By Carole Howard | PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff
Planning already is underway for the Friends of the Library annual book sale, one of the highlights of the summer for locals and visitors alike.
This year’s book sale will open on Thursday evening, June 23, at 6 p.m. for members (memberships are available at the door), and then open to the public on Friday and Saturday, June 24-25. It will be in a new location — in the Fellowship Hall at the Community United Methodist Church downtown . And it’s a new time of year as well, moving to June to avoid the month of August which is so busy with community events, including the Archuleta County Fair.
The Friends’ book sale is an ideal venue for finding treasures for yourself and gifts for family and friends. You’ll find lots more than books to buy at great bargain prices — there are audio books, DVDs, puzzles and games, as well. While you enjoy these treats, you’ll be contributing to the health of your library.
The proceeds from the book sale are gratefully received by your library to ensure ongoing excellence of our collection, our facilities and our service to you. Last year in two and a half days, the Friends’ book sale raised more than $2,000.
The Friends always need help sorting, boxing and preparing for the sale. As well, year-round our volunteers go to the library to sort through donations to find the ones appropriate for the annual sale. If you would like to volunteer with the Friends, please contact Wennona Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org. And we hope you’ll put the Friends book sale dates on your calendar for a fun summer outing.
Free tax forms
Tax forms are available free at your library while supplies last.
Ruby’s Book Club
Ruby’s Book Club meets in person from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, to discuss “Madhouse at the End of the Earth” by Julian Sancton. Copies are available for pickup at your library. This book club is held the second Tuesday of each month, alternating between fiction and nonfiction titles.
Free teen gaming happens on Tuesday, March 9, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for teens in the sixth through 12th grades. Enjoy Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.
Dungeons and Dragons
Join us every other Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. for our in-person Dungeons and Dragons game free for teens and young adults. The next one is Tuesday, March 8.
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.
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. Special guests Lisa Baker and her friend Fluffy Dog will provide puppets and storytelling on March 9.
The next Discovery Time takes place Saturday, March 5, on Facebook at 2:30 p.m.
Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with 4 to 5 p.m. reserved for beginners and 5 to 7 p.m. for both intermediate and advanced students. 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
Clases nocturnas gratuitas de inglés como segundo idioma se llevan a cabo los martes y jueves en la biblioteca. 4 a 5 p.m. está reservado para principiantes y 5 a 7 p.m. es para los estudiantes intermedios y avanzados. Por favor, ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre estas clases a otros en nuestra comunidad que tienen interés. Contáctenos por teléfono o correo electrónico si tiene cualquier pregunta. Se habla español.
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.
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.
Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the Xbox 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.
A new all-ages writing challenge was posted Feb. 28 on the library’s Facebook page. We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.
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.
As well, 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.
“A Trail of Lies” by Kylie Logan is book three of the 4 Jazz Ramsey mystery series. “A Good Day for Chardonnay” by Darynda Jones is book two of the Sunshine Vicram mystery series. “Reckless Girls” by Rachel Hawkins is a mystery set on an exotic island. “Savage Sunday” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a Duff MacCallister western. “Librarians of the West” edited by Hazel Rumney contains four westerns by award-winning authors.
“King Richard” starring Will Smith is based on the true story of Venus and Serena Williams. “The Cannabis Question” is a NOVA documentary about the medical risks and benefits of marijuana. “This is Us” is the complete fourth season.
“Lift Your Voice” by Angela Harrelson, George Floyd’s aunt, is a story of hope. “Born of Lakes and Plains” by Pulitzer Prize finalist Anne F. Hyde is a history of five mixed-descent families who played pivotal roles in American history.
Mysteries and thrillers
“The Accomplice” by Lisa Lutz features two longtime best friends who find themselves involved in a murder. “All That is Secret” by Patricia Raybon tells of a Black theologian called home to Denver to solve her estranged father’s murder. “The Good Son” by Jacquelyn Mitchard focuses on the aftermath of a crime in a close-knit community. We have four more books in the David Wolf thriller series by Colorado author Jeff Carson — “Dark Mountain,” “Rain,” “Drifted” and “Divided Sky.” “The Magnolia Palace” by Fiona Davis is set in the Frick Museum in New York City.
“Mickey 7” by Edward Ashton is a sci-fi story.
Books on CD
“Lightning in a Mirror” by Jayne Ann Krentz is the final installment of the chilling Fogg Lake trilogy. “Something to Hide” by Elizabeth George is a mystery featuring Det. Insp. Thomas Lynley and Det. Sgt. Barbara Havers. “Robert B. Parker’s Bye Bye Baby” by Ace Atkins is a Spenser mystery. “Eat Like a Human” by Dr. Bill Schindler contains 75 recipes to achieve optimum health and vitality.
Many thanks 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.
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.
“In the aftermath of my injuries in 2013 and 2014 [in skiing accidents as she raced], my view of success began to shift … Slowly, I came to see that winning isn’t what makes you a good person … Even though I love winning, I came to understand that it is just one part of life. What does winning mean if you’re not having fun? What does any of it mean if you don’t enjoy it?” — Lindsey Vonn, one of the most decorated female skiers in history. She was an American World Cup alpine racer who competed in four Olympic games on the U.S. Ski Team, winning three medals including a gold. She won 82 World Cup races and four World Cup overall championships — one of only two female skiers to do so — and retired from racing in 2019 at age 34. Her memoir, “Rise: My Story,” is available at your library.
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.