06/30/2022

Library Speakers Consortium launches, PALS expands and Tech Times take a break

Starting next Thursday, July 7, we are launching the Library Speaker’s Consortium featuring 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.

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.

The July 7 program will feature Alka Joshi, author of “The Henna Artist,” 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.”

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.

Library closure

Your library will be closed July 4 to celebrate Independence Day.

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.

Gaming tomorrow

 Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect tomorrow, Friday, July 1 from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.  

Makerspace Saturday

Kids, tweens and teens are invited to a free Makerspace session on Saturday, July 2 from 11 a.m. to noon when we’ll provide the materials so you can build, design and create.

Teen gaming

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

Summer Reading Club for kids

Our Summer Reading Club for kids K-5th grade takes place next Thursday, July 7  from 10 – 11:30 p.m. when we’ll dive under the waves to discover all the ocean resources there.  Note no Summer Reading Club today, June 30.

Dungeons & Dragons virtually and in person

Next 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 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 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.

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 6 is a free play session.

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. 

DVDs

“Father Stu” stars Mark Wahlberg in this inspiring true story.  “Fatherhood” is also a true story, about a widowed dad.  “Turning Red” is a Disney Pixar animated movie.

Books on CD

“Nightwork” by Nora Roberts is the beginning of a new mystery series featuring a thief.  “Tom Clancy’s Op-Center Call of Duty” by Jeff Rovin is a thriller.  “Sparring Partners” by John Grisham contains three legal thrillers.  “Every Cloak Rolled in Blood” by James Lee. Burke is an opioid-related mystery.  “Aeon Rising” by Matthew Mather is book one of a new apocalyptic series.  “Stephen Leeds Death and Faxes” by Brandon Sanderson is a techno-thriller addition to the Stephen (Legion) Leeds’ universe.  “Tom Clancy Zero Hour” by Don Bentley is a Jack Ryan Jr. thriller.

Large print

“Aunt Dimity and the Enchanted Cottage” by Nancy Atherton is an Aunt Dimity mystery.           

Mysteries and thrillers

“Sparring Partners” by John Grisham contains three legal thrillers.

Other novels

“Let Your Light Shine” by local author Lynn Moffett is part of her Incursion series.

Donations  

We are grateful to Patricia Howard and Donald Logan for their very generous monetary contribution in honor of Bob and Carole Howard, and to our anonymous donors for their materials donations.  Please put your materials donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“Even if you are not dealt the best cards, you can still win the hand.  I did a lot of bluffing along the way.” – Lee Trevino, legendary American professional golfer who is regarded as one of the greatest players in golf history. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1981.

3/24/2022

Last call for cardboard construction entries and library fundraiser coming

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

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

Elegant library fundraiser

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

This elegant event will feature a silent auction for 17 creatively-decorated table settings for up to eight people based on popular books including “Like Water for Chocolate,” “Pride and Prejudice,” “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” “Under the Tuscan Sun” and “Where the Wild Things Are.”  You also can vote online for your favorite table with a $1 donation per vote.

Purchase tickets at $50 per person at your library (cash or check only) or at https:pagosalibrary.org/library-foundation/the-library-affair.  Watch for more details in next week’s Library News column, and find them at that website.

Free tax forms

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

LEGO Club on Saturday

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

Adult DIY next Tuesday

At the in-person adult DIY next Tuesday, March 29 from 1-2 p.m., we will supply the materials – an empty two-liter bottle, poster board and paint — for you to create  a decorative piece of art to commemorate the National Cherry Blossom Festival held each spring in Washington, D.C.

Teen writers meet next week

Teen writers are invited to your library on Wednesday, March 30 from 4 – 5 p.m.  Stories, poetry, graphic novels, fan fiction – it’s all welcome.

Dungeons & Dragons   

Join us Tuesday, March 29 from 4-6 p.m. for our ongoing Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults on Google Meet every other Tuesday.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join. 

S.T.E.A.M enrichment kits

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

Family storytimes

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

ESL classes

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

Las clases de ESL

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

Tech Time

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

Adult education

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

In-person gaming

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

Writing challenge

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

Library hours

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

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

Activities calendars available

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

Books on CD

“City of the Dead” by Jonathan Kellerman is an Alex Delaware mystery.  “Nothing to Lose” by J.A. Jance features former Seattle homicide detective J.P. Beaumont.  “The Paris Apartment” by Lucy Foley focuses on a sister’s search for her half-brother.  “The Ghost Rifle” by Max McCoy is an America’s Last Frontier western.   “This Side of Hell” by Brett Cogburn is a Widowmaker Jones western.  “Slaughter of the Mountain Man” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a western featuring Smoke Jensen.  “The Darkest Place” by Phillip Margolin is a Robin Lockwood mystery.  “High Stakes” by Danielle Steel features five successful women at a literary and talent agency.  “The Lightning Rod” by Brad Meltzer is book two in the Zig and Nola thriller series. 

Large print   

“Caramel Pecan Roll Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swenson mystery with recipes. 

DVDs

“Mysteries of Mental Illness” is a PBS documentary exploring the evolution of understanding and treating mental illness throughout history.  “The North Water” is an adaptation of the novel about a surgeon on an Arctic whaling trip.  “Clifford The Big Red Dog” is a family-friendly comedy story.

Nonfiction

“52 Ways to Walk” by Annabel Streets offers new ways to walk for better health and exercise.  “What Bees Want” by Susan Knilans and Jacqueline Freeman is a guide to beekeeping practices to support struggling honeybee populations.  “The Backyard Bird Sanctuary” by Alan Baczkiewicz is a beginner’s guide to creating bird habitats to feed and shelter your favorite species.  “Burning Questions” is a collection of more than 50 essays by Margaret Atwood written from 2004 to 2021.  “Find Your People” by Jennie Allen is a guide to following the example of Jesus as we build life-enhancing friendships. 

Mysteries and thrillers

“Death of a Green Eyed Monster” by M.C. Beaton is a Hamish Macbeth mystery set in Scotland.  “The Night Shift” by Alex Finlay connects two crime events, both with only one teen survivor.  “The Lightning Rod” by Brad Meltzer is book two in the Zig and Nola thriller series. 

Other fiction

“Yinka, Where is Your Huzband?” by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn is a warm and humorous look at love in a British Nigerian family.  “Joan is Okay” by Weike Wang follows a Chinese American ICU female doctor whose mother returns from China  

to live in the U.S.  “One Italian Summer” by Rebecca Serle explores the bond between mother and daughter on the Amalfi Coast.  “Recitatif” by Pulitzer Prize winner Toni Morrison is the only short story she has written.  “The Slow March of Light” by Heather B. Moore alternates the stories of a man and woman in Berlin right after the wall went up.   

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations  

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

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“Every now and then it helps to be a little deaf…. That advice has stood me in good stead.  Not simply in dealing with my marriage, but in dealing with my colleagues.” – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020), former associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

2/3/2022

Valentine’s  events: book surprises and teen DIY craft
If you like surprises, try this:  Throughout the month of February, you are invited to “go on a blind date with a book” by visiting a special display of wrapped books that are available for checkout at the library.  To help you choose your book, you can read the description on the outside of the wrapped books – but their covers will be concealed.

We’ll have a range of choices available, appealing to youngsters, young adults and adults – both fiction and nonfiction.

Teen Valentine’s DIY
Fourth – 12th graders are invited to a free teen DIY session focusing on Valentine’s crafts on Wednesday, February 9 from 4-5 p.m.  There will be a variety of crafts that are quick, fun and easy – even some with anti-Valentine’s Day themes.

Adult book club next Tuesday
Ruby’s Book Club meets in person from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, February 8 to discuss “The Children’s Blizzard” by Melanie Benjamin.  Copies are available for pickup at your library.  This book club is held the second Tuesday of each month, alternating between fiction and nonfiction titles. 

Deadline nears for T-shirt contest
We’re looking for creative help in designing a t-shirt for this year’s Summer Reading Program, with February 18 the deadline for submissions.  The theme is “oceans of possibilities.”   Pick up a flyer at the library or go online to our website at https://pagosalibrary.org for details.  The winner will receive a free t-shirt with their design.  The winning t-shirt will be worn by staff during the Summer Reading Program and a limited  number will be available for purchase. This contest is open to all ages.  

Searching for teen volunteers
If you enjoy books, learning new skills and helping your community, we invite teens aged 12-19 to volunteer at your library.  You’ll have the opportunity to write book reviews, make artwork for the teen area, help plan new programs, judge our contests, help with Storytime, prepare crafts for kids’ programs and more.  Stop by the library or go online to www.pagosalibrary.org/teens to apply.

Dungeons & Dragons   
Join us every other Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. for our in-person Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults.  The next one is Tuesday, February 8.

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

Writing challenge
A new all-ages writing challenge was posted January 24  on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Family storytimes
Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  February 9 is a special session of silly stories with Miss Lisa and her friend Fluffy Dog with puppets.  As well, Discovery Time is coming back twice a month. You will find it on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, February 5.  It will remain virtual for the time being.

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

ESL classes
There will be no ESL classes in February, but we hope to resume the free in-person evening classes as soon as possible.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Las clases de ESL
No hay clases de ESL en febrero, pero esperamos reanudar las clases nocturnas gratuitas en persona lo antes posible. Nos disculpamos por cualquier inconveniente.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spanish-language books
“Los Cuatro Vientos” (“The Four Winds”) by bestselling author Kristin Hannah focuses on lives in the Great Depression, with emphasis on strong Greatest Generation women.  “Conversaciones” (“Conversations”) by David M. Rubenstein showcases the author’s conversations with some of the most successful leaders of our time – including Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Phil Knight and Marilyn Hewson – who pass on the personal principles and philosophies that guided their careers. 

“Mujeres del Alma Mia” (“Women of my Soul”) by Isabel Allende is an inspiring meditation on what it means to be a woman from one of the leading voices in Latin American literature.  “Ciudad de las Nubes” (“Cloud Cuckoo Land”) by Pulitzer-Prize winner Anthony Doerr is a novel about children on the cusp of adulthood in a broken world.  “Amor Inquebrantable” (“Unbreakable Love”) by Freddy DeAnda offers seven principles for a solid and happy marriage.

Nonfiction
“Your Income Tax 2022” is the J.K. Lasser guide to preparing your 2021 tax return.  “2022 Horoscope” by Ophira and Tali Edut is the 10th edition of this Astrotwins guide.  “Rise” by Lindsey Vonn is a memoir by the three-time Olympic medal-winning alpine ski racer for the U.S. Ski Team who is generally considered the best female skier of all time.

Mysteries and thrillers 
“The Paris Detective” by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo contains three stories featuring Luc Moncrief.  “Targeted” by Stephen Hunter features master sniper Bob Lee Swagger.  “A Thousand Steps” by T. Jefferson Parker focuses on the life of a hippie teen living in California in the mid-‘60s.   “The Last House on the Street” by Diane Chamberlain centers on who women a generation apart bound by a decades-old mystery.  “A Flicker in the Dark” by Stacy Willingham begins when a teen goes missing in a crime eerily similar to a crime 20 years earlier. 

“Sharpe’s Assassin” by Bernard Cornwell is an historical novel set after the Battle of Waterloo.  “The Horsewoman” by James Patterson and Mike Lupice is a romantic thriller featuring mother and daughter riders.  “The Maid” by Nita Prose tells what happens after a maid finds a wealthy man dead in a high-end hotel.

Other novels
“The Ballerinas” by Rachel Kapelke-Dale follows the lives of three friends who dance with the Paris Opera Ballet. 

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

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

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

Quotable Quote
“The greatest thing of all is to have a sense of humor.  And if you’re born with it, at least you’ve got that going for you.  I’d be lost without it.” – Dame Judi Dench, regarded as one of the best actresses in British history with roles ranging from the James Bond films to Shakespearean dramas.

11/25/21

Thanksgiving gratitude and more free SJBPH health sessions

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.

Free public health sessions

Next Thursday, December 2, representatives from San Juan Basin Public Health will be at the library from noon-1 p.m. to discuss WIC Manager, a supplemental nutrition program for pregnant and post-partum women, infants and children up to age five, and explain the program eligibility and how to enroll.

Then on Thursday, December 16 from noon-1 p.m. SJBPH experts will return to discuss the dangers of radon gas in your home and distribute free radon test kits.

Thanksgiving closure

 Your library will be closed November 25-27 in celebration of Thanksgiving.

Library hours

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

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

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

Family read aloud

Stop by your library, sit on our comfy chairs or anywhere else around the Turner Reading Room and engage in some quiet activities while listening to a book being read aloud on Tuesday, November 30 from 6:30-7 p.m.  The book will be selected at the program. 

Dungeons & Dragons   

Join us Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. for our ongoing Dungeons & Dragons game 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. 

In-person gaming

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

New writing challenge

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

New storywalk for kids

Theme for our new storywalk December 6-18 is “Over and Under in the Snow.”  Get outdoors and take a walk, following the pages of the book and reading the story as you stroll along.  Watch for signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School.  After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

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

Tech Time

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

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes now take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-7 p.m.  Beginning students attend from 4-5 p.m., intermediate students from 5-6 p.m. and advanced students from 7-8 p.m.   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 ahora 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. 

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) sessions resume next Thursday, December 2 from 5:30-8 p.m. (note new time) when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  

Activities calendars available

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

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Family” by Naomi Krupitsky is a sweeping saga about two best friends since birth and the effects on their lives, home, church and schools as they grow up because of their affiliation with the mob.  “Better Off Dead” by Lee and Andrew Child is a Jack Reacher thriller.  “The Last Mona Lisa” by Jonathan Santlofer is a tale of art theft, forgery and murder.  “Vortex” by Catherine Coulter is an FBI agents Sherlock and  Savich mystery.

Other novels

“The Magician” by Colm Tobibin is a story based on the life of Nobel Prize winning novelist Thomas Mann.  “Still Life” by Sarah Winman features a man and a woman who come together in the rubble of war-torn Italy.  “Monster in the Middle” by Tiphanie Yanique is a romance that moves across decades and continents.   “The Ballad of Laurel Springs” by Janet Beard follows multiple generations of women in eastern Tennessee.  “The Lincoln Highway” by Amor Towles follows the lives of three teens released from a juvenile work farm.

DVDs

 “Street Gang:  How We Got to Sesame Street” is a documentary about the mission-driven artists, writers and educators who created one of the most influential TV programs in history.  “The Crown” is the complete fourth season focusing on Princess Diana.  “Resident Alien” is season one.  “Old Henry” is a drama about a farmer who takes in a mysterious man with a satchel full of cash.  “Respect” is the life story of music icon Aretha Franklin.

Books on CD

“Better Off Dead” by Lee and Andrew Child is a Jack Reacher mystery.  “Guild Boss” by Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Jayne Castle is a mystery in the Colony World of Harmony series.  “Out of the Rain” by V.C. Andrews is a follow-up to “The Umbrella Lady.”  “The Extinction Trials” by A.G. Riddle begins after a mysterious global event.

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“Smoke” by Joe Ide is book five in the Isaiah Quintabe IQ mystery series.  “Down the Hatch” by M.C. Beaton with R.W. Green is book 32 of the Agatha Raisin mystery series.  “Claws for Alarm” by Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie Brown is a Mrs. Murphy mystery.  “Forgiving Paris” by Christian inspirational writer Karen Kingsbury is another story in the Baxter family series.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations

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

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.” – Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906),  Norwegian playwright and theatre director.

08/13/2020

Census deadline moved up plus virtual movie-making course
The deadline to respond to the census has been moved forward to September 30, so you do not have much time to participate if you have not already done so.  Sadly, our local response rate so far is not good.  Archuleta County’s current response rate is 39.5% – a very low number that is even more concerning with the new shorter time to respond.  It compares with the much higher rate of 66.4% for the State of Colorado overall.

Your participation directly affects 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.  Our county needs your participation to get our fair share of these federal dollars. If you have not already completed this important questionnaire, please do so at your earliest convenience.

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

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

Movie-making course via Zoom
From Monday, August 17 through Friday, August 21 at 4 p.m., join us for five free 45-minute Zoom sessions on various aspects of the stop-motion filmmaking process.  The course will be led by Elizabeth Kuntz, teaching artist with the Santa Fe Opera and Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. 

You will need a smart phone or tablet to create films using the free version of Stop Motion Studio and to spend time between sessions to create your original movie.  Registration is required via phone or email to the library.  Ages seven and above. 

Cardboard car race
August 13-20 we’re hosting a free all-ages cardboard car race.  Pick up the materials to make your own cardboard car, and then return to race on the track set up outside the library.

Costume contest
If you love to dress up or create costumes, select a character and deck yourself out like your character for this free “cosplay” contest, a term used for dressing up as a way of expressing something that matters to you and expressing your character in mannerisms or speech.  By tomorrow, August 14, submit a picture of yourself in your cosplay to ruby@pagosalibrary.org or drop by the library as we will take a picture of you.  Winners will be announced August 15 and prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories including superheroes, fantasy, animated characters, anime/manga and more.  Please be respectful of other peoples and cultures in your cosplay. As the library is a public venue, we ask that costumes be appropriate for all audiences to view. We reserve the right not to display any photos that do not meet the criteria.

Legal clinic tomorrow
The free legal clinic previously held at your library each month is now by appointment and is happening tomorrow, August 14, from 2 – 3 p.m. Instead of patrons coming in to the library, the volunteer attorney will phone you directly. To be added to the sign-up sheet for these calls, send an email titled “Sign-up for Free Legal Clinic,” with your first name and phone number to ruby@pagosalibrary.org, or phone or stop by the library. The volunteer attorney’s time is limited so it’s first-come first-served.

Summer Reading Program
It’s not too late to sign up for the free all-ages Summer Reading Program, which  is extended through the end of August, a decision that came from a desire to bring continued learning and fun to our community throughout the summer, according to Meg Wempe, director.  “It also provides more opportunity for us to purchase gift certificates from local businesses for our prizes to do our small part to help economic recovery,” she said.

If you haven’t already signed up, call us at (970) 264-2209, email ruby@pagosalibrary.org or register online at pagosalibrary.org/summer-reading. We need to know your name, contact information, and what age group to assign you to.

You will receive a “choose your own adventure” booklet with fun activities and challenges. Completing them makes you eligible to win weekly prizes. There are adventure booklets for four groups: pre-K, K-5, teen and adult.

Details of our partial re-open
Here’s a summary of your library’s current operations:

  • Up to 30 patrons at a time can come into the building Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • The first hour every weekday – from 9-10 a.m. – is reserved for seniors and other high-risk people.
  • 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.
  • Eight computers are available weekdays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.. In most cases computer usage will be limited to two hours per day. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.
  • One early literacy computer is available for youngsters Monday-Saturday.
  • Saturday hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for building entry and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for computer use.
  • Curbside service continues Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for those not comfortable coming into the building.  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.  
  • Our courier service has resumed, so 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. 
  • Notary Public Service is available Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m..  Cost is $5 per notary.
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of courier service and reopening, so items may take longer than usual. 
  • We’re happy to provide tech help over the phone for our online resources. 
  •  Please note we are not accepting meeting room reservations or hosting any large in-person programming at this time. 

Tech Time
Make a 15- or 30-minute appointment for one of three free slots available noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time. 

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

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

Dungeons & Dragons via Zoom
Join us via Zoom on Tuesdays from 3-5 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons open free to teens and young adults.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on how to join.  

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

Storywalks for kids
Every other Thursday, Josie, your early literacy librarian, posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Summer Reading Storywalk for kids.  The August 6-20 theme is glow in the dark adventures.   Get outdoors and follow the pages of a book as you stroll along.  After you finish, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library.  By popular demand, Storywalks will continue until the snow makes it too difficult to proceed.

Books on CD
“This is How I Lied” by Heather Gudekauf follows a cold case reopened.  “Sorry For Your Trouble” by Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford is a new collection of stories.  “Code Name Madeleine” by Arthur J. Magida is a Sufi Spy story in Nazi-occupied Paris.  “How to Know the Birds” by Ted Floyd focuses on 200 top species.  “All the way to the Tigers” by Mary Morris is a travel memoir.  “Outsider” by Linda Castillo is a thriller about a women hiding among the Amish.  “If It Bleeds” by Stephen King contains four new short stories.  “Desolation Road” by Christine Feehan is a Torpedo Ink Motorcycle Club romance. 

DVDs
“Trolls World Tour” is a Dreamworks musical adventure.  “Seven Worlds One Planet” is a BBC documentary.  “The Good Place” is a comedy.  “William Shakespeare’s Great Comedies” includes “Twelfth Night,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Taming of the Shrew.”

Nonfiction
“Bunker” by Bradley Garrett explores how people on four continents prepare for a possible apocalypse.  “My Time to Speak” by Ilia Calderon is a memoir by the first Afro-Latina high-profile TV broadcast.  “To Start a War” by Robert Draper explores the U.S. decision to invade Iraq.  “Break the Good Girl Myth” by Majo Molfino identifies five self-sabotaging tendencies that keep women back.  “True Crimes and Misdemeanors” by Jeffrey Toobin explores why the Mueller Investigation Trump failed.  “The Monk of Mokha” by Dave Eggers follows a young Yemeni Armedian from San Francisco who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee.  “The Art of a Successful Life” by Rainer Zitelmann is a collection of wise quotes from Confucius to Steve Jobs.

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“Our Wild Calling” by Richard Louv explores how connecting with animals can transform our lives and save theirs.  “The American Story” by David M. Rubenstein contains conversations from master historians.  “How to Make Your Money Last – Completely Updates for Planning Today” by Jane Bryant Quinn is a new retirement guide.  “Because Internet” by linguist Gretchen McCulloch describes evolving language on social media. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers
“1st Case” by James Patterson features a 19-year-old intern at the FBI.  “His & Hers” by Alice Feeney features a BBC newscaster.  “Living Dead” by George A. Romero and Daniel Kraus about dead people who won’t stay dead.  “The Silent Wife” by Karin Slaughter follows a serial killer on the loose.  “True Story” by Kate Reed Petty is a psychological thriller.  “The Lions of Fifth Avenue” by Fiona Davis is set in the New York Public Library over two generations. 

Other novels
“The Geometry of Holding Hands” by Alexander McCall Smith is an Isabel Dalhousie novel.  “Harrow the Ninth” by Tamsyn Muir is book two of the Locked Tomb sci-fi trilogy.  “Migrations” by Charlotte McConaghy follows a woman obsessed with following Arctic terns.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 
Ever since March, 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. 

Donations
We are grateful to Jerry Nugent and our anonymous donors for their donations of materials.  They now can be put into the dropboxes at the library and at City Market.  Donations will undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  

Quotable Quote
“You won’t skid if you stay in a rut.” – Frank McKinney Hubbard (1868-1930), American cartoonist, humorist and journalist.

04/06/2020

Update on your library’s services, free legal clinic and reminder about the 2020 Census

Gov. Jared Polis’ mandatory stay-at-home order for all residents of Colorado because of the coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, applies to your library, of course. That means some disruptions to our services to you and your families – but several resources still are available from the comfort of your home.

Let’s start with three don’ts:

No drop-offs, please. We’re asking you to keep all materials that you have checked out until this crisis is over instead of returning them to the library chute or to the uptown dropbox, to keep exposure and contact at a minimum between us all. As always, you do not need to worry about overdue fines.

Our front door/curbside pickup service has been suspended, so you will have to wait until the library reopens to pick up new books, DVDs, CDs and other materials.

Please do not make donations of books or other materials until your library is able to reopen.

Here are the resources that still are available to you via our website at www.pagosalibrary.org:

You can view your account and place holds – but because of the suspension of courier service between Colorado libraries, you are able to place holds only on our library’s items at this time. All the new books and CDs in this column qualify, as they are in our collection. When the library reopens, our staff will pull the holds you placed while we were closed.

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 see them all, go to our website at pagosalibrary.org and select the gray tab towards the top of the page that says “Online Resources.”

As always, you can access Wi-Fi from your car in our parking lot – with your windows and doors closed, please.

Staff is working from home, so if you have a question you can email ruby@pagosalibrary.org or call us at 264-2209 and leave a message.  We are returning messages Monday through Friday to assist patrons. 

This situation is quickly evolving. You can stay up-to-date with what we’re doing through our website or our Facebook page.  In the meantime, please keep yourself, your family and your community safe by following all the health advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at their website at www.cdc.gov and San Juan Basin Public Health at www.sjbpublichealth.org.

 “Traditionally libraries have always been a place of refuge and comfort in times of emergency,” said Meg Wempe, library director..  “But, as we all know, this is a highly unusual situation, and the health and safety of our patrons and our community must be our top priority.  We hope the resources outlined above will be of use to you and your family until we can open our doors again.

“Take care and stay safe.”

Please complete your census form now

The last official notice we saw stated that only 36.2% of Colorado households have responded to the 2020 Census. The national rate was 34.7% at that time.

The 2020 Census is important because it 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 local and regional agencies and projects like health clinics, fire departments, schools, social services like Medicaid, even roads and highways for the next decade.

For the first time, you can respond to the census online, by phone or by mail – a major benefit as we all work hard to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are used only to produce statistics. 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.

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. Remember that WiFi is available from your car in the parking lot 24/7, even during the library closure. You can visit our website at pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online.

Free legal clinic in a new format

The free legal clinic normally held at your library each month still will be held via phone on Friday, April 10 from 2 – 3 p.m. – but in a new format befitting our current stay-at-home environment. Instead of clinic patrons coming in-person to the library, the volunteer attorney will call each clinic patron directly by telephone. To be added to the sign-up sheet for these calls, send an email titled “Sign-up for Free legal Clinic,” with your first name and phone number to ruby@pagosalibrary.org. The volunteer attorney’s time is limited, so the first to sign up will be the first served. We plan to continue offering this free legal clinic each month, even during the stay-at-home order. Our volunteer attorney can answer your questions related to civil law including unemployment benefits, landlord-tenant issues and more.  

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“Trace Elements” by Donna Leon is a Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery set in Venice. “Sisters By Choice” by Susan Mallery is book four in the Blackberry Island series. “You Are Not Alone” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen tells of a woman seduced by the glamor of two sisters. “The Other Mrs.” By Mary Kubica is a murder mystery. “Long Range” by C.J. Box is a Joe Pickett mystery.

How-to and self-help books

“The Gift of Forgiveness” by Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt is about one of the most difficult challenges in life – learning to forgive. “Every Airbnb Host’s Tax Guide” is a Nolo guide for Airbnb and other short-term rental hosts. “Napkin Finance” by Tina Hay is an illustrated guide that makes finance fun and accessible to anyone. “LSAT Prep Plus 2020-2021” is a Kaplan guide with an official exam and online resources.

Other nonfiction

“Whistle Blower” by Susan Fowler is the story of the author’s journey to Silicon Valley to fight for justice for women at Uber. “Becoming a Man” by P. Carl explores one man’s gender transition at age 50. “Fully Grown” by economist Dietrich Vollrath contends that a long-term slowdown is a sign of success, not failure, in our economy. “Father of Lions” by Louise Callaghan is the story of the man who saved the animals in the Mosul Zoo. “A Delayed Life” by Dita Kraus tells the story of the librarian of Auschwitz. “Pulpit Fiction” by Gregg Powers and Ed Nolan compares what preachers are saying from church pulpits compared to the breadth of what the scriptures say.

Downloadable ebooks

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are available at 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.

Donations note

Please do not make donations of books or other materials until your library is able to reopen. Many thanks.

Quotable Quote

“Never follow someone else’s path, unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path.” – Ellen DeGeneres, American comedian, TV host, actress, writer and producer.

03/23/2020

Library closed but many services available online, by email and at our front entrance

As you no doubt know by now, your library will be closed until Sunday April 5 – and probably longer, depending on the severity of the coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19. Even during these difficult times, though, there are many ways you can continue to use our resources via our website at pagosalibrary.org, and with email or phone requests for materials: 

You can access the catalog from our website to view your account, renew materials and place holds. 

Because of our suspension of courier service between Colorado libraries, you are able to place holds only on our library’s items at this time. All the new books and CDs in this column qualify, as they are in our collection.

For the time being, pickup at the library’s front entrance is available Tuesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. To arrange a time for a pickup of items on hold or new items you’d like to enjoy, email us at ruby@pagosalibrary.org or phone us at 970-264-2209 with your requests, be they books, DVDs or CDs. We will check them out to your account and bring them outside at the designated time in a plastic bag. After seeing your library card or other ID though your closed car window, we will set the bag down by your car and go back inside the library. We’ll give you a warm smile, of course, and probably also a friendly wave – but no physical contact for safety’s sake to keep exposure and contact at a minimum between us all.

No drop-offs, please. We’re asking you to keep all materials that you have checked out until this crisis is over instead of returning them to the library or to the uptown dropbox, again to keep exposure and contact at a minimum between us all. As always, you do not need to worry about overdue fees. Also, we will double the number of items that you can check out during this closure.   

Many of our online learning resources can be accessed from your home with your

3/13/2020

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). 



2/20/2020

Teen mask event today and family-friendly fundraiser games on Sunday
Today, Thursday, February 20, from 4-5:30 p.m. sixth-12th graders are invited to join us to make and decorate masks.  Masks come in all styles from carnival to steampunk to superhero.  Just bring your imagination – we’ll provide the supplies.

Then this Sunday, February 23, a fun Lanes & Links family-friendly community event takes place from 1-4 p.m. when your library will be transformed into a miniature golf and bowling center for one day only.  Cost is $10 per person or $30 per family, with tickets sold at the door.  All net proceeds from the event will support the library’s programs and resources.

Delayed opening
Your library will open at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 26 for our regular monthly 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.  Households will begin receiving an invitation to responds to the 2020 Census in mid-March.

Teen book club tomorrow
Friday, February 21 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the free teen book club, seventh-12th graders will be talking about “This Song Will Save Your Life” by Leila Sales, and enjoying snacks.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.

After-school club tomorrow
The after-school club for first-fifth graders takes place tomorrow, Friday, February 21 from 1:45-3:30 p.m. on the second, third and fourth Friday of every  month.  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.

LEGO Club Saturday
Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, February 22 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club. 

Tween gaming
Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is next Monday, February 24 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Computer classes
These free classes twice a month will help you learn a useful technology skill or application. No registration required.  On Monday, February 24 from 1-2 p.m. you’ll learn how to effectively create a simple resume using Microsoft Word, and learn useful tips that will help you in your next job search.  Contact Brad at the library if you would like to request a class about any computer topic. 

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 role-playing
The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, February 26 from 4-5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Spanish conversation
Next Wednesday, February 26 from 3-4 p.m. practice your Spanish with others to help you increase your fluency at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  Previous attendance not necessary.  No registration required.

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.  Next Wednesday, January 26 Cindi Galabota takes kids on a worldwide tour through artifacts and toys from different cultures. 

Books on CD
“Spy” by Danielle Steel follows a young woman caught up in a double life in WW II.  “Coconut Layer Cake Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swenson mystery with recipes.  “Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?” by Caitlin Doughty answers real questions from kids about death, dead bodies and decomposition.  “Lost” by James Patterson and James O. Born follows the FBI, DEA and Miami police looking for one woman.  “Deep State” by Chris Hauty is a thriller that begins with a death in the White House.  “Hindsight” by Iris and Roy Johansen is a thriller featuring a formerly blind investigator with unique observational skills.

How-to and self-help
“Brain Wash” by Drs. David and Austin Perlmutter explores how modern culture threatens to damage our health and offers a plan for healing.  “Successful Aging” by neuroscientist Dr. Daniel J. Levitin offers a practical plan to make the most of your 70s, 80s and 90s.  “Your Body in Balance” by Dr. Neal D. Barnard is a guide to the new science of food, hormones and health.  “Maximize Your Medicare” by certified financial planner Jae W. Oh explains how to qualify for benefits, protect your health and minimize your costs. 

Other nonfiction
“A Very Stable Genius” by Pulitzer Prize winners Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig is a look at Donald Trump’s presidency.  “Sovietistan” by Erika Fatland documents a journey through Central Asia to “the stans.”  “Start by Believing” by ESPN investigative reporters John Barr and Dan Murphy is a new look at the largest sex abuse scandal in American history.  “Arguing with Zombies” by Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman tackles many misunderstandings in the areas of health care, housing bubbles, tax reform, Social Security and more.  “Half Broke” by Ginger Gaffney is a memoir of a top-ranked horse trainer who trains troubled horses at an alternative prison ranch in New Mexico.  “You Never Forget Your First” by Alexis Coe is a new biography of George Washington. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers
“Last Day” by Luanne Rice follows a detective trying to solve the murder of a woman whose mother was taken.  “A Divided Loyalty” by Charles Todd features Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge.  “The Museum of Desire” by Jonathan Kellerman is an Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis mystery.  “Dead to Her” by Sarah Pinborough is a suspense story focusing on a woman who married into old money.

Other novels
“The Authenticity Project” by Clare Pooley tells of a traveling green notebook that brings six strangers together.

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 donation, we are grateful to Carole & Bob Howard, Law Offices of Gayle Dixon, Bank of Colorado, Kelly Law Firm, First Southwest Bank, and Vic and Joanne Lucariello.  For books and materials this week we thank our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote
“There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues … are created, strengthened and maintained.” – Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British politician, World War II leader and author.

1/2/2020

Fun facts about your library as we start the new year
Did you know that we have more than 29,000 items in our collection and access to thousands more through our library consortium?  Here are 10 more fun facts about your Ruby Sisson library:
1. In 2019, more than 71,000 people used the library’s services. 
2. We offer a multitude of free programs for all ages throughout the year.  In fact, in 2019 we organized nearly 450 different programs for our patrons and visitors.  
3. Our English as a Second Language classes are offered every Tuesday at 5 p.m. and every Friday at noon. 
4. Pagosa Adult Learning Services, or PALS, can help you with high school equivalency, GED, college prep and more.  
5. We have 15 computers available for use by patrons and visitors.  Our computers were used more than 14,000 times this year.
6. We have two specialty bilingual Early Learning Stations for our youngest patrons and visitors.  
7. We offer 34 online resources which can be accessed at any time, 24/7. 
8.  We are blessed with amazing volunteers who help keep the library running smoothly for you. 
9. We provide many business resources including free wi-fi, computers, Notary Public and study carrels plus faxing, scanning and printing.  
10. Our amazing library staff are here to help you with all of your library needs.

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.

Save the date for new after-school club
Starting next Friday, January 10, a new after-school club for first-fifth graders takes place from 1:45-3:30 p.m. on the second, third and fourth Friday of every  month.  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.

Avalanche awareness today
Today, Thursday, January 2 from 5-6:30 p.m., Mark Mueller returns with a free  avalanche awareness presentation that might save your life, since avalanches are the deadliest natural hazard in Colorado.  Mark is an avalanche forecaster for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.  No registration required. 

Teen advisory board today
Today, Thursday, December 2, 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.

All-ages gaming tomorrow
Join us tomorrow, Friday, January 3 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

LGBTQ youth group Monday
A 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 convenes 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 number is 970-264-1986. 

Homeschool social hour
Stop by next Tuesday, January 7 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 and get your feedback on the value of these sessions.

Tween gaming
Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, January 6 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

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 role-playing
The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Wednesday, January 8 from 4-5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

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.   (Note new time for Saturdays.)   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.  

How-to and self-help
“How Not to Diet” by Dr. Michael Greger discusses the latest research on the leading causes of – and remedies for – obesity.  “The CBD Handbook” contains more than 75 recipes and tips on how to get the most out of your CBD oil of choice.  “Beer Hiking Colorado” is a guide to 50 craft breweries and amazing hikes in our state.  The revised and expanded second edition of “What To Eat During Cancer Treatment” by Jeanne Bess3er and Barbara L. Grant with the American Cancer Society offers more than 120 simple recipes to help you cope with eating-related side effects.  The revised and updated fourth edition of “Solo Guitar Playing 1” by Frederick M. Noad is a complete course of instruction in the techniques of guitar performance.

Early learning books
“Let’s Play” by Jeff A. Johnson and Denita Dinger provides 39 child-led, open-ended play adventures.  “The Outdoor Toddler Activity Book” by Krissy Bonning-Gould takes your youngster outside for more than a hundred fun learning activities.  “Game On!” by Linda J. Armstrong is a collection of more than 300 screen-free, traditional games and activities with a variety of fun themes.  “Do-It-Yourself Early Learning” by Jeff A. and Tasha A. Johnson gives you ideas for easy and fun activities and toys from everyday home center materials. 

Other nonfiction
“Free, Melania” by Kate Bennett is the unauthorized biography of the First Lady. “Migrating to Prison” by César Cuauhtémoc and Garcia Hernández documents the increasing use of detention to regular migration.  “Your Personal Horoscope 2020” by Joseph Polansky is a month-by-month forecast for every sign.

Books on CD
“Double Crossfire” by Anthony J. Tata follows a killing spree aimed at getting a presidential hopeful elected.  “The Seven Longest Yards” by Chris and Emily Norton is an inspiring love story and memoir after as quadriplegic walked across his graduation stage with his fiancée by his side.

Large print
“Beating Around the Bush” by M.C. Beaton is an Agatha Raisin mystery. 

Other novels
“Under Occupation” by Alan Furst is a spy novel telling of anti-Nazi espionage efforts.

DVDs
“Game of Thrones” is the complete eighth season.  “Falling Skies” is the complete first season.  Two “Falling Skies” DVDs carry the complete second and third seasons.  “Though None Go With Me” starts Cheryl Ladd and is based on the bestselling book about a woman whose faith is tested.  “The Natural” is a sports film starring Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close and Kim Basinger.   “Big Sonia” is a documentary about a woman who revisits her past as a refugee and witness to genocide.  “The Snow Walker” is a tale of survival after a plane crash.

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 monetary donations, we are grateful to Rick and Lynne Stinchfield, David Bouquet, Rice Reavis and Deb Morton.  For books and materials this week we thank our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote
Thought for the new year:  “Always have enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous.  That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor.” – Paul Hawken, American environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist.