To the Editor:
Just as the holiday season was about to commence, a new volunteer opportunity with the Friends of the Library became known to one of our Granby volunteers, Cathy Craig. While stocking the Mid Town Café with used books, Cathy and café owners Candy and Simon O’Connor got to thinking that it would be mutually beneficial if the Friends of the Library expanded their used book sales to include The Blue Water Bakery in Grand Lake, which the O’Connors also own. With all the winter visitors about to descend on our outdoor wonderland, it seemed like an especially opportune idea. Cathy quickly contacted me and although I shared her enthusiasm, I was expecting family for the holidays and wouldn’t be able to help. The same was true for our volunteers in Grand Lake. This did not deter Cathy in the slightest. Instead, she went about taking care of all the details that are involved with such an undertaking and she did so with a happy heart, a selfless attitude and in very short order. As a result of these inspiring efforts, there is now an additional business in the county where residents and visitors alike can buy quality used books. This, in turn, provides another opportunity for funds to be raised by the Friends of the Library that will go to support the Grand County Library District’s children’s literacy programs and resources. Like Dickens’ “Spirit of Christmas Present,” this is an uplifting example of the positive power of goodwill, generosity of spirit and community involvement. Many thanks to these good citizens of Grand County and Happy Reading to All!
President, Friends of the Grand County Library