Libraries have new gifts for the county his holiday season |

Libraries have new gifts for the county his holiday season

New gifts for all of Grand County from your library allow youths and adults to enjoy the holidays both at home and on the road.

Portable DVD players and MP3 music players that you can check out at no charge and an emphasis on books for the kids during the holidays are all available to make the holidays more enjoyable here and on the road.

In a new offering, portable DVD players are now available at all the Grand County libraries. The Granby Library and the Fraser Valley Library have three players available while Grand Lake, Hot Sulphur Springs and Kremmling have two each.

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You won’t be pestered with bickering children, continuing questions and general boredom on your road trip these holidays if the kids are enjoying a movie on their portable DVD player that can be checked out from your Grand County library.

A portable DVD player can also be a lifesaver on an airplane trip. Yes, you can rent a portable DVD at the airport for a considerable sum of money, or you can bring one from home that you’ve checked out for free at your library.

Your child, safely seated on the plane, can enjoy hours of programming that you select when you have a portable DVD player from your Grand County library.

And remember, your library carries a selection of DVDs, also available at no charge.

So check out the portable DVD player, select feature films or educational book-based DVDs for your children right there at the library, and head away for the holidays.

These portable DVD players are gifts of tranquility for parents and entertainment for children.

And don’t forget the other item available to be checked out at your library that can make the holidays more tranquil for parents and children: MP3 players that can be used to listen to audiobooks or music.

Your library has MP3 players that can be checked out from your local branch. These players, complete with head phones, can help take the boredom out of long road or airplane trips to Grandma’s house over the holidays.

These portable DVD players and MP3 music players can help make your road trip or plane ride during the holidays almost as much fun as riding in a one-horse open sleigh . . . or at least close to it.

And even if you’re not traveling over the holidays, these items can be used to occupy time for children and adults at home too. They can be checked out for one week at a time, and can be renewed for up to three weeks use if no one is waiting.

Continue reading during holiday school break

Want to keep the children interested in reading during the holidays?

Your library’s youth services librarian wants to help children continue reading during the two-week Christmas break.

Children and teens can come in with a book that they read over break and tell their local Youth Services Librarian about it. This will help youths think about plot, favorite characters and recommendations to friends.

Cathy Jones, youth services librarian at the Kremmling Library, says that during the holidays children and teens “definitely have more time on their hands. And the library is filled with kids.”

“We’re going to be available to talk to them,” Jones says. “Any of the librarians are available to talk to the kids about their books. Or to help them find books, as usual.”

She said the library is a great place to be during the holidays “even if they read a book in between the times on the computer.” As always, the computers in your library are available for use at no charge for youths and adults.

“We have displays all over the library about books that the kids might be interested in,” Jones adds. This is true, of course, for all the Grand County libraries.

Books of all types are always available for convenient check-out at your library. The holidays, after all, are not just for kids.

And as always, the libraries offer free computer and free Wi-Fi web access for people who want to bring their own computers to the libraries for some high-speed internet usage.

A Library Gift for the New Year

While your library is putting out extra effort to keep the holidays interesting, there’s another gift they plan to offer all their patrons starting Jan. 1, 2008.

The libraries will be sending “courtesy notices” by e-mail three days prior to book-due dates to remind people to renew or return their books. This is a gift of fewer overdue fines.

A vital element in this program will be the need for the library to have patrons’ e-mail addresses on file so the notices can be sent out. So don’t forget to make it easy for your library to save you money in 2008. Be sure the library has your e-mail address.

The holidays will be more fun with gifts that are being offered by the Grand County libraries. Whether it be portable DVD players, MP3 players or just the joy of a good book, your library has Christmas gifts for all.

Check them out at your library.

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