2000 - 2001
2000 The library district completed construction on its new library in Highlands Ranch. July 15, 2000 opened with much fanfare and celebration to the music of the Nacho Men Band, a Business Expo, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Ed Greene from Channel 9 news, a food court, clowns and many other activities. The new Highlands Ranch Library was 42,000 square feet, and included a puppet theatre, several meeting rooms and large children's and reference areas. The district's technical and support services also moved into a new 4,700 sq. ft. building, as Technical Services began processing the district's first CD-ROMs and books on CD for checkout. TS also hired 8 new people. The Technical and Support Services building allowed for expansion of the Philip S. Miller Library into more space, including an expanded Local History area, a Storytime room, and a larger Reference Area. The Philip S. Miller staff operated the entire library out of the meeting room for a week while the library received new carpet. The Castle Rock Band played on the front lawn of the Philip S. Miller Library in September to enliven Celebrate Your Library Week September 25-29, which also included chamber music performances in the library throughout the week. A new website for the district was launched in July, and a Local History website was launched in September. The Parker Library began holding storytimes in Spanish, and reached 12,700 kids with all their story times, as they celebrated their fifth anniversary. The Lone Tree Library celebrated Summerfest on June 17. Philip S. Miller Library participated in several other community activities in Castle Rock, including Artfest and the Starlighting, and sponsored a Teen Coffeehouse which continues to grow.
2001 The library bought a vacated Safeway grocery store in Castle Rock (100 S. Wilcox Street) for the new Philip S. Miller Library. It is projected to open in summer 2003. This 48,000 sq. foot building cost $2.91 million and was purchased from Brad Brown of Castle Centerstone Real Estate and Development. In February, An Evening in Bulgaria at the Lone Tree Library, celebrated DPLD as the sister library to the Dora Gabe Library in Dobrich, Bulgaria. DPLD’s monthly electronic newsletter successfully reached over 10,000 library patrons each month. An online bookclub service started, offering Internet-savvy patrons the opportunity to receive five minute reads in their emails each day. Highlands Ranch Library celebrated their one-year anniversary at a new location. The first Fantasy Fest was held in the vacated Safeway building in November, with 200 people enjoying an evening of fantasy and science fiction authors, activities, and programs. The Philip S. Miller Library dedicated a new Storytime Room mural, in memory of Lance Ewing, son of Carol and Mark Ewing. The Parker Library expanded into 4,000 sq. foot unfinished space, adding a Quiet Reading Room, a Conference Room, a new Children's Area/Department, self-checkout area, and an expansion of their materials, including a $10,000 music collection. They celebrated the expansion in December with their “Steam Ahead” festivities, which over 1,000 attended.