8/5/2021

Friends’ book sale this weekend plus special wolves and wolfdogs event

We hope you will attend the Friends of the Library book sale August 5-7 at the PLPOA Clubhouse.  Today, Thursday, at 6 p.m. is the annual membership meeting and advance sale for Friends of the Library.  Memberships are available at the door.  The sale opens to the public Friday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – noon.

This is an ideal venue for finding treasures for yourself and for gifts.  You’ll find lots more than books to buy at great bargain prices – there are audio books, DVDs, puzzles and games  as well. 

This year all proceeds from the Friends sale will be donated to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation to support and enhance your library’s information resources, programs, services and facilities.           

Then join usin the library garden next Wednesday, August 11 at 11 a.m. for a special all-ages event featuring a representative from Wildlife Refuge, a local nonprofit dedicated to rescuing wolves and wolfdogs.  And don’t be surprised if there is a special wolf guest or two so you can get to know them face-to-face. 

You will learn how to identify wolves and some of their habits, and how they differ from wolfdogs. The rain date is August 18.     

In-person activities

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

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

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

Discovery Time invitation

Do you have a science experiment, art project or some other exciting information to share?  Would you like to lead projects but need ideas?  If yes, we’d love to hear from you.  Drop by your library, phone us at 970-264-2208 or email josie@pagosalibrary.org for more information,

Calling all teens

If you enjoy reading books, learning new skills and helping your community, we hope teens aged 12-19 will sign up to volunteer at your library.  You’ll write book reviews, make artwork for the teen area, help plan new programs, judge our pumpkin decorating contest, prepare crafts for kids’ programs and help keep the library organized.  Please stop by the library or apply online.

In-person gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.  Maximum of four participants in the gaming room at a time.

Adult book club

Ruby’s Book Club meets in person from 2-3 p.m. next Tuesday, August 10 to discuss “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee.  Copies of the book are available at your library.  This book club alternates reading fiction and nonfiction and meets the second Tuesday of each month.

Family storytimes

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

Writing challenge

On Monday, August 9we will posted a new writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Storywalks for kids

Watch for signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free storywalk for kids.  August 2-14’s theme is family traditions.  After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Tech Time

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

ESL

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

Adult education

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

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, thrillers and suspense

“Such a Quiet Place” by Megan Miranda focuses on a quiet neighborhood when a once-convicted murderer returns after her conviction is overturned.  “Man with the Silver Saab” by Alexander McCall Smith is a Det. Ulf Varg mystery.  “Razorblade Tears” by S.A. Cosby features two ex-cons intent on revenge for their gay sons’ deaths.  “Animal” by Lisa Taddeo depicts female rage in a male-dominated society.  “Hairpin Bridge” by Taylor Adams is a psychological thriller about a sister investigating her twin’s death.   

Other novels

“The Other Black Girl” by Zakiya Dalila Harris features two young Black women working in the white publishing world of New York City.   “The Heathens” by Ace Atkins is a Quinn Colson adventure featuring this Army Ranger turned county sheriff.  “It’s Better This Way” by Debbie Macomber follows a woman starting a new life after her divorce. 

DVDs

“The Legend of Hei” is an animated story about spirit creatures.  “Gangs of London” is season one.        

Nonfiction

“Plague Year” by Lawrence Wright explores the origins, repercussions and global fight to contain and diminish the COVID-19 pandemic.  “Unwell Women” by Elinor Cleghorn is a sweeping history of how medicine failed women from the earliest ideas about female illnesses to hormones and autoimmune diseases today.     

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations  

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

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal.  It is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman and former U.K. prime minister.

7/29/21

Summer Reading celebration and Friends of the Library book sale next week

Participants in the Summer Reading Program will want to stop by your library next Tuesday, August 3 any time between 12 noon and 2 p.m. to celebrate the end of summer reading with us.  

We’ll provide free hot dogs, chips and water.  As well, a  variety of take-away crafts and prizes will be given away.   

This year’s summer reading theme was Tails and Tales showcasing stories, activities and library programs about animals –and a lot more. We hope everyone enjoyed participating and we look forward to helping you continue your learning adventure with us throughout the year. 

Also, we hope you will attend the Friends of the Library book sale August 5-7 at the PLPOA Clubhouse.  Thursday at 6 p.m. is the annual membership meeting and advance sale for Friends of the Library.  The sale opens to the public Friday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – noon.  This is one of the most popular events of our Pagosa summer because it’s an ideal venue for finding treasures for yourself and for gifts.  You’ll find lots more than books to buy at great bargain prices – there are audio books, DVDs, puzzles and games  as well. 

If you have books or other materials you want to donate to this year’s book sale, you should drop them off at the library by this Saturday, July 31.  This year all proceeds from the Friends sale will be donated to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation to support and enhance your library’s information resources, programs, services and facilities. 

Last Summer Reading bonus challenge

Week eight’s bonus challenge July 25 – 31:  Go for a hike, take a picture at the beginning of your hike and at the end of the hike. Tell a story (real or imagined) about what happened along the way.  Submit your answer by Saturday, July 31 at 3 p.m. for a chance to win – by emailing ruby@pagosalibrary.org, posting on the library Facebook page or dropping it off at the front desk.

In-person activities

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

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

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

Discovery Time invitation

Do you have a science experiment, art project or some other exciting information to share?  Would you like to lead projects but need ideas?  If yes, we’d love to hear from you.  Drop by your library, phone us at 970-264-2208 or email josie@pagosalibrary.org for more information,

Summer Reading Club today

Today, Thursday, July 29 is the last Summer Reading Club, at the Centennial Park amphitheatre from 10:11:30 p.m., when the Pagosa Audubon Society will teach us about birds of all sorts.  Both programs are free and are weather permitting.

In-person gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.  Maximum of four participants in the gaming room at a time.

Exploration stations

Stop by the newspaper box outside the library for a new animal-themed activity.  July 26-31 will take you on a scavenger hunt.

Family storytimes

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

Writing challenge

On Monday, July 19we posted a new writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Storywalks for kids

Watch for signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free storywalk for kids.  July 19-31’s book features mythical creatures in an alphabet story.  August 2-14’s theme is family traditions.  After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Tech Time

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

ESL

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

Adult education

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

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

“The President’s Daughter” by Bill Clinton and James Patterson is a thriller.  “Nine Lives” by Danielle Steel features a risk-averse woman who sets out on a wild adventure after a tragedy.  “Unfinished Business” by J.A. Jance is an Ali Reynolds mystery.  “The Personal Librarian” by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray is the story of J.P. Morgan’s personal librarian, a Black woman who had to hide her identity.  “Bury the Hatchet” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Buck Trammel western.  “A Thousand Texas Longhorns” by Johnny D. Boggs is inspired by the 1866 cattle drive from Texas to Montana.  “Jackpot” by Stuart Woods is a Teddy Fay mystery featuring Stone Barrington.  “Animal” by Lisa Taddeo is a novel about female rage in a male-dominated society.

DVDs

“Primates” is a documentary about these amazing creatures who are so smart and adaptable.  “Animal Odd Couples” is a Nature documentary about beautiful cross-species relationships. 

Nonfiction

“Forget the Alamo” by Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson and Jason Stanford is a provocative look at the differences between the myths and truths of this iconic battle.  “Forgetting” by an Alzheimer’s specialist looks at the benefits to our mental health of not remembering.  “An Ugly Truth” by Sheera Frenkel and Cecelia Kang is an expose of Facebook’s leadership decisions that led the social media company to controversy and crisis.  “The Woman They Could Not Silence” by Kate Moore tells of a brave woman who fights for herself and other women committed to mental institutions by men.  “Seeing Serena” by Gerald Marzorati is a biography of  tennis great Serena Williams.  “The Plant Based Athlete” by Matt Frazier and Robert Cheeke outlines a no-meat lifestyle for athletes and provides more than 60 recipes.

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 Frances Lane for the generous monetary donation, and to Gary Snider and our anonymous donors for their books donations.  Please put your materials donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns. 

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“One of the deep secrets of life is that all that’s really worth doing is what we do for others.” – Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), English writer of children’s fiction, most notably “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and its sequel “Through the Looking Glass.”

7/22/2021

Save the dates for Summer Reading finale and Friends of the Library book sale

Participants in the Summer Reading Program will want to stop by your library on Tuesday, August 3 any time between 12 noon and 2 p.m. to celebrate the end of summer reading with us.

We’ll provide free hot dogs, chips and water.  As well, a  variety of take-away crafts and prizes will be given away.   

This year’s summer reading theme was Tails and Tales showcasing stories, activities and library programs about animals –and a lot more. We hope everyone enjoyed participating and we look forward to helping you continue your learning adventure with us throughout the year. 

Also, we hope you will mark your calendars for the Friends of the Library book sale August 5-7 at the PLPOA Clubhouse.  Thursday at 6 p.m. is the annual membership meeting and advance sale for Friends of the Library.  The sale opens to the public Friday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – noon.  You’ll find lots more the books to buy at great bargain prices for you – there are audio books and DVDs as well. 

If you have books or DVDs  you want included in this year’s book sale, you should drop the materials off at the library by Saturday, July 31.  This year all proceeds from the Friends sale will be donated to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation to support and enhance your library’s information resources, programs, services and facilities. 

Summer Reading Program continues

Summer Reading Program events continue through July.  Enjoy the wide variety of activities for all ages.  And pick up a bingo card because participants get a small prize every time you complete a bingo sheet.  We also have bonus challenges where entrants will be put into random drawings for gift certificates and other prizes.

Last two Summer Reading bonus challenges

Week seven’s bonus challenge July 19 – 24:  Become an official unicorn quester. Lake Superior State University in Michigan has issued free unicorn questing licenses since 1971. Participants just need to fill out a simple form and an official license and unicorn questing certificate will be sent to you in the mail. Print copies of the request form can be picked up at the library, or it can be filled out online by going to: https://www.lssu.edu/traditions/unicornhunters/. Let us know if you requested a unicorn questing license by Saturday, July 24 at 3 p.m. for a chance to win – by emailing ruby@pagosalibrary.org, posting on the library Facebook page or dropping it off at the front desk. 

Week eight’s bonus challenge July 25 – 31:  Go for a hike, take a picture at the beginning of your hike and at the end of the hike. Tell a story (real or imagined) about what happened along the way.  Submit your answer by Saturday, July 31 at 3 p.m. for a chance to win – by emailing ruby@pagosalibrary.org, posting on the library Facebook page or dropping it off at the front desk.

In-person activities

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

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

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

Summer Reading Club today

Today, Thursday, July 22 from 10-11:30 a.m. join us in Centennial Park  at the geothermal domes when Sally will teach you about some amazing plant life with tales of their own.  Next Thursday, July 29 is the last Summer Reading Club, at the Centennial Park amphitheatre from 10:11:30 p.m., when the Pagosa Audubon Society will teach us about birds of all sorts.  Both programs are free and are weather permitting.

In-person Spanish conversation today

Join us at your library to practice your Spanish conversation skills in an in-person group setting today, Thursday, July 22 from 6-7 p.m.   There is no minimum skill level to participate.

In-person gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. Maximum of four participants in the gaming room at a time.

LEGO challenge Saturday

Join us on July 24 at 10 a.m. for a free all-ages LEGO challenge via an image posted on Facebook and the library website.  Use your own pieces to create something that will fit the challenge. If you don’t have LEGOS, we have a few grab bags available at the library.

Exploration stations

Stop by the newspaper box outside the library each week for a new animal-themed activity.  July 19-24 involves spotting mythical creatures and July 26-31 will take you on a scavenger hunt.

Family storytimes

Next Wednesday, July 28 from 10-11 a.m. join us at Centennial Park for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move. This event will be cancelled if the weather is bad.  Saturday’s Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more. 

Writing challenge

On Monday, July 19we posted a new writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Storywalk for kids

Watch for signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free storywalk for kids.  July 19-31’s book features mythical creatures in an alphabet story.  After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Tech Time

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

ESL

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

Adult education

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

Activities calendars available

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

DVDs

“His Dark Materials” is the complete second season of this fantasy adventure.  “Octopus: Making Contact” is a documentary about these intelligent creatures through the eyes of a marine biologist and his daughter. 

Nonfiction

“The Sunset Route” by Carrot Quinn is a memoir of a woman who leaves behind her difficult childhood in Alaska to travel the country via freight train.  “The Heartbeat of Trees” by Peter Wohlleben is a return to the forest exploring new scientific discoveries by the author of “The Hidden Life of Trees.”  “The Ride of Her Life” by Elizabeth Letts tells of a destitute woman with two years to live who rides her horse across the country with her dog to see the Pacific Ocean before she dies.  “This Is Your Mind on Plants” by Michael Pollan explores three plant drugs – opium, caffeine and mescaline – in a blend of history and science.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Silver Tears” by Camilla Lackberg tells of a wealthy woman living a complete lie about her daughter’s death.  “The 22 Murders of Madison May” by Max Barry is a psychological suspense tale about a serial killer pursuing his victim across time and space.

Other novels

“The Forest of Vanishing Stars” by Kristin Harmel follows a young  woman who has lived in the wilderness as she helps Jewish refugees escape the Nazis.  “Nine Lives” by Danielle Steel features a risk-averse woman who sets out on a wild adventure after a tragedy.

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 Jan and Bob Clinkenbeard for their generous monetary donation, and to Helen Richardson 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

“Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) – American writer, scientist, inventor, statesman, diplomat, printer, publisher and political philosopher. Among the leading intellectuals of his time, Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and the first United States Postmaster General.

7/15/2021

How to freeze holds when you are traveling

Many patrons love the hold service available at your library which allows you to reserve books and other materials when they are checked out to others.  But you may not know that you can freeze, or suspend, your holds at any time.  This tool can be helpful when you are traveling, and may be especially useful to you during the busy summer vacation season. 

The best part is you do not lose your place in line.  When your hold is thawed, or released, you go right back in to the same place in your hold line; you do not go to the end of the line.

To freeze your holds online, first log into your account.  On the left side of the page, click on “Titles on Hold.”  A list of all items you have on hold will appear.  If they are not currently in transit, you can freeze the hold until you return from your travels or are ready to receive your hold again.    To freeze your hold, click on the button that says “Freeze Hold.”  Choose the date to thaw and resume the hold again and then click “Freeze Hold.”  The freeze will begin immediately.

Save the date for book sale

Mark your calendars for the Friends of the Library book sale August 5-7 at the PLPOA Clubhouse.  Thursday at 5 p.m. is the annual meeting and advance sale for Friends of the Library.  The sale opens to the public Friday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – noon.  You’ll find lots more the books to buy at great bargain prices for you – and all proceeds go to the library.

Summer Reading Program continues

Summer Reading Program events continue through July.  Enjoy the wide variety of activities for all ages.  And pick up a bingo card because participants get a small prize every time you complete a bingo sheet.  We also have bonus challenges where entrants will be put into random drawings for gift certificates and other prizes.

More Summer Reading bonus challenges

Week six’s bonus challenge July 12 – 17: Learn the names of as many farm animals as you can in a different language. Share what you learned. Submit your answer by Saturday, July 17 at 3 p.m. for a chance to win – by emailing ruby@pagosalibrary.org, posting on the library Facebook page or dropping it off at the front desk.

Week seven’s bonus challenge July 19 – 24:  Become an official unicorn quester. Lake Superior State University in Michigan has issued free unicorn questing licenses since 1971. Participants just need to fill out a simple form and an official license and unicorn questing certificate will be sent to you in the mail. Print copies of the request form can be picked up at the library, or it can be filled out online by going to: https://www.lssu.edu/traditions/unicornhunters/. Let us know if you requested a unicorn questing license by Saturday, July 24 at 3 p.m. for a chance to win – by emailing ruby@pagosalibrary.org, posting on the library Facebook page or dropping it off at the front desk. 

In-person activities

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

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

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

Take-and-make DIY suncatchers

Join us on Facebook on Tuesday, July 20 from 2-3 p.m. as Brad will go over the basics of creating suncatchers using coloring pages and a few other household supplies.  Supplies and instructions will be available to pick up at your library on Monday, July 19.  Find more DIY videos on your library’s website at htps://pagosalibrary.org/adult-diy/

Exploration stations

Stop by the newspaper box outside the library each week for a new animal-themed activity.  July 12-17 focuses on helping animals find their homes.  July 19-24 involves spotting mythical creatures.

Summer Reading Club

Today, Thursday, July 15 from 10-11:30 a.m., special guest Suzanne Hueta will teach us about fish management and we’ll participate in some fish crafts in the library garden.  Next Thursday, July 22 from 10-11:30 a.m. join us in Centennial Park  at the geothermal domes when Sally will teach you about some amazing plant life with tales of their own.

In-person gaming tomorrow

Enjoy all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.  Maximum of four participants in the gaming room at a time. 

Family storytimes

Next Wednesday, July 21 from 10-11 a.m. join us in the library garden for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move. This event will be cancelled if the weather is bad.  Saturday’s Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more. 

Writing challenge

On Monday, July 19we will post a new writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

New storywalk for kids

Watch for signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free storywalk for kids.  July 19-31’s book features mythical creatures in an alphabet story.  After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Tech Time

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

ESL

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

Adult education

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

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

“Golden Girl” by Elin Hilderbrand follows a woman in Heaven allowed to influence life on earth after she is killed in an accident.  “Murder at Sunrise Lake” by Christine Feehan centers on a woman with a premonition of murder.  “Big Jake’s Last Drive” is a Ralph Compton western by Robert J. Randisi.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Dead by Dawn” by Paul Doiron is a mystery about a suspicious drowning.  “Our Woman in Moscow” by Beatriz Williams is a story of Cold War espionage and family devotion.  “Murder at Sunrise Lake” by Christine Feehan centers on a woman with a premonition of murder.

Other novels

“When the Stars Collide” by Susan Elizabeth Phillips is a romance in the Chicago Stars series.  “The Personal Librarian” by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray is the story of J.P. Morgan’s personal librarian, a Black woman who had to hide her identity.  “Ridgeline” by Michael Punke explores the clash of cultures as white people explore the west.  “Luster” by Raven Leilani tells of a young woman who gets involved in an open marriage.  “The Mysteries” by Marisa Silver is the story of two young girls whose friendship is shattered by an unthinkable moment.  “Million Dollar Demon” by Kim Harrison is the latest in the author’s urban fantasy series.        

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations  

Many thanks to our anonymous donors for their donations of books.  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

“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.” – Nelson Mandela  (1918-2013), South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader and philanthropist who served as president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country’s first Black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election.

6/24/2021

Family storytime at Centennial Park and special wildlife event set for June 30

Family storytime moves to a fun new outdoors location next Wednesday, June 30, weather permitting.  Come by the amphitheater in Centennial Park by the geothermal domes for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers. Call 970-264-2209 if the weather is questionable.

Also on Wednesday, June 30, from 6-7:30 p.m., “Living with Wildlife” is a special free in-person event focusing on the wide variety of wildlife in our area.  Doug Purcell, district wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, will share information on what we can do to safely share our habitat with so many other species.  The presentation takes place at the Archuleta County Extension Office located at 344 Highway 84. It is aimed at tweens, teens and adults.

These are two of the many Summer Reading Program events that continue through July at your library.  Enjoy the wide variety of activities for all ages.  And pick up a bingo card because participants get a small prize every time you complete a bingo sheet.  We also have bonus challenges where entrants will be put into random drawings for gift certificates and other prizes.

Exploration stations

Stop by the newspaper box outside the library each week for a new animal-themed activity.  June 21-26 focuses on identifying animal tracks.  June 28-July 3 features the music of birds.

More Summer Reading bonus challenges

Week three’s bonus challenge June 21 – 26:  Draw or take a picture of an animal you have seen out in the wild. What kind of animal was it? Tell us about where you saw it and what it was doing. Submit your answer by Saturday, June 26 at 3 p.m. for a chance to win – by emailing ruby@pagosalibrary.org , posting on the library Facebook page or dropping it off at the front desk.  

Week four’s bonus challenge June 28 – July 3:  Draw or print a black and white image of one of your favorite birds, and give it a new color pattern. For example, make a chicken look like a parrot. We would love to see what you come up with. Submit your answer by Saturday, July 3 at 3 p.m. for a chance to win – by emailing ruby@pagosalibrary.org, posting on the library Facebook page or dropping it off at the front desk.

In-person activities

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

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

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

In-person Spanish conversation today

Join us at your library to practice your Spanish conversation skills in an in-person group setting today, Thursday, June 24, from 6-7 p.m.   There is no minimum skill level to participate.

Summer Reading Club today

Today, Thursday, June 24, from 10-11:30 a.m. in the library garden (weather permitting) we’ll be learning about tracking and scat with fun crafts about local wildlife.  Next week, Thursday, July 1, we’ll explore the world of reptiles and their amazing powers, also from 10-11:30 a.m. in the library garden,

Teen steampunk crafts

Teens are invited to a steampunk crafts makerspace event on Monday, June 28 from 3-5 p.m.  Fourth-12th graders can come to the library to make whatever they want out of the supplies offered.

Teen advisory board

Next Tuesday, June 29 the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. on Zoom.  Sixth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs. 

Children’s programs

Saturday’s Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more.   

In-person gaming

Enjoy all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.  Maximum of four participants in the gaming room at a time. 

LEGO challenge Saturday

Join us on June 26 at 10 a.m. for a free all-ages LEGO challenge via an image posted on Facebook and the library website.  Use your own pieces to create something that will fit the challenge. If you don’t have LEGOS, we have a few grab bags available at the library.

Writing challenge

On Monday, June 21we posted a new writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Storywalk for kids

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 June 21-July 5 theme is bird watching.  After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Tech Time

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.   Brad will help you resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices.  Note: No Tech Time on June 29.

ESL

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

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. 

Adult education

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

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

“The Hero Code” by Admiral William H. McRaven is a short inspirational book about the qualities of true everyday heroes.

Nonfiction

“You Don’t Belong Here” by Elizabeth Becker chronicles the Vietnam War from the point of view of three female foreign correspondents.         

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Black Order” by Jeff Rovin is the latest in the Op-Center elite task force series.  “The President’s Daughter” by James Patterson and Bill Clinton follows the kidnapping of the president’s teenage daughter.

Other novels

“The Break-up Book Club” by Wendy Wax follows women who deal together with life’s problems.  “Golden Girl” by Elin Hilderbrand tells of a Nantucket woman killed in an accident who is given the chance to change events on earth from Heaven.     

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 Susan and Terry Arrington as well as Jennifer Hurst for their generous monetary 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 help support the services and programs provided by your Ruby Sisson Library.  Mail checks to P.O. Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209. 

Quotable Quote

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80.  Anyone who keeps learning stays young.  The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” – Henry Ford (1863-1947), founder of the Ford Motor Company and chief developer of the assembly line technique of mass production.

6/17/2021

Wildlife special event plus more free Summer Reading activities

 “Living with Wildlife” is a special free in-person event focusing on the wide variety of wildlife in our area.  Doug Purcell, district wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, will share information on what we can do to safely share our habitat with so many other species. The session takes place at the Archuleta County Extension Office located at 344 Highway 84 on Wednesday, June 30 from 6-7:30 p.m.  The presentation is aimed at tweens, teens and adults.

It is one of many Summer Reading Program events now going on at your library. 

Enjoy the wide variety of activities for all ages.  And pick up a bingo card because participants get a small prize every time you complete a bingo sheet.  We also have bonus challenges where entrants will be put into random drawings for gift certificates and other prizes.

More Summer Reading bonus challenges

Week two’s bonus challenge June 14-19:  Take a walk on the River Walk and identify three birds you see along the way.  Submit your answer by Saturday, June 19 at 3 p.m. for a chance to win – by emailing ruby@pagosalibrary.org, posting on the library Facebook page or dropping it off at the front desk.

Week three’s bonus challenge June 21 – 26:  Draw or take a picture of an animal you have seen out in the wild. What kind of animal was it? Tell us about where you saw it and what it was doing. Submit your answer by Saturday, June 26 at 3 p.m. for a chance to win – by emailing ruby@pagosalibrary.org , posting on the library Facebook page or dropping it off at the front desk.

In-person activities

We are delighted that the robust local vaccination program for our community  means that more of our programs now can happen in person.  Please see more information in the activity listings below.

Also, our hours have returned to pre-COVID levels – and even more on weekdays:

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

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

Summer Reading Club today

Today, Thursday, June 17, learn about the aquatic life in our local rivers and streams and participate in a watery craft. from 10-11:30 a.m. in the library garden (weather permitting),  Next week’s topic is tracking and scat with fun crafts about local wildlife, also from 10-11:30 a.m. in the library garden,

Watercolor painting  classes

Patty Jones will lead the second of her two free two-hour watercolor painting classes via Zoom on Tuesday, June 22 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for ages 10 and older.  Registration is required; contact the library by phone or email to sign up and for additional information.  Some materials are required.

Children’s programs

Wednesday, June 23 at 10 a.m. join us in the library garden for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move. This event will be cancelled if the weather is bad.  Saturday’s Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more.   

In-person gaming is back

Enjoy all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.  Maximum of four participants in the gaming room at a time. 

Writing challenge

On Monday, June 21we will  post a new writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

In-person Spanish conversation

Join us at your library to practice your Spanish conversation skills in an in-person group setting Thursday, June 24 from 6-7 p.m.   There is no minimum skill level to participate.

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 June 21-July 5 theme is bird watching.  After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Tech Time

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.   Brad will help you resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices.  Note: No Tech Time on June 29.

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-8 p.m.   

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. 

Adult education

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

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

“21st Birthday” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is a Women’s Murder Club mystery.  “A Distant Shore” by Karen Kingsbury focuses on the horror of sex trafficking.  “Legacy” by Nora Roberts is a mystery centering on a reunion of two childhood friends.  “Robert B. Parker’s Payback” by Mike Lupica is a PI Sunny Randall crime story.  “While Justice Sleeps” by Stacey Abrams is a thriller set in the U.S. Supreme Court.  “The Saboteurs” by Clive Cussler and Jack du Brul is an Isaac Bell adventure.

Nonfiction

“We Are What We Eat” by restaurateur Alice Waters expands the slow food culture philosophy to benefit our full lives.  “Zero Fail” by Pulitzer Prize winner Carol Leonnig is an expose of the problems facing the Secret Service today. “After the Fall” by Ben Rhodes explores the rise of nationalism and authoritarianism in countries around the world.  “This Country” is a memoir by Chris Matthews about his life in politics from White House speechwriter to reporter and TV commentator.  “Apollo 1” by Ryan S. Walters is a history of NASA and the early days of the space program. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Photographer” by Mary Dixie Carter is a psychological thriller about a woman obsessed with a wealthy family.  “Madam” by Phoebe Wynne is a mystery set in an elite boarding school for girls in an Scottish ancestral castle.  “Rabbits” by Terry Miles is a suspense story set in the world of the hit “Rabbits” podcast.  “The Bullet” by Iris Johansen is an Eve Duncan mystery.

Other novels

“Haven Point” by Virginia Hume spans seven decades in the life of a family whose summer base is an insular and wealthy community in Maine.  “The Hidden Palace” by Helene Becker is an historical epic set in New York City and the Middle East.  “The Missing Treasures of Amy Ashton” by Eleanor Ray focuses on a reclusive artist who collections have gotten out of control.  “The Road Trip” by Beth O’Leary tells of two exes who are forced to take a road trip together.  “Malibu Rising” by Taylor Jenkins Reid looks at a famous family’s end-of-summer family when secrets are unveiled. 

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations  

Many thanks to our anonymous donors for their generous donations this week.  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 help support the services and programs provided by your Ruby Sisson Library.  Mail checks to P.O. Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209. 

Quotable Quote

“History balances the frustration of ‘how far we have to go’ with the satisfaction of ‘how far we have come.’  It teaches us tolerance for the human shortcomings and imperfections which are not uniquely of our generation, but of all time.” – Lewis F. Powell, Jr. (1907-1938), former associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

6/10/2021

Free Summer Reading Program offers myriad activities

for all ages

This year’s Summer Reading Program began this week with the theme “Tails and Tales.”  Pick up a bingo card because participants get a small prize every time you complete a bingo sheet.  We also have bonus challenges where entrants will be put into random drawings for gift certificates and other prizes.

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.  As well, it will help your children avoid the dreaded “summer slide” in reading skills that has been documented so often when youngsters take a vacation from books in July and August – an especially important benefit now with the last school year being so disrupted by COVID.

First two Summer Reading bonus challenges

Week one’s bonus challenge June 7-12:  You’ve discovered a new dinosaur.  What do you want to call it and why?  Submit your answer by Saturday, June 12 at 3 p.m. for a chance to win – by emailing ruby@pagosalibrary.org, posting on the library Facebook page or dropping it off at the front desk.

Week two’s bonus challenge June 14-19:  Take a walk on the River Walk and identify three birds you see along the way.  Submit your answer by Saturday, June 19 at 3 p.m. for a chance to win – by emailing ruby@pagosalibrary.org, posting on the library Facebook page or dropping it off at the front desk.

More in-person activities

We are delighted that the robust local vaccination program for our community  means that more of our programs now can happen in person  – either inside the building with limited numbers or outside.  Please see more information in the activity listings below.

Also, our hours have returned to pre-COVID levels – and even more on weekdays:

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

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

Summer Reading Club today

What’s it like to be a paleontologist?  Explore the world of fossils, digging and dinosaurs with in-person science experiments and activities for K-fifth grade today, Thursday, June 10 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the library garden.  Next week’s topic on June 17, also from 10-11:30 a.m. in the library garden, is fish and game.  Learn about the aquatic life in our local rivers and streams and participate in a watery craft.

Family storytime in Centennial Park

Next Wednesday, June 16 at 10 a.m. join us at the amphitheater in Centennial Park (by the geothermal domes) for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move. This event will be cancelled if the weather is bad.  Saturday’s Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more. 

Watercolor painting  classes

Patty Jones will lead two free two-hour watercolor painting classes via Zoom on Monday, June 15 and 22 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for ages 10 and older.  Registration is required; contact the library by phone or email to sign up and for additional information.  Some materials are required.

In-person birdwatching

Randy McCormick from the Weminuche Audubon Society will lead an outdoor excursion on  Saturday, June 12 from 9-10 a.m. for all ages starting next to the Geothermal Greenhouse Project domes downtown.  Registration is required for this event.

In-person gaming is back

Enjoy all-ages  video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.  Maximum of four participants in the gaming room at a time. 

Take-and make DIY:  Edible sprouts

You’re invited to join us via Facebook next Tuesday, June 15 as Brad will demonstrate how easy it is to grow edible sprouts using a mason jar, seeds and a few more items.  Edible sprouts are an excellent source of antioxidants when you put them in salads, sandwiches and other recipes.  Supplies and instructions will be available to pick up at your library on Monday, June 14, and video tutorials will appear the next day from 2-3 p.m. on Facebook and the library’s website at htps://pagosalibrary.org/adult-diy/

Legal clinic tomorrow

The free legal clinic each month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, June 11 from 2 – 3 p.m. The volunteer attorney can phone you at home, or you can come into the library and meet privately via Zoom. To schedule an appointment, send an email titled “Sign-up for Free Legal Clinic,” with your first name and phone number to ruby@pagosalibrary.org, or phone or stop by the library. The volunteer attorney’s time is limited so it’s first-come first-served.  Visit http://checkerboard.co/ anytime to find many legal forms and other legal information.

LEGO challenge Saturday

Join us on June 12 at 10 a.m. for a free all-ages LEGO challenge via an image posted on Facebook and the library website.  Use your own pieces to create something that will fit the challenge. If you don’t have LEGOS, we have a few grab bags available at the library.

Writing challenge

On Monday, June 7we posted a new writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Storywalk for kids

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 June 7-19 theme is time flies.  After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Tech Time

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

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-8 p.m.   

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. 

Adult education

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

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.

Guides to local natural wonders

Thanks to a generous donor, we have added five new books to our Hershey Collection, which covers Southwest Colorado and Four Corners topics:  “Night Skies of the American Southwest” by Christopher K. Eaton; Chaco Outliers: A Complete Guide”  about the Aztec Ruins, Chimney Rock, Salmon Ruins, Lowry Pueblo and Yucca House plus “Mesa Verde: A Complete Guide,” both by Gian Mercurio and Max Peschel; “The Ancient Southwest” by Gregory McNamee with photographs by Larry Lindahl; and “Chimney Rock National Monument” by Amron Gravett and Christine Robinette.

Large print westerns

“The Cowboy Way: Stories of the Old West” by Elmer Kelton contains 16 tales about the highs and lows of cowboy life.  “Ralph Compton: Ride for Justice” is part of the Gunfighter series by Robert J. Randisi.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Version Zero” by David Yoon features a data whiz at a social media giant who rebels when he’s fired for questioning his company’s use of collected data.  “Scorpion” by Christian Cantrell features a female CIA intelligence analyst investigating bizarre international assassinations.  “Like Lions” by Brian Panowich is a crime story featuring a small-town Georgia sheriff. 

Books on CD

“Shadow Storm” by Christine Feehan is the sixth book in the Shadow Riders series about a Chicago crime family.  “The Palm Beach Murders” by James Patterson contains three murder mysteries.

Nonfiction

“Freedom” by Sebastian Junger is a look at the competing ideals of community and freedom.  “My Time Swill Come” by Ian Manuel of a memoir of a 14-year-old sentenced to life without parole for a non-homicide crime.  “The Tyranny of Big Tech” by Sen. Josh Hawley explores the power of powerful wealthy elites in all our lives.  “Punch Me Up to the Gods” by Brian Broome is a memoir of a young black boy trying to learn how to be a man.  “Chasing the Thrill” by Daniel Barbarisi is a first-person account of the treasure hunt across the Rocky Mountains created by an eccentric art dealer.  “The Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft” by Rebecca L. and Philip L. Stein is the fourth edition of this guide.

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 Lenore Bright for her 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 help support the services and programs provided by your Ruby Sisson Library.  Mail checks to P.O. Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209. 

Quotable Quote

In response to a question asking what most he wanted his kids and grandchildren to learn from him:  “A work ethic. Courtesy to your fellow human beings.  And kindness.  Which are traits you have to work at and rehearse…. Particularly compassion… And also to teach them to be good citizens of the planet.  I am conscious of us all being in this together.” – Michael Douglas, actor and producer, winner of numerous accolades including two Academy Awards and five Golden Globes.

6/3/2021

Fun, free Summer Reading Program and more in-person activities

This year’s Summer Reading Program begins next Monday, June 7 with the theme “Tails and Tales.”  Pick up a bingo card because participants get a small prize every time you complete a bingo sheet.  We also will have bonus challenges where entrants will be put into random drawings for gift certificates and other prizes.

The Summer Reading Program is one of our most popular events of the year.  It’s fun, free and educational.  As well, it will help your children avoid the dreaded “summer slide” in reading skills that has been documented so often when youngsters take a vacation from books in July and August – an especially important benefit now with the last school year being so disrupted by COVID.

First Summer Reading bonus challenge

Week one’s bonus challenge June 7-12:  You’ve discovered a new dinosaur.  What do you want to call it and why?  Submit your answer by Saturday, June 12 at 3 p.m. for a chance to win – by emailing ruby@pagosalibrary.org, posting on the library Facebook page or dropping it off at the front desk.   

More in-person activities

We are delighted that the robust local vaccination program for our community  means that more of our programs now can happen in person  – either inside the building with limited numbers or outside.  For example, several activities will take place in the library garden, all-ages in-person gaming resumes inside the library this Friday and a special birdwatching program takes place both inside and downtown next to the Geothermal Greenhouse Project domes.  Please see more information in the activity listings below.

Also, our hours have returned to pre-COVID levels – and even more on weekdays:

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

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

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 three versions – children, teens and adults.

Children’s programs in library garden

Wednesdays at 10 a.m. join us in the library garden (note new day and location) for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move. This event will be cancelled if the weather is bad.  Saturday’s Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more. 

In-person birdwatching programs

Randy McCormick from the Weminuche Audubon Society will teach an all-ages in-person class inside the library on Tuesday, June 8 from 6-7:30 p.m. where you will learn about binocular use, fields guides, identifying bird families and more.  This event is limited to 10 participants and registration is required.  Then Saturday, June 12 from 9-10 a.m. an outdoor excursion will begin next to the Geothermal Greenhouse Project domes downtown.  Registration also required for this event.

In-person gaming is back

Enjoy video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.  Maximum of four participants in the gaming room at a time. 

Summer Reading Club starts next Thursday

What’s it like to be a paleontologist?  Explore the world of fossils, digging and dinosaurs with in-person science experiments and activities for K-fifth grade on Thursday, June 10 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the library garden.

Adult book club

Ruby’s Book Club meets from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8 via Zoom to discuss “The Dutch House” by Ann Patchet.  Copies of the book are available at your library.  The Zoom meeting ID is 874 5826 9188, passcode 81147.  This book club is held the second Tuesday of each month.

Writing challenge

On Monday, June 7we will post a new writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

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 Storywalk for kids.  The June 7-19 theme is time flies.  After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Tech Time

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

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-8 p.m.   

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. 

Adult education

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

Large print

“In League with Sherlock Holmes” edited by Laurie A. King and Leslie S. Flinger is a collection of new mysteries by 15 authors.   “The Final Twist” by Jeffry Deaver is book three in the Colter Shaw mystery series.  “A Distant Shore” by Karen Kingsbury features a young girl caught in a sex-trafficking environment.  “Death with a Double Edge” by Anne Perry is a Daniel Pitt mystery set in London.  “The Newcomer” by Mary Kay Andrews begins when a woman dies and her sister must flee with her child.  “The Lady Has a Past” by Amanda Quick tracks a PI who is kidnapped at an exclusive spa.  

Novels

“Where the Grass is Green and the Girls are Pretty” by Lauren Weisberger focuses on one little lie that upends the seemingly perfect lives of two sisters.  “The First Day of Spring” by Nancy Tucker begins when an eight-year-old girl kills a boy.  “The Soulmate Equation” by Christina Lauren revolves around a DNA-based matchmaking service. 

Comedy collection

“Yearbook” by Seth Rogen is a collection of comedic true stories about the author’s grandparents, bar mitzvahs, Jewish summer camp and other events in his life.

How-to and self help

The Stress Mess” by Kelsie Kenefick is a guide to effectively managing your stress.  “National Parks of America” is a new edition of Lonely Planet’s travel guide.   “Polyface Designs” by Joel Salatin and Chris Slattery is a construction guide for scalable farming infrastructure.  “Dedicated” by Pete Davis explores the benefits of committing yourself to places, professions, people and causes.  “Witchcraft Therapy” by Murdi Em describes how to use witchcraft as a tool for change in your life.  “Facebook for Dummies” by Carolyn Abram and Amy Karasavas is the new eight edition. 

Other nonfiction

“The Ground Breaking” by Scott Ellsworth tells the story of the destruction of Tulsa’s Black Wall Street in 1921 and the 50-year coverup of the massacre.  “America on Fire” by historian Elizabeth Hinton exposes the causes and details of Black rebellion in recent decades.  “Breaking the News” by Breitbart editor Alex Marlow outlines how the conservative media took on the establishment media in the years of Donald Trump.  “Madam Speaker” by Susan Page is a biography of Nancy Pelosi. 

“By Billie Eilish” is a photo-filled memoir of the recording artist.  “Beautiful Things” by Hunter Biden is a memoir that exposes the author’s years-long battle with drugs and alcohol.  “We Need New Stories” by Nesrine Malik examines six political myths used to discredit demands for social justice.  “On Juneteenth” by historian and Pulitzer Prize winner Annette Gordon-Reed explores the roles African Americans played in Texas.  “Finish Strong” by Nate Ebner is the inspiring story of this Olympic rugby and NFL player. 

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 Susan and Terry Arrington for their 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 help support the services and programs provided by your Ruby Sisson Library.  Mail checks to P.O. Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209. 

Quotable Quote

“When in doubt, go for the net – push the envelope.  Get our of your comfort zone and take chances.  I like to force the action.  For me, it’s never too late because you don’t know how long you’re going to live anyway.  Don’t be afraid to get a fresh start.  If not now, when?” – Martina Navratilova,         on applying her tennis skills to new challenges and opportunities in everyday life.  She is a Czechoslovak-born American tennis player and coach who is considered one of the best female tennis players of all time.

5/27/2021

Tips from experts to encourage kids’ love of reading

Are you struggling to get your kids hooked on reading?  A love of reading is a gift for life, and a recent article in The Globe and Mail, a leading newspaper in Canada, offers tips from literacy experts that will help your youngsters love reading.

Part of the trick is expanding your view of what “reading” actually means and what libraries have to offer, says Maryn Ashdown with the Vancouver Public Library.  “We’re a hub where families and kids can find stories in any format that works for them.”

Here’s advice from authors, academics, librarians and booksellers featured in the article:

  • Let your child’s reading experience match their interests, be it basketball, baking, dance or dinosaurs.  There are children’s books on virtually any subject your kid enjoys.
  • If your child likes watching zombie movies, look for zombie books in the library.  If they are keen on LEGOS, look for books and DVDs about LEGOS.  Alyson Shaw at the University of Ottawa advises, “Reading books based on games or TV or movies can help kids realize that what’s inside a book is cool.”
  • Take advantage of new formats like graphic novels, which are books made up of comics content.  Young readers can be intimidated when they open a book and face a wall of words on every page.  Graphic novels – or hybrids filled with illustrations – offer a gentler alternative.
  • Introduce your child to audio books, which allow them to enjoy a story while using their imagination.  Audio books are a great way to keep children engaged when parents aren’t available to read with them – and during long car rides. 

More in-person activities

We are delighted that the robust local vaccination program for our community and your library staff means that more of our programs can happen in person starting in June – either inside the building with limited numbers or outside.  For example, family storytimes will take place live in the library garden next month and all-ages in-person gaming resumes on Friday, June 4.  Note details in the activity listings starting in next week’s Library News column.

Also, our hours have returned to pre-COVID levels – and even more on weekdays:

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

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

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 three versions – children, teens and adults.

Summer Reading starts next week

Our annual Summer Reading Program is almost here.  Watch for details of the many fun and informative activities for all ages in next week’s Library News column.

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book club meets the fourth Friday of every month from 10:15 a.m. – noon via Zoom. Tomorrow, Friday, May 28, the ladies will discuss “The Giver of Stars” by Jo Jo Moyes.  Pick up a copy at your library. The Zoom meeting ID for this event is 859 2949 6860 with the passcode 81147.  Or send an email to brad@pagosalibrary.org and Brad will send you the invitation.  No registration required.

Writing challenge

On Monday, May 17we posted a new writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Storywalk for kids

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 May 21-June 2 theme is hiking.  After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Tech Time

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

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-8 p.m. (note new hours). 

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 in library garden

Wednesday, June 2 at 10 a.m. join us in the library garden (note new day and location) for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move. This event will be cancelled if the weather is bad.  Saturday’s Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more.   

Adult education

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

Academy Award films on DVD

We have five movies on DVD that won Academy Awards this year.  “Judas and the Black Messiah” about a thief turned FBI informant infiltrating the Illinois Black Panthers won for best supporting actor and was nominated for four other Oscars including best picture.  “Another Round” with English subtitles is a comedy-drama that won for best international feature film and was nominated for best director.  “Soul” by Disney Pixar is a comedy that won best animated movie and best score.  “The Father” won best actor for Anthony Hopkins and best adapted screenplay and received four other nominations. “Minari” won best supporting actress and was nominated for five other Oscars.

Other DVDs

“Let Him Go” stars Kevin Costner and Diane Lane.  “Kim’s Convenience” is a comedy about a Korean Canadian family.  “Asian Americans” is a five-part documentary PBS series. 

How-to and self-help

“What Happened to You?” by trauma expert Dr. Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey features conversations on childhood trauma, resilience and healing.  “The 30-day Heart Tune-Up” by Dr. Steven Masley is an updated guide to heart health with 60 recipes.  “Let’s Talk About Hard Things” by Anna Sale brings the warmth and candor of the author’s award-winning podcast to tough conversations.  “Set Boundaries, Find Peace” by Nedra Glover Tawwab is a guide to setting healthy boundaries to achieve work/life balance and cope with toxic people.

Other nonfiction

“The Premonition” by Michael Lewis features the unexpected and unofficial heroes of the early response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S.   “The Art of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge” uses commentary, sketches, blueprints and photos to provide details of this new attraction at Disney World and Disneyland.  “Facing the Mountain” by Daniel James Brown is the true story of Japanese American heroes of World War II.  “Finding the Mother Tree” by forest ecologist Suzanne Simard brings readers into the complicated, interdependent world of trees connected by underground networks.  “Persist” by Elizabeth Warren reveals six perspectives that have influenced the senator’s life and advocacy.  “Lincoln in Private” by historian Ronald C. White explores the 16th president’s private thoughts through private notes he wrote to himself on major issues and concerns.  “Madhouse at the End of the Earth” by Julian Sancton tells of the adventure and horror of a Belgian expedition to Antarctica.

Books on CD

“Ocean Prey” by John Sandford is a Lucas Davenport-Virgil Flowers mystery.  “The Red Book” by James Patterson and David Ellis features Chicago PD’s special operations section.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Nighthawking” by Russ Thomas begins with a body being found in a botanical garden.  “While Justice Sleeps” by Stacey Abrams is a thriller set within the Supreme Court.     “The Last Thing He Told Me” by Laura Dave centers on a note left by a man who disappears.  “Thief of Souls” is an Inspector Lu Fey mystery set in China.  “The Devil May Dance” by Jake Tapper is a thriller set in 1960’s Hollywood.  . 

Other novels

“A Little Hatred” by Joe Abercrombie is the first book in a new fantasy series.  “That Summer” by Jennifer Weiner features two women who become friends because of an errant email.  “A Summer to Remember” by Erika Montgomery begins with a mysterious package containing a surprise photograph.  “The Plot” by Jean Hankk Korelitz follows a professor who steals a student’s book plot for a bestseller.  “Ariadne” by Jennifer Saint is a fantasy featuring the forgotten women of Greek mythology.  “Fugitive Telemetry” by Martha Wells is the latest in the Murderbot Diaries featuring a droit with a heart.  “China” by Edward Rutherfurd is an epic history of China going back to the first Opium War in 1839.

Large print

“Kamala’s Way: An American Life” by Dan Morain is a biography of the first woman elected vice president of the U.S.  “Turn a Blind Eye” by Jeffrey Archer is book three in the William Warwick series.  “The Perfect Daughter” by D.J. Palmer features a teen accused of murder and locked in a psychiatric hospital.  “Robert B. Parker’s Payback” by Mike Lupica is a Sunny Randall mystery.  “Local Woman Missing” by Mary Kubica follows a missing woman who returns home after 11 years.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

Perfect for COVID times, 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 Cheryl Kaumeyer-Wethey for her generous in-kind donation and to Medora Bass for her material 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 help support the services and programs provided by your Ruby Sisson Library.  Mail checks to P.O. Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209. 

Quotable Quote

“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one!” – Dolly Parton, singer, songwriter, author and humanitarian. Inspired by her father’s inability to read and write, she started her Imagination Library in 1995 for children within her home county. Today, her program spans five countries and donates more than one million free books each month to children around the world.

5/20/2021

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 talking (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 6,500 talking (audio) books, 23,000 Braille books and 24,000 large print books, with new books added each month.  You can even tell your preferences to CTBL.

To sign up, go to https://myctbl.cde.state.co.us/ and click on Getting Started/Application.

Hours back to pre-COVID levels

We are delighted that the robust local vaccination program for our community and your library staff means that our hours have returned to pre-COVID levels – and even more on weekdays:

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

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

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.

LEGO challenge Saturday

Join us on May 22 at 10 a.m. for a free all-ages LEGO challenge via an image posted on Facebook and the library website.  Use your own pieces to create something that will fit the challenge. If you don’t have LEGOS, we have a few grab bags available at the library.

Teen advisory board

Next Tuesday, May 25 the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. on Zoom.  Sixth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs. 

New writing challenge

On Monday, May 17we posted a new writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Storywalk for kids

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 May 21-June 2 theme is hiking.  After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Knitting takeaways

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

After-school program

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

DIY crafts takeaway for kids

Drop by during open hours to pick up free DIY crafts takeaways for youngsters age 10 and older outside the building.                     

Tech Time – no appointment needed

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.  Appointments are no longer required but we will honor any appointments that were previously made,  Brad will help you resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. 

ESL – no appointment needed

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-8 p.m. (note new hours).  Appointments are no longer required but we will honor any appointments that were previously made,  

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.  We are beginning a new adventure this month so it’s the perfect time for new players to begin.           

Children’s programs on Facebook

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

Adult education – no appointment needed

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session takes place in person Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. (note new time) where Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Appointments are no longer required but we will honor any appointments that were previously made. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Olympus, Texas” by Stacey Swann combines classical mythology and psychological complexity with a modern family saga.  “Hour of the Witch” by Chris Bohjalian is a historical thriller set in Boston in 1662. “Basil’s War” by Stephen Hunter features an undercover British spy searching for a ecclesiastic manuscript.  “21st Birthday” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is the latest in the Women’s Murder Club series.

Other novels

“Thrawn Ascendancy by Timothy Zahn is the second book is this Star Wars sci fi/fantasy trilogy.  “The Last Green Valley” by Mark Sullivan follows a Ukrainian family of German heritage who must decide between following the Nazis or the Soviets.  “Family Reunion” by Nancy Thayer is a multigenerational story set on Nantucket.  “Project Hail Mary” by Andy Weir features a man who faces an impossible task in space.  “A Dog’s Courage” by W. Bruce Cameron tells of a brave dog caught in a raging wildfire.  “Great Circle” by Maggie Shipstead is the tale of two women whose fates collide across geographies and centuries. 

Large print

“How to Age Without Getting Old” by Joyce Meyer offers advice on how to embrace God’s grace for the changing seasons in our lives.  

Nonfiction

“Buses Are a Comin’” by Civil Rights pioneer Charles Person is the memoir of the youngest of the original Freedom Riders.  “Everything Is Fine” by Vince Granata explores the tragedy of the author’s mother’s violent death in the hands of his brother who has schizophrenia.

Books on CD

“Reunion Beach” is an anthology of short stories, letters, poems and essays in tribute to Dorothea Benton Frank by bestselling authors and writers.  “A Gambling Man” by David Baldacci is a thriller featuring Aloysius Archer, the straight-talking World War II veteran. 

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

Perfect for COVID times, 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 the Archuleta Board of County Commissioners for their generous monetary gift, and to Medora Bass and our anonymous donors for their material 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 help support the services and programs provided by your Ruby Sisson Library. Mail checks to P.O. Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209. 

Quotable Quote

“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.” – Saint Francis of Assisi.