Tribute to our volunteers, Earth Day fun and free books for 4-year-olds

As the U.S. celebrates National Volunteer Week April 15-21, we say a heartfelt thank you to our library volunteers who in 2017 contributed 1,087 hours, about one half of a fulltime position.  “Please know how much we appreciate your time, energy and enthusiasm,” said Meg Wempe, library director, of the volunteers.  “We could not operate the library without you.”

Volunteers make important contributions to our small, rural library with our limited budget.  They help with shelving and making sure all the books and materials are in their proper place.  They help with special events.  They help on the circulation desk.  They help keep everything clean and spiffy year-round.  And they handle myriad other assignments that need doing to help us serve you well.

Do you have a special interest or skill that could benefit the library and our patrons?  If yes, we would love to have you join our volunteer team.  Please stop by the library to talk with Meg or phone her at 264-2208.  You will be warmly welcomed.

And there will be many benefits to you.  Research continues to show that people who volunteer – especially seniors – have a dramatically increased ability to maintain cognitive function. The findings invariably show that interacting with others through work, social events or volunteerism keeps seniors engaged – emotionally and neurologically – and also helps you live longer.

Earth Day fun for all ages

Join us Monday, April 23 for a free all-ages Earth Day celebration from 4-5 p.m.  We’ll paint flower pots, plant seeds and enjoy dirt dessert in our library garden.

Free books for four-year-olds

For the seventh year, libraries across Colorado are giving a free paperback book to every four-year-old in the state from April 9-23 as part of a special family literacy project.  Some 75,000 copies of “Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown” by Eric Litwin are being distributed to children statewide at local libraries, including at your Sisson Library, in either English or Spanish.  The goal is to encourage families to read together every day and add new books to home libraries to ensure school readiness.

“Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown” is a fun book that will have little ones singing, dancing and learning math to a whole new beat.  Please 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.

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.

Lifelong Learning Lecture today

The third presentation in our free spring Lifelong Learning Lecture series takes place today,  April 19, when Anthony Garcia from the U.S. Forest Service will tell the story of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, with emphasis on herds living in the mountains surrounding Pagosa Springs, from 5-6:30 p.m.

These outstanding talks continue every Thursday until May 17.  April 26 brings Robin Young, who will lead a wildlife preparedness workshop to help you reduce your risk of wildfire and loss.

May presentations include town manager Andrea Phillips’ talking about local government and the town’s recent and future major projects on May 3, San Juan Basic Public Health discussing proper nutrition and healthy eating on a budget on May 10, and Andrew Guilliford, professor of history and environmental science at Fort Lewis College, reviewing the history of killing wolves in Colorado and the possibility of bringing them back to our wilderness on May 17.

We hope you will join us for these interesting and informative presentations.    For more details about all the talks, please pick up a brochure at your library.

All-ages movie tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, April 20) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a free G-rated movie suitable for all ages.  Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

Kids Club Saturday

Kids Club for K-fifth graders takes place this Saturday, April 21 from 11 a.m. – noon.  Each month this new free program will feature a different theme and include book-sharing, games, crafts and snacks.  March’s theme is games.  Please note that Kids Club is now open to kindergarteners.

Teen gaming

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

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, March 25 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

DIY for adults

At this month’s free DIY event next Wednesday, March 25 from 1-2 p.m. we’ll create unique and fun ribbon bookmarks using velvet ribbon, clamps and a pair of flat-nose jewelry pliers.  These bookmarks also make great lanyards to attach to your USB thumb drives so you don’t lose them.  No registration required.

Spanish conversation

Next Wednesday, March 25 from 4-5 p.m. practice your Spanish with other Spanish-language learners and speakers  at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  No registration required.

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.   Note: April 19 Tech Time is cancelled.

Computer/technology classes

Join us on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a technology skill or application.  April 26 covers Transparent Language Online, which is packed full of pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing and vocabulary lessons accessible from your computer, smart phone or tablet.  Note: April 19 computer class is cancelled.

Adult education 

Our PALS program – Pagosa Adult Learning Services – takes place three days a week: Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Please note that both storytimes are now open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.


“Supplements & Safety” explores the hidden dangers of vitamins and supplements.  “Giant” is the classic starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean and Edna Ferber.

How-to and self help  

“This is the Year I Put My Financial Life in Order” by John Schwartz is a guide to attaining financial security.  “Debbie Macomber’s Table” contains 100 original recipes from the bestselling author.  “The Minimalist Kitchen” by Melissa Coleman shares strategies for paring down your kitchen to the essentials plus efficient meal planning and cooking techniques.

Other nonfiction

“The Trump White House” by Ronald Kessler is an inside story of the White House based on access to the president and his staff. “The Manson Women and Me” by Nikki Meredith tells of the two women who murdered for Charles Manson.  “The Beginning of Everything” by Andrea J. Buchanan is a real-life neurological mystery and story of reinvention.               

Books on CD

“Accidental Heroes” by Danielle Steel is a suspense story that takes place on an airplane.  “The Temptation of Forgiveness” by Donna Leon is a Commissioner Brunetti mystery.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“Cave of Bones” by Anne Hillerman is a Navajo mystery featuring Leaphorn, Chee and Manuelito.  “Hold Back the Dark” by Kay Hooper is a Bishop Special Crimes Unit suspense story. “I’ve Got My Eyes on You” by Mary Higgins Clark is a thriller.

Large print

“Every Note Played” by Lisa Genova features a concert pianist with ALS.  “Miss Julia Raises the Roof” by Ann B. Ross is a mystery.  “The Punishment She Deserves” by Elizabeth George is a Lynley mystery.  “The Bishop’s Pawn” by Steve Berry is a novel exploring what really happened the day Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. died.  “Little Bighorn” by John Hough, Jr. is a western.

Other novels

“The Female Persuasion” by Meg Wolitzer follows a college freshman whose life is changed when she meets a pillar of the woman’s movement.  “A Nantucket Wedding” by Nancy Thayer tells of the complications when the grown children of an engaged couple meet each other.  “Miller Varley 300” by Frank Miller is a fictional retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae.  “Breakfast at Tyranny’s” and “The Terror Beneath” are Doctor No stories.

Programmed Nooks

We have nine free Nooks and three free 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.

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library.  Access them 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.

Downloadable films

For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a free 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.

Thanks for our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Marilyn Falvey, Jeff Versaw, Bob Burt and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“We are continually faced with great opportunities brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems.”  — Margaret Mead (1901-1978), American cultural anthropologist, author and speaker.

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