LIBRARY NEWS: Expanded Adult Education Hours

Now that school is back in session, our PALS program – Pagosa Adult Learning Services – expands its hours to three days a week: Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m. Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Holiday closure
Your library will be closed on Monday, September 4 for Labor Day.

Donations hiatus
We are taking a temporary break from accepting donations until September 15 to process the ones that did not sell at the Friends Book sale, put them up for sale at bargain prices at your library, thus cleaning out our workroom. Everyone on the staff, especially Dona, works very hard all year to process the incredible number of items that you, our generous community, donate to us. It will be helpful to be able to start the next round of donations with a clear workroom.

Activities calendars available
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month. There are three versions – kids, tweens/teens and adults.

Save your eclipse glasses
If you were lucky enough to get glasses from the library or another source for the August 21 total solar eclipse, you might want to save them. This eclipse was a very special treat because all of North America could see parts of it, weather permitting, as totality crossed the continent from the Pacific to the Atlantic. The next time this will happen is only seven years away, on April 8, 2024. The last total solar eclipse seen here was 99 years ago, way back on June 8, 1918.

Henna body art today
Teens and tweens in the fifth-12th grades are invited to a new henna body art event today (Thursday, August 31) from 4-5:30 p.m. You’ll learn about this traditional art form and create your own temporary henna tattoo. We’ll have design ideas available, and you’re encouraged to design your own.

All-ages movie tomorrow
Join us tomorrow (Friday, September 1) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a PG movie suitable for all ages. Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

Spanish instruction
Join us for this free basic course next Wednesday, September 6 from 4-5 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish. This session will cover basic vocabulary and grammar related to everyday scenarios. No registration required.

Teen advisory board
Next Thursday, September 7 the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs. Share an idea to pick out a free book.

Rocks and minerals
Next Thursday, September 7 from 5-6 p.m. join Calvin Webb for a lecture on how rocks and minerals are formed, with various specimens on display. He is a retired chemist with a passion for geology.

Computer/technology classes
Join us each Monday from 2-3 p.m. to learn a useful or fun technology skill or application. Topics will vary each week. September 11 is Internet searching, September 18 is email basics and September 25 is phone storage. No registration required.

Kids storytime
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move. This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Baby storytime
Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a free short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

Toddler storytime
Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join us for 30 minutes of free stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.

Colorado outdoors
We have five new books about various topics relating to our state’s great outdoors: “Colorado’s Fourteeners/third edition,” a climbing guide by Walter R. Borneman and Lyndon J. Lampert; “Hut to Hut/second edition,” a guide to skiing, hiking and biking in Colorado’s backcountry by Brian Litz; “Hiking Colorado’s Weminuche Wilderness” by Donna Ikenberry; “Walking in Wilderness,” a guidebook from the San Juan Mountain Association; and “Hiking Colorado’s Geology,” a book by Ralph Lee Hopkins and Lindy Birkel Hopkins describing 50 hikes where you’ll see first-hand evidence of major geologic events. We also have “Four-Legged Legends of Colorado,” a collection of famous animal stories by children’s book author Gayle C. Shirley.

Large print
“Barely Legal” by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall is a Herbie Fisher novel featuring Stone Barrington. “The Breakdown” by B.A. Paris starts when a woman saw a dead woman in a car in the woods.

Other novels
“Seeing Red” by Sandra Brown features a TV journalist in search of a dangerous scoop. “How to Behave in a Crowd” by Camille Bordas features a boy puzzled by adulthood.

“The Making of Donald Trump” by Pulitzer Prize winner David Cay Johnston explores the life of the U.S. president. “Open House” by Amanda Pays and Corbin Bernsen shares tips and innovations for home renovation. “You Can Do Anything” by George Anders explores the value of a liberal arts education. “Dare to be Kind” by Lizzie Velasquez shows how compassion can transform our world. “Conscious Communications” by Mary Shores is a guide to harnessing the power of your words. “Eat Right” offers 130 nourishing recipes and techniques. “100% Real” by Sam Talbot provides 100 recipes for clean food made fresh. “Cook Japanese at Home” by Kimiko Barber contains 200 everyday recipes using simple techniques. “Epic Drives of the World” is a Lonely Planet guide. “Mind Over Meds” by Dr. Andrew Weil alerts us to the problem of overmedication and how to control it.

Mysteries and thrillers
“The Silent Corner” by Dean Koontz begins a new suspense series. “The Thirst” by Jo Nesbo is the latest in the Harry Hole Oslo series. “The Store” by James Patterson explores a mega-successful, ultra-secret organization.

Downloadable e-books
Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library. Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website. While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Quotable Quote
“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” – Maya Angelou (1928-2014), American writer and civil rights activist.

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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.