GCPL January 2023 Newsletter

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January 2023 Newsletter

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Wednesday, January 18th

Free Movie:

"How It Feels to Be Free"

tells the inspiring story of how six iconic African American female entertainers challenged an entertainment industry deeply complicit in perpetuating racist stereotypes, and transformed themselves and their audiences in the process. 

7 pm in the Moab Library's Large Meeting Room

View the Movie Trailer

Presented in partnership with Moab Valley Multicultural Center

Radio Book Club:

Hard Back Radio on KZMU

On the first Monday of every month, the library teams up with Back of Beyond Books to bring you the latest exciting literary news, and discuss

the best of what we're reading. 

Tune in to KZMU on Monday, Jan. 2nd

@ 5 pm to join the conversation!

90.1 or 106.7 FM or click "listen live" from www.kzmu.org.

2022 Library Highlights

It's been a busy year at Grand County Public Library!

Library leadership is always looking for new ways to engage patrons of all ages, meet the community's needs and improve services. Here are a few of our favorite accomplishments in 2022:

New Audio-Visual System Thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museums and Library Services, the A/V system in the Large Meeting Room has been completely upgraded, including new video-conferencing capability!

*Meeting room use is free with some conditions.

Learn more about reserving a library meeting room

Project Safe Outdoor Living (SOL) Teaming up with the Grand County Local Homeless Council and Moab Valley Multicultural Center, the library has helped provide 84 homeless individuals with new gear to help them live safely outdoors when housing and proper shelter are unavailable.

Free Period Products Available This year, in a partnership with Aunt Flow, the library began providing free pads and tampons in the women's restroom.

Stay tuned for more exciting developments in 2023!

2nd Wednesday Book Club

January 11th @ 6 pm

The group will meet at the Moab Library to discuss "The Bookshop of the Brokenhearted" by Robert Hillman

All are welcome!

Next month's read:

"Happiness is a Choice You Make"

by John Leland

Call the library to reserve your copy:


January Library Closures

The Library will be closed from Saturday, December 31st through

Monday, January 2nd for

the New Year's Holiday,

and on Monday, January 16th,

in observance of

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Come say "Hi!" to new

Castle Valley Librarian Chelsea!

Castle Valley Library

is open to the public again!

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

from 12-3 pm

Curbside Pick Up is ongoing

during open hours. Email


to make pick up arrangements

Castle Valley Book Club

After taking a break in December, the Castle Valley Book Club will meet at the Castle Valley Town Pavilion

at 9:30 am on Friday, January 27th to discuss "The Lions of Fifth Avenue" by Fiona Davis, and you're invited!

Please call 435-259-1111 for more info, or to reserve your copy.

The February book selection is

"To Boldly Grow: Finding Joy, Adventure and Dinner in Your Own Backyard" by Tamar Haspel

We've still got Free

COVID Self-Test Kits!

Located at the library's front desk, these handy self-test kits will give you results in a mere 15 minutes.

Come pick up enough for your

whole household. Free!

*Cute cat not included

The Day After Christmas

from the Imagination of Tom Spruill

Twas the day after Christmas, when all through the stacks

Not a patron was stirring, not even the cat.

The schedule was hung on the partition with care,

In hopes that some librarians soon would be there.

Ol’ Cosmo was nestled all snug in his boat,

With remnants of catnip all over his coat.

With naught in his food bowl, nor in his gut,

He dreamt of fine vittles upon which to glut,

When out in the courtyard there arose such a furor,

“My humans have come back!” he’d never been surer.

Away to the window he flew like a flash,

And knocked over a plant pot that fell with a crash.

The scene outside made his wondering eyes narrow,

Just a sad, gloomy dove and eight tiny sparrows,

They tweeted and chirped and chattered and cooed,

Their feeder was empty! They, too, had no food!

Where’s Carrie? Where’s Mary? And Sarah and Vinson?

No Constance! No Colleen! Or Jessie or Jensen!

On to his perch on top of the green wall;

“They’ve gone away! gone away! gone away all!

To be sure, they could not have forgotten us!”

Why, the concept itself was purely ridiculous.

Just then a faint sound reached his keen ears;

Is that someone at the staff entrance I hear?

What is that jingling? Was it keys in a lock?

He dashed to the back room, a blur of white socks.

Someone there entered!  Twas a person he spied!

In walked his friend, Tom, the Library Guy!

Tom petted and stroked and ruffled his fur;

Figure eights ‘round his legs, a meow and a purr;

To the break room he went and Cosmo did follow;

Dreaming of the food he would soon get to swallow.

Two kinds of dry food into one bowl he poured,

Chicken and turkey and tuna and more!

A can of wet food he proceeded to open,

Beef chunks in gravy, Cosmo was hopin’.

This wonderful feast he set on the floor,

A banquet of flavors and aromas galore!

A refill of water and his task was complete,

Tom left the break room and let Cosmo eat.

But he heard Tom exclaim, ere he walked out of sight—

“I must feed the birds, but to you a good night!”

Editor's note: Neither Cosmo the Library Cat nor the birds in the courtyard have

ever suffered an empty food dish. Library staff checks in several times a day during

closures to ensure everyone is well fed and watered.

2022 Youth Library Highlights

Video Gaming and Maker Carts Thanks to a grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museums and Library Services, the library now has two teen video gaming carts and a maker cart. The gaming carts have large gaming monitors and contain two Xboxs and a Nintendo Switch. The maker cart contains exciting STEAM activities such as 3D pens, beginner robotics, coding, electronics, as well as arts and crafts materials.  

Children's Stress Relief and Summer Reading Activity Backpacks This year, in partnership with the Utah STEM Action Center and the Utah State Library, the library began checking out STEM activity backpacks for ages 5-12.

Put a backpack on hold for pick up today!  

New Read-Along Wonderbook Collection

They look like a regular picture book but they have an audio player built into the inside cover. Kids press play to read along with the story and then switch to learning mode for additional listening if desired. Last spring we added English language Wonderbooks and this winter thanks to a grant from the Utah State Library we added bilingual Spanish/English Wonderbooks!

Put a Wonderbook on hold for pick up today!

Stay tuned for more exciting developments in 2023! We will have Early Learning Activity Backpacks for ages 0-8 available soon!

Evening Storytime


6:30-7:30 pm

All ages welcome, this storytime is geared towards ages 3-10 and their caregivers.




3:30-4:30 pm

All ages welcome, this program is geared towards ages 6-12.



for 4th grade and up

Starting January 10th


5:15-6:15 pm

Active Songs, Rhymes, and One or Two Short Books

Wednesdays @ 10:30 am in the library's large meeting room

All ages welcome, this storytime is geared towards ages 0-5 and their caregivers.

January 2023

Early Learning Calendar

Read! Talk! Write! Play! Sing! Count!

Available in both English and Spanish! Click for a digital copy or pick one up at the library.

January Early Learning Tip - You know more about your child than anyone else, and you are in the best position to help your child get ready to read. Use the tips on this month's calendar to start to prepare them to succeed when they start school!

Please call us or email info@moablibrary.org with any questions. We are here to help.

Wishing You a Happy New Year!

-Cosmo & Grand County Public Library Staff

Grand County Public Library | 435-259-1111 | www.moablibrary.org