Sherry Sampson: News and events from your local library

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Playaway, a pre-loaded digital audio player, is an easy way to listen to a book on the go.

Plug in the earphones and enjoy your favorite title or share it with everyone in the car using an audio cable that is available to checkout.

There are no cassettes, CDs or downloads.

All you have to do is press play. We have added 30 new titles to our Playaway collection. Come in and try one.

Other news and notes from the library:

New hours

A reminder of our new Saturday hours - the library is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friends of the Library

Looking for an easy way to support your local library? Consider becoming a Friend of the Library.

The Friends of the Library group provides funding and supports programs for the library. Yearly dues for an individual are $5. You also can support the Friends group by purchasing books or videos from the ongoing book sale at the library.

Updated automation system coming soon

The new version of our automation system is coming soon. Once we complete all the necessary computer additions, we will upload to the new system.

This system will be more visually appealing, and for most titles, you will be able to view the actual cover of the book, making it easier to choose titles.

You also will have the option of being informed of overdue materials via e-mail. Watch for details - we will keep you informed about when the new automation system is up and about all the new services it will allow us to offer.

Northwest Colorado Legal Service Project

The Northwest Colorado Legal Service Project is a program hosted at the library the first Monday of every month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

There will not be a lawyer present, but forms will be available along with assistance to help you fill out the forms. The next time the program will be offered is July 6.

A new look

The library wishes to extend a special thanks to Bill Mack and his crew at the Moffat County Road and Bridge Department.

It also has been a pleasure to work with Three Sons Construction during the repair of the deteriorating building caused by the flowerbeds. It was necessary to remove the flowerbeds and eliminate excessive moisture to ensure the integrity of the building.

We are in the process of finishing the brickwork and purchasing tables and benches for our new patio area.

This will allow our patrons to enjoy the warmer months outdoors at the library, reading a book, using their laptop, or enjoying snacks and beverages.

To help raise money to pay for the outdoor furniture, the Friends of the Library is offering a wider selection of drink and snack items, for only $1 each. The outdoor area also will allow us to schedule more children's activities and programs outdoors. We want to thank our patrons who have been patient with us throughout this renovation. A special thanks to a dedicated staff that continually strives to keep the high quality of customer service for our patrons.

New library policies

You can view our newly updated policies, which are posted in the library and will soon be posted on our Web site at www.moffat.lib.co.us.

Sign up for summer reading program

Be Creative @ Your Library is this year's summer reading program. It's not too late to sign up for the program.

The program will run through July 30. This is an excellent way to encourage reading through the summer. The program is for all ages and is divided into three categories: adult, junior and youth.

For each book or audio an adult reads, they can put their name into drawings for various prizes.

Prizes will be displayed in the front display case, and drawings will take place at the end of June and July.

Youth and juniors will be given a reading log with three levels to complete. They will receive a prize at the end of each level and a certificate of completion once all three levels are completed. "Juniors" consist of sixth graders and older, and "youth" are ages birth to fifth grade.

We also have several activities going on during the summer.

Our regular story times are at 11 a.m. Thursdays at the Moffat County Fairgrounds covered picnic area. These story times will be action-packed, and we will have several guests.

We also are offering an Express Yourself Youth Club for youth ages 8 and older, from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the library. This club will explore literary, musical, and dramatic arts through books, guest speakers and whatever else our imagination can create with hands-on activities.

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