We recently came across an article by Sheryl Rogers, who administers Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Tennessee and is a child development specialist. She listed these five benefits of reading to children:

1. School preparation: Reading aloud is the easiest and most effective way to prepare a child for school. You are stimulating language and literacy skills, as well as building motivation, curiosity and memory.
2. Vocabulary development: About 80 percent of a child’s brain develops before age five. Kids are sponges when they are little. Books build their vocabulary and give them a mastery of language.
3. Education advancement: No matter who you are and how much you earn, multiple research studies show that the more age-appropriate books in a child’s home, the more schooling that youngster will finish.
4. Reading to children builds family relationships: Ever want a child to settle down? Break out a book and start reading aloud. Your child will learn self-discipline while enjoying a special time with you.
5. Stress management: Stories are a great way to help children transition from one milestone to another (for example, starting school or moving), and handle stressful situations (losing a pet or gaining a new sibling). There are relevant children’s books for almost every situation, and they can really help explain things to children on their level.
Michael Bradley, your Youth Services and Early Literacy Librarian, can help you. Every Wednesday and Saturday he hosts storytimes for different ages (see details below). He also would be happy to help you select books for your home reading to your child.

Bye bye to Flipster
For the past two years, we have offered free access to digital magazines via the online Flipster service. This is an expensive service – almost $3,000 a year – that has been used less and less often by our patrons in the past several months. For this reason, we are dropping Flipster as of tomorrow (September 30). We may revisit this decision in the future. But for now it didn’t seem a wise use of taxpayer money for the amount we paid and the limited use it had. We hope our few Flipster fans understand.

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.

Free tween gaming
Back by popular demand, gaming for 4th-8th grades is Wednesday, October 5 from 4-5 p.m. Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Free reading with therapy dogs
Next Thursday, October 6 from 4-5 p.m., youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Penny and Cassia, therapy dogs who love listening to stories, at a Paws to Read session. This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

Free all-ages board games tomorrow
Join us tomorrow (Friday, September 30) from 2-3:15 p.m. to enjoy a variety of board games with your friends and family. We have Scrabble. Playing Cards, Bananagrams, Monopoly, Chutes and Ladders, Cat in the Hat and Candyland.

Free tech sessions
Tomorrow (Friday, September 30) from 10 a.m. – noon you’ll learn how to upload photos from your digital camera to a computer and then edit them using Pixlr, a free online image editor similar to Adobe Photoshop. Registration required for this session because of the limited number of laptops available. Rachael is available for Tech Tuesday sessions 10-noon. Drop in with your technology questions. Note no Tech Thursdays for the next several months because there will be sessions at the Community Center on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades. Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen advisory board
Next Thursday, October 6 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 kids storytime
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join Michael for 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.

Free baby storytime
Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join Michael for a short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

Free toddler storytime
Every Saturday from 9:30 – 10 a.m., join Michael for 30 minutes of stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life.

Large print
“Apprentice in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas thriller. “Three Sisters, Three Queens” by Philippa Gregory is an historical novel set in Tudor England. “Revenge in a Cold River” by Anne Perry is a William Monk mystery set in England. “The Jealous Kind” by James Lee Burke is set in 1950s Houston. “Leave Me” by Gayle Forman follows and mother and wife who leaves home when her family fails to aid in her recuperation after a heart attack.

Mysteries and thrillers
“Nutshell” by Ian McEwan is a murder mystery told from a highly unusual perspective. “Robert B. Parker’s Debt to Pay” by Reed Farrel Coleman is a Jesse Stone mystery. “Faux Pas” by Shannon Esposito is a Paws and Pose mystery.

Other novels
“Here I Am” by Jonathan Safran Foer unfolds over four tumultuous weeks in Washington, D.C. “Fates and Traitors” by Jennifer Chiaverini tells of four women linked to John Wilkes Booth.

Free downloadable e-books
Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our 3M Cloud Library. Access these e-books 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.
Free downloadable films
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a 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.

Free programmed Nooks
We have nine Nooks and three 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.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Nancy Green, Debbie May, Lyn Dryburgh, Norma Jean Foust and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“As a children’s librarian, I realize children need to see themselves reflected in books. Books can be mirrors, and they can be windows.” – Carla Hayden, 14th Librarian of Congress, first woman and first African-American to hold the prestigious chief executive position in the Library of Congress’ 216-year history, sworn in September 14, 2016. She made national news during the Baltimore Freddie Gray protests when she kept her library open in the midst of the rioting because she said: “The community protected the library that Monday night, and we knew that they would look for that place of refuge and relief and opportunity.”

For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.
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