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Spooky Halloween fun brewing at the libraries

Emily Hisel
Garfield Public Library District
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The next two weeks represent a flurry of activity at the Garfield County libraries. The libraries are already in the midst of Halloween celebrations, which continue through Monday.

This Saturday will be extra special as we welcome Colorado’s newest poet laureate to three of the libraries. Next week will bring author Anne Hillerman and photographer Don Strel to Rifle to talk about their award-winning book “Tony Hillerman’s Landscape.”

Then, the highly anticipated unveiling of the designs for the new Glenwood Springs Branch Library will take place on Nov. 7.



All events are free and open to the public. For more information on these events continue reading, call the local library or visit http://www.gcpld.org.

Calling all superheroes, animals, princesses and monsters. The Garfield County Libraries are excited to host Storytime Halloween Parades and trick-or-treating at the Gordon Cooper, New Castle, and Rifle Branch Libraries.



At 10:30 a.m. on Friday, parades begin at the New Castle Branch Library, 820 Castle Valley Blvd., and Rifle Branch Library.

On Monday, Oct. 31, all ghosts and goblins are invited to trick-or-treat at the Gordon Cooper Branch Library in Carbondale. Spooky stories start at 6 p.m. Dress up and come on down to your local library for a great time and a bag of delicious treats.

Elementary school-age children are invited to the Silt Branch Library from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31, for a Halloween Party with spooky stories, games, prizes, candy, and plenty of fun. Dress up (if you dare) and make your way to the library for a howling good time. Info: 876-5500.

Like a good scare? Middle and high school students are in for a treat. The Rifle Branch Library will be showing the hauntingly good film “Poltergeist” at 6 p.m. on Friday. Wear a Halloween costume to the library and enjoy the movie, pizza and some spooky treats. Best costume wins a prize. Info: 625-3471.

Colorado’s newest poet laureate, David Mason, will visit three of the Garfield County Libraries on Saturday, Oct. 29. His verse novel, “Ludlow,” was named best poetry book of the year by the Contemporary Poetry Review and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, and it won the Colorado Book Award. It was also featured on the PBS News Hour.

His poetry, prose and translations have appeared in such periodicals as The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Nation, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Times Literary Supplement, Poetry, Agenda, Modern Poetry in Translation, The New Criterion, The Yale Review, The Hudson Review, The American Scholar, The Wall Street Journal, The Irish Times, and The Southern Review.

Writer B. H. Fairchild called him “one of America’s finest poets and a master of narrative.”

Mason’s appearances begin at 1 p.m. at the Rifle Branch Library with a lecture and performance of poems by himself and others. At 3 p.m., he appears at the Silt Branch Library to give feedback to other poets looking to express themselves and improve their skills. At 7 p.m., he holds a poetry reading and book signing at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library.

Author Anne Hillerman and photographer Don Strel will be at the Rifle Branch Library to talk about their award-winning book, “Tony Hillerman’s Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn.”

Anne Hillerman crafted the book after spending three years traveling Indian Country. It is the compilation of breathtaking images of the southwest, synopses of Tony Hillerman’s novels, quotes from his books, Anne’s memories, and information about the land.

New Mexico Magazine called it “a multilayered odyssey” and went on to say, “Tony Hillerman’s Landscape is an alluring and assiduously researched travel memoir, and a revealing behind-the-scenes chronicle of the peoples and settings that inspired Hillerman’s atmospheric mysteries. It’s a must-have for fans of Southwest mysteries and devotees of Indian Country.”

The event is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Info: 625-3471.

You dreamed … we listened and were inspired!

Now come learn more about the design of the new Glenwood Springs Library. The Garfield County Libraries will unveil the schematic design for the new library at 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7 at the current library building, 413 Ninth St.

The project’s architects, Dennis Humphries and Willis Pember, will join Library District Executive Director Amelia Shelley, Glenwood Springs Branch Manager Pat Conway, and Library District board members to review the findings from the Mindbreaking session and go through the entire design process to date. Info: 945-5958.


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