Five Things You May Not Know About the Arapahoe Library District

ALDLogoBlackSmall.jpg1.  The Arapahoe Library District (ALD) provides public library service to more than 200,000 residents in Arapahoe County, Colorado, through eight library branches, plus outreach services through a jail library as well as a state-of-the-art Library on Wheels. Like them Facebook or follow them at Twitter.

2.  ALD is the place to go for fun. They have storytimes and literacy playgrounds for kids, and they also have events and author visits (think Lisa See and Andrew McCarthy) for grownups. Sip wine while learning from a wine expert, and pick up her autographed book while you’re at it. The library is a mecca for entertainment and growth for all ages. During 2012, ALD hosted more than 6,660 programs and events for nearly 130,000 children, teens and adults.

3.  ALD is the place to go for technology. In addition to offering a growing collection of downloadable materials, such as eBooks, audiobooks, eMagazines and music, ALD strives to be a resource for technological literacy. They offer tech programs, social media classes and more. Looking to create a movie, or record some music? Meet them in The Studio at Smoky Hill Library. Recently featured on 9News and in The Villager, this state-of-the-art soundproof space features a green screen and everything you need to create your next masterpiece: iMacs with iMovie and GarageBand, high-definition video cameras, a guitar, a keyboard and more. In addition, some items are available for check-out with a library card, including the “GoPro” and other video cameras. Speaking of cool things to checkout — don’t have an eReader to enjoy your eBooks? No problem! Check out one of our Nooks.

4.  ALD is still the best place for research and support. Did you know you can Book a Librarian? Their librarians have years of experience that will help you wade through information overload for maximum results. They help patrons research genealogy, download eBooks and audiobooks to devices, learn iMovie, conduct an effective job search, start businesses, and much more. If you can wonder about it, their librarians can research it.

5.  ALD is THE place to go for literacy. It is part of every library’s mission to expand literacy, especially in the youngest patrons, and ALD is on fire with its SPARK initiative. SPARK, which was introduced early in 2012, illuminates the ways ALD is generating excitement about reading and learning together, with a focus on families and children. Because early literacy skills begin to form from birth, positive language experience from the moment a child is born sets the stage for success in school and life. With ALD’s focus on SPARK, we are connecting families with valuable resources, helpful services, quality information and outreach to prepare children for success in reading.