Your local library can get you from New Year’s resolution to end of year success |

Your local library can get you from New Year’s resolution to end of year success

Library Spotlight
Mollie Honan
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Mollie Honan

With a new website, two new buildings (and more to come), and experienced and enthusiastic employees, the Garfield County libraries are more ready than ever to help jump-start your New Year’s resolution. Whether it is spending a little less, slimming down your figure, learning a language, reading more, investing in your community, or maybe even going back to school, we have the resources to assist you.

In this difficult economy, even the smallest savings can be a big help. Instead of purchasing the latest hot read online order it through the library. Rather than spending money on movie rentals stop by and check out our DVD collection. We feature blockbuster hits, fringe art films, and plenty of children’s movies. Not only are these movies free, but you can keep them for a week. If your iTunes bill keeps adding up order your favorite CDs through the library. In addition to books, movies and music we also subscribe to more than 50 magazines including many of the grocery store eye-catchers, so now you can avoid those last minute additions to your shopping cart. If we do not have the item you are looking for, you can order it online and have it sent to your local library.

Maybe you have resolved to read more and watch less TV but don’t know what books to read. Not only can we help you locate the books you are looking for, but we are also bursting with wonderful recommendations.

Going back to school? Our online databases give you access to scholarly research, newspaper archives, test preparation and more. These resources will help you conquer any research paper or project. If you are learning another language we offer online databases, audio materials and books to help you achieve fluency.

Do you ever wish someone who is not related to you could answer your computer questions? Perhaps you need help signing up for an e-mail account, or help setting up your new Christmas gadgets like a laptop, camera or electronic reader? The Gordon Cooper Branch offers a “Book a Librarian” program to provide you with one-on-one tutorials to help you learn the basics. Please call 963-2889 for more details. The Parachute Branch will also offer three different computer and gadget clinics in the upcoming months. For more information on those programs call 285-9870.

For those looking to give back to the community and stay active this year, the library is always looking for dependable volunteers. Each library branch also offers unique opportunities for volunteers from shelving books to brainstorming and implementing new programs. Additionally, Literacy Outreach needs volunteers to work with individuals who are learning English as a second language.

Whatever your interests: cooking, car repair, chess strategy, self-improvement, genealogy or science fiction the Garfield County Libraries have something for you. With the library at your fingertips there are no excuses left to let your resolutions drift away.

Mollie Honan is library assistant at the Gordon Cooper Branch Library.

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