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Get carded during National Library Card Sign-Up Month

Kelsy Been
Garfield Public Libraries
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Contributed illustrationSeptember is National Library Card Sign-Up Month, and the Garfield Public Libraries are celebrating by offering free replacement cards all month. Here is a chance to upgrade to the convenient key card, or to replace that card you can't find, and get access to the second-largest library system on the Western Slope.

Have you been carded lately? If not, imagine yourself in a place filled with new books, the latest DVDs, popular audiobooks, and the hottest CDs. Now, imagine yourself selecting the stuff you’ve been waiting to get your hands on and taking these items home with you, for free.

If you can wrap your head around that, imagine hearing live music, listening to an author give a lecture, or being able to attend a wide variety of workshops and classes, also at no cost.

You’ve just visualized your local public library and your tax dollars at work. Take full advantage of it with a Garfield County Library card.

Do you already have a library card? September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month, and we are celebrating by offering free replacement cards all month. Here is a chance to upgrade to the convenient key card, or to replace that card you can’t find, for free.

New to our libraries? Did you know that the Garfield County Public Library District is the second largest library system on the Western Slope, with more than 182,000 items in its collection? Garfield Public Libraries recently joined the Prospector system, making an additional 10 million titles available to our patrons. That really is something to celebrate.

Garfield Public Libraries is currently distributing library card applications to all children entering kindergarten, as well as new students in Garfield County. Each year, the libraries offer new readers their very own library cards as part of the goal to increase early literacy development.

If you or your child do not have a library card, stop in any of our six branches, or fill out an application online at It’s quick, easy and free.

While you are at the library, you can choose to link your card with a family member’s card so that you can pick up holds for each other.

Garfield Public Libraries strives to make using its resources user-friendly, and if you do have a question, we encourage you to ask any of the staff for help.

If you have visited any of our library branches in the past year, you may have noticed some new technology among the stacks, such as self-check machines and DVD dispensers. We are also offering a new smart phone application to access your accounts, place holds on materials and check our calendar for events.

Open up a whole new world of information, entertainment and opportunity. Join the thousands of Garfield County residents who turn to the library on a regular basis as their favorite source for books, movies, music, and entertainment. Get carded today.

The New Castle Branch Library will be closed from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7. Library staff will be attending a Topping Off Ceremony as the final beam is placed on the remodeled New Castle Branch Library building. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your continued support of the libraries.

In a special presentation in collaboration with the Rocky Mountain MS Center, Dr. Tim Vollmer will discuss the latest research on multiple sclerosis for those living with the disease. Learn about participating in a clinical trial, why exercise is important for people with MS, and more.

The presentation is at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library.

For information and to RSVP, call 1-866-557-7030.

Each of us has a family story to tell. It may be one of inspiration as your great grandparents struggled to make ends meet on their family farm while raising six children. Or, it might be one of romance as your great-great-grandfather won his bride’s heart through a series of beautifully written letters sent across an ocean.

Develop your writing skills and learn how to make your families’ characters come alive on paper in a workshop at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 12, at the Rifle Branch Library.

Author Linda Weaver Clarke will teach the most important elements of writing and how to add description and other details to your family history, autobiography or book. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Rifle Branch Library.

For information, call 625-3471.

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