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The story of us -- the Goshen County Library

The Goshen County Library is an intergenerational community hub offering many experiences, services, and materials that seek to enrich and positively impact all community members.

In 1921, interested and civic-minded citizens of Goshen County laid the groundwork for such a library in Goshen County. On November 14, 1922, the Goshen County Library Board was incorporated under the laws of Wyoming. The first book collection was a community-driven effort where citizens of Goshen County donated their books to establish a library for the whole community. This community-driven focus continues to be the heart of our organization 100 years later: to partner with the community to meet the needs of our community. For the last 100 years, the Goshen County Library has been a hub for the growing rural and agricultural community, existing in four locations, moving from a shared space in the high school to its current location, a remodeled mid-century grocery store.

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Our library is a community builder.
  • Our GoCo2Go grew out of community need. We are a locally responsive and flexible community center.
  • In our library, people find each other. New moms at story time, elderly people facing difficult life transitions, teens meeting after school.
    Our library staff knows the community firsthand. They interact with patrons from all across the county daily.
  • The building communicates our underlying values: the library, information, and shared community space matter.
  • Our library provides essential business resources, including technology and video-conferencing capabilities.
Our library is a community center for diverse populations.
  • We ensure that non-English speakers see themselves represented. We have a collection of bilingual books.
  • Our library is a place where various points of view are valued, and local artists are welcome. We provide free classes to encourage “creative aging,”
  • Our library is an “equalizer;” access is open to all, not just those who can afford it. Library events are free of charge, and books allow people to explore their worlds.
Our library serves as a “people’s university.”
  • We provide information and educational opportunities through book talks.
  • We provide remote access to materials through virtual story time, Libby, and our Inter-Library Loan services.
  • Patrons use our library to gain knowledge and create new and independent works.
Our library is a champion of youth.
  • Our library provides space for people who want to learn how to edit webpages, set up blogs and podcasts, and much more.
  • The summer reading program, middle school book groups, and story time help bridge the economic divide that impacts students’ academic performance.
  • Through library programs, collections, and physical spaces, children learn to share, to be engaged in their communities, to participate in the arts, and to explore their immediate world and the world at large.

Board Meeting Schedule

The Goshen County Library Board of Directors meets every second Wednesday of each month at 11:15 a.m. in the Library Foundation Activity Center, 2017 East A St., Torrington. Please contact Cristine at the Library, 532-3411 for more information.

  • October 18, 2023, 11:15 a.m.
  • November 8, 2023, 11:15 a.m.
  • December 13, 2023, 11:15 a.m.
  • January 10, 2022, 11:15 a.m.
  • February 14, 2023, 11:15 a.m.
  • March 13, 2023, 11:15 a.m.
  • April 10, 2023, 11:15 a.m.
  • May 15, 2023, 11:15 a.m.
  • June 11, 2023, 11:15 a.m.
  • July, 2023, TBA

Our Values:

We strive to provide:

Customer Focused

Our users are not only our customers; they are the reason the library exists. We provide quality service and treat all users fairly, equally, and respectfully. Services are provided in a non-judgmental manner that is sensitive to and supportive of human differences.

Staff Excellence

Our employees and volunteers are valued as individuals and for their essential contributions to the organization. An open exchange of ideas is encouraged throughout the system. We nurture our talents and each other.

Organizational Growth and Innovation

We are a learning organization that is responsive to community needs. We constantly reassess our services and methods and try to see ourselves through the public's eyes. We maintain integrity and high standards in our work and provide access to all individuals.

Vision:

We strive to provide:
  • A welcoming and lively center with valued and used services by people of all ages, backgrounds, belief systems, and experiences.
  • A well-trained and highly capable staff that works to provide quality service to all users.
  • Appropriate facilities that are inviting and well-maintained.
  • Timely, accurate, and credible information, technology, collections, and services relevant to community needs are accessible and user-friendly.
  • Intellectual freedom and the confidentiality of each individual’s use of the library.
  • A close working relationship with other libraries, community agencies, and organizations that foster cooperation.
  • An environment that fosters the love of literature from early childhood throughout adulthood. The most efficient and effective use of the taxpayer’s resources.

Library Director

Cristine Braddy

Director

Library Board

Ellen Creagar

Board Chair

Dee Ludwig

Vice-Chair

Michel Traher

Treasurer

Larissa Felipe

Secretary

Katherine Hawes