Cosmo laying in front of the Cosmo merch at the library, including a hoodie, tshirt, and calendar.

Meow and hello friends! The holidays are upon us once again and I’m feeling very pleased with myself because I am already done with my gift shopping. This is no small feat, given that I was born into a litter of 7 and have at least 40 nieces and nephews (that I know of, anyway). I’ll let you in on my shopping secret: the Grand County Public Library.

Now I know what you’re thinking: “Shopping at the library? Isn’t the library full of free stuff?” And you’re right–the library is absolutely full of free stuff to borrow like Wi-Fi Hotspots, iPads, books and magazines, plus free programming and events for all ages.  

But the library is also a shopping destination unto itself, thanks to Friends of the Grand County Library merch! There’s an ongoing book sale in the lobby featuring gently-used books on ever so many topics. I found an Eyewitness Seashore book for my niece who’s obsessed with fish (she takes after her Uncle Cosmo) and one about the history of Utah for my grandpappy (he loves nothing more than curling up on top of a good book). There are even some rare and collectible books for the bibliophile in your life. 

Looking for gifts for the diehard library fans on your list? There is some great library merch available, like stickers, totes, and T-shirts, some of which feature pictures of me on them! How exciting is that? I have to give a special mention to two new items: the Cosmo 2023 Calendar (which you may have read about in this column a few weeks ago) and, perfect for cold winter days: the Cosmo hoodie!  This hoodie is a soft heather gray and features a splendid 3 color rendering of yours truly.  

Best of all, your purchases help support library programming! Don’t forget to say hi to me when you stop in! Meow for now!