How to ensure your children love books by keeping them coming in – and going out – of your home

A recent New York Times article headlined “How to Raise a Reader” by Pamela Paul and Marcia Russo offers easy and practical tips on how you can make sure your young children grow up loving to read by keeping new books coming in – and going out – of your home:

  • Let your child build a personal collection of books.  Children love collecting.  Provide a special bookcase in a special place for the ones he or she selects to keep.
  • Have regular conversations about which books your child wants to keep and which should be given to younger siblings, cousins or friends – or donated to shelters, doctors’ offices, schools, charity sales or your library.
  • Consider a birthday party book swap.  Ask guests to bring an age-appropriate book instead of gifts that they can choose on the way out.  Determine the order by pulling numbers from a hat.  It’s nicer than goody bags filled with candy or plastic toys and teaches children that books are special.
  • Don’t let the steep price of books stand in your way.  Make regular trips to the library to keep a constant stream of new and intriguing books in your house.  Constantly rotating books exposes children to a variety of subjects, formats and genres, piquing their curiosity.
  • Let your children become library members as soon as they are old enough.  A child’s first library card is a milestone, often the very first membership card in a young life.  Teach your child that library membership is a privilege and a responsibility with benefits for the rest of his or her life.

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 sixth presentation in our free spring Lifelong Learning Lecture series takes place today, May 10, when San Juan Basic Public Health will discuss proper nutrition and healthy eating on a budget from 5-6:30 p.m.  The interactive discussion will include  tips on nutrition, effective grocery shopping and how to cook affordable, healthy meals.  Healthy snacks will be available and new recipes will be provided.

Next week, on May 17, for the last presentation in this series Dr. Andrew Guilliford, professor of history and environmental science at Fort Lewis College, will review the history of killing wolves in Colorado and the possibility of bringing them back to our wilderness.

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, May 11) 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, May 11) 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, May 12 from 11 a.m. – noon for the free LEGO Club.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, May 14 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.

Teen writers group

Join us next Wednesday, May 16 from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meeting for seventh-12 graders.  This group’s interests include stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction.

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, May 10, covers the Cloud library which allows you to download e-books and audio books to your computer or e-reader.  May 17 covers using Microsoft Word to create professional-looking resumes using basic and advanced formatting tools.  May 24 reviews the Ancestry Library edition database on family histories.  May 31 you’ll learn about viruses and malware and what to do about them.

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

“Outside the Box Cancer Therapies” by naturopathic medical doctors Mark Stengler and Paul Anderson describes alternative therapies that treat and prevent cancer.  “The Best Cook in the World” by Rick Bragg, a cookbook with 74 recipes, is a tribute to the cooking skills of the author’s mother, who does not own a single cookbook.  “Godforsaken Grapes” by Jason Wilson is a journey through the world of strange, obscure and underappreciated wine.  “Magnolia Table” by Joanna Gaines is a collection of 125 recipes including family favorites and the best from the author’s restaurant in Waco, Texas.  “The Clean 20” by Dr. Ian K. Smith focuses om 20 foods from avocado to whole wheat pasta with meal plans, recipes and workouts.

Other nonfiction

“Back Lash” by George Yancy explores what happens when we talk honestly about racism in America.  “Beyond the Map” by Alastair Bennett presents stories of 39 of the world’s most extraordinary spaces.  “Factfulness” by Hans Rosling, a professor of international health, discusses 10 reasons why we’re wrong about the world and why things are better than you think.  “Drive” by Giles Chapman and Jodie Kidd is a Smithsonian history of automobile driving.

Books on CD

“Pause” by Rachael O’Meara describes how and why the fastest way to happiness is to slow down.  “You Can Stay Home with Your Kids” by savings guru Erin Odom offers 100 tips to help you stay home and thrive on a budget.  “Between Friends” by Debbie Macomber follows two girls with different backgrounds and lifestyles who stay friends for life.  “A Dangerous Game” by Heather Graham features a criminal psychologist.  “The Rising Sea” by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown is a Kurt Audtin adventure.  “Everything’s Bigger in Texas” by Mary Lou Sullivan explores the life and times of Kinky Friedman.


“Vaccines: Calling the Shots” is a NOVA special that looks at tracking epidemics, exploring the science of vaccinations and the risks of opting out.

Large print

“The Bloody Spur” by Mickey Spillane and Max Allen Collins is a Caleb York western.  “The Outfit: Blood and Ashes” by Matthew P. Mayo is book two of The Outfit series.  “Revenger” by Frank Leslie contains two stories featuring Mike Sartain.  “The Bags of Tricks Affair” by Bill Pronzini is a Carpenter and Quincannon mystery.  “Twenty-one Days” by Anne Perry is a Daniel Pitt mystery.  “Queen Anne’s Lace” by Susan Wittig Albert is a China Bayles mystery.


“The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse” by Alexander McCall Smith is a love story that includes a dog set in World War II England.  “Love and Ruin” by Paula McLain explores the love between Ernest Hemingway and a female journalist during the Spanish Civil War.  “The Mars Room” by Rachel Kushner tells of life inside a women’s correctional facility in California.

Short stories

“You Think It, I’ll Say It” by Curtis Sittenfeld is a collection of 10 short stories about class, relationships and gender roles.

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 their generous monetary donation, we thank Jan and Bob Clinkenbeard.  For books and materials this week, we thank our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” – C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), British novelist, poet, essayist and lay theologian.

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