T-shirt design contest opens for submissions

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By Carole Howard 
PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

We’re looking for creative help in designing a T-shirt for this year’s Summer Reading Program. The theme will be “Oceans of possibilities.” Pick up a flyer at the library or go online to our website at https://pagosalibrary.org for details. 

The winner will receive a free T-shirt with their design. The winning T-shirt will be worn by staff during the Summer Reading Program and a limited number will be available for purchase.

This contest is open to all ages. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 18.

New Year’s
holiday closures

We wish you, your family and friends a very happy and safe holiday season. We hope your celebrations are able to return to fun festive occasions, and we wish you and your loved ones a safe, healthy and happy 2022 as well. 

Please note that your library will be closed beginning at noon on Friday, Dec. 31, and be closed on Saturday, Jan. 1.

S.T.E.A.M enrichment kits

Participants in this free enrichment program for youngsters aged 5 and up receive a kit guiding you through science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M) projects. The kits are available all month, but registration is required by calling your library at (970) 264-2209. 

Transparent Language tutorial next Monday

Join us Monday, Jan. 3, from 1 to 2 p.m. for a free Transparent Language in-person tutorial. Packed full of pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing and vocabulary-building lessons, Transparent Language is accessible from your computer, smartphone or tablet. This tutorial will help you get started — and you can access this online resource any time on your own at: https://pagosalibrary.org/online-resources/.

Computer class
next Tuesday

Next Tuesday, Jan. 4, join Brad from 1 to 2 p.m. for a free lesson on transferring photos and other files from a phone to a computer to free up storage space on your phone. Bring your laptop and phone with you so you can practice.

Teen book club
next Wednesday

We invite sixth- through 12th-graders to join the free in-person teen book club next Wednesday, Jan. 5, from 4 to 5 p.m. for a lively discussion of what you’ve been reading and to help us plan what we’ll read in the new year. 

Writing challenge 

A new all-ages writing challenge will be posted Monday, Jan. 3, on the library’s Facebook page. We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Dungeons and Dragons 

Join us Tuesday, Jan. 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. for our ongoing Dungeons and Dragons game free for teens and young adults on Google Meet every other Tuesday. 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. 

Special science
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, Jan. 5, is STEM with Jessica Walker, where we’ll enjoy an experiment or two. 

Storywalk for kids

Our storywalk theme Jan. 3-15 is based on the book “The Snowy Nap.” Get outdoors and take a walk, following the pages of the book and reading the story as you stroll along. 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. 

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. 

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. Beginning students attend from 4 to 5 p.m., intermediate students from 5 to 6 p.m. and advanced students from 7 to 8 p.m. Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions. 

Las clases de ESL

Las clases nocturnas gratuitas en persona se llevan a cabo los martes y jueves de 4 a 7 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes asisten de 4 a 5 p.m., estudiantes intermedios de 5 a 6 p.m. y estudiantes avanzados de 7 a 8 p.m. Por favor, ayúdenos a correr la voz sobre estas clases a otras personas en nuestra comunidad que estén interesadas, y contáctenos por teléfono o correo electrónico si tiene alguna pregunta. 

Adult education 

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) sessions take place on Thursdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m., when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

In-person gaming

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

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. 

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, thrillers
and suspense

“Silent Parade” by Keigo Higashino is a Detective Galileo mystery set in Japan. 

Large print

“Foul Play” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery. “W.E.B. Griffin Rogue Asset” by Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson is a Presidential Agent adventure. 

Books on CD

“Revenant” by Alex White is a Star Trek Deep Space Nine adventure.

Other novels

“Chronicles From the Land of the Happiest People” by Wole Soyinka, the first Black winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, is a satire on how power and greed can corrupt the soul of a nation. “The Book of Form and Emptiness” by Ruth Ozeki features a 13-year-old boy who hears voices belonging to things all around him. “Dark Tarot” by Christine Feehan is part of the Carpathian paranormal romance series. “Guild Boss” by Jayne Castle is part of the Harmony paranormal romance series. “Several People Are Typing” by Calvin Kasulke is a satire of the virtual office and contemporary life. “A Certain Appeal” by Vanessa King is a raunchy contemporary retelling of “Pride and Prejudice.”

Nonfiction 

“Atlas of the Heart” by Brene Brown is a guide to making your experiences result in meaningful connections. “Out of Office” by technology and culture reporters Charlie Warzel and Anne Helen Petersen explores the transformational potential of working from home. “Messy Minimalism” by Rachelle Crawford lays out practical ways to reduce waste, curb consumption and declutter your life. “Tiger King” by Netflix star Joe Exotic is a memoir that exposes the man behind the headlines. “The Clanlands Almanac” by Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish is a guide to Scottish legends, traditions, historical and contemporary events. “Glitter Every Day: 365 Quotes from Women I Love” by Andy Cohen offers words of daily inspiration from women as diverse as Madonna and the author’s mother. “For Such a Time as This” by Kayleigh McEnany is an autobiography of the White House press secretary documenting the importance of faith in her life. 

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. 

Donations 

Many thanks to Carol and Roger Sheets as well as Constance d’Angelis for their generous monetary donations, and 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

“Take a leap of faith and begin this wonderful new year by believing.” — Sarah Ban Breathnach, author, philanthropist and public speaker.

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. 

Website

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.