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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.

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.

Public libraries are a place to find answers—maybe for a research question or a book recommendation. But they’re increasingly places where people seek help locating social services, benefits and housing. And to better meet those needs, libraries across the country are adding social workers to their payroll. As of October, that includes the Pikes Peak Library District.