Library – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 17:59:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Archuleta County free legal clinic set for April 10 http://www.pagosasun.com/archuleta-county-free-legal-clinic-set-for-april-10/ Tue, 07 Apr 2020 11:00:07 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200594 By Brad Glover
Special to The PREVIEW
Despite the COVID-19 closures of libraries across Colorado, your Ruby Sisson Library will still host our popular monthly legal clinic Friday, April 10, from 2 to 3 p.m.
We are able to do this and keep clinic patrons safe because our volunteer attorneys already work remotely. As a work-around, instead of clinic patrons coming in person to your library (which is closed), the volunteer attorney will directly call each clinic patron’s telephone, using the phone number provided to library staff. Although legal clinic patrons will see a slight shift in how our free legal support is delivered, they should experience no significant disruption in service.
Your library staff will schedule all appointments and the volunteer attorney will call each clinic patron directly by telephone. For this reason, it is important that a reliable phone number be included when you sign up. To be added to the sign-up sheet, send an email titled “Sign-up for Free Legal Clinic,” plus your first name and phone number, to ruby@pagosalibrary.org.
Unfortunately, space is limited, but your library will continue to offer this service each month whether we are closed or open.

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Library News: Dos and don’ts at your library during COVIC-19 pandemic http://www.pagosasun.com/library-news-dos-and-donts-at-your-library-during-covic-19-pandemic/ Sun, 05 Apr 2020 11:00:36 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200598 By Carole Howard
PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff
Gov. Jared Polis’ mandatory stay-at-home order for all residents of Colorado because of coronavirus applies to your library, of course. That means some disruptions to our services to you and your families — but several resources still are available from the comfort of your home.
Let’s start with three don’ts:
1. No drop-offs, please. We’re asking you to keep all materials that you have checked out until this crisis is over instead of returning them to the library chute or to the uptown dropbox, to keep exposure and contact at a minimum between us all. As always, you do not need to worry about overdue fines.
2. Our front door/curbside pickup service has been suspended, so you will have to wait until the library reopens to pick up new books, DVDs, CDs and other materials.
3. Please do not make donations of books or other materials until your library is able to reopen.
Here are the resources that still are available to you via our website at www.pagosalibrary.org:
1. You can view your account and place holds — but because of the suspension of courier service between Colorado libraries, you are able to place holds only on our library’s items at this time. All the new books and CDs in this column qualify, as they are in our collection. When the library reopens, our staff will pull the holds you placed while we were closed.
2. Many of our online learning resources can be accessed from your home with your library card. To highlight a few, you can download e-books and audiobooks through our CloudLibrary app on your smartphone or tablet. IndieFlix allows unlimited streaming access to award-winning shorts, feature films and documentaries. By using the online resource TumbleBook Library, you can find children’s books and audiobooks. To see them all, go to our website at pagosalibrary.org and select the gray tab towards the top of the page that says “Online Resources.”
3. As always, you can access Wi-Fi from your car in our parking lot – with your windows and doors closed, please.
4. Staff is working from home, so if you have a question you can email ruby@pagosalibrary.org or call us at 264-2209 and leave a message. We are returning messages Monday through Friday to assist patrons.
This situation is quickly evolving. You can stay up-to-date with what we’re doing through our website or our Facebook page. In the meantime, stay safe by following all the health advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at its website, www.cdc.gov, and San Juan Basin Public Health at www.sjbpublichealth.org/.
“Traditionally libraries have always been a place of refuge and comfort in times of emergency,” said Meg Wempe, library director. “But, as we all know, this is a highly unusual situation, and the health and safety of our patrons and our community must be our top priority.
“We only hope the resources outlined above will be of use to you and your family until we can open our doors again.
“Take care and stay safe.”
It’s census time now
To complete the census online, go to www.my2020census.gov or call (844) 330-2020 for the English version and (844) 468-2020 for the Spanish version.
Remember that WiFi is available from your car in the parking lot 24/7, even during the library closure. You can visit pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online.
How-to and self-help books
“The Bulletproof Diet” by Dave Asprey describes a new diet created by this Silicon Valley multimillionaire in his mid-20s. “Maui Revealed” by Wizard Publications is the fifth edition. “Guide to Colorado Backroads and 4-Wheel-Drive Trails” by Charles A. Wells and Matt Peterson is the fourth edition. There’s also a Northern Colorado version. “Healing Depression Without Medication” by Jodie Skillicorn is a psychiatrist’s guide to balancing mind, body and soul.
“Find Your Path” by country singer Carrie Underwood shares the author’s Fit52 fitness plan. “Minimal Metal Jewelry” by Kieu Pham Gray contains 21 projects with step-by-step instructions. “Rock Your Rental” by Joanne and Rosanne Palmisano provides style, design and marketing tips to boost your bookings.
Other nonfiction
“The Real Wolf” by Ted B. Lyon and Will N. Graves explores the science, politics and economics of coexisting with wolves in modern times. “Giants of the Monsoon Forest” by Jacob Hill takes us deep into the teak forests of Burma and India to learn about the extraordinarily intelligent elephants who carry the logs. “The Complete Guide to Fighters and Bombers of the World” by Francis Crosby features 1,200 wartime and modern identification photographs. “They Are Already Here” by Sarah Scoles is a revealing look at the UFO culture.
“Velvet Rope Economy” by New York Times business reporter Nelson D. Schwartz details the many ways the wealthy and privileged exploit their advantages and increase income inequality. “Nobody Will Tell You This But Me” by Emmy-nominated TV writer Bess Kalb is a memoir about her deep relationship with her grandmother. “What You Should Know About Politics … But Don’t” by Jessamyn Conrad is a nonpartisan guide to all the issues facing us today.
Large print
“A Good Neighborhood” by Therese Anne Fowler follows two families in a tight-knit North Carolina neighborhood. “The Case of the Wandering Scholar” by Kate Saunders is a Laetitia Rodd mystery.
Books on CD
“Trace Elements” by Donna Leon is a Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery set in Venice. “Fearless” by Fern Michaels is a romance with a surprise suspense twist. “The Numbers Game” by Danielle Steel looks at relationships that come together and then fall apart. “Gunpowder Express” by Brett Cogburn is a Widowmaker James western. “The Lost Colony” by A.G. Riddle is a new sci-fi thriller.
“The First Cell” by Azra Raza offers criticism of how we mistreat cancer, how we can do better and why we must. “The Undying” is a memoir by poet Anne Boyer of surviving breast cancer as she experienced hoaxes and corporate lies during her treatment. “The Stakes 2020 and the Survival of American Democracy” by Robert Kuttner details the author’s belief that a progressive Democrat has a better chance of beating President Trump than a moderate.
Mysteries, suspense and thrillers
“Beheld” by TaraShea Nesbit tells of a stranger’s arrival in the fledgling colony of Plymouth, Mass., and a crime that shakes the community.
Downloadable e-books
Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are available at our free 3M Cloud Library. Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website. While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.
Downloadable films
We offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries — on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed. Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website. Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.
Donations note
Please do not make donations of books or other materials until your library is able to reopen. Many thanks.
Quotable quote
“It is our choices that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities.” — Professor Dumbledore, headmaster of the wizardry school Hogwarts in the “Harry Potter” series.

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Library News: Library closed, but many services available online, books available by download http://www.pagosasun.com/library-news-library-closed-but-many-services-available-online-books-available-by-download/ Fri, 27 Mar 2020 00:00:11 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199975 By Carole Howard
PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff
As you no doubt know by now, your library will be closed until Sunday, April 5 — and probably longer, depending on the severity of COVID-19. Even during these difficult times, though, there are many ways you can continue to use our resources via our website at pagosalibrary.org:
• You can access the catalog from our website to view your account, renew materials and place holds.
• Because of our suspension of courier service between Colorado libraries, you are able to place holds only on our library’s items at this time. All the new books and CDs in this column qualify, as they are in our collection.
• No drop-offs, please. We’re asking you to keep all materials that you have checked out until this crisis is over instead of returning them to the library or to the uptown drop box, again to keep exposure and contact at a minimum between us all. As always, you do not need to worry about overdue fees. Also, we will double the number of items that you can check out during this closure.
• Many of our online learning resources can be accessed from your home with your library card. To highlight a few, you can download e-books and audiobooks through our CloudLibrary app on your smartphone or tablet. IndieFlix allows unlimited streaming access to award-winning shorts, feature films and documentaries. By using the online resource TumbleBook Library, you can find children’s books and audiobooks. To see them all, go to our website at pagosalibrary.org and select the gray tab towards the top of the page that says “Online Resources.”
• As always, you can access Wi-Fi from your car in our parking lot — with your windows and doors closed, please.
You may want to save this column if you are interested in any of the items below for the future.
This situation is quickly evolving and you can stay up-to-date with what we’re doing through our website or our Facebook page. Or you can talk to our staff by phone from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays if you have questions. In the meantime, stay safe by following all the advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at its website at www.cdc.gov.
“It is with a heavy heart that we made the decision to close,” said Meg Wempe, library director. “Traditionally, libraries have always been a place of refuge and comfort in times of emergency. But, as we all know, this is a highly unusual situation, and the health and safety of our patrons and our community must be our top priority.
“We only hope the resources outlined above will be of use to you and your family until we can open our doors again. We will continue to find creative ways to serve you in a safe and effective way and we welcome your thoughts. Please email ruby@pagosalibrary.org or call 264-2209. We will have staff members answering emails and the phone Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“Take care and stay safe.”
It’s census time now
To complete the census online, go to www.my2020census.gov or by phone call (844) 330-2020 for the English version and (844) 468-2020 for the Spanish version. Remember that Wi-Fi is available from your car in the parking lot 24/7, even during the library closure. You can visit pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online.
Books on CD
“House on Fire” by Joseph Finder is a Nick Heller mystery. “A Divided Loyalty” by Charles Todd features Scotland Yard Detective Ian Rutledge. “The Museum of Desire” by Jonathan Kellerman is an Alex Delaware mystery. “Salt River” by Randy Wayne White is a Doc Ford adventure. “A Long Petal of the Sea” by Isabel Allende centers on refugees fleeing Franco’s Spain. “A Longer Fall” by Charlaine Harris is the second book in the Gunnie Rose series. “Into the Fire” by Gregg Hurwitz features an off-the-books government assassin. “When You See Me” by Lisa Gardner is a murder mystery. “The Look-Alike” by Erica Spindler is a psychological thriller. “A Small Town” by Thomas Perry is a suspense story about 12 prisoners who orchestrate a successful escape.
Large print
“Apache Lament” by Patrick Dearen and “Shadow Rider: Ghost Warrior” by Joey Sharman are westerns. “Hart’s Hollow Farm” by Janet Dailey is book four in the New Americana series.
How-to and
self-help books
“Estate Planning Basics” is a Nolo guide to wills, trusts and avoiding probate. “Rocco’s” by Rocco Dispirito describes his four-tier ketogenic diet. “Ready or Not” by Dr. Madeline Levine is a guide to preparing your kids to thrive in an uncertain and rapidly changing world. “Designing Your Work Life” by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans describes how to thrive, change and find happiness at work. “Simple Farmhouse Life” by Lisa Bass describes DIY projects for the all-natural, handmade home. “Macronutrient Basics” by Matt Dustin is a guide that includes more than 50 recipes. “How to Eat” by Mark Bittman and David L. Katz answers your questions about food and diet. “The Prepper’s Guide to Foraging” by David Nash shows how wild plants can supplement a sustainable lifestyle.
Other nonfiction
“The Hope of Glory” by historian and Pulitzer-Prize winner Jon Meacham reveals rich historical and theological insights into the seven last sayings of Jesus.
“Olympic Pride, American Prejudice” by Deborah Riley Draper and Travis Thresher explores the experiences of 18 African Americans who competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. “The Letters of Cole Porter” is a collection of letters written by one of America’s greatest songwriters. “Still Sideways” by Devon Raney is the memoir of a man who persevered and adapted after being 85 percent blinded in a surfing accident.
“Untamed” by Glennon Doyle is a memoir of a woman overcoming personal discontent and family issues to set boundaries and make peace with herself. “Why We’re Polarized” by Ezra Klein explores our current climate of division and dysfunction. “Author in Chief” by Craig Fehrman is a look at our presidents and the books they wrote. “The Future We Choose” by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac outline two possible scenarios for our planet depending on whether or not we meet the 2015 Paris Agreement targets.
Mysteries, suspense and thrillers
“The Big Lie” by James Grippando is the 15th book in the Jack Swyteck legal thriller series.
Other novels
“Once Upon a Caribbean Summer” by Lisa T. Bergren is a romance featuring two treasure hunters. “These Ghosts Are Family” by Maisy Card explores the effect of an explosive secret on a Jamaican family. “Selah” by Lisa T. Bergren is book three in the Sayer Baron’s Daughters series.
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
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 monetary gift, we are grateful to Lawrence and Suzanne Shideler, as well as to Rhonda Webb for her donation in memory of Dorothy Davis. Special note: Please do not make donations of books or materials until your library is able to reopen.
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: Library closed, online resources available http://www.pagosasun.com/library-news-library-closed-online-resources-available/ Thu, 19 Mar 2020 21:00:19 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199643 By Carole Howard
PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff
Dear Ruby Sisson Library patrons and community,
Thank you for continued understanding as our community navigates in these unprecedented times. To support the nationwide effort to limit the gathering of people, in an attempt to flatten the curve, the library board has made the decision to close the Ruby Sisson Library starting Tuesday, March 17, at noon. All library programs, classes, meeting room reservations, events and outreach, were canceled last Friday. We will be closed through April 5.
In the next couple of days, library staff will determine ways to serve you best in these uncertain times. We encourage you to watch our library website, Facebook page and e-newsletter for content we’ll be sharing.
We are determining details for the ability in providing curbside pickup of hold items or replenishing items. We will have staff answering the phone between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you have questions, please contact the library at 264-2209 or email the library, ruby@pagosalibrary.org.
Though our physical location will be closed, Wi-Fi will be available 24/7 in the library’s parking lot. We also have a variety of materials available to you digitally. Naming just a few, you can download e-books and e-audiobooks through our CloudLibrary app on your smartphone or tablet.
IndieFlix allows unlimited streaming access to award-winning shorts, feature films and documentaries. By using the online resource TumbleBook Library, you can find children’s books and audiobooks. To access all of these resources, simply go to pagosalibrary.org and select the gray tab towards the top of the page that says “Online Resources.”
We are asking that you keep all materials that you have checked out instead of returning them to the library or the uptown dropbox. As always, you do not need to worry about overdue fees.
We will increase the number of items that you can have checked out during this closure.
We encourage everyone to check with authoritative sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as well as San Juan Basin Public Health for up-to-date recommendations and information.
The library board of trustees will continue to monitor this situation and keep our community apprised should circumstances change. The health and safety of our patrons, staff and the local community is of utmost importance during these uncertain times.
Take care,
Meg Wempe, director
Tax and census help
Tax forms and instructions are available at your library. Visit pagosalibrary.org/taxinformation for more details and useful links.
To familiarize yourself with the questions that will be asked on the census, your library has a sample copy of the print census questionnaire in English and Spanish. Please visit pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online.
How-to and self-help books
“Cured” by Dr. Jeffrey Rediger describes how to create an environment that sets the stage for healing. “You Can Have It All, Just Not at the Same Damn Time” by Romi Neustadt, a successful entrepreneur, wife and mother, describes how you can set priorities and learn to say no when too many requests are coming at you. “Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens” by Debra Bell provides tools to help your teen successfully transition to the post-high school and adult years. “Modern Crochet Bible” by Sarah Shrimpton provides more than 100 contemporary crochet techniques and stitches. “Modern Quilt Bible” by Elizabeth Betts offers more than 100 techniques and design ideas for the modern quilter.
“Food Fix” by Dr. Mark Hyman offers tips on how to change our agricultural policies, reverse the global epidemic of chronic disease and heal the environment. “Grow Food for Free” by Huw Richards has practical advice to help you grow your own fruits and vegetables at very low cost. “Garden DIY” by Daniel and Samantha Johnson describes 25 projects for an attractive and productive garden. “Keto Diet Cookbook” by Dr. Josh Ax contains more than 125 recipes. “On Reading Well” by English professor Karen Swallow Prior reveals how reading great literary works can pull us towards a good life, especially for people of God.
Other nonfiction
“The Splendid and the Vile” by Erik Larson is a fresh portrait of Churchill and London during the blitz. “White Feathers” by naturalist Bernd Heinrich reveals the rich life of tree swallows in nesting season. “Supreme Inequality” by Adam Cohen surveys the most significant Supreme Court rulings since the Nixon era. “Driving While Black” by historian Gretchen Sorin reveals the significance of the car to contemporary African American life. “American Sherlock” by Kate Winkler Dawson explores the life of the man who invented multiple forensic tools and gave birth to American CSI. “Until the End of Time” by physicist Brian Greene explores mind, matter and our search for meaning in an evolving universe.
Academy Award films on DVD
We have two more 2019 Academy Award films: “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” won the best supporting actor award for Tom Hanks. Disney’s “Frozen II” was nominated for best song. As well, “Roma,” best director and best foreign language film in 2018, has just been released on DVD in the U.S. Also, “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice” won best documentary in the AARP Best Movies for Grownup awards.
Other DVDs
“The Murder of Emmett Till” is an American Experience PBS home video. “Sandition,” based on the unfinished novel by Jane Austin, is a PBS Masterpiece series. Stephen King’s “Doctor Sleep” is the next chapter in “The Shining” story.
Mysteries, suspense and thrillers
“The Warsaw Protocol” by Steve Berry is a Cotton Malone book that focuses on why precious relics are disappearing. “Pretty as a Picture” by Elizabeth Little features a movie editor drawn into real-life murder investigation. “Dark Corners of the Night” by Meg Gardiner is the Edgar Award-winner’s latest thriller. “Coconut Layer Cake Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swenson mystery with recipes.
Other novels
“Apeirogon” by Colum McCann follows a Palestinian and an Israeli brought together by grief.
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
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 Veronica Skalicka Johnson, Rosie Connor and our anonymous donors. For her generous donation, we are grateful to Kim Moore and also to Rice Reavis for the donation in memory of Julie Taylor.
Quotable quote
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” — Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 BC).
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: Save the date for Cookie Cook-off http://www.pagosasun.com/library-news-save-the-date-for-cookie-cook-off/ Fri, 13 Mar 2020 11:00:38 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199232 By Carole Howard
PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff
On Thursday, March 19, there will be a Cookie Cook-off for all ages from 4 to 6 p.m. Registration is required for this event.
No peanuts or peanut products, please.
See the activities calendars available at your library for more details.
Tax and census help
Tax forms and instructions are available at your library. Visit pagosalibrary.org/taxinformation for more details and useful links. As well, library computers and staff are available to help you access the online census questionnaire. Households will begin receiving an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census in mid-March.
To familiarize yourself with the questions that will be asked on the census, your library has a sample copy of the print census questionnaire in English and Spanish. Please visit pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online. We also have a sample copy of the print invitation to respond to the census that most households will receive.
Brad and Josie are your census experts at the library, but all library staff are happy to answer questions related to the census. As well, your library has various census-related prizes to give away while supplies last, including coffee mugs, bags, thumb drives, blankets and more.
After-school club
The after-school club for first- through fifth-graders takes place Friday, March 13, from 1:45 to 3:30 p.m.
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.
Teen gaming
Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for teens in the seventh through 12th grades. Enjoy Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.
Legal clinic
Friday, March 13, 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.
LEGO Club
Kids ages 6-13 are invited to bring your imaginations — LEGOs are provided — this Saturday, March 14, from 11 a.m. to noon for LEGO Club.
Otaku Club
The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club will meet Monday, March 16, from 4 to 5 p.m. Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks. This free club is for those in the fifth through 12th grades.
Adult DIY
At this month’s free DIY event on Tuesday, March 17, from 2 to 3 p.m. (note the time change from 1 p.m.), we’ll provide the supplies and show you how to cut flower shapes from scrapbook paper and mount them as wall art or a wreath. No registration is required.
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 free 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.
March 7 celebrates Dr. Seuss. March 11 is a special Spanish session. March 14 will feature PAWS to Read with border collie Kate. March 18 features music, movement and American Sign Language with Diann Tator.
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
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.
Quotable quote
“Most artists don’t have the wherewithal to keep going after initial failures. Keep trying. There are no mistakes, and, don’t erase. Initial disappointments are a stepping stone to greatness. The key is to keep creating art.” — John Ross Palmer, American artist based in Houston, Texas, author of numerous books and founder of the Escapism art movement.
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-213/ Thu, 12 Mar 2020 21:00:20 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199115 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, March 12
Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District regular meeting. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.
Monday, March 16
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, March 17
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Wednesday, March 18
Archuleta County Republican Central Committee meeting. Noon, Pagosa Brewing, 118 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Upper San Juan Library District board meeting. 4 p.m., Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library, 811 San Juan St.
Thursday, March 19
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Monday, March 23
Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation work session. 9 a.m., Chamber of Commerce conference room, 105 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, March 24
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
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.
Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, March 25
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.
Thursday, March 26
Pagosa Springs Town Council work session. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Friday, March 27
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors focus group facilitation. 6 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Public meeting information should be sent to editor@pagosasun.com with “Public Meeting” in the subject line. The deadline is noon Monday each week prior to publication for that week’s issue.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-212/ Thu, 05 Mar 2020 22:26:05 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=198668 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, March 5
Dispatch Executive Management board meeting. 9:30 a.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center board room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Monday, March 9
Archuleta County Extension Advisory Board meeting. 11:30 a.m., CSU Extension office, 344 U.S. 84.
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board. 4:30 p.m., Town Hall conference room, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, March 10
Archuleta School District Board of Education middle school visit. 8 a.m., Pagosa Springs Middle School, 309 Lewis 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 Republican Women’s meeting. Noon, Boss Hogg’s, 157 Navajo Trail Drive.
Archuleta School District Board of Education Pagosa Family School visit. 2 p.m., Pagosa Springs Middle School, 309 Lewis St.
Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board. 5:30 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Archuleta School District Board of Education regular meeting. 6 p.m., Pagosa Springs Middle School library, 309 Lewis St.
Pagosa Fire Protection District Board of Directors regular meeting. 6:30 p.m., Station 1, Training Room, 191 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, March 11
Southwestern Water Conservation District board teleconference. 9 a.m. Call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Thursday, March 12
Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District regular meeting. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.
Monday, March 16
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, March 17
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Wednesday, March 18
Archuleta County Republican Central Committee meeting. Noon, Pagosa Brewing, 118 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Upper San Juan Library District board meeting. 4 p.m., Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library, 811 San Juan St.
Thursday, March 19
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, March 24
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board. 5:30 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, March 25
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.

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Library News: Hundreds of fitness resources and kids’ book launch event today http://www.pagosasun.com/library-news-hundreds-of-fitness-resources-and-kids-book-launch-event-today/ Thu, 05 Mar 2020 22:00:55 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=198626 By Carole Howard
SUN Columnist, and the library staff
Did you know that your library has a huge variety of resources relating to fitness — in fact, almost 450 items in our collection? They include books, DVDs and periodicals covering topics such as weight training, yoga, healthy eating, outdoor exercise and much more. If you cannot find an item you’re looking for here, any of our friendly staff can help you search for it through our consortium of libraries.
Additionally, we have multiple online resources related to health and wellness. One such database is Consumer Health Complete, the single most comprehensive resource for consumer-related health content. It covers all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. Online resources are available 24/7 at www.pagosalibrary.org. Select the tab “Online Resources” at the top of the home page. The resources are listed in alphabetical order. You will need your library card number to access some of the sites.
Kids’ book launch event this afternoon
Second- and third-graders at Pagosa Peak Open School, the local charter school, are hosting a book launch and signing event from 5:15 to 6 p.m. today, Thursday, March 5, at the library for a book they authored about how the laws of physics pertain to various sports. About 20 youngsters participated in this project-based learning effort, working together and individually. For example, Daniel Gonzales Harper wrote about how Newton’s first and second laws apply to golf and baseball. This event will include Q-and-As and refreshments.
Save the date for Cookie Cook-off
Thursday, March 19, is a Cookie Cook-off from 4 to 6 p.m. for all ages. Registration is required. No peanuts or peanut products, please. See the activities calendars available at your library for more details.
Tax and census help
Tax forms and instructions are available at your library. Visit pagosalibrary.org/taxinformation for more details and useful links. As well, library computers and staff are available to help you access the online census questionnaire. Households will begin receiving an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census in mid-March.
To familiarize yourself with the questions that will be asked on the census, your library has a sample copy of the print census questionnaire in English and Spanish. Please visit pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online. We also have a sample copy of the print invitation to respond to the census that most households will receive.
Brad and Josie are your census experts at the library, but all library staff are happy to answer questions related to the census. As well, your library has various census-related prizes to give away while supplies last, including coffee mugs, bags, thumb drives, blankets and more.
Knitting Club for teens and adults
Monday, March 9, this free club meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. (note the time change) 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.
Nonfiction
“Hold Still” by Kristina Kuzmic has been called “parenting comedy at its finest.” “Code Red” by AE.J. Dionne Jr. describes his view of why progressives and moderates should unite rather than feud. “The Falcon Thief” by Joshua Hammer tells of a rogue who trades in rare birds and the wildlife detective determined to stop him. “Mastering Diabetes” by Dr. Neal Bernard details a new food plan to reduce insulin resistance. “How to Have a Happy Hustle” by Bec Evans describes tools and research to help entrepreneurs. “The World Beneath Their Feet” by Scott Ellsworth describes teams of mountaineers from three countries competing to be the first to climb the world’s highest peaks. “Suffrage” by historian Ellen Carol Dubois documents the stories of the women who fought for the right to vote.
Large print
“Golden in Death” by J.D. Robb is a Lt. Eve Dallas mystery. “The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols” by Nicholas Meyer is a Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson mystery. ”First Cut” by Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell is a Jessie Teska mystery. “Cutthroats” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Slash and Pecos western. “The Man of Mystery” by David C. Noonan is another western.
Academy Award films on DVD
We have three more Academy Award films: Disney’s “Toy Story 4” won an Oscar for best animated feature. “Harriet” won two nominations for Cynthia Erivo, for best actress and for best original song, “Stand Up,” which she co-wrote.
Other DVDs
“Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” explores the life and works of this legendary storyteller and Nobel prize winner. “Missing Link” features Hugh Jackman’s voice in this family-friendly movie about a globetrotting adventure.
Books on CD
“Golden in Death” by J.D. Robb is a Detective Eve Dallas thriller.
Mysteries, suspense and thrillers
“Salt River” by Randy Wayne White is an adventure featuring Doc Ford. “Into the Fire” by Gregg Hurwitz is an Orphan X mystery.

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Lanes and Links at the Library http://www.pagosasun.com/lanes-and-links-at-the-library/ Thu, 27 Feb 2020 22:35:44 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=198325 Scene … golfing and bowling at the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Sunday afternoon. For one day only, the library staff and volunteers turned the library into a miniature golf and bowling center for the Lanes and Links at the Library event. The event also featured magic tricks, balloon creations and concessions.

PREVIEW photos/Randi Pierce

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Library News: What the stats say about your library http://www.pagosasun.com/library-news-what-the-stats-say-about-your-library/ Thu, 27 Feb 2020 22:00:54 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=198311 By Carole Howard
SUN Columnist, and the library staff
Annually, at this time of year, Meg Wempe, library director, prepares an annual report for the library’s board of trustees summarizing the highlights of the past year. The information also is used when your library applies for grants and it is required to be shared with state, county and town governments to keep them informed.
Here is a summary of that long report on 2019 operations. You can pick up a shorter infographic version of this report at your library for your own use.
• Major objectives achieved: This year we hired a full-time early literacy librarian, started item inventory for our complete collection, conducted inventory of library assets for an asset schedule and updated the trustee policy manual with the library board.
• Resource sharing: AspenCat allows our patrons access not only to the 29,053 items in our collection, but also more than 1.4 million items in the other 115 AspenCat libraries. The Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) courier service provides daily delivery to subscribing libraries throughout the state.
In 2019, we borrowed 9,843 items and loaned 3,271 items. By taking advantage of the purchasing power of the State Library and CLiC, we subscribed to multiple educational databases including EBSCOHost, Learning Express and the Encyclopedia Britannica at substantial savings and subscribed to ShoutBomb for text messaging to our patrons about holds and overdues. Downloadable audio books, e-books and magazines were also purchased through CLiC. In 2019 our patrons downloaded 4,631 items and logged 1,026 sessions on our electronic databases. (Though the total usage remains approximately the same, it is interesting to note the difference in usage of the various databases from year to year.)
• Collection development: Providing our patrons with materials that are current and relevant to the diverse interests of the community is one of our principal goals. We have 29,053 total items in our collection. In 2019, we added 2,963, including 335 from donations, and deleted 4,121 worn or outdated items. Our materials budget for 2020 is $66,300 or 11.6 percent of our total expenses.
• Usage stats: 76,550 patrons walked through our doors last year. We checked out 100,278 items, an increase of 6.7 percent from 2018. We have 13,408 library cards issued, 1,336 of them new in 2019.
• Programming: Providing programs for all ages is a very high priority. From early literacy to adult education and lifelong learning, 3,744 people attended one or more of our 476 programs. Our programming budget for 2020 is just under 1 percent of our total expenses.
• Donations, grants and volunteers: We are very fortunate to have the ongoing support of the community. In 2019, we received $15,256 in donations and $11,000 in grants, 5 percent of our total revenue. Our volunteers contributed 1,430 hours, about three quarters of a full-time position.
• Technology: This year, we had 24,312 website visitors, 4,631 e-book and audio book downloads, 422 Facebook likes and 279 Tech Time consults over 82 Tech Time programs. We hosted 15,463 computer sessions. Public usage of our computers in the library continues to decrease because so many people are accessing our wireless service using their own devices in the library, on the benches outside our front door and in the parking lot not only during library hours, but 24/7.
• Continuing education: To continue to provide our community with the best possible service, several of our staff attended a variety of educational and networking opportunities last year. We are very fortunate that many of these training sessions and webinars have no registration fees, costing us only travel. In 2020, staff education is 1 percent of our total budget.
Tax and census help
Tax forms and instructions are available at your library. Visit pagosalibrary.org/taxinformation for more details and useful links. As well, library computers and staff are available to help you access the online census questionnaire. Households will begin receiving an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census in mid-March.
To familiarize yourself with the questions that will be asked on the census, your library has a sample copy of the print census questionnaire in English and Spanish. Please visit pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online. We also have a sample copy of the print invitation to respond to the census that most households will receive. Brad and Josie are your census experts at the library, but all library staff are happy to answer questions related to the Census. As well, your library has various census-related prizes to give away while supplies last, including coffee mugs, bags, thumb drives, blankets and more.
After-school club
tomorrow
The after-school club for first- through fifth-graders takes place tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 28, from 1:45 to 3:30 p.m. 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.
Home-school social hour
Stop by Tuesday, March 3, 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.
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 advisory board
Next Thursday, March 5, 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.
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.
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.
On March 4, local artists Janet Ford and Julie Noland will lead the group in a special creative session.
Academy Award films on DVD
We have three movies on DVD that were winners in this year’s Academy Awards: “Parasite” won best picture, best director and two other awards, and had two more nominations. “Joker” won two Oscars, including best actor for Joaquin Phoenix. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” won two Oscars, including best supporting actor for Brad Pitt.
Books on CD
“Treason” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery. “The Vanishing” by Jayne Ann Krentz is book one in a new romantic suspense fantasy trilogy. “The River Murders” by James Patterson and James O. Born contains three thrillers. “Lethal Passage: The Story of a Gun” by Erik Larson examines America’s gun culture and offers solutions to our national epidemic of death by firearm. “Moral Compass” by Danielle Steel begins with a drunken night at an elite private school. “The First Mountain Man: Preacher’s Frenzy” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a western. “Bullet Creek” by Ralph Compton features a gunslinger forced out of retirement. “Big Lies in a Small Town” by Diane Chamberlain features two artists working more than 30 years apart. “Hunter Killer” by Brad Taylor is a Pike Logan adventure.
Mysteries, suspense and thrillers
“The Deep Blue Crush” by Clint Hollingsworth is book three in the thriller series featuring bounty hunter Mac Crow. “Crooked River” by Preston and Child is a Pendergast mystery. “One Minute Out” by Mark Greaney is a Gray Man adventure. “The Holdout” by Graham Moore unveils the secrets a jury has been keeping after its verdict to acquit. “The Sun Down Motel” by Simone St. James explores mysteries at the motel 35 years apart.
Large print
“American Dirt” by Jeanine Cummings features a middle-class Mexican woman who ends up a migrant heading to the U.S. with her young daughter. “When You See Me” by Lisa Gardner is a thriller about a deceased serial killer. “Country Strong” by Linda Lael Miller is book one in the new Painted Pony Creek western romance trilogy.
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.
Thanks to our donors
For their generous donations, we are grateful to Ronald Stanke and Veronica Johnson. For books and materials this week, we thank our anonymous donors.
Quotable quote
“I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.” — Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), 33rd president of the U.S., succeeding upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt after serving as vice president.
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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