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Cumming continues life’s work at Granby Library

Stephanie Miller
Grand County Libraries

Libraries have always been a part of Linda Cumming’s life – no matter where life happened to take her.

It started when Cumming was 4 years old, and her mother signed her up for the summer reading program at their local library in Pueblo. Cumming joined the program every summer, and as she was growing up, she quickly discovered a love for libraries and reading.

Throughout Cumming’s life, libraries just kept popping up. When she attended the University of Southern Colorado (CSU), she worked at the university’s library filing catalog cards. After Cumming married, her husband was drafted to Europe and Linda found herself working at a library once again. This time, it was on an army base in Germany.

“I was working at a library, living in Europe. It was a wonderful experience,” Cumming said. Then, after a pause she added: “I haven’t had a job that I didn’t like. I’m a lucky lady.”

After two years, Cumming and her husband returned to Colorado, and Cumming decided to get a masters degree in Library Science at the University of Denver. She eventually got a job with the public relations department at the Denver Public Library, and moved up the ladder to become the head of the central library for 16 years.

Cumming retired early after 28 years of library work to help raise her two children, Alex and Paige. But today – not surprisingly – she is back in the library world as the new branch librarian at the Granby Library. Did she know she would be working in a library again?

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“Yes, I did. This is not quite the job I envisioned, but I’m sure glad I got it,” Cumming said. “It’s hands-on, and it requires me to be a librarian again, not just a manager.”

Cumming admitted she has some challenges in her new job, such as catching up on new technology and statewide cooperation among libraries – things she was very involved in nine years ago. In fact, when Cumming worked for Denver Public Library, she chaired a committee to help bring the Colorado library card to fruition. Today the Colorado library card is used by thousands of library members.

“All of a sudden I remember that it’s a committee I started 15 years ago … and it’s evolved into this,” Cumming said. “I’m proud of that.”

Cumming lives in Fraser, in a home she has owned since 1990. She loves living in Grand County, she said. She enjoys the hiking, the skiing, the “awesome” powder days – the expectations that “everyone goes outside every day no matter what the weather is.”

Cumming added that she has raised two wonderful children, and she loves her job. She is also the owner of Winter Park Verso, a wine tasting room located in Cooper Creek Square, in downtown Winter Park. Even the store has allusions of her library career.

“Verso – that’s a library word. It is Latin for ‘reverse,’ and in the library world it means the reverse side of a manuscript or the back of the title page of a book,” Cumming explained. “It just seemed like a good strong word that we could live with to name our wine – that would honor my many years of being a librarian.”

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