Library Corner: GCLD is here to help all levels of readers |

Library Corner: GCLD is here to help all levels of readers

Tallie Gray
Director of Library Resources
The Grand County Library District recently purchased various books co-authored by Henry Winkler, remembered for his portrayal of “The Fonz.” Winkler has personal experience with dyslexia. His books utilize a typeface designed to be especially easy to read and his heroic characters have learning disabilities.
Courtesy GCLD

This week at the library

Wednesday, March 4

Storytime — 10 a.m. at Granby Library. For more, 970-887-2149.

LEGO @ the Library – 3:45 p.m. at Fraser Valley Library.

Read to a Dog – 3:45 p.m. at Fraser Valley Library. More at

Great Decisions – 5:30 p.m. at Juniper Library in Grand Lake. Join us for America’s largest discussion group on world affairs from the Foreign Policy Association. Register at

Thursday, March 5

Storytime — 10 a.m. at Fraser Valley Library. For more, 970-726-5689.

Tech Training Classes – 10 a.m. at Granby Library. To register, 970-887-2149.

Storytime — 10:15 & 11:15 a.m. at Kremmling Library. For more, 970-724-9228.

Storytime — 11 a.m. at Juniper Library in Grand Lake. For more, call 970-627-8353.

Family Movie Matinee – 4:30 p.m. at Granby Library.

Afterschool Program – 5 p.m. at Juniper Library in Grand Lake. For more, call 970-627-8353.

Friday, March 6

Tech Training Classes – 11 a.m. at Fraser Valley Library.

LEGO @ the Library – 1 p.m. at Granby Library.

Saturday, March 7

Growing Readers Together Storytime – 10:15 a.m. at Kremmling Library.

Sunday, March 8

Astronomy Club – 4 p.m. at Granby Library. For more,

Monday, March 9

Storytime – 11:15 a.m. at Hot Sulphur Springs Library. For more, 970-725-3942.

Tuesday, March 10

English Classes – 10 a.m. at Kremmling Library. For more, 970-724-9228.

Tech Training Classes – 10 a.m. at Granby Library.

Digital Skills for Adults – 11:30 a.m. at Kremmling Library.

Books Too Good to Miss! — 1 p.m. at Granby Library. More info at

LEGO @ the Library – 4 p.m. at Kremmling Library. To register, visit

My childhood best friend was reading at age 3. While she made my parents ooh and ahh about her genius abilities, I enjoyed Katie reading to me. She was a great reader, and I was decent at kickball. All was right with the world until the day of a parent teacher-conference where my teacher expressed her “deep concern over the lack of my reading ability.”

Fast forward many moons, and I can still feel my cheeks burn at the thought of having to read. The sadness, humiliation, and frustration I felt over four decades ago still lurk around corners of my memories. But age has given me perspective, and I know I am not alone. We can hide behind our “weaknesses” or we can learn and grow from them.

Seeking help demonstrates great strength. If you or someone you know has a hiccup or two — or a hundred — when it comes to reading, Grand County Library District can help.

GCLD has a team of dedicated staff members who enjoy researching, sharing ideas, and pulling from our pasts as educators, parents, and students to compile ideas for our patrons.

We have put together over 60 booklists to pique interests for all ages and reading levels. From “Juvenile Titles to help Celebrate Diversity” to “Middle Grade: Animal Stories” to “Award-Winning Novels” to “Ms. TG’s Favorite Books for 1st-3rd Graders,” there is a list for you. To access these lists, go to, click on catalog, and search “GCLD List.” You can also ask any librarian to learn how to access the lists, or to create your own list.

For those learning to read or learning a new language, try reading a book while listening to the audio version. Listening to a fluent reader while following the text in a book helps build fluency skills, sight word recognition, comprehension, and makes reading more fun. After listening while following in the book, try reading aloud with the audio version. We recently had a patron check out both the CD and print versions of a book for her daughter. The child, who struggled when reading books alone, was so excited to have read an entire book that she called her grandparents to celebrate.

Perhaps your child has reading recommendations from school pertaining to reading levels, genres, or Lexile measures. Our catalog system has a plethora of filters to find the ideal title. Leave the search field blank, click on “GO” and all items in our collection will appear. Start playing with the filters on the left. Under “Reading Level” click “Preschool” and under “Subject” try “Stories in rhyme sounds.” In less than a minute, you can narrow the selection from 925,922 items to 15 items. “Why Should I Walk? I Can Fly!” sounds like a perfect book for my niece!

For your younger ones, we invite you to come to any of our Storytime programs. We have worked with reading experts on specific ways to help little ones enjoy reading and writing. To find a Storytime, go to and click on “Programs.”

It is never too early, nor too late, to ask for help with reading. Never be embarrassed to ask for help at any of the GCLD branches. You will make our day if we can help.

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