Kelsy Been
Garfield Public Libraries
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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

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August 30, 2012
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The smartest card you can get

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, a time for Garfield County Libraries to remind all residents that a library card is the smartest card you can own.

With a library card, you can access a wealth of library materials - books, eBooks, CDs, DVDs, magazines, and more - as well as access the Internet or use a computer for free.

This September, Garfield County Libraries is offering free replacement library cards to those library patrons who have lost theirs or simply want to upgrade to the shiny new key cards we offer. Normally, replacement cards are $3 to help cover the cost of the new card. Take advantage of this great opportunity and get carded today.

Additionally, Garfield County Libraries is hosting a library card campaign this month to remind parents of kindergarteners and new students to sign up their children and teens for a library card. Garfield County Libraries wants all students to be equipped with the most important school supply of all - a library card.

When it comes to achieving academic success, a library card provides students with access to a world of both print and electronic resources. Students can access databases, get free online homework help, attend programs, or participate in clubs and other activities that provide an added value to the educational experience for free. It's easy to see why 84 percent of Americans agree that the public library is important to education.

This September, open the door to a world of possibilities, and sign up for a library card today! Go to www.gcpld.org to view our online catalog or check out what events are going on at your local library.

Garfield County Libraries is hosting the Big Read, featuring John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" in February 2013.

The Big Read, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, is designed to promote reading and discussion of great books. The Big Read title coincides with the release of producer Ken Burns's new documentary, "The Dust Bowl," set to air on PBS in November. To view a clip of this documentary, visit www.pbs.org/kenburns/dustbowl/.

To kick-start The Big Read, Garfield County Libraries will send 40 Garfield County high school students to a Youth Summit in Denver on Oct.17, all expenses paid.

Students will discuss the history of the Dust Bowl and its aftermath with Burns, through a live webinar. Students will also have the opportunity to meet peers from around the nation, interact with scholars, and engage with public historians.

This summit is one of 10 being held throughout the nation and is hosted by the Smithsonian Affiliates and the Colorado History Center.

Students will have a chance to win this once-in-a-lifetime trip by submitting essays, poetry, posters, exhibits or art pieces that reflect on themes found in "The Grapes of Wrath." Applicants must submit entries to their local library by Monday, Oct. 1.

For more information, go online at www.gcpld.org, or stop by your local library for contest guidelines. Seven winners will be selected from each community in Garfield County and will be notified by Oct. 8.


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