The creekside space offers a world of opportunities.

Posted on July 31, 2018

Public libraries are no longer the silent, slightly austere, personality-free zones they once were thought of. Today’s libraries welcome visitors and guests, children right through older patrons. While books remain a huge draw, the Vail Public Library offers so much more than tomes: there are programs ranging from yoga to crafting; movies, audio books, music to borrow, computers to sign on to, and of course cozy nooks to curl up in.

Cricket Pylman, every child’s favorite librarian who brings books to life during story hour and who doesn’t mind a little mess and excitement in the library, wants to make sure all Eagle County residents know they can take advantage of all the Vail Public Library has to offer.

“I’d love to get the message across that all Eagle County residents are eligible for a library card and membership,” she says enthusiastically.

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The library’s mission is “to make a world of difference through collaboration, service and resources, to inform and inspire our community of users.” The staff does just that by being sharing advances in the world of libraries.

This includes programs such as Reading Buddies (pairing an older student with an elementary-aged child to read and craft together), Backpack Check Out, Robotics Club, Tech Studio Maker Space and even one-on-one tech support. The Common Cents for Colorado is a newer program that helps people of all ages figure out various aspects of their financial life. There are matinees, art classes, little libraries, holiday programs, outdoor events... something daily that is different and fun.

Children’s first foray into the library is often with story time and Cricket makes them special. Kids gather in a circle and first get to wiggle and dance a bit before they are drawn into a book that fits the season. There’s no shushing here, it’s about engagement and sharing… and a nice little break for parents too.

The Vail Public Library also collaborates (with many other businesses) on the One Book One Valley, a program that encourages all residents to read the same book at the same time, which in essence creates a community book club. This is especially helpful in an area that can feel transient; the program helps create community and engaging dialogue.

So, sure, the library can be a place to escape to — but it can also be a place to meet new people, take on new projects and learn new skills or even learn how to line dance. There is so much under one roof, and it’s a lovely place to wile away a few hours, encouraging the littles to read, play and learn.

Fast Facts:
* 52,000 books (fiction and nonfiction)
* almost 300 magazine subscriptions
* downloadable audio, eBooks, eMagazines, music and videos
* computers
* free wifi
* separate children’s area
* state-of-the-art Community Room
* weekly programs for all ages
* 104,080 visits in 2017

The Vail Public Library is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The library is located across from Dobson Ice Arena, 292 W. Meadow Dr.
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