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Punxsutawney Phil visits the library

Tess Riley
Library Services Specialist
Punxsutawney Phil recently spent some time exploring GCLD libraries and all they have to offer.
Courtesy GCLD

At the library

Saturday, Feb. 1

Take Your Child to the Library Day

Growing Readers Together Storytime – 10:15 a.m. at Kremmling Library. Storytime is a fun, interactive, early literacy program designed for children under the age of 5. Presented thanks to a grant from Growing Readers Together. For more info, call 970-724-9228.

Monday, Feb. 3

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

Adult Virtual Book Club Meeting – 6 p.m. at Kremmling Library. This book club meets quarterly, with a different genre every quarter. Come enjoy food, book discussion, and have a chance to win a great prize! Learn more at http://www.gcld.org.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

English Classes – 10 a.m. at Kremmling Library. Participate in these free English as a Second Language classes. For more info, call 970-724-9228.

Tech Training Classes – 10 a.m. at Granby Library. Let us help you learn to use your devices with ease. To register, call 970-887-2149.

Quilting Club – 3 p.m. at Kremmling Library. This quilting group is all about creativity and finding your own style. No registration required. For more info, call 970-724-9228.

Wednesday, Feb. 5

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

LEGO @ the Library – 3:45 p.m. at Fraser Valley Library. Bring your imagination and the Library will provide the LEGOs. Create! Share! Play! For more info, visit http://www.gcld.org.

Read to a Dog – 3:45 p.m. at Fraser Valley Library. Did you know that dogs are the perfect reading companions? They create a relaxed, comfortable, and safe environment for sharing books. Read with a trained therapy dog, Sophie, on a first come, first served basis. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Learn more at http://www.gcld.org.

Colorado Ballet’s “Peter Pan” – 4 p.m. at Hot Sulphur Springs Library. Please join us for a recorded live stream of the Colorado Ballet’s performance of “Peter Pan.” Open to all ages. Learn more at http://www.gcld.org.

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. During this program, a different topic is discussed each week. Register for this free program at http://www.gcld.org.

Adult Virtual Book Club Meeting – 6:30 p.m. at Hot Sulphur Springs Library. This book club meets quarterly, with a different genre every quarter. Come enjoy food, book discussion, and have a chance to win a great prize! Learn more at http://www.gcld.org.

Thursday, Feb. 6

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

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

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

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

Colorado Ballet’s “Peter Pan” – 4 p.m. at Kremmling Library. Join us for a recorded live stream of the Colorado Ballet’s performance of Peter Pan. Open to all ages. Learn more at http://www.gcld.org.

Family Movie Matinee – 4:30 p.m. at Granby Library. Family Movie Matinee is open to all ages, and G or PG movies will be shown. No registration required. For more info, visit http://www.gcld.org.

Afterschool Program – 5 p.m. at Juniper Library in Grand Lake. Join us after school for crafts, activities, movies, games, and more! For more info, call 970-627-8353.

Friday, Feb. 7

LEGO @ the Library – 1 p.m. at Granby Library. For more info, visit http://www.gcld.org.

Colorado Ballet’s “Peter Pan” – 1:45 p.m. at Juniper Library in Grand Lake. Join us for a recorded live stream of the Colorado Ballet’s performance of Peter Pan. Open to all ages. Learn more at http://www.gcld.org.

Saturday, Feb. 8

Growing Readers Together Storytime – 10:15 a.m. at Kremmling Library. Presented thanks to a grant from Growing Readers Together. For more info, call 970-724-9228.

Young Adult Writer’s Workshop – 2 p.m. at the Kremmling Library. Join this group for writing tips, tricks, and ideas. For ages 11-19. Register at http://www.gcld.org.

Groundhog Day is almost here. Feb. 2 is the day that Punxsutawney Phil pops out of his burrow to predict how much longer winter will last. Legend says that if the groundhog sees his shadow, we’ll have six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, spring will be early.

However, word on the street is that Phil may have popped out of his hole early this year. Apparently, he was spotted in one of Grand County’s libraries applying for his first-ever library card. (All he needed to obtain his card were his photo ID and proof of his mailing address.)

With his new card, Phil decided to check out a copy of “Groundhog Day,” the classic movie starring Bill Murray. However, when Phil returned the movie to the library the next day, he seemed a bit upset, telling other patrons that he was worried the day would start repeating on Feb. 2, just like it did in the movie.

Fortunately for Phil, one of Grand County’s librarians was able to help him research the chances of such a thing actually happening. Phil was amazed to discover the vast array of information that his library card made available to him. The librarian showed Phil how to search the catalog to find books on physics. Phil decided to start with Stephen Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time.” Just for fun, he also decided to read H.G. Wells’ “Time Machine.”

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Next, Phil learned how to use Kanopy, GCLD’s free video streaming service. He was intrigued to discover a PBS documentary series called “Genius.” One of the episodes was entitled “Can We Time Travel?” Phil was able to watch the episode on his smart phone while he stepped out of the library to visit the local coffee shop.

Upon returning to the library, Phil was introduced to RBDigital Magazines. Phil downloaded the latest issue of Popular Science to read all about time and space. He also browsed Britannica Online, GCLD’s free online encyclopedia, reading up on topics like “time,” “time travel,” and “groundhogs.”

After completing his research, Phil felt fairly reassured that he wasn’t going to be stuck in an endlessly looping day. However, the discovery that GCLD has a nice assortment of musical instruments available for checkout definitely made him feel better. If he was going to repeat the same day for years to come, he could use the opportunity to become an accomplished musician, just like Bill Murray did in the movie.

Phil thanked the librarian for her help and then used the library computer to print out a boarding pass for his trip home.

But as he walked away, Phil realized that he was a teensy bit disappointed that his chances of being trapped in a repeating day were very slim. He’d love to be stuck in one of GCLD’s cozy libraries, endlessly learning and exploring new ideas.


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