Free books for 4-year-olds at your library

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 second presentation in our free spring Lifelong Learning Lecture series takes place today, April 12, when climate change awareness advocate Susan Atkinson will describe effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint from 5-6:30 p.m.

These outstanding talks continue every Thursday until May 17.

On April 19 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.  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.

Legal clinic tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, April 13) from 2-3 p.m. a free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney will take place via computer link.  Volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property tax, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans benefits and civil protection orders.  Please check in at the registration desk.  This clinic will take place the second Friday of every month.  You also can visit checkerboard.co to access legal forms and answers to many civil legal questions.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, April 13) 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.

LEGO Club Saturday

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, April 14 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Otaku Club

The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets Monday, April 16 from 4-5 p.m.  Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.   Note Otaku is moving back to its usual day.  This free club is for fifth-12th grades.

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.

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.  Today, April 12, we will focus on internet searching and 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.

Academy Award DVDs

“Get Out” was nominated for four awards including best picture, best actor and  best director.   “Last Men in Aleppo” was nominated for best documentary feature.

Other DVDs

“Served Like a Girl” is a documentary about several American women as they transition from active duty to civilian life after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.  “Jumanji” is an adventure.  “How to be a Latin Lover” is a comedy.  “Heartland” is the second complete season.  “13 Reasons Why” is season one.

How-to and self help  

“What I Am Living For” offers lessons from the life and writings by Thomas Merton, the monk Pope Francis praised in his address before Congress. “Fermented Probiotic Drinks at Home” by Felicity Evans is a cookbook with 50 recipes for eight different elixirs.  “The Beer Pantry” by Adam Dulye shares recipes and pairing tips.

Other nonfiction

“Out There” by the editors of Outside magazine features great writers telling about crazy adventures.  “The Sun Does Shine” by Anthony Ray Hinton is the memoir of a man who spent 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit.  “My Chickens and I” by Isabella Rossellini is the story of her backyard bird pets, with photos and her hand-drawn illustrations.  “The Final Race” by Eric T. Eichinger is the World War II story of the Olympian who inspired “Chariots of Fire.”  “The Encyclopedia of Misinformation” by Rex Sorgatz is a compendium of deceptions, fakes and conspiracies.

Books on CD

“Fifty Fifty” by James Patterson and Candice Fox is a Harriet Blue thriller.  “The Third Victim” by Phillip Margolian is the start of a new suspense series featuring two female lawyers.  “Down the River Into the Sea” by Walter Mosley features a former NYPD investigator as a PI after being framed and jailed.  “The Escape Artist” by Brad Meltzer follows a female soldier who disappears and is supposed to be dead.  “Sunburn” by Laura Lipman is a psychological suspense story.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“Red Alert” by James Patterson and Marshall Karp is an NYPD Red mystery.  “The Disappeared” by C.J. Box is a Joe Pickett mystery.  “Tangerine” by Christine Mangan reunites two friends in Tangier.  “To Die But Once” by Jacqueline Winspear is a Maisie Dobbs mystery.

Large print

“The Disappeared” by C.J. Box is a Joe Pickett mystery.  “The Ballad of Black Bart” by Loren D. Estleman is a western.  “Shoot First” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “Sweet Vengeance” by Fern Michaels follows a woman seeking to avenge her family’s death.  “I’ve Got My Eyes on You” by Mary Higgins Clark and “A Dangerous Game” by Heather Graham are mysteries.  “Crimson Harvest” by Phil Dunlap is a western.  “Duel to the Death” by J.A. Jance is an Ali Reynolds mystery.

Other novels

“Onslaught” by Ethan and Lincoln Proud is the third book in the Rebellion fantasy trilogy.  “The Best American Comics 2017” showcases the work of established and up-and-coming artists.  “Wilson” is a satirical graphic novel by American cartoonist Daniel Clowes.

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 Judy Collins, Robert Righi, Jeanne Kaiser and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“I wasn’t a prodigy.  For many years, my ambition in [skating] competitions was just not to come in last.  Nobody, least of all me, believed I was on any kind of superstar trajectory.  But all that disappointment gave me a sense of destination.  Not destiny, not something larger than life, but of destination, which was concrete and practical day by day.” – Scott Hamilton, American figure skating champion, Olympics gold medalist, sportscaster, author of “Finish First: Winning Changes Everything” and multiple cancer survivor.

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