After months of planning, building, presenting and collecting donations, the Doc Susie Little Free Library “opened for business” on 23 April 2016. Quoting Junior Membership Chair, Kristin Husby’s speech from the dedication, “poet and novelist, Ben Okri once said, ‘Reading is an act of civilization; it's one of the greatest acts of civilization because it takes the free raw material of the mind and builds castles of possibilities.’ We have taken free raw materials to create this Little Free Library into a replication of our namesake’s, Doctor Susan Anderson house in Fraser, Colorado. The desire is that it will be used by the Arvada community and create castles of possibilities in our children here.” There were over twenty people in attendance to mark this special occasion; among the attendees where several members of the APAC (Arvada Parks Advisory Committee), our DAR State Librarian Heather Miller, members of our Chapter, members of the community and of course, several children. Shortly after 2:00 pm, Regent Cheryl Heyen cut the ceremonial ribbon and announced that the library was officially open.
Be sure to stop by sometime to take a book and return a book. The library is located along the Little Dry Creek Trail. You can visit this little library by following these directions. Take West 86th Parkway to Ward Rd. Head south on Ward Rd. to Wright Street. Turn west on Wright Street. Pass W 84th Drive and quickly you will see the greenbelt where the trail is located. Stop here, there is street parking available. Walk westward and the library is located on the north side of the trail.
As mentioned at the placement and dedication ceremony, a heartfelt “Thank You” to the Doctor Susan Anderson Chapter members for their donations and support of this Junior Membership Project. “Thank You” to HODAR Nick Low for the Library construction. “Thank You” members of the APAC (Arvada Parks Advisory Committee) for help in coordinating approval with the City of Arvada, especially Brandon Figlioloni, who acted as our liaison.
The DAR is a non-profit, non-political worldwide service organization formed in 1890 and devoted to promoting Historic Preservation, Education and Patriotism. Membership in the DAR is a unique chance to establish your lineage and heritage as a descendant of a patriot of the American Revolution. Our Chapter is proud to serve such a wonderful community and are grateful that we were able to promote literacy today and in the future for Arvada residents.