LIBRARY NEWS: Family Story Time at Centennial Park


Family story time moves to a fun new outdoor location on Wednesday, June 30, weather permitting. Head to the Centennial Park Amphitheater near the geothermal domes to experience great stories, fun songs, and plenty of reasons to get up and get moving for free. It’s a great way for kids of all ages to have fun while developing the skills they need to become independent readers. Call 970-264-2209 if the weather is uncertain.

Also on Wednesday, June 30, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., “Living with Wildlife” is a special free in-person event focused on the wide variety of wildlife in our region. Doug Purcell, Regional Wildlife Manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, will share information on what we can do to safely share our habitat with so many other species. The presentation takes place at the Archuleta County Extension Office located at 344 Route 84. It is aimed at tweens, teens and adults.

These are two of the many summer reading program events that run through July in your library. Enjoy the wide variety of activities for all ages. And get yourself a bingo card, as participants get a small prize every time you complete a bingo sheet. We also have bonus challenges where participants will be placed in sweepstakes for gift certificates and other prizes.

Exploration stations

Stop by the newspaper box outside the library each week for a new animal-themed activity. From June 21 to 26, the focus is on identifying animal tracks. From June 28 to July 3 with the music of the birds.

No more summer reading bonus challenges
Week 3 Bonus Challenge June 21-26: Draw or take a picture of an animal you’ve seen in the wild. What animal was it? Tell us where you saw him and what he was doing. Submit your response by Saturday, June 26 at 3 p.m. for a chance to win – by emailing [email protected], posting it on the library’s Facebook page, or dropping it off at reception.

Week 4 Bonus Challenge June 28 – July 3: Draw or print a black and white image of one of your favorite birds and give it a new color pattern. For example, make a chicken look like a parrot. We would love to see what you have to offer. Submit your response by Saturday, July 3 at 3 p.m. for a chance to win – by emailing [email protected], posting it on the library’s Facebook page, or dropping it off at reception.

Conversation in Spanish in person today
Join us in your library to practice your Spanish conversation skills in an in-person group today, Thursday, June 24, 6 to 7 p.m. There is no minimum skill level to participate.

Steampunk crafts for teens
Teens are invited to a steampunk crafts makerspace event on Monday, June 28 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Students in grades 4 through 12 can come to the library to do whatever they want with the supplies on offer.

LEGO Challenge Saturday
Join us on June 26 at 10 a.m. for a free LEGO challenge for all ages via an image posted to Facebook and the library website. Use your own pieces to create something that will match the challenge. If you don’t have a LEGOS, we have a few handbags available at the library.

Writing challenge
On Monday, June 21, we posted a new writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page. We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free activity for all ages.

Technical time
Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday. Brad will help you troubleshoot issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet, and other electronic devices. Note: No Tech Time on June 29.

Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Beginner students are encouraged to attend from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and intermediate students from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Las clases gratuitas se llevan a cabo en persona los martes y jueves from 4 to 8 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes deben asistir from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. ya los estudiantes intermedios from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Dungeons & Dragons
Join us Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for Dungeons & Dragons free for teens and young adults on Google Meet. Contact [email protected] to find out how to join. If you don’t have internet access, contact us anyway – we may be able to accommodate you in the library.

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

Activity calendars available
To make sure you don’t miss out on 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.

Large print
“The Hero Code” by Admiral William H. McRaven is an inspiring little book about the qualities of true everyday heroes.

non-fictional works
Elizabeth Becker’s “You Don’t Belong Here” tells the story of the Vietnam War from the point of view of three foreign correspondents.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers
Jeff Rovin’s “The Black Order” is the latest in the elite Op-Center task force series. James Patterson and Bill Clinton’s “The President’s Daughter” follows the kidnapping of the president’s teenage daughter.

Other novels
Wendy Wax’s “The Break-up Book Club” follows women who face life’s challenges together. Elin Hilderbrand’s “Golden Girl” tells the story of a Nantucket woman killed in an accident who was lucky enough to change events on earth from Heaven.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks
We have a wide variety of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks for all ages – kids, tweens, teens, and adults – in cloudLibrary. CloudLibrary’s items are purchased separately from physical items, so the books available are different – and it continues to use consortium contributions as well as those we have purchased. Select AspenCat Union Catalog when configuring cloudLibrary to use. Email us or call us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device.

Many thanks to Susan and Terry Arrington as well as to Jennifer Hurst for their generous monetary donations. Please drop off your donated materials in the library drop box – not the City Market, which is for returns only.

Quote quote
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether they are 20 or 80 years old. Anyone who continues to learn stays young. The best thing in life is to keep your mind young. – Henry Ford (1863-1947), founder of the Ford Motor Company and chief developer of mass production assembly line technology.

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 Hwy 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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