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March 7, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm MST

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In Fall of 2021 Lake County Public Library received a $25,000 grant from Colorado Housing and Finance Authority to start a tool library. The grant application was completed in partnership with Lake County Build a Generation.

In this session, we will discuss tool selection, tool purchasing, marketing, and the all-important policies and procedures. Additionally, as a Marmot library, we will discuss cataloging, the Booking Module in Sierra and how it functions in Pika.

This grant was a particularly good fit for our library because there are many older homes in our community in need of repair. In Leadville, 61 percent of housing units were built before 1940, and only 13 percent of homes have been built since 1980. Further, the median income is significantly lower than the state average. Therefore, this collection of tools is intended to bridge the need for those who cannot afford traditional repair options.

About the presenters

Brena SmithBrena Smith has been the director of Lake County Public Library since January 2018. My background is in academic libraries, but my heart has settled quite nicely into working in a public library. Being in a small community has allowed me to position the library to be a community partner that collaborates on fun and interesting projects!





Jeff Owsley headshotJeff Owsley is the Community Relationship Manager for CHFA (Colorado Housing and Finance Authority) in South Central Colorado assisting 9 counties with affordable housing and economic development. Prior to working with CHFA, Jeff was Director of the Small Business Development Center for the San Luis Valley and has other business and nonprofit management experience in Colorado Springs, Dallas, Austria and Albania, before returning to his six generation ancestral home of Alamosa in the San Luis Valley.


Kristy Galarza headshot

Kristi Galarza is a community organizer for affordable housing at Lake County Build a Generation. She facilitates multiple groups of community members to make the policy changes that support building more housing.




March 7, 2023
11:00 am - 12:00 pm MST