Library Corner: Library office services for Phil |

Library Corner: Library office services for Phil

Tess Riley
Grand County Library District

It’s almost Feb. 2 — time for the groundhog to pop out of his hole to let us know how much longer winter will last.

But I’m going to let you in on a little secret. There are far more reliable ways to predict the weather than consulting a groundhog. (Just don’t tell Punxsutawney Phil I told you so!) In fact, history proves that Phil’s weather predictions have been right only 39 percent of the time. He would fare better by flipping a coin!

Don’t worry, though. There’s hope for Phil. If he really wants to salvage his reputation, he can venture out of his hole and head over to any of Grand County’s five libraries to take advantage of the wide range of office services on offer.

Phil could settle down in front of one of the free public access computers to visit where he would find detailed weather forecasts for countries around the world.

Or, if he preferred, he could access the Internet with his groundhog smartphone or laptop using the free library Wi-Fi. He could also print out his weather maps with the library printer.

Next, Phil could scan or fax his well-researched weather prediction to all the folks assembled at Gobbler’s Knob. He could even use the library copy machine to make full-color autographed photos of himself to hand out to all his fans.

Later, he could make use of any of the free study rooms found in most libraries to go over his notes and practice his startled expression for when he sees his shadow. Or not.

And finally, if Phil were unable to make it back to Punxsutawney for some reason (I don’t know…maybe the day starts repeating?), he could hold his annual weather-forecasting event in one of Grand County Library District’s top-notch meeting rooms. Most branches have conference rooms equipped with projectors, sound systems, tables and chairs, white boards, and even kitchenettes.

While some of these services are free, others do have fees attached (to cover paper, ink, and equipment), so Phil will want to remember to bring cash, check or his credit card.

Here are GCLD’s current office service fees:

Computer Use: Free

Wi-Fi: Free

Study Rooms: Free (first come, first served)

Black & White Copies/Prints: $0.25 per side

Color Copies/Prints: $1 per side

Faxing: $1 per page (cover sheet free)

Scanning: 50 cents per page

Community Room: $20 per four-hour block (reserve online at

So, please, if you see Phil peeking tentatively out of his hole, direct him to any of Grand County Library District’s five branches where he’ll find all the office services he needs to make his 2019 Groundhog Day prediction the best one yet!

Tess Riley is library services specialist at the Grand County Library District.

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