Preschool dance party set for next Wednesday

Kids 2 to 5 years of age and their caregivers are invited to our first-ever preschool dance party next Wednesday, April 23, from 10-11 a.m. We ask that each youngster be accompanied by a caregiver who stays with the child. Our Kristine is very good at her job — but we doubt she can handle a room full of excited kids by herself.

Meanwhile, this evening (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. 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.

Library survey

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. Please go fill it out on our website at by clicking on the Survey Monkey link, fill out the survey on paper at the library, or at the Kids’ Fair April 19 in the morning.

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.

Free 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 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 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.

Earth Week event for teens

Tuesday, April 22, from 4-5:30 p.m. is a special Make It class that is smashed with Teen Gaming to celebrate Earth Week by making recycled crafts.

Art for kids

Tomorrow (Friday, April 18) from 2-3 p.m. kids in the first-third grades are invited to a free fun time with art. It’s always different and always results in something to take home.

Spanish classes 

A free six-week class of beginning Spanish taught by Roberta Strickland for all ages began Monday, March 24, at 4:30-5:30 p.m. and runs on Mondays through April 28. 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.

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.

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10 a.m.-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 Internet Basics on Wednesday, April 23, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. when you will learn how to connect to the Internet, use a browser, navigate safely, save favorite websites and use a search engine to find information.

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.


“The Croods” is a Dreamworks animated film. “The Cup” is about Tibetan monks who love soccer. “Kagemusha” is a samurai film. “Monsoon Wedding” features a family gathering from all over the world for a wedding. “Upstairs Downstairs” is a 20-DVD set of the entire series. “The Wolf of Wall Street” stars Leonardo DeCaprio. “Odd Thomas” is based on the novel by Dean Koontz. “Copper” is season one from this BBC crime series. “Berkeley Square” is a family drama set in London. “Get Smart” and “The Hot Chick” are both comedies. “The Karate Kid” and “Garden State” are both coming-of-age stories. “Fever Pitch” is a sports comedy. “Tombstone” is a western. “The Best of Jack Benny” is a 40-episode collection.

Large print

“The Chance” by Robyn Carr is the first in the new Thunder Point series. “The Bootlegger” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott is the latest in the Isaac Bell adventure series. “Be Careful What You Wish For” by Jeffrey Archer is the latest in the Clifton Chronicles series. “Evening Stars” by Susan Mallery is the latest in the Backberry Island series. “Blackberry Pie Murder” by Joanne Fluke is the latest in the Hannah Swenson mystery series with recipes.


“Night Broken” by Patricia Bridges is a Mercy Thompson mystery. “Missing You” by Harlan Coben is a thriller. “Power Play” by Danielle Steel follows the lives of two CEOs, one male and one female. “The Chase” by Janet Evanovich is a mystery. “Concealed in Death” by J.D. Robb is the latest in the Eve Dallas mystery series.

How-to and self help

“10% Happier” by Dan Harris tells of the author’s spiritual adventure after having a nationally televised panic attack. “The Big-Flavor Grill” by Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby provides easy, no-marinade recipes. “Small Beads Big Jewelry” by Jean Power shows you how to make 30 unique pieces of fashion jewelry. “The Organically Clean Home” helps you clean with simple kitchen staples.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers

“The Accident” by Chris Pavone follows the people affected by an explosive book about to be published. “Precious Thing” by Colette McBeth follows two lifelong friends when one is reported missing. “Night Broken” by Patricia Briggs is the latest in the urban fantasy Mercy Thompson series. “The Cairo Affair” by Olen Steinhauer is a CIA thriller. “NYPD Red 2” by James Patterson and Marshall Karp is the latest in this thriller series. “Robert Ludlum’s The Jason Option” by Paul Garrison is the latest in the Jason Bourne series. “Watching You” by Michael Robotham brings readers face to face with a manipulative psychopath.

Other novels

“Shotgun Lovesongs” by Nickolas Butler is about four friends at a reunion in a small Wisconsin town. “A King’s Ransom” by Sharon Kay Penman is the sequel to her first book about Richard the Lionhearted. “Tempting Fate” by Jane Green tells of a happily married woman who has an affair. “The Lost Sisterhood” by Anne Fortier is about a young scholar who risks her reputation to prove the legendary Amazon warrior women actually existed.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Madora Bass, Alicia Brodner and Barron Haley. A very special thank you to the Friends of the Library for giving us the money to replace all of our public computers.

Quotable quote

“With age, you gain maybe not wisdom but at least a bigger picture, and you say, ‘Okay, these are the important things:’ It’s the simple things. The rest are just details.” — Susan Sarandon, contemporary American actress and Oscar winner.


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This story was posted on April 17, 2014.