Library News – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 02 Jul 2020 20:59:57 +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 News – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com 32 32 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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Library News: Summer Reading Program underway with challenge No. 2, plus cemetery virtual tour http://www.pagosasun.com/library-news-summer-reading-program-underway-with-challenge-no-2-plus-cemetery-virtual-tour/ Fri, 05 Jun 2020 11:00:21 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=205124 By Carole Howard
PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

If you haven’t already signed up, you’re invited to do so now for this year’s free Summer Reading Program that runs from June 1 to July 31. Our theme, “Imagine Your Story,” is a celebration of reading, storytelling and imagination. 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 and be announced on KWUF radio. Anyone who completes the challenge will be entered to win a weekly drawing for various prizes.

Challenge 2: Bird photo

As part of the Summer Reading program, take a picture of a bird and email it to us at ruby@pagosalibrary.org or post it on the library’s Facebook page. Tell us where you took the picture (e.g., “at Echo Lake”) and try to identify the species of bird to the best of your ability. If you don’t have access to email or Facebook, we can scan a print copy of your picture at the library or you can make an appointment to use a library computer. Everyone can participate. Entries will be entered into a weekly prize drawing. Alternatively, you may sketch a picture of a bird if you do not want to take a photograph. 

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. 

Hilltop Cemetery
virtual tour

To honor some of Archuleta County’s important residents of the past, Brad, our adult services librarian, visited several grave sites at Hilltop Cemetery and discussed the significance to our community of the individuals buried there in a virtual tour on Memorial Day. If you missed that showing, there are several other ways for you to enjoy this informative and interesting look into local history.

The 13-minute video is on the library’s Facebook page and it also can be viewed on the library’s website by going to pagosalibrary.org/adult-services, or go to the library’s homepage at pagosalibrary.org and click on the “Adult” tab. Some of the individuals highlighted in the video include the four Yamaguchi brothers, Dr. Mary Fisher, Lauriana Gallegos Archuleta and Ruby M. Sisson, the namesake of your local library. Other people also are briefly mentioned in this video. Please let Brad know if you would like to see future cemetery visits to learn more about and remember Pagosa’s past. His email address is: brad@pagosalibrary.org. 

Special note about
possible changes

There may be more changes after the governor’s next announcement scheduled for some time after June 1, which is after The SUN deadline for this week’s “Library News” column. We’ll report any changes in the June 11 column.

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 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 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. Curbside service outside the front door allows you to pick up materials including holds, tax forms and things you email to us to print for you. These services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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. 

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 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. If you want 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.

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

4. 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.

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. Please 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 via prerecorded videos posted on the library’s Facebook page. 

If you have a Facebook account, you can log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can 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 you can contact us and we can send you a direct link. These sessions are available to watch for about two weeks after the initial posting.

How-to and self-help

“Reframed” by Stuart Shanker is the third book in his trilogy helping us build a compassionate society one mind at a time. “Keep What You Love” by Irene Smith and Astrid van der Hulst is a whimsical yet practical guide to decluttering your life. “Sorry Willie!” by John Dufresne with illustrations by Evan Wondolowski is a guide to writing fiction. “How Children Learn” by John Holt is the 50th anniversary edition of this classic. “Stem Cell Cure” by Drs. Gaurav K. Goswami and Kerry Johnson describes how to free yourself from chronic ailments without toxic medications or disabling surgery. “What makes a Marriage Last” by Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue features the secrets to a happy life from 40 celebrated couples. “Breath” by James Nestor reveals the hidden science behind ancient breathing practices for good health today. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama is a guided journal for discovering your voice, based on her memoir. “Well-Trained Mind” by Susan Wise Bauer is a guide to classical education at home. 

Other nonfiction

 “The Lincoln Conspiracy” by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch reveals the secret plot to kill America’s 16th president and why it failed. “Pelosi” by award-winning political journalist Molly Ball is a biography of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “Stray” by Stephanie Danler is a memoir of growing up in a family shattered by lies and addiction. “The Bird Way” by Jennifer Ackerman upends the traditional view of how birds communicate and live. “Dirt” by Bill Buford tells of an American writer who moves to France to learn the secrets of French cooking.

Novels

“To Wake the Giant” by Jeff Shaara is a novel about Pearl Harbor told through the eyes of widely diverse characters. “Afterlife” by Julia Alvarez follows an immigrant writer who has just retired from her college teaching job when her life is uprooted in multiple ways. “It Would Be Night in Caracas” by Karina Sainz Borgo is about a young woman whose mother has died trying to survive in Venezuela. “The Alliance” and “The Divide” by Jolina Petersheim make up this two-part series set in a Mennonite community. “How the Light Gets In” by Jolina Petersheim is a romance, also set in a Mennonite community.

DVDs

“Midway” is the epic movie about this pivotal battle in World War II. “Just Mercy” is a story of justice and redemption in Alabama. “The Last Full Measure” is the true story of a U.S. Air Force medic who saved more than 60 lives in Vietnam. 

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 for the generous monetary donations from Bonni Pszola as well as Jan and Bob Clinkenbeard. 

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 because we still do not have any interlibrary courier service pickups there. 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

“We often forget we’re at our best when we’re holding the hand — and having the back of — someone we care about.” — Marlo Thomas, American actress, producer, author and social activist best known for starring on the sitcom “That Girl” (1966–1971) and her award-winning children’s book and entertainment franchise “Free to Be … You and Me.”

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: Updates to returns and donations policies, plus Summer Reading Program and challenge starts June 1 http://www.pagosasun.com/library-news-updates-to-returns-and-donations-policies-plus-summer-reading-program-and-challenge-starts-june-1/ Fri, 29 May 2020 11:00:29 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=204593

Photo courtesy Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library
The library’s computers are available for public use by appointment with precautions.

By Carole Howard
PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

Your returns and donations now can be put into the drop box at the library, effective immediately — but not into the drop box at City Market because we still do not have any interlibrary courier service pickups there.

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 may be up to 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.

Summer Reading
Program starts June 1

You’re invited to sign up now for this year’s free Summer Reading Program that runs from June 1 to July 31. Our theme, “Imagine Your Story,” is a celebration of reading, storytelling and imagination. Fun activities are open to people of all ages and abilities. 

Photo courtesy Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library
Library materials are available to checkout via curbside pickup and staff are ready to help you with many other library services.

• 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 will be 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 and be announced on KWUF Radio. Anyone who completes the challenge will be entered to win a weekly drawing for various prizes.

Challenge 1: Book review

The first challenge of the Summer Reading Program is to share the title of a book you have recently read with a one or two-sentence review on why you liked or didn’t like it. Share by going to the library’s Facebook page, giving the library a call or sending us an email. Include your name and contact information with your review and you will be entered to win a weekly drawing for various prizes we’ve purchased from local businesses.

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. 

Census information on second homes 

To complete the census online, go to my2020census.gov, or call (844) 330-2020 for the English version or (844) 468-2020 for the Spanish version. Please phone the library at 264-2209 or email us at ruby@pagosalibrary.org if you have any questions regarding the census.

• Completing the census if you own a second home: The census counts people where they live and sleep most of the time. If you split your time between homes or own a second home, you can help the census be more accurate and efficient by responding appropriately. If you receive an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census at your usual residence (where you live and sleep most of the time), then you should respond to that invitation and provide information about all of the people who live with you. If you are away from where you usually live when the invitation arrives, you can respond online or by phone by providing the address for your usual residence. You can respond that no one lives at a residence if you know no one usually lives or stays there.

• If you receive an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census at a seasonal or vacation residence (where you do not live and sleep most of the time), and you know that no one else usually lives there, then you can respond online or by phone and answer “no” when asked if you or anyone else is living or staying at that address on April 1, 2020. This will allow us to mark the seasonal residence as vacant so that the Census Bureau does not have to send a census taker to follow up in person. For example, if you own a home that you rent out to short-term vacationers, you could respond for each property, indicating that no one usually lives or stays at that address. Even if the house is rented out the week of April 1, mark “no” if the renters usually live someplace else.

• This does not apply to long-term rentals. Landlords should never respond to the census for their tenants. 

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:

1. Curbside service outside the front door allows you to pick up materials including holds, tax forms and things you email to us to print for you. These services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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 also 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. If you want 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. Our services may have to work around our HVAC replacement. We’ll keep you informed of any interruptions to our operations relating to the installation as best we can, if we get enough notice. 

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

6. 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.

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 pm for our new Dungeons and Dragons group. This program is open to teens and young adults. Please 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 via prerecorded videos posted on the library’s Facebook page. 

If you have a Facebook account, you can log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can 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, you can contact us and we can send you a direct link. These sessions are available to watch for about two weeks after the initial posting.

DVDs

“Little Women” had six nominations including best picture at the 2020 Academy Awards. “Life of the Party” stars Melissa McCarthy as a mother who returns to college and ends up in the same class as her daughter. “Be Natural” is a documentary about French filmmaker Alice Guy-Blache. “For Sama,” a video letter to her young daughter amid the horror in Aleppo, Syria, won the Oscar for best documentary feature in 2020. 

Nonfiction

 “Good Morning, Destroyer of Men’s Lives” by Nina Renata Aron is a memoir of romance and addiction. “Sacred Centerings: The Wellness Games” by Dr. Dean Sanna and Amanda Beasley shows you how to use Sacred Centering cards to help you remain centered and calm no matter what is going on around you. “The Eighth Garfield Treasury” and “The Tenth Garfield Treasury” are two collections of the Garfield Sunday comics. “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey is an updated version of this book that has been a bestseller for 30 years. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Revenge” by James Patterson and Andrew Holmes features a former SAS soldier investigating an apparent suicide. “Devoted” by Dean Koontz is a thriller about a terrifying threat to humanity.

Donations 

Your donations now can be put into the drop box at the library, effective immediately — but not into the drop box at City Market because we still do not have any interlibrary courier service pickups there. 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

“Most parents still do have something their college kids don’t: important, relevant life experiences. If you’ve lived long enough to parent a college-age kid, then there is a good chance you’ve faced the kind of crisis or challenge where you frankly did not know if everything was going to work out … If so, then you know there is a key word that helps you endure. You make it — or you don’t — together. That’s the experience of the ‘band of brothers’ … You know that regardless of what comes, you make it as one.” — David French, Time columnist, in a May 4 essay in the magazine.

Website

For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs — please visit our website at pagosalibrary.org.

 

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Sign up now for fun, free Summer Reading Program that starts June 1 http://www.pagosasun.com/sign-up-now-for-fun-free-summer-reading-program-that-starts-june-1/ Fri, 22 May 2020 11:00:43 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=204120 By Carole Howard
PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

We are excited to announce the kickoff of this year’s free Summer Reading Program, which begins on June 1 and runs through July 31. Online registration is open now on our website at pagosalibrary.org/summer-reading. 

This year’s theme, “Imagine Your Story,” is a celebration of fairy tales, mythology, fantasy and more. We will be fostering imagination through reading, storytelling and other engaging activities. We’ll provide summer reading adventure booklets that are full of exciting activities. And we’ll offer additional challenges you can read about in this “Library News” column in the weeks ahead.

Completing activities and challenges will make you eligible to win prizes from many local businesses — more prizes than in any other year. We’ll be detailing the prizes in future columns. They will be divided into four age groups: babies to pre-K, children kindergarten to fifth grade, sixth to 12th grades, and adults ages 18-plus.

Your library is purchasing these prizes from our local businesses as a token of support for Pagosa’s business community in these difficult coronavirus times. We encourage everyone to support your favorite local businesses throughout the summer. 

The Summer Reading Program is one of our most popular events of the year. Please go to our website and sign up now. 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.

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. The timing of this Wi-Fi expansion is especially welcome now, as so many people have even more need than normal to access the Internet during the coronavirus pandemic. We ask only that when you access Wi-Fi from your car in our parking lot, you keep your windows and doors closed for everyone’s safety.

Other services
available now

Under the state’s Safer at Home guidelines, we have resumed several services to you, mostly outside the building:

1. We offer curbside service outside the front door so that you can pick up materials including holds, tax forms and things you email to us to print for you. These services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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. During those same hours, we also are accepting returns. Look for a cart outside the library door to put your materials on — for safety’s sake, do not use the drop box at the library or the one uptown at City Market. Using this cart system, we can quarantine returned items and get them safely ready for the next patron. Please note that returned items will be in quarantine for three full days, and it may be up to five days before they are wiped down and checked off your account. 

3. As well, we have resumed accepting your donations of materials, also Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will be handled with the same quarantine process as returns.

4. 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.

5. We also 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. If you want 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.

6. Our services may have to work around our HVAC replacement. We’ll keep you informed of any interruptions to our operations relating to the installation as best we can, if we get enough notice. 

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

8. 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.

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 pm for our new Dungeons and Dragons group. This program is open to teens and young adults. Please 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 via prerecorded videos posted on the library’s Facebook page. 

This week’s Wednesday session is an Hora de Cuentos, a Spanish storytime, and speakers of all languages are welcome. 

If you have a Facebook account, you can log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can 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 you can contact us and we can send you a direct link. These sessions are available to watch for about two weeks after the initial posting.

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 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 is hugely 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 local and regional agencies and projects like health clinics, fire departments, schools, social services like Medicaid, even roads and highways for the next decade. 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.

Nonfiction

“Hidden Valley Road” by Robert Kolker is the story of an American family with 12 children, six of whom were diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science’s greatest hope to conquer the disease. “The Women With Silver Wings” by Katherine Sharp Landdeck is the true story of the daring female aviators who helped the U.S. win World War II — and then were forgotten by the country they served. “Don’t Burn This Book” by political talk show host Dave Rubin gives you the tools to help you make up your own mind on major issues. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Last Trial” by Scott Turow is a legal thriller.

Other novels

“Old Lovegood Girls” by Gail Goodwin is the story of a powerful friendship between two talented writers who began their relationship as college friends. “Shakespeare for Squirrels” by Christopher Moore is a humorous take on Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” 

Spanish how-to audio CD

“Conozca sus Fortalezas” by Tom Rath is a six-CD set of the new edition of StrengthsFinder providing 50 ideas for action to help you apply your strengths in the next week, month and year.

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 have resumed accepting your donations of materials on Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

We are grateful for the generous in-kind donation by John Taylor. 

Quotable quote

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island … and, best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.” — Walt Disney (1901-1966), entrepreneur, animator and film producer.

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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Major Wi-Fi expansion at your library plus programs via Zoom and Facebook http://www.pagosasun.com/major-wi-fi-expansion-at-your-library-plus-programs-via-zoom-and-facebook/ Fri, 15 May 2020 11:00:48 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=203625 By Carole Howard
PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

We are delighted to announce a huge addition to your library’s Wi-Fi service with the installation a booster that allows Wi-Fi to be used throughout the entire parking lot. 

“You no longer have to be parked right next to the building, which is a tremendous upgrade,” said Meg Wempe, library director. 

The timing of this Wi-Fi expansion is especially welcome now, as so many people have even more need than normal to access the Internet during the coronavirus pandemic. 

“I’m very excited about this boost to our Wi-Fi availability for our patrons and our community,” Wempe said. “We ask only that when you access Wi-Fi from your car in our parking lot, you keep your windows and doors closed for everyone’s safety.”

Other services
available now

After a week of experience operating under the state’s new Safer at Home guidelines, we want to make sure everyone knows that we have resumed several services to you, mostly outside the building. With attention and concern to community safety, in the first four days of these services we filled eight carts with returns and 281 items were checked out curbside. There were 18 computer appointments. 

“We look forward to continuing to provide people with these limited services,” Wempe said. “The numbers let us know that our folks are appreciating these resources while we continue to be Safer at Home.” 

• We offer curbside service outside the front door so that you can pick up materials including holds, tax forms and things you email to us to print for you. These services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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. 

• During those same hours, we also are accepting returns. Look for a cart outside the library door to put your materials — for safety’s sake, do not use the drop box at the library or the one uptown at City Market. Using this cart system, we can quarantine returned items and get them ready for the next patron. Please note that returned items will be in quarantine for 72 hours before they are checked off your account and wiped down. 

• As well, we have resumed accepting your donations of materials, also Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will be handled with the same quarantine process as returns.

• 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 also 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. If you want 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.

• Our services may have to work around our HVAC replacement. We’ll keep you informed of any interruptions to our operations relating to the installation as best we can, if we get enough notice. 

More on our
operations now

1. You can download e-books and audiobooks through our CloudLibrary app on your smartphone or tablet. IndieFlix allows unlimited streaming access to award-winning shorts, feature films and documentaries. By using the online resource TumbleBook Library, you can find children’s books and audiobooks. 

2. 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.

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

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. 

Please contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on how to join. 

Family storytimes on Facebook 

Every Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. and Saturday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., join us for great stories and fun songs via prerecorded videos posted on the library’s Facebook page. 

If you have a Facebook account, you can log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can 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 you can contact us and we can send you a direct link.

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 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 is hugely 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 local and regional agencies and projects like health clinics, fire departments, schools, social services like Medicaid, even roads and highways, for the next decade. 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.

DVDs

“Gordon Lightfoot: Live in Reno” is a televised concert of the five-time Grammy nominee. “Deep Water” is the true story of an amateur in a solo around-the-world sailboat race. “Honeyland” was the most awarded film at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. “Pain and Glory” follows the memories of a seasoned director as he ages (Spanish with English subtitles). “Rosewood” is the true story of a tragedy in a small black town. “Ford v Ferrari” was a best picture nominee at the 2020 Academy Awards. 

Memoirs

“Our House is on Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis” by climate activist Greta Thunberg and her family explains how and why they began taking global action. “Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter” is a memoir of Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s life in the music industry. “Hell and Other Destinations” by Madeleine Albright is a memoir of the former secretary of state’s post-government life as an author, professor, businesswoman and activist for democratic institutions. “I’m Your Huckleberry” by Val Kilmer is a memoir by the successful actor. “About Your Father and Other Celebrities I have Known” by Peggy Rowe is a humorous look at the life of a couple whose son went into show business.

Other nonfiction

“What It’s Like To Be a Bird” by David Allen Sibley is a book for birders and nonbirders containing stunning illustrations and extraordinary facts about what birds are doing and why. “Joy at Work” by Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein offers stories, studies and strategies to help you eliminate clutter and make space for the work that really matters. 

Large-print westerns

“The First Mountain Man: Preacher’s Frenzy” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone and “Dusk Along the Niobrara” by John D. Nesbitt are westerns. 

Mysteries and suspense 

“The Paladin” by David Ignatius follows a CIA operations officer taking revenge against the people who betrayed him. “The 20th Victim” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is the latest in the Women’s Murder Club series. 

Other novels

“Big Summer” by Jennifer Weiner is the story of friendship and forgiveness during a disastrous wedding on Cape Cod. “The Paris Hours” by Alex George centers around a housemaid who saved one of Marcel Proust’s notebooks. “All Adults Here” by Emma Straub is the story of a mother to three grown children and all of their parenting decisions and problems. “The Mirror and the Light” by Hilary Mantel is the last of the trilogy about the life of Thomas Cromwell that began with “Wolf Hall.” “The House of Kennedy” by James Patterson and Cynthia Fagen is a fictional account of the many successes and tragedies in this iconic American family.

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are available at our free 3M Cloud Library. Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website. While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Donations 

We have resumed accepting your donations of materials on Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We are grateful for the generous monetary donation from Susan and Terry Arrington.

Quotable quote

“These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves. From each of them goes out its own voice … and just as the touch of a button on our set will fill the room with music, so by taking down one of these volumes and opening it one can call into range the voice of a man far distant in time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart.” — Gilbert Highet (1906-1978), Scottish-American classicist, academic, writer, intellectual, critic and literary historian.

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: Bored? Try our free online resources and Zoom events http://www.pagosasun.com/library-news-bored-try-our-free-online-resources-and-zoom-events/ Thu, 07 May 2020 21:00:32 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=202938 By Carole Howard
PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

Do you have cabin fever? What better time than now to take advantage of our many free online learning resources that can be accessed from your home with your library card. 

Here are some examples:

Academic Search Premier is a collection of full-text articles and journals offering information in nearly every area of academic study. AutoMate provides repair information on 34,000 U.S. and imported vehicles. Britannica for Kids has research materials for elementary, middle and high school students. Business Source Premier provides access to more than 1,000 business publications. Consumer Health Complete contains consumer-oriented health content. 

Driving Tests includes practice tests for car, motorcycle and commercial driver’s licenses. Funk and Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia has thousands of entries. GreenFile covers all aspects of human impact on the environment. History Reference Center offers thousands of historical documents and maps. Legal Information Reference Center helps you address a wide range of legal issues. 

MasterFile Premier gives you access to 1,750 periodicals, including Consumer Reports. Middle Search Plus gives middle school kids access to biographies, historical essays, popular magazines and more. MyHeritage helps you create your family tree and discover your family history. Newspaper Sources gives you access to a multitude of newspapers as well as TV and radio news transcripts. Science Reference Center contains hundreds of science publications. Small Engine Repair Reference Center covers every type of engine. 

Transparent Language Learning offers nearly 100 languages to learn. TumbleBook Library has books, e-books and videos for children in English and Spanish. Universal Class has intellectually stimulating courses for people interested in the lifelong pursuit of knowledge.

To see them all, go to our website at pagosalibrary.org and select the gray tab towards the top of the page that says “Online Resources.” 

Current services
available at your library 

As Colorado shifts from Stay at Home to Safer at Home and relaxes some coronavirus restrictions, effective this Monday, May 4, we have resumed several services to you, mostly outside the building:

• We offer curbside service outside the front door so that you can pick up materials including holds, tax forms and things you email to us to print for you. These services will be available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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. 

• During those same hours, we also are accepting returns. Look for a cart outside marked “Returns” for your materials — for safety’s sake, do not use the drop box at the library or the one uptown at City Market. Using this cart system, we can quarantine returned items and get them ready for the next patron. Please note that returned items will be in quarantine for 72 hours before they are checked off your account and wiped down. 

• As well, we have resumed accepting your donations of materials. Watch for a cart at the entrance marked “Donations.”

• 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 also 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. If you want 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 bandana 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.

• Our services may have to work around our HVAC replacement. We’ll keep you informed of any interruptions to our operations relating to the installation as best we can, if we get enough notice. 

“While we’ve been closed, we have missed our patrons and are very happy we will be able to see you now, even in this limited way,” said Meg Wempe, library director. “Our reopening plans are evolving, informed by best practices learned from our professional Colorado and national library peers, and by local state and federal laws and regulations. We hope you will take advantage of these resumed services and please reach out if you have questions.”

More on our
operations now

1. You can download e-books and audiobooks through our CloudLibrary app on your smartphone or tablet. IndieFlix allows unlimited streaming access to award-winning shorts, feature films and documentaries. By using the online resource TumbleBook Library, you can find children’s books and audiobooks. 

2. As always, you can access Wi-Fi from your car in our parking lot — with your windows and doors closed, please. 

3. 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.

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

Mindfulness techniques via Zoom

Today, Thursday, May 7, at 5 p.m., learn the basics of mindfulness techniques with practical methods anyone can incorporate into their life. Extensive scientific research shows that mindfulness can reduce stress and anxiety, increase focus and productivity, and be effective in reducing pain and addictive behaviors. 

Sarah Riehm, a certified mindfulness teacher, has taught relaxation and stress-reduction courses in hundreds of community and retreat settings. She holds an MBA from the University of Texas and an MFA in playwriting, and has taught at three major universities. 

Please contact the library by phone at 264-2209 or email ruby@pagosalibrary.org to register for this free event. We will email you the Zoom link upon registration. 

Free legal clinic

Tomorrow, Friday, May 8, our volunteer attorney will answer legal questions by phone. Please call the library at 264-2209 or send us an email at ruby@pagosalibrary.org to register. We will need your first name and a contact phone number where our volunteer attorney can call you on the day of the legal clinic. 

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. Please contact claire@pagosalibrary.org for details on how to join. 

Ruby’s Book Club via Zoom 

Our engaging and fun book club meets the second Tuesday of every month. Instead of talking about a specific book, we will take advantage of technology next Tuesday, May 12, at 2 p.m. to gather via Zoom to discuss a variety of current and upcoming fiction titles and we will discuss what you are reading now. 

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet other people, listen to great ideas about what to read next and share our love of reading — all without leaving your home. To join, enter the following link in your address bar on the day of the event: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87167747708. Contact the library if you need help on how to join a Zoom meeting by phone or computer. 

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 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 is hugely 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 local and regional agencies and projects like health clinics, fire departments, schools, social services like Medicaid, even roads and highways for the next decade. 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.

Large print

“A Forgotten Murder” by Jude Deveraux is a Sara Medlar mystery set in a hotel in England. “One Fatal Flaw” by Anne Perry is a mystery featuring lawyer Daniel Pitt. “Miss Julia Knows a Thing or Two” by Ann B. Ross features a grandchild she’s never met who shows up on the doorstep of Miss Julia’s friend. “A Bad Day for Sunshine” by Darynda Jones is a mystery set in New Mexico. “The Stolen Gold Affair” by Bill Pronzini features former Secret Service agent John Quincannon and his fiancé Sabina Carpenter.

Spanish memoir

“Carrying Albert Home” by Homer Hickam is a funny, sweet and sometimes tragic true story of a young couple and an alligator, written in Spanish. The man in the story is the father of the author. The woman in the story was married for a time to Buddy Ebsen (yes, that Buddy Ebsen). And the alligator, Albert, was her wedding gift from Buddy.

Novels

“The Talented Mr. Varg” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the Det. Varg mystery series. “Sea Wife” by Amity Gaige tells of a young family who escapes suburbia for a yearlong sailing trip that upends all their lives.

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are available at our free 3M Cloud Library. Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website. While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Donations 

We have resumed accepting your donations of materials Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Watch for a cart at the library entrance marked “Donations.”

Quotable quote

“We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it as not as dreadful as it appears, discovering that we have the strength to stare it down.” — Eleanor Roosevelt, diplomat and activist. She served as the first lady of the United States from March 4, 1933, to April 12, 1945, during her husband’s (President Franklin D. Roosevelt) four terms in office, making her the longest-serving first lady of the United States.

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 resuming several services for patrons beginning May 4 http://www.pagosasun.com/library-news-library-resuming-several-services-for-patrons-beginning-may-4/ Thu, 30 Apr 2020 21:00:14 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=202585 By Carole Howard
PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

As Colorado shifts from “Stay at Home” to “Safer at Home” and relaxes some coronavirus restrictions, your library has exciting news about ways we will be transitioning into this new phase effective Monday, May 4, resuming several services to you, mostly outside the building:

• We will offer curbside service outside the front door so that you can pick up materials including holds, tax forms and things you email to us to print for you. These services will be available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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. 

• During those same hours, we also will accept returns. We will have a cart outside marked “Returns” for your materials — for safety’s sake, do not use the drop box at the library or the one uptown at City Market. Using this cart system, we can quarantine returned items and get them ready for the next patron. Please note that returned items will be in quarantine for 72 hours before they are checked off your account and wiped down. 

• As well, we will resume accepting your donations of materials. Watch for a cart at the entrance marked “Donations.”

• 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 also will be readmitting 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. If you want 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 bandana 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.

• Our services may have to work around our HVAC replacement. We’ll keep you informed of any interruptions to our operations relating to the installation as best we can, if we get enough notice. 

“While we’ve been closed we have missed our patrons and are very happy we will be able to see you now, even in this limited way,” said Meg Wempe, library director. “Our reopening plans are evolving, informed by best practices learned from our professional Colorado and national library peers, and by local state and federal laws and regulations. 

“I have belief in our amazing community, and our ability to look out for each other and provide compassion, comfort and care. We look forward to seeing you again in the library, once it is deemed safe to return to full service. In the meantime, we hope you will take advantage of these resumed services and please reach out if you have questions.”

More on our
operations now

1. You can download e-books and audiobooks through our CloudLibrary app on your smartphone or tablet. IndieFlix allows unlimited streaming access to award-winning shorts, feature films and documentaries. By using the online resource TumbleBook Library, you can find children’s books and audiobooks. 

2. As always, you can access Wi-Fi from your car in our parking lot — with your windows and doors closed, please. 

3. 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.

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

The census has never been easier 

You can respond to the census right now even if you have not received an official invitation to respond. This is especially important for households that receive mail in a post office box because the delivery of 2020 census invitation letters to households with a post office box has been delayed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The good news is that 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 call (844) 330-2020 for the English version or (844) 468-2020 for the Spanish version. Remember that Wi-Fi is available from your car in the parking lot 24/7, even during the library closure. You can visit 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 hugely 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 local and regional agencies and projects like health clinics, fire departments, schools, social services like Medicaid, even roads and highways for the next decade. 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.

Free legal clinic

Next Friday, May 8, our volunteer attorney will answer legal questions by phone. Please call the library at 264-2209 or send us an email at ruby@pagosalibrary.org to register. We will need your first name and a contact phone number where our volunteer attorney can call you on the day of the legal clinic. 

Nonfiction

“Cosmos: Possible Worlds” by Ann Ruyan, based on the Fox and National Geographic TV series, is the sequel to the Carl Sagan classic. “Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks” is a Frommer’s travel guide. 

Thrillers, suspense and mysteries

“Walk the Wire” by David Baldacci features FBI consultant Amos Decker in the latest in the Memory Man series. “Dead Land” by Sara Paretsky is a V.I. Washington mystery. “Camino Winds” by John Grisham begins with the death of a thriller author in a hurricane in Florida. 

Other novels

“Simon the Fiddler” by Paulette Jiles is a story about a ragtag band of musicians and an itinerant fiddle player set in Texas at the end of the Civil War. “Master Class” by Christina Dalcher follows a mother whose child is taken away from her because she failed a monthly school test. “The Book of Longings” by Sue Monk Kidd features a rebellious, ambitious woman in the first century. “Kept Animals” by Kate Milliken is narrated by a daughter more than 20 years after a forest fire changes everyone’s lives. 

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are available at our free 3M Cloud Library. Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website. While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Downloadable films

We offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries — on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed. 

Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website. Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.

Donations 

For their generous monetary donations, we are grateful to Gayle Dixon, Susan and Terry Arrington, Steve Merchant and Ken Rogers. 

Quotable quote

Piglet: “Where are we going, Pooh?”

Pooh: “Home, Piglet. We’re going home, because that’s the best thing to do right now.”

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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