LIBRARY NEWS: Free Creede Theater Show for Kids, today, Thursday, March 3

Children five and under are invited to a free special performance of “Ms. Joy” at the Ruby Sisson Library today, Thursday, March 3, 10-11 a.m., presented by Creede Repertory Theater (Rescheduled by the theater from February 16.)

“Mrs. Joy” is about a woman who has a very strict daily life – until the day when she receives a visit from an unexpected dog who upsets her routine. The story is told through the clown, the puppets and the sound. It teaches children the power of play, friendship and laughter.

Mark your calendar for the book sale
Planning is already underway for the annual Friends of the Library book sale, one of the summer highlights for locals and visitors alike.

This year’s book sale will open Thursday evening, June 23 at 6 p.m. for members (subscriptions are available at the door), then open to the public on Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25. It will be in a new location – in the Fellowship Hall of The United Methodist Church in downtown Pagosa. And it’s also a new time of year, shifting to June to avoid August which is so busy with community events, including the Archuleta County Fair.

The Friends Book Sale is a great place to find treasures for yourself and gifts for family and friends. You’ll find more than just books to buy at bargain prices – there are also audiobooks, DVDs, puzzles and games. While you’re enjoying these treats, you’ll be contributing to the health of your library.

Each year, proceeds from the sale of books are gratefully received by your library to ensure the continued excellence of our collection, facilities and service. Last year, in two and a half days, the Friends book sale raised more than $2,000.

Friends always need help with sorting, boxing and preparing for the sale. In addition, throughout the year, our volunteers go to the library to sort donations in order to find those that are suitable for the annual sale. If you would like to volunteer with Friends, please contact Wennona Brown at And we hope you’ll put Friends book sale dates on your calendar for a fun summer outing.

Free tax forms
Tax forms are available free of charge at your library while supplies last.

Adult Book Club next Tuesday
Ruby’s Book Club meets in person from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8 to discuss Julian Sancton’s “Madhouse at the End of the Earth.” Copies are available for pickup at your library. This book club is held on the second Tuesday of each month, alternating between fiction and non-fiction titles.

Games for teenagers
The free teen games take place Tuesday, March 9 from 4-5:30 p.m. for teens in grades 6-12. Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Family story time
Wednesdays from 10-11am, join us for stories, games and lots of reasons to get up and move. Special guests Lisa Baker and her friend Fluffy Dog will provide puppets and storytelling on March 9. The next Discovery Time will take place on Saturday, March 5 on Facebook at 2:30 p.m.

Technical time
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.

Writing challenge
A new writing challenge for all ages was posted on February 28 on the library’s Facebook page. We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free activity for all ages.

Large print
“A Trail of Lies” by Kylie Logan is the third book in the 4 Jazz Ramsey mystery series. “A Good Day for Chardonnay” by Darynda Jones is the second book in the Sunshine Vicram mystery series. Rachel Hawkins’ “Reckless Girls” is a mystery set on an exotic island. “Savage Sunday” by William W. and JA Johnstone is a western by Duff MacCallister. “Librarians of the West” edited by Hazel Rumney contains four Westerns by award-winning authors.

“King Richard” with Will Smith is based on the true story of Venus and Serena Williams. “The Cannabis Question” is a NOVA documentary about the medical risks and benefits of marijuana. “This is Us” is the complete fourth season.

“Lift Your Voice” by Angela Harrelson, George Floyd’s aunt, is a story of hope. Pulitzer Prize-winning Anne F. Hyde’s “Born of Lakes and Plains” is the story of five mixed-race families who played pivotal roles in American history.

Mysteries and thrillers
Lisa Lutz’s “The Accomplice” features two longtime best friends who become embroiled in a murder. “All That’s Secret” by Patricia Raybon tells the story of a black theologian called to Denver to solve the murder of his father. Jacquelyn Mitchard’s “The Good Son” focuses on the aftermath of a crime in a close-knit community.

Books on CD
“Lightning in a Mirror” by Jayne Ann Krentz is the final installment in the chilling Fogg Lake trilogy. Elizabeth George’s “Something to Hide” is a mystery starring Det. Insp. Thomas Lynley and Det. sergeant. Barbara Havers. Ace Atkins’ “Robert B. Parker’s Bye Bye Baby” is a Spenser mystery. “Eat Like a Human” by Dr. Bill Schindler contains 75 recipes for achieving optimal health and vitality.

Library Foundation
Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation to support and enhance your library by raising funds for information resources, programs, services, and facilities. Mail checks to PO Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209.

Quoteable Quote
“The day after my injuries in 2013 and 2014 [in skiing accidents as she raced], my vision of success began to change…. Slowly I realized that winning is not what makes you a good person…. As much as I love winning, I’ve come to realize that it’s just part of life. What does winning mean if you’re not having fun? What does it mean if you don’t like it? – Lindsey Vonn, one of the most decorated female skiers in history. She was an American World Cup alpine racer who competed in four Olympics on the United States Ski Team, winning three medals including a gold. His memoir, “Rise: My Story,” is available in your library.

For more information about library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, 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 tax-funded special district in the county of Archuleta.