1980 - 1989

1980

Pinery Home Tour to benefit library held in May. Philip S. Miller donates $25,000 to library. In June, Library Board announces plans to rename Castle Rock Library after Philip S. Miller. Formal dedication on Aug. 9, 1980.

1981

Planning begins for permanent library in Parker. In the meantime, the Parker Library expands to 3300 sq. ft. of space in the Parker Plaza on Highway 83.

1983

Discussions begin on need for new library in Castle Rock. Agreement on use of shared public/school library at Northridge Elementary School, 555 Southpark Rd., Highlands Ranch. Library receives $2000 from Mission Viejo Company.

1984

Fundraising begins for permanent Parker Library. Bob Fox organizes play "Anything Goes" with tickets at $10 each. Centennial Library at Acres Green closes (to make way for C-470). For the first time, children’s easy books are labeled on spines. Old paperback books are given to Douglas County jail for inmates to read. In June, the search for possible library sites in Highlands Ranch begins. The Philip S. Miller Library checks out 67,383 items during 1984.

1985

Federal grant of $100,000 for new Philip S. Miller Library in Castle Rock. Money will be matched by Philip S. Miller. Permanent Parker Library opens at 19801 East Main Street, Parker with 7,000 sq. ft. Dedication on June 7, 1985. Parker Library open 34 hours per week with 15,000 volumes. Perry Park Library closes. Douglas County Historical Society suggests the name of Oakes Mill Library (after D.C. Oakes) for the library to be donated by developer Bill Walters in Lone Tree subdivision.

1986

Philip S. Miller Library on Gilbert Street sold to day care center. New library to be built in Plum Creek area near Miller Blvd. Library house in warehouse on Park St. in Castle Rock during interim period. The "warehouse library" backs up to a sewer lagoon! Oakes Mill Library opens June 1st and 2402 items are circulated at that library during the month of July.

1987

County Budget Director proposes cut of 36% in library mill levy in August. This proposal is hotly protested by Friends groups. New 15,000 sq. ft. Philip S. Miller Library opens at 961 S. Plum Creek Blvd. in Castle Rock in October. Douglas County Social Services and Tri-county Health Department occupy west wing of library building. Library system automates using Dynix software.

1988

Philip S. Miller donates $510,000 to pay remaining debt on the library which cost $1,015,000. Friends of the Highlands Ranch Library organize to lobby for permanent library in Highlands Ranch.

1989

Public library function at Northridge Elementary School in Highlands Ranch ceases. Books moved to Oakes Mill Library. Evelyn Connor resigns. Library funding at 1.1 mills.