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WHO WE ARE

VISION

A literate, informed and fullfilled community.

VALUES

We focus on our customers and anticipate their needs. We value integrity, inclusion, learning and fun. We act with courage, respect, empathy and passion.

OBJECTIVES

We will increase literacy empowerment by preparing our youngest to learn to read and helping others learn to thrive in difficult times.

We will build community connections by connecting people as resources for each other, virtually and in person.

MISSION

We are dedicated to being the best public library for the communities we serve by providing outstanding and personalized service to everyone seeking access to the world of information and ideas.

OUR WHY

We believe we can turn every search for knowledge into a helpful adventure.

OUR STORIES

Real patrons on what Arapahoe Libraries has meant for them.

COMING SOON
COMING SOON
COMING SOON

EXECUTIVE TEAM

OLI SANIDAS

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
executive director
I can't think of anything better than working for an organization that is dedicated to empowering the community it serves. Every day, we dedicate ourselves to providing services that improve the lives of our patrons, ranging from small changes that make you smile to new opportunities that are life changing.

KIM COLLIE

DIRECTOR, PROJECT MANAGEMENT OFFICE
Project Management Director
The opportunity to work in the orbit of libraries is exhilarating. There seems to be no end to discovering the richness of human creativity, learning, kindness and compassion. As Carl T. Rowan said, "The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history."

JILL CORRENTE

DIRECTOR, TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION
director of IT
Arapahoe Libraries provides stable, secure and up-to-date technology to ensure that patrons can access the information they need, while serving as a resource for the community to learn more about established and emerging technologies.

JENNIFER MAHIN

DIRECTOR, FINANCE
director of finance
Libraries are an important part of a community and a valuable resource. Libraries give people opportunities to explore, experience new ideas and get lost in fantastic stories. I love working at the library because I get to support all the wonderful services that it provides.

JESSICA SIDENER

DIRECTOR, MARKETING & HUMAN RELATIONS
HR and communications director
I love sharing with our community all of the hidden gems libraries have to offer. It is also so very rewarding to support the amazing Arapahoe Libraries team, their overall employment experience and, most importantly, their passions for serving our patrons.

LINDA SPEAS

DIRECTOR, LIBRARY OPERATIONS
director of operations
It is a true privilege to be a part of creating community spaces where everyone feels welcome and valued and can get access to the information and resources they need to thrive in their lives. Whether it is learning to read, learning English, applying for a job or learning about a different viewpoint than your own, the library is here for everyone.

CORE VALUES

CURIOSITY IS THE CAT'S MEOW

We have it, see it, cultivate it and celebrate it.

WE KNOW LIBRARIES ARE MAGICAL PLACES

Building memories, bridging gaps and learning new things; this is a wondrous place to be.

True colors are beautiful.

We’re embracing all by bestowing deep respect upon everyone with whom we cross paths.

WORDS HAVE POWER, ON THE PAGE AND OFF

So we choose them wisely, using kindness to build each other up.

INFALLIBILITY IS FOR THE INHUMAN.

As Alexander Pope said, “To err is human; to forgive, divine.” We are not perfect people, but we aim to be accountable, gracious and humble ones.

GO TEAM!

Here, we come together to build a rock-solid team that achieves far more collectively than we ever could alone.

OUR HISTORY

Arapahoe Libraries was established in April 1966 to provide public library service to all residents of Arapahoe County, except those living in the cities of Littleton, Englewood and Aurora. Residents of these cities are served by libraries established prior to 1966 that are funded and maintained by their respective city governments. All Arapahoe County residents, however, are free to use any of the libraries in the county. Residents can also participate in the Colorado Library Card Program, which allows them to borrow items from any participating academic, school and public library in Colorado.

Arapahoe Libraries serves a diverse and varied population covering the rural areas of Byers and Deer Trail, the cities of Bow Mar, Centennial, Cherry Hills Village, Columbine, Glendale, Greenwood Village and Sheridan, and the unincorporated areas of Arapahoe County. Arapahoe Libraries is also a major resource for elementary and high school students of the Littleton, Cherry Creek, Sheridan, Byers and Deer Trail School Districts, as well as for those receiving private and home schooling, and students attending local colleges and universities. This map of the Arapahoe Libraries legal service area provides exact boundaries.

Funding is provided through a 4.9 property tax mill levy. Any increase in the mill levy must be approved by a vote of the people. Other revenue sources include income from specific ownership tax, grants and interest on investments. A non-profit Arapahoe Library Friends Foundation was established in 1990 to raise additional money from the private sector and to serve as an advocacy group for Arapahoe Libraries. The Foundation and its partner, The Friends of Arapahoe Libraries, which was established in 1995, support a variety of library programs and services.

The Board of Trustees is appointed by the Arapahoe County Commissioners and the Board of the Deer Trail School District. (Under the 1996 state library law, library districts had to be established by two governing entities. The Deer Trail School District and Arapahoe County are the two entities.) Other than the appointment of the Library Trustees, Arapahoe Libraries has full autonomy over its operational and financial administration.

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