Location: Estes Park, Colorado
Claudine has been a part of Colorado libraries for 20 years and director of the Estes Valley Public Library since 2005. Before moving to Estes Park, she was a college reference librarian, suburban branch manager, and rural high school media specialist. Claudine grew up in Miami, Florida, but was a lucky scholarship kid and attended a peace-based summer camp in the mountains of New England, which changed her life and worldview. So, longing for life on a woodsy dirt road she headed 'out West.' Claudine spent early pre-library summers as a Colorado Outward Bound Instructor, and upon visiting Rocky Mountain National Park for the first time said, "This is the place." After graduate school, she made her Colorado move and has been a grateful mountain village librarian ever since. Claudine enjoys volunteer activities that make civic, youth and outdoor connections. She begins serving on the Conservancy board in 2022.