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Kama Connection endorsed 2022-08-25 15:59:28 -0600

Boulder Businesses for Better Libraries

Libraries Mean Business — and Are Essential to Economic Recovery.

  • After every economic downturn, demand for library services grows, as people work to rebuild their
    lives and businesses. 
  • Job seekers turn to libraries for job search help. Job-skill requirements are changing fast, and libraries can help people keep up by offering access to technology, tools, and a community of shared learning.
  • The Boulder Public Library’s BLDG 61 makerspace, which provides access to skill training and expensive tools, has launched more than 100 small businesses.
  • BLDG 61 is also regularly used by established local businesses for prototyping, product design and production, and creation of custom marketing materials. This led to a partnership with the Boulder Small Business Development Center creating “Maker’s Edge,” a pilot accelerator program for local startups and small businesses to utilize the space. 
  • Libraries are excellent neighborhood “anchor stores,” drawing potential customers to local businesses and generating  greater revenue for retailers. Patrons who stop at the library while completing a longer list of errands report ‘halo spending’ at establishments close to the library. 
  • Our libraries are excellent co-working space, with comfortable and free spaces, meeting rooms
    and technology.
  • Strong libraries help boost property values, enhance neighborhoods and create thriving communities where business can flourish and employers can attract a topnotch workforce.
  • Communities from Colorado Springs to Seattle understand the role they play in creating an atmosphere for local businesses to start, grow and thrive. Creating a library district would allow Boulder to build on its strong foundation of support for economic development in the community. 

Boulder regularly receives high marks for creativity, entrepreneurship, educational attainment, and technological savvy, but we continue to underfund one of our central institutions of economic and social infrastructure — the Boulder Public Library.

Nearly every other library in Colorado similar to Boulder in size and patron base — including those in Fort Collins, Berthoud, Greeley, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo — is now a library district. 

Join Boulder Businesses for Better Libraries

This fall, voters will be asked to create a Boulder Library District to secure sustainable funding and deliver libraries that meet the community’s needs and expectations now and in the future. 

Business support for the measure will be critical to a successful campaign. Please lend your name to the Boulder Library Champions’ “Boulder Businesses for Better Libraries” effort: 

donated 2022-09-06 13:18:38 -0600
wants to volunteer 2022-08-22 12:29:23 -0600

Become a volunteer

Will you join our team of volunteers and help secure sustainable funding for our community library's future? Where you can help:

  • Yes, I will host a house party or neighborhood gathering

    Learn More: The campaign will work with you to schedule and host an event where friends and other potential supporters from your network can learn more about the Boulder Library Champions campaign. 
    When? Ongoing
  • Yes, I will help spread the word through social media

    Learn More: Help us spread the Boulder Library Champions’ messages via pre-approved messaging, graphics and images designed to be copied and pasted into your social media feeds.
    When? Ongoing
  • Yes, I will help with fundraising for this fall's election campaign.

    Learn More: Help to identify and engage people who might be willing to donate to the Boulder Library Champions campaign. 
    When? Ongoing
  • Yes, I will help distribute campaign literature

    Learn More: Getting the word out in a busy election year is more important than ever. “Lit drops” include going door-to-door to distribute campaign information to likely voters and other supporters in the proposed Library District boundary. 
    When? August through Election Day
  • Yes, I will write/submit a Letter to the Editor or Guest Column to a local newspaper

    Learn More: We’ll help you deliver informed and authoritative commentary about your support for the Boulder Library Champions on the opinion pages of your local newspaper. 
    When? Ongoing
  • Yes, I will help canvass or phone bank

    Learn More: Make phone calls and send text messages to help us identify supporters and provide voters with information on why they should vote yes to create a Library District. 
    When? June-Election Day
  • Yes, I will place a sign in my yard

    Learn More: Show your support for a Library District to passersby, customers, friends and neighbors. Most signs are suitable for neighborhoods, but we’re happy to design larger signs for supporters who have high-visibility or high-traffic locales.
    When? August through Election Day
  • Other -- let me know what you need!

    Learn More: Want to roll up your sleeves in some other way when demand warrants? Let us know that you’re available. 
    When? Ongoing

Sign up here to be added to our volunteer list to get a heads-up when we need a hand. You can also email us at [email protected] with questions or other ideas for how you might help.

Become a volunteer