Library Corner: Neighborhood heroes at the library |

Library Corner: Neighborhood heroes at the library

Jeanie Johnson
Grand County Library District
Local firefighters show their equipment during a recent storytime at the Granby Library.
Courtesy / GCLD

When people hear that I am from central Oklahoma, a remark usually follows such as, “Good grief! Why would anyone live there with all of those tornadoes?” I have responded to many such statements with stories about the meteorologists on the Oklahoma City television stations who are bona fide heroes. They provide “Weather Aware” programs in schools to teach children what to do in case of tornado danger. You will hear them say on the weather report, “Now, kids, it is time to get your bike helmet on and go to your safe place.” They will have taught the children to think about a “safe place” in their home. Many lives have been saved.

In Grand County, we have heroes who save lives, too, but who’d have thought you might meet them in the local library! Our Storytime program facilitators invite the local police department, emergency medical staff, firefighters, and other organizations to teach safety practices to the preschool children and their caregivers. Heidi McNinch, Granby Library Services Specialist, told me, “During the fire safety program a fireman put on each item of the safety gear, while explaining the purpose of the item. Once he was in full gear, the children approached him individually and they “high-fived.” After that, he asked, “Now, if there is a fire and you are in the house and you hear, ‘Is anyone here?’ what do you say?” The children chimed, “I am here!”

Who knows? Taking young children to the library’s storytime program may one day save their life. So, if anyone says to you, “Oh my! Isn’t there a lot of danger in the mountains?” The answer to that question might just be at the library.

Each GCLD branch library provides a weekly storytime program. On Wednesdays, you can attend a program at the Granby Library at 10 am or at Hot Sulphur Springs Library at 11:15. On Thursdays, the programs are at the Fraser Valley Library at 10 a.m., at the Juniper Library in Grand Lake at 11 a.m., and at the Kremmling Library at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

Jeanie Johnson is the director of public services at the Grand County Library District.

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