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How can the library help students, teachers going back to school?

The scent of freshly sharpened pencils, a new box of crayons, clean notepads at the ready. The anticipation of a new classroom, new friends and new possibilities. Alas, this will all be different...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2020 | COLUMN: Shelf Life

Libraries working hard to create safe, welcoming places

To the library patrons of the four libraries in La Plata County, let me first just offer a simple Thank You! to you for your continued support, your phone calls and messages telling us, the library...

DATE: July 3, 2020 | COLUMN: Shelf Life

There are some bright spots at Durango Public Library

Wow, I cannot believe it is almost summer. These last few months have been weird, to say the least. As a person who truly enjoys working with people and who enjoys sharing library materials with...

DATE: June 3, 2020 | COLUMN: Shelf Life

When you can’t visit the library, find it at your place

Since 1958, libraries have celebrated National Library week every April. This year’s theme is “Find Your Place at the Library,” or more appropriately now, “Find the Library at Your Place!” As the...

DATE: April 24, 2020 | COLUMN: Shelf Life

Durango Public Library excited for the changes ahead

Durango Public Library is going through some major transitions. One of our top priorities is our strategic plan update. We will be releasing a survey on March 4 on the city’s virtual city hall...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2020 | COLUMN: Shelf Life

Library can help with census

Census 2020 is approaching, and this time, libraries are taking an important role. For the first time, people can respond to the census online or by phone as well as by paper or meeting with...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2020 | COLUMN: Shelf Life

Getting our stories – one way or another

Just before the holidays, I visited my grandchildren during their finals. I got a dose of medieval history and thought about the dramatic changes that have occurred in the last 1,500 years. By now,...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2019 | COLUMN: Shelf Life

You can help Durango Public Library plan for the future

During the 2020 budget process, our challenge was trying to open the Durango Public Library seven days a week, with consistent weekday and evening hours. Our patrons have been requesting this since...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2019 | COLUMN: Shelf Life

There are plenty of ways to learn your own way, in your own time

I had the opportunity to observe my teenage granddaughter studying last week. With her wireless earphones, loud music and her computer spread open on her bed, I cringed. She’s an A student. There...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2019 | COLUMN: Shelf Life

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month

At a recent meeting, I had someone share a photo with me that brought a smile to my face and joy to my heart. It was a photo of her granddaughter holding her first library card. Her granddaughter...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2019 | COLUMN: Shelf Life

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

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