The Day The Books Took A Hike- Ken Bailey
THE DAY THE BOOKS TOOK A HIKE. The late Lillian Bailey was one of the people present with a shovel the day ground was broken for the "new" (i.e., the present) Rangely Library. The date was December 21st, 1970. With her was Mary Wilkins (wife of local Episcopal Rector Leon Wilkins and also the famous children's author Mary Calhoun, her professional name) and Lillie Stockman (who had earlier at the Checkout Desk introduced me to Johnny Cash records in the "old" Rangely Library, a storefront building east of here on Main Street near the Exchange.
Lillian had a lifelong love of books and reading. She retained a friendship with Mary Calhoun Wilkins for years after this photo, all the way to the latter's death a year or so ago. Now Lillian also "belongs to the ages."
But the books live on... a bit further west on Main Street than in our day, but Rangely has a fine Library to this day.
Thanks to those who provided me with this historic photograph -- I remember seeing it in the Times, back in 1970!