Shannon Ullman will be talking about all things related to water that concern Colorado residents on Tuesday, May 8 from 7:00 to 8:00pm at the Rifle Branch Library. Ullman will discuss everything from water conservation to the use of water for natural gas development. There are many issues facing us here on the Western Slope: 80% of Colorado's water is on the western slope, yet 80% of Colorado's population lives east of the Continential Divide. Colorado's water nourishes 19 states and Mexico. Many uses compete for a scarce and limited water supply. What does this mean for the future?
The agricultural valley we live in is known as the Middle Colorado River Watershed. There are many issues facing the health and conservation of the water resources in our watershed. Hydrologist Jeff Crane will speak on these issues, which include agriculture, gas development, source water protection, invasive species and water quantity. Crane will discuss the work performed by local watershed groups throughout Colorado. Join us at the Rifle Branch Library onTuesday, May 1 at 7:00pm to learn more about issues facing local water resources and what we can do to help!
Celebrate National Kite Month by making your own kite and then flying it! The Rifle Branch Library is hosting a kite-making event on Saturday, April 28 at 1:00pm. This program is limited to 60 participants: first-come, first served. Refreshments will be served.
The Rifle Branch Library is celebrating Poetry Month by hosting a poetry slam on April 13 at 6:00pm. A poetry slam is a competition at which poets read or recite original work. This program is for middle schoolers and up. Refreshments will be served.
Children 10 and under are invited to plant flowers to take home after we read the book together.
Join us at the Rifle Branch Library at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28, for two environmental presentations we're calling "Lorax Lessons for Adults." Steve Anthony, Vegetation Manager for Garfield County, will present a program called "Invasive Species: Not Just Weeds" and Patrick McCarty, Extension Agent with Colorado State University Extension, will present "Human Populations, Natural Resource Supplies: Have We Scared Our Children Yet?" The presentations will take place in the Community Room upstairs.
Kids age 12 and up are invited to join us at the Rifle Branch Library from 2-3 p.m. on Monday, February 20. The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss, was published in 1971 and a new film version of the book will be released on March 2, 2012, which would have been Dr. Seuss' 108th birthday! We'll celebrate the book and the upcoming movie with special recycled materials crafts in the spirit of The Lorax's environmental themes. Space is limited, so sign up at the Rifle Branch Library's front desk in advance.