12/3/2020

Christmas books to enjoy or give as gifts plus latest building code manuals

With Thanksgiving in our rear view mirrors, you now probably are thinking about Christmas.  So we wanted to give you some ideas about new holiday books that might be good for you to read or give as gifts to family and friends.

Large print Christmas books include “Christmas Cupcake Murder” by Joanne Flake, a Hannah Swenson holiday mystery; “The Brightest Star” by Fern Michaels,   featuring the owner of a small Christmas shop; and “Return to Virgin River” by Robyn Carr, featuring a rescue dog with puppies.

Offerings from bestselling authors include “Jingle All the Way” by Debbie Macomber, “A Christmas Resolution” mystery by Anne Perry, “The Noel Letters” by Richard Paul Evans,

Holiday books by other popular authors include “The Christmas Table” by Donna VanLiere, “In a Holidaze” by Christina Lauren, “A Dog’s Perfect Christmas” by W. Bruce Cameron, a “Christmas Card Murder” large print collection and “Manchester Christmas” by John Gray.

Current building code manuals

We now have five 2015 international building code manuals, which is the year currently being used by the Archuleta County Building Department:  IBC, IEBC, IRC, IMC and IFGC.

Library closure

Your library will be closed next Thursday, December 10 for staff education.

Special note   

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

Activities calendars available

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

New writing challenge

Twice this month we are posting a new writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page.  Details will be posted December 7 and 21. We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating.  This is an all-ages activity.

Adult book club

Ruby’s Book Club meets from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8 via Zoom to discuss “The Dreamers” by Karen Thompson Walker.  Please contact the library if you need a copy of the book.  The Zoom meeting ID is 874 5826 9188, passcode 81147.  This book club is held the second Tuesday of each month.

Adult DIY: Holiday treats

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

New after-school program

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

DIY craft takeaway for kids

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

In-person gaming

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

Storywalk for kids

Every other Thursday, Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Storywalk for kids.  The December 3-16 theme is dream time. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Tech Time

Make a 15- or 30-minute appointment for one of three free in-person slots available noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time.  If you have a Tech Time appointment on Thursday, phone from the parking lot or knock loudly on the front door to be let in.  Note: No tech time November 25.

ESL

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

Dungeons & Dragons

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

Children’s programs on Facebook

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

Adult education

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

Summary of our partial reopening

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

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“Hot to Trot” by M.C. Beaton is an Agatha Raisin mystery.   “Deadly Cross” by James Patterson is an Alex Cross mystery.

Other novels

“Rhythm of War” by Brandon Sanderson is book four of the Stormlight Archive fantasy series.  “V2” by Robert Harris is a novel about espionage in World War II.   “Ready Player Two” by Ernest Cline is the author’s second adventure through his virtual universe.  “All That Glitters” by Danielle Steel follows a young woman after her parents are killed in a terrorist attack in France.

Large print

“Riviera Gold” by Leslie B. King is a suspense story featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes.  “Why Did I Come Into This Room” by Joan Lunden is a candid conversation about aging.  “Tom Clancy: Shadow of the Dragon” my Marc Cameron is a Jack Ryan adventure.

DVDs

“Words on Bathroom Walls”  is an inspirational love story about mental illness.  “Words From a Bear” is a biography of N. Scott Momaday, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature and is a founding member of the Native American Renaissance.  “Country Music” is the eight-part, 16-hour PBS documentary by Ken Burns.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations  

For their generous monetary donations, we are grateful to Linda Sue King and the Galles Properties Community Fund.  For their material donations, we thank Gary Snider, Codie Wilson and Amie Lemley.  Please put your material donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns. Donations undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  

 Quotable Quote

“Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly and most underrated agent of human change.  Kindness that catches us by surprise brings out the best in our natures.” – Bob Kerrey, former governor and senator from Nebraska.

11/25/2020

LIBRARY NEWS

Our thanks to special people at Thanksgiving  

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

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

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

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

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

Library closing

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

Special note   

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

Calling all teens…

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

Please stop by the library or apply online.

Activities calendars available

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

Adult DIY: Holiday treats

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

New after-school program

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

DIY craft takeaway for kids

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

In-person gaming

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

StoryWalk® for Children

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

Tech Time

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

ESL

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

Dungeons & Dragons

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

Children’s programs on Facebook

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

Adult education

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

Summary of our partial reopening

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

DVDs

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

Large print

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

Books on CD

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

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

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

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations  

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

Quotable Quote

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

11/19/20

Free Talking Book Library ideal for those with difficulty reading  

The Colorado Talking Book Library (CTBL) is a free service from your library that lends audio and Braille books and magazines, as well as large print books, for people who have eye issues, or have physical or learning disabilities that make it difficult to read regular books.  All of the audio books and most Braille books are also available for on-demand downloads.

CTBL wants you to know that Talking Books are not just for blind people – although they are a godsend for people unable to see.  The service is also available to people who experience physical disabilities or illnesses that prevent them from holding a book, sitting up for longer periods of time, have a learning disability or difficulty turning the pages of a book.

Importantly, Talking Books are completely free – no charge for the books, no charge for the talking book player and no charge for the postage to mail the books back to the library.  Your books come through the U.S. Postal Service with all postage paid.

CTBL, located in Denver, serves people of all ages.  Their youngest user is three years old and the oldest is 104.  The library has more than 35,000 audio books, 7,000 Braille books and 22,000 large print books, with new books added each month.  You can even tell your preferences to CTBL.

To sign up, get an application from the library staff or go to http://www2.cde.state.co.us/ctbl/tbservices.htm and click on Getting Started/Application.  Fill it out and have the first page signed a nurse, doctor, librarian, therapist, activity director, social worker or teacher.  In the case of a learning disability, a doctor must sign the application. Then send it in.  You’ll receive a welcome packet and a player and a couple of audio books to get you started.

Special note   

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

Activities calendars available

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

Adult DIY: Holiday treats

JoinBrad on Facebook on Friday, November 20 from 2-3 p.m. for a free food-theme DIY that will inspire you to create new appetizers and desserts for the holidays.  If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f)  in the upper left hand corner of the screen. This event will be available on the library’s website for viewing afterwards.

New after-school program

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

DIY craft takeaway for kids

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

In-person gaming

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

Storywalk for kids

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

Tech Time

Make a 15- or 30-minute appointment for one of three free in-person slots available noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time.  If you have a Tech Time appointment on Thursday, phone from the parking lot or knock loudly on the front door to be let in.  Note: No tech time November 24 and 25.

ESL

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

Dungeons & Dragons

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

Children’s programs on Facebook

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

Adult education

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

Summary of our partial reopening

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

Short stories

“The Office of Historical Corrections” by Danielle Evans is a powerful collection of short stories that focus on race, culture and history.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“Moonflower Murders” by Anthony Horowitz features literary detective Atticus Pund.  “The Kingdom” by Jo Nesbo features two brothers who must make peace with their past.  “The Law of Innocence” by Michael Connelly is a features defense attorney Mickey Haller who has been framed for murder.  “The Reckoning of Gossamer Pond” by Jaime Jo Wright features two women separated by a century.  Also by the same author is “The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus” featuring a woman diving deep into the history of an old circus train depot.   

Other novels

“The Archer” by Paulo Coelho uses a bow and arrow expert to reveal the tenants of a meaningful life.  “In the Lion’s Den” by Barbara Taylor Bradford is an histsorical novel set in London in the latest 1800s.  “The Mountains Sing” by Nguyen Phan Que Mai is a story of four generations set against the background of the Vietnam war.  “The Weekend” explores growing old and growing up when three friends gather to mourn.

Books on CD

“Troubles in Paradise” by Elin Hilderbrand is the conclusion of the Paradise trilogy.  “Shakeup” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “Love Your Life” features a woman who ditches her dating app for a writers’ retreat in Italy/.

DVDs

“Fatima” is an uplifting story about the power of faith.  “The Crown” is the complete third season.  “This is Us” is the complete second season.

Large print

“This Just Speaks to Me” by Hoda Kotb is the author’s second collection of quotes and inspirational stories.  “Hidden in Plain Sight” by Jeffrey Archer is book two in the William Warwick saga.  “Return to Virgin River” by Robyn Carr.  “Marauder” by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison is the latest in the Oregon Files adventure series.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations  

For their generous monetary donation, we are grateful to Susan and Terry Arrington.  For their materials donations, we thank Judy and Bill Slaton.  Please put your material donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  Donations undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  

Quotable Quote

“In 1948, the U.N. General Assembly came together and ratified a Universal Declaration of Human Rights, describing the world they wanted to build…. To me, that begins with culture – the place where arts, sciences and society connect.  When scientists from dozens of countries join hands to unlock the mysteries of our universe; when a filmmaker or musician lifts up voices and stories from the margins; when museums and concert halls redefine the communities they serve… that is taking action for a better future.” – Yo-yo Ma, American cellist and child prodigy.

11/12/20

Zoom talk today: Local author on the importance of place and new tween book club

We hope you’ll join us today, Thursday, October 12, from 5-7 p.m. for a Zoom discussion with local author Dennis Medina on the importance and power of place in storytelling.  We will learn how descriptive detail of a place can affect the way readers experience a scene and gain insight into the characters.

Dennis is one of our community’s highly talented authors.  His novel, “The Madness of the Brave,” was published in 2018 and is in our collection for your reading pleasure.  He is a former international marketing executive who has contributed articles to numerous mining industry magazines, published fiction in other venues and was fiction editor of an Eastern Washington University journal.

The Zoom meeting ID is 879 3124 8202, passcode 81147.  No registration required.

New tween book club

Tweens in fourth-eight grades are invited to join a lively discussion next Tuesday, November 17 from 4-5 p.m. on Zoom about this month’s book, “The Girl and the Ghost’ by Hanna Alkaf.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.  To join the session and help us decide what to read next, please go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82245964216.

Special note   

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

Activities calendars available

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

New after-school program

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

Legal clinic by phone or Zoom tomorrow

The free legal clinic each month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, November 13, from 2 – 3 p.m. by telephone or Zoom. You have the volunteer attorney phone you directly, or you can come into the library and meet via Zoom. To be added to the sign-up sheet for these calls, send an email titled “Sign-up for Free Legal Clinic,” with your first name and phone number to ruby@pagosalibrary.org, or phone or stop by the library. The volunteer attorney’s time is limited so it’s first-come first-served.

LEGO challenge

Join us Saturday, November 14 at 10 a.m. for an all-ages LEGO challenge via an image posted on Facebook and the library website.  The image will invite participants to use your own pieces to create something that will fit the challenge. If you don’t have LEGOS, we will have a few grab bags available at the library that you can pick up to complete the challenge.

DIY craft takeaway for kids

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

In-person gaming

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

Storywalk for kids

Every other Thursday, Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Storywalk for kids.  The November 5-18 theme is sharing. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Tech Time

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

ESL

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

Dungeons & Dragons

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

Children’s programs on Facebook

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

Adult education

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

Summary of our partial reopening

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

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“The Sentinel” by Less and Andrew Child is a Jack Reacher adventure.  “Mexican Gothic” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia follows a woman who heads to Mexico to help her cousin.  “The House on Foster Hill” by Jaime Jo Wright is set in an eerie, abandoned house with a dark history.  “The Dirty South” in John Connolly is a thriller featuring a former NYPD detective.

Other novels

“The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop” by Fannie Flagg is a sequel to “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café.”  “Memorial” by Bryan Washington begins when a man returns to Japan when his estranged father is dying. “The Cold Millions” by Jess Walter features two brothers caught up in class warfare in the early 20th century.  “Love Your Life” by Sophie Kinsella tells of a woman who ditches her dating app for a writer’s retreat in Italy.  “The House in the Cerulean Sea” by T.J. Klune is set in an orphanage on a magical island.  “What Are You Going Through” by Sigrid Nunez is a novel about the many emotions surrounding human death. 

Nonfiction

“Off Grid” by Foster Huntington is a guide to unique homes including tiny houses, shipping containers, yurts and more with hundred of photos.  “Catching the Wind” by Neal Gabler is the first of a two-volume biography of Edward Kennedy.   “Group” by Christie Tate is a memoir of despair and hope revolving around group therapy.  “I’ll Be Seeing You” by Elizabeth Berg is a tribute to her parents’ love including when her father got Alzheimer’s.  “Expect a Miracle” by Danielle Steel is a collection of quotations saved by the author since she was a little girl.  “Ex Libris” by Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic Michiko Katutani highlights more than 100 books by some of today’s most gifted writers. 

DVDs

“The Call of the Wild” stars Harrison Ford in the classic story.  “The Hateful Eight” is set in Wyoming several years after the Civil War.  “Zombieland” and “Zombieland Double Tap” are comedies. 

 Large print

“Midnight in Chernobyl” by Adam Higginbotham is the story of the world’s greatest nuclear disaster.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations  

For her materials donation, we are grateful to Medora Bass.  Please put your material donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  Donations undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  

Quotable Quote

“Whenever you are in doubt, it is best to pause.  Few things are so pressing that they cannot wait for a moment of breath.” – T.K.V. Desikachar (1938-2016), Indian yoga teacher and son of the pioneer of modern yoga as exercise.

11/5/2020

Money skills for kids and new after-school program

A new children’s book called “Journeys with Max: Life Skills for Young People – Understanding Money” by Pagosa resident Alan Powdermaker is an invaluable guide for families who want to help their children learn how to manage their money. 

The story features a young boy named Max as his parents teach him the value of essential financial knowledge about saving, sharing, borrowing, budgeting, establishing a bank account and planning for major purchases – not to mention the difference between wanting and needing to buy something. 

The reader-friendly text is written like a script of a movie starring Max, his parents and his sister with a fun quiz at the end. The story is beautifully illustrated by Pagosa resident Tashie Nevarez, who is attending college in Las Cruces, N.M., as an art major.

Powdermaker believes kids should start receiving life skills information about money management from their families at home as early as kindergarten so the lessons can be practiced and perfected to carry them through life. 

This book is the first of a two-volume set. Powdermaker says the second book, to be published next year, “will be aimed at youth ages 12-18 and encompass broader life skills like managing credit cards, paying bills, getting a job, investing, even starting to save for retirement when you’re still a teenager.”

A successful corporate executive at Canada Dry in New York, Powdermaker credits his father with “providing me lessons about life as well as cautions about forks in the road.”  He is passing that legacy forward as co-founder of the Dallas-based Love For Kids nonprofit  that supports low income families and those caring for special needs and chronically ill children.  He also is head of his family foundation that assists inner-city youth who want to attend college.

Powdermaker donated 10 copies of this first Max book to your Pagosa library to share with the community via our Bookbarns and prizes for kids’ programs.  One copy will become part of our permanent collection.  You can find it in the Local Authors section.

New after-school program

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

Save the date for author discussion

Mark your calendar for next Thursday, October 12 from 5-7 p.m. for a Zoom discussion with local author Dennis Medina on the importance and power of place in storytelling.  More details will be in next week’s Library News column.  The Zoom meeting ID is 879 3124 8202, passcode 81147. 

Special note   

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

Adult book club

Ruby’s Book Club meets from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10 via Zoom to discuss “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo.  Please contact the library if you need a copy of the book.  The Zoom meeting ID is 874 5826 9188, passcode 81147.  This book club is held the second Tuesday of each month.

DIY craft takeaway for kids

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

In-person gaming

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

Storywalk for kids

Every other Thursday, Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Summer Reading Storywalk for kids.  The November 5-18 theme is sharing. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Tech Time

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

ESL

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

Dungeons & Dragons

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

Children’s programs on Facebook

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

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place in person Mondays from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and Thursdays from 2-7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Appointments required; please contact us by phone or email.  Note no PALS November 9.

Summary of our partial reopening

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

Local author

“The Zen of Money” and “The Zen of Bonds” by local author Victoria Rose are the first two books in her series offering readers a basic understanding of money, inflation, risks, available financial products and more.

Books on CD

“Coast to Coast Murders” by James Patterson and J.D. Parker is a psychological suspense story.  “Magic Lessons” by Alice Hoffman is the prequel to “Practical Magic.”   “The Last Agent” by Robert Dugoni is a thriller about an American agent in Russia.  “Return to Virgin River” by Robyn Carr features the town that inspired the Netflix series.

DVDs

“The Great” and “The Prodigal Son” are both the complete first seasons.

Nonfiction

“Everything I Need To Know I Learned From My Yoga Teacher” by Benjamin Darling with drawings by Laura Braconnier contains yoga-themed instructions and meditations.  “Grand Canyon: The Complete Guide” by James Kaiser includes maps, history and more.  “High Crimes” by journalists Michael D’Antonio and Peter Eisner is an analysis of the impeachment of Donald Trump. 

Large print

“Hot Lead, Cold Justice” by Mickey Spillane and Mac Allan Collins is a Caleb York western.  “Red Ruckus” by Brett Cogburn is book three of the Morgan Clyde western series.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“Three Women Disappear” by James Patterson and Shan Sarafin begins with the murder of a manipulating accountant. 

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations  

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

Quotable Quote

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

10/29/20

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

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

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

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

Pumpkin contest 

One more day for you to join us for our annual free all-ages pumpkin decorating contest.  Pumpkins can be carved, painted or decorated.  Original designs only and one entry per person, please. 

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

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

Spook-tacular creations

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

Voter registration tutorial

Are you registered to vote?  Do you know how to review your voter registration or update information to ensure you are eligible to vote?  View an informative tutorial about these vital topics at https://pagosalibrary.org/election-2020/.

Library books via Meals on Wheels

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

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

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

DIY craft takeaway for kids

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

In-person gaming

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

Storywalk for kids

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

Tech Time

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

ESL

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

Dungeons & Dragons on Google Meet

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

Children’s programs on Facebook

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

Adult education

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

Summary of our partial reopening

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

Nonfiction

“A Crisis Wasted” by Barack Obama is a commentary on the president’s decisions in the inter 2008-2009.  “Leading America” by Sean Spicer is a plea to Americans to vote in this crucial election by President Trump’s former press secretary.  “The Luckiest Man” by Mark Salter is a biography pf John McCain.  “Learn to Draw Realistic Animals with Pen & Marker” by D. L. Miller is a guide with photos for artists with any skill level.  “First-time Landlord” is the fifth edition of this Nolo guide to renting out a single-family home.  “Blood and Germs” by Gail Jarrow is an in-depth look at the Civil War battle against wounds and disease.  “Cary Grant” by historian Scott Eyman is a biography of one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors.   

Large print

“Chance of a Lifetime” by Jude Deveraux and Tara Sheets is a Providence Falls novel.  “The Paris Hours” by Alex George centers on a Marcel Proust notebook.  “Don’t Look for Me” by Wendy Walker begins when a woman walks away from her life.  “The Invisible Life of Addie Larue” by V.E. Schwab is a Faustian story that begins in France in 1714.  “The Book of Two Ways” by Jodi Picoult features a fateful decision of a survivor after a plane crash.  “The Evening and the Morning” by Ken Follett is a prequel to “Pillars of the Earth.”  “Firewatching” by Russ Thomas is a Det. Sgt. Adam Tyler mystery. 

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“A Time for Mercy” by John Grisham is a legal thriller.  “Goodnight Beautiful”  by Aimee Molloy features a psychotherapist and his lonely wife. 

Other novels

“The Silence” by Don DeLillo, a novel with apocalyptic overtones, opens at a Super Bowl Sunday party in New York City in 2022.  “Leave the World Behind” by Rumaan Alam takes place in a luxurious Long Island home during a blackout.      

DVDS

“The Secret Dare of Dream” is based ibn a true story.  “Gentleman Jack” is the complete first season.  “Eating You Alive” is a guide to eating well to avoid chronic disease. 

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations  

For her donation of books this week we are grateful to Sara Scott. Please put your material donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  Donations will undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  

Quotable Quote

“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” – William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925), American orator and politician from Nebraska.  He served in the House of Representatives and as Secretary of State under President Woodrow Wilson.

10/22/20

Three Halloween events and Meals on Wheels deliveries

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

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

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

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

Pumpkin DIY for adults

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

Spook-tacular creations

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

Library books via Meals on Wheels

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

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

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

Free books for four-year-olds

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

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

DIY craft takeaway

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

Calling all teens…

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

Please stop by the library or apply online.

In-person gaming

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

Voter registration tutorial

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

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

Adult DIY on Facebook

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

New StoryWalk for kids

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

Tech Time

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

ESL

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

Dungeons & Dragons on Google Meet

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

Children’s programs on Facebook

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

Adult learning

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

Summary of our partial reopening

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

Illustrated poetry

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

DVDs

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

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

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

Other novels

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

Books on CD

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

Nonfiction

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

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations  

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

Quotable Quote

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

10/15/2020

Free books for 4-year-olds plus spook-tacular creations

For the ninth year, libraries across Colorado are giving a free paperback book to every four-year-old in the state from now until October 25 as part of a special family literacy project. 

Some 75,000 copies of “The Little Red Fort” written by Brenda Maier and illustrated by Sonia Sancheza are being distributed to children statewide at local libraries, including at your Sisson Library, in either English or Spanish.  The book features Ruby, who finds some old boards and decides to build a fort.  He brothers make fun of her, saying she doesn’t know how to build.  “Then I’ll learn,” says Ruby.  And she does.

With a lively text and delightful drawings, “The Little Red Fort” is a fun read for kids and their parents – and an inspiration for all youngsters who love to say, “I can do it myself.” 

To add to the festivities, we also will be celebrating with some “forts” set up in the library’s garden if the weather cooperates for kids to read in.

The goal of this One Book Colorado program is to encourage families to read together every day and add new books to home libraries to ensure school readiness.

Please come by the library or attend any program and pick up this free book for your four-year-old youngster.  Better yet, bring them in to pick up their books and see the opportunities for fun and learning that are available free at your library. 

Spook-tacular creations

Starting today, Thursday, October 15, we invite you to take part in creating some spooky temporary community art until October 31.  Projects will be set up outside the library with instruction.

DIY craft takeaway

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

Calling all teens…

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

Please stop by the library or apply online.

In-person gaming

Free in-person gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect for all ages has resumed on Fridays.  Please join us on October 16, from 2-3 p.m.  Due to COVID concerns, we are only allowing a maximum of four participants in the gaming room.  Masks must be worn and social distancing maintained at all times.

Voter registration tutorial

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

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

Adult DIY on Facebook

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

New storywalk for kids

Every other Thursday, Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Summer Reading Storywalk for kids.  The October 8-21 theme is ingenuity.   Get outdoors and follow the pages of a book exploring what it takes to turn an idea into reality as you stroll along.  After you finish, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library.  By popular demand, Storywalks will continue until the snow makes it too difficult to proceed.

Tech Time

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

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. by appointment.  Note start time change from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please register so we can keep it to a small group in our limited open spaces.  No walk-ins, as the front door will be locked. 

Dungeons & Dragons on Google Meet

Join us on Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons free for teens and young adults.  Note that this fun fantasy role-playing game has moved from Zoom to Google Meet.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on how to join. If you don’t have internet access, contact us anyway – we may be able to accommodate you in the library. 

Children’s programs on Facebook

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

Tax lien information

To watch a video of the Archuleta County Treasurer’s Office October 1 presentation on what a tax lien is and how to get started on investing in them if you want to do so, go to our website at  https://pagosalibrary.org/adult-services/

Adult learning

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

Summary of our partial reopening

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

Short fiction

“Unrestricted Access” by James Rollins is an anthology of 12 short stories, including a new novella never before published. 

Novels

“The Return” by Nicholas Sparks is the story of an injured Navy doctor and two women whose secrets will change his life.  “The Archive of the Forgotten” by A.J. Hackwith is a Hell’s Library fantasy adventure.  “Magic Lessons” by Alice Hoffman is the sequel to “Practical Magic.”  “Troubles in Paradise” by Elin Hilderbrand is the final book in the Paradise trilogy.  “Daughter of Black Lake” by Cathy Marie Buchanan follows a family facing an unimaginable trial in a world of pagan traditions.

Books on CD

“Anxious People” by Fredrik Blackman is the story of a crime that never took place.  “All the Devils Are Here” by Louise Penny is a Chief Inspector Gamache mystery. “Shadows in Death” by J.D. Robb is a Ltd. Eve Dallas mystery.  “The Darkest Evening” by Ann Cleeves begins when a toddler is found alone in a car in a snowstorm.  “Older” by Pamela Redmond is the sequel to “Younger,” the hit TV series.  “The Invention of Sound” by Chuck Palahniuk exposes the violence beneath Hollywood’s glamorous façade.  “One By One” by Ruth Ware is a mystery set in a snowed-in ski chalet in the French Alps

Nonfiction

“Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World” is written by Fareed Zakaria, CNN’s world affairs expert.  “Is This Anything?” nu Jerry Seinfeld is an autobiography told through the comedian’s jokes.  “I Have Something To Tell You” by Chasten Buttigieg is the memoir by the husband of former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.  “One Vote Away” by Ted Cruz explores how a single Supreme Court seat can change history.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations  

We are grateful for the generous monetary donation from Susan and Terry Arrington.  Please put your material donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  Donations will undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  

Quotable Quote

“We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs.” – Kenneth Clark (1903-1983), British art historian, museum director and TV broadcaster who in 1969 created “Civilisation,” the first color TV series about the arts that was broadcast in Britain and around the world.

10/08/2020

Free books for 4-year-olds starts October 13

For the ninth year, libraries across Colorado are giving a free paperback book to every four-year-old in the state from October 13-25 as part of a special family literacy project. 

Some 75,000 copies of a very special book – its title is a secret until we’re allowed to reveal it in this column next week – are being distributed to children statewide at local libraries, including at your Sisson Library, in either English or Spanish.  The goal of this One Book Colorado program is to encourage families to read together every day and add new books to home libraries to ensure school readiness.

Please come by the library or attend any program and pick up this free book for your four-year-old youngster.  Better yet, bring them in to pick up their books and see the opportunities for fun and learning that are available free at your library. 

Save the date: Spook-tacular creations

Starting next Thursday, October 15, take part in creating some spooky temporary community art until October 31.  Projects will be set up outside the library with instruction.

Calling all teens…

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

Please stop by the library apply online.

Legal clinic by phone or Zoom tomorrow

The free legal clinic each month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, October 9, from 2 – 3 p.m. by telephone or Zoom. You can choose to have the volunteer attorney phone you directly, or you can come into the library and meet via Zoom. To be added to the sign-up sheet for these calls, send an email titled “Sign-up for Free Legal Clinic,” with your first name and phone number to ruby@pagosalibrary.org, or phone or stop by the library. The volunteer attorney’s time is limited so it’s first-come first-served.

In-person gaming

Free in-person gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect for all ages has resumed on Fridays.  Please join us on October 9, from 2-3 p.m.  Due to COVID concerns, we are only allowing a maximum of four participants in the gaming room.  Masks must be worn and social distancing maintained at all times.

Adult book club

Ruby’s book club returns to its regular time of 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13 to discuss “The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead via Zoom.  Please contact the library if you want to participate and if you need a copy of the book.  This book club is held the second Tuesday of each month.

Voter registration tutorial

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

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

Adult DIY on Facebook

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

New storywalk for kids

Every other Thursday, Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Summer Reading Storywalk for kids.  The October 8-21 theme is ingenuity.   Get outdoors and follow the pages of a book exploring what it takes to turn an idea into reality as you stroll along.  After you finish, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library.  By popular demand, Storywalks will continue until the snow makes it too difficult to proceed.

Tech Time

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

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. by appointment.  Note start time change from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please register so we can keep it to a small group in our limited open spaces.  No walk-ins, as the front door will be locked. 

Dungeons & Dragons moves to Google Meet

Join us on Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons free for teens and young adults.  Note that this fun fantasy role-playing game has moved from Zoom to Google Meet.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on how to join. If you don’t have internet access, contact us anyway – we may be able to accommodate you in the library. 

Children’s programs on Facebook

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

Tax lien information

To watch a video of the Archuleta County Treasurer’s Office October 1 presentation on what a tax lien is and how to get started on investing in them if you want to do so, go to our website at  https://pagosalibrary.org/adult-services/

Adult learning

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

Summary of our partial reopening

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

Large print

“Killing Crazy Horse” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard documents the merciless Indian wars in America.  “Hobnail and Other Frontier Stories,” edited by Hazel Rummey, is a collection of 17 new stories by different authors for fans of historical fiction.  “The Backstabbers” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Red Ryder western. 

DVDs

“The Outsider” is the HBO series based on Stephen King’s suspense story.  “The Outlander” is season five.  “The Story of Science Fiction” is a documentary hosted by James Cameron.  “Ancient Civilizations of North America” and “Outdoor Fundamentals” Everything You Need to Know to Stay Safe” both are four-disc packages in The Great Courses documentary series. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Coast to Coast Murders” by James Patterson and J.D. Barker is a psychological suspense story. 

Other novels

“Battle Ground” by Jim Butcher is the latest in the Dresden Files series featuring Chicago’s only professional wizard.  “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig provides new opportunities for a young woman.  “Jack” by Marilyn Robinson is set in the mythical world of Gilead; the author’s Gilead novels have won a Pulitzer Prize and two National Book Critics Circle Awards.  “A Deadly Education” by Naomi Novik features an unwilling dark sorceress destined to rewrite the rules of magic.  “Just Like You” by Nick Hornby follows a middle-aged woman who falls in love with a younger man much different from herself.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations  

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

Quotable Quote

“Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought” – Albert Szent-Gyorgyl (1893-1986), Hungarian biochemist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1937. He is credited with first isolating vitamin C and discovering the components and reactions of the citric acid cycle.

10/1/2020

Library seeks volunteers ages 12-19, plus in-person gaming resumes  

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

Please stop by the library apply online.

In-person gaming

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

Tax lien information via Zoom today

Today, Thursday, October 1 from 5-6 p.m., the Archuleta County Treasurer’s Office will explain what a tax lien is and give you information on how to get started on investing in them if you want to do so. Zoom meeting ID: 856 6443 1537; password: 269665.

Voter registration tutorial

Are you registered to vote?  Do you know how to review your voter registration or update information to ensure you are eligible to vote?  You can view an informative tutorial about these vital topics on the library’s website at https://pagosalibrary.org/election-2020/.

Summary of our partial reopening

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

Adult DIY on Facebook

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

New storywalk for kids

Every other Thursday, Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Summer Reading Storywalk for kids.  The September 24-October 7 theme is fall transitions.   Get outdoors and follow the pages of a book telling a beautiful autumn story as you stroll along.  After you finish, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library.  By popular demand, Storywalks will continue until the snow makes it too difficult to proceed.

Tech Time

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

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. by appointment.  Note start time change from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please register so we can keep it to a small group in our limited open spaces.  No walk-ins, as the front door will be locked. 

Adult learning

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

Dungeons & Dragons moves to Google Meet

Join us on Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons free for teens and young adults.  Note that this fun fantasy role-playing game has moved from Zoom to Google Meet.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on how to join. If you don’t have internet access, contact us anyway – we may be able to accommodate you in the library. 

Children’s programs on Facebook

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

Nonfiction

“Disloyal” by Michael Cohen is the memoir of President Trump’s personal lawyer.  “Rage” by Bob Woodward is based on 17 on-the-record interviews with President Trump.  “Night” is a new translation of the memoir by Pulitzer Prize winner Elie Wiesel of life in the Nazi concentration camps.   

DVDs

“The Vote” is an American Experience program that tells the story of American women’s campaign to get the right to vote.  “Watchmen” is an HBO series based on the graphic novel. 

Books on CD

“The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien is the classic prelude to “The Lord of the Rings.”  “If Then” by Jill Lepore reveals details of a mostly forgotten company that created computer simulation of people’s behaviors.  “The Original” by Hugo award-winners Brandon Sanderson and Mary Robinette Kowal is a sci-fi thriller.  “Next to Last Stand” by Craig Johnson is a Walt Longmire mystery.

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“Truth and Justice” by Fern Michaels is the latest in the Sisterhood mystery series.  “Deadly Anniversaries” celebrates the 75th anniversary of Mystery Writers of America with a collection of stories by top names in crime fiction.  “Bitter Alpine” by Mary Daheim is an Emma Lord mystery.  “Someone to Romance” by Mary Balogh is a Westcott historical romance.  “Robert B. Parker’s Fool’s Paradise” by Mike Lupica is a Jesse Stone mystery.  “A Question of Betrayal” by Anne Perry is an Elena Standish mystery.  “All the Devils Are Here” by Louise Perry is a Chief Inspector Gamache mystery.  “Shadows of Death” by J.D. Robb is a Lt. Eve Dallas mystery.  “Anxious People” by Fredrik Hackman begins with a hostage situation at an open house.  “The Darkest Evening” by Ann Cleeves is a Vera Stanhope mystery.  “Whirlwind” by Janet Daily is a rodeo romance.  “The Lying Life of Adults” by Elena Ferrante is set in Naples.  “Then She Vanished” by T. Jefferson Parker features P.I. Roland Ford.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Thursday Murder Club” by Richard Osman is set in a retirement community.  “Next to Last Stand” by Craig Johnson is a Walt Longmire mystery. 

Other novels

“The Book of Two Way” by Jodi Picoult features a woman who changes her life after she survives a plane crash landing. “The Paris Secret” by Natasha Lester begins when priceless Dior gowns are found in a grandmother’s cottage.  “Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising” by Timothy Zahn is the first book in a new Star Wars trilogy.  “The End of the Day” by Bill Clegg follows three people when 50-year-old secrets are revealed.  “Piranesi” by Susanna Clarke is a story set in a dreamlike alternative reality.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations  

We are grateful to the San Juan Pi Beta Phi alumnae club for their generous monetary contribution in support of children’s programs.  Also, we received a donation of information on local railroads that we have put in the Hershey Collection; it is available for reference but not checkout.  Please put your material donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  Donations will undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  

Quotable Quote

The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinion.” – James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), American Romantic poet, critic, editor and diplomat. He is associated with the Fireside Poets, a group of New England writers who were among the first American poets to rival the popularity of British poets.