Bookmark and Share

Meet your new adult services librarian

It was love that brought Tessa Michaelson to Pagosa Springs, and not only her fiance, but also all of the Sisson Library patrons will benefit.

Tessa has just been named the adult services librarian for your library — a totally new post. She brings a wealth of experience as a librarian, teacher, editor, technology expert and innovator in outreach programs from her nine years in professional posts in Madison, Wisconsin. She has a masters degree in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and also attended international summer school at the University of Oslo in Norway.

We are lucky to benefit from all this expertise because Tessa moved to Pagosa in mid-July to marry her fiance, Brett Schmidt, also a Midwesterner, who now works at Briliam Engineering. After visiting here frequently to spend time with Brett, Tessa is looking forward to becoming a permanent Pagosan.

“We see a great need and desire in the community for more programs and services for adults at the library,” Tessa said of her new assignment. “We’d like to expand upon successful programs like Lifelong Learning and also offer more adult classes in areas such as computers and the Internet, job search opportunities, maybe even knitting classes. Our goal is to have people see the library as a really relevant part of their lives and the community.”

Tessa attended this year’s Archuleta County Fair, working at the library’s booth and taking advantage of the opportunity to ask fairgoers what they wanted from their library. She also plans a survey in mid-September of both current library patrons and those who use the library infrequently or not at all.

“There’s been a shift over the years in how people see and use libraries,” Tessa said. “Today people expect libraries to be dynamic places where they can not only access information but also learn new skills and share experiences with their neighbors.”

Watch for more news of Tessa’s plans for adult programs and services in the weeks and months ahead — and please come into the library to welcome her to Pagosa.


“Are You Kidding Me?” by Rocco Mediate and John Feinstein is the story of Rocco’s extraordinary battle with Tiger Woods at the U.S. Open golf tournament in June 2008. “Provenance” by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo looks at one of the 20th century’s most audacious art frauds, showing how a con man and a forger rewrote the history of modern art. “Izzy & Lenore” by Jon Katz tells of his love for two dogs who are trained hospice volunteers visiting homes and nursing facilities in upstate New York. “The Accidental Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich tells of the founders of Facebook and is billed as a tale of sex, money, genius and betrayal.

New series

We have four books by Susan K. Downs and Susan May Warren from a new series about Russia that bills itself as “fiction for the mind and soul.” The titles are “Oksana,” which takes place during the time of the Russian Revolution in 1917; “Marina,” focusing on the Hitler era; “Nadia,” set during the Cold War; and “Ekaterina,” about an international conspiracy.

New novels

“Promise Me Always” by Christine Lynxwiler is a romance about a woman who is filmed for a reality TV show as she works in her landscaping business. “Sacred Hearts” by Sarah Dunant tells of a 16-year-old forced into a nunnery in 16th century Italy. “In the Heart of the Canyon” by Elisabeth Hyde describes a rafting trip through the Grand Canyon that changes the lives of everyone on board. “The Way of Women” by Lauraine Snelling tells of three women who come together for various reasons when a local mountain becomes an awakening volcano. “Canaan” my Donald McCaig is a saga of post-Civil War America, from the defeat of the Confederacy to the Battle of Little Bighorn. “Take Two” by Karen Kingsbury features members of the Baxter family in this book from the Above the Line series. “Conspirator” by C.J. Cherryh is a science fiction adventure.

How-to and self-help

“Insulate and Weatherize” by engineer Bruce Harley is a complete do-it-yourself guide to home insulation and weatherizing. “Stopping Identity Theft” by Scott Mitic offers 10 easy steps to protecting yourself and your loved ones against America’s fastest growing crime. “The End of Overeating” by Dr. David A. Kessler helps you take control of your appetite and exposes what the food industry is doing to help you fail.

Mysteries and suspense

“Who’s Grace?” by James R. Coggins tells of the aftermath when a man witnesses an apparent murder from the window of a descending airplane. “Rain Gods” by James Lee Burke looks at the complexities surrounding the murder of nine illegal aliens in a tiny Texas town near the Mexican border. “Obsessed” by Ted Dekker starts with a clue from the grave of a Holocaust survivor that makes an ordinary man heir to an incredible fortune. “Gun Lake” by Travis Thrasher bills itself as a novel of suspense and redemption.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Bob and Marcia Bledsoe, Betti Gibbons, Ron Grayson, Katy Maxcy, Merilyn Moorhead, Zach Nelson, Kathy Reece, Brett Schmidt, Kaia Sumpter and Peter Welch.

Quotable quote

“Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good plays, good company, good conversation — what are they? They are the happiest people in the world.” — William Lyon Phelps, American author, critic and scholar.

Web site

For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books from the comfort of your home — please visit our Web site at