The DVDs at the Durango Public Library are totally lame. There are tons of old movies and all these PBS series, but nothing that anyone would want to watch. Why cant the library have better DVDs? I know the movies there are free, but surely there can be a better selection. Cant Afford Netflix
Uh oh. Someone just violated the first rule of Durango: Thou shalt not make disparaging remarks about the public library.
The library is the symbol of community pride and intellectual development. Because all are welcome, it represents democracy at its finest.
What could be better than reading a book in a comfy lounge chair beneath huge, sun-drenched windows overlooking the Animas River?
And now theres even a great little coffee shop and cafe in the lobby. Plans are under way for a spectacular botanic demonstration garden adjacent to the Animas River Trail.
OK, OK. When it comes to the library, Action Line can get a bit misty. Thats because Action Line serves on the Durango Public Library Advisory Board.
But the point is well taken. DVDs and digital entertainment were new business agenda items at the board meeting a couple of weeks ago.
The general consensus was that the DVD collection does skew a bit toward classic movies, BBC documentaries and serious drama.
So theres definitely a place for Sex and the City 2 and Clash of the Titans alongside Wuthering Heights and Yoga for Beginners.
But its a library, not a Blockbuster. And thank goodness for that.
Blockbuster flails in bankruptcy with 300 closed stores and a liquidation sale next month.
Meanwhile, the Durango Public Librarys modest collection of 4,167 DVDs was circulated 81,802 times last year, according to Donna Arment, collections manager.
And by the way, about 70,000 books (books!) were checked out last year.
In the coming months, youll see some new movies in the collection as the library purchases more new releases. In addition, Library Director Andy White is exploring a DVD leasing arrangement that would bring more DVDs and more copies for cinematically starved residents.
But heres our chance to do something really spectacular, something above and beyond.
Why not donate your DVD collection to the library?
Everyone has a stack of purchased DVDs sitting around. You know the ones. Youve watched them a couple of times, and youre sick of them, and now the discs are collecting dust.
Its time for spring cleaning.
If your DVDs are in decent shape with no scratches, lets give them to the library.
How cool would that be if the library received a couple hundred or even a thousand new movies?
And knowing how bizarre this community is, the discs will be all over the map from sci-fi to chick flicks, and popular remakes to obscure foreign fare.
Mrs. Action Line already has donated to the cause.
Her castoff was a real stinker. It featured a pathetically weak plot acted out by overpaid blowhards and an ill-conceived story with a ridiculous ending.
In other words, it was a huge Hollywood smash hit. And dozens of people probably will enjoy it.
So lets help the library enhance its movie collection. Donate your DVDs. Remember, the only thing that needs to be good is their condition.
Considering that half of La Plata County residents hold a free public library card, chances are someone somewhere will share your taste in media.
E-mail questions to email@example.com or mail them to Action Line, The Durango Herald, 1275 Main Ave., Durango, CO 80301. You can request anonymity if you think your VHS tapes are worth a fortune on eBay.