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Library celebrates National Volunteer Week and Earth Day

Like most non-profit organizations across the U.S.A. and Canada, the Sisson Library is celebrating National Volunteer Week this week 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 1,335 hours last year, doing crucial tasks to keep the library functioning well and our customer service top-notch.

Maintaining the library’s collection is a never-ending operation. Shelving and making sure all the books and materials are in their proper place are just a few of the many jobs 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 fund-raising 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 Gallup 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.

Earth Day celebration

Today (Thursday, April 22) is the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day, created to boost awareness about the environment and what we can do to take care of it. Your library has scores of books on how you can make your family, your life and your home more green. Also, in celebration of Earth Day, you can view a different movie about our planet every Thursday this month from 10-11 a.m. and again from 4-5 p.m.

Free lecture Saturday

The third of six free Lifelong Learning lectures at the library on Saturdays from 3 to 4:15 p.m. takes place this Saturday, April 24. Fort Lewis College professor Andrew Guilliford will present an illustrated lecture on how to “read” historic photos of Native Americans and how to interpret photographic “truth.” All Lifelong Learning lectures are free to the public. We hope to see you there.

New crafts circle

You’re welcome to join the first of our new monthly get-togethers for needlework artists tomorrow (Friday, April 23). Bring a knitting, crocheting or needlework project to work on.? No registration is necessary.? Light refreshments are provided. ?Note that this not a learn-to-knit class.? However, attendees are welcome to trade advice and share their opinions and experiences.

Parenting

“The Green Hour” by Todd Christopher offers a daily dose of activities, games, crafts, science lessons and fun facts involving nature for happier, healthier and smarter kids. You will find this and other related books in a new special section for homeschool materials and parenting that has just been created in the children’s room at the library.

New novel

“The Girl Who Chased the Moon” by Sarah Addison Allen is set in a quirky little Southern town with more magic than a full Carolina moon.

Quotable quote

“As sheer casual reading matter, I still find the English dictionary the most interesting book in our language.” — Albert Jay Nock (1870-1945), American libertarian author and social critic in “Memoirs of a Superfluous Man.”

Thanks to our donors

Our heartfelt gratitude for the several generous donations we received this week — from Scott and Gayle Bigelow in memory of Meagan Bigelow, from the Mountain View Homemakers Club, from a Russ Hill Bazaar grant to replace worn out picture books, and from Brian and Arlie Swett.

For books and materials this week, we thank Stan and Lorrie Church, Eric Seiler and Jessica Wellman.

Website

For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books from the comfort of your home — please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.