In February 2020, the library partnered with the Town of Estes Park and Estes Park School District to host The Kindness Project

The project offered opportunities to celebrate community and civic spirit on all levels. It encouraged us to spark good conversations with longtime friends, while making new friends along the way. It reminded us to reflect upon important acts of kindness in our lives. It recognized the satisfaction that comes from generosity, reconnecting us with our shared humanity.

Former Mayor Todd Jirsa was inspired by the message of global adventurer Leon Logothetis and invited this popular author and Netflix host to visit. Hundreds of copies of The Kindness Diaries were shared among residents, with support from the Library Friends & Foundation.  Logothetis led an inspiring talk on the power of giving at the High School Auditorium to the community and Estes Park Middle and High School students. 

“Talking It Out”, a traveling photo-story exhibit which was made possible by EVRJP, was on display at four locations throughout the community. Gallery-style art panels, that exhibit spotlights the stories of Coloradans who have constructively managed conflict by talking through differences. 

Hearing and sharing stories can help solve problems, open pathways for learning, and build a greater sense of community. Those are day-to-day goals of the Library. And we’re proud that the Kindness Project was a vehicle to help strengthen and unite our amazing community.