Library – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 12 Sep 2019 19:43:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.3 Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/09/12/public-meetings-188/ Thu, 12 Sep 2019 21:00:58 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=177608 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, Sept. 12
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors work session and regular meeting. 5 p.m. work session, 6 p.m. regular meeting, 7 Parelli Way.
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board. 5 p.m., Town Hall conference room, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Monday, Sept. 16
Archuleta County Combined Dispatch Exploratory Subcommittee meeting. 3 p.m., Pagosa Fire Protection District Station 1, Training Room, 191 N. Pagosa Blvd.
River Center neighborhood meeting. 5 p.m., meet behind the Malt Shoppe or at Sushi Fushion in the event of inclement weather.
Tuesday, Sept. 17
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Wednesday, Sept. 18
Archuleta County Republican Central Committee meeting. Noon, Pagosa Brewing, 118 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Upper San Juan Library District board meeting. 1 p.m., Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library, 811 San Juan St.
Thursday, Sept. 19
Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District regular meeting. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Friday, Sept. 20
Meet and Greet: new county development director. 9 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Tuesday, Sept. 24
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Joint town/county work session. Noon, Town Hall, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Wednesday, Sept. 25
Archuleta County Planning Commission regular meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Thursday, Sept. 26
Pagosa Springs Town Council work session. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Upper San Juan Health Service District community open house. 5:15 p.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Tuesday, Oct. 1
Archuleta School District Board of Education special meeting. 9 a.m., administration office, 309 Lewis St.
Wednesday, Oct. 9
Archuleta County Planning Commission policy meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Wednesday, Oct. 23
Archuleta County Planning Commission regular meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Public meeting information should be sent to editor@pagosasun.com with “Public Meeting” in the subject line. The deadline is noon Monday each week prior to publication for that week’s issue.

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Library reports data for record-breaking summer http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/09/12/library-reports-data-for-record-breaking-summer/ Thu, 12 Sep 2019 21:00:16 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=177612 We hope you will forgive us if we boast a little, but we thought you’d want to know what a record-breaking summer your library had this year. Here are some numbers from July and August that show you what we mean:
• We issued 171 new cards in July. Last July that number was 103 and the year before it was 126. In August, we issued 169 new cards, with only 35 of them visitors.
• In recent years, we have never seen the physical item (not downloadables) checkout figure for a month top 10,000. It usually ranges from 7,500 to 9,100. In July, the number of checkouts was 10,333 and in August it was 10,060 — quite a jump. The biggest increase was in adult items — more than 8,000. That number is usually in the 6,000 to 6,500 range.
• Our door count went from 6,400 in June to 8,400 in July, which is astounding. The August count also was impressive at 7,619.
• Our website traffic also increased dramatically. We gather two numbers from the website each month — unique visits (meaning that it tracks the IP address, and if you were to access our website 20 times in a month, it will only count it once) and sessions. Unique users are usually about 2,000 per month. In July, we had almost 2,600 unique users and, in August, more than 2,400 unique users. As for sessions, it is usually 2,800 to 2,900 sessions; in July it was 3,668 and in August it was 3,593.
“We always have higher door count and item checkout numbers in the summer,” said Meg Wempe, library director, “but the figures for this July and August demonstrate that the community is using the library more and taking advantage of the tremendous number of resources that their taxes provide. The large jump in new cards issued to residents — not just visitors — reminds us how Pagosa is growing and of the increased need for more library space.”
Back-to-school resources
Did you know that your library has a multitude of resources for students of all ages? You can find nonfiction books, periodicals and DVDs on a variety of topics from archaeology to zoology. In addition to the collection of items in the library, you can find online resources 24/7 at www.pagosalibrary.org. Select the tab “Online Resources” at the top of the home page. The resources are listed in alphabetical order.
Britannica School is one online resource where students can discover encyclopedia articles, multimedia, primary sources, e-books and other learning resources that support student research and reinforce curriculum standards. Another online resource is Middle Search Plus, where students can access biographies, historical essays, encyclopedias and popular middle-school magazines. Your library card number is needed to access this resource.
If you do not see what you are looking for in the library collection or online, talk with one of our friendly library staff who can help you search our larger AspenCat database.
Legal clinic tomorrow
Tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 13, from 2 to 3 p.m. is a free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney will take place via computer link. Volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property tax, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans benefits and civil protection orders. Please check in at the registration desk. This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month.
Otaku Club
The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, Sept. 16, from 4 to 5 p.m. Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks. This free club is for fifth through 12th grades.
DIY for adults
At this month’s free DIY event next Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 1 to 2 p.m., we’ll create an easy dry erase board, an inexpensive and useful tool to help you become more organized by making weekly menus, shopping lists, to-do lists and more. No registration required.
Adult education new hours
Now that school has started, our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has expanded its hours. It now takes place on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursdays from 2 to 7 p.m. Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more. Note there will be no PALS Sept. 12, 19 and 23.
Family storytimes
Every Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. and Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.
Note our Sept. 18 session is Hera de Cuentos with Mabel Barber.
Computer classes
The is a free program to learn a useful technology skill or application. Monday, Sept. 23, from 1 to 2 p.m. is Microsoft Word Intermediate. No registration is required.
Nonfiction
“Eat for the Planet” by Nil Zacharias and Gene Stone shows how minimal diet changes can help your health and that of the planet. “How to Raise a Reader” by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo combines practical advice with curated reading lists. “NFL 100” covers a century of pro football. “The Russian” by Ben Coes documents the ruthless, clever and violent Russian mafia. “The Math Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained” contains short explanations, step-by-step diagrams and witty illustrations.
“Defending Israel” by Alan M. Dershowitz documents the author’s support of the Jewish State with world leaders. “The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2020” is the latest edition. “Our Dogs, Ourselves” by Alexandra Horowitz explores the human-canine relationship. “Fentanyl, Inc.” by Ben Westhoff explores a four-year investigation into how rogue chemists are creating the deadliest wave of the opioid crisis. “The Art of Invisibility” by Kevin Mitnick provides advice from the world’s most famous hacker on how to keep your information safe on the Internet.
Mysteries, suspense and thrillers
“The Dark Side” by Danielle Steel is a psychological suspense story. “The Girl Who Lived Twice” by David Lagercrantz is a Lisbeth Salander is a thriller. “Wild Mystic” by Sandi Ault is the fifth book in the Wild mystery series.
Large print
“It All Comes Around” by Marcus Galloway is book three in the Snake Oil series. “Riding Shotgun” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Red Ryan western.
Other novels
“Black Spire” by Delilah S. Dawson is a Star Wars adventure. “The Other’s Gold” by Elizabeth Ames follows four woman from their campus days through life-defining events. “Cold Storage” by David Koepp follows three strangers working to contain a deadly organism. “Secrets We Kept” by Lara Prescott is based on the true story of the CIA’s attempt to smuggle a famous manuscript out of the Soviet Union. “The Oracle” by Jonathan Cahn unveils the Jubilean mysteries.
Essays
“The End of the End of the Earth” by Jonathan Franzen is a new collection of essays that recall us to more humane ways of being in the world and include pieces of literature and birds, the author’s great loves.
DVDs
“Anita: Speaking Truth to Power” is a documentary about Anita Hill’s role in gender equality in the U.S. “The Riot and the Dance: Earth” describes the extraordinary glory found all over the animal kingdom. “A Dog’s Journey” stars Dennis Quaid and his beloved dog Bailey.
Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank our anonymous donors.
Website
For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home — please visit our website at pagosalibrary.org.

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Help sought for library art project http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/09/05/help-sought-for-library-art-project/ Thu, 05 Sep 2019 21:00:54 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=176984 Many people like to tackle major cleanup and organizational projects in the fall and we are no exception.
We are in possession of more than 30 artworks and we do not know if they are on loan to us or have been donated permanently. They include photographs and prints, original watercolors and oil paintings, most framed. Many are signed and some are not. Further, while we recognize some of the artists’ names, we don’t know many of them at all. Some pieces may have been given to the library by someone other than the artist.
We would greatly appreciate your help in identifying the art’s source so we can ascertain the artist’s or donor’s wish regarding ownership. If you can help, please come into the library, look at our art and give us the benefit of your knowledge.
Those identifications will be the first in our three-step project. The second part will be to choose places on our walls where we can properly display the art that is ours. For this, we are hoping to get the assistance of a person with knowledge and experience willing to donate time to hanging our art, so please let us know if you are available to help with this key task.
The third step is a more long-term goal.
“Ultimately, we also would like to have a special place in the library for rotating art exhibits to give local artists exposure for their work and our patrons the joy of seeing beautiful art refreshed regularly,” said Meg Wempe, library director.
Please contact her at the library at 264-2209 if you can help with any aspect of this project. We would be grateful for any expertise you can share with us.
Back-to-school resources
Did you know that your library has a multitude of resources for students of all ages? You can find nonfiction books, periodicals and DVDs on a variety of topics from archaeology to zoology.
In addition to the collection of items in the library, you can find online resources 24/7 at www.pagosalibrary.org. Select the tab “Online Resources” at the top of the home page. The resources are listed in alphabetical order.
Britannica School is one online resource where students can discover encyclopedia articles, multimedia, primary sources, e-books and other learning resources that support student research and reinforce curriculum standards.
Another online resource is Middle Search Plus, where students can access biographies, historical essays, encyclopedias and popular middle-school magazines. Your library card number is needed to access this resource.
If you do not see what you are looking for in the library collection or online, talk with one of our friendly library staff who can help you search our larger AspenCat database.
Notary service available
Your library now offers a notary public service for anyone who needs something notarized. The cost is $5 per notary. This service is available on a part-time basis. To schedule a notary, please call the library at 264-2209.
Teen advisory board today
Today, Thursday, Sept. 5, the teen advisory board meets from 4 to 5 p.m. Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs. Share an idea to pick out a free book.
All-ages gaming tomorrow
Join us Friday, Sept. 6, from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and Xbox 360 Kinect with your friends and family.
New LGBTQ youth group Monday
A new support group to help LGBTQ youth and young adults from age 16 to in their 20s deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination convenes the first Monday of every month except for a change to Sept. 9 because of Labor Day.
Under the leadership of Ana M. Sancho Sama, Ph.D., licensed psychologist, the purpose is to provide a safe and confidential place to share experiences, ask questions and talk about how to cope in this challenging world. If you have questions, her office number is 264-1986.
Knitting Club for teens
On Monday, Sept. 9. this free club meets from 4 to 5 p.m. for fourth- through 12th-graders. Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects and hang out with other crafters. If you don’t know how to knit, come anyway and we’ll get you started on some of the basics.
Tween gaming
Free gaming for fourth through eighth grades is Monday, Sept. 9, from 4 to 5 p.m. Enjoy Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.
Computer classes
This is a free program to learn a useful technology skill or application. Monday, Sept. 9, from 2 to 3 p.m. is Microsoft Excel formulas and functions. Sept. 23 from 1 to 2 p.m. is Microsoft Word Intermediate. No registration is required.
Book club for adults
Our free book club for adults meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles. On Sept. 10, we will discuss “The Clockmaker’s Daughter” by Kate Morton. Stop by to pick up a copy. Light refreshments will be served. No registration is required.
ESL classes
Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. with two highly experienced teachers. Joyce Holdread is teaching the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone is teaching beginners. No registration is required.
Su biblioteca está ofreciendo ahora clases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL). Las clases se llevan a cabo los miércoles y viernes desde el mediodia hasta las 2 pm. Todas las clases son gratuitas y no es necesario registrarse. Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre el regreso de las clases de íngles como segundo idioma en nuestra comunidad de Pagosa.
Adult education
new hours
With school starting on Sept. 2, our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has expanded its hours. It now takes place on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursdays from 2 to 7 p.m. Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more. Note there will be no PALS Sept. 12, 19 and 23.
Family storytimes
Every Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. and Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.
Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones. These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.
CDs
“Blood Relations” by Jonathan Moore begins with the death of a rich young San Francisco woman. “Dark Age” is the latest in the Red Rising sci-fi series. “Willing to Die” by Lisa Jackson is a murder mystery featuring Det. Regan Pescoli. “Contraband” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington thriller. “Labyrinth” by Catherine Coulter is the latest in the FBI thriller series.
DVDs
“Plant Pure Nation” documents the efforts to tell the benefits of a plant-based diet in the face of major opposition. “Molly’s Game” is based on a true story of a woman running a high-stakes poker game. “Plus One” is a comic romance. “Unplanned” explores the abortion industry based on one woman’s true story.
Nonfiction
“Southwest USA and National Parks” is a DK Eyewitness travel guide. “Kochland” by Christopher Leonard is a history of Koch Industries and a story of the power of one of the largest private companies in the world. “Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon” by Greg Laurie is a personal journey into the life and demons facing this country music singer. “NFL Century” by Joe Horrigan is a history of the National Football league.
Mysteries, suspense and thrillers
“Dark Age” is the latest in the Red Rising sci-fi series. “The Reckless Oath We Made” by Bryn Greenwood features a tough Kansas woman facing an abduction. “The Whisper Man” by Alex North is a thriller about a man who lures his victims by whispering. “Old Bones” by Preston and Child covers the Donner Party in a blend of archaeology, murder and suspense. “The Last Widow” by Karin Slaughter features medical examiner Sara Linton and her investigator partner. “Stolen Shoes” by R.H. Herron begins with a 911 calls from a dispatcher’s teenage daughter.
Other novels
“Gold Digger” by Colorado author Rebecca Rosenberg is an historical fiction book about Baby Doe, whose life inspired an opera and a film. “The Warehouse” by Ron Hart explores the secrets of a giant high-tech company. “The Doll Factory” by Elizabeth Macneal is set in Victorian London.
Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Denise Rue and our anonymous donors. We also thank the Friends of the Library for so generously providing us the funds to cover our purchases in the first quarter of 2019 for books for all ages — children, juvenile, teen and adult — as well as audiobooks and DVDs.
Quotable quote
“For many, we use our imagination. We take a few strands of real time and carry them with us, then like an oyster we create a pearl around them.” — John Banville, Irish novelist, short story writer and screenwriter.
Website
For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home — please visit our website at pagosalibrary.org.

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Christmas in August, thanks to two generous book donations http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/29/christmas-in-august-thanks-to-two-generous-book-donations/ Thu, 29 Aug 2019 21:00:21 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=176482 It was Christmas in August at your Ruby Sisson Library when the UPS truck drove up and delivered 14 boxes filled with 731 Scholastic books for youth of all ages.
This generous donation came to our community as part of the nationwide Toys for Tots Literacy Program, an initiative of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and The UPS Store network. Monetary donations made at local UPS stores, including a coin box program for customers to donate their spare change, are used to purchase the books for children in that community.
“We are hugely grateful for this wonderfully generous gift,” said Meg Wempe, library director. “It is especially timely for our many programs as the school year starts and as our Book Barn locations expand around the county.”
You’ll find Book Barns in 13 locations around our community. Books borrowed from any of the Book Barns may be read on-site, taken home, returned to any Book Barn location, or passed on to friends and family elsewhere. It’s even OK if the books take their own path and never come back to any Book Barn. The goal is to make it easy for people of all ages to read and to keep the books circulating.
Your library also recently benefited from a gift of 27 boxes containing 1,350 Scholastic books from the Three Rivers Literacy Initiative, thanks to a grant arranged for us by regional literacy consultant Sandra Houston. The goal of this group is to develop great readers throughout the southwest by helping children from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 build strong reading skills and love books. These books were especially appreciated as they arrived just in time for our Summer Reading Program.
Library closure
Your library will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2, for Labor Day.
Local author book
launch today
Today, Thursday, Aug. 29, at 5 p.m., join local author Frank Bergon — better known in Pagosa as Tony — when he launches his new collection of 12 essays about contemporary westerners in California’s San Joaquin Valley. This book is available for checkout at your library.
Titled “Two-Buck Chuck and The Marlboro Man: The New Old West,” the book features people like Fred Franzsia, creator of the world’s bestselling wine, and Darrell Winfield, real-life Marlboro Man for 30 years. Bergon will talk, read, show photos and sign books at this free session. He first visited Pagosa in 1977 and has owned a house in Blanco Basin with his wife, Holly, since 1987.
All-ages gaming tomorrow
Join us Friday, Aug. 30, from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and Xbox 360 Kinect with your friends and family.
LEGO Club and all-ages LEGO contest
Turn in your original submissions for the free all-ages LEGO contest by Aug. 30. Entries must use only traditional LEGOs and be built ahead of time.
Prizes will be awarded for each of five age categories: preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17, and adult 18 and up — plus one prize for the Judges’ Choice.
Winners will be announced on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 12:15 p.m. after LEGO Club, which takes place from 11 a.m. to noon. More rules and details are available in the Activities Calendars.
Teen role-playing
The free role-playing game for seventh- through 12th-graders takes place next Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., a half hour later than in summertime because of school. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters. You can join this group any time.
Adult education new hours
With school starting on Sept. 2, our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has expanded its hours. It now takes place on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 7 p.m. Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.
New LGBTQ youth group
A new support group to help LGBTQ youth and young adults from age 16 to in their 20s deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination convenes the first Monday of every month except for a change to Sept. 9 because of Labor Day.
Under the leadership of Ana M. Sancho Sama, Ph.D., licensed psychologist, the purpose is to provide a safe and confidential place to share experiences, ask questions and talk about how to cope in this challenging world. If you have questions, her office number is 264-1986.
Mysteries, suspense and thrillers
“Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead” by Olga Tokarczuk is set in a remote Polish village where bodies are discovered under strange circumstances. “The Birthday Girl” by Melissa de la Cruz exposes secrets and skeletons at a woman’s 40th birthday celebration. “The Perfect Wife” by JP Delaney looks at a woman called a miracle of science whose memories contradict her husband’s version of events. “Death by G-String” by C.C. Harrison is a Coyote Canyon Ladies Ukulele Club mystery. “Love and Death Among the Cheetahs” by Rhys Bowen is a Royal Spyness mystery set in Kenya.
“Outfox” by Sandra Brown is a psychological thriller about an FBI agent’s search for a serial killer. “City of Windows” by Robert Pobi begins when an FBI agent is killed by a sniper shot. “Someone We Know” by Shari Lapena tells of a teen sneaking into neighbors’ houses and computers. “The Inn” by James Patterson and Candice Fox features first responders when their seafront town is targeted by vicious criminals. “The Warning” by James Patterson and Robison Wells takes place in a small southern town evacuated after a freak power plant accident.
Other novels
“Things You Save in a Fire” by Katherine Center features a female firefighter who moves to Boston, where her colleagues do not welcome a lady on the crew. “Inland” by Tea Obrenht is set in the Arizona Territory in 1892. “Blood Truth” by J.R. Ward is a Black Dagger Legacy paranormal romance. “The Oysterville Sewing Circle” by Susan Wiggs follows a woman returning home after a scandal with two orphaned children. “The Swallows” by Lisa Lutz explores a gender war with deadly consequences at a New England prep school. “The Escape Room” by Megan Goldin follows four young Wall Street rising stars when this game goes wrong. “All the Water in the World” by Karen Raney tells of a teen with cancer grappling with first love, family secrets and tragedy.
DVDs
“Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot” is the story of a man who discovers his artistic skills after a DUI. “The Duchess of Duke Street” is the complete collection of 10 discs. “The Good Doctor” is season two. “Detective Pikachu” is a Pokemon adventure. “In Defense of Food” features best-selling author Michael Pollan’s recommendations for healthy eating after a worldwide search.
Large print mysteries and thrillers
“Far and Away” by Fern Michaels is a Godmothers mystery. “The Turn of the Key” by Ruth Ware features a live-in nanny in the Scottish Highlands. “A Dangerous man” by Robert Crais features Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. “Labyrinth” by Catherine Coulter features FBI agents Sherlock and Savich. “Terns of Endearment” by Donna Andrews is a Meg Langslow mystery set on a cruise ship. “The Body in the Castle Well” by Martin Walker features Chief of Police Bruno in Southwest France.
Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank our anonymous donors. For her generous monetary donation we are grateful to Lenore Bright. We also appreciate Keith Jacobson for providing backflow testing services.
Quotable quote
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.” — Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), American essayist, poet and philosopher.
Website
For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home — please visit our website at pagosalibrary.org.

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Friends book sale on now and local author book launch next week http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/22/friends-book-sale-on-now-and-local-author-book-launch-next-week/ Thu, 22 Aug 2019 21:00:42 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=176036 We hope to see you at the Friends of the Library annual book sale, one of the most popular events of the summer. It is being held Aug. 22-24 at the PLPOA Clubhouse — not only a new location, but also with extended hours.
Today, Thursday, Aug. 22, at 6 p.m., there will be a short annual meeting with an ice cream social, followed at 6:30 p.m. by the book sale for Friends only — and you can join at the door if you are not already a member. Dues are $100 for a lifetime membership, $15 for an annual individual and $25 for an annual family.
The next two days are open to everyone — Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with special pricing after noon on Saturday.
This is your chance to buy books, DVDs, CDs and more at very special prices while also helping your library, since the Friends donate all the proceeds for various programs and projects that improve our facilities and services to you.
Local author book launch
Next Thursday, Aug. 29, at 5 p.m., join local author Frank Bergon — better known in Pagosa as Tony — when he launches his new collection of 12 essays about contemporary westerners in California’s San Joaquin Valley.
Titled “Two-Buck Chuck and The Marlboro Man: The New Old West,” the book features people like Fred Franzsia, creator of the world’s bestselling wine, and Darrell Winfield, real-life Marlboro Man for 30 years. Bergon will talk, read, show photos and sign books at this free session. He first visited Pagosa in 1977 and has owned a house in Blanco Basin with his wife, Holly, since 1987.
Library closure
Your library will be closed after 4 p.m. next Wednesday, Aug. 28, when we host the Chamber of Commerce for its monthly Business After Hours event.
“We are excited to host business members of our local community as they meet and network,” said Meg Wempe, library director. “This gives us a wonderful opportunity to show and share the many services the library has to offer.”
Apologies for the heat
If you’ve been in the library recently, you’ve likely noticed how warm it is. Unfortunately, we learned that our old HVAC system will need to be replaced. As such, we have a request for proposal out for replacement of our system that can be found on our website.
We wish it were not so warm for both patrons and staff, but it’s proving difficult to keep it cool. Our windows don’t allow for installing some temporary portable units and swamp coolers aren’t a good option for libraries. In the meantime, we appreciate your patience while we do the best that we can to repair our old system and supplement with airflow through fans and open windows/doors.
Makerspace fun for all ages today
Come in and create, design and build today, Thursday, Aug. 22, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. We provide the materials — you provide the vision. This is an event for all ages.
Literary Ladies tomorrow
This free book-lovers’ group meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 23, they will discuss any book by a local author. Stop by your library to see where the local author collection is located. For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.
All-ages gaming tomorrow
Join us Friday, Aug. 23, from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and Xbox 360 Kinect with your friends and family.
Otaku Club
The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, Aug. 26, from 4 to 5 p.m. Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks. This free club is for those in the fifth through 12th grades.
All-ages LEGO contest
Turn in your original submissions for the free all-ages LEGO contest between Aug. 26 and 30. Entries must use only traditional LEGOs and be built ahead of time.
Prizes will be awarded for each of five age categories: preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17 and adult 18 and up — plus one prize for the Judges’ Choice. Winners will be announced on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 12:15 p.m. after LEGO Club, which takes place from 11 a.m. to noon. More rules and details are available in the Activities Calendars.
Technology class
This month, you will learn how to transfer pictures from your smartphone or PC, and the benefits of saving photos on the cloud, at our technology class Monday, Aug. 26, from 1 to 2 p.m. No registration is required.
Spanish conversation
Monday, Aug. 26, from 3-4 p.m. practice your Spanish with others to help you increase your fluency at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers. Previous attendance is not necessary. No registration is required.
Teen gaming
Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for teens in the seventh through 12th grades. Enjoy Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.
ESL classes
Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. with two highly experienced teachers. Joyce Holdread is teaching the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone is teaching beginners. No registration is required.
Su biblioteca está ofreciendo ahora clases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL). Las clases se llevan a cabo los miércoles y viernes desde el mediodia hasta las 2 pm. Todas las clases son gratuitas y no es necesario registrarse. Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre el regreso de las clases de íngles como segundo idioma en nuestra comunidad de Pagosa.
Adult education summer hours
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on Tuesdays from 2 to 7 p.m. Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.
Free tech sessions
Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m.
Family storytimes
Every Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. and Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.
Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones. These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.
Note the Saturday time change to the afternoon.
New LGBTQ youth group
A new support group to help LGBTQ youth and young adults from age 16 to in their 20s deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination convenes the first Monday of every month except for a change to Sept. 9 because of Labor Day. Under the leadership of Ana M. Sancho Sama, Ph.D., licensed psychologist, the purpose is to provide a safe and confidential place to share experiences, ask questions and talk about how to cope in this challenging world. If you have questions, her office number is 264-1986.
Activities calendars
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month. There are three versions — kids, tweens/teens and adults. We look forward to seeing you at your library. Se habla espanol.
Local photographer book of Pagosa pictures
Kimberlee Hutcherson has created a colorful soft-cover book titled “Beautiful Pagosa Springs Colorado” containing 30 pages of spectacular photographs of scenery and events in our community. Among the many locations she pictures are Pinon Lake, Chimney Rock National Monument, Treasure and Piedra Falls, the San Juan River and Wolf Creek Pass. Included in the event photos are July 4 festivities, balloon events and Town Park at Christmas. Our area’s natural beauty is featured with columbines, aspen leaves and a wide variety of wildlife. This book is titled “Volume 1,” so Hutcherson seems to be promising us more of her impressive photography to come.
DVDs
“The Best of Enemies” is a civil rights drama. “Alita” is an action adventure. “Fast Color” features a young girl on the run when her supernatural abilities become known. “Kingdoms of the Sky” is a three-part series about animals and people who make their homes on the iconic mountains ranges of the world — the Himalayas, Rockies and Andes.
CDs
“Under Currents” by Nora Roberts exposes the terrible secrets of several families. “Backlash” by Brad Thor is a Scot Harvath adventure. “Window on the Bay” by Debbie Macomber is a romance. “The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead, based on the real story of a reform school in Florida, follows a young black boy in the Jim Crow South. “Paranoid” by Lisa Jackson is a thriller. “Hateful Things” by Terry Goodkind is a Children of D’Hara fantasy. “Summer of ‘69” by Elin Hilderbrand is a family story set in 1969 America. “Shohia, Princess Among Beasts” by James Patterson with Emily Raymond is a young-adult book about a princess dealing with mythical beasts. “Bark of Night” by David Rosenfelt is an Andy Carpenter murder mystery solved with the help of his dogs.
How-to and self-help
“Core” by Steph Gaudreau includes strength training, workouts, meal plans, journal prompts and more. We have two Llewellyn’s 2020 guides — “Moon Sign Book” to help you plan your life by the cycles of the moon, and “Sun Sign Book” with horoscopes by Lesley Francis.
Other nonfiction
“Natural Rivals” by John Clayton explores the relationship between John Muir and Gifford Pinchot and its effect on our public lands. “The Faith of Mike Pence” by Leslie Montgomery is a biography of the vice president.
Novels
“Go Ask Fannie” by Elisabeth Hyde follows a family trying to piece together their mother’s story with the help of an old Fannie Farmer cookbook.
Downloadable films
For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries — on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.
Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website. Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.
Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Shoni and Joseph Matney, as well as our anonymous donors.
Quotable quote
“Nobody sees a flower — really — it is so small it takes time — we haven’t time — and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.” — Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986), best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers and New Mexico landscapes. O’Keeffe has been recognized as the mother of American modernism.
Website
For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home — please visit our website at pagosalibrary.org.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/15/public-meetings-184/ Thu, 15 Aug 2019 21:00:44 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=175439 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, Aug. 15
Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District regular meeting. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.
Monday, Aug. 19
Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation budget meeting. 11:30 a.m., Chamber of Commerce conference room, 105 Hot Springs Blvd.
San Juan Water Conservancy District meeting. 5 p.m., 46 Eaton Drive, Unit 5.
Archuleta County Combined Dispatch Exploratory Subcommittee meeting. 3 p.m., Town Hall, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, Aug. 20
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Wednesday, Aug. 21
Archuleta County Republican Central Committee meeting. Noon, Pagosa Brewing, 118 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Upper San Juan Library District board meeting. 4 p.m., Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library, 811 San Juan St.
Thursday, Aug. 22
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, Aug. 27
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Joint town/county work session. Noon, Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, Aug. 28
Archuleta County Planning Commission regular meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Thursday, Aug. 29
Pagosa Springs Town Council work session. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Friday, Aug. 30
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners special meeting. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Tuesday, Sept. 3
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Combined Dispatch Executive Management board meeting. 9:30 a.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center board room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Thursday, Sept. 5
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners special meeting. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Monday, Sept. 9
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors work session and regular meeting. 5 p.m. work session, 6 p.m. regular meeting, 7 Parelli Way.
Public meeting information should be sent to editor@pagosasun.com with “Public Meeting” in the subject line. The deadline is noon Monday each week prior to publication for that week’s issue.

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Happy birthday, Smokey Bear http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/15/happy-birthday-smokey-bear/ Thu, 15 Aug 2019 21:00:44 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=175487

SUN photos/Chris Mannara

There was reason to celebrate on Aug. 9 as it was Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday. Children and adults alike came out to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library to enjoy some treats, play some games, take photos and create gifts for the fire-conscious mammal. Smokey Bear was in attendance to spread joy and awareness to all and even took part in storytime.

 

 

 

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Friends book sale next week and LEGO contest for all ages http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/15/friends-book-sale-next-week-and-lego-contest-for-all-ages/ Thu, 15 Aug 2019 21:00:16 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=175485 We hope to see you next week at the Friends of the Library annual book sale, one of the most popular events of the summer. It will be held Aug. 22-24 at the PLPOA Clubhouse — not only a new location, but also with extended hours.
On Thursday, Aug. 22, at 6 p.m., there will be a short annual meeting with an ice cream social, followed at 6:30 p.m. by the book sale for Friends only — and you can join at the door if you are not already a member. Dues are $100 for a lifetime membership, $15 for an annual individual and $25 for an annual family.
The next two days are open to everyone — Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with special pricing after noon on Saturday.
This is your chance to buy books, DVDs, CDs and more at very special prices while also helping your library, since the Friends donate all the proceeds for various programs and projects that improve our facilities and services to you.
Apologies for the heat
If you’ve been in the library in the past few weeks, you’ve likely noticed how warm it is. Unfortunately, we learned that our old HVAC system will need to be replaced. As such, we have a request for proposal out for replacement of our HVAC system that can be found on our website. We wish it were not so warm for both patrons and staff, but it’s proving difficult to keep it cool. Our windows don’t allow for installing some temporary portable units and swamp coolers aren’t a good option for libraries. In the meantime, we appreciate your patience while we do the best that we can to repair our old system and supplement with airflow through fans and open windows/doors.
All-ages LEGO contest
Turn in your original submissions for the free all-ages LEGO contest between Aug. 26-30. Entries must use only traditional LEGOs and be built ahead of time.
Prizes will be awarded for each of five age categories: preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17, and adult 18 and up — plus one prize for the Judges’ Choice. Winners will be announced on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 12:15 p.m. after LEGO Club, which takes place from 11 a.m. to noon. More rules and details are available in the activities calendars.
Free backpacks
Thanks to a partnership between Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado State Library, we have two backpacks for free checkout that contain a state park pass, binoculars, a wildlife guide, a trees and wildlife guide, a book about the 42 state parks and more.
The backpacks can be checked out for a full week and renewed for an additional week. They cannot be placed on hold. Consider it a “Lucky Day” pickup item, meaning that if you come in and it’s available, you can check it out.
Important note: During the month of August, active duty military and veterans are being admitted free to Colorado state parks. You are welcome to check out the backpack for the other multitude of resources it contains, of course.
All-ages movie tomorrow
Join us tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 16, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. for a PG movie suitable for all ages. Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media, but you can find them listed on the activities calendars. Note the movies now start at 2:30 p.m. rather than 2 p.m. because of ESL class.
Tween gaming
Free gaming for those in the fourth through eighth grades is Monday, Aug. 19, from 4 to 5 p.m. Enjoy Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.
Teen gaming
Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for teens in the seventh through 12th grades. Enjoy Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.
DIY for adults
At this month’s free DIY event next Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 1 to 2 p.m., we’ll cover the surface of a wood slice with chalkboard paint so you can write an inspiring message, quote or verse on your artwork. Note the change of day to Tuesday this month. No registration is required.
Teen role-playing
The free role-playing game for seventh- through 12th-graders takes place next Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters. You can join this group any time.
Makerspace fun for
all ages
Come in and create, design and build next Thursday, Aug. 22, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. We provide the materials — you provide the vision. This is an event for all ages.
ESL classes
Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. with two highly experienced teachers. Joyce Holdread is teaching the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone is teaching beginners. No registration is required.
Su biblioteca está ofreciendo ahora clases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL). Las clases se llevan a cabo los miércoles y viernes desde el mediodia hasta las 2 pm. Todas las clases son gratuitas y no es necesario registrarse. Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre el regreso de las clases de íngles como segundo idioma en nuestra comunidad de Pagosa.
Adult education summer hours
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on Tuesdays from 2 to 7 p.m. Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.
Family storytimes
Every Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. and Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.
Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.
These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers. Note the Saturday time change to the afternoon.
New LGBTQ youth group
A new support group to help LGBTQ youth and young adults from age 16 to in their 20s deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination convenes the first Monday of every month except for a change to Sept. 9 because of Labor Day. Under the leadership of Ana M. Sancho Sama, Ph.D., licensed psychologist, the purpose is to provide a safe and confidential place to share experiences, ask questions and talk about how to cope in this challenging world. If you have questions, her office number is 264-1986.
Local author
“Sunn” by Sariah Ellsmore is the story of a grieving mother’s journey to find answers to life’s biggest questions after suddenly and tragically losing her teenage daughter. The author hopes this book will help those experiencing loss to look beyond their pain for signs that their loved ones are still around.
Large print
“Alpha Alpine” by Mary Daheim is an Emma Lord mystery. “Hard Ride Across Texas” by Michael Zimmer is a western. “MacCallister Stranglehold” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Duff MacCallister western.
CDs
“I Dissent” edited by Mark Rushnet includes the most famous Supreme Court dissents on issues of race, gender, privacy, workers’ rights and more. “Humanimal” by Adam Rutherford explores the proud paradox of the “human animal.” “The Plot Against Asthma and Allergy Patients” is Dr. Felix Ravikovich’s first book for the general public and medical colleagues on the effective treatment of histamine based on his findings that have been published in leading medical journals.
How-to and self-help
“How to See” by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh introduces readers to the fundamentals of mindfulness practice. “Raising a Screen Smart Kid” by Julianna Miner helps you embrace the good and avoid the bad in the digital age.
Other nonfict ion
“The Real Wolf” by Ted B. Lyon and Will N. Graves explores the science, politics and economics of coexisting with wolves in modern times. “Beyond Charlottesville” by former governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe looks at the forces and events that led to the tragedy, suggests how we can prevent another Charlottesville from happening.
Mysteries, thrillers and suspense
“Smoke Screen” by Iris Johansen features forensic sculptor Eve Duncan journeying to Africa to help families torn apart by a violent attack. “Games of Snipers” by Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Hunter features master sniper Bob Lee Swagger. “Blood Oath” by Linda Fairstein features assistant DA Alexander Cooper of the Manhattan Sex Crimes Unit. “The Big Kahuna” by Janet and Peter Evanovich features FBI agent Kate O’Hare and con man Nicolas Fox.
Programmed Nooks
We have nine free Nooks and three free tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure. The eight adult e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers. The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.
Downloadable e-books
Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library. Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website. While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.
Downloadable films
For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries — on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed. Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website. Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.
Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank our anonymous donors.
Quotable quote
“Start your search for friends at the library. Libraries lately have become thriving hubs of community. As a volunteer, you would meet not only fellow volunteers and staffers, but you would intersect with a wide swath of humanity — from children to the elderly. This would keep you physically and intellectually engaged.” — Advice from columnist Amy Dickinson, author of the Ask Amy newspaper column.
Website
For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home — please visit our website at pagosalibrary.org.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/08/public-meetings-183/ Thu, 08 Aug 2019 21:00:45 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=174856 The following meetings are subject to change.
Monday, Aug. 12
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors regular meeting. 6 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Tuesday, Aug. 13
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Republican Women’s meeting. Noon, Boss Hogg’s, 157 Navajo Trail Drive.
Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board. 5:30 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Pagosa Fire Protection District Board of Directors regular meeting. 6:30 p.m., Station 1, Training Room, 191 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, Aug. 14
Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Chamber of Commerce conference room, 105 Hot Springs Blvd.
Archuleta County Planning Commission policy meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Thursday, Aug. 15
Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District regular meeting. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.
Monday, Aug. 19
Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation budget meeting. 11:30 a.m., Chamber of Commerce conference room, 105 Hot Springs Blvd.
Archuleta County Combined Dispatch Exploratory Subcommittee meeting. 3 p.m., Town Hall, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, Aug. 20
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Wednesday, Aug. 21
Archuleta County Republican Central Committee meeting. Noon, Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Upper San Juan Library District board meeting. 4 p.m., Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library, 811 San Juan St.
Thursday, Aug. 22
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, Aug. 27
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Joint town/county work session. Noon, Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Public meeting information should be sent to editor@pagosasun.com with “Public Meeting” in the subject line. The deadline is noon Monday each week prior to publication for that week’s issue.

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Backpacks and bike repair tool kits available for free checkout http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/08/backpacks-and-bike-repair-tool-kits-available-for-free-checkout/ Thu, 08 Aug 2019 21:00:20 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=174902 Thanks to a partnership between the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado State Library, we have two backpacks for free checkout that contain a state park pass, binoculars, a wildlife guide, a trees and wildlife guide, a book about the 42 state parks, and more.
The backpacks can be checked out for a full week and renewed for an additional week. They cannot be placed on hold. Consider it a “Lucky Day” pickup item, meaning that if you come in and it’s available, you can check it out.
Important note: During the month of August, active duty military and veterans are being admitted free to Colorado state parks. You are welcome to check out the backpack for the other multitude of resources it contains, of course. For more information about this special military benefit, see https://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/MilitaryBenefits.aspx.
Bike repair tool kit
available
Did you know that your library has a bike repair tool kit available for free check out? This tool kit includes a handbook titled “Essential Road Bike Maintenance Handbook” by Todd Downs and a toolbox filled with the essential tools needed for basic bicycle repairs. The handbook covers topics such as frame, pedals, brakes and more. The library also offers a variety of other bicycle resources for people of all ages including maps, guidebooks and historical information.
Art Attack fun today
Today, Thursday, Aug. 8, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., kindergarteners through fifth-graders are invited to an Art Attack session where you’ll enjoy crafting and watercolor projects.
Smokey’s birthday party tomorrow
Tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 9, we will celebrate Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday at a special Read with a Ranger session. Drop in any time between 2:30 and 4 p.m. to enjoy games, activities and special treats. This event is intended for all ages.
Legal clinic tomorrow
Tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 9, from 2 to 3 p.m. is a free legal clinic via computer link for parties who have no attorney. A volunteer attorney will answer questions, help fill out forms and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property tax, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans benefits and civil protection orders.
Please check in at the registration desk between 1:45 and 2 p.m. It is first-come, first-served and note our volunteer attorney can assist only four people each session. This clinic takes place the second Friday of every month.
LEGO Club on Saturday
Kids ages 6-12 are invited to bring your imaginations — LEGOs are provided — on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 11 a.m. to noon for the free LEGO Club.
Knitting Club for tweens and teens
Next Monday, Aug. 12, this free club meets from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for fifth- through 12th-graders. Note the drop in age eligibility from seventh to fifth grade. Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects and hang out with other crafters. Note that teaching will be available only for knitting. If you don’t know how to knit, come anyway and we’ll get you started on some of the basics.
Book club for adults
Our free book club for adults meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles. On Aug. 13, we will discuss “Prairie Fires: The American Dream of Laura Ingalls Wilder” by Caroline Fraser. Stop by to pick up a copy. Light refreshments will be served. No registration is required.
Teen gaming
Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for teens in the seventh through 12th grades. Enjoy Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.
ESL classes
Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. with two highly experienced teachers. Joyce Holdread is teaching the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone is teaching beginners. No registration is required.
Su biblioteca está ofreciendo ahora clases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL). Las clases se llevan a cabo los miércoles y viernes desde el mediodia hasta las 2 pm. Todas las clases son gratuitas y no es necesario registrarse. Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre el regreso de las clases de íngles como segundo idioma en nuestra comunidad de Pagosa.
Adult education summer hours
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) has moved to summer hours. It now takes place on Tuesdays from 2 to 7 p.m. Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.
Free tech sessions
Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m. Note there will be no Tech Time today, Aug. 8.
Family storytimes — note Saturday time change
Every Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. and Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m., join us for great stories, fun songs, toddler-friendly crafts and plenty of reasons to get up and move.
This Saturday, Aug. 10, is a special Spanish storytime with Glory Lark.
Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones. These free sessions are an excellent way for kids to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers. Note the Saturday time change to the afternoon.
New LGBTQ youth group
A new support group to help LGBTQ youth and young adults from age 16 to in their 20s deal with social stigma, bullying, violence, hate crimes and discrimination will convene the first Monday of every month except for a change to Sept. 9 because of Labor Day.
Under the leadership of Ana M. Sancho Sama, Ph.D., licensed psychologist, the purpose is to provide a safe and confidential place to share experiences, ask questions and talk about how to cope in this challenging world.
Save the date for Friends of the Library book sale
Mark your calendars for the Friends of the Library annual book sale, one of the most popular events of the summer. It will be held Aug. 22-24 at the PLPOA Clubhouse — not only a new location, but also with extended hours.
On Thursday, Aug. 22, at 6 p.m., there will be a short annual meeting with an ice cream social, followed at 6:30 p.m. by the book sale for Friends only — and you can join at the door if you are not already a member. Dues are $100 for a lifetime membership, $15 for an annual individual and $25 for an annual family. The next two days are open to everyone — Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This is your chance to buy books, DVDs, CDs and more at very special prices while also helping your library, since the Friends donate all the proceeds for various programs and projects that improve our facilities and services to you.
Activities calendars
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month. There are three versions — kids, tweens/teens and adults. We look forward to seeing you at your library. Se habla espanol.
Short stories
“Raised in Captivity” by Chuck Klosterman is a collection of 34 short stories running from sci-fi to thriller that the publisher describes as “fictional nonfiction.”
DVDs
“Okko’s Inn” is an animated family film. The BBC’s “Death in Paradise” is seasons five, six and seven. “Donkeys and Elephants” explores the political divide between Republicans and Democrats. “Shazam!” is the story of a street-wise kid who becomes a super hero. “Dark Money” is a political documentary about untraceable corporate money in our elections.
CDs
“Lost and Found” by Danielle Steel tells of a woman who drives cross-country to be reunited with former lovers. “Brother’s Keeper” is a Ralph Compton western by David Robbins. “Valley of Bones” by Dusty Richards is a Byrnes Family Ranch western.
Mysteries, thrillers and suspense
“Lady of the Lake” by Laura Lippman covers the different reaction to deaths of a black woman and a white woman. “One Good Deed” by David Baldacci introduces a new character, a former WWII soldier out of prison for a crime he didn’t commit. “Wanderers” by Chuck Wendig is a dystopian apocalyptic sci-fi story. “The Shameless” by Ace Atkins is the latest in the Quinn Colson crime series.
Other novels
“Star Wars Thrawn: Treason” by Timothy Zahn is part of this epic sci-fi series. “Home for Erring and Outcast Girls” by Julie Kibler is inspired by historical events at a home for “fallen girls.” “The Lager Queen of Minnesota” by J. Ryan Stradal is a family saga.
How-to and self help
“Future Man” by Tim Samuels is a humorous look at the conflicts and challenges of men today. “Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them)” by Sallie Tisdale is a practical perspective on death and dying from anecdotes and stories from cultures and literature.
Other nonfiction
“America’s Reluctant Prince” by Steven M. Gillon is a biography of John F. Kennedy Jr. “Crisis in the Red Zone” by Richard Preston explores the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history and the crises to come.
Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Marilyn Falvey and our anonymous donors.
Quotable quote
“I love being a mother. I’m so grateful to have had this experience. He’s 5 and watches TV occasionally, but I love that his default is to go to a book.” — Laura Leggett Linney, award-winning American actress and singer.
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