Library News: Teen book club is back plus new LEGO challenge and contest

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    By Carole Howard
    PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

    We invite sixth- through 12th-graders to join the teen book club on Zoom for a lively discussion of this month’s book, “We Hunt the Flame,” by Hafsah Faizal next Tuesday, March 16, from 4 to 5 p.m. Stop by the library to pick up a copy. 

    Go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82245964216 to join the meeting and help us choose what we’ll read next. 

    Everyone is invited to join us on March 13 at 10 a.m. for a free all-ages LEGO challenge via an image posted on Facebook and the library website. Use your own pieces to create something that will fit the challenge. If you don’t have LEGOs, we have a few grab bags available at the library. 

    Also, start thinking about this month’s free spring-themed all-ages LEGO contest. Submissions must be turned in March 22-26. Winners will be announced on March 27 at 12:15 p.m. with prizes for different age groups. Entries must be built ahead of time and they must be of your own creation, not a LEGO kit or from another source. More details and instructions are outlined on the youth calendar available at your library.

    Expanded hours
    and other changes

    Your library has expanded the hours we are open to serve you under COVID Level Blue conditions:

    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with 9 to 10 a.m. reserved for seniors and high-risk populations.

    • Tuesday and Thursday open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for all.

    • With these new hours, there is a slight change to which staff are working on which days, which affects the times and days for some programs. Storytime has been moved from Wednesday to Thursday at 10 a.m. Tech Times are now from 3 to 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment.

    • One more change: Meeting rooms can now be used by up to five people. 

    COVID-related operations that stay the same include:

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

    • Ten computers are available. Staff will clean and disinfect the computers between uses.

    • One early literacy computer is available for youngsters. 

    • Curbside service continues. 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 can place holds on items from other libraries. They are in different stages of open, so items may take longer than usual. 

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

    Special note

    “We want people to always feel welcome in the library and to experience a very friendly vibe when they visit,” said Meg Wempe, library director. “But we remind everyone that, similar to other public indoor spaces in Colorado, we must follow the executive order that requires people aged 11 or older to wear a covering over their noses and mouths when entering or moving within any public indoor space. If you are unable or unwilling to wear a mask, we are pleased to assist you outside the building through our curbside service.”

    Legal clinic tomorrow

    The free legal clinic each month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, March 12, from 2 to 3 p.m. The volunteer attorney can phone you at home or you can come into the library and meet via Zoom. 

    To sign up for these calls, send an email titled “Sign-up for Free Legal Clinic,” with your first name and phone number to ruby@pagosalibrary.org, or phone or stop by the library. The volunteer attorney’s time is limited, so it’s first-come, first-served. Visit http://checkerboard.co/ anytime to find many legal forms and other legal information.

    New all-ages writing challenge

    On March 8, we posted a new writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page. We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

    Storywalk for kids

    Weather permitting, every other Thursday, Josie posts signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up toward the elementary school detailing a new free Storywalk for kids. The March 11-24 theme is sharing warmth. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

    Knitting takeaways

    Pick up free knitting takeaways at the library entrance during open hours to take for your in-home enjoyment. We’ll have patterns, craft ideas, instructions and some limited supplies available. 

    After-school program

    In response to COVID, we have revamped our free after-school program into STEAM enrichment kits, STEAM standing for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, for ages 5 and up. Registration is required at 264-2209. Pick up your kit and then bring your completed projects back to the library to be displayed in the last week of the month.

    DIY craft takeaway for kids

    Drop by your library for free DIY crafts takeaways for youngsters age 10 and older during open hours. Pick up a packet outside the library.

    Tech Time

    Make a 15- to 30-minute appointment for one of three free in-person slots available from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (note day and time changes). Brad will help one person (or one couple) at a time resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. 

    ESL

    Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 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, please. 

    Dungeons and Dragons 

    Join us Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. for Dungeons and Dragons free for teens and young adults on Google Meet. Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn 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 

    Thursdays at 10 a.m. (note new day) and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m., join us on the library’s Facebook page for free children’s programs. Thursday storytimes are on Facebook Live, so you can interact with Josie. Saturday’s Discovery Times — with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more — are prerecorded. 

    Adult education 

    Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) sessions take place in person on Fridays between noon and 3 p.m., where Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more. Contact the library to schedule your appointment. 

    Two Spanish books

    “Se Regalan Dudas” or “They’re Giving Away Doubts” by Lety Sahagun and Ashley Frangie includes the best Qs and As submitted by listeners in Mexico and Latin America to their podcast on Spotify. Like the multimedia platform, the book reflects on and provides different viewpoints on everything from personal and professional development to social problems. “Panes Mexicanos/second edition” by Irving Quiroz contains more than 80 classic recipes with photos.

    Large-print westerns

    “Broken Rider” by John Shirley is a Ralph Compton novel in the Gunfighter series. “Stand Up and Die” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone features the three Jackals.

    Mysteries, suspense
    and thrillers

    “The Downstairs Neighbor” by Helen Cooper begins when a teenage girl goes missing. “Girl A” by Abigail Dean is a psychological family story about betrayals of sibling relationships. “Missing and Endangered” by J.A. Jance is the latest in the Sheriff Joanna Brady series set in Northern Arizona. “The Blizzard Party” by Jack Livings follows a fake medical emergency engineered by a rich Manhattanite. “Flowers of Darkness” by Tatiana de Rosnay features a novelist in near-future Paris feeling paranoid in her apartment. “Murderous Mistral” by Cay Rademacher features a policeman sent to Provence from Paris. “The Scorpion’s Tail” by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child opens with the discovery of a mummified corpse in a New Mexico ghost town. “Robert Ludlum’s The Treadstone Exile” by Joshua Hood features operative Adam Hayes. 

    Books on CD

    “Russian” by James Patterson and James O. Born features Det. Michael Bennett. “Serpentine” by Jonathan Kellerman is an Alex Delaware mystery. “Lightning Game” by Christine Feehan is a GhostWalker paranormal romance. “A man at Arms” by Steven Pressfield is a historical novel set in the first century AD. 

    Other novels

    “A Bright Ray of Darkness” by Ethan Hawke tells of a young man making his Broadway debut as his marriage implodes. “The Kitchen Front” by Jennifer Ryan is about four women entering a BBC-sponsored wartime cooking competition. “Pickard County Atlas” is a dark novel about a family set in Nebraska. “The Incredible Winston Browne” by Sean Dietrich is a nostalgic tale about community and kindness. “Winter’s Orbit” by Everina Maxwell is a sci-fi story. “The Witch’s Heart” by Genevieve Gornichec reimagines Norse mythology. “Meet Me in Bombay” by Jenny Ashcroft is a romance set in Bombay just before World War I. “Kingdom of Shadow and Light” by Karen Marie Moning is the conclusion of the Fever fantasy series. “A Longer Fall” by Charlaine Harris is book two in the Gunnie Rose paranormal series. 

    DVDs

    “Born a Champion” is a martial arts action film. “The Long Song,” based on the novel, is set during the final days of slavery in 19th century Jamaica.

    Nonfiction

    “The Chosen: I Have Called You by Name” by Jerry B. Jenkins is a detailed and personable look at the people in the Bible who were called to follow Jesus. “Cooking with the Outdoor Club” is a collection of locals’ favorite recipes. “One Decision” by life coach Mike Bayer is a guide to being authentic so your life reflects who you really are. “The Bears Ears” by David Roberts documents the beauty and perils of this new national monument. “Principles for Navigating Big Debt Crises” by Ray Dalio explains how debt crises work and principles for dealing with them. “The Pegan Diet” by Dr. Mark Hyman combines the best of paleo and vegan.  

    Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

    Perfect for COVID times, we have a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audio books for all ages — children, tweens, teens and adults — in cloudLibrary. 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 as well as 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. 

    Donations 

    For materials donations, we thank our anonymous donors. Please put your materials donations into the drop box at the library — not at City Market, which is reserved for returns. Donations undergo the same rigorous three-day quarantine process as returns. 

    Library foundation

    Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation to help support the services and programs provided by your Ruby Sisson Library. Mail checks to P.O. Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 264-2209. 

    Quotable quote

    “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer someone else up.” — Mark Twain.

    Website

    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.