Library – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 15 Oct 2020 21:19:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 http://www.pagosasun.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/cropped-sun-logo-512x512-1-32x32.jpg Library – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com 32 32 Library News: Free books for 4-year-olds plus spook-tacular creations http://www.pagosasun.com/library-news-free-books-for-4-year-olds-plus-spook-tacular-creations/ Thu, 15 Oct 2020 21:19:29 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=211892 By Carole Howard
PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

For the ninth year, libraries across Colorado are giving a free paperback book to every 4-year-old in the state from now until Oct. 25 as part of a special family literacy project. 

Some 75,000 copies of “The Little Red Fort” written by Brenda Maier and illustrated by Sonia Sanchez are being distributed to children statewide at local libraries, including at your Sisson Library, in either English or Spanish. The book features Ruby, who finds some old boards and decides to build a fort. Her brothers make fun of her, saying she doesn’t know how to build. “Then I’ll learn,” says Ruby. And she does.

With a lively text and delightful drawings, “The Little Red Fort” is a fun read for kids and their parents — and an inspiration for all youngsters who love to say, “I can do it myself.” 

To add to the festivities, we also will be celebrating with some “forts” set up in the library’s garden, if the weather cooperates, for kids to read in.

The goal of this One Book Colorado program is to encourage families to read together every day and add new books to home libraries to ensure school readiness. 

Please come by the library or attend any program and pick up this free book for your 4-year-old youngster. Better yet, bring them in to pick up their books and see the opportunities for fun and learning that are available free at your library. 

Spook-tacular creations

Starting today, Thursday, Oct. 15, we invite you to take part in creating some spooky temporary community art until Oct. 31. Projects will be set up outside the library with instructions.

DIY craft takeaway 

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

Calling all teens 

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

Please stop by the library or apply online.

In-person gaming

Free in-person gaming on the Xbox 360 Kinect for all ages has resumed on Fridays. Please join us on Oct. 16 from 2 to 3 p.m. 

Due to COVID concerns, we are only allowing a maximum of four participants in the gaming room. Masks must be worn and social distancing maintained at all times.

Voter registration tutorial 

Are you registered to vote? Do you know how to review your voter registration or update information to ensure you are eligible to vote? You can view an informative tutorial about these vital topics on the library’s website at https://pagosalibrary.org/election-2020/.

Adult DIY on Facebook 

A free fall-themed DIY event offers some crafty ideas of how to create several fall-themed decorations. If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f) in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. Or, contact us and we can send you a direct link. 

New Storywalk for kids

Every other Thursday, Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the elementary school detailing a new free Storywalk for kids. The Oct. 8-21 theme is ingenuity. Get outdoors and follow the pages of a book exploring what it takes to turn an idea into reality as you stroll along. After you finish, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. By popular demand, Storywalks will continue until the snow makes it too difficult to proceed.

Tech Time

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

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m. by appointment. Note start time change from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please register so we can keep it to a small group in our limited open spaces. No walk-ins. 

Dungeons and Dragons on Google Meet

Join us on Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. for Dungeons and Dragons, free for teens and young adults. Note that this fun fantasy role-playing game has moved from Zoom to Google Meet. Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on how to join. If you don’t have Internet access, contact us anyway — we may be able to accommodate you in the library. 

Children’s programs on Facebook 

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

If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f) in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. Or, contact us and we can send you a direct link. 

Tax lien information 

To watch a video of the Archuleta County Treasurer’s Office Oct. 1 presentation on what a tax lien is and how to get started on investing in them if you want to do so, go to our website at https://pagosalibrary.org/adult-services/. 

Adult learning classes will resume in November

GED classes plus HiSet, CDL and other free in-person tutoring from Mark are suspended for October and will resume in November.

Summary of our partial reopening

• We’re now open on Thursdays from 1 to 7 p.m., with 1 to 2 p.m. reserved for seniors and higher-risk populations. 

• Other hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for seniors and higher-risk populations. Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays: closed.

• We are accepting meeting room reservations for small groups, with library programs having first dibs on the rooms for our programs. In addition, you can schedule only so far out, usually two weeks to a month, depending on where we are in the month. 

• Up to 30 patrons at a time can come into the building. 

• Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day. Please practice social distancing and wear facial coverings while you are in the building. If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you. 

• Nine computers are available. In most cases, computer usage will be allowed for three hours per day. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.

• One early literacy computer is available for youngsters Monday through Saturday. 

• For those not comfortable coming into the building or unable to wear a mask, curbside service continues Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. except for Thursdays, when it’s available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so staff can bring the items out for you. If you put a hold on something, please wait for your usual alert (email, phone call or text) before coming to pick it up. 

• You now can drop your returns of books, CDs and DVDs in the drop box at City Market, as well as in the drop box at the library. No donations in the City Market box, please.

• Notary service is available during open hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. The cost is $5 per notary. 

• You can place holds on items from other libraries. They are in different stages of reopening, so items may take longer than usual. 

• We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

Short fiction

“Unrestricted Access” by James Rollins is an anthology of 12 short stories, including a new novella never before published. 

Novels

“The Return” by Nicholas Sparks is the story of an injured Navy doctor and two women whose secrets will change his life. “The Archive of the Forgotten” by A.J. Hackwith is a Hell’s Library fantasy adventure. “Magic Lessons” by Alice Hoffman is the sequel to “Practical Magic.” “Troubles in Paradise” by Elin Hilderbrand is the final book in the Paradise trilogy. “Daughter of Black Lake” by Cathy Marie Buchanan follows a family facing an unimaginable trial in a world of pagan traditions.

CDs

“Anxious People” by Fredrik Blackman is the story of a crime that never took place. “All the Devils Are Here” by Louise Penny is a Chief Inspector Gamache mystery. “Shadows in Death” by J.D. Robb is a Lt. Eve Dallas mystery. “The Darkest Evening” by Ann Cleeves begins when a toddler is found alone in a car in a snowstorm. “Older” by Pamela Redmond is the sequel to “Younger,” the hit TV series. “The Invention of Sound” by Chuck Palahniuk exposes the violence beneath Hollywood’s glamorous façade. “One By One” by Ruth Ware is a mystery set in a snowed-in ski chalet in the French Alps.

Nonfiction

“Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World” is written by Fareed Zakaria, CNN’s world affairs expert. “Is This Anything?” by Jerry Seinfeld is an autobiography told through the comedian’s jokes. “I Have Something To Tell You” by Chasten Buttigieg is the memoir by the husband of former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. “One Vote Away” by Ted Cruz explores how a single Supreme Court seat can change history.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations 

We are grateful for the generous monetary donation from Susan and Terry Arrington. Please put your material donations into the drop box at the library — not at City Market, which is reserved for returns. Donations will undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns. 

Quotable quote

“We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion just as effectively as by bombs.” — Kenneth Clark (1903-1983), British art historian, museum director and TV broadcaster who in 1969 created “Civilisation,” the first color TV series about the arts that was broadcast in Britain and around the world.

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/public-meetings-243/ Thu, 15 Oct 2020 21:00:11 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=211812 The following meetings are subject to change.

Thursday, Oct. 15

Archuleta County Republican Central Committee meeting. Noon, Pagosa Brewing, 118 N. Pagosa Blvd. Subject to cancellation due to COVID-19.

Monday, Oct. 19

Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors regular meeting. 5 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.

Tuesday, Oct. 20

Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m. Call 264-8300 one to two days before the meeting to obtain the login information.

Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m. Call 264-8300 one to two days before the meeting to obtain the login information.

Wednesday, Oct. 21

Upper San Juan Library District board meeting. 4 p.m., Zoom meeting. Join us at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83398449146 with meeting ID: 833 9844 9146.

Thursday, Oct. 22

Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.

Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District regular meeting. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.

Tuesday, Oct. 27

Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m. Call 264-8300 one to two days before the meeting to obtain the login information.

Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board work session and regular meeting. 4:30 p.m. work session, 5:30 p.m. meeting. See town website for participation information.

Wednesday, Oct. 28

Archuleta County Planning Commission meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St., and possible Zoom meeting.

Thursday, Oct. 29

Pagosa Springs Town Council work session. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.

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 News: Free books for 4-year-olds starts Oct. 13 http://www.pagosasun.com/library-news-free-books-for-4-year-olds-starts-oct-13/ Fri, 09 Oct 2020 11:00:52 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=211341 By Carole Howard
PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

For the ninth year, libraries across Colorado are giving a free paperback book to every 4-year-old in the state from Oct. 13-25 as part of a special family literacy project. 

Some 75,000 copies of a very special book — its title is a secret until we’re allowed to reveal it in this column next week — are being distributed to children statewide at local libraries, including at your Sisson Library, in either English or Spanish. The goal of this One Book Colorado program is to encourage families to read together every day and add new books to home libraries to ensure school readiness. 

Please come by the library or attend any program and pick up this free book for your 4-year-old youngster. Better yet, bring them in to pick up their books and see the opportunities for fun and learning that are available free at your library. 

Save the date:
Spook-tacular creations

Starting next Thursday, Oct. 15, take part in creating some spooky temporary community art until Oct. 31. Projects will be set up outside the library with instruction.

Calling all teens 

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

Please stop by the library or apply online.

Legal clinic by phone or Zoom tomorrow

The free legal clinic each month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 9, from 2 to 3 p.m. by telephone or Zoom. You can choose to have the volunteer attorney phone you directly or you can come into the library and meet via Zoom. 

To be added to the sign-up sheet for these calls, send an email titled “Sign-up for Free Legal Clinic,” with your first name and phone number, to ruby@pagosalibrary.org, or phone or stop by the library. The volunteer attorney’s time is limited, so it’s first-come, first-served. 

In-person gaming

Free in-person gaming on the Xbox 360 Kinect for all ages has resumed on Fridays. Please join us on Oct. 9 from 2 to 3 p.m. Due to COVID concerns, we are only allowing a maximum of four participants in the gaming room. Masks must be worn and social distancing maintained at all times.

Book club for adults

Ruby’s book club returns to its regular time of 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, to discuss “The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead via Zoom. Please contact the library if you want to participate and if you need a copy of the book. This book club is held the second Tuesday of each month.

Voter registration tutorial 

Are you registered to vote? Do you know how to review your voter registration or update information to ensure you are eligible to vote? You can view an informative tutorial about these vital topics on the library’s website at https://pagosalibrary.org/election-2020/.

Adult DIY on Facebook 

A free fall-themed DIY event offers some crafty ideas of how to create several fall-themed decorations. If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f) in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. Or, contact us and we can send you a direct link. 

New Storywalk for kids

Every other Thursday, Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Storywalk for kids. The Oct. 8-21 theme is ingenuity. Get outdoors and follow the pages of a book exploring what it takes to turn an idea into reality as you stroll along. After you finish, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. By popular demand, Storywalks will continue until the snow makes it too difficult to proceed.

Tech Time

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

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m. by appointment. Note start time change from 4 to 5 p.m. Please register so we can keep it to a small group in our limited open spaces. No walk-ins. 

Dungeons and Dragons moves to Google Meet

Join us on Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. for Dungeons and Dragons free for teens and young adults. Note that this fun fantasy role-playing game has moved from Zoom to Google Meet. Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on how to join. If you don’t have Internet access, contact us anyway — we may be able to accommodate you in the library. 

Children’s programs on Facebook 

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

If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f) in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. Or, contact us and we can send you a direct link. 

Adult learning 

GED classes plus HiSet, CDL and other free in-person tutoring from Mark is suspended for October and will resume in November.

Summary of our partial reopening

• We’re now open on Thursdays from 1 to 7 p.m., with 1 to 2 p.m. reserved for seniors and higher-risk populations. 

• Other hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for seniors and higher-risk populations. Saturdays: 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Sundays: closed.

• We are accepting meeting room reservations for small groups, with library programs having first dibs on the rooms for our programs. In addition, you can schedule only so far out, usually two weeks to a month, depending on where we are in the month. 

• Up to 30 patrons at a time can come into the building. 

• Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day. Please practice social distancing and wear facial coverings while you are in the building. If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you. 

• Nine computers are available. In most cases computer usage will be allowed for three hours per day. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.

• One early literacy computer is available for youngsters Monday through Saturday. 

• For those not comfortable coming into the building or unable to wear a mask, curbside service continues Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. except for Thursdays, when it’s available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so staff can bring the items out for you. If you put a hold on something, please wait for your usual alert (email, phone call or text) before coming to pick it up. 

• You now can drop your returns of books, CDs and DVDs in the drop box at City Market, as well as in the drop box at the library. No donations in the City Market box, please.

• Notary service is available during open hours on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. The cost is $5 per notary. 

• You can place holds on items from other libraries. They are in different stages of reopening, so items may take longer than usual. 

• We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

Large print

“Killing Crazy Horse” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard documents the merciless Indian wars in America. “Hobnail and Other Frontier Stories,” edited by Hazel Rummey, is a collection of 17 new stories by different authors for fans of historical fiction. “The Backstabbers” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Red Ryder western. 

DVDs

“The Outsider” is the HBO series based on Stephen King’s suspense story. “The Outlander” is season five. “The Story of Science Fiction” is a documentary hosted by James Cameron. “Ancient Civilizations of North America” and “Outdoor Fundamentals: Everything You Need to Know to Stay Safe” both are four-disc packages in The Great Courses documentary series. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Coast to Coast Murders” by James Patterson and J.D. Barker is a psychological suspense story. 

Other novels 

“Battle Ground” by Jim Butcher is the latest in the Dresden Files series featuring Chicago’s only professional wizard. “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig provides new opportunities for a young woman. “Jack” by Marilyn Robinson is set in the mythical world of Gilead; the author’s Gilead novels have won a Pulitzer Prize and two National Book Critics Circle Awards. “A Deadly Education” by Naomi Novik features an unwilling dark sorceress destined to rewrite the rules of magic. “Just Like You” by Nick Hornby follows a middle-aged woman who falls in love with a younger man much different from herself.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations 

Please put your material donations into the drop box at the library — not at City Market, which is reserved for returns. Donations will undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns. 

Quotable quote

“Research is to see what everybody else has seen and to think what nobody else has thought” — Albert Szent-Gyorgyl (1893-1986), Hungarian biochemist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1937. He is credited with first isolating vitamin C and discovering the components and reactions of the citric acid cycle.

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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Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation announces chairperson appointment http://www.pagosasun.com/ruby-m-sisson-memorial-library-foundation-announces-chairperson-appointment/ Sat, 03 Oct 2020 11:00:24 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=211008

Photo courtesy Allison Ragsdale Photography
Debra Hepler, a lifelong volunteer, is the new board chair of the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation.

By Cindi Galabota
Ruby M. Sisson Memorial
Library Foundation

The Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Debra Hepler as chair of its board of directors. 

After an illustrious career in executive management, Hepler will serve a three-year term effective Sept. 9. She succeeds Rick Stinchfield, who served as board chair since the founding of the library foundation in 2018. The Stinchfields are moving out of the area.

For more than a decade, Rick and Lynne Stinchfield have been avid volunteers with the Ruby Sisson Library, serving on the Ruby Sisson Library Board of Trustees and the Library Foundation Board of Directors, working with youth programs, re-shelving items and maintaining the library’s garden. 

“We have seen up close how our library works: how policy is crafted, resources managed, programs conceived and built, and patrons welcomed,” stated Rick Stinchfield. “Even though we are transitioning from residents to occasional visitors, we will continue to financially and emotionally support the library we respect, in a place that we love.”

Hepler and her husband, Jim, discovered Pagosa Springs in 2009 while working in northern New Mexico. She is a lifelong volunteer in a variety of settings, including churches, schools and libraries. In 2000, as trustee of a library in a small town in Pennsylvania, Hepler helped to build a new state-of-the-art library. 

Debra shared, “The town had only 5,000 residents and we heard from some folks that we didn’t need a new building, that digital books were the wave of the future and that libraries would be obsolete.” 

However, the community and funders wholeheartedly supported the endeavor and the building was funded and built in record time. 

“The new library quickly became the hub of the town and is thriving beyond imagination to this day,” added Hepler. 

This success is now her impetus for helping the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library reach its full potential. 

About the Ruby M.
Sisson Memorial Library Foundation

Founded in 2018, the mission of the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation is to support and enhance the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library by raising funds for information resources, programs, services and facilities. 

The library foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization led by a volunteer board of directors and supported by individual donors and community partners. We are dedicated to “building a better future with the library we love.” 

To discover more about the library foundation, contact Cindi Galabota at 264-2209 or cindi@pagosalibrary.org.

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TARA library and food pantry reopen in Arboles http://www.pagosasun.com/tara-library-and-food-pantry-reopen-in-arboles/ Fri, 02 Oct 2020 11:00:46 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=211156 By Gregory Hyatt
TARA Community Center

The TARA Community Center Library and Food Pantry are reopening on Saturday, Oct. 3.

Due to the pantry reopening, the fresh food drive-thru that has been held in the parking lot since March is now discontinued. However, the fully stocked canned and dry goods pantry is now available and, for a limited time, will include such extras as small kitchen appliances (toasters, blenders, etc.), as well.

Facial coverings are still required. The library is restricted to three people at a time and the food pantry is restricted to one person at a time. The library’s coffee and baked goods will be served outside on the picnic table.

The hours and days for both the food pantry and the library are Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

TARA Community Center is so happy to again provide these free services to our community.

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Library News: Library seeks volunteers ages 12-19, plus in-person gaming resumes http://www.pagosasun.com/library-news-library-seeks-volunteers-ages-12-19-plus-in-person-gaming-resumes/ Thu, 01 Oct 2020 21:00:02 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=211160 By Carole Howard
SUN Columnist, and the library staff

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

Please stop by the library or apply online.

In-person gaming

Free in-person gaming on the Xbox 360 Kinect for all ages resumes on Fridays starting tomorrow, Oct. 2, from 2 to 3 p.m. 

Due to COVID concerns, we are only allowing a maximum of four participants in the gaming room. Masks must be worn and social distancing maintained at all times.

Tax lien information via Zoom today

Today, Thursday, Oct. 1, from 5 to 6 p.m., the Archuleta County Treasurer’s Office will explain what a tax lien is and give you information on how to get started on investing in them if you want to do so. Zoom meeting ID: 856 6443 1537; password: 269665.

Voter registration tutorial 

Are you registered to vote? Do you know how to review your voter registration or update information to ensure you are eligible to vote? You can view an informative tutorial about these vital topics on the library’s website at https://pagosalibrary.org/election-2020/.

Summary of our partial reopening

• We’re now open on Thursdays from 1 to 7 p.m., with 1 to 2 p.m. reserved for seniors and higher-risk populations. 

• Other hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for seniors and higher-risk populations. Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays: closed.

• We are accepting meeting room reservations for small groups, with library programs having first dibs on the rooms for our programs. In addition, you can schedule only so far out, usually two weeks to a month, depending on where we are in the month. 

• Up to 30 patrons at a time can come into the building. 

• Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day. Please practice social distancing and wear facial coverings while you are in the building. If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you. 

• Nine computers are available. In most cases computer usage will be allowed for three hours per day. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.

• One early literacy computer is available for youngsters Monday through Saturday. 

• For those not comfortable coming into the building or unable to wear a mask, curbside service continues Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. except for Thursdays, when it’s available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so staff can bring the items out for you. If you put a hold on something, please wait for your usual alert (email, phone call or text) before coming to pick it up. 

• You now can drop your returns of books, CDs and DVDs in the drop box at City Market, as well as in the drop box at the library. No donations in the City Market box, please.

• Notary service is available during open hours on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. The cost is $5 per notary. 

• You can place holds on items from other libraries. They are in different stages of reopening, so items may take longer than usual. 

• We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

Adult DIY on Facebook 

A free fall-themed DIY event offers some crafty ideas of how to create several fall-themed decorations. If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f) in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. Or, contact us and we can send you a direct link. 

New Storywalk for kids

Every other Thursday, Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the elementary school detailing a new free Storywalk for kids. 

The Sept. 24 to Oct. 7 theme is fall transitions. Get outdoors and follow the pages of a book telling a beautiful autumn story as you stroll along. After you finish, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. By popular demand, Storywalks will continue until the snow makes it too difficult to proceed.

Tech Time

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

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m. by appointment. Note the start time change from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please register so we can keep it to a small group in our limited open spaces. No walk-ins. 

Adult learning 

GED classes plus HiSet, CDL and other free in-person tutoring from Mark is suspended for October and will resume in November.

Dungeons and Dragons moves to Google Meet

Join us on Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. for Dungeons and Dragons free for teens and young adults. Note that this fun fantasy role-playing game has moved from Zoom to Google Meet. Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on how to join. If you don’t have Internet access, contact us anyway — we may be able to accommodate you in the library. 

Children’s programs on Facebook 

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

If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f) in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. Or, contact us and we can send you a direct link. 

Nonfiction

“Disloyal” by Michael Cohen is the memoir of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer. “Rage” by Bob Woodward is based on 17 on-the-record interviews with President Trump. “Night” is a new translation of the memoir by Pulitzer Prize winner Elie Wiesel of life in the Nazi concentration camps. 

DVDs

“The Vote” is an “American Experience” program that tells the story of American women’s campaign to get the right to vote. “Watchmen” is an HBO series based on the graphic novel. 

Books on CD

“The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien is the classic prelude to “The Lord of the Rings.” “If Then” by Jill Lepore reveals details of a mostly forgotten company that created computer simulation of people’s behaviors. “The Original” by Hugo award-winners Brandon Sanderson and Mary Robinette Kowal is a sci-fi thriller. “Next to Last Stand” by Craig Johnson is a Walt Longmire mystery.

Large print

“Truth and Justice” by Fern Michaels is the latest in the Sisterhood mystery series. “Deadly Anniversaries” celebrates the 75th anniversary of Mystery Writers of America with a collection of stories by top names in crime fiction. “Bitter Alpine” by Mary Daheim is an Emma Lord mystery. “Someone to Romance” by Mary Balogh is a Westcott historical romance. “Robert B. Parker’s Fool’s Paradise” by Mike Lupica is a Jesse Stone mystery. “A Question of Betrayal” by Anne Perry is an Elena Standish mystery. “All the Devils Are Here” by Louise Perry is a Chief Inspector Gamache mystery. “Shadows of Death” by J.D. Robb is a Lt. Eve Dallas mystery. “Anxious People” by Fredrik Hackman begins with a hostage situation at an open house. “The Darkest Evening” by Ann Cleeves is a Vera Stanhope mystery. “Whirlwind” by Janet Daily is a rodeo romance. “The Lying Life of Adults” by Elena Ferrante is set in Naples. “Then She Vanished” by T. Jefferson Parker features P.I. Roland Ford.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Thursday Murder Club” by Richard Osman is set in a retirement community. “Next to Last Stand” by Craig Johnson is a Walt Longmire mystery. 

Other novels 

“The Book of Two Ways” by Jodi Picoult features a woman who changes her life after she survives a plane crash landing. “The Paris Secret” by Natasha Lester begins when priceless Dior gowns are found in a grandmother’s cottage. “Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising” by Timothy Zahn is the first book in a new Star Wars trilogy. “The End of the Day” by Bill Clegg follows three people when 50-year-old secrets are revealed. “Piranesi” by Susanna Clarke is a story set in a dreamlike alternative reality. 

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations 

We are grateful to the San Juan Pi Beta Phi alumnae club for their generous monetary contribution in support of children’s programs. Also, we received a donation of information on local railroads that we have put in the Hershey Collection; it is available for reference, but not checkout. Please put your material donations into the drop box at the library — not at City Market, which is reserved for returns. Donations will undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns. 

Quotable quote

“The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinion.” — James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), American Romantic poet, critic, editor and diplomat. He is associated with the Fireside Poets, a group of New England writers who were among the first American poets to rival the popularity of British poets.

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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Pi Beta Phi http://www.pagosasun.com/pi-beta-phi-9/ Sun, 27 Sep 2020 11:00:30 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=210653

Photo courtesy Bob Howard

Officers of the local Pi Beta Phi alumnae club presented a check for $200 to Josie Snow, Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library’s early literacy librarian, standing left back, to be used for the library’s programs for children. The contribution was made to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the alumnae club’s founding in support of the sorority’s literacy objectives. Left to right, in front, are Lisa Scott, the club’s founder; Marilyn Chipps, treasurer; and Carole Howard, president. Said Snow: “It means so much to me, and to the library, that Pagosa Pi Phis thought of donating to us.” The local club also made an identical contribution to the national Pi Beta Phi Foundation to support their literacy programs. Pi Beta Phi’s 285 alumnae clubs worldwide and 135 collegiate chapters across the U.S. and Canada participate year-round in a wide variety of literacy initiatives in their communities. 

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Library News: Last chance to participate in census — and Archuleta County needs your help http://www.pagosasun.com/library-news-last-chance-to-participate-in-census-and-archuleta-county-needs-your-help/ Fri, 25 Sep 2020 11:00:43 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=210826 By Carole Howard
SUN Columnist, and the library staff

Have you completed your census questionnaire? The deadline has been moved forward to Sept. 30, so you don’t have much time.

There’s a lot at stake for our community if we do not participate as much as we should. Our response rate directly affects the number of representatives we have in Congress. It determines if we get our fair share of the $675 billion in federal funding for the next 10 years -— and our share of state funds — for local and regional agencies and projects like health clinics, fire departments, schools, Medicaid, assistance for American Indians, ESL and adult education programs, housing assistance, even roads and highways. 

The current self-response rate of Archuleta County households is only 42.3 percent, compared to 69.3 percent for the state of Colorado and the national rate of 66 percent. This self-response rate is a reflection of households that completed the census online, by phone or by mail. 

Before Sept. 30, Census Bureau enumerators will try to visit households of nonrespondents to ensure everyone is counted. The efforts of census enumerators combined with an area’s self-responses give us the total number of households counted so far for that area. A lot of work remains for census enumerators in our community. The best way to help them is to answer the door if you hear them knocking and respond right now to the census if you have not already done so. 

Our county needs your participation to get our fair share of these government dollars. If you have not already completed this important questionnaire, please do so now. You don’t have much time with the Sept. 30 deadline looming. 

It takes less than 10 minutes to respond to the census and your answers are kept anonymous. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used or shared by any government agency or court.

Please contact Brad or Josie at the library if you have any census-related questions or visit 2020census.gov for more information. Library computers, phone and staff are available to help you access the census questionnaire.

Tax lien information via Zoom

Next Thursday, Oct. 1, from 5 to 6 p.m., the Archuleta County Treasurer’s Office will explain what a tax lien is and give you information on how to get started on investing in them if you want to do so. Zoom meeting ID: 856 6443 1537; password: 269665.

Voter tutorial via
Facebook

Are you registered to vote? Do you know how to review your voter registration or update information to ensure you are eligible to vote? You can view an informative tutorial about these vital topics on the library’s website or share with friends.

If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f) in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. Or, contact us and we can send you a direct link. 

Summary of our partial reopening

• We’re now open on Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. with 1 to 2 p.m. reserved for seniors and higher-risk populations. 

• Other hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for seniors and higher-risk populations. Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays: closed.

• We are accepting meeting room reservations for small groups, with library programs having first dibs on the rooms for our programs. In addition, you can schedule only so far out, usually two weeks to a month, depending on where we are in the month. 

• Up to 30 patrons at a time can come into the building. 

• Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day. Please practice social distancing and wear facial coverings while you are in the building. If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you. 

• Nine computers are available. In most cases computer usage will be allowed for three hours per day. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.

• One early literacy computer is available for youngsters Monday through Saturday. 

• For those not comfortable coming into the building or unable to wear a mask, curbside service continues Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. except for Thursdays, when it’s available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so staff can bring the items out for you. If you put a hold on something, please wait for your usual alert (email, phone call or text) before coming to pick it up. 

• You now can drop your returns of books, CDs and DVDs in the drop box at City Market, as well as in the drop box at the library. No donations in the City Market box, please.

• Notary service is available during open hours on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. The cost is $5 per notary. 

• You can place holds on items from other libraries. They are in different stages of reopening, so items may take longer than usual. 

• We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

Adult DIY on Facebook Live tomorrow

A free fall-themed DIY event will happen on Facebook Live tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 25, from 2 to 3 p.m. Join Brad to get some crafty ideas of how to create several fall-themed decorations. You also can watch the show later. If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f) in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. Or, contact us and we can send you a direct link. 

New Storywalk for kids

Every other Thursday, Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up toward the elementary school detailing a new free Storywalk for kids. The Sept. 24-Oct. 3 theme is fall transitions. Get outdoors and follow the pages of a book telling a beautiful autumn story as you stroll along. After you finish, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. By popular demand, Storywalks will continue until the snow makes it too difficult to proceed.

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. by appointment. Please register so we can keep it to a small group in our limited open spaces. No walk-ins. 

Adult learning 

GED classes plus HiSet, CDL and other free in-person tutoring from Mark is available on Tuesdays from 2 to 7 p.m. by appointment for both new and returning students. 

Dungeons and Dragons moves to Google Meet

Join us on Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. for Dungeons and Dragons free for teens and young adults. Note that this fun fantasy role-playing game has moved from Zoom to Google Meet. Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on how to join. 

Children’s programs on Facebook 

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

If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f) in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. Or, contact us and we can send you a direct link. 

Nonfiction

“No Rules Rules” by co-founder Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer describes the management philosophy of flexibility and innovation that has allowed Netflix to successfully reinvent itself several times. “Everything Beautiful in Its Time” by Jenna Bush Hager shares moving, funny and wise stories about the former first daughter and granddaughter’s grandparents. “The Spy Masters” by Chris Whipple explores how CIA directors over the years have shaped American history. “Blackout” by political activist Candace Owens addresses the ways Democrat policies hurt the African-American community. 

DVDs

“The Biggest Little Farm” is the true story of a couple who traded city living for 200 acres of barren farmland. “Project Blue Book” is inspired by the true story of a college professor recruited to a UFO project. 

Books on CD

“Lifeboat” by Maggie Craddock describes the skills necessary to survive and thrive in today’s turbulent times. “Six Days in August” by David King is the story of the hostage drama that created the term Stockholm Syndrome. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Vince Flynn Total Power” by Kyle Mills is a Mitch Rapp thriller. “Troubled Blood” by Robert Galbraith is the fifth book in the Cormoran Strike series.

Other novels 

“Monogamy” by Sue Miller unveils a ruinous secret in a seemingly perfect marriage. “The Library of the Unwritten” by A.J. Hackwith is set in the Unwritten wing of Hell where stories unfinished by their authors reside. “Sleep in a Sea of Stars’ by Christopher Paolini is a sci-fi fantasy. 

Donations 

We are grateful to Lenore Bright for her generous monetary contribution in honor of Lou Poma, and to Robert and Jeanette Pike for their generous donation, as well. 

Please put your material donations into the drop box at the library — not at City Market, which is reserved for returns. Donations will undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns. 

Quotable quote

“It’s hard to overstate the importance of the census to everyday life in the United States. The vast amount of demographic information it gathers determines who gets how much political power in Congress and the states; it steers more than a trillion dollars in federal funding for health care and other critical services; it guides long-term economic decisions by governments, corporations and mom-and-pop stores; it helps determine the location of highways and schools, hospitals and housing, police and fire stations …

“Of the more than $1.5 trillion in federal funding allocated to the states based on census data, 75 percent goes to Medicare and Medicaid … Census data will be especially important over the next decade as the country confronts the long-term public health impact of the coronavirus pandemic. This will include, among other things, tracking the incidence of the virus, conducting epidemiological research and providing funds for medical equipment.

“Such data are also essential to the functioning of the national economy. They provide large and small businesses with information about work forces and markets. They drive federal regulation of small-business loans, home mortgages and equal-employment practices.” — Excerpted from an editorial in The New York Times, Sept. 13, 2020.

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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Library News: Virtual voter registration tutorial next Tuesday http://www.pagosasun.com/library-news-virtual-voter-registration-tutorial-next-tuesday/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 11:00:28 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=210356 By Carole Howard
PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

Are you registered to vote? Do you know how to review your voter registration or update information to ensure you are eligible to vote? Join us on Facebook on Tuesday, Sept. 22 from noon to 1 p.m. for this informative tutorial. After the event, it will be posted on the library’s website to view anytime or share with friends.

Here’s how to access the videos after the event: If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f) in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. Or, contact us and we can send you a direct link. 

Summary of our partial reopening

• We’re now open on Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. with 1 to 2 p.m. reserved for seniors and higher-risk populations. 

• Other hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for seniors and higher-risk populations. Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays: closed.

• We are accepting meeting room reservations for small groups, with library programs having first dibs on the rooms for our programs. In addition, you can schedule only so far out, usually two weeks to a month, depending on where we are in the month. 

• Up to 30 patrons at a time can come into the building. 

• Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day. Please practice social distancing and wear facial coverings while you are in the building. If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you. 

• Nine computers are available. In most cases, computer usage will be allowed for three hours per day. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.

• One early literacy computer is available for youngsters Monday through Saturday. 

• For those not comfortable coming into the building or unable to wear a mask, curbside service continues Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. except for Thursdays, when it’s available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so staff can bring the items out for you. If you put a hold on something, please wait for your usual alert (email, phone call or text) before coming to pick it up. 

• You now can drop your returns of books, CDs and DVDs in the drop box at City Market, as well as in the drop box at the library. No donations in the City Market box, please.

• Notary service is available during open hours on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. The cost is $5 per notary. 

• You can place holds on items from other libraries. They are in different stages of reopening, so items may take longer than usual. 

• We’re happy to provide tech help in person or over the phone for our online resources.

Urgent census request — we’re lagging the state

Have you completed your census questionnaire?

The current self-response rate of Archuleta County households is only 41.8 percent compared to 68.9 percent for the state of Colorado and the national rate of 65.6 percent. This self-response rate is a reflection of households that completed the census online, by phone or by mail. 

Census Bureau enumerators also visit households of nonrespondents to ensure everyone is counted. The efforts of census enumerators combined with an area’s self-responses give us the total number of households counted so far for that area. Nationally, the total number of households counted is 89.4 percent and the state total is 89.7 percent. The total number for Archuleta County is not published yet, but a lot of work remains for census enumerators in our area. The best way to help them is to answer the door if you hear them knocking and respond right now to the census if you have not already done so. 

It takes less than 10 minutes to respond to the census and your answers are kept anonymous. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used or shared by any government agency or court.

Please contact Brad or Josie at the library if you have any census-related questions or visit 2020census.gov for more information.

Suffrage poster display

We hope you’ll stop by the library to view a display of 10 suffrage posters celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment. Titled “Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence,” the exhibition is a joint effort of the Smithsonian Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. The crusade for women’s suffrage was one of the longest reform movements in U.S. history. The posters will be on display until Sept. 22 on the maroon wall behind the computers, on the other side of the checkout desk. 

Tech Time

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

ESL

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. by appointment. Please register so we can keep it to a small group in our limited open spaces. No walk-ins, as the front door will be locked. 

Adult learning 

GED classes plus HiSet, CDL and other free in-person tutoring from Mark is available on Tuesdays from 2 to 7 p.m. by appointment for both new and returning students. 

Dungeons and Dragons via Zoom

Join us via Zoom on Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. for Dungeons and Dragons free for teens and young adults. Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on how to join. 

Children’s programs on Facebook 

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

If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f) in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Or contact us and we can send you a direct link. 

Storywalks for kids

Every other Thursday, Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the elementary school detailing a new free Summer Reading Storywalk for kids. The Sept. 10-24 theme is making friends. Get outdoors and follow the pages of a book as you stroll along. After you finish, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

By popular demand, Storywalks will continue until the snow makes it too difficult to proceed.

Books on CD

“The Midwife Murders” by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo is set in a university hospital in New York City. “Choppy Water” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington thriller. “The Silent Wife” by Karin Slaughter is a mystery featuring a GBI investigator and a medical examiner. “Humanocracy” by Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini documents how to replace bureaucracies so organizations can become bold, entrepreneurial and nimble. “Near Dark” by Brad Thor is an adventure featuring Scot Harvath. “A Private Cathedral” by James Lee Burke is a crime romance featuring Det. Dave Robicheaux. “The Nemesis Manifesto” by Eric Van Lustbader is the beginning of a new thriller series.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Chaos” by Iris Johansen features a female CIA agent willing to go rogue if it means catching a killer. “The Invention of Sound” by Chuck Palahniuk exposes the collision course that threatens to expose the violence beneath Hollywood’s glamorous façade.

Other novels 

“The Last Great Road Bum” by Hector Tobar is a novel based on the personal writings of Joe Sanderson. “The Big Door Prize” by M.O. Walsh is a story of a mysterious machine that upends a small Louisiana town.

Nonfiction

“The Truth is Marching On” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Jon Meacham is a biography of civil rights activist John Lewis. “More Alike Than Different” by David Egan is a memoir by a man with Down syndrome who has become an advocate for all people with disabilities. “Live Free or Die” by Fox News host Sean Hannity is a tribute to conservatism and a critique of the Democrats’ policies. “Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth” by CNN anchor Brian Stelter explores the symbiotic relationship between Fox and the president. “Blitz: Trump Will Smash the Left and Win” by David Horowitz chronicles the left-wing attacks on the president. “The Answer Is … Reflections on My Life” by Alex Trebek is a memoir by the “Jeopardy!” host. 

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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

Donations 

We are grateful to Sherry Spears for the generous monetary contribution in honor of Bud Forman, and to Medora Bass and our anonymous donors for books and other materials. 

Please put your material donations into the drop box at the library — not at City Market, which is reserved for returns. Donations will undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns. 

Quotable quote

“There are more than 9,000 public libraries across the United States — in cities, suburbs, rural areas and small towns. In surveys, libraries rank among the most trusted institutions in America. They assist with the census and offer voter registration services. They are open to everyone. They are nonpartisan. They are free. Even in today’s fractured digital age, libraries rank among the most popular and well-visited places in our cultural landscape. According to a 2019 Gallup poll, on average, U.S. adults go to the library nearly once a month, making library visits ‘the most common cultural activity Americans engage in, by far.’” — Dr. Eric Klinenberg, a sociologist at New York University, writing in The New York Times, Sept. 3, 2010.

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/public-meetings-238/ Thu, 10 Sep 2020 21:00:46 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=209954 The following meetings are subject to change.

Thursday, Sept. 10

Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District regular meeting. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.

Monday, Sept. 14

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.

Tuesday, Sept. 15

Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m. Call 264-8300 one to two days before the meeting to obtain the login information.

Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m. Call 264-8300 one to two days before the meeting to obtain the login information.

Wednesday, Sept. 16

Archuleta County Republican Central Committee meeting. Noon, Pagosa Brewing, 118 N. Pagosa Blvd. Subject to cancellation due to COVID-19.

Upper San Juan Library District board meeting. 4 p.m., Zoom meeting. Join at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/79928556999.

Thursday, Sept. 17

Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.

Tuesday, Sept. 22

Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m. Call 264-8300 one to two days before the meeting to obtain the login information.

Wednesday, Sept. 23

Archuleta County Planning Commission meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St. and via Zoom meeting online.

Thursday, Sept. 24

Pagosa Springs Town Council work session. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.

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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