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Library projects taking shape in Glenwood, Carbondale

Library NewsAmelia ShelleyGarfield Public Library District
Contributed photoThis post-tension concrete slab was poured over a 12-hour period at the Glenwood Springs Library construction site on Nov. 6. There were 35 people working on the concrete alone, and more than 50 people in total working on the project during the pour. Approximately 850 cubic yards of concrete was poured for this slab, weighing more than 3 million pounds. Check out the time-lapse video of the pour at

If you’ve been in downtown Glenwood Springs recently, you’ve probably seen the new library’s construction site. Steel is going up and the new building is really starting to take shape. Located at the corner of Eighth and Cooper, the new 14,000-square-foot library is sitting atop a 63-space parking garage for Colorado Mountain College’s Eighth and Grand Central Services building. Like Garfield County Libraries’ other new facilities, this library will be extremely energy efficient with low-e glass, extra insulation, south-facing exposures, and low water landscaping and fixtures. The total square footage of the new building is just under 24,000 square feet. Garfield County Libraries and CMC will both have space on the second floor for future expansion. The project is on track to open in September 2013, and we will celebrate the opening with a visit from author Mary Doria Russell, author of “Doc: a novel,” a biography of Doc Holliday. Stay tuned for more details on the event.The new Glenwood Springs Branch Library will have 12 public computers and 10 laptops, all with internet access for public use. There will be a cozy reading area with a fireplace and an interactive early literacy installation for children ages infant to 5.

In other construction news, the new Carbondale Library facility is really coming together and should be shelled in before the end of the year. The new Carbondale Branch Library is also being built with a number of sustainable features. Garfield County Libraries has committed to spending at least $30,000 towards solar energy for the building and hopes to find donors to help support additional panels. The new library features several study rooms, a large meeting room, a south patio, and designated children’s and teen spaces. A special space in the children’s area, called the Story Quarry, will highlight some exciting local geological finds. The building will feature a number of local artisan-created elements, including bike racks and an after-hours security gate by metal artist John Hoffman, an entry sculptural piece by mosaic artist Shannon Muse, service desk adornment by metal artist Mark Cesark, and a light fixture over the desk created by artist Travis Fulton. These artists were selected through a competitive jury process with the help of the Carbondale Public Arts Council, the Carbondale Clay Center and the Carbondale Center for the Arts. The new Carbondale Branch Library is expected to open mid-summer 2013.Garfield County Libraries thanks you for your continued support and patronage during the construction process. Share your thoughts on the capital program by emailing Executive Director Amelia Shelley at

Author Jonathan Waterman will present “The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflict,” a presentation based on his book of the same title. The free program will be held at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. Waterman’s powerful prose is augmented by Peter McBride’s photography in this book as they follow the river’s 1,450-mile journey from its headwaters high in the Colorado Rockies to its dried-up delta touching the Sea of Cortez. Waterman has authored 10 books, and recognition for his work includes magazine and book awards, a literary fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and an Emmy. Waterman’s presentation is made possible by a grant from Xcel Energy Foundation and is presented in partnership with Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book, Water 2012 and the Glenwood Springs Branch Library.

Children are invited to come to the New Castle, Silt and Rifle branch libraries on Friday afternoons for engaging math activities and games taught by Re-2 teachers. Classes for kindergartners through second-graders will be held at each library from noon to 2 p.m., and classes for third- and fourth-graders will be held at each library from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Each class will be limited to 25 students, on a first-come, first-served basis. Parents are encouraged to call the library or go online at to pre-register for this program. Go to for a complete description of each Friday’s activities. This program is funded in part with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which administers the Library Services and Technology Act.

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