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Costume Exchange at the Silt Branch Library @ Silt Branch Library
Oct 8 @ 1:00 PM – Oct 31 @ 5:00 PM

The Silt Branch Library is hosting a costume exchange now through Halloween. Bring in last year’s costume and see what others have offered up for rehoming. Free and open to all during regular library hours. For more information call the library at 970-876-5500.

Staff Work Day Closure at the Garfield County Libraries @ Garfield County Libraries
Oct 15 all-day

All six branches of the Garfield County Libraries will be closed Tuesday, October 15 for a staff training day. Normal library hours will resume on Wednesday, October 16 at 11 a.m. You can still browse and request books, movies, and more on our website, www.gcpld.org, during the closure. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Playgroup at the Library at the Rifle Branch Library @ Rifle Branch Library
Oct 16 @ 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Playing is learning! With a variety of age-appropriate toys and activities provided, this drop-in playtime is designed for children between birth and 5 years old. Meeting each Wednesday from 10:30 am. to 12 p.m. at the Rifle Branch Library, our Playgroup is also a great opportunity to meet other parents and caregivers while your kids play with one another. Free and open to all. For more information call the library at 970-625-3471.

Storytime in Carbondale at the Carbondale Branch Library @ Carbondale Dale Branch Library
Oct 16 @ 10:30 AM

Young children are invited to join us for stories, songs, and more at the Carbondale Branch Library! We’ll begin at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday for our infants and toddlers session, and every Thursday for our toddlers and preschoolers session. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and please use the after hours entrance to the Calaway Room located by the parking lot. For more information call the library at 970-963-2889.

Fork & Pan Youth Cooking Class Series @ Carbondale Recreation and Community Center
Oct 16 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Boost your child’s kitchen confidence with this eight-class cooking series. In each class,
kids will roll up their sleeves and get cooking. They will work together in a fun, hands-on
environment, making foods they love while making new friends too. The best part—they’ll get to eat the dishes they make! Kids will discover how fun it is to cook tasty and nutritious recipes.

Day: ​Wednesdays
Dates: Session 1: Oct 2 – Oct 23 Session 2: Oct 30 – Nov 20
Ages:​ 8 – 12 years
Class limit: ​12 participants
Time: ​2-4pm
Cost: $40 per 4 class session
$15 drop in with instructor approval
Location: ​Kitchen & Activity Room
Registration Deadline:​ The Monday before class

Teens and Tweens at Your Library at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library @ Glenwood Springs Branch Library
Oct 16 @ 2:30 PM

Relax with your friends after school at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library every Wednesday starting at 2:30 p.m. Chat, play, visit. or just hang-out. You choose the fun, we’ll provide snacks. For more information call the library at 970-945-5958.

“1,000 miles into the future: 150 years after John Wesley Powell’s journey into the arid West” @ Basalt High School
Oct 16 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

This summer, 63 scientists, artists, authors, journalists, academics and graduate students spent 70 days retracing John Wesley Powell’s 1,000 mile journey on the Colorado River. Expedition leader, Dr. Tom Minckley, will share personal stories about this adventure, what stayed the same or changed since Powell was there 150 years ago, and what the next 150 years will hold for the Colorado River basin if we don’t heed his and Powell’s on-the-ground observations. You can learn more about this expedition at https://www.powell150.org/expedition.

This is the first of a five-part 2019 Fall & 2020 Winter speaker series of The Brooksher Watershed Institute, whose topics address our most precious resource, water.  We’ll discuss the most current water-related issues at the local, state and national level, and provide opportunities for one-on-one dialogue with these water leaders.

Additional details about this speaker series can be found at http://www.roaringfork.org/education-and-outreach/watershed-institute/

RSVP to reserve your seat at www.roaringfork.org/events

 Questions? Please call Roaring Fork Conservancy at (970) 927-1290.

Fun & Games with Your State Parks at the Garfield County Libraries @ See Event Details for Locations & Times
Oct 16 @ 6:00 PM

Your Garfield County Libraries are partnering with Colorado Parks & Wildlife to present gaming nights at the libraries! Join Jeff, a Colorado Parks & Wildlife naturalist, for a family-friendly hour of outdoor themed trivia and games starting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 14 at the Silt Branch Library, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct 16 at the Rifle Branch Library, or at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18 at the Carbondale Branch Library. If weekends better fit your schedule you could attend the event starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Parachute Branch Library, or the one at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library, or at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the New Castle Branch Library. These events are free and open to everyone as part of the “Explore Our Outdoors” series at the Garfield County Libraries. For more information visit www.gcpld.org.

Know Before You Go: Avalanche Awareness at the Garfield County Libraries @ See Event Details for Locations & Times
Oct 16 @ 6:00 PM

Learn the destructive power of avalanches, how people get in trouble, and the basics of how to avoid them. Don’t stay indoors for fear of avalanches – get some education to get out and have fun in the mountains safely. Presented by Garfield County Libraries in partnership with Friends of Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Free and open to the public, the first class will be held on Monday, Oct. 7 at the Silt Branch Library, followed by Tuesday, Oct. 8 at the Carbondale Branch Library, Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the New Castle Branch Library, and Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Rifle Branch Library. All events begin at 6 p.m. except the one in Rifle, which begins at 1 p.m. Please attend the event most convenient for you. For more information visit www.gcpld.org.

Mental Health First Aid at the New Castle Branch Library @ New Castle Branch Library
Oct 17 @ 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. Join us from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17 at the New Castle Branch Library to learn risk factors and warning signs, strategies, and where to turn for help. This free event is part of the library’s 360 Health series, and presented in partnership with Mind Springs Health. Please register in advance. For more information call the library at 970-984-2346.