Library Corner: Welcome to Tallie Gray |

Library Corner: Welcome to Tallie Gray

Stephanie Ralph
Grand County Library District
Tallie Gray, right, and Heidi McNinch, left, of the Library Resources Dept.

Grand County Library District would like to introduce Tallie Gray who has recently joined the staff. Tallie’s position is pivotal to library operations as she is in charge of selecting the books, magazines and DVDs found on the library shelves as well as online.

A very long term resident, Tallie has lived in the mountains on and off since leaving college in 1992. During the last 26 years, she has run her own retail store with a large focus on books and taught in the Indian Peaks Charter School. Although she has left from time to time for work and to continue her studies, something about Grand County keeps drawing her back. “It is a truly unique community and even though we have a small population, there is a huge diversity of interests and many talented people. And of course, let’s not forget, we live in a gorgeous environment.”

Tallie’s background as a shop owner, gives her a different perspective to selecting materials for the library. “For my store, I was selecting books I knew would sell well. I am now developing a collection that reflects different viewpoints, age groups and reading interests. It is really a wonderful challenge. I never knew there was so much background work to getting a book into the hands of a library patron.”

Although there is Amazon and access to competing online sources for information, the number of books checked out at the GCLD branches continues to increase. Tallie commented that, “reading in our relatively remote community is important. The library offers opportunities to take imaginative journeys though reading. Just attend any local book club or a meeting of the Grand County Community of Writers. People are passionate about gathering to share their thoughts about writing, books and authors. ”

With a background in teaching, Tallie is particularly interested in literacy for children and education for all. She is hoping to lend her training and expertise in programming for children. “I think the library offers many opportunities for children and adults to decide on their own learning and follow their interests.”

Asked what she sees for the library in the future, Tallie says she would love the branches open for more hours. “As a single mom, I learned how difficult it is to fit the important things into the day. More open hours would provide additional library services to everyone our community. It would definitely help in raising a family up here in the mountains. Libraries are the heart of our community and we need to keep them strong.”

Stephanie Ralph is the executive director of the Grand County Library District.

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