Library a treasure
As our many Steamboat friends know, David and I are in the process of relocating to Paonia, a small community in Delta County. It is hard to leave Steamboat after 30-plus years, but we love the agricultural lifestyle and slower pace in Paonia. And, like everyone in rural Colorado towns, we willingly trade certain amenities for a great way of life.
But giving up the Bud Werner Memorial Library is the one thing that really made me wonder whether moving was such a good idea. In Paonia, I can't just run downtown and pick up a few new cookbooks to figure out what to do with all that zucchini, grab a couple of new mysteries to curl up with on a cloudy afternoon, browse through 100 magazines, get a new book on CD for the drive to Denver, ask the reference librarian to help me with an obscure question on grafting apple trees or order a 50-year-old book on farmhouse cheese-making through inter-library loan.
Sure, we have inter-library loan here at our local library. If the libraries in Hotchkiss, Crawford, Cedaredge or Delta have it, you can get it. If there's a hot new best-seller, you can read it next April. I personally own more cookbooks than the library does.
I'm not knocking Paonia. I love it here.
But if any of you in Steamboat are in doubt about how lucky you are to have one of the best small-town libraries in the country, come to Delta County. Or, try not going to the library for a month or two. Think about what you'd miss. If you don't use the library, get yourself in there and see what treasures await you.
This November, the Bud Werner Memorial Library is asking you to fund a bond issue for a much-needed expansion project. This project will ensure that the same great library service you have will continue into your future.
Don't risk losing such a special thing.
Vote for your wonderful library. Vote 'yes' in November.