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Library Corner: Love your library

Anna Szczepanski
Grand County Library District

A Granby Library story time participant shows off a craft he made. Story time participants shared the reasons they love their libraries.

Your Valentine's Day plans this February may include dinner reservations, flowers, candy, or perhaps a gesture of appreciation like a hand-written note. Your plans likely don't include the library (though we have noticed some budding middle school romance in the Granby Library stacks).

I recently queried some local library users on reasons why they love their Grand County Libraries. Here are the top answers:

1.) Snacks, Friends, and Yoga. Attendees of the Granby Library story hour this week listed some reasons they love the library, including snacks, friends, and yoga (in that order). Miss Heidi leads story time and includes a mini-yoga session with poses like Koala Bear, Jellyfish, and Volcano. We were hoping books might make their top three, but at least they were honest.

2.) Ability to request a wide variety of materials. I spoke to a retired professor last week who was accustomed to having a University Library system behind him, with a team of librarians working round the clock. Then he came to live in Grand County, and was amazed that our small library system has a breadth and depth of materials that rivals that University system. Colorado is a leader in resource-sharing; the Marmot and Prospector Library systems have more than 30 million books, journals, DVDs, CDs and other materials. So you may be reading a book that belongs to the Steamboat Springs Library but you checked it out in Grand Lake. That is the beauty of resource-sharing—it broadens what you can check out if you are willing to place a hold and wait a couple of days.

3.) Offering new services. Libraries are about innovation, so we are constantly evaluating what we offer and how it might be improved. This year, we added Access Grand, which is a suite of cultural and recreational passes like museum entrance, recreation center, and ski passes. We also added Kanopy, a streaming video service. Jan Broadhurst of Kremmling said she loves being able to stream all the classic movies and documentaries that you can't find anywhere else. She is so impressed with the entertainment value that our small library district offers.

5.) Our librarians. Most all of these transactions and services include the hard work and personalized attention of the front-line library staff. Whether it is one-on-one technology assistance or a book club recommendation, people who work in libraries do it because they want to serve the public. They care.

You do not need to bring your librarians flowers or candy on Feb. 14. (Although I'm not saying you shouldn't.) But kind words of appreciation also go a long way. Share why you love your Grand County Libraries: Like the library's Facebook page or email your library love story at adminoffice@gcld.org.