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LIBRARY NEWS: Hot chocolate, public health session today



The hot chocolate is ready, so we hope you’ll come to your library today, Thursday, December 16, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to celebrate winter with us. While you sip, have fun with seasonal crafts.

And earlier today, from noon to 1 p.m., the next free public health session will be held with public health officials from the San Juan Basin at the library, discussing the dangers of radon in your home and handing out kits. free radon test. The geology of southwest Colorado poses an increased risk of radon in our community, so this is an important topic we need to understand. In fact, exposure to radon is the leading cause of lung cancer, even in people who have never smoked. Take advantage of the expertise of SJBPH staff to attend this latest event in their public health series in your library.

Holiday closures
Your library will be closed from noon on December 24 and also on Christmas Day on December 25.

Library hours
Most of our programs take place in person. In addition, our hours have returned 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 who are uncomfortable 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 something on hold, please wait for your usual alert (email, phone call or SMS) before coming to pick it up.

Family storytelling hours
Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and lots of reasons to get up and get moving. Discovery Times for All Ages on Saturday continues on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more.

Dungeons & Dragons
Join us on Tuesday, December 21 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for our ongoing free Dungeons and Dragons game for teens and young adults on Google Meet every second Tuesday. Contact [email protected] to find out how to join. If you don’t have internet access, contact us anyway – we may be able to accommodate you in the library.

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

Adult education
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session takes place Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college preparation, financial aid, tutoring and more. .

Books on CD

“The Becoming” by Nora Roberts is a new epic of love and war between gods and humans. Diana Gabaldon’s “Go Tell the Bees I’m Gone” is the latest in the epic historical fantasy series Outlander. Danielle Steel’s “Flying Angels” features six young flight nurses after Pearl Harbor. “The Wolf” by JR Ward is a paranormal romance of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Ken Follett’s “Never” is an international political drama.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers
James Patterson’s “Fear No Evil” is an Alex Cross thriller. Patricia Cornwall’s “Autopsy” is a mystery from Dr. Kay Scarpetta. Thomas Perry’s “Left Handed Twin” is a mystery to Jane Whitefield. Anne Perry’s “A Christmas Legacy” centers around an elderly grandmother whose family thinks she isn’t dying soon enough.

Other novels
Jen DeLuca’s “Well Matched” is a Renaissance Faire romantic comedy. Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s “Tales from the Café” follows four customers who hope to travel back in time from a Japanese café. Sophie Cousens’ “Just Haven’t Met You Yet” begins when a journalist on a business trip picks up the wrong suitcase at the airport. “Fight Night” by Miriam Toews is a story of dark humor about three generations of women via letters that will never be sent. Timothy Zahn’s “Lesser Evil” is the conclusion to the Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendacy trilogy.

Collection of library stories
“Libraryland,” edited by Ben Bizzle and Sue Considine, is a collection of inspiring first-hand stories highlighting the myriad ways library staff are making a difference for their communities.

Biographies and memoirs
“I’m Possible” by Richard Antoine White is the memoir of a musician who has successfully overcome racial and socio-economic disparities. “The Correspondents” by Judith Mackrell documents the lives of six remarkable female journalists. Lynn V. Andrews’ “Medicine Woman” is an autobiographical account of a woman’s search for identity in Native American culture. “The Jesus I Know” by Kathy Lee Gifford shares the stories of people at various stages of knowing and experiencing Jesus on their spiritual journeys. “The Young HG Wells” by Claire Tomalin shows how his first 40 years shaped the life of the father of science fiction.

Other non-fiction
James Gustave Speth’s “They Knew” describes what the author thinks was the role of the US federal government for 50 years in the cause of the climate crisis. Chris Christie’s “Republican Rescue” explains how he thinks the Republican Party can regain glory and win the election. Wayne Smart’s “Killers on the Mountain” is this EMT’s first aid guide to managing snakebites, avalanches, altitude sickness, hypothermia and more. “SDA: Board Member Manual” is a reference guide for special districts. “Justice on the Brink” by Pulitzer Prize winner Linda Greenhouse provides an overview of the Supreme Court over the past 12 months.

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’s 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 cloudLibrary to use. Email us or call us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device.

Many thanks to Mary Perouty and Susan Mercer for their generous monetary donations and to Jill Porterfield and our anonymous donors for their material donations. Please drop off your donated materials in the library drop box – not 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. Send checks to PO Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209.

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“By three methods we can learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is the noblest; second, by imitation, which is the easiest; and thirdly by experience, which is the most bitter. Confucius, Chinese philosopher.


For more information on the library’s books, services and programs – and to reserve books, eBooks, books on CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at https://pagosalibrary.org.

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 special district funded by the tax in Archuleta County.