Anythink Libraries

Anythink Libraries

Colorado|Community

Changing all the Rules

At an Anythink library, SHHH is a four-letter word. Librarians are known as guides, book-shelvers are wranglers. You won’t find any institutional gray or the Dewey Decimal system here either. Books are arranged by subject, and socializing is encouraged. When library director Pam Sandlian-Smith set out to reverse the underperforming libraries of Adams County, she led a total reinvention.

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Anythink Libraries
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Various
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ANYTHINK PERL MACK

We’ve had the good fortune, with Anythink, to contribute to something extraordinary. In the process, we engaged individuals of all ages, interests, and backgrounds. They shared their personal stories, the impact of libraries on their lives. Their voices guided us through the design of four new libraries, the renovation of three others, and a master planning process.

When you enter an Anythink library, you know it. It’s a place of imagination, of play, of lifelong learning. It’s comfortable, welcoming, and casual. Programming informs each space, serving the needs of neighbors — for lifelong learning, career education, and cultural engagement. Each Anythink is also unique, evoking the distinct environment and personality of its community. Adams County is 72 miles wide; this creates dynamic differences from one town, and library, to the next.

Anythink spaces have been wildly popular. They’re internationally studied and admired. They’ve been transformational, enhancing the lives of people in the community. And they’ll keep breaking the mold.

“Let’s not count the books. Let’s count the experiences.”

Pam Sandlian-Smith, Director, Anythink Libraries

Adjustable Rooms

Shelving is used to create smaller spaces or “rooms”. When the library needs to adjust for new uses or larger groups, the shelves are easily rearranged.

Bookstore Inspiration

The innovative layout of Anythink Libraries takes a page from bookstores. Visitors can read in a quiet nook, host a book club gathering, play Wii, listen to music, you name it.

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ANYTHINK PERL MACK

A Friendly Welcome

In the front zone, library guides greet visitors and help answer questions against a friendly backdrop, which includes a café and a new-releases book display.

On the Lawn

Outdoor spaces create opportunities for reading, outdoor meetings, and events.

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Anythink Brighton: LEED Gold Certified

A geothermal system provides heating and cooling for the building through an under-floor air distribution system, and a solar array system on the roof provides additional energy.

ANYTHINK PERL MACK
ANYTHINK PERL MACK