T-shirt design deadline is approaching and how to access e-books


By Carole Howard

OVERVIEW The Columnist and Library Staff

We are looking for creative help to design a t-shirt for this year’s summer reading program, with February 18th the deadline for submissions. The theme is “Oceans of Possibilities”.

Pick up a flyer from the library or go online to our website at https://pagosalibrary.org for more 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 competition is open to all ages.

How to access e-books

CloudLibrary lets you download eBooks to read or listen to audiobooks on your PC or mobile device. Bring your phone, tablet, or laptop and join us Tuesday, February 1 from 1-2 p.m. at the library and we’ll get you started. This unique collection gives you access to over 8,000 titles.

Teen Book Club Next Wednesday

We invite students in grades 6 through 12 to join the free in-person Teen Book Club on Wednesday, February 2, 4-5 p.m., for a lively discussion about what you’ve read and to help us plan this. which we will read next month.

Looking for a teenager

If you love books, learning new skills, and helping your community, we invite teens ages 12-19 to volunteer at your library.

You will have the opportunity to write book reviews, create illustrations for the teen sector, help plan new programs, judge our competitions, help with Storytime, prepare crafts for children’s programs and more. Stop by the library or go online to www.pagosalibrary.org/teens to apply.

Dungeons and Dragons

Join us on Tuesday, February 1 from 4-6 p.m. for our free ongoing Dungeons and Dragons game for teens and young adults on Google Meet every other Tuesday. Contact [email protected] to find out how to register.

STEAM Enrichment Kits

Participants in this free enrichment program for kids ages five and up receive a toolkit that guides them through science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) projects. Kits are available all month, but registration is required by calling your library at (970) 264-2209.

Writing Challenge

A new writing challenge for all ages was posted on January 24 on the library’s Facebook page. We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free activity for all ages.

Family story time

Wednesdays from 10-11am, join us for stories, games and lots of reasons to get up and move.

In addition, Discovery Time returns twice a month. You’ll find him on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 5. It will remain virtual for the time being.

Technical time

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Brad will help you solve problems with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices.

English as a second language courses

There will be no ESL classes in February, but we hope to resume free in-person evening classes as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience.

ESL classes

No hay clases de ESL en febrero, pero esperamos reanudar las clases nocturnas gratuitas en persona lo antes possible. Our disculpamos por cualquier inconveniente.

adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) sessions are held Thursdays from 5:30-8pm, when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more again.

In-person game

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

Library hours

Most of our programs are in person. Additionally, our hours are back to pre-COVID levels — and even more on weekdays:

• On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the library is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• On Saturdays, the library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For those not comfortable entering the building, curbside service continues. Phone (970) 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so the staff can bring the items for you. If you put an item on hold, please wait for your usual alert (email, phone call or SMS) before picking it up.

Calendars of activities

To make 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 calendar of events each month. There are three versions: children, teenagers and adults.

Mysteries and thrillers

Nine Jeff Carson mysteries featuring Colorado detective David Wolf have been added to the collection: ‘Foreign Deceit’, ‘Dire’, ‘In the Ground’, ‘The Silversmith’, ‘Alive and Killing’, ‘Deadly Conditions’ “, “Cold Lake”, “Smoked Out” and “To The Bone”. The author, a Colorado resident, usually sets his stories in the Colorado high country and the mountains to the west. Plus, we have Ted Bell’s “Sea Hawke,” an Alex Hawke adventure, and David Baldacci’s “Mercy,” an Atlee Pine thriller. Elizabeth George’s “Something to Hide” features Det. Insp. Thomas Lynley and Set. sergeant. Barbara Havers.

Other Novels

Danielle Steel’s “Invisible” features a gifted young woman who grew up in an isolated family environment. Noah Hawley’s “Anthem” is a dark tale of children trying to cope with today’s dangerous and dysfunctional world. James Rollins’ “The Starless Crown” features dangerous creatures and plants in this first book in the new sci-fi fantasy series Moon Fall.


“Ron’s Gone Wrong” is a family film featuring a socially awkward college boy. “The Nevers” is a sci-fi epic set in 1896 Victorian London.

Books on CD

“Rise” by Lindsey Vonn is a memoir by the three-time Olympic alpine ski medalist for the U.S. Ski Team, who is widely regarded as the best female skier of all time.


“How to Run an Effective Nonprofit” by Michael A. Sand is a guide to writing and managing grants, fundraising, board development, and strategic planning. “The American Indian Secrets of Crystal Healing” by Luc Bourgault records the secrets and teachings of the Cherokee and Apache tribes with the support of tribal elders to correct misinformation and bad practices. Tucker Carlson’s “The Long Slide” is a look at magazine journalism when they played such an important role in American life. “Going Higher” by Charles Houston, David E. Harris and Ellen J. Zeman is an updated guide to high altitude hypoxia and everyday life.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks

We have a wide variety of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks for all ages – kids, tweens, teens, and adults – in cloudLibrary. CloudLibrary items are purchased separately from physical items, so the books available are different – and it continues to use Consortium contributions as well as those we have purchased. Select AspenCat Union Catalog when configuring to use cloudLibrary. Email us or call us at (970) 264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device.


Many thanks to our anonymous donors for their material donations.

Please deposit your material donations in the drop box at the library – not at the City Market, which is for returns only.

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 PO Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at (970) 264-2209.

Quoteable quote

“Storms make trees root deeper.” — Dolly Parton, American singer, songwriter, actress, author and humanitarian.


For more information about 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.


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