Last call for cardboard construction entries and library fundraiser coming

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By Carole Howard | PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

Creative people of all ages are invited to show off your building skills by competing in our first-ever free cardboard construct-a-thon that offers prizes for each of five age categories: Preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17 and adult 18 and up. Submissions must be brought to the library by 5 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, March 25. Winners will be announced on Saturday, March 26, at 12:15 p.m.

Entries may not exceed 36 inches in any direction and must be built ahead of time. Your creation must be made entirely of cardboard — but tape, glue, paper clips or brads may be used to hold pieces together. While you are welcome to decorate your creation, please note that we will be judging based on construction and not final decorations. One entry per person.

Elegant library fundraiser

Tickets are available now for a special fundraiser on April 9 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association clubhouse to raise funds for the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation’s campaign to expand and renovate your library. 

This elegant event will feature a silent auction for 17 creatively decorated table settings for up to eight people based on popular books including “Like Water for Chocolate,” “Pride and Prejudice,” “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” “Under the Tuscan Sun” and “Where the Wild Things Are.” You also can vote online for your favorite table with a $1 donation per vote. 

Purchase tickets at $50 per person at your library or at: https:pagosalibrary.org/library-foundation/the-library-affair. Watch for more details in next week’s “Library News” column and find them at that website.

Free tax forms 

Tax forms are available free at your library while supplies last.

LEGO Club on Saturday

Kids aged 6 and up are invited to bring your imaginations — LEGOs are provided — on Saturday, March 26, from 11 a.m. to noon for the free LEGO Club. LEGO challenges also are posted on Facebook if you can’t make it to the library.

Adult DIY next Tuesday

At the in-person adult DIY next Tuesday, March 29, from 1 to 2 p.m., we will supply the materials — an empty two-liter bottle, poster board and paint — for you to create a decorative piece of art to commemorate the National Cherry Blossom Festival held each spring in Washington, D.C.

Teen writers to meet
next week

Teen writers are invited to your library on Wednesday, March 30, from 4 to 5 p.m. Stories, poetry, graphic novels, fan fiction — it’s all welcome. 

Dungeons and Dragons 

Join us Tuesday, March 29, from 4-6 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. 

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. 

Family storytimes

Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m., join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move. 

The next Discovery Time takes place Saturday, April 2, on Facebook at 2:30 p.m.

ESL classes

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. 

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. Note there will be no Tech Time today, March 24. 

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. 

Writing challenge 

A new all-ages writing challenge will be posted March 28 on the library’s Facebook page. We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Library hours

Most of our programs are happening in person and curbside service continues. Also, our hours are back 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. 

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.

Books on CD

“City of the Dead” by Jonathan Kellerman is an Alex Delaware mystery. “Nothing to Lose” by J.A. Jance features former Seattle homicide detective J.P. Beaumont. “The Paris Apartment” by Lucy Foley focuses on a sister’s search for her half brother. “The Ghost Rifle” by Max McCoy is an America’s Last Frontier western. “This Side of Hell” by Brett Cogburn is a Widowmaker Jones western. “Slaughter of the Mountain Man” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a western featuring Smoke Jensen. “The Darkest Place” by Phillip Margolin is a Robin Lockwood mystery. “High Stakes” by Danielle Steel features five successful women at a literary and talent agency. “The Lightning Rod” by Brad Meltzer is book two in the Zig and Nola thriller series. 

Large print 

“Caramel Pecan Roll Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swenson mystery with recipes. 

DVDs

“Mysteries of Mental Illness” is a PBS documentary exploring the evolution of understanding and treating mental illness throughout history. “The North Water” is an adaptation of the novel about a surgeon on an Arctic whaling trip. “Clifford The Big Red Dog” is a family-friendly comedy story.

Nonfiction

“52 Ways to Walk” by Annabel Streets offers new ways to walk for better health and exercise. “What Bees Want” by Susan Knilans and Jacqueline Freeman is a guide to beekeeping practices to support struggling honeybee populations. “The Backyard Bird Sanctuary” by Alan Baczkiewicz is a beginner’s guide to creating bird habitats to feed and shelter your favorite species. “Burning Questions” is a collection of more than 50 essays by Margaret Atwood written from 2004 to 2021. “Find Your People” by Jennie Allen is a guide to following the example of Jesus as we build life-enhancing friendships. 

Mysteries and thrillers

“Death of a Green Eyed Monster” by M.C. Beaton is a Hamish Macbeth mystery set in Scotland. “The Night Shift” by Alex Finlay connects two crime events, both with only one teen survivor. “The Lightning Rod” by Brad Meltzer is book two in the Zig and Nola thriller series. 

Other fiction

“Yinka, Where is Your Huzband?” by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn is a warm and humorous look at love in a British Nigerian family. “Joan is Okay” by Weike Wang follows a Chinese American ICU female doctor whose mother returns from China to live in the U.S. “One Italian Summer” by Rebecca Serle explores the bond between mother and daughter on the Amalfi Coast. “Recitatif” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Toni Morrison is the only short story she has written. “The Slow March of Light” by Heather B. Moore alternates the stories of a man and woman in Berlin right after the wall went up. 

Donations 

Many thanks to our anonymous donors. Please put your materials donations into the drop box at the library — not at City Market, which is reserved for returns. 

Quotable quote

“Every now and then it helps to be a little deaf … That advice has stood me in good stead. Not simply in dealing with my marriage, but in dealing with my colleagues.” — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020), former associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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.