Library Corner | Annie Douden, an unsung hero of the library |

Library Corner | Annie Douden, an unsung hero of the library

Stephanie Ralph
Grand Co. Library District Director
Annie Douden
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The Grand County Library District Board of Trustees would like to honor Annie Douden as “2017 Unsung Hero.”

Douden, who has served two terms as a trustee recently resigned her at-large position on the board.

Douden is one of those who gives unselfishly to the library community. Often acting behind the scenes, her work may go unseen or unnoticed by the public and therefore does not receive the recognition it deserves.

Douden’s unique vision for libraries was expressed in her work on the 2015 Strategic Planning Committee. This has helped the Library District move towards a clear definition of a successful library. One that is able to meet interests and needs of all the communities we serve.

Joining the Library Board in March, 2014, Douden brought a wealth of experience and background with book design and illustration as well as her years with the Denver Science Museum. She and Mary Chance, board president, headed up the 2016 Campaign Committee and devoted many hours to successfully promoting the GCLD Mill Levy increase proposal. During this intense time, Douden showed the power of advocating for libraries on a one-on-one basis. By engaging people directly, answering questions and sharing her zest and unique perspective, Douden demonstrated her passion for libraries, her creativity of thought and touched many she spoke to.

In 2017 she lent her support to revitalizing the Grand County Library Foundation. With budget cuts and perennially uncertain funding, Douden believes that the Library District needs to find alternative sources of income and move away from a dependence on property tax revenues. With this in mind, she worked to include the Grand County Library Foundation in a very successful first year as a Colorado Gives Day non-profit.

The Library Board is excited to know that, while she is leaving her trustee position, Douden is hoping to continue her work with libraries in Grand County. Her application as a Board member on the Grand County Library Foundation is under consideration. On Wednesday, March 14 from 5:30 to 7 pm at the Granby Library, Douden and Betsy Armstrong will be presenting a program with the Grand County Community of Writers on book packaging and editing for the young adult market.

The Grand County libraries would like to thank Douden and all the volunteers who contribute time, expertise and enthusiasm to keeping Grand County libraries, active, busy centers for the community.

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