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Leadville News – March 17

Book Sale, New Director in Leadville Library News

The Friends of Lake County Public Library’s annual Used Book Sale continues today, Saturday, March 17 in Leadville’s 6th Street Gym.

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The Lake County Public Library Used Book Sale is held annually in March in the 6th Street Gym.

The hours on Saturday are from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Books will be sold two pounds for a dollar. Hundreds of boxes of books were donated to the sale by the community. They also have some Spanish books for sale

According to the Lake County Public Library‘s website, the Friends of Library raise money that enables the library to move from good to great, providing the resources for additional programming, much needed equipment, the children’s summer reading program and special events throughout the year. 

The Friends’ time and commitment to the library set an example for all in how volunteerism leads to positive civic engagement and the betterment of the community. For more information visit their website: LINK.

 Library News: New Director, New Hours

By Mary Jelf, Leadville Today Contributor

Have you stopped by the Lake County Public Library recently?  If so, you may have seen a new face.  Brena Smith recently started as the new library director.  She moved to Leadville from California just for the job.  Smith had visited many mountain towns, including Leadville, and applied for the library job as a way to deepen her career and her life.  She is enjoying getting to know the area and has taken up cross country skiing. 

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Library Director Brena Smith

The library recently expanded its hours of operation, in response to the results of the community survey conducted last year.  Some longer hours were offered starting January 1 to see how patrons and staff would adapt to a new schedule, and the plan is now officially in place.  The new hours are: Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.  The library will still be closed on Sundays during the months of June, July, and August.

At the regular meeting for the library’s Board of Trustees on February 13, Smith was excited to talk about all of the things she had learned about the library and to share her ideas for a new strategic plan.  She will be working with staff to update the library’s online presence with a new logo and up-to-date website.  These changes will make it easier for patrons of the library to access the online databases and other resources, including a newer, more efficient catalog for searching the collection.  The library website is almost like having another branch of the library that is open all the time.

Smith is also forming a plan to reorganize some of the public and staff work spaces in the library.  Some of these changes will provide more public access to resources like the 3D printer and maker-space activities.  Other changes will provide opportunities for improved communication and more efficient storage. 

new library hoursThe new library director was dazzled by the high quality of the children’s programming at the library and would like to pursue expanding programming to include other folks.  She would like to form partnerships with community organizations to find out their interests and needs and see how the library can be more a part of all the great things happening in Lake County.  She noted that last year’s community survey indicated interest in more programming for senior citizens and she hopes to be able to create partnerships to reach out in that area especially.  Collaborations could also provide better connections for volunteers to learn about and help with the library’s mission.

Smith also looks forward to getting to know and work with the Friends of the Library group that helps raise money for the library.  Their spring used book sale is coming up next month on March 16 and 17 and is sure to offer treasures for bibliophiles and readers of all kinds.

The Lake County Public Library, located at 1115 Harrison Avenue, is a great resource for everyone.  In addition to a wide variety of books of all kinds, the library has computers that can be used free of charge and free public wi-fi.  If you haven’t used your library card in a while, a trip to see what’s new at the library could be a great way to spend a chilly afternoon indoors.  If you’re curious or have questions, you can stop in, call the library at 719-486-0569, or visit the website.

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Get lost in the stacks with the Lake County Library staff . Photo: Leadville Today/Mary Jelf


Latest News – July 17

Wednesday Library Program Features Wolftone Mine

Leadville’s famous Underground banquet will be the topic of discussion for a Friends of the Lake County Library Program this Wednesday, July 19. Wolftone Mine

Join the table as local Fred Mark presents “The Wolftone Mine.” Learn all about the elegant banquet served underground to Leadville’s rich and famous – and then some! Bon Appetite and keep your fingers crossed that the hoist works after dessert!

Doors open at 6 p.m., program starts at 6:30 p.m. presented at the Lake County Public Library Amax room, 1115 Harrison Avenue. This could be a standing room only crowd, so stop by the library to pick up your free ticket for guaranteed seat!

As the second half of the month comes into focus so does Back-to-School for the kiddos. So, if you haven’t seen your child pick up a book in a while, it might be time to step away from the screen and have them turn a page or two BEFORE they head back to the classroom.

Of course, one of the best places to do that in Leadville is the Lake County Public Library. And a reminder, their summer reading program continues through August 8. This year, readers of all ages have been reading for health, sports and fitness, as the 2017 theme for the summer library program is “Build A Better World.”

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Smiles and literacy is what you’ll find at the Lake County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program.

The 2017 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool through young adult, with programs, prizes, reading club, and more. Although the programs which will award prizes have been ongoing, everyone is invited to enjoy them for stories, crafts, games and lots of fun activities. Each week has a theme. For July 18 – 20, it is “Diversity and Anti-Bullying;” next week is “Science Technology Engineering and Design.” 

For complete details, including times and days see the Library Summer Reading Brochure. Also, be sure to give them a wave in the annual Boom Days Parade on August 5 – this program always makes an award-winning entry! For more information, stop by the Library, or call (719) 486-0569.

Library Offers FREE Use of CO Parks and Wildlife Pass

Lake County Public Library has partnered with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to loan a state park entry pass for one week. This partnership provides an outdoor learning experience for library cardholders and expands public library services. The goal of the program is to provide residents an opportunity to explore state parks before purchasing a park pass, and the hope is that library cardholders will enjoy the experience they will want to purchase their own park passes. 

CO State Park Map

With lots of Colorado State Parks to choose from why not take advantage of this opportunity from the Lake County Public Library? CLICK to connect.

This summer, the public library has two backpacks to loan that each contain a state park pass hang tag for the rear view mirror, one set of binoculars, a Colorado wildlife guide, a Colorado trees and wildflower guide, a guide to Colorado’s 42 state parks, a Leave No Trace card, an activity ideas list and a program evaluation card.

One of the requirements is that you inventory all items in the backpack to make sure they are in good repair before return, and to fill out the evaluation form to help sustain the program. Packs and passes will circulate to adults, with no holds or renewals. For more information, stop by the library, or call (719) 486-0569.

Support, visit and use your local Lake County Public Library. And if you’ve never read the story of how Leadville’s first library came to be, you can find it HERE.

LCPL is located at 1115 Harrison Ave, and may be visited online at the library’s website or on Twitter (@LCPLLeadville) and Facebook: Lake County Public Library Leadville.


From colorful flowers to summer reading programs, the Lake County Public Library (LCPL) is blooming! Photo: LCPL