Red Feather Lakes Community Library update for July, 2013

The Fourth of July weekend is a great time to enjoy the Red Feather Lakes area – not only for the fishing, cool evening air and great camping – but for local activities as well. For example, the annual fireworks display over Dowdy Lake on Saturday, July 6, is not to be missed. Other highlights include the arts & crafts show, kid’s fishing contest, area parade at 2 p.m. and the park veteran’s memorial.

By Creed Kidd, Library Director

Sunday July 7 The next day brings the annual Mountain Lions pancake breakfast (free, with donations accepted) from 7:30 – 10 a.m.

Not least is the Friends of the Library’s second used book sale of the season, offering great prices on several thousand used books. Sale times are Fri. July 5, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat. July 6, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and Sun., July 7, 8 – 11 a.m. The sale itself will be held in the library’s Stenzel Room.

The RFL Writers Group and the Library are co-sponsoring SCENEWORKS: Developing every Scene to its Full Potential, presented at the library by 20-year entertainment industry veteran and writing specialist Trai Cartwright, August 15 at 1 p.m. Space is extremely limited. Contact the library at 970-881-2664 or to reserve a seat.

The second annual Red Feather Read is scheduled for Aug. 24 in the RFL POA building.This year’s selection, “Barbed Wire and Daisies” by noted local author Carol Strazer, is a harrowing World War II tale chronicling the struggles of an ethnic German family to escape considerable peril presented by clashing Soviet and German troops; and then the difficult conditions in Danish refugee camps following their escape from Germany. Based on a true story, the book highlights little-known aspects of post-World War II history.

Upcoming: The Friends’ Macy’s Shop fundraiser continuing to the shop day, Aug. 24; the Wild West Relay Aug. 4; the Fire Days (Labor Day weekend) celebration book sales. Contact information above, or check the library calendar at

We’re occasionally asked if the library has equipment for lending. We do, including a laptop, digital projector, 5-foot projection screen, projector stand and an HP flatbed scanner — all for overnight or short-period use.

Otherwise, how do you find updated information about the library or library events? An easy way is to call 970-881-2664 or e-mail Use the website at (note the link to the library calendar on the left). We run and post numerous flyers as well as a handout monthly calendar plus this column. Or, through our email library announcement and community email notification lists. Contact to enroll.

Need to contact the Friends of the Library? Through the library at 970-881-2664 or directly by email:

July in Ruth’s Gallery: Oil paintings by Renata Campbell.

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