Silt Branch Library to open Oct. 6 |

Silt Branch Library to open Oct. 6

Kelsy Been
Garfield Public Libraries
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Contributed illustrationThis is a conceptual rendering of the new Silt Branch Library, which is scheduled to open on Saturday, Oct. 6.

The new Silt Branch Library is opening in three weeks and Garfield County Libraries has created a number of ways you can be a part of this event in the Silt community.

The grand opening is set for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6.

This Friday and Saturday, community members are invited to join the Book Brigade to help move the entire library collection from the old building to the new building by way of a hand-to-hand chain. The book chain will be running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

Garfield County Libraries is looking for volunteers of all ages, and there will be flexible shifts, so please stop by even if you can only help for an hour. There will be free food, free T-shirts and lots of fun. Get your first glimpse of the new Silt Branch Library while helping librarians get ready for opening day.

Additionally, Garfield County Libraries has created donor opportunities for residents to support their community library. The plaza between Silt Town Hall and the new Silt Branch Library has been designed as a special gathering place, featuring outdoor seating and 28 concrete “books” that donors can purchase and name in honor of a favorite title and author. These books are going quickly, so reserve your space on the plaza today.

Garfield County Libraries is also trying to raise funds for the interactive early learning space in the children’s section and the laptop lab at the new Silt Branch Library.

Garfield County Libraries was awarded a $20,000 challenge grant from the Gates Family Foundation to support these special features in the new Silt and New Castle branch libraries. We must raise an additional $10,000 by Nov. 1, 2012, to receive the $20,000 challenge grant. Help us make your tax dollars go further to support these fabulous new libraries. Every dollar you donate is tax-deductible and makes a huge difference for your local library.

Finally, the Silt Branch Library is recruiting members for its Friends of the Library group. The Friends support the library by sponsoring programs, helping with library events, helping purchase materials and much more. Join today for just $10 and help build something special in the new library.

Call 625-4270 for information about volunteer and donor opportunities.

The Silt Branch Library is one of 150 libraries nationwide that will be hosting “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War.”

Discover this pivotal period of American history in a five-part reading and discussion series. Discussions will be held from 1-3 p.m. every Saturday from Oct. 13 to Nov. 17 (no program will be held on Oct. 20).

Sarah Swedberg, associate professor of American history at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, will present lectures and lead the conversations on selected readings. All participants will receive a free ticket to watch “Lincoln” at Rifle’s Brenden Theatre. This Steven Spielberg film opens on Nov. 16.

Participants must preregister to participate by going online at or calling the library at 625-4270. This discussion series is limited to 25.

After registering, participants can pick up the program packet, which includes “March” by Geraldine Brooks, “America’s War” anthology, and “Crossroads of Freedom” by James McPherson at the Silt or Rifle Branch Libraries.

This series was developed by the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support provided by the Colorado Humanities Council.

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