Tell us about your summer |

Tell us about your summer

Emily Hisel
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

This summer has been an exciting and busy time at the Garfield County libraries. There were programs every week, public computers buzzing with activity, and children reading about everything from wagon train adventures to Star Wars battles. It has been a wonderful time to be at the library and to know the community enjoys the materials and services available.

The Summer Reading Programs are the Garfield County libraries’ most popular programs with more than 2,800 people participating in June and July. Children, teens, and adults were all encouraged to read, and great prizes are given away all summer long. This year children also had programs and activity days to spark their imaginations and “Be Creative.” Teens participated in programming from treasure hunts to henna tattoos, duct tape creations to photography.

Your local librarians work very hard to create programming that will engage the community. Each year we learn from past successes and failures. We also look for ways to improve the experience for everyone. As this summer programming comes to an end, we ask for your help in creating future programming. It takes only 3-5 minutes but can give the libraries valuable insight into ways we can improve the summer. Please go to, click on our summer survey, and let your voice be heard. You can also find a paper version of the survey at any Garfield County library. The survey will ask you about the children’s program, teen program and/or adult program. Let us know if you enjoyed Science Gone Mad so we can have Alonzo back next year. Tell us if the activity days were a success with your children, or if it just didn’t work. The libraries strive to provide high quality summer programs that are also just plain fun. Please help us continue to improve our programs by letting us know what you like. If you have any comments or suggestions you wish to share outside the survey please e-mail me at

On behalf of the Garfield County libraries I would like to thank everyone who participated in one of our Summer Reading Programs. We have enjoyed supporting the families who read together, the adults who checked out romance novels to read by the pool, and the teens who discovered a story they could relate to. Thank you for making the libraries part of your summer!

Emily Hisel is outreach coordinator for the Garfield County Public Library District.

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