By Mike McKibbin / NewsBreak Denver / Aug. 24, 2023
[CASTLE ROCK, COLO.] — A new two-story, 42,000-square-foot library will be celebrated in Castle Rock on Saturday as the town council protests a possible name change for the new building.
The previous library, demolished beginning this spring, was built as a Safeway in 1976 and renovated into a library in 2003. Construction of the new building started in March 2022.
Castle Rock Town Councilmember Max Brooks asked his fellow council members during their Aug. 15 meeting to direct town staff to write a letter to the Douglas County Library District trustees in opposition to a name change for the new library. Council supported the request unanimously.
Library name honors Castle Rock luminary
Brooks noted that the library in Castle Rock was named after Phillip S. Miller, a late local philanthropist whose legacy continues through grants and other monetary awards to local organizations and citizens.
District Executive Director Bob Pasicznyuk said the possible name change stems from a policy change a few years ago that called for new libraries to be named after their location instead of people.
“If they name a library after someone living and then something happens where they’re not looked at in a positive light, that becomes an issue,” he added. “They could still decide to name (the Castle Rock library) after Mr. Miller, but they’d have to pass a motion. If they don’t pass a motion, it will be named after the town where it’s located, so the Castle Rock library by default.”
Other district libraries in the county are all named after their locations. Pasicznyuk said the library board is scheduled to consider the naming issue at their Sept. 27 meeting.
New library includes many features
The new building at 100 S. Wilcox St. — the same address as the previous 47-year-old structure that served for two decades — includes:
•Library space and amenities on par with other district locations, such as a drive-through book return;
•10 study rooms;
•Five large meeting and event spaces;
•Two outdoor Aloha Plazas East and West;
•An interactive children’s playscape, The Ranch, sponsored by the Castle Rock Rotary Club;
•The district’s archives and local history collections, and;
•The new Sjostrom History Lounge reading room.
The new building will have at least 220 parking spots for customers and staff once the parking lot is completed in November.
Saturday festivities — open to the public from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. — will be preceded by a Masonic cornerstone ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Remarks from library leaders and special guests will follow, along with confetti cannons and a breakaway banner to officially open the doors.
Guests are encouraged to park in downtown public parking lots and garages while work continues on the new lot.
Treats, entertainment throughout the day, and fun surprises will also be part of the festivities, said Amber DeBerry, the district’s director of community engagement, in a news release.
Project cost nearly $22 million
Casie Cook, library district director of finance, said the new library cost $21.8 million through the end of June. The district reports the cost each quarter, she added.
Pasicznyuk said the new library will likely come in $500,000 under budget.
“This new facility has been paid for through library savings over the past decade and is part of an overall effort to provide our citizens with premium library service across Douglas County,” he said in the release.
For more information about the new library, visit DCL.org or call (303) 791-7323.