The 5th Element provides free fifth day services |

The 5th Element provides free fifth day services

Kelsy Been
Garfield Public Library District
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Garfield County Libraries has designed a new program, The 5th Element, to provide enrichment opportunities to Garfield Re-2 students every Friday.

In August 2012, Re-2 switched to a four-day weekly schedule with Friday, or the “fifth day,” off in an effort to save costs in response to significant cuts to its operating budget.

Garfield County Libraries – a community leader in education – has devised a free educational program that will provide fun, engaging activities for students on that fifth day of the week.

The 5th Element is supported by grant funding. For the second year in a row, Garfield County Libraries was one of 10 public libraries in Colorado to receive a Library and Services Technology Act (LSTA) grant.

Garfield County Libraries’ $20,000 grant award will be used to hire Re-2’s active, substitute and retired teachers to offer high-quality, interactive classes on math, science, social studies, and art at the New Castle, Silt and Rifle branch libraries.

The libraries will offer two sessions every Friday afternoon: one for kindergartners through second-graders, and one for third- and fourth-graders. These classes begin Oct. 26 and run through May 17, 2013.

Each class will be limited to 25 students, on a first-come, first-served basis. In total, 150 students can participate in this program each week.

Parents are encouraged to call the library or go online to pre-register for this program, starting Oct. 12.

On Oct. 26, participants can expect a social studies program relating to geography, history, or other cultures. In November, each Friday will feature interactive science-based activities, with everything from goo and slime to rocketry and space.

December’s classes will offer fun math programs with games, treats, and more. In January, participants can look forward to art classes utilizing different mediums such as water color or printmaking.

Detailed descriptions of each Friday’s program will be available at

Pat McCarty, a certified master gardener from the CSU extension office, will be at the Silt Branch Library at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16 to discuss tips on how to best care for your garden and lawn this fall.

McGuire Law, an immigration law firm, is coming to the Glenwood Springs and Gordon Cooper Branch Libraries to host a free information program about the new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.

DACA allows qualifying undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children to receive deferred legal status and work authorization.

The program will include a presentation about the policy, including eligibility requirements, methods of application, risks and benefits of applying, and where to find more information. These free information programs are designed to provide accurate and up-to-date information about DACA.

In addition, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions about DACA or any other immigration-related issue and receive answers from a qualified immigration attorney.

McGuire Law will be at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17, and at the Gordon Cooper Branch Library in Carbondale at noon on Thursday, Oct. 18. This bilingual Spanish and English event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

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