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.
- Find out how staff voted on their favorites for books, movies, music and more from 2018.
- Browse Staff Picks from all of 2018 (like pop culture lists, all things Colorado, throwbacks, food, animals and audiobooks!)
- Visit Goodreads to view the best books of the year by popular vote.
- See what fiction-loving staff chose as their favorite novels of 2018.
- Love young adult novels? Staff picked their favorite YA novels of 2018 too.
- Browse the top middle grade novels of 2018 from Publishers Weekly.
- Find even more books for kids with Youth Librarians Top Picks for 2018.
- Check out hoopla to see their most borrowed eBooks, audiobooks, graphic novels and music in 2018.
LOVE BLOGS? Check out our most popular blogs in 2018.
- Learn and Practice English
- Programs for Ages 0-5
- Explore the Library
- Genealogy Resources
- National Small Business Week
- Evaluating News Sources
- International Suicide Prevention Day
LOVE PICTURES? Scroll to your heart's content to see everything Arapahoe Libraries offers.
- 6th Annual Geek Out Contest
- Chalk Art
- Tween Theater Camp
- Sesame Street Live
- Denver Comic Con
- English as a Second Language Graduation
- Teen Book Talks at the American Library Association Midwinter
- Author Visits
LOVE VIDEOS? We've got those too. View Arapahoe Libraries' Youtube Channel.
- See how the library impacts your friends and neighbors and explore what's possible at Arapahoe Libraries.
- Missed an author event? You can watch those too, including a presentation from bitcoin expert Andreas M. Antonopoulos.
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.