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Customize Your Reading List

Wow! Summer just flew by and fall is upon us. We had a great Summer Reading Program. 127 patrons turned in reading cards, which translates into over 5,000 hours of reading. Good job everyone.   Did you know you can keep on reading? The fall reading contest has been in full swing for almost a month now and will continue until the end of November 2015. Whether you are young or old, it is never too late to start reading and turn in reading cards.

Maybe you don’t know what to read, or maybe you just need a few suggestions. Then we have just the thing for you…a customized reading list. The first thing to do is fill out a survey on our website at Click the reading recommendations link and answer as many of the questions as you can. In a few days’ time you will be emailed a personal list of books to try. Once you return the books, let us know what you thought about them. Let us know when you are ready for a new list.

So, really there is no excuse for not reading. We have reading contests for all ages and even your very own customized reading list. Have fun reading everyone.

Treats & Technology

Life was much easier when apples and blueberries were just fruits!   Now we have to know what whether to eat it or read it.   East Morgan County Library can help you with that!   Tuesday, May 19th we are hosting our Adult’s Only Programming entitled Treats and Technology.   You bring your technology questions; we provide some help and answers for your questions.   We will have 3 tech-savvy staff members that will be available to work with you on a one-to-one basis.  E-readers, notebooks, and phones are welcome. The non-techie staff member will man the desk and make a treat for you! For more information, contact the library at 842-4596.ipad dear picture

Thank you Deb

Deb Johnson has now Deb pictureofficially retired from the East Morgan County Library after 24 years. In those 24 years Deb served as a clerk, then the assistant director and then as the director. I only knew her as my director. I started working 3 years ago when she hired me as a clerk. The past 3 years, Deb has been kind, encouraging and a great example of a good leader. She always took time to help and to listen and put a lot of effort into hiring and training the wonderful crew we have working here now. The library to her was a place of community and information and her leadership saw us through some major changes. From going from card catalogs to computer automation, to the campaign for the mill levy increase which allowed the library to remain open and expand its offerings to the community, to the addition to the library in 2010, to adding electronic books to our collection, to the most recent Carnegie updates – she has always looked toward the future of the library and tried to make it a welcoming, informational and social place for people to visit in Brush. All of these things and more she worked on while taking the time to help patrons and staff and still complete regular “library business.”

When Deb had her accident last October, because of her leadership skills, we were able to continue with library business. We missed her, of course, but she had done such a good job showing us what to do before, we were able to carry on. Now, as May approaches we are carrying on. Deb has done a wonderful job training Laura McConnell who is taking her place as our fearless leader.

Deb will be missed greatly, not only by us as staff but by those in the community and even by other directors in the northern part of the state. Deb will still be around the library for a few months here and there because she has so kindly taken on helping direct the finishing of the Carnegie remodel. We will be having a “going away party” sometime this summer when the Carnegie room is completed. So, if you see Deb around be sure to thank her for being a part of the East Morgan County Library history since 1991.

If you want to send retirement cards or well wishes to Deb, you may send them to or drop them off at the library and we will collect them all and give them to her at her retirement party!

Win an Afghan

Blue Rose Afghan pictureKay Copple, who has fond memories of the East Morgan County Library, recently donated the Blue Rose afghan to the Friends of the East Morgan County Library. The afghan was inspired when Kay learned about the “Roses are Blue” written by Zelda Bates who the librarian from 1952-1977.

The Blue Rose afghan will be on display at the East Morgan County Library until the drawing that will take place in July of this year. On July 4th the Friends will draw a name for the afghan. You may put your name in for the afghan for every dollar’s worth of books purchased at the July Book Sale and the books on the Friends of the Library carts in the building.

Adults Only Reading Challenge

2015 reading challenge logoJoin us for the 2015 Reading Challenge!

When was the last time you reread a book from your childhood?  Looked for a book with a bad review, only to find you really enjoyed it?  Or even just read a book based totally on its cover?  These are just a few challenges found on the 2015 Reading Challenge list.

Are you intrigued?  ( I know I sure am).  Come in to the East Morgan County Library to pick up a challenge list and a reading card from our friendly staff.  On the reading card, keep track of the books you read by listing the titles and challenges.  After completing 5 books, turn in the card for a $5.00 gift card and have your name put in the drawing for the the GRAND PRIZE.  Every time you complete 5 different books (one reading card) you will receive a $5.00 gift card and have your name put in for the GRAND PRIZE DRAWING.  Yes, that is correct.  If you complete the challenge (50 books in all) you could have 10 chances to win!

The GRAND PRIZE drawing will take place on December 30th from the reading cards completed and turned in prior to that date.

Need not be present to win–so make sure you add your name and phone number on your reading cards.
Grand prize cannot be exchanged for cash.

(Staff members, board members and their families are not eligible to win.)

So, come on in and join us for the Reading challenge that was developed by  It will be alot of fun.


Coupon pictureThe idea of coupons started in 1887 when the Coca-Cola Company decided to try different advertising techniques.  Asa Chandler, a partner, encouraged employees and sales representatives to give out coupons for free drinks.  The coupons were also mailed to costumers and placed in magazines.  Coupon use became more widespread in 1909 when C.W. Post distributed coupons to help sell breakfast cereals and other products.  In September 1997, the U.S.  celebrated the first National Coupon Month.

Today customers can get coupons from various sources, including newspapers, the internet, web sites.  Mobile phone coupons are becoming more widely popular, especially since 2010 when Target became the first national chain to put out mobile coupons.  But maybe some have missed one of the sources of coupons—East Morgan County Library.

At East Morgan County Library we subscribe to an assortment of newspapers and magazines.  In the newspapers and magazines is usually a generous supply of coupons.  Instead of throwing them away, we pull them out and put them by the front desk.  Anyone can come in and take any of the coupons.  You don’t have to wait for National Library Month in September, feel free to come check out our coupons anytime we are open.

Adult Only Programs @ EMCL

Ruffled scarves 1Adults Only Programming is coming soon. Starting in January 2015, we will host programs every 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:00 and the first Saturday of the month. This month’s program is “Making Ruffled Scarves” hosted by our very own librarian, Lori. This program is free, all the supplies are included. Reservations are encouraged. You can register by calling 970-842-4596, going to, or stopping by the front desk. Karen is also hosting an applique class which you can register for. The class will be held Thursdays, January 15th & 22nd @1:00-4:00. You can pick up the supply list at the front desk. We look forward to seeing you this coming year.

Christmas time is coming

I can’t ChristmasOpenHouse2012_PPCLTHEJbelieve how quickly the month of November went by.  I hope everyone had a great holiday with family and friends.  I know I did.

As the month of December quickly descends upon us, I wanted to let you know about our Open House on Thursday, December 11th from 1:00-7:00 pm.  We want to show how much we appreciate our patrons by having cookies, drinks and fellowship in the Activity Room.  There are town activities that day as well and Santa and the Christmas tree lighting will be held at the library around 6:45 pm.  If you want to know more details about the activities in Brush that day, you can check out the Brush Chamber of Commerce  website at

Have a safe holiday season.

Adult Programming

Survey-Small1The staff at East Morgan County Library would like to start offering regularly scheduled adult programs.  As we start planning for this change we would like patron input regarding best day of the week, best time of day and program ideas.  Please let us know of any programs or events you would like to see @ your library.  There is a survey to complete, either on our website , by clicking the survey icon, or at the front desk of the library.  We look forward to seeing your ideas.

Change is a good thing

 You know how you get cabin fever and just have to move things around?  Well, if you have been to East Morgan County Library lately, you will see that we have moved things around.   Starting in February of this year we began putting “tags” in all of our items in preparation for our self-checkout machine.   We ordered shelving in anticipation of moving the young adult section and the juvenile section around to make more room for the books, audio books, movies and games.


Finally, we have completed our job of tagging, our shelving has arrived and our self-checkout machine is installed (we did have some issues with the shelving and the shipping care, so it isn’t completely done yet).  So, things have changed and I wanted to tell you about them.  First, the young adult items are in the same general location.  The book bins have been placed in a “u” shape with the board books with the LEGOS inside the “u”.  The roost and puppets have been moved back toward the windows and the level reader books and puzzles are back by the window as well.  Juvenile non-fiction is now on the back wall in the juvenile section and the juvenile series are on the spinning shelves.  (They might not stay there.)  All new items, except for movies and games, are at the beginning of their location.  Science fiction has moved to the other side of the library and genealogy, Colorado collection and reference have moved to the beginning of the adult non-fiction area.  If you need any help, we are always happy to help you find what you are looking for.


The self-checkout machine is now here as well.  All you need is your library card and your 4 digit pin number.  Don’t know your 4 digit pin number?  Well no fear, we librarians are here.  We can set that up easily for you.  If you still like the old way of checking out, we are more than happy to check out your items for you.
Stop by and have checking out the new changes.


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