Branch Library at ArtPark Naming Effort

Digital rendering of ArtPark Branch Library. Main area of library with big colorful windows, sunlight shining in, and people walking around.

The Denver Public Library is currently in the process to name its new branch library at the recently completed park at 35th St. and Arkins Court. Updates will be posted on this page throughout the process. 

Background

The yet to be named branch is part of a new Community Hub housed within a recently renovated building in one of Denver's newest parks, located at 35th & Arkins Ct. The branch will serve the neighborhoods of Five Points, Cole, Globeville, and Elyria-Swansea alongside our existing Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library and Valdez-Perry Branch Library.

The Community Hub is a unique partnership between Denver Public Library, RiNo Art District, the City of Denver, RedLine Contemporary Art Center and Focus Points Family Resource Center. The shared space will provide collaborative programming and services celebrating art, innovation, education and small business. This hub will also have a public plaza off the Platte River Bike Path and green space that will be an active hub for the community.

No other public library in the country has engaged in an arts-focused community partnership like this. The library will have 7,000 square feet of space and will provide unique collection access, technology and wifi access, community meeting rooms, outreach and programming.

Naming Community Committee

As part of the branch naming process, a Naming Community Committee was formed in partnership with Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca consisting of a diverse group of people from the community. The Naming Community Committee is guiding this process and created the criteria for a new name of the branch. It is the hope of Councilwoman CdeBaca and the naming committee that this naming process identifies a name that can also be proposed for the unnamed park that houses the library.

This is the first step in engaging the general public. Recommended names submitted will be researched and vetted. The Naming Community Committee will then finalize the top names which will go to a public vote in late September. The final branch name will be presented to the Library Commission on October 21 for approval and a celebration will be planned in November.

Criteria

Denver Public Library

Your name recommendation should consider the library’s vision, mission and values.

Vision: A strong community where everyone thrives.

Mission: Together, we create welcoming spaces where all are free to explore and connect.

Values:

  • Welcoming Everyone
  • Fostering Curiosity
  • Strengthening Connection
  • Challenging Inequity
  • Honoring Public Trust

Naming Branch After a Person:

If you are recommending the branch be named after a person, please consider the following:

  • Person must be deceased.
  • Significant civic service and contribution to the local neighborhood/area surrounding the new branch or Denver proper.
    • Neighborhoods include 5 Points, Globeville, Elyria, Swansea, Cole, Ballpark, Curtis Park and Whittier
  • Historical figures.
  • Cultural, ethnic and diverse background.

A “Meaningful” Name (Non-Person)

If you are recommending any type of lyrical name for the branch, please consider the following:

  • Names that celebrate connection.
    • Example: This area of the city was used as a meeting place by Native tribes to gather.
    • Example: Confluence of modes of transportation, how people move, the movement of people were all relevant to this part of the city.
  • Names that celebrate Learning
    • Libraries are places to learn, explore, create.
  • Natural or geographical features, such as plants or wildlife along the river.
    • Example: Birds that live or lived in this area (i.e. kill deer, eagles, redtail hawks, canadian geese, downy woodpeckers, red winged black birds, etc).

Other Considerations

  • Honoring the past, present and future.
  • Acknowledge and celebrate communities that called this area home in the past (i.e. Native, Black, Hispanic, Japanese American).
  • If the new branch name is to also be proposed for the park, the name should follow the general principles in the Denver Parks & Recreation naming policy

Timeline

July - August 2021

The Naming Community Committee met to discuss naming criteria and the process.

August 12 - September 6, 2021

Community name submissions were accepted

September 2021

The community naming committee will meet to discuss the final names to move forward for community voting.

October 11 - 29, 2021

Community voting will take place.

November 2021

The Naming Community Committee will present the final name recommendation to the Library Commission on Thursday, October 21, 2021. The Library Commission will vote.

December 2021

If the Library Commission approves the recommended name, a community celebration will take place in November.