by Sarah Walsh, Library Friends & Foundation Development Director
In this season of celebrations, let’s raise a toast to the many people who elevate our quality of life by elevating our local Library from good to great. This Sunday, we’ll do just that, and learn some fascinating history in the process.
Elkins Distilling, at 1825 North Lake Avenue, is opening its doors especially for Library supporters this Sunday, December 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. Joe Elkins is an enthusiastic Library supporter. And in case you didn’t know it, when he’s not distilling craft whisky, he is Professor Joe Elkins: phD in geology, with a passion for history.
This Sunday, Joe treats us to a talk about Prohibition and the extraordinary events leading up to Repeal Day on December 5, 1933. To reserve a premium seat, make your donation, big or small, to the Estes Valley Library Friends & Foundation at ColoradoGives.org
Tuesday, December 10 is Colorado Gives Day. Donations can be scheduled in advance, and corporate-sponsor grants help each donation stretch even farther.
Year-round, your kindness supports literacy for kids—through afterschool programs and early-literacy music workshops and the award-winning Summer Reading Program.
Your Library love builds community through dialogue and shared reading—including the One Book One Valley program, which will enter its zenith this January.
Your generosity supports lifelong learning—including the creative tools and programs in the popular Makerspace.
Your caring makes it possible to match readers with the books and materials they seek. One example: the popular new Lucky Day Collection, where readers find bestsellers and hot titles awaiting on any given day: no hassles, and a one-week checkout.
Financial contributions are a key part of this support, but that’s only part of the picture. Many people are building a better Library by giving their time and talent through volunteering, whether it’s to deliver books, give homework help, or tutor a language-learner.
In 2019, we pay tribute to the cheerful corps of volunteers who operate Cliffhanger Used Books seven days a week. Last spring, volunteers donned overalls to renovate the building. Since then, volunteers have staffed Cliffhanger’s counter and sorted the used book donations.
Speaking of books, we’re grateful to all who have donated their gently-used books, DVDs and CDs. It means dollars that can be generated into re-sales—while giving those items happy new homes.
Cliffhanger has some amazing specials this season. Today and this weekend, all titles in the History, Biography, and Politics section are just $2 each for hardbacks, and $1 for paperbacks, plus tax.
A big thank-you to Joe and everyone at Elkins Distilling for their support this Sunday and throughout the year. The generosity of our business community is inspiring.
We hope to see you this Sunday. And on Tuesday for Colorado Gives Day, when we’ll join friends from our local nonprofit community at Kind Coffee and later at Rock Cut Brewing.
Thank you, Estes Valley, for championing literacy, learning, and community. Together, our giving continues to build a better future.