Canyons and Cortez

We were down in the beautiful southwest corner of Colorado exploring Canyons of the Ancients and Hovenweep National Monuments and when we took a short walk to the huge parks complex near our hotel,

I was delighted to find the Cortez Public Library right in the middle of it. 

Two playgrounds, two lakes, miles of paved trails, the rec center and a number of playing fields (including disc golf) are steps from the library, making this the perfect location for all your activities.

The library is large and open and nicely lit with daylight from this atrium.

The staff were really friendly.  Kathy Berg told me about a great hiking trail – Sand Canyon – that we thoroughly enjoyed later on.  She also extolled the merits of the library, including this wonderful Poetry Corner that hosts events once a month.  In May Sandra Cisneros is coming!  And in February, one of the events involved a circus workshop – I would love to have seen that.

It’s got poem-trees, baskets of verse, poem-mobiles, poetry books and a magnetic word board for spontaneous poem creation.  Kathy even gives instructions on how to create a blueprint for your own poetry corner – as she says; your only limits are your imagination. 

The library was expanded and remodeled ten years ago and has wi-fi and 28 public internet terminals (soon to be 38 thanks to BTOP).  Western and Native American paintings and pottery adorn the building.

And there are other interesting touches like this showcase.

And this unique piano.

Overstuffed chairs line one wall with great vistas of towering mountains and the park outside.

I got to spend some time with Laura McHenry, the Children’s Librarian, who seems like the perfect choice for the job – she’s so friendly and creative.

Just look at her purview.  Intriguingly tactile objects top the juvenile bookcases.

Love this storyteller doll.

There’s something so inviting about a teepee.

The Storytime Room includes a puppet theatre.

And what child wouldn’t be fascinated by the storyteller sitting here?

What a great library in a perfect and convenient location.

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