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Board of Trustees

By Colorado Library Law, public libraries are required to have a Library Board of Trustees. Park County has seven members on this board with representation for each established library in the county. The board’s purpose is to work with the Libraries Manager in establishing library policy, advising the Libraries Manager on matters of library direction and service to the communities. The library board works with the Board of County Commissioners in making recommendations for the library budget and in personnel issues, such as employment of a Libraries Manager and annual personnel review.

The Board of County Commissioners is directly responsible for the Park County Public Libraries and supervision of the Libraries Manager.

Don Rocksted, President

Tonya Favinger, Secretary

Guffey-Elaine Rocksted

Lake George-Betty McLain

Fairplay-Jan Buchanan

Fairplay-Dale Toggle

Bailey-Rosalie Brennan

Board Meetings 2018

Board Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every other month at 10:00 a.m. and are open to the public. The location changes every time using each library in turn. Minutes and library locations are posted in each of the libraries.

Date Library Meeting

 

November 20th Fairplay

In the event of inclement weather, an announcement pertaining to meeting cancellation will be made on this website.

The American West as Living Space: A Free Reading & Conversation Series

Pulitzer-inspired readings and conversations for those who love the West

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‘Lost Creek’ Photo by Linda Balough used with permission
In honor of the Pulitzer Prizes’ 2016 Centennial Celebration, Park County Public Library is hosting a three-part reading and conversation series focused on “The American West as Living Space.” Before each meeting participants will read selections about the American West written by Pulitzer-recognized authors. Local scholar Elaine Rocksted will facilitate Park County’s conversations springing from the reading selections. This program is part of the Colorado Humanities Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative.

The series meets from 2-3:30 p.m. on three Fridays:  Aug. 12th at Fairplay Community Center, Aug. 19th at Bailey Library, and Aug. 26th at Guffey Community Center. Carpooling is encouraged; we can assist with transportation from your local library branch as needed.

 

All participants will receive a free copy of the “American West as Living Space” reader, which includes nonfiction, journalism, fiction, and poetry from works such as Wallace Stegner’s The American West as Living Space, Elizabeth Fenn’s Encounter at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People, Los Angeles Times articles that explore the California drought, fictional works by Annie Proulx, Louise Erdrich, and N. Scott Momaday, and wonderful poetry selections by Gary Snyder, Robert Hass, and Kay Ryan.

CO Humanities LogoThis program is sponsored by Colorado Humanities, which received a grant for a proposal focusing on Pulitzer Prize-winning literature about the American West and prepared the free reader for participants. The reader was developed in consultation with Dr. Ronald Edgerton, University of Northern Colorado history professor emeritus and avid reader about the West.

 

About our facilitator, Elaine Rocksted:ElaineRocksted

Elaine has taught English in local community colleges for the past fifteen years, and literature for the past seven years.  She is a lifelong learner; she obtained her B.A. from Ohio University in History/Government and then took classes at UCD in English and Library Science. She received her MA degree (with honors) from Regis University in Language and Communication. She taught English classes at Arapahoe Community College, Red Rocks Community College, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and CCCOnline. These past few years, she has been teaching online classes, but some of her previous positions included working full time at the Denver Art Museum and working as a Communications Coordinator for a nonprofit organization that assisted people with disabilities.

Want to join The American West as Living Space reading group? Sign up!ParkCountyPubLibLogoSmall

This workshop is limited to 25 participants. Participants are asked to commit to the readings and attend most of the sessions. To sign up, please call Pat Shepard, Park County Public Library Manager at 719-836-4299 or email pshepard@parkco.us  Once your space is confirmed, further information will follow.

 

About the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative
This program is part of the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative, a joint venture of the Pulitzer Prizes Board and the Federation of State Humanities Councils in celebration of the 2016 centennial of the Prizes. The initiative seeks to illuminate the impact of journalism and the humanities on American life today, to imagine their future and to inspire new generations to consider the values represented by the body of Pulitzer Prize-winning work. For their generous support for the Campfires Initiative, we thank the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Pulitzer Prizes Board, and Columbia University.

The Park County Public Libraries History

In 1966 a Board of Directors was chosen and development of the Park County Public Libraries began. Books were borrowed from home libraries and purchased with the help of the Women’s Club. During the first year, volunteers donated 180 days of service to the new Park County Public Library.

History of the Bailey Library: Beginning in 1967, Mason’s Grocery Store in Bailey, donated a small room where books could be checked out. In 1970, having outgrown that space, Mr. George New donated space in Rustic Square. Mr. Gordon Bennett, retired “State Librarian”, was hired as librarian in 1972 and again, the library expanded occupying half (744 sq. ft.) of the building in Bailey. In 1987 the new library was build on Crow Hill on the lower level (3,200 sq. ft.) of the new county offices. With continued growth the library again needed to expand, and in 1999 the next phase began. The county offices moved out of the building, which made the upper level (2,950 sq. ft.) available to the library.

The Bookmobile: In 1966 a bookmobile was borrowed and was then purchased in 1970 for $125. The bookmobile continued service in Park County as the only library outside of Bailey until 1980 when the old courthouse in Fairplay was remodeled. In 1980, Park County Public Libraries acquired a new bookmobile and parked the old one close to the Lake George Elementary School.

History of the Fairplay Library: In 1986 the Park County District Court was moved from the old 1874 courthouse to a new building. The second floor of the old courthouse was then converted to a library, with various offices on the lower floor and meeting space on the top floor, formerly the District Court.

History of the Lake George Library: The Lake George community liked having a library in town and in 1981, a grant was acquired to help purchase a modular for 1/2 library and 1/2 classroom use. As the school grew, the library moved to a small room inside the school so that the modular building would just be used for classes. In 1988, work started on the existing library building in Lake George that adjoins the Lake George Charter school. It was dedicated on November 7,1988 and officially opened in February of 1989. The Lake George Charter school has since moved to a new location and the old school building purchased by a private party. The school children are now bussed to the library to check out books. The Lake George Library remains a vibrant center of the community.

History of the Guffey Library: The Guffey library was established in 1985 in a 12 x 40 sq. ft. modular building. The modular was donated to the Re-2 School District and half was used by the school and the other half by the library. Following a successful passage of the Re-2 School District bond issue and subsequent plans to remodel the school, the library’s future was up in the air. It was decided that a new library in Guffey was needed. In 1998 a new 1,064 sq. ft. building was constructed. In 2010 an addition was completed which added 600 square feet, used for additional shelving, computers and work space.

By Colorado Library Law, public libraries are required to have a Library Board of Trustees. Park County has seven members on this board with representation for each established library in the county. The board’s purpose is to work with the library director in establishing library policy, advising the library director on matters of library direction and service to the communities. The library board works with the Board of County Commissioners in making recommendations for the library budget and in personnel issues, such as employment of a library director and annual personnel reviews.

The Board of County Commissioners is directly responsible for the Park County Public Libraries and supervision of the Library Director.

Twelve part-time employees and the library director, who is a full-time employee with a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Services, staff the Libraries.

The Park County Public Library is a member of the Colorado Library Card and the Colorado Virtual Library (interlibrary loan). “Ask Colorado” is available through the Internet. The library’s on-line catalog allows patrons to renew and reserve books as well as to see what books are available in the libraries.

Universal Class – Over 500 Online continuing education courses are offered through Universal Class with your library card. Subjects include GED training, personal finance, and computer training to mention just a few. The program features remote 24/7 access via the internet with real instructors. Go to online resources and click on Universal Class to get started.

Overdrive – Overdrive and the Across Colorado Digital Consortium provide our patrons with downloadable eBooks, eAudiobooks, and more. You can download these materials to your computer, mobile device, IPod, or eBook reader. It’s easy to use and features remote 24/7 access via the internet. No late fees! Instruction on using the Overdrive interface is available at all libraries. Please contact your local branch to arrange for a class.

Friends of the Guffey Library

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The Friends of the Guffey Library is open to all who wish to join. Membership dues are $5.00 per year. Quarterly meetings are held at the library, 10am on the first Tuesday of March, June, September, and December. Our Friends fund-raisers include the sale of T-shirts, greeting cards, and new and used books.

Be sure to ‘Like’ Friends of the Guffey Library on FaceBook!

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Blank greeting card with envelope- proceeds go to the Guffey Public Library

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Friends of the Guffey Library Executive Board

President –  Denise Taylor  deniseski2010@gmail.com / 719-285-4063
Vice President – Elaine Rockstead  erocksted@hotmail.com
Treasurer – Michael Brandt brandtmk@gmail.com
Secretary – Heather Buckner  utiart@gmail.com / 719-689-2215
Committee Members – Peg Larson, Lani Gossett, Ellen Kremkus