5/19/2022

Sign up now for free, all-ages Summer Reading Program

You can sign up now at your library or register online for this year’s Summer Reading Program, which begins June 6 with the theme “Oceans of Possibilities.”  Pick up a bingo card because participants get a small prize every time you complete a bingo sheet. 

The Summer Reading Program is one of our most popular events of the year.  It includes activities for all ages that are fun, free and educational.  And it encourages learning and new opportunities for everyone from toddlers to seniors.

Watch for details of more special Summer Reading events in future Library News columns.

CD player to borrow

Do you need a CD player?  We have one you can check out.  Ask at the front desk.

S.T.E.A.M enrichment kits

Participants in this free enrichment program for youngsters aged five and up receive a kit guiding you through science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) projects.  The kits are available all month but registration is required by calling your library at 970-264-2209. 

Spanish conversation today

Today, Thursday, May 19, from 6-7 p.m., we will gather in person at the library to practice speaking and listening skills together.   There is no minimum skill level required to attend.   You also can learn Spanish and many other languages using the Transparent Language Learning database available at https:pagosalibrary.org/online-resources/

Dungeons & Dragons – virtual and in person    

Join us today, Thursday, May 19, from 3-5 p.m. for our ongoing Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults every other Thursday on Discord.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join. 

Then join us next Tuesday, May 24 from 4-6 p.m. for our ongoing in-person Dungeons & Dragons game for teens and young adults.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join.  Free sessions take place at your library on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.

Teen writers next Wednesday

Teen writers from 4th-12th grade are invited to your library on Wednesday, May 25 from 4 – 5 p.m.  Stories, poetry, graphic novels, fan fiction – it’s all welcome.

StoryWalk in new location

Our very popular StoryWalk has resumed at a new location.  We are pleased to partner with the Town of Pagosa Springs to bring the StoryWalk to the River Walk downtown.  It starts at the Community Center and heads north toward the green houses.  The May 15-31 featured book is “Hike” by Pete Oswald.

Family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.

Discovery Time

All-ages Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of the month with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more.  The next Discovery Time is this Saturday, May 21. 

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays with 4-5 p.m. reserved for beginners and 5-7 p.m. for both intermediate and advanced students.  Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  

Las clases de ESL

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

Tech Time

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

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session take place on Thursdays  from 5:30-8 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  No registration required.  Note no PALS today, May 19.

In-person gaming

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

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge will be posted May 23 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Library hours

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

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

Activities calendars available

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

Downloadable books 

CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages. Accessing your library’s free digital collection has never been easier. You just need to download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog for the name of your library, then enter your library card number and 4-digit PIN. You are now ready to browse, borrow and read e-books and audiobooks using cloudLibrary. Library staff are happy to help you set up your device if you need assistance. 

Nonfiction

“This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future” by New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns chronicles U.S. politics from the start of the coronavirus pandemic while Trump was president through the first year of the Biden presidency.  “Riverman: An American Odyssey” by Ben McGrath is the biography of Dick Conant, who canoed solo on thousands of miles of American rivers and then disappeared near the Outer Banks.  “The Nineties” by Chuck Klosterman reviews the wholesale shifts in society in the 1990s in films, music, sports, TV, politics and more.  “On the Trail of the Jackalope” by Michael P. Branch explores how a legend captured the world’s imagination and helped us cure cancer.

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Younger Wife” by Sally Hepworth is a domestic suspense story involving the family of a man who wants to remarry. 

Other novels

“Shadows of Berlin” by David R. Gillham follows a woman from Berlin with a new American husbanddealing with difficult memories.  “Very Cold People” by Sarah Manguso explores secrets in an elite Massachusetts town now being peopled by immigrants.  “Beautiful” by Danielle Steel centers on a supermodel whose life is uprooted by a terrorist attack.

Donations  

We are grateful to Susan and Terry Arrington for their generous monetary donation and to our anonymous donors for their materials donations.  Please put your materials donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  

Library foundation

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation. To respond to the evolving needs of our community, we are now working on a $4 million project to expand our building so that we can provide private study rooms, an intergenerational hands-on learning space, easy access to self-checkout and drop-off, a beautiful outdoor reading garden and an endowment for the future.  Mail checks to P.O. Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209.

Quotable Quote

“At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, winning one more verdict or closing one more deal.  You will regret time not spent with a husband, a child, a friend or a parent.” – Barbara Bush (1925-2018), former First Lady of the U.S. and founder of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

5/12/2022

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten an ideal literacy program for babies and toddlers

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. 

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.

Legal clinic tomorrow

The free legal clinic this month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, May 13 from 2 – 3 p.m.  Please come into the library to meet privately via Zoom with our volunteer attorney who will answer your questions, show you legal documents and help you fill out the necessary forms.  To schedule an appointment, at the beginning of the month send an email titled “Sign-up for Free Legal Clinic,” with your first name and phone number to ruby@pagosalibrary.org, or phone 970-264-2209 or stop by the library. The volunteer attorney’s time is limited so it’s first-come first-served.  This clinic takes place on the second Friday of every month.  

New StoryWalk next Monday

Our very popular StoryWalk has resumed at a new location.  We are pleased to partner with the Town of Pagosa Springs to bring the StoryWalk to the River Walk downtown.  It starts at the Community Center and heads north toward the green houses.  The May 15-31 featured book is “Hike” by Pete Oswald.

Adult DIY next Tuesday

At the in-person adult DIY next Tuesday, May 17 from 1-2 p.m., we will use a variety of DIY supplies from previous months to give you the opportunity to create something useful or decorative. 

LEGO Club on Saturday

Kids aged six and up are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, May 14 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.  LEGO challenges also are posted on Facebook if you can’t make it to the library.

Virtual teen advisory board

Next Wednesday, May 18 the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. on GoogleMeet.  Fourth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.   Video call link:  https://meet.google.com/jav-wcht-szx

Special family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move. Special guests Lisa Baker and her friend Fluffy Dog will provide puppets, storytelling and silly fun on May 18.   

Dungeons & Dragons   

Join us next Thursday, May 19 from 3-5 p.m. for our ongoing Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults every other Thursday on Discord.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join.  Free in-person sessions take place at your library on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 4-6 p.m.

Spanish conversation next Thursday

Next Thursday, May 19 from 6-7 p.m., we will gather in person at the library to practice speaking and listening skills together.   There is no minimum skill level required to attend.   You also can learn Spanish and many other languages using the Transparent Language Learning database available at https:pagosalibrary.org/online-resources/

Discovery Time

All-ages Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of the month with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more.  The next Discovery Time is on May 21. 

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays with 4-5 p.m. reserved for beginners and 5-7 p.m. for both intermediate and advanced students.  Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  

Las clases de ESL

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

Tech Time

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

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session take place on Thursdays  from 5:30-8 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Note no PALS May 19.

In-person gaming

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

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge was posted May 9 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Library hours

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

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

Activities calendars available

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

Downloadable books 

CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages. Accessing your library’s free digital collection has never been easier. You just need to download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog for the name of your library, then enter your library card number and 4-digit PIN. You are now ready to browse, borrow and read e-books and audiobooks using cloudLibrary. Library staff are happy to help you set up your device if you need assistance. 

Large print

“Silver Grass” by John D. Nesbitt is a western set on a ranch in Wyoming.  “Ralph Compton Blood on the Prairie” by Tony Healey is a western in the Gunfighter series.  “A Family Affair” by Robyn Carr features a woman whose life falls apart when her husband dies.  “A Safe House” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.   “Sister Stardust” by Jane Green follows a small-town English girl who moves to Morocco. 

Mysteries and thrillers

“High Road” by Jeff Carson is the latest David Wolf mystery set in southwest Colorado.  “Our American Friend” by Anna Pitoniak tells of a journalist writing the biography of a mysterious First Lady.

Other novels 

“The House Between Earth and the Moon” by Rebecca Scherm is a futuristic sci-fi story set on a billionaire-funded space station to deal with climate change on earth.  “Wildcat” by Amelia Morris features a woman’s journey through motherhood and female friendship.  “Take My Hand” by Dolen Perkins-Valdez is the story of a young Black nurse’s quest for justice in post-segregation Alabama.  “Shadow Fallen” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is a Dream-Hunter historical fantasy novel.

Nonfiction

“Rewilding” by Paul Jepson and Cain Blythe describes this new approach to restoring ecosystems.  “Bigger Than Tiny” by Sheri Koones is an illustrated guide to building smaller environmentally friendly homes.  “The Beauty of Dusk” by Frank Bruni tells of the author’s recovery from a stroke that affected his eyesight.  “The Palace Papers” by longtime British royals watcher Tina Brown covers the lives of Queen Elizabeth and her family over the last 25 years.  “Wagon Boss: A True Cowboy Story” by Ed Ashurst follows the life of an Arizona cowboy.   “50 States 500 Campgrounds” is a guide to campgrounds across the U.S. and Canada.

Spanish-language books

“Amor y Respecto” (“Love & Respect”) by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs is a faith-centered, self-help book with advice on how spouses can deal with conflict quickly, easily and biblically.  “El Hotel de Cristal” (“The Glass Hotel”) by Emily St. John Mandel is a novel set at the intersection of two seemingly disparate events – the exposure of a massive criminal enterprise and the disappearance of a woman at sea.

DVDs

“Spider-Man No Way Home” reveals the hero’s identity for the first time.  “Death on the Nile” is the new film version of the classic Agatha Christie novel.  “Cyrano” also is the new film version of the classic novel “Cyrano de Bergerac.”

Books on CD

“One of Us is Dead” by Jeneva Rose is a thriller set in Atlanta.  “City on Fire” by Don Winslow is the first book in a new trilogy about two criminal empires at war.  “Death of the Black Widow” by James Patterson and J.D. Parker follows a woman who escaped from police custody.  “Dream Town” by David Baldacci is an Aloysious Aracher thriller.  “Glimpse into Evil” by Lynn Moffett is book three in the Incursion series about mercenaries rounding up Christians in a small Colorado town.       

Donations  

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

Library foundation

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation. To respond to the evolving needs of our community, we are now working on a $4 million project to expand our building so that we can provide private study rooms, an intergenerational hands-on learning space, easy access to self-checkout and drop-off, a beautiful outdoor reading garden and an endowment for the future.  Mail checks to P.O. Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209.

Quotable Quote

“Youthfulness is connected to the ability to see things new for the first time.  So if your eyes still look at life with wonder, then you will seem young, even though you may not be chronologically young.” – Goldie Hawn, actress, dancer, producer and singer.

5/5/2022

Free downloadable e-books and audio books available in cloudLibrary

If you haven’t tried accessing and taking advantage of cloudLibrary, you may want to do so to greatly expand the list of free e-books and audio books available to you and your family for your reading pleasure.

This downloadable service offers e-books and audio books for all ages – children, tweens, teens and adults.  The items in cloudLibrary are purchased separately from physical items, so the books available are different – and it continues to use the AspenCat consortium’s contributions as well as those that we bought.   A wide variety of classic titles and popular books of all genres is available. 

Go to the library website at https://pagosalibrary.org. and click on the Downloadable Content box.  Then click on cloudLibrary and follow the instructions to set up this service on your computer or device.  

If you need assistance, all library staff are happy to help you set up your electronic device and answer any questions.   

Therapy dog visit tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, May 6, from 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. you are invited to come to the library for a free visit with a certified therapy dog.  It’s a great way to relax or boost your day.  The visits will be limited to 10-15 minutes – just the right amount of time to pet the dog, read to the dog or just say “Hi.”  This activity is for all ages.  

Adult book club next Tuesday

Ruby’s Book Club meets in person from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10 to discuss “Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law” by Mary Roach.  Copies are available at your library.  This book club is held the second Tuesday of each month, alternating between fiction and nonfiction titles.  Anyone is welcome to attend.

Teen gaming next Wednesday

Free teen gaming happens on Wednesday, May 11 from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 6th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks. 

Dungeons & Dragons   

Join us next Tuesday, May 10 from 4-6 p.m. for our ongoing in-person Dungeons & Dragons game for teens and young adults.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join.  Free sessions take place at your library on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. 

Special family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move. Special guest Miss Diane  will share some food stories and maybe even a taste testing on May 11.   

Discovery Time

All-ages Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of the month with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more.  This month’s Discovery Times are on May 7 and 21.  

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays with 4-5 p.m. reserved for beginners and 5-7 p.m. for both intermediate and advanced students.  Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  

Las clases de ESL

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

Tech Time 

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

Adult education 

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session take place on Thursdays  from 5:30-8 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

In-person gaming

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

Writing challenge 

A new all-ages writing challenge will be posted May 9 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

S.T.E.A.M enrichment kits

Participants in this free enrichment program for youngsters aged five and up receive a kit guiding you through science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) projects.  The kits are available all month but registration is required by calling your library at 970-264-2209.  

CD player to borrow

Do you need a CD player?  We have one you can check out.  Ask at the front desk.

Library hours

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

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

Activities calendars available

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

Spanish language self-help books

“El Actor: Como Alcanzar la Autenticidad” by Don Miguel Ruiz is a guide to mastering the art of life.  “Eros: Retorno al Amor Uncondicional,” also by Don Miguel Ruiz, is a guide to finding and purer and more generous love.  “Autentica y Unica” by Joyce Meyer is a guide to using the abilities God gave you to fulfill His purpose for your life.  “Vive Confiado en un Mundo Caotico” by Dr. David Jeremiah offers practical Bible-based instructions for living in a world of chaos and crisis.    

Nonfiction 

“The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need” by Andrew Tobias is the revised and updated version.  “In Love” by Amy Bloom is a memoir of a couple facing end-of-life decisions when the husband is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  “Real Cowboys Grand  Canyon to Mexico” by Ed Ashurst is a tribute to men and women working cattle in the West.    

Mysteries and thrillers

“The End of Getting Lost” by Robin Kirman follows a couple on their honeymoon in Europe in 1996, before cell phones.  “The Sacred Bridge” by Anne Hillerman is a Leaphorn, Chee and Manuelio book in the Navajo Nation series.  “Such a Pretty Smile” by Kristi DeMeester focuses on a killer whose victims are young trouble-maker girls.  “Crimson Summer” by Heather Graham is about an apocalypse cult in Florida.  “Kingdom of Bones” by James Rollins is a Sigma Force thriller.     

Other novels  

“Sea of Tranquility” by Emily St. John Mandel is a story of time travel set on Vancouver Island and a dark colony on the moon.  “Brown Girls” by Daphne Palasi Andreades follows the lives of five immigrant young ladies living in Queens, New York.  “What the Fireflies Knew” by Kai Harris is a coming-of-age story told by a young black girl.  “No Land to Light On” by Yara Zgheib is about a young Syrian couple separated by the travel ban.  “City of Shadows” by Victoria Thompson focuses on the negative effects on a widow of an unscrupulous medium.  “Incursion” and “Conspiracy” by Lynn Moffett are books one and two of a series about mercenaries rounding up Christians in a small Colorado town.         

Books on CD

“The Investigator” by John Sandford is a Letty Davenport mystery.  “Kingdom of Bones” by James Rollins is a Sigma Force thriller.  

Large print

“Robert Ludlum’s The Treadstone Transgression” by Joshua Hood is book three in the Treadstone series.  “Daughter of the Morning Star” by Craig Johnson is a Walt Longmire mystery.  “Give Unto Others” by Donna Leon is a Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery.  “What Happened to the Bennetts” by Lisa Scottoline begins with a carjacking.

Donations  

We are grateful to Richard Moore for his generous monetary donation, and to Alan Saltzstein and our anonymous donors for their materials donations.  Please put your materials donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  

Library foundation

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation. To respond to the evolving needs of our community, we are now working on a $4 million project to expand our building so that we can provide private study rooms, an intergenerational hands-on learning space, easy access to self-checkout and drop-off, a beautiful outdoor reading garden and an endowment for the future.  Mail checks to P.O. Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209.

Quotable Quote

“Don’t let perfect be the enemy of the good.  Gardens are living, breathing organisms just like us, imperfect and flawed.” – Linda Vater, self-described “gardening evangelist” and YouTube instructor known for her fresh, unstuffy take on traditional English gardens.

4/28/2022

StoryWalk resumes in new downtown River Walk location

Our very popular StoryWalk resumes next Monday, May 2 at a new location.  We are pleased to partner with the Town of Pagosa Springs to bring the StoryWalk to the River Walk downtown.  It starts at the Community Center and heads north toward the green houses.

The May 1-14 feature is “Bird Watch,” a seek-and-fine picture book by Christie Matheson.  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the birds that live around us – and look for them, too.

Resume and cover letter session

Learn how to use Microsoft Word to create a professional looking resume using basic and advanced formatting tools next Tuesday, May 3 from 1-2 p.m.  Brad will also go over the basics of creating an effective cover letter.

Teen DIY next Wednesday

Fourth – 12th graders are invited to a free in-person teen DIY session on Wednesday, May 4 from 4-5 p.m.  We hope you’ll join us to get creative and see what you can make.

Therapy dog visit next Friday

Next Friday, May 6  from 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. you are invited to come to the library for a free visit with a certified therapy dog.  The visits will be limited to 10-15 minutes – just the right amount of time to pet the dog, read to the dog or just say “Hi.”  This activity is for all ages. 

Dungeons & Dragons   

Join us next Thursday, May 5 from 3-5 p.m. for our ongoing Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults every other Thursday on Discord.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join.  Free in-person sessions take place at your library on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 4-6 p.m.

Special family storytime and Discovery Time

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move. On May 4 special guest Melanie Milburn will join us from Durango to share great original music and stories.  All-ages Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of the month with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more.   This month’s Discovery Times are on April 2 and 16.

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays with 4-5 p.m. reserved for beginners and 5-7 p.m. for both intermediate and advanced students.  Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  

Las clases de ESL

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

Tech Time

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

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session take place on Thursdays  from 5:30-8 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

In-person gaming

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

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge was posted April 25 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

S.T.E.A.M enrichment kits

Participants in this free enrichment program for youngsters aged five and up receive a kit guiding you through science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) projects.  The kits are available all month but registration is required by calling your library at 970-264-2209.

CD player to borrow

Do you need a CD player?  We have one you can check out.  Ask at the front desk.

Library hours

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

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

Activities calendars available

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

Large print

“A Relative Murder” by Jude Deveraux is book four of the Medlar Mystery series.  “The Atlas Six” by Olivie Blake focuses on six new initiates to a secret society of magical  academicians.  “Calder Grit” by Janet Dailey is book two of the Calder Brand America West romance series. 

Mysteries and thrillers

“A Game of Fear” by Charles Todd is an Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery.  “Creatures of Charm and Hunger” by Molly Tanzer is set in a library in England that houses all the occult knowledge of an international association of diabolists.  “Violence” by Delilah S. Dawson focuses on a mysterious epidemic of violence sweeping the nation.   “Dream Town” by David Baldacci is an Archer thriller.  “Kingdom of Bones” by James Rollins is a Sigma Force thriller.  “Good Rich People” by Eliza Jane Brazier is a psychological thriller. 

Other novels 

“Dawnshard” by Brandon Sanderson is a novella from the Stormlight Archive fantasy series.  “Free Love” by Tessa Hadley follows a happily married woman who awakens to the sexual revolution in 1960s’ London.  “Eternal” by Lisa Scottoline is an historical novel set in pre-World War II Italy.  “Lessons in Chemistry” by Bonnie Garmus features a chemist who is the reluctant star of a cooking show.  “The Candy House” by Pulitzer Prize winning author Jennifer Egan explores the quest for authenticity in a world where memories and identities are no longer our own.  “The End of Getting Lost” by Robin Kirman  

Books on CD

“Listening Still” by Anne Griffin features a woman in Ireland who can communicate with the recently departed.   “Robert Ludlum’s The Treadstone Transgression” by Joshua Hood is a thriller about a CIA source in the Haitian National Bank.  “Beautiful” by Danielle Steel centers on a supermodel whose life is uprooted by a terrorist attack.  “Freezing Order” by Bill Browder is a true story of money laundering, murder and surviving Putin’s wrath.  “Young Mundo” by Douglas Stuart portrays the lives of two gay men in working-class families.  “The Candy House” by Pulitzer Prize winning author Jennifer Egan explores the quest for authenticity in a world where memories and identities are no longer our own.   

Nonfiction

“Woke Racism” by John McWhorter explores the author’s belief that our current obsession with cancel culture and the woke culture is hurting Black America.  “The Invisible Kingdom” by Meghan O’Rourke investigates the effects of chronic illnesses like autoimmune diseases, post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome and long COVID.  “The Bald Eagle” by Pulitzer Prize winning historian Jack E. Davis looks at five centuries of history of our national bird.  “Ways and Means” by Roger Lowenstein is the story of how Lincoln and his cabinet financed the Civil War. 

DVDs

“The Magnificent Seven” is a modern version of the classic story.  “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is a comedic action film.  “Queen of Katwe” is a Disney film based on a true story of a Ugandan girl.  “Scientific Secrets for a Powerful Memory” contains six 30-minute lectures in the Great Courses series.

Downloadable books 

CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages. Accessing your library’s free digital collection has never been easier. You just need to download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog for the name of your library, then enter your library card number and 4-digit PIN. You are now ready to browse, borrow and read e-books and audiobooks using cloudLibrary. Library staff are happy to help you set up your device if you need assistance. 

Donations  

We are grateful to Susan and Terry Arrington for their generous monetary donation, and to Joanne Ferko, Rosalea Connor and our anonymous donors for their materials donations.  Please put your materials donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns. 

Library foundation

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation. To respond to the evolving needs of our community, we are now working on a $4 million project to expand our building so that we can provide private study rooms, an intergenerational hands-on learning space, easy access to self-checkout and drop-off, a beautiful outdoor reading garden and an endowment for the future.  Mail checks to P.O. Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209.

Quotable Quote

“Asking for help doesn’t make you weak – it makes you smart.” – Martina Navratilova, Czechoslovakian and American former tennis player and coach.  She is considered among the greatest tennis players of all time as the winner of 59 titles and a record nine wins at Wimbledon.

4/21/2022

Celebrate Earth Day with free takeaway kit for all ages

On April 22, 1970, Americans marched and demonstrated in the streets for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive rallies across the U.S. on our country’s first Earth Day. An estimated 20 million people from 10,000 elementary and high schools, 2,000 colleges, and more than 1,000 communities participated that day. (It was rumored that the date of April 22 was chosen because it fell between colleges’ spring breaks and final exams.)

Not only did the first Earth Day result in an impressive turnout, it also achieved an unusual political alignment. Republicans and Democrats and people from all demographics – students, union members, farmers, scientists, community leaders and politicians – all came together to support the environment.

This accomplishment is even more remarkable when you consider that all of the organizing and communicating was done without emails, cell phones, the internet, social media or even fax machines.

The first Earth Day gave environmental issues national and political attention. It also influenced the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and numerous laws that protect our environment. 

In 1990 Earth Day went global, mobilizing more than 200 million people in 141 countries. This event put environmental issues on the world stage, paving the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Ten years later, Earth Day 2000 focused on climate change and clean energy. Approximately 5,000 environmental groups and 184 countries participated, reaching hundreds of millions of people.

Now more than a billion people around the world participate in various Earth Day activities and events each April 22. 

We invite you to participate in Earth Day by stopping by your library on April 22 to pick up your free pollinator-themed takeaway kit, while supplies last.

Local author

“Pearls of Winter” by Lisa J. Jisa is the story of a woman who moves from the American Midwest to Uganda on a whim, searching for a fresh start.  The author, who recently moved to Pagosa from Wisconsin, donated a copy to the library for your reading pleasure.

CD player to borrow

Do you need a CD player?  We have one you can check out.  Ask at the front desk.

LEGO Club on Saturday

Kids aged six and up are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, April 23 from 11 a.m.-noon for the free LEGO Club.  LEGO challenges also are posted on Facebook if you can’t make it to the library.

Teen writers next Wednesday

Teen writers from 4th-12th grade are invited to your library on Wednesday, April 27 from 4 – 5 p.m.  Stories, poetry, graphic novels, fan fiction – it’s all welcome.

Spanish conversation next Thursday

Next Thursday, April 22 from 6-7 p.m., we will gather in person at the library to practice speaking and listening skills together.   There is no minimum skill level required to attend.   As an alternative, you can learn Spanish and many other languages using the Transparent Language Learning database available at https:pagosalibrary.org/online-resources/

Dungeons & Dragons   

Join us next Tuesday, April 26 from 3-5 p.m. for our ongoing in-person Dungeons & Dragons game for teens and young adults.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join.  Free sessions take place at your library on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 4-6 p.m.

Special family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move. Special guests Lisa Baker and her friend Fluffy Dog will provide puppets and storytelling on April 27.   

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays with 4-5 p.m. reserved for beginners and 5-7 p.m. for both intermediate and advanced students.  Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  

Las clases de ESL

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

Tech Time

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

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session take place on Thursdays  from 5:30-8 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

In-person gaming

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

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge will be posted April 25 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

S.T.E.A.M enrichment kits

Participants in this free enrichment program for youngsters aged five and up receive a kit guiding you through science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) projects.  The kits are available all month but registration is required by calling your library at 970-264-2209. 

Library hours

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

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

Activities calendars available

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

Academy Award DVDs

“Summer of Soul” won best documentary for its portrayal of the Harlem Cultural Festival concert in 1969.  “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” won best actress for Jessica Chastain as well as best makeup and hairstyling.  “Belfast” was nominated for seven awards and won for best original screenplay.  “Attica” was a nominee for best documentary feature. 

Other DVDs

“Redeeming Love” is a love story set during the California Gold Rush of 1850.  “Sing 2” is an animated movie featuring singing and dancing.  “The Poison Squad” is a documentary featuring a government chemist whose work on dangerous food laid the groundwork for U.S. consumer protection laws and the creation of the FDA.  “Benjamin Franklin” is the PBS documentary film by Ken Burns. 

Large print

“Fear Thy Neighbor” by Fern Michaels is a mystery set on Palmetto Island.  “The Missing Piece” by John Lescroart is a Dismas Hardy mystery.  “The Golden Couple” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen features a maverick therapist advising a married couple.  “The Recovery Agent” by Janet Evanovich starts a new adventure series featuring Gabriela Rose.  “The Coldest Case” by Martin Walker is a Bruno, chief of police, mystery.       

Books on CD

“The Missing Piece” by John Lescroart is a Dismas Hardy mystery.  “Safe House” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington adventure.  “French Braid” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Anne Tyler follows a family from the 1950s to COVID.  “The Recovery Agent” by Janet Evanovich starts a new adventure series featuring Gabriela Rose.  “Run Rose Run” by Dolly Parton and James Patterson is a thriller featuring a country western singer-songwriter.    

Nonfiction

“You, Happier” by Dr. Daniel G Amen, a psychiatrist, explores seven neuroscience secrets of feeling good based on your brain type.  “All the White Friends I Couldn’t Keep” by Andre Henry offers a path for Blacks and people of color based on the history of nonviolent struggle.  “The Worth of Water” by Gary White and Matt Damon describes how a water expert and an actor came together to help more than 40 million people access water and better health.  “Diné” by Peter Iverson is a history of the Navajo people from their origins to the beginning of the 21st century.  “The Emergency” by Thomas Fisher is the story of a dramatic year in the life of a Chicago ER doctor and a primer in the health care we all need.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations  

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

Library foundation

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation. To respond to the evolving needs of our community, we are now working on a $4 million project to expand our building so that we can provide private study rooms, an intergenerational hands-on learning space, easy access to self-checkout and drop-off, a beautiful outdoor reading garden and an endowment for the future.  Mail checks to P.O. Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209.

Quotable Quote

“Never give up. Always chase after your dreams.  I fight each and every day. Each and every day is a challenge. Each and every day presents its own different challenges for all of us. I wake up and start the fight all over again.” – Tiger Woods, playing April 7-10 in the Master tournament in serious pain after 14 months away from competitive golf as a result of a near-fatal car accident.

4/14/2022

Salute to library volunteers during National Volunteer Week

Author Sherry Anderson once said, “Volunteers don’t get paid – not because they are worthless but because they are priceless.”  Everyone on your library staff agrees. 

Our volunteers are everyday heroes who make a lasting impact on the service we provide you, your family and friends at your library.  In fact, last year our volunteers contributed 1,551 hours of time valued at $44,265, up 62.7% over the year before.

National Volunteer Week is April 17-23 this year, and Meg Wempe, library director, and her team want to take this opportunity to say a special thanks to all of our volunteers.

Please know that we appreciate you tremendously.  As William James said, “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” 

CD player to borrow

Do you need a CD player?  We have one you can check out.  Ask at the front desk.

Therapy dog visit next Tuesday

Next Tuesday, April 19  from 4 – 4:45 p.m. you are invited to come to the library for a free visit with a certified therapy dog.  The visits will be limited to 10-15 minutes – just the right amount of time to pet the dog, read to the dog or just say “Hi.”  This activity is for all ages. 

Adult DIY next Tuesday

At the in-person adult DIY next Tuesday, April 19 from 1-2 p.m., we will supply colorful scrapbook paper to create flowers that can be mounted in the shape of the letter of your choice.  Your finished craft can be used as an attractive wall hanging or as a spring wreath.

Virtual teen advisory board

Next Wednesday, April 20 the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. on GoogleMeet.  Fourth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.   Video call link:  https://meet.google.com/jav-wcht-szx

Dungeons & Dragons   

Join us next Thursday, April 21 from 3-5 p.m. for our ongoing Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults every other Thursday on Discord.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join.  Free in-person sessions take place at your library on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 4-6 p.m.

Special family storytimes

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move. Special guests Lisa Baker and her friend Fluffy Dog will provide puppets and storytelling on April 20.   The next Discovery Time takes place this Saturday, April 16 on Facebook at 2:30 p.m.

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays with 4-5 p.m. reserved for beginners and 5-7 p.m. for both intermediate and advanced students.  Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  

Las clases de ESL

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

Tech Time

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

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session take place on Thursdays  from 5:30-8 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

In-person gaming

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

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge was posted April 11 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

S.T.E.A.M enrichment kits

Participants in this free enrichment program for youngsters aged five and up receive a kit guiding you through science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) projects.  The kits are available all month but registration is required by calling your library at 970-264-2209. 

Library hours

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

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

Activities calendars available

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

Mysteries and thrillers

“Tom Clancy Chain of Command” by Marc Cameron is a Jack Ryan thriller.  “When You Are Mine” by Michael Robotham is a psychological thriller featuring a London policewoman.  

Other novels

“Klara and the Sun” by Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro features an artificial friend who carefully watches everyone around her in search of love.  “The Diamond Eye” by Kate Quinn is based on a true story about a quiet bookworm who becomes history’s deadliest female sniper in World War II.

Large print

“When All Hell Broke Loose” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is book three in the Preacher & Jamie MacCallister western series.  “Ralph Compton: Guns of the Greenhorn” by Matthew P Mayo is the latest in the Gunfighter series.  “Shadows Reel” by C.J. Box is a Joe Pickett mystery. 

DVDS

“West Side Story” is the new version of this Broadway hit that won the 2022 Academy Award for best supporting actress and was nominated for six other awards including best picture and best director.  “Josee, the Tiger and the Fish” is an animated romantic comedy based on the Japanese short story.

Books on CD

“Shadows Reel” by C.J.Box is a Joe Pickett mystery.          

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations  

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

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“I’m sure someone, someplace, is smart enough to succeed while ‘keeping it in perspective’ and not working too hard, but I’ve never met him or her.  The more you work, the better you do.  It’s that simple.” – Michael Bloomberg, entrepreneur, philanthropist and former mayor of New York City.

4/7/2022

Library fundraiser tickets selling quickly to benefit  building expansion

Tickets are selling quickly for a special fundraiser this Saturday, April 9 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the PLPOA clubhouse to raise funds for the Ruby Sisson Library Foundation’s campaign to expand and renovate your library. 

This elegant event will feature a silent auction of 17 different table settings, each  for up to eight people, designed by some of Pagosa’s most creative artists.  The settings are based on popular books including “Like Water for Chocolate,” “Pride and Prejudice,” “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” “Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations,” “Under the Tuscan Sun,” “Where the Wild Things Are,”  “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” 

You’ll also enjoy food, a cash bar and beautiful music by guitarist Steve Blechschmidt, who is donating his time and talents. 

Only a limited number of tickets still are available because of space limitations and the popularity of this event.  Purchase tickets at $50 per person at your library (cash or check only) or at https:pagosalibrary.org/library-foundation/the-library-affair.   On that website you also can get an advance look at the beautiful table settings and vote online for your favorites with a $1 donation per vote.

The library’s current building opened in 1989 and underwent its first expansion in 2005.  As the needs of our community evolve and grow, your library now is preparing to expand by 50 percent to 11,300 square feet.  The addition will offer community meeting space, a dedicated area for children’s literacy programs, a room exclusively for teens and tweens, private study rooms, an intergenerational hands-on learning space, easy access to self-checkout and drop-off, and a beautiful outdoor reading garden.

Nearly $1.5 million already has been raised toward the $4 million expansion project.  Numerous generous sponsors are underwriting this event so that the auction proceeds and other donations can go directly to the expansion campaign.   If you are unable to attend, we hope you will consider contributing to this effort.

Therapy dog visit tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, April 8 from 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. you are invited to come to the library for a free visit with a certified therapy dog.  The visits will be limited to 10-15 minutes – just the right amount of time to pet the dog, read to the dog or just say “Hi.”  This activity is for all ages.  The dog’s next visit is Tuesday, April 19 from 4 – 4:45 p.m.            

Legal clinic tomorrow

The free legal clinic this month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, April 8 from 2 – 3 p.m.  Please come into the library to meet privately via Zoom with our volunteer attorney who will answer your questions, show you legal documents and help you fill out the necessary forms.  To schedule an appointment, at the beginning of the month send an email titled “Sign-up for Free Legal Clinic,” with your first name and phone number to ruby@pagosalibrary.org, or phone or stop by the library. The volunteer attorney’s time is limited so it’s first-come first-served.  This clinic takes place on the second Friday of every month.  Another option: Visit http://checkerboard.co/ anytime to find many legal forms and other legal information.

LEGO Club on Saturday

Kids aged six and up are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, April 9 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.  LEGO challenges also are posted on Facebook if you can’t make it to the library.

Adult book club next Tuesday

Ruby’s Book Club meets in person from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12 to discuss “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett.  Copies are available at your library.  This book club is held the second Tuesday of each month, alternating between fiction and nonfiction titles. 

Dungeons & Dragons   

Join us on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 4-6 p.m. for our in-person Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults.  The next one is Tuesday, April 12.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Wednesday, April 13 from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 6th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Special family storytims

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  Books with Bently is a special event on Wednesday, April 13 when you can share your favorite book with a therapy dog who loves stories.   The next Discovery Time takes place Saturday, April 16 on Facebook at 2:30 p.m.

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays with 4-5 p.m. reserved for beginners and 5-7 p.m. for both intermediate and advanced students.  Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  

Las clases de ESL

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

Tech Time

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.   Brad will help you resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices.  Note no Tech Time today, March 24.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session take place on Thursdays  from 5:30-8 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

In-person gaming

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

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge will be posted April 11 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Library hours

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

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

Activities calendars available

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

Nonfiction

“Black Ops” by Ric Prado is the memoir of a Cuban American who worked for the CIA for 50 years, through the Cold War and Age of Terrorism.  “Lessons from the Edge” by Marie Yovanovitch is the memoir of the highly respected American ambassador to Ukraine.  “There is Nothing for You Here” by Fiona Hill is the memoir of a coal miner’s daughter who became an American citizen and served three presidents as a foreign policy expert. 

Large print

“The Summer Getaway” by Susan Mallery is a story about the threads that hold a family together.  “The Berlin Exchange” by Joseph Kanon is a Cold War mystery.  “This Might Hurt” by Stephanie Wrobel is set on a mysterious private island off the coast of Maine.   

Mysteries and thrillers

“Nine Lives” by Peter Swanson focuses on nine strangers whose names are on a list of people to die.  “The Book of Cold Cases” by Simone St. James features a true-crime blogger who interviews a woman acquitted of two cold-case slayings.  “The Match” by Harlan Coben is a thriller that begins with a match on a DNA data base.  “2 Sisters Detective Agency” by James Patterson and Candice Fox is a book about half-sisters who inherit a detective agency.   

Other novels

“Phantom Game” by Christine Feehan is the latest in the Ghost Walker paranormal romance series.  “A Sunlit Weapon” by Jacqueline Winspear features investigator Maisie Dobbs in a story set in World War II.  “French Braid” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Anne Tyler is a journey into one family’s foibles from the 1950s to our pandemic present.  “Better Luck Next Year” by Julia Claiborne Johnson centers on women awaiting their divorces at a dude ranch in Reno.  “The Kingdoms” by Natasha Pulley is a time-twisting alternative history story.     

DVDS

“A Journal for Jordan” is based on the true story of a soldier deployed to Iraq who keeps a journal of love and advice for his infant son.  “Dalgliesh” is the first season of this mystery series based on PD James’ bestselling books.           

Books on CD

“A Sunlit Weapon” by Jacqueline Winspear features investigator Maisie Dobbs in a story set in World War II.  “Phantom Game” by Christine Feehan is the latest in the Ghost Walker paranormal romance series.  “Give Unto Others” by Donna Leon is a mystery featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti.   

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations  

We are grateful to Karen Cox for her generous monetary donation.  Many thanks also to Bob Howard, Jack Schricker and our anonymous donors for their materials donations.  Please put your materials donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns. 

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“I think through anything difficult in life, you have a choice to either make yourself bitter or better.” – Marie Osmond, singer, actress, author and philanthropist.

3/31/2022

Fun, festive fundraiser will benefit your library’s building expansion

By Carole Howard and the Library Staff

Tickets are available now for a special fundraiser on Saturday, April 9 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the PLPOA clubhouse to raise funds for the Ruby Sisson Library Foundation’s campaign to expand and renovate your library. 

This elegant event will feature a silent auction of 17 different table settings, each  for up to eight people, designed by some of Pagosa’s most creative artists.  The settings are based on popular books including “Like Water for Chocolate,” “Pride and Prejudice,” “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” “Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations,” “Under the Tuscan Sun,” “Where the Wild Things Are,”  “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” 

A limited number of tickets still are available because of space limitations and the popularity of this event.  Purchase tickets at $50 per person at your library (cash or check only) or at https:pagosalibrary.org/library-foundation/the-library-affair.   On that website you also can get an advance look at the beautiful table settings and vote online for your favorites with a $1 donation per vote.

The library’s current building opened in 1989 and underwent its first expansion in 2005.  As the needs of our community evolve and grow, your library now is preparing to expand by 50 percent to 11,300 square feet.  The addition will offer community meeting space, a dedicated area for children’s literacy programs, a room exclusively for teens and tweens, private study rooms, an intergenerational hands-on learning space, easy access to self-checkout and drop-off, and a beautiful outdoor reading garden.

Nearly $1.5 million already has been raised toward the $4 million expansion project.  Numerous generous sponsors are underwriting this event so that the auction proceeds and other donations can go directly to the expansion campaign.   If you are unable to attend, we hope you will consider contributing to this effort.

National Library Week

April 3-9 is National Library Week, with this year’s theme being “Connect with Your Library.”  We are happy to welcome you to our library any time you want to come  – and especially so next week.

Census data next Tuesday

On April 1, the 1950 Census will be released to the public and anyone can access the data for free through a dedicated website at https://www.archives.gov/research/census/1950.  On Tuesday, April 5 from 1-2 p.m. Brad will lead an informative presentation at your library about how to access these public records and why they are so important to genealogical research.

Teen DIY next Wednesday

Fourth – 12th graders are invited to a free in-person teen DIY session on Wednesday, April 6 from 4-5 p.m. for steampunk crafts.

Dungeons & Dragons   

Join us next Thursday, April 7 from 3-5 p.m. for our ongoing Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults every other Thursday on Discord.  Note day, time and platform change.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join. 

S.T.E.A.M enrichment kits

Participants in this free enrichment program for youngsters aged five and up receive a kit guiding you through science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) projects.  The kits are available all month but registration is required by calling your library at 970-264-2209. 

Family storytimes

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  The next Discovery Time takes place Saturday, April 2 on Facebook at 2:30 p.m.

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays with 4-5 p.m. reserved for beginners and 5-7 p.m. for both intermediate and advanced students.  Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  

Las clases de ESL

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

Tech Time

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

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session take place on Thursdays from 5:30-8 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

In-person gaming

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

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge was posted March 28 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Library hours

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

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

Activities calendars available

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

Spanish-language fiction

“Las Madres” (“The Mothers”) by Brit Bennett tells of the effect on the young parents of their teenage pregnancy hidden for years.

Spanish-language nonfiction

We have two nonfiction Spanish-language books by Don Miguel Ruiz and Barbara Emrys that are books one and two in the Mystery School series.  “El Actor: Como Alcanzar la Autenticidad”  (“The Actor: How to Live an Authentic Life”) explores the importance of acting throughout our lives, given that babies’ first skill is to mimic others as they watch, listen and imitate.  “Eros: Retorno al Amor Incondicional”  (“Eros: A Return to Unconditional Love”) examines the conflict between true love and all the lies that we have been taught about love. 

Other nonfiction

“Life Force” by Tony Robbins includes advice and research in precision medicine from more than 100 medical minds to help extend the length and quality of your life.  “Sandy Hook” by Elizabeth Williamson explores how the families devastated one of nation’s worst mass shootings are fighting back against false conspiracy narratives. 

DVDs

“Yellowstone” starring Kevin Costner is season four. “All Creatures Great and Small” is season two.

Books on CD

“The Match” by Harlan Coben is a thriller that begins with a match on a DNA data base.

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Love of My Life” by Rosie Walsh tells of an obituary writer who learns the wife he loves doesn’t really exist.  “The Darkest Place by Phillip Margolin features Robin Lockwood, an increasingly prominent defense attorney in Portland, Oregon. 

Other fiction

“The Latinist” by Mark Prins follows an ambitious young scholar trying to escape her scheming adviser at Oxford University.  “The Swimmers” by Julie Otsuka features a group of recreational swimmers deeply affected when their pool closes.  “Booth” by Karen Jay Fowler is about the family of John Wilkes Booth, one of the most infamous figures in U.S. history.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations  

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

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“I’m not someone who says, ‘Cancer is the best thing that happened to me.’  It wasn’t.  But I’m grateful that it taught me to slow down and listen and open my eyes a little wider.  Something that Oprah said is so true:  Something like this doesn’t change who you are.  It just amplifies it.” – Robin Roberts, TV broadcaster and anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America.   

3/17/2022

How to find new books that match your likes and interests

If you would like to expand your reading choices, we suggest you go to our NoveList database where you’ll find a multitude of options to enrich your reading life.  There are categories for all genres including fantasy, historical novels, Christian fiction, mysteries, romance, sci-fi, westerns and more.

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

  • One section is called “I’m in the mood for…” that offers a selection of books that are thought-provoking and reflective, haunting and compelling, suspenseful and action-packed, and lush and descriptive.
  • You can also make your own combo to appeal to your personal interests.
  • There also is a category called Awards to introduce you to award-winning books for all ages.

Library staff are always happy to answer any questions you have about NoveList.  Happy searching and happy reading!

Cardboard construction contest

Creative people of all ages are invited to show off your building skills by competing in our first-ever free cardboard construction-a-thon that offers prizes for each of five age categories:  Preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17 and adult 18 and up.  Submissions must be brought to the library between Monday, March 21 and 5 p.m. on Friday, March 25.  Winners will be announced on March 26 at 12:15 p.m.

Entries may not exceed 36” x 36” x 36” and must be built ahead of time.  Your creation must be made entirely of cardboard – but tape, glue, paperclips or brads may be used to hold pieces together.  While you are welcome to decorate your creation, please note that we will be judging based on construction and not final decorations.

Cardboard is available at the library.  You also are welcome to use your own.  One entry per person.

Free tax forms

Tax forms are available free at your library while supplies last.

Spanish conversation today

This evening, Thursday, March 17 from 6-7 p.m., we will gather in person at the library to practice speaking and listening skills together.   There is no minimum skill level required to attend.   As an alternative, you can learn Spanish and many other languages using the Transparent Language Learning database available at https:pagosalibrary.org/online-resources/

Teen advisory board virtual this month

Next Wednesday, March 23 the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. on GoogleMeet.  Sixth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.    

Dungeons & Dragons   

Join us every other Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. for our in-person Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults.  The next one is Tuesday, March 22.

S.T.E.A.M enrichment kits

Participants in this free enrichment program for youngsters aged five and up receive a kit guiding you through science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) projects.  The kits are available all month but registration is required by calling your library at 970-264-2209. 

Family storytimes

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  March 23 is Hora de Cuentos when you can practice your Spanish with books, songs and games.  The next Discovery Time takes place Saturday, March 19 on Facebook at 2:30 p.m.

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays with 4-5 p.m. reserved for beginners and 5-7 p.m. for both intermediate and advanced students.  Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  

Las clases de ESL

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

Tech Time

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.   Brad will help you resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices.  Note no Tech Time March 22 and 24.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session take place on Thursdays  from 5:30-8 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

In-person gaming

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

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge was posted March 14 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Library hours

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

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

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

Activities calendars available

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

Mysteries and thrillers

“Think of Me” by Frances Liardet starts with a wartime romance in Egypt in 1942.  “Nothing To Lose” by J.A. Jance is a J.P. Beaumont thriller.  “Run Rose Run” by Dolly Parton and James Patterson centers on a young singer-songwriter trying to find a future in Nashville.  “Killer View” by Roy Johansen features an army vet and former PI.

Nonfiction

“Healing” by Dr. Thomas Insel outlines a path from mental illness to mental health by reforming the mental health system.

Large print

“Her Hidden Genius” by Marie Benedict focuses on a scientist’s work on DNA.  “Lightning in a Mirror” by Jayne Ann Krentz is book three in the Fogg Lake trilogy.  “Ice and Stone” by Marcia Muller is a Sharon McCone mystery.  “Olga Dies Dreaming” by Xochitl Gonzalez forces the heroine to confront long-held family secrets.  “One Step Too Far” by Lisa Gardner is book two in the Frankie Elkin mystery series.  “Robert B. Parker’s Bye Bye Baby” by Ace Atkins is a Spenser mystery.

Books on CD

“Diablo Mesa” by Preston & Child is a mystery featuring an archeologist and an FBI agent.  “Steal” by James Patterson and Howard Roughan is a triple-cross suspense story.  “Death of a Green-Eyed Monster” by M.C. Beaton features Scottish Sgt. Hamish Macbeth.   “The Lady’s Mine” by Francine Rivers is set in a lawless mountain town in the 1870s.  “Caramel Pecan Roll Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swenson mystery with recipes.  “Gwendy’s Final Task” by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar focuses on an old button box.  “Abandoned in Death” by J.D. Robb is a Det. Eve Dallas mystery. 

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations  

Many thanks to Patricia Hestekin for the generous monetary donation.  Please put your materials donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns. 

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“… kindness is a choice; you can’t force someone else to be kind.  You hope that by inspiring other people to spread kindness that they will somehow see it and, you know, change their ways and be more kind in the future.” – 11-year-old Orion Jean, Mansfield, TX.,  Time magazine’s 2021 Kid of the Year.

3/10/2022

First-ever cardboard construction-a-thon underway now

Creative people of all ages are invited to show off your building skills by competing in our first-ever free cardboard construction-a-thon that offers prizes for each of five age categories:  Preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17 and adult 18 and up.  Submissions must be brought to the library between Monday, March 21 and 5 p.m. on Friday, March 25.  Winners will be announced on March 26 at 12:15 p.m.

Entries may not exceed 36” x 36” x 36” and must be built ahead of time.  Your creation must be made entirely of cardboard – but tape, glue, paperclips or brads may be used to hold pieces together.  While you are welcome to decorate your creation, please note that we will be judging based on construction and not final decorations.

Cardboard is available at the library.  You also are welcome to use your own.  One entry per person.

Free tax forms

Tax forms are available free at your library while supplies last.

Therapy dog visit tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, March 11 from 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. you are invited to come to the library for a free visit with a certified therapy dog.  The visits will be limited to 10-15 minutes – just the right amount of time to pet the dog, read to the dog or just say “Hi.”  This activity is for all ages.       

Legal clinic tomorrow

The free legal clinic this month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, March 11 from 2 – 3 p.m.  Please come into the library to meet privately via Zoom with our volunteer attorney who will answer your questions, show you legal documents and help you fill out the necessary forms.  To schedule an appointment, at the beginning of the month send an email titled “Sign-up for Free Legal Clinic,” with your first name and phone number to ruby@pagosalibrary.org, or phone or stop by the library. The volunteer attorney’s time is limited so it’s first-come first-served.  This clinic takes place on the second Friday of every month.  Another option: Visit http://checkerboard.co/ anytime to find many legal forms and other legal information.

LEGO Club on Saturday

Kids aged six and up are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, February 26 from 11 a.m.-noon for the free LEGO Club.  LEGO challenges also are posted on Facebook if you can’t make it to the library.

Dungeons & Dragons   

Join us Tuesday, March 15 from 4-6 p.m. for our ongoing Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults on Google Meet every other Tuesday.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join. 

S.T.E.A.M enrichment kits

Participants in this free enrichment program for youngsters aged five and up receive a kit guiding you through science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) projects.  The kits are available all month but registration is required by calling your library at 970-264-2209. 

Family storytimes

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  March 16 is a special STEM session with Jessica Walker helping us with an experiment or two.  The next Discovery Time takes place Saturday, March 19 on Facebook at 2:30 p.m.

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays with 4-5 p.m. reserved for beginners and 5-7 p.m. for both intermediate and advanced students.  Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  

Las clases de ESL

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

Tech Time

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.   Brad will help you resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices.  Note no Tech Time Tuesday, March 15.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session take place on Thursdays  from 5:30-8 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

In-person gaming

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

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge will be posted March 14 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Library hours

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

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

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

Activities calendars available

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

Books on CD

“Brothers and Wives” by Christopher Anderson explores the last 20 years in the lives of Princes William and Harry.  “Powder Days” by Heather Hansman is a history of skiing and the people who built their lives around it.  “Reminders of Him” by Colleen Hoover follows a woman returning home after five years in prison.  “No Way Back” by J.B. Turner is a thriller featuring NYPD Det. JackMcNeal. 

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Final Case” by David Guterson looks at the trial of adoptive parents accused of murdering their daughter.  “Dark Horse” by Gregg Hurwitz features a former government assassin who helps the most desperate when they need him.  “The Runaway” by Nick Petrie is a Peter Ash mystery.  “The Fields” by Erin Young starts with the discovery of a body in an Iowa cornfield.  “Sierra Six” by Mark Greaney is a Gray Man thriller.  “Diablo Mesa” by Preston & Child is the latest in the series featuring archeologist Nora Kelly and FBI agent Corrie Swanson. 

Large print

“Quicksilver” by Dean Koontz is a thriller about a man in pursuit of his strange past.  “The Bombay Prince” by Sujata Massey is book three of the Perveen Mistry series set in India.  “Abandoned in Death” by J.D. Robb is the latest in the Eve Dallas future suspense series.  “The Christie Affair” by Nina de Gramont is about a woman intricately tied to those 11 mysterious days that Agatha Christie went missing.

DVDs

“Julia” is a documentary about the life of legendary cookbook author and TV star Julia Child.  “My Garden of a Thousand Bees” is a Nature documentary about a cameraman photographing all the bees in his English garden.  “Heels” is the complete first season of this pro-wrestling story.  “American Underdog” is the true story of Kurt Warner who dreams of becoming an NFL star.  “Encanto” is the Disney animated movie with music by Lin-Manuel.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations  

Many thanks to Joanne Ferko and our anonymous donors for their materials donations.  We’re also grateful to several people who gave us anonymous monetary donations, citing “incredible customer service.”  Please put your materials donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns. 

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“I’m often asked, ‘What’s your secret to success?’  The short answer, put in that work.  There may be more failures than victories.   Please don’t ever feel entitled to win, just keep working harder.  Surrender to the cards you are dealt.  It’s from that surrender you get your power.  Losing can be the best motivator to get you even bigger wins.  So never compare yourself to anyone else.” – Beyonce, American singer, songwriter and actress; lead singer of Destiny’s Child, one of the best-selling girls groups of all time.