To celebrate the founding of the Community Library, we have coffee and cookies for you at the library. Fifty eight years is a long time in Ketchum years–in 1954 only Main Street was paved, the McCarthy hearings were in full swing, and Ernest Hemingway won the Nobel Prize. From the Library’s beginning in a miners shack, where the Gold Mine Thrift Store banked it’s first sale it took only two years for the Founders to break ground and build the Library, on time, under budget, and in the black. Check out our display of memorable regional history photos, on special sale for the event, 70% off!
Our circulation librarians also celebrated our Founding this week with an impromptu award for one of our steadiest and most eclectic patrons, Betty Bell, who has been borrowing tomes from the library since it’s inception. Over the last ten years alone, Betty has borrowed over 4,000 volumes from The Community Library. Daughter Andy and granddaughter Ebi are following in her footsteps, and helped us determine the appropriate milestone marker–a buffalo roast from Wild Idea Buffalo Company. Betty had run across the story of Wild Idea in…a book. We are now reordering a copy of Buffalo for the Broken Heart: Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch by Dan O’Brien, because ours wandered astray since it’s publication ten years ago. Dan O’Brien is a very well respected author of both fiction and nonfiction western writings, and is a pioneer in sustainable ranching practices.
Betty Bell is also an author, and many will remember her column in the local papers, Small Potatoes, which introduced many of us to sustainable and green practices way ahead of the curve. We have Betty’s Sun Valley Tour guides still in circulation at the library–they never go out of style. The Small Potatoes columns can be found in our local newspaper archives in the Regional History Library. Thank you, Betty, Andy and Ebi for your many contributions to the Community Library!