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Classics now available as board books for babies and toddlers

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PREVIEW photo/Carole Howard Ryder King, 4 (left), and his 4-month-old brother Bodhi enjoyed one of the Sisson Library’s new classics for babies and toddlers being read to them by their grandmother, Kathleen Isberg. “Moby Dick” and “Pride and Prejudice” are now available as board books, with their cardboard-thick pages, gentle rounded corners and simple concepts for our youngest readers. The books contain lovely drawings and single words on the opposite page — “sailor,” “boat” and “captain” in “Moby Dick,” for example.

PREVIEW photo/Carole Howard
Ryder King, 4 (left), and his 4-month-old brother Bodhi enjoyed one of the Sisson Library’s new classics for babies and toddlers being read to them by their grandmother, Kathleen Isberg. “Moby Dick” and “Pride and Prejudice” are now available as board books, with their cardboard-thick pages, gentle rounded corners and simple concepts for our youngest readers. The books contain lovely drawings and single words on the opposite page — “sailor,” “boat” and “captain” in “Moby Dick,” for example.

Babies and toddlers can now read the classics on board books, with their cardbook-thick pages, gentle rounded corners and simple concepts for our youngest readers. We have added two examples to our collection — “Moby Dick” and “Pride and Prejudice.”

Booksellers say that parents and grandparents are flocking to these books, even if the idea that a 2-year-old could understand the plot of “Moby Dick” seems unlikely. Our version by Jack and Holman Wang simply contains lovely drawings and single words on the opposite page — “sailor,” “boat” and “captain,” for example.

Similarly, “Pride and Prejudice” has colored illustrations and words like “friends,” “sisters,” “dance” and “walk” — plus “yes?” and “no!” as the story goes on.

Child development experts tell us that it’s important for parents, grandparents and babysitters to read to babies early and often. Now you can include classics in your toddler’s repertoire. Board books are traditionally aimed at newborns to three-year-olds.  Kristine MacNeill, youth services librarian, will wait to order more of these classics until she sees how parents and kids like them.

Hot chocolate hullabaloo

Mark your calendar for next Thursday, Dec. 12, from 4–6 p.m. so you can join us for a free holiday crafts event for the whole family. You’ll make ornaments and other holiday goodies while you enjoy a hot chocolate bar. This is a great way for you and your family to get a head start on the holiday season and enjoy some together time.

Library tree at festival 

Your library is one of 22 local nonprofits sponsoring a tree for the annual Festival of Trees at the Ross Aragon Community Center, thanks to the Friends of the Library. You have lots of opportunities to participate. Today (Thursday, Dec. 5) the public can come to view the trees for free and vote for your favorite from noon-7 p.m. while you enjoy hot cider, hot chocolate, Christmas music and sweets. Tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 6) at 7 p.m. is the paid gala event when guests will enjoy appetizers, music, a cash bar and bid on their favorites.

The money our tree generates will, of course, be donated to the library. Our tree is an artificial blue spruce. It will feature red and silver ornaments with the many Christmas-related books underneath included in the package. We hope you come to see our tree — and like it enough to vote for it!

Free adult movies

Every Friday at 10 a.m., you are invited for coffee, donuts and a movie for adults from the 1950s or 1960s. The movie for tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 6) is “The Time Machine.”

Free wellness program

Join us next Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 12:30–1:30 p.m. for a health discussion from a member of the Pagosa Springs Medical Center.

Free book club

Join us next Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 2-3 p.m. for our new adults book club, which will meet once a month to discuss fiction and nonfiction. For December, we will be discussing “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. Light snacks provided.

Free tweens science

Tweens in the fourth-sixth grades are invited to discover the world of science on the first Friday of every month. For December, that’s tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 6) from 2-3:15 p.m. Registration required.

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesday and Thursday sessions, 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays — except for Thursday, Dec. 12. Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet issues. A more formal session on Skype photos requiring registration takes place Wednesday, Dec. 18 from 12:30–2 p.m.

Free teen gaming

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

DVDs

“The Blind Side” stars Sandra Bullock based on the true story of a homeless teen football player.

“The Antbully” is an animated family movie about an anthill with a secret potion. “Person of Interest” is the complete first season of this TV drama. “Magic Mike” is an R-rated about a man in an all-male revue. “Morning Light” is a true-life adventure about the Transpac Yacht Race. “Miss Congeniality” is a comedy starring Sandra Bullock. “Uptown Girls” has been described as “A New York fairy tale.”

Large print

“Rasputin’s Shadow” by Raymond Khoury is a thriller that starts in Russia in 1916. “Deceived” by Randy Wayne White is the latest in the Hannah Smith mystery series. “Run to You” by Rachel Gibson is the second book in the Military Men romance series. “Gone with the Woof” by Lauren Berenson is the latest in the Melanie Travis mystery series. “Cloche and Dagger” by Jenn McKinlay is the latest in the Hat Shop mystery series. “Let It Burn” by Steve Hamilton is the latest in the Alex McKnight crime series.

Other new fiction

“Amity & Sorrow” by Peggy Riley follows a mother and two daughters fleeing her husband’s polygamous compound. “We Are Water” by Wally Lamb tells of a woman who upsets her family when she decides to marry a wealthy female art dealer responsible for her professional success.

Thanks to our donors

For their generous donations, we thank Mae Jaramillo, as well as Lenore Bright and Shirley Iverson in memory of Gil Bright. For books and materials this week, we thank Jill Dougherty and several anonymous donors.

Quotable quote

“A man’s accomplishments in life are the cumulative effect of his attention to detail.” — John Foster Dulles (1888-1959), U.S. Secretary of State under President Eisenhower.

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/.

This story was posted on December 5, 2013.