By the Numbers

New library patrons: 19,103
Items in our collection: 699,350
Items checked out: 8,244,954
Library visits: 2,064,838
Reference questions answered: 266,967
Attendance at programs & events: 211,234
Audio books and music downloaded: 225,239
Children who attended storytime: 101,228
Website visits: 2,248,597
Online database searches: 282,832
Volunteer hours: 32,702

Our Product

During 2011, there are 82,214 downloads of Overdrive eBooks and 44,427 of eAudiobooks. eBook downloads increase by 316% from January to December.

In September, eBooks for Kindle are made available via library download.

We increase the size of our eBook catalog by thousands of titles, through direct-purchasing agreements with several publishers. Libraries across the country are intrigued, and begin to inquire about replicating our purchasing model.

On the web, we launch a new Teen site and a new catalog interface, VuFind. We also launch a mobile application, “DCL to Go.” We receive a grant from the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, for the creation of mobile computer labs.

Our Programs

Battle of the Books engages 420 elementary school students from 30 schools in Highlands Ranch, Parker, and Castle Rock, including eight Castle Rock elementary schools new to the program.

The Denver Art Museum and Plains Conservation Center join the Adventure Pass program.

DCL Reading Programs reach 24,264 patrons. As part of the Summer Reading Program, “One World, Many Stories,” Flat Dougie travels across the U.S. and overseas.

We partner with local broadcast media to launch two new book clubs: The Everyday Book Club with Denver television stations CW2 and Fox 31, and Books & Besties, with radio station KOSI 101.1.

In September, the Storytelling Festival offers workshops and concerts for 450 teachers, parents, childcare providers and children. Featured storytellers include Heather McNeil, Bernadette Nason and Christopher Maier.

In October, author Erik Larson delights a crowd of more than 350 book lovers at the new Lone Tree Arts Center.

Authors Margaret Coel, CJ Box, Barry Fey, Eleanor Brown, Nancy Pearl and David Sirota pack meeting rooms and present to rapt audiences at library events.

Douglas County Libraries host the county’s first Edible Book Contest (Parker) and first National Novel Writing (Nanowrimo) events (Highlands Ranch).

DCL celebrates 152 GED graduates in 2011, including 119 in the public setting and 33 through the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Parker Library’s Live Local Music twitter feed exceeds 3,000 followers in December of 2011.

Throughout 2011, teen film, fashion and other contest events continue to grow, engaging local youth and drawing attention from local press.

Our Places

Lone Tree Library and the refurbished Book Sale Room at Philip S. Miller Library are named Best Library or Book Store in their respective communities by local Community Media of Colorado newspapers.

In the fall, we provide patrons with the ability to book their own study rooms.

Castle Pines celebrates its second anniversary in September. Castle Pines Library Fundraising Committee raises $43,269 in support in 2011.

Louviers has a great fundraising in November’s Turkey Shoot, featuring a craft and book sale and old-fashioned pot luck.

Parker Library forms partnership with the new Parker Arts Culture and Events Center.

Our People

Monique Sendze, associate director of information technology, is selected as an Emerging Leader by Library Journal.

Aspen Walker, branch manager at Lone Tree Library and Castle Pines Library, is among those to be named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker.

Rochelle Logan, associate director of support services, is honored by the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) for her outstanding contributions to the library community.

Libraries continue to strengthen bonds in their communities, connecting with local chambers of commerce, economic development councils, merchants’ associations, community associations and other community partners.

Library staff and local technology partners including Best Buy stores join forces for Tech Tuesdays, walk-in tech support for people new to eReaders.

In our third full year offering BizInfo services, we add a dedicated Business Librarian, answer more than 40 questions, and update our program collateral and workshops.

Our librarians conduct dozens of Community Leader interviews and complete the first Community Reference Project.

DCL welcomes 50 new Literacy Volunteers.

Spellbinder volunteer storytellers tell many stories and traditional folktales to 6,000 children in DCSD classrooms.

In April, DCL celebrates the 29,121 volunteer hours donated in 2010 with a Volunteer Appreciation Banquet. More than 200 volunteers attend.

In September, the Castle Pines Library Campaign wins the Directors of Volunteers in Agencies “Volunteer Group of the Year” award. Philip S. Miller volunteers Mark and Betty Schmidt win the “Dynamic Duo” award at the same event.