Library searching for two board members


By Carole Howard 
PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

If you want to give something back to your community and consider the library one of the most significant institutions in our society, we might have a job for you.

The Sisson Library has two openings for three-year terms on the board of trustees at this time. This position is a volunteer one — no monetary compensation, but lots of job satisfaction. The board meets monthly on the third Wednesday of every month, usually at 4 p.m.

Unlike the board of directors of a corporation which represents shareholders, the board of the library is the governance group that ensures our mission is fulfilled and the organization is held accountable to its main stakeholder — the public. Its principal function is to set policies consistent with the public mission of the organization, select managers who can carry out the mission and monitor the performance of the organization so that public welfare is maximized.

Those are fancy words and the responsibilities are significant. Here are the qualifications we are looking for:

• Financial knowledge, especially budget preparation and monitoring.

• Business knowledge, especially strategic planning and resource management.

• Experience on another nonprofit board would be wonderful, as we all learn by doing.

• A passion for libraries, literature and literacy is a huge plus.

If you are interested in pursuing one of these two board seats, please send a letter of interest to Meg Wempe, the library director. For further information, email or phone her at (970) 264-2209.

In-person activities

We are delighted that the robust local vaccination program for our community means that most of our programs now can happen in person. Also, our hours have returned to pre-COVID levels — and even more on weekdays:

• Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the library is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. That’s one additional hour on Fridays.

• Tuesdays and Thursdays, the library is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. That’s one additional hour each day.

• Saturdays, the library is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. That’s two hours fewer this day — but a total of 55 hours open each week, as compared to 54 in pre-COVID times.

For those uncomfortable coming into the building, curbside service continues. Phone (970) 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. 

In-person gaming

Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the Xbox 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Writing challenge 

On Monday, Aug. 23, we will post a new all-ages writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page. We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Special family storytime 

Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m., join us in the library garden for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move. 

On Aug. 25, we will have a special storytime when Lisa Baker and her friend, Fluffy Dog, will join us for puppets, storytelling and fun. 

Saturday’s Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more. 

Dungeons and Dragons 

Join us Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. for our ongoing Dungeons and Dragons game free for teens and young adults on Google Meet. Contact 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. 

New storywalk for kids

Watch for signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up toward the elementary school detailing a new free storywalk for kids. The Aug. 16-30 theme is a silly stroll to get your body moving. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

In-person Spanish

Join us at your library to practice your Spanish conversation skills in a free in-person group setting on Wednesday, Aug. 25, from 4 to 5 p.m. There is no minimum skill level to participate.

Tech Time 

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and 2 to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Brad will help you resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. Note there will be no Tech Time on Tuesday, Aug. 24. 


 Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m. Beginning students are encouraged to attend from 4 to 6 p.m. and intermediate students from 6 to 8 p.m. 

Las clases gratuitas se llevan a cabo en persona los martes y jueves de 4-8 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes deben asistir de 4-6 p.m. y a los estudiantes intermedios de 6-8 p.m.

Adult education 

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session takes place in person Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m., when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more. 

Activities calendars 

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free library activities available to you and your family, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month. There are three versions — children, teens and adults.

Books on CD

“Billy Summers” by Stephen King is a thriller. “Black Ice” by Brad Thor is a Scot Harvath Cold War adventure. “Claimed” by J.R. Ward is a new Lair of the Wolven series set in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world. “It’s Better This Way” by Debbie Macomber is a romance. “False Witness” by Karin Slaughter is a mystery. “Fallen” by Linda Castillo is a suspense story about an Amish woman. “The Cellist” by Daniel Silva is a Gabriel Allon mystery. 

Mysteries, suspense
and thrillers

“For Your Own Good” by Samantha Downing is set at a prestigious private school. “Steel Fear” by Webb and Mann features Navy Seal Brandon Webb. “Not a Happy Family” by Shari Lapena reveals three family suspects after a double murder. “Godspeed” by Nickolas Butler takes place at a construction site in Jackson, Wyo. “Falling” by T.J. Newman explores how far you would go to save your family. “False Witness” by Karin Slaughter features a lawyer with a scary connection to her client.

Other novels

“China Room” by Sunjeev Sahota is set in India. “The Forbidden” by Heather Graham is the latest in the Krewe of Hunters fantasy series. “The Husbands” by Chandler Baker explores an unorthodox method of couples therapy. “One Last Stop” by Casey McQuiston is a romance about a girl lost in time. “Very Sincerely Yours” by Kerry Winfrey is a romantic comedy. “All the Little Hopes” by Leah Weiss is set in the tobacco land of North Carolina. “Ghosts” by Dolly Alderton is a romantic comedy. 

Large print westerns

“Ralph Compton: Prairie Fire, Kansas” by John Shirley is the latest in the Sundown Riders series. “The Wicked Die Twice” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is book three in the Slash and Burn series. “Bullet for a Stranger” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is book three in the Red Ryan western series. 

Other large print books

“Death of a Telenovela Star” by Teresa Dovalpage is a Havana mystery. “Survive the Night” by Riley Sager features a college student in a car with a possible serial killer. “The Pecan Springs Enterprise Trilogy” by Susan Wittig Albert contains three novellas. “Someone to Cherish” by Mary Balogh is book eight in the Westcott series. “The Plot” by Joan Hanff Korelitz is about a professor who steals a student’s work. “Castle Shade” by Laurie R. King is a Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes vampires mystery. “Unfinished Business” by J.A. Jance is an Ali Reynolds mystery. “Black Ice” by Brad Thor is book 20 in the Scot Harvarth thriller series. “Choose Me” by Tess Gerritsen and Gary Braver mystery. “The Maidens” by Alex Michaelides is a mystery set at Cambridge University. “One by One” by Ruth Ware is a mystery set in a snowed-in rustic ski chalet.


“Victim F” by Denise Huskins and Aaron Quinn is the true story of their kidnapping and their revictimization by the justice system. “How To Live When a Loved One Dies” by Thich Nhat Hann offers wisdom to those dealing with intense grief and loss. “Nice Racism” by Robin DiAngelo sheds light on the subtle patterns of progressive white people that protects racism. “The Icepick Surgeon” by Sam Kean is a guide across 2,000 years of history of scientific sins.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

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. Select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use. Email or phone us at (970) 264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 


Many thanks to Susan and Terry Arrington for their generous monetary donation, and to our many anonymous donors for their books donations. 

Please put your materials donations into the drop box at the library — not at City Market, which is reserved for returns. 

Library foundation

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation to support and enhance your library by raising funds for information resources, programs, services and facilities. Mail checks to P.O. Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at (970) 264-2209. 

Quotable quote

“If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.” — Nora Roberts, contemporary American author of more than 225 romance novels.


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