LIBRARY NEWS: Free special ‘Creede Theatre’ show for preschoolers next week

Children five and under are invited to a free special performance of “Ms. Joy” at your library next Wednesday, February 16 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., presented by the Creede Repertory Theatre.

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

We hope you will bring your preschoolers and join us for this very special event.

Legal clinic tomorrow
This month’s free legal clinic is by appointment tomorrow, Friday, February 11 from 2-3 p.m. The volunteer lawyer can phone you at home, or you can walk into the library and meet privately via Zoom. To make an appointment, send an email at the beginning of the month titled “Join the Free Legal Clinic”, with your first name and phone number to, 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. Visit anytime to find lots of legal forms and other legal information.

Therapy dog ​​visit tomorrow
Tomorrow, Friday, February 11 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.

Special challenge at the LEGO Club on Saturday
Kids ages 6-12 are welcome to bring their imaginations—LEGOs are provided—Saturday, Feb. 12 from 11 a.m. to noon for the free LEGO Club. We will have a special challenge: Build with your eyes closed for five minutes. Show us photos of your creation on our Facebook page or send them to LEGO Challenges are also posted on Facebook if you can’t make it to the library.

adult craft
At the in-person adult craft on Tuesday, February 15 from 1-2 p.m., we’ll provide you with materials to create a decorative flower pot using regular clothespins and an empty tuna can. This craft is so easy that it doesn’t even require glue.

Dungeons & Dragons
Join us on Tuesday, February 15 from 4-6 p.m. for our free ongoing Dungeons & Dragons game for teens and young adults on Google Meet every other Tuesday. Contact to find out how to register.

Writing challenge
A new writing challenge for all ages will be posted February 14 on the library’s Facebook page. We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free activity for all ages.

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.

adult education
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session takes place Thursdays from 5:30-8:00 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more .

The deadline is approaching for the t-shirt contest
We are looking for creative help to design a t-shirt for this year’s summer reading program, with February 18th the deadline for submissions. The theme is “Oceans of Possibilities”. Pick up a flyer from the library or go online to our website at for more details. The winner will receive a free t-shirt with their design. The winning t-shirt will be worn by staff during the summer reading program and a limited number will be available for purchase. This competition is open to all ages.

Mysteries and thrillers
Alafair Burke’s “Find Me” follows a woman who disappears as an adult after suffering amnesia as a child following a car accident. Luke McCallin’s “From a Dark Horizon” is a Gregor Reinhart murder mystery set near the end of World War I. Brad Taylor’s “End of Days” features Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill solving an international crime.

Large print
“Criminal Mischief” by Stuart Woods is an adventure by Stone Barrington. Elizabeth George’s “Something to Hide” features Det. Insp. Thomas Lynley and Set. sergeant. Barbara Havers. Sophie Kinsella’s “The Party Crasher” follows a young woman who throws a party at the house where she grew up and is dumped by her father’s young girlfriend. “19 Yellow Moon Road” by Fern Michaels is a Sisterhood mystery.

Other Novels
“The Fallen Star” by Claudia Gray is the latest adult novel in the Star Wars: The High Republic series. Hanya Yanagihara’s “To Paradise” is a turn-of-the-century story that examines three different versions of the American experience of love, family, loss, and the elusive promise of utopia.

Bilingual bestsellers
Isabel Allende’s “Violeta” is an epic novel about a woman whose life spans over 100 years and bears witness to the greatest upheavals of the 20th century written by one of the leading voices in Latin American literature. This book is available in Spanish and English. Richard P Montanez’s “Flamin’ Hot” documents how a janitor with no formal education beyond eighth grade created a successful snack bar and became the first Latino promoted to a management position at Frito-Lay. The English version of this non-fiction book is available via CloudLibrary.

Many thanks to Linda Sue King for her generous monetary donation, and to Bob and Carole Howard and our anonymous donors for their donations of materials. Please drop off your material donations in the library drop box – not the City Market, which is for returns only.

Quoteable Quote
“Having fun in your life is essential. Take away the fun, take away the escape, take away the worry of others, you’re back in the cave. – Jimmy Buffett, American singer-songwriter, musician, author, actor, and businessman best known for his music, which often depicts an island getaway lifestyle epitomized by “Margaritaville.”

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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.