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Outside the Lines with Delta County Libraries

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Photo submitted Here are some of the tomatoes that were entered to compete in the "tastiest" category in 2015.

Throughout Delta County there are five libraries where you will find friendly, skilled staff members who are available to assist you with everything from finding a book to logging into your email on an iPad. Delta County Library staff is experienced in using various technologies, planning and delivering programs and keeping materials circulating effectively through the county. In addition, through Delta County Libraries' participation in a global library initiative called "Outside the Lines," you will also find your local librarians in some unexpected places this month.

In 2014, a group of Colorado library marketers and directors began working together in an effort to improve and modernize public perception of libraries. Their collaboration resulted in the introduction of "Outside the Lines," a week-long celebration in September that is helping to shift awareness of libraries across the globe.

Now in its third year, Outside the Lines includes over 200 participating libraries in the United States, Canada, Denmark and Croatia. The service areas for each of these libraries range from less than a thousand to more than 3 million people. Each participating library hosts at least one event or campaign that demonstrates the innovation and creativity happening in libraries. It is the goal of these events to get people talking and thinking differently about libraries.

Two separate events will occur in Delta County in celebration of "Outside the Lines." First, Delta Library will host Words on Tap in partnership with CB's Tavern during Downtown DeltaFest on Thursday, Sept. 8, starting at 5:30 p.m. Library staff will have a booth in front of CB's Tavern during the festival that will feature trivia, music, prizes, treats and more. Adriana Chavira, Delta Library manager, says, "Words on Tap is an opportunity to see the library in a whole new way. Libraries have always changed with the times and this shows the community that libraries are not only about books."

Second, the Hotchkiss Library will host its third annual Tomato Fest. "We're so excited to be hosting this annual event on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Creamery Arts Center," says Sarah Pope, Hotchkiss librarian and key organizer of the festival. "This event has proven to be a wonderful community collaboration and celebrates the things we value most in the North Fork Valley -- food, farms and fun!"

The Tomato Festival will feature seed saving demos, tomato taste testing, a tomato-themed fashion show, tomato poetry readings, a book sale and contests for prettiest, ugliest, biggest, littlest, tastiest and best-dressed tomatoes. Leading up to the event, there is a tomato-themed coloring contest and a county-wide tomato haiku contest. Winners for both will be announced at the Festival Sept. 17.

Delta County Library staff members are excited to be getting outside the walls of their library buildings to bring both of these events to the community in celebration of "Outside the Lines." Be a part of this national effort and support your local library by visiting Delta for Words on Tap on Sept. 8 and Hotchkiss for the Tomato Festival on Sept. 17.

Photo submitted Robbie Winne, owner of “The Rose” consignment and thrift store in Hotchkiss, attended the Tomato Fest in 2015. She had the idea of organizing a fashion show out of her store which is directly across the street from the Tomato Fest. This year, she has partnered with the Hotchkiss Library to bring a tomato-themed fashion show to the festival.
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