Donated library collection honors childhood advocate |

Donated library collection honors childhood advocate

— Nancy Castagnasso was dedicated to the cause of young children and she also loved to read.

That is why the Nancy Castagnasso Memorial Resource Library is an appropriate and poignant tribute.

“It just fit,” friend and colleague Julie Gildersleeve said. “Nancy was such a huge advocate for children, we’re thrilled and honored to be able to do this for her memory.”

A longtime Routt County resident, active community member and early childhood development advocate, Castagnasso was killed in a car accident on U.S. 40 in January.

Gildersleeve, who is treasurer of the Northwest Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children, said Castagnasso’s family, friends and colleagues wanted to remember her. The idea to move a collection of materials about early childhood education from the Family Development Center was already in the works and it made sense to make it a tribute, Gildersleeve said.

“I was delighted to accept the collection,” library director Chris Painter said.

The collection will be hosted by the library in conjunction with Month of the Young Child. It includes more than 200 books, videos and periodicals about early childhood education and development, curriculum ideas and parenting.

It was open to the public at the Family Development Center, but was limited by the center’s hours.

“It was being used, but not being used as much as the board had liked,” Gildersleeve said.

The collection will be filed into the regular collection and will have a bookplate saying it is part of the Nancy Castagnasso Memorial Resource Library.

Gildersleeve said the collection is now open to all of the counties that the early childhood association represents, enabling the books to be sent to others through inter-library loan.

Gildersleeve said Castagnasso’s husband Barry was thrilled when told about the tribute.

“We hope that with this, people will rise to her level,” she said.

The Nancy Castagnasso Memorial collection will be dedicated from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at Bud Werner Library.

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