Dear Library Enthusiast –
Meadows Branch Services Manager Monnie Nilsson has a nose for news. How could she not? She spent her former career inside The Denver Post as an investigative projects researcher and producer of political coverage and arts and entertainment features.
So it’s appropriate that, every quarter, she and her team at Meadows produce a newsletter for library staff that’s chock full of announcements and features on what’s happening at the library.
Monnie also has great big-picture insights. For the summer edition of “Open Book,” she summed up things this way:
“Here we are halfway into our warm season already, and it struck me that we are partially through many other important things right now: We’re in the middle of District formation, the new North Boulder Library buildout, 2023’s Summer of Discovery, hiring new staff and standing up departments, and we are also about halfway through our 2018 10-year Master Plan timeframe. Wow. This halfway, partway status requires a lot of work, vision, flexibility, patience, tolerance of uncertainty, and a lot of collaboration between teams and colleagues.”
It’s exciting to think about what’s in store for our patrons, thanks to library leaders like Monnie and so many others. At the Boulder Library Foundation, we’re working to help you, our library’s strongest supporters, understand the impact the library is making on our community, with your tax dollars and philanthropic support.
In this month’s newsletter, we peek inside the work being done by our library’s senior staff and new Library District Board of Trustees to transition our library to one of better funding and improved governance. We celebrate Karen Bowen, Senior Program Manager of BoulderReads, for winning a statewide adult literacy award. We encourage you to participate in Make a Will Month. We invite you to volunteer for next month’s Jaipur Literature Festival. And we tip our hat to the library’s amazing youth patrons who collectively read for more than 2 million minutes during Summer of Discovery.
All of this work is powered by love and generosity of spirit. Because our voters were generous last November, our library is transitioning to a future of improved financial resources. Because our donors continue to invest in our library, we are able to help make our community’s vision for this place we love more real.
Please support your library: Buy early bird tickets to our Oct. 26 fundraising gala before prices go up Sept. 1. Donate to the NoBo Library Capital Campaign. Or make a donation today in honor of someone who inspires you.
With appreciation for all the things you do,
Executive Director, Boulder Library Foundation