LIBRARY NEWS: New Partnership for Adult Learning

If you are interested in adult learning opportunities, please join us for a special free community event on Wednesday, April 26 at 5pm when we will describe our new partnership with the Pine River Community Learning Center, a nonprofit educational organization based in Ignacio.

This collaboration will expand our Internet-based adult education offerings under a new banner – Pagosa Adult Learning Services (PALS). One of the many new programs will allow you to study for your High School Equivalence (HSE) from the comfort of your home or anywhere you can connect to the Internet.

At this informative event, you can enjoy appetizers and refreshments, hear about new adult learning programs to benefit our community and meet some of the people connected with the PALS program. We hope to see you there.

Free books for 4-year-olds
For the sixth year, libraries across Colorado are giving a free book to every four-year-old in the state from April 17-29 as part of a special family literacy project.

Some 75,000 copies of “Mouse Mess” by Linnea Riley about a mouse who raids the kitchen for a snack after the family is in bed will be distributed to children statewide at local library events, including at your Sisson Library, in either English or Spanish. The goal is to encourage families to read together every day and add new books to home libraries to ensure school readiness. Please come by the library or attend any program and pick up this free book for your four-year-old youngster.

Better yet, bring them in to pick up their books and see the opportunities for fun and learning that are available free at your library.

Tribute to our volunteers
As the U.S. celebrates National Volunteer Week April 23-29, we say a heartfelt thank you to our volunteers who in 2016 contributed 699 hours, about one third of a fulltime position.

Library searching for two full-time staff
Your library is actively working to fill the vacant early literacy librarian and adult services librarian positions. While some programming has decreased in the meantime, we still are offering most of your favorite programs. Please see below for programs that are on as usual and those with changes. Stay tuned to the library website and Facebook for updates on when to expect regular programming to resume. We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment.

Lifelong Learning Lectures
The second in the free spring Lifelong Learning Lecture series is today (Thursday, April 20) when lifelong Pagosa resident Holly Metzler will discuss “Climate Reality: Meeting the Challenge Head On,” focusing on the causes and effects of climate change, and what we can do about it. She is currently working on her Masters in Environmental Policy at the University of Denver. These lectures continue every Thursday until May 18 with outstanding talks from 5:30 – 7 p.m. for six weeks. Future talks will cover wellness, firearm safety, homebuying tips and spring bouquets. Pick up a brochure at your library with more information. No registration required.

National Poetry Month contest
During the month of April, in honor of National Poetry Month, we’re hosting an ongoing free “found poetry” contest. Anyone can participate, so we hope you will put together a poem and enter to win prizes.

Found poetry refers to a poem that takes words and phrases from another source and puts them together in creative ways to produce a new poem. Examples include bookspine poems, where you stack books and use the book titles to create a poem; remixing, where you rearrange the words from another source to create something new; and blackout poetry, demonstrated at an event today (Thursday, April 20) when teens will make a poem by finding words in a page from a book or newspaper.

Just take a picture of your poem and email it to or drop off a hard copy at the library before the end of April. Winners will be announced in early May. No entry fee required.

All-ages movie tomorrow
Join us tomorrow (Friday, April 21) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a free PG movie suitable for all ages. Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

Teen bookclub tomorrow
Friday, April 21 from 2-3 p.m. seventh-12th graders will discuss “Epic” by Conor Kostick and enjoy free snacks.

Teen role-playing
The free role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place next Monday, April 24 from 4-5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters. You can join this group any time. Note move to Monday because of Lifelong Leaning.

Tech sessions
Drop in with your technology questions for free help on Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. Please note no Tech Time on Tuesdays in April.

Kids storytime becomes playtime
The free Wednesday storytime is cancelled temporarily until we hire a new early literacy librarian. Instead, we will host open playtimes for parents and children to play, interact and learn while enjoying games and puzzles with each other.

Toddler storytime
Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join us for 30 minutes of free stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.

New Spanish books
“Ingles para Latinos, Level 1” by William Harvey includes three audio CDs. “Un Seductor sin Corazon” and “Casarse con El” by Lisa Kleypas are historical romances set in London. “La Quimica” by Stephenie Meyer is a thriller.

Large print
“Lucky 666: The Impossible Mission” by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin documents a critical air battle against the Japanese. “Why Time Flies” by Alan Burdick helps us understand the power of time in our lives. “Counting the Days While My Mind Slips Away” by Ben Utech with Mark Tabb is a love letter to his family by this NFL player after five concussions. “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane” by Lisa See follows a Chinese mother and her child born out of wedlock.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense
“Mississippi Blood” by Greg Iles is the final book in the Natchez Burning trilogy. “The Extraordinary Union” by Alyssa Cole features two spies in the Civil War era, one a former female slave. “Rush of Blood” by Mark Billingham is a suspense story featuring three British couples who meet in Florida. “Dancing with the Tiger” by Lili Wright starts with the discovery of Montezuma’s funerary mask. “The Cutaway” by Christina Kovac follows a TV producer investigating a missing person report. “The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley” by tells of a former criminal and his daughter who move to his late wife’s hometown and face many mysteries. “The Couple Next Door” by Shari Lapena begins when a baby disappears. “Without Warning” by Joel C. Rosenberg is a J.B. Collins political thriller.

Other novels
“Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee is the story of three generations of a Korean family in Japan. “The Shadow Land” by Elizabeth Rostova tells of a talented musician whose life is shattered by political oppression in Bulgaria.

“Rather Be The Devil” by Ian Rankin is a Rebus mystery. “Expecting to Die” by Lisa Jackson is a Regan Pescoli mystery. “The Cutthroat” by Clive Cussler an d Justin Scott is an Isaac Bell mystery. “Banana Cream Pie Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swenson mystery with recipes. “A Darkness Absolute” by Kelley Armstrong is a Casey Duncan thriller. “Rising” by Heather Graham and Jon Land is a thriller. “Small Admissions” by Amy Poeppel is a chick lit story. “The Devil’s Triangle” by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison is an FBI thriller. “Vicious Circle” by C.J. Box is a Joe Pickett mystery. “A Colony in a Nation” by Chris Hayes examines the surge in crime that began in the 1960s and peaked in the 1990s.

More Academy Award DVDs
We now have the Academy Award best picture nominee “Hidden Figures,” best actress nominee “Loving” and best animated feature nominee, Disney’s “Moana.”

Free programmed Nooks
We have nine Nooks and three tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure. The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers. The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week we thank our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“The more I practice, the luckier I get.” – Arnold Palmer (1929-2016), professional golfer.

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Carole Howard & Library Staff

The Ruby Sisson Memorial Library has been located at 811 San Juan Street (corner of S. 8th and Hwy 160) since 1989. The library is overseen by the Upper San Juan Library District, a tax-funded special district in Archuleta County.