5/13/2021

‘1,000 Books before Kindergarten’ – ideal program for babies and toddlers in COVID times

One of the greatest gifts you can give your babies and toddlers is to sign them up for a free early literacy reading program called “1,000 Books before Kindergarten” for children from birth to five years old.  And what better time than now when they are spending more time at home than usual because of COVID.

You can sign up any time at your library.  You will receive a folder with bubbles to keep track of the books you read to your child.  The concept is simple:  Read 1,000 books to your newborn, infant or toddler – yes, you can repeat books – before your precious one starts kindergarten.  You’ll get a free book each time your child completes 100 books.

One thousand may sound like a huge number of books, but it’s not really. If you read just one book a night, you will have read 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around five years of age, you have more time than you may think.

Hours back to pre-COVID levels

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

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

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

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 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 properly wear a mask when entering or moving within any public indoor space. If you are unable or unwilling to wear a mask, we are pleased to assist you outside the building through our curbside service. If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you.”

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.

Spotlight on graphic novels

Learn more about graphic novels – books made up of comics content – and what makes them special, enjoyable and important by joining the all-ages graphic novel reading challenge beginning on Monday, May 10. This spotlight will involve a display at the library, Facebook posts, a reading challenge and resources available online or in the library.  They will be up for a few weeks. 

In-person family storytimes today

Today, Thursday, May 13 from 10-11 a.m., Josie will host by-appointment storytimes in person for individual family groups.  The free 15-minute sessions will include a story, movement activity, rhymes and other fun things, and will be accompanied by a craft to do at home.  One family group at a time.  All participants over age two must wear a mask.  This personalized service will be available once a month. Phone the library at 970-264-2209 for your appointment.

Legal clinic tomorrow

The free legal clinic each month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, May 14 from 2 – 3 p.m. The volunteer attorney can phone you at home, or you can come into the library and meet privately via Zoom. To sign up 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.  Visit http://checkerboard.co/ anytime to find many legal forms and other legal information.

New writing challenge

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

Online Spanish conversation

Next Monday, May 17 from 4-5 p.m. our online Spanish conversation group will gather on Zoom (note move from Google Meet) to practice their speaking and listening skills together.  Zoom meeting ID is 882 6203 1887; passcode is 81147.  Contact Brad if you prefer to join the group via a link. 

Storywalk for kids

Every other Thursday Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Storywalk for kids.  The May 6-20 theme is celebrating water. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Knitting takeaways

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

After-school program

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

DIY crafts takeaway for kids

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

Tech Time – no appointment needed

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

ESL – no appointment needed

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

Dungeons & Dragons

Join us Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons free for teens and young adults on Google Meet.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join. If you don’t have internet access, contact us anyway – we may be able to accommodate you in the library.  We are beginning a new adventure this month so it’s the perfect time for new players to begin.           

Children’s programs on Facebook

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

Adult education – no appointment needed

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session takes place in person Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. (note new time) where Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Appointments are no longer required but we will honor any appointments that were previously made,  Note no PALS today, May 13.

Nonfiction

“Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie” by Lisa Napoli is a history of NPR public radio explored through the lives of its four most talented, innovative and trail-blazing female reporters.  “Cook This Book” by Molly Baz offers techniques to becoming a smarter, faster and more creative cook.

Short stories and essays

“Tiny Tales” by Alexander McCall Smith is a collection of 30 short stories about romance, ambition, kindness and happiness  with illustrations by Iain McIntosh.  “You Are Your Best Thing” by Tarana Burke and Brene Brown is a collection of essays on Black shame and healing. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“A Gambling Man” by David Baldacci is the second thriller in the series featuring a World War II veteran fresh out of prison and looking for a fresh start.  “Mirrorland” by Carole Johnstone is a psychological suspense novel featuring a twin who returns to their gothic home in Edinburgh when her sister disappears.

Other novels

“Finding Ashley” by Danielle Steel tells of two estranged sisters who get the chance to connect and confront together a wrenching loss from the past.  “Winning the Gentleman” by Kristi Ann Hunter is a romance that combines Regency Society intrigue, struggles of faith and a love of horses.  “Blackberry Beach” by Irene Hannon is the latest in the Hope Harbor romance series set in Oregon.  “Sooley”  by Johnson Grisham follows a young basketball star with a fierce determination to bring his family to America from South Sudan.  “Whereabouts” by Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri features an urban woman trying to find her place in the world.  “Northern Spy” by Flynn Berry tells of two sisters who may be on opposite sides of renewed IRA movement.

Large print

“Return to Gila Bend” by Carlton Stowers is a Ralph Compton western in the Gunfighter series.  “Ocean Prey” by John Sanford is a Lucas Davenport mystery.  “Bury the Hatchet” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is book two in the Buck Trammel western series. 

Books on CD

“Finding Ashley” by Danielle Steel tells of two estranged sisters who get the chance to connect and confront together a wrenching loss from the past.  “Dark Sky” by C.J. Box features Wyoming game warden Joe Picket.  “The Lady Has a Past” by Amanda Quick is a mystery about a woman’s disappearance from a luxurious health spa.

DVDs

“God’s Not Dead” is a double feature about a student defending his faith in a class taught by an atheist professor.  “Princess of the Row” is the inspiring tale of a runaway foster child.  “The House That Rob Built” is a documentary about the University of Montana’s Lady Griz basketball team. 

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations 

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

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), diplomat, activist and longest serving First Lady of the U.S.

5/6/2021

Library hours expand to pre-COVID-plus levels this week

We are delighted to announce that the robust local vaccination program for our community and your library staff means that effective this week the library’s hours can return to pre-COVID levels – and even more on weekdays:

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

“It’s a thrill for all of us to go back to keeping your library safely open for more hours every week,” said Meg Wempe, director.  “We will continue to implement special COVID-related safety measures like proper mask wearing and social distancing as well as providing hand sanitizers.  Under these new conditions, meeting rooms can now be used by up to 10 people.  Also, we’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.”

As well, you are no longer required to make an appointment for Tech Time, ESL or PALS  You are welcome to visit the library in person during the published times for those programs (see below). We will honor any appointments that were previously made. 

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

Activities calendars available

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

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 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 properly wear a mask when entering or moving within any public indoor space. If you are unable or unwilling to wear a mask, we are pleased to assist you outside the building through our curbside service. If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you.”

Spotlight on graphic novels

Learn more about graphic novels – books made up of comics content – and what makes them special, enjoyable and important by joining the all-ages graphic novel reading challenge beginning on Monday, May 10. This spotlight will involve a display at the library, Facebook posts, a reading challenge and resources available online or in the library. This will be up for a few weeks. 

LEGO challenge Saturday

Join us on May 8 at 10 a.m. for a free all-ages LEGO challenge via an image posted on Facebook and the library website.  Use your own pieces to create something that will fit the challenge. If you don’t have LEGOS, we have a few grab bags available at the library.

Adult book club

Ruby’s Book Club meets from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11 via Zoom to discuss “The Island of Sea Women” by Lisa See.  Copies of the book are available at your library.  The Zoom meeting ID is 874 5826 9188, passcode 81147.  This book club is held the second Tuesday of each month.

In-person family storytimes by appointment

Next Thursday, May 13 from 10-11 a.m. Josie will host by-appointment storytimes in person for individual family groups.  The free 15-minute sessions will include a story, movement activity, rhymes and other fun things, and will be accompanied by a craft to do at home.  One family group at a time.  All participants over age two must wear a mask.  This personalized service will be available once a month. Phone the library at 970-264-2209 for your appointment.

New writing challenge

On May 3we posted a new writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

New Storywalk for kids

Every other Thursday Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Storywalk for kids.  The May 6-20 theme is celebrating water. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Calling all teens

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

Knitting takeaways

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

After-school program

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

DIY crafts takeaway for kids

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

Tech Time – no appointment needed

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

ESL – no appointment needed

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

Dungeons & Dragons

Join us Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons free for teens and young adults on Google Meet.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join. If you don’t have internet access, contact us anyway – we may be able to accommodate you in the library.  We are beginning a new adventure this month so it’s the perfect time for new players to begin.           

Children’s programs on Facebook

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

Adult education – no appointment needed

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session takes place in person today, Thursday, May 6, from 5-8 p.m. (note new time) where Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Appointments are no longer required but we will honor any appointments that were previously made,  Note no PALS on May 13.

Books on CD

“Smoke” by Joe Ide is the fifth installment of the Isaiah Quintabe mystery series.  “The Rose Code” by Kate Quinn features three women reunited by a mysterious encrypted letter.  “Fast Ice” by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown is a NIMA adventure.  “Double Jeopardy” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “The Bounty” by Janet Evanovich and Steve Hamilton is a new Fox and O’Hare mystery.  “A Dark Queen Rises” by Ashok K. Banker is book two in the Burnt Ember fantasy series.             

Nonfiction

“Code Breaker” by historian Walter Isaacson features the scientific breakthorughs of Jennifer Doudna and her collaborators in the field of gene editing.  “Blood and Treasure” by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin is the biography of Daniel Boone as a frontiersman and Revolutionary War hero.   “Authentic” by Paul Van Doren is a memoir by the founder of Vans shoes.  “Nolo’s Encyclopedia of Everyday Law” provides answers to more than 1,000 frequently asked legal questions.  

Novels

“Popisho” by Leone Ross is set in a magical archipelago inspired by the author’s Jamaican homeland.   “The Brides of Lancaster County” by Wanda E. Brunstetter contains four romances set in Pennsylvania’s Amish Country.

Large print

“Queen of Bones” by Teresa Dovalpage is a mystery set in Havana.  “Aftershock” by Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell is a mystery featuring medical examiner Dr. Jessie Teska.  “Transient Desires” by Donna Leon is a Commissario Guido mystery  set in Venice. 

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations 

Thanks to Joanne Ferko and our anonymous donors for their material donations.  Please put your materials donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns. 

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.” – Terry Pratchett (1948-2015), one of the UK’s most successful authors who received a knighthood in 2009 and saw many of his books adapted for the screen.

4/29/2021

Help, please! Dos and don’ts of library donations

Every year we receive thousands of new or gently used hardcover books, DVDs and CDs, and these donations are vital to our overall success.  Of the thousands of items that are donated, a small number go into the collection.  In 2020 that amounted to 62 items for a value of $4,366 including books, DVDs and, in a couple of circumstances, magazine subscriptions.

Some of the other donations are sold at the library at greatly discounted prices.  Most go to Friends of the Library book sale, which is a hugely important fundraising event for your library.  Without your help, the Friends’ sale offerings would be much less attractive to potential buyers – and thus their proceeds smaller for your library.  So your generosity is greatly appreciated.

But sometimes we have problems with donations that are outdated or in poor condition.  These items must be thrown away or recycled, costing us time and money.  So we want to take this opportunity to review the best practices for library donations, hoping this information is helpful to you as well as to us. 

1. Please do bring in only clean, gently worn books, CDs and DVDs. 

2. Please do not bring in VHS tapes and cassettes, donate magazines older than one year or leave personal items inside of donations.

3. Nonfiction items like memoirs and how-to books in good shape should not be older than five years.  Travel and restaurant guides, tax books and anything relating to computers generally should be no more than a year old.  Textbooks normally are of no interest to our patrons.

4,  Fiction novels should be no older than 10 years.

5.  Please do not deliver donations after hours in the book return slot at the library or the drop box at City Market or by leaving them at our front entrance.  Please bring them inside.

6.  Please do not bring more than one or two boxes per person, as we do not have much space in our workroom.  If you need help getting your boxes inside the building, we are happy to help.

7.  What donated materials do the Friends like best for their sale?  Their favorites are your favorites.  Experience plus your responses to surveys over the years have shown that at the top of your wish lists are mysteries, historical novels, bestsellers, thrillers, classics, contemporary fiction, fantasy and romance.  Also popular are Christian fiction, westerns, science fiction, short stories and children’s books.

Alfred North Whitehead, an English mathematician and philosopher, once said that “No one achieves success without the help of others.”  That’s certainly true of your library.  We are grateful for the generosity of all our donors, but we ask your help in donating only materials that meet the criteria outlined above.

The Friends hope that COVID conditions will allow them to put on their book sale this August, but it is too far away to announce firm plans now.

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.

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 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 are pleased to assist you outside the building through our curbside service.”

New writing challenge

On May 3we will post a new writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Storywalk for kids

Weather permitting, 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 April 22-May 5 featured book is “Swirl by Swirl” by Joyce Sidman. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Knitting takeaways

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

After-school program

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

DIY crafts takeaway for kids

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

Tech Time – no appointment needed

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

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

Dungeons & Dragons

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

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

Adult education – no appointment needed

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session takes place in person tomorrow, Friday, April 29 between noon and 3 p.m. where Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Appointments are no longer required but we will honor any appointments that were previously made,  On May 6 PALS moves to Thursdays from 5-8 p.m.  No PALS on May 13.

Nonfiction

“On the House” by John Boehner is a memoir by the former Speaker of the House of Representatives.  “Cosmic Queries” by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson with physicist James Trefil offers new ways to understand the complexities of life and the universe we inhabit.  “Crying in H Mart” by Michelle Zauner is a coming-of-age story of a Korean American woman.  “Effortless” by Greg McKeown provides actionable advice for handling your most essential activities while avoiding burnout. 

Large print

“The Other Emily” by Dean Koontz tells of a man’s new love who may be his long-vanished love.  “Miss Julia Happily Ever After” by Ann B. Ross is book 22 in the Miss Julia series. “No Way Out” by Fern Michaels follows a woman recovering after a coma.  “Of Women and Salt” by Gabriela Garcia is the story of a Cuban immigrant’s family.  “Strongheart” by Jim Fergus is book three in the One Thousand White Women series. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Devil’s Hand” by Jack Carr features Navy Seal James Reece.  “What Comes After” by Joanne Tompkins follows a community after two teenage boys die.  “When the Stars Go Dark” by Paula McLain tells of a seasoned missing persons detective dealing with a new case reminiscent of her childhood. 

Other novels

“The Son of Mr. Suleman” by Eric Jerome Dickey is a story exploring racism, sexual assault, politics, family legacies and more.  “Lover Unveiled” by J.R. Ward is the latest in the Black Dagger Brotherhood paranormal romance series.  “The Good Sister” by Sally Hepworth features twin sisters, one hugely resentful of the other.  “Malice” by Heather Walter is book one in the Malice series retelling the Sleeping Beauty series.

Books on CD

“Finding Ashley” by Danielle Steel follows two sisters who reunite after a long absence.  “A Dark Queen Rises” by Ashok K. Banker is book two in the Burnt Empire fantasy world.  “Wyatt Earp” by Matt Braun is the story of this legendary gunfighter.  “Her Dark Lies” by J.T. Ellison is a mystery set on the Italian coast.  “Later” by Stephen King features a young boy with an ability to see what no one else can.  “How Beautiful We Were” by Imbolo Mbue is set in a fictional African village.   

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations 

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

Library foundation

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

 Quotable Quote

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” – Edith Wharton (1862-1937), American novelist, short story writer and designer.

4/22/2021

Earth Day take-home kits available today

Celebrate Earth Day at your library today, Thursday, April 22, by spending time in our garden, checking out some materials about our planet, or adding some plants to your life with our free take-home kits suitable for all ages.  Each kit comes with everything you need to get started planting, as well as some conservation facts.  They are available for pickup while supplies last.  

Library closure

Your library will be closed tomorrow, Friday, April 23, for staff education.

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.

Current library operations

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with 9-10 a.m. reserved for seniors and high-risk populations.
  • Tuesday and Thursday open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. for all.
  • Storytime is now Thursday at 10 a.m.  Tech Times are now from 3-4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment.
  • Meeting rooms can now be used by up to five people. 
  • Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day.  Please practice social distancing and wear masks while you are in the building.  If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you.
  • Ten computers are available. Staff will clean and disinfect them between uses.
  • One early literacy computer is available for youngsters.
  • 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. 
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of open, so items may take longer than usual. 
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

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 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 are pleased to assist you outside the building through our curbside service.”

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book club meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:15 a.m. – noon via Zoom. Tomorrow, Friday, April 23, the ladies will discuss “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World” by the Delai Lama and Desmond Tutu.  Pick up a copy at your library. The Zoom meeting ID for this event is 859 2949 6860 and the passcode is 81147.  No registration required.

LEGO challenge Saturday

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

Online Spanish conversation

Next Monday, April 26 from 4-5 p.m. our online Spanish conversation group will gather on Google Meet to practice their skills together.  Access the meeting using the Google Meet app and use the code, XRV-CSRE-KAV to join. Or, you may join on a computer by visiting the website meet.google.com/XRV-CSRE-KAV. Contact Brad if you have questions about using Google Meet.

Teen advisory board resumes meetings

Next Tuesday, April 27 the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. on Zoom.  Sixth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

New writing challenge

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

Storywalk for kids

Weather permitting, 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 April 22-May 5 featured book is “Swirl by Swirl” by Joyce Sidman. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Knitting takeaways

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

After-school program

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

DIY crafts takeaway for kids

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

Tech Time

Make a 15- to 30-minute appointment for one of three free in-person slots available from 3-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. 

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. 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

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

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) sessions take place in person on Fridays between noon and 3 p.m. where Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Contact the library to schedule your appointment.

Novels

“Gold Diggers” by Sanjena Sathian is a humorous coming-of-age satire set in the Atlanta suburbs.  “Destined For You” by Tracie Peterson is book one in the new Ladies of the Lake series set in 1870s Duluth, Minn. “The Nine Lives of Rose Bapolitano” by Donna Freitas follows a woman who keeping reinventing her life.  “Peaces” by Helen Oyeyemi tells of a couple who embark on a mysterious train journey.  “A Piece of the Moon” by Chris Fabry follows the repercussions after an eccentric millionaire hides his treasures. 

Short stories

“First Person Singular” by Haruki Murakami is a collection of eight stories that include memories of youth, meditations on music, and the boundaries between our minds and the exterior world.

Nonfiction

“Roth” by Blake Bailey is a biography of author Philip Roth.  “Broken (in the Best Possible Way)” by New York Times reporter Jenny Lawson is a memoir about her experiences with mental health issues.  “The God Equation” by Michio Kaku explores differing views of the synthesis of the theories of relativity and quantum theory.  “The Church Is One” by Rev. Richard Bolland challenges pastors and laymen to rethink what constitutes true unity in Christ’s church.  “Broken Horses” by Brandi Carlile is a memoir exploring the tension between the singer’s sexuality and faith throughout her life.  “Be A Work in Progress” by John Cena with illustrations by Valerie Petrone is a positive guide to life by the pro wrestler and actor.  “High Conflict” by Amanda Ripley explores examples of unhealthy discord around the world.  “Birds of North America” is the new Audubon guide.

Books on CD

“Flowers of Darkness” by Tatiana de Rosnay is a thriller set in Paris.  “The Kaiser’s Web” by Steve Berry is a Cotton Malone adventure.  “The Consequence of Fear” by Jacqueline Winspear is a Masie Dobbs murder mystery.  “Meant to Be” by Jude Deveraux follows two young women in Kansas unhappy with the paths laid out for them.  “Tell No Lies” by Alison Brennan is book two in the Quinn and Costa thriller series.

 Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations 

Thanks to our anonymous donors for their donations.  Please put your materials 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.  

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“Optimism is a happiness magnet.  If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.” – Mary Lou Retton, retired American gymnast. At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, she won a gold medal in the individual all-around competition, as well as two silver medals and two bronze medals, making her one of the most popular athletes in the U.S.

4/15/2021

National Volunteer Week and Earth Day take-home kits

Author Sherry Anderson once said, “Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless but because they are priceless.”  Everyone on your library staff agrees.  Our volunteers are everyday heroes who make a lasting impact on the service we provide you and your family at your library. 

That’s why every year during National Volunteer Week Meg Wempe and her team host a thank-you gathering for library volunteers.  But that was before COVID-19.

For the second year, we will have to celebrate in absentia without a volunteer get-together.  Please know that we appreciate our volunteers tremendously and hope to be able to plan something for later in the year, as allowed by health officials. Our fingers are crossed for fall or early winter.  As William James said, “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”  We know this sentiment to be true, as our volunteers truly make a difference in our community by supporting the library with their time. Thank you to all of our volunteers!

Earth Day take-home kits

Celebrate Earth Day at your library next Thursday, April 22 by spending time in our garden, checking out some materials about our planet, or adding some plants to your life with our free take-home kits.  Each kit comes with everything you need to get started planting, as well as some conservation facts.  They are available for pickup while supplies last.  

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.

COVID level blue operations

Current operations under COVID level blue:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with 9-10 a.m. reserved for seniors and high-risk populations.
  • Tuesday and Thursday open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. for all.
  • Storytime is now Thursday at 10 a.m.  Tech Times are now from 3-4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment.
  • Meeting rooms can now be used by up to five people. 

Other COVID-related operations:

  • Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day.  Please practice social distancing and wear masks while you are in the building.  If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you.
  • Ten computers are available. Staff will clean and disinfect them between uses.
  • One early literacy computer is available for youngsters.
  • 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. 
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of open, so items may take longer than usual. 
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

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 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 are pleased to assist you outside the building through our curbside service.”

Take-and make DIY:  Keepsake box

You’re invited to join us via Facebook tomorrow, Friday, April 16, as Brad will demonstrate how easy it is to create a long-lasting keepsake box made from a vintage book.        Supplies and instructions will be available to pick up at your library beginning tomorrow, and video tutorials will appear from 2-3 p.m. on Facebook and the library’s website at htps://pagosalibrary.org/adult-diy/

New writing challenge

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

Storywalk for kids

Weather permitting, 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 April 8-21 theme is about rain bringing all sorts of possibilities. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Knitting takeaways

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

After-school program

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

DIY crafts takeaway for kids

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

Tech Time

Make a 15- to 30-minute appointment for one of three free in-person slots available from 3-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. 

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. 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

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

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) sessions take place in person on Fridays between noon and 3 p.m. where Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Contact the library to schedule your appointment.

Books on CD

“Transient Desires” by Donna Leon is a Commissioner Guido Brunetti mystery set in Venice.  “The Affair” by Danielle Steel begins when a photo shoot exposes an affair.  “No Way Out” by Fern Michaels is a suspense story that begins when a woman awakens from a coma.  “The Arsonists’ City’ by Hala Alyan features a family spread across the globe who gather in Beirut to save the family home.  “Keep Sharp” by Dr. Sanjay Grupta offers tips to keep your brain healthy and sharp.  “Elizabeth and Margaret” by Andrew Moton is an intimate look at the Queen and her sister.  “Till Murder Do Us Part” by James Patterson contains two real-life crime stories.  “The Rope” by Alex Tresniowski is the true story of murder, heroism and the dawn of the NAACP.  “Win” by Harlan Cohen is a Myron Bolitar thtiller.  ”Infinite” by Brian Freeman is a psychological thriller.

Essays collection

“The Hard Crowd: Essays 2000-2020” by Rachel Kushner is a collection of 19 essays about politics and culture from her writings over the last 20 years.    

Nonfiction

The Well-Watered Woman” by Gretchen Saffles uses Scripture and the author’s personal story to offer tools to know Jesus better and live a life that follows him.  “The Energy Paradox” by Dr. Steven R. Gundry describes a plan to help you boost your physical and mental energy.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Unknown Threat” by Lynn H. Blackburn features a Secret Service agent and FBI special agent who have to learn to trust each other to solve their case.  “Night Fall” by Nancy Mehl focuses on children killed on trains, all in the same way.  “The Beirut Protocol” by Joel C Rosenberg is a Marcus Ryder adventure featuring the clandestine CIA operative.  “Hummingbird Salamander” by Jeff Vandermeer is a thriller about climate change and identity.  “Animal Instinct” by David Rosenfelt features a PI and his German Shepherd partner.  “Mother May I” by Joshilyn Jackson begins with what appears to be a harmless request. 

Other novels

“Piecing It All Together” and “A Patchwork Past” by Leslie Gould are books one and two of the Plain Patterns series set in an Amish community.  “The Day of Ezekiel’s Hope” by Donna VanLiere is set in post-nuclear New York and Jerusalem when a new leader emerges promising hope and salvation.  “Out of the Embers” by Amanda Cabot is book one of the Mesquite Springs series.  “Astrid Sees All” by Natalie Standiford portrays the lives of “It” girls partying in gritty 1980s New York City.  “Other People’s Children” by R.J. Hoffman features three mothers making excruciating choices to protect their families.

Large print

“Meant To Be” by Jude Deveraux follows two young women in Kansas unhappy with the paths laid out for them.  “Double Jeopardy” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.

DVDs  

“Promising Young Woman” is a tale of revenge by a woman leading a secret double life.  “News of the World” stars Tom Hanks as a drifter delivering a 10-year-old girl back to her home.  “Miss Scarlet & The Duke” is season one of the series featuring Victoria England’s first female detective.  “The Way Back” stars Ben Afflack.  “Our Friend” is based on a true story of a family dealing with terminal cancer.  “How It Feels to be Free” features interviews with trailblazing performers like Diahann Carroll, Lena Horne and Cicely Tyson.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

Perfect for COVID times, we have a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audio books for all ages – children, tweens, teens and adults – in cloudLibrary.  The items in cloudLibrary are purchased separately from physical items, so the books available are different – and it continues to use the consortium’s contributions as well as those that we bought.  Select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use.  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 contribution, we thank Susan and Terry Arrington.  Please put your materials 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. 

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.” – Robert Maynard Hutchins (1899-1977), American educator and philosopher.

4/8/2021

Free in-person family storytime available by appointment

Starting next Thursday, April 15 from 10-11 a.m. Josie will host by-appointment storytimes in person for individual family groups.  The free 15-minute sessions will include a story, movement activity, rhymes and other fun things, and will be accompanied by a craft to do at home.

One family group at a time. All participants over age two must wear a mask.  This personalized service will be available once a month as long as Archuleta County remains in Yellow or Blue on the COVID safety dial, as determined by the state and local public health authorities.   Phone the library at 970-264-2209 for your appointment.

Free early literacy program

If you want to participate in the second round of an exciting new free literacy program that helps families and caregivers build their babies’ vocabulary, you need to sign up by April 15.  Called LENA, the program comes from a partnership involving your library, AmeriCorps and the San Juan BOCES.

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

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.

COVID level blue operations

Current operations under COVID level blue:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with 9-10 a.m. reserved for seniors and high-risk populations.
  • Tuesday and Thursday open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. for all.
  • Storytime is now Thursday at 10 a.m.  Tech Times are now from 3-4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment.
  • Meeting rooms can now be used by up to five people. 

Other COVID-related operations:

  • Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day.  Please practice social distancing and wear masks while you are in the building.  If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you.
  • Ten computers are available. Staff will clean and disinfect them between uses.
  • One early literacy computer is available for youngsters.
  • 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. 
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of open, so items may take longer than usual. 
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

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 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 are pleased to assist you outside the building through our curbside service.”

New writing challenge

On April 5we posted a new writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Legal clinic tomorrow

The free legal clinic each month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, April 9 from 2 – 3 p.m. The volunteer attorney can phone you at home, or you can come into the library and meet via Zoom. To sign up 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.  Visit http://checkerboard.co/ anytime to find many legal forms and other legal information.

LEGO challenge Saturday

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

Online Spanish conversation

Next Monday, April 12 from 4-5 p.m. our online Spanish conversation group will gather on Google Meet to practice their skills together.  Access the meeting using the Google Meet app and use the code, XRV-CSRE-KAV to join. Or, you may join on a computer by visiting the website meet.google.com/XRV-CSRE-KAV. Contact Brad at the library if you have questions about using Google Meet.

Teen book club

We invite sixth-12th graders to join the teen book club on Zoom for a lively discussion of this month’s book “Broken Throne” by Victoria Aveyard next Tuesday, April 13 from 4-5 p.m.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.  Go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82245964216 to join the meeting and help us choose what we’ll read next. 

Adult book club

Ruby’s Book Club meets from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13 via Zoom to discuss “Carrying Albert Home” by Homer Hickam.  Contact the library if you need a copy of the book.  The Zoom meeting ID is 874 5826 9188, passcode 81147.  This book club is held the second Tuesday of each month.

Storywalk for kids

Weather permitting, 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 April 8-21 theme is about rain bringing all sorts of possibilities. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Knitting takeaways

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

After-school program

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

DIY crafts takeaway for kids

Drop by your library for free DIY crafts takeaways for youngsters age 10 and older during open hours.  Pick up a packet outside the library.      

Tech Time

Make a 15- to 30-minute appointment for one of three free in-person slots available from 3-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. 

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. 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

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

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) sessions take place in person on Fridays between noon and 3 p.m. where Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Contact the library to schedule your appointment.

Large print

“Ralph Compton: Death Valley Drifter” by Jeff Rovin is the latest in the Gunfighter series.  “A Good Day for a Massacre” by William W. and J.A. Johnston is book two in the Slash and Burn western series.  “Her Dark Lies” by J.T. Ellison is a mystery set on an Italian coast island.  “We Begin at the End” by Chris Whitaker deals with the aftermath of a man being released from prison.  “Age Later” by Dr. Nir Barzilai is a guide to aging well. 

DVDs

“Agatha Christie” is a biography of the writer and a look at the places in England she featured in her mysteries.  “Schitt$ Creek” is the complete collection of the 2020 Emmy award winner.

Novels

“The Robin’s Greeting” by Wanda E. Brunstetter is an Amish Greenhouse mystery.  “The Curator’s Daughter” by Melanie Dobson features an archeologist forced into the Nazi Party.  “Dreams Rekindled” by Amanda Cabot is book two of the Mesquite Springs series.

Nonfiction

“Under a White Sky” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Kolbert explores the interventions that must take place to save the planet from human destruction.  “A Life in Code” by G. Stuart Smith is a biography of pioneer cryptanalyst Elizebeth Smith Friedman, a legendary law enforcement agent.  “The Complete Guide to Plumbing” by Black & Decker is the updated seventh edition.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

Perfect for COVID times, we have a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audio books for all ages – children, tweens, teens and adults – in cloudLibrary.  The items in cloudLibrary are purchased separately from physical items, so the books available are different – and it continues to use the consortium’s contributions as well as those that we bought.  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 materials donations, we thank our anonymous donors.  Please put your materials 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. 

Library foundation

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

 Quotable Quote

“Anxiety happens when you think you have to figure out  everything all at once.  Breathe.  You’re strong.  You got this.  Take it day by day.”  Karen Salmansohn, writer  and self-help book author.

4/1/2021

DIY acupressure preventive care plus early literacy program

On Monday, April 5 at 5 p.m. via Zoom, Jim Fox will demonstrate a DIY acupressure technique that can strengthen your immune system.  Jim has more than 20 years of experience as a certified acupuncturist, so he brings a wealth of knowledge relating to acupressure and alternative medicine. 

This preventive health care treatment uses five acupressure points designed to activate and strengthen your immune system.  You can watch the presentation live from the comfort of your home.  The Zoom meeting ID is 833 6260 1253 and the passcode is 81147.  Email Brad at brad@pagosalibrary.org if you would like the Zoom invitation and link emailed to you.

Free early literacy program

If you want to participate in the second round of an exciting new free literacy program that helps families and caregivers build their babies’ vocabulary, you need to sign up by April 15.  Called LENA, the program comes from a partnership involving your library, AmeriCorps and the San Juan BOCES.

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

National Library Week

April 4-10 is National Library Week, a time set aside by the American Library Association to celebrate our nation’s libraries and library workers’ contributions, and to promote library usage and support.  Whether you visit in person or virtually, libraries offer endless opportunities to transform lives through education and lifelong learning.

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.

COVID level blue operations

Current operations under COVID level blue:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with 9-10 a.m. reserved for seniors and high-risk populations.
  • Tuesday and Thursday open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. for all.
  • Storytime has been moved from Wednesday to Thursday at 10 a.m.  Tech Times are now from 3-4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment.
  • Meeting rooms can now be used by up to five people. 

Other COVID-related operations:

  • Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day.  Please practice social distancing and wear masks while you are in the building.  If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you.
  • Ten computers are available. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.
  • One early literacy computer is available for youngsters.
  • 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. 
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of open, so items may take longer than usual. 
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

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 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 are pleased to assist you outside the building through our curbside service.”

New all-ages writing challenges

On April 5 and 19we will post new writing challenges on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Storywalk for kids

Weather permitting, 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 current theme is creative thinking. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library.  A new storywalk will be posted on April 8.

Knitting takeaways

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

After-school program

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

DIY crafts takeaway for kids

Drop by your library for free DIY crafts takeaways for youngsters age 10 and older during open hours.  Pick up a packet outside the library.      

Tech Time

Make a 15- to 30-minute appointment for one of three free in-person slots available from 3-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. 

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. 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

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

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) sessions take place in person on Fridays between noon and 3 p.m. where Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Contact the library to schedule your appointment.

How-to and self-help

“GrowVeg” by Benedict Vanheems is a beginner’s guide to easy vegetable gardening.  ”Ageless” by science writer Andrew Steele looks at how scientists are working to develop treatments for aging.  “Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life” by clinical psychologist Jordan B. Peterson offers additional lifesaving principles to impose order in your life.  “The 30-day Alzheimer’s Solution” by Drs. Dean and Ayesha Sherzai is a food and lifestyle guide to preventing cognitive decline.

Other nonfiction

“Slipping Through Our Hands” by Tony Povilitis with illustrations by Amy Grogan is a guide to the endangered and vulnerable wildlife of the San Juan Mountains and surrounding areas of Colorado and New Mexico.  “A World Without Email” by computer science professor Cal Newport explores alternatives to a workplace controlled by emails.  “Leave It as It Is” by David Gessner is a journey across America guided by Teddy Roosevelt’s crusading environmental legacy.

Books on CD

“The Wolves on Seven Pines” by E.L. Ripley is a new western in Ralph Compton’s Sundown Riders series.  “Texas Kill of the Mountain Man” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a new installment of the western adventures featuring Smoke Jensen.

DVDs

“Lovecraft Country” is the complete first season.  “The Croods A New Age’ is another animated prehistoric family adventure.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

Perfect for COVID times, we have a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audio books for all ages – children, tweens, teens and adults – in cloudLibrary.  The items in cloudLibrary are purchased separately from physical items, so the books available are different – and it continues to use the consortium’s contributions as well as those that we bought.  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 the materials donation, we thank Rosalea Connor.  Please put your materials 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. 

Library foundation

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

 Quotable Quote

“Education today, more than ever before, must clearly see the dual objectives:  education for living and educating for making a living.” – James Mason Wood, English university professor and zoologist.

3/25/2021

Library books via Meals on Wheels

Please help us pass the word 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 print books, audio books and DVDs especially selected to match each person’s individual tastes.  The personalized selection is based on a questionnaire the recipients 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.  Having books delivered to homebound people’s homes is an especially valuable treat during COVID times.  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.”

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.

Expanded hours and other changes

Here’s a summary of our of current operations under COVID level blue:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with 9-10 a.m. reserved for seniors and high-risk populations.
  • Tuesday and Thursday open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. for all.
  • Storytime has been moved from Wednesday to Thursday at 10 a.m.  Tech Times are now from 3-4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment.
  • Meeting rooms can now be used by up to five people. 

Other COVID-related operations:

  • Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day.  Please practice social distancing and wear masks while you are in the building.  If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you.
  • Ten computers are available. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.
  • One early literacy computer is available for youngsters.
  • 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. 
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of open, so items may take longer than usual. 
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

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 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 are pleased to assist you outside the building through our curbside service.”

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book club meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:15 a.m. – noon via Zoom. Tomorrow, Friday, March 26, the ladies will discuss “The Banker’s Wife” by Christine Alger.  Pick up a copy at your library. The Zoom meeting ID for this event is 859 2949 6860 and the passcode is 81147.  No registration required.

LEGO contest deadline tomorrow

Submissions must be turned in by tomorrow, March 26 for this month’s free all-ages LEGO contest.  Winners will be announced this Saturday, March 27 at 12:15 p.m. with prizes for different age groups.  Entries must be built ahead of time and they must be of your own creation, not a LEGO kit or from another source.  Details and instructions are outlined on the youth calendar available at your library.

LEGO challenge Saturday

Join us on March 27 at 10 a.m. for a free all-ages LEGO challenge via an image posted on Facebook and the library website.  Use your own pieces to create something that will fit the challenge. If you don’t have LEGOS, we have a few grab bags available at the library.

New all-ages writing challenge

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

New storywalk for kids

Weather permitting, 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 March 25-April 11 theme is creative thinking. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Knitting takeaways

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

After-school program

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

DIY crafts takeaway for kids

Drop by your library for free DIY crafts takeaways for youngsters age 10 and older during open hours.  Pick up a packet outside the library.      

Tech Time

Make a 15- to 30-minute appointment for one of three free in-person slots available from 3-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (note day and time changes). Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. 

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 -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

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

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) sessions take place in person on Fridays between noon and 3 p.m. where Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Contact the library to schedule your appointment.

Large print

“Dark Sky” by C.J. Box is a Joe Pickett adventure.  “Egg Shooters” by Laura Childs in a Cackleberry Club mystery.  “Fast Ice” by Clive Cussler is a NUMA Files adventure.  “The Lost Apothecary” by Sarah Penner is a murder mystery set vin London.  “Calder Brand” by Janet Dailey is book one in a new western series.  “The Kaiser’s Web” by Steve Berry is book 16 in the Cotton Malone series set in Germany in 1945.

Nonfiction

“Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning” is a Haynes Techbook manual.          

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Still Life” by Val McDermid features cold case detective Karen Pirie. 

Other novels

“Detransition Baby” by Torrey Peters features three transgender women whose lives collide after an unexpected pregnancy.  “Black Sun” by Rebecca Roanhorse is book one of the new Between Earth and Sky trilogy.  “Braced for Love” by Mary Connealy is book one of a new Brothers in Arms series set on a Wyoming ranch.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

Perfect for COVID times, we have a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audio books for all ages – children, tweens, teens and adults – in cloudLibrary.  The items in cloudLibrary are purchased separately from physical items, so the books available are different – and it continues to use the consortium’s contributions as well as those that we bought.  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 materials donations, we thank Les Johnson and our anonymous donors.  Please put your materials 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. 

Library foundation

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

 Quotable Quote

“To fight impulse purchases, make a wish list of all the items you want…. Then wait a week.  Revisit your list and see if you feel as excited about the items on it as you did when you first wrote them down.  Don’t check the price to see if the item went on sale – just revisit your gut reaction.  If you still want the item, go ahead and get it if your budget allows.  But if your interest has waned, it’s a sign it just wasn’t worth your money.” – “Money Hacks: 250+ Ways to Decrease Spending, Increase Savings and Make Your Money Work for You” by Lisa Rowan.

3/18/2021

Take and make DIY: Mini Zen garden

You’re invited to join us via Facebook tomorrow, Friday, March 19, as Brad will demonstrate how easy it is to create a Zen garden that can be displayed in your home or office.

Inspired by traditional Japanese Zen gardens, these DIY gardens are made from sand, rocks and other simple materials.  Zen gardens are said to promote tranquility and provide a space for meditative rest – two especially valuable benefits during COVID times.

Supplies and instructions will be available to pick up at your library tomorrow.  Video tutorials will appear from 2-3 p.m. on Facebook and the library’s website at htps://pagosalibrary.org/adult-diy/

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.

Expanded hours and other changes

Your library has expanded the hours we are open to serve you under COVID level blue conditions:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with 9-10 a.m. reserved for seniors and high-risk populations.
  • Tuesday and Thursday open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. for all.
  • With these new hours, there is a slight change to which staff are working on which days, which affects the times and days for some programs.  Storytime has been moved from Wednesday to Thursday at 10 a.m.  Tech Times are now from 3-4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment.
  • One more change:  Meeting rooms can now be used by up to five people. 

COVID-related operations that stay the same include:

  • Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day.  Please practice social distancing and wear masks while you are in the building.  If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you.
  • Ten computers are available. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.
  • One early literacy computer is available for youngsters.
  • 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. 
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of open, so items may take longer than usual. 
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

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 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 are pleased to assist you outside the building through our curbside service.”

New all-ages writing challenge

On March 22we will  post a new writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Online Spanish conversation

Next Monday, March 22 from 4-5 p.m. our online Spanish conversation group will gather on Google Meet to practice their skills together.  Access the meeting using the Google Meet app and use the code, XRV-CSRE-KAV to join. Or, you may join on a computer by visiting the website meet.google.com/XRV-CSRE-KAV. Contact Brad at the library if you have questions about using Google Meet.

LEGO contest

Submissions must be turned in between March 22-26 for.this month’s free spring-themed all-ages LEGO contest.  Winners will be announced on March 27 at 12:15 p.m. with prizes for different age groups.  Entries must be built ahead of time and they must be of your own creation, not a LEGO kit or from another source.  Details and instructions are outlined on the youth calendar available at your library.

Storywalk for kids

Weather permitting, 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 March 11-24 theme is sharing warmth. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Knitting takeaways

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

After-school program

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

DIY craft takeaway for kids

Drop by your library for free DIY crafts takeaways for youngsters age 10 and older during open hours.  Pick up a packet outside the library.      

Tech Time

Make a 15- to 30-minute appointment for one of three free in-person slots available from 3-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (note day and time changes). Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. 

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 -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

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

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) sessions take place in person on Fridays between noon and 3 p.m. where Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Contact the library to schedule your appointment.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Wife Upstairs” by Rachel Hawkins features a broke dog walker looking to marry a rich man whose wife had died.  “Before the Ruins” by Victoria Gosling follows four teen friends spending the nigh in an empty manor house.  “The Voter File” by David Pepper is a political thriller.  “One Small Sacrifice” by Hilary Davidson features NYPD Det. Sheryn Sterling.  “To Tell You The Truth” by Gilly MacMillan focuses on a bestselling writer.   “Let Me Lie” by Clare Mackintosh is a psychological thriller.  “Still Life” is written by Val McDermid, the U.K.’s “Queen of Crime.”  “Blood Orange” by Harriet Tyce is a psychological suspense story.  “The Power Couple” by Alex Berenson is a globe-trotting espionage novel.  “The Survivors” by Jane Harper exposes long-held secrets after a body is discovered. 

Nonfiction

“40 Days with God” by Kent Hickey shows you how to steal a few moments each day for a journey through the Bible.   “Liftoff” by Eric Berger documents Elon Musk’s Spacex from a startup to a leading-edge rocket company.  “All Men Must Die” by Carolyne Larrington explores the world of “Game of Thrones.”  “The Unseasonable Virtue of Fly Fishing” by Mark Kurlansky combines history, sport and a memoir to describe the joys of fly fishing.

Other novels

“The Noel Letters” by Richard Paul Evans follows a trail of letters leading to a Christmas revelation.  “Fifty Words for Rain” by Asha Lemmie is a coming-of-age novel set in post-World War II Japan.  “The Fortunate Ones” by Ed Tarkington features two private school friends, one rich and one poor.  “The Arrest” by Jonathan Lethem is a post-collapse novel about two siblings.  “The Future is Yours” by Dan Frey features a computer that lets you see your life a year from now.  “Dark Horses” by Susan Mihalic features a teen’s struggle to reclaim her life from an abusive father.  “The Invisible Woman” by Erika Robuck isbased on a true story of an Allied spy in World War II.  “The Russian Cage” by Charlaine Harris is the third book in the Gunnie Rose fantasy series.  “The Nature of Fragile Things” by Susan Meissner follows three woman after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.  ”Infinite Country” by Patricia Engel features a family of Columbian immigrants.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

Perfect for COVID times, we have a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audio books for all ages – children, tweens, teens and adults – in cloudLibrary.  The items in cloudLibrary are purchased separately from physical items, so the books available are different – and it continues to use the consortium’s contributions as well as those that we bought.  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 thank the Town of Pagosa Springs as well as Susan and Terry Arrington.  For materials donations, we thank our anonymous donors.  Please put your materials 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.  

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“To achieve great things you need a plan and not quite enough time.” – Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), American composer, conductor and pianist.

3/11/2021

Teen book club is back plus new LEGO challenge and contest

We invite sixth-12th graders to join the teen book club on Zoom for a lively discussion of this month’s book “We Hunt the Flame” by Hafsah Faizal next Tuesday, March 16 from 4-5 p.m.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.  Go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82245964216 to join the meeting and help us choose what we’ll read next. 

Then, everyone is invited to join us on March 13 at 10 a.m. for a free all-ages LEGO challenge via an image posted on Facebook and the library website.  Use your own pieces to create something that will fit the challenge. If you don’t have LEGOS, we have a few grab bags available at the library.

Also, start thinking about this month’s free spring-themed all-ages LEGO contest.  Submissions must be turned in between March 22-26.  Winners will be announced  on March 27 at 12:15 p.m. with prizes for different age groups.  Entries must be built ahead of time and they must be of your own creation, not a LEGO kit or from another source.  More details and instructions are outlined on the youth calendar available at your library.

Expanded hours and other changes

Your library has expanded the hours we are open to serve you under COVID level blue conditions:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with 9-10 a.m. reserved for seniors and high-risk populations.
  • Tuesday and Thursday open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. for all.
  • With these new hours, there is a slight change to which staff are working on which days, which affects the times and days for some programs.  Storytime has been moved from Wednesday to Thursday at 10 a.m.  Tech Times are now from 3-4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment.
  • One more change:  Meeting rooms can now be used by up to five people. 

COVID-related operations that stay the same include:

  • Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day.  Please practice social distancing and wear masks while you are in the building.  If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you.
  • Ten computers are available. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.
  • One early literacy computer is available for youngsters.
  • 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. 
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of open, so items may take longer than usual. 
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

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 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 are pleased to assist you outside the building through our curbside service.”

Legal clinic tomorrow

The free legal clinic each month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, March 12 from 2 – 3 p.m. The volunteer attorney can phone you at home, or you can come into the library and meet via Zoom. To sign up 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.  Visit http://checkerboard.co/ anytime to find many legal forms and other legal information.

New all-ages writing challenge

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

Storywalk for kids

Weather permitting, 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 March 11-24 theme is sharing warmth. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Knitting takeaways

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

After-school program

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

DIY craft takeaway for kids

Drop by your library for free DIY crafts takeaways for youngsters age 10 and older during open hours.  Pick up a packet outside the library.      

Tech Time

Make a 15- to 30-minute appointment for one of three free in-person slots available from 3-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (note day and time changes). Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. 

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 -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

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

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) sessions take place in person on Fridays between noon and 3 p.m. where Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Contact the library to schedule your appointment.

Two Spanish books

“Se Regalan Dudas” or “They’re Giving Away Doubts”  by Lety Sahagun and Ashley Frangie includes the best Qs and As submitted by listeners in Mexico and Latin America to their podcast on Spotify.  Like the multimedia platform, the book reflects on and provides different viewpoints on everything from personal and professional development to social problems.  “Panes Mexicanos/second edition” by Irving Quiroz contains more than 80 classic recipes with photos.

Large print westerns

“Broken Rider” by John Shirley is a Ralph Compton novel in the Gunfighter series.  “Stand Up and Die” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone features the three Jackals.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Downstairs Neighbor” by Helen Cooper begins when a teenage girl goes missing.  “Girl A” by Abigail Dean is a psychological family story about betrayals of sibling relationships.  “Missing and Endangered” by J.A. Jance is the latest in the Sheriff  Joanna Brady series set in Northern Arizona.  “The Blizzard Party” by Jack Livings follows a fake medical emergency engineered by a rich Manhattanite.  “Flowers of Darkness” by Tatiana de Rosnay features a novelist in near-future Paris feeling paranoid in her apartment.  “Murderous Mistral” by Cay Rademacher features a policeman sent to Provence from Paris.   “The Scorpion’s Tail” by Preston & Child opens with the discovery of a mummified corpse in a New Mexico ghost town.  “Robert Ludlum’s The Treadstone Exile” by Joshua Hood features operative Adam Hayes. 

Books on CD

“Russian” by James Patterson and James O. Born features Det. Michael Bennett.  “Serpentine” by Jonathan Kellerman is an Alex Delaware mystery.   “Lightning Game” by Christine Feehan is a GhostWalker paranormal romance.  “Aman at Arms” by Steven Pressfield is a historical novel set in the first century AD. 

Other novels

“A Bright Ray of Darkness” by Ethan Hawke tells of a young man making his Broadway debut as his marriage implodes.  “The Kitchen Front” by Jennifer Ryan is about four woman entering a BBC-sponsored wartime cooking competition.  “Pickard County Atlas” is a dark novel about a family set in Nebraska.   “The Incredible Winston Browne” by Sean Dietrich is a nostalgic tale about community and kindness.  “Winter’s Orbit” by Everina Maxwell is a sci-fi story.  “The Witch’s Heart” by Genevieve Gornichec reimagines Norse mythology.  “Meet Me in Bombay” by Jenny Ashcroft is a romance set in Bombay just before World War I.  “Kingdom of Shadow and Light” by Karen Marie Moning is the conclusion of the Fever fantasy series.  “A Longer Fall” by Charlaine Harris is book two in the Gunnie Rose paranormal series. 

DVDs

“Born a Champion” is a martial arts action film.  “The Long Song,” based on the novel, is set during the final days of slavery in 19th century Jamaica.

Nonfiction

“The Chosen: I Have Called You by Name” by Jerry B. Jenkins is a detailed and personable look at the people in the Bible who were called to follow Jesus.  “Cooking with the Outdoor Club” is a collection of locals’ favorite recipes.  “One Decision” by life coach Mike Bayer is a guide to being authentic so your life reflects who you really are.  “The Bears Ears” by David Roberts documents the beauty and perils of this new national monument.  “Principles for Navigating Big Debt Crises” by Ray Dalio explains how debt crises work and principles for dealing with them.  “The Pegan Diet” by Dr. Mark Hyman combines the best of Paleo and vegan.         

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

Perfect for COVID times, we have a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audio books for all ages – children, tweens, teens and adults – in cloudLibrary.  The items in cloudLibrary are purchased separately from physical items, so the books available are different – and it continues to use the consortium’s contributions as well as those that we bought.  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 materials donations, we thank our anonymous donors.  Please put your materials 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. 

Library foundation

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

 Quotable Quote

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer someone else up.” – Mark Twain.