We’re celebrating the end of our hugely successful summer reading program with a fun, free mermaid parade for all ages and a small party tomorrow, Friday 5th August from 2:30pm to 4:00pm in the library for everyone from kids to to adults.
Every year since 1983, Coney Island in New York has hosted America’s largest art parade to welcome summer. Performers come in marine-themed costumes that showcase their skill and creativity. This will be our version of this fun tradition in honor of this year’s Summer Reading Program theme, Oceans of Possibility. We hope you will join us.
Please note donation guidelines
Many of you have been very generous with your donations of materials to the library and we are grateful to you. Most of your contributions become welcome items sold each summer at the Friends of the Library’s annual book sale, which raises much-appreciated donations for your library’s special projects. The Friends’ latest contribution was the replacement of all public computers, including those used for Internet access and those dedicated to searching the library catalogue. As donations are being received for next summer’s sale, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you of our policy on donating supplies so you don’t waste your precious time.
Material donations are accepted for the friends at the reception (please not in the outer return slot in the library or in the drop box at City Market) when we are open. The Friends are happy to accept fiction from 2012 or newer and non-fiction from 2017 or newer. Limited workroom space means we can only accept one or two small boxes at a time.
Today Spanish lessons for children
Join a new Spanish course for children aged six to eleven today, Thursday, August 4th from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Miss Josie and Miss Ruby will help you learn and improve your Spanish.
The Library Speakers Consortium will continue
Next Tuesday, August 9, you’re invited to the fourth of our free Library Speakers Consortium series, featuring best-selling New York Times fiction and non-fiction authors, professionally moderated, live book discussions that you can take with you on your computer, tablet, or smartphone view Internet access. You also have the opportunity to ask questions.
This talk features Liz Moore, author of “Long Bright River,” which was named NPR’s Best Book of the Year 2020.
To register for the consortium, click the link on your library’s home page at https://pagosalibrary.org. If you are unable to watch the presentations live, the recorded events will then be available on our website under the ‘Adult’ tab. The complete schedule is also posted there.
Alert your coral reef creations
Please stop by your library to pick up your coral reef creations next week through August 13th if you wish to keep them. Otherwise we keep them.
Adult book club next Tuesday
Ruby’s Book Club is meeting in person on Tuesday, August 9 from 2-3pm to discuss Christina Baker Kline’s The Exiles. Copies are available from your library. This book club takes place on the second Tuesday of each month and alternates between fiction and non-fiction titles. Everyone is welcome.
PALS adult education is expanding
In response to popular demand, Mark has doubled 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 to help. No registration required. This service is in high demand and used by many people, so we are happy to provide it.
Complimentary evening in-person classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00pm to 5:00pm for beginners and 5:00pm to 7:00pm 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
Las clases nocturnas gratuitas en persona se llevan a cabo los martes y jueves de 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes asisten de 4 a.m. to 5 p.m., estudiantes intermedios de 5-6 p.m. y estudiantes avanzados de 19-8 p.m. Por favor, ayúdenos a correr la voz sobre estas clases a otras personas en nuestra comunidad que estén interesadas, y contacts por teléfono o correo electrónico si tiene alguna pregunta.
CloudLibrary offers a wide range of downloadable ebooks and audiobooks for all ages, and accessing this 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.
Everything Everywhere All at Once is a sci-fi adventure set in a parallel universe.
Crimes and Thrillers
A Face to Die For by Iris Johansen is a crime novel by forensic sculptor Eve Duncan about Helen of Troy. Caroline Woods’ The Lunar Housewife follows a young journalist who uncovers a web of spy secrets. Escape, by James Patterson and David Ellis, is the third book in Billy Harney’s thriller series.
My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame is a two-volume story about a working father in Tokyo who comes face to face with his twin’s widower. Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s Woman of Light is an epic story of betrayal, love and destiny that spans five generations of an indigenous Chicano family in the American West.
books on CD
Natalie Jenner’s “Bloomsbury Girls” tells the story of three women and a centuries-old bookshop in post-war London. Booker Award winner Hilary Mantel’s Learning to Talk is a collection of short stories.
Bill Browder’s Freezing Order is the true story of money laundering, murder and surviving Putin’s wrath at the hands of an American-British financier who is one of the largest foreign investors in Russia. Max Lugavere’s Genius Kitchen contains 100 recipes to help keep your brain sharp, your body strong and your taste buds happy. David Sedaris’ “Happy Go Lucky” is a comedic look at how our world has changed during the COVID pandemic.
We thank Barbara Wolf for a generous monetary donation.
“If you want to write a clear style, you should first have clear thoughts.” – Johann W. von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, theater director and critic.
For more information on the library’s books, services and programs—and to reserve books, e-books, CD and DVD books from the comfort of your own home—please visit our website at https://pagosalibrary.org.
Carole Howard & 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 tax-financed district in Archuleta County.