Little Libraries

18 Nov

Elbert Library

Little libraries make the world go round. On the plains southeast of Denver last Saturday, Librarian Gayle Gresham hosted an Author Open House at the Elbert Public Library, which shares space with the Elbert School Library. It is a warm and wonderful place, full of the hustle and bustle of folks looking for a good read, and kids Googling the internet.

Along with Filter Press, I was invited to meet and greet patrons, and display and sign books for sale. With a craft bazaar taking place elsewhere in the building, traffic moved from one venue to the other. It was a fine, fun time, well spent in a welcoming space for authors and readers to mingle and celebrate books.

The Elbert Library is also home of the Women Writing the West Collection. These books receive a second life when they are removed from the WWW trade show exhibits to make room for new titles. They are then processed and placed into circulation in Elbert, where they have become quite popular as locals seek out titles they might have missed, many with Western and historical themes. A new shelf will soon be added to facilitate expansion of the collection.

Joyce Lohse, 11/18/09


Posted by on November 18, 2009 in Western history


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6 responses to “Little Libraries

  1. Kari

    November 18, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Joyce, Thanks for coming to our library, and for your positive comments about our lovely library! We were so happy to have you as part of the event, and we enjoy having the WWW colleciton in our library!

    • joyce4books

      November 19, 2009 at 10:35 am

      Thank you for welcoming us, Kari. I enjoyed myself thoroughly in Elbert, and appreciated the opportunity to visit your library and chat with those who came by to see us. Best wishes — Joyce

  2. Alice Trego

    November 18, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    I just love your storytelling, Joyce. Your story about Gayle and the Elbert Library giving the WWW book collection a second chance left me with no doubt that these books are now in good hands. And have new readers!


    • joyce4books

      November 19, 2009 at 10:37 am

      Thank you for your thoughts, Alice. Gayle did a great job of facilitating the partnership between WWW and the Elbert Library. Our books are definitely in good hands there. — Joyce

  3. Gayle Gresham

    November 19, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Thanks, Joyce! It’s great viewing the Elbert Library through your eyes! We are so appreciative of you and all of the authors from Women Writing The West whose books bring reading joy to our patrons.

    • joyce4books

      November 23, 2009 at 11:29 am

      Gayle — It is comments like yours, and the work that you do, that make our books worthwhile. Does that make sense? I hope so! We are all about happy readers and librarians who value our work. This is what keeps us going, and producing more great stories! Best wishes — Joyce


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