HG: SustainAbility Column November 22, 2008

When pinching pennies, don’t overlook our local library system. It’s a veritable gold mine of materials and information.

So, if you haven’t been to the library lately, grab your library card and hurry over.

Better yet, log on to Mesa County Libraries’ Web site, http://www.mcpld.org.

To get a library card, all you need is a picture ID with a Mesa County address. If your ID is not current, bring some other document with a Mesa County address, such as a bill or checking account.

Younger kids need to get cards with a parent, but older kids can use school identification.

Today’s library has so much more than books. The seven library locations do have scads of books, but they also have movies, audio books and music. You can even download audio books, music and videos.

Did I mention that as long as you return what you borrow on time, you never pay a dime to borrow items?

Actually, you have already paid for the library district as part of your property taxes, so you might as well get your money’s worth.

Our library district is part of the Marmot Library Network, which allows you to get materials from libraries all over western Colorado. This is a great example of pooling resources, so each library doesn’t have to
try to meet all needs.

Request materials on the Web site and pick them up at the most convenient location within a week.

Using the library is a sustainable practice and you can conserve gas by planning other errands in the area when you go to the library.

Shana Wade, the libraries’ public service director, said general use of the libraries is up 10 to 15 percent this year.

You can call the Central Library at 243-4442.

— Adele Israel


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