Anythink invites Adams County community to Take Charge

This September, Anythink joins more than 240 libraries worldwide to participate in Outside the Lines, a weeklong initiative – Sept. 13-19, 2015 – demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries. As part of this initiative, Anythink will launch Take Charge, an interactive experience designed to help people discover the many ways they can unleash their potential at the library.  

Take Charge will kick off at Thornton’s annual Harvest Fest on Sept. 12, 2015, from 10 am to 5 pm at Community Park in Thornton, Colo. There, Anythink will debut its Take Charge bicycles, specially designed by Anythink staff to harness human energy and convert it to electricity. By pedaling these stationary bikes, riders can charge their phones, tablets or other devices, while also learning about science, sustainability, wellness and all of the resources available for them to unleash their potential at Anythink.  

Throughout the week of Sept. 13-19, Adams County residents are invited to Take Charge out in the community as well as in the library. Anythink’s bicycle fleet will travel to various locations throughout the county, where the public can take a break in their day to visit with staff and try out the customized bikes. Additionally, Anythink’s seven libraries and Anythink in Motion, the district’s bookmobile, will host a variety of related programming focused on wellness, cycling and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) concepts. Some locations, including Anythink in Motion, will also have power-generating hand cranks for customers of all ages and abilities to enjoy.

“This is our second year participating in Outside the Lines, and we’re thrilled to once again be a part of this global initiative,” says Stacie Ledden, director of innovations and brand strategy at Anythink. “Outside the Lines was designed to help people think of libraries in a different way and understand that they are places of ideas and inspiration – not just a warehouse for books. Take Charge highlights Anythink’s emphasis on learning through interactivity – something Adams County residents have grown accustomed to at Anythink. These pedal-powered charging stations provide a great talking point to share information about science, sustainability, wellness as well as all of the ways that people can unleash their potential at Anythink – whether that’s potential energy, potential creativity or otherwise. They provide an opportunity for us to reintroduce libraries to our community in a fun, creative way.”

Visit Anythink’s online calendar at to view related programming during Outside the Lines. Stay tuned to Anythink’s Facebook and Twitter pages for details on Take Charge locations throughout the week. Follow #getOTL to see all of the Outside the Lines happenings worldwide.

Event Details
Anythink’s Take Charge Kickoff
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015
10 am-5 pm

Harvest Fest
Community Park
Thornton Parkway and York Street
Thornton, CO 80229