New Silt Branch Library opening Saturday, Oct. 6 |

New Silt Branch Library opening Saturday, Oct. 6

Kelsy Been
Garfield County Libraries
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Contributed photoThe Silt Book Brigade, held held Sept. 14 and 15, was an amazing success. More than 300 volunteers helped move about 12,000 items from the old library to the new library by way of a hand-to-hand chain. This group of volunteers is taking a break to tour the new library with Branch Manager Dan Mickelson.

Just seven months after breaking ground, the new Silt Branch Library is opening its doors at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. Everyone is invited to the grand opening ceremony to see the new facility, sign up for a library card, and check out the new library materials.

After the ribbon cutting, there will be refreshments, giveaways and live music with the Mountain Smuggler Boys to celebrate this momentous day.

This new library is more than three times as spacious as the existing library and features a large meeting room, two study rooms, unique children’s and teen spaces, a designated computer area, a cozy reading area with a fireplace, and a plaza for outdoor reading and events.

Not to be overlooked is the array of new materials you will find in the library. The opening day collection features almost 4,000 new items, including 3,000 books, 400 movies, 125 music CDs and 200 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 grand opening as library staff have lined up exciting free programs for the next few months, including a five-part reading and discussion series on the Civil War. The Silt Branch Library is one of 150 libraries nationwide selected to host “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War.”

Discussions will be held from 1-3 p.m. every Saturday from Oct. 13 to Nov. 17 (with no program Oct. 20). Participants will receive a ticket to attend a screening of “Lincoln,” a Steven Spielberg blockbuster that opens in theaters on Nov. 16.

Discover this pivotal period of American history with your community. Call 625-4270 for more information or to register for this program today.

Art in the Stacks continues at the Rifle Branch Library with featured artist Jen Sanborn.

Sanborn’s oil paintings are usually inspired by the simple wonders she finds in nature or around home: it can be as simple as how light falls across a forest, as complex as an impending storm over a field of sagebrush, or as pleasant as a hound dog sleeping in the sun. After traveling around the country to find her inspiration, she realized that some of the best views are from around home in western Colorado.

Sanborn will be at the Rifle Branch Library at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, for an artist reception. Join us for refreshments and a short talk by the artist.

Sanborn’s “Things that Matter” exhibit will be on display in the library’s Colorado Room through November. For more information, call 625-3471.

Find a great read at a bargain price at the upcoming used book sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Glenwood Springs Branch Library.

The sale will be held from Saturday, Oct. 6, through Saturday, Oct. 13. Don’t miss the special preview for Friends members from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5. Memberships are available at the door.

Visit the sale often and choose from over 15,000 used hardback and paperback books, conveniently sorted by category. New items will be added throughout the week.

The sale opens at 10 a.m. each day except Sunday, when it begins at 1 p.m. The sale closes 30 minutes before the library closes each day.

Book donations are gratefully accepted year-round, during the library’s regular hours of operation. Call 945-5958 for more information.

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