Library News: Today: Shift in Thursday hours and special census event


    By Carole Howard
    PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

    Starting today, Thursday, Sept. 10, we are shifting our Thursday hours. Instead of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with 9 to 10 a.m. reserved for seniors and higher-risk populations, we’ll be open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., with 1 to 2 p.m. reserved for seniors and higher-risk populations. 

    Being open late on Thursday allows us to add another evening of ESL instruction every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m.

    If you have a Tech Time appointment on Thursday, please phone from the parking lot or knock loudly on the front door to be let in. 

    Summary of our
    partial reopening

    Here’s more information about your library’s current operations: 

    • We are now accepting meeting room reservations for small groups, with library programs having first dibs on the rooms for our programs. In addition, you can schedule only so far out, usually two weeks to a month, depending on where we are in the month. 

    • Up to 30 patrons at a time can come into the building. 

    • Hand sanitizers are available and there will be frequent cleanings inside the building throughout the day. Please practice social distancing and wear facial coverings while you are in the building. If you don’t have a mask, we are happy to give one to you. 

    • Nine computers are available. In most cases, computer usage will be allowed for three hours per day. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.

    • One early literacy computer is available for youngsters Monday through Saturday. 

    • For those not comfortable coming into the building, curbside service continues Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. except for Thursdays, when it’s available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so staff can bring the items out for you. If you put a hold on something, please wait for your usual alert (email, phone call or text) before coming to pick it up. 

    • You now can drop your returns of books, CDs and DVDs in the drop box at City Market, as well as in the drop box at the library. No donations in the City Market box, please.

    • Notary service is available during open hours on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. The cost is $5 per notary. 

    • You can place holds on items from other libraries. They are in different stages of reopening, so items may take longer than usual. 

    • We’re happy to provide tech help over the phone for our online resources.

    Special census
    event today

    Today, Thursday, Sept. 10, from 1 to 4 p.m., representatives from the Census Bureau are at the library hosting a Mobile Questionnaire Assistance Station to help anyone who has not completed the census to do so and to answer questions about the census. This assistance station will be outside near the front entrance to the library. Our computers and a public phone inside the building will also be available to anyone needing to complete the census. 

    This special event comes at a perfect time to help you respond easily and conveniently to the census because Archuleta County’s response rate so far is not good — only 41.1 percent — compared to the much higher rate of 68.4 percent for the state of Colorado and 65 percent nationally. If this poor showing continues, we will not get our fair share of hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds over the  next 10 years for local and regional agencies and projects like health clinics, fire departments, schools, social services like Medicaid, even roads and highways. 

    Adding to the concern about our low participation is the fact that the deadline to respond to the census has been moved forward to Sept. 30, so you do not have much time to participate if you have not already done so. 

    It takes only 10 minutes to respond to the census online or by telephone — and your answers are kept anonymous. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

    Please contact Brad or Josie at the library if you have any census-related questions or visit for more information. And please take advantage of this special event if you have not filled out your census form. Responding now will help decrease the number of homes census enumerators need to visit and will help ensure a more accurate count for our county. 

    Legal clinic by phone or Zoom tomorrow

    The free legal clinic each month is now by appointment and is happening tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 11, from 2 to 3 p.m. by telephone or Zoom. You can choose to have the volunteer attorney phone you directly or you can come into the library and meet via Zoom. 

    To be added to the sign-up sheet for these calls, send an email titled “Sign-up for Free Legal Clinic,” with your first name and phone number, to, or phone or stop by the library. The volunteer attorney’s time is limited, so it’s first-come first-served. 

    Suffrage poster display

    We hope you’ll stop by the library to view a display of 10 suffrage posters celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment. 

    Titled “Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence,” the exhibition is a joint effort of the Smithsonian Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. The crusade for women’s suffrage was one of the longest reform movements in U.S. history. The posters will be on display until Sept. 22 on the maroon wall behind the computers, on the other side of the checkout desk. 

    Tech Time

    Make a 15- or 30-minute appointment for one of three free in-person slots available from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time. If you have a Tech Time appointment on Thursday, phone from the parking lot or knock loudly on the front door to be let in. 


    Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. by appointment. Please register so we can keep it to a small group in our limited open spaces. No walk-ins, as the front door will be locked. 

    Adult learning 

    GED classes plus HiSet, CDL and other free in-person tutoring from Mark is available on Tuesdays from 2 to 7 p.m. by appointment for both new and returning students. 

    New day for Dungeons and Dragons

    Join us via Zoom on Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. for Dungeons and Dragons, free for teens and young adults. Contact for details on how to join. 

    Children’s programs on Facebook 

    Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m., join us on the library’s Facebook page for free children’s programs. 

    Wednesday storytimes are on Facebook Live, so if you go to Facebook at 10 a.m., you can interact with Josie. Saturday’s Discovery Times — with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more — are prerecorded. 

    If you have a Facebook account, log in to Facebook and search for the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. If you don’t have a Facebook account, access the page by visiting our website and clicking the Facebook icon (a lowercase f) in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. Or contact us and we can send you a direct link. 

    Storywalks for kids

    Every other Thursday, Josie, your early literacy librarian, posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the elementary school detailing a new free Summer Reading Storywalk for kids. The Sept. 10-24 theme is making friends. Get outdoors and follow the pages of a book as you stroll along. After you finish, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. By popular demand, Storywalks will continue until the snow makes it too difficult to proceed.


    “30 for 30” is Season II films 31-60 of this ESPN series. “The Good Place” is season two. “The Windermere Children” is based on a true story about Holocaust survivors. “Belgravia” is the six-part PBS drama series. “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” is season two. “The Good Doctor” is season three. “His Dark Materials” is the first season of Philip Pullman’s epic fantasy.


    “The Wonder Book of Chemistry” by Jean-Henri Fabre is written to arouse young readers’ interest in science. “25 Great Sentences and How They Got That Way” by Geraldine Woods looks at hundreds of memorable sentences from fiction, nonfiction, drama, poetry, songs, speeches and ads. “The End of Alzheimer’s Program” by Dr. Dale E. Bredesen is designed to enhance cognition and reverse decline at any age. “First Studies of Plant Life” by George Francis Atkinson is a reprint of this classic. “Above the Clouds” by Kilian Jornet is a memoir by a climber who has broken almost every mountaineering record in the world. “Livewired” by David Eagleman explores the magic of the brain. “Superman’s Not Coming” by consumer activist Erin Brockovich details the our national water crisis and what we can do about it.

    Story collections

    “Daddy” by Emma Cline is a collection of 10 stories portraying moments when the ordinary is disturbed. “The Spoilt Quilt and Other Frontier Stories,” edited by Hazel Rumney, is a collection of 16 new historical fiction stories about pioneering women of the West. This is a large print book.

    Other large print

    “A Private Cathedral” by James Lee Burke is a Det. Dave Robicheaux mystery. “Shot to Hell” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Perley Gates western. 


    “Where Dreams Descend” by Janella Angeles is the first book in a new Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology. “Transcendent Kingdom” by Yaa Gyasi, a follow-up to “Homegoing,” is a story about a Ghanaian family in the contemporary South. “Hotel Angeline” is a collaborate novel written by 36 Pacific Northwest writers. 

    Books on CD

    “The Order” by Daniel Silva is a Gabriel Allon mystery. “Vesper Flights” by Helen Macdonald is a collection of essays about the human relationship to the natural world. “Her Last Flight” by Beatriz Williams is the story of a lost pilot and a wartime photographer. “Younger Next Year for Women” by Chris Crowley and Dr. Henry S. Lodge is the second edition of this guide to good health into your 80s. “Big Summer” by Jennifer Weiner tells of friendship and forgiveness at a wedding on Cape Cod. “Deadlock” by Catherine Coulter is a thriller featuring FBI agents Savich and Sherlock. “Placing Nice” by JP Delaney starts with babies switched at birth. “Half Moon Bay” by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman begins with finding a decades-old skeleton of a child. “1st Case” by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts features a rookie FBI agent. 

    Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

    We have a wide variety of downloadable e-books and downloadable audio books for patrons of all ages — children, tweens, teens and adults. Using cloudLibrary, you can download a book to read or an audio book to listen to. 

    The items in cloudLibrary are purchased separately from physical items, so the books available are different — and it continues to use the consortium’s contributions, not just those that we bought. That is why you need to select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use. Please email or phone us at 264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 


    We are grateful to Victor and Joanne Lucariello for their generous monetary contribution, and to our anonymous donors for books and other materials. 

    Please put your material donations into the drop box at the library — not at City Market, which is reserved for returns. Donations will undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns. 

    Quotable quote

    “Ideals are like stars — you can’t reach them, but they can guide the way.” — Japanese proverb.


    For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home — please visit our website at