New app brings the library to you, wherever you are |

New app brings the library to you, wherever you are

Library Spotlight
Emily Hisel
Garfield Public Library District

Want easy access to your Garfield County Libraries on the go? Download our free smartphone app, GCPLD 2 Go, and the materials and services of the libraries will be in the palm of your hand.

This powerful yet easy-to-use app offers access to the library catalog to find books, movies, music, games and more. Login to your account to renew items, place holds and review requests. You can also easily and instantly download ebooks, audiobooks and music through the app, which connects to our Overdrive database.

To learn what is happening at the libraries, check out the upcoming events listings on GCPLD 2 Go. There are even links to the Facebook page and Flickr stream. Or, if you need to contact us you can readily find contact info to call, email and locate a library near you.

For me, the best part of the app is how quickly and easily I can get things done. Just the other evening I was up late listening to music through a radio app on my iPhone. A song came on that caught my attention, but I had no idea what it was or the name of the band.

So, I used another app to identify the song (I am constantly amazed at the cool things you can do with a smartphone). I then went to the iTunes store to see if I wanted to buy the album. I listened to a few snippets of each song, but realized I wasn’t convinced I wanted to buy the whole album.

Then I remembered the new GCPLD 2 Go app. I used it to search for the album. Within seconds I found it. I typed in my name and library card number and, BAM! (as Emeril Legasse would say), I was done. The CD was on its way to my local library to pick up. In fact, I’m currently listening to it, and it’s not half bad.

Convinced? At least curious? Download the free GCPLD 2 Go app by going to from your smartphone. It should recognize the type of phone you have.

You will either be taken directly to the app in your app store (for Apple and Android based phones), or be given a link to download the app from the website. Or, if you just want to see what GCPLD 2 Go looks like, go to on a computer and try it out on a simulated phone screen.

We hope you like this new service. If you have an idea on how to improve the app, take advantage of the “What’s Missing?” option on the main menu. We value your suggestions and want to make GCPLD 2 Go as useful a tool as possible.

The 2012 Winter Lecture Series kicks off today with “Black Smoke and White Iron: Coke and Charcoal Industries in Colorado.”

Author Bill Reich will talk about how Colorado’s smelters and steel mills were instrumental in turning mineral wealth into bars of gold, silver and steel rails for the expanding railroad network. Reich will also discuss how the smelter furnaces used coked coal and charcoal fired in ovens, such as those found in Glenwood Springs.

The program will be held at 7 p.m. this evening at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library, 413 Ninth St. The free Winter Lecture Series is presented annually by the Frontier Historical Society and the Friends of the Glenwood Springs Branch Library. Refreshments will be served. Info: 945-5958 or 945-4448.

Bring your scratched DVDs, Bluerays, video game discs, and CDs to the Rifle Branch Library and we will repair them. We have an amazing machine that can take your unplayable disc and make it work like new. However, some discs may not be repairable, and we will show you how to assess the damage. Disc-A-Palooza runs between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21. There is a $2 suggested donation per disc. For more information call 625-3471.

The Glenwood Springs Branch Library is now hosting two storytimes every week.

Starting Tuesday, Jan. 24, the library is reintroducing a storytime just for toddlers. “Toddler Time” will feature books, rhymes and songs geared for the littlest library goers at 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday.

There will also be a Preschool Storytime session at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday. It will focus on children ages 2 to 5.

As always, storytimes are free and open to the public. Info: 945-5958.

Bring your Kindle, e-reader, smartphone or tablet to the library and get help downloading materials available on the libraries’ website from professional geeks.

This event will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, at the New Castle Branch Library, and will be the last in a three-part series that began in Rifle and Carbondale. Info: 984-2346 or visit

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