Douglas County Libraries recently donated nine pairs of gently used snowshoes for men, women and children to Project Sanctuary, a Colorado-based nonprofit that focuses on supporting military families through therapeutic programs that address the mental health of the entire military family, not just the soldier returning from service.
The donation will allow Project Sanctuary to provide assessment and intervention programming, a six-day therapeutic outdoor retreat, and customized follow-up services for at least two years for the families it serves.
DCL Collection Development Librarian Andrea Wyant says, “I have always been impressed with [Project Sanctuary’s] commitment to the military families it serves, and I knew that the snowshoes would get good use in the mountains.”
The donated snowshoes were part of DCL’s eclectic collection of nontraditional items, things you wouldn’t normally think of checking out from the library. That list of items now includes sewing machines, ukuleles, drawing tools, microscopes and more. All you need to try them out is your library card and a sense of adventure.