about foxtail books

We connect people with books.

Drawing on years of experience, relationships and knowledge of the book industry, we curate and manage collections old and new.

We work with collectors, designers and those who love books to create personal libraries that inspire and that stir curiosity.

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About Christy Smirl

Since receiving her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science, founder Christy Shannon Smirl has worked in academic, private and public libraries.  This profession draws on order, systems and knowledge -- all things that resonate with any librarian. Yet Christy found that one cannot be surrounded by books without also measuring pattern, color and voice from each shelf.  The weightiest of tomes become art pieces when placed in a certain context.

Graduate of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar, 2018.

Master of Library and Information Science with honors, University of Denver, 2006.

Board of Directors: Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum

Volunteer: National Museum of Wildlife Art


Christy and her team bring a designer’s eye to the classic traditions of librarian and bookseller.  We meld artistry and symmetry to form collections that are sophisticated and timeless. The books on your shelves say who you are.  Speak to aesthetic taste, intellect and interests. Let us help you tell your best story through your collection.

Contact us to talk about how we can transform your current library or build the collection of your dreams.  


News & Praise

We are absolutely delighted with how our library turned out! We wanted to fill out our collection with a variety of books on specific topics, from different periods - and we had no idea how to find them all. We know books, and we are organized people, but we had no idea how to organize our books in a proper library.

Christy made the entire process very easy. She listened carefully to what we were trying to achieve, prepared a very organized approach for our consideration, and then put it all together. The whole process was easy for us, and resulted in a library that our family loves.
— Peter Regan, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Meeting Christy was a life-saver when I needed my life long collection of 1,200 cookbooks organized and displayed. Her professional advice and expertise during the project helped create an accessible and aesthetically beautiful presentation of my collection. After thoughtful organization, cataloging, and a few replacements, my cookbook collection became a manageable and integral part of my daily life. I am forever grateful for the direction and guidance provided by Foxtail Books.
— Jacqueline Goldstein, Jackson Hole

We absolutely loved partnering with Foxtail Books to re-imagine our Designer Library. Christy took a decade’s worth of books, auction catalogs and magazines, and transformed them into accessible resource for our Design Team. Her presentation was exceptional and made our library a true reflection of the WRJ aesthetic.
— Lily Lanahan, WRJ Design
Christy’s love of books matched with her creative taste transformed my bookshelf from a wall of randomness to a work of art.
— Leah Chase, Wilson, Wyoming

Christy curated a home library for us that is both eclectic and distinguished. There are classics I’ve always wanted to read interspersed with new, intriguing titles that suit our reading tastes.

But beyond the titles, her sense of style gave my library the look and feel I’ve always wanted - an inviting, stimulating space in my home that I can escape to.
— Kenny Hadden, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

The quality, depth and breadth of Teton County Library’s collection under Christy’s direction was simply excellent. The collection is the heart of the library. Thanks to Christy’s expertise, the community has access to a world-class selection of literature, popular materials, films, and music. And that makes for a world-class library.
— Valerie Maginnis, Library Director, Teton County Library