Congrats to the Pine River Library in Bayfield, CO for it’s noteworthy honor of being deemed by Library Journal as the “Best Small Library in America 2014”!!
The award was conceived in 2005 and is cosponsored by the Gates Foundation. The purpose of the award is to honor public libraries demonstrating fantastic work within their 25,000 or less communities. With the population of Bayfield just shy of 9000, the Pine River Library certainly met the “small library” criteria. It has also undergone changes the last couple years and has adopted the motto “connecting people to possibilities”. This has ignited valuable community support for the library, including funding and time in the form of volunteers. They were also able to add an addition to the library in 2013, which provided meeting rooms, a “teen zone” , expanded Wi-Fi availability and technology upgrades, including a SMART Board. However, the additions did not stop at just the inside structure. The library created a “Living Library” – an outdoor space made up of a community garden, orchard, and a greenhouse.
What an excellent example of what is possible for rural communities and libraries around the state (as well as nationwide apparently!).
Source (and article in full): http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2014/01/awards/best-small-library-in-america-2014-pine-river-library-co#_