Meet Granby Library’s Michelle Grant
View from the Stacks
Michelle Grant, Branch Manager of the Granby Library, credits her work ethic, determination, and many time management skills to working as a child and teen at her dad’s Winding River Resort in Grand Lake. She spent every summer working there, six days a week, from the age of 11. Of course she had her own horse, Crusade, and learned to love the outdoors—especially the Rocky Mountains. When asked why she became a librarian, Michelle said that during the summer of 2006 she tested the waters as a substitute at the Granby Library. She enjoyed the work and the patrons, so moved into a full-time position, eventually becoming the Branch Manager. People that she meets are often taken aback when they learn that she is a librarian. The stereotype still lives on of the librarian as a quiet, hush-hush grumpy woman, who is decidedly frumpy.
Michelle and staff knock that stereotype out of the water!
Granby patrons know the librarians by name, see them at ball games, hiking or skiing trails, and enjoying life.
The joy of being a librarian for Michelle is helping people.
“It’s all about the people,” Michelle said. “Being able to empower them is huge for me.”
She credits the opportunity to work with a great staff as the key to success.
“I’d like for everyone to realize what important services the library offers the community: public computers, programming for a diverse audience with no social barriers, and many children’s programs such as our Wednesday morning storytimes. It is key that libraries do not discriminate. We have materials for everyone.”
Thinking about changes over the years in the library, Michelle said that people still need public computers and printers.
“This library has the highest computer usage in the Grand County Library District with many patrons owning digital devices, but needing a computer to complete a job application, send a file, print boarding passes, etc.” The most frequently asked question of the librarians is “May I use a computer?”
Michelle’s hobbies are outdoor activities such as running, biking (both mountain biking and road), and hiking. Her choice local hike is at Monarch Lake. “It’s an easy hike and very beautiful.” She loves playing basketball and now spends lots of time watching her daughter play high school sports. A favorite vacation would be a trip to Australia.
Since she reads cookbooks and enjoys cooking, her favorite cookkbook is a self- compiled book created over the years, cooking for her family of four girls, now aged 25, 21, 19 and 17.
The cookbook she is reading now is Everyone is Italian on Sunday by Rachel Ray.
Be sure to stop by the library, get a new library card if you don’t have one, and begin using the many resource provided. The Granby Library is part of the Grand County Library District, which serves all of Grand County with five libraries: Fraser Valley, Granby, Juniper Library at Grand Lake, Hot Sulphur Springs, and Kremmling.
View from the Stacks is a new monthly column highlighting Grand County Libraries and its staff.
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