Winter is a very popular time for library programs in Delta County. In January alone, Delta County Libraries is offering over 80 programs for the public to attend, including weekly storytimes, scavenger hunts, maker space stations, crafts groups, technology assistance, community presenters and more.
One of the more popular winter programs is seed sorting. "We are very busy with our seed library this time of year," says Sarah Pope, Hotchkiss staff member and seed librarian. "We are collecting seed donations, sorting and packaging seeds, and assessing inventory for the 2018 growing season. Libraries across the county are hosting seed-sorting parties and community participation is a big part of that process."
Four seed-sorting events scheduled in January give the public an opportunity to learn about seed saving, donate seeds from their own gardens, or just show up to help package seeds for spring checkouts. "We package thousands of seeds by hand for the seed library starting in January," states Pope. "We could not accomplish that without community support."
The libraries also coordinate with area professionals to offer specialized programs of high interest to the community. SnowEx, a recent program offered by the Cedaredge Library, brought Brenda Harvey, Fellowship Ambassador for NASA JPL, to town to discuss the research and findings of the snow study conducted by NASA on Grand Mesa in 2017. "We had 68 people show up for this program on a Thursday evening," states LaDonna Gunn, assistant district director of Delta County Libraries.
Similarly, Friends of the Delta Library are bringing artist Jean Stortz to Delta Library on Jan. 27 to teach a multi-media workshop on creating vision boards. Participants will use the supplies provided to envision their goals, reinforce affirmations and visualize intentions for the new year in a fun, creative way.
In addition to offering programs, library friends groups organize events to raise funds that support library programs. Friends of the Crawford Library are gearing up for their annual Cabin Fever Book Sale at Crawford Town Hall Jan. 26 and 27. Friends and volunteers sort through hundreds of books and other materials, and manage the sale from set up to clean up.
"This is a big fundraiser for Crawford Library," says Crawford Library manager Kathy Little. "And a great opportunity for people to find books or DVDs to get through the short days of winter."
In Paonia, the widely popular Armchair Travel series began its seventh year on Jan. 9 with Home to England, stories and photographs presented by Paonia Library volunteer Jackie DeGrace, and her daughter, Sheree Fischer.
"We are really excited about this year's series," says Laura Lee Yates, Paonia Library staff member. "We have a great line-up of presenters who will transport attendees to distant places, including Scotland, Ireland, Spain, and Morocco on Jan. 23; Iceland on Jan. 30; Myanmar on Feb. 13, and Machu Picchu and the Amazon on Feb. 27."
"Our patrons really appreciate having the opportunity to attend programs when they are not busy with gardening, hiking, and other outdoor pursuits that keep them busy the rest of the year," Yates comments.
To find a library program that is right for you this winter season, visit your local library, find the libraries on Facebook at www.facebook.com/delta
libraries/ or check the online calendar at www.deltalibraries.org/calendar.