Your community library has many amazing people working not only at the front desk, but also behind the scenes to make sure your time in the library is great. One of those people is our Technical Services Associate Gaby Lagos. Gaby has worked at the library for 5 years, and volunteered at the library before joining our staff. She splits her time between repairing books, maintaining the magazine collection, working the desk, and a thousand other tasks that help make this library the place to be. Read on to learn more about Gaby, her accomplishments, and what brought her to this library.
On Saturday, April 22 the Basalt Regional Library will “Invest in our Planet” for the 2023 Earth Day celebration. Joining forces with the Roaring Fork Conservancy, the library will host a Storytime at 11 am in Midland Park to celebrate the annual River Clean Up taking place the week of April 17.
The library has offered to clean up the riverbank and creek area adjacent to the wetlands in front of the library. We are thrilled to recognize and participate in the good work of the Conservancy and its dedication to protecting our own Gold Medal Rivers.
In other Earth Day news, have you seen the new Electric Vehicle Chargers at the library? With funding from the Aspen Skiing Company Environment Foundation and Charge Ahead Colorado, these Level II EV chargers were installed during the winter for use by our patrons and community. While the project is not entirely complete, the chargers are ready for service. Instructions may be found on the units. The library EV chargers are part of Colorado’s initiative to lower emissions throughout the state. We are proud to be a part of the solution to climate change in our community and beyond.
Finally, we are delighted to announce the addition of a permanent bike pump near the east entrance of the library. This Capstone project was the brainchild of Miles Johnson, a senior at Basalt High School. Miles raised the funds, purchased and installed the pump a stone’s throw from the Basalt extension of the Rio Grande Trail and right outside the library’s door.
We honor our mission – to afford our community free and equitable access to information, tools and connections that nurture lifelong learning in a safe and welcoming space – through partnerships with WE-cycle (our own station on Midland Avenue!), the Town of Basalt Green Team (compostable and recyclable products used at all our events), the ASC Environment Foundation, Charge Ahead Colorado, and innovative community members like Miles.
Remember, if you are biking in or out of town and notice your tires are a little low, or your electric vehicle needs an additional few minutes of charging, you now have convenient and permanent places at the library to fill up!
The library will once again have a garden plot at the Basalt Community Gardens. Our plot will feature seeds available through the library, courtesy of our generous supporters and maintained by a team of volunteers. Throughout the growing and harvesting season, we hope to provide new and experienced gardeners an example of the kinds of bounty that can come from just a few plants.
Not that it is always successful! Some years, we have more volunteers, or it is hotter, or the automatic watering system has a glitch. Maybe some of the seeds don’t sprout, or companion plants take over and go crazy. These are all things that can happen in any garden, at any time. The library plot is an opportunity to commiserate and celebrate the joys of a kitchen garden.
We participate in the Grow & Give program, which takes donations from gardeners to local food banks. In addition to our on-going partnership with Harvest for Hunger, we will have produce from our plot available at the library on Tuesdays and Fridays once we are able to harvest.
We are so happy to announce the library has received seeds for distribution this year from new donors. We are grateful to these organizations for replenishing our seed stock: Botanical Interests, High Mowing Organic Seeds, The Living Seed Company, and Seed Programs International.
New this year are flowers! Many of the flowers are companion plants to vegetables, like marigolds to tomatoes. Please come browse our seed collection, or pick up a kitchen garden starter set. And if you need some refreshers, visit the library YouTube channel for our videos with Denyse Schrenker of the CSU Extension Office/Eagle County. It is definitely that time of year again!
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