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Glenwood library is a product of avid readers

Frontier Diary
Willa Soncarty
Registrar, Frontier Historical Society and Museum
Photo Courtesy Frontier Historical Society/Free WeU.S. Rep. Scott McInnis gives the keynote address during the dedication of the Glenwood Springs Branch Library on May 15, 1983. Through the approval of a sales tax in 1980, and, in 1981, the approval of a referendum which allowed the corner of Ninth and Blake to be used for library construction, Glenwood Springs received its first building dedicated strictly for library use.
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Libraries are rooted deeply into our democratic nation. Benjamin Franklin founded the free circulating library knowing that a well-read and informed people would empower themselves and ultimately empower the new nation they created.

More than 100 years later, Franklin’s philosophy had spread across the continent. Glenwood Springs businessman H.C. Eaton in 1888 proposed the establishment of the community’s first library. With the donation of a few of his own books, Eaton then asked residents to contribute additional volumes. Borrowers were only obligated to check out the books and to later return them in good condition.

The passion for reading prompted the Glenwood Reading Club to organize another library in 1915. Mrs. Blossom offered her apartment and book cases while club members donated a few volumes to the venture.



With the popularity of the Glenwood Reading Club’s library, more room was needed. In 1922, the new elementary school was built. Within the school a library was established, which served students as well as the community. Civic organizations and individuals donated tables, book racks, books, magazines and the librarian’s desk. The 1,800 circulating volumes were organized by teachers and a paid librarian.

Completion of the Glenwood Springs City Hall at 806 Cooper Ave. in 1965 gave the library a new home. However, with growing patronage, by 1983 more room was needed. For the first time in the community’s history, a building, built at 413 Ninth St., was constructed for the exclusive use as a library.



Our community has searched for information designed to improve lives and to expand minds. One of the first places we have historically turned to for this knowledge is our local library.

“Frontier Diary” is provided to the Post Independent by the Frontier Historical Society and Museum, 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs. Winter hours are 1-4 p.m. Mondays, and Thursdays through Saturdays.


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