06/12/2014

Help, please! From your library staff

Trouble is, the magazines were decades old, the videos were broken, and the books were torn, dirty and musty
smelling.  The entire lot went straight to the trash. We are very grateful for your donations to our collection.  In fact, donated materials are vital to our ability to serve you well, given the fact that we are a small library with a limited budget.  But donations do not help if we just become a place to dump stuff that you should have put out with the trash yourself.  Sad to say, as the annual summer book sale draws closer we get a lot of donations, too many of them junk. Whether you are a regular donor or anticipate doing some spring cleaning, here are our suggestions for win-win donation practices:

  • Please DO bring in clean, gently worn books, CDs and
    DVDs.  Please plan to wait 5-10
    minutes if you need a receipt for your taxes. It helps save time if you
    bring a list of your donated items.
    Or we will mail a receipt to you.
  • Please DO NOT bring in any VHS tapes or cassettes, or
    any magazine older than one year. Also, don’t leave personal items inside
    of donations or deliver donations after hours.

Here’s a bottom-line test:  If you would not want that item in your living room, den or bedroom, then please do not bring it to the library as a donation. 

Special thanks to LPEA

 The June issue of LPEA’s Colorado Country Life magazine features a lovely photo of Jackie Welch, your library director, accepting $260 worth of new books, a mix of fiction and nonfiction, many by Colorado authors, donated by LPEA to the Sisson Library.

Summer Reading Program

This year’s free Summer Reading Program started June 2 and runs through July 25.  It’s not too late to sign up and join the fun.  You can register online via a link on our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/ or in the library.  Summer reading activities are open to everyone from babies to adults.  Also, summer reading participants should mark your calendars for a free all-ages closing party on July 25 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. (after the library closes) that will include award of prizes, refreshments and entertainment by the San Juan Mountain Boys.  Detailed summer reading schedules for all ages are available at the library. The events also will be featured every week in this Library News column.

Free intro to hydroponics

Join us next Thursday, June 19 from 10 a.m. – noon to learn the basics of hydroponic gardening and leave with your first hydroponic window herb garden.

Free Wise Traditions

Join us for lively discussions and lectures on a variety of topics including dietary needs, agriculture, medical traditions and more on the second Saturday of each month – for June, on the 14th – from 3-4:30 p.m.  In June, learn about raising goats and goat milk production.  All ages welcome.  No registration required.

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. A more formal session requiring registration is Staying Safe Online on Wednesday, June 18 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. where you will learn about strong passwords, phishing, pop-ups and web reliability.

Free adult, teen and kids movies

Every Friday we have three different movies showing: For kids at 10 a.m., for teens at noon, and for adults from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. The contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio.  If you want to know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly activities flyers at the library, or just call us at 264-2209.

Thursday Kids’ Zone

It’s Sense-ational” is this week’s theme today (Thursday, June 12) for first-third graders from 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Free LEGO Club

Kids aged 6-13 are invited to have fun with LEGOs this Saturday, June 14 from 10 – ll:30 a.m.  (Note new time)  Bring your creativity – the LEGOs are provided.

Free teen fun on Wednesdays

Wednesday, June 18, join us from 3-4:30 p.m in the small room for Zombified Hotrods, where you will design your own vehicle to fight with in a zombie apocalypse.  

Free tween gaming

Every Tuesday from 1:30 – 2:45 we host Tween Gaming for fourth-sixth graders.   The gaming is structured and we play a new game each week.  Snacks provided. 

Free teen gaming and crafts

Every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon Card Battles), and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games. Snacks provided. 

Nonfiction

“Colorado Easy & Scenic Hikes” by Dave Miller is a guide to 130 easier hikes in the state.  “The Second Amendment: A Biography” by Michael Waldman looks at the most controversial and misunderstood provision
of the Bill of Rights.  “Birdmen” by historian Lawrence Goldstone explores the rivalry between the Wright Brothers
and Glenn Curtiss.  “The Medicinal Gardening Handbook” by Dede Cummings and Alyssa Holmes is a guide to growing, harvesting and using healing herbs.             

DVDs

“Finding Joe”explores how the hero’s journey is essential in today’s world.  “The Iron Giant” features an enormous robot who comes to Earth.          

CDs

“The Target” by David Baldacci is the latest in the Robie and Reel political suspense series.  “Live to See Tomorrow” by Iris Johansen is about a CIA rescue mission. “The Journey of Souls” by Michael Newton documents case studies about the mystery of life between lives.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Murder at Mullings” by Dorothy Cannell is a Florence Norris mystery.  “The Secret Life of Violet Grant” by Beatriz Williams explores a hushed-over crime of passion.  “The Heiresses” by Sara Shepard is a mystery
involving the family of a jewelry empire. “Skin Game” by Jim Butcher is a Dresden Files urban fantasy.  “The Son” by Jo Nesbo follows an escaped prisoner hunting down people who committed crimes against his father.  “Borderline” by Lawrence Block follows a man trying to escape over the Mexican border. “Hot Lead, Cold Iron” by Ari Armell is a Mick Oberon 1930s PI story. “The Lincoln Myth” by Steve Berry features ex-agent Malone.  “The Bones Beneath” by Mark Billingham is the 12th in the series featuring Det. Insp. Tom Thorne.

Other new novels

“Gray” by Shelley Shepard is a romance set in Amish country.  “The Possibilities” by Kaui Hart Hemmings is the follow-up to “The Descendants” and set in Breckenridge.  “People of the Morning Star” by archeologists W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear is the start of a new series about the North American equivalent of ancient
Rome. “The Last Kind Words Saloon” by Larry McMurtry is a novel of the 19th century cowboy lifestyle.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Shane and Isaiah GilesJoan Jessen, Virginia Kyle, Stephanie Morrow and all of our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’” – Robin Williams, contemporary American actor and comedian.

Website

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/.

06/05/2014

Free Summer Reading Program underway now

Summer reading activities are open to everyone from babies to adults.  Also, summer reading participants should mark your calendars for a free all-ages closing party on July 25 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. (after the library closes) that
will include award of prizes, refreshments and entertainment by the San Juan Mountain Boys. Detailed summer reading schedules for all ages are available at the library. The events also will be featured every week in this Library News column.

Free Wise Traditions

Join us for lively discussions and lectures on a variety of topics including dietary needs, agriculture, medical traditions and more on the second Saturday of each month – for June, on the 14th – from 3-4:30 p.m.  All ages welcome.  No registration required. 

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. A more formal session requiring registration is PowerPoint Basics on Wednesday, June 11 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. where you will learn how to create a slideshow presentation.

Free adult movies are back

Starting tomorrow, June 6, every Friday from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. (note new time), you are invited for coffee, popcorn and a movie for adults. The contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio.  If you want to know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly adult activities flyer at the library. 

Free Friday movies for teens

Starting tomorrow, June 6, every Friday at noon teens are invited to a movie.  The contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio.  If you want to know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly teen activities flyer at the library. 

Free Friday movie for kids

Starting tomorrow, June 6, every Friday at 10 a.m., kids are invited to a movie.  The contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio.  If you want to know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly kids’ activities flyer at the library.

Free Thursday Kids’ Zone

“It’s Sense-ational” is this week’s theme on Thursday, June 12 for first-third graders from 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Free LEGO Club

Kids aged 6-13 are invited to have fun with LEGOS this Saturday, June 14 from 10 – ll:30 a.m.  (Note new time)  Bring your creativity – the LEGOS are provided. 

Free teen fun on Wednesdays

Wednesday, June 11, join us for Magical Dust (make your own fairy or dragon dust) from 3-4:30 p.m.  Then stay for Dungeons and Dragons from 4:30- 6 p.m.  

Free tween gaming

Every Tuesday from 1:30 – 2:45 we host Tween Gaming for fourth-sixth graders.   The gaming is structured and we play a new game each week.  Snacks provided.  

Free teen gaming

Every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming – X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games. Snacks provided.

Nonfiction

“Off the Beaten Path: Colorado” is a new travel guide.  “Forgotten Tales of Colorado” by Stephanie Waters documents silly, seedy and salacious stories from our state’s history.  “Big Tent” by Mallory Factor is a collection of essays by leaders of the conservative movement in American politics.  “No Place to Hide” by Guardian newspaper columnist Glenn Greenwald is the inside story of his conversations with and revelations from NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

DVDs

“Like Water for Chocolate” is based on the best selling book.  “Orphan Black” is season one of this BBC
series.  “Greatest Classic Legends” features four Paul Newman films.  “We’re the Millers” is a comedy.  “Pacific Rim” is an adventure film about aliens and robots.  “Grand Canyon” stars Kevin Kline and Danny Glover.  “The Ghost Writer” is a Roman Polanski thriller.  “Into Darkness” is a Star Trek film.  “New in Town” stars Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick, Jr.           

Large print

“Don’t Look for Me” by Loren D. Estleman is the latest in the P.I. Amos Walker mystery series.  “Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well” by Nancy Atherton is about a wishing well that appears to make wishes come true.  “Once Upon a Lie” by Maggie Barbieri is the latest in the Maeve Conlon mystery series.  “Saddlemates” by Max Brand and “Valley of Fire” by Johnny D. Boggs are westerns.  “Waiting for You” by Kristan Higgins, “Betting the Rainbow” by Jodi Thomas and “Walking on Air” are romance novels.  “Death Comes to the Village” by Catherine Lloyd is the latest in the Kurland St. Mary mystery series.   “The Winter People” by Jennifer McMahon is a mystery set in Vermont. “Miss Dimple Picks a Peck of Trouble” by Mignon F. Ballard is a Cozy mystery.  “Stone Cold” by C.J. Box is the latest in the Joe Pickett mystery series.  “Love & Treasure” by Ayelet Waldman is an historical fiction set in wartime Salzburg.  “Runner” by Patrick Lee is the latest in the Sam Dryden mystery series.           

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“One Night in Winter” by Simon Sebag Montefiore is a political thriller set in Stalin’s Russia that was inspired by a true story.  “The Skin Collector” by Jeffrey Deaver is the latest in the Lincoln Rhyme thriller series.

Other new novels

“In Paradise” by Peter Matthiessen follows a group of people who gather at the site of a former death camp in 1996.  “Delicious!” by Ruth Reichl tells of a young woman who moves to New York to work for a food magazine.   

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Diane Bowe, Carla Evans, Ali Evans-Crawford, Scottie Gibson, Sandy Kobrock, Marion Leonard, Tim McAvoy,  Judith McCormick and Mark Mueller, Lisa Nelson, Joseph Porter, Jill Porterfield, Jane Reseigh, Marcia Taylor, Shannon Weakman and our many anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“When baking,  follow directions.  When cooking, go by your own taste.” – Laiko Bahrs, culinary consultant. 

Website

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/.

05/15/14

Summer Reading Program signups start today

Summer reading activities are open to everyone from babies to adults.  Our baby and toddler program is especially designed to help parents have fun reading and learning experiences with your child.  All the activities build early literacy skills. Summer reading theme for kids is Fizz, Boom, Read; for teens is Spark a Reaction; and for Adults is Literary Elements. Also, summer reading participants will want to mark your calendars for a free all-ages closing party on July 25 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. (after the library closes) that will include award of prizes, refreshments and entertainment by the San Juan Mountain Boys. Detailed summer reading schedules for all ages are available at the library.  We urge you to pick them up and keep them handy so you don’t miss any of these free fun events.  Also, note that some events require advance registration.

Free diabetes session

Next Monday, May 19 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. is the last of three free diabetic education lectures to answer questions and provide an opportunity for group support. They are organized and presented by the Pagosa Springs Medical Center’s Wellness Center, where you need to register at 731-1533.  If you are pre-diabetic, have just found out you are diabetic or have been living
with diabetes for years, you should find this session helpful.

Lifelong Learning Lecture tonight 

This evening (Thursday, May 15) marks the fifth week of the library’s free six-week spring Lifelong Leaning Lecture series, with a wide variety of interesting topics to enrich your life and keep your mind agile. Tonight’s topic is “Egypt: Ancient deities and timeless wisdom” by author and traveler Julie Loar.  She will share experiences of the lure of this ancient land drawn from her many journeys to Egypt.  All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. and last about an hour, with time for questions.  Next week’s lecture will be about Georgia O’Keeffe.  No registration required.

Program suspensions

The free adultFriday morning movies are taking a summer vacation.  They may return next winter. There will be no karaoke in May. We hope it will return in June when we have the meeting room available again. Also, no Otaku Club for teens this month.

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet issues.  A more formal session requiring registration is Facebook for Businesses (not personal accounts) on Wednesday, May 21 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. when you will learn how to create a page, access your page, manage administrative roles and more.  To participate, you must know the basics of Facebook.           

 Free teen gaming and crafts

Every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games. The May 20 session will also include crafts and a Lego competition. Snacks provided.

Free art fun for kids

Tomorrow (Friday, May 16) from 2 – 3 p.m. kids in the first-third grades are invited to a free fun time with art.  It’s always different and always results in something to take home.

How-to and self-help

Gooseberry Patch’s “Everyday One-Dish Meals” provides 260 simple, homestyle recipes.  “Patent, Copyright & Trademark” is an intellectual property reference work. “The Nourished Kitchen” by Jennifer McGruther offers farm-to-table recipes from the author’s home in the Colorado mountains. 

Other nonfiction

“Everybody’s Got Something” by Robin Roberts is a memoir by the Good Morning America anchor.  “Hope Runs” by Claire Diaz-Ortiz and Samuel Ikua Gachagua is a redemption story about an American tourist and a Kenyan orphan.  “All Fishermen are Liars” by John Gierach covers fishing topics large and small.  “No Market For ‘Em” as told to Ann Williams by Wayne Payton is this sixth-generation Coloradan record of her father’s story.               

CDs

“Tempting Fate” by Jane Green is about the lady woman you’d expect to have an affair.  “Forget Me Not” by Fern Michaels is a mystery.  “Waking the Dead” by Heather Graham is about a painting that comes to life – and brings death.  “Shadow Spell” by Nora Roberts is book two in the Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy.  “Blossom Street Brides” by Debbie Macomber is a romance. “Keep Quiet” by Lisa Scottoline is a suspense story.  “Otherwise Engaged” by Amanda Quick is a mystery set in London.  “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” by Mary Higgins Clark is a mystery.  “NYPD Red 2” by James Patterson and Marshall Karp is the second book in this series. “Frog Music” by Emma Donoghue is a novel based on an unsolved murder.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Until You’re Mine” by Samantha Hayes is a mystery involving pregnant women.  “Longer Than” by Erica Spindler is a romantic thriller.  “Unlucky 13” by James Patterson is the latest in the Women’s Murder Club series.  “Death at the Door” by Carolyn Hart is the latest in the Death on Demand Bookstore mystery series.  “Starfire” by Dale Brown is a military thriller that explores the weaponization of space.           

Other novels

“Hopeful” by Christian writer Shelley Shepard Gray is a romance set in an Amish town.  “The Shadow Queen” by Sandra Gulland is inspired by a true story set in the 17th century French court.  “The Promise” by Rachelle Friedman is a love story about a bride paralyzed just weeks before her wedding. 

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Kristal Fortune and David Huerta. 

Quotable Quote

“You may forget where you put your keys from time to time.  But unless you forget what your keys are for, this is no cause for alarm…. [In your 60s and beyond] your brain is like an older model computer. The information is still in there, it just takes a little longer to access.”  — Dr. John Whyte, author of “Is This Normal?  The Essential Guide to Middle Age and Beyond.” 

Website

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/.

05/08/2014

Audio books and the return of storytelling

Now a recent opinion piece in The New York Times suggests that we may love audio books because they take us back to our childhood when our parents, grandparents and other caregivers read out loud to us.  There also is an historical context to our enjoyment of the spoken word.  As T.M. Luhrmann, a professor of anthropology at Stanford University, wrote in The Times: “For most of human history, literature has been spoken out loud.  The Iliad and the Odyssey were sung…. Even after narratives were written down, they were more often heard than read.” Upon reflection, today’s audio books may be another example of the old adage, the more things change, the more they stay the same. 

Second free diabetic session

Whether you are pre-diabetic, have just found out you are diabetic or have been living with diabetes for years, a new free diabetic education series of lectures can help answer questions and provide an opportunity for group support. The second session takes place at the library on Monday, May 12, from 4:30 – 6 p.m., and the last on May 19.  They are organized and presented by the Pagosa Springs Medical Center’s Wellness Center, where you need to register at 731-1533.  You can attend all sessions or just one, as you choose. 

Lifelong Learning Lecture tonight 

This evening (Thursday, May 8) marks the fourth week of the library’s free six-week spring Lifelong Leaning Lecture series, with a wide variety of interesting topics to enrich your life and keep your mind agile. Tonight’s topic is “The Near-Death Experience:  What Medical Professionals and Lay People Need to Know” by retired hospice doctor Pam Kircher.  She will show a 30-minute film created by the International Association of Near-Death Experiences and facilitate a Q&A session.  All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. and last about an hour, with time for
questions.  Pick up a brochure at the library for the full schedule.  No registration required.

Program suspensions

The free adultFriday morning movies are taking a summer vacation.  They may return next winter. There will be no karaoke in May. We hope it will return in June when we have the meeting room available again.  Also, no Otaku Club for teens this month.

Free Wise Traditions

Join us for lively discussions and lectures on a variety of topics including dietary needs, agriculture, medical traditions and more on the second Saturday of each month – for May, on the 10th – from 2 – 4:30 p.m.  (Note earlier starting time this month,)  Carmen Ritz returns for this May meeting.  All ages welcome.  No registration required.

Free book club for adults

Join our book club for adults, which meets once a month to discuss fiction and nonfiction.  May’s book is “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand to be discussed Tuesday, May 13 from 2 – 3 p.m. Contact Meg at the library if you still need a copy of the book.  No registration required.

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet issues.  A more formal session requiring registration is Skype on Wednesday, May 14 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. when you will learn how to make free video calls on your computer.           

Free tweens bookclub

If you’re in the fourth-sixth grades, like to read and share what you read with friends, this is the club for you.  Tomorrow (Friday, May 9) from 2-3:15 p.m. we’ll be discussing our last book of this school year.  The club will disband for the summer and resume after the new school year starts. 

Free teen gaming

Every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games.  Snacks provided.

Free LEGO Club

Kids aged 6-13 are invited to have fun with LEGOS this Saturday, May 10 from 10:30 – ll:45 a.m.  Bring your creativity – the LEGOS are provided.

Nonfiction

“My Life, Your Inspiration” by Craig J. Boykin is an autobiography that inspires you to turn minor setbacks into a major comeback. “The Railway Man” by Eric Lomax is a POW’s account of war, brutality and forgiveness.  “Sisters in Sin” by Fort Lewis College history professor Duane A. Smith tells of the life of Nellie Spenser, now buried in Durango.  “Hands Free mama” by Rachel Macy Stafford is a guide to putting down the phone, burning the to-do list and letting go of perfection to enjoy what really matters. “Simple Fly Fishing” by Yvon Chouinard, Craig Mathews and Mauro Mazzo describes how to fish with a tenkara rod.            

DVDs

“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” stars Ben Stiller.  “Berkeley Square” is a warm-hearted family drama set in London.  “Philomena” stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.  The Hobbit: The  Desolation of Smaug” is a two-disc special edition. “August: Osage County” stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.  “Sofia the First” is a Disney Junior story of mermaids. “Hitchcock” stars Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren.  “De-Lovely” is a movie about Cole Porter.  “Alfie” stars Michael Caine.  “The Tree of Life” stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn.  “Sunset Boulevard” stars Gloria
Swanson and William Holden.             

Large print

“Hometown Sheriff” by Cheryl St. John is a romance.  “When Shadows Fall” by J.T. Ellison is a mystery featuring forensic pathologist Dr. Samantha Owens.  “The Headmaster’s Wife” by Thomas Christopher Greene is a psychological thriller.  “Bone Deep” by Randy Wayne White is a Doc Ford mystery.  “Murder, She Barked” by Krista Davis is a Paws and Claws mystery. “Sinister” by Lisa Jackson, Nancy Bush and Rosalind Noonan is a romantic suspense story.  “And the Dark Sacred Night” by Julia Glass tells of a man searching for the identity of his father.  “Death on Blackheath” by Anne Perry is a Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery. “Waking the Dead” by Heather Graham is a Cafferty & Quinn is a mystery.  “Burn” by Julianna Baggott is book three of the Pure trilogy.  “The Blood of Renegades: The Loner” by J.A. Johnstone is a western.           

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“A Wanted Woman” by Eric Jerome Dickey is a steamy thriller set in tropical Barbados.  “Everything To Lose” by Andrew Gross is a thriller set after Hurricane Sandy. “Night Diver” by Elizabeth Lowell is a suspense story about underwater treasure hunters.  “The Target” is the latest in the series featuring assassin Will Robie.                        

Other novels

“The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August” by Claire North starts as a man nears the end of his 11th life.  “The King” by J.R. Ward is the latest in the Black Dagger Brotherhood paranormal romance series.  “First Citizen Emperor” by Charles David Eyer is book one in the new Roman Emperor series. “Tattered Heart” by Annie Jackson is a fantasy set in the kingdom of Amaranyllis.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Karen and Dean Cox, Debra Gatton, Arleta Gary, Steve Michel, Rachel Montoya and Tom Thorpe plus our many anonymous donors. 

Quotable Quote

“Don’t raise your voice; improve your argument.” – Desmond Tutu, retired South African Anglican archbishop and social activist.  

Website

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/.

 

03/21/2013

Benefits of reading to kids – and how your library can help

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.  Ever try to skip a page in your child’s favorite book?  You’ll be caught every time.

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.  Passion for books:  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 special time with you.

5. Stress management:  Stories are a great way to help children transition from one milestone to another (starting school or moving, for example) and handle a stressful situation (losing a pet, 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.

Kristine MacNeill, our Youth Services Librarian, can help you with reading to your child.  Every Monday morning she hosts Baby & Toddler Time, a half-hour storytime starting at 10 a.m. for our littlest patrons aged six months to three years.  And every Wednesday from 10 – 11 a.m. she hosts Preschool Storytime for pre-K kids aged three-five years and their families.  Kristine would also be happy to help you select books for your home reading to your child.

More news of our Kristine

Kristine MacNeill, our Youth Services Librarian, has been appointed one of Colorado’s representatives to the five-state ILEAD project in a competitive process that reflects well both on her and your library. ILEAD stands for Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover.  The ILEAD program combines leadership and technology skills to strengthen professional networks, share ideas and create needed community services.  Kristine’s team will meet in-person and virtually to identify a project to meet a community need.  Her community representative is Julie Loar from the Archuleta County Education Center.

Free Academy Award film today

Today (Thursday, March 21) we are showing an Academy Award-winning film from this year from 4 – 6 p.m.  Our movie license does not allow us to publicize its title in this column, so it will be a fun surprise for you.  Popcorn provided.

Teen crafts event tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, March 22)  from 1 – 2:30 p.m. Trina will host a free “Make It” crafts event for teens in the seventh through 12th grades where you will have the opportunity to make jewelry.  All supplies provided

Books on CD

“Touch & Go” by Lisa Gardner is a thriller about an apparently perfect family who are abducted.  “Guilt” by Jonathan Kellerman is the latest in the mystery series featuring detective Milo Sturgis and psychologist Alex Delaware.  “Alex Cross, Run” by James Patterson is the latest in the Alex Cross thriller series.  In “A Time for War” by Michael Savage, the U.S. is under secret attack and the situation can only be solved by a popular TV host hounded by left-wing forces in the media for his views.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Ghost Man” by Rogers Hobbs is about a mystery fixer named Jack who is called in after a disastrous casino robbery in Atlantic City.  “The Boyfriend” by Thomas Perry is a thriller about a PI chasing the killer of a series of high-class prostitutes.  “A Time for War” by Michael Savage, the U.S. is under secret attack and the situation can only be solved by a popular TV host hounded by left-wing forces in the media for his views.  “Guilt” by Jonathan Kellerman is the latest in the thriller series featuring psychologist Alex Delaware.  “Touch & Go” by Lisa Gardner is a mystery about an apparently perfect family vanishing without a trace.  “Bad Blood” by Dana Stabenow about two tribal communities at war is the latest in the Kate Shugak mystery series.

Other new novels

“The Storyteller” by Jodi Picoult follows a woman whose new friend confesses a long-buried secret that will dramatically affect both their lives. “The Bridesmaid” by Beverly Lewis is the latest Amish romance by this popular storyteller.  “Benediction” by Kent Haruf tells of several families facing life’s challenges in Holt, Colo.

Biographies   

“C.S. Lewis: A Life” by Oxford don Alister McGrath is a biography in honor of the 50th anniversary of the death of this great Englishman who spent his days teaching English literature to the brightest students in the world and his spare time writing a bestselling fantasy series for children.

Other nonfiction

“Digital Photography” by Scott Kelby offers step-by-step secrets that promise to show you how to make your photos like like the pro’s.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank several anonymous donors. 

Quotable Quote

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” – Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States.        

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

1/10/2013

New free download service for audio books

Features of the new service include:

  • A wide selection of unabridged audio books from
    well-known publishers.
  • User-friendly browsing options.
  • Customized loan periods from one – 21 days, plus the
    ability to renew titles.
  • You can download and listen on your computer or
    laptop, or transfer the books to your iPod, MP3 player, Smartphone or other
    compatible device.

Titles are added to the collection every quarter. Recent new titles include “The Diary of Mattie Spenser” by Sandra Dallas, “Protector” and “Truth Seeker” by Dee Henderson, “Night Train to Memphis” by Elizabeth Peters, “Gamblers: Denver Draw” by Robert Randisi, “Maverick” by Lori Copeland, “Good Samaritan Strikes Again” by Patrick McManus, “Somewhat Saved” by Pat G’Orge-Walker, “Tempting Torment” by Jo Goodman, “Long Way Home” by Janis Reams Hudson, “Rescue” by William W. Johnstone, “Forever” by Timmothy McCann, “She Had it Coming” by Mary B. Monroe, “Wearing My Halo Tilted” by Stephanie Perry Moore and “Not Without You” by Janelle Taylor.

You will need your library barcode and PIN to use the service, and you will need to create an account and download the OneClick Media Manager software. You can do so by selecting the “Create a New Account” link in the upper right hand corner of the OneClick home page. Please note that OneClickDigital works best with the Mozilla Firefox browser. 

To learn more about this new service, you can attend a workshop on Monday, Jan. 14 from 1-3 p.m.  The first part will deal with the library’s new 3M e-book platform and the second will be about downloading audio books from OneClickDigital.  You are welcome to bring your devices for hands-on help during the workshop.

Free high-tech training

Our highly popular free high-tech learning sessions continue. Informal sessions with Cody are set for today (Thursday, Jan. 10) from 3 – 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 10 a.m. – noon and Thursday, Jan. 17 from 3 – 5 p.m..  We also have a formal training session that requires advance registration for space reasons:  As described in the story above, you can attend a workshop on Monday, Jan. 14 from 1-3 p.m.  The first part will deal with the library’s new 3M e-book platform and the second will be about downloading audio books from OneClickDigital. You are welcome to bring your devices for hands-on help during the workshop.

Conversational Spanish

Join Roberta Strickland, local high school substitute Spanish teacher, for a free weekly five-week conversational Spanish class that started yesterday (Wednesday, Jan. 9) and will continue for four more Wednesdays from 4:30 – 5:30. The signup sheet at the library allows for 30 participants.  

LEGO Club

Kids aged 6-13 are invited to join the monthly LEGO Club that meets this month on Saturday, Jan. 12 from 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.  Bring your imagination – the LEGOs are provided. 

Mysteries, thrillers and adventure

“Agenda 21” by Glenn Beck and Harriet Parke is a fictional account of what might happen if the actual Agenda 21 documents and UN promoters were to be carried out to their fullest.  “Cold Days” by Jim Butcher is the latest in the Dresden Files contemporary fantasy adventure series.

Other novels

“A Possible Life: A Novel in Five Parts” by Sebastian Faulks carries five seemingly unrelated tales about completely different characters in different places and times.  “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie” by Ayana Mathis, Oprah’s latest pick for her resurrected book club, is a debut novel about a struggling mother and her family in Philadelphia.             

Biographies and memoirs

“Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender: A Life in Pictures” showcases rare and better known photos of the Queen singer’s life.  “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road” is an entertaining new memoir by country music singer Willie Nelson.  “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher” by National Book Award winner Timothy Egan covers the life and art of American
photographer Edward Curtis, who gave up a lucrative career as a society portraitist in Seattle to travel the West taking both action pictures and formal portraits of American Indians.

 Other nonfiction

“When God Talks Back” by T.M. Luhrmann helps readers understand the American evangelical relationship with God.  “The Hopkins Touch” by David L. Roll describes how FDR’s confidante organized the Lend-Lease program and steered the president to prepare the American public for war with Germany.  “Far From the Tree” by Andrew Solomon tells the inspiring story of parents who successfully deal with exceptional children facing issues such as disabilities, being conceived in rape, becoming criminals or being prodigies.  “Ice: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers,” a coffee-table size book of photographs by James Balog, is the collection that inspired the award-winning film “Chasing Ice.”                                     

Large print

“Sweet Tooth” by Ian McEwan tells of a Cambridge student whose love of novels makes her a perfect recruit for MI5.  “Poseidon’s Arrow” by Clive and Dirk Cussler is the latest in the Dirk Pitt adventure series.  “On the Island” by Tracey Garvis Graves follows a young English teacher and her student after a plane crash strands them on an uninhabited island.  “Victory at Yorktown”
by Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen is the story of Washington and his army in this important battle.  

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Randy Barlow, Bamma Laicure and Bonnie Stamford. 

Quotable Quote        

“For every minute you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American essayist, lecturer and poet.

Website          

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