Welcome to the beginning of a new decade. Anythink is now 11 years old. As an organization, we are a bit older and wiser, but still filled with the optimism of a young soul.
On New Year’s Eve, our libraries were filled with families celebrating New Year’s Noon. Anythink Wright Farms hosted over 400 people – lots of children and families who experienced a long, cold holiday season and just needed a reason to get out of the house and gather with friends and neighbors. We had the celebratory countdown at noon, and we all cheered and delivered best wishes. Participants contributed their dreams for 2020 on a community vision board, designed live by a graphic notetaker.
This experience was pure joy.
In 2020, Anythink continues its mission to open doors for curious minds. We are just beginning to form plans for an intergenerational early literacy project that will support our youngest and most vulnerable community members. Starting life with stories, books and supportive individuals make a profound difference in a child’s life.
We are exploring our role in supporting people in their careers.
Our partnerships with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and others continue to grow and provide our community with opportunities to experience science and culture. Through partnerships like these, we can connect our community with ideas and experiences.
Anythink Commerce City is launching a check-out-a-bike program with bicycles donated by Denver B-Cycle. Look for this new offering to launch early summer.
The Studio at Anythink Wright Farms is beginning the year with a focus on do-it-yourself home improvement, handicraft, tools, repairs and more.
Our team is collaborating with Tri-County Health and the American Heart Association again this summer to host farmers’ markets at Anythink Huron Street and Anythink Wright Farms.
Anythink is working on an exhibit at Denver International Airport, celebrating the wonder of Anythink and public libraries. Check this out later this year when you are visiting DIA.
These are just a few of the projects that we are working on this year. We are always eager to provide transformative experiences at our libraries. Anythink is more than a place to check out books – it is a place where you can learn anything. It is a place where you can meet a neighbor, find inspiration or learn a new skill. Anythink is a town square, a place where people and ideas come together.
Pam Sandlian Smith
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