Free books for all 4-year-olds starting April 7

PREVIEW Columnist and library staff

Libraries across Colorado are giving a free book to every 4-year-old in the state April 7-21 as part of a special family literacy project called One Book 4 Colorado. More than 75,000 copies of a book (its title will be a secret until April 7) will be distributed to children statewide at local library events, including at your Sisson Library.

The book will be available in both English and Spanish and will be accessible to children with special needs.

Come by the Sisson Library or attend any program and pick up this free book for your 4-year-old. 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 your library almost any day of the week.

Kristine MacNeill, youth services librarian, has arranged a special distribution to 4-year-olds at Head Start and Seeds of Learning. She also will be giving out books at the Kids’ Fair on April 19 (location yet to be set). Some of the books will also go to the Reach Out and Read program at the Pagosa Springs Medical Center.

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 4 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 within our families statewide.

Spanish classes 

A free six-week class of beginning Spanish for all ages taught by Roberta Strickland began Monday, March 24, and runs through April 28 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The book used in class costs $8 and can be purchased at the library desk. You may join the class at any time and it is fine if you miss a few classes. Roberta understands about your sometimes complicated schedules.

Kids gaming 

Kids in first through sixth grade are invited to enjoy Wii, Xbox, board games and cards tomorrow (Friday, March 28) from 2-3:15 p.m.

Movies for adults

Every Friday at 10 a.m., you are invited for coffee, donuts and a movie event for adults.

The contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio. If you want to know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly adult activities flyer at the library, check the home page of our website or phone the library to ask. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays, and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet issues.

A more formal session requiring registration is Word Basics on Wednesday, April 2 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. where you will learn the basics of MS Word — creating and saving documents, formatting text, adding images and more.

Teen gaming

Every Tuesday from 4-5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming, including X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon card battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games. Snacks will be provided.


“Romantics Anonymous” is a French film with English subtitles. “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” starring Rene Zellweger and Hugh Grant is a romantic comedy. “The Name of the Rose,” starring Sean Connery, is about death in a 14th century monastery. “The Chamber” is a thriller starring Gene Hackman and Faye Dunaway. “Eragon” is a fantasy thriller. “The Fountainhead” stars Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal. “Catching Fire” is the second adventure from The Hunger Games saga.

How-to and self-help

“Getting Started in Digital Photography” by Khara Plicanic helps you use the camera you have with better results. “Never Been Stitched” by Amanda Carestio offers 45 no-sew and low-sew projects. “Beginning Cherokee” by Ruth Bradley Holmes and Betty Sharp Smith teaches you the rudiments of Cherokee. “Road Tripping” by Loralee Leavitt and Rick Walton is a parent’s guide to planning and surviving the annual car trip. “65 Things To Do When You Retire” is a collection of essays offering a guide to retirement. “More Forgotten Skills of Self-sufficiency” by Caleb Warnock provides money-saving and healthy-living skills to help your family gain self-reliance. “Keep Your Brain Alive” by Dr. Lawrence C. Katz and Manning Rubin introduces you to Neurobics, a brain exercise program. “Low-Carb Fraud” by nutritionist T. Colin Campbell outlines where and how he believes the low-carb proponents get it wrong.

Other nonfiction

“The Monkey’s Voyage” by biologist Alan de Queriroz shows how the effects of oceanic dispersal have been crucial to generating diversity of life on earth. “Orange is the New Black” by Piper Kerman is a memoir describing the author’s year in a women’s prison. “Knowing Mandela” by foreign correspondent John Carlin is a personal portrait of the South African leader. “Pat and Dick” by Will Swift is a look at the Nixons’ marriage based on love letters and other private documents.


“Killer” by Jonathan Kellerman is the latest in the Alex Delaware thriller series. “After I’m Gone” by Laura Lippman is a mystery that follows a family after the husband/father vanishes. “Worthy Brown’s Daughter” by Phillip Margolin is a story of western justice in Portland, Ore. “Dance of the Reptiles” by Carl Hiaasen is a collection of the author’s Miami Herald columns.

Large print

“Vicious Circle” by Wilbur Smith is a thriller. “A Star for Mrs. Blake” by April Smith is a historical romance. “The Second Chance Café” by Alison Kent is the latest in the Hope Springs romance series.

Mysteries, suspense
and thrillers

“Cockroaches” by Jo Nesbo is a murder mystery set in Thailand. “The Poisoned Pawn” by Peggy Blair is the sequel to “The Beggar’s Opera.” “Eyes Wide Open” by Ted Dekker is a modern day parable about how we see ourselves.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Jane Lomasney and our many anonymous donors. We also received a grant from the Ross Hill Bazaar at the Methodist Church. With this generous gift, we were able to order 16 Spanish and bilingual board books for our littlest patrons.

Quotable quote

“No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.” — Stanislaw Lec (1909-1966), Polish poet and writer.


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This story was posted on March 27, 2014.