Gypsum library gets high marks |

Gypsum library gets high marks

Kathy Heicher
Gypsum, CO Colorado

GYPSUM, Colorado ” Residents of Gypsum, Colorado love their library.

So much so, that when asked by the recent town survey what cold be done to improve the library, by far the biggest response was “nothing.” Still, respondents said they wish the library was open more often.

“The library is very, very important to my family,” says Gypsum resident Janice Buckelew.

Her teenage son and a group of his friends gather at the library nearly every weekday after school.

Buckelew says the library’s teen programs provide an alternative for a whole group of kids who are looking for activities beyond high school sports. The teens are particularly drawn by the library’s collection of graphic novels.

“They’ve discovered the library. There’s a whole big group of kids that hang out, do teen clubs, and bookworm kinds of things,” she says.

Fellow Gypsum resident Janet Jay and her entire family hit the library once or twice a week. Her two children are in book clubs, and she and her husband often get books from other libraries through the Gypsum branch

The library is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday; and is closed on weekends. Library Director Charlynn Canada said the library did recently expand hours on Friday nights.

The town gives the library space in the Town Hall, and supports of some of the teen programs financially.

The town, however, may want the library space for its staff. “We still want to work with the library to find a new location,” Town Manager Jeff Shroll said.

The Eagle Valley library system features two large regional facilities, in Eagle and Avon, and smaller branch units in Gypsum and Minturn. The district has to be budget-wary with both its expenditures and its book collections. Canada said that when new books are purchased for the other library facilities, Gypsum gets new books also.

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