Learning Express Library an excellent free online resource


By Carole Howard 

PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

Although there will be no PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) sessions in October, we want to take this opportunity to promote our free Learning Express Library online resources. It is a great tool for students learning a variety of subjects or preparing for a variety of exams like the GED. 

The Learning Express Library helps you prepare for job and career opportunities, GED, military and college entrance exams. Elementary, middle school and high school diagnostic testing is also available. Test preparation, instant scoring and engaging self-paced courses are offered. 

The online library’s offerings include dedicated sections on student learning centers, GED preparation, job search and workplace skills, jobs and careers, skill building for adults, U.S. citizenship and recursos para Hispanohablantes. 

To access this amazing resource, go to your library’s website at https://pagosalibrary.org. Click on the Online Resources Box on the top banner. Scroll down to Learning Express Library (the various online resources are listed alphabetically).

 First-time users should then click on the “Register” button to establish a user name (your library barcode) and password of your choice (not your library PIN). Returning users can login using their barcode and established password.

Please feel free to contact Brad, our adult services librarian, if you need help.

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. 

Teen book club

We invite sixth- through 12th-graders to join the free in-person teen book club next Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 4 to 5 p.m. for a lively discussion of this month’s book, “Look Both Ways” by Jason Reynolds, and help us choose what we’ll read next. 

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 

A new all-ages writing challenge will be posted Oct. 4 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 Oct. 6, we will have a special storytime when Lisa Baker and her friend Fluffy Dog will entertain youngsters with puppets and silly stories. 

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 Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. for our ongoing Dungeons and Dragons game 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. 

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 evening classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m. Beginning and intermediate students are encouraged to attend from 4 to 6 p.m. and advanced students from 6 to 8 p.m. Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested. 

Las clases gratuitas se llevan a cabo en persona los martes y jueves de 4-8 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes e intermedios deben asistir de 4-6 p.m. y los estudiantes avanzados de 6-8 p.m. Por favor, ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre estas clases a otros en nuestra comunidad que tienen interés.

Adult education hiatus 

Our free PALS session generally 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 in October. 

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.

Mysteries, suspense
and thrillers

“19 Yellow Moon Road” by Fern Michaels is a Sisterhood mystery. 

Other novels

“The Paper Palace” by Miranda Cowley Heller is a story set in Cape Cod that unfolds over 24 hours and across 50 years. 

How-to and self-help

“Raising Resilient Kids” by Dr. Rhonda Spencer-Hwang discusses eight principles for bringing up children who can thrive in spite of adversity. “The Little Book of Zen/second edition” is a compilation of Eastern and Western advice. “Free-Range Kids/second edition” by Lenore Skenazy is a guide for parents and teachers on how to let children learn and explore for themselves. “Raising Feminist Boys” by clinical psychologist Bobbi Wegner is a guide to talking with your child about gender, consent and empathy. “Subpar Parks” by Amber Share looks at America’s most extraordinary national parks via beautiful illustrations juxtaposed with short, humorous one-star reviews by visitors.

Other nonfiction

“The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2022” is the latest version of this classic guide. “Paradise” by Lizzie Johnson is an in-depth look at the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century. “Once More in the Sky” by Scott Raab and Joe Woolhead is a collection of essays and photographs that documents the rebuilding of the tower at ground zero. “Beautiful Country” by Qian Julie Wang is a memoir of a young Chinese immigrant who comes to America from a privileged family and is seen here as an illegal. “The Reckoning” by Mary L. Trump, trauma psychologist and Donald Trump’s niece, explores how we can begin to heal in the midst of extreme divisiveness. 


“In the Heights” is the new movie version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical hit. “12 Mighty Orphans” is the inspiring true story of an orphanage football team. 

Books on CD

“Miss Kopp Investigates” by Amy Stewart is a Kopp Sisters mystery featuring four strong women who find unique ways to support themselves after World War 1. “The Shadow” by James Patterson and Brian Sitts is a 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 Marilyn Falvey and our anonymous donors for their materials donations. 

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

Quotable quote

“Doing something active when you are feeling sluggish will actually increase your energy, not consume the little that you have. Researchers at the University of Georgia found that just 10 minutes of low- or moderate-intensity exercise gave study participants a noticeable energy boost.” — Reader’s Digest. 


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.