On Thursday, January 12 we hosted a breakfast with various City Officials and community leaders to discuss sustainable funding options for Denver Public Library. Speakers included: Kevin O'Connor, Library Commission President, Brendan Hanlon, City Budget Director, Eloise May, Executive Director, Arapahoe Library District, Jamie LaRue, Director, Douglas County Libraries, and finally, Mike King, DPL Friends Foundation.
In a recent Denver Post article by Vincent Carroll, he states, “… does it really make sense to relieve the city's budget woes by creating a permanent funding stream for the one service whose customer base is facing potentially drastic erosion? Before any tax reaches the ballot, let someone make that case.”
As you can imagine, I have a very strong opinion about this. Libraries have been adapting to the world around them for the past century, and the surge of the digital age is no different. Libraries provide essential services to the public such as computer access and training, job-search assistance, literacy programs, and access to thousands of print and digital materials. They serve as the cornerstone of their community and are a key link in developing a knowledgeable, productive workforce and fostering economic development.