LIBRARY NEWS: T-Shirt Design Contest Deadline Approaching

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

Pick up a flyer from the library or go online to our website at 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.

The contest 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 from 4-5 p.m. for a lively discussion about what you’ve read and to help us plan what we’re reading. will read next month.

Looking for teen volunteers
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 to apply.

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 Friday, February 5. It will remain virtual for the time being.

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) session takes place Thursdays from 5:30-8:00 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more .

In-person play
Enjoy free video games for all ages on the X-box 360 Kinect on 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:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For those not comfortable entering the building, curbside service continues. Call 264-2209 when 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.

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.

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.

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, books on CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at https:/ /

Carole Howard and library staff

Carole Howard and 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 the county of Archuleta.

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