Craig Downtown Books co-owners Carol Jacobson and Caroline Dotson like to provide things for people they may not be able to get otherwise.
Such as book readings, poetry clubs and reader theatre.
From 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, their store at 543 Yampa Ave. will host a free reading by local poet William Stocks, who was born in Craig but hails from Dixon, Wyo.
Stocks will read from his new poetry collection, "Across the Longing Bridge."
There will be refreshments.
Stocks writes lucid poetry, which mostly deals with the area he has lived in his whole life.
Moffat County residents could get a lot out of a reading like this, Dotson said. It's a chance for people to step outside what they see everyday.
"It just brings a deeper sense of knowledge about the area," Dotson said. "There are things I like about the city, and Carol likes, that we'd like to bring here. To meet an author is a pretty cool thing."
Dotson and Jacobson expressed an anticipation that the event could springboard other locals to take their writing - and themselves - more sincerely.
"I hope a reading like this gets people to think about their own writings, and how they can use them, or publish them, or share them or whatever," Dotson said.
Readings and other events are not only for writers, Jacobson said. Her original plan when opening the store almost two years ago was to have a community event each month.
"Just something to promote language, literacy and the love of books," she said.
She regrets not being able to have an event each month, she added.
Jacobson does, however, have monthly meetings with two town poetry clubs.
In those groups, everyone reads their own work and writers are able to share ideas, questions and comments. Jacobson would like to help all writers advance their work and take more joy in their work by culturing a writing community.
"It's a very lonely thing to write," Jacobson said. "By the very nature of the word, you're writing, not talking, not being out with lots of people. You're probably sitting alone in a room, writing in a notebook with your fingerless gloves on, working in candlelight.
"I don't know, conjuring images of Dickens there, but you get the point."
If there is enough interest, Jacobson would consider starting some classes, she said. One would be for any kind of writing, from fiction to essays to newspaper writing to poetry.
The other class would look at how writers can find outlets to publish their work, such as which literary journals to send manuscripts to and how to approach them.
By early next year, Jacobson hopes to have another reading, possibly a presentation by a Colorado photographer, such as Jim Keen or John Fielder.
People may contact Downtown Books at 824-5343 for more information.