04/10/2014 Lifelong Learning Lectures resume next Thursday

Thanks to our volunteers

            As America
celebrates National Volunteer Week, we want to salute the wonderful volunteers
who work at your Sisson Library.  In
2013, they contributed more than 1,000 hours – almost half of a fulltime
position.  We also are grateful for the
dedication and hard work of our Board of Trustees and the Friends of the
Library board.


Library survey underway now

month, we are asking your opinion on what services you would like the library
to offer in the future and how those wishes would affect an expansion of the
library. 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 was
published in a full-page ad in The Pagosa Springs SUN Preview section on April
3, and is available online at our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/ by
clicking on the Survey Monkey link, on paper at the library, at the Health
Fair, City Market, 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.  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 is available in both English and Spanish and is also 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 Center.


Free family karaoke tonight

            Join us for a free
evening of karaoke tonight (Thursday, April 10) from 5:30 – 7 p.m.  Note that 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.


Free tweens bookclub

            If you’re in the
fourth-sixth grades, like to read and share what you read with friends, this is
the club for you.  Tomorrow (Friday, April
11) from 2-3:15 p.m. we’ll be discussing “A City of Ember” and you’ll get your
new book to read.


Free LEGO Club

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


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 Wise Traditions

            Join us for lively
discussions and lectures on a variety of topics including dietary needs,
agriculture, medical traditions and more on the second Saturday of each month –
for April, on the 12th – from 3-4:30 p.m.  All ages welcome.  No registration required.


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 home 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 Computer Basics on Wednesday, April 16 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.  This class will cover the basics of a
computer including hardware parts, keyboard shortcuts, organizing files and


 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. 



            “Illegal: Reflections
of an Undocumented Immigrant” by Jose Angel N. is a first-person account of an
educated illegal immigrant from Mexico.  “Operation Paperclip” by Annie Jacobsen
documents a covert project to bring Hitler’s scientists and their families to
the U.S.



            We have six
anniversary two-CD editions of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic musicals:
“The Sound of Music,” “Carousel,” “State Fair,” 
“South Pacific,” “Oklahoma”
and “The King and I.”  “20 Feet from Stardom”
is a documentary about the background singers of superstars Bruce Springsteen,
Sting, Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder and Bette Midler.  “American Hustle” was nominated for 10
Academy Awards this year.  “Frozen” and
“The Fox and the Hound” are Disney animated films.  “Inside Llewyn Davis” is about the Greenwich Village folk music scene in 1961.  “Saving Mr. Banks” stars Tom Hanks and Emma
Thompson.  “Mandela: Long Walk to
Freedom” is the story of this iconic leader. 


Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

            “Black Horizon” by
James Grippando is the latest in the Jack Swyteck adventure series.  “Innocent Blood” by James Rollins and Rebecca
Cantrell is the first in a new Order of the Sanguines series combing science,
myth and religion.  “Stone Cold” by C.J.
Box is the latest in the series featuring game warden Joe Pickett.  “Murder of Crows” by Anne Bishop is the
latest in the Others supernatural series. 
“Steeped in Evil” by Laura Childs is the newest in the Tea Shop mystery
series with recipes. 


Other novels

            “Somerset” by Leila Meacham, the prequel to
the family epic “Roses,” is set in the antebellum South.  “The Flight of the Silvers” by Daniel Price,
about six people who survive the end of the world, is the first book in a new
sci-fi series.  “Power Play” by Danielle
Steel is about two high-powered CEOs, one a man and one a woman, and their
families.  “A Treacherous Paradise” by
Henning Mankell is set in colonial Africa.  “Gemini” by Carol Cassella centers around an
unconscious victim of hit-and-run.


to our donors

            For books and
materials this week, we thank Teddy Finney, Warren Grams, Jeff Versaw and Paige
Wiersma plus our many anonymous donors.


Quotable Quote

            “It’s not the load
that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it.”  — Lena Horne (1917-2010), American singer,
dancer and civil rights activist.



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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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