Garfield County Libraries wishes to express its gratitude this Thanksgiving season for all of its library supporters. Whether you are a Friend of the Library, a volunteer, a library cardholder or a taxpayer, we are thankful for you.
Our Friends are tireless in their advocacy and support of libraries in their communities. They assist their local library with book sales and other fundraising activities to support programs, purchase new materials and assist the staff with other unmet needs.
Many Friends are also among our regular library volunteers, those who help shelve, assist with programs, call holds and move libraries, as they recently did in the Silt Book Brigade.
Additionally, patrons of all ages support us by checking out materials, taking advantage of a variety of technologies, and attending library programs. And, everyone in Garfield County supports the libraries through sales and property taxes, and we so appreciate it when you shop at our local businesses.
Garfield County Libraries is especially thankful for the reading public and the demand they create for things to read - whether books or eBooks or other materials - and our Friends have helped support making reading a strong focal point for our libraries.
The Rifle Friends purchased Overdrive Advantage for us this year to give our members access to additional copies of bestselling eBooks on Overdrive. The Gordon Cooper Friends (Carbondale) brought in author Dorothy Wickenden for their One Book, One Town celebration around the book "Nothing Daunted."
Our Friends have also ensured that our new buildings are special. The New Castle Friends supported their new library by purchasing a study room in the facility, and the Silt Friends are providing playful fish and dragonflies by local artist Janet Nelson to enliven the children's area. The Parachute Friends have provided support for a number of programs and activities for children.
Garfield County Libraries is also thankful to be growing. The tax initiative approved by Garfield County voters in 2006 continues to support the construction of new libraries throughout Garfield County. The fourth new facility opened last month in Silt, and new buildings will open in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale in 2013. These beautiful, spacious new libraries and the wealth of materials they have inside have been made possible by you.
Want to learn how to cross-stitch or get new cross-stitching ideas? Library staff member Melissa Colasinski will be demonstrating the basics at the Silt Branch Library at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29.
Each attendee will be given a starter pack to get the ball rolling. The class is free and open to the public, but space is limited. For information, call 876-5500.
Do you love Manga and Anime? So do we! Join us at the Parachute Branch Library on at 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26 to talk about your favorites, get recommendations, and practice your drawing skills. Call 285-9870 for more information.