Give back this December
The holiday season is a special time of year—we spend time with family, reflect on the past year, and remember the reasons we have to be thankful.
It’s also a great time to make an impact on your community.
This December, Summit County Library offers a great opportunity for you to give charitably:
Libraries in Summit County and around the nation continue to serve a critical purpose in the communities they serve. During the pandemic, libraries were deemed an “essential business.” Community members urgently required access to the internet, printing and scanning, as well as the materials our libraries provide. Staff responded immediately and led the effort among departments to institute safe practices to serve patrons.
In May of 2021, library staff quickly shifted from virtual to outdoor programming and added innovative new opportunities on and off-site to provide opportunities for community interaction: Dungeons and Dragons, Teen Advisory Board, True Crime and Wine Book Club, Cookbook Club, Video Game Club, Take and Make crafts, Improv Club and much more! "Our patrons have been thrilled to once again freely use their beloved community resource and interact socially again. They were able to attend fun, FREE and safe programming for all ages in-person this summer and fall at our 3 locations.” -Sarah Hulsey, Operations Manager.
Summit County Library also continued to significantly increase digital services in 2021 by adding the Wall Street Journal, A-Z Databases for Travel and Food, Hoopla and BookFlix! 300 online library cards have been issued since that service was added to the website in January.
From June - August, library staff put on a successful 2021 Summer Reading program, with the theme of Tails and Tales. It was a summer full of entertainment including local organizations, Denver presentors, and virtual programs. Staff led a wide range of free programs for all ages, from bird watching, painting or lectures on homesteading for adults, to weekly Junior STEAM programs and fun interactive storytimes for our preschoolers and babies. It was a successful challenge, with 200 children, 82 teens and 42 adult participating in reading over the summer.
Starting in September, the Main Library in Frisco renovation was underway! Some of the exciting changes will be 3 private study rooms, increased and improved seating, a revamped storytime and craft area for the children, a teen room, a new entrance directly into the library and a programming space. The Main Library continues to offer printing and hold pickup from the Buffalo Mtn Room in the County Commons. We look forward to welcoming our Summit County community in 2022 to a modern and fresh space.
You can help us reach even more children, teens, and adults in 2022 by making a tax-deductible donation on Tuesday, Dec. 7 — Colorado Gives Day!
What is the Summit Library Foundation?
The Summit County Library Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) whose mission is to serve as an advocate for the Summit County Library System and to provide financial support beyond the Library’s normal operating expenditures, when unanticipated needs arise, and for capital projects.
Why give on December 7th?
Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. Colorado Gives Day features a $1 Million+ Incentive Fund. Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the fund, increasing impact and the value of every dollar donated. You encourage you to schedule your Dec 7th donation in advance.
To donate, visit: coloradogives.org/SummitCountyLibraryFoundation
“Summit County is a world-class county that is creating a world-class library system that serves every aspect and demographic of our community. We are asking our community to support the library and ensure that Summit County libraries will be a vibrant community resource and center for many years to come.” - Stephanie Ralph, Summit County Library Director.
Watch this TEDxBreckenridge Talk by Director Stephanie Ralph on the "Magic of Libraries":