By Eleanor Greene
Libraries often connect people to other worlds by lending books, movies, and other resources that let people imagine worlds outside their own. But Naturita Community Library in Naturita, Colo., connects people to their own world by providing rare internet access to community members that visit it. Library director Paul Paladino discusses the improved technology and services that the new library has brought to the small mining town in which it is located. Community member and youth services librarian Jaimy Fulbright talks about how the programs offered at the library starts with young children, supplements community schools, and it continues for older children and adults. The Naturita Community Library brings together people of all ages in this small town, and continues to grow with the community.
The Naturita Community Library was one of 10 winners of the 2012 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for libraries and museums that are serving their communities in exceptional ways. Winners of the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service will be announced on April 23, 2013.