Lecture on shark ecology, live children’s concert and escape room fun


By Carole Howard | PREVIEW Columnist and the library staff

Over the next week, your library is hosting three very special free events:

• Tomorrow, Friday, July 22, from 2:30pm to 3:45pm, experts from the Ocean First Institute, a research laboratory in Boulder, will present their shark research and discuss the importance of protecting these amazing creatures.

• Next Monday, July 25, from 10am to 11am, professional musician Steve Weeks will perform in a fun children’s concert sponsored by the Pagosa Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club, featuring dancing, singing and laughter.

• Next Wednesday, July 27, from 2:00pm to 3:30pm, Year 6 through Year 12 are invited to take part in an escape room adventure where you will solve puzzles and find clues that will allow you to find the treasure to find and save yourself from space sinks.

Early closure
next Wednesday

On Wednesday, July 27, your library will close at 4:00 p.m. as the Ruby Sisson Library Foundation is hosting this month’s Chamber of Commerce after-hours meeting.

Conversations continue

Your library will host public health and resource professionals from San Juan Basin Public Health for four free in-person sessions on Mondays, July 11 through August 1, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. to discuss a variety of important health topics speak.

On July 25, Francilia Pena will report on cancer prevention and early detection of breast and cervical cancer.

The August 1 session explains health insurance enrollment and how to choose the best plan for you. A Spanish translation is available for this session.

Further details about the lectures can be found in flyers that you can pick up in your library.

PALS adult education is expanding

In response to popular demand, Mark is doubling the number of his free PALS sessions to Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm to 8pm to help with high school equivalence, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more help. No registration is required. This service is in high demand and used by many people, so we are happy to provide it.

No Tech Times in July

There will be no Tech Times in July. Tech Time will return at a later date to be announced later.

summer reading
program is running

It’s not too late to register at your library or register online for this year’s summer reading program, now running under the theme “Oceans of Possibility”. Get a bingo card because participants get a small prize every time they fill out a bingo sheet.

The Summer Reading Program includes activities for all ages that are fun, free and educational. And it encourages learning and new opportunities for everyone from toddlers to seniors.

Throughout the summer, keep an eye out for details on special summer reading events in this and future Library News columns. And stock up on a copy of the Events Calendar in your library each month so you and your family don’t miss out on any of the fun. There are three versions – children, youth and adults.

Summer reading club for kids today

At our Summer Reading Club today, Thursday, July 21, from 10-11:30am, we will be exploring mysteries of the deep including mermaids and monsters. Next Thursday, July 28th, we will learn from guest expert Mr. Kurz how the weather in the oceans affects us here in the mountains. This free club is open to youth from kindergarten through fifth grade.

Dungeons and Dragons virtual and personal

Today Thursday 21st July from 3-5pm is our ongoing Dungeons and Dragons Virtual Game Free for Teens and Young Adults available every other Thursday on Discord. Then join our ongoing personal Dungeons and Dragons game on Tuesday, July 26th from 4pm to 6pm. Contact [email protected] to learn how to participate in either or both games. Free in-person sessions are held at your library on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month.

Interactive ‘Moana’

Tomorrow, Friday, July 22, from 4 to 6 p.m., we’ll watch the Disney movie “Moiana” while we sing, move and play with the screen.

LEGO Club on Saturday

Children aged 6 and over are invited to let their imaginations run wild at the free LEGO Club on Saturday 23 July from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – LEGOs will be provided. LEGO challenges are also posted to Facebook if you don’t make it to the library.

writing challenge

A new writing challenge for all ages will be posted on the library’s Facebook page on July 25th. We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free activity.


Our very popular StoryWalk has resumed in a new location. We are excited to be working with the City of Pagosa Springs to bring the StoryWalk to the Riverwalk downtown. It starts at the Ross Aragon Community Center and heads north to the growing domes. Woodsey’s ABCs will be held July 11-25 when you explore the great outdoors with Woodsey the Owl, a National Forest Service mascot.


Join us on Wednesdays from 10am to 11am for free personal kids stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move.

ESL classes

Free in-person evening classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with 4-5pm reserved for beginners and 5-7pm for intermediate and advanced students. Please help us spread these courses to other interested parties in our community and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.

Library opening hours

Most of our programs are in-person and curbside service continues. Also, our opening hours are back to pre-COVID levels – and even longer on weekdays:

• Your library is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 6 pm

• Your library is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 8 pm

• Your library is open on Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm

downloadable books

CloudLibrary offers a wide range of downloadable ebooks and audiobooks for all ages. Accessing your library’s free digital collection has never been easier. All you have to do is download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog as your library name, and then enter your library card number and four-digit PIN. You can now browse, borrow, and read eBooks and audiobooks with cloudLibrary. Library staff are happy to help set up your device if you need assistance.


Native Peoples of North America is a Smithsonian documentary. Life in the World’s Oceans is a Smithsonian documentary. Determined: Righting Alzheimer’s is a PBS documentary. The Bad Guys is an action comedy film from DreamWorks Animation based on the Scholastic book series. Downton Abbey: A New Era is the latest film starring the Crowley family and associates.

large print

Leslie Meier’s “Easter Bonnet Murder” is a mystery by Lucy Stone. Tarryn Fisher’s “An Honest Lie” follows a woman who goes missing during a girls’ weekend in Las Vegas.

books on CD

Marshall Karp’s Snowstorm in August tells the story of a team of retired New York City cops who hunt for the world’s most powerful drug lord. Tom Perrotta’s Tracy Flick Can’t Win returns in the life of Tracy, now in her 40’s and an assistant principal in a public high school. Steve Berry’s The Omega Factor is a thriller about the mysterious secrets of the Ghent Altarpiece. Elin Hilderbrand’s The Hotel Nantucket is about a scandalous summer at a historic hotel. Fiona Barton’s Local Gone Missing is set in a seaside town where old-timers and newcomers are at odds. A Face to Die For, directed by Iris Johansen, is an Eve Duncan crime thriller. Christine Feehan’s Red on the River is a romantic thriller.


“His Name is George Floyd,” by Washington Post reporters Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa, is a portrait of the life and times of a black man whose assassination sparked the largest protest movement in US history. “Battle for the American Mind” by Pete Hegseth and David Goodwin examines the struggle for control of children’s education in America. “How to Keep House While Drowning” by JC Davis is a guide to using creative shortcuts to transform your home from messy to functional. Essential Home Skills by Chris Peterson is a Black and Decker’s guide to common household headaches for new homeowners.

Crimes and Thrillers

Fiona Barton’s Local Gone Missing is set in a seaside town where old-timers and newcomers are at odds. Adrian McKinty’s The Island follows a woman and her two hapless stepchildren in grave danger on a remote Australian island. Joey Hartstone’s The Local is a legal thriller set in Texas. Lauren Belfer’s Ashton Hall begins with the discovery of a skeleton in a historic mansion in England. James Byrne’s The Gate Keeper follows a conspiracy to kidnap the daughter of a multinational CEO.

Other novels

Boom Town is a Lake Wobegon story by Garrison Keillor. Inspired by a true story, Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks’ “Horse” tells the story of an art historian and a Smithsonian scientist who are bound by a shared interest in a racehorse. Linda Holmes’ “Flying Solo” follows a woman returning home after her canceled wedding. Elin Hilderbrand’s The Hotel Nantucket is a story about a scandalous summer at a hotel steeped in history. Alison Fairbrother’s The Catch focuses on the aftermath of a will in which a father leaves a valuable possession to someone the family has never heard of. Werner Herzog’s The Twilight World follows the life of Hiroo Onoda, the soldier who spent decades defending a Philippine island after World War II.


We thank Leslie Wustrack for a generous cash donation.

As the Friends of the Library sale has just closed, we and the Friends are taking a break from donating supplies until August.

Quotable quote

“Marriage is a 50-year conversation. Marry someone you want to talk to for the rest of your life.” —David Brooks, Canadian-born conservative political and cultural reporter, op-ed columnist for The New York Times and commentator for NPR and the PBS NewsHour.


For more information about the library’s books, services, and programs—and to reserve books, e-books, CDs, and DVDs from the comfort of your home—visit our website at: pagosalibrary.org.


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