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 Suggestionsopens a new window form.
- Find out how staff voted on their favoritesopens a new window for books, movies, music and more from 2018.
- Browse Staff Picksopens a new window from all of 2018 (like pop culture lists, all things Colorado, throwbacks, food, animals and audiobooks!)
- Visit Goodreads to view the best booksopens a new window of the year by popular vote.
- See what fiction-loving staff chose as their favorite novels of 2018opens a new window.
- Love young adult novels? Staff picked their favorite YA novels of 2018opens a new window too.
- Browse the top middle grade novels of 2018 from Publishers Weeklyopens a new window.
- Find even more books for kids with Youth Librarians Top Picks for 2018opens a new window.
- Check out hoopla to see their most borrowed eBooksopens a new window, audiobooksopens a new window, graphic novelsopens a new window and musicopens a new window in 2018.
LOVE BLOGS? Check out our most popular blogs in 2018.
- Learn and Practice Englishopens a new window
- Programs for Ages 0-5opens a new window
- Explore the Libraryopens a new window
- Genealogy Resourcesopens a new window
- National Small Business Weekopens a new window
- Evaluating News Sourcesopens a new window
- International Suicide Prevention Dayopens a new window
LOVE VIDEOS? We've got those too. View Arapahoe Libraries' Youtube Channelopens a new window.
- See how the library impacts your friends and neighborsopens a new window and explore what's possible at Arapahoe Libraries.
- Missed an author eventopens a new window? You can watch those too, including a presentation from bitcoin expert Andreas M. Antonopoulosopens a new window.
LOVE FACTS? Check out what Arapahoe Libraries accomplished this year.
- Arapahoe Libraries went fine freeopens a new window in response to patron feedback.
- Deer Trail broke groundopens a new window 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 Librariesopens a new window.
- Library For Allopens a new window, 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-opens a new window and Russian-opens a new windowspeaking patrons.
- Eloise May Library's children's area was expanded as was parking for patrons.
- Creative Specialists now staff the Makerspace at Castlewoodopens a new window and the Recording Studiosopens a new window 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 systemopens a new window 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 functionopens a new window which has received positive reviews, and Arapahoe Libraries also reworked the Contact Us formopens a new window 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.