Basalt’s natural gathering place |

Basalt’s natural gathering place

Dear Editor:

After losing our beloved bookstore and seeing local businesses and families struggle to get by, the opening of the new library in Basalt feels nothing short of a small miracle.

It is a glorious building that manages to feel both welcoming and exhilarating, that takes seriously the needs and sensibilities of children and grown-ups alike, and that through its views has created the first public space to do justice to Basalt’s namesake mountain and defining river. Open for just a few days, it already feels like our natural gathering place.

I am deeply grateful to the volunteer board, the architects, the voters, and everyone who made possible this place that encourages and embodies community at a time when we need it most; that offers quiet spaces for reading, reflection, and the solace of our natural surroundings; and that in a year of too few success stories offers hope. Thank you!

Karin Teague


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