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A Historical Timeline of the Rifle Public Library
Teddy Roosevelt’s Visit to Rifle 1882 1905The town of Riflewas founded
The Rifle Christian Church The Rifle Reading Club (a federatedwas completed in 1906. Women’s Club) was founded and thenOne of its 3 stained glass established a lending library. Thiswindows was called the collection consisted primarily of“Roosevelt Window” to popular fiction and was kept in Mr. A.commemorate the Glover’s jewelry store on Main StreetPresident’s recent visit 1906 1907 1926 The Rifle Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood decided it was time Rifle had a real library and organized a discussion with all the local organizations. Thirty one dollars were collected at the first meeting. This covered the cost to rent a room and install bookshelves.
The Town Council voted toA mill levy was turn the management over topassed to support the County Library Systemthe library1928 1952 1975 The library moved into City Hall
1976 1980 After 11 years of private ownership, the RooseveltThe Rifle Public Window was up for sale. The Heritage WindowsLibrary became Trust was formed with the intention of purchasinga branch of the not only the Roosevelt Window, but all 3 stained-Garfield County glass panels to be displayed publicly in Rifle.Public Library A price of $35,000 was agreed upon and this amount was raised in three and a half months in Rifle – a community with an adult population of only 2,000 around this time. At this time, plans were under way for a new public library, and it was universally agreed that the Roosevelt window belonged in it.
1981-82 1982 A Friends of the Library wasThe county-wide ½ cent organized for the Rifle Branch Librarysales tax adopted in the1980 election fundedthe building of 5 newlibraries – including anew building to housethe Rifle Public Library
Young readers could earn a ride in a hot air balloon by signing up for the Summer Reading Program, completing book reports, bringing a friend into the library, etc.1984 1987 The Dedication Ceremony for the new Rifle Public Library presented the Roosevelt Window Some 200 volunteer man- hours were given to moving the thousands of volumes into the new library building.
1991 1992 The Rifle Public Library’s Summer Reading Program was awarded third place by the Colorado Library Association
Today, the Rifle Branch Library is located in the A new roof downtown area. Almost is added 60,000 patrons visited the library last year. 19961994 2001 2008 ADA renovations The community completed Newspapers of Colorado, Inc. presented the Rifle Branch Library with two new benches – a beautiful sculpture of Mark Twain sits on one bench reading
October 2009 Construction Tearing down the began on new Winter old building Construction 30,000 square foot building2009 Groundbreaking Mark Twain moved Ceremony to our temporary October 21,2009 location
Teddy Roosevelt window is refurbished and moved to the new location. The new Rifle Branch Library houses Garfield County Administration 2010 and the window on the second level
November 20, 2010 Grand Opening at new location 207 East Avenue Rifle CO2010
Happy Birthday Dr Seuss Green Eggs and Ham breakfast2010 2011Governor Ritter dedicatedRifle Librarys solar panels September December 2010 Banned Book Display “It’s your Freedom we are talking about!”
Garfield County Public Libraries joined Prospector in 201130 million items can easily be requested by patron! WOW!
Rifle Branch Library was one in ten libraries to host Discover Earth, a museum quality exhibit. Over 162,000 items circulated in 2012 with 70% items self-check! Over 27,000 questions answered 845 Volunteer hours2012 Over 11,000 attended programing Over 164,000 visitors 38,000 items in our collection Public Access Computers used 16,856 hours with many more folks using our WIFI at all hours We thrived in 2012 !!