Douglas County Libraries knows how to throw a party.
The April 6 grand reopening of James H. LaRue library in Highlands Ranch featured a burst of colorful confetti, live music, refreshments, sweet treats and more. Hundreds of community members of all ages eagerly gathered outside of the library before 9 a.m. to be among the first to experience the renovated building.
“I feel like this library was wonderful before,” resident Ashlie Reynoso said, “but it's overwhelming how great it is now.”
The $6.5 million project added new features — like an interactive kids' marketplace equipped with cash registers, a kitchen and organic veggie bar — updated the décor and rearranged the layout of the library, 9292 S. Ridgeline Blvd.
The first floor of the library is geared toward kids and families, the second toward adults. All bookshelves are shorter and further apart, allowing for easy access.
The renovation was a culmination of two years worth of saving, Douglas County Libraries Executive Director Robert Pasicznyuk said. Staff worked for weeks leading up to the reopening, moving more than 10,000 books.
“It's one thing to prepare a wonderful facility,” Pasicznyuk said. “It's another thing to make it a public library.”
The celebration was a testament to the strong relationship between the library and its patrons.
“We really missed you,” manager Tammy Clausen said. “We love serving this community, love learning and playing with you and sharing so many magical moments with you and your families.”
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