Library Happenings |

Library Happenings

The New Castle Branch Library will present “Paws to Read” on Tuesday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m. You can sign up to have a reading session with a wonderful trained dog who loves being read to by children. Paws to Read provides a fun, stress free environment where children practice reading aloud. To reserve a reading session, or for more information call the library at 984-2346.

The Summer Reading Program continues as storyteller Angel Vigil visits the Garfield County Libraries. Angel is a master at weaving wonderful tales. He is an award winning author, teacher, and storyteller who specializes in the oral tradition of the Hispanic Southwest. Angel will make his way through the county and entrance audiences on July 13, 14 and 15. For times and locations call your local library or visit us at

The Glenwood Springs Branch Library invites all teens age 13-18 to a Teen Book Club meeting Wednesday, July 14, at 3:30 p.m. Join us for fun, snacks, and a great discussion with your friends. If you have questions please call 945-5958.

The Rifle Branch Library presents Paws to Read every Monday through July 26. You can sign up to have a 15-minute reading session between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. with trained dogs who love it when children read to them. Paws to Read provides a fun, stress free environment where children practice reading aloud. To reserve a reading session, or for more information call the library at 625-3471.

Healing Partners presents “Paws to Read” every Thursday through Aug. 12 at the Gordon Cooper Branch Library. You can sign up to have a 15-minute reading session between 10 and 11:30 a.m. with Sky or Zoe, two trained dogs who love it when children read to them. Parents must sign a release waiver at the library, and you must reserve a reading time. For more information call the library at 963-2889.

Get ready to dream big with the new Teen Advisory Group (TAG) at the Gordon Cooper Branch Library. We are reorganizing TAG, and need you to help plan the teen space for our new library. We will meet on Wednesday, July 14, at 6 p.m. at the library. Stop in and let your voice be heard. For more information please call 963-2889.

Local photographers will continue the journey through the wonderful world of digital photography with the Digital Camera Club. Join in the discussions on lighting, focus, color, angles, lenses, software, and all aspects of turning a photo into art. The club will meet at the New Castle Branch Library on Wednesday, July 14, at 7 p.m. Please remember your camera and recent photos (either printed or stored). If you have questions please contact the library at 984-2346.

Join us at the Gordon Cooper Branch Library as local author Mary Peace Finley discusses her new book, “The Midnight Ride of Blackwell Station.” Mary will talk about this tale, which features the true story of the hijacking of a Colorado railroad station in 1886. The program is on Thursday, July 22, at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information call 963-2889.

Sandra Dallas, a Colorado author of such works as “Prayers for Sale” and “Whiter Than Snow”, will be at the Parachute Branch Library as part of its grand opening celebrations. Jane Smiley called Sandra Dallas “a quintessential American voice” in Vogue Magazine, and Sandra has garnered numerous awards for both her fiction and nonfiction work. She will be at the newly remodeled Parachute Branch Library on Thursday, Sept. 16 at 6:30. The event will feature hors d’oeuvres and desserts as well as a cash bar in the library’s new community room. Tickets are $25 and are available at all six Garfield County Libraries. For more information call 285-9870.

Stop in for a book talk and book signing with the author of “Rock Dust: Undermining Profanity.” The Glenwood Springs Branch Library will host Stan Badgett on Thursday, July 15, at 7 p.m. to discuss his zesty memoir, which explores his journey of the spirit and search for the truth. The program is free and open to the public. For more information call 945-5958.

The good news is that the Parachute Branch Library will be opening in early September. The project has stayed mostly on schedule and the new building is coming together quickly. Currently, painting and finishing are going on inside while landscaping and site work are going on outside. The furniture and shelving are on order; it looks like it will be a library before we know it.

The bad news is that the library in Parachute will be closed for a month. Due to a scheduling problem with the school district, we must leave our temporary facility in early August. The library will close July 31 and reopen on Sept. 11.

The closure will allow staff to move back in, learn new systems, and provide time for a few “soft” openings where we invite groups in to “test drive” the new library. Our grand opening celebration will be held on Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will be hosting author Sandra Dallas on Sept. 16 to support the Library Foundation. Space is limited, and tickets are available at all six libraries.

During our closure, Parachute library patrons will be able to pick up holds at the Rifle Branch Library at 139 W. Third St. in Rifle. Any holds unfulfilled by July 24 will be routed to Rifle for the month of August. If you check out items in Parachute before the closure you will not incur overdue fines while the branch is closed. Please keep them and enjoy them for an extended period of time because books cannot be returned to either book drop in Parachute until the branch reopens in September. If you don’t want to wait, you can return items at any of the other five libraries in the district. A list of locations is available at the libraries or on our website at

The Garfield County Libraries are excited to announce we have new library cards. You can pick one of four designs featuring scenes of the beauty and excitement that can be found in our area. Express yourself by choosing the design you love the most or the one that best represents you.

Through July 31 you can trade in your old library card and you’ll receive a new card and keytag for free. The additional keytag (available with the four “adult” designs) makes it easier to remember your library card when you visit us. These new designs will simplify your life and make checking out your favorite materials effortless – whether you decide to carry the card in your wallet or on your keychain.

For the first time the Garfield County Libraries are also offering special library cards for children. These two card designs feature a fox, a fish, and the fish’s frog friend which can also be found on the children’s page of the library’s new website. Not to worry, adults who fall in love with these adorable critters are welcome to choose one of the “children’s” designs. Conversely children can choose an “adult” design with a keytag. The new library cards are available now at all six Garfield County Libraries. The free promotion ends July 31st, so don’t delay.

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