Join us this January: Read the 2023 book, Finders Keepers, and sign up for the archaeology- and artifact-themed programs.

Since its beginning over a decade ago, One Book One Valley has been a celebration of community and literacy. It’s a chance for all of us to come together in the reading of a single book. It’s for conversation and learning with fellow readers — and to make new friends along the way. We invite you to join us in reading Finders Keepers by Craig Childs, chosen by Estes Valley readers as the next One Book One Valley.

About the novel:  Visit lonesome desert canyons and fancy Fifth Avenue art galleries, journey throughout the Americas, Asia, the past and the present, and take an intense, impassioned investigation into the nature of the past and the things we leave behind. 

To whom does the past belong? Is the archeologist who discovers a lost tomb a sort of hero — or a villain? Or something in between? If someone steals a relic from a museum and returns it to the ruin it came from, is she a thief? As Salter Reynolds with the LA Times reviews, “Childs looks at moral issues from a variety of angles. He doubts others as he doubts himself, a beautiful inverse of the golden rule. He raises questions like the best teachers, the real teachers – have you thought this through? What are the results of your actions? What is your role in this brief chapter?”

The Library invites readers to check out a copy of this winning book. It’s also available for download in eBook and eAudio formats from our digital collections. All you’ll need is your Library Card. Or you can visit or call Macdonald Book Shop to purchase a personal copy. Macdonald Book Shop has been a longtime supporter of One Book One Valley, and we’re grateful for their partnership.

Sign up for One Book One Valley programs

Our full program series in January and early February has so much to offer. Check out the lineup and sign up for a program or two! Make sure to save the date for Monday, February 6: we’ll host an evening with author Craig Childs, an in-person presentation just for the Estes Valley.

If you’d like to dive deeper into this year’s One Book One Valley subject matter, check out this supplemental resource guide, curated by Eric White, Adult Services Librarian and director of this year’s One Book One Valley.

One Book One Valley is made possible through the generous donors of the Estes Valley Library Friends & Foundation.