2008

2008

New library patrons: 24,905
Total number of Library Patrons: 173,660
Number of Items checked out: 7,196,027
Number of reference questions answered: 351,172
Number of items in our collection: 721,267
Total Attendance at Programs & Events: 178,867
Volunteer hours: 24,265

 

The Public Service Announcement "Discover Your Library", produced by Douglas County Libraries and The Network DC, wins two Emmys at the 22nd Annual Heartland Regional Emmy Awards & Silver Circle Presentations. “Discover Your Library” wins in categories for Community/Public Service (PSA) – Single Spot, and Short Form Editor.

Douglas County Libraries, in partnership with the Douglas County School District, offers the first GED testing opportunities in the county. By the end of the year, 73 students had passed the GED.

Douglas County Libraries hosts the first Douglas County-wide Literacy Summit to develop a network of literacy providers and programs, and create a steering committee of community members. Its goal is to make Douglas County a hub for lifelong learning and literacy.

Author Dave Barry headlines the first Author Extravaganza Signature Event. “An Evening with Dave Barry” is part of the Author Extravaganza: a group of events highlighting writers and their craft, which include the Castle Rock Writers Conference and “Getting it Down - A Workshop for Writers.”

In the 2008 Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings, Douglas County Libraries moves from seventh to fourth place nationwide among libraries serving populations of 100,000 to 250,000. The ratings are based on statistics collected from nearly 9,000 public libraries measuring 15 factors.

Rochelle Logan, the Associate Director of Research and Collections for Douglas County Libraries is elected to be the new President-Elect for the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL).

The library district’s request for a mill levy increase is defeated by 140,656 votes in the November 2008 election.  This happens as the nation heads into a recession. Douglas County Libraries launches Biz Info: Build Your Business Here, a new reference service for entrepreneurs and small businesses.