Library Opening Highlights September's Activities 1

September is such a wonderful time of year, especially 
in Colorado.

The weather is cooler, the Broncos are back on the field and there are numerous activities for residents to enjoy – everything from taking in a high school football game, to Parker Oktoberfest on Sept. 16-18, to the 25th Annual Colorado Mountain Winefest in Palisade on Sept. 15-18.

As Parker residents, we get an added bonus this September when the Parker branch of Douglas County Libraries opens on Sept. 24. The third of three new county libraries, this one was worth the wait.

The opening of the 42,000-square-foot library has special meaning to me because of my mother and my mother-in-law. First, my mother. She was an elementary school librarian who taught me the joy that can be found in reading books. As a child, I was always reading books that she suggested. She passed away earlier this year, but I know she would have enjoyed all that the new Parker branch has to offer its readers, especially the children.

For my mother-in-law, who lives here in Parker, I’m glad she will no longer have to endure the parking situation at the old library. As a frequent library patron, I’m sure that she will appreciate the additional parking and drive-through book drop, as well as the 20 percent increase in the library’s collections of books, movies and more.

As a Parker area resident of about 25 years, I personally love the fact that they included a hitching post to honor Parker’s horse heritage. So take special notice to the left of the front door, where you’ll find the hitching post and accompanying bench. What makes this even more special is that the post and bench were made from beams from the old Quonset Hut, or Community Building, that was a gathering place and gymnasium in O’Brien Park from December 1950 to October 2013.

In another nod to Parker history, the library staff is using a library tradition of gathering residents together to move books with a bookworm. It’s been used in previous Parker library moves, so it’s nice to see it happening again.

So enjoy the fall. And if you’ve got time, sign up for the bookworm by RSVPing at and keep a Parker tradition alive!