Computer class and baby brain gym will offer learning opportunities this week


    By Carole Howard 

    PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

    We have two special events this week, both relating to learning opportunities. 

    Today, Thursday, Oct. 14, from 11 to 11:30 a.m., families with babies to toddlers aged 3 are invited to bring them to the library for hands-on sensory activities designed just for them to help their brains grow. 

    Tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 15, Brad is hosting an in-person computer class from 4 to 5 p.m. to introduce you to our free Learning Express Library online resource. It is a great tool for students learning a variety of subjects or preparing for exams like the GED. It 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. 

    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. 

    Storywalk returns

    Watch for signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up toward the elementary school detailing a new free storywalk for kids. Oct. 11-23, we are celebrating the 50th birthday of National Forest Service mascot, Woosy the Owl. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

    Spanish conversation

    Next Thursday, Oct. 21 (note the new date), from 4 to 5 p.m., we will gather in person at the library to practice speaking and listening skills together. There is no minimum skill level required to attend. 

    As an alternative, you can learn Spanish and many other languages using the Transparent Language Learning database available at

    Teen advisory board

    Next Wednesday, Oct. 20, the teen advisory board meets from 4 to 5 p.m. in the library. Sixth- through 12th-graders are invited to bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs. 

    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. 18 on the library’s Facebook page. We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

    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. 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 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 (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) 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. 

    Books on CD

    “Enemy at the Gates” by Kyle Mills is a Mitch Rapp adventure. “Harlem Shuffle” by Colson Whitehead is a crime novel set in New York City in the early 1960s. “Daughter of the Morning Star” by Craig Johnson is a Walt Longmire mystery. “Santa Cruise” by Fern Michaels features four lifelong friends on a singles cruise. “Apples Never Fall” by Liane Moriarty focuses on four adult children trying to decide if their father killed their mother. 

    “The Burning” by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman features a coroner whose brother may be involved in a murder. “Forgotten in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas mystery. “Beautiful World, Where Are You” by Sally Rooney follows two couples who get together and break apart. “Cloud Cuckoo Land” by Anthony Doerr crosses miles and centuries as it follows the lives of children on the cusp of adulthood.

    Large print

    “Viral” by Robin Cook is a medical mystery set on Cape Cod. 


    “Believing” by Anita Hill focuses on the issue and solutions to gender-based violence. “Floating in the Deep End” by Patti Davis, Ronald Reagan’s daughter, looks at the challenges of taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s. 


    Many thanks to Codie Wilson 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

    “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” — Mohammed Ali (1942-2016), boxer, activist, entertainer, poet, philanthropist and artist, nicknamed The Greatest. 


    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