Library News: Library closed, online resources available

By Carole Howard
PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff
Dear Ruby Sisson Library patrons and community,
Thank you for continued understanding as our community navigates in these unprecedented times. To support the nationwide effort to limit the gathering of people, in an attempt to flatten the curve, the library board has made the decision to close the Ruby Sisson Library starting Tuesday, March 17, at noon. All library programs, classes, meeting room reservations, events and outreach, were canceled last Friday. We will be closed through April 5.
In the next couple of days, library staff will determine ways to serve you best in these uncertain times. We encourage you to watch our library website, Facebook page and e-newsletter for content we’ll be sharing.
We are determining details for the ability in providing curbside pickup of hold items or replenishing items. We will have staff answering the phone between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you have questions, please contact the library at 264-2209 or email the library,
Though our physical location will be closed, Wi-Fi will be available 24/7 in the library’s parking lot. We also have a variety of materials available to you digitally. Naming just a few, you can download e-books and e-audiobooks through our CloudLibrary app on your smartphone or tablet.
IndieFlix allows unlimited streaming access to award-winning shorts, feature films and documentaries. By using the online resource TumbleBook Library, you can find children’s books and audiobooks. To access all of these resources, simply go to and select the gray tab towards the top of the page that says “Online Resources.”
We are asking that you keep all materials that you have checked out instead of returning them to the library or the uptown dropbox. As always, you do not need to worry about overdue fees.
We will increase the number of items that you can have checked out during this closure.
We encourage everyone to check with authoritative sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as well as San Juan Basin Public Health for up-to-date recommendations and information.
The library board of trustees will continue to monitor this situation and keep our community apprised should circumstances change. The health and safety of our patrons, staff and the local community is of utmost importance during these uncertain times.
Take care,
Meg Wempe, director
Tax and census help
Tax forms and instructions are available at your library. Visit for more details and useful links.
To familiarize yourself with the questions that will be asked on the census, your library has a sample copy of the print census questionnaire in English and Spanish. Please visit to view a video that demonstrates how to fill out the census online.
How-to and self-help books
“Cured” by Dr. Jeffrey Rediger describes how to create an environment that sets the stage for healing. “You Can Have It All, Just Not at the Same Damn Time” by Romi Neustadt, a successful entrepreneur, wife and mother, describes how you can set priorities and learn to say no when too many requests are coming at you. “Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens” by Debra Bell provides tools to help your teen successfully transition to the post-high school and adult years. “Modern Crochet Bible” by Sarah Shrimpton provides more than 100 contemporary crochet techniques and stitches. “Modern Quilt Bible” by Elizabeth Betts offers more than 100 techniques and design ideas for the modern quilter.
“Food Fix” by Dr. Mark Hyman offers tips on how to change our agricultural policies, reverse the global epidemic of chronic disease and heal the environment. “Grow Food for Free” by Huw Richards has practical advice to help you grow your own fruits and vegetables at very low cost. “Garden DIY” by Daniel and Samantha Johnson describes 25 projects for an attractive and productive garden. “Keto Diet Cookbook” by Dr. Josh Ax contains more than 125 recipes. “On Reading Well” by English professor Karen Swallow Prior reveals how reading great literary works can pull us towards a good life, especially for people of God.
Other nonfiction
“The Splendid and the Vile” by Erik Larson is a fresh portrait of Churchill and London during the blitz. “White Feathers” by naturalist Bernd Heinrich reveals the rich life of tree swallows in nesting season. “Supreme Inequality” by Adam Cohen surveys the most significant Supreme Court rulings since the Nixon era. “Driving While Black” by historian Gretchen Sorin reveals the significance of the car to contemporary African American life. “American Sherlock” by Kate Winkler Dawson explores the life of the man who invented multiple forensic tools and gave birth to American CSI. “Until the End of Time” by physicist Brian Greene explores mind, matter and our search for meaning in an evolving universe.
Academy Award films on DVD
We have two more 2019 Academy Award films: “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” won the best supporting actor award for Tom Hanks. Disney’s “Frozen II” was nominated for best song. As well, “Roma,” best director and best foreign language film in 2018, has just been released on DVD in the U.S. Also, “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice” won best documentary in the AARP Best Movies for Grownup awards.
Other DVDs
“The Murder of Emmett Till” is an American Experience PBS home video. “Sandition,” based on the unfinished novel by Jane Austin, is a PBS Masterpiece series. Stephen King’s “Doctor Sleep” is the next chapter in “The Shining” story.
Mysteries, suspense and thrillers
“The Warsaw Protocol” by Steve Berry is a Cotton Malone book that focuses on why precious relics are disappearing. “Pretty as a Picture” by Elizabeth Little features a movie editor drawn into real-life murder investigation. “Dark Corners of the Night” by Meg Gardiner is the Edgar Award-winner’s latest thriller. “Coconut Layer Cake Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swenson mystery with recipes.
Other novels
“Apeirogon” by Colum McCann follows a Palestinian and an Israeli brought together by grief.
Programmed Nooks
We have nine free Nooks and three free tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure. The eight adult e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers. The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.
Downloadable e-books
Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library. Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website. While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.
Downloadable films
We offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries — on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed. Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website. Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.
Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Veronica Skalicka Johnson, Rosie Connor and our anonymous donors. For her generous donation, we are grateful to Kim Moore and also to Rice Reavis for the donation in memory of Julie Taylor.
Quotable quote
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” — Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 BC).
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This story was posted on March 19, 2020.