Celebrate National Library Week by checking out new services the Denver Public Library offers.

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DENVER - It's National Library Week and Denver Public Libraries is encouraging patrons, old and new, to celebrate the record numbers of customers they served in 2013 by "checking out" more than books at a local library.

DPL had "more than 4.3 million walk-in customers and 10.8 million online visitors [last year]," according to a recent report released by the library.

Part of the reason for their growth is the innovative way DPL takes the library to the streets.

"We launched a new service called 'DPL Connect,' a book bike with shelves, display areas and a Wi-Fi hotspot. The tricked-out trike brings library services to the community and promotes upcoming programs and events," City Librarian, Shirley Amore wrote in a press release.

DPL is also focused on preparing kids for the future.

The library developed a workspace called the "ideaLAB" to enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills "where youth are exposed to professional-level equipment and software in an environment that fosters collaboration learning and fun," Amore wrote.

DPL will mark its 125 year serving the people of Denver on July 14.

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