LIBRARY NEWS: Fun and Free Halloween Activities in Your Library


We have four fun and free Halloween activities for all ages by Halloween…

Our new children’s story from October 25 to November 6 features a silly “Creepy Carrots” book about weird situations. The text is available in English and Spanish. Watch for signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk towards the elementary school. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library.

During the in-person adult craft on Tuesday, October 26 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., we’ll provide you with the materials to create a spider web wreath to display in your home or office. Find other DIY videos on your library website at

Students in grades 4 to 12 are invited to a mask-making event on Wednesday, October 27 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., just in time for Halloween.

Our annual pumpkin decorating contest and in-person Halloween party takes place Friday, October 29 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Pumpkins can be carved, painted or decorated. One entry per person. Completed pumpkins can be handed in on Thursday October 28 or Friday October 29 before 3 p.m. The winners will be announced Friday at 4 p.m. Age categories for the prizes: preschool, 5-7 years, 8-11 years, 12-17 years and adult. Spend time in the library and do some scary and creepy crafts while you wait to find out who wins. We will have a limited number of pumpkins to distribute the week before. Limit of one pumpkin per family.

Share your story about racism
Have you experienced racism? A group called Working for Racial Equality invites you to tell your story about racism, discrimination or privilege. Submissions can remain anonymous. You are also invited to review their exhibition at the library until the end of October. To find out more about this project and how you can get involved, contact Working for Racial Equality at [email protected] or visit their website at to submit your story electronically. You also have the option of submitting your hard copy story to your library until October 30.

spanish conversation
Today, Thursday, October 21 (note the new date), from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., we will meet in person at the library to practice speaking and listening skills together. There is no minimum skill level required to attend. As an alternative, you can learn Spanish and many other languages ​​using the Transparent Language Learning database available at https:

LEGO Club on Saturday
Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to let their imaginations run wild – LEGOs are provided – on Saturday, October 23 from 11 a.m. to noon for the free LEGO Club. The LEGO challenges are also posted on Facebook.

Special story time with Spanish family
Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., join us in the Library Garden for free in-person children’s stories, games, and plenty of reasons to get up and get moving. On Wednesday October 27 it’s Hora de Cuentos where you can come practice your Spanish with Josie as she shares some of her favorite Spanish books. Saturday’s Discovery Times continues on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, artistic ideas, science experiments, history and more.

Technical time
Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday. Brad will help you troubleshoot issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet, and other electronic devices.

Adult education break
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session is usually held in person on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college preparation, financial aid, tutoring and more. Note no PALS in October.

spanish pounds
“Largo Petalo de Mar” (“A Long Petal of the Sea”) by Isabel Allende is a historical fiction about refugees fleeing the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930s. “Quedate Conmigo” (“Stay with me” ) by Lorena Franco is the fourth edition of an intimate love story written in the first person. “Asesinato a la Luz de la Luna” (“Murder in the moonlight”) by Diana Rubino is a collection of short stories.

non-fictional works

“I’ll answer your questions now: What I saw at Trump White House” by Stephanie Grisham is an insider’s look at Trump’s presidency by a woman who has served both the President and Melania Trump in management positions in communication. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Joseph J. Ellis’s “The Cause” is a fresh take on the causes and people involved in the founding of America, the third book in the author’s historical trilogy.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers
BB Griffith’s “The Vanished Series” contains books one through three in this paranormal thriller series.

Books on CD
Preston & Child’s “Blooodless” is an FBI mystery agent Pendergast located in Savannah.

Large print
James Lee Burke’s “Another Kind of Eden” is a Western romance. Louise Penny’s “Madness of the Crowds” is a mystery to Chief Inspector Gamache. JD Robb’s “Forgotten in Death” is a mystery from Eve Dallas. Liane Moriarty’s “Apples Never Fall” is a mystery that begins when a stranger knocks on the door of a longtime couple. Susan Wittig Albert’s “Hemlock” is a mystery from China Bayles. Bill Pronzini’s “The Paradise Affair” is a Carpenter and Quincannon mystery. Lisa Jewell’s “The Night She Disappeared” features a missing couple and a mysterious note.

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks
We have a wide variety of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks for all ages – kids, tweens, teens, and adults – in cloudLibrary. CloudLibrary’s items are purchased separately from physical items, so the books available are different – and it continues to use consortium contributions as well as those we have purchased. Select AspenCat Union Catalog when configuring cloudLibrary to use. Email us or call us at 970-264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device.

Many thanks to our anonymous donors for their material donations. Please drop off your donated materials in the library drop box – not the City Market, which is for returns only.

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. Send checks to PO Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209.

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“If you don’t hope that your actions can make a difference, then you are falling into apathy. If young people succumb to disaster – if they lose hope – it is the end. – Jane Goodall, English primatologist and anthropologist, famous for her studies of wild chimpanzees in Africa, speaking about the importance of environmental activism regarding climate change.

For more information on the library’s books, services and programs – and to reserve books, eBooks, books on CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at

Carole Howard and Library Staff

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 special district funded by the tax in Archuleta County.


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