Robyn Bryant
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September 27, 2012
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The smartest card - Get it and use it @ your library

How many TOTAL items are in the Avon, Eagle and Gypsum Libraries collection?

A. 109,748

B. 145,343

C. 184,338

D. 207,497

Come by your nearest Eagle Valley Library District library and put your answer into our trivia contest drawing. If you answer correctly and your name is drawn, you will be the lucky winner of a free Amazon Kindle! Winner will be notified in early October. While you're at it, register for a free library card if you don't already own one. If you lost your card, bring in $1 for a replacement.

Here are my top 10 reasons why you want to have an EVLD library card:

1. It's free. There is no charge for a library card. If you want to register and begin checking out materials right away, bring in proof of mailing address and a photo ID. You will receive a wallet and keychain card. You can also apply online at

2. You can borrow stuff. We offer books, audiobooks, magazines, movies and downloadable books. EVLD's three libraries lend out materials for three weeks, with the exception of DVDs, which check out for one week.

3. Free Movies. The one-week checkout on DVDs is still a good deal, because renting a movie elsewhere is usually only for a few days with a fee. The library offers many movies as soon as they are released.

4. You can go online to our website and manage your card. You can see what you have currently or previously checked out. You can renew or request materials on your own. You can go online to pay overdue fees with a credit card. Instructions for managing your card can be found on our website.

5. You will have access to materials from libraries across the state. With two systems called Marmot and Prospector, patrons can view other library database catalogs and request materials to be sent to their local library. This covers a vast array of titles - even those old movies and out-of-print books.

6. You can check out audio or e-books with your card. Whatever your device, whether Nook, Kindle, or iPod, you can download titles and have them for up to three weeks - just a like a regular book. Instructions are on our website.

7. EVLD's website can connect you to many electronic reference resources via links on our home page. Some of these include Chilton's auto repair, Consumer Reports, Freegal music, and Morningstar.

8. It can be your child's first "credit card." The library's rule of thumb is that a child is ready to own a library card when able to write his or her own name. By this age, your youngster understands the responsibility of taking care of this card and the borrowed materials. We have colorful lanyards to put on kids' cards, and we give out book bags to new adult cardholders.

9. You will use your card to access the Internet at the library, and we have wireless if you come in with your laptop.

10. Convenience. An EVLD library card can be used at the Eagle, Avon, and Gypsum public libraries. All we ask is that you have the card with you - just like a credit card. If you are up and down the valley and check out materials from one location, you can return them to another library.

American Library Association has traditionally established September as National Library Card Sign-up Month. A library card is the perfect addition to your child's back-to-school supply list!

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