Survey asks your opinion of library’s role and future

PREVIEW columnist, and the library staff

Beginning today, 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 is available in a full-page ad in The Pagosa Springs SUN’s Preview section today, online at our website at by clicking on the Survey Monkey link, on paper at the library, at the City Market in mid-April and 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.

The last time we conducted such a comprehensive survey was in 2009 — and we listened and acted on your ideas. Your opinions now will be equally important to our decision making. 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 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.

Family karaoke

Join us for a free evening of karaoke next Thursday, April 10 from 5:30-7 p.m. 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.

Special spring-fever gaming for teens

Teens in the seventh-12th grades are invited to a free special spring fever gaming event on Wednesday, April 9, from 3-4:30 p.m.

Book club for adults

Join our book club for adults, which meets once a month to discuss fiction and nonfiction. April’s book is “Little Bee” by Chris Cleave, to be discussed Tuesday, April 8, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Contact Meg at the library if you still need a copy of the book. No registration required.

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.

LEGO club

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

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 Word Intermediate on Wednesday, April 9 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. This class will cover tables, sorting data, adding screen shots and web images and how to edit images.

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.


“Midnight Rider” by Ralph Cotton, “Strike of the Mountain Men” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone and “The Stranger from Abilene” by Ralph Compton are all westerns. “Confessions of a Wild Child” by Jackie Collins is a prequel to the Lucky series. “An Officer and a Spy” by Robert Harris is a novel about the scandal surrounding Alfred Dreyfus in France in 1895.


“Success through Stillness” by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons outlines the benefits of meditation. “Newtown” by Matthew Lysiak explores the tragedy of Sandy Hook Elementary School. “Cycle of Lies” by Juliet Macur is the story of Lance Armstrong’s spectacular rise and fall. “Wise Craft” shows you how to create 60 projects using thrift store finds, fabric scraps and natural objects. “Code Name: Johnny Walker” is a memoir of an Iraqi interpreter who risked everything to fight with the U.S. Navy SEALs. “Blood Will Out” by Walter Kirn tells of his friendship with a real-life imposter and murderer posing as a blueblood.


“The Exorcism of Emily Rose” is a supernatural thriller. “We Were Soldiers” starring Mel Gibson is an action-packed war movie. “Barabbas” starring Anthony Quinn is based on a New Testament story. “Jarhead” is an unconventional war story. “Dolphin Tale” is inspired by the true story of Winter the dolphin. “The Eagle Has Landed” is a thriller starring Michael Caine, Robert Duvall and Donald Sutherland. “Mystic River” was an Academy Award winner in 2004. “October Sky” is based on an inspiring true story in coal country, West Virginia. “The Book Thief” tells of an illiterate girl who learns to love books in World War II.

Large print

“Concealed in Death” by J.D. Robb is the latest in the Eve Dallas mystery series. “The Return” by James D. Best is a western featuring Steve Dancy. “Plain Murder” by Emma Miller and “Dandy Gilver and a Bothersome Number of Corpses” by Catriona McPherson are both Cozy mysteries. “The Pawnbroker” by David and Aimee Thurlo and “The Science Society” by O’Nelligan and Plunkett are both mysteries. “Jeeves and the Wedding Bells” by Sebastain Faulks is an homage to P.G. Wodehouse. “Do or Die” by Anne Brockmann is the latest in the reluctant heroes romantic suspense series. “Temptation” by Sherryl Woods is a romance.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Scottie Gibson, Nany Kneipple, Lois Norris, Margie Richter, Roy Vega and several anonymous donors.

Quotable quote

“The longer the title, the less important the job.” — George McGovern (1922-2012), American historian, author, politician and Democratic presidential nominee in 1972.


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This story was posted on April 3, 2014.