New Castle, Rifle libraries switch schedules around |

New Castle, Rifle libraries switch schedules around

Kelsey Been
Garfield Public Libraries
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Effective Sept. 1, Garfield County Libraries will offer new hours at the New Castle and Rifle branch libraries to make it easier for all Garfield County library patrons to use library resources Monday through Thursday evenings.

New Castle and Rifle will switch their late nights to Monday and Wednesday, from the current Tuesday and Thursday. This change allows for library service to be available Monday and Wednesday evenings in Carbondale, New Castle and Rifle, and Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Glenwood Springs, Silt and Parachute.

Currently, only the Carbondale Branch Library is open late on Monday and Tuesday, leaving downvalley library patrons without library access on those evenings.

By staggering the evening hours of operation so that every other branch is open on opposite nights, Garfield County Libraries can improve library access throughout the county without increasing overhead costs.

Garfield County Libraries strives to offer excellent service while remaining a responsible steward of tax dollars. Garfield County Libraries set a goal to increase its open hours in its new 2012-14 Strategic Plan to offer better service to library patrons.

Eventually, Garfield County Libraries would like to increase branch hours of operation by up to 48 hours per week so that each branch is open on Sundays and open until 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Garfield County Libraries has had three difficult years due to three major factors: the downturn in the economy, the reduced price of natural gas, and a state sales tax refund. All three factors combined to cause a substantial loss of operating revenues since 2009.

Sales taxes hit a historic high in 2008, but the library district’s sales tax income has since declined by more than $2 million in annual collections. As a result, Garfield County Libraries is trying to cut costs without cutting services, while also looking for creative ways to improve its current services.

The Friends of the Glenwood Springs Branch Library and the Frontier Historical Society present an evening with Dr. John Henry Holliday at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16. Portrayalist R.W. Boyle will bring the good doctor to life.

Doc will appear in dress appropriate to his times, equipped with the “tools” of his trades. With stories and tales in the first person, the audience will glimpse the real man hidden away in the mists of time. The free program will take place in the basement meeting room of the Glenwood Springs Branch Library.

Join University of Colorado professor James White at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Rifle Branch Library for a public review of how the human race affects Earth’s climate system.

We humans are having larger and larger impacts on the planet as we grow in numbers, and as countries such as China, India and Brazil industrialize and require more resources.

Professor White will explore some of those impacts, with an emphasis on climate, viewing the issues not only as science issues, but as social and ethical issues.

He will focus on two key questions: What is our impact? And what is our responsibility?

He will wrap up with a look at how the University of Colorado is contributing to sustainability research and education.

For more information, contact the Rifle Branch Library at 625-3471.

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