This year’s Friends of the Library book sale will open on Thursday evening, June 23, at 6pm for members (memberships are available at the door), and then open to the public on Friday and Saturday June 24-25. It will be in a new location: in the Fellowship Hall at the United Methodist Church in downtown Pagosa. And it’s a new time of year as well, moving to June to avoid the month of August which is so busy with community events including the Archuleta County Fair.
You’ll find lots more than books to buy at great bargain prices – there are audio books, DVDs, puzzles and games as well. While you enjoy these treats, you’ll be contributing to the health of your library. Last year the Friends’ book sale raised more than $ 2,000.
The Friends always need help sorting, boxing and preparing for the sale. As well, year-round our volunteers go to the library to sort through donations to find the right ones for the annual sale. If you would like to volunteer with the Friends, please contact Wennona Brown at email@example.com. And we hope you’ll put the Friends book sale dates on your calendar for a fun summer outing.
Summer Reading Program
If you haven’t already done so, we hope you will sign up now at your library or register online for this year’s Summer Reading Program, which began June 6 with the theme “Oceans of Possibilities.” Pick up a bingo card because participants get a small prize every time you complete a bingo sheet.
The Summer Reading Program is one of our most popular events of the year. It includes activities for all ages that are fun, free and educational. And it encourages learning and new opportunities for everyone from toddlers to seniors.
Watch for details of special Summer Reading events in this and future Library News columns all summer. And pick up a copy of the events calendar each month at your library to be sure you and your family don’t miss any of the fun. There are three versions – children, teens and adults.
Legal clinic tomorrow
The free legal clinic this month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, June 10 from 2 – 3 pm Please come into the library to meet privately via Zoom with our volunteer attorney who will answer your questions, show you legal documents and help you fill out the necessary forms. To schedule an appointment, at the beginning of the month send an email titled “Sign-up for Free Legal Clinic,” with your first name and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 970-264-2209 or stop by the library. The volunteer attorney’s time is limited so it’s first-come first-served. This clinic takes place on the second Friday of every month.
Paws to Read Friday
Friday, June 10 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm, youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Muppet, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a free Paws to Read session. This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.
A new all-ages writing challenge will be posted June 13 on the library’s Facebook page. We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free activity.
Adult book club next Tuesday
Ruby’s Book Club meets in person from 2-3 pm on Tuesday, June 14 to discuss “Finding Dorothy” by Elizabeth Letts. Copies are available at your library. This book club is held the second Tuesday of each month, alternating between fiction and nonfiction titles. Anyone is welcome to attend.
In-person Dungeons & Dragons
Join us next Tuesday, June 14 from 4-6 pm for our ongoing in-person Dungeons & Dragons game for teens and young adults. Contact email@example.com to learn how to join. Free sessions take place at your library on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.
Next Wednesday, June 15 from 4-5 pm, we will gather in person at the library to practice speaking and listening skills together for this free session. There is no minimum skill level required to attend. You can also learn Spanish and many other languages using the Transparent Language Learning database available at https: pagosalibrary.org/online-resources/
Virtual teen advisory board
Next Thursday, June 16 the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 pm on GoogleMeet. Fourth-12th graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs. Video call link: https://meet.google.com/jav-wcht-szx
Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays with 4-5 pm reserved for beginners and 5-7 pm for both intermediate and advanced students. Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.
Las clases de ESL
The free classes are free and can be taken to the mall los martes y jueves de 4 a 7 pm The studios princessant aids 4 4 p.m. la voz sobre estas clases a otras personas en nuestra comunidad que estén interesadas, y contáctenos por teléfono o correo electrónico si tiene alguna pregunta.
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session take place on Thursdays from 5: 30-8 pm when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more. No registration required.
“Arrival Stories” is a collection of essays about becoming a mother by 23 women including Serena Williams, Alysia Montano, Shilpa Shah and Amy Schumer. “I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet” by Shauna Niequist shares her experiences during a time of chaos, change and loss just after her 40th birthday. “The Upgrade” by Dr. Louann Brizendine provides a roadmap to a healthy menopausal and post-menopausal life for women.
Books on CD
“E-Day III Dark Moon” by Nicholas Sansbury Smith is book three in the sci-fi series. “The Book Woman’s Daughter” by Kim Michele Richardson follows a trailblazing woman in Kentucky’s Appalachian Mountains. “22 Seconds” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is a Women’s Murder Club mystery. “The Ravaged” by Norman Reedus tells of a man who discovers a secret past. “When She Dreams” by Amanda Quick is a historical romance set in 1930’s California.
Mysteries and thrillers
“City on Fire” by Don Winslow features two criminal empires about to be broken up by a modern-day Helen of Troy. “Magpie” by Elizabeth Day follows a couple whose lives are upended by a new roommate. “Trust” by Hernan Diaz tells of a powerful wealthy couple whose source of wealth is a mystery.
“Summer Love” by Nancy Thayer takes place at a reunion in Nantucket. “The Book Woman’s Daughter” by Kim Michele Richardson follows a trailblazing woman in Kentucky’s Appalachian Mountains. “The Good Left Undone” by Adriana Trigiani explores the lives of an Italian nurse, her daughter and granddaughter.
We are grateful to Maureen Collins for her generous monetary donation and to our anonymous donors for their materials donations. Please put your materials donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.
Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation. To respond to the evolving needs of our community, we are now working on a $ 4 million project to expand our building so that we can provide private study rooms, an intergenerational hands-on learning space, easy access to self-checkout and drop-off , a beautiful outdoor reading garden and an endowment for the future. Mail checks to PO Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209.
“The body is like a car: the older you become, the more care you have to take of it – and you don’t leave a Ferrari out in the sun.” – Joan Collins, award-winning English actress and recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, books on CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at https://pagosalibrary.org.
Carole Howard & Library Staff
The Ruby Sisson Memorial Library has been located at 811 San Juan Street (corner of S. 8th and Hwy 160) since 1989. The library is overseen by the Upper San Juan Library District, a tax-funded special district in Archuleta County.