04/06/2020

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

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

Let’s start with three don’ts:

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

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

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

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

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

Many of our online learning resources can be accessed from your home with your library card.  To highlight a few, you can download e-books and audiobooks through our CloudLibrary app on your smartphone or tablet.  IndieFlix allows unlimited streaming access to award-winning shorts, feature films and documentaries.  By using the online resource, TumbleBook Library, you can find children’s books and audiobooks.  To see them all, go to our website at pagosalibrary.org and select the gray tab towards the top of the page that says “Online Resources.”

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

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

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

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

“Take care and stay safe.”

Please complete your census form now

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

The 2020 Census is important because it will determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, directly affect hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding for local and regional agencies and projects like health clinics, fire departments, schools, social services like Medicaid, even roads and highways for the next decade.

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

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

To complete the census online, go to www.my2020census.gov or by phone call 1-844-330-2020 for the English version and 1-844-468-2020 for the Spanish version. Remember that WiFi is available from your car in the parking lot 24/7, even during the library closure. You can visit our website at pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online.

Free legal clinic in a new format

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

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

How-to and self-help books

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

Other nonfiction

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

Downloadable ebooks

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

Downloadable films

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

Donations note

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

Quotable Quote

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

3/27/2020

Dos and don’ts at your library during COVIC-19 pandemic

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

Let’s start with three don’ts:

  1. No drop-offs, please.  We’re asking you to keep all materials that you have checked out until this crisis is over instead of returning them to the library chute or to the uptown dropbox, to keep exposure and contact at a minimum between us all.  As always, you do not need to worry about overdue fines. 
  2. Our front door/curbside pickup service has been suspended, so you will have to wait until the library reopens to pick up new books, DVDs, CDs and other materials.
  3. Please do not make donations of books or other materials until your library is able to reopen. 

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

  1. You can view your account and place holds – but because of the suspension of courier service between Colorado libraries, you are able to place holds only on our library’s items at this time.  All the new books and CDs in this column qualify, as they are in our collection.  When the library reopens, our staff will pull the holds you placed while we were closed.
  2. Many of our online learning resources can be accessed from your home with your library card.  To highlight a few, you can download e-books and audiobooks through our CloudLibrary app on your smartphone or tablet.  IndieFlix allows unlimited streaming access to award-winning shorts, feature films and documentaries.  By using the online resource, TumbleBook Library, you can find children’s books and audiobooks.  To see them all, go to our website at pagosalibrary.org and select the gray tab towards the top of the page that says “Online Resources.”
  3. As always, you can access Wi-Fi from your car in our parking lot – with your windows and doors closed, please.
  4. Staff is working from home, so if you have a question you can email ruby@pagosalibrary.org or call us at 264-2209 and leave a message.  We are returning messages Monday through Friday to assist patrons. 

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

“Traditionally libraries have always been a place of refuge and comfort in times of emergency,” said Meg Wempe, library director. “But, as we all know, this is a highly unusual situation, and the health and safety of our patrons and our community must be our top priority.”

We only hope the resources outlined above will be of use to you and your family until we can open our doors again.

“Take care and stay safe.

It’s census time now

To complete the census online, go to www.my2020census.gov or by phone call 1-844-330-2020 for the English version and 1-844-468-2020 for the Spanish version.  Remember that Wi-Fi is available from your car in the parking lot 24/7, even during the library closure.  You can visit pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online.  

How-to and self-help books

“The Bulletproof Diet” by Dave Asprey describes a new diet created by this Silicon Valley multimillionaire in his mid-20s.  “Maui Revealed” by Wizard Publications is the fifth edition.  “Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails” by Charles A. Wells and Matt Peterson is the fourth edition.  There’s also a Northern Colorado version.  “Healing Depression Without Medication’ by Jodie Skillicorn is a psychiatrist’s guide to balancing mind, body and soul. 

“Find Your Path” by country singer Carrie Underwood shares the author’s Fit52 witness plan.  “Minimal Metal Jewelry” by Kieu Pham Gray contains 21 projects with step-by-step instructions.  “How to Shit in the Woods” by Kathleen Meyer is the fourth edition is a guide to the wilderness for the environmentally conscious.  “Rock Your Rental” by Joanne and Rosanne Palmisano provides style, design and marketing tips to boost your bookings. 

Other nonfiction

“The Real Wolf” by Ted B. Lyon and Will N. Graves explores the science, politics and economics of coexisting with wolves in modern times.  “Giants of the Monsoon Forest” by Jacob Hill takes us deep into the teak forests of Burma and India to learn about the extraordinarily intelligent elephants who carry the logs.  “The Complete Guide to Fighters & Bombers of the World” by Francis Crosby features 1,200 wartime and modern identification photographs.  “They Are Already Here” by Sarah Scoles is a revealing look at the UFO culture. 

“Velvet Rope Economy” by New York Times business reporter Nelson D. Schwartz details the many ways the wealthy and privileged exploit their advantages and increase income inequality.  “Nobody Will Tell You This But Me” by Emmy-nominated TV writer Bess Kalb is a memoir about her deep relationship with her grandmother.  “What You Should Know About Politics…But Don’t” by Jessamyn Conrad is a nonpartisan guide to all the issues facing us today.

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A Good Neighborhood” by Therese Anne Fowler follows two families in a tight-knit North Carolina neighborhood.  “The Case of the Wandering Scholar” by Kate Saunders is a Laetitia Rodd mystery.         

Books on CD

“Trace Elements” by Donna Leon is a Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery set in Venice.  “Fearless” by Fern Michaels is a romance with a surprise suspense twist.  “The Numbers Game” by Danielle Steel looks at relationships that come together and then fall apart.  “Gunpowder Express” by Brett Cogburn is a Widowmaker James western.  “The Lost Colony” by A.G. Riddle is a new sci-f- thriller. 

“The First Cell” by Azra Raza offers criticism of how we mistreat cancer, how we can do better and why we must.  “The Undying” is a memoir by poet Anne Boyer of surviving breast cancer as she experienced hoaxes and corporate lies during her treatment.  “The Stakes 2020 and the Survival of American Democracy” by Robert Kuttner details the author’s belief that a progressive Democrat has a better than of beating President Trump than a moderate. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Beheld” by TaraShea Nesbit tells of a stranger’s arrival in the fledgling colony of Plymouth, Mass. And a crime that shakes the community. 

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Donations note  

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

Quotable Quote

“It is our choices that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities. ” – Professor Dumbledore, headmaster of the wizardry school Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series.

03/23/2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/13/2020

All events and meetings cancelled to be proactively vigilant because of coronavirus
We are cancelling all group programs and meeting room reservations effective immediately out of an abundance of caution because of the coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19. 

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

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

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

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

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

Tax and census help 
Tax forms and instructions are available at your library.  Visit pagosalibrary.org/taxinformation for more details and useful links.  As well, library computers and staff are available to help you access the online census questionnaire.    

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



3/5/2020

Hundreds of fitness resources and kids’ book launch event today

Did you know that your library has a huge variety of resources relating to fitness – in fact, almost 450 items in our collection? They include books, DVDs and periodicals covering topics such as weight training, yoga, healthy eating, outdoor exercise and much more.  If you cannot find an item you’re looking for here, any of our friendly staff can help you search for it through our consortium of libraries.

Additionally, we have multiple online resources related to health and wellness.  One such database is Consumer Health Complete, the single most comprehensive resource for consumer-related health content.  It covers all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.  Online resources are available 24/7 at www.pagosalibrary.org.  Select the tab “Online Resources” at the top of the home page.  The resources are listed in alphabetical order.  You will need your library card number to access some of the sites.

Kids’ book launch event this afternoon

Second and third graders at the Pagosa Peak charter school are hosting a book launch and signing event from 5:15 – 6 p.m. today, Thursday, March 5, at the library for a book they authored about how the laws of physics pertain to various sports.  About 20 youngsters participated in this project-based learning effort, working together and individually.  For example, Daniel Gonzales Harper wrote about how Newton’s first and second laws apply to golf and baseball.  This event will include Qs and As and refreshments.

This column covers next two weeks

Today’s column will cover activities over the next two weeks as your columnist will be traveling.  The next Library News column will appear on March 19.

Tax and census help 

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

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

Save the date for Cookie Cook-off

Thursday, March 19 is a Cookie Cook-off from 4-6 p.m. for all ages.  Registration is required.  No peanuts or peanut products, please.  See the activities calendars available at your library for more details.

After-school club

The after-school club for first-fifth graders takes place Friday, March 6 and Friday, March 13 from 1:45-3:30 p.m. Participants will engage in literature-based science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) learning activities and work up to an exhibition on the first Friday following each three-week session.  Registration is required by calling us at 970-264-2209 or dropping by the library.

Knitting Club for teens and adults

Monday, March 9 this free club meets from 2-3:30 p.m. (note time change) for 4th graders to adults.  Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects.  If you don’t know how to knit, come anyway and we’ll get you started.  

Computer classes

The is a free program to learn a useful technology skill or application. Monday, March 9 from 1-2 p.m. will focus on saving and finding files as you learn how your computer is organized.  No registration required. 

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

Ruby’s book club

Our free adult book club, meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss interesting fiction and nonfiction titles and enjoy refreshments.   On March 10 we will discuss “Gone So Long” by Andre Dubus III.  If you need a copy, please stop by your library.  No registration required.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, March 11 from 4-5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Legal clinic

Friday, March 13 from 2-3 p.m. a free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney will take place via computer link.  Volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property tax, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans benefits and civil protection orders.  Please check in at the registration desk.  This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month. 

LEGO Club

Kids aged 6 – 13 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, March 14 from 11 a.m. – noon for Lego Club. 

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, March 16 from 4-5 p.m.  Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   This free club is for fifth-12th grades.

Adult DIY

At this month’s free DIY event Tuesday, March 17 from 2-3 p.m. (note time change from 1 p.m.), we’ll provide the supplies and show you how to cur flower shapes from scrapbook paper and mount them as wall art or a wreath.  No registration required.

ESL classes twice a week

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

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

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

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 2:30-3:30 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both free storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.   March 7 celebrates Dr. Seuss.  March 11 is a special Spanish session.  March 14 features PAWS to Read with border collie Kate.  March 18 features music, movement and ASL with Diann Tator. 

Nonfiction

“Hold Still” by Kristina Kuzmic has been called “parenting comedy at its finest.”  “Code Red” by AE.J. Dionne, Jr. describes his view of why progressives and moderates should unite rather than feud.   “The Falcon Thief” by Joshua Hammer tells of a rogue who trades in rare birds and the wildlife detective determined to stop him.  “Mastering Diabetes” by Dr. Neal Bernard details a new food plan to reduce insulin resistence.  “How to Have a Happy Hustle” by Bec Evans describes tools and research to help entrepreneurs.  “The World Beneath Their Feet” by Scott Ellsworth describes teams of mountaineers from three countries competing to be first to climb the world’s highest peaks.  “Suffrage” by historian Ellen Carol Dubois documents the stories of the women who fought for the right to vote.

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“Golden in Death” by J.D. Robb is a Lt. Eve Dallas mystery.  “The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols” by Nicholas Meyer is a Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson mystery.  ”First Cut” by Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell is a Jessie Teska mystery.  “Cutthroats” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Slash and Pecos western.  “The Man of Mystery” by David C. Noonan is another western. 

Academy Award films on DVD

We have three more Academy Award films:  Disney’s “Toy Story 4” won an Oscar for best animated feature.  “Harriet” won two nominations for Cynthia Erivo, for best actress and for best original song, “Stand Up,” which she co-wrote. 

Other DVDs

“Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” explores the life and works of this legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner.  “Missing Link” features Hugh Jackman’s voice in this family-friendly movie about a globetrotting advneture.

Books on CD

“Golden in Death” by J.D. Robb is a Det. Eve Dallas thriller.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Salt River” by Randy Wayne White is an adventure featuring Doc Ford.  “Into the Fire” by Gregg Hurwitz is an Orphan X mystery. 

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Ed Gandun and our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote

“Most artists don’t have the wherewithal to keep going after initial failures.  Keep trying.  There are no mistakes, and, don’t erase.  Initial disappointments are a stepping stone to greatness.  The key is to keep creating art.” – John Ross Palmer, American artist based in Houston, TX.; author of numerous books and founder of the Escapism art movement.

2/27/2020

What the stats say about your library

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tax and census help: 

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

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

After-school club tomorrow

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

Literary Ladies tomorrow

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

LGBTQ youth group Monday

A support group to help LGBTQ youth from ages 16 to young adults deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination convenes on March 2 and the first Monday of every month from 4-5:30 p.m.  Under the leadership of Ana M. Sancho Sama, PhD, licensed psychologist, the purpose is to provide a safe and confidential place to share experiences, ask questions and talk about how to cope in this challenging world.  If you have questions, her office number is 970-264-1986. 

Homeschool social hour

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

Teen gaming

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

Teen advisory board

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

ESL classes twice a week

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

Las clases son dos veces por semana 

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

Adult education

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

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 2:30-3:30 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  On March 4, local artists Janet Ford and Julie Noland will lead the group in a special creative session.

Academy Award films on DVD

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

Books on CD

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

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

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

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

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

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

Quotable Quote

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

2/20/2020

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

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

Delayed opening
Your library will open at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 26 for our regular monthly staff meeting.

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

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

After-school club tomorrow
The after-school club for first-fifth graders takes place tomorrow, Friday, February 21 from 1:45-3:30 p.m. on the second, third and fourth Friday of every  month.  Participants will engage in literature-based science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) learning activities and work up to an exhibition on the first Friday following each three-week session.  Registration is required by calling us at 970-264-2209 or dropping by the library.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Family storytimes
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 2:30-3:30 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Next Wednesday, January 26 Cindi Galabota takes kids on a worldwide tour through artifacts and toys from different cultures. 

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

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

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

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

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

Programmed Nooks
We have nine free Nooks and three free tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure.  The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers.  The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.  
Downloadable e-books
Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library.  Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.  While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

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

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

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

2/13/2020

Anti-Valentine’s Lock-in and mask-making fun for tweens, teens

Ages 12-17 are invited to a fun event with food, games, crafts and movies from 5-7 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, February 14.  You must have a permission slip to participate.  Pick one up at the library or get it on our website and bring it with you to be allowed entry.  You must be in the building by 5 p.m.  Details are in the February teen/tween calendar.

Then next Thursday, February 20 from 4-5:30 p.m. sixth-12th graders are invited to join us to make and decorate masks.  Masks come in all styles from carnival to steampunk to superhero.  Just bring your imagination – we’ll provide the supplies.

Library closure

Your library will be closed on Monday, February 17 for Presidents’ Day.

Save the date for fun family event

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

Text alerts

Just a reminder that your library has a program called ShoutBomb that, when signed up, allows you to receive text messages on your cell phone when items you requested are ready for pickup or when items are overdue.  You can also use this service to text the library to renew items.  It is available in both English and Spanish.

Signing up for ShoutBomb is free, though standard text rates do apply.  This service will only work with phones that can receive SMS text messages and most smart phones should qualify.  To sign up for ShoutBomb, log in to your account on your computer and click the button on the left that says, “Sign Up for Text Message Notifications.”  A document will open up on your computer that explains how to sign up for ShoutBomb.  It takes only a few minutes to sign up, but you will want to have your library card handy.  Of course, you can always speak with one of our friendly library staff and they would be happy to help you sign up for ShoutBomb.

Credit and debit cards

Your library now accepts credit and debit card payments for charges of $10 or more.  You may use this feature to pay for any library costs, such as for your copying and faxing needs, to purchase your favorite used books, or to purchase a nifty Ruby Sisson Library bag to carry all of your borrowed and purchased items.

Teen advisory board today

Today, Thursday, February 13, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Sixth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, February 14, from 2-3 p.m. is a free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney will take place via computer link.  Volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property tax, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans’ benefits and civil protection orders.  Please check in at the registration desk.  This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month. 

After-school club tomorrow

The after-school club for first-fifth graders takes place tomorrow, Friday, February 14 from 1:45-3:30 p.m. on the second, third and fourth Friday of every  month.  Participants will engage in literature-based science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) learning activities and work up to an exhibition on the first Friday following each three-week session.  Registration is required by calling us at 970-264-2209 or dropping by the library.

Adult DIY

At this month’s free DIY event next Tuesday, February 18 from 1-2 p.m., you’ll take a beloved hardcover book off the shelf and put it on your shoulder by transforming it into a smart-looking tote bag.  No registration required.

Teen gaming

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

ESL classes twice a week

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

Las clases son dos veces por semana 

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

Adult education

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

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 2:30-3:30 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  

How-to and self-help

“Fasting Zone” by Dr. Don Colbert is a program to detox your body in 21 days.  “You’re Not Listening” by Kate Murphy explains why we aren’t listening well, why it matters and how we can reverse this trend.  “100 Days to a Younger Brain” by Sabina Brennan is a guide to maximizing your memory, boosting your brain health and defying dementia. 

Other nonfiction

“Organic Book of Compost/second edition” by Pauline Pears describes easy and natural techniques to feed your garden.  “A Guest of the Reich” by Peter Finn is the dramatic story of a South Carolina heiress who joined the OSS and was captured by the Nazis.  “The Passion Economy” by Adam Davidson, creator of NPR’s Planet Money, reveals how small businesses are thriving.  “Tightrope” by Pulitzer Prize-winning authors  Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn explores how communities are struggling as blue collar jobs disappear and drug overdoses increase.  “Unmasked” by L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham chronicles the authors’ belief in the media’s war against President Trump.  “The AOC Way” by Caroline Frederickson is a memoir of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Novels

“The Girl with the Louding Voice” by Abi Dare features a 14-year-old Nigerian girl sold as a third wife to an old man, then as a domestic servant.

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For their generous donation, we are grateful to the Pagosa Springs Golf Club. For books and materials this week we thank our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are but tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American essayist, lecturer, philosopher and poet.

2/6/2020

Top 10 checkouts of all time at the New York Public Library

Since the New York Public Library’s founding in 1895, millions of books have been checked out by patrons of all ages.  To honor the library’s 125th anniversary, staff evaluated key factors to determine the most borrowed books ever.  Here is their list:

  1. “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats – 485,583 checkouts.  In print since 1962, this beautifully illustrated story of a child enjoying the simple magic that snow brings to his city is one of the library’s most popular books every year.
  2. “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss – 469,650 checkouts.   Instantly popular when it was first published in 1957, this book is a perennial first checkout for a youngster as parents remember it fondly and want to read it to their children.
  3. “1984” by George Orwell – 441,770 checkouts:  This book has been a regular on high school reading lists since its publication in 1949.  The recent popularity of dystopian fiction such as “The Hunger Games” increased interest in this classic of the genre.
  4. “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak – 436,016 checkouts.  Often praised for showing children how cope with their emotions, this award-winning book has been in print since 1963 and is always included on school lists.
  5. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee – 422,912 checkouts.  This Pulitzer Prize-winning book has been a perennial favorite on middle and high school reading lists since it first was published in 1960.  Its popularity increased when it was made into a movie and a play.
  6. “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White – 337,948 checkouts.  This magical story of friendship and loss is beloved by children and adults alike.  In print since 1952, Wilbur and Charlotte have tugged at heartstrings for many generations of readers.
  7. “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury – 316,404 checkouts.  Another regular on high school reading lists, this 1953 novel about destroying books continues to be one of the most popular titles every year.  As with “1984,” its popularity spikes based on current events and the appeal of dystopian fiction.
  8. “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie – 284,524 checkouts.  In constant circulation since 1936 and one of the bestselling books of all time, it is the ultimate self-help book.
  9. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling – 231,022 checkouts.  The only way a book published in the 1990s could make it to this list, competing with books published decades ago, is if it were a phenomenon – which this fantasy series certainly is.  Expect more of the six Harry Potter books to make the list in upcoming years.
  10. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle – 189,550 checkouts.  In print since 1969, this is a favorite among librarians and teachers.  It’s a staple for kids learning to read.

How does a book make it to this prestigious list?  One factor is its length; the shorter the book, the more turnover, which explains why so many children’s books are here.  Also, the longer the book has been in print, the more time it’s been available for checkout – and the more languages a title is available in helps as well.  Other factors:  the universal appeal of the story, the effect of current events on adult books, being included on school lists, and winning awards or being turned into films.

Needless to say, all these books are available at your Sisson Library for your reading pleasure.

Pagosa history today

We hope you will join us today, Thursday, February 6, for a free special event when the Southern Ute Cultural Center will present Pagosa stories from 10-11 a.m.  Hanley Frost, the cultural education coordinator for the Southern Ute Cultural Center, will share stories about the history and culture of the Pagosa area and why knowledge about the rich Native American heritage of this region is important and interesting.

We are fortunate to live in an area that is rich in history.  Our town sits on land historically belonging to the Southern Ute tribe, and we have much to learn from this heritage.  This is an all-ages event.  No registration is required. 

Census jobs info tonight

Also today, Thursday, February 6, you can learn about working for the 2020 census at a free Q&A session from 5-7 p.m.  Hiring is happening January through February, and jobs start in March and April.  All applications are done online at 2020census.gov/jobs.  Come to this free presentation to get help applying, to learn more about census work and to ask questions.  No registration required.

Save the date for anti-Valentine’s lock-in

Ages 12-17 are invited to a fun event with food, games, crafts and movies from 5-7 p.m. next Friday, February 14.  You must have a permission slip to participate.  Details are in the February teen/tween calendar and will be in next week’s Library News column.

Save the date for fun family event

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

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, February 7 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.  

LEGO Club Saturday

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, February 8 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club. 

Computer class

Monday, February 10 from 1-2 p.m. covers basic Excel spreadsheets.  No registration required. 

Knitting Club for teens and adults

On Monday, February 10 this free club meets from 4-5 p.m. for 4th graders to adults.  Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects.  If you don’t know how to knit, come anyway and we’ll get you started on some of the basics.

Adult book club

Our free adult book club – now known as Ruby’s Book Club — meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On February 11 we will discuss “Barracoon: The Story of the Last ‘Black Cargo’” by Zora Neale Hurston.  Stop by to pick up a copy.  Light refreshments will be served.  No registration required.

Teen gaming

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

Teen role-playing

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

ESL classes twice a week

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

Las clases son dos veces por semana 

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

Adult education

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

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 2:30-3:30 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  

Nonfiction

“Tracking the Wild Coombs” by Robert Cocuzzo is an biography of the legendary skier Doug Coombs.  “Super Human” by Dave Asprey offers tools to help you age slowly with more energy and brainpower.  “The Impossible First” is a memoir about his recovery from a tragic accident to his solo crossing of Antarctica by Colin O’Brady

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“Hindsight” by Iris and Roy Johansen features an investigator with unique skills because she blind for the first 20 years of her life.  “Agency” by William Gibson, who firm coined the term cyberspace, is a sci-fi thriller heavily influenced by current events.  “A Longer Fall” by Charlaine Harris is the second book in the Gunnie Rose series about life is an alternate U.S.  “Mr. Nobody” by Catherine Steadman is a psychological thriller that begins when an unidentified man is found almost dead on a British beach.  “Big Lies in a Small Town” by Diane Chamberlain features a mural in a small town that hides secrets.  “House on Fire” by Joseph Finder features PI Nick Heller. 

Other novels

“A Long Petal of the Sea” by Isabel Allende follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War.  “Dear Edward” by Ann Napolitano follows a 12-year-old sole survivor of a plane crash.  “When We Were Vikings” by Andrew David MacDonald follows a 21-year-old unlikely heroine who is a Viking enthusiast.

Essays

“Erosion” by Terry Tempest Williams writes about our continuing assault on America’s public lands and the erosion of our commitment to democracy, science, compassion and trust. 

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors

For their generous donations, we are grateful to Don Hale, Dick Ray, and Joanne and Vic Lucariello.  For books and materials this week we thank our anonymous donors.  

Quotable Quote

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” – Abraham Lincoln.

1/30/2020

Southern Ute Cultural Center presents Pagosa stories and census jobs Q&A next Thursday

We hope you will join us next Thursday, February 6 for a free special event when the Southern Ute Cultural Center will present Pagosa stories from 10-11 a.m.

Hanley Frost, the cultural education coordinator for the Southern Ute Cultural Center, will share stories about the history and culture of the Pagosa area and why knowledge about the vibrant Native American heritage of this region is important and interesting.

We are fortunate to live in an area that is so rich in history.  Did you know that Pagosah is a Ute word?  Our town sits on land historically belonging to the Southern Ute tribe, and we have much to learn from this heritage.

This is an all-ages event.  No registration is required.  We hope so see you there.

Census jobs

Also next Thursday, February 6 you can learn about working for the 2020 census at a free Q&A session from 5-7 p.m.  Hiring is happening January through February, and jobs start in March and April.  All applications are done online at 2020census.gov/jobs.  Come to this free presentation to get help applying, to learn more about census work and to ask questions.  No registration required.

Save the date for fun family event

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

Activities calendars available

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

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, January 31 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.  

LGBTQ youth group Monday

A support group to help LGBTQ youth and young adults from age 16 to in their 20s deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination convenes the first Monday of every month from 4-5:30 p.m.  Under the leadership of Ana M. Sancho Sama, PhD, licensed psychologist, the purpose is to provide a safe and confidential place to share experiences, ask questions and talk about how to cope in this challenging world.  If you have questions, her number is 970-264-1986.  

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, February 3 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen gaming

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

Homeschool social hour

Stop by next Tuesday, February 5 from 1-2 p.m. for a chance to visit with fellow homeschool families, discuss curriculum and learning opportunities, and look through resources while the kids participate in crafts and other activities.  Josie, your early literacy librarian, is eager to collect ideas on how to serve homeschool families in our community and get your feedback on the value of these sessions.

ESL classes twice a week

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

Las clases son dos veces por semana 

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

Adult education

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

Free tech sessions

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

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 2:30-3:30 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.    Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.  These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  February 5 is a special Spanish session.    

DVDs

“Game Night” is a comedy about a couple’s murder mystery night.   “Judy” stars Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland.  “Get On Up” covers the life and music of James Brown.   “The Reliant” follows children whose faith and family bonds save them as they hide in the woods.

Novels

“Such a Fun Age” by Kiley Reid begins when a security guard confronts a young black woman out late with a white child she is babysitting.  “Moral Compass” by Danielle Steel is set in an elite private high school in Massachusetts.  “The Whispers of War” by Julia Kelly follows three friends at the start of World War II.  “Lady Clementine” by Marie Benedict is a novelist’s look at the life of Winston Churchill’s wife.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“How Quickly She Disappears” by Raymond Fleischmann tells of a woman obeying a man’s request for three requests to find her sister missing 20 years.  “Regretting You” by Colleen Hoover follows a family whose life is shattered when the father is involved in a tragic accident.  “Hunter Killer” by Brad Taylor is a Brad Taylor thriller.

Short stories

“Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick” by Zora Neale Hurston is a collection of Harlam Renaissance stories about African American life in New York. 

Large print

“The Country Guesthouse” by Robyn Carr is a Sullivan Crossing novel.  “Cut and Run” by Fern Michaels is a Sisterhood mystery.  “Reason” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “The Wives” by Tarryn Fisher tells of three women married to the same man.  “The Vanishing” by Jayne Ann Krentz is a murder mystery.

How-to and self-help

“Becoming Your Own Therapist” by Kevin J. Kelly offers practical strategies to manage your moods and behaviors.             

Programmed Nooks

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

Downloadable e-books

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

Downloadable films

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

Thanks to our donors          

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

Quotable Quote

“The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), German musician, virtuoso organist and composer.  Many consider him the great composer who ever lived.