03/27/2014 Free books for all 4-year-olds starting April 7

The book will be
available in both English and Spanish and will be accessible to children with
special needs.

Come by the Sisson Library or attend any program and pick up
this free book for your four-year-old youngster.  Better yet, bring your four-year-old to pick
up his or her own book and see the opportunities for fun and learning that are
available free at your library almost any day of the week.

Kristine MacNeill, youth services staff, has arranged a
special distribution to four-year-olds at Head Start and Seeds of Learning.  She also will be giving out books at the
Kids’ Fair on April 19 at the Elementary School.  As well, some of the books will go to the
Reach Out and Read program at the Pagosa
Springs Medical
Center.

          To
ensure school readiness, it is critical that four-year-olds have frequent and
routine access to books and that they be read to consistently.  The vocabulary level of preschoolers is
predictive of their third grade reading proficiency.  For low-income families, access to quality
books and early literary efforts are doubly important, as research shows these
youngsters have few to no books in their homes and are exposed to 30 million fewer words before the age of four
than their higher-income peers.  This
giveaway program aims to close this vocabulary gap by getting a book into the
home of every four-year-old in Colorado
and fostering a culture of reading within our families statewide. 

Free Spanish classes

            A free six-week
class of beginning Spanish taught by Roberta Strickland for all ages began
Monday, March 24 at 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. and runs through April 28.  The book used in class costs $8 and can be
purchased at the library desk.  You may
join the class at any time and it is fine if you miss a few classes. 
Roberta understands about your sometimes complicated schedules.

 Free
kids gaming

            Kids in the
first-sixth grades are invited to enjoy Wii, Xbox, board games and cards
tomorrow (Friday, March 28) from 2 – 3:15 p.m.

 

Free adult movies

            Every Friday at 10
a.m., you are invited for coffee, donuts and a movie event for adults.  The contract that we have for the movie
licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside
the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio.  If you want to
know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly adult activities
flyer at the library, check the home page of our website or phone the library
to ask.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

 

Free technology classes

            Meg
Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions
10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. 
Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet
issues.  A more formal session requiring
registration is Word Basics on Wednesday, April 2 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.  where you will learn the basics of MS Word –
creating and saving documents, formatting text, adding images and more.

           

 Free teen gaming

            Every
Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and
Pokemon Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle
games.  Snacks provided. 

 

DVDs

            “Romantics
Anonymous” is a French film with English subtitles.  “Bridget Jones’s Diary” starring Rene
Zellweger and High Grant is a romantic comedy. 
“The Name of the Rose,” starring Sean Connery, is about death in a 14th
century monastery.  “The Chamber” is a
thriller starring Gene Hackman and Faye Dunaway.  “Eragon” is a fantasy thriller.  “The Fountainhead” stars Gary Cooper and
Patricia Neal.  “Catching Fire” is the
second adventure from The Hunger Games saga. 

           

How-to and self-help

            “Getting Started
in Digital Photography” by Khara Plicanic helps you use the camera you have
with better results.  “Never Been
Stitched” by Amanda Carestio offers 45 no-sew and low-sew projects.  “Beginning Cherokee” by Ruth Bradley Holmes
and Betty Sharp Smith teaches you the rudiments of Cherokee.  “Road Tripping” by Loralee Leavitt and Rick
Walton is a parent’s guide to planning and surviving the annual car trip.  “65 Things To Do When You Retire” is a
collection of essays offering a guide to retirement.  “More Forgotten Skills of Self-sufficiency”
by Caleb Warnock provides money-saving and healthy-living skills to help your
family gain self-reliance.  “Keep Your
Brain Alive” by Dr. Lawrence C. Katz and Manning Rubin introduces you to
Neurobics, a brain exercise program.  “Low-Carb
Fraud” by nutritionist T. Colin Campbell outlines where and how he believes the
low-carb proponents get it wrong. 

 

Other nonfiction

             “The Monkey’s Voyage” by biologist Alan de
Queriroz shows how the effects of oceanic dispersal have been crucial to
generating diversity of life on earth.  “Orange is the New Black”
by Piper Kerman is a memoir describing the author’s year in a women’s
prison.  “Knowing Mandela” by foreign
correspondent John Carlin is a personal portrait of the South African
leader.  “Pat and Dick” by Will Swift is
a look at the Nixons’ marriage based on love letters and other private
documents.

 

CDs

            “Killer” by
Jonathan Kellerman is the latest in the Alex Delaware thriller series. “After
I’m Gone” by Laura Lippman is a mystery that follows a family after the
husband/father vanishes.  “Worthy Brown’s
Daughter” by Phillip Margolin is a story of western justice in Portland, Oregon.  “Dance of the Reptiles” by Carl Hiaasen is a
collection of the author’s Miami Herald columns. 

                                               

Large print

            “Vicious Circle”
by Wilbur Smith is a thriller.  “A Star
for Mrs. Blake” by April Smith is a historical romance.  “The Second Chance Café” by Alison Kent is
the latest in the Hope
Springs romance
series. 

           

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

            “Cockroaches” by
Jo Nesbo is a murder mystery said in Thailand.  “The Poisoned Pawn” by Peggy Blair is the sequel
to “The Beggar’s Opera.”  “Eyes Wide
Open” by Ted Dekker is a modern day parable about how we see ourselves. 

 

 Thanks
to our donors

            For books and
materials this week, we thank Jane Lomasney plus our many anonymous donors. We
also received a grant from the Ross Hill Bazaar at the Methodist Church.
With this generous gift, we were able to order 16 Spanish and bilingual board
books for our littlest patrons.

 

Quotable Quote

            “No snowflake in
an avalanche ever feels responsible.” – Stanislaw Lec (1909-1966), Polish poet
and writer.

 

Website

            For more information on library
books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from
the comfort of your home – please visit our website at
http://pagosa.colibraries.org/. 

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