Library Corner: Libraries = strong communities |

Library Corner: Libraries = strong communities

Polly Gallagher / Grand County Library District

Celebrate our nation’s dedication to the First Amendment during National Library Week, April 7-13. Libraries stand for free expression, safe havens to protect ideas, and a place to gain knowledge to challenge ideas.

Melinda Gates is the honoree chair of National Library Week stating, “We should celebrate libraries because they are where the community gathers. They are the place where we provide equal access to information.” The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has dedicated more than $45 billion to causes that range from global poverty to library funding. The U.S. Library Program was the first major philanthropic venture they undertook.

Librarians help patrons “build skills by providing access to resources for interest, information, and enlightenment” (Library Bill of Rights). Grand County Library District aims to provide boundless opportunities.

Our librarians are constantly attempting to reduce barriers to support our communities. Need a library card but don’t have the necessary government issued id and local proof of address? That’s alright. Try the limited card. Simply provide your email or phone number and you can utilize online resources and obtain up to five books at a time. Looking for training wheels for your child to help teach responsibility as well as open the world of books? Try One for Fun, a card that allows the check-out of one book at a time. And remember, nobody needs a library card to access and use materials in the facility or participate in programs.

Not able to get into the library? There are so many digital resources available for download from books, movies, or certification classes. Looking for a musical instrument to test out and see if you have the interest and not a passing fad? Head to the library. Need to obtain an accredited high school diploma? Head to the library.

Here is a snap shot of just some of the (free) events taking place in Grand County Libraries this coming week as we help build strong communities.

Check your closets, bags, and drawers so you can bring in your overdue books to eliminate all associated late fines.

Celebrate One Book Colorado by picking up a free book for every four-year old during Story Time at every Grand County Library. Find out what book starting April 8.

Looking for one-on-one tech support from getting devices to speak to each other or accessing online resources? Head to Kremmling or Granby for Tech Training classes.

“And Then There Were None” is our Too Good to Miss Book Club read at Senior Book Club Tuesday afternoon in Granby.

Hesitant reader in the family? Come read to Sofie through Read to a Dog program on Wednesday at the Fraser Valley Library.

Get crafty with Alcohol Ink painting at Hot Sulphur Springs Library Wednesday evening. Reservation required.

Wednesday isn’t done. Great Decisions discussion group at the Juniper Library delves participants into foreign policy issues. This week: Decoding US – China Trade.

Chill out with your family Thursday after school during movie night at Granby Library.

Sons of Norway is sponsoring a Traditional Swedish Art workshop Saturday in Fraser. Participants will enjoy painting Dala Horses while nibbling on Swedish snacks. Reservation required.

Check for more.

Polly Gallagher is the director of public services for the Grand County Library District.

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