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Exciting changes take place at Kremmling Library

The Kremmling Library is experiencing some exciting changes.

First, the Grand County Library District has hired David Bernard as the new branch librarian at the Kremmling Library. Being the only male librarian in Kremmling, he’s easy to find (just look for the beard).

David was born and raised in south Louisiana and attended college in southwest Virginia. He attended graduate school at Wichita State and eventually moved to Fort Collins for seven months before moving to Grand County in January of this year. He was employed by the Fraser Valley Library in March and started at Kremmling in August.

Former branch librarian Irene Ritschard had been filling in temporarily during Emily Pedersen’s maternity leave. Emily’s fans will be happy to know that she has returned to the library as a part-time clerk, giving her more time to spend with her new baby daughter, Adaline. Lauren Dilts remains the library’s constant, continuing her duties as children’s librarian.

Second, the library itself is changing significantly. The location will stay the same, but the building is receiving a major overhaul. It’s getting new paint, carpet, a patron study room, staff work areas, a new layout, and a comfortable seating area with a large window and a fireplace. The project is being funded by a Grand County Commissioners’ Block Grant, and the three contractors completing the work are all local to Grand County.

The Kremmling Library will close for the project beginning Oct. 5 and will remain closed for about six weeks. Patrons will still be able to access the library’s services, however. During the closure, the library will take up residence in a temporary service area in what is now a staff work room. The entrance to the temporary area is located on the south side of the building adjacent to the basketball courts.

The cozy space will house a collection of new books, movies, and magazines from which to choose. In addition, patrons can pick up materials requested from other libraries, utilize a 10-minute express computer station, and fax, copy and print.

The service area will be open Monday through Friday, 2-6 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Kremmling patrons can use their current library cards to access complete library services at any of the other branches in the county as well: Fraser Valley Library, Granby Library, Hot Sulphur Springs Library, or Juniper Library at Grand Lake.

Prior to closing the main library, the community is invited to celebrate the beginning of the remodeling project. From 2-4 p.m on Friday, Oct. 2, patrons can preview the temporary service area, view remodeling plans, have their questions answered and enjoy refreshments. A complete FAQ list and branch hours are available at http://www.gcld.org or at the Kremmling branch.

Kremmling staff can answer any further questions at 970-724-9228 or kremlib@gcld.org.

The Kremmling Library and the Grand County Library District appreciate everyone’s patience during this time and look forward to sharing the improvements.

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David Bernard is the new branch librarian at the Kremmling Library.