Value of home libraries for your youngsters as school starts

Parents, do you know the value of a home library for your youngsters?  Research shows that kids who have books in their home have improved vocabulary and overall reading performance; do better in math, science and social studies; perform better on standardized tests and are more likely to go to college.

Those are impressive skills for your child to cultivate – and they are especially top of mind now that Archuleta County kids have just returned to school.

Another valuable tip to help your child be successful in school and in life – reading aloud.  You are stimulating language and literacy skills, as well as building motivation, curiosity and memory.  Ever try to skip a page in your child’s favorite book?  You’ll be caught every time!

Kristine MacNeill, your youth services librarian, can help you with reading to your child.  Every Saturday morning she hosts Baby and Toddler Time, a half-hour storytime starting at 9:30 a.m. for our littlest patrons aged six months to three years.  Effective this month, this session was moved to Saturday mornings to make it easier for working parents and caregivers to bring their children to the library.  As well, every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. she hosts Preschool Storytime for pre-K kids aged three-five years and their families.

Kristine also would be happy to help you select books for home reading and a home library for your child.

Baby/toddler storytime moves to Saturday

Reminder:  As a result of your requests in our recent survey, our baby/toddler storytime for youngsters 6 months to three years has moved to Saturday mornings from 9:30 – 10 to make it easier for working parents and caregivers to bring their children to the library.

Help, please!  Re City Market donations

Many thanks to all of you who have participated in the City Market Cares program over the years, citing the library as your designated charity.  In a recent quarter, your naming us brought us a much-appreciated check for $376.  Unfortunately, the Kroger Corp. has changed the program, and all previous signup information has been purged.  Their new program works the same as the old one.  After you have registered, each time you swipe your City Market card for groceries or gas, a small portion of your purchase will come to the organization you selected.  We hope you choose your library.  To register, please go to https://www.citymarket.com/topic/city-market-community-rewards and specify organization number 10139 or Friends of the Libraries Upper San Juan.  Thank you!

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.  Tech Time has been cancelled on Thursday, September 18 and September 25.  A more formal session requiring registration focuses on MS Word Basics from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, September 11).  You will learn how to create and save documents, format text, add images and more. 

No teen gaming next week

Teen Gaming is cancelled on Tuesday, September 16.  Join us again on the 23rd.


“No Safe House” by Linwood Barclay is a follow-up to “No Time for Goodbye.”  “Windigo Island” by William Kent Krusgeris the latest in the Cork O’Connor mystery series.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Harbor Island” by Carla Neggers is the latest in the Sharpe and Donovan suspense series, this one about an elusive serial art thief.  “Private Down Under” by James Patterson takes the world’s most exclusive detective agency to Australia.

Other new novels

“Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky” by David Connerley Nahm is a debut novel set in a small town.  “The House of the Four Winds” by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory is book one in the new One Dozen Daughters romantic fantasy series.  “Lucky Us” by Amy Bloom follows two young ladies who journey across 1940s America in search of fame and fortune.  “Heroes Are My Weakness” by Susan Elizabeth Phillips is a sassy romance.

How-to and self-help

“The Magic Pattern” by Amy Barickman shows you how to sew six patterns into 36 different styles.  “Get Up!” by Dr. James A. Levine explains why your chair is killing you and what you can do about it.  “Amazing Food Hacks” by Peggy Wang promises 75 easy ways to eat awesome anytime. “The Handmade Marketplace/second edition” by Kari Chapin is an updated book on how to sell your crafts locally, globally and online. “Organic” by veteran journalist Peter Laufer investigates the truth and falsities in the organic food world, and what you can do about it.  “Menopause” by Dr. Barry G. Wren and Margaret Stephenson Meere is a guide to the mental, physical and emotional effects of menopause.

Other nonfiction

“Clouds of Glory” by Michael Korda is a biography of Robert E. Lee.   “The Most Dangerous Animal of All” by Gary L. Stewart and Susan Mustafa tells of the search for a biological father who turns out to be the Zodiac Killer.  “Dark Invasion” by Howard Blum exposes the first terrorist cell in America, German spies at the first of World War I.  “Implosion” by Ilan Berman describes Russia’s precarious future and its effect on us.  “The Search for Anne Perry” by Joanne Drayton is the biography of a crime writer who was also a murderer.

Thanks to our donors

We are grateful to Dennis and Pat Mitchell for their generous donation in memory of Jim Harrison.  For books and materials this week, we thank Clarence Gogg, Joan Lewis, Joseph Porter and Dr. Clayton Sillwold.

Quotable Quote 

“Everyone has a photographic memory; some just don’t have film” – Stephen Wright, Academy Award-winning actor, comedian and writer.


For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.


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