1990 - 1995
James (Jamie) LaRue hired as Library Director in March. Douglas County Public Library System initiates the National Library Card. Talking Books program established. In May, the "Say Yes to Libraries" Committee forms to campaign for the creation of an independent library district and funding of 2.75 mills. Library district issue is passed by the voters in November, 1990 by almost a 2-1 margin.New name is Douglas Public Library District (DPLD) with boundaries contiguous with the county’s. Philip S. Miller named Library Benefactor of the Year by the Colorado Library Association. In July, libraries switch to mailing computer-generated overdue notices rather than telephoning overdue patrons. November sees the advent of patrons’ ability to dial in to the library from their computer modems to view the libraries’ electronic catalog. Friends of Oakes Mill Library organize.
In March, the Philip S. Miller, Oakes Mill and Parker Libraries all increase their hours from five days a week to seven days a week. The DPLD purchases and installs its own Dynix computer system (IBM RS 6000). On August 12, the Highlands Ranch Library opens in a 4,200 sq. ft. leased storefront (formerly Mission Viejo Company’s Design Center) at 52 W. Springer Drive. First Lady Bea Romer reads to children at Grand Opening. Louviers Library is opened two evenings a week from one. The Community Information Database is established. Patrons are able to put holds on books through their home computers/modems. Daily preschool storytimes are offered at each full-service library.
Douglas Public Library District earns Colorado Public Library Excellence Award. In July, the DPLD becomes the first Dynix public library in Colorado to connect to the Internet. Public access provided to Access Colorado Library Information Network (ACLIN). Philip S. Miller Library is renovated and expands into west wing. The DPLD Local History Collection is officially recognized in November. Renovation begins on Oakes Mill Library.
Renovations at Oakes Mill Library completed with basement finished as large community meeting room and Friends’ Used Booksale Room. Need to expand Highlands Ranch Library is recognized. The next-door office of the Highlands Ranch Community Association agrees to move so that the library can double in size to accommodate growth. Annual Staff Day initiated for district-wide training. Year-round reading programs (3) replace old model of Summer Reading Program due to year-round elementary school schedule in Douglas County. In September, the Josephine Lowell Marr Research Room for the Local History Collection is dedicated. Friends of Roxborough Library organize.
In cooperative grant effort with Douglas County Schools, DPLD opens 3 public library satellites at rural elementary schools - Larkspur, Cherry Valley and Roxborough. Expanded Highlands Ranch Library, now almost 8,000 sq. ft., reopens in April with new address of 48 W. Springer Drive. Space at Highlands Ranch Library is sublet to Douglas County Clerk and Recorder for Motor Vehicles substation. Genevieve (Nicki) Mead is awarded the Colorado Library Association Lifetime Achievement Award after being co-nominated by the DPLD and the Denver Public Library. Books-by-Mail service (maintained by volunteers) is initiated for residents of southwest Douglas County. Library district offers on-line periodical articles through EBSCO.
Philip S. Miller dies at age 99 in June. The library district is to receive approximately $150,000 per year from its 10% share of the Miller charitable trust fund. Library district buys Crossroads Lanes Bowling in Parker and holds Candlelight Bowling fundraiser. New Parker Library opens at 10851 S. Crossroads Dr. in renovated bowling alley on December 16. Grand Opening includes "Human Bookworm" of 500 volunteers covering .4 miles between the old and new Parker libraries passing the last 25 books chosen by local VIP’s. December, Nicki (Genevieve) Mead ("mother" of the Douglas County libraries) dies at age 68.