In the new year, Delta County Libraries resolve to ...

By Leah Morris


As 2016 rolls in, plenty of New Year's resolutions are tossed around. Some are upheld and some are forgotten. However, Delta County Libraries is providing Delta County patrons with lasting resolutions that will carry the community through the new year and beyond.

"We are working hard to uphold our mission and not only meet, but anticipate, the needs of Delta County Library users in 2016," explains interim district director Lea Hart. "Some of the work is behind the scenes, and some will be obvious to library patrons."

The mission to which Hart refers is one adopted by Delta County Libraries in June 2009, which states that the libraries are dedicated to "Informing and empowering the community. Providing resources for life, leisure, and learning." The mission is general, but it emphasizes a goal to provide a wide variety of programming, resources and information to the diverse population served by the library district.

Hart goes on to say, "Upholding this mission in a county which covers over 1,000 square miles requires strong communication, consistency and careful budgeting, and would not be possible without the amazing team of people who staff our libraries, run our board and volunteer in our towns. The library district resolves to keep that team working together productively and positively in 2016."

Board president Laura Earley agrees with Hart, saying, "As we move into the new year, the board will be dedicated to supporting our staff, providing access to training and looking for ways to improve the services which will help fuel Delta County's passion for reading, personal growth and learning. The Delta County Library board of trustees is proud of our employees and will offer our help and support to them as they work to serve our communities." Earley continues, "Libraries are seeing changes in how people obtain and use information and in the tools and resources needed to operate in today's society. Libraries must adapt to ensure our patrons have the ability to access the world of ideas."

Tools, access and resources for patrons come in many forms, and staff is already finding creative ways to make plans. For example, the theme for the summer reading program in 2016 revolves around health and wellness, leading Cedaredge children's librarian Cara Morton to resolve, "We want to be the 'fittest' library district on the Western Slope!" Morton also talks about new staff members who are bringing their energy to the district. She says, "We're ringing in the New Year here in Cedaredge with some new faces and fresh ideas."

While reaching top fitness levels is a rather lofty goal, Morton's intention of utilizing fresh ideas resonates around the district. Library users in 2016 can look forward to innovative programming, up-to-date technology, current and popular materials on the shelves, plenty of community involvement and an enthusiastic group of staff and supporters. Now the libraries just need a gym membership to follow through on that fitness resolution.