The second week in April is an ideal time to visit your local library. Libraries across the nation celebrate National Library Week, an observance sponsored by the American Library Association since 1958.
This year's theme, "Libraries Lead," represents all of the ways in which libraries support the communities they serve. Misty Copeland, the National Library Week honorary chair, says, "Discover your passions and achieve your goals at the library."
In this way, Delta County Libraries offers many opportunities for library-goers in the springtime. Whether you are looking for information on birdwatching in the high desert, hoping for an opportunity to take a hike in a Colorado state park, or searching for an economical way to grow your garden, Delta County Libraries is there to help.
Library patrons have a wealth of information available to them through the libraries, both in physical materials and online resources. Patrons also have access to some unique resources, like the Colorado state park backpacks that are available for check out with a library card and include a daily state parks pass.
Additionally, the Delta County Seed Library offers seed packets for check out at all five libraries countywide. "In 2018, we have over 2,200 seed packets available for check out from our five libraries countywide," says Sarah Pope, Hotchkiss staff member and seed librarian.
Also in April, Delta County Libraries delivers nearly 500 books, along with a craft, into the hands of four-year-olds throughout the county during the One Book 4 Colorado book giveaway.
"Spring is a busy time for us here at Delta County Libraries," says Lea Hart, district director for Delta County Libraries. "National Library Week is a great reminder to recognize everything that is happening at our libraries and the staff who make it possible. We would encourage patrons to visit their libraries, make use of library resources and thank their librarians for the work that they do during the week-long celebration."
In Delta County, people can participate by visiting any of the five library locations, perusing the online library from home, attending a library program, checking out a state parks backpack, browsing for seeds, or simply thanking a librarian for their service during the week of April 9-13.
For information on library locations and hours, library services, and a calendar of events, 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.