By Carole Howard | PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff
Tickets are available now for a special fundraiser on Saturday, April 9, from 6 to 8:30 pm at the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association clubhouse to raise funds for the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation’s campaign to expand and renovate your library.
This elegant event will feature a silent auction of 17 different table settings, each for up to eight people, designed by some of Pagosa’s most creative artists. The settings are based on popular books including “Like Water for Chocolate,” “Pride and Prejudice,” “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” “Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations,” “Under the Tuscan Sun,” “Where the Wild Things Are,” “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”
A limited number of tickets are still available because of space limitations and the popularity of this event. Purchase tickets at $50 per person at your library (cash or check only) or at https:pagosalibrary.org/library-foundation/the-library-affair. On that website, you also can get an advance look at the beautiful table settings and vote online for your favorites with a $1 donation per vote.
The library’s current building opened in 1989 and underwent its first expansion in 2005. As the needs of our community evolve and grow, your library now is preparing to expand by 50 percent to 11,300 square feet. The addition will offer dedicated community meeting space, an area for children’s literacy programs, a room exclusively for teens and tweens, private study rooms, an intergenerational hands-on learning space, easy access to self-checkout and drop-off, and a beautiful outdoor reading garden.
Nearly $1.5 million has already been raised toward the $4 million expansion project. Numerous generous sponsors are underwriting this event so that the auction proceeds and other donations can go directly to the expansion campaign. If you are unable to attend, we hope you will consider contributing to this effort.
National Library Week
April 3-9 is National Library Week, with this year’s theme being “Connect with Your Library.” We are happy to welcome you to our library any time you want to come — and especially so next week.
On April 1, the 1950 Census will be released to the public and anyone can access the data for free through a dedicated website at: https://www.archives.gov/research/census/1950.
On Tuesday, April 5, from 1 to 2 pm, Brad will lead an informative presentation at your library about how to access these public records and why they are so important to genealogical research.
Teen DIY next
Fourth- through 12th-graders are invited to a free in-person teen DIY session on Wednesday, April 6, from 4 to 5 pm for steampunk crafts.
Dungeons and Dragons
Join us next Thursday, April 7, from 3 to 5 pm for our ongoing Dungeons and Dragons game free for teens and young adults every other Thursday on Discord. Note the day, time and platform change. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how to join.
STEAM enrichment kits
Participants in this free enrichment program for youngsters aged 5 and up receive a kit guiding you through science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) projects. The kits are available every month, but registration is required by calling your library at (970) 264-2209.
family story times
Wednesdays from 10 to 11 am join us for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.
The next Discovery Time takes place Saturday, April 2, on Facebook at 2:30 pm
Free in-person evening classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays with 4 to 5 pm reserved for beginners and 5 to 7 pm for both intermediate and advanced students. Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.
Free in-person slots are available from 10 am to noon Tuesdays and 2 to 4 pm Thursdays. Brad will help you resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices.
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) sessions take place on Thursdays from 5:30 to 8 pm, when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.
In person gaming
Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the Xbox 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 to 3:45 pm
A new all-ages writing challenge was posted March 28 on the library’s Facebook page. We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.
Most of our programs are happening in person and curbside service continues. Also, our hours are back to pre-COVID levels — and even more on weekdays:
• Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, your library is open from 9 am to 6 pm
• Tuesdays and Thursdays, your library is open from 9 am to 8 pm
• Saturdays, your library is open from 9 am to 3 pm
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free library activities available to you and your family, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month. There are three versions—children, teens and adults.
“Las Madres” (“The Mothers”) by Brit Bennett tells of the effect on the young parents of their teenage pregnancy hidden for years.
We have two nonfiction Spanish-language books by Don Miguel Ruiz and Barbara Emrys that are books one and two in the Mystery School series. “El Actor: Como Alcanzar la Autenticidad” (“The Actor: How to Live an Authentic Life”) explores the importance of acting throughout our lives, given that babies’ first skill is to mimic others as they watch, listen and imitate. “Eros: Return to Unconditional Love” (“Eros: A Return to Unconditional Love”) examines the conflict between true love and all the lies that we have been taught about love.
“Life Force” by Tony Robbins includes advice and research in precision medicine from more than 100 medical minds to help extend the length and quality of your life. “Sandy Hook” by Elizabeth Williamson explores how the families devastated by one of the nation’s worst mass shootings are fighting back against false conspiracy narratives.
“Yellowstone” starring Kevin Costner is season four. “All Creatures Great and Small” is season two.
Books on CD
“The Match” by Harlan Coben is a thriller that begins with a match on a DNA database.
mysteries and thrillers
“The Love of My Life” by Rosie Walsh tells of an obituary writer who learns the wife he loves doesn’t really exist. “The Darkest Place” by Phillip Margolin features Robin Lockwood, an increasingly prominent defense attorney in Portland, Ore.
“The Latinist” by Mark Prins follows an ambitious young scholar trying to escape her scheming adviser at Oxford University. “The Swimmers” by Julie Otsuka features a group of recreational swimmers deeply affected when their pool closes. “Booth” by Karen Jay Fowler is about the family of John Wilkes Booth, one of the most infamous figures in US history.
Downloadable e-books and audiobooks
We have a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audio books for all ages — children, tweens, teens and adults — in cloudLibrary. The items in cloudLibrary are purchased separately from physical items, so the books available are different — and it continues to use the consortium’s contributions as well as those that we bought. Select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use. Email or phone us at (970) 264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device.
Many thanks to our anonymous donors. Please put your materials donations into the drop box at the library — not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.
“I’m not someone who says, ‘Cancer is the best thing that happened to me.’ It wasn’t. But I’m grateful that it taught me to slow down and listen and open my eyes a little wider. Something that Oprah said is so true: Something like this doesn’t change who you are. It just amplifies it.” — Robin Roberts, TV broadcaster and anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
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 pagosalibrary.org.