What’s going on at the libraries
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. The goal is to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. The Glenwood Springs and New Castle branch libraries are official “Come Write In” locations, and you can visit the libraries to work on your novel during any open hours in November. Let library staff know you’re a NaNoWriMo participant and get a small prize. For more information, visit http://www.gcpld.org or nanowrimo.org.
Poets age 13-21 are encouraged to participate in a poetry slam facilitated by Kether Axelrod at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3. Axelrod leads First Word, an offshoot of literary nonprofit Aspen Words’ Youth Poetry program. This event is free, and audience members of any age are encouraged to attend, but content may not be suitable for children under the age of 13.
Art in the Stacks: Rifle Shots
Join us from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at the Rifle Branch Library to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial and enjoy an art exhibit showcasing Rifle Shots and the beauty of America’s National Parks. Rifle Shots is a group that has been brought together by photography. Though art is a personal journey, Rifle Shots members Jennifer Bartels, Brenda Brandenburg, Dawn Hayes and Gail Zentmyer work together to inspire and push each other’s photographic art. This artist reception is free and open to the public with refreshments served. The exhibit will be on display at the library through December.
Teddy Bear Storytime
Children from 1-101 are invited to bring your teddy bears, don your pajamas, and head to the New Castle Branch Library at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, for our annual Teddy Bear Storytime. This event is free and open to the public.
‘What Do You Do with a Llama?’
Considering adding llamas to your livestock? Curious about these critters just for fun? Join us at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Silt Branch Library to learn more about llamas, alpacas and their uses from a local expert as part of the Community Education Network. Register for this free event by visiting the library or calling (970) 876-5500.
Tech night for Re-2 parents
The Garfield County Libraries, Garfield School District Re-2 and Rifle Community Television are partnering to offer a free technology workshop to help make succeeding in school easier. Join us at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at the Rifle Branch Library to learn how to effectively use Powerschool, the Garfield Re-2 App, and the Garfield County Libraries’ website. Tech Night will also be broadcast live on Facebook as well as at the New Castle and Silt branch libraries so you can join us at your local library or watch from home. For more information, call (970) 625-3471 or (970) 665-7615.
Crystal DeCora will teach classes with information about Medicare, and what options are available. These are purely educational events, led by a licensed financial adviser trained and certified with Medicare. These free classes will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the New Castle Branch Library, and on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the Rifle Branch Library. Both begin at 6:30 p.m.
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