Tegan Davis is a great library asset
I was one of the people that helped circulate a petition asking the (Grand County) library board to reconsider the decision to terminate Tegan Davis from her position at the library. She is a very valuable and unique asset.
It immediately became apparent that this was not just an issue for parents. Teachers at Granby Elementary School, Granby Middle School, the four pre-schools and Grand Beginnings also immediately rallied and showed their support of this petition. Thus, I am writing my first-ever letter to the editor to ask you to do the same.
A library is not just a building. It is the people, like Tegan, that help make the strong connection between the community and the library. Just like a house is not a home without family and love; a library is just a building if one does not have great employees.
Since Tegan has joined the library, she has injected a one of a kind level of excitement and enthusiasm to the youth library programs. Tegan also serves as a great role model and appears to have rock star status among kids of all ages here in the valley.
It is also important to note that Tegan goes way above and beyond her job description to encourage our children to read, participate in library activities, and most importantly become regular users of the library. She regularly visits the four schools in Granby to connect with the students and teachers: reading at lunch and visiting classrooms. She hosts many classes from Granby Elementary on a weekly basis for a story hours. The kids know and love her.
She reads and is familiar with many of the books available in the youth library and is quick to engage kids in conversations about the books, characters and stories. She offers recommendations for new books when kids are perusing the library. And she is always willing to hunt down and reserve a book for any student (or parent) searching for something specific.
It is was touching when the Granby Elementary kids went Christmas caroling at the library, to see the kids shout out to Tegan and hug her. I don’t think we should underestimate what a valuable asset Tegan is to our community and to our children.
Tegan recognizes that these are challenging economic times and is willing to accept a part-time position of 20 hours. As she stated from the heart at the last library board meeting, she LOVES working with kids and LOVES her job. She is happy to work part-time, since she is pursuing her master’s degree in library science at the University of Denver with a scholarship she was awarded last year.
The whole purpose of the petition is to stimulate a meaningful and productive dialog between the library board and the public. The petition lets the library board know that we really value Tegan and would like to see her retained. As the library is funded with taxpayer dollars, I think is it important that the board listen to what it is the public wants.
If you would like to voice your support, please sign and send in a petition to Natascha O’Flaherty at PO Box 321 Granby CO 80446.
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