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Friends of Grand County Library honor ‘Friends of the Year’

KATIE LOOBY
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Grand County, Colorado
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Six Grand County library volunteers were honored at the annual meeting of Friends of Grand County Library on Saturday.

Those honored are: Kathy Giblin from Fraser Valley Library, Jane Watts from the Granby Library, Marla Gall from Hot Sulphur Springs Library, Pat Raney from Juniper Library at Grand Lake, and Jhan Pedersen and Josh Pedersen from the Kremmling Library.

Kremmling Branch Librarian Glyn Sheppard nominated father and son, Jhan and Josh Pedersen for the award.



“They really went above and beyond this year,” she said. “They’re always generous with their time and their money.”

They will drop anything to help a neighbor, their community or library, Sheppard added. They donated time to help with the library’s float in the parade in Kremmling this year, which came in third place for the business organization category.



Hot Sulphur Springs Branch Librarian Lynn Shirley chose Marla Gall for the award. Gall helps with the pie sale, which will take place Nov. 25 this year. Gall is also treasurer of the Friends of the Grand County Library and a founding member.

“There really is a lot of work with our pie sale,” Shirley said. “It takes a lot of time to get it all together.”

“It’s just a sense of fulfillment, giving to the community,” Gall added.

Watts helps with Granby Library’s children’s after school program. “I enjoy working with the kids; it keeps me young,” she said.

Raney volunteers and helps with special events at Juniper Library, she was also on a committee to help design the library when it was built in 2006.

Her favorite part of volunteering is “the people I meet from throughout the county.”

This year the library will support the “Tops of the Rockies” fundraiser, which includes food and wine tasting.

Giblin helps with the Fraser Valley Library’s used bookstore.

“It’s really fun,” she said. “I really enjoy the library staff.”

Juniper Branch Librarian Sue Luton said a volunteer of the year from each Grand County branch library has always been recognized since she has been a member of the Friends of Grand County Library.

The libraries also met the immediate goal of raising $2.4 million by Sept. 1, and will receive $250,000 in challenge grants.


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