Steamboat Briefs for March 3

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The Yampa Valley Community Foundation has announced two local grant opportunities: The Yampa Valley Community Foundation's Community Grants and the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation Recreation Fund. The community grants are available for any nonprofit activity in Routt or Moffat counties that involves the environment, education, health and human services, recreation or art and culture. The Ski Corp. Recreation Fund serves recreation projects in Routt County.

In 2007, community grants awarded $124,000 to local non-profit organizations. The Ski Corp. fund will be funded in 2008 with a $75,000 contribution from Ski Corp. A full copy of the guidelines for each grant is available at www.yvcf.org. The deadline for submitting proposals to the Yampa Valley Community Foundation is March 17. Recipients of community grants will be announced June 2, and recipients of Ski Corp. funds will be announced June 15. Contact the Yampa Valley Community Foundation at 879-8632.

Library introduces free video downloads

Bud Werner Memorial Library card holders can now download videos, for free, from the library's opening on-line collection, which includes documentaries, feature films, classic horror films, instructional videos, children's science videos, and more.

Library users can access the new digital collections at http://marmot.lib.overdrive.com.

Downloadable video uses the OverDrive Media Console, the same software that library visitors already are familiar with for audio books and music. Titles also can be transferred to hundreds of supported devices to enjoy anytime, anywhere. Some titles can even be burned to CD. At the end of the seven-day lending period, the titles automatically expire and are returned to the library's collection.

At the end of the loan period, the video is automatically "checked in" to the library, so there are no overdue fees. There is also no physical disk to lose or damage. If the borrower wants to watch a video that someone else has checked out, they can place a hold on it and be notified by e-mail when it is available. Call Alysa at 879-0240, ext. 329, with questions.

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