LIBRARY NEWS: Encouraging Children to “Read for Fun”


Recent research from Scholastic, the publishing and education company, showed that although 58% of children surveyed said they liked or liked reading books for fun, there was a gradual decrease in the frequency of reading. in children surveyed since 2010. In what Scholastic has called a “decrease of nine,” the percentage of children who report reading books for fun five to seven days a week fell from 57% of eight-year-olds to 35 % of nine-year-olds.

These alarming findings appear in the seventh edition of his Reading for children and families report, a national survey of school-aged children and parents. Lauren Tarshis, Senior Vice President of Scholastic, pointed out that the focus on Grade 3 is the pivotal year when children are expected to be fluent in reading. The concern is that the pressure – and testing – at this point may contribute to the perception in the minds of young people that reading is no longer very fun.

How can parents help overcome this worrying situation? The report underscored the importance of “reading role models,” noting that children who read frequently have people in their lives who love to read and parents who read frequently. That’s not much of a surprise – although in the digital age it might raise the question of how our kids can tell what we’re doing on our devices, so you might want to make it clear that you’re reading a delivered.

It is clear that parents play an important role. Parents’ enjoyment of reading helps shape children’s attitudes towards books for the rest of their lives. Books that stimulate dialogue between parents and toddlers are also a child’s introduction to the pleasures of written language and stories. Spending time together reading fun readings could be a rewarding New Years project for your family.

T-shirt design contest
We’re looking for creative help in designing a t-shirt for this year’s summer reading program. The theme will be “Oceans of Possibility”. Pick up a flyer at the library or visit our website at for details. The winner will receive a free t-shirt with their design. The winning t-shirt will be worn by staff during the summer reading program and a limited number will be available for purchase. This competition is open to all ages. The deadline for submission is February 18.

STEAM Enrichment Kits
Participants in this free enrichment program for ages five and up receive a kit that guides you through science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) projects. Kits are available monthly, but registration is required by calling your library at 970-264-2209.

Therapy dog ​​visit
Tomorrow, Friday January 7 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., you are invited to come to the library for a free visit with a certified therapy dog. Visits will be limited to 10-15 minutes – just enough time to pet the dog, read to the dog, or just say “Hello” to him. This activity is for all ages.

Adult book club next Tuesday
The Ruby’s Book Club meets from 2:00 pm on Tuesday January 11 to discuss “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup” by John Carreyrou. Copies can be picked up at your library. This book club takes place on the second Tuesday of each month, alternating fiction and non-fiction titles.

Adolescent Advisory Council

Next Wednesday, January 12, the Adolescent Advisory Council will meet from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the library. Students in grades 6 to 12 are invited to contribute their fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen events.

Technical time
Free in-person slots are available Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m. Brad will help you troubleshoot issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet, and other electronic devices.

Adult education
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) session takes place Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. when Mark helps with high school equivalency, GED, college preparation, financial aid, tutoring and more. .

Activity calendars available
To make sure you don’t miss out on any of the free library activities available to you and your family, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the Events Calendar each month. There are three versions: children, teens and adults.

“The Jesus Music” is a documentary on the growth of the Christian contemporary music industry. “Show Me the Father” is a documentary featuring true stories about the role of fathers in today’s society. “A Timeless Christmas” tells the story of a Christmas in time. “Shang-Chi: Legend of the Ten Rings” is a Marvel adventure.

Food books

Michael Symon’s “Fix It With Food” offers simple and delicious recipes for people with autoimmune problems and inflammation. Mark Winne’s “Food Town USA” documents the author’s travels to seven of America’s greatest food towns, many of which are surprisingly the new face of healthy and sustainable cuisine.

Other non-fiction
“Breathing Lessons” by Dr. Meilan K. Han is a guide to how our lungs work and how best to protect them by the national spokesperson for the American Lung Association. James Patterson’s “The Defense Lawyer” is the true story of Barry Slotnick, considered by many to be America’s best criminal lawyer. Brian Kilmeade’s “The President and the Freedom Fighter” documents how Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass guided America through the moral crisis. of slavery.

Many thanks to our anonymous donors for their material donations. Please drop off your donated materials in the library drop box – not the City Market, which is for returns only.

Library foundation
Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation to support and enhance your library by raising funds for information resources, programs, services and facilities. Send checks to PO Box 2045, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or call Cindi Galabota at 970-264-2209.

Quote quote
“They say someone dies twice – when that happens and when no one else says your name. So we say the names and take a minute to think it over. Even wearing the crown is a very personal thing. [my daughter] Denise is buried near me in Maine, her spirit is in Arlington. And I hope someone will put a wreath on their grave and honor it that way. – Joyce Richmond, mother of Gold Star, who volunteers with Wreaths Across America.

For more information on the library’s books, services and programs – and to reserve books, eBooks, books on CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at

Carole Howard and Library Staff

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


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