Museum to sell books to boost revenues

Queen Anne's Book Store and Gift Shop, an expansion of the shop in the Museum of Northwest Colorado at 590 Yampa Ave., is set to debut by the end of this month.

The new bookstore is a response to a $70,000 cut to the museum's 2004 budget by the Moffat County Board of County Commissioners.

The museum lost its five-person part-time staff, which Director Dan Davidson and assistant director Jan Gerber estimate is the equivalent of 1.7 full-time staff members.

Davidson said the loss put them in an "unworkable situation" for this summer.

"We needed to find a way to fund a position," Gerber said.

Gerber and Davidson hope the museum's revenue will triple with the new bookstore. They'll use the income to hire a part-time or full-time staff member.

"And also to provide a service to the community," added Gerber, noting that since the closure of On The Shelf, Craig has been short one bookstore. Because the museum bookstore didn't want to compete with On The Shelf, Gerber said the closure did influence the opening of Queen Anne's because they can offer the community a more complete bookstore.

"The people (currently) coming through the gift store are visitors looking at the museum," Davidson said. "We want to work on more of a local market."

For more information about Queen Anne's Bookstore or the Museum of Northwest Colorado, call 824-6360 or visit www.museumnwco.org.

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