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Pam Herz: Library a treasure

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.

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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.

Pam Herz

Steamboat Springs