Thankful for the stories |

Thankful for the stories

Garfield County Libraries staff members pose at the Silt Library in October.
Staff Photo | Provided

When you think of libraries, books are likely the first things to come to mind. Yet inside the library walls is also a staff made up of your friends and neighbors. We are the lucky ones who get to watch as parents introduce their babies to the magic of books. On repeated visits to our buildings, we also get to see those babies grow into inquisitive children and capable teenagers. We get to host art exhibits of talented locals, gaming events, and celebrate reading with our community in the summer.

We often see how books can create a deeper connection to others. Have your eyes ever lit up when talking to someone about a book you just finished? I know mine have. Have you ever felt the excitement of finding out someone else just read your favorite book? It’s a special moment when you realize you now get to talk to them about the main character’s revelations, sorrows and joys, and how those emotions also became yours as you flipped each page.

With all that is happening in the world — both good and bad — we are thankful for the stories we can share. The story could involve an actual book or movie. Or, it could involve finding out a library member got a job because we were able to help her with an online job application. It could involve a child who started off as a reluctant reader, but made a connection to Greg Heffley in “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” and is now consuming the book series with a smile on his face. And the story could involve meeting wonderful people in Garfield County as they come through our doors.

This holiday season we at the Garfield County Libraries are thankful for those who use our facilities, borrow our materials, attend our events, and support us through sales and property tax. Our six beautiful new libraries — and the wealth of stories inside — have been made possible by your contributions.

Thank you.

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