Baby brain gym, therapy dogs and health insurance session provide health-related tools


By Carole Howard 
PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

We have several important health-related events coming your way, all of them free for you and your family:

Tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 12, and again on Nov. 19 from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m., you are invited to come to the library for a free visit with a certified therapy dog. The visits will be limited to 10-15 minutes — just the right amount of time to pet the dog, read to the dog or just say “Hi.” This activity is for all ages.

Next Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 2:30 to 3 p.m., families with babies to toddlers aged 3 and under are invited to bring them to the library for hands-on sensory activities designed just for them to help their brains grow. This is an important session when you consider that their brains are forming millions of connections each second.

Then, next Thursday, Nov. 18, representatives from San Juan Basin Public Health will be at the library from noon to 1 p.m. to discuss health insurance and care coordination and to answer your questions. Additional presentations on public health topics will be held in December.

Library hours

Most of our programs are happening 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. 

• Tuesdays and Thursdays, the library is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Saturdays, the library is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

 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. 

Legal clinic tomorrow

The free legal clinic each month is happening by appointment tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 12, from 2 to 3 p.m. 

The volunteer attorney can phone you at home or you can come into the library and meet privately via Zoom. To schedule an appointment, send an email titled “Sign-up for Free Legal Clinic,” with your first name and phone number, to, or phone or stop by the library. The volunteer attorney’s time is limited, so it’s first-come, first-served. 

Visit anytime to find many legal forms and other legal information.

LEGO Club on Saturday

Kids aged 6 to 12 are invited to bring your imaginations — LEGOs are provided — on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 11 a.m. to noon for the free LEGO Club. LEGO challenges also are posted on Facebook.

Spanish conversation

Next Monday, Nov. 15, 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

Adult DIY

At the in-person adult DIY on Tuesday, Nov. 16, from 1 to 2 p.m., we will supply the materials for you to create a fall-themed paper lantern that makes a great centerpiece or other decoration. Find more DIY videos on your library’s website at:

Bedtime storytime
for all ages

Come to the Turner Reading Room in the library on Tuesday, Nov. 16, for a special session including a bedtime story, a few lullabies and some cozy family time from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

Teen advisory board

Next Wednesday, Nov. 17, 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. 

New writing challenge 

A new all-ages writing challenge was posted Nov. 8 on the library’s Facebook page. We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Storywalk for kids

Our storywalk Nov. 8-19 celebrates the 50th anniversary of Woodsy the Owl, the mascot of the national Forest Service. Watch for signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up toward the elementary school. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library.

Family storytime 

Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m., join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move. Wednesday, Nov. 17, features special guest Kathy Carter. 

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 

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: The only PALS session this month is today, Nov. 11. 

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.


“History of Horror” is season one about the storytellers and stars of horror films. “Are You Afraid of the Dark? Curse of the Shadows” contains six episodes of the Midnight Society program. “When Calls the Heart: Year Eight” is a three-DVD set containing six family-friendly movies set in the frontier town of Hope. “Black Widow” is the Marvel movie. “Murder on the Orient Express” is the 2017 version starring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench and Leslie Odom, Jr.

Large print 

“Ralph Compton Frontier Medicine” by Robert J. Randisi is part of the Gunfighter series. “A Quiet Little Town” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is book four of the Red Ryan western series. “Halloween Party Murder” by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis and Barbara Ross contains three Halloween mystery stories. “A Darker Reality” by Anne Perry is an Elena Standish mystery. “The Darling Dahlias and the Voodoo Lily” by Susan Wittig Albert is a Darling Dahlias mystery. 


“Truth of the Divine” by Lindsay Ellis is an alternate history first-contact novel in the Nuomena series. “Oh William!” by Elizabeth Strout looks at the quiet forces that hold us together. “Matrix” by Lauren Groff explores the raw power of female creativity in a corrupted world.

Books on CD

“The Jailhouse Lawyer” by James Patterson and Nancy Allen is a legal thriller. “The Wish” by Nicholas Sparks begins with a young girl’s first love. “Down the Hatch” by M.C. Beaton is an Agatha Raisin mystery. 

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 Dick Ray for the generous monetary donation and to 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. 

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 there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.” — Henry Ford (1863-1947), American industrialist, business magnate, founder of the Ford Motor Company and chief developer of the assembly line technique of mass production.


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