Computer class and baby brain gym offer learning opportunities this week
We have two special events this week, both relating to learning opportunities.
Today, Thursday, October 14 from 11-11:30 a.m., families with babies to toddlers aged three are invited to bring them to the library for hands-on sensory activities designed just for them to help their brains grow.
Tomorrow, Friday, October 15, Brad is hosting an in-person computer class from 4-5 p.m. to introduce you to our free Learning Express Library online resource. It is a great tool for students learning a variety of subjects or preparing for exams like the GED. It helps you prepare for job and career opportunities, GED, military and college entrance exams. Elementary, middle school and high school diagnostic testing is also available. Test preparation, instant scoring and engaging self-paced courses are offered.
The online library’s offerings include dedicated sections on student learning centers, GED preparation, job search and workplace skills, jobs and careers, skill building for adults, U.S. citizenship and recursos para Hispanohablantes.
We are delighted that the robust local vaccination program for our community means that most of our programs now can happen in person. Also, our hours have returned to pre-COVID levels – and even more on weekdays:
- Monday, Wednesday and Friday open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 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 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.
Watch for signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free storywalk for kids. October 11-23 we are celebrating the 50th birthday of National Forest Service mascot Woosy the Owl. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library.
Next Thursday, October 21 (note new date) from 4-5 p.m. we will gather in person at the library to practice speaking and listening skills together. There is no minimum skill level required to attend. As an alternative, you can learn Spanish and many other languages using the Transparent Language Learning database available at https:pagosalibrary.org/online-resources/
Teen advisory board
Next Wednesday, October 20 the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. in the library. Sixth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.
Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
A new all-ages writing challenge will be posted October 18 on the library’s Facebook page. We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.
Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us in the library garden for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move. Saturday’s Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more.
Dungeons & Dragons
Join us Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. for our ongoing Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults on Google Meet. Contact email@example.com 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.
Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays. Brad will help you resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices.
Free in-person evening classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-8 p.m. Beginning and intermediate students are encouraged to attend from 4-6 p.m. and advanced students from 6-8 p.m. Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested.
Las clases gratuitas se llevan a cabo en persona los martes y jueves de 4-8 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes e intermedios deben asistir de 4-6 p.m. y los estudiantes avanzados de 6-8 p.m. Por favor, ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre estas clases a otros en nuestra comunidad que tienen interés.
Adult education hiatus
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session generally takes place in person Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more. Note no PALS in October.
Activities calendars available
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free library activities available to you and your family, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month. There are three versions – children, teens and adults.
Books on CD
“Enemy at the Gates” by Kyle Mills is a Mitch Rapp adventure. “Harlem Shuffle” by Colson Whitehead is a crime novel set in New York City in the early 1960s. “Daughter of the Morning Star” by Craig Johnson is a Walt Longmire mystery. “Santa Cruise” by Fern Michaels features four lifelong friends on a singles cruise. “Apples Never Fall” by Liane Moriarty focuses on four adult children trying to decide if their father killed their mother.
“The Burning” by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman features a coroner whose brother may be involved in a murder. “Forgotten in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas mystery. “Beautiful World, Where Are You” by Sally Rooney follows two couples who get together and break apart. “Cloud Cuckoo Land” by Anthony Doerr crosses miles and centuries as it follows the lives of children on the cusp of adulthood.
“Viral” by Robin Cook is a medical mystery set on Cape Cod.
“Believing” by Anita Hill focuses on the issue and solutions to gender-based violence. “Floating in the Deep End” by Patti Davis, Ronald Reagan’s daughter, looks at the challenges of taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s.
Downloadable e-books and audiobooks
We have a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audio books for all ages – children, tweens, teens and adults – in cloudLibrary. The items in cloudLibrary are purchased separately from physical items, so the books available are different – and it continues to use the consortium’s contributions as well as those that we bought. Select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use. Email or phone us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device.
Many thanks to Codie Wilson and our anonymous donors for their materials donations. Please put your materials donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.
Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation to support and enhance your library by raising funds for information resources, programs, services and facilities. Mail checks to P.O. Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209.
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” Mohammed Ali (1942-2016), boxer, activist, entertainer, poet, philanthropist and artist, nicknamed The Greatest.