Parker Grand Opening Community Bookworm

Pass the Books!

The Community Bookworm on September 24 was a huge success, thanks to the 1,845 participants who helped us move the last 21 books out of our old Parker location and into the new one.

You may be wondering: Why 21 books, and how were those 21 chosen?

We’re glad you asked!

We chose 21 books to signify the 21 years that Douglas County Libraries (DCL) has been in Parker. The books themselves were chosen based on patron and library staff suggestions, and because we felt some of these books had special significance given the occasion and event. Many different types of books were represented: adult and children’s reads, mysteries, romance, science fiction, playaway, large-type books, and graphic novels to name a few.

So, without further ado, we present the 21 books that moved us enough to be included!

Books chosen by the public (based on nominations and majority votes):

Books chosen by library staff:

Books chosen for their symbolic significance:

  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – About a journey that is both epic and amazing, yet also brings us back home. It seemed fitting: an epic 0.8-mile chain of helping hands moving 21 books across the bustling Town of Parker to a beautiful new home.
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss – Sam-I-Am gets a character excited about trying new things. We thought the bookworm would get characters across the local landscape excited about trying something different too.
  • Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman – A graphic novel about making new history. We wanted to make new history and marvelous memories in a larger-than-life way.
  • The Wonder of It All: 100 Stories From the National Park Service – About the devotion to preservation. This one is dedicated to our late friend and devoted co-worker Naioma Walberg.
  • The Wonder by Emma Donoghue – The most recent book in our collection. DCL in Parker happens to be the most recent in our collection of new libraries.
  • Stage Stop Cuisine – Great Parker cooks, recipes and history. Local folks and a local library — we wanted to cook up some history of our own in the community.
  • The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown – A story about reconnecting. Plus, the author is on the DCL Board of Trustees.

These books — and countless others — are now at home in our new Parker location. Stop by and check them out!

Tunes for Your Ghoulish Get-Together

201110-xl-halloweenHosting a Halloween bash this year? You’ll want some spooky songs for your party mix. Download songs from the following albums with your library card:

Killer Halloween Songs of All Time

Includes party favorites like “Monster Mash” and “Love Potion Number 9,” as well as theme songs from spooky classics like Psycho and Casper the Ghost.

Ghost and Ghoul Sounds

Eerie atmospheric music to make your house transform into a haunted one.

Kids Halloween Party Band

Sound effects mixed with classic hits like “I Put a Spell on You” and “That Old Black Magic.”

The Horror Hits Album

Features favorites like “Highway to Hell” and “Hungry Like the Wolf.”

The Haunted Mansion

An album featuring classic Disney songs like “Grim Grinning Ghosts” (from The Haunted Mansion) and “This is Halloween” (from Nightmare Before Christmas), as well as some spooky sound effects and a ghostly reading of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.”

Spooky Movies for a Thrilling Night

scary-movie-thumbnailChilly nights are good for a fright. Forgot to check out a DVD? That’s OK! You can stream movies immediately with your library card* without leaving the comfort of your home.  *Only available for Douglas County residents.

Family Frights

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Eloise takes on the ghost of The Plaza’s most legendary and outrageous inhabitant of old, Diamond Jim Johnson, in this adorable Halloween adventure. It’s a must watch for any lover of the Eloise series.

Click, Clack, Boo

This classic tale from the Click, Clack creators is a delightful story that is just on the right side of creepy without being too scary for your littlest one. This movie has read-along subtitles that match the picture book.

The Dog Who Saved Halloween

Love dogs? Then your family will adore this spooky family-friendly movie about how the dog saves the family after getting stuck in a creepy neighbor’s home.

For more family-friendly frights, see this list.

Monster Classics

51v74s2dzalCreature From the Black Lagoon

They don’t make scares like this anymore. This is the movie that made us fearful about what could be lurking under the water’s surface.

It Came From Outer Space

This sci-fi movie is a must watch for some great B-grade movie paranoia and terror. The writing is top-notch as the movie is inspired by a Ray Bradbury short story.

The Curse of the Werewolf

This forgotten gem relies more on suspense than visual thrills. It may be cheesy at times, but it will give you a good scare.


Terrifying Scares

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The original cast returns for a frightful reunion, with all the stabbing and screaming of the first three movies. It is sure to delight fans of the franchise … some say it is the best after the first.

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

Described as Shaun of the Dead meets Texas Chainsaw Massacre, this satirical comedy is for those who like laughs with their gore.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

This art house horror movie is a mashup of horror, spaghetti Western and Iranian New Wave. It is a refreshing take on the traditional vampire tale.

For a full list of horror movies available, go here.

Reading Challenge: Hard Science Fiction


There are only a few more months of 2016 left to go! How are you doing on the 2016 DCL Reading Challenge? This challenge encourages you to read beyond your favorite genres by exploring new themes and book categories, such as hard science fiction. This category of science fiction is characterized by an emphasis on scientific accuracy or technical detail. Expand your horizon by checking out one of these fascinating hard science fiction books:





Armada by Ernest Cline
Unsure what his life will amount to, our hero discovers that his one passion in life (the video game Armada) is the only thing standing between our species and certain destruction from an invading alien force. Spiritual successor to Orson Scott Card’s Enders Game and the movie The Last Star Fighter.








Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
All his life, Ender – like hundreds of other kids – has been preparing for war.  Children are trained to pilot unmanned ships against a ruthless extraterrestrial force, but the secrets Ender’s commanders are keeping from the child warriors are just as dangerous, if not more so.  Classic young adult tale of violence, choice, and morality.








The Hitchhikers Guide To the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Earth has been blown up to make way for a new space highway, and the last human is flung out into the stars on a crazy road trip, learning firsthand that we are definitely not alone in the universe. Brimming with British humor and otherworldly twists.









I, Robot by Issac Asimov
Series of short stories written by one of the giants of science-fiction, all about robots and humans and the futuristic worlds they live in.  Sometimes utopia, sometimes frightening, definitely thought provoking.










The Mars Trilogy (Red Mars, Green Mars, and Blue Mars) by Kim Stanley Robinson
An incredible epic in three parts, told from multiple perspectives about the terraforming and colonization of Mars.  The series has won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Clarke, Locus, and Nebula.










The Martian by Andy Weir
Tale of survival harsher than any castaway or lost traveler on earth: astronaut Mark Watney has been marooned on Mars. Science fiction so real it feels like science fact, but reads like an adventure.










Redshirts by John Scalzi
Imagine that you were trapped in a world very like Star Trek: action, adventure, command crew members sometimes trailing off into meandering monologues, and wearing a red shirt on an away mission means certain death.  A silly and heartfelt romp in classic science fiction tropes and the ensigns trying to survive them.










Saga by Brian K. Vaughan
Gorgeously drawn and written, this critically acclaimed graphic novel follows two traitors from opposite sides of a war who live on the run with their new daughter.  Intensely thematic space opera; think Game of Thrones meets Star Wars.










Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
When the moon splits apart in the sky, humanity scrambles to find a way to avoid certain death as fragments fall from space.  Some escape in an orbital “ark”, but most don’t.  In a story that spans thousands of years beyond the desolation of Earth, this speculative future is breathtaking in scope and realism.










Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
A man born on Mars and raised by the zen-like Martians returns to Earth, and the world is never the same again.  Part sci-fi, part political/religious satire, and one of the most classic and enduring examples of the genre.










The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu
One act of horror committed decades ago can send ripples of reaction and causality across worlds. Between Earth, a virtual game world, and a place far beyond our planet, this is a complex and mind bending take on classic sci-fi by an excellent Chinese novelist.










The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
The New People are not like normal people.  They are engineered, grown, and programmed slaves that serve mankind in a future of scarcity and bio-terrorism.  Emiko is a Windup Girl, one of the New People

Halloween Costumes for Book Lovers

Halloween is a great holiday for book nerds as it gives us the chance to dress up as our favorite fictional characters.



Emily Elizabeth

Who doesn’t love Clifford the Big Red Dog’s enthusiastic owner, Emily Elizabeth?! The best thing about this costume: Most likely, you can find everything you need for it (black pencil skirt, pink sweater, knee socks) in your closet.









Nancy Drew & Joe Hardy 

This is a fun couple costume as everyone’s favorite teen detectives. Get the entire family involved by having the kids dress up as Harriet the Spy and Encyclopedia Brown.









Khaleesi & Khal Drogo with baby dragon 

We love the inventiveness of this couple who turned their stroller into Game of Thrones!










Peter Pan

There are so many possibilities to dress up your entire family as the characters from Peter Pan: Captain Hook, Peter, Wendy, Tinker Bell, Smee, John, Michael, the crocodile, mermaids, etc. We especially like that this family got the dog involved as Nana!








Huckleberry Finn

This toddler Huck is adorable! This costume would also be relatively easy to gather up from things that you may already have at home: button-up shirt, overalls, straw hat and fabric patches.










If you have a gaggle of girls, dress them as the girls from Madeline. Mom as Miss Clavel is a nice touch!






Fancy Nancy

Always a favorite! This blog post has a step-by-step tutorial about how to make the dress.





To get more ideas, visit our Pinterest board.

Fall Break Ideas

fall_leaves_1_Fall break is almost upon us. We have ideas for you, whether you’re homebound or taking a trip!

Traveling? Make sure your tablet is filled with entertainment before you leave:


Picture books are heavy! Pack lighter by downloading the Tumblebooks app so you can access a wide range of interactive picture books.

Kids E-Books

If your children are older, check out our children’s e-book collection for some great books to keep them entertained.


Download digital magazines for your kids! Zinio has several kids titles, including: Barbie Magazine, American Girl Magazine, National Geographic Kids, and Little Kids. There are also several magazines, from Allure to GQ to Martha Stewart Living, for parents to enjoy as well.


Have you explored our new streaming service? You have access to several movies, television shows, audiobooks, and e-books available for immediate streaming. Say goodbye to waiting on holds! (Hoopla is only available for Douglas County residents.)


Stream a large collection of children’s favorites while waiting at the airport. There’s everything from Octonauts and Chuggington to Kratts Creatures and Arthur.


Taking a road trip? Check out these family-friendly audiobooks to listen to in your car.


Watch a family-friendly movie on the flight. There are Disney classics (The Sword in the Stone and Oliver & Company) and other favorites (Air Bud and The Muppet Movie).


Hoopla has a wide range of music to listen to. There’s nothing better than a family road trip with show tunes on the speaker. Download a favorite musical for your travels.


Staying in town? Take a hike at one of our favorite trails in Douglas County. Or stop by one of our locations to enjoy some great kids events:

Monday, October 10

Slick Science
Castle Rock

Sounds abound in this hands-on science program for kids ages 8-12.

Registration required.


Tuesday, October 11

Kids’ Zone

Kids’ Zone has new and exciting activities that will make your afternoon far from ordinary.

Registration is not required. Simply drop in to the Kids Corner.

Wednesday, October 12

Art Stop on the Go!
Highlands Ranch

Time to cultivate your inner Picasso with our friends from the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. One of the museum’s artists will present a book for the kids to enjoy, then lead them in a literature-based art project.

Registration is required.

Thursday, October 13

Write Away!
Highlands Ranch

Animals are starting to hibernate! Let’s write about our favorite animals.

Registration is required.

Art Stop on the Go!

Time to cultivate your inner Picasso with our friends from the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. One of the museum’s artists will present a book for the kids to enjoy, then lead them in a literature-based art project.

Registration is required.

Saturday, October 15

Kids Health Club: Yoga

Kids ages 6-12 can participate in a yoga class geared just for them!

Registration is required.

Highlands Ranch

Join us for open LEGO playtime for families. Drop In and Build Something!

Registration is not required.

Sunday, October 16

Life-Sized Game Day

Bring the entire family to enjoy life-sized games at the library.

Registration is required.

Fun Fall Crafts

Here are some cute craft ideas to celebrate the season!



Fall Luminaries (via Where Imagination Grows)

Materials needed: Mason jars; mod podge; tissue paper in yellow, orange and red; brown construction paper; paint brush; candle








LEGO Stamped Indian Corn Craft (via Crafty Morning)

Materials needed: LEGOs; brown, yellow and orange washable paint; white and brown paper; glue; scissors








Pine Cone Craft (via Kids Craft Room

Materials needed: burlap, colored felt, googly eyes, glue, ribbon











Q-tip Art Project (via Cute Kids Finds

Materials needed: drawing paper, Q-tips, paint








leaf-hedgehog-craft-for-kids-to-makeHedgehog Craft (via Crafty Morning)

Materials needed: brown construction paper, leaves, glue, scissors, black marker

Fall Fests Across Douglas County

fall-festivals“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” – Anne of Green Gables

The leaves have changed and the weather is getting cooler. October is a great month filled with fun fall festivals across Douglas County. Here is a quick roundup of great events to enjoy the season:


Fall Fun Night (library event)
October 6
Douglas County Libraries in Lone Tree

Our entire building is being taken over with life-sized games, a kiddie carnival, and dance party. Children are welcome to wear costumes. Special Storytime at 7PM. Registration is not required.

Schweiger Ranch Fall Festival
October 8
Schweiger Ranch

Pick your perfect pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch, take a hay wagon or tractor ride, enjoy tours of the ranch and other historical activities, as well as have some fun in the bounce house and cave of confusion.


Haunted Hayride
October 28-29
Stockton’s Plum Creek Stables

This is a 30-minute spine-tingling family adventure, put on by the Cowboy 4-H Club. Professional storytellers narrate an amusing tale while you rumble down a spooky trail inhabited by Indians and six-gun-carrying cowboys.

Trick-or-Treat Street
October 29
Recreation Center at Eastridge

Children ages 12 and under are invited to put on costumes, grab their trick-or-treat bags and join the fun at Trick-or-Treat Street! Local businesses provide treats for all the “little ghosts and goblins!”


Ghost Stories With Shaun Boyd
October 20
Roxborough Park Community Center

Popular storyteller Shaun Boyd, Senior Archivist for Douglas County Libraries, will narrate mysterious happenings in Douglas County.


Harvest Festival
October 15
Festival Park

Downtown Castle Rock will be transformed with fall activities with a pumpkin patch, hay bale maze, face painting, carnival games and more! There is also a HarvestFest 5K and outdoor showing of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!”

Trick or Treat Street
October 31
Downtown Castle Rock

Enjoy trick-or-treating throughout downtown businesses. There will be pony rides, bouncy houses, a costume contest, face painting and more!


Family Fall Fest Presented by Teen Library Council (library event)
October 25
Douglas County Libraries in Parker

Teen Library Council presents Family Fall Fest! An autumnal tradition at the library, we combine tasty treats, enchanted Storytimes, Boo-tacular games and spooky crafts so that everyone in your family has a great time together! Halloween costumes are encouraged though not required — come enjoy a fun evening together. Registration is not required.

Trick-or-Treat on Mainstreet
October 31
Downtown Parker

Bring all your little ghouls, ghosts, goblins, princesses, superheroes and anyone else celebrating Halloween to downtown Parker for this annual tradition. Many local businesses will line the street, providing a fun and safe place for kids of all ages to trick-or-treat.

Arr, Matey! It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day!

As you’re out and about on September 19, don’t be surprised if you hear “Ahoy, Matey,” “Avast!” or “Aye, aye, Cap’n!” being thrown about. It is International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Brush up on your pirate slang by taking a pirate language course through Mango Languages, an online language learning platform available with your library card.

Or check out some fun pirate books.

Or spend the afternoon making some fun pirate crafts with your kids:

spyglass-e1341532667504Make Your Own Spy Glass (via Living Chic on the Cheap

Materials needed: paper cup, toilet paper roll, cardboard roll from plastic wrap/aluminum foil/etc., paint, clear plastic, marker, scissors, ribbon/rope, and glue







egg-carton-treasure-boxTreasure Box Egg Carton Craft (via Red Ted Art

Materials needed: egg carton, paint, and a marker








pirate3Pirate Hat (via Sand in My Toes

Materials needed: black and white craft paper, card stock, gold glitter, scissors, tape and glue









finished-parakeetPerfect Parakeets (via Pop Goes the Page

Materials needed: toilet paper tube, construction paper, dot stickers, feathers, pipe cleaner, scissors, tape, markers, and a hole punch







handprint-pirate-fathers-day-cardHandprint Pirates (via Crafty Morning

Materials needed: paint, black sharpie, a googly eye, and paper

Fairy-Tale Crafts

FairyTaleBall_8.5-01We’re busy preparing for the event of the season: our magical Fairy Tale Ball, where favorite fairy tales are brought to life. It’s happening on Friday, September 23, at 6PM at our Highlands Ranch location. Please register to let us know you’re attending!







While you wait for the day to arrive, here are some fairy-tale crafts to make.

paper_crowns32Paper Bag Crowns (From Art Bar)

Crowns fit for little princes and princesses.

Materials needed: paper bags, watercolors, brushes, glue, pompoms, glitter, sequins and masking tape







fingers-682x1024Colorful Gelatin Castles (From Two Daloo)

Is your little one Frozen-obsessed? Have a fun afternoon melting Elsa’s castle together.

Materials needed: Knox gelatine, cooking spray, and sand castle molds








grow a magic beanstalk 00Grow a Magic Beanstalk (From Growing a Jeweled Rose)

Harvest your own magic beans by trying this fun experiment.

Materials needed: a jar, cotton balls, a bean, and water







Chinese-new-year-fire-breathing-dragonFire-Breathing Dragon Craft (From Laughing Kids Learn)

Dragons are the best part of some fairy tales. This craft is great for pretend play!

Materials needed: cardboard tube, colored paper, glue, tissue paper, pompoms, and googly eyes.