New voter survey shows strong support for local libraries

A new survey of U.S. voters commissioned by the American Library Association and its Public Library Association division offers valuable insights into current voter perceptions of their public libraries.  Here are some of the key findings:

► 55 percent of voters view their public library as an essential local institution, 58 percent believe public libraries advance education for any community and 44 percent view the library as a valued gathering place for community members.

► Two in three voters place high importance on basic library services such as quiet areas (67 percent), books and technology (66 percent), a broad range of materials to explore (65 percent) and access to computers and the Internet (65 percent).

► Voters frequently visit libraries in person and online.  70 percent of voters have visited a library in the last year, averaging 8.6 visits each.  52 percent have visited the library’s website in the last year, averaging 7.6 visits each.

► Interestingly, most voters are confused about library funding sources.  59 percent think most library funding comes from nonlocal sources such as state or federal.  In reality, 86 percent of funding for U.S. libraries comes from local sources.

Funding for your Sisson Library comes from several local sources.  Last year 82.3 percent came from property taxes (73.7 percent) via the library mill levy (just like mill levies to support the Fire Department, schools, health services and other Archuleta County  institutions) and vehicle ownership taxes (8.7 percent).  Usually this figure is more than 90 percent, the difference caused by an unusually large donation last year.  In 2017 the rest of the funding came from local gifts and donations (12.3 percent), grants (1.7 percent), making copies (1.5 percent), in-house book sales (1.25 percent) plus several sources that were less than 1 percent each including online book sales and the use of laminating and fax machines.  We also want to recognize the importance of contributions made by the Friends of the Library.  Last year their funds covered half the cost of the installation of the book drop at City Market, the other half coming from an LPEA grant.

► 76 percent of voters support federal funding, with 38 percent saying it should increase and 38 percent saying it should stay the same.

► The majority of voters are willing to donate money to libraries, with 61 percent saying they have either contributed to their local library or would be willing to do so.

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 fourth presentation in our free spring Lifelong Learning Lecture series takes place today, April 26, when Robin Young will lead a wildlife preparedness workshop to help you reduce your risk of wildfire and loss from 5-6:30 p.m.

These outstanding talks continue every Thursday until May 17.

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.

Save the date for Operation Veteran Re-connect

Next Friday, May 4, adult services librarian Brad Glover will man a table at the Vets for Vets event at the high school from 6-8 p.m. to inform veterans and their families about the many free library resources available to them.  These include computer use, internet access and tech support; access to health, learning and ancestry data bases to help vets find information about fallen comrades and shipmates; and our interlibrary loan service that allows vets to borrow or request almost any military-themed book or DVD.  Vets for Vets will also provide many other informational opportunities for our local veterans and their families at this special event.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Friday, April 27) 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.

Literary Ladies tomorrow

This free book lovers group – formerly the Senior Book Club – meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m.–noon. Tomorrow (Friday, April 27) they will discuss “When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present” by Gail Collins.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.  For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.  No registration required.

LEGO Club Saturday

Kids aged 6 – 12 are invited to bring your imaginations – LEGOs are provided – this Saturday, April 28 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Teen bookclub

Monday, April 30 from 4-5 p.m. at the teen bookclub, seventh-12th graders will discuss “The Darkest Part of the Forest” by Holly Black and enjoy free snacks.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy.

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.

Spanish instruction

Join us for this free basic course next Wednesday, May 2 from 4-5 p.m. to improve your ability to speak and understand Spanish.  We will go over expressions using the verb haber.  No registration required.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, May 2 from 4-5:30 p.m.  Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Teen advisory board

Next Thursday, May 3 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.

Free tech sessions

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

Computer/technology classes

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

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.

How-to and self help  

“Natural Causes” by Barbara Ehrenreich describes how we over-prepare and worry too much about what is inevitable, including aging.  “The Gifts of Imperfection” by research professor Brene Brown  helps you let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are.  “Eat a Little Better” by Sam Kass, former chef to the Obamas and White House food policy advisor, offers guidelines and 90 recipes to make it easier to do a little better for your diet–and the environment–every day.

Other nonfiction

“Rocket Men” by Robert Kurson explores the daring odyssey of Apollo 8 and the astronauts who made man’s first journey to the moon.  “Wild Moms: Motherhood in the Animal Kingdom” by Dr. Carin Bondar is a fascinating book that reveals a new perspective on the mother/child relationship.  “Hunting El Chapo” by Andrew Hogan is a real-life thriller by the DEA agent who tracked down the world’s most-wanted kingpin.  “Blood Moon” by John Sedgwick is the story of the centuries-long feud between two Cherokee chiefs.  “Because We Are Bad” by Lily Baily is the memoir of a young woman’s childhood battle with OCD.  “Fascism: A Warning” by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright explains her concerns about fascism current threat to international peace and justice.  “The Dream of the Earth” by Thomas Berry, a Catholic priest, explores the human relationship with our planet.  “Meghan” by royal biographer Andrew Morton is the story of the life of Prince Harry’s bride-to-be.

Academy Award DVDs

“The Post” received nominations for best picture and best actress for Meryl Streep in this true story about the Washington Post’s role in exposing government corruption.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense

“The Cutting Edge” by Jeffery Deaver is a Lincoln Rhyme mystery.  “Macbeth” by Jo Mesbo focuses on a police force trying to fix the drug problem in a run-down town.  “The Fallen” by David Baldacci is an Amos Decker thriller.  “The First Family” by Michael Palmer is a medical political thriller.

Large print

“The Temptation of Forgiveness” by Donna Leon is a Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery.  “The Sixth Day” by Catherine Coulter is a Brit in the FBI thriller.  “Twenty-one Days” by Anne Perry is a Daniel Pitt mystery.  “After Anna” by Lisa Scottoline is a murder mystery.  “All the Beautiful Girls” by Elizabeth J. Church features a gutsy showgirl in Las Vegas.

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 Bob and Carole Howard as well as our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“Kindness is like a stone in a pond.  When you throw in a stone, the ripples go farther and farther and sometimes you don’t know what shore they reach on the other side.  Reach out to a stranger.  If you’re kind to somebody, you have no idea how it may change him or her … and you’ll be amazed at the change in you.” – Melinda Gates, American philanthropist and co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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