6/4/2020

Summer Reading Program underway with challenge #2 plus Hilltop Cemetery virtual tour

If you haven’t already signed up, you’re invited to do so now for this year’s free Summer Reading Program that runs from June 1 – July 31. Our theme, “Imagine Your Story,” is a celebration of reading, storytelling and imagination. Fun activities are open to people of all ages and abilities.

  • You will be given a “choose your own adventure” booklet full of activities and challenges designed to help you explore a world of stories. The activities are fun to do – and completing them makes you eligible to win weekly prizes purchased from local businesses. The booklets include a map of an imaginary island that needs saving or it will fade away.  As you travel to different places on the map and complete various tasks, you will save the island and be able to win prizes. The island is full of fun and interesting locations such as the Neighborhood Village, Fairytale Forest, Mythic Mountains, Cliffs of Adventure and more.
  • There are adventure booklets for four groups: pre-K, K-5, teen and adult. You can pick them up curbside at the library and view them on our website.  As well, many booklets are being delivered through the school lunch delivery program.
  • Are you ready to begin your journey? Contact the library to sign up! Call us at (970) 264-2209, email us at ruby@pagosalibrary.org or register online at pagosalibrary.org/summer-reading. We just need to know your name, contact information, and what age group to assign you to.
  • In addition to the adventure booklets, a new challenge will appear each week in this Library News column and be announced on KWUF radio. Anyone who completes the challenge will be entered to win a weekly drawing for various prizes.

Challenge 2: Bird photo

As part of the Summer Reading program, take a picture of a bird and email it to us at ruby@pagosalibrary.org, or post it on the library’s Facebook page. Tell us where you took the picture (e.g., “at Echo Lake”), and try to identify the species of bird to the best of your ability. If you don’t have access to email or Facebook, we can scan a print copy of your picture at the library, or you can make an appointment to use a library computer. Everyone can participate. Entries will be entered into a weekly prize drawing. Alternatively, you may sketch a picture of a bird if you do not want to take a photograph. 

Special note to parents and caregivers

The Summer Reading Program is one of our most popular events of the year.  It’s fun and it’s educational.  Also, it will help your children avoid the dreaded “summer slide” in reading skills that has been documented so often when youngsters take a vacation from books – an especially important benefit this year when the school year was so disrupted by the coronavirus.  One recent study showed that seventh graders lose on average 36 percent of the previous year’s reading gains and 50 percent of their math gains over a regular summer. 

Hilltop Cemetery virtual tour

To honor some of Archuleta County’s important residents of the past, Brad, our adult services librarian, visited several gravesites at Hilltop Cemetery and discussed the significance to our community of the individuals buried there in a virtual tour on Memorial Day.  If you missed that showing, there are several other ways for you to enjoy this informative and interesting look into local history.

The 13-minute video is on the library’s Facebook page, and it also can be viewed on the library’s website by going to pagosalibrary.org/adult-services, or go to the library’s homepage at pagosalibrary.org and click on the “Adult” tab. Some of the individuals highlighted in the video include the four Yamaguchi brothers, Dr. Mary Fisher, Lauriana Gallegos Archuleta and Ruby M Sisson, the namesake of your local library. Other people also are briefly mentioned in this video. Please let Brad know if you would like to see future cemetery visits to learn more about and remember Pagosa’s past. His email address is: brad@pagosalibrary.org

Special note regarding possible changes

There may be more changes after the governor’s next announcement scheduled for some time after June 1, which is after The SUN deadline for this week’s Library News column.  We’ll report any changes in the June 11 column.

Update to returns and donations policy

Your returns and donations now can be put into the dropbox at the library – but NOT into the dropbox at City Market because we still do not have any interlibrary courier service pickups.  For everyone’s safety, we will continue to quarantine returned items and get them safely ready for the next patron.  Please note that because returned items will be in quarantine for three full days, it could be five days before they are wiped down and checked off your account. 

Donations will undergo the same rigorous quarantine process.  And a gentle reminder: We can only accept fiction from the last 10 years and nonfiction from the past five. The publication date is usually in small type on the bottom of one of the first few pages of the book.

The census has never been easier 

If you haven’t already, please respond to the census right now even if you have not received an official invitation to respond. You do not need to wait for anything from the Census Bureau – you can do it online. Instead of using a unique census ID number you will be asked to enter your  physical address.

To complete the census online, go to www.my2020census.gov or by phone call 1-844-330-2020 for the English version and 1-844-468-2020 for the Spanish version.  You can visit our website at pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online.  Please phone the library at (970) 264-2209 or email us at ruby@pagosalibrary.org if you have any questions regarding the census. 

Your participation is very important because it will determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, directly affect hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding for the next 10 years for local and regional agencies and projects like health clinics, fire departments, schools, social services like Medicaid, even roads and highways.   Archuleta County needs your participation to get our fair share of these federal dollars.

When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are used only to produce statistics.  The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

Expanded Wi-Fi service

A reminder that the installation of a booster allows Wi-Fi to be used throughout the library’s entire parking lot. You no longer have to be parked right next to the building. This expansion allows you to park farther apart while safely accessing from your car or truck.  

Other services available now

Here’s a reminder of our other current services under the state’s Safer at Home guidelines.  Curbside service outside the front door allows you to pick up materials including holds, tax forms and things you email to us to print for you.  These services are available Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Call the library at 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so that staff can place the items outside for you and walk away, thus maintaining physical distancing.  If you put a hold on something from home, please wait for your usual alert (email or text) before coming to pick it up. 

  1. If you do not have a library card but want to use our online resources, you now  can self-register.  From our website, click “My Account” in the top right.  It is the usual login page for current patrons, and it now has (in blue) an option to “Register for a new Library Card.”  There’s a short form and then staff will get back in touch with you to give you your login credentials.
  2. We are admitting a very limited number of people into specific areas of the building for computer appointments Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. If you want to make a computer appointment, call the library at 264-2209 or email ruby@pagosalibrary.org to schedule a time. With some possible exceptions, computer appointments will be 45 minutes. This shortened period allows time for staff to clean and disinfect the computers between uses.  Also note that in compliance with the San Juan Basin Public Health recommendations, you must wear a covering over your nose and mouth, such as a bandana or homemade cloth mask, reserving hospital-grade masks for medical workers and those who are sick.  The old adage of “No shirt, no shoes, no service” is now “No shirt, no shoes, no mask, no service.”   We are not able to provide such coverings; you must bring and wear your own.
  3. We’re also happy to help you with tech help over the phone for our online resources. 
  4.  Please note we are not accepting meeting room reservations or hosting any in-person programming at this time.  We hope you will join us for some of our virtual programs outlined in these Library News columns.

Dungeons & Dragons via Zoom

Go on an adventure from the comfort of your couch.  Join us via Zoom on Tuesdays from 2-4 pm for our new Dungeons & Dragons group.  This program is open to teens and young adults.  Please contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on how to join.  

Family storytimes on Facebook

Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m., join us for great stories and fun songs via prerecorded videos posted on the library’s Facebook page.  If you have a Facebook account, you can log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can 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 you can contact us and we can send you a direct link.  These sessions are available to watch for about two weeks after the initial posting.

How-to and self-help

“Reframed” by Stuart Shanker is the third book in his trilogy helping us build a compassionate society one mind at a time.  “Keep What You Love” by Irene Smith and Astrid van der Hulst is a whimsical yet practical guide to decluttering your life.  “Sorry Willie!” by John Dufresne with illustrations by Evan Wondolowski is a guide to writing fiction.  “How Children Learn” by John Holt is the 50th anniversary edition of this classic.  “Stem Cell Cure” by Drs. Gaurav K. Goswami and Kerry Johnson describes how to free yourself from chronic ailments without toxic medications or disabling surgery.  “What makes a Marriage Last” by Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue features the secrets to a happy life from 40 celebrated couples.  “Breath” by James Nestor reveals the hidden science behind ancient breathing practices for good health today.  “Becoming” by Michele Obama is a guided journal for discovering your voice, based on her memoir.  “Well-Trained Mind” by Susan Wise Bauer is a guide to classical education at home. 

Other nonfiction

“The Lincoln Conspiracy” by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch reveals the secret plot to kill America’s 16th president and why it failed.  “Pelosi” by award-winning political journalist Molly Ball is a biography of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  “Stray” by Stephanie Danler is a memoir of growing up in a family shattered by lies and addiction.  “The Bird Way” by Jennifer Ackerman upends the traditional view of how birds communicate and live.  “Dirt” by Bill Buford tells of an American writer who moves to France to learn the secrets of French cooking.

Novels

“To Wake the Giant” by Jeff Shaara is a novel about Pearl Harbor told through the eyes of widely diverse characters.  “Afterlife” by Julia Alvarez follows an immigrant writer who has just retired from her college teaching job when her life is uprooted in multiple ways.  “It Would Be Night in Caracas” by Karina Sainz Borgo is about a young woman whose mother has died trying to survive in Venezuela.  “The Alliance”  and “The Divide” by Jolina Petersheim make up this two-part series set in a Mennonite community.  “How the Light Gets In” by Jolina Petersheim is a romance, also set in a Mennonite community.

DVDs

“Midway” is the epic movie about this pivotable battle in World War II.  “Just Mercy” is a story of justice and redemption in Alabama.  “The Last Full Measure” is the true story of a U.S. Air Force medic who saved more than 60 lives in Vietnam. 

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books and audiobooks are available through cloudLibrary by Bibliotheca. Access cloudLibrary by clicking on the downloadable content icon on the home page of our website. While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Donations

We are grateful for the generous monetary donations from Bonni Pszola as well as Jan and Bob Clinkenbeard.  Your material donations now can be put into the dropbox at the library, effective immediately – but NOT into the dropbox at City Market because we still do not have any interlibrary courier service pickups there.  Donations will undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  And a gentle reminder: We can only accept fiction from the last 10 years and nonfiction from the past five. The publication date is usually in small type on the bottom of one of the first few pages of the book.

Quotable Quote

“We often forget we’re at our best when we’re holding the hand – and having the back of – someone we care about.” – Marlo Thomas, American actress, producer, author and social activist best known for starring on the sitcom That Girl (1966–1971) and her award-winning children’s book and entertainment franchise “Free to Be… You and Me.”   

5/28/2020

Updates to returns and donations policies, plus Summer Reading Program and challenge starts June 1

Your returns and donations now can be put into the dropbox at the library, effective immediately – but NOT into the dropbox at City Market because we still do not have any interlibrary courier service pickups there.      For everyone’s safety, we will continue to quarantine returned items and get them safely ready for the next patron.  Please note that because returned items will be in quarantine for three full days, it may be up to five days before they are wiped down and checked off your account. 

Donations will undergo the same rigorous quarantine process.  And a gentle reminder: We can only accept fiction from the last 10 years and nonfiction from the past five. The publication date is usually in small type on the bottom of one of the first few pages of the book.

Summer Reading Program starts June 1

You’re invited to sign up now for this year’s free Summer Reading Program that runs from June 1 – July 31. Our theme, “Imagine Your Story,” is a celebration of reading, storytelling and imagination. Fun activities are open to people of all ages and abilities.

  • You will be given a “choose your own adventure” booklet full of activities and challenges designed to help you explore a world of stories. The activities are fun to do – and  completing them makes you eligible to win weekly prizes purchased from local businesses. The booklets include a map of an imaginary island that needs saving or it will fade away.  As you travel to different places on the map and complete various tasks, you will save the island and be able to win prizes. The island is full of fun and interesting locations such as the Neighborhood Village, Fairytale Forest, Mythic Mountains, Cliffs of Adventure and more.
  • There are adventure booklets for four groups: pre-K, K-5, teen and adult. You can pick them up curbside at the library and view them on our website.  As well, many booklets will be delivered through the school lunch delivery program.
  • Are you ready to begin your journey? Contact the library to sign up! Call us at (970) 264-2209, email us at ruby@pagosalibrary.org or register online at pagosalibrary.org/summer-reading. We just need to know your name, contact information, and what age group to assign you to.
  • In addition to the adventure booklets, a new challenge will appear each week in this Library News column and be announced on KWUF radio. Anyone who completes the challenge will be entered to win a weekly drawing for various prizes.

Challenge 1: Book review

The first challenge of the Summer Reading Program is to share the title of a book you have recently read with a one or two-sentence review on why you liked or didn’t like it. Share by going to the library’s Facebook page, giving the library a call or sending us an email. Include your name and contact information with your review and you will be entered to win a weekly drawing for various prizes we’ve purchased from local businesses.

Special note to parents and caregivers

The Summer Reading Program is one of our most popular events of the year.  It’s fun and it’s educational.  Also, it will help your children avoid the dreaded “summer slide” in reading skills that has been documented so often when youngsters take a vacation from books – an especially important benefit this year when the school year was so disrupted by the coronavirus.  One recent study showed that seventh graders lose on average 36 percent of the previous year’s reading gains and 50 percent of their math gains over a regular summer. 

Census information re second homes 

To complete the census online, go to my2020census.gov or by phone call 1-844-330-2020 for the English version and 1-844-468-2020 for the Spanish version.  Please phone the library at (970) 264-2209 or email us at ruby@pagosalibrary.org if you have any questions regarding the census

  • Completing the census if you own a second home: The census counts people where they live and sleep most of the time. If you split your time between homes or own a second home, you can help the census be more accurate and efficient by responding appropriately.  If you receive an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census at your usual residence (where you live and sleep most of the time), then you should respond to that invitation and provide information about all of the people who live with you. If you are away from where you usually live when the invitation arrives, you can respond online or by phone by providing the address for your usual residence.  You can respond that no one lives at a residence if you know no one usually lives or stays there.
  • If you receive an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census at a seasonal or vacation residence (where you do not live and sleep most of the time), and you know that no one else usually lives there, then you can respond online or by phone and answer “no” when asked if you or anyone else is living or staying at that address on April 1, 2020. This will allow us to mark the seasonal residence as vacant so that the Census Bureau does not have to send a census taker to follow up in person.  For example, if you own a home that you rent out to short-term vacationers, you could respond for each property, indicating that no one usually lives or stays at that address. (Even if the house is rented out the week of April 1, mark “no” if the renters usually live someplace else.)
  • This does not apply to long term rentals. Landlords should never respond to the census for their tenants. 

Expanded Wi-Fi service

A reminder that the installation of a booster allows Wi-Fi to be used throughout the library’s entire parking lot. You no longer have to be parked right next to the building. This expansion allows you to park farther apart while safely accessing from your car or truck.  

Other services available now

Here’s a reminder of our other current services under the state’s Safer at Home guidelines:

  1. Curbside service outside the front door allows you to pick up materials including holds, tax forms and things you email to us to print for you.  These services are available Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Call the library at 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so that staff can place the items outside for you and walk away, thus maintaining physical distancing.  If you put a hold on something from home, please wait for your usual alert (email or text) before coming to pick it up. 
  2. If you do not have a library card but want to use our online resources, you now  can self-register.  From our website, click “My Account” in the top right.  It is the usual login page for current patrons, and it now has (in blue) an option to “Register for a new Library Card.”  There’s a short form and then staff will get back in touch with you to give you your login credentials.
  3. We also are admitting a very limited number of people into specific areas of the building for computer appointments Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. If you want to make a computer appointment, call the library at 264-2209 or email ruby@pagosalibrary.org to schedule a time. With some possible exceptions, computer appointments will be 45 minutes. This shortened period allows time for staff to clean and disinfect the computers between uses.  Also note that in compliance with the San Juan Basin Public Health recommendations, you must wear a covering over your nose and mouth, such as a bandana or homemade cloth mask, reserving hospital-grade masks for medical workers and those who are sick.  The old adage of “No shirt, no shoes, no service” is now “No shirt, no shoes, no mask, no service.”   We are not able to provide such coverings; you must bring and wear your own.
  4. Our services may have to work around our HVAC replacement.  We’ll keep you informed of any interruptions to our operations relating to the installation as best we can, if we get enough notice. 
  5. We’re also happy to help you with tech help over the phone for our online resources. 
  6.  Please note we are not accepting meeting room reservations or hosting any in-person programming at this time.  We hope you will join us for some of our virtual programs outlined in these Library News columns.

Dungeons & Dragons via Zoom

Go on an adventure from the comfort of your couch.  Join us via Zoom on Tuesdays from 2-4 pm for our new Dungeons & Dragons group.  This program is open to teens and young adults.  Please contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on how to join.  

Family storytimes on Facebook

Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m., join us for great stories and fun songs via prerecorded videos posted on the library’s Facebook page.  If you have a Facebook account, you can log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can 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 you can contact us and we can send you a direct link.  These sessions are available to watch for about two weeks after the initial posting.

DVDs             

“Little Women” had six nominations and won best picture at the 2020 Academy Awards.  “Life of the Party” stars Melissa McCarthy as a mother who returns to college and ends up in the same class as her daughter.  “Be Natural” is a documentary about French filmmaker Alice Guy-Blache.  “For Sama,” a video letter to her young daughter amid the horror in Aleppo, Syria, won the Oscar for best documentary feature in 2020.   

Nonfiction

“Good Morning, Destroyer of Men’s Lives” by Nina Renata Aron is a memoir of romance and addiction.  “Sacred Centerings: The Wellness Games” by Dr. Dean Sanna and Amanda Beasley shows you how to use Sacred Centering cards to help you remain centered and calm no matter what is going on around you.  “The 8th Garfield Treasury” and “The Tenth Garfield Treasury” are two collections of the Garfield Sunday comics.  “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey is an updated version of this book that has been a bestseller for 30 years.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Revenge” by James Patterson and Andrew Holmes features a former SAS soldier investigating an apparent suicide.  “Devoted” by Dean Koontz is a thriller about a terrifying threat to humanity.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books and audiobooks are available through cloudLibrary by Bibliotheca. Access cloudLibrary by clicking on the downloadable content icon on the home page of our website. While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Donations

Your donations now can be put into the dropbox at the library, effective immediately – but NOT into the dropbox at City Market because we still do not have any interlibrary courier service pickups there.  Donations will undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns.  And a gentle reminder: We can only accept fiction from the last 10 years and nonfiction from the past five. The publication date is usually in small type on the bottom of one of the first few pages of the book.

Quotable Quote

“Most parents still do have something their college kids don’t: important, relevant life experiences.  If you’ve lived long enough to parent a college-age kid, then there is a good chance you’ve faced the kind of crisis or challenge where you frankly did not know if everything was going to work out…. If so, then you know there is a key word that helps you endure.  You make it — or you don’t – together.  That’s the experience of the “band of brothers”…. You know that regardless of what comes, you make it as one.” – David French, Time columnist, in a May 4 essay in the magazine.

5/20/2020

Virtual Hilltop Cemetery tour and sign up now for Summer Reading

We are excited to announce the kickoff of this year’s free Summer Reading Program which begins on June 1 and runs through July 31. Online registration is open now on our website at pagosalibrary.org/summer-reading

This year’s theme, “Imagine Your Story,” is a celebration of fairy tales, mythology, fantasy and more. We will be fostering imagination through reading, storytelling and other engaging activities. We’ll provide summer reading adventure booklets that are full of exciting activities.  And we’ll offer additional challenges you can read about in this Library News column in the weeks ahead.

Completing activities and challenges will make you eligible to win prizes from many local businesses – more prizes than in any other year. We’ll be detailing the prizes in future columns. They will be divided into four age groups: babies to pre-K,  children K-5th grade,  6th-12th grades, and adults ages 18-plus.

Your library is purchasing these prizes from our local businesses as a token of support for Pagosa’s business community in these difficult coronavirus times. We encourage everyone to support your favorite local businesses throughout the summer.

The Summer Reading Program is one of our most popular events of the year.  Please go to our website and sign up now.  It’s fun and  it’s educational. 

Also, it will help your children avoid the dreaded “summer slide” in reading skills that has been documented so often when youngsters take a vacation from books – an especially important benefit this year when the school year was so disrupted by the coronavirus.

Virtual tour of Hilltop Cemetery

Join us on Facebook for a great Memorial Day presentation about local history on Monday, May 25 at noon. To honor Archuleta County’s important residents of the past, Brad, our adult services librarian, will guide you on a visit to several gravesites and discuss the important contributions of Ruby Sisson, the Yamaguchi family, Fred Harman, Lauriana Gallegos Archuleta and others.  If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can also access this video by going to the library’s website, pagosalibrary.org, and click on the Adult tab. Send Brad an email if you would like to see other important residents of Archuleta County highlighted in future cemetery visits. His email address is brad@pagosalibrary.org

Expanded Wi-Fi service

A reminder that the installation of a booster allows Wi-Fi to be used throughout the library’s entire parking lot. You no longer have to be parked right next to the building. The timing of this Wi-Fi expansion is especially welcome now, as so many people have even more need than normal to access the internet during the coronavirus pandemic.  This expansion allows you to park farther apart while safely accessing from your car a or truck.  

Other services available now

Under the state’s Safer at Home guidelines, we have resumed several services to you, mostly outside the building:

  1. We offer curbside service outside the front door so that you can pick up materials including holds, tax forms and things you email to us to print for you.  These services are available Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Call the library at 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so that staff can place the items outside for you and walk away, thus maintaining physical distancing.  If you put a hold on something from home, please wait for your usual alert (email or text) before coming to pick it up. 
  2. During those same hours, we also are accepting returns.  Look for a cart outside the library door to put your materials on  – for safety’s sake, do not use the dropbox at the library or the one uptown at City Market.  Using this cart system, we can quarantine returned items and get them safely ready for the next patron.  Please note that returned items will be in quarantine for three full days, and it may be up to five days before they are wiped down and checked off your account. 
  3. As well, we have resumed accepting your donations of materials, also Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  They will be handled with the same quarantine process as returns.
  4. If you do not have a library card but want to use our online resources, you now  can self-register.  From our website, click “My Account” in the top right.  It is the usual login page for current patrons, and it now has (in blue) an option to “Register for a new Library Card.”  There’s a short form and then staff will get back in touch with you to give you your login credentials.
  5. We also are admitting a very limited number of people into specific areas of the building for computer appointments Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. If you want to make a computer appointment, call the library at 264-2209 or email ruby@pagosalibrary.org to schedule a time. With some possible exceptions, computer appointments will be 45 minutes. This shortened period allows time for staff to clean and disinfect the computers between uses.  Also note that in compliance with the San Juan Basin Public Health recommendations, you must wear a covering over your nose and mouth, such as a bandana or homemade cloth mask, reserving hospital-grade masks for medical workers and those who are sick.  The old adage of “No shirt, no shoes, no service” is now “No shirt, no shoes, no mask, no service.”   We are not able to provide such coverings; you must bring and wear your own.
  6. Our services may have to work around our HVAC replacement.  We’ll keep you informed of any interruptions to our operations relating to the installation as best we can, if we get enough notice. 
  7. We’re also happy to help you with tech help over the phone for our online resources. 
  8.  Please note we are not accepting meeting room reservations or hosting any in-person programming at this time.  We hope you will join us for some of our virtual programs outlined in these Library News columns.

Dungeons & Dragons via Zoom

Go on an adventure from the comfort of your couch.  Join us via Zoom on Tuesdays from 2-4 pm for our new Dungeons & Dragons group.  This program is open to teens and young adults.  Please contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on how to join.  

Family storytimes on Facebook

Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m., join us for great stories and fun songs via prerecorded videos posted on the library’s Facebook page.  If you have a Facebook account, you can log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can 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 you can contact us and we can send you a direct link.  These sessions are available to watch for about two weeks after the initial posting.

The census has never been easier 

To complete the census online, go to my2020census.gov or by phone call 1-844-330-2020 for the English version and 1-844-468-2020 for the Spanish version.  Please phone the library at (970) 264-2209 or email us at ruby@pagosalibrary.org if you have any questions regarding the census

  • Completing the census if you own a second home: The census counts people where they live and sleep most of the time. If you split your time between homes or own a second home, you can help the census be more accurate and efficient by responding appropriately.  If you receive an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census at your usual residence (where you live and sleep most of the time), then you should respond to that invitation and provide information about all of the people who live with you. If you are away from where you usually live when the invitation arrives, you can respond online or by phone by providing the address for your usual residence.  You can respond that no one lives at a residence if you know no one usually lives or stays there.
  • If you receive an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census at a seasonal or vacation residence (where you do not live and sleep most of the time), and you know that no one else usually lives there, then you can respond online or by phone and answer “no” when asked if you or anyone else is living or staying at that address on April 1, 2020. This will allow us to mark the seasonal residence as vacant so that the Census Bureau does not have to send a census taker to follow up in person.  For example, if you own a home that you rent out to short-term vacationers, you could respond for each property, indicating that no one usually lives or stays at that address. (Even if the house is rented out the week of April 1, mark “no” if the renters usually live someplace else.)
  • This does not apply to long term rentals. Landlords should never respond to the census for their tenants. 

Nonfiction

“Hidden Valley Road” by Robert Kolker is the story of an American family with 12 children, six of whom were diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science’s greatest hope to conquer the disease.  “The Women With Silver Wings” by Katherine Sharp Landdeck is the true story of the daring female aviators who helped the U.S. win World War II – and then were forgotten by the country they served.  “Don’t Burn This Book” by political talk show host Dave Rubin gives you the tools to help you make up your own mind on major issues. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Last Trial” by Scott Turow is a legal thriller.    

Other novels

“Old Lovegood Girls” by Gail Goodwin is the story of a powerful friendship between two talented writers who began their relationship as college friends.  “Shakespeare for Squirrels” by Christopher Moore is a humorous take on Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” 

Spanish how-to audio CD

“Conozca sus Fortalezas” by Tom Rath is a six-CD set of the new edition of StrengthsFinder providing 50 ideas for action to help you apply your strengths in the next week, month and year.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books and audiobooks are available through cloudLibrary by Bibliotheca. Access cloudLibrary by clicking on the downloadable content icon on the home page of our website. While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Donations

We have resumed accepting your donations of materials on Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  We are grateful for the generous in-kind donation by John Taylor. 

5/14/2020

Major Wi-Fi expansion at your library plus programs via Zoom and Facebook

We are delighted to announce a huge addition to your library’s Wi-Fi service with the installation a booster that allows Wi-Fi to be used throughout the entire parking lot.  “You no longer have to be parked right next to the building, which is tremendous upgrade,” said Meg Wempe, library director. 

The timing of this Wi-Fi expansion is especially welcome now, as so many people have even more need than normal to access the internet during the coronavirus pandemic.  “I’m very excited about this boost to our Wi-Fi availability for our patrons and our community,” Wempe said.  “We ask only that when you access Wi-Fi from your car in our parking lot, you keep your windows and doors closed for everyone’s safety.”

Other services available now

After a week of experience operating under the state’s new Safer at Home guidelines, we want to make sure everyone knows that we have resumed several services to you, mostly outside the building.  With attention and concern to community safety, in the first four days of these services we filled eight carts with returns and 281 items were checked out curbside.  There were 18 computer appointments. 

“We look forward to continuing to provide people with these limited services,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  “The numbers let us know that our folks are appreciating these resources while we continue to be Safer at Home.”

  • We offer curbside service outside the front door so that you can pick up materials including holds, tax forms and things you email to us to print for you.  These services are available Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Call the library at 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so that staff can place the items outside for you and walk away, thus maintaining physical distancing.  If you put a hold on something from home, please wait for your usual alert (email or text) before coming to pick it up.
  • During those same hours, we also are accepting returns.  Look for a cart outside the library door to put your materials on – for safety’s sake, do not use the dropbox at the library or the one uptown at City Market.  Using this cart system, we can quarantine returned items and get them safely ready for the next patron.  Please note that returned items will be in quarantine for three full days, and it may be up to five days before they are wiped down and checked off your account.
  • As well, we have resumed accepting your donations of materials, also Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  They will be handled with the same quarantine process as returns.
  • If you do not have a library card but want to use our online resources, you now  can self-register.  From our website, click “My Account” in the top right.  It is the usual login page for current patrons, and it now has (in blue) an option to “Register for a new Library Card.”  There’s a short form and then staff will get back in touch with you to give you your login credentials.
  • We also are admitting a very limited number of people into specific areas of the building for computer appointments Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. If you want to make a computer appointment, call the library at 264-2209 or email ruby@pagosalibrary.org to schedule a time. With some possible exceptions, computer appointments will be 45 minutes. This shortened period allows time for staff to clean and disinfect the computers between uses.  Also note that in compliance with the San Juan Basin Public Health recommendations, you must wear a covering over your nose and mouth, such as a bandana or homemade cloth mask, reserving hospital-grade masks for medical workers and those who are sick.  The old adage of “No shirt, no shoes, no service” is now “No shirt, no shoes, no mask, no service.”   We are not able to provide such coverings; you must bring and wear your own.
  • Our services may have to work around our HVAC replacement.  We’ll keep you informed of any interruptions to our operations relating to the installation as best we can, if we get enough notice. 

More on our operations now

  1. You can download e-books and audiobooks through our cloudLibrary app on your smartphone or tablet.  IndieFlix allows unlimited streaming access to award-winning shorts, feature films and documentaries.  By using the online resource, TumbleBook Library, you can find children’s books and audiobooks. 
  2. We are not accepting meeting room reservations or hosting any in-person programming at this time.  We hope you will join us for some of our virtual programs.
  3. We’re also happy to help you with tech help over the phone for our online resources. 

Dungeons & Dragons via Zoom

Go on an adventure from the comfort of your couch.  Join us via Zoom on Tuesdays from 2-4 pm for our new Dungeons & Dragons group.  This program is open to teens and young adults.  Please contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on how to join.  

Family storytimes on Facebook

Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m., join us for great stories and fun songs via prerecorded videos posted on the library’s Facebook page.  If you have a Facebook account, you can log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can 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 you can contact us and we can send you a direct link. These sessions are available to watch for about two weeks after the initial posting.

The census has never been easier 

If you haven’t already, please respond to the census right now even if you have not received an official invitation to respond. You do not need to wait for anything from the Census Bureau – you can do it online. Instead of using a unique census ID number you will be asked to enter your  physical address.

To complete the census online, go to www.my2020census.gov or by phone call 1-844-330-2020 for the English version and 1-844-468-2020 for the Spanish version.  You can visit our website at pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online.  Please phone the library at (970) 264-2209 or email us at ruby@pagosalibrary.org if you have any questions regarding the census. 

Your participation is hugely important because it will determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, directly affect hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding for local and regional agencies and projects like health clinics, fire departments, schools, social services like Medicaid, even roads and highways for the next decade.   Archuleta County needs your participation to get our fair share of these federal dollars.

When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are used only to produce statistics.  The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

DVDs

“Gordon Lightfoot: Live in Reno” is a televised concert of the five time Grammy nominee.  “Deep Water” is the true story of an amateur in a solo round-the-world sailboat race.  “Honeyland” was the most awarded film at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.  “Pain and Glory” follows the memories of a seasoned director as he ages (Spanish with English subtitles).  “Rosewood” is the true story of a tragedy in a small black town.  “Ford v Ferrari” was a best picture nominee at the 2020 Academy Awards. 

Memoirs

“Our House is on Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis” by climate activist Greta Thunberg and her family explains how and why they began taking global action.  “Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter” is a memoir of Curtis 50 Cent Jackson’s life in the music industry.  “Hell and Other Destinations” by Madeleine Albright is a memoir of the former secretary of state’s post-government life as an author, professor, businesswoman and activist for democratic institutions.  “I’m Your Huckleberry” by Val Kilmer is a memoir is the successful actor.  “About Your Father and Other Celebrities I have Known” is a humorous look at the life of a couple whose son went into show business

Other nonfiction

“What It’s Like To Be a Bird” by David Allen Sibley is a book for birders and nonbirders containing stunning illustrations and extraordinary facts about what birds are doing and why.  “Joy at Work” by Maril Kondon and Scott Sonenshein offer stories, studies and strategies to help you eliminate clutter and make space for the work that really matters. 

Large print westerns

“The First Mountain Man: Preacher’s Frenzy” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone and “Dusk Along the Niobrara” by John D. Nesbitt are westerns.            

Mysteries and suspense

“The Paladin” by David Ignatius follows a CIA operations officer taking revenge against the people who betrayed him.  “The 20th Victim” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is the latest in the Women’s Murder Club series. 

Other novels

“Big Summer” by Jennifer Weiner is the story of friendship and forgiveness during a disastrous wedding on Cape Cod.  “The Paris Hours” by Alex George centers around a housemaid who saved one of Marcel Proust’s notebooks.  “All Adults Here” by Emma Straub is the story of a mother to three grown children and all of their parenting decisions and problems.  “The Mirror & the Light” by Hilary Mantel is the last of the trilogy about the life of Thomas Cromwell that began with “Wolf Hall.”  “The House of Kennedy” by James Patterson and Cynthia Fagen is a fictional account of the many successes and tragedies in this iconic American family.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books and audiobooks are available through cloudLibrary by Bibliotheca. Access cloudLibrary by clicking on the downloadable content icon on the home page of our website. While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Donations

We have resumed accepting your donations of materials on Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  We are grateful for the generous monetary donation from Susan and Terry Arrington.

Quotable Quote

“These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.  From each of them goes out its own voice … and just as the touch of a button on our set will fill the room with music, so by taking down one of these volumes and opening it one can call into range the voice of a man far distant in time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart.” – Gilbert  Highet (1906-1978), Scottish-American classicist, academic, writer, intellectual, critic and literary historian.

5/7/2020

Are you bored?  Try our free online resources and Zoom events

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.”

Current services available at your library

As Colorado shifts from “Stay at Home” to “Safer at Home” and relaxes some coronavirus restrictions, effective this Monday, May 4, we have resumed several services to you, mostly outside the building:

  • We offer curbside service outside the front door so that you can pick up materials including holds, tax forms and things you email to us to print for you.  These services will be available Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Call the library at 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so that staff can place the items outside for you and walk away, thus maintaining physical distancing.  If you put a hold on something from home, please wait for your usual alert (email or text) before coming to pick it up. 
  • During those same hours, we also are accepting returns.  Look for a cart outside marked “Returns” for your materials – for safety’s sake, do not use the dropbox at the library or the one uptown at City Market.  Using this cart system, we can quarantine returned items and get them ready for the next patron.  Please note that returned items will be in quarantine for 72 hours before they are checked off your account and wiped down.
  • As well, we have resumed accepting your donations of materials.  Watch for a cart at the entrance marked “Donations.”
  • If you do not have a library card but want to use our online resources, you now  can self-register.  From our website, click “My Account” in the top right.  It is the usual login page for current patrons, and it now has (in blue) an option to “Register for a new Library Card.”  There’s a short form and then staff will get back in touch with you to give you your login credentials.
  • We also are admitting a very limited number of people into specific areas of the building for computer appointments Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. If you want to make a computer appointment, call the library at 264-2209 or email ruby@pagosalibrary.org to schedule a time. With some possible exceptions, computer appointments will be 45 minutes. This shortened period allows time for staff to clean and disinfect the computers between uses.  Also note that in compliance with the San Juan Basin Public Health recommendations, you must wear a covering over your nose and mouth, such as a bandana or homemade cloth mask, reserving hospital-grade masks for medical workers and those who are sick.  The old adage of “No shirt, no shoes, no service” is now “No shirt, no shoes, no mask, no service.”   We are not able to provide such coverings; you must bring and wear your own.
  • Our services may have to work around our HVAC replacement.  We’ll keep you informed of any interruptions to our operations relating to the installation as best we can, if we get enough notice. 

“While we’ve been closed we have missed our patrons and are very happy we will be able to see you now, even in this limited way,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  “Our reopening plans are evolving, informed by best practices learned from our professional Colorado and national library peers, and by local state and federal laws and regulations.  We hope you will take advantage of these resumed services and please reach out if you have questions.”

More on our operations now

  1. You can download e-books and audiobooks through our CloudLibrary app on your smartphone or tablet.  IndieFlix allows unlimited streaming access to award-winning shorts, feature films and documentaries.  By using the online resource, TumbleBook Library, you can find children’s books and audiobooks. 
  2. As always, you can access Wi-Fi from your car in our parking lot – with your windows and doors closed, please.
  3. We are not accepting meeting room reservations or hosting any in-person programming at this time.  We hope you will join us for some of our virtual programs.
  4. We’re also happy to help you with tech help over the phone for our online resources. 

Mindfulness techniques via Zoom

Today, Thursday, May 7 at 5 p.m. learn the basics of mindfulness techniques with practical methods anyone can incorporate into their life.  Extensive scientific research shows that mindfulness can reduce stress and anxiety, increase focus and productivity, and be effective in reducing pain and addictive behaviors. Sarah Riehm, a certified mindfulness teacher, has taught relaxation and stress-reduction courses in hundreds of community and retreat settings. She holds an MBA from the University of Texas and an MFA in Playwriting, and has taught at three major universities. Registration for this event is full. Please contact the library by phone at 970-264-2209 or email at ruby@pagosalibrary.org if you have any questions.

Free Legal Clinic

Tomorrow, Friday, May 8 our volunteer attorney will answer legal questions by phone. Registration for this event is full. Please call the library at (970) 264-2209 or send us an email at ruby@pagosalibrary.org if you have any questions. This free legal clinic will recur the second Friday of every month. to register.

Dungeons and Dragons via Zoom

Go on an adventure from the comfort of your couch.  Join us via Zoom on Tuesdays from 2-4 pm for our new Dungeons and Dragons group.  This program is open to teens and young adults.  Please contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on how to join.  

Ruby’s Book Club via Zoom 

Our engaging and fun book club meets the second Tuesday of every month.  Instead of talking about a specific book, we will take advantage of technology next Tuesday, May 12 at 2 p.m. to gather via Zoom to discuss a variety of current and upcoming fiction titles, and we will discuss what you are reading now. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet other people, listen to great ideas about what to read next, and share our love of reading – all without leaving your home.  To join, enter the following link in your address bar on the day of the event: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87167747708.  Contact the library if you need help on how to join a Zoom meeting by phone or computer. 

The census has never been easier 

If you haven’t already, please respond to the census right now even if you have not received an official invitation to respond. You do not need to wait for anything from the Census Bureau – you can do it online. Instead of using a unique census ID number you will be asked to enter your  physical address.

To complete the census online, go to www.my2020census.gov or by phone call 1-844-330-2020 for the English version and 1-844-468-2020 for the Spanish version.  You can visit our website at pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online.  Please phone the library at (970) 264-2209 or email us at ruby@pagosalibrary.org if you have any questions regarding the census. 

Your participation is hugely important because it will determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, directly affect hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding for local and regional agencies and projects like health clinics, fire departments, schools, social services like Medicaid, even roads and highways for the next decade.   Archuleta County needs your participation to get our fair share of these federal dollars.

When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are used only to produce statistics.  The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

Large print

“A Forgotten Murder” by Jude Deveraux is a Sara Medlar mystery set in a hotel in England.  “One Fatal Flaw” by Anne Perry is a mystery featuring lawyer Daniel Pitt. “Miss Julia Knows a Thing or Two” by Ann B. Ross features a grandchild she’s never met shows up on the doorstep of Miss Julia’s friend.  “A Bad Day for Sunshine” by Darynda Jones is a mystery set in New Mexico.  “The Stolen Gold Affair” by Bill Pronzini features former Secret Service agent John Quincannon and his fiancé Sabina Carpenter.

Spanish memoir

“Carrying Albert Home” by Homer Hickam is a funny, sweet and sometimes tragic true story of as young couple and an alligator, written in Spanish.  The man in the story is the father of the author. The woman in the story was married for a time to Buddy Ebsen (yes, that Buddy Ebsen).  And the alligator, Albert, was her wedding gift from Buddy.

Novels

“The Talented Mr. Varg” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the Det. Varg mystery series.  “Sea Wife” by Amity Gaige tells of a young family who escapes suburbia for a yearlong sailing trip that upends all their lives.

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are available at our free 3M Cloud Library.  Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.  While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Donations

We have resumed accepting your donations of materials on Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Watch for a cart at the library entrance marked “Donations.”

Quotable Quote

“We do not have to become heroes overnight.  Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it as not as dreadful as it appears, discovering that we have the strength to stare it down.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, diplomat and activist. She served as the First Lady of the United States from March 4, 1933, to April 12, 1945 during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four terms in office, making her the longest-serving First Lady of the United States.

4/30/2020

We’re resuming several services for patrons beginning May 4

As Colorado shifts from “Stay at Home” to “Safer at Home” and relaxes some coronavirus restrictions, your library has exciting news about ways we will be transitioning into this new phase effective Monday, May 4, resuming several services to you, mostly outside the building:

  • We will offer curbside service outside the front door so that you can pick up materials including holds, tax forms and things you email to us to print for you. These services will be available Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call the library at 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so that staff can place the items outside for you and walk away, thus maintaining physical distancing. If you put a hold on something from home, please wait for your usual alert (email or text) before coming to pick it up.
  • During those same hours, we also will accept returns. We will have a cart outside marked “Returns” for your materials – for safety’s sake, do not use the dropbox at the library or the one uptown at City Market. Using this cart system, we can quarantine returned items and get them ready for the next patron. Please note that returned items will be in quarantine for 72 hours before they are checked off your account and wiped down.
  • As well, we will resume accepting your donations of materials. Watch for a cart at the entrance marked “Donations.”
  • If you do not have a library card but want to use our online resources, you can now self-register. From our website, click “My Account” in the top right. It is the usual login page for current patrons, and it now has (in blue) an option to “Register for a new Library Card.”  There’s a short form and then staff will get back in touch with you to give you your login credentials.
  • We also will be readmitting a very limited number of people into specific areas of the building for computer appointments Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. If you want to make a computer appointment, call the library at 264-2209 or email ruby@pagosalibrary.org to schedule a time. With some possible exceptions, computer appointments will be 45 minutes. This shortened period allows time for staff to clean and disinfect the computers between uses. Also note that in compliance with the San Juan Basin Public Health recommendations, you must wear a covering over your nose and mouth, such as a bandana or homemade cloth mask, reserving hospital-grade masks for medical workers and those who are sick. The old adage of “No shirt, no shoes, no service” is now “No shirt, no shoes, no mask, no service.”   We are not able to provide such coverings; you must bring and wear your own.
  • Our services may have to work around our HVAC replacement. We’ll keep you informed of any interruptions to our operations relating to the installation as best we can, if we get enough notice.

“While we’ve been closed we have missed our patrons and are very happy we will be able to see you now, even in this limited way,” said Meg Wempe, library director. “Our reopening plans are evolving, informed by best practices learned from our professional Colorado and national library peers, and by local state and federal laws and regulations.

“I have belief in our amazing community, and our ability to look out for each other and provide compassion, comfort and care. We look forward to seeing you again in the library, once it is deemed safe to return to full service. In the meantime, we hope you will take advantage of these resumed services and please reach out if you have questions.”

More on our operations now

  1. You can download e-books and audiobooks through our CloudLibrary app on your smartphone or tablet. IndieFlix allows unlimited streaming access to award-winning shorts, feature films and documentaries. By using the online resource, TumbleBook Library, you can find children’s books and audiobooks.
  2. As always, you can access Wi-Fi from your car in our parking lot – with your windows and doors closed, please.
  3. We are not accepting meeting room reservations or hosting any in-person programming at this time. We hope you will join us for some of our virtual programs.
  4. We’re also happy to help you with tech help over the phone for our online resources.

The census has never been easier

 

You can respond to the census right now even if you have not received an official invitation to respond. This is especially important for households that receive mail in a post office box because the delivery of 2020 census invitation letters to households with a post office box has been delayed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The good news is that you do not need to wait for anything from the Census Bureau – you can do it online. Instead of using a unique census ID number you will be asked to enter your physical address.

To complete the census online, go to www.my2020census.gov or by phone call 1-844-330-2020 for the English version and 1-844-468-2020 for the Spanish version. Remember that WiFi is available from your car in the parking lot 24/7, even during the library closure. You can visit our website at pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online.

Please phone the library at (970) 264-2209 or email us at ruby@pagosalibrary.org if you have any questions regarding the census. 

Your participation is hugely important because it will determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, directly affect hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding for local and regional agencies and projects like health clinics, fire departments, schools, social services like Medicaid, even roads and highways for the next decade.  Archuleta County needs your participation to get our fair share of these federal dollars.

When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are used only to produce statistics. The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

Mindfulness techniques via Zoom

Next Thursday, May 7 at 5 p.m. learn the basics of mindfulness techniques with practical methods anyone can incorporate into their life. Extensive scientific research shows that mindfulness can reduce stress and anxiety, increase focus and productivity, and be effective in reducing pain and addictive behaviors. Sarah Riehm, a certified mindfulness teacher, has taught relaxation and stress-reduction courses in hundreds of community and retreat settings. She holds an MBA from the University of Texas and an MFA in Playwriting, and has taught at three major universities. She and her husband relocated to Pagosa Springs in March of 2019. Please contact the library by phone at 970-264-2209 or email at ruby@pagosalibrary.org to register for this free event. We will email you the Zoom link upon registration.

Free Legal Clinic

Next Friday, May 8 our volunteer attorney will answer legal questions by phone. Please call the library at (970) 264-2209 or send us an email at ruby@pagosalibrary.org to register. We will need your first name and a contact phone number where our volunteer attorney can call you on the day of the legal clinic. 

Nonfiction

“Cosmos: Possible Worlds” by Ann Ruyan, based on the Fox and National Geographic TV series, is the sequel to the Carl Sagan classic. “Yellowstone & Grant Teton National Parks” is a Frommer’s travel guide.

Thrillers, suspense and mysteries

“Walk the Wire” by David Baldacci features FBI consultant Amos Decker in the latest in the Memory Man series. “Dead Land” by Sara Paretsky is a V.I. Washington mystery.  “Camino Winds” by John Grisham begins with the death of a thriller author in a hurricane in Florida.

Other novels

“Simon the Fiddler” by Paulette Jiles is a story about a ragtag band of musicians and an itinerant fiddle player set in Texas at the end of the Civil War. “Master Class” by Christina Dalcher follows a mother whose child is taken away from her because she failed a monthly school test. “The Book of Longings” by Sue Monk Kidd features a rebellious, ambitious woman in the first century. “Kept Animals” by Kate Milliken is narrated by a daughter more than 20 years after a forest fire changes everyone’s lives.  

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are available at our free 3M Cloud Library. Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website. While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Downloadable films

We offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed. Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website. Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.

Donations

For their generous monetary donations, we are grateful to Gayle Dixon, Susan and Terry Arrington, Steve Merchant and Ken Rogers.

Quotable Quote

Piglet: “Where are we going, Pooh?”

Pooh: “Home, Piglet. We’re going home, because that’s the best thing to do right now.”

4/23/2020

Celebrating National Library and Volunteer Weeks in absentia

Author Sherry Anderson once said, “Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless but because they are priceless.”  Everyone on your library staff agrees.  Our volunteers are everyday heroes who make a lasting impact on your library. 

That’s why every year during National Volunteer Week Meg Wempe and her team host a thank-you gathering for library volunteers.  This is an event that is especially meaningful when it falls at the same time as National Library Week, as is true this year when both were scheduled to be celebrated April 19-25.

But that was before COVID-19.

“We were considering different ways to honor our volunteers during this time of stay-at-home mandates,” Meg said.  “After much consideration, we decided to postpone our annual celebration this week until we can all come together and staff can say ‘thank you’ in person.  It’s uncertain when that time will be right now, but I wanted to reach out on behalf of library staff to all of our volunteers to say thank you, we hope you’re staying safe, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.”

Library operations now

While we remain closed because of  COVID-19, there are many free resources that still are available from the comfort of your home via our website at www.pagosalibrary.org:

  1. You can view your account and place holds – but because of the suspension of courier service between Colorado libraries, you are able to place holds only on our library’s items at this time.  All the new books and CDs in this column qualify, as they are in our collection.  When the library reopens, our staff will pull the holds you placed while we were closed.
  2. Do you have cabin fever?  What better time than now to take advantage of many free our online learning resources that can be accessed from your home with your library card.  To highlight a few:  You have access to ways to repair your car (AutoMate) or lawnmower (Small Engine Repair Reference Center), learn a foreign language (Transparent Language), or take a class on pet care, crafts and hobbies, alternative medicine and computer training, and more (Universal Class).  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.”
  3. You can download e-books and audiobooks through our CloudLibrary app on your smartphone or tablet.  IndieFlix allows unlimited streaming access to award-winning shorts, feature films and documentaries.  By using the online resource, TumbleBook Library, you can find children’s books and audiobooks. 
  4. As always, you can access Wi-Fi from your car in our parking lot – with your windows and doors closed, please.

And a reminder of three don’ts:

1 .No drop-offs, please.  We’re asking you to keep all materials that you have checked out until this crisis is over instead of returning them to the library chute or to the uptown dropbox, to keep exposure and contact at a minimum between us all.  As always, you do not need to worry about overdue fines. 

2. Because our front door/curbside pickup service has been suspended, you will have to wait until the library reopens to pick up new books, DVDs, CDs and other materials.

3. Please do not make donations of books or other materials until your library is able to reopen

Staff are hard at work

Staff are working from home and performing a wide variety of tasks to better serve you.  Many are taking professional development classes to increase their skill sets, and some are working on what this year’s Summer Reading Program will look like.  Some are ordering and cataloging new materials to be ready when we reopen.

As library director, Meg is keeping herself up-to-date on how the library can help keep our community – patrons and staff alike – as  safe as possible.  For example, she attended a CDC webinar about how to mitigate COVID-19 with circulating and paper-based materials. In addition, she meets twice weekly with other Colorado public library directors as they help each other navigate this situation with the most authoritative resources. 

If you have a question, you can email ruby@pagosalibrary.org or call us at 264-2209 and leave a message.  Staff are returning messages Monday through Friday to assist patrons. 

You also can stay up-to-date with what we’re doing through our website or our Facebook page.  In the meantime, please keep yourself, your family and your community safe by following all the health advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at their website at www.cdc.gov. and San Juan Basin Public Health at www.sjbpublichealth.org.

Please complete your census form now – it has never been easier 

You can respond to the census right now even if you have not received an official invitation to respond. This is especially important for households that receive mail in a post office box because the delivery of 2020 census invitation letters to households with a post office box has been delayed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The good news is that you do not need to wait for anything from the Census Bureau – you can do it online. Instead of using a unique census ID number you will be asked to enter your  physical address.

To complete the census online, go to www.my2020census.gov or by phone call 1-844-330-2020 for the English version and 1-844-468-2020 for the Spanish version.  Remember that WiFi is available from your car in the parking lot 24/7, even during the library closure.  You can visit our website at pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online.  

Please phone the library at (970) 264-2209 or email us at ruby@pagosalibrary.org if you have any questions regarding the census. 

Your participation is hugely important because it will determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, directly affect hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding for local and regional agencies and projects like health clinics, fire departments, schools, social services like Medicaid, even roads and highways for the next decade.   Archuleta County needs your participation to get our fair share of these federal dollars.

When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are used only to produce statistics.  The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

Thrillers, suspense and mysteries

“The Red Lotus” by Chris Bohjalian focuses on the disappearance of a man in Vietnam while he was there with his girlfriend.  “The Body from the Woods” by Harlan Coben features a man who himself was found living feral as a child in the forest.  “The Last Odyssey” by James Rollins combines cutting-edge science, historical mystery and mythology. 

Other novels

“The Night Watchman” by Louise Erdrich is based on the life of her grandfather, who carried the fight for Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington.  “It’s Not Downhill from Here” by Terry McMillan features a 68-year-old woman facing an unexpected loss.  “The Glass Hotel” by Emily St. John Mandel combines a massive Ponzi scheme and a disappearance at sea.  “The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home” by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor is a chilling ghost story.  “The Sinner” by J.R. Ward is the latest in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.  “House of Earth and Blood” by Sarah J. Maas is the first in a new Crescent City series.  “Conjure Women” by Afia Atakora features a mother-daughter tam with a talent for healing. 

Books on CD

“What Evolution Is” by Ernst Mayr explains Darwin’s theory.  “Witch’s Oath” by Terry Goodkind is book four in the Children of D’Hara series.  “Naked Came the Florida Man” by Tom Dorsey features Serge A. Storms.  “Four Years in the Rockies” by James B. Marsh is the life of mountain man Isaac P. Rose.  “Ripple” by Michael C Grumley is a Breakthrough story.

How-to and self-help

“The Crystal Workshop” by Azalea Lee explores the healing power of crystals. 

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are available at our free 3M Cloud Library.  Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.  While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Downloadable films

We offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website.  Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.

Donations note  

Please do not make donations of books or other materials until your library is able to reopen.  Many thanks.

Quotable Quote

“Let’s take care of ourselves and each other.” – Actor Tom Hanks.  He and his wife Rita Wilson were hospitalized in Australia with the COVID-19 virus while he was filming there.  They are now safely back home in Los Angeles where he tweeted that they are sheltering in place and practicing social distancing.

4/16/2020

Special treat for you when we reopen: new computers, plus a census reminder

While your library remains closed following Gov. Jared Polis’ mandatory stay-at-home order for all residents of Colorado because of the coronavirus, we’ve taken advantage of the downtime to complete the replacement of all of our 17 public computers.  They encompass 15 computers that people sit down to use, one print release station computer, and one catalog search computer

This upgrade was made possible thanks to funds generously donated by the Friends of the Library. 

We have moved to the Windows 10 operating system, the first time in six years that we’ve updated our computers. You will still be able to type and print documents, access the internet for email, use Microsoft Office programs, and research topics online – anything you could do on the older computers. The difference: these new computers should be faster. 

We’ve made this major conversion because as of January 14 the outdated Windows 7 operating system is no longer supported by Microsoft, which might have caused problems with the software used to log on to our old system or to print. 

As always, once we reopen we are happy to help with any questions, since this new operating system looks a little different from Windows 7.  And, just as we did back in 2014, the last time we replaced our computers, the library will sell the old computer towers with keyboards for a low price – but they will be “as is” and they will not come with a monitor, since we’re keeping those to use with the new Windows 10 computers.

Just something else to look forward to when your library is able to reopen!

The status of your library now

While we remain closed because of the coronavirus, there are several resources still are available from the comfort of your home via our website at www.pagosalibrary.org:

You can view your account and place holds – but because of the suspension of courier service between Colorado libraries, you are able to place holds only on our library’s items at this time.  All the new books and CDs in this column qualify, as they are in our collection.  When the library reopens, our staff will pull the holds you placed while we were closed.

  1. Many of our online learning resources can be accessed from your home with your library card.  To highlight a few, you can download e-books and audiobooks through our CloudLibrary app on your smartphone or tablet.  IndieFlix allows unlimited streaming access to award-winning shorts, feature films and documentaries.  By using the online resource, TumbleBook Library, you can find children’s books and audiobooks.  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.”
  2. As always, you can access Wi-Fi from your car in our parking lot – with your windows and doors closed, please.
  3. Staff is working from home, so if you have a question you can email ruby@pagosalibrary.org or call us at 264-2209 and leave a message.  We are returning messages Monday through Friday to assist patrons. 

Just a reminder of three don’ts:

  1. No drop-offs, please.  We’re asking you to keep all materials that you have checked out until this crisis is over instead of returning them to the library chute or to the uptown dropbox, to keep exposure and contact at a minimum between us all.  As always, you do not need to worry about overdue fines. 
  2. Because our front door/curbside pickup service has been suspended, you will have to wait until the library reopens to pick up new books, DVDs, CDs and other materials.
  3. Please do not make donations of books or other materials until your library is able to reopen. 

You can stay up-to-date with what we’re doing through our website or our Facebook page.  In the meantime, please keep yourself, your family and your community safe by following all the health advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at their website at www.cdc.gov. and San Juan Basin Public Health at www.sjboublichealth.org.

Please complete your census form now – it has never been easier 

You can respond to the census right now even if you have not received an official invitation to respond. This is especially important for households that receive mail in a post office box because the delivery of 2020 census invitation letters to households with a post office box has been delayed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The good news is that you do not need to wait for anything from the Census Bureau – you can do it online. Instead of using a unique census ID number you will be asked to enter your physical address.

To complete the census online, go to www.my2020census.gov or by phone call 1-844-330-2020 for the English version and 1-844-468-2020 for the Spanish version.  Remember that WiFi is available from your car in the parking lot 24/7, even during the library closure. You can visit our website at pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online.  

Please phone the library at (970) 264-2209 or email us at ruby@pagosalibrary.org if you have any questions regarding the census. 

Your participation is hugely important because it will determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, directly affect hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding for local and regional agencies and projects like health clinics, fire departments, schools, social services like Medicaid, even roads and highways for the next decade. Archuleta County needs your participation to get our fair share of these federal dollars.

When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are used only to produce statistics.  The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. 

Books on CD

“Passing” by Michael Korda, a well-known writer and editor, is a passionate and meticulously researched memoir of this wife’s death from a brain tumor.  “What is a Girl Worth?” by Rachael Denhollander is an expose of team doctor Larry Nasser and the U.S. Gymnastics’ shocking scandal.  “Breathe Again” by Niki Hardy offers British humor, practical advice and hope-building truths of God when dealing with problems life throws at you.

Essays

“Something That May Shock and Discredit You” by Daniel Mallory Ortberg is a collection of humorous and insightful essays on both popular and high-brown culture. 

How-to and self-help books

“Secrets of Better Skiing” by Simon Dewhurst offers simple methods that will turn you into an expert.  “Ski In Control – How to ski ANY piste anywhere in full control” by international coach Bob Trueman is written for men and women, young and old recreational skiers.  “The 4 Season Solution” by Dallas Hartwig is a plan for feeling better, living well and powering down our always-on lives. 

Other nonfiction

“National Parks Our Living Treasure” is an analysis of the mission and current issues facing the National Park Service by Dr. Gil Lusk, an award-winning 35-year veteran of the NPS.

Thrillers, suspense and mysteries

“Hid from our Eyes” by Julia Spencer-Fleming follows three murders separate by decades.  “Savage Son” by Jack Carr is set in Siberia where the hunters have become the hunted.   “Hidden Salem” by Kay Hooper is a Bishop/FBI Special Crimes mystery.  “Texas Outlaw” by James Patterson features a Texas Ranger whose bravery was featured in a ballad. “The Body Double” by Emily Beyda is the story of a young woman recruited to impersonate a Hollywood star.  “Masked Prey” by John Sandford is a Lucas Davenport mystery. 

Other novels

The Book of Lost Friends” by Lisa Wingate is an historical novel about three young women searching for family amid the destruction of the post-Civil War south.  “Chosen Ones” by Veronica Roth is a fantasy/sci-fi thriller.  “Barker House” by David Moloney tells of nine New Hampshire correctional officers.  “Redhead by the Side of the Road” by Anne Tyler features an overly meticulous man whose life is about to shatter.  :How Much of These Hills is Gold” by C Pam Zhong tells of two orphans in a reimagined American West.  “The Love Story of Missy Carmichael” by Beth Morrey shows a lonely elderly woman a new way to love. 

“Actress” by Anne Enright follows a celebrated actress and her daughter delving into long-kept secrets.  “The City We Became” by N.K. Jemisin is the story of culture, magic and myths in contemporary New York City.  “The Two Lives of Lydia Bird” by Josie Silver tells of a woman given a chance for a return to her old life with a now-dead lover.  “The Numbers Game” by Danielle Steel begins when a woman discovers her husband is having an affair with a younger woman.  “In Five Years” by Rebecca Serle follows a woman who spends one hour five years in the future.

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“Fearless” by Fern Michaels follows a widow and divorced professor who meet on a cruise.  “Hit List” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “The Final Deception” by Heather Graham features psychologist Kieran Finnegan.  “The Large Corners of the Night” by Meg Gardner is an UNSUB thriller set in Los Angeles.  “A Conspiracy of Bones” by Kathy Reichs features forensic scientist Temperance Brennan.  “Journey of the Pharaohs” by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown is a NUMA Files adventure.

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are available at our free 3M Cloud Library.  Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.  While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Downloadable films

We offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website.  Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.

Donations note  

Please do not make donations of books or other materials until your library is able to reopen.  Many thanks.

Quotable Quote

“Going outdoors is not cancelled, listening to music is not cancelled, quality time with our families is not cancelled, reading a book is not cancelled, sharing with friends is not cancelled, singing out loud is not cancelled, laughing has not been cancelled, sharing hope with others has not been cancelled.  Let’s embrace what we have.” – Kelly’s Treehouse.

04/06/2020

Update on your library’s services, free legal clinic and reminder about the 2020 Census

Gov. Jared Polis’ mandatory stay-at-home order for all residents of Colorado because of the coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, applies to your library, of course. That means some disruptions to our services to you and your families – but several resources still are available from the comfort of your home.

Let’s start with three don’ts:

No drop-offs, please. We’re asking you to keep all materials that you have checked out until this crisis is over instead of returning them to the library chute or to the uptown dropbox, to keep exposure and contact at a minimum between us all. As always, you do not need to worry about overdue fines.

Our front door/curbside pickup service has been suspended, so you will have to wait until the library reopens to pick up new books, DVDs, CDs and other materials.

Please do not make donations of books or other materials until your library is able to reopen.

Here are the resources that still are available to you via our website at www.pagosalibrary.org:

You can view your account and place holds – but because of the suspension of courier service between Colorado libraries, you are able to place holds only on our library’s items at this time. All the new books and CDs in this column qualify, as they are in our collection. When the library reopens, our staff will pull the holds you placed while we were closed.

Many of our online learning resources can be accessed from your home with your library card.  To highlight a few, you can download e-books and audiobooks through our CloudLibrary app on your smartphone or tablet.  IndieFlix allows unlimited streaming access to award-winning shorts, feature films and documentaries.  By using the online resource, TumbleBook Library, you can find children’s books and audiobooks.  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.”

As always, you can access Wi-Fi from your car in our parking lot – with your windows and doors closed, please.

Staff is working from home, so if you have a question you can email ruby@pagosalibrary.org or call us at 264-2209 and leave a message.  We are returning messages Monday through Friday to assist patrons. 

This situation is quickly evolving. You can stay up-to-date with what we’re doing through our website or our Facebook page.  In the meantime, please keep yourself, your family and your community safe by following all the health advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at their website at www.cdc.gov and San Juan Basin Public Health at www.sjbpublichealth.org.

 “Traditionally libraries have always been a place of refuge and comfort in times of emergency,” said Meg Wempe, library director..  “But, as we all know, this is a highly unusual situation, and the health and safety of our patrons and our community must be our top priority.  We hope the resources outlined above will be of use to you and your family until we can open our doors again.

“Take care and stay safe.”

Please complete your census form now

The last official notice we saw stated that only 36.2% of Colorado households have responded to the 2020 Census. The national rate was 34.7% at that time.

The 2020 Census is important because it will determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, directly affect hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding for local and regional agencies and projects like health clinics, fire departments, schools, social services like Medicaid, even roads and highways for the next decade.

For the first time, you can respond to the census online, by phone or by mail – a major benefit as we all work hard to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are used only to produce statistics. The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

To complete the census online, go to www.my2020census.gov or by phone call 1-844-330-2020 for the English version and 1-844-468-2020 for the Spanish version. Remember that WiFi is available from your car in the parking lot 24/7, even during the library closure. You can visit our website at pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online.

Free legal clinic in a new format

The free legal clinic normally held at your library each month still will be held via phone on Friday, April 10 from 2 – 3 p.m. – but in a new format befitting our current stay-at-home environment. Instead of clinic patrons coming in-person to the library, the volunteer attorney will call each clinic patron directly by telephone. 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. The volunteer attorney’s time is limited, so the first to sign up will be the first served. We plan to continue offering this free legal clinic each month, even during the stay-at-home order. Our volunteer attorney can answer your questions related to civil law including unemployment benefits, landlord-tenant issues and more.  

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“Trace Elements” by Donna Leon is a Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery set in Venice. “Sisters By Choice” by Susan Mallery is book four in the Blackberry Island series. “You Are Not Alone” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen tells of a woman seduced by the glamor of two sisters. “The Other Mrs.” By Mary Kubica is a murder mystery. “Long Range” by C.J. Box is a Joe Pickett mystery.

How-to and self-help books

“The Gift of Forgiveness” by Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt is about one of the most difficult challenges in life – learning to forgive. “Every Airbnb Host’s Tax Guide” is a Nolo guide for Airbnb and other short-term rental hosts. “Napkin Finance” by Tina Hay is an illustrated guide that makes finance fun and accessible to anyone. “LSAT Prep Plus 2020-2021” is a Kaplan guide with an official exam and online resources.

Other nonfiction

“Whistle Blower” by Susan Fowler is the story of the author’s journey to Silicon Valley to fight for justice for women at Uber. “Becoming a Man” by P. Carl explores one man’s gender transition at age 50. “Fully Grown” by economist Dietrich Vollrath contends that a long-term slowdown is a sign of success, not failure, in our economy. “Father of Lions” by Louise Callaghan is the story of the man who saved the animals in the Mosul Zoo. “A Delayed Life” by Dita Kraus tells the story of the librarian of Auschwitz. “Pulpit Fiction” by Gregg Powers and Ed Nolan compares what preachers are saying from church pulpits compared to the breadth of what the scriptures say.

Downloadable ebooks

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are available at our free 3M Cloud Library. Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website. While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Downloadable films

We offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed. Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website. Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.

Donations note

Please do not make donations of books or other materials until your library is able to reopen. Many thanks.

Quotable Quote

“Never follow someone else’s path, unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path.” – Ellen DeGeneres, American comedian, TV host, actress, writer and producer.

3/27/2020

Dos and don’ts at your library during COVIC-19 pandemic

Gov. Jared Polis’ mandatory stay-at-home order for all residents of Colorado because of the coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, applies to your library, of course.  That means some disruptions to our services to you and your families – but several resources still are available from the comfort of your home. 

Let’s start with three don’ts:

  1. No drop-offs, please.  We’re asking you to keep all materials that you have checked out until this crisis is over instead of returning them to the library chute or to the uptown dropbox, to keep exposure and contact at a minimum between us all.  As always, you do not need to worry about overdue fines. 
  2. Our front door/curbside pickup service has been suspended, so you will have to wait until the library reopens to pick up new books, DVDs, CDs and other materials.
  3. Please do not make donations of books or other materials until your library is able to reopen. 

Here are the resources that still are available to you via our website at www.pagosalibrary.org:

  1. You can view your account and place holds – but because of the suspension of courier service between Colorado libraries, you are able to place holds only on our library’s items at this time.  All the new books and CDs in this column qualify, as they are in our collection.  When the library reopens, our staff will pull the holds you placed while we were closed.
  2. Many of our online learning resources can be accessed from your home with your library card.  To highlight a few, you can download e-books and audiobooks through our CloudLibrary app on your smartphone or tablet.  IndieFlix allows unlimited streaming access to award-winning shorts, feature films and documentaries.  By using the online resource, TumbleBook Library, you can find children’s books and audiobooks.  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.”
  3. As always, you can access Wi-Fi from your car in our parking lot – with your windows and doors closed, please.
  4. Staff is working from home, so if you have a question you can email ruby@pagosalibrary.org or call us at 264-2209 and leave a message.  We are returning messages Monday through Friday to assist patrons. 

This situation is quickly evolving.  You can stay up-to-date with what we’re doing through our website or our Facebook page.  In the meantime, stay safe by following all the health advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at their website at www.cdc.gov. and San Juan Basin Public Health at www.sjboublichealth.org.

“Traditionally libraries have always been a place of refuge and comfort in times of emergency,” said Meg Wempe, library director. “But, as we all know, this is a highly unusual situation, and the health and safety of our patrons and our community must be our top priority.”

We only hope the resources outlined above will be of use to you and your family until we can open our doors again.

“Take care and stay safe.

It’s census time now

To complete the census online, go to www.my2020census.gov or by phone call 1-844-330-2020 for the English version and 1-844-468-2020 for the Spanish version.  Remember that Wi-Fi is available from your car in the parking lot 24/7, even during the library closure.  You can visit pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online.  

How-to and self-help books

“The Bulletproof Diet” by Dave Asprey describes a new diet created by this Silicon Valley multimillionaire in his mid-20s.  “Maui Revealed” by Wizard Publications is the fifth edition.  “Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails” by Charles A. Wells and Matt Peterson is the fourth edition.  There’s also a Northern Colorado version.  “Healing Depression Without Medication’ by Jodie Skillicorn is a psychiatrist’s guide to balancing mind, body and soul. 

“Find Your Path” by country singer Carrie Underwood shares the author’s Fit52 witness plan.  “Minimal Metal Jewelry” by Kieu Pham Gray contains 21 projects with step-by-step instructions.  “How to Shit in the Woods” by Kathleen Meyer is the fourth edition is a guide to the wilderness for the environmentally conscious.  “Rock Your Rental” by Joanne and Rosanne Palmisano provides style, design and marketing tips to boost your bookings. 

Other nonfiction

“The Real Wolf” by Ted B. Lyon and Will N. Graves explores the science, politics and economics of coexisting with wolves in modern times.  “Giants of the Monsoon Forest” by Jacob Hill takes us deep into the teak forests of Burma and India to learn about the extraordinarily intelligent elephants who carry the logs.  “The Complete Guide to Fighters & Bombers of the World” by Francis Crosby features 1,200 wartime and modern identification photographs.  “They Are Already Here” by Sarah Scoles is a revealing look at the UFO culture. 

“Velvet Rope Economy” by New York Times business reporter Nelson D. Schwartz details the many ways the wealthy and privileged exploit their advantages and increase income inequality.  “Nobody Will Tell You This But Me” by Emmy-nominated TV writer Bess Kalb is a memoir about her deep relationship with her grandmother.  “What You Should Know About Politics…But Don’t” by Jessamyn Conrad is a nonpartisan guide to all the issues facing us today.

Large print

A Good Neighborhood” by Therese Anne Fowler follows two families in a tight-knit North Carolina neighborhood.  “The Case of the Wandering Scholar” by Kate Saunders is a Laetitia Rodd mystery.         

Books on CD

“Trace Elements” by Donna Leon is a Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery set in Venice.  “Fearless” by Fern Michaels is a romance with a surprise suspense twist.  “The Numbers Game” by Danielle Steel looks at relationships that come together and then fall apart.  “Gunpowder Express” by Brett Cogburn is a Widowmaker James western.  “The Lost Colony” by A.G. Riddle is a new sci-f- thriller. 

“The First Cell” by Azra Raza offers criticism of how we mistreat cancer, how we can do better and why we must.  “The Undying” is a memoir by poet Anne Boyer of surviving breast cancer as she experienced hoaxes and corporate lies during her treatment.  “The Stakes 2020 and the Survival of American Democracy” by Robert Kuttner details the author’s belief that a progressive Democrat has a better than of beating President Trump than a moderate. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Beheld” by TaraShea Nesbit tells of a stranger’s arrival in the fledgling colony of Plymouth, Mass. And a crime that shakes the community. 

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are available at our free 3M Cloud Library.  Access them by clicking on the Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.  While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Downloadable films

We offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website.  Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.

Donations note  

Please do not make donations of books or other materials until your library is able to reopen.  Many thanks.

Quotable Quote

“It is our choices that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities. ” – Professor Dumbledore, headmaster of the wizardry school Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series.