Free Books for 4-Year-Olds and Lifelong Learning for Adults

For the fourth year, libraries across Colorado are giving a free book to every four-year-old in the state from April 13-27 as part of a special family literacy project. More than 75,000 copies of a book (its title is a secret until April 13) 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. Kristine MacNeill, youth services staff, also has arranged a 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.

And we have big news for adults as well. Next Thursday, April 16 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. First talk is “Ten Tips That Could Save Your Life” by Nicole LaGioia-Lewis. She will explain a few vital things to do in emergencies that might save your life or those of others. All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. (note new time) 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.

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 (includes tweens), teens and adults.

Nicotine addiction workshop today

If you’re finding it difficult to stop smoking, join us this evening (Thursday, April 9) from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for a free nicotine addiction workshop put on by the Medical Center. No registration is required.

Peregrine falcon to visit library

Join Pat Jackson, executive director of St. Francis Wildlife Rehabilitation, for a live bird presentation on Tuesday, April 14 at 6 p.m. She’ll have a peregrine falcon, and possibly other birds, to help you learn more about raptors. No registration required.

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 14 we will discuss “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline. If you need a copy, please contact Meg Wempe. No registration required.

Free LEGO club

Kids aged 6 – 13 are welcome to join us for fun with LEGOs on Saturday, April 11 from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. Bring your creativity – the LEGOs are provided.

Free preschool storytime

Preschoolers and their families are invited to an hour of stories, music and a craft on Wednesdays from 10 – 11 a.m. Preschoolers will enjoy stories and songs that develop early literacy skills while having fun. Recommended for three- to five-year-olds.

Free baby/toddler time

This is a half hour of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little one on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life. Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.

Family Fun Fridays

Join us for the free Family Fridays program tomorrow (April 10) from 2-3:30 p.m., timed so that children can come after school. This is a special time every week for the whole family to come to the library together – parents with kids, all siblings regardless of age, or whatever combination of the family is available at that particular time. Each week features a different activity.  Tomorrow is a film event. No registration required.

Please note that this is the last month for this special family program, as it takes a break for the summer. It likely will pick up again in the fall, maybe with some differences.

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. Drop in with your technology questions. A more formal session requiring advance registration focuses on iPad Basics for absolute beginners from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. next Thursday, April 16. You must bring your own registered iPad.

Free preprogramed Nooks

Just a reminder that 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.


“Centurion” is a story of the Roman Empire. “Song of the Sea” is an animated family film based on an Irish legend. “Outlander” is season one, volume one of this historical fiction story. “Skinwalkers” is based on the novel by Tony Hillerman. “Whiplash” follows a teacher and an an ambitious young jazz drummer. “Finding Vivian Maier” is a documentary about one of the 20th century’s greatest street photographers.


“Microfarming for Profit from Garden to Glory” by Dave DeWitt is an entrepreneurial handbook. “Brown Eggs and Jam Jars” by Aimee Wimbush-Bourque offers family recipes from the kitchen made famous in “Simple Bites.” “Dead Wake” by Erik Larson explores new details of the last crossing of the Lusitania. “Eat, Drink, & Be Wary” by Charles M. Duncan explores what the author feels are serious food safety issues in our country. “The Supplement Handbook” by Dr. Mark Moyad guides you through the treatment options for more than 100 common conditions.

Mysteries and suspense

“NYPD Red” by James Patterson and Marshall Karp is the latest in this thriller series.

Large print

“Double Fudge Brownie Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swensen mystery. “Mightier Than The Sword” by Jeffrey Archer is book five in the Clifton Chronicles saga. “The Fifth Gospel” by Ian Caldwell is a murder mystery set in the Vatican. “Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule” by Jennifer Chiaverini follows the president’s wife and her slave.

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 Jean Bowser, Elizabeth Coleman, Jeanne Kaiser and Ron Meisinger. For their generous monetary donations, we are grateful to Mercedes Leist, Ron Tinsley, as well as Keith and Sherry Spears in memory of Max, loving and faithful companion of Dick and Kathy Hamilton. We also greatly appreciate the gift of $100 from the Russ Hill Bazaar Grants Committee to help increase our early literacy collection.

Quotable Quote

Life advice from Peanuts cartoon characters: From Charlie Brown – “As soon as a child is born, he or she should be issued a dog and a banjo.” From Linus – “Most psychiatrists agree that sitting in a pumpkin patch is excellent therapy for a troubled mind.” From Snoopy – “There’s no sense in doing a lot of barking if you don’t really have anything to say.


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