Ellery and Sally E. McClintock Permanent Book Fund

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ellery and Sally McClintock attended the Libraries of Montrose County Foundation concert with Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai last summer.  During the introduction, the Foundation’s president, Doug Kiesewetter, described how to create a Permanent Book Fund, and Ellery and Sally turned to each other and said, “We should do that.”  Thus was born the Ellery and Sally E. McClintock Permanent Book Fund, to provide books for the Montrose Regional Library.  They checked the box that reads, “Use our fund where it’s needed most,” and they are creating their fund with five payments of $500 over five years.

This is the McClintocks’ fourth summer in Montrose.  Their permanent base is Atlanta, Georgia, but Sally’s family has a little miner’s cabin in Ouray and some land on Lake Lenore outside of Ouray, and she has been coming to western Colorado for decades.  Sally and Ellery wanted to escape the Atlanta heat, but the Ouray properties weren’t available for the entire summer, so they bought a cute little house in downtown Montrose and one of the first places that they visited was the Montrose Regional Library.  They both described how welcoming the Library was, and they were grateful for the wireless Internet and access to books.

Reading has been a big part of both of their lives.  Sally grew up in Gainesville, Florida.  Her father was a professor and her mother was active in the League of Women Voters, and their house was full of books.  However, Sally admits that she was into athletics and cheerleading in high school and didn’t become a reader until she was in her twenties.  At first, she read a lot of fiction, but then she turned her attention to non-fiction.  Some of her favorites are In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick, The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell by Mark Kurlansky, and the books of Doris Kearns Goodwin.  She cited Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky as a favorite fiction work.

Not surprisingly, Sally taught reading to elementary school students.  And also not surprisingly, Ellery was a high school English teacher.  He began life in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  His father was an attorney and his house also was filled with books.  He recalls being in first grade and reading the textbooks of an aunt who was a teacher, and he cites these textbooks as what got him hooked on reading.  Ellery has a Masters degree in Philosophy and a PhD in English (he wrote his theses on the translation theory of Beowulf).  He went on to teach English at Clayton State College.  His tastes tend toward thrillers, and he lists Tom Clancey, Tony Hillerman, and P.D. James as some favorite authors.