Library Foundation

The Garfield County Public Library Foundation was formed as a 501(c)(3) in 1997 to “promote and foster the provision of public library services to residents and citizens of Garfield County, Colorado, and to provide financial support for the Garfield County Public Library.” (from the Articles of Incorporation of Garfield County Public Library Foundation, Inc.)

The Foundation supports the Library District and its mission through fundraising and outreach. New members are always welcome; if you want to make a difference for your library and your community, please join us!

In 2011 the Foundation started a new program called Books for Babies, aimed at families of newborn children. Books for Babies provides a book bag with a library card application and a high-quality, age-appropriate board book, as well as information on the importance of reading to young children and library services available to new parents. The bags are distributed through pediatricians' offices and family medical clinics throughout Garfield County at a child's first well-visit. Books for Babies allows the Garfield County Libraries to connect with new parents from the start, with information about the importance of reading and language in a young child's development. The board books and other materials are bilingual (English and Spanish) and the books are designed to be engaging and interactive for parents and children. The Foundation hopes Books for Babies will make a strong and early connection between parents of young children and the public library. Books for Babies is funded through the Foundation and the City Market Cares program.

In addition to outreach programs like Books for Babies, donations to the Foundation may be used to support improvements on our construction projects, such as the staircase mural wall in the new Rifle Branch Library. The Foundation also works as an advocate for the library. The American Library Association has some great resources and information online if you are interested in advocating for your library.

The Foundation greatly appreciates your support, whether you donate your time, services, or a financial gift. For more information about the Foundation or to make a donation, please call Amelia Shelley, Executive Director, at 970-625-4270 or ashelley@gcpld.org. Gifts may also be directed to the Garfield County Public Library Foundation at P.O. Box 832, Rifle, CO 81650. Your gift is fully tax deductible to the extent of the law.