Delta County Libraries' official summer reading program has just concluded, but this does not mean that library-related fun has to end. Libraries may be well-known for containing tools for education and research; happily, they also overflow with opportunities for entertainment in many forms. Year-round programs, computers, iPads, movies and TV series, music, fiction books, graphic novels and much more should fulfill the wishes of even the most discriminating fun-seeker inside the library.
And a visit to the library, with all of those delightful options, is only the beginning of the fun, for there is still plenty to discover by exploring Delta County Libraries' website at www.deltalibraries.org. The libraries subscribe to almost 50 specialized online sites, search engines and other tools, all of which are available to library patrons. Some of these electronic resources clearly serve a purpose that may not be considered to be fun by the general public, such as those focused on legal issues or student research. However, a variety of others cater to entertainment-seekers in various ways.
As might be expected, the libraries have several online resources devoted to reading materials, for pleasure or otherwise. Patrons looking for books and audiobooks will not be disappointed by OverDrive, which contains thousands of downloadable titles in various formats. OverDrive has also started providing magazines, with 36 titles currently on the list. In addition, the Zinio database offers a different selection of magazine titles, complete with several years of back issues, on topics ranging from gardening to hiking to fashion. Patrons interested in passing a few hours reading inside the library should look into the new High Country News link, which was donated by High Country News and allows for free in-library access to all articles in that locally-published magazine.
Patrons who would like a soundtrack to their entertainment might investigate Freegal Music. Over nine million songs are available to library card holders. The music covers genres from classical to polka to punk to indie. A Delta County Libraries card gives users access to three hours of streaming per day and up to five song downloads each week, a number which recently increased from three per week. Freegal includes a free app, and downloaded songs are free for patrons to use on players, computers, and devices, or to burn onto CDs.
In the category of "learning to have fun," Universal Class is a clear standout. With in-depth classes on everything from accounting to animal care, Universal Class may be an unexpected addition to the list of fun library links, but it undeniably deserves a place there. An easy sort through hundreds of classes reveals opportunities to experiment with wine tasting, drawing, party planning, face painting, and even canoeing and fishing.
These electronic resources, and a multitude of others, are available at all hours by visiting the library website. There is also an entertainment calendar on the site to alert curious patrons to upcoming fun events for all ages. So although many of this summer's reading superheroes have returned to their hideouts and hidden lairs, the entertainment continues with no end in sight at the Delta County Libraries.
Thanks to the efforts of state Rep. Millie Hamner, House District 61, Colorado State University plans to re-open the Rogers Mesa research site.
The facility was taken out of operation in 2011, due to budget cuts throughout the CSU system.