Gallagher named GCLD Executive Director

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Polly Gallagher was recently named as the Executive Director for the Grand County Library District.
Polly Gallagher was recently named as the Executive Director for the Grand County Library District.

Polly Gallagher was recently named as the Executive Director for the Grand County Library District.

Gallagher, the current GCLD Director of Public Services,
served as the Library’s interim co-director since March of 2018 and
will officially take the managerial reins of the library on May 1.
A press release issued by GCLD states, “Polly comes to the position with broad experience in serving our communities. As an educator, director and resident she knows Grand County well.

With a Master’s in Education, she is dedicated to the boundless opportunities our Grand County libraries provide. Recognized for her work in program innovation and development, she looks to continue Grand County Library District’s role as an accessible resource for balanced and trusted information with opportunities to support a smart, inclusive, connected community.”

Gallagher has served as an educator at the Indian Peaks Charter School and has also served as its Director. She also worked at the YMCA of the Rockies Snow Mountain Ranch where her duties included employee development, international staff and volunteer coordinator. She cites these experiences as a foundational piece for her new role as Executive Director.

She has lived in Grand County for the last two decades and has a daughter who is currently a junior at CU and a son who is an eighth grader.

“We are all avid Nordic skiers and kayakers as well as readers,” she says of her family.

Gallagher grew up in West Bloomfield where her mother was a member of the Friends of the Library. Gallagher has fond memories of annual books sales, adding videos to the library collections and biking to the library nearly daily in summer. She says, “The bumper sticker
‘Came for the Peaks. Stayed for the Libraries’ really speaks to me. I couldn’t afford to live here without our libraries both intellectually and financially.”

“I am thrilled with the opportunity and possibilities my new role
allows me to lead our libraries as a continued agent for positive change in our community,” she adds.

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