Arrange free interlibrary loans on your home computer

One of the great things about our Sisson Library is that the staff members are so friendly and caring, always willing to go out of their way to help you. One of the not-so-great things is that our limited space means not every book, DVD, video or CD you want to borrow is available here.

Patrons have always had the option of the free interlibrary loan (ILL) system. In the past, you filled out a paper form at the library to see if the book you wanted was available at another Colorado library. Now, thanks to a feature on our new Web site, you can reserve books through the Swift ILL Service with a few clicks of your mouse on your home computer — all for free. You must have a current library card to participate. Here’s how this high-tech service works:

At the library, fill out a short, easy form asking the staff to register you. Your new user information will be entered into the system. You will need a password, but you can choose the option of having it automatically entered when you search for books, so you don’t need to remember it. You also need to provide your e-mail address so you can receive status reports on your requests.

At home, go to the library’s new Web site www.pagosa.colibraries.org. On the panel on the left, click on “Interlibrary Loan” box.

Click on “Access.” You’ll be connected to the Colorado Virtual Library Web site.

At the “Enter Your Home Library” box, scroll down to “Upper San Juan Library District, Ruby Sisson Memorial Library” and click on it. Also enter your library card number and last name. Click on “Logon.” Your ILL account information will appear on the screen. You now can search for any material you are interested in, or view your previous requests.

Any materials you order will be shipped to the Sisson Library. You’ll be phoned to come pick them up.

Don’t worry, the instructions make it sound more complicated than it is! Give it a try, and take advantage of all the materials awaiting you in the Colorado Virtual Library. You also may want to re-read the library column of Dec. 11, 2008 with details of lots of other amazing offerings on our new Web site. You can find all the previous library columns at www.pagosa.colibraries.org.

New cookbooks

We have two new cookbooks from the Betty Crocker collection. “Annual Recipes 2009” has more than 300 reader-favorite recipes from the magazine, and “Dinner Made Easy 2009” contains 275 recipes for easy-to-prepare supper meals, many ready for the table in 30 minutes or less.

Non-fiction

“Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America’s Perilous Path in the Middle East,” is by Rashid Khalidi, considered by many the foremost U.S. historian of the modern Middle East. “The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World,” by Niall Ferguson, looks at finance as the foundation of human progress; it is a PBS co-production scheduled to be broadcast this year. “Do the Right Thing: Inside the Movement That’s Bringing Common Sense Back to America” is by former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

Christian books

“Nothing to Be Frightened Of,” by Julian Barnes, is a memoir on mortality that touches on faith, science and family. “The Triumph of Deborah,” by Eva Etzioni-Halevy, is an historical novel about Deborah, the courageous biblical warrior in ancient Israel.

Mountainview Homemakers gifts

We are grateful to the Mountainview Homemakers for their donation of five new books. “The Eco Chick Guide to Life: How to be Fabulously Green,” by Starre Vartan, is aimed at adult women who want to lower their carbon footprint. Sam Stern’s “Cooking Up A Storm: The Teen Survival Cookbook,” “Teens Cook: How to Cook What You Want to Eat” and “The Complete Book of Retro Crafts,” are aimed at seventh graders and older. “Recycled Crafts Box: Stock Puppets, Cardboard Castles, Bottle Bugs and 37 More Earth-friendly projects and Activities You Can Create,” is written for pre-teens in the third through seventh grades.

Books for youngsters

“First grade stinks!,” by Mary Ann Rodman is charmingly illustrated by Beth Spiegel. “365 Days of Baby Einstein” offers parents 365 activities to share with their babies.

New novels

“Trespass,” by Valerie Martin revolves around a mother’s distrust of her son’s girlfriend. “The Rest of Her Life,” by Laura Moriarty, is a compassionate, provocative look at how mothers and daughters can be blind to the harm they do to each other. “The Last Chinese Chef” is written by Nicole Mones, author of “Lost in Translation.” “Stone Creek,” by Victoria Lustbader, is a love story set in a small town. “Keeper and Kid,” by Edward Hardy, is a story of modern parenthood when a two-year-old son comes to live with his father. “Where the River Ends,” by Charles Martin, is a love story set in the South.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Island of Lost Girls,” by Jennifer McMahon, starts with a kidnapping by someone dressed in a rabbit costume. “Interred with Their Bones,” by Jennifer Lee Carrell, is a mystery surrounding the find of a long-lost work of Shakespeare. “The 7th Victim,” by Alan Jacobson, is a psychological suspense tale featuring the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit. “Mean Town Blues,” by Sam Reaves, is a neo-noir crime thriller set in Chicago. “Mortal Danger and Other True Cases,” by Ann Rule, is volume 13 of her true-crimes collection.

New Web site

Take time to visit our new Web site to see the wealth of new services and research tools available to you — all for free. You can even download audio books on the site. The address is www.pagosa.colibraries.org.

Quotable quote

“Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.” — Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), third president of the U.S.

Thanks to our donors

We are grateful for generous donations from John Hanna and Rowan Emrys, the Charles J. Hughes Foundation and Lily Rydman. For books and materials this week, we thank:¬ Jane Ellsworth, Kay Grams, John Graves, Dale Haskamp, April Holthaus, Bonita Lynne, Kim Laverty, Ray McComber, Eb Overley, Lisa Pilgrim, Cindy Quiqley, Roxanne Schick, Gautan Shah, Susann Smith, Vickie Thompson, Natalie Tyson and Jess Wilton.


Photo courtesy Carole Howard
Holly Langford is the latest local collector to put her treasures on display at the Sisson Library, in this case, selections from her collection of more than 500 marbles. If you are interested in displaying your treasures, call Kathy Hamilton at the library, at 264-2208.