Library – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 13 Feb 2020 21:53:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Lanes and Links for the Library community event set for Feb. 23 http://www.pagosasun.com/lanes-and-links-for-the-library-community-event-set-for-feb-23/ Sat, 15 Feb 2020 12:00:11 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=197289

Photo courtesy Cindi Galabota
Lanes and Links for the Library will take place on Sunday, Feb. 23, at your Ruby Sisson Library.

By Cindi Galabota
Special to The PREVIEW
Do you have cabin fever? Are you itching to find a fun and exciting indoor activity for your whole family? Then save the date for Lanes and Links for the Library, a family-friendly event for the whole community.
On Sunday, Feb. 23, your Ruby Sisson Library will be transformed for one day only into a miniature golf and bowling center. Challenge your skills in a nine-hole game of miniature golf while avoiding the whispering windmill, a cascading waterfall, the book brigade and more.
Try your hand at bowling down the lanes between the bookshelves. Be amazed by magic tricks and balloon animals while waiting for your next turn. Enjoy snacks in our concession stand.
Entry to the event is $10 per person or $30 per family. All net proceeds from the event will support the programs and resources at your Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library.
We at the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library envision mountains of opportunity to inspire ideas, enrich lives and create community. To learn more about this event, please call Cindi Galabota at 264-2209 or email cindi@pagosalibrary.org.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-209/ Thu, 13 Feb 2020 22:00:14 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=197420 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, Feb. 13
Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District regular meeting. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.
Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation public broadband forum. 6 p.m., Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.
Southwestern Water Conservation District grant meeting and teleconference. Time to be determined, 841 E. Second Ave., Durango, or call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Tuesday, Feb. 18
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, Feb. 19
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.
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board Water Works design visioning exercise. 5 p.m., Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.
Thursday, Feb. 20
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Friday, Feb. 21
Los Pinos Fire Protection District community meeting regarding upcoming mill levy election. 7 p.m., Mt. Allison Grange, 2622 County Road 329.
Monday, Feb. 24
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners lunch and meeting with Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council. 11 a.m. (includes travel time), tribal administration building, 356 Ouray Drive, Ignacio.
Tuesday, Feb. 25
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, Boss Hogg’s, 157 Navajo Trail Drive.
Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, Feb. 26
Southwestern Water Conservation District board teleconference. 9 a.m. Call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Archuleta County Planning Commission regular meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Feb. 26-28
Archuleta School District Board of Education notice of gathering. Three or more school board members will be traveling to Denver for the Colorado Association of School Boards Winter Legislative Conference.
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: Anti-Valentine’s Lock-in and mask-making fun for tweens, teens http://www.pagosasun.com/library-news-anti-valentines-lock-in-and-mask-making-fun-for-tweens-teens/ Thu, 13 Feb 2020 22:00:13 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=197336 By Carole Howard
PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff
Ages 12-17 are invited to a fun event with food, games, crafts and movies from 5 to 7 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 14. You must have a permission slip to participate. Pick one up at the library or get it on our website and bring it with you to be allowed entry. You must be in the building by 5 p.m. Details are in the February teen/tween calendar.
Then, next Thursday, Feb. 20, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., sixth- through 12th-graders are invited to join us to make and decorate masks. Masks come in all styles, from carnival to steampunk to superhero. Just bring your imagination — we’ll provide the supplies.

Library closure
Your library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17, for Presidents Day.

Save the date for fun family event
We hope you will mark your calendars for Sunday, Feb. 23, for a fun Lanes and Links family-friendly community event from 1 to 4 p.m., when your library will be transformed into a miniature golf and bowling center for one day only. The cost is $10 per person or $30 per family, with tickets sold at the door. All net proceeds from the event will support the library’s programs and resources.

Text alerts
Just a reminder that your library has a program called ShoutBomb that, when signed up, allows you to receive text messages on your cellphone when items you requested are ready for pickup or when items are overdue. You can also use this service to text the library to renew items. It is available in both English and Spanish.
Signing up for ShoutBomb is free, though standard text rates do apply. This service will only work with phones that can receive SMS text messages and most smartphones should qualify. To sign up for ShoutBomb, log in to your account on your computer and click the button on the left that says, “Sign Up for Text Message Notifications.” A document will open up on your computer that explains how to sign up for ShoutBomb. It takes only a few minutes to sign up, but you will want to have your library card handy. Of course, you can always speak with one of our friendly library staff and they would be happy to help you sign up for ShoutBomb.

Credit and debit cards
Your library now accepts credit and debit card payments for charges of $10 or more. You may use this feature to pay for any library costs, such as for your copying and faxing needs, to purchase your favorite used books, or to purchase a nifty Ruby Sisson Library bag to carry all of your borrowed and purchased items.

Teen advisory board today
Today, Thursday, Feb. 13, the teen advisory board meets from 4 to 5 p.m. Sixth- through 12th-graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs. Share an idea to pick out a free book.

Legal clinic tomorrow
Tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 14, from 2 to 3 p.m., 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.

After-school club
tomorrow
The after-school club for first- through fifth-graders takes place tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 14, from 1:45 to 3:30 p.m. It takes place on the second, third and fourth Friday of every month. Participants will engage in literature-based science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) learning activities and work up to an exhibition on the first Friday following each three-week session. Registration is required by calling us at 264-2209 or dropping by the library.

Adult DIY
At this month’s free DIY event next Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 1 to 2 p.m., you’ll take a beloved hardcover book off the shelf and put it on your shoulder by transforming it into a smart-looking tote bag. No registration is required.

Teen gaming
Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for teens in the sixth through 12th grades. Enjoy Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

ESL classes twice a week
Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place on Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers — Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners. No registration is required.

Las clases son dos veces por semana
Las clases gratuitas de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL) ocurren los martes de 5-7 p.m. y los viernes de 12-2 p.m. Las clases son dirigidas por dos instructoras altamente experimentadas — Joyce Holdread enseña al grupo intermedio/avanzado y Ellen Ragone enseña a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse.

Adult education
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place 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.

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 2:30 to 3:30 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.

How-to and self-help
“Fasting Zone” by Dr. Don Colbert is a program to detox your body in 21 days. “You’re Not Listening” by Kate Murphy explains why we aren’t listening well, why it matters and how we can reverse this trend. “100 Days to a Younger Brain” by Sabina Brennan is a guide to maximizing your memory, boosting your brain health and defying dementia.

Other nonfiction
“Organic Book of Compost/second edition” by Pauline Pears describes easy and natural techniques to feed your garden. “A Guest of the Reich” by Peter Finn is the dramatic story of a South Carolina heiress who joined the OSS and was captured by the Nazis. “The Passion Economy” by Adam Davidson, creator of NPR’s Planet Money, reveals how small businesses are thriving. “Tightrope” by Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn explores how communities are struggling as blue collar jobs disappear and drug overdoses increase. “Unmasked” by L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham chronicles the authors’ belief in the media’s war against President Trump. “The AOC Way” by Caroline Frederickson is a memoir of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Novels
“The Girl with the Louding Voice” by Abi Dare features a 14-year-old Nigerian girl sold as a third wife to an old man, then as a domestic servant.

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 their generous donation, we are grateful to the Pagosa Springs Golf Club. For books and materials this week, we thank our anonymous donors.

Quotable quote
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are but tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American essayist, lecturer, philosopher and poet.

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-208/ Thu, 06 Feb 2020 22:00:25 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=196904 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, Feb. 6
Dispatch Executive Management board. 9:30 a.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center board room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Monday, Feb. 10
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, Feb. 11
Pagosa Springs Town Council work session: town attorney interviews. 8:30 a.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
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.
Pagosa Springs Town Council special meeting regarding town attorney. 4 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board. 4:30 p.m. work session, 5:30 p.m. regular meeting, 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, Feb. 12
Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Chamber of Commerce conference room, 105 Hot Springs Blvd.
Southwestern Water Conservation District grant meeting and teleconference. Time to be determined, 841 E. Second Ave., Durango, or call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Thursday, Feb. 13
Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District regular meeting. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.
Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation pubic broadband forum. 6 p.m., Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.
Southwestern Water Conservation District grant meeting and teleconference. Time to be determined, 841 E. Second Ave., Durango, or call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Tuesday, Feb. 18
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, Feb. 19
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.
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board Water Works design visioning exercise. 5 p.m., Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.

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Library News: Top 10 checkouts of all time at the New York Public Library http://www.pagosasun.com/library-news-top-10-checkouts-of-all-time-at-the-new-york-public-library/ Thu, 06 Feb 2020 22:00:03 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=196840 By Carole Howard
PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff
Since the New York Public Library’s founding in 1895, millions of books have been checked out by patrons of all ages. To honor the library’s 125th anniversary, staff evaluated key factors to determine the most borrowed books ever. Here is their list:
1. “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats: 485,583 checkouts. In print since 1962, this beautifully illustrated story of a child enjoying the simple magic that snow brings to his city is one of the library’s most popular books every year.
2. “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss: 469,650 checkouts. Instantly popular when it was first published in 1957, this book is a perennial first checkout for a youngster as parents remember it fondly and want to read it to their children.
3. “1984” by George Orwell: 441,770 checkouts. This book has been a regular on high school reading lists since its publication in 1949. The recent popularity of dystopian fiction such as “The Hunger Games” increased interest in this classic of the genre.
4. “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak: 436,016 checkouts. Often praised for showing children how cope with their emotions, this award-winning book has been in print since 1963 and is always included on school lists.
5. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee: 422,912 checkouts. This Pulitzer Prize-winning book has been a perennial favorite on middle and high school reading lists since it first was published in 1960. Its popularity increased when it was made into a movie and a play.
6. “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White: 337,948 checkouts. This magical story of friendship and loss is beloved by children and adults alike. In print since 1952, Wilbur and Charlotte have tugged at heartstrings for many generations of readers.
7. “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury: 316,404 checkouts. Another regular on high school reading lists, this 1953 novel about destroying books continues to be one of the most popular titles every year. As with “1984,” its popularity spikes based on current events and the appeal of dystopian fiction.
8. “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie: 284,524 checkouts. In constant circulation since 1936 and one of the bestselling books of all time, it is the ultimate self-help book.
9. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling: 231,022 checkouts. The only way a book published in the 1990s could make it to this list, competing with books published decades ago, is if it were a phenomenon — which this fantasy series certainly is. Expect more of the six Harry Potter books to make the list in upcoming years.
10. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle: 189,550 checkouts. In print since 1969, this is a favorite among librarians and teachers. It’s a staple for kids learning to read.
How does a book make it to this prestigious list? One factor is its length; the shorter the book, the more turnover, which explains why so many children’s books are here. Also, the longer the book has been in print, the more time it’s been available for checkout — and the more languages a title is available in helps as well. Other factors: the universal appeal of the story, the effect of current events on adult books, being included on school lists, and winning awards or being turned into films.
Needless to say, all these books are available at your Sisson Library for your reading pleasure.

Pagosa history today
We hope you will join us today, Thursday, Feb. 6, for a free special event when the Southern Ute Cultural Center will present Pagosa stories from 10 to 11 a.m.
Hanley Frost, the cultural education coordinator for the Southern Ute Cultural Center, will share stories about the history and culture of the Pagosa area and why knowledge about the rich Native American heritage of this region is important and interesting.
We are fortunate to live in an area that is rich in history. Our town sits on land historically belonging to the Southern Ute tribe and we have much to learn from this heritage. This is an all-ages event. No registration is required.

Save the date for
anti-Valentine’s lock-in
Those ages 12-17 are invited to a fun event with food, games, crafts and movies from 5 to 7 p.m. next Friday, Feb. 14. You must have a permission slip to participate. Details are in the February teen/tween calendar and will be in next week’s “Library News” column.

Save the date for fun family event
We hope you will mark your calendars for Sunday, Feb. 23, for a fun Lanes and Links family-friendly community event from 1 to 4 p.m., when your library will be transformed into a miniature golf and bowling center for one day only. The cost is $10 per person or $30 per family, with tickets sold at the door. All net proceeds from the event will support the library’s programs and resources.

All-ages gaming tomorrow
Join us tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 7, 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 Saturday
Kids ages 6-12 are invited to bring your imaginations — LEGOs are provided — this Saturday, Feb. 8, from 11 a.m. to noon for the free LEGO Club.

Computer class
Monday, Feb. 10, from 1-2 p.m. covers basic Excel spreadsheets. No registration is required.

Knitting Club for teens and adults
On Monday, Feb. 10, this free club meets from 4 to 5 p.m. for fourth-graders to adults. Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects. If you don’t know how to knit, come anyway and we’ll get you started on some of the basics.

Ruby’s Book Club
Our free book club for adults — now known as Ruby’s Book Club — meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.
On Feb. 11, we will discuss “Barracoon: The Story of the Last ‘Black Cargo’” by Zora Neale Hurston. 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 sixth through 12th grades. Enjoy Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen role-playing
The free role-playing game for seventh- through 12th-graders takes place next Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters. You can join this group any time.

ESL classes twice a week
Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place on Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers — Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners. No registration is required.
Las clases son dos veces por semana
Las clases gratuitas de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL) ocurren los martes de 5-7 p.m. y los viernes de 12-2 p.m. Las clases son dirigidas por dos instructoras altamente experimentadas — Joyce Holdread enseña al grupo intermedio/avanzado y Ellen Ragone enseña a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse.

Adult education
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place 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.

Nonfiction
“Tracking the Wild Coombs” by Robert Cocuzzo is a biography of the legendary skier Doug Coombs. “Super Human” by Dave Asprey offers tools to help you age slowly with more energy and brainpower. “The Impossible First” is a memoir about his recovery from a tragic accident to his solo crossing of Antarctica by Colin O’Brady.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense
“Hindsight” by Iris and Roy Johansen features an investigator with unique skills because she was blind for the first 20 years of her life. “Agency” by William Gibson, who firm coined the term cyberspace, is a sci-fi thriller heavily influenced by current events. “A Longer Fall” by Charlaine Harris is the second book in the Gunnie Rose series about life as an alternate U.S. “Mr. Nobody” by Catherine Steadman is a psychological thriller that begins when an unidentified man is found almost dead on a British beach. “Big Lies in a Small Town” by Diane Chamberlain features a mural in a small town that hides secrets. “House on Fire” by Joseph Finder features PI Nick Heller.

Other novels
“A Long Petal of the Sea” by Isabel Allende follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War. “Dear Edward” by Ann Napolitano follows a 12-year-old sole survivor of a plane crash. “When We Were Vikings” by Andrew David MacDonald follows a 21-year-old unlikely heroine who is a Viking enthusiast.

Essays
“Erosion” by Terry Tempest Williams writes about the continuing assault on America’s public lands and the erosion of our commitment to democracy, science, compassion and trust.

Thanks to our donors
For their generous donations, we are grateful to Don Hale, Dick Ray, and Joanne and Vic Lucariello. For books and materials this week, we thank our anonymous donors.

Quotable quote
“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” — Abraham Lincoln.

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 to host presentation on stories of Pagosa http://www.pagosasun.com/library-to-host-presentation-on-stories-of-pagosa/ Wed, 05 Feb 2020 12:00:53 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=196439 By Josie Snow
Special to The PREVIEW
If you take the Riverwalk from Centennial Park across the post office, you will eventually come to the mother spring — a small round pond steaming from the heat of the water within.
If you stop to take a look, you may notice the plaques dispersed at intervals along the wall around this pond. Two of these plaques focus on “The Legend of the Pagosa Hot Springs,” providing a brief synopsis that hints at the rich history of the springs and the Pagosa Springs area — a history that European settlers have only been a part of for about 160 years, when the springs was first put on a European map.
The land of Pagosa Springs and its surrounding areas belonged to the Southern Utes until an agreement was signed in 1874, allowing the United States government to claim the land for settlement purposes.
We have an opportunity to learn more about the history of this area through an upcoming presentation at the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library.
On Feb. 6 at 10 a.m., we will be joined by the education coordinator at the Southern Ute Cultural Center in Ignacio. This free presentation will focus on stories of Pagosa and the Pagosa area, and will be open to listeners of all ages. Please come join us.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-207/ Thu, 30 Jan 2020 22:00:54 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=196344 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, Jan. 30
Pagosa Springs Town Council work session. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Monday, Feb. 3
San Juan Water Conservancy District meeting. 5 p.m., 46 Eaton Drive, Unit 5.
Tuesday, Feb. 4
Archuleta School District Board of Education high school visit. 8 a.m., Pagosa Springs High School, 800 S. 8th St.
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.
Archuleta School District Board of Education work session and regular meeting. 5 p.m. work session, 6 p.m. regular meeting, Pagosa Springs High School auditorium, 800 S. 8th St.
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Wednesday, Feb. 5
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board Water Works design visioning exercise. 5 p.m., Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.
Thursday, Feb. 6
Dispatch Executive Management board. 9:30 a.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center board room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Monday, Feb. 10
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, Feb. 11
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.
Pagosa Fire Protection District Board of Directors regular meeting. 6:30 p.m., Station 1, Training Room, 191 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, Feb. 12
Southwestern Water Conservation District grant meeting and teleconference. Time to be determined, 841 E. Second Ave., Durango, or call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Thursday, Feb. 13
Southwestern Water Conservation District grant meeting and teleconference. Time to be determined, 841 E. Second Ave., Durango, or call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Tuesday, Feb. 18
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, Feb. 19
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.
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board Water Works design visioning exercise. 5 p.m., Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, Feb. 25
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., 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, Feb. 26
Southwestern Water Conservation District board teleconference. 9 a.m. Call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Archuleta County Planning Commission regular meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Feb. 26-28
Archuleta School District Board of Education notice of gathering. Three or more school board members will be traveling to Denver for the Colorado Association of School Boards Winter Legislative Conference.
Wednesday, March 4
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board Water Works design visioning exercise. 5 p.m., Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs 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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Library News: Southern Ute Cultural Center to present Pagosa Springs stories next Thursday http://www.pagosasun.com/library-news-southern-ute-cultural-center-to-present-pagosa-springs-stories-next-thursday/ Thu, 30 Jan 2020 22:00:00 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=196394 By Carole Howard
SUN Columnist, and the library staff
We hope you will join us next Thursday, Feb. 6, for a free special event when the Southern Ute Cultural Center will present Pagosa Springs stories from 10 to 11 a.m.
Hanley Frost, the cultural education coordinator for the Southern Ute Cultural Center, will share stories about the history and culture of the Pagosa area and why knowledge about the vibrant Native American heritage of this region is important and interesting.
We are fortunate to live in an area that is so rich in history. Did you know that Pagosah is a Ute word? Our town sits on land historically belonging to the Southern Ute tribe and we have much to learn from this heritage.
This is an all-ages event. No registration is required. We hope so see you there.

Save the date for fun family event
We hope you will mark your calendars for Sunday, Feb. 23, for a fun Lanes and Links family-friendly community event from 1 to 4 p.m., when your library will be transformed into a miniature golf and bowling center for one day only. The cost is $10 per person or $30 per family, with tickets sold at the door. All net proceeds from the event will support the library’s programs and resources.

All-ages gaming tomorrow
Join us tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 31, 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.

LGBTQ youth group Monday
A 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 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
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 number is 264-1986.

Tween gaming
Free gaming for those in the fourth through eighth grades is Monday, Feb. 3, 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 sixth through 12th grades. Enjoy Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Home-school social hour
Stop by next Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 1 to 2 p.m. for a chance to visit with fellow home-school families, discuss curriculum and learning opportunities, and look through resources while the kids participate in crafts and other activities. Josie, your early literacy librarian, is eager to collect ideas on how to serve home-school families in our community and get your feedback on the value of these sessions.

ESL classes twice a week
Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes take place on Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. The classes are led by two highly experienced teachers — Joyce Holdread for the intermediate/advanced group and Ellynn Ragone for beginners. No registration is required.
Las clases son dos veces por semana
Las clases gratuitas de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL) ocurren los martes de 5-7 p.m. y los viernes de 12-2 p.m. Las clases son dirigidas por dos instructoras altamente experimentadas — Joyce Holdread enseña al grupo intermedio/avanzado y Ellen Ragone enseña a los principiantes. No es necesario registrarse.

Adult education
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) accelerated GED course takes place 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.

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 2:30 to 3:30 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.
Feb. 5 is a special Spanish session.

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.

DVDs
“Game Night” is a comedy about a couple’s murder mystery night. “Judy” stars Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland. “Get On Up” covers the life and music of James Brown. “The Reliant” follows children whose faith and family bonds save them as they hide in the woods.

Novels
“Such a Fun Age” by Kiley Reid begins when a security guard confronts a young black woman out late with a white child she is babysitting. “Moral Compass” by Danielle Steel is set in an elite private high school in Massachusetts. “The Whispers of War” by Julia Kelly follows three friends at the start of World War II. “Lady Clementine” by Marie Benedict is a novelist’s look at the life of Winston Churchill’s wife.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers
“How Quickly She Disappears” by Raymond Fleischmann tells of a woman fulfilling a man’s three requests in order to find her sister missing 20 years. “Regretting You” by Colleen Hoover follows a family whose life is shattered when the father is involved in a tragic accident. “Hunter Killer” by Brad Taylor is a Brad Taylor thriller.

Short stories
“Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick” by Zora Neale Hurston is a collection of Harlam Renaissance stories about African American life in New York.

Large print
“The Country Guesthouse” by Robyn Carr is a Sullivan Crossing novel. “Cut and Run” by Fern Michaels is a Sisterhood mystery. “Reason” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery. “The Wives” by Tarryn Fisher tells of three women married to the same man. “The Vanishing” by Jayne Ann Krentz is a murder mystery.

How-to and self-help
“Becoming Your Own Therapist” by Kevin J. Kelly offers practical strategies to manage your moods and behaviors.

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
“The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” — Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), German musician, virtuoso organist and composer. Many consider him the greatest composer who ever lived.

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: Sixty magazines and newspapers for your reading pleasure and electric vehicles tonight http://www.pagosasun.com/library-news-sixty-magazines-and-newspapers-for-your-reading-pleasure-and-electric-vehicles-tonight/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:00:49 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195986 By Carole Howard
SUN Columnist, and the library staff

Did you know that your library has more than 60 different periodicals, including both magazines and newspapers, in our collection for your free reading enjoyment?
Magazine titles include The Atlantic, Colorado Life, Consumer Reports, People, Sports Illustrated and Southwest Art, to name just a few. New magazine titles soon to be added include Powder and Ski. We also have recently added the magazines All Animals and Sports Illustrated Kids. All magazines are listed in our catalog and using the term “periodical” helps to narrow your search. All past magazine issues are available for free check out.
Newspapers include The Pagosa Springs SUN, The Durango Herald, Silverton Standard and The Wall Street Journal. You may enjoy reading them right at the library in one of our comfy chairs or reading areas.
We also offer a variety of journals and other publications through our online resources available to you 24/7. Visit https://pagosalibrary.org/online-resources/ to find a variety of topics for people of all ages. A library card is required to access some of the online resources.

Electric vehicles session tonight
This evening, Thursday, Jan. 23, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., you can learn about electric vehicles (EVs) at a free informative session at your library. You’ll hear how EVs work, their advantages,and why many car experts say we’ll all be driving them in the not-too-distant future. We’ll have an EV available and the owner on hand to answer your questions.

Bike repair toolkit
Your library has a bike repair toolkit available for free check out. This toolkit 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.

Help for your driver’s test
We have an online resource that is free to our patrons and will be a huge asset to anyone who is about to take a car, motorcycle or commercial driver’s test. The site includes hundreds of practice questions arranged into useful tests, from easy to hard, for the different licenses.
More of a visual learner? There’s also a 360-degree road situation simulator that gives you a chance to see exactly what is described in each of the questions. As well, there’s an exam simulator that mimics a Department of Motor Vehicles exam, with new questions every time you take it. The also site includes manuals and frequently asked questions about the tests.
To access the site, go to your library’s website at https://pagosalibrary.org and click on the slider that features this new resource. It also is accessible by clicking the tab for “Online Resources’” and scrolling down to Driving-Tests. You will not need a library card to access this new resource, but we’d love to take this opportunity to give you a card so you can use our other resources.

All-ages LEGO contest
Tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 24, is the last day to turn in your original submissions for the free all-ages LEGO contest. 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, Jan. 25, 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.

Save the date for fun family event
We hope you will mark your calendars for Feb. 23 for a fun Lanes and Links family-friendly community event from 1 to 4 p.m. when your library will be transformed into a miniature golf and bowling center for one day only. The cost is $10 per person or $30 per family, with tickets sold at the door. All net proceeds from the event will support the library’s programs and resources.

Teen book club tomorrow
Friday, Jan. 24, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the free teen book club, seventh- through 12th-graders will be talking about “I’m Not Missing” by Carrie Fountain and enjoying snacks.

Literary Ladies tomorrow
This free book-lovers’ group meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 24, they will discuss “Kitchens of the Great Midwest” by J. Ryan Stradal. For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.

New after-school club
The third session of a new after-school club for first- through fifth-graders takes place tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 17, from 1:45 to 3:30 p.m.
The club meets on the second, third and fourth Friday of every month. Participants will engage in literature-based science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) learning activities and work up to an exhibition on the first Friday following each three-week session. Registration is required by calling us at 264-2209 or dropping by the library.

LEGO Club Saturday
Kids ages 6-12 are invited to bring your imaginations — LEGOs are provided — this Saturday, Jan. 25, from 11 a.m. to noon for the free LEGO Club.

Tween gaming
Free gaming for fourth through eighth grades is Monday, Jan. 27, from 4 to 5 p.m. Enjoy Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Family storytimes
Every Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. and Saturday from 2:30 to 3:30 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.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense
“Platform Seven” by Louise Doughty opens with the narrator watching a man on a train platform about to commit suicide. “Treasure” by Clive Cussler is a Dirk Pitt adventure.

Books on CD
“The Girls” by Abigail Pesta documents how Larry Nassar, the sexual predator of female Olympic gymnastics, honed his despicable skills in a small gym in Michigan. “The Ultimate Guide to Eating for Longevity” by Denny and Susan Waxman describes the macrobiotic way to live a long and healthy life.

How-to and self-help
“The New Keto-Friendly South Beach Diet” by Dr. Arthur Agatston updates his signature book with information relating to the ketogenic diet. “The Camper’s Survival Guide” by Tamsin King offers tips on food prepping, gear, food aid, etiquette and more. “Retirement 101” by certified public accountant Michelle Cagan is a guide to preparing for this important time in your life. “The Autoimmune Solution” by Dr. Amy Myers shows how to prevent and reverse inflammatory symptoms and diseases.

Other nonfiction
“Loserthink” by Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip, looks at how untrained brains are ruining America. “Radical Compassion” by spiritual teacher Tara Brach shows how to extend compassion even when you’re stressed or angry. “Make Noise” by Eric Nozum uses his experience as a veteran podcast creator to help you stand out in this crowded media universe.

Quotable quote
“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling posted some tips on her website.
“I haven’t got 10 rules that guarantee success, though I promise I’d share them if I did,” she wrote. “The truth is that I found success by stumbling off alone in a direction most people thought was a dead end, breaking all the 1990s shibboleths about children’s books in the process.”
Rowling listed the various qualities a writer needs to have — discipline, resilience, humility, courage and independence — but stressed, like Faulkner, that anyone serious about writing books should also be a voracious reader.
“You can’t be a good writer without being a devoted reader,” she wrote.

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-206/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:00:24 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195931 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, Jan. 23
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District and San Juan Water Conservancy District joint work session. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.
Tuesday, Jan. 28
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Southwestern Water Conservation District board teleconference. 9 a.m. Call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Archuleta School District Board of Education special meeting. 5 p.m., Pagosa Springs High School auditorium, 800 S. 8th St.
Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board. 5:30 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Wednesday, Jan. 29
Pagosa Peak Open School board recruitment luncheon. Noon, 7 Parelli Way.
Thursday, Jan. 30
Pagosa Springs Town Council work session. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Monday, Feb. 3
San Juan Water Conservancy District meeting. 5 p.m., 46 Eaton Drive, Unit 5.
Tuesday, Feb. 4
Archuleta School District Board of Education high school visit. 8 a.m., Pagosa Springs High School, 800 S. 8th St.
Archuleta School District Board of Education work session and regular meeting. 5 p.m. work session, 6 p.m. regular meeting, Pagosa Springs High School auditorium, 800 S. 8th St.
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Wednesday, Feb. 5
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board Water Works design visioning exercise. 5 p.m., Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.
Thursday, Feb. 6
Dispatch Executive Management board. 9:30 a.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center board room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Monday, Feb. 10
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors regular meeting. 5 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Wednesday, Feb. 12
Southwestern Water Conservation District grant meeting and teleconference. Time to be determined, 841 E. Second Ave., Durango, or call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Thursday, Feb. 13
Southwestern Water Conservation District grant meeting and teleconference. Time to be determined, 841 E. Second Ave., Durango, or call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Wednesday, Feb. 19
Upper San Juan Library District board meeting. 4 p.m., Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library, 811 San Juan St.
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board Water Works design visioning exercise. 5 p.m., Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, Feb. 25
Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, Feb. 26
Southwestern Water Conservation District board teleconference. 9 a.m. Call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Wednesday, March 4
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board Water Works design visioning exercise. 5 p.m., Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs 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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