Celebrate National Library Week April 3-9

National Library Week runs from April 3-9 and the Grand County Library District (GCLD) is here to tell you about our libraries and invite you to visit any of our locations to read, research, rest or relax.

Did you know that libraries play a vital role in American happiness? Communities that spend more money on libraries, parks, and highways support the well-being of community members. There are 6,607 public libraries in the United States, and we have five in Grand County. Read on for interesting facts about libraries.

Libraries strengthen local economies.



Need help filling out government forms online? Access to public computers during the pandemic was essential in our community to help people access government resources. GCLD offers programs that help people apply for jobs, build resumes, and prepare for interviews. “Discover your dream job! at the Fraser Valley Library on April 23 might be just what you need. Attendees will meet career coach Bex Drake with Colorado Workforce.

Libraries create healthier communities.



Libraries, in collaboration with local entities, offer assistance in finding health insurance and evaluating health information. Clients can make an appointment with a certified medical coverage guide from GC Rural Health on April 27 at the Granby Library. Librarians can help make connections to local health community resources or research a health issue. iPads are also available at libraries for patrons who may need to attend telehealth meetings.

Fitness opportunities are on the rise at GCLD. Maybe you enjoyed a snowshoe hike with our Juniper Branch Manager in Grand Lake. Love to hike and explore Grand County? Keep an eye out for our new Granby Library Hiking Club, starting in May.

Libraries are the place of lifelong learning.

Book clubs, homework help, and summer reading programs are a few examples of how libraries promote literacy and encourage lifelong learning. You have questions ? Need help with homework? Every Thursday during the Juniper Library After School Club, the staff is ready to help. Tutoring sessions are also offered at the Kremmling Library on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

GCLD’s Summer Reading Program runs from June 1 to July 31. Oceans of Possibilities promises fun for the whole family and activities for all ages. Events will start in libraries as well as in the community. Our kickoff presentation, “Pirate Dogs of the Sea,” will feature Denise Gard and her therapy dogs, Joey & Kira, performing June 15-16.

Access to the library is synonymous with opportunity.

Public libraries offer internet access and free Wi-Fi. GCLD WiFi is available from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Librarians are happy to answer technology questions and staff are available to provide instruction in basic internet skills. Need a little more time? Call the Granby Library at 970-887-2149 to make an appointment.

Public libraries provide access to electronic books. GCLD had over 57,000 eBooks available by the end of 2021 through Libby, and even more through hoopla. Find these resources at http://www.gcld.org under the eBooks & Learning Tools tab.

GCLD’s mission is “Connecting People to Unlimited Opportunity”, and we’re always here to help!

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