Value of home libraries for your youngster as school starts

SUN columnist, and the Library Staff

Parents, do you know the value of a home library for your youngster?

Research shows that kids who have books in their home have improved vocabulary and overall reading performance; do better in math, science and social studies; perform better on standardized tests and are more likely to go to college.

Those are impressive skills for your child to cultivate — and they are especially top of mind now as Pagosa Springs kids get set to return to school next week.

Another valuable tip to help your child be successful in school and in life — reading aloud. You are stimulating language and literacy skills, as well as building motivation, curiosity and memory. Ever try to skip a page in your child’s favorite book? You’ll be caught every time!

Kristine MacNeill, your Youth Services Librarian, can help you with reading to your child. Every Monday morning, she hosts Baby and Toddler Time, a half-hour storytime starting at 10 a.m. for our littlest patrons aged 6 months to 3 years. And every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., she hosts Preschool Storytime for pre-K kids aged 3-5 years and their families.

Kristine also would be happy to help you select books for home reading and a home library for your child.

Free tech programs

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.


“Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations” by the Hollywood star and ghost writer Peter Evans is described by critics as more explicit than most superstars’ memoirs.

“Unbreakable” by Jenni Rivera is the official autobiography of this popular Mexican American singer who died in a plane crash in 2012.

Other nonfiction

“Zealot” by Reza Aslan is a biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. “Lawrence in Arabia” by Scott Anderson explores the Arab Revolt against the Turks in World War I and the secret game to control the Middle East.


“Duck Dynasty/season one” is available from A&E. “A Certain Justice” by P.D. James features Detective Inspector Adam Dalgliesh. “Love’s Kitchen” is a romance. “Rush Hour” is an action comedy starring Jackie Chan. “House of Cards” is the complete first season of this political drama series.

Large print

“The 9th Girl” by Tami Hoag is a thriller featuring homicide detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska. “Island Girls” by Nancy Thayer follows three women summoned to their dead father’s Nantucket home by a clause in his will. “The Week before the Wedding” is a romance by Beth Kendrick. “Board Stiff” by Elaine Viets is a Dead-End Job mystery and “Murder in Chelsea” by Victoria Thompson is a Gaslight mystery, both in the Cozy mystery series. “Current Creek Valley” by RaeAnne Thayne is a romance in the Hope’s Crossing series.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Justice for Sara” by Erica Spindler tells of a woman trying to resolve her sister’s unsolved murder. “The Beast” by Faye Kellerman is the latest thriller in the series featuring LAPD’s Peter Decker.

Thanks to our donors

We are grateful for the generous donation from Sheila Rogers for the purchase of e-books. For books and materials this week, we thank Larry Augsbury, Medora Bass, Terry DeBoer, Kerry Elrod, Marti Gallo, Hilda Graff, Karl Irons, Jim and Sandy Kahrs, Pam Kircher, Edward Mariska, Cindy Quigley, Kenneth Samila, Linda Schneider and Kathy Schultz.

Quotable Quote

“You’ve got to work like it’s your first day on the job every day.” — Nicki Minaj, contemporary Trinidad-born American rapper, songwriter, actress, TV personality and fashion icon for young people.


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This story was posted on August 29, 2013.