Snapshots of daily life at the Pine River Library

In Jeffrey Kluger’s article, “How telling stories makes us human,” he writes: “Storytelling is a powerful means of fostering social cooperation ... and it pays valuable dividends to the...

DATE: June 28, 2019 | COLUMN: Shelf Life

Let your local library become your neighborhood hangout

Who remembers the TV show “Cheers?” The theme song’s chorus says, “Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came. You wanna be where you can see, our...

DATE: May 31, 2019 | COLUMN: Shelf Life

Library wants to help with career, technology skills

By Ron Schermacher One of the difficulties that library staff experiences relates to how we market our programs to the communities we serve. Getting the word out can be tricky, and we often hear,...

DATE: April 26, 2019 | COLUMN: Shelf Life

We work in local government to make meaningful contributions

When you walk into the Durango Public Library, what do you notice? Materials that are ready for you to check out. People meeting, talking, sharing a cup of coffee or attending an event. A clean,...

DATE: March 1, 2019 | COLUMN: Shelf Life

Together, we can keep our communities resilient

Businesses and institutions, such as libraries, are facing major disruptions. Think of the products that are becoming obsolete as a result of just one of these disruptions – the smartphone: address...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2019 | COLUMN: Shelf Life

Dedicated space for teens and tweens is important

Libraries throughout the country make a concerted effort to reach their local teen audience. By fostering a lifelong love of learning, reading and libraries, our young people are empowered to...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2018 | COLUMN: Shelf Life

Library a place where diverse people come together to connect

Recently, I was on a trip to the Midwest to see family and I had the chance to enjoy some music on the drive. One song in particular spoke to me as I traveled. “Stranger” by the Subdudes came on,...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2018 | COLUMN: Shelf Life

Democracy is thriving at your community library

It’s hard to open up a publication these days without seeing some article or opinion piece about the death of democracy. So, what does democracy mean? Democracy, which derives from the Greek word...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2018 | COLUMN: Shelf Life

Libraries can help you realize your dreams

It starts with a dream. A dream of creating something useful, of bringing needed goods or services to a community, of being your own boss and starting a business. Just knowing where to begin can be...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2018 | COLUMN: Shelf Life

Your local public library checks out more than just books

One of my favorite topics of discussion is what libraries offer. I often, almost on a daily basis, encounter people who don’t know what modern libraries are about. Hence, today’s topic “More Than...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2018 | COLUMN: Shelf Life

When combating summer slide, ‘Libraries Rock!’

Summer slide. No, it is not the phenomenon of navigating a burning hot slide on the playground! According to the Colorado Department of Education, summer slide is “ ... the tendency for students,...

DATE: June 1, 2018 | COLUMN: Shelf Life

Remember that libraries are there for you

In recent “Shelf Life” columns, Sandy Irwin, Durango Public Library director, and Shelley Walchak, Pine River Library director, discussed how libraries impact communities and citizens. I’d like to...

DATE: May 4, 2018 | COLUMN: Shelf Life

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