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Free books for 4-year-olds during Week of the Young Child

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PREVIEW photo/Carole Howard Kristine  MacNeill, youth services librarian at your Sisson Library, has just received her library support staff certification from the American Library Association after completing a three-year online course.  Kristine is among the first graduates of this new college-level program,  which currently is being taken by about 250 library staff in the U.S.   She participated as a panelist April 25 in a national webinar promoting this valuable education program to other library staff across the country.

PREVIEW photo/Carole Howard
Kristine MacNeill, youth services librarian at your Sisson Library, has just received her library support staff certification from the American Library Association after completing a three-year online course.  Kristine is among the first graduates of this new college-level program, which currently is being taken by about 250 library staff in the U.S.  She participated as a panelist April 25 in a national webinar promoting this valuable education program to other library staff across the country.

Libraries across Colorado are giving a free book to every 4-year-old in the state in celebration of the Week of the Young Child.

Statewide, more than 70,000 copies of “Duck on a Bike” by Caldecott Honor writer David Shannon will be distributed to children across Colorado at local library events. The book is available in both English and Spanish and will be accessible to children with special needs.

“Duck on a Bike” is a humorous book perfect for reading aloud to your child. It’s about a duck who decides to try riding a bike — and loves it.

Come by the Sisson Library May 6-20 or attend any program and pick up this free book for your 4-year-old youngster. Better yet, bring your 4-year-old to pick up his or her own book and see the opportunities for fun and learning that are available free at the library almost any day of the week.

Kristine MacNeill, youth services librarian, will host a special “Fabulous Fours” program for 4-year-olds and their families. There are two dates to choose from to meet your busy schedules: Wednesday, May 8, from 10–11 a.m., or Thursday, May 9, from 6–7 p.m. All 4-year-olds attending will receive a free book.

To ensure school readiness, it is critical that 4-year-olds have frequent and routine access to books and that they be read to consistently. The vocabulary level of preschoolers is predictive of their third-grade reading proficiency. For low-income families, access to quality books and early literary efforts are doubly important, as research shows these youngsters have few to no books in their homes and are exposed to 30 million fewer words before the age of four than their higher-income peers. This giveaway program aims to close this vocabulary gap by getting a book into the home of every 4-year-old in Colorado and fostering a culture of reading.

Tech Tuesdays, Thursdays 

Our new Adult Services Librarian ,Meg Wempe, has started up the Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions — 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Join her for one-on-one informal help on your computer or tablet issues. These sessions have been a huge hit with our patrons.

Spanish classes 

Roberta Strickland’s popular Spanish classes are back, by popular demand. Join her every Wednesday from 4:30–5:30 p.m. for three more weeks. The classes are free, but registration is required.

Biographies and memoirs

“High-spirited Women of the West” by Anne Seagraves profiles 10 courageous women who helped shape history. “Last Stand” by Todd Wilkinson documents Ted Turner’s quest to save a troubled planet. “Out of Order” by Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, tells of the history and evolution of the highest court in the land.

Books on CD

“Six Years” by Harlan Coben is a suspense story about a man whose memories of his first love don’t appear to match reality. “Strong, Hot Winds” by Iris Johansen is a steamy love story set in a desert kingdom. “Family Pictures” by Jane Green is the story of two women whose lives intersect when a shocking secret is revealed. “Bad Blood” is the latest in the series featuring Kate Shygak. “Raising Cubby” by John Elder Robison is a memoir about a father and son dealing with Asperger’s syndrome.

Large print

“The Corpse of St. James” by Jeanne M. Dams is the latest in the Dorothy Martin mystery series. “The Storyteller” by Jodi Picoult is the story of a woman who learns of an old man’s background and must make some difficult decisions. “The Last Refuge” by Marcia Talley is the latest in the Hannah Ives mystery series. “Fuse” by Julianna Baggott is the second book in the author’s post-apocalypse trilogy.

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Utopia Experiment” by Kyle Mills is the latest in the Covert-One clandestine group thriller series.

“Out of the Black Land” by Kerry Greenwood is a mystery set in Egypt during the Eighteenth Dynasty.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Carolyn Beach, Dana Dellmore and Codie Wilson.

Quotable quote

“A good solution applied with vigor now is better than a perfect solution applied 10 minutes later.” — General George Patton (1885-1945), U.S. Army, most famous for his leadership in the European Theater in World War II.

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/.

This story was posted on May 2, 2013.