Lifelong Learning, free books for 4-year-olds and Earth Day fun

The second lecture in the springLifelong Learning series takes place today,  Thursday, April 18, from 5-6:30 p.m. with a talk by Robertas Strickland teaching you how to create your very own art using the Zentangle Method.  April 25 is a presentation on beneficial electrification using renewable resources and LPEA’s goal of reducing its carbon footprint.  There will be three more lectures in May. Watch for news of them in future columns, and pick up a brochure at your library with more details on all these very interesting talks.

Free books for four-year-olds

You have only five more days – last day is April 22 – to pick up a free paperback book for your four-year-old at the library as part of a special family literacy project. 

Some 75,000 copies of a very special picture book – “Penguinaut!” written by Marcie Colleen and illustrated by Emma Yarlett – are being distributed to children statewide at local libraries, including at your Sisson Library, in either English or Spanish. 

“Penguinaut” is the story of Orville, who lives at the zoo surrounded by animal pals who go on exciting adventures. A hang gliding rhino! A deep-sea diving giraffe! Orville struggles to keep up until one day he concocts an adventure all his own – to build a spaceship and fly to the moon all by himself.  “Penguinaut” is perfect for every child who’s said, “I can do it myself!” – and then learns that the rewards are much richer when shared with friends. Colleen’s playful text and Yarlett’s charming, whimsical illustrations are sure to delight both children and their parents.

The goal of this annual One Book Colorado program is to encourage families to read together every day and add new books to home libraries to ensure school readiness.

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. 

Earth Day fun for all ages

To celebrate Earth Day on Monday, April 22, you are invited to join us from 4-5 p.m. to paint flower pots, plant seeds and enjoy Dirt Dessert in our library garden.  (In the case of rain or snow, we will meet in the large meeting room.) 

Did you know…

…that your library offers a monthly free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney? This resource is available on a first come, first served basis and is offered via videoconferencing with a volunteer attorney who will answer legal questions, help you fill out forms, explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of family law, civil litigations, property law, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veteran’s benefits, civil protection and more.  This program occurs the second Friday of every month.  Please check in at the front desk.

We also have the online resource Legal Information Reference Center.  This database offers the everyday user the necessary tools and detailed “how-to” instructions to independently address a wide range of legal issues.  Users can search over 12,800 state-specific legal forms – searchable by all 50 U.S. states and by top subject areas, including adoption, bankruptcy, name changes, and more.  You need your library card number to access the site.  Your library also has a great deal of legal form books with explanations, tips and templates for your use. 

This “Did you know…” section is another in a series being prepared by Cindi Galabota, development officer, that will appear periodically in Library News columns.  We hope you find the information interesting and helpful.

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.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, April 19 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.

Spanish conversation

Tuesday, April 23 from 3-4 p.m. practice your Spanish with others to help you increase your fluency at this free informal session. All are welcome, from beginners to native Spanish speakers.  Previous attendance not necessary.  No registration required. Note that this month this session is moved to a temporary new day – Tuesday instead of the usual Wednesday – because of a scheduling conflict.

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 next Wednesday, April 24 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, April 24 from 1-2 p.m., we’ll make notepads from used cereal boxes and other used boxes and paper.  These notepads can be made into almost any size.  This craft is a fun and easy way to repurpose something as simple as a cereal box and extend its use before it gets recycled.  No registration required.

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  April 25 covers two popular genealogy databases. 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 no PALS on April 30.

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.  

DVDs – More Academy Award films

Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” was a nominee for best animated feature at both the Academy Awards and Golden Globes.

Other DVDs

“Rise of the Hackers” is a NOVA film about scientists working to keep our data safe.  Masterpiece Theatre’s “Paradise Postponed” and its sequel Titmuss Regained” is a two-film set.  “Saturday Night Live” is the complete season two. 

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The American Agent” by Jacqueline Winspear begins with the murder of an American journalist.  “The Tale Teller” by Anne Hillerman features Joe Leaphorn from the Navajo Police Department.  “Someone Knows” by Lisa Scottoline unites five teens who years ago played a dangerous prank.  “Saving Meaghan” by D.J. Palmer is a medical mystery.  “Metropolis” by Philip Kerr is the last book of 14 featuring Bernard Gunther, this one set in Berlin.

Other novels

“If Cats Disappeared from the World” by Genki Kawamura follows a young postman’s life as the devil offers him a deal.  “White Elephant” by Julie Langsdorf tells of a town’s reaction when a man cuts down his neighbor’s red maple. “Miracle at St. Andrews” by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge is a story of golf.  “The Tinderbox” by Beverly Lewis is an Amish story.


“TheMatriarch” by Susan Page is a new biography of Barbara Bush.  “Spygate” by former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino and D.C. McAllister shows how various factions tried to sabotage the Trump campaign.  “Bear Attacks of the Century” by Larry Mueller and Marguerite Reiss documents true stories of courage and survival in encounters between bears and people. 

Books on CD

“Unto Us a Son Is Given” by Donna Leon is a Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery.  “Silent Night” by Danielle Steel follows a young girl who refuses to speak after a horrific accident.  “This Year You Write Your Novel” by bestselling novelist Walter Mosley offers you motivation and instruction.  “Never Tell” by Lisa Gardner is a thriller featuring D.D. Warren and Flora Dane.  “The First Lady” by James Patterson and Brendon DuBois begins with the disappearance of the First Lady.  “I Owe You One” by Sophie Kinsella begins when a woman uses an IOU from a stranger.  “The Collected Schzophrenias” by Esme Weijun Wang is a collection of essays.

Large print

“The Island of Sea Women” by Loisa See is the story of two Korean girls whose friendship evolves  around a diving collective.  “The Last Second” by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison is the latest in the Brit in the FBI mystery series.  “The Malta Exchange” by Steve Berry is a mystery about ancient documents and the election of a new pope.  “Dark Tribute” by Iris Johansen is an Eve Duncan mystery.  “Deep Harbor” by Fern Michaels is a mystery.  “Wild Card” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “A Lethal Legacy” by Heather Graham is a Craig Frasier-Kieran Finnegan mystery.  “Call Me Lonesome” by Brett Cogburn is book two of the Morgan Clyde western series.  “The Fifth Doctrine” by Karen Robards is a thriller based in North Korea. 

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 our anonymous donors. 

Quotable Quote   

“Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller played by Matthew Broderick in the movie, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”

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