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Let’s continue to build on library’s wonderful legacy

Over 90 years ago, the Bayfield Study Club was founded by a group of Bayfield women who wanted to have a wider range of reading material available. Six of those women formed the first board of...

DATE: March 26, 2021 | COLUMN: Shelf Life

Local libraries offer services, places to gather close to home

Let me introduce you to two hidden gems in La Plata County: The Fort Lewis Mesa and Sunnyside public libraries. These libraries are unique in La Plata County because they are physically located...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2021 | COLUMN: Shelf Life

Find some joy at your local library this holiday season

Can you believe that it is December already? In the words of the Grateful Dead, what a long, strange trip it’s been. The world is such a weird place right now. I don’t want to focus on the...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2020 | COLUMN: Shelf Life

It’s important to embrace each stage of your life

Recently, my granddaughter asked me to write a letter for her “Pieces of My Heart” scrapbook for her freshman theology class. In the letter, I included why she was important to me, her strengths...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2020 | COLUMN: Shelf Life

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

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