Read a digital copy of Edwin A. Bemis' autobiography, So I Took an Apple, a fascinating account of one of Littleton's most accomplished citizens. The book includes many stories about early Littleton and local personalities. The Bemis Public Library was named in honor of Ed Bemis.
The Edwin A. Bemis Public Library is responsible for meeting the informational, educational, recreational, and cultural needs of Littleton citizens. These goals are achieved through the acquisition of library materials in a variety of formats, access to online resources via the Internet, circulation and reference services, interlibrary loan activities, delivery service to the homebound, creative programs and activities for all age groups, and participation in the Colorado Library Card Program.
In addition, the library is host to art shows sponsored by local art guilds and LPS school art programs and regular displays of artwork from local preschools; meeting rooms for use by non-profit groups; the Sophie Bramley Sylvan Resource Center for the Visually Impaired which offers a computer equipped with software and peripherals designed for use by the blind and visually impaired; and the Littleton Immigrant Resources Center’s One-Stop Information Center and English as a Second Language classes, providing services needed by immigrants and refugees residing in the community.
The department has five divisions: Administration manages general operations, maintains the facility, and coordinates all the policies, programs and activities; Children’s Services provides reference services, programs and activities for children from birth to fifth grade and their families and selects materials for this age group; Adult Services provides reference services, selects materials and develops programs and activities for teens, adults and senior citizens, including outreach to senior housing units in Littleton; Technical Services orders, receives and catalogs all library materials for the library’s collection, prepares items for public use and manages the computer system for the library; and Circulation checks out materials, checks them back in, re-shelves them in their proper location so they can be found easily, maintains the patron database and collects overdue fines and fees for lost materials.
The library has an advisory board appointed by city council which helps staff develop policies, programs and the annual budget, and makes final decisions regarding challenges to materials. Library staff also provides support to the Friends of the Littleton Library and Museum such as maintaining a membership database and providing space for the Friends’ ongoing Used Book Sale.