Over the past few months, the Denver Public Library has been developing a new service to connect the library to the community outside of our physical locations.
We wanted to literally take our services to the streets and to meet you where you are -- in the neighborhoods, at community events, in the parks, the coffee shops, the skate parks, concerts, farmer's markets and more.
We are super stoked to introduce what we came up with: DPL Connect -- a pedal-powered mobile library and wi-fi hotspot.
DPL Connect will make its inaugural ride at its official launch on Wednesday, August 7 on 16th Street Mall. Our tricked-out trike will provide free wireless internet access and will be stocked with a rotating collection of books tailored to the bike's location (i.e. cookbooks and urban farming for farmer's markets, bike repair and Denver maps for bike trails, etc).
New books on marketing are emphasizing the role of technology especially social media in helping organizations market their services. The Library knows that in addition to new technology, quality time with a knowledgeable staff member like Shelly strengthens the "unity" found in Denver's community.
Shelly, a Librarian at the Central Library, recently bridged generations making an outreach call to Drehmoor Apartments, a housing option serving the senior population in Denver. Shelly was able to field questions on the services available at the Library and help the senior attendees make the personal connection to library cards, collections, and programming. Face time with Shelly was more valuable to this community than Facebook.
As you may know, the Community Technology Center (CTC) on Level 4 of the Central Library is under construction and will soon become a large, centralized space for public access computing, technology training, and yep, gaming!
These kiddos from Hope Communities tested out our consoles this summer during a six-week program designed to introduce them to the library, teach computer skills and information literacy, and have fun!