Storytimes. Book clubs. Summer Reading. Internet 101. Scavenger hunts. Maker Spaces. Book signings. Craft groups. All of these and many more program like them have been part of the programming at Delta County Libraries in recent years. Each of the five libraries in Delta County offers a wide range of dynamic programs that are available to everyone. In its recent strategic planning process, the library district identified programming as one of the primary considerations for the next three years. According to the plan, Delta County Libraries will "provide effective and efficient library services and programs that reflect the needs and interests of our communities."
Programs for November 2016 are already scheduled and there are a couple of great examples of the kind of opportunity you might find at your local library. On Tuesday, Nov. 1, All Saints Day, the Paonia Library will be hosting a program called "Dying Matters" at 6 p.m. Presenter Carrie Lerner of Bird Song Crossings will be introducing the topics of home funerals and green burials to attendees. Lerner will discuss how and why our culture is moving toward embracing these practices as well as how living wills are an important part of the process. Finally, Lerner will acquaint participants with the concept of community care circles that are used to help support community members who are facing and dealing with death.
Lerner is a trained home funeral guide and death midwife. She completed her training with the Beyond Hospice Program in the spring of 2015 and is a member of the National Home Funeral Alliance. "I find this work to be very important because I believe that when we are familiar with death on a deep level we appreciate our lives more." Lerner explains. "Home funerals and green burials allow families to work through their grief through participation. They bring families and communities together, helping to bring meaning to our loss."
Just days after Lerner's "Dying Matters" presentation in Paonia, a widely popular program will be offered for the first time at the Delta Library on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. Dr. Noe's "Earth Beneath Our Feet" has brought record-breaking attendance to libraries in the North Fork Valley in recent months and it will now be going county-wide, first in Delta and then Cedaredge later this year.
Noe's program in Delta will provide attendees a tour of the surrounding mesas, 'dobies and uplifts using the results of many years of geologic mapping by the Colorado Geologic Survey. Noe will discuss the rocks and sediments that make up the landscape in the Delta area and the geologic process that continues to shape it.
"Over a period of ten years, I spent over 30 months in the field in west-central Colorado, visiting interesting sites, hiking, driving back roads and meeting land owners," Noe states. "I am excited to share the highlights of the geology in this area because it is so interesting." Noe's background is in geology, geologic processes, engineering geology and geologic mapping. He holds degrees from the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Texas at Austin, and Colorado School of Mines. Noe has worked for 35 years as a practicing geologist for private industry and for the State of Colorado. The resulting maps of Noe's work with the Colorado Geologic Survey are informative, beautiful and free to the public through the CGS website.
To learn more about the programs offered through Delta County Libraries, view a calendar of upcoming events and a complete version of the strategic plan for 2017-2019 please visit www.deltalibraries.org.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.