Hidden gems in communities

Ignacio Community Library

I recently had the opportunity to visit a couple of libraries on my way to visit family in North Dakota and what I experienced reminded me that libraries are often hidden gems within their communities. I frequently get ideas and inspiration for our library here in Ignacio from these quick visits.  

One library that I had the pleasure of visiting was the Woodland Park Public Library. I went into the library because that’s what I do. I stayed awhile because I got caught in the rain. So, of course, I went exploring. Upstairs in the Woodland Park Library they have the “Bhutan Book” which is said to be one of the world’s largest books. Measuring 7 feet by 5 feet it is remarkable to behold. Its actual title is “Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom.” This book is an experience of photography, a visual feast. And to have just happened across it during a rainstorm in Colorado made it even more of a treat. I had to do more research on this after I was back home here in Ignacio.  

This serendipity made me consider what newcomers find when they come to the Ignacio Community Library. I hope they find what they’re looking for; the local paper, or a notary, the latest Patterson or the more obscure title they’re hoping to find. But I also hope they find an extra item, a treat that brings a surprise, a bit of joy or wonder in an otherwise ordinary day. Would you expect to view a fossil display when stopping at the library? Many of you will remember Burt Baldwin from the Ignacio School District. He’s currently sharing some of his fossil collection with our Ignacio library patrons. We also have his books of poetry and his most recent literary offering; the juvenile fiction: The Amazing Adventures of Gander Anthem.  

Do you expect to find artwork and artists? We have both here at the library and one can view the art each time you walk through our doors. Sometimes it’s a matter of slowing down and making the time to look around a bit. If you do, I hope you’ll find the hidden gems of ICL. I think you’ll find it worth your time to pay us a visit and when you do, plan to stay and explore a bit.  

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