Free books for 4-year-olds and National Volunteer Week

For the eighth year, libraries across Colorado are giving a free paperback book to every four-year-old in the state from April 8-22 as part of a special family literacy project. 

Some 75,000 copies of a very special book – its title will be revealed in this column next week – are being distributed to children statewide at local libraries, including at your Sisson Library, in either English or Spanish.  The goal of this 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 plan to 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. 

Special thanks to our volunteers     

As the U.S. celebrates National Volunteer Week April 7-13, we say a heartfelt thank you to our library volunteers who in 2018 contributed 1,437 hours, about three-quarters of a full-time position, up 32 percent from last year.  “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. 

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 español.

Lifelong Learning lectures

Mark your calendars for the springLifelong Learning series that begins next Thursday, April 11 from 5-6:30 p.m. with a talk on water awareness and water consciousness by Susie Nelson.  April 18 features Robertas Strickland teaching you how to create your very own art using the easy-to-learn Zentangle Method.  April 25 is an presentation on beneficial electrification using renewable resources and LPEA’s goal of reducing its carbon footprint.  There will be three more lectures in May.  Pick up a brochure at your library with more details on these very interesting talks.

Women’s Wellness today

Today, 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.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, April 5 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.

Paws to Read Saturday

Saturday, April 6 from 11 a.m. – noon, youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Hondo, 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.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, April 8 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

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.

Adult bookclub

Our adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On April 9 we will discuss “The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough.  If you need a copy, please stop by your library.  No registration required.

Teen role-playing

The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place Wednesday, April 10 from 4-5:30 p.m.    Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters.  You can join this group any time.

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays to learn a useful technology skill or application.  April 11 covers saving and finding files.  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.  

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.  

Local author

“Midnight Mendacity” by Victoria Rose is a romance set in Regency England.  Your library has many books written by this prolific local author.

DVDs – More Academy Award films

“Green Book” won best picture and best supporting actor and had two other nominations in this year’s Academy Awards.  It also won best picture and got a best director nomination in the Golden Globes, and won best movie for grownups and best actor in the AARP awards.  “Of Fathers and Sons” was nominated for best documentary feature in the Academy Awards.

Other DVDs

“Shetland” is season three.  “Instant Family” is a comedy for the whole family.  “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” has been digitally remastered. 


“The Parade” by Dave Eggers is the story of two foreigners’ role in an unnamed country’s  fragile peace.

How-to and self-help

“Someday is Not a Day of the Week” by Sam Horn helps you make the changes needed to be happier, healthier and more fulfilled.  “The Energy Codes” by Dr. Sue Morter is a seven-step system to awaken your spirit, heal your body and live your best life.  “France” is a Lonely Plant guide.  “The Wild Game Smoker and Grill Cookbook” by Kindi Lantz provides recipes for deer, elk, turkey, pheasant, duck and more.  “The Keto All Day Cookbook” by Martina Slajerova contains more than 100 low-carb recipes.

Other nonfiction

“First: Sandra Day O’Connor” by Evan Thomas is a biography of the first female Supreme Court justice.  “Mama’s Last Hug” by Frans de Waal explores animal emotions and what they tell us about ourselves.  “Wit’s End” by James Geary looks at every form of wittiness, from its role in innovation to why puns are the highest form of wit. 

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.  For their generous monetary donations, we are grateful to Deb Morton, Chris Gerlach and Constance D’Angelis.

Quotable Quote   

American author and winner of the Nobel Prize for literature William Faulkner once said that anyone who wants to be a writer should be a reader first: “Read, read, read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read!”

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