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Terri Sullivan Terri Sullivan is being honored by the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) for her outstanding contributions to the library community. Sullivan, a past president of the Poudre River Friends of the Library and volunteer for Poudre River Public Library District, was named Outstanding Library Volunteer at the association's annual awards dinner October 14.

"Volunteering is about creating and giving back to the community," said Sullivan. "I'm happy to accept this award on behalf of the many, many volunteers who donate their time and energy."

She has been active at every level as a Friend and as a library volunteer. She has been a strong and capable leader, president and board member who advocates for the library at every opportunity and has been a major part of the last two library campaign issues. She coordinates the annual book sales, with proceeds going to the Library District to fund the Summer Reading Program, author appearances, history programs and other activities. CAL is honored to recognized her for all that she does, for her passion for libraries and literacy, for her positive can-do attitude and for her truly inspired accomplishments.

"We are truly very fortunate to have Terri Sullivan... I am extremely happy that Terri has chosen to volunteer her time and talents to the Poudre River Friends of the Library. Fort Collins and our surrounding community are the benefactors of her considerable efforts," said current Friends President Gene Bosler.


Old Town Library The Poudre River Public Library District would like to thank all the library supporters that voted yes on the library expansion issue on the April municipal ballot. We are thrilled with the result of an 86.64% yes vote.

An even bigger thank you to all our volunteers for the many hours they spent petitioning, waving signs, speaking to community organizations, and going door-to-door on our behalf. A special thanks to the Friends of the Poudre River Library for their funding of the campaign and their tireless advocacy for our libraries. Stay tuned and watch our website to keep up with our expansion and renovation and an improved Main Library for everyone in the Library District!

New Library Gains Highest National LEED Certification

Council Tree Library The Poudre River Public Library District announced that it has been awarded LEED® Platinum Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nation's preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

According to Kelly Karmel, LEED consultant, the Council Tree Library is the first LEED commercial interior library in the U.S. to receive platinum status and the second library in the nation to receive platinum, in all LEED programs.

"The Library District and the City of Fort Collins worked together to build a new library with a very high standard of environmental responsibility. The City's commitment to achieving a minimum of LEED Gold on the project, and Bayer Properties’ impressive achievement of LEED Silver for the building as a whole, allowed us to go the final distance to achieving Platinum status," commented Holly Carroll, Library District Executive Director.

"This achievement is the result of a true team effort," added Fort Collins City Manager Darin Atteberry. He continued, "This project and the LEED designation are truly representative of the City of Fort Collins' commitment to sustainability. The building is both environmentally and fiscally responsible, and most importantly, we now have a wonderful new library for the community to enjoy."

Council Tree Library achieved LEED Platinum certification for excellence in energy, lighting, water and material efficiency as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, patrons and the larger community.

Working with the City of Fort Collins, Bayer Properties, Heath Construction, Aller Lingle Massey Architects and studiotrope design collective, the Library District worked to earn the credits needed for the platinum award.

Council Tree was awarded 43 points, one over the minimum required for Platinum. The project achieved 7 points in Sustainable Sites, 2 in Water Efficiency, 10 in Energy & Atmosphere, 6 in Materials & Resources, 13 in Indoor Environmental Quality, and 5 for Innovation & Design. A sample of the green design and construction features include:
  • 26% Lighting energy savings
  • 55% Water Savings
  • 92% Construction Waste Recycled
  • 85% Certified Sustainable Wood Products
  • 21% Overall Recycled Content in Materials
  • 97% Energy Star Equipment
  • The Library is located in a LEED Silver Certified Core and Shell building in Front Range Village.
  • Natural light is used throughout the Library, adding to human comfort and reducing electric lighting costs
  • Indoor air quality is protected with high rates of outside air ventilation, high efficiency air filters, low-emitting interior finishes and a comprehensive green cleaning plan that won an innovation credit.
  • Furniture, shelving and custom casework are made of recycled content materials, often up to 100% post consumer.
  • The green features were integrated into a design that is colorful, full of natural light and views to the outside and responsive to the needs of Library patrons.
The Council Tree Library is located on the second floor of a retail building in the Front Range Village shipping complex at 2733 Council Tree Avenue in Fort Collins. The collection of 65,000 materials at Council Tree Library emphasizes high interest, high demand adult materials and high demand and classic children’s materials. The new library represents the culmination of many years of city planning as well as the fulfillment of a commitment made to voters when they supported the creation of a new Poudre River Public Library District in the fall of 2006. The City of Fort Collins used library impact fees collected over the last decade to fund project design and construction, as well as the library’s opening day collection of materials. The Library District now owns Council Tree Library and pays for its operation, maintenance and staffing using funds from the mill levy which established the District.

Along with the above LEED information, the library is also designed with a "Play and Learn" space custom designed by Burgeon Group in the children’s area. Borrowing a theme from the adjacent retail environment, all of the various zones within the library are connected to the primary "avenue" through the library's core. This funnel shaped space supports the flow of traffic and behaves as the primary organizational device while framing the views of the Rocky Mountains to the west, and conceived as a river with floating lily pads suspended above and river rock bed on the carpet pattern at your feet. It includes "Jump stations" - mobile information kiosks for customer service, and custom designed end panels by studiotrope collective. The Library includes a living room concept on the east side with a stone fireplace to invite quiet reading and writing and a family room concept on the west side intended as a noisy space for families. The entry is set up as a transition of the retail environment outside to one of inspiration inside showcasing the custom designed art installation entitled "Shared Knowledge" that flows and spirals up the stairway. The art created by Barbara Baer made up of letters and symbols from all over the world.

More information on the Council Tree Case Study (PDF format/25MB)


Heart For "I Love My Library Month" in February we ran a contest to learn all the ways members of our Library District love their library. All of the entries were outstanding and the committee shared laughs and tears as we read the heartfelt comments about our shared love of libraries. Many thanks to all who participated, read the winners in the 5 age categories (PDF format/278KB).

#7146 Poudre River Public Library District Main Library Remodel and Expansion

On behalf of the Poudre River Public Library District, the City of Fort Collins is seeking qualifications and the best possible combination of architectural design and engineering services for the design of the Main Library Remodel and Expansion located at 201 Peterson Street. Additions to the building will be approximately 5,625 square feet, and remodel of approximately 34,000 square feet.

Go to to download complete packet.

Written proposals, six (6) will be received at the City of Fort Collins' Purchasing Division, 215 North Mason St., 2nd floor, Fort Collins, Colorado 80524. Proposals will be received before 3:00 p.m. (our clock), June 14, 2010. Proposal No. 7146 Poudre River Public Library District Main Library Remodel and Expansion. If delivered, they are to be sent to 215 North Mason Street, 2nd Floor, Fort Collins, Colorado 80524. If mailed, the address is P.O. Box 580, Fort Collins, 80522-0580.

Questions concerning the scope of the project should be directed to Project Manager, Steve Seefeld, at (970)221-6227 or

Questions regarding bid submittal or process should be directed to John D. Stephen, CPPO, Senior Buyer, (970)221-6777 or

A pre-proposal meeting will be held June 1, 2010, 10:00 a.m. at the Main Library located at 201 Peterson Street.


The main goal for the new naming project was to select a name that is more geographically inclusive of the Library District patron area which is a 1,780 square-mile geographical area within northern Larimer County. The District boundaries are almost identical to those of Poudre School District. Other goals included that the name be easy to remember, historically relevant and would tie to a visually appealing recognizable identity. The new name also reflects the vision of the Library District to be a dynamic and responsive institution, integral to the fabric of our community.

Initiation of the naming included a public outreach process in July of 2008 where the public was asked to send in their ideas of a name. 154 names were submitted from the citizens. The 7-member Library District Board of Trustees narrowed the names down to 7 that they felt matched the goals of the project. In September the District hired ToolBox Creative, a local marketing and design firm, to help with the community survey, name and identity of the Library District. A committee was selected from staff, Board of Trustees, and community members to help in the final selection process. That committee narrowed down the 7 names to 3 which were recommended to the Library District Board of Trustees at their January meeting.

The Trustees finalized the name of Poudre River Public Library District which will now be advertised through a marketing campaign. The name change will be implemented over the next 3 months. The expectation is that it will go smoothly because in anticipation of the final name, there have been a minimal changes made since the District broke away from the City of Fort Collins. The public will begin to see it used in library correspondence and promotional materials. Current card holders can still use their Fort Collins Regional Library District cards.


Did you know that you can now pay your library fines via the Internet? The Poudre River Public Library District now offers library patrons the ease, convenience and security of online payments for library fines.

To use e-commerce, go to, click "My Library Account" and follow the on-screen directions. The library accepts Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. E-commerce transactions at the library are secured through 256-bit encryption (typical of most e-commerce sites on the web). By statute and culture, the library protects the confidentiality of all patron information, including electronic transactions.

E-commerce is also available at the Old Town Library, Harmony Library, and the Council Tree Library at our RFID self-check stations, allowing library patrons even more convenience whether they visit the library on-line or in-person.


The Interesting Reader Society is a special group of young adults in grades 7-12 who meet monthly to talk mainly about books, and also about movies, music, and other topics of interest to teens.

Check it out at

For more information, call either of the Teen Librarians: Sue-Ellen Jones or Diane Tuccillo at 221-6740; or come to the next IRS meeting.


Rising costs for food, gas and utilities mean people have to find ways to help their budget. But did you also realize a great way to keep within your budget is by using your library? Whether you need to learn computer skills, start your own business, find books and activities to engage your children, learn to do your own household or car repairs, the Poudre River Public Library District can help you find the information you need to get started.

As rising travel costs kept people closer to home this summer the Library District saw an all time high of over 10,000 kids, teens and adults who joined the free Summer Reading Program. More people used our online resources, and circulation in July reached an all time high of over 212,000 items!

Start now for the holidays by turning to your library for books on easy crafts, new recipes, and handmade gift ideas. Stimulate your imagination by participating in a History Comes Alive program; create community by joining a book club, or joining in on conversations about current events. Walk off those holiday goodies by walking with a neighbor to your closest library where you can warm up with some stimulating conversation about the newest books on the Here and Now shelf.

In looking toward the winter months, head to the library with the family where everyone can find something to do; read a magazine, listen to a story, get resource help on a homework assignment, learn more about a hobby, or find books, movies, or music to take home for those cold nights - all for free.


If you've ever wished there were more pages in a favorite novel or regaled your friends with the delights of a particular author, consider joining up with the Library's Book Club.


Man Reading Residents of the Poudre River Public Library District relied on their public libraries more than ever in 2009, as residents tightened their belts, borrowed more items from the library, took advantage of free Internet access and enjoyed the diverse free programming at all locations.

Officials said Monday that a total of over 3 million items were checked out during 2009 a 28% increase over the 2008 circulation of 2.3 million, also a record breaking total. The opening of the Council Tree Library as well as the economy helped fuel the trend.

In 2010 Poudre River Public Library District is looking forward to advancing virtual services by expanding the e-media collection providing more access to downloadable audio and e-books, movies, and music.


Holly Carroll Poudre River Public Library Board of Trustees announced July 13 that Holly Carroll, current Deputy Director of Cleveland Public Library, has been selected as the Library District's next Executive Director.

"Holly emerged from our national search as an exciting choice to lead our growing District," said Mary Atchison, Library District Board of Trustees President. "Her extensive experience in library leadership will bring a fresh perspective to our library district and will benefit all of the communities in our District."

Atchison also applauds Ken Draves, who has served as interim Director since December, for providing stable leadership to the district through the opening of the new Council Tree Library, a rebranding process, and the development and adoption of a long-term facilities plan.

A longtime library professional, Carroll has a Masters of Library Science as well as a Masters of Public Administration. She began her career at the Geauga County Public Library in Chardon, Ohio and also worked for the NOLA Regional Library System where she coordinated resource sharing, continuing education and cooperative purchases for 90 multi-type libraries. She was Director at the Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library until her appointment as Deputy Director of the Cleveland Public Library, a system of a main library and 28 branches. Carroll is also part of the adjunct faculty at Kent State University, School of Library and Information Science.

The new Executive Director is eager to serve. "I am very excited about moving to Northern Colorado as Executive Director of Poudre River Public Library District," states Carroll. "The library staff and Board of Trustees gave me a warm welcome during my visit last month. I am impressed with the library facilities, services and the phenomenal support of the public. Poudre River Public Library District presents many opportunities for innovation and growth. My husband and I look forward to being active members of the community," she said.

Her leadership roles at the state and national level are well demonstrated. Carroll is an active member in American Library Association and has worked with the Public Awareness Committee, co-chaired the Telecommunications Committee as well as others. She is also actively engaged with the Ohio library community and was President of the Ohio Library Association in 2000.

The Board made its selection and the parties are working out the details with the hope that Carroll will begin work in early September.


Main Library Don't miss an opportunity to give input on your library! The Poudre River Library District would like to invite the public to review and give input on the draft facilities plan (PDF format/5.5MB).

Based on feedback from our January survey combined with recent work by the staff and consultant team, we will have a draft of the facility plan that covers the next 10 years. The facility plan was prepared by Aaron Cohen Associates Ltd. An executive summary (PDF format/30K) and full draft are available for review on the Library District's website at

The District requests that the public answer a four question online survey after reading the draft summary. This survey can be accessed at and will be open until July 5. Your comments, questions or concerns can also be submitted to the interim Executive Director, Ken Draves, at

Key issues identified to address as part of this plan include:

-The District should adopt a more comprehensive regional library strategy that can provide services to its entire community. The strategy should include the addition of a service center.

-The District should undertake a modest expansion and full remodel of the Main Library building while preserving and enhancing Library Park. This should be accomplished with existing financing in the near term.

-The District should perform a library service assessment of express kiosks, book drops or materials by mail, particularly for outlying areas, and develop a comprehensive plan for optimal services throughout the District.

-The District should centralize its service operations in a service center.

-The District should perform an operational analysis for acquiring an automated sorting system.

-The District's board of trustees should explore a Library Park plan by working with the City of Fort Collins and the Downtown Development Authority to integrate the Main Library and Carnegie Building into the Library Park’s landscaping and flow. This may include creating a semi-enclosed plaza area and walkway between the two buildings.

-Within the next five to ten years, the District should construct an approximately 49,000 square foot complex that would contain a regional library and service center with an option for community meeting space as part of a shared facility.

-Harmony’s Library's meeting space should be expanded within the next five to ten years. The District does not own the Harmony Library building. Modifying or expanding the library will depend on cooperation between the District and the Front Range Community College in all aspects of feasibility considerations, planning and potential implementation.

This Facilities Master Plan is the result of the District’s continuing long-range planning efforts. The Board adopted a Strategic Plan in 2008 which sets service priorities through 2011. The Facilities Master Plan identifies the space needs of the District and recommends expanded and additional facilities needed to meet those needs.

For more information, please contact Ken Draves at (970) 221-6740 or visit


The new branch library on 2733 Council Tree Avenue in southeast Fort Collins is under construction! The branch will be a family-oriented facility and will emphasize the most popular materials and services the Library District offers. Watch Us Grow


The Fort Collins Regional Library District is being honored by the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) for being among the best in the state. Jimena Pena, Outreach Librarian with the District, will be accepting the award for "Services to Diverse Populations" at the statewide association’s annual conference in November.

The Services to Diverse Populations Award, recognizes a library’s commitment to the principle of diversity, leadership and significant contributions to the regional, statewide or national awareness of diversity in libraries, and implementation of a successful program that promotes diversity or provides significant library services to diverse populations.

The CAL Awards Committee selects winners each year based on nominations submitted by librarians and others in the library community. This year they received 29 nominations in 16 different award categories.

"It’s great to give recognition to people who are truly paving the way in the library world," said Anna Winkel, co-chair of the 10-person volunteer committee. "Every year we are excited to see the innovation and hard work that comes through in each nomination. Colorado has great talent in the library field."


Poudre River Fort Collins Regional Library District brings to light important issues concerning the citizens of the District and beyond.

On April 7th the Fort Collins Regional Library District invited a distinguished 12 person panel representing the Northern Colorado Water Conservation District, the Save the Poudre Coalition, and community and environmental interests, to help clarify the Glade Reservior/Poudre River issue. Northern Colorado Water Conservation District says that the Glade Reservoir is crucial for preserving Colorado’s agricultural roots. The Save the Poudre Coalition says that 90% of the Poudre River has been dammed and diverted. It is essential, they say, that the remaining 10% flows freely to maintain the ecosystem health of the river. The discussion was moderated by Martin Carcasson, Director of CSU Center for Public Deliberation and co-sponsored by Front Range Community College - Larimer Campus and the Society of American Foresters Front Range Student Chapter.

Would you like to know more? The discussion panel will be rebroadcast on City Cable Channel 14 at the following times, check their schedule for additional broadcasts.

Sunday, April 20, 10 PM
Wednesday, April 23, 3 PM
Thursday, April 24, 7 AM & 8 PM
Friday, April 25, 9:30 AM
Saturday, April 26, 2 PM

The discussion will also be available on-demand via the internet. The link is or check out the DVD from the Fort Collins Regional Library District, after April 18.


The Fort Collins Regional Library District will soon offer a great new customer service in the form of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags on library materials.

The Library District is adding this new service beginning this fall to create greater circulation efficiencies, as well as better customer service and self-service, to help keep up with an increasing demand for library materials.

"The Library District is excited about the new possibilities of increasing patron satisfaction with our services by providing them with friendly, intuitive and functional technologies that invite self-service. The technology will dramatically speed up check out time for patrons because multiple items can be checked out at once, instead of one at a time." Announced Brenda Carns, Fort Collins Regional Library District, Executive Director.

RFID is essentially a sticker that has a tiny, flat microchip and a maze-like foil trace that acts as an antenna. In libraries, RFID is used to provide the item’s barcode number in electronic form, as well as the security status of the item (whether the item is checked in or out). The tags are “passive”, no battery is included in the tag and it is not magnetic so there are not any problems with audiocassettes or videocassettes.

The process is currently under way to add RFID tags to all of the Library Districts 350,000 items!

The library expects to offer the customer service improvements offered by RFID in late summer or early fall 2008. Watch for updates on the Library District Web site,


The Fort Collins Regional Library District facilitated a presentation and discussion on the proposed uranium mining project in northern Colorado on Monday, January 14, 2008. Representatives from Powertech Uranium and CARD (Coloradoans Against Resource Destruction) and the Colorado Environmental Coalition presented information on both sides of the issue. Dr. Paul Alexander, the Director of the Institute on the Common Good, Regis University, Denver, moderated the presentation.

Would you like to know more? The discussion forum on the proposed uranium mine is being rebroadcast on City Cable Channel 14, check your local schedule for times. The forum is also be available on-demand via the internet the link is or check out the DVD from the Fort Collins Regional Library District,


The Association for Library Services to Children division of the American Library Association recently announced the winners of children’s literature's most prestigious annual awards. Copies of these titles are available at the Fort Collins Regional Library District libraries.

The John Newbery Medal is awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published during the previous year. Laura Amy Schlitz is the 2008 Newbery Medal winner for Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village. Three Newbery Honor Books were named: Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis; The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt; and Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson.

The Randolph Caldecott Medal is given to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published in the previous year. The Invention of Hugo Cabret written and illustrated by Brian Selznick is the 2008 Caldecott Medal winner. Four Caldecott Honor Books were named: Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Ellen Levine; First the Egg illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger; The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain illustrated and written by Peter Sís; and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity illustrated and written by Mo Willems.


The Colorado Association of Libraries will honor the Fort Collins Regional Library District with its "2007 Project of the Year Award" at a ceremony in Denver this week. The award, which will be presented at a dinner banquet Nov. 9, is designed to recognize an especially innovative project which furthers library service in Colorado. This year's award is being given in recognition of the successful effort to form the new Fort Collins Regional Library District.


Its here! After many requests from patrons, the Fort Collins Regional Library District is pleased to announce the availability of free wireless Internet access at the Main and Harmony libraries!

"Wireless devices are everywhere, and patrons have come to expect wireless Internet access as a modern library service", said Technology Coordinator Carson Block. "Folks using wireless laptops and other devices now have a convenient new service at the library".

Using the wireless network is easy - wireless users simply choose the librarys network identifier (the SSID for the library network is named publiclibrary) and open their web browser. After accepting the librarys wireless policy, patrons are free to access a world of electronic resources. The wireless network supports the most common wireless protocols, including 802.11a, b and g.

The library wireless project is the result of cooperative work and partnerships between the library, Front Range Community College, the City of Fort Collins MIS department, and Comcast cable. The Internet connection for the library wireless network has been generously donated by Comcast High-Speed Internet Services.


The Library District's Board of Trustees are ready to roll up their sleeves and start the complex work of running the new regional Library District.

The Board of Trustees elected officers are Mary Atchison, President, Mike Liggett, Vice President, Michelle "Shelly" Kalkowski, Secretary and John Knezovich, Treasurer. Nina Bodenhamer, Robin Gard, and Bob Viscount are members at large.

Citizens may attend regular meetings. The meetings are posted in the Larimer County Offices at the Courthouse, on the Main Library's bulletin board, the Harmony Library's bulletin board, and on the Library's webpage.

Other topics to be discussed in future meetings include negotiations with the City and County on the Library District's Intergovernmental Agreement, policies of the Library District and plans for the South East Branch Library.

More information will soon be available on the Board of Trustee's web page at the Library's website,


On Tuesday, November 7, 2006 voters overwhelmingly approved the creation and funding of the Fort Collins Regional Library District. The new library district will be funded by a 3-mill property tax dedicated to library services. The existing Fort Collins Public Library will form the foundation of the new district, which will serve a large regional area with essentially the same boundaries as the Poudre School District. The Library District will be governed by an appointed board of 5 - 7 members. Applications for the board will be posted on the County website in the near future.

"Library staff and community volunteers for the library are absolutely elated that voters made a clear choice to support excellent library services," said Brenda Carns, Fort Collins Public Library Director. "Now we will be able to restore the services our patrons have missed the most and provide a truly outstanding library system."

With the stable and increased funding a district provides, the library will restore and enhance services and collections beginning in 2007:

In January, cuts to hours made in 2006 will be reversed. The Main Library will reopen Thursday nights and Harmony Library will open again on Saturday mornings.

The programs for teenagers and children cut in 2006 will be restored in 2007.

Beginning in January, the library will add more new books, CDs, DVDs and other materials to provide better access to items patrons request, and to reduce wait times for popular materials.

By April, the library will replace the six community drop boxes that were lost due to prior budget cuts and look for additional key locations to be located outside the city but within the new library district boundaries. Remote dropboxes increase convenience for customers within as well as outside Fort Collins by allowing them to return items closer to home without traveling to the library.

Construction on a new southeast library branch is currently scheduled to begin in 2007, with an anticipated opening in 2008. The new branch will provide a wide range of popular library services to the residents in the southeastern region of the district.


The Colorado State Library has selected the Fort Collins Public Library Awareness Campaign as the recipient of an Outstanding Achievement Award for the diversity and leadership shown by library staff and volunteers. The goal of the Committee, consisting of a broad spectrum of participation by library supporters from the community and staff volunteers, is to raise support for the library through "READ @ Your Library" posters which are distributed to businesses, colleges and other community gathering places. The posters have been personalized to the featured celebrity or leader's interests . Costs of the campaign are paid through private contributions to improve library services. The $100 prize will be put to good use as the committee continues its efforts to raise awareness of the Library's importance in the community.


Fort Collins Public Library announces the launch of promotional poster campaign: READ @ your library. Notable Fort Collins residents and community faces-from Coach Sonny Lubick to Poudre Valley Fire Authority-have posed with a favorite book to support literacy, reading, and public libraries. The campaign will showcase the unique and vital roles books play in everyone's lives.

READ is a national poster campaign created by the American Library Association (ALA) over 25 years ago, which features national celebrities from Elvis to Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates to Bill Cosby. Recently, the ALA released its trademarked brand, READ, for libraries to create their own posters to raise awareness about the variety of programs and services offered at our nation's nearly 123,000 libraries.

"The library plays a vital role in helping citizens of all ages to have the opportunity to read," says Coach Sonny Lubick. "Reading is a lifelong experience, and one that allows people of all ages and interests the chance to learn throughout their lives."

Over 20 local posters have been created and will be distributed throughout Fort Collins. The eye-catching posters include valued members of our communities, such as Al Yates, Tom & Jean Sutherland, Temple Grandin, and Kim Jordan. The posters also showcase valued community providers or organizations such as a the Fort Collins Police Departments, CSU Trial Gardens, the Debut Theater Company, and Fort Collins City Council.

"Public libraries are for everyone regardless of economic status or time of life," says Brenda Carns, Director, Fort Collins Public Library. "They educate and entertain. Early childhood learning, adult literacy, research through books and technology, and well-trained friendly professionals make our Library a timeless community treasure. You don't have to be famous to be a celebrity at the Fort Collins Public Library."


Did you know that the Library loans more than 2 million items per year, and that 1300 patrons visit each of our two libraries DAILY?

Have a look at a few of the ways the Library enriches the community through the enthusiasm, creativity, and professionalism of the Library staff, the generous and wholehearted support of Library volunteers and partners, and the varied programs and resources offered.

See some of the reasons why the Library has been voted one of the top 10 libraries in the nation. Presentation in PDF format (PDF format/2,034 KB)


Fans of talking books now have a third format available to them. Downloadable audiobooks are available to library cardholders. Instead of coming into the library to check out "Angels & Demons" as a book on tape or a book on CD, patrons can download the book from a home computer.

What are Downloadable Audiobooks?
Downloadable Audiobooks from NetLibrary and Recorded Books are digital versions of audiobooks that are available through the Internet. Audiobooks can be played on any desktop or laptop device supporting Windows Media Player (version 9 and above). You can also transfer your favorite titles to a wide range of portable devices, including portable music players (MP3), portable media centers, Pocket PCs, and even select smartphone devices. The library is subscribing to this service through Recorded Books, the leader in the talking book industry. NetLibrary is a leader in the delivery of electronic books.

Many popular authors are represented in the Recorded Books library including Stephen King, Patricia Cornwell, Alexander McCall Smith, Diana Gabaldon and Brian Jacques. Patrons can also access the popular Pimsleur Language Program. You can find downloadable audiobooks in the library catalog or in the database link to NetLibrary on the library's webpage. Patrons can also access titles directly from NetLibrary (; just look for the link “Audiobooks Center.” Find books by author, title or narrator. You will need a library card to create an account at NetLibrary and download the titles.

More information is available at either the Main or Harmony Libraries.


Ever wonder what your house looks like from the air?

The library now has aerial photos taken of the City of Fort Collins in 1999 available for checkout. Roughly 70 CDS with tif images were given to the Library by the City's Geographical Information Services (GIS) Department.

The photos are of the City north of County Road 36, south of Douglas Road, east of Horsetooth Reservoir, and west of 1/2 mile east of county Road 5. The GIS Department created these maps and many developers, planners, builders, and architects make use of them.

Two index CDs and 2 large poster indexes will be available to help customers locate the area they want to view. The CDs with the aerial images are shelved on top of the blue Reference Map filing cabinet (next to business reference, young adult fiction, and Espanol).

The loan period will be similar to that of videos--they will checkout for one week and there will be a limit of 5 GIS CDs per card.


Can't wait another minute to read the book you have on hold? The Library's self-help holdshelf are available for you. Books will be banded and labeled so that only the customer's last name and the hold expiration date are shown.

This allows patrons to go straight to the self-check stations with their items or take their items with them while they search for other books, tapes, etc.

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