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4/18/2024

Lifelong Learning Lectures begin today plus farewell to Meg next Wednesday

The free spring Lifelong Learning Lecture series takes place Thursday evenings starting today, April 18, and runs through May 23 from 6-7:15 p.m. with six informative presentations:

  April 18 features Robin Young, the CSU Extension Office director, on “Water, Our Most Precious Resource” discussing what we can do as individuals and a community to preserve what we have.

 April 25 showcases Amy Nitchman from Archuleta County Public Health talking about air quality in Colorado and ways to keep yourself informed of high pollution days during wildfire season.

May 2 is “Knowing Our Ancient Puebloan Neighbors,” a presentation by Denise Fisk and Joanne Lucariello from the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association.

 May 9 features Dallas Weaver, a local shoe and hiking store owner, telling us about his experience hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro from trailhead to the summit.

  May 16 showcases Cindi Galabota, library foundation executive director, discussing your library’s building campaign.

 May 23 is “North American Monsoon Outlook for Pagosa Springs,” a presentation by Arleen Prochazka of Pagosa Weather.       

The lectures are free and no registration required.  For more details, pick up the LLL brochure at your library.

 

Farewell event for Meg

We hope you’ll join us to say a fond farewell to departing library director Meg Wempe on Wednesday, April 24 from 2-4 p.m.  Snacks, activities and well wishes will

be available. Meg is leaving the library to become an RN specializing in elderly care and hospice at Pagosa’s Pine Ridge assisted living facility.  She sees similarities between being a librarian and being a nurse, because both involve helping people. 

She leaves an impressive legacy from her 11 years at our Sisson Library.  Meg was hired as adult services librarian in 2013 and promoted to director in 2016.  She launched our adult book club and DIY series, broadened our computer offerings, brought our community’s ESL programs into the library, and worked to create a foundation to fundraise for the library’s impressive expansion plans.

“It has been a joy to work with our skilled staff, supportive board and involved patrons,” she said.  “Pagosa is a very special place.”

A huge fan of our community, Meg says another plus about her Pine Ridge job is that it means she and husband Mark don’t have to move for her to achieve her nursing dream.  Both are avid outdoors people, with a special love of powder skiing at Wolf Creek.  She also is pleased to be able to remain a member of Pagosa’s Rotary Club.

           

Save the date for special teen event

Teens are invited to a free Great Stories Club event Friday, April 26 from 4-5:30 p.m. when we’ll hear from author Luis Rodriquez and create art based on his book “Always Running.”  Pizza will be provided and everyone receives a free book.

 

Save the date for children’s special event

Children are invited to join us Tuesday, April 30 from 3-5 p.m. to celebrate Children’s Book Day/El Dia de los Ninos with a free bilingual storytime, face art, crafts and a fun contest. 

 

Special Writers Guild event today

Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. Ruby’s Writers Guild welcomes writers looking for opportunities, support, resources and camaraderie with other writers at this free gathering.  Today, April 18, is a special longer event from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. with blind reviews of submissions for the Writers Guild anthology collection that will be donated to the library.  For more information, please contact Judy at the library at 970-264-2209.

 

Family story times

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join a free educational hour of reading, singing and free play to build early literacy skills.  

 

Dungeons & Dragons

Today, Thursday, April 18, and next Tuesday, April 23 from 4 - 5:30 p.m., join our Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults.  Pre-registration is required because space is limited.  Contact Josie@pagosalibrary.org to join.

 

AARP senior program tomorrow

Seniors aged 60 and above are invited to a free live online Senior Planet AARP program on the first and third Fridays of the month, including 19, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Judy will connect the group via the video conferencing platform Zoom so that you can join other seniors across the country in discussing aging issues such as loneliness, isolation, making new friends and learning in new hobbies.  She also will show you how to use Zoom free from your home to participate in topics like finance, wellness, fitness, computers and technology on other times and dates if you are interested.

 

Paws to Read tomorrow

Friday, April 19 from 2-3 p.m., youngsters are invited to share their favorite books with Muppet or Maple, therapy dogs who love stories, at a free Paws to Read session.

 

LEGO Club Saturday

Kids aged six-11 are invited to the free LEGO Club on Saturday, April 20 from 11 a.m. – noon.  Bring your own LEGOs or use ours.

 

 

Pokémon Club on Saturday

If you’re aged six-11 and love Pokémon, this free club is for you.  Bring your cards on Saturday, April 20 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

 

Shakespeare read-aloud

Shakespeare fans of all ages are invited to join in reading aloud “Twelfth Night” on Monday, April 22 and 29 from 3:30 - 5 p.m.  Call Jenny at 240-426-7887 for more information.

 

Teen/tween art camp

Each month we explore a different style or medium at this free event.  In April it’s watercolor art. Join us Mondays, April 22 and 29 from 4-5 p.m.  Registration required.

 

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with 4-5 p.m. reserved for beginners, 5-6 p.m. for intermediate and 6-7 p.m. for advanced students.  Please help us pass the word about these classes.

 

Clases de inglés 

Clases gratis de inglés cada martes y jueves.  Principiantes de 4-5 p.m., intermedios de 5-6 p.m. y advanzados de 6-7 p.m.  Ayudenos a informar a todos quienes necesitan aprender inglés.

 

Tech Time

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.  Judy helps you with basic questions relating to computers, smartphones and tablets and also provides assistance in accessing any of the library’s online resources.  No appointment is needed for these drop-in sessions, but please bring your device’s charger and passwords with you. 

 

Pagosa Adult Learning Services (PALS)

Join Mark or Sally for free PALS sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  PALS stands for Pagosa Adult Learning Services.   

 

Activities calendars

Pick up monthly events calendars at the library so you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your family.

 

Downloadable books 

CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages.  To access this free digital collection, download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog for the name of your library, then enter your library card number and 4-digit PIN.  Library staff are happy to help you set up your device if you need assistance.

 

Large print

“Bad Hombres” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Slash and Pecos western. “The Cow Hunter’s Lament and Other Stories” by Larry D. Sweazy is a collection of 11 western short stories. “Going Infinite: The Rise and Fall of a New Tycoon” by Michael Lewis is a biography of cryptocurrency’s Sam Bankman-Fried, who was convicted of fraud.  “The Guest” by B.A. Paris begins when a close friend moves uninvited into a couple’s home.  “Anita de Monte Laughs Last” by Xochitl Gonzalez follows an art history student affected by the life of a forgotten artist.

 

Nonfiction

“Ghost Town Living” by Brent Underwood tells of the author’s move to an abandoned town high above Death Valley where he learned a wealth of new self-sufficiency and problem-solving skills to survive.  “Indulge” by Food Network’s Valerie Bertinelli is a new cookbook with recipes the author cooks for friends and family and essays about how to savor moments big and small.

 

Books on CD

“What Happened to Nina?” by Dervla McTiernan tells of two families at odds after a woman disappears. “The Princess of Las Vegas” by Chris Bohjalian is a thriller about a woman inspired by Princess Diana. “The Wild Side” by Fern Michaels features an undercover woman investigator. “City in Ruins” by Don Winslow is book three of the Danny Ryan thriller series. 

 

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“The Truth about the Devlins” by Lisa Scottoline is a murder mystery about a family of lawyers.  “To Slip the Bonds of Earth” by Amanda Flower features the Wright brothers’ sister solving a mystery that might imprison her famous siblings.

 

Other novels

“Never Too Late” by Danielle Steel features a widow starting a new life in New York.   “Upcountry” by Chin-Sun Lee begins when a couple relocates from New York City to the Catskills. “Blackouts” about two gay men exchanging life stories won the 2023 by National Book Award for author Justin Torres. “Bless Me, Ultima” by Rudolfo Anaya is a coming-of-age story set in New Mexico during World War II. “Wandering Stars” by Tommy Orange tells of a survivor of the Sand Creek Massacre forced to learn English and practice Christianity in Colorado in 1864. “Turtle House” by Amanda Churchill is a story of intergenerational friendship that moves between Japan and a small Texas town.      

 

Thanks to our donors

We are grateful to Susan and Terry Arrington for their generous donation.  When we are open, material donations are accepted for the Friends of the Library at the front desk – not down the outside returns slot at the library or the drop box at City Market, please.  Guidelines for donations: Yes, to popular fiction books published in 2013 or later, nonfiction books published 2018 or later, and children’s and young adult books – all in excellent condition, please.  No to CDs, DVDs, Blu Ray, VHS or cassette tapes; textbooks, outdated travel books or reference books because they do not sell. No more than two boxes at a time because of space constraints.

 

Quotable Quote

Response to the author’s question whether lack of privacy is the worst thing about a small town: “And also the best,” replied one woman.  “I love going to the post office in the morning and knowing everybody.  The only time we honk a horn is to wave at a friend.” – William Least Heat-Moon in his book, “Prairie Earth.”  He is an American travel writer and professor of history of English, Irish and Osage ancestry. 

 

4/11/2024

Spring Lifelong Learning Lecture series begins next week

The ever-popular free spring Lifelong Learning Lecture series will take place Thursday evenings starting April 18 through May 23 from 6-7:15 p.m. with six informative presentations:

n  April 18 features Robin Young, the CSU Extension Office director, on “Water, Our Most Precious Resource” discussing what we can do as individuals and a community to preserve what we have.

n  April 25 showcases Amy Nitchman from Archuleta County Public Health talking about air quality in Colorado and ways to keep yourself informed of high pollution days during wildfire season.

n  May 2 is “Knowing Our Ancient Puebloan Neighbors,” a presentation by Denise Fisk and Joanne Lucariello from the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association.

n  May 9 features Dallas Weaver, a local shoe and hiking store owner, telling us about his experience hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro from trailhead to the summit.

n  May 16 showcases Cindi Galabota, library foundation executive director, discussing your library’s building campaign.

n  May 23 is “North American Monsoon Outlook for Pagosa Springs,” a presentation by Arleen Prochazka of Pagosa Weather.       

The lectures are free and no registration required.  For more details, pick up the LLL brochure at your library.

 

Save the date

We hope you’ll join us to say a fond farewell to departing library director Meg Wempe on Wednesday, April 24 from 2-4 p.m.  Snacks, activities and well wishes will be available.

 

Free tax forms

We have 1040 federal tax forms and instructions as well as 0104 Colorado tax forms and instructions available free while supplies last.  If you need other forms, we will pull them up online and print them out for you for free – but there is likely to be a charge for the instructions when they are long, multi-page documents.

 

Virtual author talks

Our highly popular free online author talks continue with one more opportunity in April for you to interact with New York Times bestselling authors and ask questions in April.  For details and to register go to  https://libraryc.org/pagosalibrary/upcoming.  Wednesday, April 17 at 6 p.m. we’ll focus on a literary examination of power, love and art with Xochitl Gonzalez, author of “Anita de Monte Laughs Last.”

 

Knowledge Bowl today

Our free Knowledge Bowl for tweens and teens is today, Thursday, April 11 from 4-5 p.m.   Test your trivia skills on a wide range of subjects.

 

Preschool playdough tomorrow

Join us for free playdough exploration and fun tomorrow, Friday, April 12, from 10-11 a.m.

 

LEGO Club tomorrow

All ages, especially children, are invited to an extra session of the free LEGO Club on Friday, April 12 from 2-3:30 p.m. Bring your own LEGOs or use ours. 

 

Teen/tween murder mystery tomorrow

Teens and tweens are invited to follow clues to solve the murder as a free session tomorrow, Friday, April 12, from 4-5:30 p.m.  Registration required.

 

Chess Club Saturday

Learn how to play chess with free quick lessons and game time to practice your skills on Saturday, April 13 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  All ages and abilities are welcome.

 

Adult knitting Saturday

Join new and experienced knitters Saturday, April 13 for our free Knitters Circle from 1-3 p.m.  It is aimed at anyone over the age of 18 who would like to knit together or get some help if you are stuck on your project. 

 

Knitting and crochet lessons

Learn to knit or crochet on Monday, April 15 at our free gathering from 2 – 3:15 p.m. for ages eight and up.  Supplies provided. 

 

Teen/tween art camp

Each month we explore a different style or medium at this free event.  In April it’s watercolor art. Join us Mondays, April 15, 22 and 29 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Registration required.

 

Music fun Monday

Pagosa Unplugged is free from 4-6 p.m. Monday, April 15 for amateur musicians who would like a safe, supportive, non-bar setting to play, sing or both with other people.  For information contact Susan at 970-946-3396.

 

Adult DIY next Tuesday

At the free in-person adult DIY next Tuesday, April 16 from 1-2:30 p.m., we will enjoy Zentangle, a simple art method that allows the mind and body to release stress while creating beautiful images.  Registration required.

 

Spanish conversation

Practice your Spanish in a free group setting on Tuesday, April 16 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.  No minimum skill level needed.  This group meets twice a month, on the first and third Tuesdays.

 

Elementary tutoring

Children ages six-11 are welcome at these free sessions on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. where they will build essential skills in core subjects.  Pre-registration is required.

 

Family story times

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join a free educational hour of reading, singing and free play to build early literacy skills.  

 

Writer’s guild

Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. Ruby’s Writers Guild welcomes writers looking for opportunities, support, resources and camaraderie with other writers at this free gathering.  April 18 is a special longer event from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. with blind reviews of submissions for the Writers Guild anthology collection that will be donated to the library.  For more information, please contact Judy at the library at 970-264-2209.

 

Dungeons & Dragons

Next Thursday, April 18 from 4 - 5:30 p.m., join our Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults.  Pre-registration is required because space is limited.  Contact Josie@pagosalibrary.org to join.

 

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with 4-5 p.m. reserved for beginners, 5-6 p.m. for intermediate and 6-7 p.m. for advanced students.  Please help us pass the word about these classes.

 

Clases de inglés 

Clases gratis de inglés cada martes y jueves.  Principiantes de 4-5 p.m., intermedios de 5-6 p.m. y advanzados de 6-7 p.m.  Ayudenos a informar a todos quienes necesitan aprender inglés.

 

Tech Time

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.  Judy helps you with basic questions relating to computers, smartphones and tablets and also provides assistance in accessing any of the library’s online resources.  No appointment is needed for these drop-in sessions, but please bring your device’s charger and passwords with you. 

 

Pagosa Adult Learning Services (PALS)

Join Mark or Sally for free PALS sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  PALS stands for Pagosa Adult Learning Services.   Note no PALS today, April 4.

 

Activities calendars

Pick up monthly events calendars at the library so you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your family.

 

Downloadable books 

CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages.  To access this free digital collection, download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog for the name of your library, then enter your library card number and 4-digit PIN.  Library staff are happy to help you set up your device if you need assistance.

 

Spanish-language novel

“En Agosto Nos Vemos” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is the rediscovered novel from the Nobel Prize-winning author that Time magazine called “one of the 15 most anticipated books of 2024.”  It’s about a woman who leaves her family for one night each August to travel to an island where she takes a new lover each trip.

 

DVDs

“The Color Purple” received 11 Academy Award nominations.  Disney’s “Wish” is an animated musical comedy. 

 

Large print

“Good Half Gone” by Tarryn Fisher features a woman investigating her twin’s kidnapping. “Every Single Secret” by Christina Dodd is about revenge for the murder of a mother. “Rock Bottom” by Fern Michaels is part of the Sisterhood mystery series.  “The Summer Book Club” by Susan Mallery deals with romance books and new beginnings. “The New Couple in 5B” by Lisa Unger begins with a major inheritance.  “Murder in the Tea Leaves” by Laura Childs is a Tea Shop mystery. “The Lantern’s Dance” by Laurie R. King features Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. “The Heat Will Kill You First” by Jeff Goodell explores the extreme ways our planet is already changing because of extreme heat.

           

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“Wolf at the Table” by Pulitzer Prize finalist Adam Rapp is a saga about a family harboring a serial killer.  “Has Anyone Seen Charlotte Salter?” by Nicci French is a psychological suspense story set in a small English village.  “Diavola” by Jennifer Thorne is a gothic family vacation story set in a remote villa. 

 

Books on CD

“Expiration Dates” by Rebecca Serle is a romance that begins with a blind date. “Has Anyone Seen Charlotte Salter?” by Nicci French is a psychological suspense story set in a small English village. “After Annie” by Anna Quindlen follows a family and friends after a woman’s death. “The Morningside” by Tea Obreht tells of a woman and her mother after they were expelled from their ancestral home.

 

Nonfiction

“Shakespeare’s Sisters” by Ramie Targoff explores the lives of four writers creating at a time when women were legally the property of men. “One Way Back” by Christine Blasey Ford is a memoir of the woman who testified about an alleged assault by a Supreme Court nominee. “The Anxious Generation” by social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the causes of teen mental illness and what to do to help drop the increasingly high rates. 

 

Donor guidelines

When we are open, material donations are accepted for the Friends of the Library at the front desk – not down the outside returns slot at the library or the drop box at City Market, please.  Our guidelines for donations: Yes, to popular fiction books published in 2013 or later, nonfiction books published 2018 or later, and children’s and young adult books – all in excellent condition, please.  No to CDs, DVDs, Blu Ray, VHS or cassette tapes; textbooks, outdated travel books or reference books because they do not sell. No more than two boxes at a time because of space constraints.

 

Quotable Quote

“Believe in yourself.  Whenever someone tells you “no”, and you know there’s a great reason to say “yes,” listen to yourself.” –Patti Labelle, R&B singer and actress, known as “the godmother of soul.”

 

4/4/24    

  Coming Monday:  Eclipse viewing party plus teen live event with author

Pagosa will have a 60 percent view of the solar eclipse mid-day Monday, April 8.  You are invited to join us in the library garden from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. to watch.  Pick up free special glasses at your library starting April 1 to ensure your eye safety.

Then later in the afternoon of Monday, April 8 from 4-5 p.m., teens and tweens are invited to a free in-person Q&A with young adult (YA) author Heather Buchta, who wrote “Chasing After Knight.”  This popular author will share the process of writing a successful YA book and answer your questions.

 

Early library closure

Your library will close early on Monday, April 7 for a staff meeting at 5 p.m.  This is our regular staff meeting schedule – on the second Monday of the month.

 

Save the dates

The free spring Lifelong Learning Lecture series will take place Thursday evenings, April 18 through May 23 from 6-7:15 p.m. with informative presentations on using water efficiently, air quality during wildfire season, Chimney Rock, Mt. Kilimanjaro, our local monsoon forecast and your library foundation.  Watch for more details in next week’s Library News column.  The lectures are free and no registration required.   

We also hope you’ll join us to say a fond farewell to departing library director Meg Wempe on Wednesday, April 24 from 2-4 p.m.  Snacks, activities and well wishes will be available.

 

National Library Week

If you haven’t been to your library for a while, this might be a good time to visit since April 7-12 National Library Week.  We’d love to see you.

 

One more tax help session

If you would like help with your taxes, please call Kathy at 970-553-9150 or email her at kathy.taxhelp@gmail.com for an appointment for the third and final free session at your library.  A representative of VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) will meet with those who have signed up in individual sessions next Tuesday, April 9 between from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.   Registration is required in advance.

 

Free tax forms

We have 1040 federal tax forms and instructions as well as 0104 Colorado tax forms and instructions available free while supplies last.  If you need other forms, we will pull them up online and print them out for you for free – but there is likely to be a charge for the instructions when they are long, multi-page documents.

 

Special Writers Guild anthology

Local writers – both guild members are those who are not -- are invited to contribute to a Writers Guild anthology collection that will be donated to the library.  Submissions should be sent to Judy by email at judy@pagosalibrary.org by today, Thursday, April 4, when there will be open readings of submissions from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.   Then blind reviews will take place April 18 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  For more information, please contact Judy at the library at 970-264-2209.

 

AARP senior program

Seniors aged 60 and above are invited to a free live online Senior Planet AARP program on the first and third Fridays of the month, this month on April 5 and 19, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Judy will connect the group via the video conferencing platform Zoom so that you can join other seniors across the country in discussing aging issues such as loneliness, isolation, making new friends and learning in new hobbies.  She also will show you how to use Zoom free from your home to participate in topics like finance, wellness, fitness, computers and technology on other times and dates if you are interested.

 

Virtual author talks

Our highly popular free online author talks continue with two more opportunities in April for you to interact with New York Times bestselling authors and ask questions in April.  For details and to register go to  https://libraryc.org/pagosalibrary/upcoming.  Tuesday, April 9 at noon showcases Daine Foley and National Book Award-winner Colum McCann about “From Murder to Atonement:  Confronting My Son’s Killer.”   Wednesday, April 17 at 6 p.m. we’ll focus on a literary examination of power, love and art with Xochitl Gonzalez, author of “Anita de Monte Laughs Last.”

 

Teen/tween takeover tomorrow

We are setting aside the large meeting room and some of the computers and tweens and teens to use and spend time with friends Friday, April 5, from 2-3 p.m.

 

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us Friday, April 5, from 3-4 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session playing X-box on the big screen.

 

Habitat for Humanity tomorrow

On Friday, April 5 from 5-6 p.m. our local Habitat for Humanity will host an open forum at your library to share information and answer questions about this important nonprofit organization in our community.  They’ll discuss their application process, the 18-month path to affordable home ownership, and how you can volunteer or donate.  Child supervision will be provided.

 

LEGO Club Saturday

Kids aged six-11 are invited to the free LEGO Club on Saturday, April 6 from 11 a.m. – noon.  Bring your own LEGOs or use ours to free build. 

 

Adult book club next Tuesday

Ruby’s Book Club meets in person from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9 to discuss “The Book of Longings” by Sue Monk Kidd.  Copies are available at your library.  This book club is held the second Tuesday of each month, alternating between fiction and nonfiction titles.  Anyone is welcome to attend.  Snacks provided.

 

Dungeons & Dragons

Next Tuesday, April 9 from 4 - 5:30 p.m., join our Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults.  Pre-registration is required because space is limited.  Contact Josie@pagosalibrary.org to join.

 

Therapy dog visit

Next Wednesday, April 10 from 11-11:45 a.m. you are invited to come to a free visit with a certified therapy dog.  The visits will be limited to 10-15 minutes – just the right amount of time to pet the dog, read to the dog or just say “Hi.”  This activity is for all ages.

 

Elementary tutoring

Children ages six-11 are welcome at these free sessions on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. where they will build essential skills in core subjects.  Pre-registration is required.

 

Family story times

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join a free educational hour of reading, singing and free play to build early literacy skills.  

 

Writer’s guild

Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. Ruby’s Writers Guild welcomes writers looking for opportunities, support, resources and camaraderie with other writers at this free gathering.  Today, April 4, and April 18 are special longer events.  Please see above for more details.

 

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with 4-5 p.m. reserved for beginners, 5-6 p.m. for intermediate and 6-7 p.m. for advanced students.  Please help us pass the word about these classes.

 

Clases de inglés 

Clases gratis de inglés cada martes y jueves.  Principiantes de 4-5 p.m., intermedios de 5-6 p.m. y advanzados de 6-7 p.m.  Ayudenos a informar a todos quienes necesitan aprender inglés.

 

Tech Time

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.  Judy helps you with basic questions relating to computers, smartphones and tablets and also provides assistance in accessing any of the library’s online resources.  No appointment is needed for these drop-in sessions, but please bring your device’s charger and passwords with you. 

 

Pagosa Adult Learning Services (PALS)

Join Mark or Sally for free PALS sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  PALS stands for Pagosa Adult Learning Services.   Note no PALS today, April 4.

 

Activities calendars

Pick up monthly events calendars at the library so you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your family.

 

Downloadable books 

CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages.  To access this free digital collection, download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog for the name of your library, then enter your library card number and 4-digit PIN.  Library staff are happy to help you set up your device if you need assistance.

 

Large print

“George Harrison: The Reluctant Beatle” by Philip Norman is a biography of this talented but troubled master guitar player and songwriter. “A Memoir of my Former Self: My Life in Writing” by Hilary Mantel is a collection of stories from this novelist and journalist. “Expiration Dates” by Rebecca Serle is a romance that begins with a blind date.  “Three-Inch Teeth” by C.J. Box is a Joe Pickett adventure. “A Traitor in Whitehall” by Julia Kelly is a mystery set in 1940’s England.

 

Books on CD

“Nice Guys Finish Dead” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a western. 

 

Nonfiction

“Rhett & Link Present The Mythical Cookbook” by Josh Scherer features recipes and humor by this YouTube star. “Abandoned” by law enforcement veteran Larry Baxter explores the history of Port Chatham, Alaska, a busy fishing village now abandoned.  “Baby Names 2024” contains more than three thousand baby names with their meanings and origins. “Elevate and Dominate” by Deion “Coach Prime” Sanders offers stories, strategies and motivation to help you win at life. “Autoimmune Cure” by Dr. Sara Szal Gottfried is a program designed to reset your immune system and restore your health.  “The Menopause Brain” by neuroscientist Lisa Mosconi explains hormone replacement therapies, hormonal contraception and life style changes to help you take care of yourself.  

 

Novels

“Expiration Dates” by Rebecca Serle is a romance that begins with a blind date.  “The Underground Library” by Jennifer Ryan follows three women saving a library’s books after a blitz bombing in London.  

 

Thanks to our donors

Many thanks to Medora Bass for her materials donations.  When we are open, material donations are accepted for the Friends of the Library at the front desk – not down the outside returns slot at the library or the drop box at City Market, please.  Here are the guidelines for donations: Yes, to popular fiction books published in 2013 or later, nonfiction books published 2018 or later, and children’s and young adult books – all in excellent condition, please.  No to CDs, DVDs, Blu Ray, VHS or cassette tapes; textbooks, outdated travel books or reference books because they do not sell. No more than two boxes at a time because of space constraints.

 

Quotable Quote

“Remember the good shots and forget the bad.  This is the first rule of golf my father ever taught me.  It’s the first rule I taught my son.  Apply it to every round you play.  If you’re old, apply it to your life.” – Ed Weathers, teacher, magazine writer and editor in Golf Digest magazine.

 

3/28/24

Do you have the blahs?  Try our free online learning resources

Now that spring is here, you may be looking for something to chase away the winter blahs.  If so, we suggest you 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.  Auto Repair Source 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.  Environment Complete and GreenFile cover 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. 

MyHeritage helps you create your family tree and discover your family history.  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 access these and more, go to our website at pagosalibrary.org and select the gray tab towards the top of the page that says “Online Resources.”  

One more tax help session

If you would like help with your taxes, please call Kathy at 970-553-9150 or email her at kathy.taxhelp@gmail.com for an appointment for the third and final free session at your library.  A representative of VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) will meet with those who have signed up in individual sessions next Tuesday, April 9 between from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.   Registration is required in advance.

 

Free tax forms

We have 1040 federal tax forms and instructions as well as 0104 Colorado tax forms and instructions available free while supplies last.  If you need other forms, we will pull them up online and print them out for you for free – but there is likely to be a charge for the instructions when they are long, multi-page documents.

 

Health insurance help

Drop in on Tuesday, April 2 when we’ll have experts available from 1-4 p.m. to help you sign up for health insurance and answer your questions during a special free Connect for Health session taking place during Colorado’s open enrollment period.

 

Special Writers Guild anthology

Local writers – both guild members are those who are not -- are invited to contribute to a Writers Guild anthology collection that will be donated to the library.  Submissions should be sent to Judy by email at judy@pagosalibrary.org by Thursday, April 4, when there will be open readings of submissions from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.   Then blind reviews will take place April 18 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  For more information, please contact Judy at the library at 970-264-2209.

 

Activities calendars

Pick up monthly events calendars at the library so you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your family.

 

Virtual author talks

Our highly popular free online author talks continue with three opportunities in April for you to interact with New York Times bestselling authors and ask questions in April.  For details and to register go to  https://libraryc.org/pagosalibrary/upcoming.  Tuesday, April 2 at noon we’ll interact with Smithsonian curator Paula J. Johnson, author of “The Foods, People and Innovations That Feed Us,” a sweeping history of food and culture.  Tuesday, April 9 at noon showcases Daine Foley and National Book Award-winner Colum McCann about “From Murder to Atonement:  Confronting My Son’s Killer.”   Wednesday, April 17 at 6 p.m. we’ll focus on a literary examination of power, love and art with Xochitl Gonzalez, author of “Anita de Monte Laughs Last.”

 

Craftapalooza tomorrow

All ages are invited to create a variety of crafts Friday, March 29.  We will have several free different craft stations set up.  Stop by anytime from 2-3:30 p.m. 

 

Last chance for cardboard construction contest

Creative people of all ages are invited to show off your building skills by competing in our free cardboard construct-a-thon that offers prizes for each of five age categories:  Ages 0 – 5, ages 6-8, ages 8-11, ages 12-17. and ages 18 and up.         

Entries need to be brought to the library by tomorrow, Friday, March 29 at 5 p.m.  You must be able to carry your entry in and out of the building without help of library staff.  Winners will be contacted on March 30.

Entries may not exceed 36” x 36” x 36” and must be built ahead of time.  Your creation must be made entirely of cardboard – but tape, glue, paperclips or brads may be used to hold pieces together.  While you are welcome to decorate your creation, please note that we will be judging based on construction and not final decorations. Entries must be your own creation, not a kit or other pre-built structure. Cardboard is available at the library, or you are welcome to use your own.  One entry per person.

 

Knitting and crochet lessons

Learn to knit or crochet on Monday, April 1 at our free gathering from 2 – 3:15 p.m. for ages eight and up.  Supplies provided. 

 

Teen/tween art camp

Each month we explore a different style or medium at this free event.  In April it’s watercolor art. Join us Mondays, April 1, 15, 22 and 29 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Pre-registration required.

 

Music fun Monday

Pagosa Unplugged is free from 4-6 p.m. Monday, April 1 for amateur musicians who would like a safe, supportive, non-bar setting to play, sing or both with other people.  For program information contact Susan at 970-946-3396.

 

Spanish conversation

Practice your Spanish in a free group setting on Tuesday, April 2 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.  No minimum skill level needed.  This group meets twice a month, on the first and third Tuesdays.

             

Dungeons & Dragons

Next Thursday, April 4 from 4 - 5:30 p.m., join our Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults.  Pre-registration is required because space is limited.  Contact Josie@pagosalibrary.org to join

 

Elementary tutoring

Children ages six-11 are welcome at these free sessions on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. where they will build essential skills in core subjects.  Pre-registration is required.

 

Family story times

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join a free educational hour of reading, singing and free play to build early literacy skills.  

 

Writer’s guild

Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. Ruby’s Writers Guild welcomes writers looking for opportunities, support, resources and camaraderie with other writers at this free gathering.  Next week is a special longer event.  Please see item above for more details.

 

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with 4-5 p.m. reserved for beginners, 5-6 p.m. for intermediate and 6-7 p.m. for advanced students.  Please help us pass the word about these classes.

 

Clases de inglés 

Clases gratis de inglés cada martes y jueves.  Principiantes de 4-5 p.m., intermedios de 5-6 p.m. y advanzados de 6-7 p.m.  Ayudenos a informar a todos quienes necesitan aprender inglés.

 

Tech Time

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.  Judy helps you with basic questions relating to computers, smartphones and tablets and also provides assistance in accessing any of the library’s online resources.  No appointment is needed for these drop-in sessions, but please bring your device’s charger and passwords with you. 

 

Pagosa Adult Learning Services (PALS)

Join Mark or Sally for free PALS sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  PALS stands for Pagosa Adult Learning Services.   Note no PALS April 4.

 

Downloadable books 

CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages.  To access this free digital collection, download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog for the name of your library, then enter your library card number and 4-digit PIN.  Library staff are happy to help you set up your device if you need assistance.

 

Local author

“FrontRunner” by Reynard Faber, the honorary and traditional chief of the Jicarilla Apache people, is an inspirational autobiography of an Apache Indian whose spiritual conversation to Christianity brings both challenges and empowerment.  His devotion to Jesus Christ enables others to view Christianity from a new perspective and helps them discover how to humbly embrace a more powerful walk with God. 

The book contains a foreword by Rev. Jerry Fallwell, Sr.  The author continues to live with his young son Trevor on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation in Dulce, N.M. 

 

Nonfiction

“My Dad Had That Car” by Tad Burness is a nostalgic look at the U.S. automobile from 1920-1990. “Road Trip USA” by Jamie Jensen is a Moon guide to adventures on two-land highways. “Mind Your Gut” by Kate Scarlata and Megan Riehl   describes a science-based holistic approach to living well with irritable bowel syndrome. “Slow Productivity” by Cal Newport offers advice about the lost art of accomplishment without burnout. “Scientist” by Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Rhodes is a biography of Harvard biologist and naturalist Edward O. Wilson, known as “Darwin’s successor.”      

 

Novels

“Community 215” by Dr. M.K. Black focuses on the relationship of a boy and girl to whom he exposes the truth of the harsh controls of her life in a walled community.  “All of Our Yesterdays” by Joel H. Morris is a fictional look at the life of Lady Macbeth, one of literature’s most notorious figures.   

 

Books on CD

“The Hunter” by Tana French tells of a family in rural Ireland upended when a long-absent father appears.  “Watch Where They Hide” by Tamaron Hall is book two of the Jordan Manning series, this one about a missing mother in danger.  “Wandering Stars” by Tommy Orange is a fictional look at the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 and an industrial school of Indians, a sequel to “There There.”

 

DVDs

“Poor Things” won several Academy Awards including best actress for Emma Stone.  “Ferrari” was called “the best car movie ever made” by The Wall Street Journal.  “All Creatures Great & Small” is season four. 

 

Thanks to our donors

We are grateful to Joanne Ferko for her materials donations. 

When we are open, material donations are accepted for the Friends of the Library at the front desk – not down the outside returns slot at the library or the drop box at City Market, please.  Here are the guidelines for donations: Yes, to popular fiction books published in 2013 or later, nonfiction books published 2018 or later, and children’s and young adult books – all in excellent condition, please.  No to CDs, DVDs, Blu Ray, VHS or cassette tapes; textbooks, outdated travel books or reference books because they do not sell. No more than two boxes at a time because of space constraints.

 

Quotable Quote

“The service we render to others is really the rent we pay for our room on this earth.” – Sir Wilfred T. Grenfell (1865-1940), British medical missionary and author.

 

3/21/2024    

 

Back by popular demand:  Two more free tax help sessions

 

Our first free tax help session earlier this month was such a success that two more are now scheduled – with longer hours that go into the evening to accommodate more people. If you would like help with your taxes, please call Kathy at 970-553-9150 or email her at kathy.taxhelp@gmail.com for an appointment for a free session at your library.  A representative of VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) will meet with those who have signed up in individual sessions next Tuesday, March 26 and Tuesday, April 9 between from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.   Registration is required in advance.

 

Free tax forms

We have 1040 federal tax forms and instructions as well as 0104 Colorado tax forms and instructions available free while supplies last.  If you need other forms, we will pull them up online and print them out for you for free – but there is likely to be a charge for the instructions when they are long, multi-page documents.

 

Activities calendars

Pick up monthly events calendars at the library so you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your family.

 

Curbside service available

We continue to offer curbside service for those who prefer to have us bring your items outside to you to help limit your exposure to – or sharing of – potential germs.  Or you may have concerns about walking on snow or ice.  To take advantage of this service, phone us at 970-264-2209 when you’re outside in the parking lot and we will be happy to bring your items to you.

 

Virtual author talks

Our highly popular free online author talks continue with one more opportunity for you to interact with New York Times bestselling authors and ask questions in March.  For details and to register go to  https://libraryc.org/pagosalibrary/upcoming.  Today, Thursday, March 21 at 5 p.m. we’ll interact with Madeline Miller discussing “On Retelling Greek Classics: An Exploration of Modern Epics.”        

 

Cardboard construction contest

Creative people of all ages are invited to show off your building skills by competing in our free cardboard construct-a-thon that offers prizes for each of five age categories:  Ages 0 – 5, ages 6-8, ages 8-11, ages 12-17. and ages 18 and up.         

Entries need to be brought to the library by Friday, March 29 at 5 p.m.  You must be able to carry your entry in and out of the building without help of library staff.  Winners will be contacted on March 30.

Entries may not exceed 36” x 36” x 36” and must be built ahead of time.  Your creation must be made entirely of cardboard – but tape, glue, paperclips or brads may be used to hold pieces together.  While you are welcome to decorate your creation, please note that we will be judging based on construction and not final decorations. Entries must be your own creation, not a kit or other pre-built structure. Cardboard is available at the library, or you are welcome to use your own.  One entry per person.

             

Dungeons & Dragons today

Today, Thursday, March 21 from 4 - 5:30 p.m., join our Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults.  Pre-registration is required because space is limited.  Contact Josie@pagosalibrary.org to join.

 

Preschool learning tomorrow

Preschoolers are invited to a free Ready, Set, Learn session tomorrow, Friday, March 22 from 10-11 a.m. to build preschool skills.

 

Paws to Read tomorrow

Friday, March 22 from 2-3 p.m., youngsters are invited to share their favorite books with Muppet or Maple, therapy dogs who love stories, at a free Paws to Read session.

 

Teen Great Stories Club tomorrow

Our free Great Stories Club for teens tomorrow, Friday, March 22 from 2-4:30 p.m. for ages 13 and up celebrates indigenous voices and artists in our community. They will share their work and help teens create artwork of your own.  Everyone also will come away with a free book.  Pizza and beverages will be provided. 

 

Adult knitting Saturday

Join new and experienced knitters this Saturday, March 23 for our free Knitters Circle from 1-3 p.m.  It is for anyone over the age of 18 who would like to knit together or get some help if you are stuck on your project.

 

Puzzle swap Monday

Being a puzzle, take a puzzle on Monday, March 25 from 2:30 p.m.  We will have puzzles for all ages.

 

All-ages watercolor painting

All ages are invited to explore different watercolor techniques at a free session Tuesday, March 26 from 1-2 p.m.

 

Elementary tutoring

Children ages six-11 are welcome at these free sessions on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. where they will build essential skills in core subjects.  Pre-registration is required.  Note no session March 27.

 

Family storytimes

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join a free educational hour of reading, singing and free play to build early literacy skills.  

 

Writer’s guild

Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. Ruby’s Writers Guild welcomes writers looking for opportunities, support, resources and camaraderie with other writers at this free gathering. 

 

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with 4-5 p.m. reserved for beginners, 5-6 p.m. for intermediate and 6-7 p.m. for advanced students.  Please help us pass the word about these classes.

 

Clases de inglés 

Clases gratis de inglés cada martes y jueves.  Principiantes de 4-5 p.m., intermedios de 5-6 p.m. y advanzados de 6-7 p.m.  Ayudenos a informar a todos quienes necesitan aprender inglés.

 

Tech Time

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.  Judy helps you with basic questions relating to computers, smartphones and tablets and also provides assistance in accessing any of the library’s online resources.  No appointment is needed for these drop-in sessions, but please bring your device’s charger and passwords with you. 

 

Pagosa Adult Learning Services (PALS)

Join Mark or Sally for free PALS sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  PALS stands for Pagosa Adult Learning Services. 

 

Downloadable books 

CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages.  To access this free digital collection, download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog for the name of your library, then enter your library card number and 4-digit PIN.  Library staff are happy to help you set up your device if you need assistance.

 

Two local authors

“The Adventures of a Horse Named George” is a collection of stories by multiple authors for ages 8-80 compiled by local author Lynn Moffett about George, a swayback Appaloosa, and his best friend Nancy, a white miniature horse.

“Messengers: Two with a Guide” by Julie Loar explores whether the sands of Giza in Egypt hide secrets of the lost civilization of Atlantis through the eyes of a trio who risk it all to fulfill an ancient promise.

As well, there are many other books by these two talented and prolific local authors available for your reading pleasure in your library’s collection.

 

Local history

“My Pioneer Life: The Memories of Abner E. Sprague” is a collection of writings and photographs by this Colorado pioneer.  He came with his family from the Midwest in a covered wagon to settle in Estes Park and then played a role in America’s railway expansion and operated two successful ranch resorts.  You’ll find his autobiography in the Hershey Collection section of your library along with other local history books.

 

Large print

“Six Gun Justice” edited by Richard Prosch is a collection of 13 stories by some of the best of western writers. “Gunmetal Mountain” by John Shirley is book two in the Cleve Trewe western series. “The Longmire Defense” by Craig Johnson features Sheriff Walt Longmire and Dog. “No Reserve” by Felix Francis is a Dick Francis horseracing mystery. 

 

Novels

“Pelican Girls” by Julia Malye features young French women sent to New Orleans in 1720. “The Great Divide” by Christina Henriquez is a novel about the people involved in constructing the Panama Canal. “Remember Me” by Mary Balogh is book two of the Ravenswood historical romance series. “Redwood Court” by DeLana R.A. Dameron explores the lives of a Black family living in a working-class suburb of Columbia, S.C.  “A Love Song for Ricki Wilde” by Tia Williams tells of two people meeting in 1920s Harlem. 

“The American Daughters” by Maurice Carlos Ruffin features a clandestine society of enslaved spies. “Family Meal” by Bryan Washington follows a man trying to recover after the death of the love of his life. “Lioness of Boston” by Emily Franklin is the story of the life of American art collector Isabella Stewart Gardner. “How to Love Your Daughter” by Hila Blum begins with a grandmother spying on two granddaughters she has never met. 

 

DVDs

“Dunkirk” features soldiers and their families who were involved the Allied war effort.  “Four Daughters” is a nonfiction film in Arabic with optional English subtitles. “Mayor of Kingstown” is season two.

 

Nonfiction

“Grief is For People” by Sloane Crosley is a memoir by a woman dealing with the death of a friend and mentor. “The Darkest White” by Eric Blehm explores the death of legendary snowboarding pioneer Craig Kelly in an avalanche. “White Rural Rage” by Tom Schaller and Paul Waldman looks at the views and power of white rural voters.  “Supercommunicators” by Charles Duhigg explores the skills necessary to unlock the language of connection through conversation. “The House of Hidden Meanings” by RuPaul is a memoir by this artist who brought drag into the cultural limelight. 

“Steve Kerr” by sports journalist Scott Howard-Cooper is a biography of the championship NBA player and head coach of the record-breaking Golden State Warriors.  “Tough Broad” by Caroline Paul explores the science and psychology of the outdoors and its value to women’s physical and emotional health as they age.  “Protect Your Peace” by Trent Shelton puts forth principles, strategies and tools to help you thrive in a chaotic world.  “Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die” by Chris Santella contains 50 essays with photographs that share recommended locations, how-to hints and anecdotes about the meccas of the fly-fishing world.

 

Thanks to our donors

Many thanks to Susan and Terry Arrington for their generous monetary donation. When we are open, material donations are accepted for the Friends of the Library at the front desk – not down the outside returns slot at the library or the drop box at City Market, please.  Here are the Friends guidelines for donations: Yes, to popular fiction books published in 2013 or later, nonfiction books published 2018 or later, and children’s and young adult books – all in excellent condition, please.  No to CDs, DVDs, Blu Ray, VHS or cassette tapes; textbooks, outdated travel books or reference books because they do not sell. No more than two boxes at a time because of space constraints.

 

Quotable Quote

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is like going home, that wilderness is a necessity, and that mountain parks and reservations are useful – not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers but also as foundations of life.” –John Muir (1838-1914), Scottish-born American naturalist, author and environmental philosopher.  He founded the Sierra Club and was an early advocate for the preservation of wilderness areas in the U.S.  

 

3-14-2024   

 

Cardboard construct-a-thon contest underway now

 Creative people of all ages are invited to show off your building skills by competing in our free cardboard construct-a-thon that offers prizes for each of five age categories:  Ages 0 – 5, ages 6-8, ages 8-11, ages 12-17. and ages 18 and up.         

Entries need to be brought to the library by Friday, March 29 at 5 p.m.  You must be able to carry your entry in and out of the building without help of library staff.  Winners will be contacted on March 30.

Entries may not exceed 36” x 36” x 36” and must be built ahead of time.  Your creation must be made entirely of cardboard – but tape, glue, paperclips or brads may be used to hold pieces together.  While you are welcome to decorate your creation, please note that we will be judging based on construction and not final decorations. Entries must be your own creation, not a kit or other pre-built structure. Cardboard is available at the library, or you are welcome to use your own. One entry per person.

           

Free tax forms

We have 1040 federal tax forms and instructions as well as 0104 Colorado tax forms and instructions available free while supplies last.  If you need other forms, we will pull them up online and print them out for you for free – but there is likely to be a charge for the instructions when they are long, multi-page documents.

 

Activities calendars

Pick up monthly events calendars at the library so you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your family.

 

Curbside service available

We continue to offer curbside service for those who prefer to have us bring your items outside to you to help limit your exposure to – or sharing of – potential germs.  Or you may have concerns about walking on snow or ice.  To take advantage of this service, phone us at 970-264-2209 when you’re outside in the parking lot and we will be happy to bring your items to you.

 

Virtual author talks

Our highly popular free online author talks continue with two more opportunities for you to interact with New York Times bestselling authors and ask questions in March.   For details and to register go to  https://libraryc.org/pagosalibrary/upcoming.  Today, Thursday, March 14 at 2 p.m. showcases Christopher Paolini discussing “20 Years of Dragon Riding in YA Fantasy.” On Thursday, March 21 at 5 p.m. we’ll interact with Madeline Miller discussing “On Retelling Greek Classics: An Exploration of Modern Epics.”        

 

Knowledge Bowl

Our free Knowledge Bowl for tweens and teens takes place today, Thursday, March 14 from 4-5 p.m.   Test your trivia skills on a wide range of subjects.

 

AARP aging program

Seniors aged 60 and over are invited to a free live online Senior Planet AARP program tomorrow, March 15, at your library from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Judy will connect the group via the video conferencing platform Zoom so that you can join other seniors across the country in discussing aging issues such as loneliness, isolation, making new friends and learning in new hobbies.

In addition to the aging discussions at the library, Judy will show you how to use Zoom from your home to participate in topics like finance, wellness, fitness, computers and technology on other times and dates if you are interested. 

 

Board games tomorrow

Come play a favorite game or bring one of your own to share at this free all-ages event Friday, March 15 from 2-4 p.m.

 

LEGO Club Saturday

Kids aged six-11 are invited to the free LEGO Club on Saturday, March 16 from 11 a.m. – noon.  Bring your own LEGOs or use ours. 

 

Pokémon Club on Saturday

If you’re aged six-11 and love Pokémon, this free club is for you.  Bring your cards on Saturday, March 16 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

 

Knitting and crochet lessons

Learn to knit or crochet on Monday, March 18 at our free gathering from 2 – 3:15 p.m. for ages eight and up.  Supplies provided. 

 

Music fun Monday

Pagosa Unplugged is free from 4-6 p.m. Monday, March 18 for amateur musicians of all ages to jam and sing with others.  For details contact Susan at 970-946-3396.

 

Teen/tween art camp

Each month we explore a different style or medium at this free event.  In March it’s hand quilting with guest artist Mary Kurt-Mason. Join us Monday, March 18 from 4-5 p.m.  Pre-registration required.

 

Adult DIY 

At the free adult DIY next Tuesday, March 19 from 1-2:30 p.m., Tom, a member of our Search and Rescue team, will teach us how to read a map and compass the old-fashioned way – valuable skills if you lose or damage your phone in the backcountry or have no cell service.

 

Spanish conversation

Practice your Spanish in a free group setting on Tuesday, March 19 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.  No minimum skill level needed.  This group meets twice a month, on the first and third Tuesdays.

 

Dungeons & Dragons

Thursday, March 21 from 4 - 5:30 p.m., join our Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults.  Pre-registration is required because space is limited.  Contact Josie@pagosalibrary.org to join.

 

Elementary tutoring

Children ages six-11 are welcome at these free sessions on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. where they will build essential skills in core subjects.  Pre-registration is required. 

 

Family story times

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join a free educational hour of reading, singing and free play to build early literacy skills.  

 

Writer’s guild

Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. Ruby’s Writers Guild welcomes writers looking for opportunities, support, resources and camaraderie with other writers at this free gathering. 

 

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with 4-5 p.m. reserved for beginners, 5-6 p.m. for intermediate and 6-7 p.m. for advanced students.  Please help us pass the word about these classes.

 

Clases de inglés 

Clases gratis de inglés cada martes y jueves.  Principiantes de 4-5 p.m., intermedios de 5-6 p.m. y advanzados de 6-7 p.m.  Ayudenos a informar a todos quienes necesitan aprender inglés.

 

Tech Time

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.  Judy helps you with basic questions relating to computers, smartphones and tablets and also aids in accessing any of the library’s online resources.  No appointment is needed for these drop-in sessions, but please bring your device’s charger and passwords with you. 

 

Pagosa Adult Learning Services (PALS)

Join Mark or Sally for free PALS sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  PALS stands for Pagosa Adult Learning Services. 

 

Downloadable books 

CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages.  To access this free digital collection, download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog for the name of your library, then enter your library card number and 4-digit PIN.  Library staff are happy to help you set up your device if you need assistance.

 

Two local authors

“Blossoms on a Poisoned Sea” by local author Mariko Tatsumoto is an account of corporate greed told through the lives of a young couple in love who survived but still bear the psychic scars of betrayal.  Together they fight both the Japanese government and a powerful, ruthless chemical conglomerate that are ignoring the suffering of dying fishermen’s families suffering from an agonizing neurological disease.

After emigrating from Japan at the age of eight, Mariko Tatsumoto detoured from her love of books and became the first Asian woman attorney in Colorado.  Later she wrote “Ayumi’s Violin” and “Swept Away” which won a total of seven awards.  Both “Blossoms on a Poisoned Sea” and “Ayumi’s Violin” are available for your reading pleasure at your Ruby Sisson Library.

Also new to our collection, local author M Avery has written “Sojourn in the Land of the Sun,” historical fiction based on real people living in the 20th and 21st centuries.  It features Joseph, a Norteno elder whose Spanish ancestors settled the upper regions of New Spain, and an Anglo upstart to whom he imparts a lifetime of experience after the man asks politically incorrect questions to further his own career.

For authentication of this story, the author suggests a visit to Spruce Tree House in Mesa Verde to view the pictograph, which confirms Joseph’s stories about his Native American initiation.  He also was involved in the book’s production.

The author dedicates her book to her community in Espanola Valley and its outlying villages on the high road to Taos, newcomers in Los Alamos, special sisters in Taos, and all her Native American counterparts fighting for sovereignty against the odds.

 

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“The Locked Room” by Elly Griffiths features three women who go missing from an isolated cottage during the pandemic. “The Libyan Diversion” by Joel C. Rosenberg is a Marcus Ryker CIA suspense story. “Lost and Found” by Rita Mae Brown begins when a body is found on Virginia foxhunting grounds. “The Hunter” by Tana French is a crime story of revenge set in rural Ireland. “The Ink Black Heart” by Robert Galbraith features a PI and her partner investigating a murder of a man who was persecuted by an online figure.  

 

Nonfiction

“Otter Country” by nature writer Mariam Darlington explores the lives of these playful animals. “Worthy” by Jamie Kern Lima helps those with self-doubt change their lives.  “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare are side-by-side plain English versions of these classic plays. “The Backyard Beekeeper” by Kim Flottum is the fifth edition of this guide to beekeeping for all skill levels. “Our Ancient Faith” by Allen C. Guelzo is a study of Abraham Lincoln’s powerful vision of democracy, which he believed to be the greatest political achievement in human history.

“Joyfull” by Radhi Devlukia-Shetty contains more than 125 plane-based recipes.  “Normal Women” by historical novelist Philippa Gregory covers nine centuries of women’s lives in England from the Norman Conquest to modern times. “Out of Shape Worthless Loser” by Gracie Gold is a memoir of an Olympic figure skater who became famous at the Sochi Olympics while dealing with anxiety, an eating disorder and sexual assault.  “The Trump Indictments” is an annotated version of the legal papers by NYU law professors Melissa Murray and Andrew Weissmann.    

 

Books on CD

“The Bullet Swallowed” by Elizabeth Gonzalez James is an intergenerational saga of a Mexican family. “Lone Wolf” by Gregg Hurwitz follows a case by a former black op’s government assassin. “The Guest” by B.A. Paris begins when a close friend moves uninvited into a couple’s home. “End of Story” by A.J. Finn is a thriller about a reclusive mystery writer who asks a friend to help draft his life story. “The Ghost Orchid” by Jonathan Kellerman is a Milo Sturgis and Alex Delaware mystery. 

 

DVDs

“Wonka” shows viewers how a young dreamer named Willy became Wonka.  “Migration” is a new animated family comedy that contains three mini-movies. “Planet Earth III” is a BBC documentary.

 

Quotable Quote

“The older I get the more clearly I remember things that never happened.” – Mark Twain (1835-1910). American writer, humorist, essayist and lecturer.

 

03/07/2024    

 

Free tax help and Late Night at Library event

If you would like help with your taxes, please call Kathy at 970-553-9150 for an appointment for a free session at your library.  A representative of VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) will meet with those who have signed up in individual sessions next Monday, March 11 between from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Registration is required in advance.

The VITA program from the IRS offers free, reliable basic tax return preparation to qualified individuals.  A volunteer will help you collect all of the required information and transmit it to a remote site for preparation. The remote tax preparer will then set up a time to discuss the return over the phone with you to answer any questions that arise.

Library fundraiser on Saturday

We hope to see you this Saturday, March 9 at 4:30 p.m. for our third Late Night at the Library event, a fundraiser for our Mountains of Opportunity campaign to expand and renovate your library.  You’ll enjoy dinner and drinks, and a fun time making beaded bracelets, painting and creating other book crafts with all supplies provided.

Tickets are $50 per person.  They can be purchased online at pagosalibrary.org or in person with cash or check at the library.  This event is sponsored by Debby Donovan.

 Early library closure

Your library will close early on Monday, March 11 for a staff meeting at 5 p.m.  This is our regular staff meeting schedule – on the second Monday of the month.

Curbside service available

We continue to offer curbside service for those of you who prefer to have us bring your items outside to you to help limit your exposure to – or sharing of – potential germs.  Or you may have concerns about walking on snow or ice.  To take advantage of this service, phone us at 970-264-2209 when you’re outside in the parking lot and we will be happy to bring your items to you.

 Virtual author talks

Our highly popular free online author talks continue with two more opportunities  for you to interact with New York Times bestselling authors and ask questions in March.   For details and to register go to  https://libraryc.org/pagosalibrary/upcoming.  Thursday, March 14 at 2 p.m. showcases Christopher Paolini discussing 20 Years of Dragon Riding in YA fantasy.  On Thursday, March 21 at 5 p.m. we’ll interact with Madeline Miller discussing “On Retelling Greek Classics: An Exploration of Modern Epics.”        

 Online New York Times

We have purchased an online subscription to The New York Times `that allows you 24/7 free access to the online version of the newspaper from your home or any personal device.  Go to the library website at https://pagosalibrary.org.  Click on Online Resources on the gray top line on the home page.  Scroll down to the Ns for New York Times and click on that icon. Your access code will automatically be generated, good for 24 hours each time you sign on. You then will be asked for your email address to log in or to create an account. 

 Activities calendars

Pick up monthly events calendars at the library so you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your family.

Preschool playdough tomorrow

Preschoolers are invited to a free session to use stencils to make animals and other creations with playdough Friday, March 8 from 10-11 a.m.

 Legal clinic tomorrow, March 8, 2024, has been cancelled.

 Friday Flix tomorrow

Enjoy a PG movie and free popcorn Friday, March 8 from 2-4 p.m.

Chess Club Saturday

Learn how to play chess with free quick lessons and game time to practice your skills on Saturday, March 9 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  All ages and abilities are welcome.

Adult knitting Saturday

Join new and experienced knitters this Saturday, March 9 for our free Knitters Circle from 1-3 p.m.  It is aimed at anyone over the age of 18 who would like to knit together or get some help if you are stuck on your project. 

Teen/tween art camp

Each month we explore a different style or medium at this free event.  In March it’s hand quilting with guest artist Mary Kurt-Mason. Join us Monday, March 11 and 18 from 4-5 p.m.  Pre-registration required.

Adult book club Tuesday

Ruby’s Book Club meets from 2-3 p.m. next Tuesday, March 12 to discuss “Valiant Women: The Extraordinary American Servicewomen Who Helped Win WW II” by Lena S. Andrews.  Copies are available at your library.  This free book club is held the second Tuesday of each month, alternating between fiction and nonfiction titles, with snacks provided.  Snacks provided.  Anyone is welcome to attend.

Dungeons & Dragons

Tuesday, March 12 from 4 - 5:30 p.m., join our Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults.  Pre-registration is required because space is limited.  Contact Josie@pagosalibrary.org to join.

 Therapy dog visit

Next Wednesday, March 13 from 11 – 11:45 a.m.  you are invited to come to the library for a free visit with a certified therapy dog.  Visits are limited to 10-15 minutes – just the right amount of time to pet the dog, read to the dog or just say “Hi.”  This is an all-ages activity.

 Knowledge Bowl

Our free Knowledge Bowl for tweens and teens takes place next Thursday, March 14 from 4-5 p.m.   Test your trivia skills on a wide range of subjects.

 Elementary tutoring

Children ages six-11 are welcome at these free sessions on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. where they will build essential skills in core subjects.  Pre-registration is required. 

Family story times

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join a free educational hour of reading, singing and free play to build early literacy skills.  

Writer’s guild

Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. Ruby’s Writers Guild welcomes writers looking for opportunities, support, resources and camaraderie with other writers at this free gathering. 

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with 4-5 p.m. reserved for beginners, 5-6 p.m. for intermediate and 6-7 p.m. for advanced students.  Please help us pass the word about these classes.

Clases de inglés 

Clases gratis de inglés cada martes y jueves.  Principiantes de 4-5 p.m., intermedios de 5-6 p.m. y advanzados de 6-7 p.m.  Ayudenos a informar a todos quienes necesitan aprender inglés.

Tech Time

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.  Judy helps you with basic questions relating to computers, smartphones and tablets and also aids in accessing any of the library’s online resources.  No appointment is needed for these drop-in sessions, but please bring your device’s charger and passwords with you. 

Pagosa Adult Learning Services (PALS)

Join Mark or Sally for free PALS sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  PALS stands for Pagosa Adult Learning Services. 

Downloadable books 

CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages.  To access this free digital collection, download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog for the name of your library, then enter your library card number and 4-digit PIN.  Library staff are happy to help you set up your device if you need assistance.

DVDs

“Priscilla” is the story of Elvis’ young wife starting when they met in Germany.  “Mudbound” follows two families, black and white, in the Mississippi Delta in the 1940s trying to survive in the Jim Crow South. “The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes” is the prequel to “The Hunger Games.” 

Books on CD

“Antarctica Station” by A. G. Riddle is thriller about a secretive research project. “The Lantern’s Dance” by Laurie R. King is a suspense story featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. “Leopard’s Hunt” by Christine Feehan is a paranormal romance.   “Forty-Niners” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is the story of brave men and women in gold rush days. “Three-inch Teeth” by C.J. Box features Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett.   

 Nonfiction

“The Holy Grail of Investing” by Tony Robbins with Christopher Zook reveals the ultimate strategies of some of the world’s greatest investors. “How to Win Friends and Influence Fungi” edited by Nerd Nite cofounders Dr. Chris Balakrishnan and Matt Wasowski is a collection of articles about quirks of STEM (science, tech, engineering and math).

 Large print

“The Friendship Club” by Robyn Carr revolves around women dealing with marriage and being single. “Harbor Lights” by James Lee Burke is an anthology of five stories about various forms of violence.  “The Bad Weather Friend” by Dean Koontz is a sci-fi horror thriller. “The Fury” by Alex Michaelides follows friends of a celebrity invited to her private Greek island who are caught in a murder.   

 Donation guidelines

When we are open, material donations are accepted for the Friends of the Library at the front desk – not down the outside returns slot at the library or the drop box at City Market, please.  Here are the Friends’ new guidelines for donations:  Yes, to popular fiction books published in 2014 or later, nonfiction books published 2019 or later, and children’s and young adult books – all in excellent condition, please.  No to CDs, DVDs, Blu Ray, VHS or cassette tapes; textbooks, outdated travel books or reference books because they do not sell.  No more than two boxes at a time because of space constraints.

Quotable Quote

“Remember that there is only one important time, and that is now. The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion.  The most important person is always the person you are with – and the most important pursuit is making the person at your side happy.” – Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), Russian writer regarded as one of the greatest and most influential authors of all time for books like “War and Peace” and “Anna Karenina.”  He received nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature every year from 1902 to 1906 and for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, 1902 and 1909.

 

2/29/2024  

 New free online AARP aging program for seniors

Seniors aged 60 and over are invited to participate in a new free live online Senior Planet program on the first and third Fridays of the month starting tomorrow, March 1, at your library from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Judy will connect the group via the video conferencing platform Zoom so that you can join other seniors across the country in discussing aging issues such as loneliness, isolation, making new friends and learning in new hobbies.

This Senior Planet program was created by AARP.  In addition to the aging discussions at the library, Judy will show you how to use Zoom from your home to participate in topics like finance, wellness, fitness, computers and technology on other times and dates if you are interested.

Curbside service available

As we progress further into the winter flu and cold season, we continue to offer curbside service for those of you who prefer to have us bring your items outside to you to help limit your exposure to – or sharing of – potential germs.  Or you may have concerns about walking on the snow or ice.

To take advantage of this service, simply phone us at 970-264-2209 when you’re outside in the parking lot and we will be happy to bring your items to you.

 Virtual author talks

Our highly popular free online author talks continue with three opportunities for you to interact with New York Times bestselling authors and ask questions in March.  For details and to register go to https://libraryc.org/pagosalibrary/upcoming. Wednesday, March 6 at 2 p.m. features “The Power of Friendships” with NPR’s Nita Totenberg.  Thursday, March 14 at 2 p.m. showcases Christopher Paolini discussing 20 Years of Dragon Riding in YA fantasy.  On Thursday, March 21 at 5 p.m. we’ll interact with Madeline Miller discussing “On Retelling Greek Classics: An Exploration of Modern Epics.”        

 Online New York Times

We have purchased an online subscription to The New York Times `that allows you 24/7 free access to the online version of the newspaper from your home or any personal device.  Go to the library website at https://pagosalibrary.org.  Click on Online Resources on the gray top line on the home page.  Scroll down to the Ns for New York Times and click on that icon. Your access code will automatically be generated, good for 24 hours each time you sign on. You then will be asked for your email address to log in or to create an account. 

 Activities calendars

Pick up monthly events calendars at the library so you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your family.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, March 1, from 3-5 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming on the library’s X-box 360

 LEGO Club Saturday

Kids aged six-11 are invited to the free LEGO Club on Saturday, March 2 from 11 a.m. – noon.  Bring your own LEGOs or use ours to free build. 

Knitting and crochet lessons

Learn to knit or crochet on Monday, March 4 and 18 at our free gathering from 2 – 3:15 p.m. for ages eight and up.  Supplies provided. 

 Teen/tween art camp

Each month we explore a different style or medium at this free event.  In March it is hand quilting with guest artist Mary Kurt-Mason. Join us Monday, March 4, 11 and 18 from 4-5 p.m.  Pre-registration required.

 Music fun Monday

Pagosa Unplugged is free from 4-6 p.m. Monday, March 4 for amateur musicians of all ages to jam and sing with others.  For details contact Susan at 970-946-3396.

Spanish conversation

Adults are invited to practice your Spanish in a free group setting on Tuesday, March 5 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.  No minimum skill level needed.  This group now meets twice a month, on the first and third Tuesdays.

Elementary tutoring

Children ages six-11 are welcome at these free sessions on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. where they will build essential skills in core subjects.  Pre-registration is required. 

Family storytimes

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join a free educational hour of reading, singing and free play to build early literacy skills.  

Dungeons & Dragons

Thursday, March 7 from 4 - 5:30 p.m., join our Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults.  Pre-registration is required because space is limited.  Contact Josie@pagosalibrary.org to join.

 Writer’s guild

Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. Ruby’s Writer’s Guild welcomes writers looking for opportunities, support, resources and camaraderie with other writers at this free gathering. 

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with 4-5 p.m. reserved for beginners, 5-6 p.m. for intermediate and 6-7 p.m. for advanced students.  Please help us pass the word about these classes.

Clases de inglés 

Clases gratis de inglés cada martes y jueves. Principiantes de 4-5 p.m., intermedios de 5-6 p.m. y advanzados de 6-7 p.m. Ayudenos a informar a todos quienes necesitan aprender inglés.

Tech Time

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.  Judy helps you with basic questions relating to computers, smartphones and tablets and also provides assistance in accessing any of the library’s online resources. No appointment is needed for these drop-in sessions, but please brings your device’s charger and passwords with you. 

Pagosa Adult Learning Services (PALS)

Join Mark or Sally for free PALS sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  PALS stand for Pagosa Adult Learning Services. 

Downloadable books 

CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages.  To access this free digital collection, download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog for the name of your library, and then enter your library card number and 4-digit PIN.  Library staff is happy to help you set up your device if you need assistance.

Spanish-language thriller

“La Sombra de la Rosa” (“The Shadow of the Rose”) by Angela Banzas is a thriller that begins with the discovery of a young girl’s body on an island in 1910.

 Nonfiction

“Be a Revolution” by Ijeoma Oluo is a look at the current state of the anti-racism movement in the U.S.  “Healthy Aging” is a Mayo Clinic guide to a healthy body, mind and spirit. “Fight Right” by Julie Schwartz Gottman and John Gottman details five secrets to using conflict to build healthy relationships.   “Alphabetical Diaries” by Sheila Heti resorts entries in a decade’s worth of journals.  

Large print

“Everyone Who Can Forgive Me is Dead” by Jenny Hollander features a successful editor whose career is threatened.  “Always Remember” by Mary Balogh is a Ravenswood romance.  “The Atlas Complex: The Power is Taken” by Olivie Blake is a fantasy about six extraordinary magicians.  “Random in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas mystery.  “Family Family” by Laurie Frankel is a story about adoption.     

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers 

“Ghost Orchid” by Jonathan Kellerman is an Alex Delaware thriller.  “Crosshairs” by James Patterson and James O. Born is a Michael Bennett thriller.  “Camp Zero” by Michelle Min Sterling tells of climate researchers in a near-future northern settlement in Canada.  “Karma of the Sun” by Brandon Ying Kit Boey follows a young Tibetan searching for his missing father.  “Age of Vice” by Deepti Kapoor begins with a horrific car accident in India.  “Hero” by Thomas Perry finds a female private security agent being stalked by a killer.  

 Other novels

“Legends & Lattes” by Travis Baldree is a fantasy about a woman taking a break from epic battles. “The Things We Didn’t Know” by Elba Iris Perez explores a young girl’s childhood between Puerto Rico and a small U.S. factory town. “Dixon, Descending” by Karen Outen is about two Black brothers determined to climb Mount Everest together. “Fourteen Days” by multiple authors including Celese Ng and John Grisham tells the stories of New York City neighbors during Covid. “Always Remember” by Mary Balogh is a Ravenswood romance. “The Women” by Kristin Hannah follows friends who volunteer as nurses in Vietnam. 

Books on CD

“The Fox Wife” by Yangsze Choo begins with a courtesan’s 1908 death in Manchuria.  “Chasing Endless Summer” by V.C. Andrews showcases a young woman who hopes for a normal life when her estranged father reappears.  “The Fury” by Alex Michaelides tells of a reclusive ex-movie star hosting a getaway holiday.  “The Women” by Kristin Hannah features a nurse returning to a changed U.S. after the Vietnam War.  “A Plague on Both Yours Houses” by Robert Littell tells of Mafia power in Russia after 1991.

Donation guidelines

When we are open, material donations are accepted for the Friends of the Library at the front desk – not down the outside returns slot at the library or the drop box at City Market, please.  Here are the Friends’ new guidelines for donations:  Yes to popular fiction books published in 2014 or later, nonfiction books published 2019 or later, and children’s and young adult books – all in excellent condition, please.  No to CDs, DVDs, Blu Ray, VHS or cassette tapes; textbooks, outdated travel books or reference books because they do not sell.  No more than two boxes at a time because of space constraints.

Quotable Quote

Asked if he consulted with the public when developing his Model T, Henry Ford replied that if he had surveyed others about what they wanted they would have answered, “faster horses.”

  02/22/2024

 New online AARP aging program, curbside service and Friends gathering

Seniors aged 60 and over are invited to participate in a new free live online Senior Planet program on the first and third Fridays of the month starting March 1 at your library from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Judy will connect the group via the video conferencing platform Zoom so that you can join other seniors across the country in discussing aging issues such as loneliness, isolation, making new friends and learning in new hobbies.

This Senior Planet program was created by AARP. In addition to the aging discussions at the library, Judy will show you how to use Zoom from your home to participate in topics like finance, wellness, fitness, computers and technology on other times and dates if you are interested.  

Curbside service available

As we progress further into the winter flu and cold season, we want to be sure you know that we continue to offer curbside service for those of you who prefer to have us bring your items outside to you to help limit your exposure to, or sharing of, potential germs.  Or you may have concerns about walking on snow or ice.

To take advantage of this service, simply phone us at 970-264-2209 when you’re outside in the parking lot and we will be happy to bring your items to you.

Friends of the Library event

Friends of the Library will gather next Wednesday, February 28 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. to mingle and then talk about plans for Friends’ events in 2024. Pizza, salad and sodas will be provided.

 Online New York Times

We have purchased an online subscription to The New York Times’ that allows you 24/7 free access to the online version of the newspaper from your home or any personal device. Go to the library website at https://pagosalibrary.org. Click on Online Resources on the gray top line on the home page. Scroll down to the Ns for New York Times and click on that icon. Your access code will automatically be generated, good for 24 hours each time you sign on. You then will be asked for your email address to log in or to create an account. 

 Activities calendars

Pick up monthly events calendars at the library so you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your family.

Virtual author talks

Our highly popular free online author talks continue with one more opportunity for you to interact with New York Times bestselling authors and ask questions in February. For details and to register go to https://libraryc.org/pagosalibrary/upcoming.Wednesday, February 28 at noon showcases Kim Scott, author of “Be a Kick-ass Boss without Losing Your Humanity.” 

Dungeons & Dragons

Today, Thursday, February 22 and next Tuesday, February 27 from 4 - 5:30 p.m., join our Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults. Pre-registration is required because space is limited. Contact Josie@pagosalibrary.org to join.

 Teen/tween murder mystery tomorrow

Teens and tweens are invited to solve the clues to discover who the real murderer is when everyone is a suspect at this free event on Friday, February 23 from 4 – 5:30 p.m.

 Paws to Read tomorrow

Friday, February 23 from 2-3 p.m., youngsters are invited to share their favorite books with Muppet or Maple, therapy dogs who love stories, at free Paws to Read session.

Board games tomorrow

Come play a favorite game or bring one of your own to share at this free all-ages event Friday, February 23 from 3-4 p.m.

Adult knitting Saturday

Join new and experienced knitters this Saturday, February 24 for our free Knitters Circle from 1-3 p.m. It is for anyone over the age of 18 who would like to knit together or get some help if you are stuck on your project. 

Teen/tween art camp

Each month we explore a different style or medium at this free event. In February it’s pastels. Join us Monday, February 26 from 4-5 p.m. Pre-registration required.

 Music fun Monday

Pagosa Unplugged is free from 4-6 p.m. Monday, February 26 for amateur musicians of all ages to jam and sing with others. For details contact Susan at 970-946-3396.

Adult DIY  

At the free adult DIY next Tuesday, February 27 from 1-2:30 p.m., you will create jewelry with polymer clay with local artist Miranda of Passage Gallery & Studios. All supplies provided.  Pre-registration required.

Elementary tutoring sessions

Children ages six-11 are welcome at these free sessions on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. where they will build essential skills in core subjects.  Pre-registration is required.  Note no tutoring February 28.

Family storytimes

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join a free educational hour of reading, singing and free play to build early literacy skills.  

 Writer’s guild

Thursday’s from 9-11 a.m. Ruby’s Writer’s Guild welcomes writers looking for opportunities, support, resources and camaraderie with other writers at this free gathering. 

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with 4-5 p.m. reserved for beginners, 5-6 p.m. for intermediate and 6-7 p.m. for advanced students.  Please help us pass the word about these classes.

Clases de inglés 

Clases gratis de inglés cada martes y jueves. Principiantes de 4-5 p.m., intermedios de 5-6 p.m. y advanzados de 6-7 p.m. Ayudenos a informar a todos quienes necesitan aprender inglés.

Tech Time

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.  Judy helps you with basic questions relating to computers, smartphones and tablets and also provides assistance in accessing any of the library’s online resources. No appointment is needed for these drop-in sessions, but please bring your device’s charger and passwords with you. 

Pagosa Adult Learning Services (PALS)

Join Mark or Sally for free PALS sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  PALS stand for Pagosa Adult Learning Services. 

Downloadable books 

CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages.  To access this free digital collection, download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog for the name of your library, and enter your library card number and 4-digit PIN. Library staff is happy to help you set up your device if you need assistance.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers 

“Northwoods” by Amy Pease begins when a body is found in a lake in a midwestern resort town.  “The Missing Witness” by Allison Brennan features Det. Kara Quinn and an FBI special agent.  “The Lock-up” by John Banville brings two detectives together to solve a globe-spanning mystery. “Chenneville,” by Paulette Jiles follows an injured Civil War soldier who arrives home to discover a brutal family murder. “Holmes Marple & Poe” by James Patterson and Brian Sitts focuses on a team of brilliant PIs in New York City.  “Weapons of Opportunity” by Dale Brown is a Nick Flynn adventure. “Midnight” by Amy McCulloch takes place on a luxury cruise ship in Antarctica. “The Ascent” by Dam Plantinga reveals the aftermath of a malfunction in a prison’s security system.

 Other novels

 “Invisible Woman” by Katia Lief follows events after the surfacing of a long-held secret between estranged best friends. “The Book of Fire” by Christy Lefteri tells of Greeks trying to recover after a forest fire and suspicious death. “A Council of Dolls” by Mona Susan Power is a tale of three extraordinary women from midcentury Chicago to a Dakhota reservation and brutal Indian boarding schools. “Library for the War-Wounded” by Monika Helfer explores the mysterious life of a German soldier in the aftermath of World War II, especially his remarkable library. “Talking at Night” by Claire Daverley tells of two teens, who can’t let go of what might have been. “House of Flame and Shadow” by Sarah J. Maas is a Crescent City fantasy.      

Pagosa-based novel on CD

“All Rhodes Lead Here” by Mariana Zapata is a romance set in Pagosa.  It features a young woman who has broken up with her longtime, famous musician boyfriend and decides to move back to the small mountain town that was once her home but is full of bittersweet memories of her late mother.

Other books on CD

“Come & Get It” by Kiley Reid follows two young women combining skills in an unusual way to meet their individual goals. “Tree of Aeons” by Spaiz Zzer is book three in the Isekai LitRPG series about a man who becomes a tree. “Harbor Lights” by James Lee Burke is a collection of eight short stories.  “Random in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas crime thriller. “Upside Down” by Danielle Steel is about a highly successful mother-daughter team who want to repair their relationship.  “Dead Man’s Hand” by Brad Taylor is a Pike Logan special services adventure.  “The Bad Weather Friend” by Dean Koontz begins with an inheritance from an unknown uncle. 

 DVDs

We have three Great Courses DVDs –“An Introduction to Genealogy,” “How to Play the Piano” and “How to Sing.” “Vivo” is an animated musical adventure.  “A Silent Voice” is a coming-of-age movie about schoolyard bullying of a deaf girl.  “Trolls Band Together” in the DreamWorks sing-along version.  “The Lost City” is a jungle adventure comedy.  “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” stars Harrison Ford.  “Happy Valley” is a thriller starring Sarah Lancashire.   

Nonfiction

“The Hunger Habit” by Dr. Judson Brewer provides tips on how to stop eating when you’re not hungry.  “Resilient” by Brooke Wells is a memoir about the author’s comeback after a series accident at the 2021 CrossFit Games. “Infectious Generosity” by Chris Anderson documents the powerful impact of acts of generosity.  “Have a beautiful, Terrible Day” by Kate Bowler contains daily meditations for the ups, downs and in-between days.

“The End of Race Politics” by Coleman Hughes offers intellectual tools to create a colorblind America.  “Dear Black Girls” by A’Ja Wilson is a guide to not letting racism keep you down by providing stories and examples to use as inspiring models.  “The War Below” by Reuter’s reporter Ernest Scheyder explores the war for critical minerals.  “5 Ingredients Mediterranean” by Jamie Oliver contains quick and easy Mediterranean recipes.    

Quotable Quote

“When another person is talking, you want to be listening so loudly that you are practically burning calories. Watch Oprah, a true master of conversation, as she interviews someone.  You can see her feeling, in her highly reactive way, the emotions the other person is describing. When the conversation takes a happy turn, she volleys back…a subtle chorus of encouragements. When the conversation takes a sad or serious turn, she wears a concerned look on her face and sits in attentive silence.” – David Brooks, writer and commentator, in his new book, “How To Know a Person,” available at your Ruby Sisson library.

 

 

02/15/2024

Library director Meg Wempe resigning for a second career in
nursing

Many of us consider ourselves lucky to find one job that we love.  But Meg Wempe,
library director, is heading for what she calls “an ideal combination” – two satisfying
decades as a librarian followed by a second career as a nurse starting in May.

Meg will leave the library to become an RN specializing in elderly care and hospice at
Pagosa’s Pine Ridge assisted living facility. Her mother and two older sisters recently
retired as longtime nurses and Meg first was attracted to health care as a Candy Striper
hospital volunteer in high school.

She sees similarities between being a librarian and being a nurse because both involve
helping people.

To her family in South Carolina, the transition is natural. In fact, they call nursing “the
family profession.” So they were not surprised when Meg began using her library
vacation days to attend nursing school at Northwest Technical College in Minnesota in
2021 on a part-time basis. She graduated in May 2023 with a perfect 4.0-point GPA and
was named “most outstanding student.”

Meg’s philosophy is, “If there’s something you want to do in the world, you should just
get going and do it. If it doesn’t work out, move on and do something else. You don’t
want to look back and say, ‘I should have….’”

She leaves an impressive legacy from her 11 years at our Sisson Library. Meg was hired
as an adult services librarian in 2013 and promoted to director in 2016. She launched our
adult book club and DIY series, broadened our computer offerings, brought our
community’s ESL programs into the library, and worked to create a foundation to
fundraise for the library’s impressive expansion plans.

“It has been a joy to work with our skilled staff, a supportive board, and involved
patrons,” she said. “Pagosa is a very special place.”

A huge fan of our community, Meg says another plus about her Pine Ridge job is that it
means she and her husband Mark don’t have to move for her to achieve her nursing
dream. Both are avid outdoors people, with a special love of powder skiing at Wolf
Creek. She also is pleased to be able to remain a member of Pagosa’s Rotary Club.

“Meg has been an amazing leader and advocate for the library and its programming,” said Andrea Cox, president of the Board of Trustees. “We will miss her and wish her all the best.”

The board’s search for Meg’s successor is underway now. Meg’s last day at the library
will be April 24.

Library closure
Your library will close on Monday, February 19 in celebration of Presidents’ Day.
 

Curbside service available
As we progress further into the winter germ season, we wanted to be sure you know that
we continue to offer curbside service for those of you who prefer to have us bring your
items outside to you to help limit your exposure to – or sharing of – potential germs. Or
you may have concerns about walking on snow or ice.
To take advantage of this service, simply phone us at 970-264-2209 when you’re outside
in the parking lot and we will be happy to bring your items to you.

Activities calendars
Pick up monthly events calendars at the library so you don’t miss any of the free
activities available to you and your family.


Virtual author talks
Our highly popular free online author talks continue with two more opportunities for you
to interact with New York Times bestselling authors and ask questions in February. For
details and to register go to https://libraryc.org/pagosalibrary/upcoming . Tuesday,
February 20 at 2 p.m. we will explore identity, love, and being black in America with
Jason Mott. Wednesday, February 28 at noon showcases Kim Scott, author of “Be a
Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity.”

Knowledge Bowl today
Our free Knowledge Bowl for tweens and teens is today, Thursday, February 15 from 4-5
p.m. Test your trivia skills on a wide range of subjects.

Preschool class tomorrow
Our free “Ready, Set, Learn” that helps build important preschool skills such as tracing a
line, cutting, identifying letters, and holding a pencil happens on Friday, February 16
from 10-11 a.m. We are hoping this will become a monthly program.

Messy art tomorrow
Get messy and create beautiful swirling artwork tomorrow, February 16, from 3-4 p.m. at
this free art session. All ages are welcome and all supplies are provided.
 

LEGO Club Saturday
Kids aged six-11 are invited to the free LEGO Club on Saturday, February 17 from 11
a.m. – noon. Bring your LEGOs or use ours.
 

Pokemon Club on Saturday
If you’re aged six-11 and love Pokemon, this free club is for you. Bring your cards on
Saturday, February 17 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
 

Teen/tween art camp
Each month we explore a different style or medium at this free event. In February it’s
pastels. Join us Monday, February 26 from 4-5 p.m. Registration is required.
 

Spanish conversation
Practice your Spanish in a free group setting on Tuesday, February 20 from 4:30-5:30
p.m. No minimum skill level is needed. This group now meets twice a month, on the first
and third Tuesdays.

Dungeons & Dragons

Next Thursday, February 22 from 4 - 5:30 p.m., join our Dungeons & Dragons game free
for teens and young adults. Pre-registration is required because space is limited. Contact
Josie@pagosalibrary.org to join.

Elementary tutoring sessions
Children ages six-11 are welcome at these free sessions on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:30
p.m. where they will build essential skills in core subjects. Pre-registration is required.
Please note that tutoring will be taking a two-week break on February 21 and 28.
 

Family storytimes
Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join a free educational hour of reading, singing, and free
play to build early literacy skills.
 

Writers guild
Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. Ruby’s Writers Guild welcomes writers looking for
opportunities, support, resources, and camaraderie with other writers at this free
gathering.
 

ESL classes
Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with 4-5 p.m.
reserved for beginners, 5-6 p.m. for intermediate and 6-7 p.m. for advanced students.
Please help us pass the word about these classes.
 

Clases de inglés 
Clases gratis de inglés cada martes y jueves. Principiantes de 4-5 p.m., intermedios de 5-6
p.m. y advanzados de 6-7 p.m. Ayudenos a informar a todos quienes necesitan aprender
inglés.
 

Tech Time
Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. on
Thursdays. Judy helps you with basic questions relating to computers, smartphones, and
tablets and also assists in accessing the library’s online resources. No appointment is
needed for these drop-in sessions, but please bring your device’s charger and passwords
with you. Note: No Tech Time on Tuesday, February 20.
 

Pagosa Adult Learning Services (PALS)
Join Mark or Sally for free PALS sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8
p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring, and
more. PALS stands for Pagosa Adult Learning Services.
 

Downloadable books 
CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages.
To access this free digital collection, download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few
simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog for the name of your library, then enter
your library card number and 4-digit PIN. Library staff are happy to help you set up your
device if you need assistance.
 

Books on CD
“The Waters” by Bonnie Jo Campbell features a mother and her three estranged
daughters in a small Michigan town. “The Night Island” by Jayne Ann Krentz is the first
book in the Lost Night Files romantic suspense trilogy. “The Heiress” by Rachel
Hawkins follows the family of North Carolina’s richest woman after her death. “Only If
You’re Lucky” by Stacy Willingham is a thriller about three young women living
together in off-campus housing.

How-to and self-help
“More Life” by podcast host Taylor Thompson offers practice guidance and actionable
steps to help you live life to the fullest. “Gut Check” by Dr. Steven R. Gundry reveals
details about healing your gut and preventing disease. “1000 Words” by Jami Attenberg
features advice from more than 50 writers including New York Times bestsellers and
Pulitzer Prize winners to help motivate your writing. “This Book May Save Your Life”
by TikTok Dr. Karan Rajan details lessons and advice to help you thrive when things go
wrong. “The Busy Brain Cure” by Dr. Romie Mushtaq is a guide to overcoming chronic
stress, anxiety, and burnout.
 

Other nonfiction
“The Last Fire Season” by Manjula Martin is a combination memoir and natural history
book about living in California during wildfire times. “Everyone But Myself” by Julie
Chavez is a memoir of an elementary school librarian and mother of two dealing with
anxiety.
 

Large print
“The Night Island” by Jayne Ann Krentz is the first book in the Lost Night Files romantic
suspense trilogy. “The Heiress” by Rachel Hawkins follows the family of North
Carolina’s richest woman after her death. “Worthy” by Jada Pinkett Smith is a memoir of
a woman who went from a rebellious youth to a successful actress, singer-songwriter, and
talk show host. “Where You End” by Abbott Kahler follows twins after one wakes up
from a coma with few memories. “Alone With You in the Ether” by Olivie Bale is a love
story about two people who meet at the Art Institute of Chicago. “The Mistress of Bhatia
House” is book four of the Perveen Mistry mystery series set in India. “Easy Money” by
Ben McKenzie with Jacob Silverman is an investigative look at cryptocurrency, its crash,
and criminal fraud. “Bet on Jack” by Diane Capri is a mystery featuring Jack Reacher and
an FBI special agent.
 

Large print short stories
“Bright Skies and Dark Horses” by John D. Nesbitt is a collection of the author’s short
Western stories. “Under Western Stars” edited by Richard Prosch is a collection of short
Western stories by 22 different authors.

Thanks to our donors
We are grateful to Susan and Terry Arrington for their generous donation.
 

Quotable Quote

Responding to a question about the toughest lesson to teach a teen: “Put your phone
away. That’s one of the things that I think all parents struggle with, is that most kids
don’t look up anymore. Everyone is looking down. Look around you, the world is so
beautiful around you, just look up.” – Tiger Woods, American professional golfer,
speaking of daughter Sam, 16, and son Charlie, 14. Tiger is tied for first in PGA Tour
wins, is second in men's major championships, and is widely regarded as one of the
greatest golfers of all time.

 

02/08/2024 

Friends book sale Saturday plus two new programs this month

This Saturday, February 10, the Friends of the Library will host their first book sale of the year, a Cabin Fever popup event from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the library.   Friends members, teachers, nurses and first responders enjoy “buy one, get one free” with proof of membership or employment.  To learn about becoming a Friend or to renew your membership, stop by your library or go to friends@pagosalibrary.org

These book sales are a superb opportunity for you to purchase books for yourself and your family and as gifts at remarkably low prices while also benefiting your library foundation, which gets all the proceeds. 

New programs for preschoolers and adults

We also want to be sure you know about two new free programs this month:

“Strategize Change in Your Life in 2024” is a weekly program for adults on Wednesdays from 1-2:15 p.m. that will happen only in February.  Led by a licensed professional counselor named Jennifer, the group will focus on goal setting and making positive changes to identify and change unwanted behaviors.  Attendance is limited so pre-registration is required.           

“Ready, Set, Learn” helps build important preschool skills such as tracing a line, cutting, identifying letters and holding a pencil.  It will happen on Friday, February 16 from 10-11 a.m.  We are hoping this will become a monthly program.

Early library closure

Your library will close early on Monday, February 12 for a staff meeting at 5 p.m.  The second Monday of the month is our regular staff meeting schedule.

Teen violence dating workshop today

Rise Above Violence will lead a Love Shouldn’t Hurt dating violence workshop for teens today, Thursday, February 8 from 4-5 p.m. in honor of Teen Violence Awareness  Month.  This class will provide advice on how to deal with and avoid violence in teen relationships.

Teen Great Stories Club today

Teens are invited today, Thursday, February 8 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to discuss the book “American Street” by Ibi Zoboi and create art based on the book, which explores the idea of the American Dream from the perspective of a young Haitian immigrant.  Pizza and beverages will be served and everyone will come away with a free copy of the book.  Note that this free event takes place at Pagosa Community Initiative’s Studio space under the new Department of Human Services Building on Hot Springs Blvd.  Pre-registration is required.

Online New York Times

Fans of The New York Times will be pleased to know that we have purchased an online subscription that allows you 24/7 free access to the online version of the newspaper from your home or any personal device.  Go to the library website at https://pagosalibrary.org.  Click on Online Resources on the gray top line on the home page.  Scroll down to the Ns for New York Times and click on that icon.  Your access code will automatically be generated, good for 24 hours each time you sign on.  You then will be asked for your email address to log in or to create an account. 

 Activities calendars

Pick up monthly events calendars at the library so you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your family.

Virtual author talks

Our highly popular free online author talks continue with three more opportunities  for you to interact with New York Times bestselling authors and ask questions in February.   For details and to register go to  https://libraryc.org/pagosalibrary/upcoming.  Today, Thursday, February 8 at 6 p.m. features rom-com multi-book author Tessa Bailey. Tuesday, February 20 at 2 p.m. we will explore identity, love and being black in America with Jason Mott.  Wednesday, February 28 at noon showcases Kim Scott, author of  “Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity.” 

Craftapalooza tomorrow

All ages are invited to create a variety of crafts Friday, February 9.  We will have several different craft stations set up.  Stop by anytime from 2-3:30 p.m. 

Chess Club Saturday

Learn how to play chess with free quick lessons and game time to practice your skills on Saturday, February 10 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  All ages and abilities are welcome.

Adult knitting Saturday

Join new and experienced knitters this Saturday, February 10 for our free Knitters Circle from 1-3 p.m.  It is for anyone over the age of 18 who would like to knit together or get some help if you are stuck on your project. 

 Knitting and crochet lessons

Learn to knit or crochet on Monday, February 12 at our free gathering from 2 – 3:15 p.m. for ages eight and up.  Supplies provided.  Note this gathering will now happen twice a month.

Shakespeare Read-Aloud

The Shakespeare Read-Aloud Club features “As You Like It” on the agenda Monday, February 12 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. Call Jenny at 240-426-7887 for more information.  This is a free all-ages event.

Teen/tween art camp

Each month we explore a different style or medium at this free event.  In February it’s pastels.  Join us Monday, February 12 and 26 from 4-5 p.m.  Registration required.

Adult book club Tuesday

Ruby’s Book Club meets from 2-3 p.m. next Tuesday, February 13 to discuss “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid.  Copies are available at your library.  This free book club is held the second Tuesday of each month, alternating between fiction and nonfiction titles, with snacks provided.  Snacks provided.  Anyone is welcome to attend.

Dungeons & Dragons

Next Tuesday, February 13 from 4 - 5:30 p.m., join our Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults.  Pre-registration is required because space is limited.  Contact Josie@pagosalibrary.org to join.

Knowledge Bowl

Our free Knowledge Bowl for tweens and teens takes place next Thursday, February 15 from 4-5 p.m.   Test your trivia skills on a wide range of subjects.

Elementary tutoring sessions

Children ages six-11 are welcome at these free sessions on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. where they will build essential skills in core subjects.  Pre-registration is required. 

Family storytimes

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join a free educational hour of reading, singing and free play to build early literacy skills.  

 Writers guild

Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. Ruby’s Writers Guild welcomes writers looking for opportunities, support, resources and camaraderie with other writers at this free gathering. 

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with 4-5 p.m. reserved for beginners, 5-6 p.m. for intermediate and 6-7 p.m. for advanced students.  Please help us pass the word about these classes.

Clases de inglés 

Clases gratis de inglés cada martes y jueves.  Principiantes de 4-5 p.m., intermedios de 5-6 p.m. y advanzados de 6-7 p.m.  Ayudenos a informar a todos quienes necesitan aprender inglés.

Tech Time

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.  Judy helps you with basic questions relating to computers, smartphones and tablets and also provides assistance in accessing any of the library’s online resources.  No appointment is needed for these drop-in sessions, but please bring your device’s charger and passwords with you. 

Pagosa Adult Learning Services (PALS)

Join Mark or Sally for free PALS sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  PALS stands for Pagosa Adult Learning Services. 

Downloadable books 

CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages.  To access this free digital collection, download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog for the name of your library, then enter your library card number and 4-digit PIN.  Library staff are happy to help you set up your device if you need assistance.

How-to and self-help

“Starting a Business” by Michele Cagan is a primer including how to create a business plan, stick to a budget, perform market research and make a profit.  “Weight-Lifting Fundamentals” by Matt Dale outlines a simple and effective method for building strength.  “The Complete Guide to Strength Training Methods” by Keven Arseneault reveals 237 techniques for strength, power, hypertrophy and more.  “How to ADHD” by Jessica McCabe shares insights and strategies that helped her survive.  “Younger for Life” by Dr. Anthony Youn is a guide to reversing the effects of aging.  “Break the Cycle” by trauma phycologist Dr. Mariel Buque tells how to break the cycle of passed-down trauma.  

 Other nonfiction

“Our Moon” by Rebecca Boyle is a detailed study of the history and power of the moon.  “American Girls” by Jessica Roy tells of a sister working to get her sister and American-born children safely home from Syria and her ISIS husband.  “Six Feet to Independence” by Lauryn Walton shares the joy and complexities of life in the service dog world.  “The Rebels” by Joshua Green explores the influence of Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the Democratic Party and U.S. politics.    “The Upcycled Self” by rapper and Grammy winner Tariq Black Thought Trotter describes four powerful relationships that shaped him.  “Naomi Osaka” by Ben Rothenberg is a biography of the tennis star and activist.  

 Books on CD

“The Edge” by David Balducci is a CIA thriller.  “What Really Happens in Vegas” by James Patterson and Mark Seal explores the people behind the glitter.    “Killing the Witches” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard is a history of the Salem trials.  “Resurrection Walk” by Michael Connelly is a legal mystery featuring Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch.

DVDs

“Mrs. Sidhu Investigates” is series one.  “America Outdoors” is season two of this PBS series with Baratunde Thurston.  “Far Haven” is a 2023 western set in the 1800s.

 Donation guidelines

When we are open, material donations are accepted for the Friends of the Library at the front desk – not down the outside returns slot at the library or the dropbox at City Market, please.  The Friends recently announced new guidelines for donations: Yes to popular fiction books published in 2014 or later, nonfiction books published 2019 or later, and children’s and young adult books – all in excellent condition, please.  No to CDs, DVDs, Blu Ray, VHS or cassette tapes; textbooks, outdated travel books or reference books because they do not sell.  No more than two boxes at a time because of space constraints.

Quotable Quote

“When you’ve reached the top, send the elevator back down for the others.” – Arnold Palmer (1929-2016), American professional golfer not as well known for his philanthropy as for his golf brilliance.  He is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most charismatic golfers in the sport’s history.

 

 02/01/2024

Stats show your library continues to flourish, with 2023 another banner year

Annually at this time of year, Meg Wempe, library director, prepares an annual report for the library’s board of trustees summarizing the highlights of the past year.  The information also is used when your library applies for grants and it is required to be shared with state, county and town governments to keep them informed. 

Here are details about your library’s 2023 operations. They show your library continues to flourish and 2023 was another banner year. You can pick up the infographic version of this report at the library.  

Collection development: Providing our patrons with materials that are current and relevant to the diverse interests of the community is one of our principal goals.  We have 26,865 items in our collection. In 2023 we added 3,166 items, up from 3,025 last year, including 205 from donations worth $4,005.

  • Usage stats: We checked out 92,594 physical items, up from 89,447 last year. As well, patrons downloaded 12,301 items – 6,621 e-books and 5,680 e-audio books – up from 9,816 last year. We welcomed 18,229 website visits and handled 10,141 computer uses.
  •  Programming: Providing programs for all ages is a very high priority. In 2023 we hosted 635 programs with 7,190 attendees, up significantly from 550 programs with 4,739 attendees last year. Examples of popular programs: 192 adult GED sessions, 535 English-as-a-second-language (ESL) sessions, and 181 Tech Time sessions.
  •  Volunteers: We are very fortunate to have the ongoing support of the community.  Our volunteers contributed 1,845 hours valued at $63,394, up from 1,575 hours last year.
  • Resource sharing: The Colorado Library Consortium courier service provides five times-a-week delivery to subscribing libraries throughout the state. In 2023 we borrowed 10,702 items, up from 9,913 last year, and loaned 2,430 items, up from 2,358 last year. 

“These numbers make clear that we have a community that really uses their library, and that makes all of us on staff feel very good,” Wempe said. “We strive to inspire, inform and entertain both locals and tourists. We had more than 72,000 people come through our doors in 2023, and if you were not one of them, we hope you’ll become a patron in 2024.”

And finally, here’s a fun fact: Our most-checked-out adult fiction book last year was “West with Giraffes” by Lynda Rutledge. Inspired by true events, the novel tells of the 1938 cross-country 12-day road trip of two giraffes, one seasoned zookeeper, and one desperate orphan. Unlikely companions, endurance, coming of age and overcoming obstacles are highlights of the story.

 Online New York Times

Fans of The New York Times will be pleased to know that we have purchased an online subscription that allows you 24/7 free access to the online version of the newspaper from your home or any personal device. Go to the library website at https://pagosalibrary.org.  Click on Online Resources on the gray top line on the home page. Scroll down to the Ns for New York Times and click on that icon. Your access code will automatically be generated, good for 24 hours each time you sign on. You then will be asked for your email address to log in or to create an account. 

 Two new free programs this month

  • “Strategize Change in Your Life in 2024” is a weekly program for adults on Wednesdays beginning February 7 from 1-2:15 p.m. that will happen only in February. Led by a licensed professional counselor named Jennifer, the group will focus on goal setting and making positive changes to identify and change unwanted behaviors. Attendance is limited so pre-registration is required.   
  • “Ready, Set, Learn” helps build important preschool skills such as tracing a line, cutting, identifying letters and holding a pencil. It will happen on Friday, February 16 from 10-11 a.m. We are hoping this will become a monthly program.

Teen Great Stories Club

Teens are invited next Thursday, February 8 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to discuss the book “American Street” by Ibi Zoboi and create art based on the book, which explores the idea of the American Dream from the perspective of a young Haitian immigrant. Pizza and beverages will be served and everyone will come away with a free copy of the book.  Note that this free event takes place at Pagosa Community Initiative’s Studio space under the new Department of Human Services Building on Hot Springs Blvd. Pre-registration is required.

 Save the date for teen violence dating workshop

Rise Above Violence will lead a Love Shouldn’t Hurt dating violence workshop for teens next Thursday, February 8 from 4-5 p.m. in honor of Teen Violence Awareness Month.  This class will provide advice on how to deal with and avoid violence in teen relationships.

 Popup book sale February 10

Saturday, February10 the Friends of the Library will host their first book sale of the year, a Cabin Fever popup event from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the library. Friends members, teachers, nurses and first responders enjoy “buy one, get one free” with proof of membership or employment. To learn about becoming a Friend or to renew your membership, stop by your library or go to friends@pagosalibrary.org

 Activities calendars

Pick up monthly events calendars at the library so you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your family.

Virtual author talks

Our highly popular free online author talks continue with three more opportunities for you to interact with New York Times bestselling authors and ask questions in February.   For details and to register go to  https://libraryc.org/pagosalibrary/upcoming. Thursday, February 8 at 6 p.m. features rom-com multi-book author Tessa Bailey. Tuesday, February 20 at 2 p.m. we will explore identity, love and being black in America with Jason Mott. Wednesday, February 28 at noon showcases Kim Scott, author of  “Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity.” 

Dungeons & Dragons

Today, Thursday, February 1 from 4 - 5:30 p.m., join our Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults. Pre-registration is required because space is limited.  Contact Josie@pagosalibrary.org to join.

Teen/tween takeover

We are setting aside the large meeting room and some of the computers for teens and tweens to use and spend time with friends tomorrow, Friday, February 2 from 2-3 p.m.

 Video gaming

Play free age-appropriate video games on an Xbox tomorrow, Friday, February 2 from 3-5 p.m.

LEGO Club Saturday

Kids aged six-11 are invited to bring your imaginations on Saturday, February 3 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club. Bring your own LEGOs or use ours.

Knitting and crochet lessons

Learn to knit or crochet on Monday, February 5 and 12 at our free gathering from 2 – 3:15 p.m. for ages eight and up. Supplies provided. Note this gathering will now happen twice a month.

Shakespeare Read-Aloud

The Shakespeare Read-Aloud Club features “As You Like It” on the agenda Monday, February 5 and 12 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. Call Jenny at 240-426-7887 for more information. This a free all-ages event.

Teen/tween art camp

Each month we explore a different style or medium at this free event. In February it’s pastels. Join us Monday, February 5, 12 and 26 from 4-5 p.m. Registration required.

Music fun

Pagosa Unplugged is free from 4-6 p.m. Monday, February 5 amateur musicians who would like a safe, supportive, non-bar setting to play, sing, or both with other people. For information contact Susan at 970-946-3396.

 Avalanche awareness

Come hear from Matt Huber on Tuesday, February 6 from 2-3:30 p.m. about what to know, what to bring, and how to stay alive in the mountains during snow season.

Spanish conversation

Practice your Spanish in a free group setting on Tuesday, February 6 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.  No minimum skill level is needed. This group now meets twice a month, on the first and third Tuesdays.

 Therapy dog visit

Next Wednesday, February 7 from 11 – 11:45 a.m. come to the library for a free visit with a certified therapy dog. Visits are limited to 10-15 minutes – just the right amount of time to pet the dog, read to the dog, or just say “Hi.” This is an all-ages activity.

Elementary tutoring sessions

Children ages six-11 are welcome at these free sessions on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. where they will build essential skills in core subjects. Pre-registration is required. 

Family storytimes

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join a free educational hour of reading, singing and free play to build early literacy skills.  

 Writers guild

Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. Ruby’s Writers Guild welcomes writers looking for opportunities, support, resources and camaraderie with other writers at this free gathering.  

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with 4-5 p.m. reserved for beginners, 5-6 p.m. for intermediate and 6-7 p.m. for advanced students.  Please help us pass the word about these classes.

Clases de inglés 

Clases gratis de inglés cada martes y jueves. Principiantes de 4-5 p.m., intermedios de 5-6 p.m. y advanzados de 6-7 p.m. Ayudenos a informar a todos quienes necesitan aprender inglés.

Tech Time

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. on Thursdays.  Judy helps you with basic questions relating to computers, smartphones, and tablets and also provides assistance in accessing any of the library’s online resources. No appointment is needed for these drop-in sessions, but please bring your device’s charger and passwords with you.  

Pagosa Adult Learning Services (PALS)

Join Mark or Sally for free PALS sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  PALS stands for Pagosa Adult Learning Services. 

Downloadable books 

CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages.  To access this free digital collection, download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog for the name of your library, then enter your library card number and 4-digit PIN. Library staff are happy to help you set up your device if you need assistance.

 Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“What Waits in the Woods” by Terri Parlato follows an injured professional ballerina who returns home to a murder. “The Helsinki Affair” by Anna Pitoniak features a young CIA officer in a globe-trotting thriller. “The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store” by James McBride is a mystery about small-town secrets. “Dead of Night” by Simon Scarrow is about two seemingly unconnected murders in 1940s Berlin. “The Berry Pickers” by Amanda Peters begins when a four-year-old disappears.   

DVDs

“The Holdovers” about a teacher forced to stay at a prep school with several students over the holidays won three Golden Globes and is nominated for five Academy Awards including best picture. “Succession,” which has won Golden Globes and Emmys in  multiple years, is the complete series. “Fremont” is a cross-cultural comedy about a former Afghan translator living in California.    

 Donation guidelines

When we are open, material donations are accepted for the Friends of the Library at the front desk – not down the outside returns slot at the library or the dropbox at City Market, please. The Friends recently announced new guidelines for donations: Yes to popular fiction books published in 2014 or later, nonfiction books published 2019 or later, and children’s and young adult books – all in excellent condition, please. No to CDs, DVDs, Blu Ray, VHS or cassette tapes; textbooks, outdated travel books or reference books because they do not sell. No more than two boxes at a time because of space constraints.

Quotable Quote

“People are drawn to hope…. They just want to be pushed in the swing set of life every once in a while and say, ‘Whee!’” – Deion Sanders, University of Colorado-Boulder head football coach.   

 

01/25/2024

 February brings new free programs for adults and pre-schoolers plus the first 2024 book sale

 Next month we will launch two new free programs, one for preschool-age youngsters and another for adults:

“Strategize Change in Your Life in 2024” is a weekly program for adults on Wednesdays beginning February 7 from 1-2:15 p.m. that will happen only in February. Led by a licensed professional counselor, Jennifer, the group will focus on goal setting and building healthy behaviors or identifying and changing unwanted behaviors. Attendance is limited so pre-registration is required.      

“Ready, Set, Learn” helps build important preschool skills such as tracing a line, cutting, identifying letters and holding a pencil. It will happen on Friday, February 16 from 10-11 a.m. We are hoping this will become a  monthly program.

Popup book sale February 10

Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 10 when the Friends of the Library are hosting their first book sale of the year, a Cabin Fever popup event from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the library. These book sales are a superb opportunity for you to purchase books for yourself and your family and as gifts at remarkably low prices while also benefiting your library, which gets all the proceeds. 

Friends, members, teachers, nurses and first responders enjoy “buy one, get one free” with proof of membership or employment. To learn about becoming a Friend or to renew your membership, stop by your library or go to friends@pagosalibrary.org

 Activities calendars

Pick up monthly events calendars at the library so you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your family.

Online author talks

Our highly popular free online author talks continue with one more opportunity for you to interact with New York Times bestselling authors and ask questions this month. For details and to register go to https://libraryc.org/pagosalibrary/upcoming. Tuesday, January 30 at noon we will talk with Dr. Robert Lustig, author of “The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition and Modern Medicine.”

 Save the date for teen Great Stories Club

Teens are invited to join us on Thursday, February 8 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to discuss the book “American Street” by Ibi Zoboi and create art based on the book. The book explores the idea of the American Dream from the perspective of a young Haitian immigrant.  Pizza and beverages will be served at this free event, and everyone will come away with a free copy of the book. Note that this event takes place at Pagosa Community Initiative’s Studio space under the new Department of Human Services Building on Hot Springs Blvd. Pre-registration is required.

Friday Flix tomorrow

Enjoy a PG movie and free popcorn Friday, January 26 from 2-4 p.m.

Adult knitting Saturday

Join new and experienced knitters this Saturday, January 27 for our free Knitters Circle from 1-3 p.m. It is aimed at anyone over the age of 18 who would like to knit together or get some help if you are stuck on your project. 

Shakespeare Read-Aloud

The Shakespeare Read-Aloud Club’s last session this month features “As You Like It” on the agenda Monday, January 29 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. Call Jenny at 240-426-7887 for more information. This is an all-ages event.

Tween/teen hangout

We are setting aside the large meeting room for teens and tweens to use and spend time with friends on Monday, January 29 from 4-5 p.m.

 Dungeons & Dragons

Next Tuesday, January 30 and Thursday, February 1 from 4 - 5:30 p.m., join our Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults.  Pre-registration is required because space is limited. Contact Josie@pagosalibrary.org to join.

New basic quilting classes

Adults are invited to the first new quilting class next Wednesday, January 31 from 1-3 p.m. The free classes will be led by Wanita Martin, a local quilter and member of the quilter’s guild. They will happen on Wednesdays from January 31 – March 6. Pre-registration is required and the classes are limited to six participants.

Participants will need to do some homework. You also will need to bring a sewing machine, a ruler, good sewing scissors, a marking pen, straight pins, thread, an iron and an ironing board.

Elementary tutoring sessions

Children ages six-11 are welcome at these free sessions on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. where they will build essential skills in core subjects. Pre-registration is required. 

Family storytimes

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for a free educational hour of reading, singing and free play to build early literacy skills.  

 Writers guild

Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. Ruby’s Writers Guild welcomes writers looking for opportunities, support, resources and camaraderie with other writers at this free gathering. 

ESL class times

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and there is a change in the way the time is divided: 4-5 p.m.is reserved for beginners, 5-6 p.m. for intermediate and  6-7 p.m. for advanced students. Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  

 Las clases de inglés (ESL)

Las clases de inglés se imparten en persona y gratis los martes y jueves en la biblioteca Ruby Sisson. El horario ha cambiado recientemente.  Efectivo inmediatamente, 4-5 p.m. es para principiantes, 5-6 p.m. es para intermedios y 6-7 p.m. es para avanzados. Por favor, ayúdanos a informar a nuestra comunidad de estas oportunidades para aprender el inglés. Si tienen preguntas, favor de ponerse en contacto por correo electrónico: ruby@agosalibrary.org o por teléfono: 970-264-2209.

Requests for Tech Time participants

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.  Judy helps you with basic questions relating to computers, smartphones and tablets and also provide assistance in accessing any of the library’s online resources. No appointment is needed for these drop-in sessions, but it is important that you bring both your device’s charger and also your device passwords with you. 

Pagosa Adult Learning Services (PALS)

Join Mark or Sally for free PALS sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  PALS stands for Pagosa Adult Learning Services. 

Downloadable books 

CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages.  To access this free digital collection, download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog for the name of your library, then enter your library card number and 4-digit PIN. Library staff are happy to help you set up your device if you need assistance.

DVDs

“Story Ave.” features a South Bronx teen with great artistic skills rescued from the gang life. “Pinocchio” is the classic tale of a puppet boy and his maker. “Miss Scarlet & The Duke” is the complete seasons one-three. “Five Nights at Freddy’s” brings the horror game phenomenon to life. 

Nonfiction

“Made Whole” by Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche is a practical guide to reaching your financial goals. “Guilded Youth” by Tom Quinn looks at centuries of Royal children’s upbringing in England from Edward VII to Princes William and Harry. 

“Lessons for Living” by therapist Phil Stutz is a collection of essays with insights into the challenges everyone faces. “Snacking Bakes” by Vossy Arefi contains simple recipes for cookies, bars, brownies, cakes and more.  

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“Dirty Thirty” by Janet Evanovich is a Stephanie Plum mystery. “The Frozen River” by Ariel Lawhon is an historical mystery inspired by an 18th century midwife. “A Different Kind of Gone” by Catherine Ryan Hyde begins when a search and rescue volunteer finds a teen huddled in a cave. “Murder of an Amish bridegroom” by Patricia James is an Amish Seamstress mystery.  “From a Far and Lovely Country” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency mystery. “Dissolved” by Sara Blaedel and Mads Peder Nordbo is a thriller by this highly popular writing team from Denmark. 

Other novels

“The Lost Journals of Sacajawea” by Indigenous author Debra Magpie Earling is a new look at the life of Lewis and Clark’s guide. “Day” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Cunningham deals with a family already facing domestic issues even before Covid puts them into lockdown.  “The Refugee Ocean” by Pauls Toutonghi follows two refugees whose lives become linked over time and distance. “Lone Oaks Crossing” by Janet Dailey explores the new  life of a Kentucky Derby horse trainer when she comes home to save her family farm. “Flores and Miss Paula” by Melissa Rivero features a Peruvian immigrant mother and her millennial daughter.     

Donation guidelines

When we are open, material donations are accepted for the Friends of the Library at the front desk – not down the outside returns slot at the library or the drop-box at City Market, please. The Friends recently announced new guidelines for donations: yes to popular fiction books published in 2014 or later, nonfiction books published 2019 or later, and children’s and young adult books – all in excellent condition, please. No to CDs, DVDs, Blu Ray, VHS or cassette tapes; textbooks, outdated travel books or reference books because they do not sell. No more than two boxes at a time because of space constraints.

Quotable Quote

“Over the years I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about people by the way they handle rainy days, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that making a living is not the same as making a life. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands, that you need to be able to throw something back.  I’ve learned that people will forget what you said and what you did – but never how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou (1928-2014), American author, poet and civil rights activist who received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees.

 

01/18/2024

Fun facts about American book reading habits in 2023

Information from a new YouGov survey about the book reading habits of American adults last year yielded a wealth of interesting results. Here is a summary:

  • Just over half of all Americans said they read at least one book in 2023, with 46 percent saying they read no book at all last year. Eighty-two percent read 10 or fewer books.
  • Physical books are still more popular than e-books or audiobooks. More than 40 percent read a physical book, 21 percent an e-book and 19 percent listened to an audio book.
  •  E-book users were more voracious readers, saying they read or listened to more than 20 books last year.
  •  Mysteries and histories were the most popular genres for all Americans.  Women preferred romance and mysteries while men read more history and sci-fi. Fantasy, historical fiction, biographies and literary fiction were other popular genres.
  • If you read or listened to five books last year, this puts you ahead of two-thirds of U.S. adults. Readers of 10 books are in the 79th percentile, while Americans who read 20 or more books read more than 88 percent of their peers.

 Alert re teen programs

There will be no teen programs during the weeks of January 15 or January 22 because Josie will be on vacation. In addition, the Teen Art Club takes a break in January but will return in February.

 Activities calendars

Pick up monthly events calendars at the library so you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your family.

Online author talks

Our highly popular free online author talks continue with two more opportunities for you to interact with New York Times bestselling authors and ask questions this month.  For details and to register go to https://libraryc.org/pagosalibrary/upcoming.Thursday, January 23 at noon showcases a conversation with Rajiv Nagaich, author of “Your Retirement.” Tuesday, January 30 at noon we will talk with Dr. Robert Lustig, author of “The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition and Modern Medicine.”

 Paws to Read tomorrow

Friday, January 19 from 2-3 p.m., youngsters are invited to share their favorite books with Muppet or Maple, therapy dogs who love stories, at a free Paws to Read session.

Craftapalooza tomorrow

You’re invited to create a variety of crafts tomorrow, Friday, January 19 when we will have several different craft stations set up for your enjoyment.  Stop by anytime between 2 and 3:30 p.m.  This is an all-ages event.

LEGO Club Saturday

Kids aged six-11 are invited to the free LEGO Club on Saturday, January 20 from 11 a.m. – noon.  Bring your own LEGOs or use ours. 

 Pokemon Club Saturday

If you’re aged six-11 and love Pokemon, this club is for you.  Bring your cards to a fun free event on Saturday, January 20 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. when you can play games with others who feel the same way.  No experience required.

Knitting and crochet lessons

Learn to knit or crochet next Monday, January 22 from 2 – 3:15 p.m. at this free event for ages eight and up.  Supplies provided. 

Shakespeare is back

The Shakespeare Read-Aloud Club has returned, with “As You Like It” on the agenda.  Join us every Monday in January from 3:30 – 5 p.m. Call Jenny at 240-426-7887 for more information.

 Music fun Monday

Pagosa Unplugged is free from 4-6 p.m. Monday, January 22 for amateur musicians who would like a safe, supportive, non-bar setting to play, sing, or both with other people.  For program information contact Susan at 970-946-3396.

Elementary tutoring sessions

Children ages six-11 are welcome at these free sessions on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. where they will build essential skills in core subjects.  Pre-registration is required. 

Family storytimes

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for a free educational hour of reading, singing and free play to build early literacy skills.  

 Writers guild

Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. Ruby’s Writers Guild welcomes writers looking for opportunities, support, resources and camaraderie with other writers at this free gathering. 

ESL class times

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and there is a change in the way the time is divided: 4-5 p.m.is reserved for beginners, 5-6 p.m. for intermediate and  6-7 p.m. for advanced students.  Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  

 Las clases de inglés (ESL)

Las clases de inglés se imparten en persona y gratis los martes y jueves en la biblioteca Ruby Sisson. El horario ha cambiado recientemente.  Efectivo inmediatamente, 4-5 p.m. es para principiantes, 5-6 p.m. es para intermedios y 6-7 p.m. es para avanzados. Por favor, ayúdanos a informar a nuestra comunidad de estas oportunidades para aprender el inglés. Si tienen preguntas, favor de ponerse en contacto por correo electrónico: ruby@agosalibrary.org o por teléfono: 970-264-2209.

Requests for Tech Time participants

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.  Judy helps you with basic questions relating to computers, smartphones and tablets and also provide assistance in accessing any of the library’s online resources.  No appointment is needed for these drop-in sessions, but it is important that you bring both your device’s charger and also your device passwords with you. 

Pagosa Adult Learning Services (PALS)

Join Mark or Sally for free PALS sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  PALS stands for Pagosa Adult Learning Services.  Note no PALS January 2.

Downloadable books 

CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages.  To access this free digital collection, download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog for the name of your library, then enter your library card number and 4-digit PIN.  Library staff are happy to help you set up your device if you need assistance.

Novels on CD

“Reborn as a Demonic Tree” by Xkarnation is book one of a new Isekai LitRPG fantasy series.  “Manner of Death” by Robin Cook is a medical thriller.  “The Last Devil to Die” by Richard Osman is a Thursday Murder Club mystery.  “Robert B. Parker’s Broken Trust” by Mike Lupica is a Spenser mystery.  “I See London” by Chanel Cleeton is book one of a new International School romance series.

 Nonfiction on CD

“How to Plan a Wedding” by Terri Pous is a 12-month guide to weddings large and small, unique or traditional. “Your Journey to Financial Freedom” by podcaster Jamila Souffrant show up to grow your savings and blast through debt.  “Starting a Business 101” by Michele Cagan, CPA, covers necessities such as a business plan, budgeting, marketing and making profit.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“Alex Cross Must Die” by James Patterson is the latest in the Det. Cross series.  “A Christmas Vanishing” by Anne Perry features a clever grandmother investigating the disappearance of a friend.  “The Other Half” by Charlotte Vassell begins with a murder at an elegant black-tie birthday party.    

Other novels

“Alice Sadie Celine” by Sarah Blakely-Cartwright follows three women’s lives over decades.  “The Icarus Twin” by Timothy Zahn is book two in the Icarus Saga sci-fi series.  “A Grandmother Begins The Story” by Michelle Porter is a story told by five generations of Metis women as well as the land, bison and two dogs that surround them.  “The Wildest Sun” by Asha Lemmie tells of a young woman’s search for a literary figure she believes to be her father.  “Vampires of El Norte” by Isabel Canas is a supernatural western.  “Where the Dead Wait” by Ally Wilkes is about disgraced man searching for a missing shipmate in the Arctic.   “After World” by Debbie Urbanski features AI’s documentation of the last human on earth.

Large print westerns

“The Lonesome Gun” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is book seven in the Perley Gates western series.  “Cade’s Redemption” by Robert Vaughan is book three in the Western Advnetures of Cade McCall series. 

Large print nonfiction

“The Six” by Loren Grush explores the untold stories of America’s first women astronauts.  “How Not To Age” by Dr. Michael Greger lays out practical strategies for achieving longevity. “Empress of the Nile” by Lynne Olson tells of a French female archeologist who was so instrumental in saving Egyptian ancient temples from being underwater forever.  

Other nonfiction

“Growing Up Roosevelt” by Nina Roosevelt Gibson is a granddaughter’s memoir of Eleanor Roosevelt.  “A Woman I Know” by Mark Haverstick is the true story of a filmmaker whose research leads her to Cold War espionage and CIA secrets.  “The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2024” is America’s bestselling reference book.

Donation guidelines

When we are open, material donations are accepted for the Friends of the Library at the front desk – not down the outside returns slot at the library or the dropbox at  City Market, please.  The Friends recently announced new guidelines for donations: Yes to popular fiction books published in 2014 or later, nonfiction books published 2019 or later, and children’s and young adult books – all in excellent condition, please.  No to CDs, DVDs, Blu Ray, VHS or cassette tapes; textbooks, outdated travel books or reference books because they do not sell.  No more than two boxes at a time because of space constraints.

Quotable Quote

“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do.” – Steve Jobs (1955-2011), American inventor and businessman, co-founder of the technology giant Apple Inc., founder of NeXT, and chairman and majority shareholder of Pixar.

 

 

01/11/2024

Hunger Games party, Late Night at the Library returns plus new quilting class

Teens and tweens who are Hunger Games fans are invited to a free party tomorrow, Friday, January 12, from 4-5 p.m.  Come join us for crafts and activities based on the books.
Our first Late Night at the Library was such a success that we’re doing it a second time.  We hope to see you this Saturday, January 13 at from 4 – 7 p.m. when Queen Bee Facial Studio will host us for a fun fundraiser for our Mountains of Opportunity campaign to expand and renovate your library. 
This time we will be creating all types of cards, gift tags and other crafts out of books and other supplies.  Tickets are $50, which covers your hors d’oeuvres and drinks plus all your crafting supplies.  Tickets can be purchased online at pagosalibrary.org or in person with cash or check at the library.  Attendees must be 21 or older.

New basic quilting classes

Adults interested in learning about upcoming basic quilting classes are invited to an information session next Wednesday, January 17 from 1-3 p.m.  The free classes will be led by Wanita Martin, a local quilter and member of the quilters guild.  They will happen on Wednesdays from January 31 – March 6 from 1-3 p.m.  Pre-registration is required and the classes are limited to six participants.
 

Participants will need to do some homework.  You also will need access to a sewing machine, a ruler, good scissors, a marketing pen, straight pins, thread, an iron and an ironing board.

 Library closure

Your library will be closed on Monday, January 15 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Alert re teen programs

There will be no teen programs the weeks of January 15 or January 22 because Josie will be on vacation.  In addition, the Teen Art Club takes a break in January but will return in February.

Legal clinic tomorrow

This month’s free legal clinic on civil issues is by appointment tomorrow, Friday, January 12 from 2 - 3 p.m.  Come to the library to meet privately via Zoom with our volunteer attorney.  To schedule an appointment, at the beginning of the month send an email titled “Sign-up for Free Legal Clinic” with your first name and phone number to ruby@pagosalibrary.org, or phone 970-264-2209 or stop by the library.

Mario Kart fun tomorrow

If you love playing Mario Kart, you’ll want to play in real life at this free drop-in program tomorrow, Friday, January 12 from 2-3:30 p.m.  Participants will race around the course on space hoppers.

 Chess Club Saturday

Learn how to play chess with free quick lessons and game time to practice your skills on Saturday, January 13 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  All ages and abilities are welcome.

Adult knitting Saturday

Join new and experienced knitters this Saturday, January 13 for our free Knitters Circle from 1-3 p.m.  It is aimed at anyone over the age of 18 who would like to knit together or get some help if you are stuck on your project. 

Read-Aloud Shakespeare

Shakespeare fans of all ages will be pleased to know that the Shakespeare Read-Aloud Club is returning this month, with “As You Like It” on the agenda.  Join us every Monday in January from 3:30 – 5 p.m. except for January 15 because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.  Call Jenny at 240-426-7887 for more information.

Online author talks

Our highly popular free online author talks continue with two more opportunities  for you to interact with New York Times bestselling authors and ask questions this month.   For details and to register go to  https://libraryc.org/pagosalibrary/upcoming
Thursday, January 23 at noon showcases a conversation with Rajiv Nagaich, author of “Your Retirement.”  Tuesday, January 30 at noon we will talk with Dr. Robert Lustig, author of “The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition and Modern  Medicine.”

Knitting and crochet lessons

Learn to knit or crochet on Mondays from 2 – 3:15 p.m. for ages eight and up.  Supplies provided.  Note that this group now meets the first three Mondays of the month – except for January 15 because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Adult DIY

At the free adult DIY next Tuesday, January 16 from 1 - 2:30 p.m., you will create your own jar of bath salts for a gift or to treat yourself to a relaxing bath.  A great gift for that special someone in your life.  All supplies provided.  Note time and day change this month.

Spanish conversation

Practice your Spanish in a free group setting on Tuesday, January 16 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.  No minimum skill level needed.  Note this group now meets twice a month, on the first and third Tuesdays.

Elementary tutoring sessions

Children ages six-11 are welcome at these free sessions on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. where they will build essential skills in core subjects.  Pre-registration is required. 

Family storytimes

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for a free educational hour of reading, singing and free play to build early literacy skills.  

 Writers guild

Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. Ruby’s Writers Guild welcomes writers looking for opportunities, support, resources and camaraderie with other writers at this free gathering. 

ESL class times

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and there is a change in the way the time is divided: 4-5 p.m.is reserved for beginners, 5-6 p.m. for intermediate and  6-7 p.m. for advanced students.  Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  

 Las clases de inglés (ESL)

Las clases de inglés se imparten en persona y gratis los martes y jueves en la biblioteca Ruby Sisson. El horario ha cambiado recientemente.  Efectivo inmediatamente, 4-5 p.m. es para principiantes, 5-6 p.m. es para intermedios y 6-7 p.m. es para avanzados. Por favor, ayúdanos a informar a nuestra comunidad de estas oportunidades para aprender el inglés. Si tienen preguntas, favor de ponerse en contacto por correo electrónico: ruby@agosalibrary.org o por teléfono: 970-264-2209.

Requests for Tech Time participants

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays.  Judy helps you with basic questions relating to computers, smartphones and tablets and also provide assistance in accessing any of the library’s online resources.  No appointment is needed for these drop-in sessions, but it is important that you bring both your device’s charger and also your device passwords with you. 

Pagosa Adult Learning Services (PALS)

Join Mark or Sally for free PALS sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  PALS stands for Pagosa Adult Learning Services.  Note no PALS January 2.

Activities calendars

Pick up monthly events calendars at the library so you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your family.

Downloadable books 

CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages.  To access this free digital collection, download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog for the name of your library, then enter your library card number and 4-digit PIN.  Library staff are happy to help you set up your device if you need assistance.

Large print fiction

“Just Once” by Karen Kingsbury is a love story set during World War II.  “Absolution” by Alice McDermott tells of a reunion of women who first met in Saigon in 1963.  “Robert B. Parker’s Broken Trust” by Mike Lupica is a Spenser mystery.  “Manner of Death” by Robin Cook is a medical thriller.  “The Watchmaker’s Hand” by Jeffery Deaver is a Lincoln Rhyme mystery.  “The Proof of the Pudding” by Rhys Bowen is a Royal Spyness mystery.  “A Chateau Under Siege” by Martin Walker is a Bruno, Chief of Police, mystery.  “Wyoming Proud” by Diana Palmer is a Wyoming Men romance.  “Inheritance” by Nora Roberts is the first book in a new Lost Bride trilogy. 

Large print nonfiction

“The Possibility of Life:  Science, Imagination and Our Quest for Kinship in the Cosmos” by Jaime Green looks at whether we humans are alone in the universe.  “Luck of the Draw” by Frank Murphy is a first-person account of the air war in Europe and an American who survived a German POW camp.

Books on CD 

“Dazzling” by Chikodili Emelumadu is a new take on West African mythology.  “Tom Clancy Command and Control” by Marc Cameron is a Jack Ryan adventure.  “Dark Night of the Mountain Men,” “The Scavengers” and “Devil’s Gulch”  by William W. and J.A. Johnstone are westerns.  “The Narrow Road Between Desires” by Patrick Rothfuss is a Kingkiller Chronicle fantasy.  “Alone on the Wall” by Alex Honnold recounts his seven most astonishing climbing achievements.        

Nonfiction – self-help and how to

“Promote Your Book” by Eleanor C. Whitney is a guide to getting your work into readers’ hands.  “Hidden Potential” by Adam Grant shows how you can rise to achieve greater things.  “The Vegetable Garden Planner” by Lynn Byczymski is a crop-by-crop guide from seed to harvest.  “Growing an Edible Landscape” by Gary Pilarchik and Chiara d’Amore details how to transform outdoor space into a food garden.   “Strong Girls, Strong World” by Dale Hanson Bourke offers practice steps we can take to help girls excel.

Other nonfiction

“Teddy and Booker T.” by Brian Kilmeade explores how two American icons blazed a path or racial equality.  “Ours was the Shining Future” by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Leonhardt reviews the rise and fall of the American Dream for the average person.    “Unwoke” by Ted Cruz outlines the senator’s ideas on how to defeat the woke assault on America.  “Romney” by McKay Coppins is a biography of the Utah senator’s three decades in politics.  “The Sisterhood” by Liza Mundy documents three generations of women in the CIA.    

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“Deus X” by Stephen Mack Jones explores the mysterious retirement of a popular Catholic priest. 

Other novels

“The Fraud” by Zadie Smith, based on real events, tells of a butcher claiming to be heir to a title and estate.  “Nineteen Steps” by Millie Bobby Brown features a London woman who meets an American airman.

Thanks to our donors

We are grateful to Patrick Shettle for Joanne and Vic Lucariello for their generous monetary donation.
When we are open, material donations are accepted for the Friends of the Library at the front desk – not down the outside returns slot at the library or the dropbox at  City Market, please.  The Friends recently announced new guidelines for donations: Yes to popular fiction books published in 2014 or later, nonfiction books published 2019 or later, and children’s and young adult books – all in excellent condition, please.  No to CDs, DVDs, Blu Ray, VHS or cassette tapes; textbooks, outdated travel books or reference books because they do not sell.  No more than two boxes at a time because of space constraints.

Quotable Quote

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn, American professor of medicine and mindfulness guru.

 

01/04/2024

Crystal energy event for teens tomorrow and Shakespeare read-aloud returns

Tomorrow, Friday, January 5 from 2-4 p.m., teens are invited to a special crystal energy session where you will learn about the chakras and the crystals that relate to each of them, and how to feel energy beyond the physical. This is a one-time special event that will be led by Amma Lee, a practicing chakra clearing/crystal healer.

Shakespeare fans of all ages will be pleased to know that the Shakespeare Read-Aloud Club is returning this month, with “As You Like It” on the agenda. Join us every Monday in January from 3:30 – 5 p.m. except for January 15 because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Call Jenny at 240-426-7887 for more information.

Early library closure

Your library will close early on Monday, January 8 for a staff meeting at 5 p.m. This is our regular staff meeting schedule – on the second Monday of the month.

Special event for Friends

Friends of the Library will gather Wednesday, January 10 at 5 p.m. at the library to enjoy pizza and sodas while getting to know other Friends. You will learn about our plans for 2024 and how you can get involved. Please RSVP to cindi@pagosalibrary.org by January 8.

Online author talks

Our highly popular free online author talks continue with three more opportunities for you to interact with New York Times bestselling authors and ask questions this month.   For details and to register go to  https://libraryc.org/pagosalibrary/upcoming.  Wednesday, January 10 at 6 p.m. features “Embrace Love in the New Year: A Heartfelt Conversation with Rebecca Serle.” Tuesday, January 23 at noon showcases a conversation with Rajiv Nagaich, author of “Your Retirement.” Tuesday, January 30 at noon we will talk with Dr. Robert Lustig, author of “The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition and Modern Medicine.”

LEGO Club Saturday

Kids aged six-11 are invited to the free LEGO Club on Saturday, January 6 from 11 a.m. – noon. Bring your own LEGOs or use ours. 

Knitting and crochet lessons

Learn to knit or crochet on Monday, January 8 at our free gathering from 2 – 3:15 p.m. for ages eight and up. Supplies provided. Note that we have added an additional session and this group will now meet the first three Mondays of the month – except for January 15 because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Music fun

Pagosa Unplugged is free from 4- 5 p.m. Monday, January 8 for amateur musicians who would like a safe, supportive, non-bar setting to play, sing, or both with other people. For program information contact Susan at 970-946-3396.

Adult book club Tuesday

Ruby’s Book Club meets from 2-3 p.m. next Tuesday, January 9 to discuss “Lewis and Clark: Voyage of Discovery” by Stephen E. Ambrose. Copies are available at your library. This free book club is held the second Tuesday of each month, alternating between fiction and nonfiction titles, with snacks provided. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Dungeons & Dragons

Next Tuesday, January 9 from 4 - 5:30 p.m., join our Dungeons & Dragons game free for teens and young adults. Pre-registration is required because space is limited. Contact Josie@pagosalibrary.org to join.

Therapy dog visit

Next Wednesday, January 10 from 11 – 11:45 a.m.  you are invited to come to the library for a free visit with a certified therapy dog. Visits are limited to 10-15 minutes – just the right amount of time to pet the dog, read to the dog or just say “Hi.” This is an all-ages activity.

Elementary tutoring sessions

Children ages six-11 are welcome at these free sessions on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. where they will build essential skills in core subjects. Pre-registration is required. 

Teen/tween escape room

Solve puzzles and find clues quickly to be sure you can get out of the room before the deadline next Thursday, January 11 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the free escape room session for teens and tweens.

Family storytimes

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us for a free educational hour of reading, singing, and free play to build early literacy skills.  

Writers guild

Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. Ruby’s Writers Guild welcomes writers looking for opportunities, support, resources and camaraderie with other writers at this free gathering.  

ESL class times

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and there is a change in the way the time is divided: 4-5 p.m. is reserved for beginners, 5-6 p.m. for intermediate and 6-7 p.m. for advanced students. Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.  

 Las clases de inglés (ESL)

Las clases de inglés se imparten en persona y gratis los martes y jueves en la biblioteca Ruby Sisson. El horario ha cambiado recientemente.  Efectivo inmediatamente, 4-5 p.m. es para principiantes, 5-6 p.m. es para intermedios y 6-7 p.m. es para avanzados. Por favor, ayúdanos a informar a nuestra comunidad de estas oportunidades para aprender el inglés. Si tienen preguntas, favor de ponerse en contacto por correo electrónico: ruby@agosalibrary.org o por teléfono: 970-264-2209.

Requests for Tech Time participants

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. on Thursdays. Judy helps you with basic questions relating to computers, smartphones and tablets and also provide assistance in accessing any of the library’s online resources. No appointment is needed for these drop-in sessions, but it is important that you bring both your device’s charger and also your device passwords with you.  

Pagosa Adult Learning Services (PALS)

Join Mark or Sally for free PALS sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  PALS stands for Pagosa Adult Learning Services.

Activities calendars

Pick up monthly events calendars at the library so you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your family.

Downloadable books 

CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages.  To access this free digital collection, download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog for the name of your library, then enter your library card number and 4-digit PIN. Library staff are happy to help you set up your device if you need assistance.

Nonfiction – self-help and how to

God Never Gives Up on You” by Max Lucado describes how Jacob’s story teaches us about grace, mercy and God’s love. “Natasha’s Kitchen” by Natasha Kravchuk includes more than 100 easy family-friendly recipes. “More is More” by Molly Baz uses 100 recipes to teach different techniques and flavor combinations. “Tonight We Pray for the Momma” by the mother-daughter team Becky Thompson and Susan K. Pitts contains inspirational prayers, devotional stories and biblical wisdom relating to motherhood.  “The Indoctrinated Brain” by Dr. Michael Nehls exposes brain-damaging processes and countermeasures you can take. “Activate Your Greatness” by Alex Toussaint is a motivational guide based on gratitude, preparation and curiosity. 

 Nonfiction – memoirs and biographies

“Oath and Honor” by former Republican Congress member Liz Cheney outlines her experiences during January 6 and on the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol. “World Within a Song” by singer-songwriter Jeff Tweedy explores 50 songs that affected his life. “Endgame: Inside the Royal Family and the Monarchy’s Fight for Survival” by Omid Scobie looks at life inside the royal family after Queen Elizabeth’s death. “Her Space, Her Time” by award-winning quantum physicist Shohini Ghose documents major contributions and innovations by women physicists and astronomers around the world.   

Other nonfiction

“Blood Memory” by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns tells the tragic story of the American buffalo finally saved from extinction. “Prequel: An American Fight Against Fascism” by Rachel Maddow documents the rise of a strain of authoritarianism at the beginning of World War II. “Killing the Witches” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard revisits the events of 1692 and 1693 in Salem, Mass. “Tyranny of the Minority” by Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt calls for reform of our political and judicial institutions to preserve our democracy.   

Poetry anthology

“Playing with Phosphenes” by Sabine Ruth Houe contains both short and long poems celebrating the power and splendor of poetry and verse by taking readers on an exploratory journey inward.

DVDs

“The Chosen” is season two. “A Christmas Story Christmas” is a family show. “Three Men and a Baby” is a Hallmark holiday movie. “I Can” is an inspirational story of a young handicapped girl. “Everest: Mountain Without Mercy” is a revised and updated National Geography documentary. 

 Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“Edge of Dusk,” “Break of Day” and “Dark of Night” by Colleen Coble are Christian romantic suspense stories. “The Mystery Guest” by Nita Prose begins when a guest dies at a fancy hotel. 

Other novels

“A Nearby Country Called Love” by Salar Abdoh is set in Tehran. “We Must Not Think of Ourselves” by Lauren Grodstein is a romance set in the Warsaw ghetto.

Thanks to our donors

We are grateful to Patrick Shettle for his generous monetary donations.

When we are open, material donations are accepted for the Friends of the Library at the front desk – not down the outside returns slot at the library or the dropbox at City Market, please. The Friends recently announced new guidelines for what they will accept as donations: Yes to popular fiction books published in 2013 or later, nonfiction books published 2018 or later, and children’s and young adult books – all in excellent condition, please. No to CDs, DVDs, Blu Ray, VHS or cassette tapes; textbooks, outdated travel books or reference books because they do not sell. No more than two boxes at a time because of space constraints.

Quotable Quote

"The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you lived and lived well."  -- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, abolitionist and poet.

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