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Grand County libraries: Having a library card brings life to existence

“Get a Life, Get a Library Card.”

That’s the theme for September @ Your Library as the Grand County libraries participate in the national library card sign up month.

Did you know that library cards are free to Grand County residents, property owners, or Colorado library cardholders? Temporary and out-of-state residents may also obtain a library card. Go to for more information on how to obtain a library card or ask library staff for details. You can even print a library card application online.

A Grand County library card is an excellent asset to have since you can get so much that’s useful for free. Here are 52 things you can do – one for each week in the year – with your library card:

1. Get to know your librarian, the ultimate search engine @ Your Library.

2. Browse your favorite Web sites on the computers available for free use.

3. Plan your next vacation.

4. Find a list of childcare centers in your area.

5. Learn about local candidates for office in this fall’s election.

6. Check out a musical instrument in the Check out the Music program.

7. Reserve a meeting room for your organization or business.

8. Pick up a video or CD.

9. Download free audio books, music and DVD’s onto your MP-3 player or computer.

10. Participate in a community forum.

11. Find out how to navigate the Internet.

12. Prepare your resume.

13. Get new ideas for redecorating your house.

14. Get a list of community organizations.

15. Attend a lecture or workshop.

16. Hear a local author reader his or her latest book.

17. Join a book discussion group.

18. Attend a preschool story hour with your child.

18. Get homework help.

19. Look up all kinds of health information.

20. Use a study room for quiet study or small meetings.

21. Trek to another planet in a Sci-Fi novel.

22. Call the reference desk if you have a question.

23. Research your term paper

24. Learn about the history of your town and Grand County.

25. Decide which computer to buy using a consumer guide such as Consumer

Reports, available to library cardholders.

26. Check your stock portfolio.

27. Read a newspaper from another country.

28. Borrow an audio book for your next road trip.

29. Use the library’s resource to start a small business.

30. See a new art exhibit on display @ Your Library.

31. Volunteer as a literacy tutor.

32. Find a new recipe.

33. Ask for a recommended reading list for your children.

34. Make photocopies.

35. Get a book from the interlibrary loan program.

36. Enroll your child in a reading program.

37. Take a computer class or GED class through Colorado Mountain College.

38. Hear a poetry reading.

39. Take out the latest fashion magazine.

40. Enjoy a concert.

41. Trace your family tree.

42. Check out a special collection of rare Grand County history journals prepared by

the Grand County Historical Association.

43. Research a legal question or issue.

44. Find out how to file a consumer complaint.

45. Get nostalgic by browsing historic Grand County newspapers.

46. Borrow some sheet music.

47. Find a magazine article in an online database.

48. Find the latest romance paperback.

49. Pick up tax forms.

50. Get some Internet training.

51. Plug-in your laptop for free WiFi.

52. Find a quiet spot, curl up with a book and enjoy.

So get smart, get a library card, and get a life – all @ Your Library.

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