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Two fun new computers for Children’s Room

The kids call it playing. The parents call it keeping their children engaged. And Kristine MacNeill, youth services librarian, calls it “disguised learning.”

We’re talking about the advantages of two new computers for the library’s Children’s Room that go by the name “Early Literacy Stations.”

These special computers are aimed at children from toddlers to the fourth grade. They boast a multicolored keyboard with all vowels purple, all consonants green and all numbers red. They have a small mouse just right for youngsters’ little hands. And they have headsets with animal ears.

They have more than 40 child-safe software titles which include Millie’s Math House, animated storybooks such as “Just Grandma and Me,” Dora the Explorer and Reader Rabbit adventures, plus ABCs and 123s. They also have a variety of programs on math, science and nature, social studies and geography, reading words and phonics, writing and computer skills, music and art — all aimed at different ages from preschool to fourth grade.

The Early Literacy Stations, now available in more than 35 percent of the public libraries in the U.S. and Canada, promote easy learning and early discovery. Their content is multimedia and educational, having been approved by educators and early childhood specialists.

Best of all, the kids have fun as they learn.

An important caveat for parents and caregivers of children six and under: These computers are not toys, so we require you to be present in the Children’s Room and supervise your youngsters while they are using them.


“America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag” is a personal testament by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. “Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain” by Portia de Rossi tells of her life as an anorexic actress.

“Life” is the autobiography of rock ‘n’ roll legend Keith Richards. “Dreams Can Come True” by singer sensation Susan Boyle chronicles her life from the time she was a child with learning disabilities.

Political nonfiction

“Broke” by Glenn Beck tells of the broadcast host’s plan to restore America to greatness by going back to the Constitution.

New novels

“An Object of Beauty” is the latest novel by author and entertainer Steve Martin. “The Strange Return of Sherlock Holmes” and “Sherlock Holmes and the Shakespeare Letter” by Barry Grant are a new take on the famous detective, who emerges from a Swiss glacier to solve his first murder cases in more than 90 years. “The Sherlockian” by Graham Moore explores the history of Sherlock Holmes and his creator and a secret that takes readers from 2010 to 1893.


“Against All Things Ending” by Stephen R. Donaldson is the latest fantasy in the Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant series. “Shadowheart” by Tad Williams is the final volume of the Shadowmarch series. “Vortex” by Troy Denning is the latest in the Star Wars Fate of the Jedi series.

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Emperor’s Tomb” by Steve Berry features former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone, who must save a colleague being tortured.

“Mrs. Jeffries Speaks Her Mind” by Emily Brightwell is the latest in the Victorian mystery series. “Death’s Half Acre” by Margaret Maron is a Deborah Knott mystery. “Dusted to Death” by Barbara Colley is a Charlotte LaRue mystery. “The Athena Project” by Brad Thor is a thriller featuring an all-female Delta Force unit. “The Bishop” by Steven James is the latest in the thriller series featuring FBI special agent Patrick Bowers.

Quotable quote

“History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.” — Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859), French political thinker and historian.

Thanks to our donors

We are grateful for generous donations in memory of Joan Seielstad from Bob and Molly Mosby as well as Bill and Robbie Nyara. For books and materials this week we thank Margo Anderson, Dana Dellmore, Scottie Gibson, Star Holt, Kenneth Samela and Kate Smock.

A special thank you to Jeff Laydon for donating 100 of his Christmas in Pagosa postcards to the library. We’re selling these postcards for only 50 cents. Support your library while sharing the beauty of a Pagosa Christmas with your family and friends.


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