Tallyn's Reach Library Turns 10 Years Old

Schools and Libraries

April 7, 2014

From: Tallyn's Reach Library

Aurora, CO -- The year is 2004. George W. Bush wins another term and the Republicans dominate the House and Senate, four massive hurricanes slam into Florida and a new social media is born - Facebook.  Here in Aurora, the new Tallyn's Reach Municipal Services Center, 23911 E. Arapahoe Road, opens in the southeastern part of the city.
The library will have cake and fun activities to commemorate the day. There is a contest to name the lions who adorn the front doors. Residents are asked to share their favorite memories of the library online to Library Supervisor Pam Szot, pszot@auroragov.org, and they will be collected at the library.
"It's a wonderful library facility to visit, and I encourage any who have not been there to drop in for a visit and meet the friendly, helpful staff," said Patti Bateman, Director of Library & Cultural Services.
The building was financed through a bond issue in 2002 to renovate two libraries and build the MLK and Tallyn's Reach Municipal Services Centers.  The library is 27,000 square feet, and shares an entrance with Police District 3.  Also located there are Fire Station 13 and the 911 Call Center. The building was specifically designed to blend with the natural surroundings and the neighboring community reflecting the eastern plains of Colorado. The library "spine" slanting upward to the south-facing windows, as well as the fireplace room with windows facing the mountains providing an inspiring view for library patrons.
When the library opened in 2004, e-books had yet to be invented and social media was in its infancy.  Since then, Tallyn's Reach has grown and expanded over the years to provide all of the services people expect in 2014, such as books, e-books, audio CDs, downloadable audio books, public computers and much more.  The library serves young families with small children in the surrounding urban neighborhoods to seniors living at Heritage Eagle Bend.
In the children's section, two AWE digital learning computers provide young children with fun programs and literacy applications.  There are extensive literacy activities under the full-size, 20-foot, hot air balloon that is the highlight of the Children's Room.  In 2004, the preschoolers who came to storytime readings are now teenagers and the library continues to meet their needs. In 2014, the library added a teen librarian to work with area youth, including a teen volunteer program, game day and many outreach programs.

Date and Time: April 12 at 10 a.m.

Location: Tallyn's Reach Library