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Libraries are in the business of community

What“s worse for your health: smoking or feeling lonely? According to research by Julianne Holt-Lunstad, a professor of psychology and neuroscience, the effects of being socially isolated ar...

There’s so much to be thankful for

Can you believe that Durango School District 9-R has hosted public libraries for almost half a century? In 1981, in conjunction with the expansion of Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary School, the F...

What are all these things doing in the library?

What materials do you expect to find when you walk into a library? Books? Of course. DVDs? Magazines? Audiobooks? Yes, absolutely. How about an ice cream maker? Or a metal detector? Telescop...

Libraries strive to offer diverse selection of materials

Imagine walking into a grocery store to find that the only vegetable available is canned peas, the only soup, beef-flavored Top Ramen, and the only protein, frozen fish sticks. Now, imagine ...

Libraries are great places to find shared interests

In 2022, Pine River Library staff members met with more than 70 local residents and community leaders to ask a couple of questions. The first was, what do you think are the biggest challenge...

Your local library can help you in ways you may not know

Every so often we librarians will hear that age-old refrain, “Who needs libraries anymore?” After all, isn’t everything online now? We all have computers right? Heck, with ebooks, we don’t e...

Let us help you find your next perfect read

In over 16 years of working in rural public libraries, my favorite type of patron service has always been (and continues to be) providing Reader’s Advisory Services – sometimes shortened by ...

Reading with kids should be filled with fun, curiosity

What makes a book a classic? Do you remember the “classic” books you were forced to read in school? Did you love any of them? Are there books that you do remember fondly? I think that many t...

In tough times, books and stories can provide connection

I don’t know about you, but so far 2022 has not been the fresh start I was hoping for. My year started with a bout of COVID-19 and a canceled mini-vacation. I lost my mum after a long illnes...

What exactly does a library district do, anyway?

I’m Liz vonTauffkirchen and I have the great honor and privilege of serving as the newest director of the newest library district in Colorado, Southwest La Plata Library District. Many folks...

How can we help find books that interest you?

When I first started working at the Ignacio Library, one of the fun tasks of the staff was creating displays. I enjoyed pulling books and other materials on a particular topic and adding fun...

Pine River Library can help make ‘adulting’ a little more fun

Adulting can be hard, and often it isn’t very much fun. Oxford Languages named “adulting” its word of the year in 2016: “Adulting (noun): The practice of behaving in a way characteristic of ...