The Denver Public Library is currently seeking name recommendations from the community to name its new branch library at the ArtPark. Community members interested in submitting name recommendations can do it online at denverlibrary.org/ArtPark or stop by the Valdez-Perry Branch Library, Blair-Caldwell Branch Library, Ford-Warren Branch Library or Pauline Robinson Branch library during open hours to fill out an online form. Criteria can be viewed online and the submission deadline is Monday, September 6.
As part of this process, a Naming Community Committee was formed in partnership with City 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.
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 mid-October. The final branch name will be presented to the Library Commission on December 16 for approval and a celebration will be planned after the name is adopted.
The yet to be named branch located at the ArtPark at 1930 East 35th Street will open its doors the last weekend of September. The branch will serve the neighborhoods of Five Points, Cole, Globeville, and Elyria-Swansea alongside our existing Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, Valdez-Perry Branch Library and Ford-Warren Branch Library.
The ArtPark 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. ArtPark 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.