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Sherry Sampson: Learn what’s new at your local library

Sherry Sampson

The Moffat County Libraries has stepped up its technology. We now are offering wireless Internet access to our patrons, and we have added a selection of Playaway titles.

Within the next few months, the library will have an updated computer automation system to make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for at our library.

Here’s a look at some other new library features:

Playaway

The Playaway is a self-contained digital audiobook. It’s simple to use, smaller than a deck of cards, and with a AAA battery and a set of earphones, you can take it with you anywhere.

We also have adapters for vehicles that are available for checkout. The library recently ordered several popular titles on Playaway, so come and browse our display, and try out the latest in library technology.

Wireless Internet

You now can bring your own laptop to the Library and enjoy our free wireless Internet. Be aware that the library’s computer user policies still apply, including no Internet in the children’s room.

If you need to print something off, bring your photo ID to sign up on one of the library computers.

Updated automation

Watch the library for a new, easier way to look up library materials. Within the next few months, we will have an updated automation system up and running. This system will make it easier to find materials by title, author, or even series. You also will have the option of being informed of overdue material via e-mail. And the upcoming changes are nothing to be intimidated by – the library staff has been trained in the use of the updated system, and we will be glad to offer assistance or answer questions.

Watch for details – we will keep you informed on when the automation system is up and on all the new services it will allow us to offer.

Technology isn’t the only thing changing here at the library. We also have changed our Saturday hours to better accommodate our patrons, we are hosting a Northwest Colorado Legal Service Project, and we’re also changing the look of the library with renovations to the front of the building.

And, don’t forget our annual summer reading program, which will offer activities and prizes for all ages.

New hours

If you haven’t been to the library lately, you may not have noticed the signs announcing our new Saturday hours. The library now is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays.

Legal service project

Although the library no longer offers Ask-A-Lawyer Night, we realized that there is a demand for legal services assistance.

The Northwest Colorado Legal Service Project is a program the library hosted Monday. There was a lawyer present, just forms available and assistance to help you fill out the forms. The next program will be offered the first Monday in July.

Under construction

The Craig Branch is beginning renovations to the front of the library. The front entrance will be modernized to include outdoor seating for our patrons to enjoy. Please be patient during this construction time, as we will remain open to accommodate your needs and offer alternate entrances when necessary.

Reading program

Be Creative @ Your Library, this year’s summer reading program, starts May 18.

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 May, 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 grade and older, and “youth” are ages birth to fifth grade.

We also have several activities going on during the summer.

Our regular story times will be 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 youths ages 8 and older. The club will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays here 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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