Friends selling books in a new location

By Carole Howard | PREVIEW Columnist and the library staff

Planning is already underway for the Friends of the Library’s annual book sale, one of the highlights of the summer for locals and visitors alike.

This year’s book sale will open to members on Thursday evening, June 23rd at 6pm (memberships available at the door) and then open to the public on Friday and Saturday June 24th and 25th. It will be in a new location – in the Fellowship Hall of the Community United Methodist Church downtown. And it’s also a new season, moving into June to avoid the month of August, which is so packed with community events, including the Archuleta County Fair.

Friends’ Book Sale is an ideal place to find treasures for yourself and gifts for family and friends. Here you will find much more than just books at bargain prices – there are also audio books, DVDs, puzzles and games. As you enjoy these treats, you’ll be contributing to the health of your library.

Proceeds from book sales are gratefully received by your library to ensure the continued excellence of our collection, our facilities and our service to you. Last year, the Friends’ book sale raised more than $2,000 in two and a half days.

The friends always need help sorting, packing and preparing for sale. Also, our volunteers go to the library year-round to sort through donations and find those suitable for annual sale. If you are interested in volunteering with the Friends, please contact Wennona Brown at [email protected] And we hope you’ll mark the Friends book release dates on your calendar for a fun summer outing.

Free tax forms

Tax forms are available free from your library while supplies last.

Ruby’s book club
Next Tuesday

Ruby’s Book Club is meeting in person from 2pm to 3pm Tuesday, March 8th to discuss “Madhouse at the End of the Earth” by Julian Sancton. Copies are available for collection from your library. This book club takes place on the second Tuesday of each month and alternates between fiction and non-fiction titles.

teenage games

Free Teen Play is Tuesday, March 9th from 4:00pm to 5:30pm for sixth through twelfth graders. Enjoy Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Dungeons and Dragons

Join us every other Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm for our personal Dungeons and Dragons game, free for teens and young adults. The next one is on Tuesday March 8th.

STEAM Enrichment Sets

Participants in this free enrichment program for teens ages 5 and up receive a kit that guides them through Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) projects. Kits are available throughout the month, but registration is required by calling your library at (970) 264-2209.


Join us on Wednesdays from 10am to 11am for free personal kids stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move. Special guests Lisa Baker and her friend Fluffy Dog will provide puppetry and storytelling on March 9th.

The next Discovery Time will be on Saturday, March 5 at 2:30 p.m. on Facebook

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.

The classes of ESL

Classes nocturnas gratuitas de inglés como segundo idioma se llevan a cabo los martes y jueves en la biblioteca. 4:00pm to 5:00pm is reserved for the fundamentals and 5:00pm to 7:00pm is for the intermediate and advanced students. Por favor, ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre estas clases a otros en nuestra comunidad que tienen interés. Contacts by telephone or correo electrónico si tiene cualquier pregunta. Se habla espanol.

tech time

Free Personal Slots are available on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and Thursdays from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Brad helps you solve problems with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices.

adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) sessions are on Thursdays from 5:30pm to 8:00pm when Mark helps with high school exams, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Personal Play

Enjoy free video games for all ages on the Xbox 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30pm to 3:45pm

writing challenge

A new writing challenge for all ages was posted on the library’s Facebook page on February 28th. We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free activity for all ages.

Library opening hours

Most of our programs are in-person. Also, our hours have returned to pre-COVID levels – and even more on weekdays:

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

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

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

Curb service will also continue. Call (970) 264-2209 when you are in the lot so staff can bring the items out for you. If you have something on hold, please wait for your usual notification (email, phone call or SMS) before collecting it.

large print

A Trail of Lies by Kylie Logan is book three in the 4 Jazz Ramsey mystery series. A Good Day for Chardonnay by Darynda Jones is the second book in the Sunshine Vicram mystery series. Rachel Hawkins’ “Reckless Girls” is a crime thriller set on an exotic island. “Savage Sunday” by William W. and JA Johnstone is a Western directed by Duff MacCallister. Librarians of the West, edited by Hazel Rumney, features four westerns by award-winning authors.


King Richard, starring Will Smith, is based on the true story of Venus and Serena Williams. The Cannabis Question is a NOVA documentary about the medical risks and benefits of marijuana. This is Us is the complete fourth season.


‘Lift Your Voice’ by Angela Harrelson, George Floyd’s aunt, is a story of hope. “Born of Lakes and Plains,” by Pulitzer Prize finalist Anne F. Hyde, is a story of five mixed-race families who played central roles in American history.

Crimes and Thrillers

“The Accomplice” by Lisa Lutz is about two longtime best friends who are involved in a murder. Patricia Raybon’s All That is Secret tells the story of a black theologian who is called to Denver to investigate the murder of her estranged father. Jacquelyn Mitchard’s The Good Son focuses on the aftermath of a crime in a close-knit community. We have four more books in Colorado author Jeff Carson’s David Wolf thriller series – Dark Mountain, Rain, Drifted, and Divided Sky. Fiona Davis’ The Magnolia Palace is set at the Frick Museum in New York City.

Other novels

Edward Ashton’s Mickey 7 is a science fiction story.

books on CD

Jayne Ann Krentz’s Lightning in a Mirror is the final installment in the chilling Fogg Lake trilogy. “Something to Hide” by Elizabeth George is a crime thriller starring Detective Insp. Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Haver. Ace Atkins’ “Robert B. Parker’s Bye Bye Baby” is a Spenser mystery. “Eat Like a Human” by Dr. Bill Schindler contains 75 recipes for optimal health and vitality.


Many thanks to our anonymous donors for their material donations. Please throw your material donations into the return box in the library – not in the City Market, which is reserved for returns.

Library Foundation

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation to support and improve your library by fundraising for informational resources, programs, services and facilities. Mail checks to PO Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at (970) 264-2209.

Quotable quote

“After my injuries in 2013 and 2014 [in skiing accidents as she raced], my perspective on success began to change… I began to realize that winning isn’t what makes you a good person… While I love winning, I’ve come to understand that it’s just a part of life. What does winning mean when you’re not having fun? What does it mean if you don’t enjoy it?” — Lindsey Vonn, one of the most successful skiers in history. She was an American alpine World Cup skier who competed in four Olympic Games on the US Ski Team and won three medals, including a gold medal. She won 82 World Cup races and four World Cup overall championships – one of only two female skiers – and retired from racing in 2019 at the age of 34. Her memoir Rise: My Story is available in your library.


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

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