1/13/2022

Library resources to support your New Year’s resolutions

If you made a New Year’s resolution that you are having trouble keeping, you might want to consider all the resources – print, DVDs, CDs and online – that are available at your library to support you.

Our many electronic databases are just one example.  If you want to learn a new language, you could use Transparent Language.  If you’d like to take a class on a huge variety of topics as diverse as nutrition, computer software and cake decorating, take a look at Universal Class.  All our electronic resources can be found under “Online Resources” on our website.

In addition, of course, we have physical items with useful information about nutritional diets, exercise programs, wellness, languages, computers, business, home and auto repair, parenting and so much more. 

Here’s to a safe, healthy and happy New Year for you and your loved ones.

Holiday closure

Your library will be closed on Monday, January 17 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Legal clinic tomorrow

The free legal clinic this month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, January 14 from 2 – 3 p.m. The volunteer attorney can phone you at home, or you can come into the library and meet privately via Zoom. To schedule an appointment, at the beginning of the month 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.  This clinic takes place on the second Friday of every month.  Visit http://checkerboard.co/ anytime to find many legal forms and other legal information.

Adult DIY next Tuesday

At the free in-person adult DIY next Tuesday, January 18 from 1-2 p.m., we  will supply the materials and show you how to create beautiful winter-themed decorations like snowflake string art.  Using the skills you learn, this craft can be adapted easily for other holidays and special occasions.

Baby brain gym

Next Wednesday, January 19 from  2:30-3 p.m. families with babies to toddlers aged three and under are invited to bring them to the library for hands-on sensory activities designed just for them to help their brains grow.  This is an important session when you consider that their brains at that age are forming millions of  connections each second.

T-shirt design contest

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

S.T.E.A.M enrichment kits

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

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge was posted January 10  on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Dungeons & Dragons   

Join us Tuesday, January 18 from 4-6 p.m. for our ongoing Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults on Google Meet every other Tuesday.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join. If you don’t have internet access, contact us anyway – we may be able to accommodate you in the library. 

Special family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  Wednesday, January19 is hora de cuentos with Andrea Cox where you can practice your Spanish with books, songs and games.

Storywalk takes a break

The snowy weather means we have had to take a break from our storywalk for kids. 

Tech Time

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

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-7 p.m.  Beginning students attend from 4-5 p.m., intermediate students from 5-6 p.m. and advanced students from 7-8 p.m.   Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  

Las clases de ESL

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

Adult education

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

In-person gaming

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

Library hours

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

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

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

Activities calendars available

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

Local author

Local author Julie Loar has published two volumes in her Sky Lore Anthology series.  “Ancient Sky Watchers and Mythic Themes” is an anthology containing 40 articles that explore the topics of ancient sky watchers, prophecy, mythic themes, zodiacs and some of the latest discoveries in astrophysics.  The articles in “As Above, So Below: Sun, Moon & Stars” examine the sun, moon, stars, planets, dwarf planets, asteroids and other objects in the solar system.

Christian nonfiction

“Jesus Stories” by Samuel C. Hughes presents the timeless messages of the parables.  “Unwrapping Your Worth in Christ: Relishing Moments with God” by Colorado resident Royce Kind is a guide to discovering your true identity and worth in Christ.

Large print

“Fire Mountain and Other Survival Stories” edited by Hazel Rumney contains four westerns.  “Red River Vengeance” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Perley Gates western.  “The Becoming” by Nora Roberts is book two of the Dragon Heart Legacy fantasy series.  “Nighthawking” by Russ Thomas is book two in the Det. Sgt. Adam Tyler mystery series.  “The Midnight Lock” by Jeffry Deaver is a Lincoln Rhyme mystery.  “Wish You Were Here” by Jodi Picoult follows a woman who goes on a trip by herself when her boyfriend is unable to travel.  “Someone Perfect” by Mary Balogh is book nine in the Westcott Regency romance series.  “Crossroads” by Jonathan Franzen

is book one in a new Key to All Mythologies series.

Books on CD

“Curse of Salem” by Kay Hooper is a Bishop Special Crimes Unit paranormal suspense story.  “Mercy” by David Baldacci is a FBI agent Atlee Pine thriller.  “Twenty Years Later” by Charlie Donlea is an Avery Mason thriller.  “Annihilation Road” by Christine Feehan is the sixth book in the Torpedo Ink romance series.     

Other novels

“A Man of Honor” by Barbara Taylor Bradford is a prequel to the “A Woman of Substance” series.  “The Last Druid” by Terry Brooks is the fourth and final book is “The  Fall of Shannara” fantasy series. 

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations

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

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“I really think a champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fail.” – Serena Williams, American professional tennis player who has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most by any player in the Open era, and the second most of all time behind Margaret Court.

1/6/2022

New Year’s family project:  Encourage your child to read for fun

Recent research by Scholastic, the publishing and education company, showed that though 58 percent of the kids surveyed said they love or like reading book for fun, there has been an incremental decrease in reading frequency among children surveyed since 2010.  In what Scholastic called “decline by nine,” the percentage of kids who report reading books for fun five to seven days a week dropped from 57 percent of eight-year-olds to 35 percent of nine- year-olds.

These alarming findings are in the seventh edition of its Kids & Family Reading report, a national survey of school-age children and parents.  Lauren Tarshis, senior vice president at Scholastic, pointed to the focus on third grade as the pivotal year when children are expected to achieve full fluency as readers.  The worry is that the pressure – and the testing – at that stage may contribute to the perception in youngsters’ minds that reading is no longer so much fun.

How can parents help overcome this concerning situation?  The report highlighted the importance of “reading role models,” pointing out that children who are frequent readers have people in their lives who enjoy reading and parents who read frequently.  This is hardly a surprise – though in the digital age it might raise the question of how our children can tell what we are doing on our devices, so you might want to make it clear you are reading a book.

Clearly parents play an important role.  The enjoyment that parents take in reading helps shape children’s attitudes towards books for the rest of their lives.  Books that stimulate dialogue between parents and toddlers are also the child’s introduction to the pleasures of written language and stories.   Spending time together on fun reading might be a rewarding New Year’s project for your family.

T-shirt design contest

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

S.T.E.A.M enrichment kits

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

Therapy dog visit

Tomorrow, Friday, January 7 from 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. you are invited to come to the library for a free visit with a certified therapy dog.  The visits will be limited to 10-15 minutes – just the right amount of time to pet the dog, read to the dog or just say “Hi.”  This activity is for all ages.

LEGO Club on Saturday

Kids aged six to 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, January 8 from 11 a.m.-noon for the free LEGO Club.  LEGO challenges also are posted on Facebook.

Adult book club next Tuesday

Ruby’s Book Club meets from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, January 11 to discuss “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup” by John Carreyrou.  Copies are available for pickup at your library.  This book club is held the second Tuesday of each month, alternating between fiction and nonfiction titles. 

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge will be posted January 10  on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Dungeons & Dragons   

Join us every other Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. for our in-person Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults.  The next one is Tuesday, January 11.

Teen advisory board

Next Wednesday, January 12 the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. in the library.  Sixth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen events. 

Special family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  Wednesday, January12 features silly stories with Miss Lisa and her friend Fluffy Dog with puppets, storytelling and lots of fun.

Storywalk takes a break

The snowy weather means we have had to take a break from our storywalk for kids. 

Tech Time

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

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-7 p.m.  Beginning students attend from 4-5 p.m., intermediate students from 5-6 p.m. and advanced students from 7-8 p.m.   Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  

Las clases de ESL

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

Adult education

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

In-person gaming

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

Library hours

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

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

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

Activities calendars available

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

DVDs

“The Jesus Music” is a documentary about the growth of the Christian contemporary music industry.  “Show Me the Father” is a documentary featuring true stories about the role of fathers in today’s society.  “A Timeless Christmas” tells of a time-travel Christmas.  “Shang-Chi: Legend of the Ten Rings” is a Marvel adventure. 

Books about food

“Fix It With Food” by Michael Symon offers simple and delicious recipes for people with autoimmune issues and inflammation.  “Food Town U.S.A.” by Mark Winne documents the author’s travels to seven of America’s top foodie cities, many surprising, that are the new face of healthy sustainable fare.  “Taste Makers” by Mayukh Sen retells America’s modern culinary history by featuring seven immigrant women who helped shape our appetite for cuisines from around the world.  “Skinnytaste Air Fryer Dinners” by Gina Homolka provides 75 air fryer recipes to make dinners easier and healthier.

Other nonfiction

“Breathing Lessons” by Dr. Meilan K. Han is a guide to how our lungs work and how best to protect them by the national spokesperson for the American Lung Association.   “The Defense Lawyer” by James Patterson is the true story of Barry Slotnick, considered by many the best criminal lawyer in the U.S.  “The President and the Freedom Fighter” by Brian Kilmeade documents how Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass steered America through the moral crisis of slavery.  “Betrayal” by ABC News journalist Jonathan Karl explores the final weeks and months of the Trump presidency.  “Entertaining Race” by Baptist minister Michael Eric Dyson is a compilation of decades of this Black leader’s writings, sermons and speeches.  “1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows” by artist Ai Weiwei is a memoir that presents a history of China while also illuminating the author’s artistic skills and political activism. 

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations

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

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“They say somebody dies twice – when it happens and when nobody says your name anymore.  So, we say the names and take a minute to reflect.  Even carrying the wreath is a very personal thing.  Though [my daughter] Denise is buried near my home in Maine, her spirit is in Arlington.  And I hope someone is putting a wreath on her grave and honoring her that way.” – Gold Star mother Joyce Richmond, who volunteers with Wreaths Across America.

12/30/2021

T-shirt design contest opens for submissions

We’re looking for creative help in designing a t-shirt for this year’s Summer Reading Program.  The theme will be “oceans of possibilities.”  Pick up a flyer at the library or go online to our website at https://pagosalibrary.org for details. 

The winner will receive a free t-shirt with their design.  The winning t-shirt will be worn by staff during the Summer Reading Program and a limited  number will be available for purchase.

This contest is open to all ages.  Deadline for submissions is February 18.

New year’s holiday closures

We wish you, your family and friends a very happy and safe holiday season.  We hope your celebrations are able to return to fun festive occasions, and we wish you and your loved ones a safe, healthy and happy 2022 as well. 

Please note that your library will be closed beginning at noon on Friday, December 31 and be closed on Saturday, January 1.

S.T.E.A.M enrichment kits

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

Transparent Language tutorial next Monday

Join us Monday, January 3 from 1-2 p.m. for a free Transparent Language in-person tutorial.  Packed full of pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing and vocabulary-building lessons, Transparent Language is accessible from your computer, smartphone or tablet.  This tutorial will help you get started – and you can access this online resource any time on your own at https://pagosalibrary.org/online-resources/.

Computer class next Tuesday

Next Tuesday, January 4 join Brad from 1-2 p.m. for a free lesson on transferring photos and other files from a phone to a computer to free up storage space on your phone.  Bring your laptop and phone with you so you can practice.

Teen book club next Wednesday

We invite sixth-12th graders to join the free in-person teen book club next Wednesday, January 5 from 4-5 p.m. for a lively discussion of what you’ve been reading and to help us plan what we’ll read in the new year.   

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge will be posted Monday, January 3 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Dungeons & Dragons   

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

Special science family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  Wednesday, January 5 is STEM with Jessica Walker where we’ll enjoy an experiment or two.

Storywalk takes a break

The snowy weather means we have had to take a break from our storywalk for kids. 

Tech Time

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

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-7 p.m.  Beginning students attend from 4-5 p.m., intermediate students from 5-6 p.m. and advanced students from 7-8 p.m.   Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  

Las clases de ESL

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

Adult education

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

In-person gaming

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

Library hours

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

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

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

Activities calendars available

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

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“Silent Parade” by Keigo Higashino is a Detective Galileo mystery set in Japan.  

Large print

“Foul Play” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “W.E.B. Griffin Rogue Asset” by Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson is a Presidential Agent adventure. 

Books on CD

“Revenant” by Alex White is a Star Trek Deep Space Nine adventure.

Other novels

“Chronicles From the Land of the Happiest People” by Wole Soyinka, the first Black winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, is a satire on how power and greed can corrupt the soul of a nation.  “The Book of Form and Emptiness” by Ruth Ozeki features a 13-year-old boy whop hears voices belonging to things all around him.  “Dark Tarot” by Christine Feehan is part of the Carpathian paranormal romance series.  “Guild Boss” by Jayne Castle is part of the Harmony paranormal romance series.  “Several People Are Typing” by Calvin Kasulke is a satire of the virtual office and contemporary life.  “A Certain Appeal” by Vanessa King is a raunchy contemporary retelling of “Pride and Prejudice.”

Nonfiction

“Atlas of the Heart” by Brene Brown is a guide to making your experiences result in meaningful connections.  “Out of Office” by technology and culture reporters Charlie Warzel and Anne Helen Petersen explores the transformational potential of working from home.  “Messy Minimalism” by Rachelle Crawford lays out practical ways to reduce waste, curb consumption and declutter your life.  “Tiger King” by Netflix star Joe Exotic is a memoir that exposes the man behind the headlines.  “The Clanlands Almanac” by Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish is a guide to Scottish legends, traditions, historical and contemporary events.  “Glitter Every Day: 365 Quotes from Women I Love” by Andy Cohen offers words of daily inspiration from women as diverse as Madonna and the author’s mother.  “For Such a Time as This” by Kayleigh McEnany is an autobiography of the White House press secretary documenting the importance of faith in her life. 

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations

Many thanks to Carol and Roger Sheets as well as Constance d”Angelis  for their generous monetary donations and to Codie Wilson and our anonymous donors for their materials donations.  Please put your materials donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns. 

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“Take a leap of faith and begin this wonderful new year by believing.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach, author, philanthropist and public speaker.

12/23/2021

Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones

We wish you, your family and friends a very happy and safe holiday season.  We hope your celebrations are able to return to fun festive occasions, and we wish you and your loved ones a safe, healthy and happy 2022 as well. 

Please note that your library will be closed beginning at noon on December 24 and be closed on Christmas Day, December 25.  Then over New Year’s we will close at noon on Friday, December 31 and be closed on Saturday, January 1.

Special family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  The December 29 session will feature Miss Lisa and her friend Fluffy Dog with puppets, storytelling and lots of silly fun.   Saturday’s all-ages Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more. 

Dungeons & Dragons   

Join us every other Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. for our new in-person Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults.  The next one is next Tuesday, December 28.

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge was posted December 20 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Storywalk for kids

Our storywalk theme December 18 – January 4 is based on the book “Extra Yarn.”  Enjoy the warmth and kindness that grows with every stitch as you get outdoors and take a walk, following the pages of the book and reading the story as you stroll along.  Watch for signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School.  After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Tech Time

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

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-7 p.m.  Beginning students attend from 4-5 p.m., intermediate students from 5-6 p.m. and advanced students from 7-8 p.m.   Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  

Las clases de ESL

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

Adult education

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

In-person gaming

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

Library hours

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

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

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

Activities calendars available

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

Nonfiction

“The Secret Life of Groceries” by Benjamin Lorr is an investigative look at how food gets to American supermarkets.  “White Space, Black Hood” by law professor and historian Sheryll Cashin looks at the history of anti-Black residential caste.  “Fauci: Expect the Unexpected” edited by National Geographic is a collection of 10 lessons that reveal the principles that have shaped the life philosophy of Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor to the president.

DVDs

“This is Us” is the complete fifth season.  “The Bee Gees” is an HBO documentary about the three brothers in this iconic music trio.  “Rick and Money” is the complete seasons one-four.  “Tina” is the HBO documentary featuring the legendary queen of rock ‘n’ roll.  “The Devil’s Sea” by Dirk Cussler is a Dirk Pitt adventure.  “Venom: Let5 There Be Carnage” is a Marvel  adventure.  “The Last Duel” is a drama set in 14th century France.  “The Mitchells vs. the Machines” is an animated  movie focused on a road trip to college.  “One Night in Miami” imagines Mohammed Ali. Malcolm X, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke having a conversation about civil rights and race relations in the U.S. in 1964.

Books on CD

“The Dark Hours” by Michael Connelly is a Renee Ballard and Harry Bosch mystery.  “Dead for a Dollar” by William W. and J.A. Johnston is a Firestick western.  “Lost Mountain Pass” by Larry D. Sweazy is book one in a new Trusty Dawson, U.S. Deputy Marshall series.  “Shoot-out at Sugar Creek” by Mickey Spillane and Max Allen Collins is a Caleb York western.  “Risen” by Benedict Jacka is the conclusion to the Alex Verus urban fantasy series.  “This Day” by Blanka Lipinska is a steamy Mafioso love  story sequel to “365 Days,” the inspiration behind the Netflix movie. 

Novels

“Leviathan Falls” by James S.A. Corey is the final book in the interplanetary Expanse series.  “The Sisters Sweet” by Elizabeth Weiss follows a young woman forming her first relationships outside a close-knit family.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations

Many thanks to Susan and Terry Arrington, Joanne and Vic Lucariello, and Lenore Bright for their generous monetary donations and to our anonymous donors for their materials donations.  Please put your materials donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns. 

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“It’s not what’s under the Christmas tree that matters but who’s around it.”  Charlie Brown in “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” the animated TV special based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz.

12/16/2021

Free Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo and public health session today

The hot chocolate is ready, so we hope you’ll come to your library today, Thursday, December 16, from 4-6 p.m. to celebrate winter with us.  While you sip, join in the fun with seasonal crafts.

And earlier today, from noon-1 p.m., is the next free public health session with representatives from San Juan Basin Public Health at the library discussing the dangers of radon gas in your home and distributing free radon test kits.  The geology of Southwest Colorado leads to an increased risk of radon gas in our community so this is an important topic for us to understand.  In fact, radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer, even in people who have never smoked.   Take advantage of the expertise of the staff at SJBPH to attend this latest event in their public health series at your library.

Holiday closures

Your library will be closed beginning at noon on December 24 and also on Christmas Day, December 25.           

Adult DIY

At the free in-person adult DIY on Tuesday, December 21 from 1-2 p.m., we  will supply the materials and show you how to create decorative mid-century paper holiday ornaments.  

Family storytimes

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  Saturday’s all-ages Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more. 

In-person gaming

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

Family read aloud

Stop by your library, sit on our comfy chairs or anywhere else around the Turner Reading Room and engage in some quiet activities while listening to a book being read aloud on Tuesday, December 21 from 6:30-7 p.m. 

Dungeons & Dragons   

Join us Tuesday, December 21 from 4-6 p.m. for our ongoing Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults on Google Meet every other Tuesday.  Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join. If you don’t have internet access, contact us anyway – we may be able to accommodate you in the library. 

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge will be posted December 20 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

New storywalk for kids

Our new storywalk theme December 18 – January 4 is based on the book “Extra Yarn.”  Enjoy the warmth and kindness that grows with every stitch as you get outdoors and take a walk, following the pages of the book and reading the story as you stroll along.  Watch for signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School.  After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Tech Time

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

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-7 p.m.  Beginning students attend from 4-5 p.m., intermediate students from 5-6 p.m. and advanced students from 7-8 p.m.   Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  

Las clases de ESL

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

Adult education

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

Library hours

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

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

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

Activities calendars available

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

Books on CD

“The Becoming” by Nora Roberts is a new epic of love and war among gods and humans.  “Go Tell the Bees That I am Gone” by Diana Gabaldon is the latest in the epic Outlander historical fantasy series.  “Flying Angels” by Danielle Steel features six young flight nurses after Pearl Harbor.  “The Wolf” by J.R. Ward is a Black Dagger Brotherhood paranormal romance.  “Never” by Ken Follett is an international political drama. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Fear No Evil” by James Patterson is an Alex Cross thriller.  “Autopsy” by Patricia Cornwall is a Dr. Kay Scarpetta mystery.  “The Left-Handed Twin” by Thomas Perry is a Jane Whitefield mystery.   “A Christmas Legacy” by Anne Perry centers on an elderly grandmother who the family thinks isn’t dying fast enough.

Other novels

“Well Matched” by Jen DeLuca is a Renaissance Faire rom-com.  “Tales from the Café” by Toshikazu Kawaguchi follows four customers who hope to time travel from a Japanese café.  “Just Haven’t Met You Yet” by Sophie Cousens begins when a reporter on a business trip picks up the wrong suitcase at the airport.  “Fight Night” by Miriam Toews is a darkly humorous story about three generations of women via letters that will never be sent.  “Lesser Evil” by Timothy Zahn is the conclusion of the Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendacy trilogy.

Library story collection

“Libraryland,” edited by Ben Bizzle and Sue Considine, is a collection of inspiring first-hand stories spotlighting the countless ways library staff make a difference for their communities.

Biographies and memoirs

“I’m Possible” by Richard Antoine White is the memoir of a musician successfully navigating racial and socioeconomic disparities.  “The Correspondents” by Judith Mackrell documents the lives of six remarkable female journalists. “Medicine Woman” by Lynn V. Andrews is an autobiographical account of a woman’s search for identity in a Native American culture.  “The Jesus I Know” by Kathy Lee Gifford shares the stories of people in various stages of knowing and experiencing Jesus in their spiritual journeys.  “The Young H.G. Wells” by Claire Tomalin shows how his first 40 years shaped the life of the father of science fiction.  “The Power of Women” by Nobel laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege presents stories of the doctor’s experiences with those of his patients and fellow women’s rights activists.

Other nonfiction

“They Knew” by James Gustave Speth outlines what the author believes to be the U.S. Federal Government’s 50-year role in causing the climate crisis.  “Republican Rescue” by Chris Christie explains how he believes the Republican Party can recapture glory and win elections.  “Killers on the Mountain” by Wayne Smart is a first-aid guide by this EMT on handling snake bites, avalanches, altitude illness, hypothermia and more.  “SDA: Board Member Manual” is a reference guide for special districts.  “Justice on the Brink” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Linda Greenhouse offers insight into the Supreme Court over the past 12 months.  “The 3 Best Options Strategies for Beginners” is a guide to trading covered calls, credit spreads and iron condors.  Flying Blind” by Peter Robison documents the 737 Max tragedies and what went on in Boeing that allowed them to happen.  “Misfire” by Tim Mak is the result of a four-year investigation into the corruption and decline of the power of the National Rifle Association. 

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations

Many thanks to Mary Perouty and Susan Mercer for their generous monetary donations and to Jill Porterfield and our anonymous donors for their materials donations.  Please put your materials donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns. 

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”  Confucius, Chinese philosopher.

12/9/2021

Pioneer cemetery project results, Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo and public health session

Dr. Ruth Lambert will share results from the recent cemetery research project conducted at the original Pagosa Springs cemetery, known as the Pioneer Cemetery and Old Fort Lewis Cemetery, at a free in-person event at your library on Saturday, December 11 from 10 a.m. – noon. 

During the summer of 2021, the Town of Pagosa Springs partnered with volunteers from the Archuleta County Genealogical Society and Dr. Lambert to conduct an archaeological assessment of the cemetery.  Using a variety of non-invasive instruments, scans of the cemetery were taken to accurately survey the ground.  At the same time, volunteers conducted extensive research to uncover scarce records and learn more about Pagosa’s past to give us a better understanding of the historical significance of this old cemetery.      

We hope you’ll join us to learn more about our local history at this important event.

Save the date for Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo

The hot chocolate is ready, so we hope you’ll come to your library next Thursday, December 16 from 4-6 p.m.  to celebrate winter with us.  While you sip, join in the fun with seasonal crafts.

Save the date for next public health sessions

The next free public health session with representatives from San Juan Basin Public Health will be at the library from noon-1 p.m. next Thursday, December 16 to discuss the dangers of radon gas in your home and distribute free radon test kits.  The geology of Southwest Colorado leads to an increased risk of radon gas here so this is an important topic for us to understand.  In fact, radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer, even in people who have never smoked.   Take advantage of the expertise of the staff at SJBPH to attend this latest event in their public health series at your library.

Therapy dog visits

Tomorrow, Friday, December 10 from 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. and again next Wednesday, December 15 from 11 a.m. – noon you are invited to come to the library for a free visit with a certified therapy dog.  The visits will be limited to 10-15 minutes – just the right amount of time to pet the dog, read to the dog or just say “Hi.”  This activity is for all ages.  It’s a great way to relax and boost your day.  

Legal clinic tomorrow

The free legal clinic this month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, December 10 from 2 – 3 p.m. The volunteer attorney can phone you at home, or you can come into the library and meet privately via Zoom. To schedule an appointment, at the beginning of the month 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.  This clinic takes place on the second Friday of every month.  Visit http://checkerboard.co/ anytime to find many legal forms and other legal information.

LEGO Club on Saturday

Kids aged six to 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, December 11 from 11 a.m.-noon for the free LEGO Club.  LEGO challenges also are posted on Facebook.

Spanish conversation

Next Monday, December 13 from 4-5 p.m. we will gather in person at the library to practice speaking and listening skills together.  There is no minimum skill level required to attend.   As an alternative, you can learn Spanish and many other languages using the Transparent Language Learning database available at https:pagosalibrary.org/online-resources/

Adult book club next Tuesday

Ruby’s Book Club meets from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 14 to discuss “The Beekeeper of Aleppo” by Christie Lefteri.  Copies are available for pickup at your library.  This book club is held the second Tuesday of each month, alternating between fiction and nonfiction titles. 

Baby brain gym

Next Wednesday, December 15 from  2:30-3 p.m. families with babies to toddlers aged three and under are invited to bring them to the library for hands-on sensory activities designed just for them to help their brains grow.  This is an important session when you consider that their brains are forming millions of  connections each second.

Teen advisory board

Next Wednesday, December 15 the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. in the library.  Sixth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs. 

Special science family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  Wednesday, December 15  is STEM with Jessica Walker where we’ll enjoy an experiment or two. Saturday’s all-ages Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more. 

In-person gaming

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

Dungeons & Dragons   

Join us every other Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. for our new in-person Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults.  The next one is next Tuesday, December 14.

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge was posted December 6 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

New storywalk for kids

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

Tech Time

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.   Brad will help you resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices.  Note no Tech Time December 7 and 9.

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-7 p.m.  Beginning students attend from 4-5 p.m., intermediate students from 5-6 p.m. and advanced students from 7-8 p.m.   Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  

Las clases de ESL

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

Adult education

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

Library hours

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

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

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

Activities calendars available

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

Novels

“The Lacemaker,” “Tidewater Bride” and “An Uncommon Woman” by Laura Frantz are romances set in 18th century Virginia Colony.  “A Bound Heart,” also by Laura Frantz, focuses on a couple sent across the Atlantic as indentured servants.  “Holding the Fort,” “The Lieutenant’s Bargain” and “The Major’s Daughter” are three books in the Fort Reno romance series set in Indian Territory.   “Go Tell the Bees That I am Gone” by Diana Gabaldon is the latest in the epic Outlander historical fantasy series. 

Large print

“Clive Cussler’s The Devil’s Sea” by Dirk Cussler is a Dirk Pitt adventure.  “A MacCallister Chjristmas” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a western.  “Every Mother’s Son,” also by William W. and J.A. Johnstone, is the latest in the Jackals western series.  “The Joy and Light Bus Company” by Alexander McCall Smith is a No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency mystery.  “Chain of Command” by Tom Clancy is the latest in the Jack Ryan thriller series. 

Nonfiction

All American Christmas” by Rachel Campos-Duffy and Sean Duffy traces holiday traditions a cross the U.S.  as told by Fox News hosts.  “Atlas Invisible” by the geographer/designer team of James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti offers a look information that cannot be conveyed by text and numbers alone.  “Hear Yourself” by Prem Rawat provides steps to help you find peace in a noisy world.  “The Woman All Spies Fear” by historian Amy Butler Greenfield is the biography of a woman from Indiana who became a wartime spy and fighter against the mob.  “Act Like You Got Some Sense” by Jamie Foxx is a comedic and heartfelt tribute to his non-nonsense grandmother who raised him and his life in Hollywood.   

DVDs

“Navajo Code Talkers of  World War II” provides personal insights from a group of Native American veterans regarding their service as secret code war heroes.  “Free Guy” is an action-packed comedy. 

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations

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

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, and circumstance.  The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break.” – Chinese proverb

12/2/2021

Holiday-themed books for your reading pleasure

Your library has added multiple books with holiday and inspirational themes to our collection for your reading pleasure and for the enjoyment of your family and friends.

“Christmas in Peachtree Bluff” by Kristy Woodson Harvey features three generations of women who come together when a hurricane threatens to destroy the holiday season.  “God Rest Ye, Royal Gentlemen” by Rhys Bowen is a murder mystery involving the royal family.  “Dear Santa” by Debbie Macomber is about a woman who gets inspiration from a box of old letters to Santa. “Christmas by the Book” by Anne Marie Ryan is set in a bookshop in a British village. 

“Always in December” by Emily Stone is a romance featuring two people who try to avoid celebrating Christmas.  “The Wish” by Nicholas Sparks is about the enduring  legacy of first love.  “The Holiday Swap” by Maggie Knox centers is a romance about twin sisters who switch places two days before Christmas.

Books on CD include “Best in Snow” by David Rosenfelt that begins when a dog finds a body; it also is available as a book.

Large print books include “The Christmas Promise” by Richard Paul Evans featuring twin sisters, “The Santa Suit” by Mary Kay Andrews that begins with a mysterious note,  “The Twelve Jays of Christmas” by Donna Andrews that is a Meg Langslow mystery,   “Santa Cruise” by Fern Michaels about a reunion of four high school students and “The Christmas Wedding Guest” by Susan Mallery that is a romance

Free public health sessions

On Thursday, December 2 from noon-1 p.m., representatives from San Juan Basin Public Health will be at the library to discuss benefits and eligibility information about the Women, Infant, Children (WIC) program.

The next free public health session with representatives from San Juan Basin Public Health will be at the library from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, December 16 to discuss the dangers of radon gas in your home and distribute free radon test kits.  The geology of Southwest Colorado leads to an increased risk of radon gas here so this is an important topic for us to understand.  In fact, radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer, even in people who have never smoked.   Take advantage of the expertise of the staff at SJBPH to attend this latest event in their public health series at your library.

Library hours

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

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

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

cloudLibrary computer class

Brad will explain this service that provides free downloadable e-books and audio books for all ages in a computer class tomorrow, Friday, December 3, from 4-5 p.m.

Bedtime storytime for all ages

Come to the Turner Reading Room in the library next Tuesday, December 7 for a special free session including a bedtime story, a few lullabies and some cozy family time from 6:30 – 7 p.m.

Teen book club next Wednesday

We invite sixth-12th graders to join the free in-person teen book club next Wednesday, December 8 from 4-5 p.m. for a lively discussion of what you’ve been reading and help us choose what we’ll read next.   

Special Spanish family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  Wednesday, December 8  is Hora de Cuentos when you can come to practice your Spanish with Andrea Cox as she shares some of her favorite Spanish books.  Saturday’s all-ages Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more. 

Dungeons & Dragons   

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

In-person gaming

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

New writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge will be posted December 6 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

New storywalk for kids

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

Tech Time

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.   Brad will help you resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices.  Note no Tech Time December 7 and 9.

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes now take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-7 p.m.  Beginning students attend from 4-5 p.m., intermediate students from 5-6 p.m. and advanced students from 7-8 p.m.   Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  

Las clases de ESL

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

Adult education

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

Activities calendars available

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

DVDs

“Mayor” is a political saga featuring the Christian mayor of Ramallah in a film about the Israel-Palestine conflict.  “The Hidden Life of Trees” by German forester explores the lessons we can learn from the forest. 

Books on CD

“2 Sisters Detective Agency” by James Patterson and Candice Fox features half-sisters who inherit their father’s detective agency.  “Dark Tarot” by Christine Feehan is the latest in the Carpathian paranormal romantic suspense series.  “Five Tuesdays in Winter” is a collection of short stories by novelist Lily King.  “Silverview” by John Le Carre is the last spy novel written by this iconic chronicler of the post-Cold War era.

Large print

“Never” by Ken Follet features a U.S. president and others seeking to avoid world crises.  “Game On” by Janet Evanovich is a Stephanie Plum mystery.

Nonfiction

“Real Love” by Sharon Salzberg provides mindfulness exercises and meditation techniques to help you create and nurture love relationships with yourself and others.  “Healing with CBD” by Eileen Konieczny and Lauren Wilson is a guide to using cannabis to help you with anxiety, depression, migraines, fibromyalgia, seizures, cancer and more.            

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“A Blizzard of Polar Bears” by Alice Henderson is a suspense story featuring a wildlife biologist studying polar bears in the Canadian Arctic.  “Deacon King Kong” by James McBride explores the aftermath of the shooting of a Brooklyn drug dealer by a church deacon. 

Other novels

“Tin Camp Road” by Ellen Airgoodfollows the life of a single mother living on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.“What Passes for Love” by Trisha R. Thomas is set in the 1850s as a black slave “passes” to marry an Englishman in need of a wife.  “Noor” by Nnedi Okorafor is a sci-fi story about biotech and destiny in near-future Nigeria.  “The Spice King,” “The Gilded Lady” and “The Prince of Spies” by historical novelist Elizabeth Camden are the first three books in a new Hope and Glory series. 

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations

Many thanks to Sherry Spears, Veronica Johnson and Linda Sue King for their generous monetary donations, and to Marci Thomas and our anonymous donors for their materials donations.  Please put your materials donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns. 

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“If you don’t like where you are, move.  You are not a tree.” – Hoda Kotb, author and co-anchor of NBC’s Today show.

11/25/21

Thanksgiving gratitude and more free SJBPH health sessions

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

We are thankful for the many volunteers who work every day to help us maintain the collection; shelve returned books, CDs and DVDs; and make sure all the books and materials are clean and in their proper place.  Because of our small staff, these volunteers are vital to our service to you.

We are grateful for the time and dedication of our library board.  They also are unpaid volunteers who are committed to making the library an essential hub of our community.  

We also appreciate the members of our Foundation board, also unpaid volunteers, with the mission to raise funds for information resources, programs, services and facilities. 

We also want to pay tribute to the Friends of the Library.  Their generosity, enthusiasm and creativity result in so many benefits to your library, especially with the proceeds of their summer book sales.

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

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

Free public health sessions

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

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

Thanksgiving closure

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

Library hours

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

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

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

Family read aloud

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

Dungeons & Dragons   

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

In-person gaming

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

New writing challenge

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

New storywalk for kids

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

Family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  Saturday’s Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more. 

Tech Time

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

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes now take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-7 p.m.  Beginning students attend from 4-5 p.m., intermediate students from 5-6 p.m. and advanced students from 7-8 p.m.   Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  

Las clases de ESL

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

Adult education

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

Activities calendars available

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

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

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

Other novels

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

DVDs

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

Books on CD

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

Large print

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

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations

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

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

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

11/18/2021

Free SJBPH health session today, teen ornaments plus introduction to Novelist

Today, Thursday, November 18, representatives from San Juan Basin Public Health will be at the library from noon-1 p.m. to discuss HCP and care coordination and to answer your questions.  Additional free SJBPH presentations on public health topics will be held in December.

Next Tuesday, November 23 from 2-3 p.m. Brad will provide an in-person introduction to Novelist, your library’s reader advisory resource found on our website at https://pagosalibrary.org/online-resources/.   This powerful free online resource lets you search for book reviews, authors who are like your favorites, browse for books by genre and much more.

As well, next Wednesday, November 24 fourth-12th graders are invited to make ornaments from 4-5 p.m. in a special holiday DIY session in the library.

Holiday closure

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

Library hours

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

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

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

Therapy dogs

Tomorrow, Friday, November 19 from 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. you are invited to come to the library for a free visit with a certified therapy dog.  The visits will be limited to 10-15 minutes – just the right amount of time to pet the dog, read to the dog or just say “Hi.”  This activity is for all ages.

In-person Dungeons & Dragons   

Join us Tuesday, November 23 from 4-6 p.m. for a special in-person one-shot mini-game of Dungeons & Dragons in the library that is free for teens and young adults.  Registration is preferred as space is limited.  Our D&D group will not gather on Google Meet November 23 because of this in-person event.  

In-person gaming

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

New writing challenge

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

Storywalk for kids

Theme for our new storywalk November 22 – December 6 is fun in the snow.  The text is available in English and Spanish.  Watch for signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School.  After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  Wednesday, November 24 we’ll enjoy special  guest Lisa Baker and her friend Fluffy Dog providing puppets, storytelling and lots of silly fun.  Saturday’s Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more. 

Tech Time

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

Changes in ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes now take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-7 p.m.  Beginning students attend from 4-5 p.m., intermediate students from 5-6 p.m. and advanced students from 7-8 p.m.   Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  

Cambios en las clases de ESL

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

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session generally takes place in person Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.   Note no more PALS sessions this month.  

Activities calendars available

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

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Billy Summers” by Stephen King is a thriller about avenging the crimes of an evil man.  “The Attic on Queen Street” by Karen White is the last book in the series featuring psychic medium Melanie Trenholm.  “The Sentence” by Louise Erdrich is a combination ghost and mystery story set in a haunted bookstore.  “The Dark Hours” by Michael Connelly is a Harry Bosch murder mystery that starts on New Year’s Eve.

Other novels

“L.A. Weather” by Maria Amparo Escandon follows the Alvarado family wrestling with deception and betrayal.  “The War for Gloria” by Atticus Lish tells of a young man yearning to protect his mother, who has ALS.   “Three Sisters” by Heather Morris is a novel based on the true story of three sisters with a plan to stay together after Auschwitz.   “What Storm What Thunder” by Myriam J.A. Chancy charts the lives of characters after the earthquake in Haiti.   “The Last Graduate” by Naomi Novik is book two of the Scholomance series featuring a budding dark sorceress.   “The Secret of Snow” by Viola Shipman features a 50-year-meteorologist who gets a new chance after being replaced by a virtual meteorologist that will never age.

Large print

“Cul-de-sac” by Joy Fielding features a quiet area where someone will be shot dead.  “An Impossible Promise” by Jude Deveraux and Tara Sheets is book two in the Providence Falls set in Ireland.  “Over My Dead Body” by Jeffrey Archer is the latest in the William Warwick mystery series.

Books on CD

“The Lincoln Highway” by Amor Towles follows the lives of three teens released from a juvenile work farm.  “The Judge’s List” by John Grisham is a legal thriller.  “The Joy and Light Bus Company” by Alexander McCall Smith is a No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency mystery.  “The Butler” by Danielle Steel follows the life of a butler in Paris.  “State of Terror” by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louse Penny is a political thriller.  “Jonathan Crossroads” by Franzen explores the shifting culture of early 1970’s America.  “The Book of Magic” by Alice Hoffman is the fourth and final book about the Owens family in the Practical Magic series.  

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations

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

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds.  A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.” – Clive James (1939-2019), Australian literary and TV critic, journalist, broadcaster and writer, noted for his wry, deadpan humor.

11/11/2021

Baby Brain Gym, therapy dogs and health insurance session provide helpful health-related tools

We have several important health-related events coming your way, all of them free for you and your family:

Tomorrow, Friday, November 12, and again on November 19 from 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. you are invited to come to the library for a free visit with a certified therapy dog.  The visits will be limited to 10-15 minutes – just the right amount of time to pet the dog, read to the dog or just say “Hi.”  This activity is for all ages.                      

Next Wednesday, November 17 from  2:30-3 p.m. families with babies to toddlers aged three and under are invited to bring them to the library for hands-on sensory activities designed just for them to help their brains grow.  This is an important session when you consider that their brains are forming millions of  connections each second.

Then, next Thursday, November 18, representatives from San Juan Basin Public Health will be at the library from noon-1 p.m. to discuss health insurance and care coordination and to answer your questions.  Additional presentations on public health topics will be held in December.

Library hours

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

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

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

Legal clinic tomorrow

The free legal clinic each month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, November 12 from 2 – 3 p.m. The volunteer attorney can phone you at home, or you can come into the library and meet privately via Zoom. To schedule an appointment, send an email titled “Sign-up for Free Legal Clinic,” with your first name and phone number to ruby@pagosalibrary.org, or phone or stop by the library. The volunteer attorney’s time is limited so it’s first-come first-served.  Visit http://checkerboard.co/ anytime to find many legal forms and other legal information.

LEGO Club on Saturday

Kids aged six to 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, November 13 from 11 a.m.-noon for the free LEGO Club.  LEGO challenges also are posted on Facebook.

Spanish conversation

Next Monday, November 15 from 4-5 p.m. we will gather in person at the library to practice speaking and listening skills together.  There is no minimum skill level required to attend.   As an alternative, you can learn Spanish and many other languages using the Transparent Language Learning database available at https:pagosalibrary.org/online-resources/

Adult DIY

At the in-person adult DIY on Tuesday, November 16 from 1-2 p.m., we  will supply the materials for you to create a fall-themed paper lantern that makes a great centerpiece or other decoration.   Find more DIY videos on your library’s website at htps://pagosalibrary.org/adult-diy/

Bedtime storytime for all ages

Come to the Turner Reading Room in the library on Tuesday, November 16 for a special session including a bedtime story, a few lullabies and some cozy family time from 6:30 – 7 p.m.

Teen advisory board

Next Wednesday, November 17 the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. in the library.  Sixth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs. 

In-person gaming

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

New writing challenge

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

Storywalk for kids

Our storywalk November 8-19 celebrates the 50th anniversary of Woodsy the Owl, the mascot of the National Forest Service.  Watch for signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School.  After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  Wednesday, November 17 features special  guest Kathy Carter.  Saturday’s Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more. 

Dungeons & Dragons   

Join us Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. for our ongoing Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults on Google Meet.  Contact 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. 

Tech Time

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

ESL

Free in-person evening classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-8 p.m.  Beginning and intermediate students are encouraged to attend from 4-6 p.m. and advanced students from 6-8 p.m.   Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested.  

Las clases gratuitas se llevan a cabo en persona los martes y jueves de 4-8 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes e intermedios deben asistir de 4-6 p.m. y los estudiantes avanzados de 6-8 p.m. Por favor, ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre estas clases a otros en nuestra comunidad que tienen interés.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session generally takes place in person Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.   Note the only PALS session this month is today, November 11. 

Activities calendars available

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

DVDs

“History of Horror” is season one about the storytellers and stars of horror films.  “Are You Afraid of the Dark? Curse of the Shadows” contains six episodes of the Midnight Society program.  “When Calls the Heart: Year Eight” is a three-DVD set containing six family-friendly movies set in the frontier town of Hope.  “Black Widow” is the Marvel movie.  “Murder on the Orient Express” is the 2017 version starring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench and Leslie Odom, Jr.

Large print

“Ralph Compton Frontier Medicine” by Robert J. Randisi is part of the Gunfighter series.  “A Quiet Little Town” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is book four of the Red Ryan western series.  “Halloween Party Murder” by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis and Barbara Ross contains three Halloween mystery stories.  “A Darker Reality” by Anne Perry is an Elena Standish mystery.   “The Darling Dahlias and the Voodoo Lily” by Susan Wittig Albert is a Darling Dahlias mystery. 

Novels 

“Truth of the Divine” by Lindsay Ellis is an alternate history first-contact novel in the Nuomena series.  “Oh William!” by Elizabeth Strout looks at the quiet forces that hold us together.  “Matrix” by Lauren Groff explores the raw power of female creativity in a corrupted world.

Books on CD

“The Jailhouse Lawyer” by James Patterson and Nancy Allen is a legal thriller.  “The Wish” by Nicholas Sparks begins with a young girl’s first love.  “Down the Hatch” by M.C. Beaton is an Agatha Raisin mystery.    

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations

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

Library foundation

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

Quotable Quote

“If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.” – Henry Ford (1863-1947), American industrialist, business magnate, founder of the Ford Motor Company and chief developer of the assembly line technique of mass production.