04/03/2014 Survey asks your opinion of library’s role and future

We are eager to get input from our
patrons — and equally eager to reach out to non-library users to get their
views.  With this broad audience in mind,
the survey is available in a full-page ad in The Pagosa Springs SUN Preview
section today, online at our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/ by
clicking on the Survey Monkey link, on paper at the library, at the City
Market in mid-April, and at the Kids’ Fair April 19 in the morning,  

in the survey include what roles you see the library playing in the community’s
future, what parts of the library’s collection you use, what additional
technology you would like the library to offer, what spaces in the library you
feel need to be enlarged or created, whether library hours should be expanded,
and what programming and services you want added.

last time we conducted such a comprehensive survey was in 2009 — and we
listened and acted on your ideas.  Your
opinions now will be equally important to our decision-making.  Please take a few minutes to complete the
survey. And know that we greatly value your perspective and your suggestions.


Free books for four-year-olds

Libraries across Colorado
are giving a free book to every four-year-old in the state from April 7 to 21
as part of a special family literacy project called One Book 4 Colorado.  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 them to pick up their own
book and see the opportunities for fun and learning that are available free at
your library almost any day of the week. 
There will be a special distribution to four-year-olds at Head Start and
Seeds of Learning, and 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


Date change for family karaoke

            Join us for a free
evening of karaoke next Thursday, April 10 from 5:30 – 7 p.m.  For this month the date has changed from the
third Thursday to the second because Lifelong Learning lectures resume on April
17.  We’ll have music for a wide range of
audiences from children to adults for you to sing to. We’ve just received more
karaoke CDs, so we have added hits for teens and tweens, as well as a multitude
of songs in Spanish.  Light snacks will be provided.


Special Spring Fever gaming for teens

            Teens in the 7th-12th
grades are invited to a free special Spring Fever gaming event on Wednesday,
April 9 from 3-4:30 p.m.


Free book club for adults

our book club for adults, which meets once a month to discuss fiction and
nonfiction.  April’s book is “Little Bee”
by Chris Cleave to be discussed Tuesday, April 8 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.  Contact Meg at the library if you still need
a copy of the book.  No registration


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 on Mondays 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 LEGO Club

aged 6-13 are invited to have fun with LEGOS on Saturday, April 12 from 10:30 –
ll:45 a.m.  Bring your creativity – the
LEGOS are provided.


Free adult movies

            Every Friday at 10
a.m., you are invited for coffee, popcorn and a movie 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 events page of our website or phone the library
to ask.  Sorry for any inconvenience.


Free technology classes

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 Intermediate on Wednesday, April 9 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.  This class will cover tables, sorting data,
adding screen shots and web images, and how to edit images.


 Free teen gaming

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. 



            “Midnight Rider”
by Ralph Cotton, “Strike of the Mountain Men” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone
and “The Stranger from Abilene”
by Ralph Compton are all westerns.  “Confessions
of a Wild Child” by Jackie Collins is a prequel to the Lucky series.  “An Officer and a Spy” by Robert Harris is a
novel about the scandal surrounding Alfred Dreyfus in France in 1895.



            “Success through
Stillness” by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons outlines the benefits of
meditation.  “Newtown”
by Matthew Lysiak explores the tragedy of Sandy Hook Elementary
“Cycle of Lies” by Juliet Macur is the story of Lance Armstrong’s
spectacular rise and fall.  “Wise Craft”
shows you how to create 60 projects using thrift store finds, fabric scraps and
natural objects.  “Code Name: Johnny
Walker” is a memoir of an Iraqi interpreter who risked everything to fight with
the U.S. Navy SEALs.  “Blood Will Out” by
Walter Kirn tells of his friendship with a real-life imposter and murderer
posing as a blueblood..



            “The Exorcism of
Emily Rose” is a supernatural thriller. 
“We Were Soldiers” starring Mel Gibson is an action-packed war
movie.  “Barabbas” starring Anthony Quinn
is based on a New Testament story. 
“Jarhead” is an unconventional war story.  “Dolphin Tale” is inspired by the true story
of Winter the dolphin. “The Eagle Has Landed” is a thriller starring Michael
Caine, Robert Duvall and Donald Sutherland. 
“Mystic River” was an Academy Award winner in
2004.  “October Sky” is based on an
inspiring true story in coal country, West
Virginia.  “The
Book Thief” tells of an illiterate girl who learns to love books in World War


Large print

            “Concealed in
Death” by J.D. Robb is the latest in the Eve Dallas mystery series.  “The Return” by James D. Best is a western
featuring Steve Dancy.  “Plain Muder” by
Emma Miller and “Dandy Gilver and a Bothersome Number of Corpses by Catriona
McPherson are both Cozy mysteries.  “The
Pawnbroker” By David and Aimee Thurlo and “The Science Society” by O’Nelligan
and Plunkett are both mysteries.  “Jeeves
and the Wedding Bells” by Sebastain Faulks is an homage to P.G. Wodehouse.  “Do or Die” by Anne Brockmann is the latest
in the reluctant heroes romantic suspense series.  “Temptation” by Sherryl Woods is a romance.


to our donors

            For books and
materials this week, we thank Scottie Gibson, Nany Kneipple, Lois Norris,
Margie Richter, Roy Vega and several anonymous donors.  


Quotable Quote

            “The longer the
title, the less important the job.” – George McGovern (1922-2012), American
historian, author, politician and Democratic presidential nominee in 1972.



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books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from
the comfort of your home – please visit our website at

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