09/01/2022

Back-to-school resources for all ages

With youngsters heading back to school, we wanted to remind you that your library has a multitude of resources for students – and they’re useful for students of all ages.

You can find nonfiction books, periodicals and DVDs on a variety of topics from archaeology to zoology.  In addition to the collection of physical items in the library, you also can find online resources 24/7 at www.pagosalibrary.org.  Select the tab “Online Resources” at the top of the home page.  The resources are listed in alphabetical order. 

Britannica School is an online resource where you can discover encyclopedia articles, multimedia, primary sources, e-books and other learning resources that support student research and reinforce curriculum standards.  Another online resource is Middle Search Plus where you can access biographies, historical essays, encyclopedias and popular middle-school magazines.  Your library card number is needed to access this resource. 

If you do not see what you are looking for in our collection or online, talk with one of our friendly library staff who can help you search our larger AspenCat database.

Library closure

Your library will be closed Monday, September 5 for the Labor Day holiday.

Library fundraiser next weekend

We hope you will attend a special fundraiser on Saturday, September 10 at 6 p.m. for your library at the PLPOA Clubhouse at 230 Port Avenue that will feature professional storytelling and music.  Proceeds from this event will benefit the Ruby Sisson Library Foundation’s campaign to expand and renovate your library.    

Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door.  They can be purchased by credit card at pagosalibrary.org/library-foundation/navigating-the-world-with-stories/.    You also may purchase tickets with cash or a check in person at the library.  

Featured in this unique program will be two talented performers.  Kathy Santopietro is an award-winning adult educator who has shared her storytelling skills with adult audiences for almost 30 years.  With the theme of  “Navigating the World With Stories,” she will unpack a bundle of stories as she takes us on a journey around the world.  Sharing the stage will be Pagosa’s own Sally Neel, a gifted musician well known to local audiences for her piano, organ and conducting skills at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church and with Curtains Up Pagosa.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with a cash bar.  Stories begin at 7 p.m.  After the entertainment the cash bar will reopen, accompanied by light hors d’oeuvres.

This is an adult fundraiser is aimed at ages 16 and up.  Earlier in the day, on September 10 from 1:30-2 p.m., Kathy will offer a free storytelling program at the library for youngsters in grades four and up while Josie will host a program for younger children.   

Library Speakers Consortium continues

There will be three events this month in our free Library Speakers Consortium virtual series featuring New York Times bestselling fiction and nonfiction authors giving live, professionally moderated book discussions you can view on your computer, tablet or smartphone with internet access.  You also will have an opportunity to ask questions.

Next Thursday, September 8 at noon we will hear from Dr. Michele Borba, author of “Raising Thrivers: Parenting Tips and Tools.”  She is an internationally renowned educator, award-winning author and parenting child expert recognized for her solution-based strategies to strengthen children’s empathy, social-emotional intelligence and character, and her efforts to reduce peer cruelty.

September 20 at 2 p.m. features prolific New York Times bestselling British-American author and journalist Simon Winchester.  In his career at The Guardian newspaper, Winchester covered numerous significant events including Bloody Sunday and the Watergate Scandal. He also has written or contributed to more than a dozen nonfiction books, has written one novel and has contributed to multiple travel magazines.

September 27 at 2 p.m. we’ll hear from Pulitzer Prize finalist Hernan Diaz.  He has written two novels which have been published in more than 20 languages, plus many  essays and short stories.  He also is the associate director of the Hispanic Institute for Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University.  He is known as a dynamic speaker who captivates audiences with witty conversations about foreignness, his theory of genre, literary history and what it means to do research for a novel.

Gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect tomorrow, Friday, September 2 from 3-4 p.m.

Makerspace on Saturday

Kids, tweens and teens are invited to a free Makerspace session on Saturday, September 3 from 11 a.m. to noon when we’ll provide the materials so you can build, design and create.

PALS/GED adult education

In response topopular demand, Mark has doubled the number of his free PALS sessions to Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  No registration required.  This service is in great demand and is used by many people, so we are very happy to make it more available.  Note: No PALS September 8, 13, 20 and 22.

Tech Time

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.  Judy will help you with basic questions relating to computers, smartphones and tablets and also provide assistance in accessing any of the library’s online resources.  You do not need an appointment for these drop-in sessions.

Writing challenge

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

Family storytime

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

ESL classes

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

Las clases de ESL

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

Library hours

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

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

Downloadable books 

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

Books on CD

“Run Time” by Catherine Ryan Howard is a mystery about a horror movie being filmed in remote Ireland.  “The Last Housewife” by Ashley Winstead features a woman investigating a friend’s death.  “The Challenge” by Danielle Steel focuses on children who go missing while exploring on a Montana mountain.  “Dawnshard” by Brandon Sanderson is a novella in the Stormlight Archive fantasy series. 

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Deal Goes Down” by Larry Beinhart features a man who kills husbands for rich abused women. 

Other novels

“Blood, Flesh, Flame” by Lynn Moffett is book one of a new Woodridge paranormal romance series set at the time of the Salem witchcraft trials.

Nonfiction

“Political Prisoner” by Paul Manafort is a memoir by this lobbyist and Republican political strategist.  “A Life in Light” by Mary Pipher contains essays by this psychologist who specializes in the effect of our culture on women’s mental health.  “If We Break” by Kathleen Buhle is a memoir by Hunter Biden’s wife.  “James Patterson” by James Patterson is a memoir by this bestselling American author. 

Donations  

We are grateful to the Pagosa Springs High School class of 1960 for the generous gift in memory of Ruby Sisson, the library’s namesake, and to Joanne Ferko and our anonymous donors for their materials donations.  Material donations are accepted for the Friends of the Library at the front desk (not down the outside returns slot at the library or the dropbox at  City Market, please) when we are open. The Friends take fiction published in 2012 or newer and nonfiction that is 2017 or newer. Limited workroom space means we can only accept one or two small boxes at a time. 

Quotable Quote

“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” – Oprah Winfrey, talk show host, TV producer, actress, author and philanthropist.            

08/25/2022

Save the date for special storytelling and music fundraiser for your library

We hope you will mark your calendar to attend a special fundraiser on Saturday, September 10 at 6 p.m. for your library at the PLPOA Clubhouse at 230 Port Avenue that will feature professional storytelling and music.  Proceeds from this event will benefit the Ruby Sisson Library Foundation’s campaign to expand and renovate your library.    

Featured in this unique program will be two talented performers.  Kathy Santopietro is an award-winning adult educator who has shared her storytelling skills with adult audiences for almost 30 years.  With the theme of  “Navigating the World With Stories,” she will unpack a bundle of stories as she takes us on a journey around the world.  Sharing the stage will be Pagosa’s own Sally Neel, a gifted musician well known to local audiences for her piano, organ and conducting skills at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church and with Curtains Up Pagosa.

Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door.  They can be purchased by credit card at pagosalibrary.org/library-foundation/navigating-the-world-with-stories/.  You also may purchase tickets with cash or a check in person at the library.  

Doors open at 6 p.m. with a cash bar.  Stories begin at 7 p.m.  After the entertainment the cash bar will reopen, accompanied by light hors d’oeuvres.

This is an adult fundraiser is aimed at ages 16 and up.  Earlier in the day, on September 10 from 1:30-2 p.m., Kathy will offer a free storytelling program at the library for youngsters in grades four and up while Josie will host a program for younger children.   

Library Speakers Consortium today

You are invited to one more event this month in our free Library Speakers Consortium series featuring New York Times bestselling fiction and nonfiction authors giving live, professionally moderated book discussions you can view on your computer, tablet or smartphone with internet access.  You also will have an opportunity to ask questions.

Today, August 25, at 10 a.m. showcases Liz Wiseman, author of “Impact Players: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger and Multiply Your Impact,” a guide to leadership.  To register for the consortium, click on the link on your library’s home page at https://pagosalibrary.org.  If you cannot view the presentations live, the recorded events will be available afterwards at our website.

Watch for information on the September 8, 20 and 27 talks in next week’s column.

Gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect tomorrow, Friday, August 26 from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

LEGO Club on Saturday

Kids aged six and up are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, August 27 from 11 a.m.-noon for the free LEGO Club.  LEGO challenges also are posted on Facebook.

Dungeons & Dragons

Next Thursday, September 1 from 3-5 p.m., join our virtual Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults on Discord.  Registration is required.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to join.  Then D&D is going on a brief hiatus until October.

PALS/GED adult education expands

In response to popular demand, Mark has doubled the number of his free PALS sessions to Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  No registration is required.  

Tech Time

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.  Judy will help you with basic questions relating to computers, smartphones and tablets and also provide assistance in accessing any of the library’s online resources.  You do not need an appointment for these drop-in sessions.

Writing challenge

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

Family storytime

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

ESL classes

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

Las clases de ESL

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

Library hours

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

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

Downloadable books 

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

Travel guides

“Hike: Adventures on Foot” is a DK Eyewitness guide to the world’s most scenic and spectacular walking trails.  “Mushroom Foraging & Feasting” by Victoria Romanoff is a mushroom hunting how-to book with recipes.  “Off The Beaten Path: Colorado” is an Insiders’ Guide to hidden attractions, unique attractions and unusual locales in our state.  “The Story of Mesa Verde National Park” by the park’s retired chief archeologist Gilbert R. Wenger with photos by the author and illustrations by David W. Wilson is a guide to help visitors understand appreciate our local treasure.  “An Archeological Guide: Ancient Ruins of the Southwest” by writer and photographer David Grant Noble describes more than 60 well-known and lesser-known local ruins in this revised and expanded edition.

Other nonfiction

“The Colony” by Sally Denton is an in-depth look at the attack on a fundamentalist Mormon community in Mexico.  “On Critical Race Theory: Why It Matters & Why You Should Care” by Victor Ray contains essays to demystify and explain this concept of racial injustice.  “Listening Well” by William R. Miller is a step-by-step process for developing your skills in empathetic listening.  “The Destructionists” by Dana Milbank presents the author’s look at the last 25 years in the Republican Party. 

“Playmakers” by Mike Florio reveals the inner workings of the NFL and its scandals past and present.  “Death Tango” by Yossi Alpher analyzes the huge negative effect of three crucial days in March 2002 on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  “River of the Gods” by Candice Millard delves into the complexities and mysteries related to the search for the source of the Nile.

Books on CD

“Rising Tiger” is a Scot Harvath thriller by Brad Thor.  “Chrysalis” by Lincoln Child is a thriller focusing on a high-tech company.  “Portrait of an Unknown Woman” by Daniel Silva is a Gabriel Allon mystery about an art forgery.  “The 6:20 Man” by David Baldacci starts with an apparent suicide at an NYC investment firm.  “Shattered” by James Patterson and James O. Born features NYPD investigator Michael Bennett.  “Black Dog” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery. 

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Retreat” by Sarah Pearse is set in a wellness center off the English coast.  “The It Girl” by Ruth Ware exposes new evidence about the death of an Oxford student 10 years before.  “The 6:20 Man” by David Baldacci starts with an apparent suicide at an NYC investment firm.    

Other novels

“The Seaplane on Final Approach” by Rebecca Rukeyer is a sensual story charged with menace.  “Counterfeit” by Kirsten Chen is the story of two Asian American women who want to take their counterfeit handbag business global.  “Iona Iverson’s Rules for Commuting” by Clare Pooley explores changes in the behavior of passengers on a commuter train after a man chokes on a grape.   

Donations  

We are grateful to our anonymous donors for their materials donations.  Material donations are accepted for the Friends of the Library at the front desk (not down the outside returns slot at the library or the dropbox at  City Market, please) when we are open. The Friends take fiction published in 2012 or newer and nonfiction that is 2017 or newer. Limited workroom space means we can only accept one or two small boxes at a time. 

Quotable Quote

“The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Generally attributed to Socrates (died 399 B.C.), Greek philosopher from Athens credited with being the father of western philosophy.

08/18/2022

Backpacks and bike repair toolkit available for free checkout

Your library has just what hikers, campers and bikers need to help you and your family enjoy the outdoors for the rest of the summer and into the fall – backpacks and a bike repair toolkit available for free checkout.

Thanks to a partnership between the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado State Library, we have two backpacks for free checkout that contain a state park pass, binoculars, a wildlife guide, a trees and wildlife guide, a book about the 42 state parks, and more. The backpacks can be checked out for a full week and renewed for an additional week.   They cannot be placed on hold.  Consider it a “Lucky Day” pickup item, meaning that if you come in and it’s available, you can check it out. 

Also, we have a bike repair toolkit available for free check out.  This toolkit includes a handbook entitled “Essential Road Bike Maintenance Handbook” by Todd Downs and a toolbox filled with the essential tools needed for basic bicycle repairs.  The handbook covers topics such as frame, pedals, brakes and more.  We also offer a variety of other bicycle resources for people of all ages including maps, guidebooks, and historical information. 

Children’s Spanish class today

Join us today, Thursday, August 18 from 11 a.m. – noon for the second session of a new Spanish class for kids aged six to 11.  Miss Josie and Miss Ruby will help you learn and improve your Spanish.

Dungeons & Dragons today

Today, Thursday, August 18 from 3-5 p.m., is our ongoing virtual Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults, available every other Thursday on Discord.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join.

Gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect tomorrow, Friday, August 19 from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Makerspace on Saturday

Kids, tweens and teens are invited to a free Makerspace session on Saturday, August 20 from 11 a.m. to noon when we’ll provide the materials so you can build, design and create.

Library Speakers Consortium continues

You are invited to two more events this month in our free Library Speakers Consortium series featuring New York Times bestselling fiction and nonfiction authors giving live, professionally moderated book discussions you can view on your computer, tablet or smartphone with internet access.  You also will have an opportunity to ask questions.

August 22 at 7 p.m. features Michele Harper, author of “The Beauty in Breaking,” a memoir about what it means to be a doctor; and August 25 at 10 a.m. showcases Liz Wiseman, author of “Impact Players: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger and Multiply Your Impact,” a guide to leadership.

To register for the consortium, click on the link on your library’s home page at https://pagosalibrary.org.  If you cannot view the presentations live, the recorded events will be available afterwards at our website.

Adult DIY     

Join us next Tuesday, August 23 from 1-2 p.m. for this free session when we’ll provide materials for you to crochet a personal bookmark using colorful yarn. 

 Therapy dog visit

Next Wednesday, August 24 from 11 – 11:45 a.m. you are invited to come to the library for a free visit with a certified therapy dog.  It’s a great way to relax or boost your day.  The visits will be limited to 10-15 minutes – just the right amount of time to pet the dog, read to the dog or just say “Hi.”  This activity is for all ages.

Teen writers

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

PALS adult education expands

In response topopular demand, Mark has doubled the number of his free PALS sessions to Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  No registration required.  This service is in great demand and is used by many people, so we are very happy to make it more available.

Tech Time

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.   Judy will help you resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices.  You do not need an appointment for these drop-in sessions.

Writing challenge

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

StoryWalk downtown

StoryWalk now takes place at a new location.  We are pleased to partner with the Town of Pagosa Springs to bring the StoryWalk to the River Walk downtown.  It starts at the Community Center and heads north toward the green houses.    August 15-31 features the classic fable “The Lion and the Mouse” that celebrates the power of kindness.

Special family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  Special guests Lisa Baker and her friend Fluffy Dog will provide puppets, storytelling and silly fun on August 24.   

ESL classes

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

Las clases de ESL

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

Library hours

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

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

Downloadable books 

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

Local author

“Symbol & Synchronicity” by Julie Loar is a guide to learning the soul’s language in dreams and waking life via ancient wisdom, modern science discoveries and practical instruction.  We also have six other books in our collection by this prolific local author.  

Large print mysteries and thrillers

“The Darling Dahlias and the Red Hot Poker” by Susan Wittig Albert is a Darling Dahlias mystery.  “My Wife Is Missing” by D.J. Palmer begins when a wife and two children disappear from a New York City hotel room.  “When She Dreams” by Amanda Quick focuses on a psychic advice columnist being blackmailed.  “Nightwork” by Nora Roberts is the beginning of a new mystery series featuring a thief.  “It All Comes Down To This” by Therese Anne Fowler tells of three sisters and an ex-con.  “Hidden Pictures” by Jason Rekulak features a young child whose drawings become more sinister.

“Every Cloak Rolled in Blood” by James Lee Burke has its hero drawn into a network of villainy.  “Cold, Cold Bones” by Kathy Reichs is a Temperance Brennan forensic anthropologist mystery.  “The It Girl” by Ruth Ware starts with new evidence in a murder conviction.  “The House Across the Lake” by Riley Sager is a murder mystery set in Vermont.  “The Messy Lives of Book People” by Phaedra Patrick features a housekeeper asked to complete another’s novel.  “Point Last Seen” by Christina Dodd opens with a woman pulled from the California surf.  “Death Under the Perseids” by Teresa Dovalpage is book three in the Havana, Cuba mystery series.   

Large print westerns     

“Ralph Compton Counterfeit Lawman” by Jackson Lowry is part of the Gunfighter western series.  “Perilous Frontier” edited by Hazel Rumney contains short stories by four western authors.  “Dead River” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is book four of the Jackals series. “Bad River” by Ralph Cotton is a Ranger Sam Burrack western.

Other large print

“Tom Clancy: Zero Hour” by Don Bentley is a Jack Ryan Jr. adventure set in Korea.  “The Homewreckers” by Mary Kay Andrews features a woman involved with a beach house renovation.  “Clive Cussler’s Dark Vector” by Graham Brown is a NUMA adventure involving cyberwar.  “Tracy Flick Can’t Win” by Tom Perrotta tells of an assistant principal hoping to be promoted to superintendent.  “The Boardwalk Bookshop” by Susan Mallery is a romance story about three women who own a bookstore.  “Meant to Be” by Emily Giffin is inspired by John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette’s ill-fated romance. 

DVDs

“Drive My Car” by Japanese director Ryusuke Hamaguchi won a 2022 Academy award for best foreign language film.  “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is a Marvel Studios film.  “Minamata,” based on actual events, stars Johnny Depp in a story about a war photographer investigating a chemical spill in Japan. 

Nonfiction

“21st Century Monetary Policy” by former Federal Reserve chair Ben S. Bernanke is an explanation of the bank’s economic policy decisions.  “Battling The Big Lie” by Dan Pfeiffer discusses how to combat political disinformation and propaganda.  “The Monster’s Bones” by paleontologist  David R. Randall looks at the discovery of T. Rex and how it changed the world of paleontology.  “Business As Mission In a Nutshell ” by C. Neal Johnson offers a road map for Christian entrepreneurs starting or buying a business or owning a franchise.     

Donations  

We are grateful to Keith Jacobson of Rio Blanco Backflow for his generous in-kind donation, and to Bob and Carole Howard for their materials donation.

Material donations are accepted for the Friends of the Library at the front desk (not down the outside returns slot at the library or the dropbox at  City Market, please) when we are open. The Friends take fiction published in 2012 or newer and nonfiction that is 2017 or newer. Limited workroom space means we can only accept one or two small boxes at a time. 

Quotable Quote

“I hear and I forget.  I see and I remember.  I do and I understand.”  Chinese proverb

08/11/2022

How to suspend your 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 holiday 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. 

Please note donations guidelines

Many of you are very generous with your materials donations to the library, and we are grateful.  Most of your contributions become welcome items on sale in the annual Friends of the Library Book Sale every summer that raises much-appreciated funds for your library for special projects.  The Friends’ most recent contribution was the replacement of all public computers, including those for accessing the internet as well as those designated to search the library catalog of items.

As donations begin to come in for next summer’s sale, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind you about our guidelines for materials donations so that you don’t waste your valuable time.

Material donations are accepted for the Friends at the front desk (not down the outside returns slot at the library or the dropbox at  City Market, please) when we are open. The Friends are happy to take fiction published in 2012 or newer and nonfiction that is 2017 or newer. Limited workroom space means we can only accept one or two small boxes at a time. 

Alert re your coral reef creations

Please come by your library to pick up your coral reef creations by August 13 if you want to keep them.

Virtual teen advisory board today

Today, Thursday, August 11, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. on your library’s Discord server.  Fourth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.    

Gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect tomorrow, Friday, August 12 from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

LEGO Club on Saturday

Kids aged six and up are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, August 13 from 11 a.m.-noon for the free LEGO Club.  LEGO challenges also are posted on Facebook if you can’t make it to the library.

Legal clinic tomorrow

The free legal clinic this month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, August 12 from 2 – 3 p.m.  Come into the library to meet privately via Zoom with our volunteer attorney who will answer your questions, show you legal documents and help you fill out the necessary forms.  To schedule an appointment, at the beginning of the month send an email titled “Sign-up for Free Legal Clinic,” with your first name and phone number to ruby@pagosalibrary.org, or phone 970-264-2209 or stop by the library. The volunteer attorney’s time is limited so it’s first-come first-served.  This clinic takes place on the second Friday of every month.

Spanish conversation

Next Tuesday, August 16 from 4:30-5:30 p.m., we will gather at the library to practice speaking and listening skills together at this free session.  No minimum skill level is required to attend.   You also can learn Spanish and many other languages using the Transparent Language Learning database available at https:pagosalibrary.org/online-resources/

Mini Dungeons & Dragons

Our second new Dungeons & Dragons minigame for 4th-8th graders starts happens Tuesday, August 16 from 4 – 5:30 p.m.  Pre-registration is required because space is limited.  Phone 970-264-2209 to join.

Teen DIY

Fourth – 12th graders are invited to a free in-person teen DIY session next Wednesday, August 17 from 4-5 p.m. when you will learn some basic sewing skills and make a mini-throw pillow.

Children’s Spanish class

Join us next Thursday, August 18 from 11 a.m. – noon for the second session of a new Spanish class for kids aged six to 11.  Miss Josie and Miss Ruby will help you learn and improve your Spanish.

Dungeons & Dragons

Next Thursday, August 18 from 3-5 p.m., is our ongoing virtual Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults, available every other Thursday on Discord.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join.

PALS adult education expands

In response topopular demand, Mark has doubled the number of his free PALS sessions to Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  No registration required.  

Tech Time resumes

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.   Judy will help you resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices.  You do not need an appointment for these drop-in sessions.

Writing challenge

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

StoryWalk downtown

Our very popular StoryWalk now takes place at a new location.  We are pleased to partner with the Town of Pagosa Springs to bring the StoryWalk to the River Walk downtown.  It starts at the Community Center and heads north toward the green houses.    August 1-14 features the book “A Butterfly is Patient,” a beautiful book about butterflies that is full of wings.  August 15-31 features the classic fable “The Lion and the Mouse” that celebrates the power of kindness.

Family storytime

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

ESL classes

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

Las clases de ESL

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

Library hours

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

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

Downloadable books 

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

Nonfiction

“Anna” by Amy Odell is the biography of Anna Wintour, who became one of the most powerful people in the worlds of fashion and media.  “Atoms and Ashes” by Serhii Plokhy looks at more than half a century of nuclear catastrophes.  “2023 Road Atlas” is a Michelin publication that includes North American driving tours.  “The Cook You Want to Be” by Andy Baragiani is a cookbook with recipes and techniques on how to make them.  “Thinking Like a Horse” by Grant Golliher is a guide to leadership by a “horse whisperer” cowboy.  “Selma Blair” is an autobiography by this actress, model and advocate for the multiple sclerosis community. 

Essays collection

“My Moment” contains essays from 106 women including Gloria Steinem, Lena Waithe, Carol Burnett, Joanna Gaines, Cyndi Lauper and Billie Jean King along with striking black-and-white photography.  Their essays contain revealing experiences of women from grade school girls to octogenarians about how they used their individual experiences and knowledge to make change.  The women’s revelations were prompted by the question: “What was the moment in your life when you realized you were ready to fight for yourself?”

Books on CD 

“Escape” by James Patterson and David Ellis is a thriller.   “Remember Love” by Mary Balogh is a Ravenswood Regency romance.  “The Big Dark Sky” by Dean Koontz is a suspense story.  “Cold Cold Bones” by Kathy Reichs is a suspense story featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan.  “The Hidden One” by Linda Castillo features Chief of Police Kate Burkholder in Amish country.   

Novels

“Ordinary Monsters” by J.M. Miro is an historical fantasy set in 1882 England.  “Something Wilder” by Christina Lauren features a treasure hunt adventure in the red rock canyons of Utah. 

Donations  

Material donations are accepted for the Friends of the Library at the front desk (not down the outside returns slot at the library or the dropbox at  City Market, please) when we are open. The Friends take fiction published in 2012 or newer and nonfiction that is 2017 or newer. Limited workroom space means we can only accept one or two small boxes at a time. 

Quotable Quote

“Don’t let others define you because, believe me, they will try.  You define yourself in your life, on your own terms.”  – Billie Jean King, American star tennis player whose influence and playing style elevated the status of women’s professional tennis beginning in the late 1960s. In her career she won 39 major titles, competing in both singles and doubles.

08/04/2022

Mermaid parade and party tomorrow celebrate end of Summer Reading Program

We will be celebrating the end of our highly successful Summer Reading Program with a fun, free all-ages mermaid parade and small party tomorrow, Friday, August 5, from 2:30 – 4 p.m. in the library for everyone from children to adults.

Every year since 1983, Coney Island in New York has put on the largest art parade in the U.S. to welcome summer.  Artists come dressed in ocean-themed costumes that show off their skill and creativity.  This will be our version of this fun tradition in honor of this year’s Summer Reading Program theme “Oceans of Possibilities.”  We hope you will join us.

Please note donations guidelines

Many of you are very generous with your materials donations to the library, and we are grateful.  Most of your contributions become welcome items on sale in the annual Friends of the Library Book Sale every summer that raises much-appreciated funds for your library for special projects.  The Friends’ most recent contribution was the replacement of all public computers, including those for accessing the internet as well as those designated to search the library catalog of items.

As donations begin to come in for next summer’s sale, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind you about our guidelines for materials donations so that you don’t waste your valuable time.

Material donations are accepted for the Friends at the front desk (not down the outside returns slot at the library or the dropbox at City Market, please) when we are open. The Friends are happy to take fiction published in 2012 or newer and nonfiction that is 2017 or newer. Limited workroom space means we can only accept one or two small boxes at a time. 

Children’s Spanish class today

Join us today, Thursday, August 4, from 11 a.m. – noon for a new Spanish class for kids aged six to 11.  Miss Josie and Miss Ruby will help you learn and improve your Spanish.

Early literacy info session today

If you want to participate in a new round of an exciting free 10-week literacy program that helps families and caregivers build their babies’ vocabulary, please attend an information session this evening, August 4, from 7-7:45 p.m. on Zoom, using passcode 895 4571 2561 to join.

Called LENA, the program comes from a partnership involving your library, AmeriCorps and the San Juan BOCES.

When you enroll in the workshops, you will get personalized information and ideas to help your child.  Please contact Michelle Salmeron-Ramierez at 970-585-4293 or michellesr@unitedway-swco.org.   The program is available in English and Spanish. It was created for babies from new-born to age three, and will help you use talking to build your child’s brain.

Paws to Read tomorrow

Friday, August 5 from 1:30 – 2:15 p.m., youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Muppet, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a free Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

Makerspace on Saturday

Kids, tweens and teens are invited to a free Makerspace session on Saturday, August 6 from 11 a.m. to noon when we’ll provide the materials so you can build, design and create.

Library Speakers Consortium continues

Next Tuesday, August 9 you are invited to the fourth in our free Library Speakers Consortium series featuring New York Times bestselling fiction and nonfiction authors giving live, professionally moderated book discussions you can view on your computer, tablet or smartphone with internet access.  You also will have an opportunity to ask questions.

This talk features Liz Moore, author of “Long Bright River,” named the best book of the year by NPR in 2020.

To register for the consortium, click on the link on your library’s home page at https://pagosalibrary.org.  If you cannot view the presentations live, the recorded events will be available afterwards at our website under the “Adult” tab.  The full schedule is also posted there.

Tech Time resumes

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.   Judy will help you resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices.  You do not need an appointment.

Alert re your coral reef creations

Please come by your library to pick up your coral reef creations next week by August 13 if you want to keep them.  Otherwise we will keep them.

Dungeons & Dragons virtually and in person

Today, Thursday, August 4 from 3-5 p.m., is our ongoing virtual Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults, available every other Thursday on Discord.  Then join us on Tuesday, August 9 from 4-7p.m. for our last in-person Dungeons & Dragons game.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join either or both games.

Adult book club next Tuesday

Ruby’s Book Club meets in person from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9 to discuss “The Exiles” by Christina Baker Kline.  Copies are available at your library.  This book club is held the second Tuesday of each month, alternating between fiction and nonfiction titles.  Anyone is welcome to attend.

PALS adult education expands

In response topopular demand, Mark has doubled the number of his free PALS sessions to Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  No registration required.  This service is in great demand and is used by many people, so we are very happy to make it more available.

Writing challenge

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

StoryWalk downtown

Our very popular StoryWalk now takes place at a new location.  We are pleased to partner with the Town of Pagosa Springs to bring the StoryWalk to the River Walk downtown.  It starts at the Community Center and heads north toward the green houses.    August 1-14 features the book “A Butterfly is Patient,” a beautiful book about butterflies that is full of wings.

Family storytime

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

ESL classes

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

Las clases de ESL

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

Library hours

Please visit during our open hours, which are back to pre-COVID levels – and even more on weekdays:

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

Staff is happy to help you inside or with curbside pickup. Please let us know if you have any questions with which we can assist.

Downloadable books 

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

DVDs

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” is a sci-fi adventure involving a parallel universe. 

Mysteries and thrillers

“A Face to Die For” by Iris Johansen is a forensic sculptor Eve Duncan mystery about Helen of Troy.  “The Lunar Housewife” by Caroline Woods features a young journalist who stumbles on a web of spy secrets.  “Escape” by James Patterson and David Ellis is the third book in the Billy Harney thriller series.   

Other novels

“My Brother’s Husband” by Gengoroh Tagame is a two-volume story about a work-at-home dad in Tokyo faced with the widower of his twin.  “Woman of Light” by Kali Fajardo-Anstine is an epic of betrayal, love and fate spanning five generations of an indigenous Chicano family in the American West. 

Books on CD

“Bloomsbury Girls” by Natalie Jenner tells of three women and a century-old bookstore in postwar London.  “Learning to Talk” by Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel is a collection of short stories.

Nonfiction

“Freezing Order” by Bill Browder is the true story of money laundering, murder and surviving Putin’s wrath by an American-British financier who is one of the largest foreign investors in Russia.  “Genius Kitchen” by Max Lugavere contains 100 recipes to help make your brain sharp, body strong and taste buds happy.  “The Tree Book” is a Smithsonian guide to the world’s trees.  “The Hawk’s Way” by Sy Montgomery is a celebration of the extraordinary abilities and instincts of hawks.  “Happy Go Lucky” by David Sedaris is a comedic look at how our world changed during the COVID pandemic. 

Donations  

We are grateful to Barbara Wolf for a generous monetary donation.  Material donations are accepted for the Friends of the Library at the front desk (not down the outside returns slot at the library or the dropbox at  City Market, please) when we are open. The Friends take fiction published in 2012 or newer and nonfiction that is 2017 or newer. Limited workroom space means we can only accept one or two small boxes at a time. 

Quotable Quote

“If any man wishes to write a clear style, let him first be clear in his thoughts.” – Johann W. von Goethe (1749-1832),    German poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, theatre director and critic.

07/28/2022

Promotion for Josie plus mermaid parade celebrates end of Summer Reading Program

We are delighted to announce that Josie Snow, a hometown Pagosan, has been promoted to assistant director, effective this week.  She also will continue in her current position of early literacy librarian that she has held since being hired in June 2019. 

In her new role, Josie will be in charge when library director Meg Wempe is away.  She also will be working more closely with volunteers and will create a calendar that includes a full picture of events and activities that occur throughout the year.  “I am honored to have been selected for this position and excited for further opportunities to learn and grow at the library,” Josie said.

“Josie was chosen because of her demonstrated leadership as well as her desire to serve our community further,” said Meg.  “Please stop by your library to congratulate her.”

Mermaid parade and costume creation

We will be celebrating the end of our highly successful Summer Reading Program with a fun, free all-ages mermaid parade and small party on Friday, August 5 from 2:30 – 4 p.m. in the library for everyone from children to adults.

Every year since 1983, Coney Island in New York has put on the largest art parade in the U.S. to welcome summer.  Artists come dressed in ocean-themed costumes that show off their skill and creativity.

Your library will be hosting our own version of this parade – and if you don’t have a costume to wear, you are invited to join us on Wednesday, August 2 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at a free session when we will provide a variety of beautiful materials you can use to make an ocean-themed costume for yourself.  

Free early literacy program starts soon

If you want to participate in a new round of an exciting free 10-week literacy program that helps families and caregivers build their babies’ vocabulary, come to your library on August 3 from 11 – 11:45 a.m. for an information session, or attend August 4 from 7-7:45 p.m. on Zoom, using passcode 895 4571 2561 to join.

Called LENA, the program comes from a partnership involving your library, AmeriCorps and the San Juan BOCES.

When you enroll in the workshops, you will get personalized information and ideas to help your child.  Please contact Michelle Salmeron-Ramierez at 970-585-4293 or michellesr@unitedway-swco.org.   The program is available in English and Spanish. It was created for babies from new-born to age three, and will help you use talking to build your child’s brain.

Public health talks continue

Your library has been hosting public health and resource professionals from San Juan Basin Public Health for free in-person sessions on Mondays from noon-1 p.m. The final talk August 1 will explain health insurance enrollment and how to pick the best plan for you. Spanish interpretation will be available for this session.  More details on the presentation is available in a flyer you can pick up at your library.

Library Speakers Consortium continues

On Wednesday, August 3 you are invited to the third in our new free Library Speakers Consortium series featuring New York Times bestselling fiction and nonfiction authors giving live, professionally moderated book discussions you can view on your computer, tablet or smartphone with internet access.  You also will have an opportunity to ask questions.

The August 3 session at noon features 2021 Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. Marcia Chatelain, author of “Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America.”

The next talk on Tuesday, August 9 will feature Liz Moore, author of “Long Bright River,” named the best book of the year by NPR in 2020.

To register for the consortium, click on the link on your library’s home page at https://pagosalibrary.org.  If you cannot view the presentations live, the recorded events will be available afterwards at our website under the “Adult” tab.  The full schedule is also posted there.

Children’s Spanish class debuts

Join us next Thursday, August 4 from 11 a.m. – noon for a new Spanish class for kids aged six to 11.  Miss Josie and Miss Ruby will help you learn and improve your Spanish.

Tech Time resumes

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.   Judy will help you resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices.  You do not need an appointment.

Mini Dungeons & Dragons debuts

A new Dungeons & Dragons minigame for 4th-8th graders starts next Tuesday, August 2 from 4 – 5:30 p.m.  Pre-registration is required because space is limited.  Phone 970-264-2209 to join,

More Dungeons & Dragons virtually and in person

Next Thursday, August 4 from 3-5 p.m., is our ongoing virtual Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults, available every other Thursday on Discord.  Then join us on Tuesday, August 9 from 4-7p.m. for our last in-person Dungeons & Dragons game.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join either or both games. 

PALS adult education expands

In response to popular demand, Mark has doubled the number of his free PALS sessions to Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  No registration required.  This service is in great demand and is used by many people, so we are very happy to make it more available.

Gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect tomorrow, Friday, July 29 from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Wednesday, August 3 from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 6th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Writing challenge

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

StoryWalk downtown

Our very popular StoryWalk now takes place at a new location.  We are pleased to partner with the Town of Pagosa Springs to bring the StoryWalk to the River Walk downtown.  It starts at the Community Center and heads north toward the green houses.    August 1-14 features the book “A Butterfly is Patient,” a beautiful book about butterflies that is full of wings.

Family storytime

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

ESL classes

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

Las clases de ESL

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

Library hours

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

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

Downloadable books 

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

Mysteries and thrillers

“Red on the River” by Christine Freehan is a romantic thriller set in Nevada.  “Hatchet Island” by Paul Doiron features Maine game warden Mike Bowditch in a research station far off the coast.  “The Girl Who Survived” by Lisa Jackson follows the survivors of a brutal family massacre.  “Suspects” by Danielle Steel features a CIA agent helping a fashion icon after her family is kidnapped.  “One of the Girls” by Lucy Clarke takes place at a bachelorette party on a Greek island.  “The Maker of Swans” by Paraic O’Donnell follows the master of an English estate and his butler after a shooting. 

Other novels

“Project Namahana” explores the issues of wartime trauma and historical injustice on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.   “Elsewhere” by Alexis Schaitkin is a fantasy that reveals a community where girls become wives, wives become mothers and some of them disappear.  “Shadow of the Sith” by Adam Christopher is a Star Wars story.  “My Brother’s Husband” by Gengoroh Tagame is a two-volume story about a work-at-home dad in Tokyo faced with the widower of his twin.  “Woman of Light” by Kali Fajardo-Anstine is an epic of betrayal, love and fate spanning five generations of an indigenous Chicano family in the American West. 

Short stories

“The Angel of Rome and Other Stories” by National Book Award finalist Jess Walter is a collection of stories about the moments life changes you – for better, for worse, for the outrageous.  

Books on CD

“The Island” by Adriana McKinty features a family on a working vacation overseas involved in a kidnapping.  “Resolute” by Jack Campbell is the second book in the Lost Fleet: Outlands military sci-fi series.  “Suspects” by Danielle Steel features a CIA agent helping a fashion icon after her family is kidnapped.  

Nonfiction

“Freezing Order” by Bill Browder is the true story of money laundering, murder and surviving Putin’s wrath by an American-British financier who is one of the largest foreign investors in Russia.  “Genius Kitchen” by Max Lugavere contains 100 recipes to help make your brain sharp, body strong and taste buds happy.

Donations  

We are grateful to Rebecca Battles for a generous monetary donation.  With the Friends of the Library sale just concluded, we and the Friends are taking a break from materials donations until August.  

Quotable Quote

“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” — Confucius, Chinese philosopher.

07/14/2022

Meet Judy, your new adult services and tech librarian

We are delighted to introduce you to Judy Brennen, who has been hired as your new adult services and technology librarian.  She started work on Monday.  She and her family moved to Pagosa in the fall of 2021 from Arizona.

Judy comes to us with impressive credentials.  She has been a lifelong champion of reading for pleasure and knowledge throughout her careers of academic advising, counseling, teaching and coaching.   She previously was director of alcohol and drug prevention at Yavapai College in Prescott, Ariz.; academic advisor and counselor at Yavapai; primary therapist at Cooper Canyon Academy in Rimrock, Ariz.; and primary therapist and relationship manager at the Treatment Assessment Screening Center in Cottonwood, Ariz.  

She has a master of art in agency counseling from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley and a bachelor of social work from Salem State College in Salem, Mass. 

Judy replaces Brad Glover, who resigned after five years in the post to return with his family to Idaho where he grew up to take charge of bookmobile services in the northern part of the state.  

Judy calls herself “a passionate, energetic and driven professional with a wealth of customer service skills.”  She says her work experience has allowed her to strengthen her abilities in community outreach, relationship building and resolving critical issues. 

Said Meg Wempe, library director:  “Though Judy doesn’t have direct library experience, she brings a notable number of transferable skills, including teaching and community outreach.  She also has a tremendous passion for public libraries that rivals those of us who received our degree in library science.  We are excited to have her join our team.  We know that her experience and talents will greatly benefit our library and, in turn, our community.”  Please stop by to meet Judy and welcome her to your library.

Library Speaker’s Consortium today

This morning is the second in our new free Library Speaker’s Consortium series featuring New York Times bestselling fiction and nonfiction authors giving live, professionally moderated book discussions you can view on your computer, tablet or smartphone with internet access.  You also will have an opportunity to ask questions.

Today’s program, Thursday, July 14 from 10-11 a.m., features David Allen, author of “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.”  The third program on August 3 at noon features Pulitzer Prize winner Marcia Chatelain, author of “Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America.”

To register for the consortium, click on the link on your library’s home page at https://pagosalibrary.org.  Moving forward, we expect two or three book discussions a month.  If you cannot view the presentations live, the recorded event will be available afterwards at our website under the “Adult” tab.

Public health talks continue

Your library is hosting public health and resource professionals from San Juan Basin Public Health for four free in-person sessions on Mondays from noon-1 p.m. from July 11 to August 1 to talk about a wide variety of important health topics.

In the second talk on July 18 Danette Jackson and Emilia Majewkski will discuss the Nurse-Family Partnership, which provides a free personal nurse for women pregnant with their first baby, and the State Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership, which works to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.

On July 25 Francilia Pena will cover cancer prevention and early detection of breast and cervical cancer.  August 1 will explain health insurance enrollment and how to pick the best plan for you. Spanish interpretation will be available for this session.

More details on the presentations are available in flyers you can pick up at your library.

PALS adult education expands

In response to popular demand, Mark is doubling the number of his free PALS sessions to Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  No registration required.  This service is in great demand and is used by many people, so we are very happy to make it more available.

No Tech Times in July

There will be no Tech Times in July.  Tech Time will return soon.

Summer Reading Program underway

If you haven’t already done so, we hope you will sign up at your library or register online for this year’s Summer Reading Program, which is underway now with the theme “Oceans of Possibilities.”  Pick up a bingo card because participants get a small prize every time you complete a bingo sheet. 

The Summer Reading Program includes activities for all ages that are fun, free and educational.  And it encourages learning and new opportunities for everyone from toddlers to seniors.

Watch for details of special Summer Reading events in this and future Library News columns all summer.  And pick up a copy of the events calendar each month at your library to be sure you and your family don’t miss any of the fun.  There are three versions – children, teens and adults.

Summer Reading Club for kids today

Our Summer Reading Club about ocean geology for kids K-5th grade takes place today, Thursday, July 14 from 10-11:30 a.m. when we’ll discover how islands form, what is the tallest mountain in the ocean and more.  At next week’s club on July 21 we’ll explore mysteries of the deep including mermaids and monsters.

Virtual teen advisory board today

Today, Thursday, July 14, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. on your library’s Discord server.  Fourth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.    

Gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect tomorrow, Friday, July 15 from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Makerspace on Saturday

Kids, tweens, and teens are invited to a free Makerspace session on Saturday, July 16 from 11 a.m. to noon when we’ll provide the materials so you can build, design and create.

Teen writers

Teen writers from 4th-12th grade are invited to your library on Tuesday, July 19 from 4 – 5 p.m.  Stories, poetry, graphic novels, fan fiction – it’s all welcome.

Adult DIY     

Join us next Tuesday, July 19 from 1-2 p.m. for this free session when we’ll provide materials for you to make some fun sea creatures to add to our growing coral reef display.

Teen DIY

Fourth – 12th graders are invited to a free in-person teen DIY session next Wednesday, July 20 from 4-5 p.m. when you can get creative with fun pirate’s treasure crafts.

Therapy dog visit

Next Wednesday, July 20 from 11 – 11:45 a.m. you are invited to come to the library for a free visit with a certified therapy dog.  It’s a great way to relax or boost your day.  The visits will be limited to 10-15 minutes – just the right amount of time to pet the dog, read to the dog or just say “Hi.”  This activity is for all ages.

Spanish conversation

Next Wednesday, July 20 15 from 4-5 p.m., we will gather in person at the library to practice speaking and listening skills together for this free session.  There is no minimum skill level required to attend.   You also can learn Spanish and many other languages using the Transparent Language Learning database available at https:pagosalibrary.org/online-resources/

Dungeons & Dragons virtually and in person

Next Thursday, July 21 from 3-5 p.m., is our ongoing virtual Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults, available every other Thursday on Discord.  Then join us on Tuesday, July 26 from 4-6 p.m. for our ongoing in-person Dungeons & Dragons game.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join either or both games.  Free in-person sessions take place at your library on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.

Writing challenge

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

StoryWalk in new location

Our very popular StoryWalk has resumed at a new location.  We are pleased to partner with the Town of Pagosa Springs to bring the StoryWalk to the River Walk downtown.  It starts at the Community Center and heads north toward the green houses.    July 11-25 features “Woodsey’s ABCs” when you will explore the outdoors with Woodsey the Owl, a National Forest Service mascot.

Special family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.   July 20 is Hora de Cuentos when you can practice your Spanish with books, songs and games.

ESL classes

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

Las clases de ESL

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

Library hours

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

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

Downloadable books 

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

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Handler” by M.P. Woodward, a former intelligence officer, follows a mole blackmailing his American spymasters. 

Other novels

“The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle” by Jennifer Ryan is an inspirational story based on true events in wartime Britain.  “This Time Tomorrow” by Emma Straub uses time travel to reveal a new perspective on the heroine’s father.  “The Shore” by Katie Runde follows a family dealing with their father’s brain tumor.  “Walk the Vanished Earth” by Erin Swan is a family epic told over seven generations from 1873 to 2073.                

Nonfiction

“My Life: Growing Up Asian in America” contains essays, poems and comics created by 30 luminaries who give voice to moments that defined them and shed light on the immense diversity and complexity of the Asian-American identity.

DVDs

“A Father’s Fight” is the story of an aging boxer.  “Hacks” is season one of this new comedy.  “The Umbrella Academy” is season two of this post-apocalypse story.  “Sharks of Hawaii” is the  Nature documentary.  “Reef Rescue” os the Nova documentary.

Donations  

We are grateful to Susan and Terry Arrington for their generous monetary donation.  With the Friends of the Library sale just concluded, we and the Friends are taking a break from materials donations until August. 

Quotable Quote

“Heroism doesn’t always happen in a burst of glory.  Sometimes small triumphs and large hearts change the course of history.” – Mary Roach, New York Times bestselling American author specializing in popular science and humor.

07/07/2022

Public health talk series launches and map making for teens

Your library is hosting public health and resource professionals from San Juan Basin Public Health for four free in-person sessions on Mondays from noon-1 p.m. from July 11 to August 1 to talk about a wide variety of important health topics.

On July 11 Jenny Howell and Jenn Heath will share information about the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program, and SafeCare, which supports parents and caregivers of children aged five younger.  On July 18 Danette Jackson and Emilia Majewkski will discuss the Nurse-Family Partnership, which provides a free personal nurse for women pregnant with their first baby, and the State Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership, which works to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.

On July 25, Francilia Pena will cover cancer prevention and early detection of breast and cervical cancer.  August 1 will explain health insurance enrollment and how to pick the best plan for you. Spanish interpretation will be available for this session.

More details on the presentations are available in flyers you can pick up at your library.

Map making for teens

Fourth-12th graders are invited to make your own maps and sea charts of real or imagined places at a free event next Wednesday, July 13 from 4-5:30 p.m.          

Library Speaker’s Consortium tonight

Tonight is the first in our new Library Speaker’s Consortium series featuring New York Times bestselling fiction and nonfiction authors giving live, professionally moderated book discussions you can view on your computer, tablet or smartphone with internet access.  If you are not available to view the presentations live, the recorded event will be available afterwards.

The July 7 program will feature author Alka Joshi, who wrote “The Henna Artist”  and “The Secret Keeper of Jaipur,” from 7-8 p.m.  The second program on Thursday, July 14 from 10-11 a.m. will feature David Allen, author of “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.”  The third program on August 3 at noon features Pulitzer Prize winner Marcia Chatelain, author of “Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America.”

To access the consortium, click on the link on your library’s home page at https://pagosalibrary.org.  Moving forward, we expect two or three book discussions a month.

PALS adult education expands

In response to popular demand, Mark is doubling the number of his free PALS sessions to Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  No registration required.  This service is in great demand and is used by many people, so we are very happy to make it more available.

No Tech Times in July

There will be no Tech Times in July.  Tech Time will return at a future date to be announced later.

Summer Reading Program underway

If you haven’t already done so, we hope you will sign up at your library or register online for this year’s Summer Reading Program, which is underway now with the theme “Oceans of Possibilities.”  Pick up a bingo card because participants get a small prize every time you complete a bingo sheet. 

The Summer Reading Program includes activities for all ages that are fun, free and educational.  And it encourages learning and new opportunities for everyone from toddlers to seniors.

Watch for details of special Summer Reading events in this and future Library News columns all summer.  And pick up a copy of the events calendar each month at your library to be sure you and your family don’t miss any of the fun.  There are three versions – children, teens and adults.

Summer Reading Club for kids today

Our Summer Reading Club for kids K-5th grade takes place today, Thursday, July 7  from 10 – 11:30 p.m. when we’ll dive under the waves to discover all the ocean resources there.  The July 14 topic is ocean geology when we’ll discover how islands form, what is the tallest mountain in the ocean and more.

Legal clinic tomorrow

The free legal clinic this month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, July 8 from 2 – 3 p.m. Come into the library to meet privately via Zoom with our volunteer attorney who will answer your questions, show you legal documents and help you fill out the necessary forms.  To schedule an appointment, at the beginning of the month send an email titled “Sign-up for Free Legal Clinic,” with your first name and phone number to ruby@pagosalibrary.org, or phone 970-264-2209 or stop by the library. The volunteer attorney’s time is limited so it’s first-come first-served.  This clinic takes place on the second Friday of every month.

Gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect tomorrow, Friday, July 8 from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.  

Adult book club next Tuesday

Ruby’s Book Club meets in person from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12 to discuss “Hidden Valley Road” by Robert Kolker.  Copies are available at your library.  This book club is held the second Tuesday of each month, alternating between fiction and nonfiction titles.  Anyone is welcome to attend.

Paws to Read Friday

Friday, July 8 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Muppet, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a free Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

LEGO Club on Saturday

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

Dungeons & Dragons virtually and in person

Today, Thursday, July 7 from 3-5 p.m., is our ongoing virtual Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults, available every other Thursday on Discord.  Then join us next Tuesday, July 12 from 4-6 p.m. for our ongoing in-person Dungeons & Dragons game.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join either game.  Free in-person sessions take place at your library on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.

Virtual teen advisory board

Next Thursday, July 14 the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. on your library’s Discord server.  Fourth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.    

Writing challenge

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

StoryWalk in new location

Our very popular StoryWalk has resumed at a new location.  We are pleased to partner with the Town of Pagosa Springs to bring the StoryWalk to the River Walk downtown.  It starts at the Community Center and heads north toward the green houses.  The July 1-10 featured book is “Blue Sky, White Stars” by Sarvinder Naberhaus.  July 11-25 features “Woodsey’s ABCs” when you will explore the outdoors with Woodsey the Owl, a National Forest Service mascot.

Special family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move. Special guests Lisa Baker and her friend Fluffy Dog will provide puppets, storytelling and silly fun on July 13.   

ESL classes

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

Las clases de ESL

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

Library hours

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

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

Activities calendars available

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

Downloadable books 

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

Large print

“A Killing in Gold” by Ralph Cotton is a Ranger Sam Burrack western.  “Last Stage to El Paso” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Red Ryan western.  “When She Dreams” by Amanda Quick focuses on someone impersonating a woman at a psychic conference. 

Nonfiction

“30-minute Keto” by Mihaela Metaxa-Albu is a low-carb cookbook.  “Protecting Your Children From Internet Pornography” by John D. Foubert is a practical guide for parents to apply in their own home.  “A Dude’s Guide to Baby Size” by Taylor Calmus is a guide for fathers-to-be to help understand a baby’s development. 

Novels

“Brotherhood” by Mike Chen is part of the Star Wars series.  “The Summer Place” by Jennifer Weiner follows family members gathering on Cape Cod for a wedding.

Donations  

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

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“It’s better and more praiseworthy to be well-read in the book of experiences, the teacher of the teachers.” – Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), Renaissance painter, sculptor, engineer, scientist and architect.

08/08/2019

            Thanks to a partnership between the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado State Library, we have two backpacks for free checkout that contain a state park pass, binoculars, a wildlife guide, a trees and wildlife guide, a book about the 42 state parks, and more. The backpacks can be checked out for a full week and renewed for an additional week.   They cannot be placed on hold.  Consider it a “Lucky Day” pickup item, meaning that if you come in and it’s available, you can check it out. 

Important note:  During the month of August, active duty military and veterans are being admitted free to Colorado state parks.  You are welcome to check out the backpack for the other multitude of resources it contains, of course.  For more information about this special military benefit, see https://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/MilitaryBenefits.aspx.

Bike repair toolkit available             Did you know that your library has a bike repair toolkit available for free check out?  This toolkit includes a handbook entitled “Essential Road Bike Maintenance Handbook” by Todd Downs and a toolbox filled with the essential tools needed for basic bicycle repairs.  The handbook covers topics such as frame, pedals, brakes and more.  The library also offers a variety of other bicycle resources for people of all ages including maps, guidebooks, and historical information.   

Activities calendars available

            To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month.  There are three versions – kids, tweens/teens and adults.  We look forward to seeing you at your library.  Se habla espanol.

Art Attack fun today

Today, Thursday, August 8, from 11-1:30 p.m. K-5th graders are invited to an Art Attack session where you’ll enjoy crafting and watercolor projects.

Smokey’s birthday party tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, August 9, we will celebrate Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday at a special Read with a Ranger session.  Drop in any time between 2:30 – 4 p.m. to enjoy games, activities and special treats.  This event is intended for all ages.

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, August 9, from 2-3 p.m. is a free legal clinic via computer link for parties who have no attorney.  A volunteer attorney will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property tax, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans benefits and civil protection orders.  Please check in at the registration desk between 1:45 – 2 p.m.  First come first served, and note our volunteer attorney can assist only four people each session.  This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month. 

LEGO Club on Saturday    

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, August 10  from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Knitting Club for tweens and teens

            Next Monday, August 12, this free club meets from 4-5:30 p.m. for 5th-12th graders.  Note drop in age eligibility from 7th to 5th grade.  Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects and hang out with other crafters.  Note that teaching will be available only for knitting.  If you don’t know how to knit, come anyway and we’ll get you started on some of the basics.

Adult book club

            Our free adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On August 13 we will discuss “Prairie Fires: The American Dream of Laura Ingalls Wilder” by Caroline Fraser.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  Light refreshments will be served.  No registration required.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

ESL classes

            Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-2 pm with two highly experienced teachers.  Joyce Holdread is teaching the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone is teaching beginners.  No registration is required. 

Su biblioteca está ofreciendo ahoraclases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL). Las clases se llevan a cabo los miércoles y viernes desde el mediodia hasta las 2 pm.  Todas las clases son gratuitas y no es necesario registrarse.  Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre el regreso de las clases de íngles como segundo idioma en nuestra comunidad de Pagosa. 

Adult education summer hours

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has moved to summer hours.  It now takes place on Tuesdays from 2 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Free tech sessions

            Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.  Note no Tech Time today, August 8.

Family storytimes – note Saturday time change

            Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 3-4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This Saturday, July 10 is a special Spanish storytime with Glory Lark.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Note the Saturday time change to the afternoon.

New LGBTQ youth group

            A new support group to help LGBTQ youth and young adults from age 16 to in their 20s deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination will convene the first Monday of every month except for a change to September 9 because of Labor Day.  Under the leadership of Ana M. Sancho Sama, PhD, licensed psychologist, the purpose is to provide a safe and confidential place to share experiences, ask questions and talk about how to cope in this challenging world.  If you have questions, her office number is 970-264-1986. 

Save the date for Friends book sale

Mark your calendars for the Friends of the Library annual book sale, one of the most popular events of the summer.  It will be held August 22-24 at the PLPOA Clubhouse – not only a new location but also with extended hours. 

On Thursday, August 22 at 6 p.m. there will be a short annual meeting with an ice cream social, followed at 6:30 p.m. by the book sale for Friends only – and you can join at the door if you are not already a member.  Dues are $100 for a lifetime membership, $15 for an annual individual and $25 for an annual family. The next two days are open to everyone – Friday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

This is your chance to buy books, DVDs, CDs and more at very special prices while also helping your library, since the Friends donate all the proceeds for various programs and projects that improve our facilities and services to you. 

Short stories

            “Raised in Captivity” by Chuck Klosterman is a collection of 34 short stories running from sci-fi to thriller that the publisher describes as “fictional nonfiction.”

DVDs

            “Okko’s Inn” is an animated family film.   The BBC’s “Death in Paradise” is season five, six and seven.  “Donkeys and Elephants” explores the political divide between Republicans and Democrats.  “Shazam!” is the story of a street-wise kid who becomes a super hero.  “Dark Money” is a political documentary about untraceable corporate money in our elections. 

CDs

            “Lost and Found” by Danielle Steel tells of a woman who drive cross-country to reunited with former lovers.  “Brother’s Keeper” is a Ralph Compton western by David Robbins.  “Valley of Bones” by Dusty Richards is a Byrnes Family Ranch western.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

            “Lady of the Lake” by Laura Lippman covers the different reaction to deaths of a black and a white women.  “One Good Deed” by David Baldacci introduces a new character, a former WW II soldier out of prison for a crime her didn’t commit.  “Wanderers” by Chuck Wendig is a dystopian apocalyptic sci-fi story.  “The Shameless” by Ace Atkins is the latest in the Quinn Colson crime series.

Other novels

            “Star Wars Thrawn Treason” by Timothy Zahn is part of this epic sci-fi series.  “Home for Erring and Outcast Girls” by Julie Kibler is inspired by historical events at a home for “fallen girls.”  “The Lager Queen of Minnesota” by J. Ryan Stradal is a family saga.

How-to and self help

            “Future Man” by Tim Samuels humorous look at the conflicts and challenges of men today.  “Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them” by Sallie Tisdale is a practical perspective on death and dying from anecdotes and stories from cultures and literature. 

Other nonfiction

            “America’s Reluctant Prince” by Steven M. Gillon is a biography of John F. Kennedy Jr.   “Crisis in the Red Zone” by Richard Preston explores the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history and the crises to come. 

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Marilyn Falvey and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“I love being a mother.  I’m so grateful to have had this experience.  He’s five and watches TV occasionally, but I love that his default is to go to a book.” – Laura Leggett Linney, award-winning American actress and singer.

Website

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