By the Numbers
New library patrons: 18,247
Items in our collection: 680,000
Items checked out: 8,092,024
Library visits: 1,938,982
Reference questions answered: 265,616
Attendance at programs & events: 236,764
eBooks, eAudio books and music downloaded: 590,733
Children who attended storytime: 110,190
Website page views: 3,373,728
Online database searches: 307,918
Volunteer hours: 33,772

Our Product
January marked the first district wide 5S Project. Each branch did a major “clean sweep” of all its non-public areas, including lounges, offices, workrooms, etc.

In October, DCL launched The Wire, a blog that is a resource for writers. In December, we launched Calamity Jane’s Curiosities, a blog column that includes book and DVD recommendations, craft ideas and snack recipes for kids.

DCL assisted in the November 2013 launch of Volunteer Connect Douglas County, an online portal to match volunteers and organizations and increase volunteerism in Douglas County.

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) gave Douglas County Libraries and our partner, Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) a grant of $209,460 for our project proposal, “eVoke 2.0: Colorado Statewide eBook Pilot Project.” The goal of the project was to develop an end-to-end cloud e-content infrastructure that can provide content purchasing and lending capabilities to all Colorado libraries.

Our Programs
Douglas County Libraries hosted a number of events throughout 2013. 3,342 people attended adult programs; 1,007 attended teens programs; 20,559 attended children’s programs.

Battle of the Books, our annual literary competition for grade schoolers, attracted 10,352 people.

Our annual Page to Stage production was Aesop’s Fables. The troupe performed 35 times.

There were 23,875 participants in the summer reading programs; the year’s theme was Dig Into Reading.

Cuddle Up and Read Program distributed approximately 3,896 packets to new moms at Sky Ridge, Castle Rock Adventist, Tri-County Health and Parker Hospitals.

DCL started handing out Early Literacy Activity cards to Storytime attendees and the community in May 2013.

Project Live! had an incredible year, putting on four off-site events in 2013:

Night Out with Jennifer Weiner at the Highlands Ranch Mansion had 273 attendees

May the Fourth be With You (a Star Wars themed event featuring pop-up book writer and illustrator Matthew Reinhart) had 1,324 attendees at the Douglas County Fairgrounds

Laurie Berkner concert at the Civic Green Park attracted 1,500 attendees

Books, Bites and Brews (a beer fest and cooking event featuring bestselling author Amy Stewart of Drunken Botanist fame and a variety of local cookbook authors) had 260 attendees at CIELO at Castle Pines.

In addition to the authors above, fifteen authors visited branches including: B.A. Shapiro, Deborah Coonts, Nicholas Carr, Dan Hampton, C.J. Box, Diane Mott Davidson, Francine Mathews and several award-winning YA authors.

We started holding Local Author Showcases, a program that showcases local authors and their works. We had five Local Author Showcases with 51 authors.

The library started its first video chats with authors Rilla Askew and Rachel Joyce.

Douglas County Libraries gave out 3,254 Adventure Passes to patrons. The passes allow access to the Plains Conservation Center, Dinosaur Ridge, Butterfly Pavilion, and History Colorado Center.

Douglas County Libraries helped 197 students pass the GED and 1 person become a US Citizen.

James H. LaRue/Highlands Ranch branch started its first Teen Library Council in January 2013.

James H. LaRue/Highlands Ranch branch hosted its first International Games Day, an ALA sponsored event, where board games were played in the lobby.

Philip S. Miller/Castle Rock branch hosted Artfest in its parking lot for the sixth year.

In April 2013, DCL recognizes its volunteers during National Volunteer Appreciation Week at an event at the Wildlife Experience.

DCL held its first President’s Volunteer Service Award event to recognize the 88 DCL volunteers who received this prestigious national award in July 2013.

We ended the year with 3,190 Facebook fans and 2,433 Twitter fans. DCL also relaunched its main blog, which offers daily book reviews, program recaps and fun activities for kids.

Our Places
At the December board meeting, our trustees passed a resolution to honor longtime library director Jamie LaRue, by renaming the Highlands Ranch branch the James H. LaRue branch.

Philip S. Miller/Castle Rock branch received several renovations. The branch now has a new public meeting room, cozy boutique area, smaller information desk and café style seating for laptops. The engine room was also remodeled.

Philip S. Miller/Castle Rock branch celebrated its 10 year anniversary at the Wilcox Street location.

The Castle Pines branch participated in Oktoberfest, Run Wild and the Chamber’s Annual Golf Tournament.

Our People
Library Director Jamie LaRue retired after 23 years of service as library director at Douglas County Libraries.

Cherie Ellingson, Branch Program Liaison for the Castle Pines and Lone Tree branches, was elected to the Castle Pines Chamber Board of Directors, where she serves as secretary.

Jane Smith, Adult Services Department Head, Philip S. Miller/Castle Rock branch, Missy Shock, Training Manager, Human Resources, and Jon Solomon, ILS Administrator, Information Technology served as mentors or trainers for the Colorado State Library’s iLead program.Kyra Hahn, Castle Pines branch Librarian, won Castle Pines Chamber Ambassador of the Year award.

Rebecca Spilver, Roxborough branch Librarian, was elected Secretary/Historian for the Roxborough Business Association.

In October 2013, longtime James H. LaRue/Highlands Ranch branch and Book Start volunteer Larry Shriner received the Colorado Association of Libraries “Volunteer of the Year” award.