New Castle Branch Library to open Saturday |

New Castle Branch Library to open Saturday

Emily Hisel
Garfield County Public Libraries
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Emily Hisel Garfield Public Library DistrictThe New Castle Library, which expanded and improved its original location on Main Street, will host a grand opening celebration at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

It’s time! The newly remodeled New Castle Branch Library opens its doors this Saturday, April 14. Join us as we usher in a new way of using and enjoying this library.

We will start with special guest speakers at 10 a.m. After the ribbon cutting, there will be refreshments, giveaways and music with the Smuggler Mountain Boys to celebrate this momentous day.

The building features a fireplace and cozy reading area facing Main Street. There is also a local history room containing a large assortment of books, as well as pictures and artifacts from the town’s past. An expanded area for computers will allow more people to go online at the same time.

Visitors will also find a new dedicated teen area with stylish seating. In addition, the youngest members of the community will enjoy the new interactive children’s area, featuring all sorts of activities in an imagination invoking design.

The new space also features an all-new community room. That’s where the mural previously located on the outside of the library now resides.

New Castle’s new library also connects the community to the past. There are prominently displayed pieces of history with old photos from the area on the walls, and a window photo mural along Fourth Street. The photo mural features old photographs from the area that have been carefully restored.

Some of the images were in the library’s collection, while others were made available by the New Castle Historical Society and Steve Rippy. The Library District thanks Mr. Rippy and the Historical Society for their generosity in allowing the community to enjoy these treasures.

Not to be overlooked is the array of new materials in the library. The opening day collection features approximately 5,500 items, including 4,600 books, 500 movies, 200 music CDs and 175 books on CD. So bring your library card to the library (or register for one) and take home some of these great new materials.

The excitement will continue after the library is open as we will welcome best-selling author C.J. Box. Join us at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, for an evening with this great author and engaging speaker. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Garfield County Public Library Foundation, which promotes and supports the Garfield County Libraries. A limited number of tickets will be sold, so don’t wait. Tickets are $25 each and available at all branch libraries. For information visit

Celebrate Earth Day a few days early by doing something to help make your community better.

Middle and high schoolers are invited to take part in a scavenger hunt and trash cleanup project sponsored by the Silt Branch Library at 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 14.

All who attend will be served Subway sandwiches, chips and drinks. After lunch, groups will go out on a scavenger hunt to learn more about their community while they pick up trash.

For more information call 876-5500.

Celebrate National Library Week by bringing your parent to the Parachute Branch Library on Saturday, April 14. Great things will be going on all day including play spin-to-win, win free books, and lots of surprises.

At 11 a.m., special entertainment will be provided by the fifth-grade choir from St. John Elementary. Stop in and have a great day. For information call 285-9870.

All six branches of the Garfield County Libraries will be closed Friday, April 20, for a staff training day. Normal library hours will resume at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 21.

Patrons can still browse and request books, movies, and more on the website,, during the closure. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

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