Free books for 4-year-olds, Lifelong Learning for adults and Poetry Week for all

For the fifth year, libraries across Colorado are giving a free book to every four-year-old in the state from April 11-25 as part of a special family literacy project.

More than 75,000 copies of a book (its title is a secret until April 11) in either English or Spanish will be distributed to children statewide at local library events, including at your Sisson Library.  The goal is to encourage families to read together every day and add new books to home libraries.

Come by the library or attend any program and pick up this free book for your four-year-old youngster.  Better yet, bring them in to pick up their books and see the opportunities for fun and learning that are available free at your library almost any day of the week. Leah Leger, youth services librarian, also has arranged for special distribution to four-year-olds at our community’s three preschools – Head Start, Seeds of Learning and Our Savior Lutheran School.

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.  This giveaway program aims to get books into the home of every four-year-old in Colorado and foster a culture of reading within our families statewide. Please take advantage of this opportunity to add to your child’s home library.

We have big news for adults as well. Next Thursday, April 14 marks the start of the library’s free six-week spring Lifelong Leaning Lecture series, with a wide variety of interesting topics to enrich your life and keep your mind agile.

The first talk is “Songs of Spring” by Becky Gillette of the Audubon Society. She will talk about birds – their colors, songs and other tips that will turn you into a lifelong birder as you enjoy our year-round residents and other birds just passing through. All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. and last about an hour, followed by time for questions. Pick up a brochure at the library for the full schedule, and watch for information on future talks in this column. The lectures are free and no registration is necessary.

And another free special event: We will celebrate Poetry Week with an all-ages event at 5:30 p.m. next Tuesday, April 12. Read your own poem or share one of your favorites. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

Automatic checkout station update
The installation of our new automatic self-checkout station has been delayed. It will probably take a week or two to get it operational. We will keep you posted.

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.

Two more free Spring Break events
Today (Thursday, April 7) is craft day for all ages from 11 a.m. – noon. We’ll have a variety of crafts to do. Tomorrow, Friday, April 8, from 2-3:30 p.m. is a PG animated Disney movie for all ages. Our contract does not allow us to name the film in the media, but you can find it on the activities calendars available at your library.

Free book club for tweens
If you’re in the fourth-eighth grades, like to read and share what you read with friends, the Bookbuster’s Dare to Read Book Club is for you. Please join us next Wednesday, April 13 from 4-5 p.m. in the large meeting room when we’ll be discussing “The Glass Castle” by S.E. Grove. Note change of day and time.

Teen advisory board
Today (Thursday, April 7) and Thursday, April 21 the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. We hope you will bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs you will enjoy.

Free book club for adults
Our adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles. On April 12 we will discuss “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins. If you need a copy, please let us know. No registration required.

Creative destruction for teens
Teens are invited to join us for Blackout Poetry & Book Art from 4-5 p.m. next Thursday, April 14 when we will turn old books into something new in a creative destruction session for fifth-12th grades.

Free Lego Club
Kids aged 6 – 13 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, April 9 from 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. for Lego Club.

Free tech sessions
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Drop in with your technology questions – but note that today (Thursday, April 7) is cancelled. A more formal session requiring advance registration is Facebook for Individuals using the browser on Monday, April 11 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn the basics of a Facebook account. Please note that this class is specific to the method you want to use on Facebook, and this is for those using Facebook via an app (an icon on your smartphone or tablet).

Free preschool storytime
Join Miss Leah every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. when preschoolers and their families are invited to enjoy an hour of stories, music and a craft to develop early literacy skills. Recommended for three- to five-year-olds.

Free baby and toddler storytimes
Stories, songs and fingerplays with Miss Leah for you and your little ones on Saturdays. Note split sessions: Baby time from 9:05 to 9:25 for 0 to 12 months. Toddlers from 9:30 – 10 a.m. for 12-36 months. If you have multiple little ones, please come to whatever storytime is most convenient for you and your family.

Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades. Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

New free downloadable films
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular 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.

Free programmed Nooks
Reminder: 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.

New downloadable e-books
We have added six more current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books to our 3M Cloud Library: “A Girl’s Guide to Moving On” by Debbie Macomber is women’s fiction; “Brotherhood in Death” by J.D. Robb, “Find Her” by Lisa Gardner and “The Widow” by Fiona Barton are crime stories; “Margaret the First” by Danielle Dutton is a historical biography; and “The Madwoman Upstairs” by Catherine Lowell is a fantasy. Access these e-books at our website by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website. While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

“Chasing Heaven” by Crystal McVea is a memoir of a woman sharing her experiences after she died and went to heaven. “Unrelenting” by George H. Morris is the autobiography is this horseman, both athlete and coach. “And Then All Hell Broke Loose” by Richard Angel is a biography based on two decades of front-line reporting by this NBC News chief foreign correspondent.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense
“Twisted River” by Siobhan Macdonald is a thriller about a house swap gone terribly wrong. “Jane Steele” by Lyndsay Faye imagines Jane Eyre as a heroic serial killer. “Predator” by Wilbur Smith and Tom Cain is book three in the Hector Cross thriller series.

Music CDs
Come in and take a look at the wide variety of music CDs we have available to borrow, thanks to donations from patrons like you. You’ll find blue grass, classical, jazz, rock and more for your enjoyment.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Margaret Batty, Stan Church, Scottie Gibson, Vickey Kane, Rod Potter, Barbara Redd and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Think about what is valuable before thinking about what is profitable and know that there’s compound interest in helping others – start early!” – Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter. (Note this advice is exactly 140 characters including spaces and punctuation.)

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