Garfield County Library District

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In part two of our series on the Garfield County Library District KDNK's Lucas Turner speaks with Amy Shipley and Kim Benson of Rifle and Parachute libraries. The story covers maintenance and technology needs at both library branches, district priorities, and opinions from residents in Rifle and Parachute.

Garco Library District Asks Voters for Secure Funding

Oct 29, 2019
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The Garfield County Library District is asking voters to decide on Proposition 6A in November. The initiative would raise property taxes within the District to provide permanent baseline funding for six libraries from Carbondale to Parachute. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more about the needs of the Carbondale and Glenwood Springs branches.

Mill Levy Increase on 2019 Ballot for Garco Libraries

Aug 15, 2019
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The Garfield County Library District is asking for a mill levy increase on the ballot this fall to keep funding local. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Executive Director Brett Lear to find out more.

Brett Lear brings over 30 years of experience to his new position as executive director of the Garfield County library system. He holds a master’s degree in library science from Florida State and a masters of business administration from Sonoma State. KDNK's Gavin Dahl spoke to the new leader about his deep knowledge and vision for this vital organization.

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The Garfield County Library District created a list of the top 10 most-borrowed books of 2018. KDNK’S Amy Hadden Marsh went to the Carbondale Library to find out more.

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Garfield County voters will be asked in November to approve Ballot Measure 6A, allowing the Library District to keep sales tax revenue. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh found out that the measure is directly related to the Colorado Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights. Click here for the full list and text of local TABOR ballot issues, including pros and cons.

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Garfield County Library District Director Jesse Henning is moving to Chicago to direct the Berrington Area Library. He spoke with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about his work in Garfield County and what the public can do to support the libraries.

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The Garfield County Public Library District is 80 years old this year. And, officials hope that an online survey will help direct the district’s priorities into the future. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh found out more from library district director Jesse Henning. Click here to participate in the survey.

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On September 5th, the Garfield County Library District will reduce hours at all libraries for the second time this year. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Library District Director Jesse Henning to find out why.


National Library Week begins today. Garfield County Library District director Jesse Henning was a guest on KDNK's Get Connected last week. In this clip, he talks about why libraries remain relevant in the age of Google and Amazon, and one upset from this year’s 30% budget cut. Click here to listen to the entire Get Connected show.