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Grand County libraries: Plan to spend fall in the library

Fall is in the air in Grand County.

And so is planning for fall programs @ Your Library that includes food, socializing, reading, music, movies and youth diversions.

The Hot Sulphur Springs Library is truly getting into the spirit of autumn with a social hour planned each day of next week (Sept. 22 to 26). The timing of this week is no coincidence, since the first day of fall is Sept. 22, said Lynn Shirley, Branch Librarian at the Hot Sulphur Springs Library.

A sampling of soups is planned for Monday (noon to 1 p.m.), an afternoon tea is set for Tuesday (2 to 3 p.m.), coffee and cake are being offered Wednesday, Sept. 24 (6 to 7 p.m.), while on Thursday there will be cookies from 2 to 3 p.m. and on Friday, sundaes from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday features a “decorate your cookies” gathering from 11 a.m. to noon.

The Hot Sulphur Springs Library also has an adult book club that meets the second Monday of each month. The group is currently reading “The Next Thing on My List,” by Jill Smolinski.

The Kremmling Library offers several options to help soften the arrival of those crisp autumn days. Two book clubs offer a chance for socializing and reading for the next few months. There’s also a movie night each month.

The Kremmling Library kicked off its season of fall activities with a celebration of Mexican Independence Day last weekend. This library-sponsored community event (planned by Antonio Dominquez and Kremmling Library Branch Librarian Glyn Sheppard) helped local residents understand and appreciate the importance of Mexico’s “July 4th.”

The Juniper Library in Grand Lake has youth programs during the fall that offer entertaining diversions for children looking for fun. The Juniper Library offers two story hours a week. The After School Club takes place Thursday’s from 3:45-4:45 p.m. for Kindergarten-5th grade. This includes fun events such as playing charades, simple science projects, and a movie matinee the last Thursday of the month. The Toddler and Preschool Story Hour takes place at 11 a.m. Fridays.

Adult programming at the Juniper Library this fall includes a Colorado Author Talk at the library at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. David Boop will discuss his newly released book, “She Murdered Me with Science.” This is reminiscent of the pulp science fiction of the Forties and Fifties. And at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 the Brown Bag Book Group plans to discuss “The Post-American World,” by Fareed Zakaria.

A presentation by Wendy Erickson, certified Feng Shui counselor, is set to take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. She will help attendees understand beginning Feng Shui and see how this concept can help attract the energy of health and prosperity to their homes. This event is free, with light refreshments.

The Brown Bag Book Group at the Juniper Library has an interesting book to evaluate Thursday, Nov. 13. “One Thousand Splendid Suns,” by Khaled Hosseini, has been praised in the United States and internationally. The group meets at 12:30 p.m.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Granby Library will be opening its Grand County Library District Breast Cancer Resources Display Oct. 1 with a pink ribbon cutting in the community room. Raising money for the collection has been due largely to the efforts of Steve Cormey and his Ribbon of Hope campaign. Steve will be performing his music at the opening, set for 3:30 p.m.

Also in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Ellen Stone, Maternal Health Coordinator for Grand County’s Public Health and Nursing Services, will be presenting a program Oct. 6 entitled “Where to Go for Help.” Ellen will describe the resources, both physical and emotional aid, for those who receive a diagnosis of breast cancer. The talk starts at 6:30 p.m.

In preparation for the election in November, Sara Rosene, Grand County Clerk and Recorder, will prepare voters for what to expect at the polling booth. She will describe the mechanics of voting, including how to place mail-in ballots. (6 p.m. Oct. 20).

A two-session Dry Felting Class continues with Julie Horn, who has examples of her work on display at the Granby Library. Dry Felting is the art of sculpting with felted wool using a barbed needle, wool roving and a little creativity. (6 p.m. Oct 13).

The ongoing book group discussion in November will be about Jon Krakauer’s “Into the Wild.” (5:30 p.m., Oct. 17)

“We have an ongoing writers’ group which meets once a month and an ongoing computer class for those who are interested in the basics: Microsoft Word, e-mail and accessing and searching the Internet,” said Granby Library Branch Librarian Stephanie Ralph.

The Fraser Valley Library has treats for children with a story hour every Monday and Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. Finger-plays and songs are also included.

“This program is a great way to introduce young children to the world of reading and libraries,” said Fraser Valley Youth Services Librarian Joy McCoy. “Parents are welcome to stay and socialize in the meeting room after the program.”

Two After School Clubs for students are also offered each week.

And for the musically inclined, a guitar lesson is offered at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25.

This is sponsored by the Grand County Blues Society.

For adults, a “Learn to Make Fondue” session takes place Thursday, Sept. 25. Rene Weder, chef and owner of Gasthaus Eichler in Winter Park, will give a hands-on demonstration.

The Monday Morning Writers’ Group will continue to meet at 10 a.m. Mondays in the Fraser Valley Conference room. For more information, call Susan Stone at (970) 726-8767.

Fall is in the air in Grand County and so is fall programming @ Your Library. Call your community library or go to to find out more.

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