The Summer Reading Program is one of our most popular events of the year. It’s fun, free and educational. As well, it will help your children avoid the dreaded “summer slide” in reading skills that has been documented so often when youngsters take a vacation from books in July and August – an especially important benefit now with the last school year being so disrupted by COVID.
First Summer Reading bonus challenge
Week one’s bonus challenge June 7-12: You’ve discovered a new dinosaur. What do you want to call it and why? Submit your answer by Saturday, June 12 at 3 p.m. for a chance to win – by emailing email@example.com, posting on the library Facebook page or dropping it off at the front desk.
Activities calendars available
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your family at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month. There are three versions – children, teens and adults.
Children’s programs in library garden
Wednesdays at 10 a.m. join us in the library garden (note new day and location) for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move. This event will be cancelled if the weather is bad. Saturday’s Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more.
In-person birdwatching programs
Randy McCormick from the Weminuche Audubon Society will teach an all-ages in-person class inside the library on Tuesday, June 8 from 6-7:30 p.m. where you will learn about binocular use, fields guides, identifying bird families and more. This event is limited to 10 participants and registration is required. Then Saturday, June 12 from 9-10 a.m. an outdoor excursion will begin next to the Geothermal Greenhouse Project domes downtown. Registration also required for this event.
Summer Reading Club starts next Thursday
What’s it like to be a paleontologist? Explore the world of fossils, digging and dinosaurs with in-person science experiments and activities for K-fifth grade on Thursday, June 10 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the library garden.
On Monday, June 7 we will post a new writing challenge on the library’s Facebook page. We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.
Free in-person classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-8 p.m.
“In League with Sherlock Holmes” edited by Laurie A. King and Leslie S. Flinger is a collection of new mysteries by 15 authors. “The Final Twist” by Jeffry Deaver is book three in the Colter Shaw mystery series. “A Distant Shore” by Karen Kingsbury features a young girl caught in a sex-trafficking environment. “Death with a Double Edge” by Anne Perry is a Daniel Pitt mystery set in London.
“Where the Grass is Green and the Girls are Pretty” by Lauren Weisberger focuses on one little lie that upends the seemingly perfect lives of two sisters. “The First Day of Spring” by Nancy Tucker begins when an eight-year-old girl kills a boy. “The Soulmate Equation” by Christina Lauren revolves around a DNA-based matchmaking service.
“Yearbook” by Seth Rogen is a collection of comedic true stories about the author’s grandparents, bar mitzvahs, Jewish summer camp and other events in his life.
How-to and self help
“The Stress Mess” by Kelsie Kenefick is a guide to effectively managing your stress. “National Parks of America” is a new edition of Lonely Planet’s travel guide. “Polyface Designs” by Joel Salatin and Chris Slattery is a construction guide for scalable farming infrastructure. “Dedicated” by Pete Davis explores the benefits of committing yourself to places, professions, people and causes.
“The Ground Breaking” by Scott Ellsworth tells the story of the destruction of Tulsa’s Black Wall Street in 1921 and the 50-year coverup of the massacre. “America on Fire” by historian Elizabeth Hinton exposes the causes and details of Black rebellion in recent decades. “Breaking the News” by Breitbart editor Alex Marlow outlines how the conservative media took on the establishment media in the years of Donald Trump. “Madam Speaker” by Susan Page is a biography of Nancy Pelosi.
Many thanks to Susan and Terry Arrington for their generous monetary donation. Please put your materials donations into the dropbox at the library – not at City Market, which is reserved for returns.
Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation to help support the services and programs provided by your Ruby Sisson Library. Mail checks to P.O. Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209.
“When in doubt, go for the net – push the envelope. Get our of your comfort zone and take chances. I like to force the action. For me, it’s never too late because you don’t know how long you’re going to live anyway. Don’t be afraid to get a fresh start. If not now, when?” – Martina Navratilova, on applying her tennis skills to new challenges and opportunities in everyday life. She is a Czechoslovak-born American tennis player and coach who is considered one of the best female tennis players of all time.
For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, books on CD and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at https://pagosalibrary.org.
Carole Howard & Library Staff