Reviews and Blog Posts: library advocacy

Why I Volunteer at the Denver Public Library

Asa

From a letter by Asa Erlendson - DPL Volunteer

I started volunteering at the Denver Public Library in February of 2010. I had just finished my first semester of my third year at Pitzer College in Claremont, California and had decided to take a leave of absence for the Spring semester. I needed to do something with myself during my time off because I didn’t want to only laze around (though I had plans to do some of that).

It was important to me that I pursued my interests: tutoring, working with kids, and continuing to learn. The library seemed like a good first stop. Ultimately, I accomplished my goal of tutoring and working with kids instead by volunteering with Denver Public Schools, but I also volunteered at the two nearest library branches to me at the time: Ross-University Hills and Eugene Field.

Denver Knows, Libraries ARE a Smart Investment

Denver Public Library

Library Journal gives Denver Public Library a 5 star rating. "What our libraries deliver to our communities have always mattered, but they may now be more important than ever. In the face of the ongoing and broad cuts libraries are seeing nationwide, it is vital to illustrate the accomplishments of libraries."

The star ratings are based on visits, circulation, program attendance, and public Internet terminal use. Community involvement and your participation are the driving forces to earn this rating.

Libraries Are a Smart Investment

Piggie Bank

Ever wonder how much you receive in return for every $1 in taxes you spend on the Denver Public Library? Find out how much you're saving by using the Library Return on Investment Calculator. Keep reading to learn why libraries aren't going the way of the dinosaur any time soon; they're more relevant than ever!

Have you ever heard the question (or asked yourself), "Why do we need libraries when we have the Internet and eBook readers?" The Denver Public Library encourages you to share the following facts with your friends and family. During a recession, it's more important than ever that library services are known about and shared.

Library Love Story: Eric Duran

Eric Duran

My name is Eric Duran. I am an investment banker and was recently named the 9News Leader of the Year. I am proud to say I served on the Denver Public Library Commission from 1996 until 2004. The Denver Public Library was critical to my success and I am honored to share my story.

I grew up in North Denver in a household of six people in a two-bedroom apartment—my family was close. It is not something that I often talk about, but growing up, my mother and sister shared one bedroom and my grandmother and aunt shared the other. My grandfather and I slept in the living room—he slept on the couch and I slept on the floor. My teenage memories are of my grandfather waking me up at 5:30 in the morning to get the Rocky Mountain News and then moving me from the floor to the couch. I learned a love of reading from my grandfather.

Library Love Story: Jim White

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My name is Jim White and I am the Director of Community Affairs for the Volunteers of America. I have worked here for almost 31 years and obviously believe we do our best to make a difference in the lives of those we serve. If asked, however, about another organization that truly makes a big difference in the lives of those it touches I would immediately say the Denver Public Library.

The thousands of individuals and families that use the library everyday are never the same after they receive their library card. Whether they walked into their local branch looking for a book, an educational bit of information, a cd or even a movie for pure relaxation their life has been changed. At Volunteers of America we have had the good fortune to partner with DPL on “I Love To Read” events for very young children. The ongoing aggressive effort that the library embraces year round to encourage young children to read is phenomenal yet often not something they are recognized for.

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