“1,000 Books before Kindergarten” free early literacy program for your babies and toddlers

One of the greatest gifts you can give your babies and toddlers is to sign them up for an early literacy reading program called “1,000 Books before Kindergarten” for children from birth to five years old – and it is free. 

You can sign up any time at your library.  You will receive a folder with bubbles to keep track of the books you read to your child.  The concept is simple:  Read 1,000 books to your newborn, infant or toddler – yes, you can repeat books – before your precious one starts kindergarten.  You’ll get a free book when you complete the program.

That may sound like a huge number of books, but it’s not really. If you read just one book a night, you will have read 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around five years of age, you have more time than you may think. 

And here’s an advance alert for parents of four-year-olds:  From April 8-22 you can pick up a free book for your child, thanks to the statewide One Book Colorado program.  Watch for more details in next week’s Library News column.

Mystery of a found book

A book about surviving in the outdoors has been returned to a library in British Columbia, Canada more than four decades after it was checked out.  “Wilderness Living: A Complete Handbook and Guide to Pioneering in North America,” was borrowed from a library in 1977.  It was returned anonymously two weeks ago.   Library spokesman David Carson said the book’s subject matter “adds to the mystique of its whereabouts over the past four-plus decades.”  He said the book is in excellent condition.  Overdue materials for adults at that library accrue a daily fine of 30 cents until a $10 cap is reached — which is lucky for whoever signed it out.  The fine would have been in excess of $4,500 without the cap.  The book is still being sold and is considered a valuable resource for outdoor survival.  It is available via AspenCat through 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.  We look forward to seeing you at your library.  Se habla espanol.

Lifelong Learning lectures

Mark your calendars for the springLifelong Learning series that begins Thursday, April 11 from 5-6:30 p.m. with a talk on water awareness by Susie Nixon.  April 18 features Roberta Strickland teaching you how to create your very own art using the Zentangle Method.  There will be three more lectures in May. Pick up a brochure at your library with more details on these very interesting talks.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, March 29 from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

Teen book club tomorrow

Friday, March 29 from 2-3 p.m. at the free teen book club, seventh-12th graders will discuss “When My Heart Joins the Thousand” by A.J. Steiger and enjoy free snacks.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.  

Paws to Read Saturday

Saturday, March 30 from 11 a.m. – noon, youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Bacchus, a therapy dog who loves listening to stories, at a free Paws to Read session.  This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

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.

New Knitting-plus Club for teens

Next Wednesday, April 3, this new free club meets from 4-5:30 p.m. for 7th-12th graders.  It’s called the Knitting-plus Club because it includes not only knitting but also crochet projects, needlepoint and more.  But note that teaching will be available only for knitting.  This club is being formed at the request of several teens, and the plan is to have the group meet monthly.  The next couple of months will be a test period.   Bring your knitting, crochet or needlepoint projects and hang out with other crafters.  If you don’t know how to knit, come anyway and we’ll get you started on some of the basics.

Teen advisory board

NextThursday, April 4, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  Today’s class, March 28, details how to navigate commonly used features on your Windows, Android or Apple smartphone nor tablet.  April 11 discusses saving and finding files.  April 25 details two popular genealogy databases, My Heritage and Ancestry Library.  No registration required.  

Women’s Wellness

Next Thursday, April 4 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. is the free women’s wellness program for women ages 21-64 facilitated by San Juan Basin Public Health.  Note that there will not be any actual physical examinations at the library.  Rather, the sessions will provide education on about where and how to access cancer screenings, assess barriers to screening for breast and cervical cancer, and help with information about women’s sexual health.  You’ll also hear about free or low-cost services offered by San Juan Basin Health such as women’s, children’s and infants’ services, Connect for Health CO, Nurse-Family Partnership and SafeCare.  Light refreshments will be served.  No registration required.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  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 from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.  Note that PALS will not take place March 25 – March 29 because of Spring Break.  PALS generally follows the school schedule, so when they are off, Mark is off. 

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.   

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.  Both storytimes are 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.  April 3 will feature music and movement with Diann Tator.

Large print

“The Flimflam Affair” by Bill Pronzini is a Carpenter and Quincannon mystery.  “California Girls” by Susan Mallery follows three sisters rebuilding their lives after romantic disasters.  “A Justified Murder” by Jude Deveraux is a Medlar mystery.

Hershey Collection book

“An Empire of Silver” by Robert Leaman Brown is a history of the silver rush in the San Juan Mountains from about 1870 onwards, featuring 110 photographs.    It can be found in the section of your library has that we affectionately call the Hershey Collection.  It is a collection of 690 nonfiction books which largely came from the personal collection of Jacob and Terese Hershey and center around the Four Corners region and Colorado.  Topics include hiking, western art, ghost towns, flora and fauna, history and more. All of the books in the Hershey Collection are available for checkout.

DVDs – More Academy Award films

“The Favourite” was nominated for best picture, best director and five other awards, and won for best actress.  It also won for best actress in the Golden Globes and received other nominations as well.  “Free Solo” won an Academy Award for best documentary feature.  “RBG” was nominated for best documentary feature and won for best song.

Other DVDs

Three Identical Strangers” about identical triplets separated at birth who are reunited as adults was a winner at the Sundance Film Festival.  “Shetland” is seasons one and two. 

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“The Persian Gamble” by Joel C. Rosenberg is about a terrifying nuclear alliance among Russia, Iran and North Korea.  “Run Away” by Harlan Coben is a thriller about a father who follows his runaway daughter.


“The Fox Hunt” by Mohammed Al Samawi is the memoir of a refugee from Yemen coming to America.  “About My Mother” by Peggy Rowe are true stories of a horse-crazy daughter and her baseball-obsessed mother.  “American Cipher” by Matt Farwell and Michael Ames explores the experiences of Bowe Bergdahl, the misguided soldier who went AWOL in Afghanistan.  “The Sacred Wisdom of the American Indians” by Larry J. Zimmerman describes the details of Indian culture and the tragic tale of their conquest.  “Black Elk” by Wallace Black Elk and William S. Lyon documents the world of a Lakota shaman.  “Truth in Our Times” by New York Times lawyer David E. McCraw is a behind-the-scenes look at what happens as this newspaper’s journalists go about their reporting during the most turbulent era for journalism in generations.

Books on CD

“The Suspect” by Fiona Barton is a psychological suspense story set in Thailand.  “Wolf Pack” by C.J. Box is a Joe Pickett mystery.  “Breaking and Entering”  by Jeremy N. Smith, the story of a female hacker known only as “Alien,” takes readers into the world of cybersecurity.

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 to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Maria Gallegos and our anonymous donors. 

Quotable Quote   

“Animals are such agreeable friends; they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.” – George Eliot, pen name of Mary Anne Evans (1819-1880), English novelist, poet, journalist, translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian Age.

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