Letter: Vital info on library relocation

The Pitkin County Library is packing up and moving to the Old Power House while the main construction activity takes place during our expansion and renovation project. After evaluating bids from movers and assessing the best situation for library patrons and the library collection during the construction period, the library board deemed that a move to a temporary location was the best situation for all.

The last day of operation in our current location will be May 29. We will be closed from May 30 to June 4 to prepare for the move.

Summer at the library will be in full swing with a planned opening at the Old Power House at 11 a.m. on June 5 with our Summer Reading Kickoff Party.

The entire children’s collection will be moved and available. Regularly scheduled story hours for all ages are planned, including Tunes and Tales. The greatly loved Book Bucks Party will be held in August.

Although we will be storing much of our book collection, we will have many important resources in place for our patrons. All recent purchases — including new adult fiction and nonfiction books, new young-adult fiction and nonfiction books and new books on CDs and Playaways — will be ready for use. Current periodicals, most DVDs and CDs, and recent Aspen Music Festival recordings will be moved and available.

New self-check machines will speed up borrowing. The library plans to offer as many Internet computers as will fit in the space. Patron requests for materials can be satisfied through patron place holds or the interlibrary loan service.

Hours of operation will remain the same as well as many services including Book-a-Librarian, tech classes, outside book drop and the book sale. Programming for adults may be held in alternate locations. As always, check our website at for the best, most up-to-date information.

Kathleen Chandler

Pitkin County librarian