By Carole Howard
PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff
For the ninth year, libraries across Colorado are giving a free paperback book to every 4-year-old in the state from Oct. 13-25 as part of a special family literacy project.
Some 75,000 copies of a very special book — its title is a secret until we’re allowed to reveal it in this column next week — are being distributed to children statewide at local libraries, including at your Sisson Library, in either English or Spanish. The goal of this One Book Colorado program is to encourage families to read together every day and add new books to home libraries to ensure school readiness.
Please come by the library or attend any program and pick up this free book for your 4-year-old youngster. Better yet, bring them in to pick up their books and see the opportunities for fun and learning that are available free at your library.
Save the date:
Starting next Thursday, Oct. 15, take part in creating some spooky temporary community art until Oct. 31. Projects will be set up outside the library with instruction.
Calling all teens
If you enjoy reading books, learning new skills and helping your community, we hope you will sign up to volunteer at your library. You’ll be invited to write book reviews, make artwork for the teen area, help plan new programs, judge our pumpkin-decorating contest, prepare crafts for kids’ programs and help keep the library organized.
Please stop by the library or apply online.
Legal clinic by phone or Zoom tomorrow
The free legal clinic each month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 9, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone or stop by the library. The volunteer attorney’s time is limited, so it’s first-come, first-served.
Free in-person gaming on the Xbox 360 Kinect for all ages has resumed on Fridays. Please join us on Oct. 9 from 2 to 3 p.m. Due to COVID concerns, we are only allowing a maximum of four participants in the gaming room. Masks must be worn and social distancing maintained at all times.
Book club for adults
Ruby’s book club returns to its regular time of 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, to discuss “The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead via Zoom. Please contact the library if you want to participate and if you need a copy of the book. This book club is held the second Tuesday of each month.
Voter registration tutorial
Are you registered to vote? Do you know how to review your voter registration or update information to ensure you are eligible to vote? You can view an informative tutorial about these vital topics on the library’s website at https://pagosalibrary.org/election-2020/.
Adult DIY on Facebook
A free fall-themed DIY event offers some crafty ideas of how to create several fall-themed decorations. 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.
New Storywalk for kids
Every other Thursday, Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up towards the Elementary School detailing a new free Storywalk for kids. The Oct. 8-21 theme is ingenuity. Get outdoors and follow the pages of a book exploring what it takes to turn an idea into reality 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.
Make a 15- or 30-minute appointment for one of three free in-person slots available 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 5 to 7 p.m. by appointment. Note start time change from 4 to 5 p.m. Please register so we can keep it to a small group in our limited open spaces. No walk-ins.
Dungeons and Dragons moves to Google Meet
Join us on Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. for Dungeons and Dragons free for teens and young adults. Note that this fun fantasy role-playing game has moved from Zoom to Google Meet. Contact email@example.com for details on how to join. If you don’t have Internet access, contact us anyway — we may be able to accommodate you in the library.
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.
GED classes plus HiSet, CDL and other free in-person tutoring from Mark is suspended for October and will resume in November.
Summary of our partial reopening
• We’re now open on Thursdays from 1 to 7 p.m., with 1 to 2 p.m. reserved for seniors and higher-risk populations.
• Other hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for seniors and higher-risk populations. Saturdays: 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Sundays: closed.
• We are 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 or unable to wear a mask, 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 in person or over the phone for our online resources.
“Killing Crazy Horse” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard documents the merciless Indian wars in America. “Hobnail and Other Frontier Stories,” edited by Hazel Rummey, is a collection of 17 new stories by different authors for fans of historical fiction. “The Backstabbers” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Red Ryder western.
“The Outsider” is the HBO series based on Stephen King’s suspense story. “The Outlander” is season five. “The Story of Science Fiction” is a documentary hosted by James Cameron. “Ancient Civilizations of North America” and “Outdoor Fundamentals: Everything You Need to Know to Stay Safe” both are four-disc packages in The Great Courses documentary series.
Mysteries, suspense and thrillers
“The Coast to Coast Murders” by James Patterson and J.D. Barker is a psychological suspense story.
“Battle Ground” by Jim Butcher is the latest in the Dresden Files series featuring Chicago’s only professional wizard. “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig provides new opportunities for a young woman. “Jack” by Marilyn Robinson is set in the mythical world of Gilead; the author’s Gilead novels have won a Pulitzer Prize and two National Book Critics Circle Awards. “A Deadly Education” by Naomi Novik features an unwilling dark sorceress destined to rewrite the rules of magic. “Just Like You” by Nick Hornby follows a middle-aged woman who falls in love with a younger man much different from herself.
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.
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.
“Research is to see what everybody else has seen and to think what nobody else has thought” — Albert Szent-Gyorgyl (1893-1986), Hungarian biochemist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1937. He is credited with first isolating vitamin C and discovering the components and reactions of the citric acid cycle.
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 pagosalibrary.org.