10/14/2021

Computer class and baby brain gym offer learning opportunities this week

We have two special events this week, both relating to learning opportunities.

Today, Thursday, October 14 from 11-11:30 a.m., families with babies to toddlers aged three are invited to bring them to the library for hands-on sensory activities designed just for them to help their brains grow.   

Tomorrow, Friday, October 15, Brad is hosting an in-person computer class from 4-5 p.m. to introduce you to our free Learning Express Library online resource.  It is a great tool for students learning a variety of subjects or preparing for exams like the GED.  It helps you prepare for job and career opportunities, GED, military and college entrance exams.   Elementary, middle school and high school diagnostic testing is also available. Test preparation, instant scoring and engaging self-paced courses are offered.

The online library’s offerings include dedicated sections on student learning centers, GED preparation, job search and workplace skills, jobs and careers, skill building for adults, U.S. citizenship and recursos para Hispanohablantes.    

In-person activities

We are delighted that the robust local vaccination program for our community  means that most of our programs now can happen in person.  Also, our hours have returned to pre-COVID levels – and even more on weekdays:

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

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

Storywalk returns

Watch for signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free storywalk for kids.  October 11-23 we are celebrating the 50th birthday of National Forest Service mascot Woosy the Owl.  After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Spanish conversation

Next Thursday, October 21 (note new date) from 4-5 p.m. we will gather in person at the library to practice speaking and listening skills together.  There is no minimum skill level required to attend.   As an alternative, you can learn Spanish and many other languages using the Transparent Language Learning database available at https:pagosalibrary.org/online-resources/

Teen advisory board

Next Wednesday, October 20 the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. in the library.  Sixth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs. 

In-person gaming

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

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge will be posted October 18 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Family storytime

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

Dungeons & Dragons   

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

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

Activities calendars available

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

Books on CD

“Enemy at the Gates” by Kyle Mills is a Mitch Rapp adventure.   “Harlem Shuffle” by Colson Whitehead is a crime novel set in New York City in the early 1960s.  “Daughter of the Morning Star” by Craig Johnson is a Walt Longmire mystery.  “Santa Cruise” by Fern Michaels features four lifelong friends on a singles cruise.  “Apples Never Fall” by Liane Moriarty focuses on four adult children trying to decide if their father killed their mother.

“The Burning” by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman features a coroner whose brother may be involved in a murder.  “Forgotten in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas mystery.  “Beautiful World, Where Are You” by Sally Rooney follows two couples who get together and break apart.  “Cloud Cuckoo Land” by Anthony Doerr crosses miles and centuries as it follows the lives of children on the cusp of adulthood.

Large print

“Viral” by Robin Cook is a medical mystery set on Cape Cod. 

Nonfiction

“Believing” by Anita Hill focuses on the issue and solutions to gender-based violence.  “Floating in the Deep End” by Patti Davis, Ronald Reagan’s daughter, looks at the challenges of taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s. 

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations

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

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

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”  Mohammed Ali (1942-2016), boxer, activist, entertainer, poet, philanthropist and artist, nicknamed The Greatest.

10/7/2021

Paper airplanes and baby brain gym next week

We have two special events coming up next week that we hope you and your family will enjoy.

We’ll put up a paper airplane obstacle course in the library on Wednesday, October 13 from 4-5 p.m.  Six-12th graders are invited to come in to show off your paper airplane skills and test out different designs to find out which flies farthest, straightest or highest.

Then on Thursday, October 14 from 11-11:30 a.m. families with babies to toddlers aged three are invited to bring them to the library for hands-on sensory activities designed just for them to help their brains grow.    

In-person activities

We are delighted that the robust local vaccination program for our community  means that most of our programs now can happen in person.  Also, our hours have returned to pre-COVID levels – and even more on weekdays:

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

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

Storywalk returns

Watch for signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free storywalk for kids.  October 11-23 we are celebrating the 50th birthday of National Forest Service mascot Woosy the Owl.  After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Legal clinic tomorrow

The free legal clinic each month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, October 8 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 with your first name and phone number to ruby@pagosalibrary.org, or phone or stop by the library. The 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, October 9 from 11 a.m.-noon for the free LEGO Club.  LEGO challenges also are posted on Facebook.

Adult book club

Ruby’s Book Club meets from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 12 in the library’s garden to discuss “Once Upon a River” by Diane Setterfield.  Copies of the book are available at your library.  This book club is held the second Tuesday of each month alternating between fiction and nonfiction titles.

In-person gaming

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

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge was posted October 4 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Special family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us in the library garden for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  On October 13 we will have a special music and movement session when Diann Tator will  help us practice American Sign Language.  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 hiatus

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

Activities calendars available

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

Story collections

“The American Experiment,” the third book in a bestselling conversations series edited by David M. Rubenstein, features American icons and historians telling the story of the U.S. as a grand experiment in democracy, culture, innovation and ideas.  Among those featured in this edition are Madeleine Albright, Ken Burns, Rita Moreno, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Jon Meacham, Wynton Marsalis and Billie Jean King.  “You Got Anything Stronger?” by Gabrielle Union is a collection of the actress’s personal stories about her life after her bestseller “We’re Going to Need More Wine.”

DVDs

“Mare of Easttown” is a suspenseful HBO series featuring Kate Winslet.  “It Was Always You” is a romance starring Erin Krakow and Tyler Hynes.

How-to and self-help

“God Has Not Forgotten You” by Dr. David Jeremiah reveals how to trust God when you are afraid and to recognize that He is at work.   “GRE Prep Plus 2020” is the Kaplan guide to doing well on the Graduate Record Examinations, a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for many graduate schools in the U.S., Canada and other countries.  “ASVAB Prep Plus 2022-2023” is the Kaplan guide to doing well in the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery developed by the Department of Defense for those wanting to join the military.  “Crazy Faith” by Michael Todd tells of modern-day faith warriors inspired by biblical heroes like Noah, Moses and Mary to believe in the impossible.  “App Kid” by Michael Sayman is the memoir of a self-taught young Latino immigrant genius who became a success in Silicon Valley.   

Other nonfiction

“Countdown Bin Laden” by Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace and Mitch Weiss is a new behind-the-scenes account of the final eight months leading to the SEAL team’s  successful operation.  “Rough Magic” by Lara Prior-Palmer is a memoir of a young American woman who became the youngest and first-ever female winner of the world’s toughest horse race in Mongolia.  “The Bomber Mafia” by Malcolm Gladwell is a fresh look at the bombing of Tokyo in World War II that might have been militarily different under other leadership.  “The Speckled Beauty” by Rick Bragg is the story of how the author’s life was transformed by a poorly behaved half-blind stray dog. 

“Vanderbilt: “The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty” by journalist Anderson Cooper and historian Katherine Howe documents this legendary family’s success and their outsize influence in the U.S. before their fall.  “The Raging 2020s” by Alex Ross proposes a new social contract to restore the balance of power between government, citizens and business.  “Unbound” by Tarana Burke is the memoir of the founder and activist behind the “Me Too” movement that documents her inner strength and perseverance.  “Fuzz” by Mary Roach documents a little known branch of forensic science and conservation genetics relating to the unpredictable world where wildlife and humans meet.

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 man has two eyes and two ears, but only one tongue; therefore, do half as much talking as seeing; and again half as much talking as hearing.” – Mahatma Gandhi, Indian civil rights activist.

9/30/2021

Learning Express Library excellent free online resource

Although there will be no PALS sessions in October, we want to take this opportunity to promote our free Learning Express Library online resources.  It is a great tool for students learning a variety of subjects or preparing for a variety of exams like the GED.

The Learning Express Library helps you prepare for job and career opportunities, GED, military and college entrance exams.   Elementary, middle school and high school diagnostic testing is also available. Test preparation, instant scoring and engaging self-paced courses are offered.

The online library’s offerings include dedicated sections on student learning centers, GED preparation, job search and workplace skills, jobs and careers, skill building for adults, U.S. citizenship and recursos para Hispanohablantes.

To access this amazing resource, go to your library’s website at https://pagosalibrary.org.  Click on the Online Resources Box on the top banner.  Scroll down to Learning Express Library (the various online resources are listed alphabetically).

First-time users should then click on the “Register” button to establish a user name (your library barcode) and password of your choice (not your library PIN).  Returning users can login using their barcode and established password.

Please feel free to contact Brad, our adult services librarian, if you need help.

In-person activities

We are delighted that the robust local vaccination program for our community  means that most of our programs now can happen in person.  Also, our hours have returned to pre-COVID levels – and even more on weekdays:

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

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

Teen book club

We invite sixth-12th graders to join the free in-person teen book club next Wednesday, October 6 from 4-5 p.m. for a lively discussion of this month’s book, “Look Both Ways” by Jason Reynolds, and help us choose what we’ll read next.   

In-person gaming

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

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge will be posted October 4 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Special family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us in the library garden for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  On October 6 we will have a special storytime when Lisa Baker and her friend Fluffy Dog will entertain youngsters with puppets and silly stories.  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 hiatus

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

Activities calendars available

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

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“19 Yellow Moon Road” by Fern Michaels is a Sisterhood mystery. 

Other novels

“The Paper Palace” by Miranda Cowley Heller is a story set in Cape Cod that  unfolds over 24 hours and across 50 years.

How-to and self-help

“Raising Resilient Kids” by Dr. Rhonda Spencer-Hwang discusses eight principles for bringing up children who can thrive in spite of adversity.  “The Little Book of Zen/second edition” is a compilation of  Eastern and Western advice.  “Free-Range Kids/second edition” by Lenore Skenazy is a guide for parents and teachers on how to let children learn and explore for themselves.   “Raising Feminist Boys” by clinical psychologist Bobbi Wegner is a guide to talking with your child about gender, consent and empathy.  “Subpar Parks” by Amber Share looks at America’s most extraordinary national parks via beautiful illustrations juxtaposed with short, humorous one-star reviews by visitors.

Other nonfiction

“The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2022” is the latest version of this classic guide.  “Paradise” by Lizzie Johnson is an in-depth look at the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century.   “Once More in the Sky” by Scott Raab and Joe Woolhead is a collection of essays and photographs that documents the rebuilding of the tower at ground zero.  “Beautiful Country” by Qian Julie Wang is a memoir of a young Chinese immigrant who comes to America from a privileged family and is seen here as an illegal.  “The Reckoning” by Mary L. Trump, trauma psychologist and Donald Trump’s niece, explores how we can begin to heal in the midst of extreme divisiveness.  

DVDs

“In the Heights” is the new movie version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical hit.  “12 Mighty Orphans” is the inspiring true story of an orphanage football team. 

Books on CD

“Miss Kopp Investigates” by Amy Stewart is a Kopp Sisters mystery featuring four strong women who find unique ways to support themselves after World War 1.  “The Shadow” by James Patterson and Brian Sitts is a thriller.

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 Marilyn Falvey 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

“Doing something active when you are feeling sluggish will actually increase your energy, not consume the little that you have.  Researchers at the University of Georgia found that just ten minutes of low- or moderate-intensity exercise gave study participants a noticeable energy boost.” – Reader’s Digest.

9/23/2021

Two generations of talented authors in local family

Regular readers of this Library News column may remember that local veterinarian and author Patty Latham has written two books that feature the adventures of  a fictional Pagosa veterinarian named Dr. Josie Tate.  Now Patty’s son Jim has published a collection of 12 very short stories titled “Noon in Florida,” and she has donated a copy to the library for your reading pleasure.

Known as flash fiction or micro fiction because of their brevity, the minimalist stories cover a wide variety of topics from a dying father and the value of palm trees to the immigration situation and the joy of paying off the mortgage on a cabin.  They demonstrate Jim’s deft skill at sketching an empathetic  scene with descriptive detail using only a very few words.

A former Pagosa resident and frequent visitor to stay in touch with family and friends here, Jim has moved to Oaxaca, Mexico to concentrate on his writing.  Pagosa is well known for our high number of talented published writers, and these two Lathams are good examples.  All three of the Latham books are available at your library in the local authors section.

In-person activities

We are delighted that the robust local vaccination program for our community  means that most of our programs now can happen in person.  Also, our hours have returned to pre-COVID levels – and even more on weekdays:

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

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

LEGO Club on Saturday

Kids aged six to 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, September 25 from 10-11 a.m. for the free LEGO Club.  LEGO challenges also are posted on Facebook.

Teen advisory board

Next Tuesday, September 28 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. 

Adult DIY

Join us on Tuesday, September 28 from 2-3 p.m. for this free in-person DIY event on simple ombre art. Ombre is a painting and decorating technique where one color is blended into another.  We will supply the materials for you to create a classy-looking piece of art to display in your home or office.   Find more DIY videos on your library’s website at htps://pagosalibrary.org/adult-diy/

In-person gaming

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.  Note no gaming tomorrow because of the BBQ event.

Writing challenge

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

Special family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us in the library garden for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  On September 29 we will have a special storytime when guest Kathy Carter will share a story and lead some activities.  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 Wednesdays 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 takes place in person Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.   Note no PALS today, September 23. 

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.

How-to and self-help

“It’s Your Funeral” by Kathy Benjamin is a practical guide to planning your own funeral.  “The Weekday Vegetarians” by Jenny Rosenstrach contains innovative plant-based recipes to help you cut back on meat without living on scrambled eggs and bean burritos.  “Braiding Sweetgrass” by indigenous scientist Robin Wall Kimmerer is a new, enhanced edition of this guide to ecological consciousness.  “Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks” is the second edition of this Fodor travel guide.  “Design a Healthy Home” by Oliver Heath contains 100 ideas to create a restorative, nurturing environment in your home.  “Mushroom, Wanderland” by master forager and chef Jess Starwood helps you identify 25 species of mushrooms and their uses. 

Tolkien writings

“The Nature of Middle Earth” by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Carol F. Hostetter, is a collection of writings that reveals the thought paths the author took to better understand his creation of Middle-earth in “The Lord of the Rings.”

Other nonfiction

“All In” by Billie Jean King is an autobiography of this star professional tennis player and social activist.  “Center Center” by James Whiteside is a collection of essays by this male principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre who is also a drag queen and pop star.  “Every Minute is a Day” by Dr. Robert Meyer and Dan Koeppel is an account of the chaos and compassion of an ER doctor in an emergency room under COVID conditions.

 “Home, Land, Security” by Carla Power is an investigation into the reasons for domestic terrorism as explained by their mothers and other influencers.  “Shutdown” by Adam Tooze is an analysis of how COVID changed global finance, politics and businesses.   “Brothers on Three” by Abe Streep is the true story of family, resistance and hope on a reservation in Montana.  “Chasing Me to my Grave” by Winfred Rembert is a memoir of an artist who uses leather tooling skills he learned in prison.  “Honor Bound” by Amy McGrath is the biography of a woman combat pilot and instructor, the first female Marine to fly a combat mission in a F/A-18.

Books on CD

“By the Neck” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is the first in a new Stoneface Finnegan western series.  “Branded” by Eric Red is a Joe Noose western.  “The Return of the Wolf” by Larry D. Sweazy is a Josiah Wolfe, Texas Ranger adventure.  “A Slow Fire Burning” by Paula Hawkins is written by the author of “The Girl on the Train.” 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“My Heart is a Chainsaw” by Stephen Graham Jones features a teen who is an expert on horror films.  “A Slow Fire Burning” by Paula Hawkins is a book by the author of “The Girl on the Train.”     

Other novels

“The Last Chance Library” by Freya Sampson features a reclusive librarian who mounts a campaign to rescue the library. 

Large print

“Ralph Compton: Ride the Hammer Down” by Terrence McCauley is a western in the gunfighter series.   “The Return of the Wolf” by Larry D. Sweazy is a Josiah Wolfe Texas Ranger adventure.  

DVDs 

“The Truffle Hunters” is the story of the Italian men and their dogs who hunt rate truffles.  “Mortal Kombat” is an adventure about a high stakes battle for the universe.           

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 many anonymous donors for their books 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 is better to execute imperfect decisions than to continuously search for perfect decisions that are never going to exist.” – Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970), French general and former president of France.

9/16/2021

September is library card sign-up month

September is library card sign-up month. Although it’s likely that most readers of this Library News column already have a card, staff at your library are happy to get you one if you don’t.

With a library card, you can check out physical items, download other items and have access to our nearly 30 online resources.  Some of these resources include tools to help you learn a new language, repair your lawnmower or car, stream an independent film, take a class online, find an author or book by new authors similar to those you already like, and much more.

Meg Wempe, director, says that your library card provides access to technology, multimedia content and fun educational programming that transforms lives and strengthens communities.  “A library card provides opportunity for discovery and access to a rich and diverse world. It empowers you to enjoy new stories and experiences,” she said.

Here’s a little-known fact:  There is no minimum or maximum age limit for library cards. Everyone from babies to seniors is welcome.  So if you have friends or family who don’t have library cards, invite them to sign up for one during September – or do it for them, if they are babies or youngsters.

In-person activities

We are delighted that the robust local vaccination program for our community  means that most of our programs now can happen in person.  Also, our hours have returned to pre-COVID levels – and even more on weekdays:

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

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

Teen book club

We invite sixth-12th graders to join the free in-person teen book club next Tuesday, September 21 from 4-5 p.m. for a lively discussion of the books you’ve read recently and the ones you’re interested in reading in the next few months. 

In-person gaming

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.  Note no gaming tomorrow because of the BBQ event.

Writing challenge

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

Special family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us in the library garden for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  On September 22 we will have a special storytime when guest Lisa Baker and her friend Fluffy Dog will provide fun puppet storytelling.  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 Wednesdays 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 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.  Las clases gratuitas se llevan a cabo en persona los martes y jueves de 4-8 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes y intermedios deben asistir de 4-6 p.m. y a los estudiantes avanzados de 6-8 p.m.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session takes place in person Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Note no PALS September 23.

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.

Diverse nonfiction political books

“The Authoritarian Moment” by Ben Shapiro showcases the author’s belief that the authoritarian Left has taken over not just the Democratic Party but also corporations, universities, scientific establishments and cultural institutions and are using their newfound power to silence the opposition.  “Landslide” by Michael Wolfe explores the last days of the Trump Administration with insider stories of events in the Oval Office after the president was not reelected.  “The Cruelty is the Point” by Adam Serwer is a collection of Atlantic magazine articles and new essays that explores white nationalism, the political power of police unions, myths about migration and the many faces of anti-Semitism.

Large print

“Killing the Mob” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard traces the history of organized crime in the U.S.

DVDs 

“Here Today” is a comedy starring Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish.  “Luca” is a Disney Pixar film set on the Italian Riviera. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Guide” by Peter Heller is a thriller featuring a guide at an exclusive fishing lodge in Colorado.  “Intimacies” by Katie Kitamura is set at the international court at The Hague. 

Other novels

“Night Music” by Jojo Moyes features a woman forced to move with her family when her husband dies and leave her in debt.  “Chasing Manhattan” by John Gray follows the adventures of a woman, her boyfriend and faithful dog.  “Her Heart for a Compass” by Sarah Ferguson is a coming of age story in Victorian England.  “Songbirds” by Christy Lefteri explores the darker side of migrants’ lives on Cyprus.  “The Women of Troy” by Pat Barker continues the modern recasting of the Greek classic.  “Holdout” by Jeffrey Kluger is a sci-fi story set on the International Space Station.  “Starlight Enclave” by R.A. Salvatore is book one of the new trilogy featuring characters from Dungeons & Dragons.

Short stories

“Afterparties” by Anthony Veasna So is a collection of short stories about Cambodian American life. 

Books on CD

“The Madness of Crowds” by Louise Penny is a mystery featuring chief inspector Armand Gamache.   “Sold on a Monday” by Kristina McMorris explores the heartbreak of children deemed unwanted.  “Class Act” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.   “The Last Sound You’ll Ever Hear” by James Patterson and J.D. Barker is a thriller.

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 for their generous monetary donations to Susan and Terry Arrington and to Patti Howard and Don Logan for their generosity in honor of Bob and Carole Howard.  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 don’t think teaching is about showing students what they should know; rather, it is about guiding students through the process of meaning-making on their own.  Showing them how to decipher opinion from fact.  Demonstrating skill building for them and practicing it with them.” – Andie Harbut, science teacher, Long Beach, CA.

9/9/2021

How to raise a reader and free back-to-school BBQ tomorrow

With the ongoing demands of parenthood, made more complicated by COVID concerns, it’s easy to forget that if you want your children to be excited about reading, they should see that you are also.  Here are some tips from Pamela Paul and Maria Russo’s New York Times article “How to Raise a Reader” to help you:

  • Make reading a group activity.  Instead of organizing family leisure time around TV, movies or video games, schedule a regular family reading time.  As your youngsters begin to choose their own books and read independently, they may be less inclined to talk to you about what they’re reading.  But if they’re reading right next to you, you’ll hear them laugh, exclaim or make some other response, which gives you an opening for conversation.
  • Create impromptu reading opportunities for your child by leaving books in place where they may be picked up in an idle moment.  Photography books on a coffee table.  Big, visual, information-rich book like David Macaulay’s “The Way Things Work” in the bathroom.  Magazines anywhere in the house where they might catch a young reader’s eye.
  • Join – or start – a parent-child or caregiver-child book club.  Being in a book club together increases the opportunities for you to start conversations about books, which may lead to deeper conversations about other topics.
  • Encourage your child to read the book before the movie version comes out.  You do the same.  Then you can discuss how the story was told in different ways.

Free BBQ tomorrow

Youngsters, tweens and teens are invited to drop by our back garden to celebrate with a free back-to-school barbeque tomorrow, Friday, September 10, from 2-4 p.m.  We’ll have hot dogs, veggie burgers, popsicles and other treats to share – plus free books for students of all ages.      

In-person activities

We are delighted that the robust local vaccination program for our community  means that most of our programs now can happen in person.  Also, our hours have returned to pre-COVID levels – and even more on weekdays:

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

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

Legal clinic tomorrow

The free legal clinic each month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, September 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, 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.

In-person gaming

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.  Note no gaming tomorrow because of the back-to-school barbeque event.

LEGO Club on Saturday

Kids aged six to 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, September 11 from 10-11 a.m. for the free LEGO Club.  LOGO challenges also are posted on Facebook.

Spanish conversation

Next Monday, September 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/

Teen makerspace crafts

Fourth-12th graders are invited to a free makerspace event on Monday, September 13 30 from 4-5 p.m. Come to the library to enjoy making assorted crafts.

Adult book club

Ruby’s Book Club meets from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 14 in the library’s garden to discuss “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson.  Copies of the book are available at your library.  This book club is held the second Tuesday of each month.

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge was posted September 7 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Special family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us in the library garden for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  On September 15 we will have a special storytime when guest storyteller Lori Lucero from the Wildlife Park will provide animal facts and fun.  Saturday’s Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more. 

Special in-person Dungeons & Dragons   

Sixth-12th graders are invited to come to the library on Wednesday, September 15 from 4-6 p.m. for a special one-session mini-game.  Registration preferred as space is limited.  .

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 classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-8 p.m.  Beginning students are encouraged to attend from 4-6 p.m. and intermediate students from 6-8 p.m.   Las clases gratuitas se llevan a cabo en persona los martes y jueves de 4-8 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes deben asistir de 4-6 p.m. y a los estudiantes intermedios de 6-8 p.m.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session takes place in person Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Note no PALS today, Thursday, September 9.

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

“Lighting Strike” by William Kent Kroeger is a prequel to the Cork O’Connor mystery series.  “Another Kind of Eden” by James Lee Burke is the latest installment in the Holland family saga set in the 1960s American West.  “Chasing the Boogeyman” by Richard Chizmar is a psychological horror and true crime story. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Dark Roads” by Chevy Stevens features a teen escaping from a bullying uncle.  “Lightning Strike” by William Kent Krueger is a prequel to the Cork O’Connor mystery series.  “Mrs. March” by Virginia Feito showcases a wife who begins to decode her husband’s secrets.        

Other novels

“The King of Infinite Space” by Lyndsay Faye is a queer and feminist take on “Hamlet” set in modern-day New York City.  “What Strange Paradise” by Omar El Akkad looks at the global refugee crisis through the eyes of a nine-year-old Syrian boy.  “While We Were Dating” by Jasmine Guillory is a romantic comedy involving an actress and a advertising manager.

Large print mysteries and thrillers

“Murder Most Fowl” by Donna Andrews is a Meg Langslow mystery.  “Irish Parade Murder” by Leslie Meier is a Lucy Stone mystery.   “The Bone Code” by Kathy Reichs is book 20 featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan.  “The Therapist” by B.A. Paris takes place in a gated community of exclusive houses.

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 books 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

“The easiest way to avoid wrong notes is to never open your mouth and sing.  What a mistake that would be.” – Pete Seeger (1919-2014), American folk singer and social activist.

9/2/2021

Free back-to-school barbecue next week

Youngsters, tweens and teens are invited to drop by our back garden to celebrate with a free back-to-school barbeque on Friday, September 10 from 2-4 p.m.  We’ll have hot dogs, veggie burgers, popsicles and other treats to share – plus free books for students of all ages.        

Library closure

Your library will be closed on Monday, September 6 in observance of Labor Day.

In-person activities

We are delighted that the robust local vaccination program for our community  means that most of our programs now can happen in person.  Also, our hours have returned to pre-COVID levels – and even more on weekdays:

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

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

In-person gaming tomorrow

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

LEGO contest           

Submissions must be turned in by tomorrow, September 3, for the free all-ages LEGO contest.  Winners will be announced September 4 at 12:15 p.m. with prizes for different age groups.  Entries must be built ahead of time and they must be of your own creation, not a LEGO kit or from another source.  Details and instructions are outlined on the children’s and teen calendars available at your library.

Writing challenge

A new all-ages writing challenge will be posted September 7 on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Special family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us in the library garden for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  On September 8 we will have a special Hora de Cuentos storytime when you can practice your Spanish and Josie will share some of her favorite Spanish books.  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 Wednesdays 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.  Note no Tech Time on Tuesday, August 24.   

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-8 p.m.  Beginning students are encouraged to attend from 4-6 p.m. and intermediate students from 6-8 p.m.   Las clases gratuitas se llevan a cabo en persona los martes y jueves de 4-8 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes deben asistir de 4-6 p.m. y a los estudiantes intermedios de 6-8 p.m.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session takes place in person Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Note no PALS next Thursday, September 9.

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

“Chess Tactics for Champions” by grandmaster Susan Polgar reveals the tactics that made her the top-ranked female chess player in the U.S.   “Eastern Europe” by Rick Steves is a travel guide.  “Law & Disorder” by John Douglas discusses famous cases involving the FBI’s pioneer of investigative profiling.  “RV Hacks” by Marc and Julie Bennett is a guide to hassle-free RVing.  “Build Your Own Farm Tools” by Josh Volk is a guide to equipment and systems for small farms.  “The Cost of My Faith” by Jack Phillips is the memoir of the baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage.  “How Space Works” is a DK guide to everything from gravitational waves to cosmic voids. “Baked to Perfection” by Katarina Cermelj contains more than 200 gluten-free recipes.  “Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Old”  by Richard J. Leider and David A. Shapiro offer a path to purposeful aging. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Bloodless” by Preston & Child is the latest in the FBI Agent Pendergast series.  “The Island” by Ben Coes features an Iranian attack on the United Nations in New York City.  “Dear Miss Metropolitan” by  Carolyn Ferrell focuses on a young woman not found after a kidnapping rescue.  “Velvet Was The Night” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a Mexican gothic mystery.  “Perfume Thief” by Timothy Schaffert is set in World War II Paris.   

Other novels

“Wayward” by Dana Spiotta features a woman facing a midlife reckoning.  “Rainbow Milk” by Paul Mendez follows a teen grappling with his racial and sexual identities.   “Damnation Spring” by Ash Davidson centers on a community torn between its logging heritage and environmental degradation.  “Yours Cheerfully” by A.T. Pearce is a celebration of friendship and women’s solidarity in World War II London. 

Books on CD

“Complications” by Danielle Steel is set in a restored luxury hotel in Paris.  “Hidden” by Fern Michaels is the first book in the new Lost and Found mystery series. 

DVDs

“A Quiet Place” is the second book in this series about monsters from outer space.  “Dream Horse” is the true story of an unlikely race horse.

Large print

“Remember by Lisa Genova explores the science of memory and the art of forgetting.  “Vortex” by Catherine Coulter is an FBI thriller. 

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 Medora Bass and our many anonymous donors for their material donations.  Please put your material 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

“Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you.  The future will take care of itself.” – Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952), Indian monk introduced millions of Americans to the teachings of meditation and is considered by yoga experts as the Father of Yoga in the West.

8/26/2021

Ideal back-to-school gift for your youngsters

Do you know the value of a home library for your youngsters?  Research shows that kids who have books in their home have improved vocabulary and overall reading performance; do better in math, science and social studies; perform better on standardized tests and are more likely to go to college.

Those are impressive skills for your child to cultivate – and they are especially relevant now that Archuleta County kids soon will be returning to school amid the continuing uncertainties and potential academic losses of the COVID-19 coronavirus environment.

Another valuable tip to help your youngster be successful in school and in life – reading aloud.  You are stimulating language and literacy skills, as well as building motivation, curiosity and memory. 

The free storytimes at your library can help build a love of reading in your children.  Family storytimes for kids of all ages happen on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. in the library garden and on Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. on Facebook.  Storytimes are a great way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  

As we get ready to start the new school year, this may be a good time for parents, grandparents and other caregivers to make a personal resolution to help build home libraries for your loved ones.

In-person activities

We are delighted that the robust local vaccination program for our community  means that most of our programs now can happen in person.  Also, our hours have returned to pre-COVID levels – and even more on weekdays:

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

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

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book club has resumed meeting in person on the fourth Friday of every month from 2-3 p.m.  Tomorrow, on Friday, August 27, the ladies will discuss “Mesa Verde Victim” by Scott Graham.  Pick up a copy at your library.

In-person gaming tomorrow

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

LEGO Club on Saturday and new LEGO contest           

Kids aged six to 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, August 28 from 10-11 a.m. for the free LEGO Club.  LOGO challenges also are posted on Facebook.

Submissions must be turned in between August 30 and September 3 for the free all-ages LEGO contest.  Winners will be announced this September 4 at 12:15 p.m. with prizes for different age groups.  Entries must be built ahead of time and they must be of your own creation, not a LEGO kit or from another source.  Details and instructions are outlined on the children’s and teen calendars available at your library.

Teen makerspace crafts

Teens are invited to a free makerspace event on Monday, August 30 from 3-5 p.m.  Sixth-12th graders can come to the library to enjoy making assorted crafts.

Teen advisory board

Next Tuesday, August 31 the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. on Zoom.  Sixth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs. 

Writing challenge

On August 23we posted a new all-ages writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Special family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us in the library garden for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  On September 1 we will have a special storytime when Diann Tator will host.  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 Wednesdays 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. 

Sstorywalk takes a short break

The storywalk signs need repainting, so we’re taking a break until later in September.

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 on Tuesday, August 24.   

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-8 p.m.  Beginning students are encouraged to attend from 4-6 p.m. and intermediate students from 6-8 p.m.   Las clases gratuitas se llevan a cabo en persona los martes y jueves de 4-8 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes deben asistir de 4-6 p.m. y a los estudiantes intermedios de 6-8 p.m.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session 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. 

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.

Large print

“Class Act” by Stuart Woods is Stone Barrington adventure.  “Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Treachery” by Brian Freeman is a Jason Bourne thriller.  “The New Retirement Savings Time Bomb” by Ed Slott is a guide to taking financial control, avoiding unnecessary taxes and combatting threats to your retirement savings.  “Ralph Compton: Calvert’s Last Bluff” by E. L. Ripley is a Sundown Riders western.  “Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swenson mystery.  “The Summer of Lost and Found” by Mary Alice Monroe is a romance.

Nonfiction

“Return of the God Hypothesis” by Stephen C. Meyer examines three scientific discoveries with theistic implications.   “Geniuses at War” by David A. Price describes the great minds behind the machine that broke the Nazis’ toughest code.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Once There Were Wolves” by Charlotte McConaghy is the story of a woman desperate to save the creatures she loves.  “The Tryout” by Megan Abbott is a mystery set at a dance school.  “The Disappearing Act” by Catherine Steadman is a psychological thriller featuring young actors auditioning for parts in TV shows.  “Dream Girl” by Laura Lippman is a psychological suspense story.`

DVDs

“Book Club” stars Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen.  “Wrath of Man” stars Jason Statham.  “Defending Jacob” is a thriller.

Books on CD

“That Summer” by Jennifer Weiner begins with misdirected emails.  “The Bone Code” by Kathy Reichs is the latest in the series featuring forensic scientist Temperance Brennan.   “The Therapist” by B.A. Paris is a psychological suspense story.  “Pack Up the Moon” by Kristan Higgins describes a unique and loving way a dying wife works to help her husband.  “The Guilt Trip” by Sandie Jones is a suspense story that takes place at a destination wedding.  “The Wonder Test” by Michelle Richmond features a single mother sleuth.  “Dream Girl” by Laura Lippman is a psychological thriller about a novelist incapacitated by injury.  “E-Day” by Nicholas Sansbury Smith is an AI sci-fi story.  “The Maidens” by Alex Michaelides is a mystery set at Cambridge University.  “Boundless” by Jack Campbell is part of The Lost Fleet 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 many anonymous donors for their books 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

“Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” – Dolly Parton, American country music singer-songwriter, author, businesswoman and humanitarian.

8/19/2021

Library searching for two board members

If you want to give something back to your community and consider the library one of the most significant institutions in our society, we might have a job for you.

The Sisson Library has two openings for three-year terms on the Board of Trustees at this time.  This position is a volunteer one – no monetary compensation but lots of job satisfaction.  The board meets monthly on the third Wednesday of every month, usually at 4 p.m.

Unlike the board of directors of a corporation which represents shareholders, the board of the library is the governance group that ensures our mission is fulfilled and the organization is held accountable to its main stakeholders – the public.  Their principal function is to set policies consistent with the public mission of the organization, select managers who can carry out the mission, and monitor the performance of the organization so that public welfare is maximized.

Those are fancy words, and the responsibilities are significant.  Here are the qualifications we are looking for:

  • Financial knowledge, especially budget preparation and monitoring.
  • Business knowledge, especially strategic planning and resource management.
  • Experience on another nonprofit board would be wonderful, as we all learn by doing.
  • A passion for libraries, literature and literacy is a huge plus.

If you are interested in pursuing one of these two board seats, please send a letter of interest to Meg Wempe, the library director.  For further information, email meg@pagosalibrary.org or phone her at 970-264-2209

In-person activities

We are delighted that the robust local vaccination program for our community  means that most of our programs now can happen in person.  Also, our hours have returned to pre-COVID levels – and even more on weekdays:

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

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

In-person gaming tomorrow

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

Writing challenge

On Monday, August 23we will post a new all-ages writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Special family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us in the library garden for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  On August 25 we will have a special storytime when Lisa Baker and her friend Fluffy Dog will join us for puppets, storytelling and fun.  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 Wednesdays 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. 

New storywalk for kids

Watch for signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free storywalk for kids.  The August 16-30 theme is a silly stroll to get your body moving.  After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

In-person Spanish conversation

Join us at your library to practice your Spanish conversation skills in a free in-person group setting on Wednesday, August 25 from 4-5 p.m.   There is no minimum skill level to participate.

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 on Tuesday, August 24.   

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-8 p.m.  Beginning students are encouraged to attend from 4-6 p.m. and intermediate students from 6-8 p.m.   Las clases gratuitas se llevan a cabo en persona los martes y jueves de 4-8 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes deben asistir de 4-6 p.m. y a los estudiantes intermedios de 6-8 p.m.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session 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. 

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

“Billy Summers” by Stephen King is a thriller.  “Black Ice” by Brad Thor is a Scot Harvath Cold War adventure.  “Claimed” by J.R. Ward is a new Lair of the Wolven series set in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world.  “It’s Better This Way” by Debbie Macomber is a romance.  “False Witness” by Karin Slaughter is a mystery.  “Fallen” by Linda Castillo is a suspense story about an Amish woman.  “The Cellist” by Daniel Silva is a Gabriel Allon mystery. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“For Your Own Good” by Samantha Downing is set at a prestigious private school.  “Steel Fear” by Webb and Mann features Navy Seal Brandon Webb.   “Not a Happy Family” by Shari Lapena reveals three family suspects after a double murder.  “Godspeed” by Nickolas Butler takes place at a construction site in Jackson, Wyoming.  “Falling” by T.J. Newman explores how far you would go to save your family.   “False Witness” by Karin Slaughter features a lawyer with a scary connection to her client.

Other novels

“China Room” by Sunjeev Sahota is set in India.  “The Forbidden” by Heather Graham is the latest in the Krewe of Hunters fantasy series.  “The Husbands” by Chandler Baker explores an unorthodox method of couples therapy.  “One Last Stop” by Casey McQuiston is a romance about a girl lost in time.  “Very Sincerely Yours” by Kerry Winfrey is a romantic comedy.  “All the Little Hopes” by Leah Weiss is set in the tobacco land of North Carolina.  “Ghosts” by Dolly Alderton is a romantic comedy.              

Large print westerns

“Ralph Compton: Prairir Fire, Kansas” by John Shirley is the latest in the Sundown Riders series.  “The Wicked Die Twice” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is book three in the Slash and Burn series.  “Bullet for a Stranger” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is book three in the Red Ryan western series. 

Other large print books

“Death of a Telenovela Star” by Teresa Dovalpage is a Havana mystery.  “Survive the Night” by Riley Sager features a college student in a car with a possible serial killer.  “The Pecan Springs Enterprise Trilogy” by Susan Wittig Albert contains three novellas.  “Someone to Cherish” by Mary Balogh is book eight in the Westcott series.   “The Plot” by Joan Hanff Korelitz is about a professor who steals a student’s work.  “Castle Shade” by Laurie R. King is a Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes vampires mystery.  “Unfinished Business” by J.A. Jance is an Ali Reynolds mystery.  “Black Ice” by Brad Thor is book 20 in the Scot Harvarth thriller series.  “Choose Me” by Tess Gerritsen and Gary Braver mystery.  “The Maidens” by Alex Michaelides is a mystery set at Cambridge University.  “One by One” by Ruth Ware isa mystery set in a snowed-in rustic ski chalet.

Nonfiction

“Victim F” by Denise Huskins and Aaron Quinn is the true story of their kidnapping and their revictimization by the justice system.  “How To Live When a Loved One Dies” by Thich Nhat Hann offers wisdom to those dealing with intense grief and loss.  “Nice Racism” by Robin DiAngelo sheds light on the subtle patterns of progressive white people that protects racism.  “The Icepick Surgeon” by Sam Kean is a guide across 2,000 years of history of scientific sins.

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 for their generous monetary donation, and to our many anonymous donors for their books 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 ask, the answer is always no.” – Nora Roberts, contemporary American author of more than 225 romance novels.

8/12/2021

Visitors and locals keep your library busy plus local author’s new book set in Pagosa

 “Wow!  It definitely is summer at your library and the numbers show it!”  That was the reaction of Meg Wempe, library director, as she reviewed the usage statistics for the last three months. 

The door count, which was 3,944 in May, jumped to 5,407 in June and 5,443  in July. We issued 43 new cards in May, which then increased to 73 in June. Computer usage is up also – from 660 in May to 818 in June.  It remained high in July, with 850 computer usages over the month.

“With a fair number of people vaccinated and traveling again, plus our local patrons returning to their usual schedules, we’re seeing a dramatic increase in people coming in to the library,” Meg said.  “Our summer months are our busiest months, and this year is no exception.

“Our annual Summer Reading Program that includes increased programs and weekly challenges brings more local people in.  We also see additional traffic from the greater number of visitors and tourists in town.”

Local author’s second novel set in Pagosa

Regular readers of this column may remember that local veterinarian and author Patty Latham wrote a book titled “Colorado Blood” which she donated to your library in 2017.  Now she has written a sequel called “Pagosa Tears.” 

This book is a good read because Patty is an accomplished storyteller.  And it’s especially fun for local readers spot familiar geography like lakes, trails, restaurants, ranches and other favorite locations as the tale unfolds.

The story centers on the adventures of  a Pagosa veterinarian named Dr. Josie Tate.  While Josie is a fictional character, it is clear from the highly detailed and believable text that the author’s experience and expertise as a long-time vet have been passed on to her heroine. 

This definitely is a book for animal lovers, as the heroine rushes to save abused animals and care for her creature clients whenever she is needed.   The sanctity of animal life and the importance of conservation initiatives are vital themes that flow through the book.  

There also is a romantic element to the story, as Josie meets and falls for a conservationist named Charlie, who is involved in the reintroduction of lynx to our local mountains.  Charlie is vital to helping Josie find and rescue her horse Woody, who goes missing under highly suspicious circumstances after a riding accident.

The author is generous with her praise for local officials and friends who were helpful to her with advice and support as she wrote.  Among those mentioned in the acknowledgments are Wes Laverty, deputy of emergency operations for the Archuleta County sheriff’s office;  Nolen W. Berry, a legal expert and former associate judge; Tim Sullivan, well-known singer-songwriter and head of a popular country music band; Greg Wells, furrier and guide to the best high-country horse camps; and the staff at Colorado Parks and Wildlife, especially Jacob Ivan, biologist in the CPW Nongame Mammal Conservation Section who is an expert on lynx.

Patty has donated a copy of “Pagosa Tears”  and its prequel “Colorado Blood” to your library.  Each stands alone as a good story – or you can read them together.  Both will remind readers why we love living in the Pagosa mountains.

In-person activities

We are delighted that the robust local vaccination program for our community  means that most of our programs now can happen in person.  Also, our hours have returned to pre-COVID levels – and even more on weekdays:

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

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

Legal clinic tomorrow

The free legal clinic each month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, August 13 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.

In-person gaming tomorrow

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.  Maximum of four participants in the gaming room at a time and social distancing must be maintained.

LEGO Club on Saturday    

Kids aged six to 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, August 14 from 10-11 a.m. for the free LEGO Club.  LOGO challenges also are posted on Facebook.

LENA start orientation

Learn how to use talk to build your child’s brain from 9-10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 17.  Sign up at your library by August 16 to join a parent group centered on language and literacy for babies aged 0-three.  This free program is available in English and Spanish.

Cardboard creations for kids

We’ll have cardboard galore on Tuesday, August 17 from 2-3:30 p.m. ready to be transformed by kids, tweens and teens into anything they can think up.

Adult DIY

Join us on Tuesday, August 17 from 2-3 p.m. for this free in-person DIY event.  Brad will go over the basics of creating paper chain wall hangings using coloring pages and a few other household supplies.  Take-and-make kits will be available beginning Monday, August 16 for those who cannot attend.  Find more DIY videos on your library’s website at htps://pagosalibrary.org/adult-diy/

Special family storytime

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us in the library garden for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  On August 18 we will have a special storytime when Alan Powdermaker, local author and philanthropist, will talk about financial literacy for kids.  Help your children begin thinking about money with this fun program.  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 Wednesdays 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. 

New storywalk for kids

Watch for signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free storywalk for kids.  The August 16-30 theme is a silly stroll to get your body moving.  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

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-8 p.m.  Beginning students are encouraged to attend from 4-6 p.m. and intermediate students from 6-8 p.m.   Las clases gratuitas se llevan a cabo en persona los martes y jueves de 4-8 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes deben asistir de 4-6 p.m. y a los estudiantes intermedios de 6-8 p.m.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session 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. 

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

“New Women in the Old West” by Winifred Gallagher tells the story of the brave and persistent multi-racial women who created homes and built communities between 1840 and 1910.  “Spanish grammar handbook” is a Berlitz guide.  “First Friends” by Gary Ginsberg explores the ties between U.S. presidents and their closest friends and confidants.  “How I Saved the World” by Jesse Watters is a memoir of this TV host and champion of right-wing thinking.  “Perversion of Justice” by Julie K. Brown documents the life of Jeffrey Epstein as he evaded prosecution for his crimes over the decades.  “Every Tenant’s Legal Guide” is a Nolo guide written by lawyers to help renters. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Just One Look” by Lindsay Camerson features a temp who becomes fixated on her boss’s private emails with his wife.  “Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Treachery” by Brian Freeman is the latest in the Jason Bourne series.  “Final Girl Support Group” by Grady Hendrix focuses on six women who survived massacres.

DVDs

“Sex, Lies and Butterflies” is a Nature documentary about the lives and skills of butterflies.  “Kipo” is an animated film about a young girl thrust into a fastastical post-apocalyptic world.  “Infinity Train: Book One” contains 10 episodes.

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 many anonymous donors for their books 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

“The meaning of life is to find your gift.  The purpose of life is to give it away.” – Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Spanish painter and sculptor wo led the early 20th century cubism art movement.