Pass the Books!
The Community Bookworm on September 24 was a huge success, thanks to the 1,845 participants who helped us move the last 21 books out of our old Parker location and into the new one.
You may be wondering: Why 21 books, and how were those 21 chosen?
We’re glad you asked!
We chose 21 books to signify the 21 years that Douglas County Libraries (DCL) has been in Parker. The books themselves were chosen based on patron and library staff suggestions, and because we felt some of these books had special significance given the occasion and event. Many different types of books were represented: adult and children’s reads, mysteries, romance, science fiction, playaway, large-type books, and graphic novels to name a few.
So, without further ado, we present the 21 books that moved us enough to be included!
Books chosen by the public (based on nominations and majority votes):
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
- The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
- Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories by Agatha Christie
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
- Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
Books chosen by library staff:
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- The Big Blue Thing on the Hill by Yuval Zommer
- Grunt by Mary Roach
- The Fold by Peter Clines
- The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden (A Battle of the Books fave!)
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
- Darth Vader and Friends by Jeffrey Brown
Books chosen for their symbolic significance:
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – About a journey that is both epic and amazing, yet also brings us back home. It seemed fitting: an epic 0.8-mile chain of helping hands moving 21 books across the bustling Town of Parker to a beautiful new home.
- Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss – Sam-I-Am gets a character excited about trying new things. We thought the bookworm would get characters across the local landscape excited about trying something different too.
- Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman – A graphic novel about making new history. We wanted to make new history and marvelous memories in a larger-than-life way.
- The Wonder of It All: 100 Stories From the National Park Service – About the devotion to preservation. This one is dedicated to our late friend and devoted co-worker Naioma Walberg.
- The Wonder by Emma Donoghue – The most recent book in our collection. DCL in Parker happens to be the most recent in our collection of new libraries.
- Stage Stop Cuisine – Great Parker cooks, recipes and history. Local folks and a local library — we wanted to cook up some history of our own in the community.
- The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown – A story about reconnecting. Plus, the author is on the DCL Board of Trustees.
These books — and countless others — are now at home in our new Parker location. Stop by and check them out!