It seems like only yesterday.
It’s hard to believe the Arvada Library is celebrating the 10th anniversary in its new building in Olde Town. It’s true; the doors opened officially on September 16, 2006 moving from about a half mile away. The old location, which had housed the library since the mid-1960s, was the smallest in the county (only 700 square feet!) and was totally underutilized.
It took about a decade of planning, but the new, modern, two-story building has become the center of Arvada’s Olde Town revitalization—a great go-to place to connect, discover and create.
The Arvada Library has been providing books and services for 78 years. Check out these interesting milestones dating back to the 1930s:
• 1938 – The library first opened its doors in the Arvada Town Hall, renting its books from the Denver Public Library.
• 1941 – The library moved to a building on Wadsworth Boulevard (now Olde Wadsworth) at Grandview Ave. in the Davis Block.
• 1942 – The library moved to another building on the same block.
• 1943 – The library became city-owned and received $863 annually for operations.
• 1948 – The Arvada Lions Club donated $250 “for purchase of teen-age books to help curb juvenile delinquency.”
• 1951 – The library moved to larger quarters in a city-owned house in McElvoy Park.
• 1965 – Ground was broken for a new library at W. 57th Ave. and Dover Street.
• 1969 – The Arvada Library joined the Jefferson County Public Library.
• 2006 – The Arvada Library moved to a new state-of-the-art facility in Olde Town Arvada!
In addition to offering a world of reading, reference and recreational materials, Arvada has a continual flow of wonderful events and activities for all ages, including “Arvada After Dark” for young adults, “Taste Buds” program for those who like to do it in the kitchen, “Acoustic Afternoons” when strumming is superb, and of course, a plethora of Story Times and activities for the little ones. Visit the library in person or online at jeffcolibrary.org.
And, if you’re more the type of person who likes to do all your stuff online, the library offers amazing resources through our website. You can download music, movies, and books to enjoy, or check out our databases and other resources – like New York Times and Consumer Reports online, language learning with MANGO, take a class with Lynda.com….so much ahhhhhhmazing.
Here’s to a decade of serving the wonderful Arvada community!