Checked Out

Bob Cox spotted This One on a move by Denver City Librarian Rick Ashton to get rid of The Friends.

Many of the volunteers involved with this project had worked with the library since the 1970s and were such familiar faces inside the building that they were often mistaken for employees. They had helped build the DPL’s reputation as the most prestigious public library between Chicago and Los Angeles. In the process, the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation had become one of the highest-profile charities in Denver. Many of the city’s bold-faced names either worked on its committees or attended its events — which grew to include a rare-books auction, literary evenings with famous authors and the annual Booklover’s Ball — donating millions of dollars to benefit the DPL.