Help your county libraries Go Green |

Help your county libraries Go Green

Emily Hisel
Garfield County Libraries
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
Emily Hisel Garfield County LibrariesCMC students and teachers who worked on the solar panels on the New Castle Branch Library pose by their handiwork. In the blue hard hat is the instructor, Chris Ellis.

The Garfield County Libraries are constantly trying to find new ways to be as environmentally friendly and economically responsible as possible.

We have invested in green building practices throughout the construction processes on all six of our buildings. We have even achieved LEED Gold Certification on the Rifle Branch Library, and the New Castle Branch Library is seeking LEED Certification for remodeled buildings.

There are solar panels on top of the completed Parachute, Rifle and New Castle branches, as well as 20kWh of solar going on the Silt Branch Library (in conjunction with CMC’s Solar Energy classes) in April, and plans are forming for the last two libraries as well. We know these measures make sense for our environment, and also help keep our costs of operation down.

Throughout the month of March, the libraries are asking for your help with our “green” efforts by signing up for email notices. Ever have late fees sneak up on you? Wish you knew when your books were coming due? Your local library can use your email to send you a reminder when your materials are almost due, when the books you’ve requested are ready to pick up, and when your items are overdue.

Email notices work well for patrons, but also save the library time and money by not having to mail your notices. The service is automatic, so you’ll know even faster when that hot new title is ready and waiting for you.

Beyond simply getting notices about your books and movies, you can also sign up for our quarterly newsletter and/or local library event information. Our newsletter is a great way to find out about big events coming to the libraries, the status of our building projects, and even librarian recommended books, movies and music. And, if you sign up to receive local library event information, you can learn about great crafting classes, gaming events, author visits and other opportunities that are coming soon to your library.

We hate spam, too. You can rest assured that we will never sell or spam your email.

Please visit your local library today and participate in this Go Green campaign. It’s a win-win. The libraries will save paper, stamps, and time. You’ll get up-to-date information right to your inbox.

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