On Monday, June 17 the Denver Public Library Commission is holding a community meeting at 5:30 p.m., Level 7 Training Room in the Central Library, to discuss the 2014 Library budget, followed by a convening of the Naming Committee for the new Branch Library in West Denver. Both meetings are open to the public.
The Library expects the 2014 budget to be flat, with no changes to the current level of service hours. In 2013, the Denver Public Library expanded hours by approximately 40%, thanks to the Denver voters overwhelming support of ballot measure 2A. To date, all Denver Public Library locations are open a minimum of 48 hours, with the exception of Westwood Branch Library, due to its location in a community center that is closed on weekends. The Library, along with all City Agencies is in the process of submitting their budget to the Budget Management Office, and expect final approval by City Council in November 2013.
Immediately after the budget discussion, the Naming Committee for the new Branch Library in West Denver, will meet in preparation of the recommendation they will make to the Library Commission on June 20.
The Naming Committee is considering all suggestions submitted by the public for the new Branch Library located at the corner of W. Colfax and Irving streets. Overall, nearly 225 letters of suggested names were submitted by mail and email, several petitions were received, and over 100 people attended two community meetings in May to propose names. The deadline for suggestions was May 15. In anticipation of the community interest in the new branch library, the Library Commission included two special criteria for consideration as they gathered public input:
- Coloradans who have taken an active role in the West Denver community and who have made an impact on the cultural life of the community through involvement with the Denver Public Library.
- Coloradans who have made a major contribution in Denver’s West Side community and whose contribution in a particular field positively impacted the total community.
City Librarian Shirley Amore states that this is the most community participation in the naming of a new building she has observed in her time at the Denver Public Library. According to Library Commissioner and Naming Committee chair Gloria Rubio-Cortes, the name of the new branch library should unify the community and reflect on the role of the Library to bring people together to learn, explore, discuss and inspire each other.
The Library Commission will meet during their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, June 20, at 8:30 a.m. at the Central Library (Floor 7 Training Room) to discuss the recommendation from the Naming Committee. All Library Commission meetings are open to the public.