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Plenty of people turned to books and movies to help pass the time while stuck at home during lockdowns and stay-at-home orders. Data from the Garfield County Libraries Carbondale branch shows that adult fiction was the most popular category for checkouts, and patrons chose a variety of highly-acclaimed recent films when it came to movies.

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Garfield County’s libraries will soon stay open longer and have more materials, thanks to voters approving ballot issue 6A earlier this week, which raises revenue for the libraries through increased property taxes. 

6A will generate about 4 million dollars a year for Garfield County Libraries, which have had to cut services and hours in recent years in the face of a funding shortage.  

Rural Health Professions Action Plan

What are insurance tax credits? What are cost-sharing reductions? How do people enroll in health insurance?

Health insurance open enrollment is November 1 - December 15. To make sure Valley residents are prepared for that upcoming enrollment period, Garfield County Libraries is partnering with Mountain Family Health Centers to teach residents what they need to know to enroll and pick the right plan. 

Health Insurance 101 will help answer any questions about eligibility, enrollment and what terms like tax credits and cost-sharing mean. 

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If you want to go to a library in Garfield County on Sunday to check out a book or use a computer, right now you’re out of luck. Branches in Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Parachute, New Castle and Silt have cut hours and staff in recent years after losing revenue.  

They’re looking to make up financial ground with Garfield County ballot issue 6A, which would increase property taxes to raise revenue for libraries.

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Garfield County Libraries refunded $139,000 last year and they’re looking at an even bigger loss this year. That’s because Colorado’s TABOR amendment limits the amount that government districts like the libraries can grow. Garfield County ballot issue 6A would remove the state limit and allow the library district to keep all the revenue it collects.

Garfield County Libraries has named Brett Lear as their new executive director.  

Humpty Dumpty named 'Best In Show'

Oct 10, 2017
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At Carbondale’s Potato Day this Saturday, the Humpty Dumpty sculpture, which sits on the wall outside the library, was named “Best In Show” for this year’s Art Around Town contest.


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Garfield County Libraries reduced their hours across all branches this month for the second time since last December.

Valley Roundup for Morning Edition, Dec. 9, 2016

Dec 9, 2016
Barbara Platts/Aspen Public Radio

Property tax revenue has plummeted in Garfield County as the natural gas industry has slowed down. As a result, the future of public services like libraries looks bleak.

    Garfield County Libraries doesn’t have a new executive director just yet. Trustees with the Public Library District decided Wednesday to continue the search.

Teens try tech in pop-up Makerspace

Mar 14, 2016
Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

The Makerspace in Garfield Public Libraries’ Carbondale branch provides children use of iPads, laptops and a 3D printer.

Curated - February 22

Feb 22, 2016

Today on Curated we go into Latino history, building guitars and getting a call from a Nobel Prize-winning poet asking to translate his work.

Check out the links below to find each story featured on today's episode!

Backpacks help public check out state parks

Oct 18, 2015
courtesy photo / Garfield County Library

The Rifle library was chosen as one of eight libraries statewide to participate in a pilot backpack check-out program.

Little Libraries are a big hit

Sep 28, 2015
Jerry Morris / Garfield County Library

“Little Libraries” recently stationed at RFTA bus stops are so popular that the free-book program will continue indefinitely.

Your Evening News - February 6th, 2015

Feb 6, 2015

Carbondale Police Suspect Meth Lab

Carbondale’s Police department is reporting a suspected methamphetamine lab in the center of town. Police chief Gene Schilling said this afternoon that officers visited a house yesterday about a block from Main Street.

Your Morning News - January 26th, 2015

Jan 26, 2015

2015 Winter X Games in the Record Books

The 19th annual Winter X Games in Aspen wrapped up yesterday. Event owner and organizer ESPN reports this last weekend saw the largest single day crowd in the history of the winter games. That was on Saturday when 48,500 spectators packed the base of Buttermilk Mountain over the course of the day.

As for hometown athletes, Aspenite Alex Ferreira medaled, Sunday. The 20 year old freeskier won bronze in the Men’s Ski SuperPipe. Longtime snowboarder and Olympic bronze medalist Chris Klug took home gold this weekend with his Special Olympics teammate.

This winter was the first time the X Games featured a dual giant slalom snowboard race.