By Carole Howard | OVERVIEW The Columnist and Library Staff
Tickets are selling fast for a special fundraiser this Saturday, April 9 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Pagosa Lakes Property Owner Association Pavilion to raise money for the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation’s campaign to expand and renovate your library.
This stylish event will feature a silent auction of 17 different table configurations, each accommodating up to eight people, designed by some of Pagosa’s most creative artists. Settings are based on popular books such as “Like Water for Chocolate”, “Pride and Prejudice”, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, “Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations”, “Under the Tuscan Sun”, “Where the Wild Things Are”, “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”.
You’ll also enjoy food, a cash bar, and beautiful music from guitarist Steve Blechschmidt, who donates his time and talents.
Only a limited number of tickets are still available due to the lack of space and the popularity of this event. Buy tickets for $50 per person at your library (cash or check only) or at: https:pagosalibrary.org/library-foundation/the-library-affair. On this website, you can also preview beautiful table settings and vote for your favorites online with a $1 donation per vote.
The current library building opened in 1989 and underwent its first expansion in 2005. As the needs of our community evolve and grow, your library is now preparing to expand 50% to 11,300 square feet. squares. The addition will provide community meeting space, dedicated space for children’s literacy programs, room exclusively for teens and tweens, private study rooms, hands-on intergenerational learning space, easy access to self-pay and deposit, and a lovely outdoor reading garden.
Nearly $1.5 million has already been raised for the $4 million expansion project. Many generous sponsors subscribe to this event so that auction proceeds and other donations can go directly to the expansion campaign. If you are unable to attend, we hope you will consider contributing to this effort.
Therapy dog visit
Tomorrow, Friday, April 8, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., you are invited to come to the library for a free visit with a certified therapy dog. Visits will be limited to 10-15 minutes – just enough time to pet the dog, read to the dog or just say “Hi”. This activity is for all ages.
The dog’s next visit will be April 19 from 4-4:45 p.m.
Legal clinic tomorrow
This month’s free legal clinic is by appointment tomorrow, Friday, April 8, from 2-3 p.m. Please come to the library to meet privately via Zoom with our volunteer lawyer who will answer your questions, show you legal documents and help you complete the necessary forms. To make an appointment, send an email at the beginning of the month entitled “Join the free legal clinic”, with your first name and phone number, to [email protected], or call or drop by the library . The volunteer lawyer’s time is limited, so it’s first come, first served. This clinic takes place on the second Friday of each month.
Another option: visit http://checkerboard.co/ anytime to find lots of legal forms and other legal information.
LEGO Club on Saturday
Kids ages 6 and up are invited to let their imaginations run wild — LEGOs are provided — on Saturday, April 9 from 11 a.m. to noon for the free LEGO Club. LEGO Challenges are also posted on Facebook if you can’t make it to the library.
Ruby’s Book Club
Ruby’s Book Club meets in person from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12 to discuss Brit Bennett’s “The Vanishing Half.” Copies are available in your library. This book club is held on the second Tuesday of each month, alternating between fiction and non-fiction titles.
Dungeons and Dragons
Join us the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 4-6 p.m. for our free in-person Dungeons and Dragons game for teens and young adults. The next one will take place on Tuesday, April 12.
Games for teenagers
The free teen games take place Wednesday, April 13 from 4-5:30 p.m. for teens in grades 6-12. Enjoy Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.
Special Family Story Hours
Wednesdays from 10-11am, join us for stories, games and lots of reasons to get up and move. Books with Bently is a special event on Wednesday, April 13, where you can share your favorite book with a story-loving therapy dog.
The next Discovery Time will take place on Saturday, April 16 on Facebook at 2:30 p.m.
English as a second language courses
Free in-person evening classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5pm for beginners only and 5-7pm for intermediate and advanced students. Help us promote these courses to other members of our community who would be interested and contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.
Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Brad will help you solve problems with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices.
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) sessions are held Thursdays from 5:30-8pm, when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more Again.
Enjoy free video games for all ages on Xbox 360 Kinect Fridays from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
A new writing challenge for all ages will be posted April 11 on the library’s Facebook page. We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free activity for all ages.
Calendars of activities
To make sure you don’t miss any of the free library activities available to you and your family, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the calendar of events each month. There are three versions: children, teenagers and adults.
“Black Ops” by Ric Prado is the memoir of a Cuban-American who worked for the CIA for 50 years, through the Cold War and the era of terrorism. “Lessons from the Edge” by Marie Yovanovitch is the memoir of the highly respected American Ambassador to Ukraine. Fiona Hill’s “There’s Nothing for You Here” is the memoir of a coal miner’s daughter who became an American citizen and served three presidents as a foreign policy pundit.
“The Summer Getaway” by Susan Mallery is a story about the threads that bind a family together. Joseph Kanon’s “The Berlin Exchange” is a Cold War mystery. Stephanie Wrobel’s “This Might Hurt” is set on a mysterious private island off the coast of Maine.
Mysteries and thrillers
Peter Swanson’s “Nine Lives” focuses on nine strangers whose names are on a list of people to die for. “The Book of Cold Cases” by Simone St. James features a true-crime blogger who interviews a woman acquitted of two murders in cold cases. Harlan Coben’s “The Match” is a thriller that begins with a match on a DNA database. “2 Sisters Detective Agency” by James Patterson and Candice Fox is a book about stepsisters who inherit a detective agency.
“Phantom Game” by Christine Feehan is the latest in the Ghost Walker series of paranormal novels. Jacqueline Winspear’s “A Sunlit Weapon” features investigator Maisie Dobbs in a story set during World War II. Pulitzer Prize-winning Anne Tyler’s “French Braid” is a journey into the weaknesses of a family from the 1950s to our pandemic present. Julia Claiborne Johnson’s “Better Luck Next Year” focuses on women awaiting divorce on a dude ranch in Reno. Natasha Pulley’s “The Kingdoms” is a time-consuming alternate history story.
“A Journal for Jordan” is based on the true story of a soldier deployed to Iraq who keeps a diary of love and advice for his infant son. “Dalgliesh” is the first season of this mystery series based on PD James’ bestselling novels.
Books on CD
Jacqueline Winspear’s “A Sunlit Weapon” features investigator Maisie Dobbs in a story set during World War II. “Phantom Game” by Christine Feehan is the latest in the Ghost Walker series of paranormal novels. “Give Unto Others” by Donna Leon is a mystery starring curator Guido Brunetti.
We are grateful to Karen Cox for her generous cash donation. Many thanks also to Bob Howard, Jack Schricker and our anonymous donors for their material donations.
Please deposit your material donations in the drop box at the library – not at the City Market, which is for returns only.
“I think in anything difficult in life, you have a choice to make yourself bitter or better.” — Marie Osmond, singer, actress, author and philanthropist.
For more information about library books, services, and programs—and to reserve books, e-books, CDs, and DVDs from the comfort of your home—please visit our website at pagosalibrary.org.