LIBRARY NEWS: Support for your New Years Resolutions

If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution that you’re struggling to keep, you might want to consider all of the resources – print, DVDs, CDs, and online – that are available in your library to help you.

Our numerous electronic databases are just one example. If you want to learn a new language, you can use Transparent Language. If you want to take a course in a wide variety of topics as diverse as nutrition, computer software, and cake decorating, take a look at Universal Class. All of our electronic resources can be found under “Online Resources” on our website.

In addition, of course, we have physical articles with useful information on diets, exercise programs, wellness, languages, computers, business, home and car repair, parenting. And much more.

Here is a safe, healthy and happy New Year for you and your loved ones.

Holidays closing

Your library will be closed on Monday January 17th for the feast of Martin Luther King Jr.

T-shirt design contest

We’re looking for creative help in designing a t-shirt for this year’s summer reading program. The theme will be “Oceans of Possibility”. Pick up a flyer from the library or visit our website at for more details. The winner will receive a free t-shirt with their design. The winning t-shirt will be worn by staff during the summer reading program and a limited number will be available for purchase. This competition is open to all ages. The deadline for submissions is February 18.

Legal clinic tomorrow

This month’s free legal clinic is by appointment tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 14 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The volunteer lawyer can call you home, or you can come to the library and meet privately through Zoom. To make an appointment, send an email titled “Sign up for a free legal clinic”, with your first name and phone number to [email protected] at the beginning of the month, or call or drop by the library. The time of the volunteer lawyer is limited, so it is first come, first served. This clinic takes place on the second Friday of each month. Visit anytime to find many legal forms and other legal information.

Adult craft next Tuesday

At the free in-person adult craft on Tuesday, January 18 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., we’ll provide the materials and show you how to create beautiful winter-themed decorations like snowflake string art . Using the skills you learn, this craft can be easily adapted for other holidays and special occasions.

Writing challenge
A new writing challenge for all ages was posted on January 10 on the library’s Facebook page. We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free activity for all ages.

Family story time
Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., join us for free in-person children’s stories, games, and plenty of reasons to get up and get moving. Wednesday January 19 is hora de cuentos with Andrea Cox where you can practice your Spanish with books, songs and games.

Technical time
Free in-person slots are available Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m. Brad will help you troubleshoot issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet, and other electronic devices.

ESL courses

Free in-person evening classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Beginner students attend from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., intermediate students from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and advanced students from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. others in our community who may be interested, and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.

ESL classes
Las clases nocturnas gratuitas en persona se llevan a cabo los martes y jueves from 4 to 19 pm Los estudiantes principiantes asisten from 4 to 17 pm, estudiantes intermedios from 17-18 pm y estudiantes avanzados from 19-20 pm Por favor, ayúdenos a correr la voz sobre estas clases a otras personas en nuestra comunidad que estén interesadas, y contáctenos por teléfono o correo electrónico si tiene alguna pregunta.

Adult education
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session takes place Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college preparation, financial aid, tutoring and more. .

Local author
Local author Julie Loar has published two volumes in her Sky Lore Anthology series. “Ancient Sky Watchers and Mythic Themes” is an anthology containing 40 articles which explore the subjects of ancient sky watchers, prophecy, mythical themes, zodiacs and some of the latest discoveries in astrophysics. Articles in “As Above, So Below: Sun, Moon & Stars” examine the sun, moon, stars, planets, dwarf planets, asteroids and other objects in the solar system.

Christian nonfictional works
“Jesus Stories” by Samuel C. Hughes presents the timeless messages of parables. “Unwrapping Your Worth in Christ: Relishing Moments with God” by Royce Kind, a Colorado resident, is a guide to discovering your true identity and worth in Christ.

Large print

“Fire Mountain and Other Survival Stories” edited by Hazel Rumney contains four westerns. “Red River Vengeance” by William W. and JA Johnstone is a western by Perley Gates. “The Becoming” by Nora Roberts is the second volume in the fantasy series Dragon Heart Legacy. “Nighthawking” by Russ Thomas is the second volume of Det. Sgt. Adam Tyler Mystery Series. Jeffry Deaver’s “The Midnight Lock” is a Lincoln Rhyme mystery.

Books on CD
Kay Hooper’s “The Curse of Salem” is a paranormal thriller from the Bishop Special Crimes Unit. David Baldacci’s “Mercy” is a thriller film by FBI agent Atlee Pine. Charlie Donlea’s Twenty Years Later is an Avery Mason thriller. Christine Feehan’s “Annihilation Road” is the sixth volume in the romantic Torpedo Ink series.

Other novels
“A Man of Honor” by Barbara Taylor Bradford is a prequel to the “A Woman of Substance” series. “The Last Druid” by Terry Brooks is the fourth and final book in the fantasy series “The Fall of Shannara”.

Many thanks to John and Teresa Huft for their generous donation, and to our anonymous donors for their material donations. Please drop off your donated materials in the library drop box – not the City Market, which is for returns only.

Library foundation
Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation to support and enhance your library by raising funds for information resources, programs, services and facilities. Send checks to PO Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209.

Quote quote
“I really think a champion is not defined by his victories but by how he can recover from failure.” – Serena Williams, an American professional tennis player who has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most players of the Open era, and the second all-time behind Margaret Court.

For more information on the library’s books, services and programs – and to reserve books, eBooks, books on CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at

Carole Howard and Library Staff

The Ruby Sisson Memorial Library has been located at 811 San Juan Street (corner of S. 8th and Highway 160) since 1989. The library is overseen by the Upper San Juan Library District, a special district funded by the tax in Archuleta County.

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