Douglas County Libraries became the fourth-largest library system in Colorado, and ranked third in Colorado for materials checkout (circulation). 5.5 million items were checked out in 2006. Total Number of Library Patrons climbed to 76,221.
Records showed at least 79% of all Douglas County households had at least one library card.
Douglas County Libraries unveiled the new Neighborhood Library service model for smaller libraries in the county. Neighborhood Libraries offer an intimate space with a concentrated scope of services, including multiple copies of the most popular fiction, nonfiction, magazines and audiovisual materials; comfortable and flexible living room space for leisure reading; fast technology; a fanciful and stimulating children’s area; and motivated, attentive staff waiting to give personal customer service to every patron. The new Neighborhood Library at Roxborough opened to a crowd of over 2500 on January 28, with over 300 new library cards issued on Grand Opening Day alone. The newly-renovated Neighborhood Library at Lone Tree reopened to the public on October 14.
Sue Meacham, a long-time library volunteer and advocate, passed away on April 21. Meacham was renowned for her enduring dedication to Douglas County Libraries, including ten years of unpaid service on the Board of Trustees from 1993 to 2003 and long-time volunteer work in the library district’s Technical Services department. The quiet reading room at the Philip S. Miller was renamed to honor Meacham.
The Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker, Philip S. Miller and Roxborough libraries were equipped with an RFID (radio frequency identification) system that allows multiple books to be checked in or out simultaneously, freeing up staff for more personalized and attentive customer service, and making items available for checkout much more quickly. A multitude of volunteers helped place the RFID tags on over 600,000 items across the library district.
Nemesys, of Englewood, won both the People’s Choice and Judge’s Panel awards at the 5th Annual Teen Battle of the Bands in Lone Tree. The 5th Annual Shakespeare Festival culminated with free “punked-out” performances of The Comedy of Errors set in 1970s London.
Douglas County Libraries placed seventh in the Nation (out of 329 libraries) on Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings (HAPLR) scale. Hennen also released an overall ranking system for 1999-2006; Douglas County Libraries ranked third in the Nation overall for the ten-year span.