All libraries will close at 3 PM on Dec. 24th and be
closed Dec. 25th for the Christmas holiday.

2010

New library patrons: 22,979
Items in our collection: 713,448
Items checked out: 8,303,267
Library visits: 2,130,421
Reference questions answered: 742,424
Attendance at programs & events: 225,876
Audio books and music downloaded: 81,806

Children who attended storytime: 145,000
Website visits: 2,133,026
Online database searches: 241,516
Volunteer hours: 28,751

 

In celebration of its 10th anniversary in its present location, Highlands Ranch Library remodels and updates the main floor and the children's area, including adding new children's computers.

Philip S. Miller Library creates a new periodicals room in conjunction with an expansion of its children’s area. The project requires no outside movers and no library closures, and is made possible in part by a $50,000 donation by Dr. and Mrs. Sullivan.

Parker Library is remodeled and skylights and day lighting controls are installed at Philip S. Miller Library and Parker Library to reduce power consumption. An automatic sorter is installed at Castle Pines Library.

BizInfo librarians answer questions for 98 small businesses, an increase of 26 percent over 2009, and 816 entrepreneurs and small business owners attend BizInfo workshops.

Adventure Pass is born in May.  More than 3,000 patrons visit Dinosaur Ridge and the Wildlife Experience for free.

The number of audiobooks, e-books, and music files downloaded by patrons nearly triples, from 27,490 in 2009 to 81,806 in 2010. This is due in part to the library’s introduction of Freegal, offering Douglas County residents free and legal music files from Sony Music Entertainment.

Our new Storytime website debuts in October, allowing patrons to search for storytimes by library location or child’s age. It also provides parents with vital early literacy information and resources.

Contact Center staff begins tweeting in April, creates more than 700 tweets, and earns 1,098 followers by year end. 

Texting services debut in November. Services include answering short questions sent to the library, and sending messages to patrons about their library accounts.

Live chat also debuts in November as a convenient and popular way for patrons to ask quick questions. Chat complements an improved FAQ web page that addresses about 40% of patron questions.

Contact Center staff support the community by answering more than 3,700 election questions during primaries and the general election.

Douglas County Libraries welcomes 61 new literacy volunteers and a record number of patrons take GED exams, with 145 graduating.

Monique Sendze, DCL's Associate Director of Information Technology, is selected as an Emerging Leader by Library Journal.

The School Liaison program continues to grow and serve area schools. In addition to the services and resources library staff provide for all schools, staff deliver dictionaries to Cherry Valley Elementary School, the smallest and most remote school in the district.

The number of Douglas County schools participating in Battle of the Books competition increases from seven to twenty. Reading Buddies engages students from elementary to high school in a multiage exploration of the joy of reading.

Nearly 23,000 readers participate in summer reading programs, a 62% increase over 2009. Of the total number of registrants, 17,568 are children and teens. Summer reading is widely considered by educators to be the single most effective activity for combating summer learning loss in students.

Good management and prudent spending allow circulation to increase by nearly 400,000 items, with no increase in staffing.

In July, historical aerial photographs of Douglas County are made available to the public on Google Earth, courtesy of archivists at the Douglas County History Research Center.

The Douglas County History Research Center adds 1923-1941 issues of the Record-Journal of Douglas County to its Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection, expanding the web-based research capabilities of patrons and staff, while requiring no additional storage space or staff time.

Douglas County Libraries welcomes many local authors in celebration of reading and literacy. Authors include Denver Deputy Mayor Bill Vidal (Boxing for Cuba), Mark Obmascik (Halfway to Heaven: Quest for the Rocky Mountain High), John Newkirk (The Old Man and the Harley), and Sandra Dallas (Whiter than Snow).

On October 13, Douglas County Libraries welcomes Chef Rick Bayless for a day’s worth of events with a dual purpose: to provide Douglas County residents with the opportunity to get to know a remarkable celebrity author, and to raise money to support library literacy activities. Half of the Rick Bayless events sell out.