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Grand County Library Foundation

Our donors help us sustain the growth of strong communities through investment in the public libraries of Grand County. Libraries support literacy, opportunities for personal growth and engagement -- the basis for flourishing individuals, families in our mountain towns.

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Grand County Library Foundation

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Families
General population
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

The Grand County Library Foundation strengthens the Grand County Library District's viability.
Supplementing traditional tax revenues
Fostering innovative and inclusive cultural and educational opportunities
Managing Foundation investments for the present and future benefits of the Library
Building reserves to ensure the sustainability of the Library

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Evidence of Program's Success

Libraries transform lives. The Grand County Library Foundation (GCLF) supports Grand County Library District in its mission of linking people to boundless opportunities. GCLF supports both the financial health and the innovation of our libraries.

In 2019, GCLF provided more than $55,000 to support library facilities through debt repayment. These funds will help the library district pay off its building debt 10-years early, allowing for a savings of over $2 million in interest, thus supporting the sustainability of our libraries.

The Foundation provided the seed money to initiate Grand County Community of Writers in 2017. The Community of Writers offers amateur and professional writers a chance to develop their writing skills together in monthly critique groups as well as workshops. Sustaining funds were then provided to the Library to expand the Community of Writers to offer 'Craft with a Craft' presentations by regional authors at local microbreweries and coffeehouses, as well as hosting author evenings with nationally recognized authors. In addition, the writers' group hosted professional writers' panels to address such relevant topics as freelance writing, developing ideas, connecting with readers, and getting published.

"Finding these talented people who live in Grand County and have stories to tell is extremely rewarding," comments Community of Writers participant Anna Szcepanski. "I love working with such a diverse group of people with different writing styles and stories to tell."

The model for the writers' group has been so successful that a young adult writers' group for middle and high school students was formed in Grand County.

Committed to the education of our community, the Library Foundation initiated eLearning programs. Keeping in mind distance and accessibility, a Universal Class System and a Learning Express were deployed in 2012. Since then, Grand County Library District has tailored digital resources to meet the needs of growing communities. Currently, 13 different eLearning tools are available to the public. These tools include world language lessons through Rosetta Stone, promoting current events with online Denver Post or RBDigital magazines, and legal document composition through NuWav.

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