In general, they appeared on the dates shown in various Colorado Community Newspapers.
Every now and then, I think it prudent to let the readers of this column know what the library is and what it stands for.
The Douglas County Libraries is an independent library district, established by the voters of Douglas County in 1990. Its boundaries are identical to those of the county itself. The vast majority of library funding comes from a property tax (of four mills per year), also established by county voters. In 2008, annual library revenues will be just over $21 million.
Here's another wonderful literate essay from one of our patrons. Enjoy! By Lisa Hardman, a Highlands Ranch Library patron
No Holds Barred: Lifelong Learning, the Library, and Me
As a weekly patron at the Highlands Ranch Library for the past twelve years, I find myself circling back through its doors again and again like a homing pigeon returning to its loft. Searching the stacks for solutions is a hobby of mine—my approach to navigating through life’s particular challenges and changing situations.
$1 Invested Yields $5 Return
It starts long before the library opens.
At some of our libraries, patrons can be found in our parking lots at 7:30 in the morning. Why? To "park" on our free public wifi.
The doors open at 9 a.m. Always, there's a line.
Some race to the Internet computers. Others head to the newspapers, hold shelves, or reference desk.
By 10 o'clock, we get the storytime surge: moms and kids.
By 11:30, the lunch crowd starts to arrive. People race in to grab their books from the hold shelves. Other people browse, or sit and read.
Who Endorses the Library?
I was at at a restaurant recently, where I was approached by a young father who had something he wanted to tell me.
He had three children, ages 9, 7, and 4. One Saturday, he gave them a choice. They could do anything they wanted: go to a movie, go for a mountain hike, eat out, or -- but then they stopped him.
"No, dad!" they said. "We want to go to the library!"
He shook his head, then grinned. "It's their favorite place."
Shall Library Funding be Increased?
Imagine that you run a business, and that you're doing very well. By every measure that matters, the demand for your services is on the rise. In fact, over the past five years, it's up by124 percent.
Not only that, your market share is growing. Eighty percent of the households in your target area are solid customers.
This week's column comes from a Highlands Ranch resident who discovered a surprising secret: some of the best writing we've got is in the children's room. By Manijeh Badiozamani, Ph.D., a Highlands Ranch Library patron
My Turn to Share My Story
The Wisdom of Crowds
In 2004, James Surowiecki wrote a book called "The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations."
The basic idea is this: if you quickly poll a bunch of people about what they think is true, the mean of their guesses is usually close to right. Surowiecki marshaled a lot of evidence to prove the point.
I'm writing this on November 1, five days (at least) before I'll know the results of our mill levy question. But the column will run after election day.
So although I don't know how it all comes out, I'd like to take the occasion to express my profound gratitude to the many people who assisted in the campaign.
This month's guest column is from the ever bubbly Vonja Hunt, of Lone Tree.
Perspectives on a Library
By Vonja Hunt, Neighborhood Library at Lone Tree patron
Li-bary (pronunciation as a child).
No matter how you cut it or say it, libraries today are definitely an inviting necessity in our lives. And inviting they are! A far cry from the dismal drear of the ‘60’s library that shaped my world.
Jamie LaRue is on vacation this week. Instead, here is a column from our newest member of our citizen Board of Trustees.
First Impressions: It’s All About The People…
by Barbara Dash, Library Trustee