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County needs more Monday access to libraries

Post Independent Editorial Board

The Garfield County libraries should be commended for expanding their hours and including at least some Monday access.All six Garfield County libraries are open Tuesday through Saturday, and the Rifle Branch Library has expanded to include four hours on Monday starting Jan. 1. But Rifle is the only place to check out books on Mondays.A quick trip to Rifle from New Castle or Silt isn’t too bad, but it would take a major reading hankering for someone to make the 112-hour round trip to Rifle from Carbondale, or even the hour drive time to and from Glenwood.Ideally, the libraries would be open every day of the week, or at least six days per week. Libraries offer an essential community resource – a place where adults can go to broaden their knowledge, and a place where children can go to gain an appreciation of not only the written word, but other types of media as well. Kids rarely get in trouble while reading a book, and the library is much cheaper than finding someone to sit with a child until his or her parents finish their daily grind.The extra accessibility in 2005 is nice, but we would like to see even more.The Garfield County libraries are by no means over-funded, and there are only so many worker hours available to the libraries. Rifle’s recent surge in use justifies some of the hours being spent there, but it would be great to see some schedule tweaking done to allow the eastern side of the county some Monday access as well – preferably when school-aged kids could take advantage.Ultimately the fix is going to have to come from the taxpayers of Garfield County. The next time the opportunity to give to the library arises, try to think of a better, less expensive way for people of all ages to spend an afternoon.Ultimately the fix is going to have to come from the taxpayers of Garfield County. The next time the opportunity to give to the library arises, try to think of a better, less expensive way for people of all ages to spend an afternoon.


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