Let your library cure January’s Cabin Fever
January is the month of Cabin Fever.
The excitement of the holidays is gone, followed by the prospect of long, cold nights and short, cold days. The everyday grind of a new year has begun.
While modern medicine has yet to find a cure for Cabin Fever, the Grand County Library District is doing all that it can to alleviate the symptoms of this seasonal ailment that can be particularly acute in Grand County.
A wide variety of programs take place at your library that can help you forget about the doldrums brought on by Cabin Fever. From Kremmling to Winter Park, the Grand County Library District offers programs for all tastes, all ages.
What follows is a sampling of the special programs that can take the chill out of Grand County Cabin Fever.
Cabin Fever Antidote #1 – Kids Knit
Youths can learn to knit at the Kremmling Library. Students, elementary school age and up, are invited to knit with needles, Knifty Knitters, or finger knit. This session meets every Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. Call Youth Services Librarian Cathy Jones at (970) 724-9228 for more information.
Cabin Fever Antidote #2 – Hot Sulphur Springs Book Discussion
Take the pain out of the first full work day of the New Year at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7 with the Hot Sulphur Springs Library Book Discussion Group. This night, the group reads and shares opinions about “The Little Lady Agency” by Hester Browne. This book relates the charming tale of an unemployed British woman who adopts the identity of “Honey” and starts a business finding dates for men who can’t seem to figure it out on their own. New attendees are welcome. Contact Branch Librarian Lynn Shirley at (970) 725-3942.
Cabin Fever Antidote #3 – “The Caretaker Monthly”
A book written by local author Jodi Boxell, “The Caretaker Monthly,” is the topic of the “Back to the Basics” book club at the Kremmling Library at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9.
Boxell’s book celebrates the natural cycles of the seasons as seen from the perspective of the Mountain Man and American Indian. Join the group, which usually meets the first Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m. Pick up a copy of the book at the Kremmling Library or contact Branch Librarian Glyn Sheppard for more information.
Cabin Fever Antidote #4 – Brown Bag Book Group
The Brown Bag Book Group at the Juniper Library in Grand Lake meets at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10. “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls is the book to be discussed in January. The book is a fascinating memoir about a child growing up in poverty with brilliant but unstable parents. Join the group for food and thought. Call Edie at (970) 627-8353 for more information.
Cabin Fever Antidote #5 – Fireside Chats
Get warm inside and out with the Fireside Chat that’s set to take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at the Granby Library.
“The ‘Fireside Chats’ is not your average book group,” said Bryan Funk, the organizer of the Fireside Chats and the Circulation Librarian at the Granby Library. “We meet once a month to learn and discuss a more critical and thoughtful way of reading. ‘Fireside Chats’ is both informative and rewarding. Each month, we pair an in-depth theoretical essay with an acclaimed work of fiction. We are surveying some of the greatest works in world literature, and introducing ourselves to the most significant, contemporary forms of literary analyses. From post-colonialism in India to Postmodernism in America, each month is something different.”
Contact Bryan Funk at the Granby Library if you wish to attend at (970) 887-2149.
Cabin Fever Antidote #6 – White Fang
Movie Night at the Kremmling Library is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, features “White Fang 2: Myth of the Wolf.”
This movie is about White Fang, the brave and spirited half-dog, half-wolf. In this film, this canine, the invention of the famed author Jack London, faces untold danger when he and his beloved master risk their lives to protect a peaceful Native American tribe from a ruthless gang of land-grabbing gold miners. Snacks will be provided. Free.
Cabin Fever Antidote #7 – Kilimanjaro Trek
Enjoy the experience of a Kilimanjaro trek with local U.S. Paralympian, Hannah Pennington, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Fraser Valley Library. Pennington, a local disabled athlete who recently completed a six-day trek up the highest peak in Africa, will share photos and anecdotes from the trip, which was sponsored by the Challenged Athletes Foundation and the US Paralympics. Follow Hannah through the landscapes of Tanzania as she and four other disabled women athletes climb to combat stereotypes about people with disabilities. Free.
Cabin Fever Antidote #8 – Novel Teas Book Group
The Novel Teas Book Group meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, in the Granby Library.
The January Book of the Month is “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. Copies of the book are available for check out at the Granby Library.
Reviewing this book, Tom Brokaw wrote: “Three Cups of Tea is one of the most remarkable adventure stories of our time. Greg Mortenson’s dangerous and difficult quest to build schools in the wildest parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan is not only a thrilling read, it’s proof that one ordinary person, with the right combination of character and determination, really can change the world.”
Join the Novel Teas Book Group for the book discussion around the fireplace at the Granby Library. Free. Contact Stephanie Ralph with questions at (970) 887-2149.
Cabin Fever Antidote #9 – Socrates Cafe
Socrates Cafe, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, is a laid-back philosophical discussion group that meets the last Thursday of the month at the Fraser Valley Library. Facilitated by Jon Wulff, the group explores a different question each month, such as “Is there such thing as progress?” A new question will be selected by the group meeting on Thursday, Jan. 31. Free and open; newcomers are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments served. Call (970) 726-5689 with inquiries.
What you see above is just a sampling of the Cabin Fever antidotes offered at your library this January. Check them out or go to gcld.org to see what else is on tap.
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