We’ve Got the “Spark”

You’ve heard me talk about my awesome library—Anythink—before. I kind of won’t shut up about it. Anyhoo, we are totally thrilled to be featured in the “Faces of Anythink” section of their June Spark newsletter.

Photo of Jennifer and Jonathan Fenske

Here’s a taste:

“As entrepreneurs that manage much of their business online, John and Jennifer have flexibility in terms of choosing where to live. But for the Fenskes, making the move to Thornton, Colo., was a nobrainer. After living in Atlanta, they made this community their home in 2006. “We fell in love with the landscape, outdoor opportunities and that general Colorado ‘vibe,’ which is laid back and driven, all at the same time,” says Jennifer.”

Read the entire story in the Spark newsletter.

Thanks, Anythink! This made our day. We love you, too.

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I Love My Anythink

I love my Anythink.

I say this statement at least once per week, and all of my friends know I can’t stop yapping about how great our quirky library is. Anythink is seven libraries in Adams County, Colorado, a suburban community north of Denver. Anythink is a true Cinderella story: Rangeview, our local library district, was the least-funded in the state with dilapidated buildings and dusty, dispirited collections. We moved to Thornton in 2007 and visited our closest branch once. We never went back. But behind the scenes, things were changing.

Back in 2004, the Rangeview Library district became an independent entity from Adams County. In 2006, voters approved a mill levy increase to fund improvements. Flush with this cash, and led by library director Pam Sandlian Smith, Rangeview was reborn as Anythink: A Revolution of Rangeview Libraries. From worst to first, as they say, and the world noticed. Awards started flying and the Anythink staff now advises library communities around the world.

So, how do I describe Anythink? First of all, the flagship branch, Wright Farms, is two blocks away from our house, so it’s bikeable, walkable, it’s just close. I love that.

But for everyone else, it’s stunning, modern architecture with an outdoor landscape rich in hands-on experiences. It’s no late fees and self-checkout. It’s the cafe. It’s The Studio. It’s the soaring ceilings, gorgeous furniture, friendly staff. It’s great programming, like a week and a half ago when I took my two youngest to hear author and illustrator David Shannon read Duck On a Bike, our One Book 4 Colorado selection. We also recently attended the opening of The Studio and interacted with cool technology (all five of us, no easy feat, but the staff made it easy).

Thanks, Anythink. Our lives are better because you’re here.

David Shannon reads Duck on a Bike

David Shannon reads Duck on a Bike at the Anythink Library, Wright Farms branch. May 9, 2013.