11/25/2020

LIBRARY NEWS

Our thanks to special people at Thanksgiving  

This will be a highly unusual Thanksgiving holiday as COVID safety issues keep many of us from traditional celebrations with family and friends.  But, with all that we are missing, we still can take this opportunity to reflect thankfully on past joyful gatherings and perhaps also to take advantage of video conferencing aids like Zoom help reinforce bonds with loved ones across town and across the miles.

The staff at your library are thankful all year around for so many people who make their jobs easier and their service better for you, our patrons.  On this Thanksgiving week, we want to publicly acknowledge some of the very special among them:

  • We are thankful for the many volunteers who work every day to help us maintain the collection; shelve returned books, CDs and DVDs; and make sure all the books and materials are clean and in their proper place.  Because of our small staff, these volunteers are vital to our service to you. 
  • We are grateful for the time and dedication of our library board.  They also are unpaid volunteers who are committed to making the library an essential hub of our community.   
  • We also appreciate the members of our Foundation board, also unpaid volunteers, with the mission to raise funds for information resources, programs, services and facilities. 
  • We also want to pay tribute to the Friends of the Library.  Their generosity, enthusiasm and creativity result in so many benefits to your library, especially with the proceeds of their summer book sales.

Library director Meg Wempe says she has always appreciated the quote from Elizabeth Andrew, “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they have the heart.”  If you’re interested in becoming a library volunteer or joining the Friends, please contact Meg at 264-2209.  You will be warmly welcomed.  

“We truly appreciate everyone who has given time or funding to the library to help us improve our collection, our service and our vision for ‘Mountains of opportunity to inspire ideas, enrich lives and create community,’ ” she said.

Library closing

Your library will be closed November 26-28 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Special note   

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

Calling all teens…

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

Please stop by the library or apply online.

Activities calendars available

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

Adult DIY: Holiday treats

You can access our food-themed DIY from November 20 that will inspire you to create new appetizers and desserts for the holidays on the library’s website.

New after-school program

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

DIY craft takeaway for kids

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

In-person gaming

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

StoryWalk® for Children

Every other Thursday, Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free StoryWalk® for kids.  The November 19-December 3 theme is gratitude. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Tech Time

Make a 15- or 30-minute appointment for one of three free in-person slots available noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time.  If you have a Tech Time appointment on Thursday, phone from the parking lot or knock loudly on the front door to be let in.  

ESL

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

Dungeons & Dragons

Join us Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons free for teens and young adults on Google Meet.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join. If you don’t have internet access, contact us anyway – we may be able to accommodate you in the library. 

Children’s programs on Facebook

Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m., join us on the library’s Facebook page for free children’s programs.  Wednesday storytimes are on Facebook Live, so you can interact with Josie.  Saturday’s Discovery Times with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more are prerecorded.   If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f)  in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Or contact us and we can send you a direct link.  

Adult education

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

Summary of our partial reopening

  • We’re now open on Thursdays from 1 p.m.- 7 p.m. with 1-2 p.m. reserved for seniors and higher risk populations. 
  • Other hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with 9 a.m.-10 a.m. for seniors and higher risk populations. Saturdays: 10 a.m-2 p.m.  Sundays: closed.
  • We are accepting meeting room reservations for small groups, with library programs having first dibs on the rooms.  You can schedule only so far out, usually two weeks to a month, depending on where we are in the month. 
  • Up to 30 patrons at a time can come into the building.
  • Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day.  Please practice social distancing and wear facial coverings while you are in the building.  If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you.
  • Nine computers are available. In most cases usage will be allowed for three hours per day. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.
  • One early literacy computer is available for youngsters Monday-Saturday.
  • Curbside service continues Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. except for Thursdays when it’s from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Phone 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so staff can bring the items out for you.  If you put a hold on something, please wait for your usual alert (email, phone call or text) before coming to pick it up.  
  • You can drop your returns of books, CDs and DVDs in the dropbox at City Market, as well as in the dropbox at the library.  No donations in the City Market box, please.
  • Notary service is available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.  Cost is $5 per notary.
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of reopening, so items may take longer than usual. 
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

DVDs

Bill & Ted Face the Music” is a time travel story.  “To Be of Service” is a documentary about veterans with PTSD who are paired with service dogs. 

Large print

“Fortune and Glory” by Janet Evanovich is a Stephanie Plum mystery.  “Elsewhere” by Dean Koontz is a novel of wonder and terror.  “Truly, Madly, Deeply” by Christian author Karen Kingsbury unveils multiple family secrets.  “Invisible Girl” by Lisa Jewell is a mystery.  “Shakeup” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.

Books on CD

“All That Glitters” by Danielle Steel follows a woman whose parents are killed in a terrorist attack in France.  “Dolly Parton Storyteller: My Life in Lyrics” showcases 100 of her most popular songs with the stories behind the lyrics.  “A Time For Mercy” by John Grisham is a legal thriller.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“Echoes Among the Stones” by Jaime Jo Wright features a young woman who travels to Wisconsin to live with her eccentric grandmother.  Also by the same author is “The Curse of Misty Wayfair” features a woman searching for her mother after beinbg left in an orphanage as a baby.   “The Curse of Misty Wayfair” by Jaime Jo Wright features a woman searching for her mother.  Another mystery by the same author, “”Echoes Among the Stones,” is also set in Wisconsin.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

We have a wide variety of downloadable e-books and downloadable audio books for patrons of all ages – children, tweens, teens and adults.  Using CloudLibrary, you can download a book to read or an audio book to listen to.  The items in CloudLibrary are purchased separately from physical items, so the books available are different – and it continues to use the consortium’s contributions, not just those that we bought.  That is why you need to select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up CloudLibrary for use.  Please email or phone us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 

Donations  

For their generous monetary donations, we are grateful to Linda King Ttee and  John Penter.  For books donations, we thanks to our many anonymous donors.  Please put your material donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  Donations undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  

Quotable Quote

“God gave you 86,400 seconds a day.  Have you used one to say ‘Thank you’?” – William Arthur Ward (1921-1994), American writer of articles, poems and meditations.

10/22/20

Three Halloween events and Meals on Wheels deliveries

Join us for our annual free all-ages pumpkin decorating contest!  Pumpkins can be carved, painted or decorated.  Original designs only and one entry per person, please. 

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

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

We will have a limited number of pumpkins to give out if you need one.

Pumpkin DIY for adults

Join Brad on Facebook Live tomorrow, October 23, from 2-3 p.m. for a fun, free  and easy DIY that turns an old book into a decorative pumpkin.  If you miss the event, the video will remain online for viewing any time.

Spook-tacular creations

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

Library books via Meals on Wheels

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

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

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

Free books for four-year-olds

You have three more days, until this Saturday, October 24, to pick up a free paperback book for your four-year-old.  “The Little Red Fort” written by Brenda Maier and illustrated by Sonia Sancheza is being distributed to children statewide, in either English or Spanish, as part of a special family literacy project. 

The book features Ruby, who finds some old boards and decides to build a fort.  Her brothers make fun of her, saying she doesn’t know how to build.  “Then I’ll learn,” says Ruby.  And she does.  We also will be celebrating with some “forts” set up in the library’s garden if the weather cooperates for kids to read in.

DIY craft takeaway

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

Calling all teens…

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

Please stop by the library or apply online.

In-person gaming

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

Voter registration tutorial

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

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

Adult DIY on Facebook

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

New StoryWalk for kids

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

Tech Time

Make a 15- or 30-minute appointment for one of three free in-person slots available noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time.  If you have a Tech Time appointment on Thursday, phone from the parking lot or knock loudly on the front door to be let in.

ESL

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

Dungeons & Dragons on Google Meet

Join us Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons free for teens and young adults. Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on how to join. If you don’t have internet access, contact us anyway – we may be able to accommodate you in the library. 

Children’s programs on Facebook

Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m., join us on the library’s Facebook page for free children’s programs.  Wednesday storytimes are on Facebook Live, so if you go to Facebook you can interact with Josie.  Saturday’s Discovery Times with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more are prerecorded.   If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f)  in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Or contact us and we can send you a direct link.  

Adult learning

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

Summary of our partial reopening

  • We’re now open on Thursdays from 1 p.m.- 7 p.m. with 1-2 p.m. reserved for seniors and higher risk populations. 
  • Other hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with 9 a.m.-10 a.m. for seniors and higher risk populations. Saturdays: 10 a.m-2 p.m.  Sundays: closed.
  • We are accepting meeting room reservations for small groups, with library programs having first dibs on the rooms.  You can schedule only so far out, usually two weeks to a month, depending on where we are in the month. 
  • Up to 30 patrons at a time can come into the building.
  • Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day.  Please practice social distancing and wear facial coverings while you are in the building.  If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you.
  • Nine computers are available. In most cases computer usage will be allowed for three hours per day. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.
  • One early literacy computer is available for youngsters Monday-Saturday.
  • Curbside service continues Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. except for Thursdays when it’s from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Phone 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so staff can bring the items out for you.  If you put a hold on something, please wait for your usual alert (email, phone call or text) before coming to pick it up.  
  • You now can drop your returns of books, CDs and DVDs in the dropbox at City Market, as well as in the dropbox at the library.  No donations in the City Market box, please.
  • Notary service is available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.  Cost is $5 per notary.
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of reopening, so items may take longer than usual. 
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

Illustrated poetry

“Dandelion” is a collection of poems written and illustrated by Gabbie Hanna about what it means to struggle with mental health.

DVDs

“They Shall Not Grow Old” features the voices of veterans and original archival footage in this documentary about World War I.  “New Amsterdam” is season two. 

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“The Searcher” by Tana French brings a retired U.S. policeman to a new case in Ireland.  “Dear Child” by Romy Hausmann follows a woman who escapes after being held captive for many years.  “The Recovery of Rose Gold” by Stephanie Wrobel unites a mother out of prison with her daughter in a chilling tale of revenge.   “Confessions on the 7:45” by Lisa Unger begins when two women strike up a conversation on a stalled train.

Other novels

“Missionaries” by Iraq War veteran Phil Klay examines the globalization of violence through the interlocking stories of four characters and conflicts.   “Dune” by Frank Herbert is the sci-fi classic.  “A Wild Winter Swan” by Gregory Maguire is an Italian American girl’s coming of age story. 

Books on CD

Robert B. Parker’s Fools Paradise” by Mike Lupica is a Jesse Stone mystery.  “Chaos” by Iris Johansen features a CIA agent trying to save kidnapped schoolgirls in Africa. 

Nonfiction

“Comfort Food” by Ina Garten offers recipes to satisfy your cravings and your soul.  “Think Like a Monk” by podcast host Jay Shatty shares the wisdom he learned as a monk in India.  We have xx National Park mysteries by Scott Graham:  “Mesa Verde Victim,” “Arches Enemy,” “Yosemite Fall” and “Yellowstone Standoff.”

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

We have a wide variety of downloadable e-books and downloadable audio books for patrons of all ages – children, tweens, teens and adults.  Using cloudLibrary, you can download a book to read or an audio book to listen to.  The items in cloudLibrary are purchased separately from physical items, so the books available are different – and it continues to use the consortium’s contributions, not just those that we bought.  That is why you need to select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use.  Please email or phone us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 

Donations  

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

Quotable Quote

Stop living this life like it’s a dress rehearsal. This is the show! There is only one performance. You don’t have time for fear and hesitation. Pursue your dreams. Be yourself.  Love who you love, openly.  Be free.  Also, stop procrastinating. Stop thinking that there is time later to do the thing you want to do….  Prudence is honorable and ensuring that there are things to pass on to the next generation is necessary, but also live your life well right now. Tomorrow is not promised.” – Columnist Charles M. Blow writing in The New York Times October 14, 2020 about the death of his elder brother at age 58.

6/18/20

Browse our digital collection and enter a monster-themed virtual LEGO contest

While the coronavirus restrictions keep you from browsing inside the library, we suggest a fun digital alternative:  Ever since March when we had to close the building, we have been buying more downloadable e-books and downloadable audio books for patrons of all ages – children, tweens, teens and adults.  

Using CloudLibrary, you can download a book to read or an audio book to listen to.  The items in CloudLibrary are purchased separately from physical items, so the books available are different – and it continues to use the consortium’s contributions, not just those that we bought.  That is why you need to select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up CloudLibrary for use.  Please email or phone us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 

Monster-themed virtual LEGO contest

Do you love monsters and creating with LEGOs?  If yes, please enter our monster-themed virtual LEGO contest. Submit up to five photos of your creation the week of June 22-26. You may email submissions to ruby@pagosalibrary.org or submit photos to the library via Facebook Messenger. To ensure a fair judging, none of these photos may contain people. One photo should be a top view and one a front view.  All submissions should include your name, age group and contact information. If you do not have a camera or internet access, please contact the library and we will assist you. Winners will be announced Saturday, June 27.  Prizes will be awarded for each of five age categories: preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17 and adult. One prize will also be awarded for the Judges’ Choice, and one for the best fit to the theme – but LEGO creations do not have to fit the theme to be eligible for prizes. For more information, contact the library at 970-264-2209.

Summer Reading Program

If you haven’t already signed up, please do so now for the free Summer Reading Program from June 1 – July 31. Fun activities are open to people of all ages and abilities.

  • You will be given a “choose your own adventure” booklet full of activities and challenges designed to help you explore a world of stories. The activities are fun to do – completing them makes you eligible to win weekly prizes purchased from local businesses. The booklets include a map of an imaginary island that needs saving or it will fade away.  As you travel to different places on the map and complete various tasks, you will save the island and be able to win prizes. The island is full of fun and interesting locations such as the Neighborhood Village, Fairytale Forest, Mythic Mountains, Cliffs of Adventure and more.
  • There are adventure booklets for four groups: pre-K, K-5, teen and adult. You can pick them up curbside at the library and view them on our website.  As well, many booklets are being delivered through the school lunch delivery program.
  • Are you ready to begin your journey? Contact the library to sign up! Call us at (970) 264-2209, email us at ruby@pagosalibrary.org or register online at pagosalibrary.org/summer-reading. We just need to know your name, contact information, and what age group to assign you to.
  • In addition to the adventure booklets, a new challenge will appear each week in this Library News column and be announced on KWUF radio. Anyone who completes the challenge will be entered to win a weekly drawing for various prizes.

Challenge 4:  A special meal

Eat or make a meal that reminds you of someone or something. Submit a photo of your meal or recipe to the library, and describe the person or thing the meal reminds you of and why in no more than five sentences. Submissions can be emailed to the library at ruby@pagosalibrary.org, dropped off during curbside hours (M-F 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.), posted on the library’s Facebook page, or called in at (970)264-2209. Everyone can participate, and entries will be entered into a weekly prize drawing.

Update to returns and donations policy

Your returns and donations now can be put into the dropbox at the library – but NOT into the dropbox at City Market because we still do not have any interlibrary courier service pickups.  For everyone’s safety, we will continue to quarantine returned items and get them safely ready for the next patron.  Please note that because returned items will be in quarantine for three full days, it could be five days before they are wiped down and checked off your account. 

Donations will undergo the same rigorous quarantine process.  And a gentle reminder: We can only accept fiction from the last 10 years and nonfiction from the past five. The publication date is usually in small type on the bottom of one of the first few pages of the book.

Other services available now

Here’s a reminder of our other services under the state’s current coronavirus  guidelines that will continue until we get a variance or the governor issues an updated advisory:

  1. Curbside service Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. outside the front door allows you to pick up materials including holds, tax forms and things you email to us to print for you.  Call the library at 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so that staff can place the items outside for you and walk away, thus maintaining physical distancing.  If you put a hold on something from home, please wait for your usual alert (email or text) before coming to pick it up.  
  2. If you do not have a library card but want to use our online resources, you now  can self-register.  From our website, click “My Account” in the top right.  It is the usual login page for current patrons, and it now has (in blue) an option to “Register for a new Library Card.”  There’s a short form and then staff will get back in touch with you to give you your login credentials.
  3. We are admitting a very limited number of people into specific areas of the building for computer appointments Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. To make a computer appointment, call the library at 264-2209 or email ruby@pagosalibrary.org to schedule a time. With some possible exceptions, computer appointments will be 45 minutes. This shortened period allows time for staff to clean and disinfect the computers between uses.  Also note that in compliance with the San Juan Basin Public Health recommendations, you must wear a covering over your nose and mouth, such as a bandana or homemade cloth mask, reserving hospital-grade masks for medical workers and those who are sick.  The old adage of “No shirt, no shoes, no service” is now “No shirt, no shoes, no mask, no service.”   We are not able to provide such coverings; you must bring and wear your own.
  4. We’re also happy to help you with tech help over the phone for our online resources. 
  5.  Please note we are not accepting meeting room reservations or hosting any in-person programming at this time.  We hope you will join us for some of our virtual programs outlined in these Library News columns.

The census has never been easier 

If you haven’t already, please respond to the census right now.  To complete the census online, go to www.my2020census.gov or by phone call 1-844-330-2020 for the English version and 1-844-468-2020 for the Spanish version.  You can visit our website at pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online.  Please phone the library at (970) 264-2209 or email us at ruby@pagosalibrary.org if you have any questions regarding the census. 

Your participation will determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, directly affect hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding for the next 10 years for local and regional agencies and projects like health clinics, fire departments, schools, social services like Medicaid, even roads and highways.  Archuleta County needs your participation to get our fair share of these federal dollars.

When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous.  The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

Save the date for local author discussion

 We hope you will join us next Thursday, June 25 at 5 p.m. for a Q&A discussion via Zoom with local author Ethan Proud, author of five books. The Rebellion trilogy “Rebellion, Vengeance & Onslaught,” coauthored with his brother, is a sweeping fantasy tale of war. Ethan also is author of “Terra Mortem” about a shipwrecked colony on a desolate and loveless planet where survival, conflict and war threaten the hope of a peaceful future. His most recent book “Witchwood” and its accompanying novella  “Seabound” is a supernatural, dark fantasy involving a series of unexplainable murders. To register, send an email to brad@pagosalibrary.org or call the library at 970-264-2209 and Brad will send you the Zoom link and password.  All of Ethan’s books are available to check out at your library.

New Storywalk program for kids

Every Thursday this summer, Josie, your early literacy librarian, will post “signs” outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new Summer Reading Storywalk for kids.  The June 18-25 theme is fairytales.  Part of the magic of fairytales is how the different elements of a story can change and morph to create something different or new.  Get outdoors and enjoy a story as you stroll along. After you finish, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library during curbside hours (Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.). 

Dungeons & Dragons via Zoom

Go on an adventure from the comfort of your couch.  Join us via Zoom on Tuesdays from 2-4 pm for our new Dungeons & Dragons group.  This program is open to teens and young adults.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on how to join.  

Family storytimes on Facebook

Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m., join us for great stories and fun songs on the library’s Facebook page.  Wednesday storytimes are now on Facebook Live, so if you go to Facebook at 10 a.m. you can interact with Josie – and she is eager to have a live audience.  Saturday’s sessions continue to be prerecorded.   If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f)  in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Or contact us and we can send you a direct link.  These sessions are available to watch for about two weeks after the initial posting.

CDs

“In Deep” by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Rohde explores the FBI, CIA and America’s “deep state.”   “Afterlife” by Julia Alvarez is a novel about a woman who has just retired from her college teaching job to face huge disruptions to her life.  “The Wedding Dress” by Danielle Steel follows four generations of women through fortune and loss, motherhood, tragedy and victory. 

Activities book for kids

“Learn to Read The Easy Way” by Heather McAvan contains 60 phonics-based activities and games for kids that are such fun that they won’t realize they are learning. 

Thrillers, suspense and mysteries

“Twisted Twenty-Six” by Janet Evanovich is a Stephanie Plum mystery. 

Other novels

“The Wedding Dress” by Danielle Steel follows four generations of women through fortune and loss, motherhood, tragedy and victory.  “The Midwife” by Jolina Petersheim begins when a Mennonite surrogate is unprepared when the parents decide to end the pregnancy.  “The Outcast” by Jolina Petersheim features a young Mennonite woman who is shunned when she becomes pregnant. “The Empress Holds in Key” by Gabriel Farago starts with the discovery of a charred old photograph in the ruins of a cottage.  “The Best People” by Marc Grossberg is a legal drama set in Houston. 

Nonfiction

“Cleanse to Heal” by Anthony William is a cleansing plan for sufferers of anxiety, depression, acne, eczema, Lyme disease, weight issues, vertigo and more.  “Great Migration” by Sonia Shah explores the science and history of migration in animals, plants and humans. 

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books and audiobooks are available through cloudLibrary by Bibliotheca. Access cloudLibrary by clicking on the downloadable content icon on the home page of our website. While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Donations

Your material donations now can be put into the dropbox at the library, effective immediately – but NOT into the dropbox at City Market.  Donations will undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  And a gentle reminder: We can only accept fiction from the last 10 years and nonfiction from the past five. The publication date is usually in small type on the bottom of one of the first few pages of the book.  Note that we cannot accept donations of magazines or newspapers at this time.

Quotable Quote

“In a very real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read….  It is not true that we have only one life to lead; if we can read we can live so many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.” – S.I. Hayakawa (1906 – 1992), Canadian-born American academic and politician of Japanese ancestry.  A professor of English, he served as president of San Francisco State University and then as U.S. Senator from California.

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2/14/2020

All events and meetings cancelled to be proactively vigilant because of coronavirus

We are cancelling all group programs and meeting room reservations effective immediately out of an abundance of caution because of the coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19. 

All events will be cancelled at least through the month of March in an attempt to minimize any possible exposure to our community.

As this is written on March 14, full library services are available for in-person access to print and digital materials.  As well, many of the library’s resources are available 24/7 from the comfort of your home from our website at pagosalibrary.org.  You can access the catalog from our website to view your account, renew materials and place holds.  Also, many of our online learning resources can be accessed from your home with your library card.  To highlight a few, you can download e-books and audiobooks through our CloudLibrary app on your smartphone or tablet.  IndieFlix allows unlimited streaming access to award-winning shorts, feature films and documentaries.  By using the online resource, TumbleBook Library, you can find children’s books and audiobooks.  To access all of these resources available from anywhere, go to our website at pagosalibrary.org and select the gray tab towards the top of the page that says “Online Resources.”

If you are in a high-risk population, feeling ill or are concerned about potential exposure, we encourage you to stay home.  If you have hold items waiting to be picked up, simply phone us at 970-264-2209 so we can add names to your account for people who can pick them up for you. 

This situation is quickly evolving, and you can stay up-to-date with what we’re doing through our website or our Facebook page.  In the meantime, stay safe by following all the advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at their website at www.cdc.gov.

Delayed opening

Next Wednesday, March 25 your library will open at 10 a.m. because of a staff meeting.

Tax and census help 

Tax forms and instructions are available at your library.  Visit pagosalibrary.org/taxinformation for more details and useful links.  As well, library computers and staff are available to help you access the online census questionnaire.  To familiarize yourself with the questions that will be asked on the census, your library has a sample copy of the print census questionnaire in English and Spanish. Please visit pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online. We also have a sample copy of the print invitation to respond to the census that most households will receive. Brad and Josie are your census experts at the library, but all library staff are happy to answer questions related to the Census. As well, your library has various census-related prizes to give away while supplies last, including coffee mugs, bags, thumb drives and more. 

How-to and self-help books

“Cured” by Dr. Jeffrey Rediger describes how to create an environment that sets the stage for healing.  “You Can Have It All Just Not at the Same Damn Time” by Romi Neustadt, a successful entrepreneur, wife and mother describes how you can set priorities and learn to say no when too many requests are coming at you.  “Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens’ by Debra Bell provides tools to help your teen successfully transition to the post-high school and adult years.  “Modern Crochet Bible” by Sarah Shrimpton provides more than 100 contemporary crochet techniques and stitches.  “Modern Quilt Bible” by Elizabeth Betts offers more than 100 techniques and design ideas for the modern quilter.

“Food Fix” by Dr. Mark Hyman offers tips on how to change our agricultural policies, reverse the global epidemic of chronic disease and heal the environment.  “Grow Food for Free” by Huw Richards has practical advice to help you grown your own fruits and vegetables at very low cost.  “Garden DIY” by Daniel and Samantha Johnson describes 25 projects for an attractive and productive garden.  “Keto Diet Cookbook” by Dr. Josh Ax contains more than 125 recipes.  “On Reading Well” by English professor Karen Swallow Prior  reveals how reading great literary works can pull us towards a good life, especially for people of God. 

Other nonfiction

“The Splendid and the Vile” by Erik Larson is a fresh portrait of Churchill and London during the blitz.  “White Feathers” by naturalist Bernd Heinrich reveals the rich life of tree swallows in nesting season.  “Supreme Inequality” by Adam Cohen surveys the most significant Supreme Court rulings since the Nixon era.  “Driving While Black” by historian Gretchen Sorin reveals the significance of the car to contemporary African American life.  “American Sherlock” by Kate Winkler Dawson explores the life of the man who invented multiple forensic tools and gave birth to American CSI.  “Until the End of Time” by physicist Brian Greene explores mind, matter and our search for meaning in an evolving universe. 

Academy Award films on DVD

We have two more 2019 Academy Award films:  “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ won the best supporting actor award for Tom Hanks.  Disney’s “Frozen II” was nominated for best song.  As well, “Roma,” best director and best foreign language film in 2018, has just been released on DVD in the U.S.  Also, “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice” won best documentary in the AARP Best Movies for Grownup awards.

Other DVDs

“The Murder of Emmett Till” is an American Experience PBS home video.  “Sandition,” based on the unfinished novel by Jane Austin, is a PBS Masterpiece series.  Stephen King’s “Doctor Sleep” is the next chapter in “The Shining” story. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Warsaw Protocol” by Steve Berry is a Cotton Malone focuses on why precious relics are disappearing.  “Pretty as a Picture” by Elizabeth Little features a movie editor drawn into real-life murder investigation.  “Dark Corners of the Night” by Meg Gardiner is the Edgar Award-winner’s latest thriller.  “Coconut Layer Cake Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swenson mystery with recipes. 

Other novels

“Apeirogon” by Colum McCann follows a Palestinian and Israeli brought together by grief. 

Programmed Nooks

We have nine free Nooks and three free tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure.  The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers.  The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.  

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library.  Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.  While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Downloadable films

We offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website.  Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.

Thanks to our donors  

For books and materials this week we thank Veronica Skalicka Johnson,  Rosie Connor and our anonymous donors. For her generous donation, we are grateful to Kim Moore and also to Rice Reavis for the donation in memory of Julie Taylor. 

Quotable Quote

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 BC). 

2/27/2020

What the stats say about your library

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

Here is a summary of that long report on 2019 operations.  You can pick up a shorter  infographic version of this report at your library for your own use.  

Major objectives achieved:  This year we hired a full-time early literacy librarian, started item inventory for our complete collection, conducted inventory of library assets for an asset schedule, and updated the trustee policy manual with the library board.

Resource sharing:  AspenCat allows our patrons access not only to the 29,053 items in our collection but also more than 1.4 million items in the other 115 AspenCat libraries.  The Colorado Library Consortium courier service provides daily delivery to subscribing libraries throughout the state.  In 2019 we borrowed 9,843 items and loaned 3,271 items.  By taking advantage of the purchasing power of the State Library and Colorado Library Consortium, we subscribed to multiple educational databases including EBSCOHost, Learning Express and the Encyclopedia Britannica at substantial savings and subscribed to ShoutBomb for text messaging to our patrons about holds and overdues. Downloadable audio books, e-books and magazines were also purchased through CLiC.  In 2019 our patrons downloaded 4,631 items and logged 1026 sessions on our electronic databases.   (Though the total usage remains approximately the same, it is  interesting to note the difference in usage of the various data bases from year to year.)

Collection development:  Providing our patrons with materials that are current and relevant to the diverse interests of the community is one of our principal goals.  We have 29,053 total items in our collection.  In 2019 we added 2,963, including 335 from donations, and deleted 4,121 worn or outdated items.  Our materials budget for 2020 is $66,300 or 11.6 percent of our total expenses. 

Usage stats:  76,550 patrons walked through our doors last year.  We checked out 100,278 items, an increase of 6.7 percent from 2018.  We have 13,408 library cards issued, 1,336 of them new in 2019.  

Programming:  Providing programs for all ages is a very high priority.  From early literacy to adult education and lifelong learning, 3,744 people attended one or more of our 476 programs.  Our programming budget for 2020 is just under one percent of our total expenses.

Donations, grants and volunteers:  We are very fortunate to have the ongoing support of the community.  In 2019 we received $15,256 in donations and $11,000 in grants, 5 percent of our total revenue.  Our volunteers contributed 1,430 hours, about three-quarters of a full-time position.

Technology:  This year we had 24,312 website visitors, 4,631 e-book and audio-book downloads, 422 Facebook likes, and 279 Tech Time consults over 82 Tech Time programs.  We hosted 15,463 computer sessions.  Public usage of our computers in the library continues to decrease because so many people are accessing our wireless service using their own devices in the library, on the benches outside our front door and in the parking lot not only during library hours but actually 24/7.

Continuing education: To continue to provide our community with the best possible service, several of our staff attended a variety of educational and networking opportunities last year.  We are very fortunate that many of these =training sessions and webinars have no registration fees, costing us only travel.   In 2020 staff education is 1 percent of our total budget.  

Tax and census help: 

Tax forms and instructions are available at your library.  Visit pagosalibrary.org/taxinformation for more details and useful links.  As well, library computers and staff are available to help you access the online census questionnaire.  Households will begin receiving an invitation to responds to the 2020 Census in mid-March.

To familiarize yourself with the questions that will be asked on the census, your library has a sample copy of the print census questionnaire in English and Spanish. Please visit pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online. We also have a sample copy of the print invitation to respond to the census that most households will receive. Brad and Josie are your census experts at the library, but all library staff are happy to answer questions related to the Census. As well, your library has various census-related prizes to give away while supplies last, including coffee mugs, bags, thumb drives, blankets and more. 

After-school club tomorrow

The after-school club for first-fifth graders takes place tomorrow, Friday, February 28 from 1:45-3:30 p.m. Participants will engage in literature-based science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) learning activities and work up to an exhibition on the first Friday following each three-week session.  Registration is required by calling us at 970-264-2209 or dropping by the library.

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book club meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10 –11:30 a.m. Tomorrow, Friday, February 28, they will discuss “Fascism.”  Pick up a copy at your library.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.  

LGBTQ youth group Monday

A support group to help LGBTQ youth from ages 16 to young adults deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination convenes on March 2 and the first Monday of every month from 4-5:30 p.m.  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. 

Homeschool social hour

Stop by Tuesday, March 3 from 1-2 p.m. for a chance to visit with fellow homeschool families, discuss curriculum and learning opportunities, and look through resources while the kids participate in crafts and other activities.  Josie, your early literacy librarian, is eager to collect ideas on how to serve homeschool families in our community.

Teen gaming

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

Teen advisory board

NextThursday, March 5, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Sixth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

ESL classes twice a week

Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place on Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Fridays from noon-2 p.m.  The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers —  Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners.  No registration is required.

Las clases son dos veces por semana 

Las clases gratuitas de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL) ocurren los martes de 5-7 PM y los viernes de 12-2 PM. Las clases son dirigidas por dos instructoras altamente experimentadas — Joyce Holdread enseña al grupo intermedio / avanzado y Ellen Ragone enseña a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse. 

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place Mondays from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and Thursdays from 2-7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.  

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 2:30-3:30 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    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.  On March 4, local artists Janet Ford and Julie Noland will lead the group in a special creative session.

Academy Award films on DVD

We have three movies on DVD that were winners in this year’s Academy Awards:   “Parasite” won best picture, best director and two other awards, and had two more nominations.  “Joker” won two Oscars including best actor for Joaquin Phoenix.  “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” won two Oscars including best supporting actor for Brad Pitt.

Books on CD

“Treason” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “The Vanishing” by Jayne Ann Krentz is book one in a new romantic suspense fantasy trilogy.  “The River Murders” by James Patterson and James O. Born contains three thrillers.  “Lethal Passage: The Story of a Gun” by Erik Larson examines America’s gun culture and offers solutions to our national epidemic of death by firearm.  “Moral Compass” by Danielle Steel begins with a drunken night at an elite private school.  “The First Mountain Man: Preacher’s Frenzy” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a western.  “Bullet Creek” by Ralph Compton features a gunslinger forced out of retirement.  “Big Lies in a Small Town” by Diane Chamberlain features two artists working more than 30 years apart.  “Hunter Killer” by Brad Taylor is a Pike Logan adventure. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Deep Blue Crush” by Clint Hollingsworth is book three in the thriller series featuring bounty hunter Mac Crow.  “Crooked River” by Preston & Child is a Pendergast mystery.  “One Minute Out” by Mark Greaney is a Gray Man adventure.  “The Holdout” by Graham Moore unveils the secrets a jury has been keeping after its verdict to acquit.  “The Sun Down Motel” by Simone St. James explores mysteries at the moel 35 years apart.

Large print

“American Dirt” by Jeanine Cummings features a middle-class Mexican woman who ends up a migrant heading to the U.S. with her young daughter.  “When You See Me” by Lisa Gardner is a thriller about a deceased serial killer.  “Country Strong” by Linda Lael Miller is book one in the new Painted Pony Creek western romance trilogy.

Programmed Nooks

We have nine free Nooks and three free tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure.  The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers.  The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.  

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library.  Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.  While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Downloadable films

For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website.  Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.

Thanks to our donors

For their generous donations, we are grateful to Ronald Stanke, TBK Bank, Veronica Johnson and The Pagosa Springs SUN.  For books and materials this week we thank our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote

“I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.” – Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), 33rd president of the U.S., succeeding upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt after serving as vice president.