Special Summer Reading Program for babies and toddlers


SUN columnist, and the Library Staff

Your children are never too young to be introduced to books. That’s why Kristine MacNeill, youth services librarian, has a special activity called First Steps as part of your library’s Summer Reading Program for babies and toddlers up from 0-three years of age.

First Steps is designed to help you have fun reading and learning with your child. All the activities build early literacy skills including print motivation and awareness, phonological awareness, vocabulary, narrative skills and letter knowledge. Another big plus: Every time you complete seven of them, you will earn a board book for your baby.

Please sign up at the library for this unique program and pick up your activity sheet that will lead you to fun reading experiences and new book prizes.

Other summer reading 

Sign up now — or any time before July 11 — for this year’s free six-week Summer Reading Program. The activities are open to babies, toddlers, kids, teens and adults spending all or part of their summer in Archuleta County. You’ll be eligible for ongoing prizes including the grand prize, a Nook tablet — one each for kids, teens and adults.

Detailed schedules are available at the library. We urge you to pick them up and keep them handy so you don’t miss any of these free fun events. Programs for the next week or so are listed below. Note that some events require advance registration. And mark your calendars for a free all-ages closing party on Friday, July 12, from 5:30-7 p.m. (after the library closes) that will include refreshments and the grand prize drawing at 6:45. RSVPs required.

Kids’ programs

Examples of free programs for kids this coming week are special storytime sessions throughout the week, and films every Friday at 10 a.m. featuring “The Road to El Dorado” tomorrow (June 21) and “Nanny McPhee” on June 28.

Teen programs

Examples of free programs for teens this coming week are Teen Journal Embossing on Monday, June 24 from 1:30-2:45 p.m. where you will design your own personal journal, and Teen Techies (11 a.m.-noon) and Teen Gaming (12:30-2 p.m.) on Wednesday, June 26. The film at noon tomorrow (June 21) is “City of Ember” and on June 28 is “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.” Also, June 28 is a Henna tattoo session from 2-3 p.m. where you will make a natural-looking temporary form of body art.

Adult programs

Examples of free programs for adults include films based on books every Friday at 2:30 p.m., with “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” tomorrow (June 21) and “The Eagle” on June 28.

Free tech programs

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Join her for one-on-one informal help on your computer or tablet issues. More formal sessions requiring advance registration include PowerPoint Basics on Wednesday, June 26, from 2:30-4:30 p.m.


“Safe Haven” is a romantic drama based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. “Jack Reacher” starring Tom Cruise is a thriller based on the ex-military investigator from Lee Child’s books. “The Newton Boys” features four outlaw boys in an action-packed adventure. “Jesse Stone: No Remorse,” “Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise,” “Jesse Stone: Night Passage,” “Jesse Stone: Thin Ice” and “Jesse Stone: Sea Change” star Tom Selleck in action mysteries based on the Robert B. Parker books. “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” tells of a 310-pound man who changes his life. “Cloud Atlas” starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry is six interwoven stories as time shifts. “Touching Home” stars Ed Harris in a drama inspired by a true story. “To Kill a Mockingbird” is the classic that earned Gregory Peck an Oscar.

How-to and self help

“The Plan” by Lyn-Genet Recitas helps you eliminate surprising “healthy” foods like oatmeal, salmon and Greek yogurt that may be making you fat. “My Kindle Fire HD” is a full-color step-by-step guide to the Kindle Fire. “Microsoft Office 2013 for Dummies” gives you tips, shortcuts and how-tos to help you master Office 2013. “Give and Take” by Adam Grant explores the new skills required to be a success in today’s professional world. “iPad and iPad Mini” by James F. Kelly is a beginner’s guide for non-technical people. “The Immune System Recovery Plan” by Dr. Susan Blum is a four-step program to treat autoimmune disease.

Other nonfiction

“But Mama Always Put Vodka in her Sangria” is a collection of essays about eating, drinking and making merry by Julia Reed. “With or Without You” by Domenica Ruta is a memoir of a daughter whose mother instilled in her a moral code to escape her world of addiction. “Bunker Hill” by Nathaniel Philbrick explores the background of the first major battle of the American Revolution. “The Athena Doctrine” by John Gerzema and Michael D’Antonio tells of women and men who lead innovative organizations with the skills and values commonly associated with women.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Silken Prey” by John Sandford is the latest in the Lucas Davenport thriller series. “The Ophelia Cut” by John Lescroart is the latest in the Dismas Hardy mystery series. “Murder as a Fine Art” by David Moore is a thriller set in Victorian England.

Other new novels

“All Things New” by Lynn Austin is a historical novel set in the aftermath of the Civil War. “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini is the latest in this award-winning authors books about Afghan families. “King of Cuba” by Cristina Garcia transports readers into the heads of a fictionalized Fidel Castro and a Cuban exile.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Jean Hietala, Dale Johnson, Phil Kennon, Marie Layton, Peggy Shipman, Mark Thompson and Dan Zahhos.

Quotable Quote

“If you read a lot of books you are considered well read. But of you watch a lot of TV, you’re not considered well viewed.” — Lily Tomlin, American actress, comedian, writer and producer.


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