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Winter Reading Scavenger Hunt

Reading is cool anytime, but winter is a great chance to curl up with a good book. Find out what type of reading you prefer with our Winter Reading Scavenger Hunt during the month of February. You can read books, articles, poems or other texts, in a variety of locations and on a variety of topics. Everyone who turns in a completed card will receive an invitation to a special party. Pick up an entry form at any of the Garfield County Libraries. For more information, visit or contact your local branch library.

Food for Fines

The Garfield County Libraries are pleased to bring back Food for Fines this February. To participate, simply bring in nonperishable food items to any of the six branch libraries. For every donated item, the libraries will waive $1 of overdue fines on your account. Some suggested foods include canned soups, pasta, pasta sauces, juice, cereal, hearty chili, and canned fruit and vegetables. Remember, items past their expiration date will not be accepted. At the end of the month, all of the donated items are given to local LIFT-UP locations, which distribute the food to families in need. For more information, contact your local branch library.

Veterans benefits class

Many veterans know about the basic health care and education benefits available to them through the Department of Veterans Affairs: Tricare and the GI Bill. While these benefits alone are substantial, numerous other programs help provide more benefits to veterans and their families. Even within the health care and education programs are little-known benefits to improve the lives of veterans and help ease the financial burden of medical care or other expenses. The veterans benefits class takes place from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 18, at the CMC Glenwood Center, 1402 Blake Ave. Learn about lesser-known veterans benefits. There is a $10 requested donation for materials. Students can register by phone (970-945-7486), in person, or online at Click on the yellow bar, Continuing Education, and register by using the gold five digit syn #.

Get Your Business Online workshops

The Garfield County Libraries are hosting workshops to help local businesses start taking charge of their online presence. During the workshops, local Internet marketing expert Trent Blizzard of BlizzardPress ( will be on hand to teach the importance of claiming a free business listing on Google, and best practices to Get Your Business Online. Workshops are 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at the Silt Branch Library; and 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the Rifle Branch Library. The business does not have to be in the same city as the workshop. Bring a laptop or mobile device (not required, but helpful) and Google/Gmail account information. RSVPs are appreciated online at

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