I went to Steamboat Springs' Bud Werner Memorial Library on a Saturday. The place was hopping! It did my soul well to go into a library that was clearly so loved and used by its community. According to the Census, Steamboat has only a little over 12k people, but the library is large, varied and top-of-the-line. I was lucky to find a parking space.
It featured many things that other libraries only dream of having. A café, outdoor meeting areas, a large number of patron computers, a historical collection complete with microfilm reader, large table and numerous tomes, and nooks and crannies to seduce any reader to come and stay. The floor was even stylized to show topographic elevation lines. Behind a case was old skiing equipment to remind the reader just what Steamboat Springs was built on. A lovely oasis of learning amidst a part of Colorado that is somewhat devoid of population.