Library celebrates National Volunteer Week

Like most non-profit organizations around the country, the Sisson Library is celebrating National Volunteer Week this week — April 19-25 — with the theme “Celebrating People in Action.”

Our volunteers are greatly appreciated by the staff for their many contributions to the library. They put in a total of 1,285 hours last year, doing crucial tasks to keep the library functioning well and our customer service top-notch.

For the first time in recent memory, though, the number of volunteer hours served is down from recent years, and down 39.1 percent from 2008. That’s because we lost several long-time volunteers to illness or they moved away. So we are taking this opportunity to appeal to you to join our volunteer team.

Maintaining the library’s collection is a never-ending operation. Shelving and making sure all the books and materials are in their proper place is another job we value from our volunteers. In addition, we encourage volunteers to participate in special events and programs including storytelling to preschoolers, helping with the children’s summer reading program and giving lectures or identifying other people to give lectures at the library.

As we celebrate National Volunteer Week, we also want to pay tribute to the ladies of the Women’s Civic Club and to the Friends of the Library. The Civic Club is most famous for its Christmas Bazaar and the Friends for their summer book sale, both fundraising events which result in generous support of the library. Less well known is the fact that the generosity, enthusiasm and hard work of these wonderful people contribute greatly to our library all year round.

National Volunteer Week was created in 1974 by President Nixon. A recent Gallop poll found that 44 percent of Americans volunteered in the year 2000, giving educational, health, cultural and human services organizations access to an extraordinary pool of talent they could never afford otherwise.

Author Everett Mámor once said, “The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers.” We agree, and we are deeply grateful for their service”– all over the country and especially here at our library.

If you would like to help make sure our library remains an active and vital part of our community, please join our team. To volunteer, to join the Women’s Civic Club or the Friends of the Library, or for more information, please call the director, Jackie Welch, at 264-2209. We will welcome you with open arms.

Free lecture Saturday

The fifth of seven free Lifelong Learning lectures at the library on Saturdays from 3 to 4:15 p.m. takes place this Saturday, April 25. Kim Martin, instructor of writing at Fort Lewis College, will speak on how cultural matters influence choices we make as individuals, groups and governments. All Lifelong Learning lectures are free to the public. We hope to see you there.

Reading sessions for babies

You may remember reading in this column that your Sisson Library is one of 10 public librarians in Colorado honored with a special grant to implement the Colorado State Library’s “Every Child Ready to Read” program. Those sessions are now underway, with special lap-sit storytimes and music for little ones from newborns to 18 months old on Mondays from 10 to 10:30 a.m. “Every Child Ready to Read” is a national initiative to help public libraries promote pre-literacy skills in children from birth through age five.  In the program, children are exposed to language and literature, with the goal of having them arrive at kindergarten ready to learn.  Parents and caregivers also can learn techniques for engaging their babies and young children in language and literacy games that promote learning and school-readiness.

Book bargains

Our used books clearance sale continues. All soft cover (paperback and trade) books are 25 cents each or five for $1. All hardbacks are 50 cents each or three for $1. Children’s books are 10 cents each or a baker’s dozen (13) for $1. Take advantage of these low prices to expand your personal library and buy treasures for your youngsters.

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“Pursuit” by Karen Robards is a romantic suspense story revolving around the death of the First Lady. “Then Comes Seduction” by Mary Balogh is a regency romance set in London. “Execution Dock” by Anne Perry is a mystery set on the docks along the River Thames. “Long Lost” is the latest Myron Bolitar thriller by Harlan Coben. “Book of Unholy Mischief” by Elle Newmark is set in 15th century Venice. “Lost Quilter” is the latest Elm Street quilting novel by Jennifer Chiaverini.”

How-to and self-help

“J.K. Lasser’s Guide for Tough Times” by Barbara Weltman offers tax and financial solutions to help you weather the down market. “Let’s Get Real About Money!” by financial syndicated columnist Eric Tyson helps you profit from the habits of the country’s best personal financial managers. “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom” by Dr. Christtiane Northrup is the second revised edition of this popular book about women’s health concerns and issues. “The Skinny on Losing Weight Without Being Hungry” by Louis J. Aroune with Alisa Bowman bills itself as the ultimate guide to weight loss.

Learning English DVDs

If you want to leearn English or improve your English-speaking skills, try “English On Your Own,” a set of 12 DVDs from the English As A Second Language video series. Four workbooks are available to support the DVDs, increasingly harder as you progress. This is a beginning English set. If it is popular with our patrons, we will purchase the intermediate and advanced sets as well.

Thanks to our donors

Special thanks to Patty Tillerson for her generous donation to support the Wednesday morning children’s program. For books and materials this week we thank Daine Bower, Kay Grams, Mercedes Leist, John Mattson, Patty Tillerson and Cathy Valiere.

Quotable quote

“Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.” — Barbara Tuchman, American historian and author.

Web site

For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books from the comfort of your home — please visit our web site at

PREVIEW photo/Carole Howard
The Sisson Library is celebrating National Volunteer Week this week with the theme “Celebrating People in Action.”  Our volunteers — including Jaxon Quick, left, along with Helen and John Richardson — are greatly appreciated by the staff for their many contributions to the library.  The library volunteers put in a total of 1,285 hours last year, doing crucial tasks to keep the library functioning well and customer service top-notch.  For the first time in recent memory, though, the number of  volunteer hours served is down from recent years as several long-time volunteers fell ill or moved away.  If you would like to help make sure the Sisson Library remains an active and vital part of our community, please join the volunteer team by calling the director, Jackie Welch, at 264-2208.