2/4/2021

How to find new books that match your likes and interests

If you’ve got more time to read because COVID is keeping you at home and would like to expand your reading choices, we suggest you go to our NoveList database where you’ll find a multitude of options to enrich your reading life.

Access is available free by clicking on “Online Resources” on the top of the library’s website.  Scroll down to NoveList, click on the icon, enter your library card number and see the many opportunities for all ages.  They’re presented for adults, teens, ages 9-12 and ages 0-8:

  • One section is called “I’m in the mood for…” that offers a selection of books that are lyrical and stylistically complex (lovely, layered reads), bittersweet (happy endings not guaranteed), sweeping and dramatic (sagas), and fun (laugh-out-loud stories).
  • There is a category for Australian and New Zealand authors as well as for Canadian writers.
  • There’s a special section for graphic novels, manga and anime.
  • There are categories for all genres including fantasy, historical novels, mysteries, romance, sci-fi and westerns.
  • There’s even a category called “Reading during pandemic” that accesses cozy and gentle stories, heartwarming reads, fast-paced thrillers and pandemic apocalypse fiction.

Happy searching and happy reading!

Activities calendars available

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

New free literacy program for babies

An exciting new free Colorado-based literacy program that helps families and caregivers build their babies’ vocabulary is now underway in Archuleta County, thanks to a partnership involving your library, AmeriCorps and the San Juan BOCES.

You need to sign up for this special program, called LENA, in order to be enrolled in the workshops that will provide you with personalized information and ideas to help your child.  Please contact Michelle Salmeron-Ramierez at 970-585-4293 or nichelle@unitedway-swco.org.  The program is available in English and Spanish. It was created for babies from new-born to age three, and will help you use talking to build your child’s brain.

Library operations update

Here is the current status under COVID Level Orange:

  • 30 patrons may be in the building at a time.
  • Open Thursdays from 1 p.m.- 7 p.m. with 1-2 p.m. reserved for seniors and higher risk populations. 
  • Other hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with 9 a.m.-10 a.m. for seniors and higher risk populations. Saturdays: 10 a.m-2 p.m.  Sundays: closed.
  • Accepting meeting room reservations only for individuals or members of the same household, with library programs having first dibs on the rooms. 
  • Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day.  Please practice social distancing and wear facial coverings while you are in the building.  If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you.
  • Ten computers are available. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.
  • One early literacy computer is available for youngsters Monday-Saturday.
  • Curbside service continues Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. except for Thursdays when it’s from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Phone 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so staff can bring the items out for you.  If you put a hold on something, please wait for your usual alert (email, phone call or text) before coming to pick it up. 
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of open, so items may take longer than usual. 
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

Special note

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

New all-ages writing challenge

On February 8we will post a new writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating.  This is a free all-ages activity.

New storywalk for kids

Weather permitting, every other Thursday Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Storywalk for kids.  The current theme is escape to warmer climates via a fanciful ocean story. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Knitting takeaways

Pick up free knitting takeaways at the library entrance during open hours to take for your in-home enjoyment.  We’ll have patterns craft ideas, instructions and some limited supplies available.

Calling all teens

If you enjoy reading books, learning new skills and helping your community, we hope sixth-12th graders will sign up to volunteer at your library.  You’ll write book reviews, make artwork for the teen area, help plan new programs, judge our pumpkin decorating contest, prepare crafts for kids’ programs and help keep the library organized.  Please stop by the library or apply online.

After-school program

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

DIY craft takeaway for kids

Drop by your library for free DIY crafts takeaways for youngsters age 10 and older during open hours.  Pick up a packet outside the library.      

Tech Time

Make a 15- to 30-minute appointment for one of three free in-person slots available noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. 

ESL

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

Dungeons & Dragons

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

Children’s programs on Facebook

Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m., join us on the library’s Facebook page for free children’s programs.  Wednesday storytimes are on Facebook Live, so you can interact with Josie.  Saturday’s Discovery Times with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more are prerecorded.  

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) sessions take place in person where Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Contact the library and Mark will work with you to schedule a date and time to meet.

Large print

“The Wrong Family” by Terryn Fisher features a retired therapist.  “Bitter Pill” by Fern Michaels is a Sisterhood mystery.  “The Shooting at Chateau Rock” by Martin Walker is a Bruno, chief of police, mystery.  “The Gift of the Magpie” by Donna Andrews is a Meg Langslow mystery.  “Hush-Hush” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery. “Lost Banshee Mine” by Jackson Lowry.is a Ralph Compton western in the Sundown Riders series.

Nonfiction

“Bad Medicine” by former prosecutor Charlotte Bismuth exposes corruption and greed behind America’s opioid epidemic.  “How to Prepare for Climate Change” by David Pogue is a practical guide to adapting and surviving

Books on CD

“Bitter Pill” by Fern Michaels is the latest in the Sisterhood series.  “Neighbor” by Danielle Steel features a reclusive actress who opens her home after an earthquake.  “Tattoos on the Heart” by pastor Gregory Boyle contains inspirational stories from the L.A. barrio.  “Prodigal Son” by Gregg Hurwitz connects a government assassin with his mother when she calls for help.  “Dear Miss Kopp” by Amy Stewart is a Kopp Sisters novel set in World War I.             

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.  That is why you need to select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use.  Please email or phone us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 

Donations 

For their materials donations, we thank our anonymous donors.  Please put your material donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  Donations undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns. 

Library foundation

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation to help support the services and programs provided by your Ruby Sisson Library.  Mail checks to P.O. Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209.  Thank you!

Quotable Quote

“More is lost by indecision than a wrong decision.  Indecision is the thief of opportunity.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman statesman, scholar and academic.

1/28/2021

New online Spanish conversation group starts Monday

Next Monday, February 1 from 4-5 p.m. a new online Spanish conversation group

will gather on Google Meet to practice their skills together.  You can access the meeting using the Google Meet app or by visiting meet.google.com/xrv-esre-kav – and feel free to contact Brad at the library if you have questions about using Google Meet.  The group’s next session this month will be Monday, February 22 from 4-5 p.m.

Activities calendars available

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

New free literacy program for babies

An exciting new free Colorado-based literacy program that helps families and caregivers build their babies’ vocabulary is now underway in Archuleta County, thanks to a partnership involving your library, AmeriCorps and the San Juan BOCES.

You need to sign up for this special program, called LENA, in order to be enrolled in the workshops that will provide you with personalized information and ideas to help your child.  Please contact Michelle Salmeron-Ramierez at 970-585-4293 or nichelle@unitedway-swco.org.  The program is available in English and Spanish. It was created for babies from new-born to age three, and will help you use talking to build your child’s brain.

Library foundation

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation to help support the services and programs provided by your Ruby Sisson Library.  Mail checks to P.O. Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209.  Thank you!

Library operations update

Here is the current status under COVID Level Orange:

  • 30 patrons may be in the building at a time.
  • Open Thursdays from 1 p.m.- 7 p.m. with 1-2 p.m. reserved for seniors and higher risk populations. 
  • Other hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with 9 a.m.-10 a.m. for seniors and higher risk populations. Saturdays: 10 a.m-2 p.m.  Sundays: closed.
  • Accepting meeting room reservations only for individuals or members of the same household, with library programs having first dibs on the rooms. 
  • Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day.  Please practice social distancing and wear facial coverings while you are in the building.  If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you.
  • Ten computers are available. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.
  • One early literacy computer is available for youngsters Monday-Saturday.
  • Curbside service continues Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. except for Thursdays when it’s from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Phone 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so staff can bring the items out for you.  If you put a hold on something, please wait for your usual alert (email, phone call or text) before coming to pick it up.  
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of open, so items may take longer than usual.  
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

Special note

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

New all-ages writing challenge

On January 25  we posted a new writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating.  This is a free all-ages activity.

New storywalk for kids

Weather permitting, every other Thursday Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Storywalk for kids.  The January 28 theme is escape to warmer climates via a fanciful ocean story. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Knitting takeaways

Pick up free knitting takeaways at the library entrance during open hours to take for your in-home enjoyment.  We’ll have patterns craft ideas, instructions and some limited supplies available.

Calling all teens

If you enjoy reading books, learning new skills and helping your community, we hope sixth-12th graders will sign up to volunteer at your library.  You’ll write book reviews, make artwork for the teen area, help plan new programs, judge our pumpkin decorating contest, prepare crafts for kids’ programs and help keep the library organized.  Please stop by the library or apply online.

After-school program

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

DIY craft takeaway for kids

Drop by your library for free DIY crafts takeaways for youngsters age 10 and older during open hours.  Pick up a packet outside the library.          

In-person gaming

Free in-person gaming is suspended due to COVID safety concerns.

Tech Time

Make a 15- to 30-minute appointment for one of three free in-person slots available noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. 

ESL

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

Dungeons & Dragons

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

Children’s programs on Facebook

Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m., join us on the library’s Facebook page for free children’s programs.  Wednesday storytimes are on Facebook Live, so you can interact with Josie.  Saturday’s Discovery Times with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more are prerecorded.   

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place in person where Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Contact the library and Mark will work with you to schedule a date and time to meet.

Nonfiction

“The City of God” by Saint Augustine is a book of Christian philosophy.  “The Lupus Solution” by Drs. Tiffany and Brent Caplan is a patient’s guide to understanding lupus, avoiding flares and achieving long-term remission.  “A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe” by Michael S. Schneider is an illustrated journey exploring the mathematical principles made visible in flowers, shells, crystals, plants and the human body.  “American Baby” by Gabrielle Glaser is the intimate story of a mother and son reunited after being separated by the 1960s adoption system. 

Books on CD

Robert B. Parker’s “Someone To Watch Over Me” by Ace Atkins is a Spenser mystery.  “Our Darkest Night” by Jennifer Robson follows a young Jewish woman who must pose as a Christian farmer’s wife to survive the Holocaust.  “Better Luck Next Time” by Julia Claiborne Johnson is set in Reno, the divorce capital of the world.  “Deadly Cross” by James Patterson is an Alex Cross mystery.

Spanish books           

“Una Tierra Prometida” (“A Promised Land”) por Barack Obama is the first volume of his presidential memoirs.  En este extraordinario primer volumen de sus esperadas memorias presidenciales, Barack Obama narra la historia de su sorprendente evolución de ser un joven en busca de su identidad a convertirse en líder del mundo occidental.  “Inquebrantables” (“Unbreakable”) por Daniel Habif En  proporciona inspiración y motivación para ayudar al lector superar obstáculos y crear la vida que desea vivir.

Large print

“Spin” by Patricia Cornwall is book two in the Captain Chase thriller series.  “The Mystery of Mrs. Christie” by Marie Benedict focuses on the disappearance of Agatha Christie.  “Wrong Alibi” by Christina Dodd is a murder mystery set in Alaska.

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.  That is why you need to select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use.  Please email or phone us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 

Donations  

For their materials donations, we thank our anonymous donors.  Please put your material donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  Donations undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  

Quotable Quote

“Not enough black women had a seat at the table, so I had to go and chop down that wood and build my own table.” – American singer-songwriter Beyoncé.

1/21/2021

How to help your children grow up to be readers

A New York Times article headlined “How to Raise a Reader” by Pamela Paul and Marcia Russo offers easy and practical tips on how you can make sure your young children grow up loving to read: 

  1. Mix it up.  When children start to pick out words, allow them to read to you some of the time.  But don’t make it a test.  Help them by pointing to words you know they will recognize. 
  2. Don’t abruptly withdraw your reading services.  Being read to is part of your bond and you don’t want your child to think that becoming an independent reader jeopardizes that special time together.  Continue reading aloud picture book favorites and start on more sophisticated books they can’t yet read on their own.
  3. Every child learns to read at a personal pace.  There is no correct age for independent reading and no special formula to get every child to read by a certain age.  If you focus on raising a reader, it will happen.
  4. Don’t make reading work.  Reading at home should fun.  Don’t put pressure on your child to meet particular targets.
  5. Check in with the teacher but don’t get nervous if your child is not reading at the same level as his or her peers.  Late readers often grow up to be better, more enthusiastic readers.  On the other hand, if you or your child’s teacher suspect a reading challenge like dyslexia, get a formal evaluation.

And here’s a tip from your library staff:  Every week these Library News columns describe free fun activities for kids of all ages to encourage their love of books.  We hope you’ll take advantage of them.  To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your family, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month.  There are two versions – youth and adults.

New free literacy program for babies

An exciting new free Colorado-based literacy program that helps families and caregivers build their babies’ vocabulary is now underway in Archuleta County, thanks to a partnership involving your library, AmeriCorps and the San Juan BOCES.

You need to sign up for this special program, called LENA, in order to be enrolled in the workshops that will provide you with personalized information and ideas to help your child.  Please contact Michelle Salmeron-Ramierez at 970-585-4293 or nichelle@unitedway-swco.org.  The program is available in English and Spanish. It was created for babies from new-born to age three, and will help you use talking to build your child’s brain.

Library foundation

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation to help support the services and programs provided by your Ruby Sisson Library.  Mail checks to P.O. Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209.  Thank you!

Library operations update

Here is the current status under COVID Level Orange:

  • 30 patrons may be in the building at a time.
  • Open Thursdays from 1 p.m.- 7 p.m. with 1-2 p.m. reserved for seniors and higher risk populations. 
  • Other hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with 9 a.m.-10 a.m. for seniors and higher risk populations. Saturdays: 10 a.m-2 p.m.  Sundays: closed.
  • Accepting meeting room reservations only for individuals or members of the same household, with library programs having first dibs on the rooms. 
  • Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day.  Please practice social distancing and wear facial coverings while you are in the building.  If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you.
  • Ten computers are available. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.
  • One early literacy computer is available for youngsters Monday-Saturday.
  • Curbside service continues Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. except for Thursdays when it’s from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Phone 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so staff can bring the items out for you.  If you put a hold on something, please wait for your usual alert (email, phone call or text) before coming to pick it up.  
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of open, so items may take longer than usual.  
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

Special note

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

Calling all teens…

If you enjoy reading books, learning new skills and helping your community, we hope sixth-12th graders will sign up to volunteer at your library.  You’ll write book reviews, make artwork for the teen area, help plan new programs, judge our pumpkin decorating contest, prepare crafts for kids’ programs and help keep the library organized.  Please stop by the library or apply online.

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book club meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:15 a.m. – noon via Zoom. Tomorrow, Friday, January 22, the ladies will discuss “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng.  Pick up a copy at your library. The Zoom meeting ID for this event is 838 1714 5986 and the passcode is 81147.

LEGO challenge Saturday

Join us on January 23 at 10 a.m. for a free all-ages LEGO challenge via an image posted on Facebook and the library website.  Use your own pieces to create something that will fit the challenge. If you don’t have LEGOS, we have a few grab bags available at the library.

Knitting takeaways

Pick up free knitting takeaways at the library entrance during open hours to take for your in-home enjoyment.  We’ll have patterns craft ideas, instructions and some limited supplies available.

New writing challenge

On January 4 we posted a writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page, and there will be a new one coming next Monday, January 25.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating.  This is a free all-ages activity.

After-school program

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

DIY craft takeaway for kids

Drop by your library for free DIY crafts takeaways for youngsters age 10 and older during open hours.  Pick up a packet outside the library.      

In-person gaming

Free in-person gaming is suspended due to COVID safety concerns.

Storywalk for kids

Weather permitting, every other Thursday Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Storywalk for kids.  The January 14-27 theme is family traditions. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Tech Time

Make a 15- to 30-minute appointment for one of three free in-person slots available noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. 

ESL

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

Dungeons & Dragons

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

Children’s programs on Facebook

Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m., join us on the library’s Facebook page for free children’s programs.  Wednesday storytimes are on Facebook Live, so you can interact with Josie.  Saturday’s Discovery Times with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more are prerecorded.   

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place in person where Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Contact the library and Mark will work with you to schedule a date and time to meet.

Books on CD

“Out of the Storm” by B.J. Daniels is book one of the new Buckhorn, Montana series.  “Our Darkest Hour” by Jennifer Robson follows a young Jewish woman who must pose as a Christian farmer’s wife to escape the Holocaust.  “American Traitor” by Brad Taylor is a Pike Logan adventure.  “The Wrong Family” by Tarryn Fisher is a thriller.  “Hush-Hush” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “The Lost Boys” by Faye Kellerman is a Decker/Lazarus thriller. ”Better Luck Next Time” by Julia Claiborne Johnson is set at a Reno divorce ranch in the 1930s.

Nonfiction

“The Invisible Rainbow” by Arthur Firstenberg is a history of electricity and its effects on our health and the planet.  “The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life” by Dr. Terry Wahls and Eve Adamson contains more than 150 paleo recipes to help treat chronic autoimmune conditions.  “Tombstone” by Tom Clavin explores the Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday and the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.  “Nose Dive” by Harold McGee is a field guide to the world’s smells.

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.  That is why you need to select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use.  Please email or phone us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 

Donations  

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

 Quotable Quote

“People employ their creativity in different ways.  Some people write.  Some people knit.  Some people make music.  But it all has to do with our human capacity for invention and for seeing things from different points of view.” – Margaret Atwood, Canadian novelist, poet, teacher, environmental activist and literary critic.

1/14/21

Are you bored?  Try our free online learning resources

Do you have cabin fever?  What better time than now to take advantage of our many free online learning resources that can be accessed from your home with your library card.  Here are some examples:

Academic Search Premier is a collection of full-text articles and journals offering  information in nearly every area of academic study.  AutoMate provides repair information on 34,000 U.S. and imported vehicles.  Britannica for Kids has research materials for elementary, middle and high-school students.  Business Source Premier provides access to more than 1,000 business publications.  Consumer Health Complete contains consumer-oriented health content. 

Driving Tests includes practice tests for car, motorcycle and commercial drivers’ licenses.  Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia has thousands of entries.  GreenFile covers all aspects of human impact on the environment.  History Reference Center offers thousands of historical documents and maps. Legal Information Reference Center helps you address a wide range of legal issues. 

MasterFile Premier gives you access to 1,750 periodicals including Consumer Reports.  Middle Search Plus gives middle school kids access to biographies, historical essays, popular magazines and more.  MyHeritage helps you create your family tree and discover your family history.  Newspaper Sources gives you access to a multitude of newspapers as well as TV and radio news transcripts.  Science Reference Center contains hundreds of science publications.  Small Engine Repair Reference Center covers every type of engine. 

Transparent Language Learning offers nearly 100 languages to learn.  TumbleBook Library has books, e-books and videos for children in English and Spanish. Universal Class has intellectually stimulating courses for people interested in the lifelong pursuit of knowledge.

To see them all, go to our website at pagosalibrary.org and select the gray tab towards the top of the page that says “Online Resources.”

New free literacy program for babies

An exciting new free Colorado-based literacy program that helps families and caregivers build their babies’ vocabulary started in Archuleta County on January 11, thanks to a partnership involving your library, AmeriCorps and the San Juan BOCES.

You need to sign up for this special program, called LENA, in order to be enrolled in the workshops that will provide you with personalized information and ideas to help your child.  Please contact Michelle Salmeron-Ramierez at 970-585-4293 or nichelle@unitedway-swco.org.  The program is available in English and Spanish. It was created for babies from new-born to age three, and will help you use talking to build your child’s brain.

Library closure

Your library will be closed on Monday, January 18 for the Martin Luther King holiday.

Library foundation

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation to help support the services and programs provided by your Ruby Sisson Library.  Mail checks to P.O. Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209.  Thank you!

Library operations update

Since our county has dropped to COVID Level Orange, we now can allow 30 patrons in the library at a time, up from 15 under Level Red.  Other than that, in an abundance of caution, our other safety protocols will remain in place.

Your library staff has been split into separate smaller workgroups in an attempt to lower exposure and keep the library open should somebody test positive.  Because of this, you may notice that occasionally service is a little slower than usual.

Here is the current status:

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

Special note

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

Activities calendars available

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

Teen book club

The free tween book club has morphed to a teen book club for sixth-12th grades due to the age of the interested parties.  Join us for a lively discussion next Tuesday, January 19 from 4-5 p.m. on Zoom about this month’s book,  “Slay” by Brittany Morris.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.  To join the session and help us decide what to read next, please go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82245964216.

Adult DIY on Facebook

Beginning tomorrow, January 15, your library will provide the common household ingredients needed to make your own liquid laundry soap.  Take-and-make ingredients will be available while supplies last.  Then join us on Facebook from 2-3 p.m. to view an easy tutorial from Brad on how to combine make a gallon of laundry soap that can be used for 64 loads of laundry. 

Calling all teens…

If you enjoy reading books, learning new skills and helping your community, we hope sixth-12th graders will sign up to volunteer at your library.  You’ll be invited to write book reviews, make artwork for the teen area, help plan new programs, judge our pumpkin decorating contest, prepare crafts for kids’ programs and help keep the library organized.  Please stop by the library or apply online.

Knitting takeaways

You can pick up free knitting takeaways at the library entrance during open hours to take for your in-home enjoyment.  We’ll have patterns craft ideas, instructions and some limited supplies available.

New writing challenge

On January 4  we posted a new writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating.  This is a free all-ages activity.

After-school program

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

DIY craft takeaway for kids

Drop by your library for free DIY crafts takeaways for youngsters age 10 and older during open hours.  Pick up a packet outside the library.      

In-person gaming

Free in-person gaming is suspended due to COVID safety concerns.

Storywalk for kids

Weather permitting, every other Thursday Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Storywalk for kids.  The January 14-27 theme is family traditions. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Tech Time

Make a 15- to 30-minute appointment for one of three free in-person slots available noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. 

ESL

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

Dungeons & Dragons

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

Children’s programs on Facebook

Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m., join us on the library’s Facebook page for free children’s programs.  Wednesday storytimes are on Facebook Live, so you can interact with Josie.  Saturday’s Discovery Times with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more are prerecorded.   

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place in person where Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Contact the library and Mark will work with you to schedule a date and time to meet.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Whispers of the Dead” by Spencer Kope features FBI agent and elite tracker Steps Craig.  “No. 17” by J. Jefferson Farjeon investigates a murder after the corpse disappears.  “Shadows of the Dead” by Spencer Kope is an FBI Special Tracking Unit mystery. 

Other novels  

“The Berlin Girl” by Mandy Robotham is an historical novel set in pre-war Berlin.  “A Girl Returned” by Donatella Di Peitrantonio begins when a 13-yeqar-old girl is sent away from the only family she has known.

Nonfiction

“Startup 101” by Erick Walk describes how to build a successful business with crowdfunding.   “Aromatherapy” in Iside Sarmiento is a guide to using essential oils in everyday life.  “One Decision” by Mike Bayer is a life coach’s path to your best self.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

We have a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audio books for patrons of 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, not just those that we bought.  That is why you need to select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use.  Please email or phone us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 

Donations  

For their generous monetary donations we thank Robyn Schulze as well as Sherry Spears in honor of Carole Shaw. . Pease put your material donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  Donations undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  

Quotable Quote

“A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure.” – Henry Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State.

1/7/21

Hundreds of fitness resources to support your New Year’s resolutions

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

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

New free literacy program for babies

An exciting new Colorado-based literacy program that helps families and caregivers build their babies’ vocabulary starts in Archuleta County on January 11, thanks to a partnership involving your library, AmeriCorps and the San Juan BOCES.

Called LENA, the free sessions start the week of January 11.  A half-hour Q & A discussion to provide more information for interested parents and caregivers will take place Saturday, January 9 at 10 a.m. on Zoom, with the link available on the library website.

You need to sign up for this special program in order to be enrolled in the workshops that will provide you with personalized information and ideas to help your child.  Please contact Michelle Salmeron-Ramierez at 970-585-4293 or nichelle@unitedway-swco.org.  The program is available in English and Spanish. It was created for babies from new-born to age three, and will help you use talking to build your child’s brain.

Library operations update

Since our county has dropped to COVID Level Orange, we now can allow 30 patrons in the library at a time, up from 15 under Level Red.  Other than that, in an abundance of caution, our other safety protocols will remain in place.

Your library staff has been split into separate smaller workgroups in an attempt to lower exposure and keep the library open should somebody test positive.  Because of this, you may notice that occasionally service is a little slower than usual.

Here is the current status at your library:

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

Special note   

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

Activities calendars available

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

Legal clinic tomorrow

The free legal clinic each month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, January 8 from 2 – 3 p.m. The volunteer attorney can phone you directly, or you can come into the library and meet via Zoom. To sign up for these calls, send an email titled “Sign-up for Free Legal Clinic,” with your first name and phone number to ruby@pagosalibrary.org, or phone or stop by the library. The volunteer attorney’s time is limited so it’s first-come first-served.

LEGO challenge

Join us Saturday, January 9 at 10 a.m. for a free all-ages LEGO challenge via an image posted on Facebook and the library website.  Use your own pieces to create something that will fit the challenge. If you don’t have LEGOS, we will have a few grab bags available at the library.

Adult book club

Ruby’s Book Club meets from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12 via Zoom to discuss “Tomboy Bride” by Harriet Fish Backus.  Please contact the library if you need a copy of the book.  The Zoom meeting ID is 874 5826 9188, passcode 81147.  This book club is held the second Tuesday of each month.

Knitting takeaways

You can pick up free knitting takeaways at the library entrance during open hours to take for your in-home enjoyment.  We’ll have patterns craft ideas, instructions and some limited supplies available.

New writing challenge

On January 4  we posted a new writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating.  This is a free all-ages activity.

After-school program

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

DIY craft takeaway for kids

Drop by your library for free DIY crafts takeaways for youngsters age 10 and older during open hours.  Pick up a packet outside the library.      

In-person gaming

Free in-person gaming is suspended due to COVID safety concerns.

Storywalk for kids

Weather permitting, every other Thursday, Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Storywalk for kids.  The January 2-13 theme is playing in the snow. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Tech Time

Make a 15- to 30-minute appointment for one of three free in-person slots available noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time to resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. 

ESL

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

Dungeons & Dragons

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

Children’s programs on Facebook

Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m., join us on the library’s Facebook page for free children’s programs.  Wednesday storytimes are on Facebook Live, so you can interact with Josie.  Saturday’s Discovery Times with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more are prerecorded.   

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place in person where Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Contact the library and Mark will work with you to schedule a date and time to meet.

DVDs

“The Advocates” is a documentary about the homeless in Los Angeles.  “Tenet” takes place in the industrial world of international espionage.  “Winter in Vail” is a romance. “Spy” is an action comedy.  “The Broken Hearts Gallery” is a romantic comedy.  “This is Us” is the third season. 

Books on CD

“You Betrayed Me” by Lisa Jackson is a suspense story.  “The Tower of Fools” by Andrzej Sapkowski is the first book in the new Russia trilogy historical fantasy series.  “House of Correction” by Nicci French is a thriller set in England.  “The Dirty South” by John Connolly is a Charlie Parker mystery. “Fortune and Golory” by Janet Evanovich is a Stephanie Plum mystery. 

Large print

“Big Jake’s Last Drive” by Robert J. Randisi is a RTalph Compton western.  “They Came to Kill” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Preacher & MacCallister western.      

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations

For her generous monetary donation we thank Meg Wempe.  For books and materials this week, we thank Roxanne Schick.  Pease put your material donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  Donations undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  

 Quotable Quote

“Do the best you can until you know better.  Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou, American poet, author and civil rights activist.

12/31/2020

New free early literacy program comes to our county

An exciting new Colorado-based literacy program that helps families and caregivers build their babies’ vocabulary starts in Archuleta County on January 11, thanks to a partnership involving your library, AmeriCorps and the San Juan BOCES.

Called LENA, the free sessions start the week of January 11. Half-hour Q & A discussions to provide more information for interested parents and caregivers will take place Tuesday, January 5 at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, January 9 at 10 a.m. on Zoom, with the link available on the library website.

You need to sign up for this special program in order to be enrolled in the workshops that will provide you with personalized information and ideas to help your child.  Please contact Michelle Salmeron-Ramierez at 970-585-4293 or nichelle@unitedway-swco.org.  The program is available in English and Spanish. It was created for babies from new-born to age three, and will help you use talking to build your child’s brain.

Holiday closures

Your library will be closed today, December 31 and January 1 in celebration of New Year’s, but curbside service will be available until noon on Thursday, New Year’s Eve.

Free COVID book for indigenous families

Thanks to an anonymous donor, copies of a new book titled “Our smallest warriors, our strongest medicine: Overcoming COVID-19” are available free at your library for indigenous families.

The book is intended to be read by a parent, caregiver or teacher with a child or group of children.  It is beautifully illustrated by Joelle Joyner, a freelance artist and powwow jingle dancer from Detroit.

The story features conversations between two young twins and their mother, who is a front-line nurse, as well as their grandmother, Grandfather Eagle and their friends, about how to keep themselves, family and friends safe from COVID.  There also are several pages of helpful guidelines for adults to help make the book more relevant to their children.

To produce the book, the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health convened a team of experts in child development and communications to take advantage of indigenous storytelling skills and traditions to portray a sense of communal strength and hope in the face of COVID-19.

In addition to the free copies available to indigenous families, a copy has been added to our collection for everyone’s enjoyment.

Library operations update

As a safety measure, your library staff has been split into separate smaller workgroups in an attempt to lower exposure and keep the library open should somebody test positive.  Because of this, you may notice that occasionally service is a little slower than usual.

“Because libraries have been declared an essential service, we are very glad that we can continue serving our community’s needs while still keeping patrons and staff safe, said Meg Wempe, library director  “With circumstances changing quickly, though, we encourage you to email or call with any questions that you may have about our operations – and to keep up to date with state and county COVID guidelines.”

Here is the current status at your library:

  • We are limited to 15 patrons at a time plus staff in the building, since we must operate at only 25% capacity.
  • We remain open on Thursdays from 1 p.m.- 7 p.m. with 1-2 p.m. reserved for seniors and higher risk populations. 
  • Other hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with 9 a.m.-10 a.m. for seniors and higher risk populations. Saturdays: 10 a.m-2 p.m.  Sundays: closed.
  • We are accepting meeting room reservations only for individuals or members of the same household, with library programs having first dibs on the rooms.  You can schedule only so far out, usually two weeks to a month, depending on where we are in the month. 
  • Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day.  Please practice social distancing and wear facial coverings while you are in the building.  If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you.
  • Nine computers are available. In most cases usage will be allowed for three hours per day. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.
  • One early literacy computer is available for youngsters Monday-Saturday.
  • Curbside service continues Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. except for Thursdays when it’s from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Phone 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so staff can bring the items out for you.  If you put a hold on something, please wait for your usual alert (email, phone call or text) before coming to pick it up.  
  • You can drop your returns of books, CDs and DVDs in the dropbox at City Market, as well as in the dropbox at the library.  No donations in the City Market box, please.
  • Notary service is available on a very limited basis.  Please call for an appointment. Cost is $5 per notary.
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of open, so items may take longer than usual.  
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

Special note   

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

Activities calendars available

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

New writing challenge

On January 4 and 25we will post new writing challenges on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating.  This is a free all-ages activity.

Knitting takeaways

We have added free knitting takeaways to our collection of crafts and activities you can pick up at the  library entrance during open hours to take for your in-home enjoyment.  We’ll have patterns craft ideas, instructions and some limited supplies available.

After-school program

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

DIY craft takeaway for kids

Drop by your library for free DIY crafts takeaways for youngsters age 10 and older during open hours.  Pick up a packet outside the library.      

In-person gaming

Free in-person gaming is suspended due to COVID safety concerns.

Storywalk for kids

Weather permitting, every other Thursday, Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Storywalk for kids.  The January 2-13 theme is playing in the snow. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Tech Time

Make a 15- to 30-minute appointment for one of three free in-person slots available noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time to resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. 

ESL

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

Dungeons & Dragons

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

Children’s programs on Facebook

Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m., join us on the library’s Facebook page for free children’s programs.  Wednesday storytimes are on Facebook Live, so you can interact with Josie.  Saturday’s Discovery Times with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more are prerecorded.   

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place in person when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Contact the library and Mark will work with you to schedule a date and time to meet.

Nonfiction

“How Not to Diet Cookbook” by Dr. Michael Greger contains more than 100 recipes for plant-based recipes meals. soups, salads, snacks and sides.  “Hand Delivered Hope” by Jeni Cook follows an American couple who built schools and provided educational resources to forgotten communities around the world.  “The Complete Herbal Handbook for Farm and Stable” by Juliette de Bairacli Levy is an updated version of this classic guide for farmers.  “Abandoned Western Colorado” by Jeff D. Eberle explores ghost towns and mining camps of the western Rockies.  “Olive, Mabel & Me” by sports broadcaster Andrew Cotter tells of life with his Labrador retrievers during the COVID-19 lockdown. 

Large print

“The Falcon Always Wings Twice” by Donna Andrews is a Meg Langslow mystery.  “The Crystal Cave Trilogy” by Susan Wittig Albert contains three novellas.

Books on CD

“Dark Tides” by Philippa Gregory is an historical novel set in 1670’s London and Venice.  “Shadow of the Dragon” by Tom Clancy is a Jack Ryan adventure.  “Three Women Disappear” by James Patterson is a mystery.  “Hidden in Plain Sight” by Jeffrey Archer is the second novel featuring Det. William Warwick.  “Marauder” by Clive Cussler is an Oregon Files adventure.  “The Law of Innocence” by Michael Connelly is a Mickey Haller thriller. 

DVDs

“Bears” is the Nature documentary about bears around the world.  “Yellowstone” starring Kevin Costner is season one.   

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations

 For her generous material donation we thank Christine Bemish.  Pease put your material donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  Donations undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  

 Quotable Quote

“What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.” – Vern McLellan, author of books including “Proverbs for People.”

12/24/2020

A very different Christmas under COVID restrictions

“Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.” That’s an inspirational observation from Dale Evans. For those readers too young to recognize her name, she was a radio star, actress, singer and songwriter who co-starred with her husband, singing cowboy Roy Rogers, in The Roy Rogers Show on TV and in many western movies.

For most people in Archuleta County, this will be a highly unusual Christmas, as we forgo in-person celebratory gatherings with family and friends in the interest of everyone’s health and safety.  In these difficult times, we hope you will be able to create new rituals to replace cherished traditions, and find new ways to get together using technology like Zoom and Facetime or maybe masked and socially distanced outdoor visits on decks or driveways.

In any case, we wish you a very happy holiday season.  And we hope the arrival of the vaccine will bring us all an end to the fear and uncertainty that COVID has delivered.

Holiday closures

Your library will be closed today, December 24, and tomorrow, Christmas Day, in celebration of Christmas, but curbside service will be available until noon today.  We also will be closed December 31 and January 1 in celebration of New Year’s, but curbside service again will be available until noon on Thursday, New Year’s Eve.

Free COVID book for indigenous families

Thanks to an anonymous donor, copies of a new book titled “Our smallest warriors, our strongest medicine: Overcoming COVID-19” are available free at your library for indigenous families.

The book is intended to be read by a parent, caregiver or teacher with a child or group of children.  It is beautifully illustrated by Joelle Joyner, a freelance artist and powwow jingle dancer from Detroit.

The story features conversations between two young twins and their mother, who is a front-line nurse, as well as their grandmother, Grandfather Eagle and their friends, about how to keep themselves, family and friends safe from COVID.  There also are several pages of helpful guidelines for adults to help make the book more relevant to their children.

To produce the book, the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health convened a team of experts in child development and communications to take advantage of indigenous storytelling skills and traditions to portray a sense of communal strength and hope in the face of COVID-19.

In addition to the free copies available to indigenous families, a copy has been added to our collection for everyone’s enjoyment.

Library operations update

As a safety measure, your library staff has been split into separate smaller workgroups in an attempt to lower exposure and keep the library open should somebody test positive.  Because of this, you may notice that occasionally service is a little slower than usual.

“Because libraries have been declared an essential service, we are very glad that we can continue serving our community’s needs while still keeping patrons and staff safe, said Meg Wempe, library director “With circumstances changing quickly, though, we encourage you to email or call with any questions that you may have about our operations – and to keep up to date with state and county COVID guidelines.”

Here is the current status at your library:

  • We are limited to 15 patrons at a time plus staff in the building, since we must operate at only 25% capacity.
  • We remain open on Thursdays from 1 p.m.- 7 p.m. with 1-2 p.m. reserved for seniors and higher risk populations. 
  • Other hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with 9 a.m.-10 a.m. for seniors and higher risk populations. Saturdays: 10 a.m-2 p.m.  Sundays: closed.
  • We are accepting meeting room reservations only for individuals or members of the same household, with library programs having first dibs on the rooms.  You can schedule only so far out, usually two weeks to a month, depending on where we are in the month. 
  • Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day.  Please practice social distancing and wear facial coverings while you are in the building.  If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you.
  • Nine computers are available. In most cases usage will be allowed for three hours per day. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.
  • One early literacy computer is available for youngsters Monday-Saturday.
  • Curbside service continues Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. except for Thursdays when it’s from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Phone 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so staff can bring the items out for you.  If you put a hold on something, please wait for your usual alert (email, phone call or text) before coming to pick it up.  
  • You can drop your returns of books, CDs and DVDs in the dropbox at City Market, as well as in the dropbox at the library.  No donations in the City Market box, please.
  • Notary service is available on a very limited basis.  Please call for an appointment. Cost is $5 per notary.
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of open, so items may take longer than usual.  
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

Special note   

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

Activities calendars available

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

Hot chocolate hullabaloo

Like so many other activities in our current COVID world, our annual holiday Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo has had to adapt – and move to your homes rather than take place at the library.  We  have free materials for crafts, activities and packets to make hot chocolate at the library for you to pick up until supplies run out.  Have fun at home!

Knitting takeaways

We have added free knitting takeaways to our collection of crafts and activities you can pick up at the  library entrance during open hours to take for your in-home enjoyment.  We’ll have patterns craft ideas, instructions and some limited supplies available.

New writing challenge

On December 21we posted a new writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page.  We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating.  This is a free all-ages activity.

Adult DIY: Holiday treats

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

After-school program

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

DIY craft takeaway for kids

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

In-person gaming

Free in-person gaming is suspended due to COVID safety concerns.

Storywalk for kids

Every other Thursday, Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Storywalk for kids.  The December 17-30 theme is writer friendships. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Tech Time

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

ESL

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

Dungeons & Dragons

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

Children’s programs on Facebook

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

Adult education

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

Books on CD

“The Awakening” by Nora Roberts is book one of the new Dragon Heart Legacy series of adventure, romance and magic.  “Piece of My Heart” by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke is the latest in the Under Suspicion mystery series.  “Troubled Blood” by Robert Galbraith is the latest in the Cormoran Strike mystery series set in Cornwall.  “A Warm Heart in Winter” by J.R. Ward is the latest in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.   

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Daylight” by David Baldacci is an FBI agent Atlee Pine thriller. 

Other novels

“Perestroika in Paris” by Jane Smiley is a charming Christmas story of three extraordinary animals and a young boy.

DVDs

“When Hope Calls” is season three.

Nonfiction

“Unsinkable” by James Sullivan tells the stories of five brave men on the USS Plunkett, the famous Navy destroyer in World War II. 

Large print

“Dark Tides” by Philippa Gregory is book two in the Fairmile historical fiction series set in 17th century London and Venice.  “The Awakening” by Nora Roberts is book one in the new Dragon Heart Legacy series.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations

For their generous monetary donations we thanks Constance D’Angelis, Lynnis Steinert, Stephanie Wagner and Carol Sheets. Pease put your material donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  Donations undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  

Quotable Quote

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach.” – Charles Dickens (1812-1870), English writer and social critic in his classic novel “A Christmas Carol.”

12/17/2020

Library operations going well under COVID Level Red rules

Meg Wempe, library director, and her staff report that library operations are going well under the current COVID Level Red: Severe Risk restrictions – albeit sometimes with service a little slower than usual.

“Because libraries have been declared an essential service, we are very glad that we can continue serving our community’s needs while still keeping patrons and staff safe.  With circumstances changing quickly, though, we encourage you to email or call with any questions that you may have about our operations – and to keep up to date with state and county COVID guidelines.”

  Here is the current status at your library:

  • We are limited to 15 patrons at a time plus staff in the building, since we must operate at only 25% capacity.
  • We remain open on Thursdays from 1 p.m.- 7 p.m. with 1-2 p.m. reserved for seniors and higher risk populations. 
  • Other hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with 9 a.m.-10 a.m. for seniors and higher risk populations. Saturdays: 10 a.m-2 p.m.  Sundays: closed.
  • We are accepting meeting room reservations only for individuals or members of the same household, with library programs having first dibs on the rooms.  You can schedule only so far out, usually two weeks to a month, depending on where we are in the month. 
  • Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day.  Please practice social distancing and wear facial coverings while you are in the building.  If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you.
  • Nine computers are available. In most cases usage will be allowed for three hours per day. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.
  • One early literacy computer is available for youngsters Monday-Saturday.
  • Curbside service continues Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. except for Thursdays when it’s from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Phone 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so staff can bring the items out for you.  If you put a hold on something, please wait for your usual alert (email, phone call or text) before coming to pick it up.  
  • You can drop your returns of books, CDs and DVDs in the dropbox at City Market, as well as in the dropbox at the library.  No donations in the City Market box, please.
  • Notary service is available on a very limited basis.  Please call for an appointment. Cost is $5 per notary.
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of reopening, so items may take longer than usual. 
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

Special note   

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

Christmas closure

Your library will be closed December 24 and 25 in celebration of Christmas, but curbside service will be available until noon Thursday, Christmas Eve.

Activities calendars available

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

Hot chocolate hullabaloo

Like so many other activities in our current COVID world, our annual holiday Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo has had to adapt – and move to your homes rather than take place at the library.  We  have free materials for crafts, activities and packets to make hot chocolate at the library for you to pick up until supplies run out.  Have fun at home!

New knitting takeaways

We have added free knitting takeaways to our collection of crafts and activities you can pick up at the  library entrance during open hours to take for your in-home enjoyment.  We’ll have patterns craft ideas, instructions and some limited supplies available.

New writing challenge

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

Adult DIY: Holiday treats

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

After-school program

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

DIY craft takeaway for kids

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

In-person gaming

Free in-person gaming is suspended for the time being due to COVID safety concerns.

Storywalk for kids

Every other Thursday, Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Storywalk for kids.  The December 17-30 theme is writer friendships. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Tech Time

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

ESL

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

Dungeons & Dragons

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

Children’s programs on Facebook

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

Adult education

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

Nonfiction

“The Last Days of John Lennon” by James Patterson is a biography of the Beatles star and the man who murdered him.  “Bag Man” by Rachel Maddow and Michael Yarvitz explores the investigations that exposed Spiro Agnew’s crimes and drove him from the vice presidency.  “The Meateater Guide to Wilderness Skills and Survival” by Steven Rinella provides tips, techniques and gear recommendations for the outdoor enthusiast.  “Drawing Action Scenes and Characters by Shikata Shiyomi contains more than 600 illustrations to help beginning artists create manga.    

Western books on CD

“Tin Star” by Jackson Lowry is a Ralph Compton Sundown Riders western.  “Massacre at Whip Station’ by Dusty Richards is a Tim O’Malleys of Texas western.  “Buzzard’s Bluff” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Ben Savage, Saloon Ranger western.

Large print

“Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man” by Emmanuel Acho is a guide to truths we need to know to address the reality of racism today.  “How To Raise an Elephant” by Alexander McCall Smith is book 21 in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series.  “Wyoming True” by Diana Palmer is a western romance.  “Fool Me Twice” by Jeff Lindsay is a Riley Wolfe adventure.  “Piece of my Heart” by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke is an Under Suspicion TV show story.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations  

For their material donations, we thank Medora Bass and Karen LeCour. For their generous monetary donations we thanks Steve Merchant, Bank of the San Juans, Lawrence and Suzanne Shideler, and Terry and Susan Arrington.

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

 Quotable Quote

“To succeed in life you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.” – Reba McEntire, country singer, songwriter and actress.

12/10/2020

Some small changes in library services under COVID Level Red

Our county is now operating under COVID Level Red: Severe Risk.  Because libraries have been declared a critical service, we are able to stay open – with some modifications to our operations.  Here is the current status:

  • We are limited to 15 patrons at a time plus staff in the building, since we must operate at only 25% capacity.
  • We remain open on Thursdays from 1 p.m.- 7 p.m. with 1-2 p.m. reserved for seniors and higher risk populations. 
  • Other hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with 9 a.m.-10 a.m. for seniors and higher risk populations. Saturdays: 10 a.m-2 p.m.  Sundays: closed.
  • We are accepting meeting room reservations only for individuals or members of the same household, with library programs having first dibs on the rooms.  You can schedule only so far out, usually two weeks to a month, depending on where we are in the month. 
  • Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day.  Please practice social distancing and wear facial coverings while you are in the building.  If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you.
  • Nine computers are available. In most cases usage will be allowed for three hours per day. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.
  • One early literacy computer is available for youngsters Monday-Saturday.
  • Curbside service continues Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. except for Thursdays when it’s from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Phone 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so staff can bring the items out for you.  If you put a hold on something, please wait for your usual alert (email, phone call or text) before coming to pick it up.  
  • You can drop your returns of books, CDs and DVDs in the dropbox at City Market, as well as in the dropbox at the library.  No donations in the City Market box, please.
  • Notary service is available on a very limited basis.  Please call for an appointment. Cost is $5 per notary.
  • You can place holds on items from other libraries.  They are in different stages of reopening, so items may take longer than usual. 
  • We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

“We are very glad that we can continue serving our community’s needs while still keeping patrons and staff safe,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  “We’re dividing into two smaller work groups to make every effort to serve you well and safely.  But please be aware that some of our services may be a little slower than normal, so we ask for your patience and understanding.”

Special note   

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

Library closure

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

Activities calendars available

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

Hot chocolate hullabaloo

Like so many other activities in our current COVID world, our annual holiday Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo has had to adapt – and move to your homes rather than take place at the library.  We will have free materials for crafts, activities and packets to make hot chocolate at the library for you to pick up starting December 14 and lasting until supplies run out.  Have fun at home!

New teen book club

The free tween book club has morphed to a teen book club for sixth-12th grades due to the age of the interested parties.  Join us for a lively discussion next Tuesday, December 15 from 4-5 p.m. on Zoom about this month’s book,  “The Wren Hunt” by Mary Watson  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.  To join the session and help us decide what to read next, please go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82245964216.

New knitting takeaways

We are adding free knitting takeaways to our collection of crafts and activities you can pick up at the  library entrance during open hours to take for your in-home enjoyment.  We’ll have patterns craft ideas, instructions and some limited supplies available.

Legal clinic tomorrow

The free legal clinic each month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, December 11 from 2 – 3 p.m. by telephone or Zoom. You have the volunteer attorney phone you directly, or you can come into the library and meet via Zoom. To be added to the sign-up sheet for these calls, send an email titled “Sign-up for Free Legal Clinic,” with your first name and phone number to ruby@pagosalibrary.org, or phone or stop by the library. The volunteer attorney’s time is limited so it’s first-come first-served.

LEGO challenge

Join us Saturday, December 12 at 10 a.m. for a free all-ages LEGO challenge via an image posted on Facebook and the library website.  The image will invite participants to use your own pieces to create something that will fit the challenge. If you don’t have LEGOS, we will have a few grab bags available at the library that you can pick up to complete the challenge.

New writing challenge

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

Adult DIY: Holiday treats

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

New after-school program

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

DIY craft takeaway for kids

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

In-person gaming

Free in-person gaming is suspended for the time being due to COVID safety concerns.

Storywalk for kids

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

Tech Time

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

ESL

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

Dungeons & Dragons

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

Children’s programs on Facebook

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

Adult education

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

Current building code manuals

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

Large print westerns

“Killer Take All” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Duff MacCallister western.  “The Wolves of Seven Pines” by E.L. Ripley is the latest in the Ralph Compton Sundown Riders series.

Nonfiction

“No Time Like The Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality” is a memoir by Michael J. Fox, actor and Parkinson’s advocate.  “Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America” Ijeoma Oluo explores the effect of white male supremacy on the country.  “Black Futures” edited by Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham is a collection of essays, interviews, art, photos, poems, tweets and screenshots celebrating Black life.

Books on CD

“How to Raise an Elephant” by Alexander McCall Smith is a No. Ladies’ Detective Agency mystery.  “A Song for the Dark Times” by Ian Rankin is an Inspector Resus mystery.        

DVDs

“The Irishman” is the Martin Scorsese is the epic crime boss story starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations  

For their material donations, we thank our anonymous donors. Pease put your material donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.  Donations undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  

Quotable Quote

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward (1921-1994), writers of inspirational maxims.

12/3/2020

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

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

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

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

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

Current building code manuals

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

Library closure

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

Special note   

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

Activities calendars available

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

New writing challenge

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

Adult book club

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

Adult DIY: Holiday treats

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

New after-school program

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

DIY craft takeaway for kids

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

In-person gaming

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

Storywalk for kids

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

Tech Time

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

ESL

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

Dungeons & Dragons

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

Children’s programs on Facebook

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

Adult education

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

Summary of our partial reopening

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

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

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

Other novels

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

Large print

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

DVDs

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

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations  

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

 Quotable Quote

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