National Library Week celebrates books and knowledge

Your Sisson Library is joining libraries across the U.S.A. in observing National Library Week April 12-18 with the theme “Worlds connect@your library.” 

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance each April sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA). It is a time set aside to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians, and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries — school, public, academic and special — participate.

In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. Concerned that Americans were reading less, the ALA and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization to promote a number of ambitious goals, including encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time. The first National Library Week was observed in 1958, and since then it has been an annual event.

To find out exactly what your Sisson Library is worth to you and your family, go the library web site at www.pagosa.colibraries.org. In the box on the left side of the Home Page, click on “What is your library worth to you?” Enter the number of books, magazines, videos, DVDs and interlibrary loans you borrow in an average month, plus the number of programs you attend like Lifelong Learning for adults and story hours for children, and the number of times you reference the Web site’s data bases or ask reference questions.

The software will automatically calculate the personalized value of your free membership for you, and we’ll bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised and delighted at how high the number is.

Earth Day fun

Calling all kids in the second through sixth grades who love animals and other wild creatures! Gretchen Lamar from Durango Studies will be at the library on Friday, April 24 from 1:45-3:15 p.m. to help us celebrate Earth Day by showing us how we can enjoy and respect the wild creatures living in our very own backyards — like bears, skunks, elk, eagles, fish and mountain lions. Spaces are limited so please call 264-2208 to register.

Free lecture

The fourth of seven free Lifelong Learning lectures at the library on Saturdays from 3 to 4:15 p.m. takes place next Saturday, April 18 (no lecture this Saturday because of Easter). Dennis Aronson, a former Peace Corps volunteer, will speak of his adventures in Afghanistan. All Lifelong Learning lectures are free to the public. We hope to see you there.

Books for little ones

You may remember reading a couple of weeks ago in this column that your Sisson Library is one of 10 public libraries in Colorado that has just been honored with a special grant to implement the Colorado State Library’s “Every Child Ready to Read” program. “Every Child Ready to Read” is a national initiative to help public libraries promote pre-literacy skills in children from birth through age five.  In the program, children are exposed to language and literature, with the goal of having them arrive at kindergarten ready to learn.  Parents and caregivers also can learn techniques for engaging their babies and young children in language and literacy games that promote learning and school-readiness.

We now have received a large number of books to help us implement this program: ”Yip! Snap! Yap!” by Charles Fuge, “If You See a Kitten” by John Butler, “My Big Brother” and “My Big Sister” by Valerie Fisher, “This Little Chick” by John Lawrence, “Full, Full, Full of Love” by Trish Cooke, “Donut Chef” by Bob Staake, “Edward the Emu” by Sheena Knowles, “Yikes!!!” by Robert Florczak, “Clumsy Crab” by Ruth Galloway, “Starry Safari” by Linda Ashman, “Whose Baby Am I?” by John Butler, “Hooray for Fish!” by Lucy Cousins, and “Global Babies” about babies all over the world. You and your youngsters will love them.

Books for pre-teens

Here are five new books aimed at youngsters in the third through seventh grades: “Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Journey to Change the World One Child At a Time” by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin, the third book in “The 39 Clues” series by Peter Lerangis, “Rachel Carson’s Fighting Pesticides and Other Chemical Pollutants” by Patricia Lantier, “Clarice Bean, Don’t Look Now” by Lauren Child and “Drover’s Secret Life” by John R. Erickson.

Books for teens

Here are two more books for teens: “Skateboarding: Legendary Tricks” by Steve Badillo, with includes 500 photos; and “Fell” from the Legend of Sight fantasy adventure series by David Clement-Davies.

Large print books

“The Archangel Project” by C. S. Graham is a mystery/suspense book set in New Orleans and Washington, D.C. “Fish Out of Water” is a novel about merfolk in the sea by MaryJanice Davidson.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Dakota Babbitt, Joni Jill Barlow, Jeff Dec, Patricia Evans, Ron Graydon, Marlene Jorgensen, Paul Lerno, Jim Matheson, Dick and Vimmie Ray, Lark Sanders, Jason Siren, Eva Jean Sparks, Gwen Taylor and Bruce Young.

Quotable quote

“The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.” — James Bryce (1838-1922), British diplomat and historian, known as First Viscount Bryce of Dechmont.

Web site

For more information on library books, services and programs, please visit our new Web site at www.pagosa.colibraries.org.


SUN photo/Carole Howard
Part-time Sisson Library cataloguing staffer Susan McAdams displays a banner and bookmarks promoting National Library Week April 12-18, with the theme “Worlds connect@ our library.”  To find out exactly what your library is worth to you and your family, go the library Web site at www.pagosa.colibraries.org.  In the box on the left side of the Home Page, click on “What is your library worth to you?”  Enter the number of books, magazines, videos, DVDs and interlibrary loans you borrow in an average month, plus the number of programs you attend like Lifelong Learning for adults and story hours for children, and the number of times you reference the web site’s data bases or ask reference questions.  The software will automatically calculate the personalized value of your free membership for you.