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Grand County libraries make their New Year’s resolutions

Libraries are like their patrons when the end of one year rolls around and the prospects for a new year take shape.

People make New Year resolutions, so does the Grand County Library District.

Your Grand County library has enjoyed a successful and exciting 2007. But even before the New Year’s celebrations have taken place, the resolutions for the New Year for your library have already taken shape.

Take a look at these Grand County Library District New Year’s Resolutions for 2008.

By striving to fulfill these resolutions your libraries are working hard to make the new year at your library even better than the last year.

Library District New Year’s Resolutions

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1. The library district resolves to raise an additional $386,000 by March 2008 to complete the $2.4 million Intermediate Goal of the Mountain Libraries Campaign. The Mountain Libraries Campaign is in place to help pay for the costs of building two new libraries: The Juniper Library at Grand Lake and the new Granby Library. Attaining this resolution helps assure the full award of $250,000 in foundation challenge grants.

2. The library district plans to complete the recognition of donors within the Granby Library and Juniper Library at Grand Lake. This effort lets those who so generously give $100 or more to our libraries know that their efforts are appreciated and permanently recognized in the new libraries on the entry-area donor walls. Donors of $10,000 or more may choose to be recognized on naming plaques at selected spaces within the libraries.

3. The district resolves to increase research and planning for the Grand County Library District’s “Sixth Branch,” the developing E-Branch at http://www.gcld.org. This would include identifying staffing, space, software and equipment needs for this exciting venture. The E-Branch represents yet another commitment on the part of the library district to make your library more than a book repository. It wants your library to be the nexus of new technology and information in your community, available in your library or on the Web at your computer.

4. The library district resolves to provide increasingly advanced technology resources to maintain the delivery of quality library services. In general, the district will develop a new, five-year strategy and plan for the enhancement of telecommunications and to provide research and development in technology to maintain the best technology the district can afford.

5. The library district pledges to maintain and increase excellence in its library facilities by addressing building needs at each branch and further develop a plan for ongoing preventative maintenance and improvements.

6. The district is determined to identify specific needs for improved library space in the communities of Hot Sulphur Springs and Kremmling and explore alternatives in meeting those needs.

7. The library district resolves to continue to provide excellent customer service throughout the District by evaluating hours at branches and identifying the special needs of unique population types in the county. This means the library plans to develop programs and services for second home owners and part-time residents, Spanish speaking customers, other non-English speaking customer groups and seniors.

Library Patron New Year’s Resolutions

1. Make a resolution to consider the Grand County Library District in your charitable and planned giving program. The library must raise another $386,000 by March 1 to take advantage of $250,000 in foundation challenge grants.

2. Resolve to let the library know your e-mail address so it can help you save money by e-mailing notices about books that should be returned or renewed. This checked-out book notice policy was adopted to help patrons save money and to help the library reduce the volume of overdue or late books and materials.

3. Pledge to return all books, CDs, DVDs, portable DVD players, MP3 players and other library items on time.

4. Resolve to get to know your library better by asking about new technology services, Wi-Fi wireless Internet access, computer usage and special programs.

5. Resolve to explore your Grand County library that’s located in another community. There are five Grand County Library branches, all offering excellent facilities and services. They are located in Kremmling, Hot Sulphur Springs, Granby, Grand Lake and the Fraser Valley.

6. Make a resolution to tell a friend or neighbor about all the great services available at your library. People who haven’t bothered to check the libraries out don’t know what they’re missing, so let people know about all the libraries have to offer.

7. Resolve to join the Friends of Grand County Library. Ask how to join at your library or go to http://www.gcld,org.

8. Make a resolution to thank a library employee who helps you with your book search or information query. They are dedicated to helping you, the library patron.

Happy New Year.

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