Storytelling school

Save the date for a special storytelling and music fundraiser for your library

By Carole Howard | OVERVIEW The Columnist and Library Staff

We hope you will mark your calendars to attend a special fundraiser on September 10 at 6 p.m. for your library at the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association Pavilion at 230 Port Ave. which will feature professional storytelling and music.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Ruby Sisson Library Foundation’s campaign to expand and renovate your library.

Featured in this unique program will be two talented performers. Kathy Santopietro is an award-winning adult educator who has shared her storytelling skills with adult audiences for nearly 30 years. With the theme “Navigating the World with Stories”, she will unpack a set of stories while taking us on a journey around the world.

Sally Neel of Pagosa will share the stage, a gifted musician well known to local audiences for her talents as a pianist, organist and conductor at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church and with Curtains Up Pagosa.

Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. They can be purchased by credit card at You can also purchase tickets with cash or check in person at the library.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with a cash bar. Stories start at 7 p.m. After the entertainment, the cash bar will reopen, accompanied by small appetizers.

This is an adult fundraiser for ages 16 and up. Earlier in the day on September 10, from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., Santopietro will offer a free storytelling program at the library for kids in grades four and up, while Josie will host a program for younger kids.

Library stakeholders
consortium today

You’re invited to another event this month in our free Library Speakers Consortium series featuring New York Times bestselling fiction and nonfiction authors giving live, professionally moderated book discussions you can view on your computer, tablet or smartphone with internet access. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

Today, August 25, at 10 a.m., features Liz Wiseman, author of “Impact Players: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger and Multiply Your Impact,” a guide to leadership. To register for the consortium, click the link on your library’s homepage at If you are unable to view live presentations, recorded events will be available later on our website.

Watch for information on the September 8, 20 and 27 talks in next week’s column.

The game tomorrow

Enjoy free video games for all ages on Xbox 360 Kinect tomorrow, Friday, August 26, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

LEGO Club on Saturday

Kids ages 6 and up are welcome to bring their imaginations—LEGOs are provided—Saturday, August 27, 11 a.m. to noon, for the free LEGO Club. LEGO Challenges are also posted on Facebook.

Dungeons and Dragons

Next Thursday, September 1st from 3-5pm, join our free virtual Dungeons and Dragons game for teens and young adults on Discord. Registration is mandatory. Contact [email protected] to register. Then, Dungeons & Dragons takes a brief hiatus until October.

education is growing

In response to popular demand, Mark has doubled the number of his free PALS sessions to Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. to help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, help financial, tutoring and more. No registration is required.

Technical time

Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Judy will help you answer basic questions about computers, smartphones and tablets and will also help you access all of the library’s online resources. You do not need an appointment for these walk-in sessions.

Family story time

Wednesdays from 10am to 11am, join us for stories, games and lots of good reasons to get up and move.

English as a second language courses

Free in-person evening classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-5 p.m. for beginners and 5-7 p.m. 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.

Library hours

Most of our programs are in person and curbside service continues. Additionally, our hours are back to pre-COVID levels — and even more on weekdays:

• On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, your library is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• On Tuesdays and Thursdays, your library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• On Saturdays, your library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Downloadable books

CloudLibrary offers a wide variety of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks for all ages, and accessing this free digital collection has never been easier. Just download the cloudLibrary app, answer a few simple questions, select AspenCat Union Catalog for your library name, then enter your library card number and four-digit PIN. You are now ready to browse, borrow, and read eBooks and audiobooks using cloudLibrary. Library staff will be happy to help you set up your device if you need help.

travel guides

“Hike: Adventures on Foot” is a DK Eyewitness guide to the world’s most scenic and spectacular hiking trails. “Mushroom Foraging and Feasting” by Victoria Romanoff is a practical book on mushroom hunting with recipes. “Off the Beaten Path: Colorado” is an insider’s guide to our state’s hidden attractions, unique attractions, and quirky places. “The History of Mesa Verde National Park” by retired park chief archaeologist Gilbert R. Wenger with photos by the author and illustrations by David W. Wilson is a guide to help visitors understand and enjoy our local treasure. Writer and photographer David Grant Noble’s “An Archaeological Guide: Ancient Ruins of the Southwest” describes more than 60 known and lesser-known local ruins in this revised and expanded edition.

Other non-fiction

Sally Denton’s “The Colony” is an in-depth look at the attack on a fundamentalist Mormon community in Mexico. “On Critical Race Theory: Why It Matters and Why You Should Care” by Victor Ray contains essays to demystify and explain this concept of racial injustice. “Listening Well” by William R. Miller is a step-by-step process for developing your empathetic listening skills. Dana Milbank’s “The Destructionists” presents the author’s perspective on the past 25 years in the Republican Party.

Mike Florio’s “Playmakers” reveals the inner workings of the NFL and its past and present scandals. Yossi Alpher’s “Death Tango” analyzes the enormous negative effect of three crucial days in March 2002 on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Candice Millard’s “River of the Gods” delves into the complexities and mysteries of finding the source of the Nile.

Books on CD

“Rising Tiger” is a Scot Harvath thriller by Brad Thor. Lincoln Child’s “Chrysalis” is a thriller centered around a high-tech company. “Portrait of an Unknown Woman” by Daniel Silva is a Gabriel Allon mystery about an art forgery. David Baldacci’s “The 6:20 Man” begins with an apparent suicide at a New York investment firm. “Shattered” by James Patterson and James O. Born features NYPD investigator Michael Bennett. Stuart Woods’ “Black Dog” is a Stone Barrington mystery.

Mysteries and thrillers

Sarah Pearse’s ‘The Retreat’ is set in a wellness resort off the English coast. Ruth Ware’s ‘The It Girl’ exposes new evidence about an Oxford student’s death 10 years earlier. David Baldacci’s “The 6:20 Man” begins with an apparent suicide at a New York investment firm.

Other Novels

“The Seaplane on Final Approach” by Rebecca Rukeyser is a sensual story loaded with menace. “Counterfeit” by Kirsten Chen is the story of two Asian American women who want to expand their business of counterfeit handbags globally. Clare Pooley’s “Iona Iverson’s Rules for Commuting” explores behavioral changes in commuter train passengers after a man chokes on a grape.


We thank our anonymous donors for their material donations. Material donations are accepted for Friends of the Library at reception (not through the return slot outside the library or the drop box at City Market, please) when we are open.

Friends takes fiction published in 2012 or newer and non-fiction from 2017 or newer. Limited working space means we can only accept one or two small boxes at a time.

Quoteable quote

“The secret to change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” — Generally attributed to Socrates (died 399 BC), Greek philosopher from Athens considered the father of Western philosophy.


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