LIBRARY NEWS: Three Special Valentines Day Events

There will be three special free events at your library in celebration of Valentine’s Day:

Both family storytimes next week – on Wednesday, February 14 from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday, February 17 from 9:30-10 a.m. – will focus on hearts. 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. Please note that both storytimes are now open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.

Tweens and teens ages 12-17 are invited to a free Anti-Valentine Lock-in on Friday, February 16 from 5-7 p.m. We’ll play games, eat pizza and enjoy an escape room challenge. Participants must have a signed permission form and must be in the library by closing time at 5 p.m. to participate.

Half-time job opportunity
Your library’s board has created the new half-time position of development officer responsible for grant writing, fundraising and cultivating relationships. Review of applications will begin immediately, so please apply at your earliest convenience if you are interested and qualified. A complete job description can be found at “This role is one that the board and I have been talking about for several months,” said Meg Wempe, library director. “We are excited to be able to open up this opportunity for our library and, in turn, our community.”

Suicide intervention workshop today
Professionals at San Juan Public Health will discuss suicide awareness and prevention in a free workshop today (Thursday, February 8) from 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Legal clinic tomorrow
Tomorrow (Friday, February 9) from 2-3 p.m. a free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney will take place via computer link. Volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property tax, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans benefits and civil protection orders. This clinic will take place the second Friday of every month. You also can visit to access legal forms and answers to many civil legal questions.

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, February 10 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free Lego Club.

Adult book club
Our free adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles. On February 13 we will discuss “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown. Stop by to pick up a copy. No registration required.

Teen writers group
Join us next Wednesday, February 14 from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meeting for seventh-12 graders. This group’s interests include stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction.

Spanish instruction
Join us for this free basic course next Wednesday, February 14 from 4-5 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish. No registration required.

Computer/technology classes
Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. to learn a technology skill or application. Today (February 8 ) you will learn the basic skills needed to effectively organize your schedule and manage emails using Microsoft Outlook. On February 15 you will learn the basics of Excel by creating a basic budget spreadsheet and making Excel do all the math for you. On February 22 you will learn how to enjoy free access more than 7,000 streaming movies and classic TV shows via IndieFlix with your computer, smartphone or tablet.

Adult education
Our PALS program – Pagosa Adult Learning Services – takes place 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.

Large print
“Epitaph” by L.J. Washburn and “Galloway’s Gamble” by Howard Weinstein are westerns. “The Grub Rider” by James C. Work is a Keystone Ranch western. “Grief Works” by grief psychologist Julia Samuel shares case studies from those who have loved, lost and survived. “The Spectrum of Hope” by neurologist Dr. Gayatri Devi offers a new, optimistic approach to Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

How-to and self help
“South America” is an Insight travel guide with detailed maps. “The Miracle of Meditation” by Ryuho Okawa combines the power of faith and the practice of meditation.

Other nonfiction
“Days Gone By” by Jorg Rubbert is a collection of photographs of small towns in the American South with a cultural history of the region’s social and structural changes. “The Oregon Trail” by Rinker Buck chronicles the history of the trail by a modern adventurer who traveled it in a covered wagon with a team of mules. “The First Congress” by Fergus M. Bordewich describes how James Madison, George Washington and other men invented the government. “MacArthur at War” by Walter R. Borneman tells of the general’s rise during World War II. “The Nazi Hunters” by Andrew Nagorski describes those who refused to allow the atrocities of the Nazi criminals to go unpunished.

“Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning” is the PBS American Masters program about this great American photographer. “Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire” is a PBS documentary. “John Le Carre’s Smiley’s People” stars Alec Guinness. “The Rockford Files” is the complete season one. “Stranger Things” is the Netflix original series.

“Promise Not To Tell” by Jayne Ann Krentzs follows two women who face demons after spending their childhood in a cult. “Need to Know” by Fern Michaels is a Sisterhood mystery. “Iron Gold” by Pierce Brown is a Red Rising sci-fi adventure. “Should the Tent Be Burning Like That?” by sportsman writer Bill Heavey is a collection of comedic stories about the joys and pitfalls of hunting, fishing, family and adventure.

Thrillers and suspense
“Need to Know” by Karen Cleveland is an espionage thriller featuring a female CIA counterintelligence analyst. “The Mitford Murders” by Jessica Fellowes is the first in a new mystery series featuring the Mitford sisters.

Spanish books
“El Laberinto de los Espiritus” (“The Labyrinth of Spirits”) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is the fourth and final novel in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series, set in Barcelona in the late 1950s.

Other novels
“Vengeance” by Ethan and Lincoln Proud is book two in the Rebellion fantasy trilogy. “Still Me” by Jojo Moyes follows a young woman who arrives in New York to live in a privileged household.

Programmed Nooks
We have nine free Nooks and three free tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure. The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers. The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.

Thanks for our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Susan Melville and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“The worst thing about aging? Convincing my knees to straighten after a long sit. I have a chat with them. But if you make a life that gives you joy, you have no time to get old.” Henry Winkler, actor, comedian, director, producer and author, best known for playing The Fonz in “Happy Days.”

For more information on 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


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.