Library News

New online AARP aging program and Internet safety for teens offered


Seniors aged 60 and over are invited to participate in a new free live online Senior Planet program on the first and third Fridays of the month starting March 1 at your library from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Judy will connect the group via the video conferencing platform Zoom so that you can join other seniors across the country in discussing aging issues such as loneliness, isolation, making new friends and learning new hobbies.

This Senior Planet program was created by AARP. In addition to the aging discussions at the library, Judy will show you how to use Zoom from your home to participate in topics like finance, wellness, fitness, computers and technology on other times and dates if you are interested.

Internet safety

Teens and tweens are invited to a free session with Rise Above Violence about how to be safe on the Internet tomorrow, March 1, from 2 to 3 p.m.

Curbside service available

As we progress further into the winter germ season, we wanted to be sure you know that we continue to offer curbside service for those of you who prefer to have us bring your items outside to you to help limit your exposure to — or sharing of — potential germs. Or, you may have concerns about walking on snow or ice.

To take advantage of this service, simply phone us at (970) 264-2209 when you’re outside in the parking lot and we will be happy to bring your items to you.

Virtual author talks

Our highly popular free online author talks continue with more opportunities for you to interact with New York Times bestselling authors and ask questions in March. 

For details and to register, go to .

Wednesday, March 6, at 2 p.m. will feature “The Power of Friendships” with NPR’s Nita Totenberg. 

Thursday, March 14, at 2 p.m. will showcase Christopher Paolini discussing “20 Years of Dragon Riding” in young adult fantasy. 

On Thursday, March 21, at 5 p.m. we’ll interact with Madeline Miller discussing “On Retelling Greek Classics: An Exploration of Modern Epics.”

Online New York Times

We have purchased an online subscription to The New York Times that allows you 24/7 free access to the online version of the newspaper from your home or any personal device. 

Go to the library website at Click on Online Resources on the gray top line on the home page. Scroll down to the Ns for New York Times and click on that icon. Your access code will automatically be generated, good for 24 hours each time you sign on. You then will be asked for your email address to log in or to create an account.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, March 1, from 3 to 5 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming on the library’s Xbox 360.

LEGO Club Saturday

Kids aged 6-11 are invited to the free LEGO Club on Saturday, March 2, from 11 a.m. to noon. Bring your own LEGOs or use ours to free build.

Knitting and crochet lessons

Learn to knit or crochet on Mondays, March 4 and 18, at our free gathering from 2 to 3:15 p.m. for ages 8 and up. Supplies provided.

Teen/tween art camp

Each month we explore a different style or medium at this free event. In March, it’s hand quilting with guest artist Mary Kurt-Mason. Join us Mondays, March 4, 11 and 18, from 4 to 5 p.m. Preregistration required.

Music fun Monday

Pagosa Unplugged is free from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, March 4, for amateur musicians of all ages to jam and sing with others. For details, contact Susan at (970) 946-3396.

Spanish conversation

Adults are invited to practice your Spanish in a free group setting on Tuesday, March 5, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. No minimum skill level needed. This group now meets twice a month, on the first and third Tuesdays.

Elementary tutoring sessions

Children ages 6-11 are welcome at these free sessions on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. where they will build essential skills in core subjects. Preregistration is required.

Family storytimes

Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m., join a free educational hour of reading, singing and free play to build early literacy skills.

Dungeons and Dragons

Thursday, March 7, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., join our Dungeons and Dragons game free for teens and young adults. Preregistration is required because space is limited. Contact to join.

Writers’ guild

Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m,. Ruby’s Writers Guild welcomes writers looking for opportunities, support, resources and camaraderie with other writers at this free gathering.

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with 4 to 5 p.m. reserved for beginners, 5 to 6 p.m. for intermediate and 6 to 7 p.m. for advanced students. Please help us share the word about these classes.

Tech Time

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and 2 to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Judy helps you with basic questions relating to computers, smartphones and tablets, and also provides assistance in accessing the library’s online resources. 

No appointment is needed for these drop-in sessions, but please bring your device’s charger and passwords with you. 

Pagosa Adult Learning Services (PALS)

Join Mark or Sally for free PALS sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more. 

Activities calendars

Pick up monthly events calendars at the library so you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your family.

Downloadable books 

CloudLibrary has a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for all ages. To access this free digital collection, download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog for the name of your library, then enter your library card number and four-digit PIN. Library staff are happy to help you set up your device if you need assistance.

Spanish-language thriller

“La Sombra de la Rosa” (“The Shadow of the Rose”) by Angela Banzas is a thriller that begins with the discovery of a young girl’s body on an island in 1910.


“Be a Revolution” by Ijeoma Oluo is a look at the current state of the antiracism movement in the U.S. “Healthy Aging” is a Mayo Clinic guide to a healthy body, mind and spirit. “Fight Right” by Julie Schwartz Gottman and John Gottman details five secrets to using conflict to build healthy relationships. “Alphabetical Diaries” by Sheila Heti re-sorts entries in a decade’s worth of journals.

Large print

“Everyone Who Can Forgive Me is Dead” by Jenny Hollander features a successful editor whose career is threatened. “Always Remember” by Mary Balogh is a Ravenswood romance. “The Atlas Complex: The Power is Taken” by Olivie Blake is a fantasy about six extraordinary magicians. “Random in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas mystery. “Family Family” by Laurie Frankel is a story about adoption.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Ghost Orchid” by Jonathan Kellerman is an Alex Delaware thriller. “Crosshairs” by James Patterson and James O. Born is a Michael Bennett thriller. “Camp Zero” by Michelle Min Sterling tells of climate researchers in a near-future northern settlement in Canada. “Karma of the Sun” by Brandon Ying Kit Boey follows a young Tibetan searching for his missing father. “Age of Vice” by Deepti Kapoor begins with a horrific car accident in India. “Hero” by Thomas Perry finds a female private security agent being stalked by a killer.

Books on CD

“The Fox Wife” by Yangsze Choo begins with a courtesan’s 1908 death in Manchuria. “Chasing Endless Summer” by V.C. Andrews showcases a young woman who hopes for a normal life when her estranged father reappears. “The Fury” by Alex Michaelides tells of a reclusive ex-movie star hosting a getaway holiday. “The Women” by Kristin Hannah features a nurse returning to a changed U.S. after the Vietnam War. “A Plague on Both Your Houses” by Robert Littell tells of Mafia power in Russia after 1991.

Donation guidelines

When we are open, material donations are accepted for the Friends of the Library at the front desk — not down the outside returns slot at the library or the drop box at City Market, please. 

Here are the Friends’ new guidelines for donations: Yes to popular fiction books published in 2014 or later, nonfiction books published 2019 or later, and children’s and young adult books — all in excellent condition, please. No to CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, VHS or cassette tapes; textbooks, outdated travel books or reference books because they do not sell. No more than two boxes at a time because of space constraints.

Quotable quote

Asked if he consulted with the public when developing his Model T, Henry Ford replied that if he had surveyed others about what they wanted they would have answered, “faster horses.”


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