Library – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Wed, 29 Jul 2020 19:55:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 http://www.pagosasun.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/cropped-sun-logo-512x512-1-32x32.jpg Library – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com 32 32 Library News: Summer Reading Program extended through August http://www.pagosasun.com/library-news-summer-reading-program-extended-through-august/ Fri, 31 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=207907 By Carole Howard
PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

The free all-ages Summer Reading Program at your library has been extended through the end of August, a decision that came from a desire to bring continued learning and fun to our community throughout the summer, according to Meg Wempe, director. 

“It also provides more opportunity for us to purchase gift certificates from local businesses for our prizes to do our small part to help economic recovery,” she said. 

If you haven’t already signed up, we hope you’ll take this opportunity to join us now. You will receive a “choose your own adventure” booklet with fun activities and challenges. Completing them makes you eligible to win weekly prizes purchased from local businesses. 

There are adventure booklets for four groups: pre-K, K-5, teen and adult. Pick them up at the library and view them on our website. 

To sign up, call us at 264-2209, email ruby@pagosalibrary.org or register online at pagosalibrary.org/summer-reading. We need to know your name, contact information and what age group to assign you to. 

Details of our partial
reopening

Here’s a summary of your library’s current operations: 

• Up to 20 patrons at a time can come into the building Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to return books, browse, register for a new library card, make copies, send faxes, pick up tax forms and check out materials like books, DVDs, CDs and periodicals.

• The first hour every weekday from 9 to 10 a.m. is reserved for seniors and other high-risk people. 

• Eight computers are available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; three by advance appointment and five for walk-ins. Call us at 264-2209 or email ruby@pagosalibrary.org to schedule a time. In most cases, computer usage will be limited to two hours per day. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.

• One early literacy computer is available for youngsters on a walk-in basis Monday through Saturday. 

• Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for building entry and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for computer use.

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

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

• Notary public service is available Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $5 per notary. 

• Tech time, ESL and GED are available. See details below.

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

• If you do not have a library card but want to use our online resources, you can self-register. From our website, click “My Account” in the top right. It is the usual login page for current patrons, and it now has (in blue) an option to “Register for a new Library Card.” There’s a short form and then staff will get back in touch with you to provide your login credentials. If you previously self-registered, you now can pick up your physical card after providing proof of address.

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

• Please note we are not accepting meeting room reservations or hosting any large in-person programming at this time. 

Book sale canceled

Because of coronavirus, the Friends of the Library have canceled this year’s book sale, which had been scheduled for Aug. 4-6. 

Fundraiser bumper
stickers

Your library’s foundation has launched a small fundraiser with two different bumper stickers that can be purchased at the library for $5 each. Both say, “I (heart symbol) my library.” 

New young adult
collection

We have added a new section to our young adult collection. Called YA Series, it consists of shorter chapter books about 100 pages or fewer with content geared toward teens. You’ll find it at the beginning of the young adult fiction section.

Tech Time

Make an appointment for one of three slots available noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time. 

ESL

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

GED and other tutoring

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

Dungeons and Dragons via Zoom

Join us via Zoom on Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. for Dungeons and Dragons open to teens and young adults. Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on how to join. 

Children’s programs on Facebook 

Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m., join us on the library’s Facebook page. 

Wednesday storytimes are now on Facebook Live, so if you go to Facebook at 10 a.m. you can interact with Josie. 

Saturday’s Discovery Times -— with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more — are prerecorded. 

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

Storywalk program
for kids

Every Thursday, Josie, your early literacy librarian, posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the elementary school detailing a new Summer Reading Storywalk for kids. The July 30-Aug. 6 theme is invention. Get outdoors and follow the pages of a book as you stroll along. After you finish, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Archuleta census
response needs
your help

As of July 20, only 38.7 percent of Archuleta County households had completed the census — and we need your help. There is still time to complete this important questionnaire. The deadline to complete the census online or by telephone has been extended to Oct. 31. 

Census workers will also be visiting homes that have not responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted. The last day census workers have to visit your home is also Oct. 31. Please contact Brad or Josie at the library if you have any census-related questions or visit 2020census.gov for more information.

Your participation directly affects hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding for the next 10 years for local and regional agencies and projects like health clinics, fire departments, schools, social services like Medicaid, even roads and highways. Archuleta County needs your participation to get our fair share of these federal dollars. 

When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

Nonfiction

“Too Much and Never Enough” by Mary Trump is a memoir of Donald Trump’s family by his niece. “14 Miles” by DW Gibson tells of building the border wall in San Diego. “The Lost Art of Dying” by physician and professor L.S. Dugale is a guide to preparing for a good death. “Why Be Happy?” by psychologist Scott Hass explores the Japanese principle of acceptance, slowing down and de-stressing. “Taking a Knee, Taking a Stand” by Devin McCourty explores the history of African American athletes’ fight for social justice going back to Jackie Robinson and Mohammed Ali. “Becoming Duchess Glodblatt” is a memoir of a real-life writer who created a beautiful fictional social media character out of loneliness. “Riding with a Ghost” by Justin Taylor is a memoir relates how a many deals with his troubled father. “The Power of Choice” by Melissa Stockwell is a memoir of the author’s journey from wounded warrior to Paralympic world champion.

Large print

“The Dilemma” by B.A. Paris begins with a family secret about to be shared at a 40th birthday party. “Frontier America” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Preacher and MacCallister western. “The Black Swan of Paris” by Karen Robards tells of a celebrated singer who is a resistance fighter in Paris in 1944. “The Shadows” by Alex North is a murder mystery. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Wonderland” by Zoje Stage is a thriller about a family set in New York’s Adirondack mountains. “Outsider” by Linda Castillo is a thriller about a woman on the run hiding among the Amish. “The Lost and Found Bookshop” by Susan Wiggs takes place in a financially strapped bookstore in San Francisco. “The Golden Cage” by Camilla Lackberg is a psychological thriller about the scorned wife of a billionaire. “The Party Upstairs” by Lee Conell explores a crisis in the worlds of a wealthy tenant and the super’s daughter. “Survivor Song” by Paul Tremblay is a psychological suspense story of an insidious virus. “The Revelators” by Ace Atkins is part of the Quinn Colson crime series. 

Other novels 

“Sex and Vanity” by Kevin Kawn, author of “Crazy Rich Asians,” follows a young woman torn between her WASP and the Chinese world. “The Best Mistake” by Nora Roberts is a classic tale of finding the man of your dreams right under your nose. “Antkind” by Charlie Kaufman begins with the find of a hitherto unseen film that may be the best movie ever made. “Peace Talks” by Jim Butcher is the latest in the urban fantasy Dresden Files series. “A Walk Along the Beach” by Debbie Macomber follows two sisters who must learn from each other’s strengths. “The Vanishing Sky” by L. Annette Binder is the story of a German family during World War II. “Malorie” by Josh Malerman is part of the Bird Box sci-fi series.

Books on CD

“Daddy’s Girls” by Danielle Steel tells of three sisters facing hard truths when their father dies. “The Summer House” by James Patterson explores an unusual nighttime mass murder. “Always the Last to Know” by Kristan Higgins follows a family upended when the father has a stroke. “I’m Your Emotional Support Animal” by Adam Carolla examines how our culture war has careened off a cliff. “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander is the 10th anniversary edition of the book that inspired a generation of criminal reform activists.

DVDs

“Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears” features the glamorous lady detective from the TV series. “Sonic the Hedgehog” stars Jim Carey.

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 reopening usage shows healthy pent-up demand http://www.pagosasun.com/library-reopening-usage-shows-healthy-pent-up-demand/ Fri, 24 Jul 2020 11:00:48 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=207682 By Carole Howard
PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

Checkout numbers and computer uses in just the first week of your library building’s reopening show a healthy pent-up demand since our closing in the middle of March. 

There were 2,152 checkouts in the first week, a number that was so high that Meg Wempe, library director, felt she had to double check it to be sure it is accurate. (It is.) And there were 82 computer uses in the same period. 

“It all seems to be going very well,” Wempe said. “People are excited to be back inside the library — and we’re happy to see them.”

Here’s a summary of your library’s current operations:

• Up to 20 patrons at a time can come into the building Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to return books, browse, register for a new library card, make copies, send faxes and check out materials like books, DVDs, CDs and periodicals.

• The first hour every weekday — from 9 to 10 a.m. — is reserved for seniors and other high-risk people. 

• Eight computers are available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., three by advance appointment and five for walk-ins. Call us at 264-2209 or email ruby@pagosalibrary.org to schedule a time. In most cases, computer usage will be limited to two hours per day. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.

• One early literacy computer is available for youngsters on a walk-in basis Monday through Saturday. 

• Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for building entry and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for computer use.

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

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

• Notary public service is available Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $5 per notary. 

• Tech time, ESL and GED are available. See details below.

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

• If you do not have a library card but want to use our online resources, you can self-register. From our website, click “My Account” in the top right. It is the usual login page for current patrons, and it now has (in blue) an option to “Register for a new Library Card.” There’s a short form and then staff will get back in touch with you to provide your login credentials. If you previously self-registered, you now can pick up your physical card after providing proof of address.

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

• Please note we are not accepting meeting room reservations or hosting any large in-person programming at this time. 

Book sale canceled

Because of the coronavirus, the Friends of the Library have canceled this year’s book sale, which had been scheduled for Aug. 4-6. 

Fundraiser bumper
stickers

Your library’s foundation has launched a small fundraiser with two different bumper stickers that can be purchased at the library for $5 each. Both say, “I (heart symbol) my library.” 

HVAC installation 

Our long-awaited HVAC project is well underway. We apologize for the noise and will have earplugs available at our front door greeter station.

Summer Reading
Program

There are only eight more days to enjoy the free all-ages Summer Reading Program that runs until July 31. 

• You receive a “choose your own adventure” booklet with fun activities and challenges. Completing them makes you eligible to win weekly prizes purchased from local businesses. 

• There are adventure booklets for four groups: pre-K, K-5, teen and adult. Pick them up at the library and view them on our website. 

• To sign up, call us at 264-2209, email ruby@pagosalibrary.org or register online at pagosalibrary.org/summer-reading. We need to know your name, contact information and what age group to assign you to. 

• In addition to the adventure booklets, a new all-ages challenge appears each week in this “Library News” column. Anyone who completes the challenge will be entered to win a weekly drawing for various prizes.

Challenge 9: What’s your favorite place in Pagosa? 

Our final challenge: Tell us about your favorite place to visit in or around Pagosa Springs. It could be a favorite fishing spot, a favorite park or restaurant, or another place you love. How did you first discover it? What is your favorite thing about this place? Submit a brief description to ruby@pagosalibrary.org. A photograph is welcome, but not required. All ages can participate, and everyone who submits an entry will be entered into our weekly prize drawing. Please include a name and phone number with your submission.

New young adult
collection

We have added a new section to our young adult collection. Called YA Series, it consists of shorter chapter books about 100 pages or fewer with content geared toward teens. You’ll find it at the beginning of the young adult fiction section.

Tech Time

Make an appointment for one of three slots available from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time. 

ESL

Classes are resuming Tuesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. Please register so we can keep it to a small group in our limited open spaces. No walk-ins, as the front door will be locked. 

GED and a special
thank you

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

We also want to express our gratitude to La Plata Electric Association for its donation of $700 for our GED program. We will use these funds for test scholarships, materials such as online practice tests that we purchase, and for materials aimed at further preparing students to pass. 

Dungeons and Dragons via Zoom

Join us via Zoom on Tuesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. (note new hours) for Dungeons and Dragons open to teens and young adults. Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on how to join. 

Children’s programs on Facebook 

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

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

Storywalk program for kids

Every Thursday, Josie, your early literacy librarian, posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the elementary school detailing a new Summer Reading Storywalk for kids. The July 23-30 theme is monsters. Get outdoors and follow the pages of a book for a fun-filled healthy activity. After you finish, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Please complete the
census now 

To complete the census online, go to www.my2020census.gov, or call (844) 330-2020 for the English version or (844) 468-2020 for the Spanish version. You can visit our website at pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online. Please phone the library at 264-2209 or email us at ruby@pagosalibrary.org if you have any questions regarding the census. 

Your participation directly affects hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding for the next 10 years for local and regional agencies and projects like health clinics, fire departments, schools, social services like Medicaid, even roads and highways. Archuleta County needs your participation to get our fair share of these federal dollars. 

When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

Novels 

“The Ten Thousand Doors of January” by Alix E. Harrow begins with finding a book about secret doors. “Friends and Strangers” by J. Courtney Sullivan explores a complicated friendship between two women. “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett follows twins who chose to live in two different worlds, one black and one white. “The Sisters of the Winter Wood” by Rena Rossner is a fantasy. “The Book of M” by Peng Shepherd is set in a dangerous near-future world. “Circe” by Madeline Miller, a fantasy, is the follow-up to “The Song of Achilles.” “Utopia Avenue” by David Mitchell tells of a band in the psychedelic London music scene in the l960s. “Mother Daughter Widow Wife” by Robin Wasserman is a compassionate look at a woman with no money, no ID and no memory as people take advantage of her.

Books on CD

“Crooked River” by Preston and Child is a mystery that begins when dozens of shoes are washed up on a Florida beach. “Robert Ludlum’s The Treadstone Resurrection” by Joshua Hood goes behind a top-secret CIA Black Ops program. “A Reasonable Doubt” by Philip Margolin begins when a magician is murdered on stage. “The Mirror and the Light” by Hilary Mantel is the third book in the Thomas Cromwell Wolf Hall trilogy. “The Warsaw Protocol” by Steve Berry is the latest in the Corton Malone weapons of Christ relics series. “Journey of the Pharaohs” by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown is a Kurt Austin NUMA adventure. “You Are Not Alone” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkahen is a thriller. ”Blindside” by James Patterson and James O. Born is a Det. Michael Bennett thriller. 

Nonfiction

“Lady Romeo” by Tana Wojczuk is the biography of Charlotte Cushman, a U.S. actress famous around the world in the mid-1870s who is almost unknown today. “Promised Land” by David Stebenne chronicles how the rise of the middle class transformed America from 1929-1968. “Countdown 1945” by Chris Wallace follows the Manhattan Project’s development of the atomic bomb and the decision to drop it on Hiroshima. “Me and White Supremacy” by Layla F. Saad teaches others how to understand their white privilege and change their often unconscious behaviors. “When Truth Is All You Have” by Jim McCloskey is a memoir of faith, justice and freedom for the wrongly convicted helped by the Centurion Ministries.

Donations 

Material donations now can be put into the drop box at the library — but not into the drop box at City Market. Donations will undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns. 

Quotable quote

“Conscience is the inner voice that warns us that someone may be looking.” — H. L. Mencken (1880-1956), American journalist, essayist and satirist.

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: New Young Adult teen series and library reopening going well http://www.pagosasun.com/library-news-new-young-adult-teen-series-and-library-reopening-going-well/ Fri, 17 Jul 2020 11:00:57 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=207267 By Carole Howard
PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

We are delighted to announce that we are adding a new section to our Young Adult collection. Called YA Series, it consists of shorter chapter books about 100 pages or fewer with content geared toward teens. You’ll find it at the beginning of the Young Adult Fiction section.

“These books are short and engaging reads, which are ideal for teens who don’t already like to read, or who may not be as confident in their reading ability but who still want to read books with stories they will enjoy,” said Claire Spence, teen services librarian. “We will start very small, with only one shelf. If the series proves to be popular, then we’ll look at expanding.” 

The collection will include books like “A Name Earned” by Tim Tingle, which earned a starred review on Kirkus; “Thicker Than Water” by Natasha Deen; “The Unbroken Hearts Club” by Brooke Carter; and plenty more from multiple genres including mystery, horror, science fiction and romance.

More library reopening news

“It seems to be going well,” said Meg Wempe, library director. “People are excited to be back inside the library — and we’re happy to see them.”

That’s the staff reaction as your library building is now partially reopen for the first time since the middle of March, albeit with some limitations. Services currently available:

• New: Tech time, ESL and GED. See details below.

• Up to 20 patrons at a time can come into the building Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to return books, browse, register for a new library card, make copies, send faxes, pick up tax forms and check out materials like books, DVDs, CDs and periodicals.

• The first hour every weekday — from 9 to 10 a.m. — is reserved for seniors and other high-risk people. 

• Eight computers are available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., three by advance appointment and five for walk-ins. Call us at 264-2209 or email ruby@pagosalibrary.org to schedule a time. In most cases, computer usage will be limited to two hours per day. Staff will continue to clean and disinfect the computers between uses.

• One early literacy computer is available for youngsters on a walk-in basis Monday through Saturday. 

• Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for building entry and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for computer use.

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

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

• Notary public service is now available Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. The cost is $5 per notary. 

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

• If you do not have a library card but want to use our online resources, you can self-register. From our website, click “My Account” in the top right. It is the usual login page for current patrons, and it now has (in blue) an option to “Register for a new Library Card.” There’s a short form and then staff will get back in touch with you to provide your login credentials. If you previously self-registered, you now can pick up your physical card after providing proof of address.

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

• Please note we are not accepting meeting room reservations or hosting any large in-person programming at this time. 

Tall Tale contest

 Do you have an extravagant story to tell? Submit your entries to our all-ages Tall Tale contest by 5 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, July 17. Winners will be announced on July 20. Submissions should be original stories, but can use already existing characters. Both written entries and audio recordings will be accepted — not videos, please. 

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Pre-Writers, Emerging Writers, Developed Writers-Children, Developed Writers-Teens, Developed Writers-Adults and Judge’s Choice. For more information and submission guidelines, please visit the library website at pagosalibrary.org or call us at 264-2209. 

Email your tale to ruby@pagosalibrary.org, or deliver a hard copy to the library. All entries should be clearly labeled as entries to the Tall Tale contest and include the author’s name, age and contact information. You do not need to have a library card to participate. 

Book sale canceled

Because of the coronavirus, the Friends of the Library have canceled this year’s book sale, which had been scheduled for Aug. 4-6. 

Fundraiser bumper
stickers

Your library’s foundation has launched a small fundraiser with two different bumper stickers that can be purchased at the library for $5 each. Both say, “I (heart symbol) my library.” 

HVAC installation 

Our long-awaited HVAC project is well underway. We apologize for the noise and will have earplugs available at our front door greeter station.

Summer Reading
Program

It’s not too late to sign up for the free all-ages Summer Reading Program that runs until July 31. 

• You will be given a “choose your own adventure” booklet with fun activities and challenges. Completing them makes you eligible to win weekly prizes purchased from local businesses. 

• There are adventure booklets for four groups: pre-K, K-5, teen and adult. Pick them up at the library and view them on our website. 

  To sign up, call us at 264-2209, email ruby@pagosalibrary.org or register online at pagosalibrary.org/summer-reading. We just need to know your name, contact information and what age group to assign you to. 

• In addition to the adventure booklets, a new all-ages challenge will appear each week in this “Library News” column. Anyone who completes the challenge will be entered to win a weekly drawing for various prizes.

Challenge 8: Design a bookmark

Put your creative skills to the test and design a bookmark. Bookmarks are typically 2 inches wide and 7 inches long, but yours can be any length or shape. Please do not copy a design found online; we want to see originality expressed in your design. Submit a photograph of your completed bookmark to ruby@pagosalibrary.org. All ages can participate, and everyone who submits a design will be entered into our weekly prize drawing. Please include a name and phone number with your submission. 

Tech Time

Make an appointment for one of three slots available noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Brad will be helping one person (or one couple) at a time. 

ESL

Classes are resuming Tuesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. Please register so we can keep it to a small group in our limited open spaces. No walk-ins, as the front door will be locked. 

GED

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

Dungeons and Dragons via Zoom

Join us via Zoom on Tuesdays from 2 to 4 pm for our Dungeons and Dragons group open to teens and young adults. Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on how to join. 

Family storytimes on Facebook 

Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m., join us for great stories and fun songs on the library’s Facebook page. 

Wednesday storytimes are now on Facebook Live, so if you go to Facebook at 10 a.m., you can interact with Josie — and she is eager to have a live audience. Saturday’s sessions are prerecorded. If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f) in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Or contact us and we can send you a direct link. These sessions are available to watch for about two weeks after the initial posting.

Storywalk program for kids

Every Thursday, Josie, your early literacy librarian, will post signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the elementary school detailing a new Summer Reading Storywalk for kids. The July 16-23 theme is legends. Get outdoors and follow the pages of a book for a fun-filled activity. After you finish, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

Please complete the
census now 

To complete the census online, go to www.my2020census.gov, or call (844) 330-2020 for the English version or (844) 468-2020 for the Spanish version. You can visit our website at pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online. Please phone the library at 264-2209 or email us at ruby@pagosalibrary.org if you have any questions regarding the census. 

Your participation will directly affect hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding for the next 10 years for local and regional agencies and projects like health clinics, fire departments, schools, social services like Medicaid, even roads and highways. Archuleta County needs your participation to get our fair share of these federal dollars. 

When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

Nonfiction

“The Room Where It Happened” by John Bolton is a memoir of the Trump administration by the former national security advisor. “Stamped from the Beginning” by Ibram X. Kendi is a history of racist ideas in America. “Demagogue” by Larry Tye is a biography of Sen. Joe McCarthy.

Books on CD

“The Book of Longings” by Sue Monk Kidd imagines the life of a young woman married to Jesus. “Texas Outlaw” by James Patterson and Andrew Bourelle is a Texas Ranger western. “Hit List” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington thriller. “The 20th Victim” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is a Women’s Murder Club adventure. “Walk the Fire” by David Baldacci features Amos Decker in the Memory Man mystery series. “Camino Winds” by John Grisham is a mystery set during a hurricane. “Masked Prey” by John Sandford is a Lucas Davenport thriller. “North of Laramie” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Buck Trammel western. “Phantom Hill” by Carlton Stowers is a Ralph Compton western. “Bad Apple” by Lancaster Hill is a novel of the Alamo. 

Mysteries and thrillers

“Hush” by James Patterson and Candice Fox features a former detective freed from jail by a police commissioner who needs her help. “The Clutter Corpse” is a new mystery series featuring amateur sleuth and de-clutterer Ellen Curtis. “Her Last Flight” by Beatriz Williams is a suspense story of a lost pilot and a wartime photographer. “Black Book” by James Patterson and David Ellis centers on what is missing from a madam’s customer book.

Other novels 

“The Lion’s Den” by Katherine St. John is set on a luxury yacht in the Mediterranean. “Blue Ticket” by Sophie Mackintosh is a feminist dystopian tale that imagines a world in which a girl’s fate is chosen for her. “Mrs. Lincoln’s Sisters” by Jennifer Chiaverini takes place after the president’s assassination. “A Burning” by Megha Majumdar tells of three young people seeking to better their lives in India. “The Second Home” by Christina Clancy showcases three siblings dealing with secrets and nostalgia. “Seven Lies” by Elizabeth Kay begins with a lie between two best friends.  

Donations 

We are grateful for the generous monetary donations from Susan and Terry Arrington and from Lenore Bright in memory of James Adams. 

Material donations now can be put into the drop box at the library — but not into the drop box at City Market. Donations will undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns. 

Quotable quote

“When you get right down to the root of the meaning of the word ‘succeed,’ you will find that it simply means to follow through.” — F. W. Nichol (1955-1892), IBM executive. He made the first-ever business call from the U.S. to China when he called IBM’s Shanghai office from New York in May 1937. 

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-230/ Thu, 16 Jul 2020 21:00:36 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=207469 The following meetings are subject to change.

Tuesday, July 21

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

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

C-STAT Distinguished Performance Award by state of Colorado to Archuleta County Department of Human Services team. 3 p.m. Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St. and via Google online. Call 264-8300 one to two days before the meeting to obtain the login information.

Thursday, July 23

Pagosa Springs Urban Renewal Authority meeting. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.

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

Tuesday, July 28

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

Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m. Join Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/96904926293, meeting ID: 969 0492 6293 Phone in using: (346) 248-7799. 

Friday, July 31

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

Monday, Aug. 3

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

Tuesday, Aug. 11

Archuleta School District Board of Education meeting. 6 p.m., virtual meeting. See the agenda on the district website for participation information.

Thursday, Aug. 13

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

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-229/ Thu, 09 Jul 2020 21:00:17 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=207099 The following meetings are subject to change.

Monday, July 13

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, July 14

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

Archuleta School District Board of Education meeting. 5:30 p.m., virtual meeting. See the agenda on the district website for participation information.

Town of Pagosa Springs Planning Commission. 5:30 p.m. See town website for participation information.

Pagosa Fire Protection District Board of Directors meeting and Board of Trustees of the Pagosa Fire Protection District Firemen’s Pension Fund regular meeting. 6:30 p.m., Administrative Building, Training Room, 165 N. Pagosa Blvd.

Wednesday, July 15

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

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

Tuesday, July 21

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

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

C-STAT Distinguished Performance Award by state of Colorado to Archuleta County Department of Human Services team. 3 p.m. Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St. and via Google online. Call 264-8300 one to two days before the meeting to obtain the login information.

Public meeting information should be sent to editor@pagosasun.com with “Public Meeting” in the subject line. The deadline is noon Monday each week prior to publication for that week’s issue.

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Library News: Library building partially reopened, plus new Tall Tale contest http://www.pagosasun.com/library-news-library-building-partially-reopened-plus-new-tall-tale-contest/ Thu, 09 Jul 2020 21:00:05 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=206962 By Carole Howard
PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

It is with great pleasure that we announce that your library building has now partially reopened for the first time since the middle of March, albeit with some limitations. Here’s what services are currently available:

• Up to 20 patrons at a time are now welcome to come into the building from Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to return books, browse, register for a new library card, make copies, send faxes, pick up tax forms and check out materials like books, DVDs, CDs and periodicals.

• The first hour of that time frame every weekday from 9 to 10 a.m. is reserved for seniors and other high-risk people. 

• Eight computers are now available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., three by appointment arranged in advance and five for walk-ins. To make a computer appointment, call the library at 264-2209 or email ruby@pagosalibrary.org to schedule a time. With some possible exceptions, computer usage will be limited to two hours per day. Staff will continue to clean and disinfect the computers between uses.

• As well, one early literacy computer will be available for youngsters on a walk-in basis Monday through Saturday. 

• Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for building entry and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for computer use.

• Curbside service outside the front door continues Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for those not comfortable coming into a public building at this time. Phone the library at 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so that staff can bring the items out for you. If you put a hold on something from home, please wait for your usual alert (email, phone call or text) before coming to pick it up. 

• For safety’s sake, hand sanitizers will be available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day. Also, we’re asking everyone to practice social distancing and wear facial coverings while you are in the building. If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you. 

• We have resumed providing a notary public service for anyone who needs something notarized. The cost is $5 per notary. This service is available Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

• You now are able to place holds on items from other libraries. Libraries are in different stages of courier service and reopening, so items may take longer than usual. 

• If you do not have a library card but want to use our online resources, you now can self-register. From our website, click “My Account” in the top right. It is the usual login page for current patrons, and it now has (in blue) an option to “Register for a new Library Card.” There’s a short form and then staff will get back in touch with you to give you your login credentials. If you previously self-registered, you now can pick up your physical card after providing proof of address.

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

• Please note we are not accepting meeting room reservations or hosting any large in-person programming at this time. We hope you will join us for some of our virtual programs outlined in these “Library News” columns. We will be resuming small one-on-one classes such as GED, ESL and Tech Time. Please contact the library for information.

“We are so pleased to be starting the reopening process and providing more services to our patrons,” said Meg Wempe, library director. “We want everyone to enjoy a safe, productive and happy visit when you come to your library. But we ask you to avoid hanging out inside for too long so that we can serve more people throughout the day and help keep everyone safe.” 

We are putting together a short video to share some of the changes in the library to help you know what to expect when you return. It will be posted on our Facebook page as well as on our website. 

New Tall Tale contest

Calling storytellers of all ages and abilities — your library is hosting a Tall Tale contest. Do you have an extravagant story to tell? If so, we want to hear from you. Submit your entries between Monday, July 13, and Friday, July 17, by 5 p.m. Winners will be announced on July 20.

Submissions should be original stories, but can use already existing characters. Both written entries and audio recordings will be accepted. Please do not send video entries. 

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Pre-Writers, Emerging Writers, Developed Writers-Children, Developed Writers-Teens, Developed Writers-Adults and Judge’s Choice. For more information and submission guidelines, please visit the library website at pagosalibrary.org or call us at 264-2209. 

Email your tale to ruby@pagosalibrary.org or deliver a hard copy to the library. All entries should be clearly labeled as entries to the Tall Tale contest and include the author’s name, age and contact information. You do not need to have a library card to participate. 

Book sale canceled

Because of the coronavirus, the Friends of the Library have decided to cancel this year’s sale, which had been scheduled for Aug. 4-6. Questions or concerns that the public may have can be directed to friends@pagosalibrary.org, which is the Friends’ email address.

Fundraiser bumper
stickers

Your library’s foundation has launched a small fundraiser with two different bumper stickers that cost $5 each. Both say, “I (heart symbol) my library.” If you want to purchase one to show your support, they are available during curbside hours.

HVAC installation 

Our long-awaited HVAC project has started and should take another month to complete. We apologize for the noise, particularly in the next week with the continued dismantling/demolition of the old system. We will have earplugs available at our front door greeter station.

Summer Reading
Program

It’s not too late to sign up for the free Summer Reading Program that runs until July 31. Fun activities are open to people of all ages and abilities. 

• You will be given a “choose your own adventure” booklet full of activities and challenges designed to help you explore a world of stories. The activities are fun to do — and completing them makes you eligible to win weekly prizes purchased from local businesses. The booklets include a map of an imaginary island that needs saving or it will fade away. As you travel to different places on the map and complete various tasks, you will save the island and be able to win prizes. The island is full of fun and interesting locations such as the Neighborhood Village, Fairytale Forest, Mythic Mountains, Cliffs of Adventure and more.

• There are adventure booklets for four groups: pre-K, K-5, teen and adult. You can pick them up curbside at the library and view them on our website. As well, many booklets are being delivered through the school lunch delivery program.

• Are you ready to begin your journey? To sign up, call us at 264-2209, email us at ruby@pagosalibrary.org or register online at pagosalibrary.org/summer-reading. We just need to know your name, contact information and what age group to assign you to. 

• In addition to the adventure booklets, a new all-ages challenge will appear each week in this “Library News” column. Anyone who completes the challenge will be entered to win a weekly drawing for various prizes.

Challenge 7: Blackout poetry

Create a piece of blackout poetry using the “Library News” column or another article found in The Pagosa Springs SUN newspaper. A blackout poem is created when you blackout or redact the words in the article that you don’t want, leaving behind the words you want to use in your poem. Take a picture of your poem and email it to the library at ruby@pagosalibrary.org, drop it off during curbside hours Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., post it on the library’s Facebook page, or call in to 264-2209 and tell us your poem. Everyone can participate and entries will be entered into a weekly prize drawing. 

Dungeons and Dragons via Zoom

Go on an adventure from the comfort of your couch. Join us via Zoom on Tuesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. for our new Dungeons and Dragons group. This program is open to teens and young adults. Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on how to join. 

Family storytimes on Facebook 

Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m., join us for great stories and fun songs on the library’s Facebook page. 

Wednesday storytimes are now on Facebook Live, so if you go to Facebook at 10 a.m. you can interact with Josie — and she is eager to have a live audience. Saturday’s sessions continue to be prerecorded. 

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

Storywalk program for kids

Every Thursday, Josie, your early literacy librarian, will post “signs” outside the library that follow the sidewalk up toward the elementary school detailing a new Summer Reading Storywalk for kids. The July 9-16 theme is adventure. Get outdoors and follow the pages of a book to enjoy a fun-filled exploration of new places. After you finish, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library during curbside hours Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

DVDs

“101 Dalmatians” is the Walt Disney animated film. “Queen and Slim” is a romantic drama. “Onward” is a Disney Pixar animated film.

CDs

“The Last Odyssey” by James Rollins is a Sigma Force adventure. “The Glass Hotel” by Emily St. John Mandel is a story of greed and guilt, love and delusion. “Revenge” by James Patterson and Andrew Holmes is a murder mystery featuring an SAS soldier. “Redhead by the Side of the Road” by Anne Tyler is a story of second chances and misperceptions. 

Mysteries and thrillers

“Death in Her Hands” by Ottessa Moshfegh is a horror suspense tale of an elderly widow whose life is overturned after she finds an ominous note in the woods. “Ghosts of Harvard” by Francesca Seritella follows a woman investigating her brother’s suicide on campus. “The Summer House” by James Patterson and Brandan DuBois is set in a house that once was the scene of a nighttime mass murder. “The Persuasion” by Iris Johansen focuses on forensic sculptor Eve Duncan when her daughter becomes a killer’s target.

Other novels 

“Gideon the Ninth” by Tamsun Muir is the first book in the new Locked Tomb science fantasy trilogy. “28 Summers” by Elin Hilderbrand is a romance story inspired by “Same Time Next Year.” “Daddy’s Girls” by Danielle Steel follows three daughters living on a California ranch after their father dies. “Home Before Dark” by Riley Sager is the story of a house with long-buried secrets. “Dance with Me” by Susan Elizabeth Phillips features two solitary people and is set in Tennessee. “Eliza Starts a Rumor” by Jane L. Rosen centers on two competing bulletin boards. “American Demon” by Kim Harrison is the latest in the Hollows urban fantasy series. 

Nonfiction

“The Art of Her Deal” by Pulitzer Prize winner Mary Jordan is a biography of First Lady Melania Trump. “Be An Antiracist” by National Book Award winner Ibram X. Kendi is a new look at understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society. “Five Days” by Rhodes Scholar Wes Moore and Erica L. Green reviews the uprising that overtook Baltimore in 2015 when Freddie Gray was arrested and died in police custody. “White Fragility” by educator Robin Diangelo looks at why it is so hard for white people to talk about racism.

Large print

“Formidable Foes” by Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie Brown is a mystery featuring two felines. “Hideaway” by Nora Roberts features a woman who is Hollywood royalty. “On Ocean Boulevard” by Mary Alice Monroe is the latest in the Beach House series. “Bombshell” by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall is a Teddy Fay mystery featuring Stone Barrington. “The Lies That Bind” by Emily Giffin is a mystery featuring an investigative reporter. “Credible Threat” by J. A. Jance is an Ali Reynolds mystery. “The Goodbye Man” by Jeffry Deaver is about a hate crime in the wilderness of Washington state. “A Week at the Shore” by Barbara Delinsky features three sisters coming together 20 years later.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

While the coronavirus restrictions may keep you from browsing inside the library, we suggest a fun digital alternative: Ever since March when we had to close the building, we have been buying more downloadable e-books and downloadable audio books for patrons of all ages — children, tweens, teens and adults. 

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

Donations 

We are grateful for the generous monetary donation of Lenore Bright in memory of Mamie Lynch. Your material donations now can be put into the drop box at the library, effective immediately — but not into the drop box at City Market. Donations will undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns. 

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: Holds coming from other libraries now http://www.pagosasun.com/library-news-holds-coming-from-other-libraries-now/ Fri, 03 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=206669 By Carole Howard
PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

When you log in to your account to place a hold on a DVD or a book (regular type, large print or audio book on CD), you will notice that now you are able to place holds on items from other libraries. Please know that libraries are in different stages of courier service and reopening, so items may take longer than usual. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Also, we are now offering curbside pickup and limited computer use by appointment on Saturdays, with the same hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for curbside and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for computer appointments. 

Curbside service, now Monday through Saturday outside the front door, allows you to pick up materials including holds, tax forms and things you email to us to print for you. Call the library at 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so that staff can place the items outside for you and walk away, thus maintaining physical distancing. If you put a hold on something from home, please wait for your usual alert (email or text) before coming to pick it up. 

Computer appointments, now Monday through Saturday, allow the admittance of a very limited number of people into specific areas of the building. To make a computer appointment, call the library at 264-2209 or email ruby@pagosalibrary.org to schedule a time. With some possible exceptions, computer appointments will be 45 minutes. This shortened period allows time for staff to clean and disinfect the computers between uses. 

Note that in compliance with San Juan Basin Public Health recommendations, you must wear a covering over your nose and mouth, such as a bandanna or homemade cloth mask, reserving hospital-grade masks for medical workers and those who are sick. 

HVAC installation

Our long-awaited HVAC project has started and should take six to eight weeks to complete. Now that summer is here and the warm weather calls for AC, we hope for a shorter timeline for the comfort of patrons and staff in the building. We’ll keep you informed. 

Summer Reading
Program

It’s not too late to sign up for the free Summer Reading Program that runs until July 31. Fun activities are open to people of all ages and abilities. 

• You will be given a “choose your own adventure” booklet full of activities and challenges designed to help you explore a world of stories. The activities are fun to do — and completing them makes you eligible to win weekly prizes purchased from local businesses. The booklets include a map of an imaginary island that needs saving or it will fade away. As you travel to different places on the map and complete various tasks, you will save the island and be able to win prizes. The island is full of fun and interesting locations such as the Neighborhood Village, Fairytale Forest, Mythic Mountains, Cliffs of Adventure and more.

• There are adventure booklets for four groups: pre-K, K-5, teen and adult. You can pick them up curbside at the library and view them on our website. As well, many booklets are being delivered through the school lunch delivery program.

• Are you ready to begin your journey? Contact the library to sign up. Call us at 264-2209, email us at ruby@pagosalibrary.org or register online at pagosalibrary.org/summer-reading. We just need to know your name, contact information and what age group to assign you to. 

• In addition to the adventure booklets, a new all-ages challenge will appear each week in this “Library News” column. Anyone who completes the challenge will be entered to win a weekly drawing for various prizes.

Challenge 6: Art project

Create an art project with things you find outside your home. Take a picture of your creation and tell us what you used to make it. Submissions can be emailed to the library at ruby@pagosalibrary.org, dropped off during curbside hours (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), posted on the library’s Facebook page, or called in to 264-2209. Everyone can participate and entries will be entered into a weekly prize drawing. 

Dungeons and Dragons via Zoom

Go on an adventure from the comfort of your couch. Join us via Zoom on Tuesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. for our new Dungeons and Dragons group. This program is open to teens and young adults. Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on how to join. 

Family storytimes on Facebook 

Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m., join us for great stories and fun songs on the library’s Facebook page. Wednesday storytimes are now on Facebook Live, so if you go to Facebook at 10 a.m., you can interact with Josie — and she is eager to have a live audience. Saturday’s sessions continue to be prerecorded. 

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

Storywalk program
for kids

Every Thursday, Josie, your early literacy librarian, will post “signs” outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the elementary school detailing a new Summer Reading Storywalk for kids. The July 2-9 theme is fables. 

Get outdoors and follow the pages of a book to enjoy a story that comes with morals and lessons embedded in it. After you finish, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library during curbside hours Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Other services available now

Here’s a reminder of our other services under the state’s current coronavirus guidelines that will continue until we get a variance or the governor issues an updated advisory:

1. If you do not have a library card but want to use our online resources, you now can self-register. From our website, click “My Account” in the top right. It is the usual login page for current patrons and it now has (in blue) an option to “Register for a new Library Card.” There’s a short form and then staff will get back in touch with you to give you your login credentials.

2. We’re also happy to help you with tech help over the phone for our online resources. 

3. Please note we are not accepting meeting room reservations or hosting any in-person programming at this time. We hope you will join us for some of our virtual programs outlined in these “Library News” columns.

The census has never been easier 

If you haven’t already, please respond to the census right 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. You can visit our website at pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online. Please phone the library at 264-2209 or email us at ruby@pagosalibrary.org if you have any questions regarding the census. 

Your participation will determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, directly affect hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding for the next 10 years for local and regional agencies and projects like health clinics, fire departments, schools, social services like Medicaid, even roads and highways. Archuleta County needs your participation to get our fair share of these federal dollars. 

When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

CDs

“The Paladin” by David Ignatius is a spy novel featuring a CIA operations officer. “Sunrise on Half Moon Bay” by Robyn Carr follows two sisters born 20 years apart who come together during difficult times. 

Large print

“Close Up” by Amanda Quick is a mystery featuring a news photographer working in 1930s Hollywood. “Tom Clancy Firing Point” by Mike Maden is a Jack Ryan Jr. adventure. “Wrath of Poseidon” by Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell is a Sam and Remi Fargo adventure. “Death Wields a Henry .44” by Mike Sartain and Frank Leslie contains two westerns. “Bullets Don’t Argue” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Perley Gates western. 

Nonfiction

“So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ljeoma Oluo is a hard-hitting, user-friendly examination of race in America. “Our Time Is Now” by Stacy Abrams offers a blueprint to end voter suppression. “Democracy in One Book or Less” by David Litt explores the changes needed in the U.S. political process with humor and optimism. “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” by Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential. “Horse Owner’s Guide to Toxic Plants” by Sandra McQuinn is an expansive reference guide for horse owners. “Once a Shooter” by T.J. Stevens is a firsthand account of what it is like to be a high school shooter now pardoned by God. “White Kids” by sociologist Margaret A. Hagerman looks at how affluent parents intentionally and unintentionally use their privilege to influence their kids in a racially divided America. 

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

While the coronavirus restrictions keep you from browsing inside the library, we suggest a fun digital alternative: Ever since March when we had to close the building, we have been buying more downloadable e-books and downloadable audio books for patrons of all ages — children, tweens, teens and adults. 

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

Quotable quote

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” — Will Rogers (1879-1935), American actor, cowboy, humorist, newspaper columnist and social commentator from Oklahoma.

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: Curbside service and computer use expand to Saturdays http://www.pagosasun.com/library-news-curbside-service-and-computer-use-expand-to-saturdays/ Fri, 26 Jun 2020 11:00:48 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=206310 By Carole Howard
PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

We are delighted to announce that we now offer curbside pickup and limited computer use by appointment on Saturdays, with the same hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for curbside and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for computer appointments. 

“We know that some patrons need these services available on a weekend day and we are happy to be able to provide them,” said Meg Wempe, library director. 

Curbside service, now Monday through Saturday outside the front door, allows you to pick up materials including holds, tax forms and things you email to us to print for you. Call the library at 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so that staff can place the items outside for you and walk away, thus maintaining physical distancing. If you put a hold on something from home, please wait for your usual alert (email or text) before coming to pick it up. 

Computer appointments, now Monday through Saturday, allow the admittance of a very limited number of people into specific areas of the building. To make a computer appointment, call the library at 264-2209 or email ruby@pagosalibrary.org to schedule a time. With some possible exceptions, computer appointments will be 45 minutes. This shortened period allows time for staff to clean and disinfect the computers between uses.

Also note that in compliance with San Juan Basin Public Health recommendations, you must wear a covering over your nose and mouth, such as a bandanna or homemade cloth mask, reserving hospital-grade masks for medical workers and those who are sick. The old adage of “No shirt, no shoes, no service” is now “No shirt, no shoes, no mask, no service.” We are not able to provide such coverings; you must bring and wear your own.

Local author
discussion today

We hope you will join us today, Thursday, June 25, at 5 p.m. for a Q-and-A discussion via Zoom with local author Ethan Proud, author of five books. The Rebellion trilogy, co-authored with his brother, is a sweeping fantasy tale of war. Proud also is author of “Terra Mortem” about a shipwrecked colony on a desolate and loveless planet where survival, conflict and war threaten the hope of a peaceful future. His most recent book, “Witchwood,” and its accompanying novella, “Seabound,” is a supernatural, dark fantasy involving a series of unexplainable murders. 

To register, send an email to brad@pagosalibrary.org or call the library at 264-2209 and Brad will send you the Zoom link and password. All of Proud’s books are available to check out at your library. 

LEGO contest deadline tomorrow

Do you love monsters and creating with LEGOs? If yes, tomorrow is your last chance to enter our monster-themed virtual LEGO contest by submitting up to five photos of your creation. 

Email submissions to ruby@pagosalibrary.org or submit photos to the library via Facebook Messenger. To ensure a fair judging, none of these photos may contain people. One photo should be a top view and one a front view. All submissions should include your name, age group and contact information. If you do not have a camera or Internet access, please contact the library and we will assist you. Winners will be announced this Saturday, June 27. 

Prizes will be awarded for each of five age categories: preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17 and adult. One prize will also be awarded for the Judges’ Choice and one for the best fit to the theme — but LEGO creations do not have to fit the theme to be eligible for prizes. 

For more information, contact the library at 264-2209. 

HVAC installation

Our long-awaited HVAC project started this week and should take six to eight weeks to complete. Now that summer is here and the warm weather calls for AC, we hope for a shorter timeline for the comfort of patrons and staff in the building. We’ll keep you informed. 

Summer Reading
Program

If you haven’t already signed up, please do so now for the free Summer Reading Program from June 1 through July 31. Fun activities are open to people of all ages and abilities. 

• You will be given a “choose your own adventure” booklet full of activities and challenges designed to help you explore a world of stories. The activities are fun to do — and completing them makes you eligible to win weekly prizes purchased from local businesses. The booklets include a map of an imaginary island that needs saving or it will fade away. As you travel to different places on the map and complete various tasks, you will save the island and be able to win prizes. The island is full of fun and interesting locations such as the Neighborhood Village, Fairytale Forest, Mythic Mountains, Cliffs of Adventure and more.

• There are adventure booklets for four groups: pre-K, K-5, teen and adult. You can pick them up curbside at the library and view them on our website. As well, many booklets are being delivered through the school lunch delivery program.

• Are you ready to begin your journey? Contact the library to sign up. Call us at 264-2209, email us at ruby@pagosalibrary.org or register online at pagosalibrary.org/summer-reading. We just need to know your name, contact information and what age group to assign you to. 

• In addition to the adventure booklets, a new challenge will appear each week in this “Library News” column. Anyone who completes the challenge will be entered to win a weekly drawing for various prizes.

Challenge 5: A new
reading experience

Read a book or article that you usually would not pick up. Tell us about the experience in no more than five sentences: What was the book or article? Why wouldn’t you normally read it? What did you think of it after reading it? Submissions can be emailed to the library at ruby@pagosalibrary.org, dropped off during curbside hours Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., posted on the library’s Facebook page or called in to 264-2209. Everyone can participate and entries will be entered into a weekly prize drawing. 

Dungeons and Dragons via Zoom

Go on an adventure from the comfort of your couch. Join us via Zoom on Tuesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. for our new Dungeons and Dragons group. This program is open to teens and young adults. Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on how to join. 

Family storytimes on Facebook 

Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m., join us for great stories and fun songs on the library’s Facebook page. 

Wednesday storytimes are now on Facebook Live, so if you go to Facebook at 10 a.m. you can interact with Josie — and she is eager to have a live audience. Saturday’s sessions continue to be prerecorded. 

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

Storywalk program
for kids

Every Thursday, Josie, your early literacy librarian, will post “signs” outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the elementary school detailing a new Summer Reading Storywalk for kids. The June 25 through July 3 theme is heroes. 

Get outdoors and follow the pages of a book to enjoy a story about amazing people doing wonderful things as you stroll along. After you finish, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library during curbside hours Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Other services
available now

Here’s a reminder of our other services under the state’s current coronavirus guidelines that will continue until we get a variance or the governor issues an updated advisory:

1. If you do not have a library card but want to use our online resources, you now can self-register. From our website, click “My Account” in the top right. It is the usual login page for current patrons and it now has (in blue) an option to “Register for a new Library Card.” There’s a short form and then staff will get back in touch with you to give you your login credentials.

2. We’re also happy to help you with tech help over the phone for our online resources. 

3. Please note we are not accepting meeting room reservations or hosting any in-person programming at this time. We hope you will join us for some of our virtual programs outlined in these “Library News” columns.

The census has never been easier 

If you haven’t already, please respond to the census right now. To complete the census online, go to www.my2020census.gov, or call (844) 330-2020 for the English version or (844) 468-2020 for the Spanish version. You can visit our website at pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online. Please phone the library at 264-2209 or email us at ruby@pagosalibrary.org if you have any questions regarding the census. 

Your participation will determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, directly affect hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding for the next 10 years for local and regional agencies and projects like health clinics, fire departments, schools, social services like Medicaid, even roads and highways. Archuleta County needs your participation to get our fair share of these federal dollars. 

When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

Nonfiction

“The Hardest Job in the World” by John Dickerson explores the many difficult responsibilities of the American presidency and those who have held our nation’s highest office. “Exercise of Power” by Robert M. Gates, former secretary of defense, analyzes challenges faced by our past four presidents and their senior advisers and their responses. “Devolution” by Max Brooks is a firsthand account of the Rainier Sacquatch massacre. “The New One” by Mike Birbiglia, with poems by J. Hope Stein, explores what the author calls “painfully true stories from a reluctant dad.” 

DVDs

“The Invisible Man” is a thriller starring Elisabeth Moss. “The Miracle of The Little Prince” is a documentary about the power of one of the most translated books in the world, second only to the Bible. “Liyana” follows a South African storyteller guiding five orphaned children as they craft an original fairytale. “I Still Believe” is the true-life story of Christian music megastar Jeremy Camp. “Jumanji: The Next Level” is the latest in this action series.

CDs

“A Good Neighborhood” by Therese Anne Fowler follows two feuding families who share a property line. 

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

While the coronavirus restrictions keep you from browsing inside the library, we suggest a fun digital alternative: Ever since March when we had to close the building, we have been buying more downloadable e-books and downloadable audio books for patrons of all ages — children, tweens, teens and adults. 

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

Donations 

We are grateful for generous monetary donations from Susan and Terry Arrington, as well as Debi and George Carey. 

Your material donations now can be put into the drop box at the library, effective immediately — but not into the drop box at City Market. Donations will undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns. And a gentle reminder: We can only accept fiction from the last 10 years and nonfiction from the past five. The publication date is usually in small type on the bottom of one of the first few pages of the book. 

Note that we cannot accept donations of magazines or newspapers at this time.

Quotable quote

“The way a book is read — which is to say, the qualities a reader brings to a book — can have as much to do with its worth as anything the author puts into it … Anyone who can read can learn to read deeply and thus live more fully.” — Normal Cousins (1915-1990), American political journalist, author, professor and world peace advocate.

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: Browse our digital collection and enter a monster-themed virtual LEGO contest http://www.pagosasun.com/library-news-browse-our-digital-collection-and-enter-a-monster-themed-virtual-lego-contest/ Fri, 19 Jun 2020 11:00:20 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=205876 By Carole Howard
PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

While the coronavirus restrictions keep you from browsing inside the library, we suggest a fun digital alternative: Ever since March when we had to close the building, we have been buying more downloadable e-books and downloadable audio books for patrons of all ages — children, tweens, teens and adults. 

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

Monster-themed virtual LEGO contest

Do you love monsters and creating with LEGOs? If yes, please enter our monster-themed virtual LEGO contest. Submit up to five photos of your creation the week of June 22-26. You may email submissions to ruby@pagosalibrary.org or submit photos to the library via Facebook Messenger. To ensure a fair judging, none of these photos may contain people. One photo should be a top view and one a front view. 

All submissions should include your name, age group and contact information. If you do not have a camera or Internet access, please contact the library and we will assist you. 

Winners will be announced Saturday, June 27. Prizes will be awarded for each of five age categories: preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17 and adult. One prize will also be awarded for the Judges’ Choice and one for the best fit to the theme — but LEGO creations do not have to fit the theme to be eligible for prizes. For more information, contact the library at 264-2209. 

Summer Reading
Program

If you haven’t already signed up, please do so now for the free Summer Reading Program that runs from June 1 through July 31. Fun activities are open to people of all ages and abilities. 

• You will be given a “choose your own adventure” booklet full of activities and challenges designed to help you explore a world of stories. The activities are fun to do — and completing them makes you eligible to win weekly prizes purchased from local businesses. The booklets include a map of an imaginary island that needs saving or it will fade away. As you travel to different places on the map and complete various tasks, you will save the island and be able to win prizes. The island is full of fun and interesting locations such as the Neighborhood Village, Fairytale Forest, Mythic Mountains, Cliffs of Adventure and more.

• There are adventure booklets for four groups: pre-K, K-5, teen and adult. You can pick them up curbside at the library and view them on our website. As well, many booklets are being delivered through the school lunch delivery program.

• Are you ready to begin your journey? Contact the library to sign up. Call us at 264-2209, email us at ruby@pagosalibrary.org or register online at pagosalibrary.org/summer-reading. We just need to know your name, contact information, and what age group to assign you to. 

• In addition to the adventure booklets, a new challenge will appear each week in this “Library News” column. Anyone who completes the challenge will be entered to win a weekly drawing for various prizes.

Challenge 4: A special meal

Eat or make a meal that reminds you of someone or something. Submit a photo of your meal or recipe to the library, and describe the person or thing the meal reminds you of and why in no more than five sentences. 

Submissions can be emailed to the library at ruby@pagosalibrary.org, dropped off during curbside hours Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., posted on the library’s Facebook page or called in at 264-2209. Everyone can participate, and entries will be entered into a weekly prize drawing. 

Update to returns and donations policy

Your returns and donations now can be put into the drop box at the library — but not into the drop box at City Market because we still do not have any interlibrary courier service pickups. For everyone’s safety, we will continue to quarantine returned items and get them safely ready for the next patron. Please note that because returned items will be in quarantine for three full days, it could be five days before they are wiped down and checked off your account. 

Donations will undergo the same rigorous quarantine process. And a gentle reminder: We can only accept fiction from the last 10 years and nonfiction from the past five. The publication date is usually in small type on the bottom of one of the first few pages of the book.

Other services available now

Here’s a reminder of our other services under the state’s current coronavirus guidelines that will continue until we get a variance or the governor issues an updated advisory:

1. Curbside service Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. outside the front door allows you to pick up materials including holds, tax forms and things you email to us to print for you. Call the library at 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so that staff can place the items outside for you and walk away, thus maintaining physical distancing. If you put a hold on something from home, please wait for your usual alert (email or text) before coming to pick it up. 

2. If you do not have a library card but want to use our online resources, you now can self-register. From our website, click “My Account” in the top right. It is the usual login page for current patrons, and it now has (in blue) an option to “Register for a new Library Card.” There’s a short form and then staff will get back in touch with you to give you your login credentials.

3. We are admitting a very limited number of people into specific areas of the building for computer appointments Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To make a computer appointment, call the library at 264-2209 or email ruby@pagosalibrary.org to schedule a time. With some possible exceptions, computer appointments will be 45 minutes. This shortened period allows time for staff to clean and disinfect the computers between uses. 

Also note that in compliance with the San Juan Basin Public Health recommendations, you must wear a covering over your nose and mouth, such as a bandanna or homemade cloth mask, reserving hospital-grade masks for medical workers and those who are sick. The old adage of “No shirt, no shoes, no service” is now “No shirt, no shoes, no mask, no service.” We are not able to provide such coverings; you must bring and wear your own.

4. We’re also happy to help you with tech help over the phone for our online resources. 

5. Please note we are not accepting meeting room reservations or hosting any in-person programming at this time. We hope you will join us for some of our virtual programs outlined in these “Library News” columns.

The census has never been easier 

If you haven’t already, please respond to the census right now. To complete the census online, go to www.my2020census.gov, or by phone call (844) 330-2020 for the English version or (844) 468-2020 for the Spanish version. You can visit our website at pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online. Please phone the library at 264-2209 or email us at ruby@pagosalibrary.org if you have any questions regarding the census. 

Your participation will determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, directly affect hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding for the next 10 years for local and regional agencies and projects like health clinics, fire departments, schools, social services like Medicaid, even roads and highways. Archuleta County needs your participation to get our fair share of these federal dollars. 

When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

Save the date for local author discussion

We hope you will join us next Thursday, June 25, at 5 p.m. for a Q-and-A discussion via Zoom with local author Ethan Proud, author of five books. The Rebellion trilogy “Rebellion, Vengeance and Onslaught,” co-authored with his brother, is a sweeping fantasy tale of war. Proud also is author of “Terra Mortem” about a shipwrecked colony on a desolate and loveless planet where survival, conflict and war threaten the hope of a peaceful future. His most recent book, “Witchwood” and its accompanying novella “Seabound,” is a supernatural, dark fantasy involving a series of unexplainable murders. To register, send an email to brad@pagosalibrary.org or call the library at 264-2209 and Brad will send you the Zoom link and password. All of Proud’s books are available to check out at your library. 

New Storywalk program for kids

Every Thursday this summer, Josie, your early literacy librarian, will post a Summer Reading Storywalk for kids. The June 18-25 theme is fairy tales. Part of the magic of fairy tales is how the different elements of a story can change and morph to create something different or new. Get outdoors and follow the pages of the book to enjoy a story as you stroll along. After you finish, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library during curbside hours Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Dungeons and Dragons via Zoom

Go on an adventure from the comfort of your couch. Join us via Zoom on Tuesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. for our new Dungeons and Dragons group. This program is open to teens and young adults. Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on how to join. 

Family storytimes on Facebook 

Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m., join us for great stories and fun songs on the library’s Facebook page. Wednesday storytimes are now on Facebook Live, so if you go to Facebook at 10 a.m. you can interact with Josie — and she is eager to have a live audience. Saturday’s sessions continue to be prerecorded. If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f) in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Or contact us and we can send you a direct link. These sessions are available to watch for about two weeks after the initial posting.

CDs

“In Deep” by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Rohde explores the FBI, CIA and America’s “deep state.” “Afterlife” by Julia Alvarez is a novel about a woman who has just retired from her college teaching job to face huge disruptions to her life. “The Wedding Dress” by Danielle Steel follows four generations of women through fortune and loss, motherhood, tragedy and victory. 

Activities book for kids

“Learn to Read The Easy Way” by Heather McAvan contains 60 phonics-based activities and games for kids that are such fun that they won’t realize they are learning. 

Thrillers, suspense and mysteries

“Twisted Twenty-Six” by Janet Evanovich is a Stephanie Plum mystery. 

Other novels

“The Wedding Dress” by Danielle Steel follows four generations of women through fortune and loss, motherhood, tragedy and victory. “The Midwife” by Jolina Petersheim begins when a Mennonite surrogate is unprepared when the parents decide to end the pregnancy. “The Outcast” by Jolina Petersheim features a young Mennonite woman who is shunned when she becomes pregnant. “The Empress Holds in Key” by Gabriel Farago starts with the discovery of a charred old photograph in the ruins of a cottage. “The Best People” by Marc Grossberg is a legal drama set in Houston. 

Nonfiction

“Cleanse to Heal” by Anthony William is a cleansing plan for sufferers of anxiety, depression, acne, eczema, Lyme disease, weight issues, vertigo and more. “Great Migration” by Sonia Shah explores the science and history of migration in animals, plants and humans. 

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books and audiobooks are available through cloudLibrary by Bibliotheca. Access cloudLibrary by clicking on the downloadable content 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.

Donations 

Your material donations now can be put into the drop box at the library, effective immediately — but not into the drop box at City Market. Donations will undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns. And a gentle reminder: We can only accept fiction from the last 10 years and nonfiction from the past five. The publication date is usually in small type on the bottom of one of the first few pages of the book.

Quotable quote

“In a very real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read … It is not true that we have only one life to lead; if we can read we can live so many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.” — S.I. Hayakawa (1906-1992), Canadian-born American academic and politician of Japanese ancestry. A professor of English, he served as president of San Francisco State University and then as U.S. senator from California.

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 joins county variance request, Summer Reading Program underway with challenge No. 3 http://www.pagosasun.com/library-news-library-joins-county-variance-request-summer-reading-program-underway-with-challenge-no-3/ Thu, 11 Jun 2020 22:13:18 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=205596 By Carole Howard
PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

We are pleased to tell you that we have joined the county variance request that will go to the governor’s office asking for permission to lift some coronavirus restrictions so that we can offer more services for you. We are asking to be allowed to open at 50 percent capacity as well as to provide space for one-on-one and other small-group meetings, all with safety precautions including masks and physical distancing.

We do not know the timetable for such a review, so in the meantime, we will continue curbside service and computer use only by appointment. In fact, for patrons who might be uncomfortable coming into our building if we get the variance, we will continue curbside service even if the variance is granted.

“I’m appreciative that the library is being added to the county variance, and am hopeful it will be approved on a state level,” said Meg Wempe, library director. “As well, everyone on staff is very grateful for the support we have been getting from patrons for the services we are working hard to provide for you during these stressful times.” 

Please see below for current services that will continue until further notice.

Summer Reading Program

If you haven’t already signed up, please do so now for the free Summer Reading Program from June 1 to July 31. Fun activities are open to people of all ages and abilities. 

• You will be given a “choose your own adventure” booklet full of activities and challenges designed to help you explore a world of stories. The activities are fun to do — and completing them makes you eligible to win weekly prizes purchased from local businesses. 

The booklets include a map of an imaginary island that needs saving or it will fade away. As you travel to different places on the map and complete various tasks, you will save the island and be able to win prizes. The island is full of fun and interesting locations such as the Neighborhood Village, Fairytale Forest, Mythic Mountains, Cliffs of Adventure and more.

• There are adventure booklets for four groups: pre-K, K-5, teen and adult. You can pick them up curbside at the library and view them on our website. As well, many booklets are being delivered through the school lunch delivery program.

• Are you ready to begin your journey? Contact the library to sign up. Call us at 264-2209, email us at ruby@pagosalibrary.org or register online at pagosalibrary.org/summer-reading. We just need to know your name, contact information and what age group to assign you to. 

• In addition to the adventure booklets, a new challenge will appear each week in this “Library News” column. Anyone who completes the challenge will be entered to win a weekly drawing for various prizes.

Challenge 3: Go on an adventure 

Your adventure could be a bike ride, a hike or anything else that you feel is adventurous. Take or draw a picture at the start and at the end of your journey and then write a story (real or imagined) of your exploits in not more than 200 words. 

Submit your pictures and story to the library by email at ruby@pagosalibrary.org, post to the library’s Facebook page,or drop them off at the library during our curbside hours Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Include your name and phone number with your entry. Everyone can participate and entries will be entered into a weekly prize drawing. Be creative and have fun. 

Special note to parents and caregivers

The Summer Reading Program is one of our most popular events of the year. It’s fun and it’s educational. Also, it will help your children avoid the dreaded “summer slide” in reading skills that has been documented so often when youngsters take a vacation from books — an especially important benefit this year when the school year was so disrupted by the coronavirus. One recent study showed that seventh-graders lose on average 36 percent of the previous year’s reading gains and 50 percent of their math gains over a regular summer. 

Update to returns and donations policy

Your returns and donations now can be put into the drop box at the library — but not into the drop box at City Market because we still do not have any interlibrary courier service pickups. For everyone’s safety, we will continue to quarantine returned items and get them safely ready for the next patron. Please note that because returned items will be in quarantine for three full days, it could be five days before they are wiped down and checked off your account. 

Donations will undergo the same rigorous quarantine process. And a gentle reminder: We can only accept fiction from the last 10 years and nonfiction from the past five. The publication date is usually in small type on the bottom of one of the first few pages of the book.

The census has never been easier 

If you haven’t already, please respond to the census right now, even if you have not received an official invitation to respond. You do not need to wait for anything from the Census Bureau — you can do it online. Instead of using a unique census ID number, you will be asked to enter your physical address. 

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. You can visit our website at pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online. Please phone the library at 264-2209 or email us at ruby@pagosalibrary.org if you have any questions regarding the census. 

Your participation is very important because it will determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, directly affect hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding for the next 10 years for local and regional agencies and projects like health clinics, fire departments, schools, social services like Medicaid, even roads and highways. Archuleta County needs your participation to get our fair share of these federal dollars. 

When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are used only to produce statistics. The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

Expanded Wi-Fi service 

A reminder that the installation of a booster allows Wi-Fi to be used throughout the library’s entire parking lot. You no longer have to be parked right next to the building. This expansion allows you to park farther apart while safely accessing from your car or truck. 

Other services
available now

Here’s a reminder of our other current services under the state’s Safer at Home guidelines that will continue until we get a variance or the governor issues an updated advisory:

• Curbside service Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. outside the front door allows you to pick up materials including holds, tax forms and things you email to us to print for you. Call the library at 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so that staff can place the items outside for you and walk away, thus maintaining physical distancing. If you put a hold on something from home, please wait for your usual alert (email or text) before coming to pick it up. 

• If you do not have a library card but want to use our online resources, you now can self-register. From our website, click “My Account” in the top right. It is the usual login page for current patrons, and it now has (in blue) an option to “Register for a new Library Card.” There’s a short form and then staff will get back in touch with you to give you your login credentials.

• We are admitting a very limited number of people into specific areas of the building for computer appointments Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To make a computer appointment, call the library at 264-2209 or email ruby@pagosalibrary.org to schedule a time. With some possible exceptions, computer appointments will be 45 minutes. This shortened period allows time for staff to clean and disinfect the computers between uses. Also note that in compliance with the San Juan Basin Public Health recommendations, you must wear a covering over your nose and mouth, such as a bandanna or homemade cloth mask, reserving hospital-grade masks for medical workers and those who are sick. The old adage of “No shirt, no shoes, no service” is now “No shirt, no shoes, no mask, no service.” We are not able to provide such coverings; you must bring and wear your own.

• We’re also happy to help you with tech help over the phone for our online resources. 

• Please note we are not accepting meeting room reservations or hosting any in-person programming at this time. We hope you will join us for some of our virtual programs outlined in these “Library News” columns.

New Storywalk program for kids

Starting today and every Thursday this summer, Josie, your early literacy librarian, will post a Summer Reading Storywalk for kids. The first one is “Imagine Your Story.” Get outdoors and follow the pages of the book to enjoy a story as you stroll along. After you finish, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library during curbside hours Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dungeons and Dragons via Zoom

Go on an adventure from the comfort of your couch. Join us via Zoom on Tuesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. for our new Dungeons and Dragons group. This program is open to teens and young adults. Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on how to join. 

Family storytimes on Facebook 

Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m., join us for great stories and fun songs on the library’s Facebook page. Wednesday storytimes are now on Facebook Live, so if you go to Facebook at 10 a.m., you can interact with Josie — and she is eager to have a live audience. Saturday’s sessions continue to be prerecorded.

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

Large print

“Close Up” by Amanda Quick is a murder mystery featuring a crime photographer. “Devoted” by Dean Koontz features a young boy who has not spoken in his 11 years. “If It Bleeds” by Stephen King is a collection of four new novellas. “Masked Prey” by John Stanford is a Lucas Davenport mystery. “Master Class” by Christina Dalcher follows a mother whose daughter’s life is controlled by her IQ score. “Sunrise on Half Moon Bay” by Robyn Carr tells of two sisters born 20 years apart. “The New Husband” by D.J. Palmer is a romantic mystery. “Hello, Summer” by Mary Kay Anderson features a small-town reporter witnessing a dreadful accident. “Robert B. Parker’s Grudge Match” by Mike Lupica features PI Sunny Randall. “Someone Like You” by Karen Kingsbury is a love story that begins with a frozen embryo. 

Activities books for kids

We have three new activities books for kids by Asia Citro, creator of the popular blog Fun at Home with Kids and a former classroom science teacher and outdoor camp director. “150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids” helps parents, caregivers and kids rediscover the spirit of imaginative play. “The Curious Kid’s Science Book” contains more than 100 creative hands-on activities for ages 4-6. “A Little Bit of Dirt” offers more than 55 science and art activities to reconnect children and nature. 

Nonfiction

“This is What America Looks Like” is a memoir by Ilhan Omar, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress. “United States of Socialism” by Dinesh D’Souza explores what he calls today’s “identity socialism.” “Hollywood Park” by Mikel Jollett is a memoir of a child growing up in a dangerous cult. 

Thrillers, suspense and mysteries

“Don’t Lie to Me” by Willow Rose begins when a 12-year-old never comes home from summer camp. “Terra Mortem” by Ethan Proud is a sci-fi thriller. “Deceptions” by Kelly Armstrong is a Cainsville mystery. “Everything I Never Told You” by Celese Ng explores divisions between cultures after a favored daughter dies. “Eagle Station” by Dale Brown is a geopolitical adventure featuring the Space Force. “Fair Warning” by Michael Connelly features journalist Jack McEvoy. 

Other novels

“Personal Appearances Are Everything” by Bitty Collins and Carolyn Jason is set in the world’s most prestigious department store. “Verity” by Lisa T. Bergrens is a historical novel set in the West Indies. “Daughter of Sand and Stone” by Libbie Hawker is a historical novel based on a real-life heroine. “The Jane Austen Society” by Natalie Jenner features a group of disparate individuals fighting to preserve the author’s home and legacy. 

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books and audiobooks are available through cloudLibrary by Bibliotheca. Access cloudLibrary by clicking on the downloadable content 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.

Donations 

We are grateful our anonymous donors. Your material donations now can be put into the drop box at the library, effective immediately — but not into the drop box at City Market. Donations will undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns. And a gentle reminder: We can only accept fiction from the last 10 years and nonfiction from the past five. The publication date is usually in small type on the bottom of one of the first few pages of the book.

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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