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Celebrate National Library Week

April 8 - 14 is National Library Week across the country, with the theme of “You belong to your library.”

Established in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association across the country. Here are a few statistics to help you appreciate the value of your free library card:

• 59 percent of all adults in the U.S. have public library cards.

• Americans go to school, public and academic libraries nearly three times more often than they go to the movies.

• Reference librarians in the nation’s public and academic libraries answer nearly 5.7 million questions weekly. Standing single file, the line of questioners would span from Long Island, NY to Juneau, AK.

• A 2009 poll conducted for the American Library Association found that 96 percent of respondents agreed that public libraries play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed because they provide free access to such a wide variety of materials and resources.

To find out exactly what your Sisson Library is worth to you and your family, go the library web site at http://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 the high dollar number.

LEGO Club

Kids ages 6 through 13 are invited to join us for LEGO Club this Saturday, April 14 from 10:30–11:45 a.m. Bring your imagination — the LEGOs are provided. The session is free.

Early literacy open house

Save the date of Friday, April 27, from 9 a.m.–noon when young children and their families or caregivers are invited to check out our new early literacy activities in the meeting room. Try a free activity or two. Cookies will be served.

Free adult events

“Tech Tuesday” takes place from 3-5 p.m. April 17 and 10 a.m.-noon on April 24. (The times are staggered to better meet our patrons’ busy schedules). Cody Yantis, our new technology services librarian, will teach these sessions. There are two more computer sessions to hone your technology skills, also taught by Cody. “Microsoft Word Basics” is Thursday, April 19, from 5–7 p.m. “Email Basics” is Thursday, April 26, from 1–3 p.m.

There are three Lifelong Learning lectures. “Canyon Characters and Storytellers” is this evening (Thursday, April 12) from 6–7:15 p.m. when Marty Borges will share some of her adventures as a Colorado River guide in the Grand Canyon for the past 28 years. “What IS a Healthy Diet?’ is a two-part session Thursday, April 26, and Thursday, May 3, from 4–7 p.m. when local nutritionist Zoe Groulx shows you how to improve your diet by the food you eat and its preparation.

There are two movies — “High Noon” starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly tomorrow (April 13) and “North by Northwest” starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason on April 27, both at 1 p.m.

Harry Potter e-books

We now have the entire Harry Potter series on e-books available exclusively for our patrons. If you are not aware of how to access the free e-book opportunities available for our patrons through your library, please go to http://pagosa.colibraries.org/technology or you can pick up a paper copy at the library.

Magic and fantasy

“The Gilly Salt Sisters” by Tiffany Baker is a magic-tinged tale of family drama and small-town life.

“Touchstone” by Melanie Rawn is a fantasy that follows the life of Cayden, part faerie and part human wizard.

Other new novels

“Carry the One” by Carol Anshaw follows the lives of wedding guests whose car accidentally kills a girl after the reception.

“Monday Mornings” by Dr. Sanjay Gupa looks at five surgeons who push the limits of their abilities. “The Expats” by Chris Pavone tells of a couple living in Luxembourg, giving the wife a chance to escape her double life in America. “Forgotten Country” by Catherine Chung is a story of two American Korean sisters in crisis because of their family history. “Left for Dead” by J.A. Jance is a mystery-thriller in the series featuring Ali Reynolds. “The 13th Tribe” by Robert Liparulo is a mystery with characters drawn from scripture and history.

Large print westerns

We have five new westerns in large print: “Hunt Down Harry Tracy” by W.R. Garwood, “Buffalo Stampede” by Zane Grey “Tomahawk Meadow” by Lauran Paine, “Death Waited at Rialto Creek” by Lewis B. Patten and “Outlaw Pass” by Charles G. West.

Short stories

“What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank” is a collection of eight short stories by Nathan Englander, known as the master of the short story.

Books on CD

“Private Games” by James Patterson is the latest mystery featuring Private, the world’s most renowned investigation firm, this time while they are providing security to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. “Home Front” by Kristin Hannah follows a family as the mother is deployed to Iraq. “I’ve Got Your Number” by Sophie Kinsella tells of a lady who finds a phone after hers is lost, and the two owners’ lives are suddenly intertwined. “Oath of Office” by Michael Palmer explores the causes and results of a doctor’s shooting spree at his office. “Catch Me” by Lisa Gardner is the latest in the mystery series featuring Detective D.D. Warren. “Celebrity in Death” by J.D. Robb is the latest in the mystery series featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas. “Sisterhood of Dune” is the latest in the extension of the Dune series by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. “The Fear Index” by Robert Harris is a mystery involving a revolutionary form of artificial intelligence that predicts the financial markets. “The Wolf Gift” by Anne Rice explores the paradoxical pleasure and enthrallment of wolf savagery and a surprising capacity for good.

Thanks to our donors

For their generous donations this week, we thank Brian and Arlie Swett, as well as the Friends of the Library for funds to help with the Summer Reading Program.

Quotable quote

“One technology tends to supplement rather than supplant. How you read is not as important as will you read? And will you read something that’s a book — the sustained train of thought of one person speaking to another? Search techniques are embedded in e-books that invite people to dabble rather than follow a full train of thought.” — James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress.

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/.

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