By Carole Howard
PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff
Please help us pass the word that your library is in a special partnership with Archuleta Seniors Inc., the nonprofit organization that runs the Senior Center and oversees the Meals on Wheels routes for delivery both in town and out of town.
As meals go out to homebound clients, they can be accompanied by a special library bag containing print books, audiobooks and DVDs specially selected to match each person’s individual tastes. The personalized selection is based on a questionnaire the recipients complete. If you or someone you know would like this service, please contact the Senior Center at 264-2167 to receive the introductory information pamphlet and preference questionnaire.
“We’d love to have the word passed on to others who are not aware of this service,” said Meg Wempe, library director, “and we’d love to see increased usage. Having books delivered to homebound people’s homes is an especially valuable treat during COVID times. As well, if there are other avenues to help homebound people receive library resources, we are interested in discussing possibilities. Please reach out to me directly if you have suggestions or thoughts.”
and other changes
Here’s a summary of our of current operations under COVID Level Blue:
• 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.
• 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.
• Meeting rooms can now be used by up to five people.
• 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.
“We want people to always feel welcome in the library and to experience a very friendly vibe when they visit,” said Wempe. “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.”
Literary Ladies tomorrow
This free book club meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:15 a.m. to noon via Zoom. Tomorrow, Friday, March 26, the ladies will discuss “The Banker’s Wife” by Christine Alger. Pick up a copy at your library. The Zoom meeting ID for this event is 859 2949 6860 and the passcode is 81147. No registration is required.
LEGO contest deadline tomorrow
Submissions must be turned in by tomorrow, March 26, for this month’s free all-ages LEGO contest. Winners will be announced this Saturday, 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. Details and instructions are outlined on the youth calendar available at your library.
LEGO challenge Saturday
Join us on March 27 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.
On March 22, 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.
New 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 25-April 11 theme is creative thinking. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library.
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.
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 crafts takeaway
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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.
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your family at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month. There are two versions — youth and adults.
“Dark Sky” by C.J. Box is a Joe Pickett adventure. “Egg Shooters” by Laura Childs is a Cackleberry Club mystery. “Fast Ice” by Clive Cussler is a NUMA Files adventure. “The Lost Apothecary” by Sarah Penner is a murder mystery set in London. “Calder Brand” by Janet Dailey is book one in a new western series. “The Kaiser’s Web” by Steve Berry is book 16 in the Cotton Malone series set in Germany in 1945.
“Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning” is a Haynes Techbook manual.
“Still Life” by Val McDermid features cold case detective Karen Pirie.
“Detransition Baby” by Torrey Peters features three transgender women whose lives collide after an unexpected pregnancy. “Black Sun” by Rebecca Roanhorse is book one of the new Between Earth and Sky trilogy. “Braced for Love” by Mary Connealy is book one of a new Brothers in Arms series set on a Wyoming ranch.
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.
For materials donations, we thank Les Johnson and 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.
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.
“To fight impulse purchases, make a wish list of all the items you want … Then wait a week. Revisit your list and see if you feel as excited about the items on it as you did when you first wrote them down. Don’t check the price to see if the item went on sale — just revisit your gut reaction. If you still want the item, go ahead and get it if your budget allows. But if your interest has waned, it’s a sign it just wasn’t worth your money.” — “Money Hacks: 250+ Ways to Decrease Spending, Increase Savings and Make Your Money Work for You” by Lisa Rowan.
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