La Junta’s Got It Together

Woodruff Memorial Library on the plains in La Junta, CO only has a service population of about 7,000, but has quite an impressive collection and range of services for its size.

Right in the downtown area, the grounds have environmentally appropriate xeriscaping and a little bench with a sculpture on it.

The 10,000 square foot facility was built in 1997 and the entryway includes a glass display case and meeting room.

Inside it’s spacious and welcoming.

A lovely old bookcase reminds you where you are.

Just as this nearby hygiene station reminds you it’s cold season.

The impressive collection includes a huge periodical display.

They’ve got a very decent reference collection with lots of genealogy and local history titles.  Plus they give away 10 free copies of anything that can’t be checked out (just like my old POW, Douglas County Libraries, where we found this practice really helps cut down on things “walking”).  There are extensive large print, Playaway and multimedia offerings too.  They also have 12 adult internet and wi-fi throughout, and they do guest passes.

There are lots of nifty touches – here’s a neat way to showcase the library.

And this rack makes the maps easily accessible.

The Children’s Area has 2 children’s computers, including a big touchscreen.  The puppet rack is right in view, encouraging kids to create impromptu theatrics.  I like the laundry carts too – with an easy place to toss the books hopefully there will be less misshelving.

The Teen Area also has two computers as well as a huge screen TV in their Gaming Center.  Bean bags, comics and YA books and movies beckon and they were having an after hours Teen Tech Night the day I visited.

And Woodruff ML holds a number of programs for adults too.  In conjunction with Novel Destinations (the international theme for W(A)RP, the winter adult reading program) there were film, food and lecture events for other countries as well as language learning nights.  They also offer Mango for online foreign language education (as well as Overdrive), and like Nederland, are a Plinkit library.

I’ve been in a number of libraries with similar populations and I’m really impressed with how they’ve used their resources here.  So if you’re ever in this area, perhaps visiting the starkly beautiful canyons of Comanche National Grassland, be sure and stop in.

And just a reminder that I accept guest posts – every public library has unique features, so let’s share ideas.  What are the highlights of your library?

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  1. Pingback: These are a few of our favorite things (at public libraries) | The Librarian is In

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