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Grand County Libraries offer treaure-trove of free information, entertainment

Janet Day / Talk of the Valley
Grand County, Colorado

Savings Among the Stacks. We’re all tightening the belts on spending these days. I certainly am. But did you know what a help simply going to the library can be? Grand County Library District President Bill Tetlow reminded me of just how much there is at our local libraries ” and it’s all free.

The hour I spent in the Fraser branch last weekend found resources that go far beyond checking out something to read. Forget Netflix and expensive movie rentals, get DVDs at the library and keep them for a week. They may not be this week’s first-run offerings, but there are dozens and dozens of current titles, old favorites, classics, television shows and specials, language classes, exercise routines and all kinds of do-it-yourself instruction.

The libraries provide free Internet access, which is useful for everything from learning how to change your own oil to searching for a job. Newspapers and magazines also are available for finding employment ads and articles about pinching pennies.

The library is a place to meet people, socialize (quietly), view art, hear lectures and find information about what’s going on around the county. There are few things as enjoyable as learning. And honestly, is there a public building anywhere in the area that has a view better made for relaxing, becoming inspired or just day-dreaming than the view from the south end of the Fraser library?

Networking and News. To many Fraser Valley residents, networking consists of running into someone at the Post Office and asking what’s new. I’m trying to get beyond that. I’ve recently attended several business networking functions and each time came home amazed at how useful they are. Things I learned last week include:

– Logging starts again in the Fraser Experimental Forest and that will mean some trail closures, but just around the immediate logging area, not the entire forest trail network. Even with all the logging, U.S. Forest Service officials are worried about beetle-kill trees blowing down this winter. Be careful out there. Live trees also are going to fall when Christmas tree cutting begins in the Elk Creek area in a few weeks.

– The Headwater Trails Alliance is still looking for volunteers, even in winter. Their work isn’t all digging and dragging in the summer ” there’s plenty more to do now.

– The Iron Horse Resort is shedding its reputation of being stuck in the 1980s by updating just about everything ” paint, carpet, fitness center and restaurant.

– Look for another Tabernash Tavern opening soon.

– Sol Vista is adding a new hill for family tubing and sledding. The wonderfully intimate resort also is introducing a Family Pass valid not just for snow sports but for year-round activities.

– KCMV radio station will start online streaming this winter. Visitors who discover the eclectic and entertaining station will be able to listen to it online at home.

Do You Twitter? Plenty of people, places and things around here do and it’s a great way to get daily updates about events and activities or just follow the life of people you know. Winter Park Resort twitters. So does the National Sports Center for the Disabled. So do I and quite a few of my friends. Check it out at or Or search for friends and follow their posts. It seems inane, and many postings are, but Twitter is addictive.

” Keep in Touch: What’s got your attention around the area? Let me know. I’ll try to find the answer or spread the news. Send it all to

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