Best Of 2018

Now that 2018 is ending, check out some favorite staff picks and highlights from Arapahoe Libraries. We can't wait to see what next year brings!

LOVE LISTS? Take a peek below. What will you add on your to-read, to-watch or to-listen to lists? Can't get enough? We'll send you personalized recommendations when you fill out this Need Suggestions form.

LOVE BLOGS? Check out our most popular blogs in 2018.

LOVE PICTURES? Scroll to your heart's content to see everything Arapahoe Libraries offers.

LOVE VIDEOS? We've got those too. View Arapahoe Libraries' Youtube Channel.

LOVE FACTS? Check out what Arapahoe Libraries accomplished this year.

  • Arapahoe Libraries went fine free in response to patron feedback.
  • Deer Trail broke ground on a new school and included Arapahoe Libraries to relocate along with them (projected August 2019 completion date).
  • Sheridan, Koelbel and Smoky Hill libraries received recertification from Family Place Libraries.
  • Library For All, a social program with a focus on crafts for patrons with developmental disabilities, was so popular that it's now offered at Eloise May Library.
  • The website now offers two new pages for Spanish- and Russian-speaking patrons.
  • Eloise May Library's children's area was expanded as was parking for patrons.
  • Creative Specialists now staff the Makerspace at Castlewood and the Recording Studios at Southglenn and Smoky Hill Libraries.
  • The Studio at Southglenn Library was remodeled to make space for the Interaction Station, a joint effort with the City of Centennial and Arrow Electronics.
  • A new meeting and study room reservation system launched in February with intuitive visual boxes (and it's mobile-friendly!).
  • If you watched PBS this spring, you may have seen Arapahoe Libraries' early literacy-based television spot.
  • If you listened to Colorado Public Radio this fall, you may have heard Arapahoe Libraries' 15-second radio spot.
  • Arapahoe Libraries was awarded the Julie J. Boucher Memorial Award for Intellectual Freedom from the Colorado Association of Libraries.
  • Want to get in touch? Arapahoe Libraries launched a chat function which has received positive reviews, and Arapahoe Libraries also reworked the Contact Us form on the website to make it even easier to reach a staff member.
  • Digital signage was installed across the district to replace print posters and to replace printed room reservation signs.
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