Help us finish out February strong |

Help us finish out February strong

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs CO Colorado

The month of February has been a busy one at your local libraries. The Big Read of “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury has included all sorts of programs from fire dancers to author talks – and we are not done yet. There are still many programs in the coming week including the deadline for the Graphic Short Story contest. So pick up your pencils, brushes or crayons and finish up that story before Feb. 26 for your chance to win a Visa gift card.

Also during February the Garfield County libraries have been accepting all sorts of food items for the Food for Fines program. This is the third year for the program which has become successful on so many levels. First and foremost, Food for Fines is a way to get much needed food items to the LIFT-UP centers throughout Garfield County. In these tough economic times local food banks have had a hard time keeping their shelves stocked. But thanks to you, in the past two years the libraries have collected 3,376 items with Food for Fines. And, we hope this year will be the most successful yet.

Food for Fines is also a great way to get rid of library fines. For every item you donate you will receive a $1 credit applied toward overdue fines (not lost materials or fees). So if you took a little long to return that bestselling novel, forgot about the audiobook you listened to on your recent trip, or if your had to keep that Dora movie an extra day (which often happens in my house), please use this opportunity to clear up your account. It helps you, it helps the library, and it helps your neighbors.

The Food for Fines program runs until the end of February at all six branches of the Garfield County libraries. We are accepting nonperishable (and nonexpired) food items, and especially look for the basics such as cereal, spaghetti, rice, fruits, beans, soup, and chili. So please look in your pantry or head to the grocery store and take full advantage of this year’s Food for Fines program.

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