Envision a library that is not only a place to read, browse, discover, and study, but also a community space for families and friends to gather and engage in lifelong learning. That is the goal for the new library set to break ground on Mainstreet in downtown Parker, Colorado this spring, beginning a new chapter in Parker’s history and another great resource for owners of Parker CO Homes.
Leaving “No Leaf Unturned” for Douglas County Literacy
Three Douglas County communities will soon have brand new libraries thanks to funding from the No Leaf Unturned library campaign. Parker, CO, Lone Tree, and Castle Pines will all receive new library facilities designed specifically for their individual needs and environments. Over the past few years, circulation at Douglas County libraries has increased by over 24%. The new library in Parker CO will respond to an expanding population and its growing demand for modern library resources.
The No Leaf Unturned campaign has raised funds for these exciting new projects through contributions from local municipalities, private donors, and corporate donors rather than by tax dollars. After the plans were first announced two years ago, Douglas County Libraries gathered feedback and comments from residents of the local towns of Parker, Lone Tree, and Castle Pines about what each unique community wanted from their local libraries.
Humphries Poli Architects, along with Semple Brown Design, will design and build the three new libraries featuring contemporary design inspired by Colorado’s beautiful, rugged landscape. Each building will include natural and locally sourced materials along with outdoor spaces, study rooms, conference rooms, and community rooms along with adequate parking space, staff quarters, storage, and large spaces for author readings and other library events. The Parker Library’s new design will have two floors and between 40,000 and 45,000 square feet of space with more than 150 parking spots. The plan features views that look out over a planned park and plaza, and Mainstreet along with civic spaces and an interactive children’s room.
Parker CO Library is currently located at 10851 S Crossroads Dr, right down the street from the new location. Its eclectic collection focuses on consumer health, homeschooling resources, inspirational content, the local music scene, and equestrian resources. The library also boasts the Fusion media lab where patrons can get creative by producing their own music, videos, animation, and websites as well as explore self-publishing tools and photo editing. Community events such as writing classes for children and adults, GED prep classes, literature-based art projects, and conversation groups in which to practice English are just some of what’s offered at the current location. The future library is expected to have an even larger collection of materials and resources, more community events, and creative ways to get everyone from children to adults to students involved in reading and learning.
The new Parker Library will be located at the northwest corner of Mainstreet and Pine Drive, across from the PACE Center, forming Parker, CO’s community hub for culture, learning, and the arts.