PUBLIC SERVICE UPDATE

The Ouray Library Is Open by Appointment

Patrons may make 30-minute appointments to browse our collections, borrow books and movies, and use our computers. Access to collections will be limited to one patron or family at a time. Patrons are limited to one computer session per day and technical assistance will not be available. Appointments are made for the current week only: Monday to Friday — 10:15 am to 12:30 pm and from 1 to 4:45 pm. Face masks/coverings are required to enter the facility and while browsing the collections.

Curbside WiFi Access

The Ouray Library’s public WiFi access is now available from the bench outside City Hall or from parked cars facing the curb. Network: Ouray Library – Public. No password required.

Computer and Internet Access by Appointment

Internet and computer access is available on an appointment-only basis, including time to use personal devices. Patrons may schedule one 30-minute appointment by calling (970) 325-4616 or emailing OurayPL@gmail.com. Face masks/coverings are required while using a computer or personal device.

Walk-Up Service Desk Remains Opens

Patrons also may visit our walk-up service desk to speak with library staff. Library staff will pull requests for patrons, accept returns, and answer as many questions as we can. Monday to Friday — 10:15 am to 12:30 pm and from 1 to 4:45 pm.

Home Delivery and Pickups

For homebound or quarantined patrons, staff will pull resources for delivery and schedule pickups within city limits and surrounding neighborhoods. Returns must be placed in a tied plastic bag or a folded paper bag. To schedule, email OurayPL@gmail.com or call (970) 325-4616. Delivery is offered on a limited basis.

Statewide Holds Now Available

Statewide holds are available to Ouray Library patrons. Patrons may place holds on statewide resources. Note that some library resources are not yet available and some libraries are limiting the number of requests. Anticipate that delivery will take longer than usual.

Book Sale and Book Donations

The 2020 Ouray Library book sale was postponed. We are not taking any donations at this time. Please do not leave donations on library property.

Digital Resources and Virtual Programs

Please take advantage of the library’s digital resources: Cloud Library. Many more free online resources have been added to the site. The Ouray Library Facebook page will include daily updates as well as ideas for staying occupied and engaged during this time.

Weekend Backpack Program

The Ouray Library is distributing weekend backpacks through December 2020. Backpacks are available for pickup at the Ouray Library on Fridays after school. To enroll in the program, please call (970) 325-4616 or email ProgramsOurayPL@gmail.com.

Message of Community Support

The Ouray Public Library is committed to promoting racial equality and stands against all forms of hatred. Our mission is to help build an educated community with consideration for all. We do this by providing equal access to information and opportunities.

As our country battles systemic racism, we affirm that libraries are essential partners in that effort. As an organization, we have a responsibility to challenge inequity and we thus remain committed to fostering a welcoming environment where all can feel safe and included. 

Our vision is a community in which everyone feels valued and is heard. 

We are listening.

–Maureen O’Driscoll
Ouray Library Director

Ouray Library Awarded Nearly $9,000 in Grants

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This fall the Ouray Public Library has
received five grants totaling nearly $9,000. The grants were awarded by local
organizations, such as the Woman’s Club of Ouray County and the Mosaic
Community Project; Colorado foundations, including El Pomar Foundation and the
Dave and Mary Wood Fund (a donor-advised fund managed by the Western Colorado
Community Foundation); and the Colorado Department of Education. Total
funding received to date is as follows:

Ouray Public Library Receives El Pomar Merit Grant

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The Ouray Public Library recently
received a $2,500 grant from the Colorado Springs–based El Pomar Foundation.
The grant was recommended by El Pomar’s San Juan Regional Council, an advisory
board of community leaders representing Delta, Montrose, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Ouray and San Miguel counties. The Ouray Public
Library sponsors a series of innovative programs in Ouray County,
including early literacy, tweens & teens and book–movie programs as well as
book talks.

Ouray Library Receives Collection of Writing Books

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The Ouray Public Library recently
received a collection of writing books from the 2013 Annual Ouray John
Nizalowski Writing Workshop. The books include the 2014 Writer’s Market; 2014
Poet’s Market
; Tell It Slant:
Creating, Refining, and Publishing Creative Nonfiction
; Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer
Within
; Writing Down Your Soul; and
Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life.

According to workshop
attendees, this collection of writing books was donated in memory of Mary Ann
Dismant, Mary Feirn and Kit Skelding, long-time participants of the annual
workshop, “to honor these three ladies who were a vital part of the group.”

The writing group
was formed in 2003, and although participants have changed over the years, many
have been in the group for upward of 10 years. This year’s participants
included Cynthia Brunner, David Casler, Kelvin Kent, Becky McCreary, Paul
McCreary, Carol McDermott, Gail Saunders and Barbara Torke. Nizalowski, who
leads the workshop, lived in Ouray for a few years in the early 1990s and
currently teaches literature and mass communication at Colorado
Mesa University
in Grand Junction, CO.

Ouray Public Library Receives El Pomar Merit Grant

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The Ouray Public Library recently
received a $2,500 grant from the Colorado Springs–based El Pomar Foundation.
The grant was recommended by El Pomar’s San Juan Regional Council, an advisory
board of community leaders representing Delta, Montrose, Gunnison, Hinsdale,
Ouray and San Miguel counties. The Ouray Public Library sponsors a series of
innovative programs in Ouray County,
including early literacy, tweens & teens and book–movie programs as well as
book talks.

Ouray Public Library and Community Development Committee Continue Series of Free Grant-Writing Work Sessions

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All Ouray
County nonprofit organizations are
invited to attend the free sessions, which will be held at the Ouray Public
Library. The next three sessions are scheduled for the second Monday of the
month on November 11 (Veterans Day), December 9, and January 13, from 5 to 7
p.m.

In addition to
providing opportunities for networking and brainstorming, the continuation of
this series of grant-writing work sessions will include feature presentations: “Grant-Writing
101” (November), “Locating the Appropriate Funding Sources” (December) and “Special
Focus on Health” (the January session will be geared toward health care
providers, nonprofit organizations and other health-minded agencies).

Nicole Gans will
be the guest speaker for the November and January sessions. She has
successfully applied for government grants at the federal, state and local
level as well as received and managed grants from private foundations and
corporations.

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According to Gans,
“My focus has been on programs that increase the health and safety of
communities.

Announcing the Open Bard Poety Series

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The Open Bard Poetry Series will begin this October

On the first Thursday of the month,

Free Grant-Writing Work Sessions for Ouray County Nonprofits

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The Ouray Public Library and the Community Development Committee (CDC) are
co-hosting a series of three grant-writing work sessions. All Ouray County
nonprofit organizations are invited to attend the free sessions, which will be
held at the Ouray Public Library. The first session is scheduled for Monday,
August 12, from 5 to 7 p.m.

According to Jen Greenholt, CDC chair, the work sessions have been planned
in response to the recent Rural Philanthropy Days held in Ouray. “We understand
that it is difficult to follow through with the grant-writing application
process, not only thoroughly, but also in a timely fashion,” said Greenholt.

“We hope that these work sessions will benefit the area’s nonprofit
organizations in obtaining grant monies.” – Jen Greenholt, CDC chair

The work
sessions are open to the area’s nonprofit volunteers, board members and staff.
“By providing an opportunity for collaboration, feedback and peer-to-peer
networking, nonprofit organizations will be better equipped to successfully
complete the grant application process,” said Maureen O’Driscoll, Ouray Public
Library director.

The August work session is the first of three to be held at the Ouray
Library over the summer and fall months. They currently are scheduled from 5 to
7 p.m. on August 12, September 9 and October 14. Anyone interested in attending
is encouraged to RSVP by calling the Ouray Library during regular business
hours (Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or by sending an e-mail to OurayPL@gmail.com.

The CDC is the liaison between City Council and the business
community.