Celebrate Earth Day with free takeaway kit for all ages


By Carole Howard  | PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

On April 22, 1970, Americans marched and demonstrated in the streets for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive rallies across the U.S. on our country’s first Earth Day. An estimated 20 million people from 10,000 elementary and high schools, 2,000 colleges and more than 1,000 communities participated that day. (It was rumored that the date of April 22 was chosen because it fell between colleges’ spring breaks and final exams.)

Not only did the first Earth Day result in an impressive turnout, it also achieved an unusual political alignment. Republicans and Democrats and people from all demographics — students, union members, farmers, scientists, community leaders and politicians — all came together to support the environment. 

This accomplishment is even more remarkable when you consider that all of the organizing and communicating was done without emails, cellphones, the Internet, social media or even fax machines. 

The first Earth Day gave environmental issues national and political attention. It also influenced the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and numerous laws that protect our environment. 

In 1990, Earth Day went global, mobilizing more than 200 million people in 141 countries. This event put environmental issues on the world stage, paving the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ten years later, Earth Day 2000 focused on climate change and clean energy. Approximately 5,000 environmental groups and 184 countries participated, reaching hundreds of millions of people.

Now more than a billion people around the world participate in various Earth Day activities and events each April 22. 

We invite you to participate in Earth Day by stopping by your library on April 22 to pick up your free pollinator-themed takeaway kit, while supplies last.

Local author

“Pearls of Winter” by Lisa J. Jisa is the story of a woman who moves from the American Midwest to Uganda on a whim, searching for a fresh start. The author, who recently moved to Pagosa from Wisconsin, donated a copy to the library for your reading pleasure.

CD player to borrow

Do you need a CD player? We have one you can check out. Ask at the front desk.

LEGO Club on Saturday

Kids aged 6 and up are invited to bring your imaginations — LEGOs are provided — on Saturday, April 23, 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.

Teen writers next Wednesday

Teen writers from fourth through 12th grade are invited to your library on Wednesday, April 27, from 4 to 5 p.m. Stories, poetry, graphic novels, fan fiction — it’s all welcome. 

Spanish conversation next Thursday

Next Thursday, April 22, from 6 to 7 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: https:pagosalibrary.org/online-resources/.

Dungeons and Dragons 

Join us next Tuesday, April 26, from 3 to 5 p.m. for our ongoing in-person Dungeons and Dragons game for teens and young adults. Contact claire@pagosalibrary.org to learn how to join. 

Special 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. 

Special guests Lisa Baker and her friend Fluffy Dog will provide puppets and storytelling on April 27. 

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. 

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 April 25 on the library’s Facebook page. We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

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. 

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, your library is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

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

• Saturdays, your 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.

Academy Award DVDs

“Summer of Soul” won best documentary for its portrayal of the Harlem Cultural Festival concert in 1969. “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” won best actress for Jessica Chastain, as well as best makeup and hairstyling. “Belfast” was nominated for seven awards and won for best original screenplay. “Attica” was a nominee for best documentary feature. 

Other DVDs

“Redeeming Love” is a love story set during the California Gold Rush of 1850. “Sing 2” is an animated movie featuring singing and dancing. “The Poison Squad” is a documentary featuring a government chemist whose work on dangerous food laid the groundwork for U.S. consumer protection laws and the creation of the Food and Drug Administration. “Benjamin Franklin” is the PBS documentary film by Ken Burns. 

Large print

“Fear Thy Neighbor” by Fern Michaels is a mystery set on Palmetto Island. “The Missing Piece” by John Lescroart is a Dismas Hardy mystery. “The Golden Couple” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen features a maverick therapist advising a married couple. “The Recovery Agent” by Janet Evanovich starts a new adventure series featuring Gabriela Rose. “The Coldest Case” by Martin Walker is a Bruno, chief of police, mystery. 

Books on CD

“The Missing Piece” by John Lescroart is a Dismas Hardy mystery. “Safe House” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington adventure. “French Braid” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Anne Tyler follows a family from the 1950s to COVID. “The Recovery Agent” by Janet Evanovich starts a new adventure series featuring Gabriela Rose. “Run, Rose, Run” by Dolly Parton and James Patterson is a thriller featuring a country western singer-songwriter. 


“You, Happier” by Dr. Daniel G Amen, a psychiatrist, explores seven neuroscience secrets of feeling good based on your brain type. “All the White Friends I Couldn’t Keep” by Andre Henry offers a path for Blacks and people of color based on the history of nonviolent struggle. “The Worth of Water” by Gary White and Matt Damon describes how a water expert and an actor came together to help more than 40 million people access water and better health. “Diné” by Peter Iverson is a history of the Navajo people from their origins to the beginning of the 21st century. “The Emergency” by Thomas Fisher is the story of a dramatic year in the life of a Chicago ER doctor and a primer in the health care we all need.

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. 


We are grateful 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 respond to the evolving needs of our community, we are now working on a $4 million project to expand our building so that we can provide private study rooms, an intergenerational hands-on learning space, easy access to self-checkout and drop-off, a beautiful outdoor reading garden and an endowment for the future. 

Mail checks to P.O. Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at (970) 264-2209.

Quotable quote

“Never give up. Always chase after your dreams. I fight each and every day. Each and every day is a challenge. Each and every day presents its own different challenges for all of us. I wake up and start the fight all over again.” — Tiger Woods, playing April 7-10 in the Master tournament in serious pain after 14 months away from competitive golf as a result of a near-fatal car accident.


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.