Library News: Library closed, but many services available online, books available by download

By Carole Howard
PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff
As you no doubt know by now, your library will be closed until Sunday, April 5 — and probably longer, depending on the severity of COVID-19. Even during these difficult times, though, there are many ways you can continue to use our resources via our website at pagosalibrary.org:
• You can access the catalog from our website to view your account, renew materials and place holds.
• Because of our suspension of courier service between Colorado libraries, you are able to place holds only on our library’s items at this time. All the new books and CDs in this column qualify, as they are in our collection.
• No drop-offs, please. We’re asking you to keep all materials that you have checked out until this crisis is over instead of returning them to the library or to the uptown drop box, again to keep exposure and contact at a minimum between us all. As always, you do not need to worry about overdue fees. Also, we will double the number of items that you can check out during this closure.
• Many of our online learning resources can be accessed from your home with your library card. To highlight a few, you can download e-books and audiobooks through our CloudLibrary app on your smartphone or tablet. IndieFlix allows unlimited streaming access to award-winning shorts, feature films and documentaries. By using the online resource TumbleBook Library, you can find children’s books and audiobooks. To see them all, go to our website at pagosalibrary.org and select the gray tab towards the top of the page that says “Online Resources.”
• As always, you can access Wi-Fi from your car in our parking lot — with your windows and doors closed, please.
You may want to save this column if you are interested in any of the items below for the future.
This situation is quickly evolving and you can stay up-to-date with what we’re doing through our website or our Facebook page. Or you can talk to our staff by phone from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays if you have questions. In the meantime, stay safe by following all the advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at its website at www.cdc.gov.
“It is with a heavy heart that we made the decision to close,” said Meg Wempe, library director. “Traditionally, libraries have always been a place of refuge and comfort in times of emergency. But, as we all know, this is a highly unusual situation, and the health and safety of our patrons and our community must be our top priority.
“We only hope the resources outlined above will be of use to you and your family until we can open our doors again. We will continue to find creative ways to serve you in a safe and effective way and we welcome your thoughts. Please email ruby@pagosalibrary.org or call 264-2209. We will have staff members answering emails and the phone Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“Take care and stay safe.”
It’s census time now
To complete the census online, go to www.my2020census.gov or by phone call (844) 330-2020 for the English version and (844) 468-2020 for the Spanish version. Remember that Wi-Fi is available from your car in the parking lot 24/7, even during the library closure. You can visit pagosalibrary.org/census-2020 to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online.
Books on CD
“House on Fire” by Joseph Finder is a Nick Heller mystery. “A Divided Loyalty” by Charles Todd features Scotland Yard Detective Ian Rutledge. “The Museum of Desire” by Jonathan Kellerman is an Alex Delaware mystery. “Salt River” by Randy Wayne White is a Doc Ford adventure. “A Long Petal of the Sea” by Isabel Allende centers on refugees fleeing Franco’s Spain. “A Longer Fall” by Charlaine Harris is the second book in the Gunnie Rose series. “Into the Fire” by Gregg Hurwitz features an off-the-books government assassin. “When You See Me” by Lisa Gardner is a murder mystery. “The Look-Alike” by Erica Spindler is a psychological thriller. “A Small Town” by Thomas Perry is a suspense story about 12 prisoners who orchestrate a successful escape.
Large print
“Apache Lament” by Patrick Dearen and “Shadow Rider: Ghost Warrior” by Joey Sharman are westerns. “Hart’s Hollow Farm” by Janet Dailey is book four in the New Americana series.
How-to and
self-help books
“Estate Planning Basics” is a Nolo guide to wills, trusts and avoiding probate. “Rocco’s” by Rocco Dispirito describes his four-tier ketogenic diet. “Ready or Not” by Dr. Madeline Levine is a guide to preparing your kids to thrive in an uncertain and rapidly changing world. “Designing Your Work Life” by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans describes how to thrive, change and find happiness at work. “Simple Farmhouse Life” by Lisa Bass describes DIY projects for the all-natural, handmade home. “Macronutrient Basics” by Matt Dustin is a guide that includes more than 50 recipes. “How to Eat” by Mark Bittman and David L. Katz answers your questions about food and diet. “The Prepper’s Guide to Foraging” by David Nash shows how wild plants can supplement a sustainable lifestyle.
Other nonfiction
“The Hope of Glory” by historian and Pulitzer-Prize winner Jon Meacham reveals rich historical and theological insights into the seven last sayings of Jesus.
“Olympic Pride, American Prejudice” by Deborah Riley Draper and Travis Thresher explores the experiences of 18 African Americans who competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. “The Letters of Cole Porter” is a collection of letters written by one of America’s greatest songwriters. “Still Sideways” by Devon Raney is the memoir of a man who persevered and adapted after being 85 percent blinded in a surfing accident.
“Untamed” by Glennon Doyle is a memoir of a woman overcoming personal discontent and family issues to set boundaries and make peace with herself. “Why We’re Polarized” by Ezra Klein explores our current climate of division and dysfunction. “Author in Chief” by Craig Fehrman is a look at our presidents and the books they wrote. “The Future We Choose” by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac outline two possible scenarios for our planet depending on whether or not we meet the 2015 Paris Agreement targets.
Mysteries, suspense and thrillers
“The Big Lie” by James Grippando is the 15th book in the Jack Swyteck legal thriller series.
Other novels
“Once Upon a Caribbean Summer” by Lisa T. Bergren is a romance featuring two treasure hunters. “These Ghosts Are Family” by Maisy Card explores the effect of an explosive secret on a Jamaican family. “Selah” by Lisa T. Bergren is book three in the Sayer Baron’s Daughters series.
Programmed Nooks
We have nine free Nooks and three free tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure. The eight adult e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers. The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.
Downloadable e-books
Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library. Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website. While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.
Downloadable films
We offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries — on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed. Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website. Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.
Thanks to our donors
For their generous monetary gift, we are grateful to Lawrence and Suzanne Shideler, as well as to Rhonda Webb for her donation in memory of Dorothy Davis. Special note: Please do not make donations of books or materials until your library is able to reopen.
Website
For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home — please visit our website at pagosalibrary.org.

This story was posted on March 26, 2020.