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Old 07-31-2010, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Norman, OK
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Hello,
I am a recent MLIS (Master's of Library and Information Studies) graduate from OU and would LOVE to leave OK and move to CO.
I have an 8yr old son and am a single mother.

Can anyone tell me whether Canon City is a good place to raise a child and what the schools are like. Also, what is a good salary to have in order to live comfortably (Im talking being able to have a decent house, pay bills, feed ourselves, etc....I dont need anything fancy)? Also, I get about $600/month in child support.

If there is anyone who has lived in Norman, OK and now lives in/near Canon City..your input would be especially appreciated.

Thanks so much!
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Old 07-31-2010, 09:34 AM
 
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All I can say is this: I have a friend who has the exact same degree as yours (with honors) and has been trying to get a job in Colorado for over 2 years. This individual is a Colorado native and has numerous professional connections in the public library systems, plus years of work experience in the library system.

Also, if the Amendments on this fall's Colorado ballot pass, literally dozens of Colorado public libraries will likely be closing due to lack of funding.

You couldn't have picked a worse time to try to ply the library trade in Colorado. Want to live in Cañon City and make a livable wage? Retrain as a prison corrections officer.
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Old 07-31-2010, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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You couldn't have picked a worse time to try to ply the library trade in Colorado. Want to live in Cañon City and make a livable wage? Retrain as a prison corrections officer.
Best of both worlds - how about a prison librarian?
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Old 07-31-2010, 11:47 AM
 
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Best of both worlds - how about a prison librarian?
A lady I knew did that for awhile. She called it "interesting." She thought it strange when she was hired that she was issued a two-way radio to carry on her hip at all times when she was working. After she was trained and then put on the "floor" to work, she understood why. Not your average library . . .
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Old 07-31-2010, 11:48 AM
 
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Denver and other cities along the Front Range have fine library systems. The many colleges and universities in the same area have extensive holdings as well. All of these areas have good schools, are fine places to raise a child and are relatively affordable.

Canon City seems one of lesser locales for opportunities in your field.
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Old 07-31-2010, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Canon City, Colorado
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Florence (which is right next to Canon City) is looking for a Assistant Director/Program Coordinator at their Fremont County Library.
30 hours per week. www.florencecolibrary.com
Health insurance after 90 days.
It's in the Daily Record which is the newspaper here in Canon City.
Worth a looksee!
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Old 07-31-2010, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Hello,
I am a recent MLIS (Master's of Library and Information Studies) graduate from OU and would LOVE to leave OK and move to CO.
I have an 8yr old son and am a single mother.

Can anyone tell me whether Canon City is a good place to raise a child and what the schools are like. Also, what is a good salary to have in order to live comfortably (Im talking being able to have a decent house, pay bills, feed ourselves, etc....I dont need anything fancy)? Also, I get about $600/month in child support.

If there is anyone who has lived in Norman, OK and now lives in/near Canon City..your input would be especially appreciated.

Thanks so much!
Hi OKSunny,
Yes, as SheridanL pointed out, there is a job open at the Florence Library - just 5 mins down the road from Canon City - here are the details as posted in the Canon City Daily Record:
The John C.
Fremont Library
in Florence, Colorado is hiring an Assistant Director/ Program Coordinator.
Position is 30 hours per. week at 12.50/hr., & health insurance after 90 days. Please see complete job
description at colibrary.org.
E-mail letter of interest and resume to
Diretor@florence
colibrary.org
by
August 20th, 2010 by 5:00 p.m. no phone calls please

(Hope that doesn't infringe on any copyright laws!)

In addition, I often see ads for librarian positions at the state and federal prisons here around Canon City.

$12.50 an hour would be a decent salary to live on in Canon City - especially if you are also receiving $600 /month in child support. You could very well afford rent for a nice 1-2 bedroom apartment. Or even buy a little house for you and your son for under $100,000.

I have young children and Canon City is a wonderful place to raise children. There are plenty of sports & recreational activities, swimming pools, kids clubs, 4-H, child development specialists, mother's support groups, etc. and the schools are very good and safe.

I have a friend whose husband is from Norman OK and they have young children - they live about ten miles southeast of Canon City. They love it here.

Let me know if you have any more questions about raising kids in Canon City.
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:12 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Well, at 30 hrs a week, $12.50/hr is $19,500/yr, $1625/mo, or $375/wk. Only you can decide if that's enough to live on.
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Old 08-04-2010, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Deer Creek/Edmond, OKla
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I would LOVE to leave OK and move to CO.
Are you sure? Aren't these 100*+ days nice? Why would you ever want to leave that?

Actually my father is going the opposite direction. He is trying to get out of Pagosa Springs, CO and move to Edmond, OK. Due to cost of living and family being here. As he says he is going from Heaven... to Hell.

Good luck....
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Old 08-05-2010, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Del Norte NM
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Here's a suggestion; TX has good opportunities for librarians the last time I checked. Good pay. Check out Lubbock, Midland or Odessa. One of my cousins in OKC is checking this route out. I know those these places aren't in Colorado but the competition for jobs isn't as fierce and they are really good places to raise and educate children. CO has a surplus of talent. That's why Florence can get someone basically 3/4 time for so little. Everyone wants to move to Colorado and Canon City seems to be a destination for a lot of people more and more.
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