Library Corner: It’s time you discovered today’s libraries |

Library Corner: It’s time you discovered today’s libraries

Jeanie Johnson
Grand County Library District

When is the last time you took a few minutes to walk around your local library? Did you take a look at the monthly calendar of events that is on the circulation desk? Ponder the flyers and brochures? Take a lap through the stacks? If you did, you can see that the libraries are up-to-date, comfortably and efficiently arranged, and none of the staff are “shushing.”

I had a conversation with a neighbor who has been in Granby for a little more than a year. She has been to meetings in the library’s community room and has looked inside, but has never actually walked around or paid attention to what programs and services the library offers. I told her that as a Realtor, she was missing an opportunity to sell Grand County. Grand County Library District’s five branch offerings compare to those of libraries in any large city—sometimes surpassing them.

Did you know that GCLD offers:

Virtual reality (VR) experiences? I saw a VR room in a Denver shopping mall where you paid for time using VR equipment. The library offers this experience free!

Video-on-demand through Kanopy? Library users have access to about 30,000 digital titles in addition to the regular DVDs in the catalog.

Maker classes? At the same mall, I noticed a “maker space”—a big room set up with booths and tables where children were busily creating. The libraries offer programs with many opportunities to create.

One-on-tech help? Call to make an appointment if you are bumfuzzled about the way your devices are behaving.

Short waits for the newest titles? GCLD branches have very current collections with capability to provide materials from around the state.

Attentive, friendly staff? When you enter a GCLD branch library, you can expect to find friendly, helpful, but not overbearing staff.

Drop in and check us out! We think you’ll be pleased and who knows? The library might be just one more reason Grand County is such an amazing place to live and visit.

Jeanie Johnson is director of public services for the Grand County Library District

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