Why technophiles also love libraries
You might think that in a world of Facebook, Google and Wikipedia, people who love technology wouldn’t care much about public libraries. But a new report by the Pew Research Internet Project says that is not true.
Pew set out to determine what types of people use and value libraries. They found that 30 percent of Americans are either “library lovers” or “information omnivores.” Another 39 percent have “medium engagement” with libraries. Not surprisingly, those three groups all hold favorable attitudes toward libraries. They tend to be better educated, have higher incomes and are more involved in social and cultural activities than people with little or no engagement with libraries.
That doesn’t mean that poor people do not care about libraries. Low-income adults who have used the library within the last year are more likely to place a high value on library services such as help with job hunting and access to computers. Families with minor children also are significantly more likely to use libraries, the study found.
Interestingly, Pew says the most highly engaged library users are also big technology users. These “information omnivores” regularly use libraries along with being online every day, owning cell or smart phones, using tablets and e-readers. In other words, they have a world of information at their fingertips – but they still can’t resist the benefits of their favorite public library.
Activities calendars available
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month. There are three versions – kids, tweens/teens and adults.
Spring Break: Free Read with a Ranger today
Today (Thursday, March 30) from 1-2 p.m., youngsters aged 6-10 are invited to join Pagosa Ranger Brandon from the U.S. Forest Service to celebrate spring with nature-themed books and activities.
Spring Break: Free steampunk crafts today
Today (Thursday, March 30), back by popular demand, is the second free teen program called steampunk crafts from 4:15-5:45 p.m. for fifth-12th graders. We’ll make jewelry and knickknacks out of keys, gears, coins and other odds and ends.
Spring Break: Free all-ages gaming tomorrow
Enjoy video gaming on the Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your family and friends tomorrow (Friday, March 31) from 2-3:15 p.m.
Free Cloud Library session
With your library card, you have access to the library’s free digital downloadable materials. They includes many popular e-book and audiobook titles that can be accessed on your smartphone, laptop, and many devices. If you would like help installing and using the Cloud Library, bring your device to a special workshop on Saturday, April 1 from 3-4 p.m. No advance registration required.
Free teen role-playing
The role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Monday, April 3 from 4-5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters. You can join this group any time. Note the move to Mondays this month,
Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens every Tuesday from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades. Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.
Free teen SAT study break
Next Thursday, April 6 we’ll host a SAT study break from 4-5:30 p.m. for 9th-12th graders studying for the SAT and PSAT. We’ll have snacks and refreshments as well as books available for checkout to help you prepare for the upcoming SAT. Teens can come to study or just stop by for a break.
Free tech sessions
Drop in with your technology questions on Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. Please note no Tech Time on Tuesdays in April.
Free kids storytime
No storytime next Wednesday.
Free baby storytime
Saturdays from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join us for a short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.
Free toddler storytime
Saturdays from 9:30–10 a.m., join us for 30 minutes of stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.
LEGO and storytime cancellations
Please note no storytimes on Wednesday, April 5 and Saturday, April 8. Also no Lego Club on Saturday, April 8.
“A Mind to Stay” by Sydney Nathans tells of former slaves who became owners of the land they worked on. “DIY Solar Projects” is an updated edition to help you tap into the power of the sun. “How To Make It” by Erin Audten Abbott shares secret to building a creative business. “Selling Your House: Nolo’s Essential Guide” provides insider tips from industry experts. “Once We Were Sisters” by Sheila Kohler is a memoir of two South African sisters. “Make Peace with your Mind” by Mark Coleman helps you make peace with your inner critic. “Fever Swamp” is a collection of Huffington Post essays about the 2016 presidential race by Richard North Patterson. “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Twilight Zone” is a lighthearted collection of life lessons by Mark Dawidziak. “The Stranger in the Woods” by Michael Finkel is the story of a man who lived alone in the Maine woods for 27 years. “Murder in Plain English” by Michael Arntfield and Marcel Danesi examines murder through the written word. “Surviving Death” by Leslie Kean investigates evidence suggesting consciousness survives death. “Younger” by Dr. Sara Gottfried is a seven-week program to help you reverse aging. “The Secret Life of Fat” by biochemist Sylvia Tara explains the science behind how your fat influences your appetite and willpower.
“Two Days Gone” by Randall Silvis is a Ryan DeMarco mystery. “The Cutthroat” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott is an Isaac Bell adventure. “Sunrise Canyon” is the first book in Janet Dailey’s New Americana series set in Arizona. “Banana Cream Pie Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swensen mystery with recipes. “The Orphan’s Tale” by Pam Jenoff is set in Nazi Germany. “The Hollywood Daughter” by Kate Alcott exposes the Hollywood of big studio stars and the blacklist of the 1940s.
“Jimmy Bluefeather” by Kim Heacox tells of a grandfather and grandson canoeing in the Tlingit ancestral homeland. “A Book of American Martyrs” by Joyce Carol Oates follows to families after an assassination of an abortion provider. “Difficult Women” is a collection of stories by Roxane Gay. “Huck Out West” by Robert Coover is a sequel to Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn.” “The Final Day” by William R. Forstchen takes place two years after nuclear weapons almost destroyed the U.S. “Different Class” by Joanne Harris is a dark novel about a boy who never fit in at his school. “The Strays” by Emily Bitto is the story of a deep friendship between three sisters and their friend in Australia.
“My Perfect Life” by Sophie Kinsella tells of two women presenting themselves as living a perfect life that is far from reality. “The Obelisk Gate” by N.K. Jemisin is the second book in the Broken Earth fantasy trilogy. “Norse Myology” by Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of great North myths. “Born of Vengeance” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is the latest in The League fantasy series. “Robert B. Parker’s Revelation” by Robert Knott features territorial marshals Cole and Hitch. “Echoes in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas mystery. “Fatal” by John Lescroart explores the unexpected consequence of a one-night stand.
Free programmed Nooks
We have nine Nooks and three tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure. The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers. The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.
Free downloadable e-books
Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our 3M Cloud Library. Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on our website. Browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.
Free downloadable films
For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed. Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website. Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.
Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week we thank Sue Ellen Haning, Sheila McKenzie and our anonymous donors.
“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” – Teddy Roosevelt (18858-1919), 26th president of the U.S.