Navigating the World with Stories set for Sept. 10

Kathy Santopietro

By Cindi Galabota | Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation

If you haven’t purchased your tickets for Navigating the World with Stories, scheduled to take place on Sept. 10 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association Clubhouse, located at 230 Port Ave., don’t wait. You do not want to miss this unique event and the opportunity to enjoy an evening with friends while supporting our Mountains of Opportunity campaign to expand and renovate your Ruby Sisson Library. 

Tickets are $40 in advance and may be purchased both online and at the library (cash or check only).

Professional storyteller Kathy Santopietro will unpack a bundle of stories as she takes us on a journey around the world. Pagosa’s very own pianist Sally Neel will accompany the stories with familiar and global tunes. The doors open at 6 p.m. with a cash bar and entertainment. Stories begin at 7 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will follow. 

Navigating the World with Stories is for ages 16 and older. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased online at with a credit card. You may also purchase tickets at the library using cash or check. Tickets at the door on the night of the event will be $45.

Though this event is for adults, Ms. Josie has planned two separate free storytelling programs at the Ruby Sisson Library, running concurrently, on Sept. 10 from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Santopietro will offer a program for older kids, fourth grade and older, while Ms. Josie will run a program for younger children. Enjoy these programs with your children, then enjoy the evening storytelling event starting at 6 p.m.

Proceeds from the evening event will support our Mountains of Opportunity campaign to expand and renovate your Ruby Sisson Library. Your public library is the hub of our community and offers free programs, services and resource to people of all ages and backgrounds. The current building opened its doors in 1989 and underwent its first major expansion in 2005. 

As the needs and services of our ever-growing community evolve, the library now is preparing to expand its current building by 50 percent, to 11,300 square feet. The addition will offer community meeting space, dedicated room for children’s literacy programs, a room exclusively for teens and tweens, private study rooms, an intergenerational hands-on learning space, easy access to self-checkout and drop off, and a beautiful outdoor reading garden. To learn more about Navigating the World with Stories or about our campaign, please contact Cindi Galabota at (970) 264-2209 or We hope to see you on Sept. 10.