Lifelong Learning Lectures resume next Thursday

PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

Next Thursday, April 17, marks the start of the library’s free six-week spring Lifelong Leaning Lecture series, with a wide variety of interesting topics to enrich your life and keep your mind agile. The first topic is “Wilderness history and law on the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act” by Ros Wu and Phillip Wheaton of the Pagosa Ranger District. All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. and last about an hour, followed by time for questions. Pick up a brochure at the library for the full schedule.

Thanks to our volunteers

As America celebrates National Volunteer Week, we want to salute the wonderful volunteers who work at your Sisson Library. In 2013, they contributed more than 1,000 hours — almost half of a full-time position. We also are grateful for the dedication and hard work of our board of trustees and the Friends of the Library board.

Library survey underway

This month, we are asking your opinion on what services you would like the library to offer in the future and how those wishes would affect an expansion of the library. We are eager to get input from our patrons — and equally eager to reach out to non-library users to get their views. With this broad audience in mind, the survey was published in a full-page ad in The Pagosa Springs SUN Preview section on April 3, and is available online at our website at by clicking on the Survey Monkey link, on paper at the library, at the Health Fair, City Market, and at the Kids’ Fair the morning of April 19.

Questions in the survey include what roles you see the library playing in the community’s future, what parts of the library’s collection you use, what additional technology you would like the library to offer, what spaces in the library you feel need to be enlarged or created, whether library hours should be expanded, and what programming and services you want added. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. And know that we greatly value your perspective and your suggestions.

Books for 4 year olds

Libraries across Colorado are giving a free book to every 4 year old in the state from April 7 to 21 as part of a special family literacy project called One Book 4 Colorado. The book is available in both English and Spanish and is also 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 youngster. Better yet, bring them to pick up their own book and see the opportunities for fun and learning that are available free at your library almost any day of the week. There will be a special distribution to 4 year olds at Head Start and Seeds of Learning, and at the Kids’ Fair on April 19 at the elementary school. As well, some of the books will go to the Reach Out and Read program at the Pagosa Springs Medical Center.

Family karaoke tonight

Join us for a free evening of karaoke tonight (Thursday, April 10) from 5:30-7 p.m. Note that for this month the date has changed from the third Thursday to the second because Lifelong Learning lectures resume on April 17. We’ll have music for a wide range of audiences from children to adults for you to sing to. We’ve just received more karaoke CDs, so we have added hits for teens and tweens, as well as a multitude of songs in Spanish. Light snacks will be provided.

Tweens bookclub

If you’re in the fourth-sixth grades, like to read and share what you read with friends, this is the club for you. Tomorrow (Friday, April 11) from 2-3:15 p.m. we’ll be discussing “A City of Ember” and you’ll get your new book to read.

LEGO club

Kids aged 6-13 are invited to have fun with LEGOs this Saturday, April 12, from 10:30-ll:45 a.m. Bring your creativity — the LEGOs are provided.

Spanish classes 

A free six-week class of beginning Spanish taught by Roberta Strickland for all ages began Monday, March 24 and runs on Mondays through April 28, at 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.

Wise Traditions

Join us for lively discussions and lectures on a variety of topics, including dietary needs, agriculture, medical traditions and more on the second Saturday of each month — for April, on the 12th — from 3-4:30 p.m. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Movies for adults

Every Friday at 10 a.m., you are invited for coffee, popcorn and a movie 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 Computer Basics on Wednesday, April 16, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. This class will cover the basics of a computer including hardware parts, keyboard shortcuts, organizing files and more.

Teen gaming

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


“Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant” by Jose Angel N. is a first-person account of an educated illegal immigrant from Mexico. “Operation Paperclip” by Annie Jacobsen documents a covert project to bring Hitler’s scientists and their families to the U.S.


We have sixth anniversary two-CD editions of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musicals: “The Sound of Music,” “Carousel,” “State Fair,” “South Pacific,” “Oklahoma” and “The King and I.” “20 Feet from Stardom” is a documentary about the background singers of superstars Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder and Bette Midler. “American Hustle” was nominated for 10 Academy Awards this year. “Frozen” and “The Fox and the Hound” are Disney animated films. “Inside Llewyn Davis” is about the Greenwich Village folk music scene in 1961. “Saving Mr. Banks” stars Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson. “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” is the story of this iconic leader.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“Black Horizon” by James Grippando is the latest in the Jack Swyteck adventure series. “Innocent Blood” by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell is the first in a new Order of the Sanguines series combing science, myth and religion. “Stone Cold” by C.J. Box is the latest in the series featuring game warden Joe Pickett. “Murder of Crows” by Anne Bishop is the latest in the Others supernatural series. “Steeped in Evil” by Laura Childs is the newest in the Tea Shop mystery series with recipes.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Teddy Finney, Warren Grams, Jeff Versaw and Paige Wiersma, plus our many anonymous donors.


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This story was posted on April 10, 2014.