Temporary home needed for 30,000 books

Feb. 20, 2012 at 4:29 PM

DENVER, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- A Denver couple preparing to move from their rented home said they are trying to find a temporary abode for the 30,000-book "library" in their basement.

Jeffrey Lee and Ann Martin said they just don't have enough room in their new home right now to keep their collection of books about "the land and people's connection to the land," which they call the Rocky Mountain Land Library.

The couple said they would only need temporary storage for the thousands of books until they can complete their planned restoration of a ranch house in the Buffalo Peaks wilderness, The Denver Post reported Monday.

John Calderazzo, who sits on the board for the non-profit Rocky Mountain Land Library, said the books represent "the best nature library I know of anywhere."

"There are so many beautiful books. Piles and piles and piles," he said. "There's a thin line between collecting and hoarding."

He pleaded for the public to help the Martins find a temporary home for the books, which fill about 600 boxes.

"Help us, please," Calderazzo said. "This is really a wonderful resource. And they're great people."

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