Years ago, I was working my very first job as a professional librarian. I was an Assistant Professor at Illinois State University. Among my responsibilities was to work the general reference desk, not too far from the main entrance to the library.
Lately, everywhere I go in Castle Rock, people ask me the same two questions.
The first one is, "What's holding up the roof on the new library?"
The new library, a former Safeway building on Castle Rock's Wilcox Street, is indeed startling from the street. The building used to be a large, dark box - the classic big box construction, where "classic" here means "tilt up concrete."
The story will break your heart.
Told in his own words, the tale of Tony Godby Johnson is appalling. He was beaten and starved by his parents. When he was very young, his parents loaned him to a gay adult who "had his way with him sexually."
By the age of 11, Tony was at the end of his rope. He called a suicide prevention hotline.
The new phone books are out AND ... the listings for the library are wrong.
Well, not completely. But despite our best efforts, year after year, we have yet to get it all to come out the way we've asked for.
Yes, we do give Qwest the exact information we want to be displayed. But somehow, by the time it hits the four phone books that serve the county (Denver, Highlands Ranch, South Jeffco and Castle Rock/Parker), that information has morphed in four different directions.