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Literacy on the Glade

Aug 29, 2017 01:03PM ● By Diana Barnett

Joyce Owens and Jill Pellizzari enjoy the convenience of their local free library on Glade Park.

Sometimes good things can spring from unpleasant situations. That’s how the Glade Park Book Barn came into existence. While not an official Little Free Library, the Book Barn is doing its part to build community, too.

A few short years after reopening, the Glade Park Elementary School once again closed its doors in 2013. A small storage building that had been donated to the school was offered to the community.

It was relocated next to the community center and began a second life as a small community library. The inside was painted, and shelves were built and labeled by Glade Park resident Jon Bilbo.

Joy Thyer, a volunteer with Mesa County’s Friends of the Library, spearheaded the effort and recruited Susan Bilbo, a former educator and volunteer at the school, to assist her.

The collection started with children’s books from the elementary school, as well as some titles from the Mesa County Library. Members from the community donated books, too.

As with the Little Free Libraries, the Book Barn policy is just to take what you like, read it and return it or bring another title. It’s a wonderful resource for a town that can often feel isolated.

“The Book Barn is great because many of the residents of Glade Park are retired and don’t make the daily drive to town anymore,” Thyer said.

The Glade Park Book Barn is open Thursdays from noon to 3 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.