Magazine article Library Administrator's Digest

In the Mail

Magazine article Library Administrator's Digest

In the Mail

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Mike Sawyer, director of the Rangeview Library District, Thornton, CO, sent along the following, saying "Thought you would like to know."

"For the first time in the history of their existence, libraries that serve the northwest section of Metro Denver and beyond are receiving significant financial support from their patrons. On November 7, 2006, the Rangeview Library District in Adams County Colorado successfully passed a bond issue increasing the mill levy support for libraries by 2.261 mills. For 2007 the district will see an increase of 6.2 million dollars. This increase will allow the district to expand and remodel five branches and build two new ones.

"The Rangeview Library District, formerly the Adams County Library System, had unsuccessfully attempted to pass mill increases in 1997, 2002 and 2005. Ranked as one of the worst library systems in the state, the board was facing a severe financial crisis, including closing a branch if the mill levy had failed. Two library board members cochaired the Save Our Libraries campaign and got the grass roots involved. With a limited campaign budget, the group campaigned hard. Their hard work paid off and the library won by a 54 percent yes vote to 45 percent no vote. Michael Sawyer, library director, states 'This begins a dawn of a new era for the Rangeview Library District as it moves forward in providing better service to the library users.' The RLD is the third largest library district in the Denver Metro area, serving over 300,000 people in Colorado's fastest growing county."

Well, congratulations are certainly due to the Save Our Libraries group in the county. Hope there was a big party.

"One of the worst library systems in the state ... ," eh? I wonder if they described themselves that way before they started to campaign for the increased money. There are a lot of "worst libraries" in the country, but I've never heard any of them describe themselves that way. …

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