricted Access” by James Rollins is an anthology of 12 short stories, including a new novella never before published. 

Novels

“The Return” by Nicholas Sparks is the story of an injured Navy doctor and two women whose secrets will change his life.  “The Archive of the Forgotten” by A.J. Hackwith is a Hell’s Library fantasy adventure.  “Magic Lessons” by Alice Hoffman is the sequel to “Practical Magic.”  “Troubles in Paradise” by Elin Hilderbrand is the final book in the Paradise trilogy.  “Daughter of Black Lake” by Cathy Marie Buchanan follows a family facing an unimaginable trial in a world of pagan traditions.

Books on CD

“Anxious People” by Fredrik Blackman is the story of a crime that never took place.  “All the Devils Are Here” by Louise Penny is a Chief Inspector Gamache mystery. “Shadows in Death” by J.D. Robb is a Ltd. Eve Dallas mystery.  “The Darkest Evening” by Ann Cleeves begins when a toddler is found alone in a car in a snowstorm.  “Older” by Pamela Redmond is the sequel to “Younger,” the hit TV series.  “The Invention of Sound” by Chuck Palahniuk exposes the violence beneath Hollywood’s glamorous façade.  “One By One” by Ruth Ware is a mystery set in a snowed-in ski chalet in the French Alps

Nonfiction

“Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World” is written by Fareed Zakaria, CNN’s world affairs expert.  “Is This Anything?” nu Jerry Seinfeld is an autobiography told through the comedian’s jokes.  “I Have Something To Tell You” by Chasten Buttigieg is the memoir by the husband of former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.  “One Vote Away” by Ted Cruz explores how a single Supreme Court seat can change history.

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  

We are grateful for the generous monetary donation from 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 will undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  

Quotable Quote

“We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs.” – Kenneth Clark (1903-1983), British art historian, museum director and TV broadcaster who in 1969 created “Civilisation,” the first color TV series about the arts that was broadcast in Britain and around the world.

10/08/2020

Free books for 4-year-olds starts October 13

For the ninth year, libraries across Colorado are giving a free paperback book to every four-year-old in the state from October 13-25 as part of a special family literacy project. 

Some 75,000 copies of a very special book – its title is a secret until we’re allowed to reveal it in this column next week – are being distributed to children statewide at local libraries, including at your Sisson Library, in either English or Spanish.  The goal of this One Book Colorado program is to encourage families to read together every day and add new books to home libraries to ensure school readiness.

Please come by the library or attend any program and pick up this free book for your four-year-old youngster.  Better yet, bring them in to pick up their books and see the opportunities for fun and learning that are available free at your library. 

Save the date: Spook-tacular creations

Starting next Thursday, October 15, take part in creating some spooky temporary community art until October 31.  Projects will be set up outside the library with instruction.

Calling all teens…

If you enjoy reading books, learning new skills and helping your community, we hope you 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 apply online.

Legal clinic by phone or Zoom tomorrow

The free legal clinic each month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, October 9, from 2 – 3 p.m. by telephone or Zoom. You can choose to have the volunteer attorney phone you directly, or you can come into the library and meet via Zoom. To be added to the sign-up sheet 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.

In-person gaming

Free in-person gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect for all ages has resumed on Fridays.  Please join us on October 9, from 2-3 p.m.  Due to COVID concerns, we are only allowing a maximum of four participants in the gaming room.  Masks must be worn and social distancing maintained at all times.

Adult book club

Ruby’s book club returns to its regular time of 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13 to discuss “The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead via Zoom.  Please contact the library if you want to participate and if you need a copy of the book.  This book club is held the second Tuesday of each month.

Voter registration tutorial

Are you registered to vote?  Do you know how to review your voter registration or update information to ensure you are eligible to vote?  You can view an informative tutorial about these vital topics on the library’s website at

https://pagosalibrary.org/election-2020/.

Adult DIY on Facebook

A free fall-themed DIY event offers some crafty ideas of how to create several fall-themed decorations. The video is available on the library’s website at https://pagosalibrary.org/adult-services/. If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f)  in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Or contact us and we can send you a direct link.  

New storywalk for kids

Every other Thursday, Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Summer Reading Storywalk for kids.  The October 8-21 theme is ingenuity.   Get outdoors and follow the pages of a book exploring what it takes to turn an idea into reality as you stroll along.  After you finish, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library.  By popular demand, Storywalks will continue until the snow makes it too difficult to proceed.

Tech Time

Make a 15- or 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.  If you have a Tech Time appointment on Thursday, phone from the parking lot or knock loudly on the front door to be let in.

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. by appointment.  Note start time change from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please register so we can keep it to a small group in our limited open spaces.  No walk-ins, as the front door will be locked. 

Dungeons & Dragons moves to Google Meet

Join us on Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons free for teens and young adults.  Note that this fun fantasy role-playing game has moved from Zoom to Google Meet.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on 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

Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Saturday 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 if you go to Facebook at 10 a.m. you can interact with Josie.  Saturday’s Discovery Times with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more are prerecorded.   If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f)  in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Or contact us and we can send you a direct link.  

Tax lien information

To watch a video of the Archuleta County Treasurer’s Office October 1 presentation on what a tax lien is and how to get started on investing in them if you want to do so, go to our website at  https://pagosalibrary.org/adult-services/

Adult learning

GEDclasses plus HiSet, CDL and other free in-person tutoring from Mark is suspended for October and will resume in November.

Summary of our partial reopening

  • We’re now 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 for small groups, with library programs having first dibs on the rooms for our programs.  In addition, you can schedule only so far out, usually two weeks to a month, depending on where we are in the month. 
  • Up to 30 patrons at a time can come into the building.
  • 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 computer 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.
  • For those not comfortable coming into the building or unable to wear a mask, curbside service continues Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. except for Thursdays when it’s available 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 now 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 during open hours on Monday, Tuesday,  Wednesday and Saturday.  Cost is $5 per notary.
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of reopening, so items may take longer than usual. 
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

Large print

“Killing Crazy Horse” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard documents the merciless Indian wars in America.  “Hobnail and Other Frontier Stories,” edited by Hazel Rummey, is a collection of 17 new stories by different authors for fans of historical fiction.  “The Backstabbers” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Red Ryder western. 

DVDs

“The Outsider” is the HBO series based on Stephen King’s suspense story.  “The Outlander” is season five.  “The Story of Science Fiction” is a documentary hosted by James Cameron.  “Ancient Civilizations of North America” and “Outdoor Fundamentals” Everything You Need to Know to Stay Safe” both are four-disc packages in The Great Courses documentary series. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Coast to Coast Murders” by James Patterson and J.D. Barker is a psychological suspense story. 

Other novels

“Battle Ground” by Jim Butcher is the latest in the Dresden Files series featuring Chicago’s only professional wizard.  “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig provides new opportunities for a young woman.  “Jack” by Marilyn Robinson is set in the mythical world of Gilead; the author’s Gilead novels have won a Pulitzer Prize and two National Book Critics Circle Awards.  “A Deadly Education” by Naomi Novik features an unwilling dark sorceress destined to rewrite the rules of magic.  “Just Like You” by Nick Hornby follows a middle-aged woman who falls in love with a younger man much different from herself.

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  

Please put your material donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  Donations will undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  

Quotable Quote

“Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought” – Albert Szent-Gyorgyl (1893-1986), Hungarian biochemist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1937. He is credited with first isolating vitamin C and discovering the components and reactions of the citric acid cycle.

10/1/2020

Library seeks volunteers ages 12-19, plus in-person gaming resumes  

If you enjoy reading books, learning new skills and helping your community, we hope you 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 apply online.

In-person gaming

Free in-person gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect for all ages resumes on Fridays starting tomorrow, October 2, from 2-3 p.m.  Due to COVID concerns, we are only allowing a maximum of four participants in the gaming room.  Masks must be worn and social distancing maintained at all times.  

Tax lien information via Zoom today

Today, Thursday, October 1 from 5-6 p.m., the Archuleta County Treasurer’s Office will explain what a tax lien is and give you information on how to get started on investing in them if you want to do so. Zoom meeting ID: 856 6443 1537; password: 269665.

Voter registration tutorial

Are you registered to vote?  Do you know how to review your voter registration or update information to ensure you are eligible to vote?  You can view an informative tutorial about these vital topics on the library’s website at https://pagosalibrary.org/election-2020/.

Summary of our partial reopening

  • We’re now 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 for small groups, with library programs having first dibs on the rooms for our programs.  In addition, you can schedule only so far out, usually two weeks to a month, depending on where we are in the month. 
  • Up to 30 patrons at a time can come into the building.
  • 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 computer 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.
  • For those not comfortable coming into the building or unable to wear a mask, curbside service continues Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. except for Thursdays when it’s available 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 now 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 during open hours on Monday, Tuesday,  Friday and Saturday.  Cost is $5 per notary.
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of reopening, so items may take longer than usual. 
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

Adult DIY on Facebook

A free fall-themed DIY event offers some crafty ideas of how to create several fall-themed decorations.  If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f)  in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Or contact us and we can send you a direct link.  

New storywalk for kids

Every other Thursday, Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Summer Reading Storywalk for kids.  The September 24-October 7 theme is fall transitions.   Get outdoors and follow the pages of a book telling a beautiful autumn story as you stroll along.  After you finish, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library.  By popular demand, Storywalks will continue until the snow makes it too difficult to proceed.

Tech Time

Make a 15- or 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.  If you have a Tech Time appointment on Thursday, phone from the parking lot or knock loudly on the front door to be let in.

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. by appointment.  Note start time change from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please register so we can keep it to a small group in our limited open spaces.  No walk-ins, as the front door will be locked. 

Adult learning

GEDclasses plus HiSet, CDL and other free in-person tutoring from Mark is suspended for October and will resume in November.

Dungeons & Dragons moves to Google Meet

Join us on Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons free for teens and young adults.  Note that this fun fantasy role-playing game has moved from Zoom to Google Meet.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on 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

Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Saturday 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 if you go to Facebook at 10 a.m. you can interact with Josie.  Saturday’s Discovery Times with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more are prerecorded.   If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f)  in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Or contact us and we can send you a direct link.  

Nonfiction

“Disloyal” by Michael Cohen is the memoir of President Trump’s personal lawyer.  “Rage” by Bob Woodward is based on 17 on-the-record interviews with President Trump.  “Night” is a new translation of the memoir by Pulitzer Prize winner Elie Wiesel of life in the Nazi concentration camps.   

DVDs

“The Vote” is an American Experience program that tells the story of American women’s campaign to get the right to vote.  “Watchmen” is an HBO series based on the graphic novel. 

Books on CD

“The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien is the classic prelude to “The Lord of the Rings.”  “If Then” by Jill Lepore reveals details of a mostly forgotten company that created computer simulation of people’s behaviors.  “The Original” by Hugo award-winners Brandon Sanderson and Mary Robinette Kowal is a sci-fi thriller.  “Next to Last Stand” by Craig Johnson is a Walt Longmire mystery.

Large print

“Truth and Justice” by Fern Michaels is the latest in the Sisterhood mystery series.  “Deadly Anniversaries” celebrates the 75th anniversary of Mystery Writers of America with a collection of stories by top names in crime fiction.  “Bitter Alpine” by Mary Daheim is an Emma Lord mystery.  “Someone to Romance” by Mary Balogh is a Westcott historical romance.  “Robert B. Parker’s Fool’s Paradise” by Mike Lupica is a Jesse Stone mystery.  “A Question of Betrayal” by Anne Perry is an Elena Standish mystery.  “All the Devils Are Here” by Louise Perry is a Chief Inspector Gamache mystery.  “Shadows of Death” by J.D. Robb is a Lt. Eve Dallas mystery.  “Anxious People” by Fredrik Hackman begins with a hostage situation at an open house.  “The Darkest Evening” by Ann Cleeves is a Vera Stanhope mystery.  “Whirlwind” by Janet Daily is a rodeo romance.  “The Lying Life of Adults” by Elena Ferrante is set in Naples.  “Then She Vanished” by T. Jefferson Parker features P.I. Roland Ford.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Thursday Murder Club” by Richard Osman is set in a retirement community.  “Next to Last Stand” by Craig Johnson is a Walt Longmire mystery. 

Other novels

“The Book of Two Way” by Jodi Picoult features a woman who changes her life after she survives a plane crash landing. “The Paris Secret” by Natasha Lester begins when priceless Dior gowns are found in a grandmother’s cottage.  “Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising” by Timothy Zahn is the first book in a new Star Wars trilogy.  “The End of the Day” by Bill Clegg follows three people when 50-year-old secrets are revealed.  “Piranesi” by Susanna Clarke is a story set in a dreamlike alternative reality.

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  

We are grateful to the San Juan Pi Beta Phi alumnae club for their generous monetary contribution in support of children’s programs.  Also, we received a donation of information on local railroads that we have put in the Hershey Collection; it is available for reference but not checkout.  Please put your material donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  Donations will undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  

Quotable Quote

The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinion.” – James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), American Romantic poet, critic, editor and diplomat. He is associated with the Fireside Poets, a group of New England writers who were among the first American poets to rival the popularity of British poets.

9/24/2020

Last chance to participate in census – Archuleta County needs your help

Have you completed your census questionnaire?  The deadline has been moved forward to September 30 so you don’t have much time.

There’s a lot at stake for our community if we do not participate as much as we should.  Our response rate directly affects the number of representatives we have in Congress.  It determines if we get our fair share of the $675 billion in federal funding for the next 10 years – and our share of state funds — for local and regional agencies and projects like health clinics, fire departments, schools, Medicaid, assistance for American Indians, ESL and adult education programs, housing assistance,  even roads and highways.    

The current self-response rate of Archuleta County households is only 42.3% compared to 69.3% for the State of Colorado and the national rate of 66%. This self-response rate is a reflection of households that completed the census online, by phone, or by mail.

Before September 30, Census Bureau enumerators will try to visit households of non-respondents to ensure everyone is counted. The efforts of census enumerators combined with an area’s self-responses give us the total number of households counted so far for that area. A lot of work remains for census enumerators in our community. The best way to help them is to answer the door if you hear them knocking and respond right now to the census if you have not already done so.

Our county needs your participation to get our fair share of these government  dollars. If you have not already completed this important questionnaire, please do so now.  You don’t have much time with the September 30 deadline looming.

It takes less than 10 minutes to respond to the census and your answers are kept anonymous. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used or shared by any government agency or court.

Please contact Brad or Josie at the library if you have any census-related questions or visit  2020census.gov for more information.  Library computers, phone and staff are available to help you access the census questionnaire.

Tax lien information via Zoom

Next Thursday, October 1 from 5-6 p.m., the Archuleta County Treasurer’s Office will explain what a tax lien is and give you information on how to get started on investing in them if you want to do so. Zoom meeting ID: 856 6443 1537; password: 269665.

Voter tutorial via Facebook

Are you registered to vote?  Do you know how to review your voter registration or update information to ensure you are eligible to vote?  You can view an informative tutorial about these vital topics on the library’s website or share with friends.

If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f)  in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Or contact us and we can send you a direct link.  

Summary of our partial reopening

  • We’re now 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 for small groups, with library programs having first dibs on the rooms for our programs.  In addition, you can schedule only so far out, usually two weeks to a month, depending on where we are in the month. 
  • Up to 30 patrons at a time can come into the building.
  • 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 computer 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.
  • For those not comfortable coming into the building or unable to wear a mask, curbside service continues Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. except for Thursdays when it’s available 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 now 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 during open hours on Monday, Tuesday,  Friday and Saturday.  Cost is $5 per notary.
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of reopening, so items may take longer than usual. 
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

Adult DIY on Facebook Live tomorrow

A free fall-themed DIY event will happen on Facebook Live tomorrow, Friday, September 25, from 2-3 p.m.  Join Brad to get some crafty ideas of how to create several fall-themed decorations. You also can watch the show later.  If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f)  in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Or contact us and we can send you a direct link.  

New storywalk for kids

Every other Thursday, Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Summer Reading Storywalk for kids.  The September 24-October 3 theme is fall transitions.  Get outdoors and follow the pages of a book telling a beautiful autumn story as you stroll along.  After you finish, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library.  By popular demand, Storywalks will continue until the snow makes it too difficult to proceed.

Tech Time

Make a 15- or 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.  If you have a Tech Time appointment on Thursday, phone from the parking lot or knock loudly on the front door to be let in.

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-7 p.m. by appointment.  Please register so we can keep it to a small group in our limited open spaces. No walk-ins, as the front door will be locked. 

Adult learning

GEDclasses plus HiSet, CDL and other free in-person tutoring from Mark is available on Tuesdays from 2-7 p.m. by appointment for both new and returning students. 

Dungeons & Dragons moves to Google Meet

Join us on Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons free for teens and young adults.  Note that this fun fantasy role-playing game has moved from Zoom to Google Meet.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on how to join.  

Children’s programs on Facebook

Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Saturday 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 if you go to Facebook at 10 a.m. you can interact with Josie.  Saturday’s Discovery Times with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more are prerecorded.   If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f)  in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Or contact us and we can send you a direct link.  

Nonfiction

“No Rules Rules” by cofounder Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer describes the management philosophy of flexibility and innovation that has allowed Netflix to successfully reinvent itself several times.  “Everything Beautiful in Its Time” by Jenna Bush Hager shares moving, funny and wise stories about the former first daughter and granddaughter’s grandparents. “The Spy Masters” by Chris Whipple explores how CIA dir3ectors over the years have shaped American history.   “Blackout” by political activist Candace Owens addresses the ways Democrat policies hurt the African American community. 

DVDs

“The Biggest Little Farm” is the true story of a couple who traded city living for 200 acres of barren farmland.  “Project Blue Book” is inspired by the true story of a college professor recruited to a UFO project. 

Books on CD

“Lifeboat” by Maggie Craddock describes the skills necessary to survive and thrive in today’s turbulent times.  “Six Days in August” by David King is the story of the hostage drama that created the term Stockholm Syndrome. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Vince Flynn Total Power” by Kyle Mills is a Mitch Rapp thriller.  “Troubled Blood” by Robert Galbraith is the fifth book in the Cormoran Strike series.

Other novels

“Monogamy” by Sue Miller unveils a ruinous secret in a seemingly perfect marriage.  “The Library of the Unwritten” by A.J. Hackwith is set in the Unwritten wing of Hell where stories unfinished by their authors reside.  “Sleep in a Sea of Stars’ by Christopher Paolini is a  sci-fi fantasy. 

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  

We are grateful to Lenore Bright for her generous monetary contribution in honor of Lou Poma, and to Robert and Jeanette Pike for their generous donation as well.  Please put your material donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  Donations will undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  

Quotable Quote

“It’s hard to overstate the importance of the census to everyday life in the United States. The vast amount of demographic information it gathers determines who gets how much political power in Congress and the states; it steers more than a trillion dollars in federal funding for health care and other critical services; it guides long-term economic decisions by governments, corporations and mom-and-pop stores; it helps determine the location of highways and schools, hospitals and housing, police and fire stations….

“Of the more than $1.5 trillion in federal funding allocated to the states based on census data, 75 percent goes to Medicare and Medicaid…. Census data will be especially important over the next decade as the country confronts the long-term public health impact of the coronavirus pandemic. This will include, among other things, tracking the incidence of the virus, conducting epidemiological research and providing funds for medical equipment.

“Such data are also essential to the functioning of the national economy. They provide large and small businesses with information about work forces and markets. They drive federal regulation of small-business loans, home mortgages and equal-employment practices.”  – Excerpted from an editorial in The New York Times, September 13, 2020.

9/17/2020

Virtual voter registration tutorial next Tuesday

Are you registered to vote?  Do you know how to review your voter registration or update information to ensure you are eligible to vote?  Join us on Facebook on Tuesday, September 22 from noon – 1 p.m. for this informative tutorial.  After the event, it will be posted on the library’s website to view anytime or share with friends.

Here’s how to access the videos after the event:  If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f)  in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Or contact us and we can send you a direct link.  

Summary of our partial reopening

  • We’re now 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 for small groups, with library programs having first dibs on the rooms for our programs.  In addition, you can schedule only so far out, usually two weeks to a month, depending on where we are in the month. 
  • Up to 30 patrons at a time can come into the building.
  • 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 computer 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.
  • For those not comfortable coming into the building or unable to wear a mask, curbside service continues Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. except for Thursdays when it’s available 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 now 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 during open hours on Monday, Tuesday,  Friday and Saturday.  Cost is $5 per notary.
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of reopening, so items may take longer than usual. 
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

Urgent census request – we’re lagging the state

Have you completed your census questionnaire?

The current self-response rate of Archuleta County households is only 41.8% compared to 68.9% for the State of Colorado and the national rate of 65.6%. This self-response rate is a reflection of households that completed the census online, by phone, or by mail.

Census Bureau enumerators also visit households of non-respondents to ensure everyone is counted. The efforts of census enumerators combined with an area’s self-responses give us the total number of households counted so far for that area. Nationally, the total number of households counted is 89.4%, and the state total is 89.7%. The total number for Archuleta County is not published yet, but a lot of work remains for census enumerators in our area. The best way to help them is to answer the door if you hear them knocking and respond right now to the census if you have not already done so.

It takes less than 10 minutes to respond to the census and your answers are kept anonymous. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used or shared by any government agency or court.

Please contact Brad or Josie at the library if you have any census-related questions or visit  2020census.gov for more information.

Suffrage poster display

We hope you’ll stop by the library to view a display of 10 suffrage posters celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment.  Titled “Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence,” the exhibition is a joint effort of the Smithsonian Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.  The crusade for women’s suffrage was one of the longest reform movements in U.S. history.  The posters will be on display until September 22 on the maroon wall behind the computers, on the other side of the checkout desk. 

Tech Time

Make a 15- or 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.  If you have a Tech Time appointment on Thursday, phone from the parking lot or knock loudly on the front door to be let in.

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-7 p.m. by appointment.  Please register so we can keep it to a small group in our limited open spaces.  No walk-ins, as the front door will be locked. 

Adult learning

GEDclasses plus HiSET, CDL and other free in-person tutoring from Mark is available on Tuesdays from 2-7 p.m. by appointment for both new and returning students. 

Dungeons & Dragons via Zoom

Join us via Zoom on Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons free for teens and young adults.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on how to join.  

Children’s programs on Facebook

Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Saturday 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 if you go to Facebook at 10 a.m. you can interact with Josie.  Saturday’s Discovery Times with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more are prerecorded.   If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f)  in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Or contact us and we can send you a direct link.  

Storywalks for kids

Every other Thursday, Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Summer Reading Storywalk for kids.  The September 10-24 theme is making friends.  Get outdoors and follow the pages of a book as you stroll along.  After you finish, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library.  By popular demand, Storywalks will continue until the snow makes it too difficult to proceed.

Books on CD

“The Midwife Murders” by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo is set in a university hospital in New York City.  “Choppy Water” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington thriller.  “Get Sh*t Done” by Jeffrey Gitomer is a guide to productivity, procrastination and profitability.  “The Silent Wife” by Karin Slaughter is a mystery featuring a GBI investigator and a medical examiner.  “Humanocracy” by Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini documents how to replace bureaucracies so organizations can become bold, entrepreneurial and nimble.  “Near Dark” by Brad Thor is an adventure featuring Scot Harvath.  “A Private Cathedral” by James Lee Burke is a crime romance featuring Det. Dave Robicheaux.  “The Nemesis Manifesto” by Eric Van Lustbader is the beginning of a new thriller series.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Chaos” by Iris Johansen features a female CIA agent willing to go rogue if it means catching a killer.  “The Invention of Sound” by Chuck Palahniuk exposes the collision course that threatens to expose the violence beneath Hollywood’s glamorous façade.        

Other novels

“The Last Great Road Bum” by Hector Tobar is a novel based on the personal writings of Joe Sanderson.  “The Big Door Prize” by M.O. Walsh id a story of a mysterious machine that upends a small Louisiana town.

Nonfiction

“The Truth is Marching On”  by Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham is a biography of civil rights activist John Lewis.  “More Alike Than Different” by David Egan is a memoir by a man with Down’s Syndrome who has become an advocate for all people with disabilities.  “Live Free or Die” by Fox News host Sean Hannity is a tribute to conservatism and a critique of the Democrats’ policies.  “Hoax: Donald Trump. Fox News and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth” by CNN anchor Brian Stelter explores the symbiotic relationship between Fox and the president.  “Blitz: Trump Will Smash the Left and Win” by Horowitz chronicles the left wing attacks on the president.  “The Answer Is… Reflections on My Life” by Alex Trebek is a memoir by the Jeopardy! host.

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  

We are grateful to Sherry Spears for the generous monetary contribution in honor of Bud Forman, and to Medora Bass and our anonymous donors for books and other materials.  Please put your material donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  Donations will undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  

Quotable Quote

There are more than 9,000 public libraries across the United States — in cities, suburbs, rural areas and small towns. In surveys, libraries rank among the most trusted institutions in America. They assist with the census and offer voter registration services. They are open to everyone. They are nonpartisan. They are free.  Even in today’s fractured digital age, libraries rank among the most popular and well-visited places in our cultural landscape. According to a 2019 Gallup poll, on average, U.S. adults go to the library nearly once a month, making library visits ‘the most common cultural activity Americans engage in, by far.’”  — Dr. Eric Klinenberg, a sociologist at New York University, writing in The New York Times, September 3, 2010.

9/10/2020

Today:  Shift in Thursday hours and special census event

Starting today, Thursday, September 10, we are shifting our Thursday hours.  Instead of 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with 9-10 a.m. reserved for seniors and higher risk populations, we’ll be open from 1 p.m.- 7 p.m. with 1-2 p.m. reserved for seniors and higher risk populations. 

Being open late on Thursday allows us to add another evening of ESL instruction every Thursday from 4-7 p.m.

If you have a Tech Time appointment on Thursday, please phone from the parking lot or knock loudly on the front door to be let in.

Summary of partial reopening

Here’s more information about your library’s current operations: 

  • We are now accepting meeting room reservations for small groups, with library programs having first dibs on the rooms for our programs.  In addition, you can schedule only so far out, usually two weeks to a month, depending on where we are in the month. 
  • Up to 30 patrons at a time can come into the building.
  • 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 computer 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.
  • For those not comfortable coming into the building, curbside service continues Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. except for Thursdays when it’s available 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 now 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 during open hours on Monday, Tuesday,  Friday and Saturday.  Cost is $5 per notary.
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of reopening, so items may take longer than usual. 
  • We’re happy to provide tech help over the phone for our online resources.

Special census event today

Today, Thursday, September 10, from 1-4 p.m., representatives from the Census Bureau are at the library hosting a Mobile Questionnaire Assistance Station to help anyone who has not completed the census to do so and to answer questions about the census. This assistance station will be outside near the front entrance to the library. Our computers and a public phone inside the building will also be available to anyone needing to complete the census.

This special event comes at a perfect time to help you respond easily and conveniently to the census because Archuleta County’s response rate so far is not good – only 41.1% — compared to the much higher rate of 68.4% for the State of Colorado and 65% nationally.  If this poor showing continues we will not get our fair share of hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds over next 10 years for local and regional agencies and projects like health clinics, fire departments, schools, social services like Medicaid, even roads and highways. 

Adding to the concern about our low participation is the fact that the deadline to respond to the census has been moved forward to September 30, so you do not have much time to participate if you have not already done so. 

It takes only 10 minutes to respond to the census online or by telephone – and  your answers are kept anonymous.  The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

Please contact Brad or Josie at the library if you have any census-related questions or visit 2020census.gov for more information.  And please take advantage of this special event if you have not filled out your census form.  Responding now will help decrease the number of homes census enumerators need to visit and will help ensure a more accurate count for our county. 

Legal clinic by phone or Zoom tomorrow

The free legal clinic each month is now by appointment and is happening tomorrow, Friday, September 11, from 2 – 3 p.m. by telephone or Zoom. You can choose to have the volunteer attorney phone you directly, or you can come into the library and meet via Zoom. To be added to the sign-up sheet 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.

Suffrage poster display

We hope you’ll stop by the library to view a display of 10 suffrage posters celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment.  Titled “Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence,” the exhibition is a joint effort of the Smithsonian Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.  The crusade for women’s suffrage was one of the longest reform movements in U.S. history.  The posters will be on display until September 22 on the maroon wall behind the computers, on the other side of the checkout desk. 

Tech Time

Make a 15- or 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.  If you have a Tech Time appointment on Thursday, phone from the parking lot or knock loudly on the front door to be let in.

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-7 p.m. by appointment.  Please register so we can keep it to a small group in our limited open spaces.  No walk-ins, as the front door will be locked. 

Adult learning

GEDclasses plus HiSet, CDL and other free in-person tutoring from Mark is available on Tuesdays from 2-7 p.m. by appointment for both new and returning students. 

New day for Dungeons & Dragons

Join us via Zoom on Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons free for teens and young adults.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on how to join.   Note day and time change from Tuesdays.

Children’s programs on Facebook

Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Saturday 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 if you go to Facebook at 10 a.m. you can interact with Josie.  Saturday’s Discovery Times with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more are prerecorded.   If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f)  in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Or contact us and we can send you a direct link.  

Storywalks for kids

Every other Thursday, Josie, your early literacy librarian, posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Summer Reading Storywalk for kids.  The September 10-24 theme is making friends.  Get outdoors and follow the pages of a book as you stroll along.  After you finish, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library.  By popular demand, Storywalks will continue until the snow makes it too difficult to proceed.

DVDs

“30 for 30” is Season II films 31-60 of this ESPN series.  “The Good Place” is season two.  “The Windermere Children” is based on a true story about Holocaust survivors.  “Belgravia” is the six-part PBS drama series.   “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” is season two.  “The Good Doctor” is season three.  “His Dark Materials” is the first season of Philip Pullman’s epic fantasy.

Nonfiction

“The Wonder Book of Chemistry” by Jean-Henri Fabre is written to arouse young readers’ interest in science.  “25 Great Sentences and How They Got That Way” by Geraldine Woods looks at hundreds of memorable sentences from fiction, nonfiction, drama, poetry, songs, speeches and ads.  “The End of Alzheimer’s Program” by Dr. Dale E. Bredesen is designed to enhance cognition and reverse decline at any age.  “First Studies of Plant Life” by George Francis Atkinson is a reprint of this classic.  “Above the Clouds” by Kilian Jornet is a memoir by a climber who has broken almost every mountaineering record in the world.  “Livewired” by David Eagleman explores the magic of the brain.  “Superman’s Not Coming” by consumer activist Erin Brockovich details the our national water crisis and what we can do about it.

Story collections

“Daddy” by Emma Cline is a collection of 10 stories portraying moments when the ordinary is disturbed.  “The Spoilt Quilt and Other Frontier Stories,” edited by Hazel Rumney, is a collection of 16 new historical fiction stories about pioneering women of the west.  This is a large print book.

Other large print

“A Private Cathedral” by James Lee Burke is a Det. Dave Robicheaux mystery.  “Shot to Hell” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Perley Gates western. 

Novels

“Where Dreams Descend” by Janella Angeles’s is the first book in a new Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology.  “Transcendent Kingdom” by Yaa Gyasi, a follow-up to “Homegoing,” is a story about a Ghanaian family in the contemporary South.   “Hotel Angeline” is a collaborate novel written by 36 Pacific Northwest writers. 

Books on CD

“The Order” by Daniel Silva is a Gabriel Allon mystery.  “Vesper Flights” by Helen Macdonald is a collection of essays about the human relationship to the natural world.  “Her Last Flight” by Beatriz Williams is the story of a lost pilot and a wartime photographer.  “Younger Next Year for Women” by Chris Crowley and Dr. Henry S. Lodge is the second edition of this guide to good health into your 80s.  “Big Summer” by Jennifer Weiner tells of friendship and forgiveness at a wedding on Cape Cod.  “Deadlock” by Catherine Coulter is a thriller featuring FBI agents Savich and Sherlock.  “Placing Nice” by JP Delaney starts with babies switched at birth.  “Half Moon Bay” by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman begins with finding a decades-old skeleton of a child. “1st  Case” by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts features a rookie FBI agent. 

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  

We are grateful to Victor and Joanne Lucariello for their generous monetary contribution, and to our anonymous donors for books and other materials.  Please put your material donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  Donations will undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  

Quotable Quote

“Ideals are like stars – you can’t reach them, but they can guide the way.” – Japanese proverb.