Nancy Landau | President
I've always loved reading. Growing up, my siblings and I were allowed to check out as many library books as we could carry, and we did! I started buying my own books early on, and I remember setting up a “lending library” on my front porch in 3rd grade.
Why am I not a librarian?? There was that National Outdoor Leadership School course in the Wind Rivers, geography at the University of Houston, foreign travel, creating Leisure Learning classes, 18 years of Remarkable Journeys with my small-group adventure travel company...
I was always a reader, though, and I never met a book sale I didn’t like. So when I got to Telluride, I volunteered to help Friends of the Library with their book sale set-up. Many times. Now I’m on the Board of the Friends of the best library I've ever encountered. It’s a real 5-star experience!
Carol Morgenstern | Secretary
I still have memories of being read to as a child and how that experience helped me foster a love of reading. Growing up in New York City, I could walk to the local libraries, and by age 12 could take the subway to the magnificent 42nd street library in Manhattan.
When my children were young, we read together constantly, and our weekly visits to the library to bring home a shopping bag of books was a ritual. Working in oncology, most of my daily reading was in professional journals, and any reading for pleasure was seen as a special treat.
I was lucky enough to be able to retire to Telluride in June of 2014 and immediately fell in love with the extraordinary library. To my friends in New York who wondered how I would manage the long winters, I responded: READ! I was introduced to the wonderful work of the Friends of the Library when I participated in getting The Little Library in Placerville started in honor of a wonderful man, Hart Gleason.
I believe the Friends of the Library play an essential role in supporting the library’s ability to respond to the community’s needs both with capital goods and programming. Since I believe that retirement is a time to give back to one’s community, this is a perfect fit for me.
Lynne Beck | Treasurer
My husband and I retired to Telluride in 2015 from Little Rock, Arkansas. I have spent my whole life in libraries of one kind or another. As an elementary student living in a small rural town in Arkansas, I was given permission by my parents to walk to the public library at recess and check out as many books as I could comfortably carry. This was before Arkansas’s educational standards were changed to require a full time school librarian in every school with a student population of 350.
Classroom teachers in Arkansas become school librarians after teaching for a couple of years and obtaining a master’s degree. So, after teaching 7th grade English and obtaining the credentials I began my career as a school librarian where I worked in all grade levels before becoming the supervisor of 37 school libraries in a large suburban district in central Arkansas. During this part of my career, I obtained a doctorate and started work as a part time adjunct instructor at one of the universities which trained classroom teachers to become school librarians.
I retired from school librarianship 10 years ago and then had the opportunity to accept the position as the K-12 education coordinator for the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, which is a division of the Central Arkansas Library System. Arkansas educators are required to obtain professional development in the utilization of Arkansas history related resources. The Butler Center has an increasing amount of digital resources, including the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. I developed online lesson plans and conducted professional development on how to utilize these digital resources as well as books published by the Butler Center.
I visited Telluride for the first time five years ago and when I toured the Wilkinson Public Library, I realized that I could be a part of this community and continue to be involved in libraries as a retiree.