Benefits of reading to kids – and how your library can help

1. School preparation:  Reading aloud is the easiest and most effective way to prepare a child for school.  You are stimulating language and literacy skills, as well as building motivation, curiosity and memory.  Ever try to skip a page in your child’s favorite book?  You’ll be caught every time.

2. Vocabulary development: About 80 percent of a child’s brain develops before age five.  Kids are sponges when they are little.  Books build their vocabulary and give them a mastery of language.

3. Education advancement:  No matter who you are and how much you earn, multiple research studies show that the more age-appropriate books in a child’s home, the more schooling that youngster will finish.

4.  Passion for books:  Reading to children builds family relationships. Ever want a child to settle down? Break out a book and start reading aloud.  Your child will learn self-discipline while
enjoying special time with you.

5. Stress management:  Stories are a great way to help children transition from one milestone to another (starting school or moving, for example) and handle a stressful situation (losing a pet, gaining a new sibling).  There are relevant children’s books for almost every situation, and they can really help explain things to children on their level.

Kristine MacNeill, our Youth Services Librarian, can help you with reading to your child.  Every Monday morning she hosts Baby & Toddler Time, a half-hour storytime starting at 10 a.m. for our littlest patrons aged six months to three years.  And every Wednesday from 10 – 11 a.m. she hosts Preschool Storytime for pre-K kids aged three-five years and their families.  Kristine would also be happy to help you select books for your home reading to your child.

More news of our Kristine

Kristine MacNeill, our Youth Services Librarian, has been appointed one of Colorado’s representatives to the five-state ILEAD project in a competitive process that reflects well both on her and your library. ILEAD stands for Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover.  The ILEAD program combines leadership and technology skills to strengthen professional networks, share ideas and create needed community services.  Kristine’s team will meet in-person and virtually to identify a project to meet a community need.  Her community representative is Julie Loar from the Archuleta County Education Center.

Free Academy Award film today

Today (Thursday, March 21) we are showing an Academy Award-winning film from this year from 4 – 6 p.m.  Our movie license does not allow us to publicize its title in this column, so it will be a fun surprise for you.  Popcorn provided.

Teen crafts event tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, March 22)  from 1 – 2:30 p.m. Trina will host a free “Make It” crafts event for teens in the seventh through 12th grades where you will have the opportunity to make jewelry.  All supplies provided

Books on CD

“Touch & Go” by Lisa Gardner is a thriller about an apparently perfect family who are abducted.  “Guilt” by Jonathan Kellerman is the latest in the mystery series featuring detective Milo Sturgis and psychologist Alex Delaware.  “Alex Cross, Run” by James Patterson is the latest in the Alex Cross thriller series.  In “A Time for War” by Michael Savage, the U.S. is under secret attack and the situation can only be solved by a popular TV host hounded by left-wing forces in the media for his views.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Ghost Man” by Rogers Hobbs is about a mystery fixer named Jack who is called in after a disastrous casino robbery in Atlantic City.  “The Boyfriend” by Thomas Perry is a thriller about a PI chasing the killer of a series of high-class prostitutes.  “A Time for War” by Michael Savage, the U.S. is under secret attack and the situation can only be solved by a popular TV host hounded by left-wing forces in the media for his views.  “Guilt” by Jonathan Kellerman is the latest in the thriller series featuring psychologist Alex Delaware.  “Touch & Go” by Lisa Gardner is a mystery about an apparently perfect family vanishing without a trace.  “Bad Blood” by Dana Stabenow about two tribal communities at war is the latest in the Kate Shugak mystery series.

Other new novels

“The Storyteller” by Jodi Picoult follows a woman whose new friend confesses a long-buried secret that will dramatically affect both their lives. “The Bridesmaid” by Beverly Lewis is the latest Amish romance by this popular storyteller.  “Benediction” by Kent Haruf tells of several families facing life’s challenges in Holt, Colo.


“C.S. Lewis: A Life” by Oxford don Alister McGrath is a biography in honor of the 50th anniversary of the death of this great Englishman who spent his days teaching English literature to the brightest students in the world and his spare time writing a bestselling fantasy series for children.

Other nonfiction

“Digital Photography” by Scott Kelby offers step-by-step secrets that promise to show you how to make your photos like like the pro’s.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank several anonymous donors. 

Quotable Quote

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” – Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States.        


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