Mermaid Parade celebrates the end of the summer reading program – Pagosa Daily Post News Events & Video for Pagosa Springs Colorado


We’ll be celebrating the end of our very successful summer reading program with a fun, free mermaid parade for all ages and a little party on Friday, August 5 from 2:30-4 p.m. in the library for everyone from kids to adults.

Every year since 1983, Coney Island in New York has held the largest art parade in the United States to welcome summer. Performers come dressed in ocean-themed costumes that show off their talent and creativity.

Your library will host our very own version of this parade – and if you don’t have a costume to wear, you are invited to join us on Wednesday August 2nd from 2-3:30pm for a free session where we will provide a variety of beautiful materials which you can use to make yourself an ocean-themed costume.

Let’s celebrate Josie’s promotion
We are thrilled to announce that Josie Snow, a Pagosan native, has been promoted to Assistant Manager, effective this week. She will also continue her current role as Early Literacy Librarian that she has held since being hired in June 2019.

In her new role, Josie will be in charge when Library Manager Meg Wempe is away. She will also work more closely with volunteers and create a calendar that will include a full picture of events and activities taking place throughout the year. “I am honored to have been selected for this position and excited to have further opportunities to learn and grow at the library,” Josie said.

“Josie was chosen because of her demonstrated leadership as well as her desire to serve our community more,” said Meg. “Please stop by your library to congratulate her.”

Free Early Literacy Program Starting Soon
If you’re interested in a new round of an exciting, free 10-week literacy program that helps families and caregivers build their baby’s vocabulary, come to your library on August 3 from 11-11:45 a.m. to an information session, or attend August 4 from 7-7:45 p.m. on Zoom, using passcode 895 4571 2561 to join.

Called LENA, the program is a partnership involving your library, AmeriCorps, and the San Juan BOCES.

By registering for the workshops, you will get personalized information and ideas to help your child. Please contact Michelle Salmeron-Ramierez at 970-585-4293 or [email protected]. The program is available in English and Spanish. It was created for babies from birth to three years old and will help you use speech to develop your child’s brain.

The Library Speakers Consortium continues
On Wednesday, August 3, you’re invited to the third in our free new Library Speakers Consortium series featuring New York Times best-selling fiction and nonfiction authors giving live, professionally moderated book discussions that you can watch on your computer, tablet or smartphone with internet access. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

The August 3 noon session will feature 2021 Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. Marcia Chatelain, author of “Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America.”

The next talk on Tuesday, August 9 will feature Liz Moore, author of “Long Bright River”, named NPR’s 2020 Best Book of the Year.

To register for the consortium, click the link on your library’s homepage at If you cannot see the live presentations, the recorded events will be available afterwards on our website under the “Adults” tab. The full program is also posted there.

Beginning of Spanish lessons for children
Join us next Thursday, August 4 from 11 a.m. to noon for a new Spanish course for children ages 6 to 11. Miss Josie and Miss Ruby will help you learn and improve your Spanish.

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

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 4-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.

Mysteries and thrillers
“Red on the River” by Christine Freehan is a romantic thriller set in Nevada. Paul Doiron’s “Hatchet Island” features Maine game warden Mike Bowditch at a research station far from the coast. Lisa Jackson’s “The Girl Who Survived” follows the survivors of a brutal family massacre. Danielle Steel’s “Suspects” features a CIA agent helping a fashion icon after her family is kidnapped.

Other Novels
“Project Namahana” explores issues of wartime trauma and historical injustice on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. “Elsewhere” by Alexis Schaitkin is a fantasy that reveals a community where girls become wives, wives become mothers and some of them disappear. “Shadow of the Sith” by Adam Christopher is a Star Wars story.

Short stories
“The Angel of Rome and Other Stories” by National Book Award finalist Jess Walter is a collection of stories about times when life changes you – for better, for worse, for outrageous.

Books on CD
Adriana McKinty’s “The Island” features a family on a working vacation abroad who is involved in a kidnapping. “Resolute” by Jack Campbell is the second book in the military science fiction series Lost Fleet: Outlands. Danielle Steel’s “Suspects” features a CIA agent helping a fashion icon after her family is kidnapped.

Bill Browder’s “Freezing Order” is the true story of Putin’s money laundering, murder and anger by an American-British financier who is one of the biggest foreign investors in Russia. Max Lugavere’s “Genius Kitchen” has 100 recipes to help keep your brain sharp, your body strong, and your taste buds happy.

We are grateful to Rebecca Battles for her generous cash donation. With the Friends of the Library sale just completed, we and the Friends are taking a break from donating materials until August.

Quoteable Quote
“No matter how busy you think you are, you must find time to read or surrender to your chosen ignorance.” — Confucius, Chinese philosopher.

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 https:/ /

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 tax-funded special district in the county of Archuleta.


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