The Day The Books Took A Hike- Ken Bailey

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The caption for the newspaper photograph reads, "The official Ground Breaking for the new Rangely Public Library took place at the site - Jones and Main Streets, on Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. Present for the ceremonies were contractor Bill Tidwell, Cecil Lollar, Library Board attorney, Mrs. Lillie Stockman, librarian, Mrs. Leon Wilkins, Board President, and Mrs. Kenneth Bailey, Board Secretary. The board would like some help from anyone interested in gathering native stone for the interior stone work. Those interested who would like to help with this worthwhile project should contact George Pidcock, or Mrs. Stockman at the Library. The new library should be completed by late April or early May of this year."

The caption for the newspaper photograph reads, "The official Ground Breaking for the new Rangely Public Library took place at the site - Jones and Main Streets, on Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. Present for the ceremonies were contractor Bill Tidwell, Cecil Lollar, Library Board attorney, Mrs. Lillie Stockman, librarian, Mrs. Leon Wilkins, Board President, and Mrs. Kenneth Bailey, Board Secretary. The board would like some help from anyone interested in gathering native stone for the interior stone work. Those interested who would like to help with this worthwhile project should contact George Pidcock, or Mrs. Stockman at the Library. The new library should be completed by late April or early May of this year."

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!