Naturita Community Library is a branch of the Montrose Library Regional District. Once located at the Naturita Park in a 500 square foot building, the library is now on Main Street in a 4,400 square foot straw bale, geothermal facility. The grand opening celebration in August of 2009 was supported by 400 plus people in the community and beyond. An up-dated collection of books has served the library well, increasing circulation since opening the door to the new building by 140%.
The staff is helpful and happy. Tina Carver, Circulation Clerk; Allie Sutherland, Youth Services; Donna Perry, Circulation Clerk and Adult Services; and Susan Rice, Library Coordinator are friendly and always glad to be of assistance.
Technology is a number one priority for the Montrose Regional Library District. The Naturita branch has a bank of five public computers, a laptop computer center of seven computers and a two computer laptop lab dedicated to patrons connected to the Colorado Work Force.
The library has won three very special awards. First, in 2010 NCL won “Best Project” award from the Colorado Association of Libraries. This award featured the building project along with the great programming the staff brings to the community. The second award, “The Best Small Library In America” 2011 was granted by the Library Journal and the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation for excellence in programming, bringing the world to patrons through technology and collaboration with community organization and other libraries. In 2012, the Library was honored with a National Medal, awarded to just five libraries annually, in a ceremony at the White House.
If you haven’t been in the library, please come in and meet the staff and enjoy an atmosphere of learning, connecting and fun.