Learning Resources & Support at DCL

Douglas County kids are heading back to school for another year of learning! Whether you have children just starting kindergarten, moving into middle school, or heading to high school, Douglas County Libraries has a variety of tools and resources to help all students grow and excel academically.

Learning-Centered Tools & Services

  • DCL’s Bark for Books and Reading Buddies programs help budding and struggling readers gain confidence and skills.
  • Live online tutoring from expert tutors and homework help are available for free through Brainfuse, which also offers writing and language labs, test preparation, and a 24/7 question center.
  • Find the right books to match your child’s reading level and foster growth through AR BookFinder and Scholastic’s BookWizard.
  • Tech tutoring can help with technology subjects like basic internet use, tablets, popular software basics, and more.

Research Resources

Students can access a variety of information online from respected newspapers, magazines, journals and educational materials through popular research resources like:

  • Brainfuse – Homework help and tutoring for students of all ages and learning levels.
  • World Almanac for Kids – Grade-appropriate content on a variety of topics.
  • Facts on File – A research portal for a variety of history resources.
  • CultureGrams – Cultural and geographical information.
  • EBSCO – A collection of database resources with access to comprehensive information.
  • American History Online – More than 500 years of American history.
  • Brittanica – Targeted search levels for children and adults.
  • And many more!

Other Resources

  • Private study rooms can be reserved with your library card at our Castle Pines, Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker and Roxborough locations.
  • The Recording Studio at our Parker location includes state-of-the-art software and equipment you can use to create videos, musical compositions, animations, and much more for top-notch classroom projects. Reserve the Recording Studio using your library card.
  • The Douglas County History Research Center is a great resource for researching local historical information and events. Visit the DCHRC in person at our Castle Rock location or online.
  • Teens 14 and older can volunteer at DCL to earn community service credit toward graduation requirements. Check out VolunteerConnectDC.org and search on Douglas County Libraries to find the volunteer opportunity that’s right for you!

Looking for more? Stop by and ask us! We’ll help you find the materials and resources you need.



Harry Potter-Inspired Party Ideas

Harry Potter fans are celebrating the fictional wizard’s birthday this week. Looking to throw your own Potter-themed party? We’ve got some fun ideas for you!


Party Invitations

via One Creative Mommy

These decorative, letter-style invites are brilliant, as Harry would say!

A few things you’ll need: white balloons, black marker or Sharpie, white ribbon, aged cardstock paper.

Party Favors & Decor

Harry Potter Ties

via East Coast Mommy

These adorable ties can be made from cardstock, and they can double as a party activity if you provide the supplies for kids to color and personalize their ties.

Here’s what you’ll need: paper cardstock, crayons, hole punch, elastic.

Treat Bags

via The Preppy Planner

These creative treat bags make great party favors to send home with each guest. You can fill them with whatever treats you can conjure.

Materials needed include: lunch-sized paper bags, scissors, gold ribbon, wizard treats (candy), pretzel rods.

Potion Jar Centerpieces

via Today.com

These magical centerpieces are a delightful, if not disgusting, feast for your party guests’ eyes!

Here’s what you’ll need: glass jars in different sizes, labels for jars, food coloring, water, a variety of odd-looking substances to serve as “magical” ingredients.

Ghosts & Dementors

via Over the Big Moon

What would a Harry Potter party be without a few terrifying dementors? Hang these throughout your party space for horrifying, but fun, effect!

Materials needed include: cheesecloth, fabric stiffener, balloons, string, invisible nylon thread.

Treats & Snacks

Cheese & Pretzel Broomsticks

via One Little Project

These cute, simple snacks will be a big hit with your young party witches and wizards!

Ingredients: cheese sticks, pretzel sticks, chives.

Butter Beer

via Parenting.com

This Harry Potter staple is a must-have for any themed party! And it’s simple to make.

Ingredients: vanilla ice cream, cream soda.

Golden Snitches

via Bite-Sized Biggies

Fun, simple, delicious — a party trifecta! Everyone will want to get their hands on these golden snitches.

Ingredients and materials needed: wrapped chocolate truffles, glue dots, paper wings.

Houses of Hogwarts Reading Guide

Harry Potter fans, you don’t need a sorting hat to find a great read at Douglas County Libraries. We’ve done the sorting for you! The only question is, which Hogwarts house do you prefer?

Gryffindor House

The most famous Gryffindor, of course, is Harry Potter. These books are for those who can’t get enough of the bravery, daring and nerve of characters like Harry.

Ravenclaw House

Intelligence, knowledge and wit are the admirable values of Ravenclaw. If those sound good to you, then you’ll love these books. Fun fact: Ignatia Wildsmith, inventor of magical fireplace-travel floo powder, is one of this house’s most famous residents.

Hufflepuff House

Hufflepuff values hard work, dedication, patience, loyalty, and fairness — themes you’ll find in these stories. Newt Scamander, the famed Magizoologist and author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, belongs to Hufflepuff house.

Slytherin House

If you can relate to the Slytherin house values, which include ambition, cunning and resourcefulness, then these are the books for you! Tom Riddle, aka “He Who Must Not Be Named” (later known as Lord Voldemort), is the sinister face of Slytherin. (But we all know how that ended.)


Lovin’ Summer Bucket List

It’s summer in Colorado — and there’s simply no better place to be (in my humble, but biased opinion)! The sun is shining and the days are warm and long. That means the time is ripe to squeeze out every ounce of pleasure the season has to offer.

Make this summer one to remember! Do something you’ve always wanted to do, something outside your comfort zone, something that takes you out of your day-to-day life … something silly! Now’s the time, because summer won’t last forever.


Ideas for Your Summer Bucket List

  1. Dine al fresco, sip a cup of joe on a patio, or indulge in some soft-serve yogurt. As a card-carrying library user, you can do so at a discount!
  2. Make your own ice cream treats.
  3. Give the stove and oven a break for the summer, and fire up the grill instead.
  4. Have a picnic or go hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, camping or fishing (there’s so much to do!) at one of Colorado’s great state parks. Bonus: You can score a free State Parks pass from the library through Check Out Colorado!
  5. Host a patio party — at your place or ours.
  6. Take that road trip you’ve been thinking about. Here are some ideas for inspiration.
  7. Indulge your passion by reading a romantic novel or two.
  8. Better still, sign up for the Summer Reading Program and dive into some binge-worthy series to hit your reading goal.
  9. Create the soundtrack for an awesome summer using Freegal or Hoopla — all you need is your library card.
  10. Record your own summer smash or music video purely for fun (and maybe a few laughs) at our Parker location’s Recording Studio.
  11. Explore all of the museums and attractions in our Adventure Pass — for free, using just your library card!
  12. Visit the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and feed a giraffe, at a discount! You might just get to see baby Rae.
  13. Come to the library and meet a bestselling author! C.J. Box (The Highway trilogy) visits Highlands Ranch on Wednesday, July 26, and Peter Heller (The Dog Stars, The Painter) stops by Parker on Friday, August 18.
  14. Do some stargazing on a warm summer night — you can check out binoculars for the occasion!
  15. Grow an herb garden. Here, some resources to dig into.
  16. Experience a real western rodeo in person. And you’re in luck, because the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo rides into town August 3-6 in Castle Rock. Giddyup!

Celebrate 4th of July in Douglas County!

Summer has officially arrived, and that means 4th of July is right around the corner. You don’t have to venture very far to take in a local parade or celebration. Here are some events happening around Douglas County — make plans now to join the celebration!

Saturday, July 1

Castle Rock Band Fourth of July Concert
Douglas County Libraries in Castle Rock, Philip S. Miller – Bandstand
100 S. Wilcox St., Castle Rock

Wear your red, white and blue and get a jump on your Independence Day festivities at this outdoor concert. Enjoy patriotic, Americana-themed music performed by the Castle Rock Band. Chairs are provided; no registration required.

Tuesday, July 4

Castle Rock Fireworks Show

Fireworks will go off from the top of the Santa Fe Quarry butte above Red Hawk Golf Course (south of The Meadows on the west side of town). The show starts at 9:30 p.m. and lasts approximately 15 minutes, and it can be seen from virtually anywhere in Castle Rock.

Lone Tree Independence Day Celebration
Sweetwater Park, Lone Tree
$5 wristbands for Lone Tree and Acres Green residents, while supplies last (sales benefit Hearts Across the Miles)
Wristband pickup info

Enjoy an evening of family fun, including a bike parade starting at 4 p.m., BMX kids’ skills course and high-flying stunt show, music from Funk Knuf and Pg.6ix Band, and fireworks starting at 9:15 p.m. Food trucks and beverage booths will also be on hand.

Highlands Ranch July 4th Parade
Town Center North (starts at Kaiser Permanente building, 9285 Hepburn St., corner of Lucent Blvd. & Highlands Ranch Pkwy.)

Dress up the kids, even dress up the pets, and show your patriotic spirit! Enjoy a Family Bike and Pet Parade at 8:45 a.m. and the Community Parade starting at 9 a.m. along the streets of Highlands Ranch. The Family Bike and Pet Parade is free and open to families with kids ages 2-grade 6, no registration required. A parent must accompany children in the parade.

Highlands Ranch July 4th Celebration
Highland Heritage Regional Park, Highlands Ranch
Free to attend, with minimal charges for some activities, food & drink

The celebration includes balloon twisters, face painters, games and inflatables, live music, a hot dog eating contest, and fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m. Food and drink vendors will be on hand, and shuttle parking will be available to and from the event from Highlands Ranch High School and Rock Canyon High School.

Parker Stars & Stripes Celebration
Salisbury Park, Parker

The Independence Day party includes many kid-friendly attractions, such as free bounce houses, slides, games and inflatables, as well as fun for older kids and adults, like a big slide, trampoline jump, and climbing wall. Face painting and a tot train will be available for a small fee. Live music will be part of the evening’s entertainment, and food and drink vendors will be on hand.



Road Trippin’

Ernest Hemingway once wrote: “Life is a highway; I wanna ride it all night long.” Or was that Rascal Flatts in Cars? Either way, I’m sure Hemingway would have also embraced that most American tradition of exploration and discovery: the road trip.

From the Oregon Trail to SpaceX, Americans have a storied history of packing their bags, loading their vehicles with snacks, grabbing a friend, and hitting the road. Why not join this tradition and embark on your own road trip this summer?

Ideas to Get You Started

  1. Re-create a road trip from your favorite book. Do you have a Harley and 17 days to spare? Why not do the Minnesota-to-California ride from Robert M. Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance? Got a VW van and a friend who loves baseball? Why not drive from Iowa City to Boston to re-create W.P. Kinsella’s Shoeless Joe (later turned into the movie Field of Dreams)?
  2. Make a playlist. No road trip is complete without a soundtrack accompanying it. Look up artists from the towns you are driving through to add some local flavor to the drive. The best part is that you can download music for free with your library card on Freegal, which makes finding songs for your trip a cinch!
  3. Pack snacks. Your vehicle won’t be the only thing that needs fuel. Ideally, you want snacks that don’t need refrigeration (sorry, chocolate!), aren’t overly messy, and that you can eat while keeping at least one hand on the wheel. The best snacks are the ones you make at home and pack in a zip-close bag. Think “puppy chow” and homemade trail mix. For some ideas, check out some of our food magazines and download one now through Zinio.
  4. Bring a friend, visit a friend. Road tripping with a friend is a great chance to bond, and having somebody to talk to can power you through the longer legs of a trip. But you can also find driving motivation by planning stops along the way at friends’ homes. Not only do you get to catch up with old buddies, you usually get to sleep somewhere more comfortable than your car.
  5. Listen to an audiobook. Conversation with your travel buddy run dry? Did you have a fight at hour 34 of the trip and aren’t speaking to each other? Does your travel buddy have one of the same books on his or her reading list that you do? Are you traveling alone? All perfect reasons to fire up that 11-hour audiobook to help get you to that baseball field in a cornfield that’s four states away.
Pass the trail mix, and let’s hit the road.

Free and Cheap Ways to Celebrate Dad This Father’s Day

Father’s Day is almost here! Show how much your dad means to you. If you’re scrambling for a gift, we’ve got you covered with some great ideas:


Treat dad to something nice, like custard or frozen yogurt. You can use your DCL library card to get a discount through DCL Local. Don’t worry, we won’t tell your dad that you used a discount.


Take your dad on a hike! Explore a state park together. You can check out a backpack with free passes to the state parks through the Check Out Colorado program.


Visit a museum together. Look at artwork from Clyfford Still or learn about the history of our state. Use Adventure Pass to reserve free passes to museums like Clyfford Still, History Colorado, and Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

5 Ways to Give Mom a Break on Mother’s Day

anton-mislawsky-flower-bouquetBeing a mom is a full-time job, never mind all the other stuff on her plate. So this Mother’s Day, give her a well-deserved break with the help of Douglas County Libraries. After all, she deserves a day (or week, or month!) that’s as awesome as she is!

1. Treat her to a lovely lunch or dinner out, or fro yo!

Did you know you can receive discounts and special offers at local merchants through DCL Local using just your library card? It’s a win-win! Learn more.

2. Spend a hassle-free day together exploring a museum.

Reserve a free pass to a local cultural institution through our Adventure Pass program. All you need is your library card, and a sense of adventure!

3. Enjoy the great Colorado outdoors.

Whether it’s a picnic in the park (packed by someone other than mom) or a wildflower hike, you can commune together in nature. And guess what? Douglas County Libraries offers free state parks passes through our Check Out Colorado program. Load up the kayaks and make it a day!

Check out a backpack and pass at any of our locations. They’re part of our Lucky Day program, available on a first-come, first-served basis.

4. Give the gift of leisure.

A great book or magazine, a steaming hot cup of joe or tea, and a comfortable spot on the patio (or in bed) — sounds like the perfect morning! Cue up an e-book or digital magazine on mom’s device using your library card to keep her pleasantly occupied while everyone else whips up brunch. You can do it! Check out these brunch cookbooks for scrumptious ideas.

5. Spare her a trip to the grocery store.

Instead, sign up for a meal delivery service, where all the ingredients are delivered to the front door. Then simply cook up a super meal for the super mom — with or without her help.

Not sure which meal delivery service is best? We’ve got you covered! Check out Consumer Reports’ recent ratings of meal delivery services. Access is free when you use your library card!

Homemade With Love

There’s still plenty of time for the kids to create something special for mom at these events!

Kids’ Zone
Thursday, May 11
Highlands Ranch, James H. LaRue
Grades 2-6
No registration required

Kids can drop in and celebrate their awesome moms by making them cards and flowers.

Colorado Moms Who Rock!
Now through May 12
The Outlets at Castle Rock (5050 Factory Shops Blvd. #437)
Ages up to 12
No registration required

Kids can use coloring cards and art supplies available at Customer Service to write messages or draw pictures that show why their moms rock. The artwork can be shown at Customer Service, where each child will receive a $5 gift card that can be used toward the purchase of a Mother’s Day gift.

The Final Frontier: Space Books & Sci-Fi

Douglas County Libraries is exploring the Final Frontier this month with space-themed events at various locations throughout the district. If you’re looking for more sci-fi fun and futuristic thrills, check out these books!


YA Sci-Fi



by Amie Kauffman & Jay Kristoff
In the year 2575, the planet Kerenza is attacked. New exes Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, with a malfunctioning ship’s artificial intelligence and a deadly plague upping the stakes against their survival in this unconventional, suspenseful novel.


Breaking Sky

by Cori McCarthy
In this compelling, action-packed dystopic novel set in the year 2048, Chase Harcourt, call sign “Nyx,” is chosen to fly the experimental Streaker jets at the junior Air Force Academy, despite the dark secrets in her past. As the world tilts toward war, Chase cracks open a military secret that changes everything.



by Melissa Landers

High school senior Cara Sweeney gets in over her head when she participates in Earth’s first intergalactic high school exchange program in this romantic, suspenseful tale.


These Broken Stars

by Amie Kauffman
Opposites attract in this suspenseful tale. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen are in a fight for their lives when their ship crash lands on an eerily deserted planet, and they must work together in order to survive.

Sci-Fi Books Turned Movies


The Martian

by Andy Weir
In this fast-paced, suspenseful novel, Mark Watley is stranded after a dust storm cuts his team’s Mars mission short. He has to call on his ingenuity to survive with no air, shelter, food or water until the next manned mission to Mars in four years. DVD


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

by Douglas Adams
This quirky, offbeat classic kicks off the extraterrestrial journeys, notions and acquaintances of unwilling galactic traveler Arthur Dent. DVD


I, Robot

by Isaac Asimov
With the three laws of robotics, Asimov changed our perception of robots forever. In this thought-provoking classic, he links the past, present and future of robots through a series of stories, from their primitive beginnings to a future where humanity may no longer play a part. DVD



by Frank Herbert
Set on the desert planet Arrakis, this sweeping classic tells the tale of young Paul Atreides, who survives a devastating betrayal against his noble family to become the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib who avenges his family, and brings to life humanity’s fragile and most ancient dream. DVD


Rocket Boys

by Homer H. Hickham
This fantastic memoir inspired the film October Sky. It explores the life of aerospace engineer Homer Hickham and his friends in Big Creek, West Virginia, from the launch of Sputnik to a career in NASA. DVD

Picture Books for Kids



by Chris Van Allsburg
Two boisterous brothers (Danny and Walter, first introduced in Jumanji) find more excitement than they bargained for in a space adventure board game in this fanciful and fun picture book.


If You Decide to Go to the Moon

by Faith McNulty
In language that is elegant, yet fun, this lavish picture book invites you to accompany a boy on an emotionally charged trip to the moon — from reminders of what one should pack on a trip to the moon, to the exciting countdown and liftoff. After blastoff, facts about space travel are mingled with descriptions of what the journey might be like.


Mousetronaut Goes to Mars

by Mark E. Kelly
A mouse stowaway on NASA’s first human mission to Mars becomes a hero when one of the landing craft’s engines fails. Meteor returns to save the day in this second picture book by Mark Kelly (retired American astronaut).


Mars Needs Moms!

by Berke Breathed
When a disgruntled boy sees his mother being kidnapped by Martians, he realizes he loves her and will go to any lengths to protect her. Check out this delightful picture book that was made into a motion picture.

For Fans of Star Wars & Star Trek


For the Love of Spock (DVD)

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek through a personal, intimate look at the life and career of Leonard Nimoy and the enduring appeal of his alter ego, Mr. Spock, as told by his son, Adam Nimoy.


The Autobiography of James T. Kirk

by David A. Goodman
This clever and engaging chronicle of the most famous Starfleet captain, in his own words, traces his youth on Tarsus IV, education at the Academy, and illustrious career at the helm of the Enterprise, while sharing insights into his beliefs and famous missions. Told “in-universe,” this tribute will appeal to newcomers as well as fans of the beloved franchise.


Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel

by James Luceno

Set before the events of Rogue One, Catalyst reveals the previously untold story of the development of the Death Star. For years the Republic and the Separatists have battled across the stars, each building more and more deadly technology in an attempt to win the war. As a member of Chancellor Palpatine’s top secret Death Star project, Orson Krennic is determined to develop a super weapon before any enemies can. And an old friend of Krennic’s, the brilliant scientist Galen Erso, could be the key.


William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope

by Ian Doescher
A witty retelling of Star Wars in the style of Shakespeare, in which a wise Jedi knight, an evil Sith lord, a beautiful captive princess, and a young hero coming of age reflect the valor and villainy of the Bard’s greatest plays.

Nonfiction Reads


StarTalk: Everything You Need to Know About Space Travel, Sci-Fi, the Human Race, the Universe & Beyond

This New York Times bestselling illustrated companion to celebrated scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s popular podcast and National Geographic Channel TV show is an eye-opening journey for anyone curious about the complexities of our universe.


Spaceships: An Illustrated History of the Real & the Imagined

by Ron Miller
How have actual spaceships influenced the design of fictional ones like the Millennium Falcon and the Starship Enterprise? Did a fiction series in Collier’s magazine really inspire us to create real-life space stations like Mir and the ISS? How have our depictions of space travel developed as the reality of space travel changed? In this book, Miller shows that when it comes to manned spacecraft, art actually does imitate life and, even more bizarrely, life imitates art.


Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

by Mary Roach
From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA’s new space capsule (cadaver filling in for astronaut), Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.


The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars

by Dava Sobel
Elegantly written and enriched by excerpts from letters, diaries and memoirs, The Glass Universe is the hidden history of the women whose contributions to the burgeoning field of astronomy forever changed our understanding of the stars and our place in the universe.

Explore the Final Frontier at Douglas County Libraries

mayOur desire to explore space fires the imagination and inspires us to reach for the stars. Discover the science and stories of space, the Final Frontier, with Douglas County Libraries during the month of May.

There are several interesting, fun, family-friendly events happening at our libraries across the district. Read on for more information on events, locations, dates and times. We hope to see you in a Douglas County Libraries galaxy this month!



Revenge of the Si(x)th: A Star Wars Celebration
Saturday, May 6

Celebrate Star Wars and explore the Dark Side with games, photo ops, crafts and trivia. Fun for all ages, and costumes are encouraged!

Look Up to the Stars
Wednesday, May 10

This family-friendly presentation, hosted by NASA Consultant Kevin Manning, showcases the beauty and harmony of the universe. It’s a virtual journey through the cosmos. All ages.

Check It Out! Want to explore the stars yourself? Check out a pair of binoculars and stargazing cards starting in June!


Star Trek Past & Present
Friday, May 12

Calling all Trekkies! Enjoy an evening in the Star Trek universe with a double feature of flicks — one from the old generation, and one from the reboot (movies rated PG and PG-13) — plus movie trivia. Great for all ages, and costumes are encouraged!

Our Future on Mars
Wednesday, May 31

Space journalist and author Leonard David will talk about “National Geographic’s Mars: Our Future on the Red Planet,” the book and TV series. The award-winning writer has covered space for 50 years and has co-authored many books, including Buzz Aldrin’s Welcome to Mars. Teens/adults.


Slick Science: Launch It!
Saturday, May 6
1-2PM or 3-4PM
Register for either session

Kids 8-12 can make and then launch their own rockets, and learn important science concepts in the process!

Thursday, May 11

Explore is an ongoing series designed for everyone, including developmentally challenged adults, that uses books and craftivities in a quest for fun and lifelong learning.

Attack of the Drones
Tuesday, May 16

Learn all about drones, from the growing popularity of drone racing to law enforcement, rescue operations, science and research, and package delivery. The “unmanned aerial vehicle” has an important role to play and is here to stay. Teens/adults.

Astronaut School
Saturday, May 20

Kids ages 4-8 and their families blast off to an evening of training to become astronauts!

Shoebox Rover
Saturday, May 27

Kids ages 6 and up work with their caregivers to create a Mars rover.

Castle Pines

May the Fourth: A Star Wars Celebration
Thursday, May 4

Kids celebrate Star Wars with light saber duels and crafts, and discover their own Jedi powers!

Fold ‘N Fly
Saturday, May 20

Calling all paper plane enthusiasts! Learn about aerodynamics and test your skills in a paper airplane-building contest. Great for families.

Highlands Ranch, James H. LaRue

Dynamic Mars: Getting to Know the Planet
Sunday, April 30

Explore the wild Martian landscape, including current scientific and engineering plans for Mars’ future, with Dr. Laura Kerber of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Colonizing Titan vs. Mars
Saturday, May 6

Planetary scientist and writer Dr. Amanda Hendrix explores the viability of colonizing Saturn’s moon (Titan) versus Mars. Adults and children in fourth grade and above.

Johnson Space Center Space Gear!

Five exhibit items from NASA’s Johnson Space Center Exhibits Collection will be shown at Douglas County Libraries in Highlands Ranch throughout the month of May. These exhibit items include an Apollo helmet, a shuttle extravehicular activity glove, a space food tray, a shuttle launch helmet, and a shuttle tile. Stop by to check them out! And if you’ve ever wished you could be an astronaut, you can at least dress like one. Drop in to STEAMWorks on Wednesday, May 3, from 4-5 p.m. for a hands-on opportunity to try on space gear!

Lone Tree

Rhythm of the Universe
Saturday, May 6

Children of all ages can celebrate the universe of music at this interactive program, featuring percussion and singing.

Solar Eclipse Event of a Lifetime
Tuesday, May 16

Learn everything you need to know about the upcoming solar eclipse in August 2017 from a local astronomer.


Slick Science: Rockets
Tuesday, May 9

Kids ages 8-12 will learn fun science concepts about rockets, while having a great time.

Castle Rock, Philip S. Miller

Star Trek Wars
Saturday, May 6

Team up to test your knowledge of the “Stars” — Star Trek and Star Wars — in this sci-fi trivia contest! Teens/adults.

Fun Space Trivia

Some fun facts for fans of Star Trek, Star Wars, and space in general!

* Did you know you can learn Klingon from the Klingon Language Institute? If you’re a die-hard Star Trek fan, check out the development and use of the Klingon language.

* In Star Wars, the sound of the TIE Fighter engines is actually the sound of an elephant call mixed with the sounds of a car driving on wet pavement. Learn more about your favorite Star Wars sound effects!

* NASA has released a searchable Video, Audio and Imagery Library for the public. Learn more about it from this press release.


For more sci-fi fun, check out this collection of great reads!