Free back-to-school barbecue next week


    By Carole Howard 
    PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

    Youngsters, tweens and teens are invited to drop by our back garden to celebrate with a free back-to-school barbecue on Friday, Sept. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. We’ll have hot dogs, veggie burgers, Popsicles and other treats to share — plus free books for students of all ages. 

    Library closure

    Your library will be closed on Monday, Sept. 6, in observance of Labor Day.

    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.

    LEGO contest

    Submissions must be turned in by tomorrow, Sept. 3, for the free all-ages LEGO contest. Winners will be announced Sept. 4 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 children’s and teen calendars available at your library.

    Writing challenge 

    A new all-ages writing challenge will be posted Sept. 7 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 Sept. 8, we will have a special Hora de Cuentos storytime when you can practice your Spanish and Josie will share some of her favorite Spanish books. 

    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. 

    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. 


    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. Note there will be no PALS next Thursday, Sept. 9.

    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.


    “Chess Tactics for Champions” by grandmaster Susan Polgar reveals the tactics that made her the top-ranked female chess player in the U.S. “Eastern Europe” by Rick Steves is a travel guide. “Law and Disorder” by John Douglas discusses famous cases involving the FBI’s pioneer of investigative profiling. “RV Hacks” by Marc and Julie Bennett is a guide to hassle-free RVing. “Build Your Own Farm Tools” by Josh Volk is a guide to equipment and systems for small farms. “The Cost of My Faith” by Jack Phillips is the memoir of the baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage. “How Space Works” is a DK guide to everything from gravitational waves to cosmic voids. “Baked to Perfection” by Katarina Cermelj contains more than 200 gluten-free recipes. “Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Old” by Richard J. Leider and David A. Shapiro offer a path to purposeful aging. 

    Mysteries, suspense
    and thrillers

    “Bloodless” by Preston and Child is the latest in the FBI Agent Pendergast series. “The Island” by Ben Coes features an Iranian attack on the United Nations in New York City. “Dear Miss Metropolitan” by Carolyn Ferrell focuses on a young woman not found after a kidnapping rescue. “Velvet Was The Night” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a Mexican Gothic mystery. “Perfume Thief” by Timothy Schaffert is set in World War II Paris. 

    Other novels

    “Wayward” by Dana Spiotta features a woman facing a midlife reckoning. “Rainbow Milk” by Paul Mendez follows a teen grappling with his racial and sexual identities. “Damnation Spring” by Ash Davidson centers on a community torn between its logging heritage and environmental degradation. “Yours Cheerfully” by A.T. Pearce is a celebration of friendship and women’s solidarity in World War II London. 

    Books on CD

    “Complications” by Danielle Steel is set in a restored luxury hotel in Paris. “Hidden” by Fern Michaels is the first book in the new Lost and Found mystery series. 


    “Dream Horse” is the true story of an unlikely race horse.

    Large print

    “Remember by Lisa Genova explores the science of memory and the art of forgetting. “Vortex” by Catherine Coulter is an FBI thriller. 

    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 Medora Bass and our many anonymous donors for their material donations. 

    Please put your material 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

    “Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself.” — Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952), Indian monk introduced millions of Americans to the teachings of meditation and is considered by yoga experts as the “Father of Yoga in the West.” 


    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