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Civic Club ladies among greatest library supporters

When it comes to supporters of the library, the Women’s Civic Club members are among the very best. Their annual holiday bazaar in early November is a highlight of the community’s social calendar every year — and its profits result in generous donations to your library that are vital to its ongoing operations.

The ladies’ latest donations deserve a special vote of thanks. They made a generous monetary gift in memory of past presidents Ethel Poma, Ruth Schutz and Joan Seielstad. They donated to our holiday Funds4Books drive. And they gave us the funds to purchase new computer carrels so that users of our free computers have a privacy divider between them.

The history of the Civic Club and the library go back to 1910 when the Civic Club was formed. Their members took over the operation of the library, then housed in the basement of the Methodist Church with a collection of 202 books. From 1910 until 1960, the library was run by the club and it resided in the church, a log cabin and a town hall on the river.

In 1960, Civic Club members helped pay for a new town hall on the corner of U.S. 160 and Lewis Street in downtown Pagosa, with the library having one room in that building. In 1966, Archuleta County took over the library with minimal financial support. It remained the goal of the Civic Club to provide a permanent home for the library.

In 1963, the Friends of the Library was formed to involve others in fundraising for a permanent facility. The Civic Club and the Friends jointly raised more than $700,000, and the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library opened debt-free on its present site on February 7, 1989.

The National Commission on Libraries and Information Sciences recognized the Civic Club in January of 1992 for its 100-year history of community support. There are very few community efforts that could have been accomplished without the work of these ladies throughout the years. Theirs is a proud history.

To join the Civic Club and get involved with these dedicated ladies and their great work for the library, please contact their president, Jennifer Hedrick, at 731-5835.

Nonfiction on CD

“First Family” by Pulitzer-Prize winner Joseph J. Ellis is a biography of President John Adams and his amazing wife Abigail. “My Reading Life” by Pat Conroy explores how this author’s passion for literature shaped his life.

Novels on CD

“Deep Shadow” by Randy Wayne White is a thriller in the Doc Ford series relating to a cave-diving expedition in Florida. “Cross Fire” by James Patterson is the latest in the Alex Cross mystery series that pits the detective against serial killer Kyle Craig. “Hell’s Corner” by David Baldacci centers around assassin Olive Stone’s witnessing a bomb detonate in front of the White House the night of a state dinner honoring the British prime minister. “Crescent Dawn” by Clive and Dirk Cussler is the latest Dirk Pitt adventure focusing on a Roman galley in 327 A.D., a British warship that explodes in 1916, and explosions at mosques in the present day. “The Confession” by John Grisham is a legal thriller focusing on the truth behind a man convicted of rape and murder and sentenced to die in a few days.


“Inside of a Dog” by cognitive scientist Alexandra Horowitz explains how dogs perceive their daily worlds, each other, and that other quirky animal, the human. “Unbroken” by “Seabiscuit” author Laura Hillenbrand tells the extraordinary story of a young lieutenant struggling to save himself after his bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean in World War II.

New novels

“Sunset Park” by Paul Auster follows the hopes and fears of characters brought together by the mysterious Miles Heller during the 2008 economic collapse. “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey” by Walter Mosley explores the friendship of a 91-year-old man and a 17-year-old teen. “House Rules” by Jodi Picoult tells of a teen with Asperger’s syndrome whose interest in crime scenes results in his being suspected of murder. “The Distant Hours” by Kate Morton follows a journey into the past when a letter that should have been delivered 50 years ago arrives for an only child’s mother.

Fantasy and sci-fi

“Full Dark, No Stars” is a quartet of tales by Stephen King, the popular author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy fiction. “Luka and the Fire of Life” by Salman Rushdie revisits the magic-infused, intricate world he first brought to life in “Haroun and the Sea of Stories.”

Baseball biography

“The Last Boy” by Jane Leavy is a biography of Mickey Mantle, based on 500 interviews with friends, family, teammates and opponents of the great baseball player.

Quotable quote

“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.” — American author Ernest Hemingway.

Thanks to our donors

We thank Nancy W. Green for her generous donation to the library. For their generous donations in memory of Joan Seielstad, we are grateful to John Arena, Judith James and Charles Regester. For books and materials this week, we thank Diane Bower, Joyce Frederick, Bamma Laizure and Carl Nevitt.


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