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WE LOVE OUR LIBRARY

We’re passionate supporters of the Boulder Public Library.

WE LOVE OUR LIBRARY

We’re passionate supporters of the Boulder Public Library.

Our Library is shaping our future.

Like all Libraries, the Boulder Public Library began with books. But it’s evolved into so much more—a space that inspires creativity, empowers innovation, and encourages life-long learning.
Our Library is continually reinventing itself to best meet our community’s needs, and Boulderites clearly love it:

  • 96% of households have a Boulder Public Library card—that’s 55% growth over the past decade.
  • More than 1 million people visit our Library every year, and in the past 10 years, there has been a 33% increase in program participation.
  • Library patrons check out more than 1.5 million items every year—an increase of 32% in the past 10 years.
  • Last year, more than 12,000 new members signed up for Library cards, and volunteers contributed more than 18,000 hours of their time to Library programs.

Our Library is the cornerstone of our community. And programs are the cornerstone of our Library. By funding programs like BLDG 61 Makerspace, Lego Story Club, and Computer Science Education Week, the Boulder Library Foundation is working to ensure our Library’s remarkable work continues far into the future.

Our Role

Contributors

We support and resource our Library’s staff.

Collaborators

We nurture community partnerships.

Co-Creators

Together with our partners, we make it possible for our Library to offer meaningful programs.

Our Commitment

The Boulder Library Foundation commits to supporting a community of lifetime learning and participation where all people have a sense of belonging. We continue to grow strong as a community thanks to all the races, ethnicities, languages, nationalities, religions, ages, genetic dispositions, neurodiversity, abilities, genders, sexual orientations, economic and housing statuses, veteran status, backgrounds and ideas that enrich our city and our library system.

Board Members

Like you, our Foundation board members care deeply about our community. We’re fortunate to have such passionate Library advocates in Boulder! Since we began our work, dozens of Boulderites have given their time, energy and expertise to our board.

 

Alica Gibb – Co-President

  • Feminist
  • Creative technologist
  • Library advocate

Alicia has been a library lover her whole life. She worked in a library during high school, got her Masters of Library and Information Science at Pratt, and was a library commissioner for Boulder prior to her seat on the Boulder Library Foundation.

Dr. Nicole Sager, PhD – Co-President

  • Educator
  • Advocate
  • Parent

Nicole is passionate about culturally sustaining education, social and language justice. She joined the board in 2021 and is excited to contribute to BLF’s community outreach and impact. She loves dancing, gardening, hiking and family time.

Isaac Andres – Treasurer

  • World traveler
  • Volleyball player
  • Father of two

I’m a program manager, tech enthusiast, and children’s book author. I also grew up in Boulder, and I love how the Boulder Library has evolved to meet the needs of the community, especially with the Makerspace in BLDG 61 and the NoBo Corner library branch.

Jenn Yee – Secretary

  • Artist
  • Mother
  • Dim sum lover

Jenn is passionate about the role of books, storytelling, and educational programs to power a more inclusive community. She spends her time outdoors with her husband and two kids, flower gardening, drawing autobiographical comics, reading, and seeking out excellent Asian food.

Doris Hass – Founder

Board member since 1974.

Andrew Ghadimi

  • Wanderer
  • Imaginative
  • Silly

A hybrid of architecture, marketing & real estate finance, Andrew manages full-cycle projects on a local & global scale. Andrew is a constant wanderer, always in motion.

Joel Koenig

  • CPA and Executive search consultant
  • Avid Community Volunteer
  • Father and Grandfather

I am a neurotic Michigan supporter. My 3 kid were graduated in 87’, 90’ and 93’. I left lot’s of out of state tuition $$$$ in Ann Arbor!

Bill Kramer

  • Entrepreneurial
  • Engaged
  • Enthusiastic

Bill has been immersed in books forever. Both parents had MLS degrees and his dad opened a DC bookstore months before Bill was born.  Had he not decided to be an entrepreneur in books, he would have been a writer and journalist.  And, now, one son has a PhD in information science.

Marina LaGrave

    • Determined
    • Energetic
    • Considerate

Books, papers, and I are best friends. Translating them into different languages is what I love to do! In books, I always find a message, a realization; plus, they have the power to letter-transport me in history, places, and time.

Adriana Paola Palacios Luna

  • Maker
  • Social Justice Educator
  • Storyteller

Adriana Paola, mother of three. Communicator, Sociologist and Political Economist of Development. Community member, volunteer, community connector and passionate about art, science and culture for social justice. Founder of Luna Cultura.

Jenny Slade

    • Writer
    • Learner
    • Birder

Jenny is a lifelong learner, reader, writer, and marketer. Her first job was shelving books in a DC library, she fell into literature at the UPenn library, learned Spanish in the library of Valencia, Spain, and frequents the Audubon library online to learn about birds.

Steven Foster – Library Commission Representative

  • Artist
  • Pop-Culture Evangelist
  • Advocate

Steven is an artist and Assistant Professor of Media Studies at CU Boulder. They grew up in a tiny town where the library taught them to dream big and make friends. Frost became a library advocate after volunteering in Boulder’s BLDG61 and falling in love with the community.

Scott Steinbrecher – Library Commission Representative

  • Visionary
  • Pragmatic
  • Storyteller

Scott’s interest in books and reading started when he was young. His favorite day at school was “library day.” When he’s not watching, playing or coaching a game that involves a ball or a stick, he can be found reading a book or riding his bicycle.

Alica Gibb – Co-President

  • Feminist
  • Creative technologist
  • Library advocate

Alicia has been a library lover her whole life. She worked in a library during high school, got her Masters of Library and Information Science at Pratt, and was a library commissioner for Boulder prior to her seat on the Boulder Library Foundation.

Dr. Nicole Sager, PhD – Co-President

  • Educator
  • Advocate
  • Parent

Nicole is passionate about culturally sustaining education, social and language justice. She joined the board in 2021 and is excited to contribute to BLF’s community outreach and impact. She loves dancing, gardening, hiking and family time.

Isaac Andres – Treasurer

  • World traveler
  • Volleyball player
  • Father of two

I’m a program manager, tech enthusiast, and children’s book author. I also grew up in Boulder, and I love how the Boulder Library has evolved to meet the needs of the community, especially with the Makerspace in BLDG 61 and the NoBo Corner library branch.

Jenn Yee – Secretary

  • Artist
  • Mother
  • Dim sum lover

Jenn is passionate about the role of books, storytelling, and educational programs to power a more inclusive community. She spends her time outdoors with her husband and two kids, flower gardening, drawing autobiographical comics, reading, and seeking out excellent Asian food.

Doris Hass – Founder

Board member since 1974.

Andrew Ghadimi

  • Wanderer
  • Imaginative
  • Silly

A hybrid of architecture, marketing & real estate finance, Andrew manages full-cycle projects on a local & global scale. Andrew is a constant wanderer, always in motion.

Joel Koenig

  • CPA and Executive search consultant
  • Avid Community Volunteer
  • Father and Grandfather

I am a neurotic Michigan supporter. My 3 kid were graduated in 87’, 90’ and 93’. I left lot’s of out of state tuition $$$$ in Ann Arbor!

Bill Kramer

  • Entrepreneurial
  • Engaged
  • Enthusiastic

Bill has been immersed in books forever. Both parents had MLS degrees and his dad opened a DC bookstore months before Bill was born.  Had he not decided to be an entrepreneur in books, he would have been a writer and journalist.  And, now, one son has a PhD in information science.

Marina LaGrave

    • Determined
    • Energetic
    • Considerate

Books, papers, and I are best friends. Translating them into different languages is what I love to do! In books, I always find a message, a realization; plus, they have the power to letter-transport me in history, places, and time.

Adriana Paola Palacios Luna

  • Maker
  • Social Justice Educator
  • Storyteller

Adriana Paola, mother of three. Communicator, Sociologist and Political Economist of Development. Community member, volunteer, community connector and passionate about art, science and culture for social justice. Founder of Luna Cultura.

Jenny Slade

    • Writer
    • Learner
    • Birder

Jenny is a lifelong learner, reader, writer, and marketer. Her first job was shelving books in a DC library, she fell into literature at the UPenn library, learned Spanish in the library of Valencia, Spain, and frequents the Audubon library online to learn about birds.

Steven Foster – Library Commission Representative

  • Artist
  • Pop-Culture Evangelist
  • Advocate

Steven is an artist and Assistant Professor of Media Studies at CU Boulder. They grew up in a tiny town where the library taught them to dream big and make friends. Frost became a library advocate after volunteering in Boulder’s BLDG61 and falling in love with the community.

Scott Steinbrecher – Library Commission Representative

  • Visionary
  • Pragmatic
  • Storyteller

Scott’s interest in books and reading started when he was young. His favorite day at school was “library day.” When he’s not watching, playing or coaching a game that involves a ball or a stick, he can be found reading a book or riding his bicycle.

 

Foundation Staff

Chris Barge – Executive Director

  • Catalyst
  • Adventurer
  • Writer

Chris draws energy equally from meeting new people, mountain biking through pine forests and settling in with a new book. He joined the Boulder Library Foundation team after 10 years in newspapers and 13 years with Community Foundation Boulder County.

Juliette Leon Bartsch

Juliette Leon Bartsch – Director, Programs & Development

  • Practitioner of Yoga
  • Avid Reader
  • Lover of opera

Juliette has spent her life advocating for the arts and literacy.  For over two decades she has curated the BLF-funded Library Concert Series. Juliette is thrilled to continue serving the community–which she has deep affection for–by bringing arts and educational programming to the Boulder Public Library.

Chris Barge – Executive Director

  • Catalyst
  • Adventurer
  • Writer

Chris draws energy equally from meeting new people, mountain biking through pine forests and settling in with a new book. He joined the Boulder Library Foundation team after 10 years in newspapers and 13 years with Community Foundation Boulder County.

Juliette Leon Bartsch

Juliette Leon Bartsch – Director, Programs & Development

  • Practitioner of Yoga
  • Avid Reader
  • Lover of opera

Juliette has spent her life advocating for the arts and literacy.  For over two decades she has curated the BLF-funded Library Concert Series. Juliette is thrilled to continue serving the community–which she has deep affection for–by bringing arts and educational programming to the Boulder Public Library.

Partners

We believe in the power of partnerships to support our community. As we grow our programming, we’re excited to welcome new organizations and groups as partners.

Our promise to our Library and community.

We’re invested.

Our volunteer Board of Directors invests their own time and money into our Library.

We’re committed to collaboration.

Our Library belongs to Boulder, not to our Foundation. So, we work with a variety of partners to best leverage each other’s valuable assets for the benefit of our community.

We’re focused on our Library’s legacy.

We want to see new generations fall in love with the Library and what it contributes to our community.

Our promise to our Library and community.

We’re invested.

Our volunteer Board of Directors invests their own time and money into our Library.

We’re committed to collaboration.

Our Library belongs to Boulder, not to our Foundation. So, we work with a variety of partners to best leverage each other’s valuable assets for the benefit of our community.

We’re focused on our Library’s legacy.

We want to see new generations fall in love with the Library and what it contributes to our community.

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*Boulder Library Foundation funds 90% of Library programs so it can bring more creative, innovative activities and events to our community.

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CONNECT WITH US

Contact

Boulder Library Foundation
1001 Arapahoe Ave,
Boulder, CO 80302

P.O. Drawer H
Boulder, CO 80306

(720) 551-8385
info@boulderlibraryfoundation.org

Contact

Boulder Library Foundation
1001 Arapahoe Ave,
Boulder, CO 80302

P.O. Drawer H
Boulder, CO 80306

(720) 551-8385
info@boulderlibraryfoundation.org

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© Boulder Library Foundation | All Rights Reserved