Library News: DIY acupressure preventative care plus early literacy program

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By Carole Howard
PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

On Monday, April 5, at 5 p.m. via Zoom, Jim Fox will demonstrate a DIY acupressure technique that can strengthen your immune system. Fox has more than 20 years of experience as a certified acupuncturist, so he brings a wealth of knowledge relating to acupressure and alternative medicine. 

This preventive health care treatment uses five acupressure points designed to activate and strengthen your immune system. You can watch the presentation live from the comfort of your home. The Zoom meeting ID is 833 6260 1253 and the passcode is 81147. Email Brad at brad@pagosalibrary.org if you would like the Zoom invitation and link emailed to you.

Free early literacy
program 

If you want to participate in the second round of an exciting new free literacy program that helps families and caregivers build their babies’ vocabulary, you need to sign up by April 15. Called LENA, the program comes from a partnership involving your library, AmeriCorps and the San Juan BOCES.

When you enroll in the workshops, you will get personalized information and ideas to help your child. Please contact Michelle Salmeron-Ramierez at 585-4293 or michellesr@unitedway-swco.org. The program is available in English and Spanish. It was created for babies from newborn to age 3 and will help you use talking to build your child’s brain.

National Library Week

April 4-10 is National Library Week, a time set aside by the American Library Association to celebrate our nation’s libraries and library workers’ contributions, and to promote library usage and support. Whether you visit in person or virtually, libraries offer endless opportunities to transform lives through education and lifelong learning.

COVID Level Blue
operations

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. 

Other COVID-related
operations:

• 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.”

New all-ages writing challenge

On April 5 and 19, we will post new writing challenges 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 current theme is creative thinking. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. A new storywalk will be posted on April 8.

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 five 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
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. 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 from 3 to 7 p.m. and Thursdays from 5 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. 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.

Activities calendars

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. 

How-to and self-help

“GrowVeg” by Benedict Vanheems is a beginner’s guide to easy vegetable gardening. “Ageless” by science writer Andrew Steele looks at how scientists are working to develop treatments for aging. “Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life” by clinical psychologist Jordan B. Peterson offers additional lifesaving principles to impose order in your life. “The 30-day Alzheimer’s Solution” by Drs. Dean and Ayesha Sherzai is a food and lifestyle guide to preventing cognitive decline.

Other nonfiction

“Slipping Through Our Hands” by Tony Povilitis with illustrations by Amy Grogan is a guide to the endangered and vulnerable wildlife of the San Juan Mountains and surrounding areas of Colorado and New Mexico. “A World Without Email” by computer science professor Cal Newport explores alternatives to a workplace controlled by emails. “Leave It as It Is” by David Gessner is a journey across America guided by Teddy Roosevelt’s crusading environmental legacy. 

Books on CD

“The Wolves on Seven Pines” by E.L. Ripley is a new western in Ralph Compton’s Sundown Riders series. “Texas Kill of the Mountain Man” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a new installment of the western adventures featuring Smoke Jensen.

DVDs

“Lovecraft Country” is the complete first season. “The Croods: A New Age” is another animated prehistoric family adventure.

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 the materials donation, we thank Rosalea Connor. 

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

“Education today, more than ever before, must clearly see the dual objectives: education for living and educating for making a living.” — James Mason Wood, English university professor and zoologist. 

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