Library’s new Web site offers many new services and features

Thanks to the Colorado State Library, we now have a new Web site with the kind of sophisticated features previously available only in large, urban centers. Currently about 20 Colorado libraries, including your Sisson Library, have taken advantage of this great service aimed at helping small libraries serve their patrons better in this high-tech age.

This new site still gives you access to the popular features that were available on our previous site, including reserving books, checking on activities and events at the library, and reading past library columns from The SUN. And it also offers much more.

Here are some of the new services and features available through the Plinkit system:

• More online research sites and web resources in addition to the data bases we offered previously. Examples include services such as a telephone directory, dictionary and zip code listings.

• A Business and Finance section with expanded offerings such as the Colorado Department of Revenue resource for tax information, a trade name data base, and IRS and SBA (Small Business Administration) sites.

• Consumer information such as the Attorney General Consumer Protection agency, Better Business Bureau and Consumer Reports.

• Education sites offering resources relating to college applications, funding and scholarships.

• Health and medicine areas aimed at non-medical people, such as the Centers for Disease Control site.

• Jobs and careers links offering job search sources.

• Science and technology areas such as the NASA site and “How stuff works” for kids.

• Genealogy links like Family Search and Ancestry.com.

• Kids and Teens sites for research and books that have been vetted by the state as appropriate for young people.

• A “Contact Us” section where you can offer suggestions to our library staff, ask questions, recommend specific books be purchased, and even request books through the Interlibrary Loan system.

• A Spanish section with a wide variety of sources and resources.

• Lots more!

One of the most interesting features is a section called “What is your library worth to you?”

You input your personal usage — how many books, audio books, DVDs etc., you borrow in a month, for example, plus whether you attend lectures or other library events and use library services like the Interlibrary Loan. Then your individual ROI (return on investment) is calculated automatically to show what value you personally get for each tax dollar you pay — a fun and rather impressive exercise.

We hope you will explore this new library site to find out all the advantages it offers you. The new address is http://pagosa.colibraries.org/ . Please put us in your Favorites list and visit us often!

Children’s Christmas Fair

Please being your pre-schoolers and children in early grades to the library this Saturday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon for the annual Children’s Christmas Fair. The fun will include crafts, songs and games like the Frosty Snowball Toss and Pin the Red Nose on Rudolph. Every child attending will get a free pass to the Christmas movie at the Liberty Theater.

High school artists

If you want to see some of the artwork of talented teens in grades nine through 12 at the high school, please visit the library to view “The World Different” exhibition on display until Jan. 16. The works are in a variety of media including prints, drawings, paintings and collages. The artists are Rebekah Pepiton’s Art 1 students, and their output is very impressive.

Children’s books

We have lots of new books for parents and grandparents to read to youngsters. They include “Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy” by Jane O’Connor, “Big Words for Little People” by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell, “Stella Louella’s Runaway Book” by Lisa Campbell Ernest, “Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken” by Kate DiCamillo and Harry Bliss, “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book?” by Lauren Child, “Rattletrap Car” by Phyllis Root, “1001 Things to Spot in Fairland” by Gillian Doherty plus “The Dot” and “Ish” by Peter H. Reynolds. All of these books have clever, colorful illustrations to keep your child’s interest.

Thrillers

British spymaster John Le Carre’s latest book “A most wanted man” features three rival spies — a young Russian claiming to be a devout Muslim, a German civil rights lawyer and the scion of a failing British bank based in Hamburg. “Extreme Measures” is the latest thriller by Vince Flynn featuring his deadly and charismatic hero Mitch Rapp.

Book for pre-teens

New among on non-fiction books for third through seventh graders are “Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story about Brain Science” by John Fleischman, “The Curious Boy’s Book of Exploration: 100 Challenges, Puzzles and Experiments” by Sam Martin, “How Angel Peterson Got His Name and Other Outrageous Tales About Extreme Sports” by Gary Paulsen, “Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship” about a baby hippo and a giant tortoise, “Plant Earth: 25 environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself” by Kathleen M. Reilly, “The Awful Pawful” and “The Buried Biscuits” from the Jack Russell: Dog Detective series by Darrel and Sally Odgers, “The Last Holiday Concert” by Andrew Clements, and “Mythbusters: Don’t Try This At Home,” the companion book to the Discovery Channel TV series.

Large print

We have “Guns of Arizona” by Lauran Paine along with 24 more large-print westerns for your reading pleasure. Also in large print are “Sweet Spot,” a contemporary romance by Susan Mallery; “The Rustler” by Linda Lael Miller, a western romance from the Stone Creek series and “Just After Sunset,” a collection of short stories by Stephen King.

New novels

“New England White” by Stephen L. Carter is the story of the aftermath of a car accident in a blizzard.

“Black Swan Green” by David Mitchell, set in England in 1982, was named by Time magazine as one of the 10 best books of the year. “Testimony” by Anita Shreve takes place at a prestigious New England boarding school.

Non-fiction

Eden’s Outcasts” by John Matteson explores the complex relationship between Louisa May Alcott and her father, a prominent teacher, lecturer and friend of Emerson and Thoreau.

“The Wordy Shipmates” by Sarah Vowell is a new look at the Puritans who came to America, showing them to be highly literate, deeply principled and surprisingly feisty.

“August: Osage County” is the Pulitzer Prize winning play, a black comedy, by Tracy Letts.

Magic and fantasy

“Swallowing Darkness” by Laurell K. Hamilton is the story of a faerie princess. “Mirror Mirror” by Gregory Maguire is a fresh version of the Snow White story, this one taking place in the year 1502.

Thanks to our donors

For generous donations, we are grateful to Lenore Bright and the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club. For books and materials this week we thank Windsor Chacey, Warren Grams, Ron Graydon, Lisa Peterson, Charleen Stripe and Codie Wilson.