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Meet your new adult services librarian and tech specialist

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SUN photo/Carole Howard Meg Wempe is the new adult services librarian at the Sisson Library.  One of her duties is taking over the highly popular informal Technology Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions.  She also will have a series of computer classes during May and beyond. She is starting to develop other adult programs and is interested in getting suggestions from library patrons as to their interests.

SUN photo/Carole Howard
Meg Wempe is the new adult services librarian at the Sisson Library.  One of her duties is taking over the highly popular informal Technology Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions.  She also will have a series of computer classes during May and beyond. She is starting to develop other adult programs and is interested in getting suggestions from library patrons as to their interests.

We are delighted to introduce you to Meg Wempe, our new adult services librarian.

Meg’s job responsibilities include being the computer guru whom staff and library users rely on for questions large and small. She is not only a tech wizard and troubleshooter, but also an educator and a program developer. She promises to do all that she can in an attempt to provide frustration-free technology and good reading experiences to our library community.

One of Meg’s duties is taking over our highly popular informal Technology Tuesdays (10 a.m.–noon) and Thursdays (3–5 p.m.) sessions. She also will have a busy series of computer classes during May from 1–3 p.m.: Computer basics (May 1), Internet basics (May 8), e-mail basics (May 15), Excel basics (May 22) and 3M/One Click (May 29); plus from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: blogs and websites (May 9) and digital photos (May 23).

Meg also has a special interest in teaching other adult programs.

“I’m starting to plan programs for the summer and have some ideas in mind that I think people will enjoy,” she said. “I’m also open to suggestions and ideas from folks in the Pagosa Springs area, that’s for sure.”

Meg comes to us with impressive credentials. She has a B.A. in English from Clemson University in South Carolina, a M.A. in information resources and library science from the University of Arizona in Tucson, and a certificate of librarianship from the South Carolina State Library. Most recently, she was a branch librarian at the Richland County Public Library in Columbia, S.C.

A native of South Carolina, she also has lived in Seattle, Virginia and Tucson. Friends suggested she would love Colorado, so she researched the job and the area.

“I thought it would be a great fit — and I was thrilled when I was offered the position,” she said.

Please introduce yourself to Meg the next time you are in the library, and look for opportunities to take advantage of her expertise and enthusiasm. You can pick up a copy of her May programs calendar while you’re there. This is important because most computer classes require pre-registration for space reasons.

Computer classes

Join Meg Wempe for a lesson on Skype today (Thursday, April 25) from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Learn how to say hello to friends and family with a free instant messaging, voice or video call. May 1 is computer basics and May 8 is Internet basics, both from 1–3 p.m. Registration is required for this sessionsfor space reasons.

Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays 

Meg has started up the Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions — 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Join her for one-on-one informal help on your computer or tablet issues. No registration required — just drop in. These sessions have been a huge hit with our patrons in the past.

Spanish classes

Roberta Strickland’s highly popular Spanish classes are back by popular demand. Join her every Wednesday from 4:30–5:30 p.m. for four more weeks. The classes are free, but registration is required.

Family and friends gaming

Join us tomorrow (Friday, April 26) for free gaming fun for all ages from 2–3:30 p.m. There will be Xbox, Wii and board games available. Snacks provided.

DVDs

“Post-pregnancy Workout DVD” with Tracy Anderson shows you her way to get your body back after babies. “The Art of War II: Betrayal” is a thriller starring Wesley Snipes. “Speed & Angels” is an action movie inspired by the passion of two naval aviators. “The Signal” is a sci-fi and psychological thriller. “Marvel’s Avengers” is an action film featuring a team of super humans saving the Earth from Loki and his army. We have the two-part “Understanding the Horse from the Horse’s Perspective” set, one called “Respecting how the horse lives, interacts, and survives” and the second called “Understanding hoof function is the first step toward a sound horse.” We also have the first and second seasons of “A Bit of Fry & Laurie,” starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.

Health and child care

“It Starts with Food” by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig outlines a balanced, sustainable plan to change the way you eat, starting with a 30-day reset. “Perfect Health Diet” by Paul and Shou-Ching Jaminet helps you regain health and lose weight by eating a nutritious diet. “The Unhealthy Truth” by Robyn O’Brien is a first-person account of a mother who took on the food industry’s putting chemicals in our food and greatly increasing the allergies in our children. “The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care” by Sally Fallon Morell and Dr. Thomas S. Cowan offers practical advice to help parents bring up healthy children.

Large print

“Outlaws from Afar” is a trio of western stories by Max Brand. “The Undertaker’s Wife” by Loren D. Estleman is about a couple who transfer death into a thing of dignity and beauty. “Dawn of the Morning” by Grace Livingston Hill is a Christian romance story. “Sea Glass Summer” by Dorothy Summer is a romance set on the Maine coast.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Pam Condon and Brittany Dodson.

Quotable quote

“To succeed in life you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone.” — country music singer Reba McEntire.

Website 

For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books from the comfort of your home — please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

This story was posted on April 25, 2013.