Library News: Bored? Try our free online resources and Zoom events

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 History Reference Center offers thousands of historical documents and maps.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.

 

This story was posted on May 7, 2020.