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February is filled with events at the libraries

Kelsy Been
Garfield Public Library District
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

It’s February, the month when people start to backslide on their New Year’s resolutions: new skills unlearned, lofty goals unmet, chocolates devoured.

The Garfield County Libraries want to help bring all those good intentions to fruition. We are offering programs, workshops and more to make it easy to follow your New Year’s resolutions.

The Garfield County Libraries are excited to once again offer the Food for Fines program throughout the month of February. Bring in non-perishable food items to any of the six libraries and receive credit on your library card account. For each item you donate, you will receive a $1 credit toward overdue fines that are currently on your account. This doesn’t apply to lost materials or fees.

All donated food items will be given to LIFT-UP. The libraries are in the fifth year of partnership with LIFT-UP. Last February the libraries collected 3,297 items, and we want to do even better this year! So check your cupboards or head to the grocery store because this program is a great opportunity for you to take care of those pesky fines, while helping out people in your community.

Also, the libraries are offering free computer and job-seeking workshops throughout Garfield County as part of the GoToWorkshops@YourLibrary series. If you’re unemployed or unsatisfied with your job, come to one of the many resume building workshops to create or polish your resume. If you want to learn basic computer or email skills, come to a Basic Email or Basic Computer workshop. Check out one of these free workshops to improve or learn new skills.

The libraries are offering several educational and entertaining programs throughout February. Craft programs, book discussions, and even author visits are also scheduled for February. Check out http://www.gcpld.org/calendar for more details.

The Gordon Cooper Branch Library is offering a shadow puppet show, “Lin Yi’s Lantern,” at 6 and 7 p.m. tonight to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

The Glenwood Springs Branch Library is hosting an Eleanor Roosevelt Chautauqua performer on Thursday, Feb. 16, who will look at the first lady’s life during World War II.

The Rifle Branch Library is also hosting a Chautauqua performance on Monday, Feb. 13 to celebrate Black History Month (see details below).

Whether it’s helping out someone in need, uncluttering your space and your life, developing new skills, learning historical facts, or picking up a new craft, the Garfield County Libraries have something for you. Don’t wait until March to start checking off your New Year’s resolutions.

The New Castle Branch Library is hosting a workshop to share techniques for making special greeting cards. Everyone will leave with a special project. The free event is at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the New Castle Branch Library, 820 Castle Valley Blvd. Advance registration is required. Call 984-2346.

Middle school students are invited to attend a free Valentine’s Party at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Silt Branch Library, 600 Home Ave. Participants will decorate cookies and make Valentine’s Day cards. There will even be a drawing for a box of chocolates. For information call 876-5500.

The Rifle Branch Library is excited to host Chautauqua performer, Hasan Davis, who will portray Angus Augustus Burleigh, a 19th Century ex-slave, soldier and scholar who became an acclaimed black educator and minister. Black History Live is an annual statewide tour sponsored by Colorado Humanities to raise awareness of the contributions African Americans have made to our history and culture.

The free event is at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, at the Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Avenue, Rifle.

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