Despite a challenging end to the year both globally and locally, Denver Public Library Friends Foundation enters 2022 with fresh gratitude for the support of our donor community and the work we accomplished this past year. Join us as we celebrate the following 2021 highlights:
Over Five Million to Denver Public Library
Thanks to our generous donors and members, the Friends Foundation distributed an unprecedented five million dollars ($5,146,931) to Denver Public Library in 2021. Just over three and a half million of that was granted to support the Central Library renovation project.
This summer, the Friends Foundation activated our network of passionate library advocates to help petition city officials for increased funding for the Central Library renovation. In response, the city approved $10 million in additional capital funds for the project. These additional funds will allow for significant changes to Schlessman Hall which will dramatically improve the experience of coming into the library and accessing the library. Other funds supported branch and library programs, such as Cultural Inclusivity Services, Youth Programming, Western History, Summer of Adventure and other areas of greatest need as determined by the DPL leadership team.
A Record-Setting Booklovers Ball
The 24th Annual Booklovers Ball: Booklovers in Bloom, presented by GH Phipps, was held al fresco at the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens and raised a record-setting $425,000. Denver poet Franklin Cruz authored and performed a stirring poem created especially for the event titled “In the Books.” Read Mr. Cruz’s inspiring poem here.
Growth in the Membership Program
More than 425 new individuals joined the DPLFF membership program. DPLFF members provide a crucial foundation of support for the library by providing sustainable funding for library collections and services. All DPLFF members also enjoy special benefits, including a unique “I’m a Friend” library card.
Denver Voters Approved 2A
In November, an overwhelming majority of Denver voters approved the Rise Denver 2A Facilities Bond, creating funding for two new library branches in historically underserved communities: Globeville and Westwood. The bond also supports the expansion of the Hampden Branch Library, allowing DPL to offer additional services and programs in the growing southeast Denver community.
A 5-Star Rating on Amazon
Despite not hosting large in-person book sales, DPLFF generated more than $254,000 for the library in 2021 by selling used books on our Amazon store and at pop-up book sales. DPLFF’s used book program is proud to maintain a 5-star rating on Amazon, with customers leaving feedback such as, “Best used bookseller I have bought from! Thank you!” Last year, the used book program also piloted pop-up book sales, holding smaller-scale sales at several DPL branches. Be on the lookout for more pop-ups in 2022.
Together these 2021 achievements helped DPLFF support Denver Public Library’s vision of a strong community where everyone thrives. We are looking forward to working with you – our community of donors, supporters, and library advocates – to achieve even greater success in 2022 and beyond!