LIBRARY NEWS: September is ‘Library Card Sign-up Month’ – Pagosa Daily Post

September is library card sign-up month. Although it’s likely that most readers of this Library News column already have a card, staff at your library are happy to get you one if you don’t.

With a library card, you can check out physical items, download other items and have access to our nearly 30 online resources. Some of these resources include tools to help you learn a new language, repair your lawnmower or car, stream an independent film, take a class online, find an author or book by new authors similar to those you already like, and much more.

Meg Wempe, director, says that your library card provides access to technology, multimedia content and fun educational programming that transforms lives and strengthens communities. “A library card provides opportunity for discovery and access to a rich and diverse world. It empowers you to enjoy new stories and experiences,” she said.

Here’s a little-known fact: There is no minimum or maximum age limit for library cards. Everyone from babies to seniors is welcome. So if you have friends or family who don’t have library cards, invite them to sign up for one during September – or do it for them, if they are babies or youngsters.

In-person activities
We are delighted that the robust local vaccination program for our community means that most of our programs now can happen in person.

For those uncomfortable coming into the building, curbside service continues. Phone 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.

In-person gaming
Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the X-box 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. Note no gaming tomorrow because of the BBQ event.

Writing challenge
A new all-ages writing challenge will be posted September 20 on the library’s Facebook page. We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

Special family storytime
Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. join us in the library garden for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move. On September 22 we will have a special storytime when guest Lisa Baker and her friend Fluffy Dog will provide fun puppet storytelling. Saturday’s Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more.

Tech Time
Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. Thursdays. Brad will help you resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices.

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-8 p.m. Beginning students are encouraged to attend from 4-6 p.m. and intermediate students from 6-8 p.m. Las clases gratuitas se llevan a cabo en persona los martes y jueves de 4-8 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes deben asistir de 4-6 p.m. y a los estudiantes intermedios de 6-8 p.m.

Nonfiction political books
“The Authoritarian Moment” by Ben Shapiro showcases the author’s belief that the authoritarian Left has taken over not just the Democratic Party but also corporations, universities, scientific establishments and cultural institutions and are using their newfound power to silence the opposition. “Landslide” by Michael Wolfe explores the last days of the Trump Administration with insider stories of events in the Oval Office after the president was not reelected.

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“Killing the Mob” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard traces the history of organized crime in the U.S.

“Here Today” is a comedy starring Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish. “Luca” is a Disney Pixar film set on the Italian Riviera.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers
“The Guide” by Peter Heller is a thriller featuring a guide at an exclusive fishing lodge in Colorado. “Intimacies” by Katie Kitamura is set at the international court at The Hague.

Other novels
“Night Music” by Jojo Moyes features a woman forced to move with her family when her husband dies and leave her in debt. “Chasing Manhattan” by John Gray follows the adventures of a woman, her boyfriend and faithful dog. “Her Heart for a Compass” by Sarah Ferguson is a coming of age story in Victorian England. “Songbirds” by Christy Lefteri explores the darker side of migrants’ lives on Cyprus.

Short stories
“Afterparties” by Anthony Veasna So is a collection of short stories about Cambodian American life.

Books on CD
“The Madness of Crowds” by Louise Penny is a mystery featuring chief inspector Armand Gamache. “Sold on a Monday” by Kristina McMorris explores the heartbreak of children deemed unwanted. “Class Act” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery. “The Last Sound You’ll Ever Hear” by James Patterson and J.D. Barker is a thriller.

Many thanks for their generous monetary donations to Susan and Terry Arrington and to Patti Howard and Don Logan for their generosity in honor of Bob and Carole Howard. Please put your materials donations into the dropbox 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 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.

Quotable Quote
“I don’t think teaching is about showing students what they should know; rather, it is about guiding students through the process of meaning-making on their own. Showing them how to decipher opinion from fact. Demonstrating skill building for them and practicing it with them.” – Andie Harbut, science teacher, Long Beach, CA.

For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, books on CD and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at

Carole Howard & Library Staff

The Ruby Sisson Memorial Library has been located at 811 San Juan Street (corner of S. 8th and Hwy 160) since 1989. The library is overseen by the Upper San Juan Library District, a tax-funded special district in Archuleta County.